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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

If, after years of unbridled success, 2014 was brutally disappointing for Spain around the international stage, it had been a glorious year for your country at club level.

A thrilling title race in Spain's La Liga, where you can reigning FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and his awesome great rival Lionel Messi, achieved it the envy of the remaining continent, while Spain took a clean sweep in the European trophies and Real Madrid ending 2014 on the high as FIFA Club World Cup champions, beating San Lorenzo 2-0 in the final.

More than other people, it had been 1 year to remember for Real, who finally won the UEFA Champions League on an unprecedented tenth time, ending a 12-year obsession with La Decima.

After years of frustration since Zinedine Zidane's stunning volley in Glasgow secured their ninth European Cup in 2002, and more than a €1b spent in the transfer market by president Florentino Perez, Carlo Ancelotti's side beat city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 after more time in a very pulsating final in Lisbon in May.

It had been so nearly a nightmare for Los Blancos, with only a stoppage-time equaliser by Sergio Ramos keeping their hopes alive before they ran away with the game in additional time once Gareth Bale had position them ahead.

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