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
Sergio Ballesteros

Sergio Ballesteros

Football Players 2
Patxi López

Patxi López

Famous People 3
Madrid

Madrid

Cities 4
Los Rodríguez

Los Rodríguez

Rock Bands 5
Joan Manuel Serrat

Joan Manuel Serrat

Rock Bands 6
Rafa Nadal

Rafa Nadal

Sports Stars 7
José Tomás

José Tomás

Famous People 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 ...

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 ...

Patxi López

Patxi López

The Basque Country’s Socialist premier isn’t the most attention-grabbing politician in Spain. But he could make a case for being the most effective in difficult circumstances. When he ...

Madrid

Madrid

When it comes to sights, the capital can’t compete with Barcelona. The Almudena Cathedral is pretty ugly, there’s no waterway to speak of, and the skyline is basically ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rafa Nadal

Rafa Nadal

Spain’s best tennis player ever. The greatest clay court player the world has seen. The man who dethroned Roger Federer at his peak. All true, but equally so ...

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 ...