The daily beast. An independent Catalonia could rob Barca of its Halo. 8oct2012
Spain’s constitutional crisis detonated by Catalan moves toward independence has fueled an interesting debate over the future of one of the world’s most successful and best loved soccer clubs, FC Barcelona—or Barça, as it is affectionately called by its global fan base.Last month, Barça’s president, Sandro Rosell, was among the 1.5 million protestors who took to the streets of Barcelona, marking Catalonia’s national day, La Diada, to press for greater political and financial autonomy from Madrid. Many of those in the demonstration that day, including the regional party leaders organizing it, called for full-scale separation—yes, secession—from the rest of Spain.
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