Soccer Spotting

AMERICANS WEARING SOCCER JERSEYS and other examples of MEMORABILIA IN PUBLIC

Photo subjects: Handsome, mysterious, suave, artistic, perfectly coifed and facial-haired, lady-killing frontrunners

Where to find them: Where ever your girlfriend was waiting while you were in the bathroom 

Team: Spanish Men’s National Team. La Selección. La Furia Roja. 

American connection: In 1898, the US routed Spain in the Spanish-American War, took Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, officially ended the faded Spanish Empire and plunged Spaniards into a deep malaise. Then, in 2009 the US snapped the Spanish National Team’s record 15-game winning streak and record-tying 35-game unbeaten streak at the Confederations Cup in South Africa.

More than a century after the “Splendid Little War” humiliation, Spain finally reclaimed international prominence by winning the 2010 World Cup. Three months ago, Spain avenged their earlier loss to the US when a squad full of substitutes dominated the Yanks at Gillette Stadium. 

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