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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Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa

Sports Stars 1
Jesús Navas

Jesús Navas

Football Players 2
Paella

Paella

Food 3
Sergio Ballesteros

Sergio Ballesteros

Football Players 4
Marta Domínguez

Marta Domínguez

Sports Stars 5
Bacalao

Bacalao

Food 6
Vigo

Vigo

Cities 7
Córdoba

Córdoba

Cities 8
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 ...

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 ...

Sergio Ballesteros

Sergio Ballesteros

Not many teams beat Real Madrid these days and not many defenders outsprint Cristiano Ronaldo. But Levante and their club captain Ballesteros have managed both this season. Weighing ...

Marta Domínguez

Marta Domínguez

Long-distance runner Domínguez has won a steady stream of medals at major competitions ever since taking bronze at the 1998 European championships in the 5,000 metres. Probably the ...

Bacalao

Bacalao

Cod preserved in thick layers of salt, providing a unique flavour and texture. Traditionally done as a way to store fish - though much of it now comes ...

Vigo

Vigo

Many will raise an eyebrow at the sight of this Galician industrial town being included and will argue that its more fêted rivals/neighbours Santiago de Compostela and A ...

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 ...