SPAIN: AT BREAKING POINT? A political and economic analysis for 2013 IBERIANS OF THE YEAR: The most influential people and groups of 2012

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Raúl González

Raúl González

Football Players 1
Córdoba

Córdoba

Cities 2
Sara Carbonero

Sara Carbonero

Famous People 3
Jesús Navas

Jesús Navas

Football Players 4
Paella

Paella

Food 5
Bilbao

Bilbao

Cities 6
Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa

Sports Stars 7
Pa amb oli / tomàquet

Pa amb oli / tomàquet

Food 8
Raúl González

Raúl González

Slower than a snoozing turtle. Too bossy by half. A training ground grump. Yes, yes, all of that may be true, but love him or hate him, Raúl ...

Córdoba

Córdoba

Andalusia has a handful of candidates for this list, not least Granada and Seville. But the former capital of the Islamic caliphate comes out on top for several ...

Sara Carbonero

Sara Carbonero

To some she is merely the trophy girlfriend of footballer Iker Casillas. But when the British press accused her of distracting goalkeeper Casillas in the 2010 World Cup, ...

Jesús Navas

Jesús Navas

Not so long ago, Navas was known as much for the panic attacks he suffered on being away from his family as his sprite-like runs down Sevilla’s wing. ...

Paella

Paella

The iconic dish of Spain. The food version of flamenco. And, like flamenco, there are as many styles as there are people to make it. Home-cooked, anyone ...

Bilbao

Bilbao

Not so long ago, Bilbao was seen as an unattractive place, known for its industry and the dark-suited bodyguards who escorted public figures threatened by ETA around town. ...

Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro who? Yes, De la Rosa is known as much for his career as a test driver for the likes of McLaren and Sauber as he is for ...

Pa amb oli / tomàquet

Pa amb oli / tomàquet

Bread with olive oil (pa amb oli) or bread with tomato (pa amb tomàquet)? Actually, the two dishes are usually the same - rustic bread rubbed with olive ...