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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Marta Domínguez

Marta Domínguez

Sports Stars 1
The Sunday Drivers

The Sunday Drivers

Rock Bands 2
Tapas

Tapas

Food 3
Manu Chao

Manu Chao

Rock Bands 4
Gérard Piqué

Gérard Piqué

Football Players 5
Manolo García

Manolo García

Rock Bands 6
Madrid

Madrid

Cities 7
Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador

Sports Stars 8
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 ...

The Sunday Drivers

The Sunday Drivers

Singing in English is a brave gambit when it’s not your native language, but Toledo’s folk rockers “los Sunday” pulled off the feat impressively. With a low-key stage ...

Tapas

Tapas

There are now fancy tapas bars in the stylish parts of almost every city worldwide. But in Spain tapas run the gamut, from elegantly decorated prawns in honey ...

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 ...

Gérard Piqué

Gérard Piqué

Barcelona’s Piqué started life as a centre-forward, which might explain his ease on the ball, even when under pressure from La Liga’s most fearsome strikers. And for a ...

Manolo García

Manolo García

His band, El Último de la Fila, were easy to snigger at, perhaps because they looked so un-rock ‘n’ roll, but you can’t argue with their commercial and ...

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 ...

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 his unseemly via-the-media spat ...