Spain enjoyed a cultural boom akin to Shakespearean England in the late 16th and early 17th century, often simply termed Siglo de Oro (Golden Age). The global success of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote (which is still reprinted), together with the artworks of Diego de Velazquez and the dramatic playhouses of Madrid and Iberia, helped shape a lasting legacy. To this day, Spanish theatre – particularly that of Catalonia – is renowned for its diversity of genre.
Futbol is no different.
On April 24 and April 25, at the Camp Nou and Bernabeu footballing theatres, neutral fans saw drama, improvisation, a pantomime villain, and were even witness to a near four-hour epic.
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