Who is better, Catalonia or Spain?

Who is better, Catalonia or Spain?

Now that is so fashionable among politicians talk of a possible independence of Catalonia, let's address a topic for football Colgados often it raises many voices: Who is better, Catalonia or Spain? What would happen if they were playing face to face? Who would win? Was there conflict? Have you ever gone and? difficult issues, certainly complex, but which it should be addressed from common sense and from standardization.

To begin we must say that Catalonia has 7,5 millions of inhabitants, what about 15% of the Spanish population and its GDP accounts 18,6% throughout the Spanish state. Having said that, its importance in football is also important for Spain. It has two teams in First, Second three and ten in Second B as well as a large group of players in the selection, many key players like Puyol, Xavi and Jordi Alba.

Catalunya beat Spain 3-1 in 1947. Mundo Deportivo was well aware of it.
Catalunya beat Spain 3-1 in 1947. Mundo Deportivo was well aware of it.

Having said that, It is also clear that Catalonia and Spain, Yes they have faced and nothing more and less than four times, the first in 1924 with a strong 0-7 in favor of the Spanish box. Of the four clashes ( in 1934 Spain also won 2-0 and in 1953 0-6), only in 1947, under the leadership of General Franco, Catalunya was able to be imposed on Spain by 3-1,

Today they play among them seems a utopia and something really difficult to accept for many, which it is normal in the UK between English and Welsh, between English and Scottish or between Slovaks and Czechs or Russians or Ukrainians and Croats and Serbs in former communist Europe. But nevertheless, in Colgados for football so we want to analyze what better selection would be separate. And the truth, It is that we would have many doubts.

One possible alignment of Spain without Catalonia.
One possible alignment of Spain without Catalonia.

In goal, They would be virtually matched, Valdes would Catalunya, but Spain Casillas. Catalan defensive line would be Barcelona, supported by De la Bella and Sergio Sánchez. Spain would have to accommodate the base of Real Madrid headed by Ramos and Arbeloa and Albiol plus exmadridista and left-back, Alberto Moreno type or Nacho Monreal, Maybe that would lead Catalunya, although not by much.

In the middle, Catalunya have a real Dream Team with Xavi and Sergio Busquets at the helm that accompany Cesc, Verdú, Deulofeu or dangerous Piti, Oriol Romeu or Xumetra. A great team would have to contend with Iniesta, Silva, Xabi Alonso and Co.. very tight, definitely.

The front would be the most lopsided place. Spain could have Torres, Soldier, Negredo or Villa. Catalonia should bet on Sergio Garcia and Alvaro Vazquez, Amen Bojan, good strikers but somewhat lower than 9 Spanish people, where there would be Diego Costa, He born in Brazil and not included in this debate.

Catalunya would have many world champions.
Catalunya would have many world champions.

Either way, two real choices that could suck separately to win the World Cup and are even stronger together. almost invincible, as they are demonstrating in the last five years.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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