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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Sara Carbonero

Sara Carbonero

Famous People 1
Los Rodríguez

Los Rodríguez

Rock Bands 2
Córdoba

Córdoba

Cities 3
Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso

Football Players 4
José Tomás

José Tomás

Famous People 5
Ferran Adrià

Ferran Adrià

Famous People 6
Bilbao

Bilbao

Cities 7
Manu Chao

Manu Chao

Rock Bands 8
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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso

The coolest man in La Liga. Alonso was one of the first Spanish players to make an impact in England’s premiership, wowing Liverpool supporters for five seasons before ...

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 ...

Ferran Adrià

Ferran Adrià

The most famous chef in the world is more than a chef. He authors books, supervises “workshops” and even takes part in artistic events such as the 2007 ...

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. ...

Manu Chao

Manu Chao

Chao was born of Galician parents but grew up in Paris, where he formed anarcho-rock outfit Mano Negra.  A multi-lingual rabble who toured Europe and Latin America to ...