WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1-0.
It was an awesome game, the Spanish had a strategy and they played as a team. As a born-again footballer, I was mesmerized. And yet again, the whole nationalist frenzy attached to rooting for one's team led me to consider the parallels between the game and Miss Universe. Loved it! And I also ask everyone why it is that people are so rabidly nationalistic about their teams yet so many of the players hail from other countries?
It was Spain's second win and the first was in 1964, when they beat the USSR. Franco had refused to give out the prize to avoid possibly having to award it to the Communist enemies of his dictatorship. It was a big propaganda coup for the "25 Years of Peace" campaign, Franco felt vindicated after decades of claiming that it was the contubernio Judeo-Masonico-Marxista that led him to volunteer to defend Spain from these three dangers. Today, Zapatero pointedly stated that he was the first democratic Prime Minister to witness a Spanish victory. Nice.
________________________________________________________I am looking forward to the game on Sunday, when Spain will defeat Germany.
Until then, a football fan far more schooled than I could ever be has shared this:
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