George Harrison sang that “All Things Must Pass” and so it was for Spain’s reign. Spanish tears met Chilean cheers. Let’s take a look at how both nations’ newspapers reacted to the match.
Catalonia’s Mundo Deportivo (see above front cover) narrowly wins the front page of the day with its zeitgeist-capturing “Abdication” headline. Spain’s mind was on transition as its run as King of the Soccer World ended while crowning a new monarch, Felipe VI, in Madrid.
Marca’s front page is a close second with its fantastically framed full page image of a forlorn Andres Iniesta under the stark English words ‘The End.” The page would have been more powerful had it used the Spanish “El Fin.” But the page is poetic enough, as it calls the result “lamentable.” It’s an adjective you rarely see on the sports pages and brings to mind Arnold’s iconic response in to the question “What is best in life? “ posed to him in 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian.” “To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.” It’s a fleeting feeling Spain enjoyed for the past six years.
El Pais picks up on the Marca’s use of fancy college words by labeling Spain’s loss a “debacle,” while Diario de Burgos says they were “Lowered and Humiliated.” Barcelona’s Ara does them better by calling Spain “impotent.”
Madrid’s AS closed the curtains, and climbed deep into an emo hole. It offered comforting images of Spain’s 2008, 2010, and 2012 triumphs paired with the understated words “It was Fun While it Lasted.”
On the other side of the world, Santiago’s El Mercurio pictured the jubilation of a nation celebrating from “Arica to Antarctica,” or more than 2,500 miles up and down the length of the world’s longest nation.
Santiago’s El Grafico lays off the Maracana’s status as the world’s largest soccer stadium to declare the victory as the absolute “Biggest.”
Santiago’s Las Ultimas Noticias,, pairs a celebratory image with the words “Pure Chili,” which in the U.S. would cause a flame war over whether beans should be added to a hearty bowl.
Finally, Santiago’s El Tipografo hails the “beloved and beautiful” national side that inspired such joy.