Fabregas, Pique, Xavi and a Potential Independent Catalan XI

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Fabregas, Pique, Xavi and a Potential Independent Catalan XI
Catalan Senyeras out for the team in last year's friendly vs. Tunisia.

Catalonia has always produced fine footballing talents. From legends like Samitier and Zamora to the modern day greats Guardiola, Puyol and Xavi. The region continues to be the most fruitful breeding ground for Spanish nationals, and is home to the world's best team and youth academy in FC Barcelona.

The desire for self-determination and eventual independence is no secret in the north of Spain, but recently the cries for secession from Spain have been getting louder. The independence movement in recent months has culminated in Artur Mas, the president of the Catalan parliament, promising to call for a referendum on Catalonia's independence.

So what does this have to do with football?

It means we could be seeing a Catalan national team in FIFA and UEFA tournaments at some point in the future, possibly even the near future.

So how would a Catalan team look on paper? 

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