Spain’s Sweet Summer: Pau Gasol, Rafael Nadal and World Cup Team All Champions

July 12th, 2010 by Coverin' The Spread Leave a reply »
Spain finally lived up to the hype and won its first World Cup. Sports fans in Spain have also enjoyed an NBA title from Spain’s Pau Gasol and a French Open/Wimbledon combo served up from Mallorca’s finest, Rafael Nadal.

The Lakers’ exciting Game 7 victory over their long-time rival Boston Celtics came just one day after Spain’s disappointing opening round loss to Switzerland in the World Cup. Mixed emotions seemed to be the perfect phrase to describe the face of Spanish basketball Pau Gasol’s feelings that night.

He couldn’t be happier to be a champion and to have dominated the way he did (19 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists), but in the back of his mind, he couldn’t help but think about his country's team, the World Cup favorite, losing its opening match in Group Play to Switzerland.

“Of course its something you think about, but I had to worry about my play and my team, and am just so happy to bring this trophy back to Spain,” said Gasol when asked about how the loss affected his play.

Across the pond, another one of Spain’s favorite athletes, Rafael Nadal, was just arri ...

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