Sunday, July 08, 2012
" They're so perfect, how about letting them run the country?"
Out with feckless politicians, in with Spain's unforgettable soccer stars?
Spain's national team headed home Monday after a historic win in Euro 2012 championship final, raising spirits across a country drowning in financial woes. Their elegant 4-0 dispatching of Italy on Sunday night had some Spaniards offering grand, tongue-in-cheek designs for the athletes: They're so perfect, how about letting them run the country?
In one newspaper cartoon, coach Vicente del Bosque is surrounded by the team captain Iker Casillas and stars like Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, all dressed up in suits for a new line of work after their crushing win in Kiev.
The victory made them the first team ever to bookend a World Cup championship (2010) with two Euro Cup triumphs (2008, 2012).
"The solution to our problems: the government of prime minister Del Bosque and his ministers," read the vignette in El Mundo.