“Los nacionalistas vascos y catalanes no abandonarán repentinamente sus principios políticos” [ .. ] “Zapatero quizá se pasó cuando dijo pensar que la camiseta roja de la selección encarnaba la comprensión entre andaluces, vascos, catalanes, valencianos…”
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A juicio de la BBC, el España 1 – Alemania 0 no será suficiente para encarnar una fuerza nacional resistente contra las “divisiones regionales”…
[ .. ] Some will look to portray this achievement as a force for national unity, given Spain’s long-standing regional divisions. In a pre-match newspaper article, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero wrote: “We have all identified with the red shirt… with the ball at their feet, we’ve seen an understanding between Andalucians, Basques, Catalans and Valencians.” But one trophy does not a unified nation make, and Mr Zapatero was perhaps overstating the point. Basque and Catalan nationalists are not suddenly going to abandon their political principles on the strength of a goal by Fernando Torres. Before the final, an awkward-looking President of the Basque Nationalist Party, Inigo Urkullu, said he hoped “the best team” would win. He got his wish. In stark contrast to the recriminations and intrigues of past tournaments, the key to this success was perhaps that Spain’s Euro 2008 was free of any sort of politics. Quite simply, a young, exuberant team went out and played the best football of the championship, then held their nerve when it mattered. [ .. ] [BBC, 30 junio 08. Moment of unity as Spain win Euro 2008].