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The Santiago Bernabéu Champions League Final: is it only “ours”?

September 30, 2009

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

You all know the Spanish media, don’t you? If you don’t, I’m really glad for you, you aren’t missing a thing. If the British gutter press loves hiding stuff in order to keep their targets (those previously paid ones, yeah) clear and their readers cheated, the Iberian one does the very same thing, but with no smoke screen at all. So it goes like this: “I’m MARCA and I’m going to sell you this – you’ll buy it even knowing it’s all lies”.

I don’t really know why, but they all end up making football fans believe their lies, even supporting them bravely (see “Raúl Selección”). Now we have another one running: the next Champions League’s final, which will be held in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, Real Madrid’s home.

As soon as we noticed that the Castellana temple would hold the most important match in Europe every year, conjectures and speculations knocked on MARCA’s and AS’ doors, carrying a suspicious-looking black bag with the name Florentino printed in golden letters. Now imagine what happened when they signed Ronaldo, Kaká, Benzema and Alonso – their minimum aspiration suddently turned into the highest one, i.e. winning the European Cup in their own stadium.

It’s true that we all (Spanish fans) dream of a Spanish final next May. It’s natural for us to picture a Madrid-Barça clash in the final match, or even R. Madrid-Sevilla or R. Madrid-Atlético – all of them will end up with another Civil War here in our country (way more if Real loses, considering that those teams are their worst enemies). But what about the other teams? What about Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, even Inter…whoever? It seems like if they didn’t have the right to fight for the trophy, but they really do, and they will.

In fact, I do believe the more the media promote that fictitious final, the further that dream will be from being turned into reality.

More articles about Spanish La Liga on The Third Half.

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