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of expression and its role in this sense has

Old rivalries still exist and take on new forms. The motivation for the hostility has not been forgotten, but new trends push former nationalist feelings in two directions; downwards, reflecting the rise in importance of the Comunidades, and upwards, via extreme nationalist movements which choose football as their breeding ground. It will be interesting to monitor the patterns of support for the Selecci6n in years to come and discover whether or not its support in the more independent Comunidades Aut6nomas rises or falls.