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"More and more French people are coming to watch us play": what is this Girona club, which dominates La Liga?

2023-12-10T07:17:28.780Z

Highlights: Girona are co-leaders of La Liga with Real Madrid. The Catalan club is backed by the giant Manchester City. Girona take on Barcelona on Sunday evening in the La Liga top-of-the-table clash. The club has been an intruder and above all a UFO, dominating the powerful La Liga since the start of the season. Like Leicester, a club with no great history that was crowned English champions in 2016, GironA is attracting the admiration and curiosity of European football fans.


The surprising co-leader of La Liga, who take on the great Barça this Sunday evening, is discovering new ambitions, backed by the giant Manchester Ci


Like Leicester, a club with no great history that was crowned English champions in 2016, Girona is attracting the admiration and curiosity of European football fans. In a league dominated for twenty years by the trio of Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, the club has been an intruder and above all a UFO, dominating the powerful La Liga since the start of the season. Co-leaders with Real Madrid before this 16th matchday, Girona, or Girona as they say in Catalonia, with its 100,000 souls and its budget of 55 million, even has the opportunity to take sole lead this Sunday evening by winning at its powerful neighbour FC Barcelona.

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A challenge that goes beyond the athlete. On the one hand, the very international Barcelona, whose prestige goes hand in hand with a certain loss of identity. Today, Catalan is almost no longer spoken in the streets, but Castilian (the Spanish taught in high school), English and French. Small shopkeepers have closed to make way for big brands. And rents have become exorbitant for families. And on the other, Girona. The "real" capital of Catalonia for many. It is the stronghold of the separatists who made headlines in 2017 by demanding a break with the Spanish government. A wave of arrests or exiles of its leaders ensued. After being set ablaze, Girona now smells of calm and the wood fire that softens the incipient cold of December.

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Source: leparis

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