Fan of the Spanish squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Fan Fest in Rio de Janeiro:
Who was to say Spain would be eliminated so early in the game?
It wasn’t a case of premeditated royal desertion but of awful performance by a team of
golden footballers who managed brilliantly to self-destruct
After the onset of the terrible economic crisis that has been plaguing Spain since 2008, public – as well as private, notably the financial – institutions have suffered a considerable loss of popularity. The Spanish Crown has not been spared the disaffection though it has managed to remain best-valued by the people.
Last 2 June, however, King Juan Carlos announced that he was abdicating in favor of his son who, as a result, became King Felipe VI on the 19th of the month. Apparently, as soon as the people heard he was giving up the throne, a great majority of them did some soul searching and faced what they’ve always known for a fact but had been trying to deny lately: King Juan Carlos was crucial in keeping the factious Kingdom of Spain intact.
At the risk of sounding frivolous, this great service included bringing good luck to Spanish athletes by attending matches, particularly tennis where Rafa Nadal reigns Number One, and football, a national passion. Many believed he was a live lucky charm.
Last 18 June, when the Spanish team slugged it out with Chile at the Maracana and was eliminated from the World Cup on a 0–2 score, quite a few thought if only King Juan Carlos was out in Brazil to cheer the team on it would not have been hit by the shocking catastrophe. But that day he was at the Royal Palace in Madrid signing the bill of his own abdication into organic law in a solemn and emotive ceremony.
It wasn’t a case of premeditated royal desertion but of awful performance by a team of golden footballers who managed brilliantly to self-destruct. No amount of magic formula, even a royal one, could have saved it.
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