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Ball: The Canary Chronicles

ESPN - Lazing on a sunny afternoon, Easter Sunday to be precise, we decide to head back from the beach to our apartment in Corralejo, on the island of Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands. Hey - even ESPN FC scribes are allowed a vacation and, besides, it's freezing cold in northern Europe, and wet and windy in northern Spain. Here, some sun is guaranteed. On the outskirts of the town, the grand stadium Vicente Carreño Alonso (capacity 2,000) sits square and squat to the side of a large roundabout, corralled inside a low white wall, surrounded by brown desert scrub. There are six skinny sets of floodlights sticking up, needle-like, into the cloudless blue sky, and the fists of brown mountains shimmer behind in the hazy distance.

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