It’s been great fun watching
Great fun because they have played some exquisite football; last night’s demolition of
You don’t need a Spanis civil war history lesson here to know that for a chunky minority of
On top of the 10% or so who would like complete independence, many more here feel Catalonia should get considerably more autonomy, and keep a higher percentage of its economic revenues, from the central government. Culturally, many Catalans feel as close to
So when the tournament opened, just 45% of Catalans watched the opening game on TV versus around 55% nationally and 65% in the
Even the dramatic quarter final penalty shootout over
As one Catalan friend put it ‘What really pisses us off is all the ra-ra Spanish stuff that goes with it all.’ He means the Spanish fans dressed as matadors in
But there is a slight thawing going on. There was a widespread tooting of horns after the games last night; it was hardly akin to when Barca win a title, but it made a decent noise. And I suspect there will be more if they win on Sunday.
And, heck, why not?
And, really, would you go the whole hog and back