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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Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Sports Stars 1
Paella

Paella

Food 2
Joan Manuel Serrat

Joan Manuel Serrat

Rock Bands 3
José Tomás

José Tomás

Famous People 4
Sergio Ballesteros

Sergio Ballesteros

Football Players 5
Los Rodríguez

Los Rodríguez

Rock Bands 6
Sara Carbonero

Sara Carbonero

Famous People 7
Vigo

Vigo

Cities 8
Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

He made his name as a midfield general for FC Barcelona in the 1990s. But Guardiola’s true calling, it seems, is getting the best out of players as ...

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 ...

Joan Manuel Serrat

Joan Manuel Serrat

A controversial choice, given that the Barcelona-born Serrat is more of a folk singer than a rocker; a Catalan Leonard Cohen, perhaps. But when it comes to Spanish ...

José Tomás

José Tomás

Bullfighting may be suffering an unstoppable crisis, with attendance down and a ban coming into effect in Catalonia, but Tomás is its great hope. With a hair-raising disregard ...

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 ...

Los Rodríguez

Los Rodríguez

Strictly speaking, it could be argued they weren’t “Spanish”, given that two founder members were Argentinean, but Los Rodríguez were seen as a Spanish band, given their Madrid ...

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, ...

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 ...