Last night Pepe Guardiola, this elegant man with a gentle smile that led his soccer team – Barcelona -to immense success and irresistible powerplay, has left.
He was celebrated at the end of the last home game by a never-ending standing ovation and was finally surrounded by his people. All his people: the players, the crowd, the Catalans. And they danced all together, in midfield, the sardana.
Yes, a sardana.
A dance open to everybody, believed to have been invented in Greece. Forbidden during fascism, symbol of pride and identity for Catalunya. People dance in a circle doing steps that are not hard but need to be precise: a small hesitation puts into jeopardy the perfect execution of the dance. The circle gets larger and larger and when it becomes very large it subdivides into many circles that dance contemporaneously, in harmony.