Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Inmune To "Red Fever"

Basques and Catalans are not Spaniards, which explains why we can care less about what the Spanish national team achieves in the Euro Cup.

Now, when the national teams for Euskal Herria and Catalunya are finally allowed to compete in international tournaments things will be different.

In the mean time the reaction will be the one described on this article found at Earth. com:

'Red Fever' sweeping across almost all of Spain

Posted : Wed, 11 Jun 2008 08:04:02 GMT
Author : DPA
Category : Sports

Madrid - There has been a severe outbreak of "Red Fever" across Spain. "La Seleccion"'s 4-1 thrashing of Russia on Tuesday, in their Euro 2008 debut, has provoked delight, expectation and even euphoria across the country.

The only regions of Spain which appear to be relatively immune to "Red Fever", as per usual, are the Basque Country and Catalonia, two regions where "La Seleccion" has never enjoyed much support - and where the national team has not played for almost 20 years.

Bilbao and Barcelona remained relatively calm on Tuesday evening, whilst David Villa was destroying Russia with the tournament's first hat-trick.

In practically every other Spanish city, though, there was near-bedlam, with people following the game on open-air giant screens or crowding into bars and cafes.

The triumph allowed many Spaniards to put aside, albeit for a few hours, the property market crisis and the truck drivers strike provoked by sky-high petrol prices.

Most offices, warehouses, factories, schools and universities closed earlier than usual on Tuesday, in order to allow people to see the debut of Luis Aragones' talented team.


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