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Sports Stars

Football, tennis, cycling, motor racing… Spain has emerged as a world power in all of these sports and more in recent years, displaying an extraordinary depth of talent and a handful of phenomenal individuals. Excluding football players (who have their own Spain X5 category), Iberosphere takes an unscientific look at Spain’s top sports stars:

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  1. SpainX5 is a shamelessly subjective view of the country, looking at and celebrating its greatest people, places and products. With no scientific basis for its opinions, these articles are based on nothing more than gut feeling.
Pep Guardiola

1
Pedro de la Rosa

2
Alberto Contador

3
Marta Domínguez

4
Rafa Nadal

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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 ...

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 ...

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador

Those seeking a role model might baulk at the three-time Tour de France winner being included on a list of sports stars. There was ...

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 ...

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 ...

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1 Comment for “Sports Stars”

  1. I quite agree with Liam. Greece would benefit gtleray by a devaluation but it cannot do so.It never should have been accepted in the eurozone. In fact, the eurozone should never have been introduced. It was supposed to be competition to the dollar on the financial market. So yes, it was a political decision.The Germans themselves are not happy about it – the people who pay the daily bills, not the banks and the governments – they call it the ‘teuro’ (the expensive-maker). In the Netherlands too, where a euro used to be 2,20 florins, prices have rocketed to 1 florin = 1 euro. But not the wages.Before the introduction of the euro there were harsh cutbacks in health care, care for the handicapped, education and a raise of taxes. Then there was a new round of cutbacks and taxes because of the failing banks and home prices.And now there is a third round of taxes because Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy can’t meet their obligations. And in a few years’ time Poland and other East European countries will cause a fourth round. It’s not because we are a rich country. We were. Now good education and health care are well nigh unaffordable for the hard working middle classes who are slowly disappearing in favor of the rich and joining the ranks of the poor. You never saw so much homeless people, beggars and people without health insurance and people who are dependent on food banks as since the introduction of the euro.So please don’t point the finger the peoples of the northern countries. No one asked them if they wanted the union. On the contrary: the people who were consulted voted against and stayed out of the euro-zone.

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