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La Furia Roja

“¡Campeones, campeones, !” This is one of the chants we sang to the top of our lungs on Sunday. The other one would go “¡Yo soy español, español, español!” or ¡A por ellos, , a por ellos, !” And when Iniesta score the goal that gave us the victory I cried. I cried because we won, and I cried because as we did I was able to jump up and down wearing the Spanish national team’s T-shirt, and scream “¡España!”. And I was able to do all of this because I was in a bar in the middle of Chicago, 5000 miles from home. Back there, I would have never dared to do it. Where I come from, you don’t display Spanish flag. You don’t scream “¡Viva España!”. You don’t sing pasodobles. You don’t walk down the street wearing your red and yellow T-shirt. You don’t usually celebrate the victories of the national team. Where I come from, there is a beautiful land full of wonderful people and some snakes. And those snakes made it unbearable for me to live there. I don’t want to live in a place where I cannot say what I think, as much as I miss it. I love going back there, because I haven’t found yet a region more beautiful than mine, the Basque Country. If you haven’t been there go without fear, it’s an amazing experience, don’t get me wrong. I love it, and because I love it so much it hurts even more that some people would say I’m not Basque enough. I am. But I am Spanish enough too. And today, still in disbelief like the rest of the country, I smile, because I was able to see on TV Spanish flags being flown in my hometown. That freedom made me happy. I hope we learn some more lessons from those humble kids who made history today. We need more Casillas, and Puyols, and Iniestas, and Villas, and Xabis and Xavis, who don’t care that much where they come from, they just want to play well and defend their colors. And maybe, after they win, kiss their girlfriends.

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