Hi, I am Andy Doubleday. I was born and raised in the United States of America. I am a proud Muslim. I have a wonderful life!
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?
About the congested fixture, there is a huge movement that translates to "common sense FC", in some of the last rounds all the games had protests like sitting down or passing the ball around for 1 minute, the schedule is a little rougher than in Europe, but the problem is that there are no breaks like the european international break.
Tite already stepped down, Mano is probably going to take the job indeed, to be honest I don't think Mano is a good coach, decent but not good enough to win a Brasileirão, his achievements were all bringing top teams back from the second divison, and considering their monetary advantage, any competent coach could, he was destroyng the national team with his identity-less football, he was close to relegating Flamengo, who have now won the copa do Brasil with Jaime.
Gringo is just a nickname for foreigners used by latin americans and brazilians, so anytime you want to discuss Brasilian teams, the seleção or anything else just send me a message, I'm always up for it.
Hope you get the message and reply mate.
Hey andy, I aprecciate you asking for my opinion, the Cruzeiro title was an example of perfect management, after a poor season they needed to renew their whole team.
In goal they kept their captain and great keeper who was indeed the best goalkeeper in Brasil this year, as you said they revived Dedé's career, they bought rising cheap players like Éverton Ribeiro(awesome) and Ricardo Goulart, estabilished good performers such as Nilton, Souza, Bruno Rodrigo, Borges and Dagoberto, young players like Mayke and Vinícius Araújo(1st part of the season) and Lucas Silva(2nd part of the season) really helped the team, and last, veterans such as Júlio Baptista and Ceará colaborate to the success of the team.
Glad to see a "gringo" following the Brasileirão, it's the 5th best league in the world in terms of quality and it's getting better since players are waiting longer to leave and coming back earlier, but the main reasons to follow are young exciting players, and the unpredictablity, you can't never predict next year's winner or relegated teams(maybe the last but you wouldn't expect last year's champion to go down would you?).
I'm so so happy. Florentino finally does something right! I wasn't understanding why they hadn't been banned since.
Hey man do you think we need a replacement for Khedira? Illaramendi and casemeiro have been fantastic so far but do you think they can shine when Madrid starts getting deep in the champion league?
I agree that my stance on Casillas was put incorrectly. If he is happy competing with Lopez, he should be allowed to stay; if not, he should be allowed to leave. Of course he deserves respect but status should not win you a place in the team and Lopez has earned it.
I don't believe it was anything to do with politics. Ancelotti tried his best over the summer to bring him back into the picture, but from last and pre-season, he decided that Lopez was in better form and deserved it. If anything, Ancelotti is biased towards Casillas because I bet if he was first choice, Lopez would not play Champions League games.
My problem with Arbeloa is that he is not good enough. Every backup should be good enough to hold a team place if they are needed, and I think Arbeloa would cost Real Madrid or Spain if he were asked to. There's no point in having a second choice right-back, or any position, that does not have the ability or potential ability to make their position their own.
I agree wholly about Coentrao but Marcelo has and will make the position his own.I'm not sure that Coentrao wants to fight for his place, which is perhaps understandable considering how influential Marcelo is.
I definitely disagree about Benzema. Over the last few months he has looked like a much more average than he is, and only recently he has redeemed himself slightly. There's a difference between making things look difficult and making them look easy. I disagree that he works harder than the average forward.
Hey, I'm a fan of your opinions on Real and as a fellow Madridista, I would like to say: Hala Madrid!
As you have said earlier, Madrid's squad in unbalanced. There are way too many players in certain positions, which leads to squad disruption and a lack of motivation. It also means that Real Madrid cannot promote players throughout their youth system, which I believe is fundamental for a clubs as big as yours.
I am not a fan of winter transfer work, especially with a World Cup coming up. However, there are some players who are at the club just to fill numbers, who are clearly a little unhappy, and in some cases, becoming bigger than the club.
In the summer, I would personally get rid of:
Diego Lopez clearly deserves his place on current form. To challenge him, you would preferably want someone younger than him with the aspirations of replacing him in the future.
Casillas is a great goalkeeper and he doesn't need to have his legacy torn by asking him to agree a much lower contract and making him feel undervalued in the squad. It would be best for all parties if he left.
There are a few defenders also that are either past their prime or unhappy. The ideal defence right now is: Carvajal, Ramos, Varane and Marcelo. You could argue that Pepe deserves a place but I am a big believer that when choosing two players of similar ability, the one with more potential should be chosen because it will mean more for the club in the future.
One right back, one central defender and one left-back should be bought, which would not prevent the development of Nacho Fernandez.
Karim Benzema is quite lazy and past his prime. He should be replaced with two strikers.
I disagree about Madrid needing a central midfielder, as Modric and Illarramendi have both been huge purchases in the last two summers, and Casemiro also has world-class potential.
You might also be interested in this article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1854927-why-manchester-united-should-target-christoph-kramer-instead-of-ilkay-gundogan
No problem Andy.
Modric has been immense man, he's definitely a lock in our lineup going forward, sad to hear about Sami's injury as well. I hope he fully recovers faster than expected and makes the World Cup squad for Germany, I like him and think he does his job quietly and effectively, he may not have a lot of flair/technical ability/eye for goal but he's still quality in my eyes. Gundogan is an interesting prospect though, I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens in the summer.
Fair points bro! Hala Madrid
I'm a huge Gundogan admirer. Not sure if he'd want to come though.