Hi, I am Andy Doubleday. I was born and raised in the United States of America.
I live Real, I love Real, I breathe Real. Real Madrid to the very end. Why Real Madrid? Well, the Blancos are what garnered my attention to football. Seeing Heynckes run to and fro from the touchline, seeing Raul and Redondo tandem to make history, seeing Xabi pass from long or Mesut from short, seeing Beckham swing in a cross or seeing Ronaldo stepover the defense. Nothing beats seeing Zidane paint art with a move of the boot or a swing of the lace. Seeing Bodo Illgner make a last-gasp save to accrue the three points or seeing Sergio Ramos sky it to seal our fate. From the tackle of Makelele to the shot of El Fenomeno. From the cries of Owen to the cheers of Casillas. From reminiscing of the first European Cup to the obsession of the tenth. From dreaming of di Stefano and Puskas to praying of Bale and Ronaldo. From the winner at Old Trafford to the loser of the Westfalenstadion. From the prompts of the Ultras Sur to the jeers and taunts of the Camp Nou. From Redondo's flick to the emphatic McManaman. From Emilio Butragueno to the ingenious Raul Gonzalez Blanco, who even has his name etched with glory. From the victory of the underappreciated del Bosque to the loss of the Sahins, Sneijders, Robbens, Etoos. Our trash is another's treasure, in the forms of Mata, Eto'o, Soldado, Negredo. Puskas who headed the other way. From the glory of El Clasico the humiliation of Alcorcon. I will always live the Real way.
How can I explain what it is like to be a Madridista?
If you don't know what it's like to lose in the Ro16 for 6 years in a row,
How can you explain pleasure, if you have never won a Clasico,
How can I explain impotence, if you have never been denied a victory by the post,
How can I explain pride, if you don't know what lifting 9 European Cups feels like,
How can I explain rage, if you have never lost the ball that decided the game,
How can I explain unity, if you have never stood up for a teammate,
How can I explain panic, if you have never seen yourself out of a knockout stage,
How can I explain poetry, if you have never seen Zidane play,
How can I explain companionship, if you have never played as a team,
How can I explain friendship, when you have never helped out a teammate in need,
How can I explain loneliness, if you have never missed a penalty that decided your team's destiny,
How can I explain euphoria, if a goal has never lifted you off your seat,
How can I explain what it feels like to die a little, if you have lost the opportunity to play a final at your home,
How can I explain injustice, if a referee has never stolen your hope,
How can I explain faith, if you have never believed until the last second,
How can I explain magic, if you've never excited the world with a trick,
How can I explain love, if you have never cried while wearing your team's jersey,
How can I explain life, if you don't know what Real Madrid is,
Que es ser Madridista?
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Yeah the journalism has been steadily declining for a long time. I kinda just got too busy and a little fed up with BR. Mainly because I would say something in the United section, a lot of people would argue with me, and then in a few weeks/months time... i'd be proven right. It was frustrating nobody was listening to me, and that there were just SO many plastic fans just everywhere being all toxic and... ugh. The community was just dying D:
Im happy with LVG, but with Mou.. its hard to say really. Innovator maybe not, but he's good at sustaining short term success/pushing for short term success. I think we kind of needed that continuity in all honesty. But thank and Glazers dont come in the same sentence that often XD LVG though... I mean he hasnt done much since the 90's Europe wise. This is true, but Europe isnt the priority right now. He's good at bringing stability and has a good eye for talent. There are few managers that are as good as him that are available right now. Off the top of my head, Klopp, Ancelotti, Pep, Mou, Wenger (yes I think hes good), and the Atletico manager (forgot his name), oh and Pelligrini. And I dont see any of them coming to United. Not after Moyes setting the bar that low.
I think he's the first player in a long time that has succeeded in becoming bigger than the club. Its interesting because Rooney is basically almost a jack of all trades except his qualities seem to vary season by season. Like that one season he was heading in goals for fun. Or that season where he was rifling in goals from outside the box. Or just freekick goals. Idk, he's got a bit of everything. I think he somewhat has creativity but not top notch like Kagawa and Mata do.
If you remember though, Ronaldo used to do something similar at United. Though he was indeed a winger he did roam the field ALOT. And though you say he takes up space which I think is true, I'll be honest. That can be an advantage too. Remember that season where Chicha knocked in 20 goals? Rooney was playing behind him, and the fact that he drew so many defenders forward which allowed Chicha to break through.. that worked IMO. I think he's best up top if him honest, but RvP is a much more vicious striker. He has that goalscoring instinct in him, I remember his first season you could just see it... when he was on the ball, give him enough space and you know he can bury it. Rooney.. you dont really have that same confidence in him but seeing your argument makes me think... without Rooney that frees up space for Kagawa/Mata who are younger than him and quicker, and as you say...more adapted to the modern game. It also means we wont be building our team around him which clearly did not work last season. Perhaps play him in CM? Though that probably wouldnt work XD
I really wonder what LVG will do with him though. What he'll play formation wise, WHO he'll pick. Will he stick with Buttner as well? Its all up in the air again.
Thoughts on Danny Welbeck as a player? I dont think hes that great :/ Even though he scored against you guys.
Congrats on La Decima but... you guys threw away the double. You coulda won the La Liga easily though tbf, Atletico did deserve something since they played phenomenally this season.
Andy dude who would you get as a back up striker since it doesn't look likely Morata will stay. Benzema looked so gas by the end of the season so I really think we need someone who can rotate with big Benz more often.
The happiest moment of my life. Ramos' header was so epic and that just proved the saying "Hasta el Final, Vamos Real!" This is the stuff of dreams. ¡Hala Madrid!
My man Andy, congrats!
Want to do an article where you make a wish-list of the ideal offseason for Real Madrid? What would you do if you were Florentino Perez's shoes for a good....three-four months?
Carlo almost frakked up the game.
He played Khedira in the single pivot LOL
Congrats on the win! That was a heartbreaking game but you guys really deserved it.
Here we go! Are you ready?? lol, I'm pumped but also a little worried as I know Atleti can win this. I've told my other friends and stuff that I still really can't believe were actually here, feels surreal a little, it's only kicking in now that we are about 90 minutes away from kickoff : O
Today is the day where we as Madridistas will celebrate like no tomorrow or be moping around for a good month looking for excuses to try and make ourselves feel better lol. I think and hope Madrid pull it off, respect to Atletico but this our trophy. It needs to come home : )
Talk to y'all later, Vamos Real! HALA MADRID!
Hi Andy. Ray Hudson is one of my favorite pundits, I love his reactions during Barça games. He read your article?! That's fantastic, I'm not surprised at all that he loved it. Hey just getting a famous pundit like him to read your work is already an achievement. As for the article ideas you have, I think they all could make for great articles, but I think one about Roma would be best, since they don't get very much attention.
Best of luck in the final tomorrow.
Ugh, I'm too nervous about Real Madrid. In just one moment, we became the instant underdogs just because Benzema is no longer available. Isco as the false 9 if we're going with 4-3-3? I mean, Carlo hasn't been conservative at times when it comes to very important matches so I wouldn't be surprised. I think our best bet is 4-4-2 if anything but I could be wrong.