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?
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Tom Cleverley is definitely disappointing. But did you hear about the petition screaming for Clevrley to be omitted from the England squad? That was just disgusting...
I think you're right about Cleverlye and Pep, Cleverley cannot bring up the ball and start on attack but he is a reliable passer of the ball and will rarely give away possession (at least lol).
yea I watched the U-21s. Glad there were plenty Canteras there. Isco and Morata played well.
Carvajal should be in the senior squad already
Sorry for the late reply man, was realllly busy.
Damn it would have been good to have Khedira around now. With this really tough mix of schedules it would be really hard for you guys with the CL to focus on as well as the La Liga. One thing that comes to my mind is the possibility of Alonso, di Maria, Benzema etc being too overplayed... Pretty much all the matches in the upcoming weeks are really big and they will have to start all of them imo.. It's still too risky starting Jese or Illaramendi in a lot of those games if you guys wanna have glory in the CL and La Liga.
But I'm sure Barcelona fans feel the same apprehension about the La Liga as you do, both Barcelona and Atletico have been dropping a lot of needless points and you guys haven't really done that. I think Real is still the favorites but anything can change.It really is a crucial month
Lol and over here in Manchester we are just.... lol
I still have faith in Moyes though... Although we are a dying breed
But why would you guys fire Lionel Hollins?
Sorry, but I don't think your Grizz will make the playoffs this year. Sorry bud but I think the Suns will beat you to the 8th seed. But if the Grizz get one more key player they will make it next year.
Don't you think the way Ronaldo is playing currently has changed significantly under Ancelotti ? I mean, he is the passing the ball way better now(Not shooting) and also i think chemistry has been struck between Bale and Ronaldo better than Messi and Neymar(They haven't played much together though) And do you see yourselves as favorites for treble ?
Your defence has improved significantly..:(
Also, I heard Jon Leuer has done well this year, has he?
Also, Gasol and Randolph always gets DDs and they help the Grizz win. You could argue that Randolph and Gasol could be the best PF-C combo.
I agree with a few points about his need to press in areas higher up the pitch (But he did cover the 4th highest distance in the CL last season of ANY player. Keep that in mind.) but imo, you've grossly underestimated Ronaldo's ability.
About the work rate. Ronaldo works unbelievably hard on the pitch. There is this myth that he is lazy, and it's not true. Berbatov is lazy. Ronaldo is relentless. It's just that his efforts are almost wholly geared towards the attack. And you say that Ronaldo disrupts the team balance just as much as Isco? Real Madrid look a better attacking unit without Isco. We look half as threatening without Ronaldo.
He's also not nearly as lazy in big matches as he is in La Liga in regards to defensive work. He's still not busting a lung to track fullbacks all the time, but you're being far too harsh. Teams are allowed to have luxury players, and ours is Ronaldo. Real Madrid are looking extremely solid defensively, whether Ronaldo plays or not, so it's fine if he's putting more effort into one end than the other.
Ronaldo average in possession? Come on. He's average when you compare him to world class playmakers yes. But when you remember that not only does he out-score nearly every player, he also out-assists nearly every other player, how can you call him average in possession.
Under Mourinho, his on the ball ability regressed in favour of more physicality, but this season he has been beating players for fun and has shown that he can still thrive in a possession based system.
Yes, his ego is fed constantly, but that's the price of having a player of Ronaldo's ability on the team. Do you really care if he takes a few more free-kicks than necessary? Everyone is talking about how Bale has a better record etc, but how many of those free-kicks were scored because the free kick was genuinely good? 1.
Ribery was not much better in big games. He most certainly didn't pull strings in the knockout games either. 1 assist in the final - That owed a lot to poor defending and a lovely deft touch from Robben to create the goal.
Are you forgetting that the ENTIRE team was awful against BVB and United for the most part? When did Ribery ever have to put the whole team on his back in a season like Real Madrid's 12/13? Mourinho's whole system was exposed repeatedly in the big games and the smaller games in La Liga with his over reliance on the counter meaning we found it impossible to break teams down (BVB 2nd leg, United, Sevilla, Betis etc) and also struggled to play against the high intensity press that BVB use.
The Manchester United tie was emotionally complicated, you can't really use it as a valid test of Ronaldo's big game abilities.
I'm not saying that Ronaldo is perfect. I'm saying that it's ridiculous to ask him to be.
I agree. Gasol and Randolph are close seconds away...