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The Alavés miracle: ‘We know what lies behind it: the work, sacrifice and effort’

Six years after escaping administration, Alavés take on mighty Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final. Captain and local boy Manu García describes the fairytale

Manu García runs his finger carefully down the long list of names, squinting slightly as he searches for his own. Sixteen years on, he knows where to look but there are 13,200 of them written in tiny white print on a blue and yellow background, covering every millimetre from top to bottom and left to right, so it is not easy to find. Eventually, he sees his father, hidden among hundreds of Garcías. And then, on the line below, he stops. “Here,” he says. “This is me.” MANUEL ALEJANDRO GARCÍA.

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