hey mate, valencia is now no.7!
Saw from Sam's board that you like your dose of tactical analysis. Not sure if this counts, but I'm going to plug it anyway - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1216807-euro-2012-7-strategies-to-counter-spains-4-6-0-formation
I haven't been a serial FM player since FM2010. But I'm proud to say that every version from CM4 to FM2010 accompanied me throughout my high school and college years.
Cheers on the blog, mate. I know you're a United fan, but hey, maybe you'd want to subscribe regardless? Shameless plugging, I know.
I didn't get the reply and I thought that might happen. Messages on here are really annoying. I hope you saved it or can 'CTRL+Z' what you wrote. I'll just send you my email address.
Hey man, I messaged you on BR, let me know if you get it or not.
P.S. Do you have a Twitter account by chance?
Ha I definitely know what you mean. I'm glad you think I am not one of those writers. :-)
Yes, I think that is the idea. Being more well-rounded looks appealing in some cases. I could write about the EPL, Bundesliga, and Serie A, but I prefer to specialize since the EPL has a plethora of writers while La Liga has very few. I know I am missing out on a lot of reads and fast promotions, but I'm hoping it pays off in the end.
I completely agree that those crazy articles are annoying for viewers. One of the things I always try to get in my articles is a sense of equality. In no way do I think I am smarter or more aware of things involving football. The fact that I write while many others read simply means I was lucky when applying, not that I am any better or more capable.
That's why I enjoy so much readers like you who discuss the game with me. I believe very strongly that most of the smartest people on BR don't even write articles. That's why I think it's important to respect readers by not treating them as lesser than you are in articles. I'm sure you can think of writers who fail to get this across.
"Guys like Cazorla, Navas, Monreal, etc. are good enough to flourish at any PL club but are anonymous to most fans. Whereas, guys like Arteta and Bale are hailed as one of the best players in the world in the respective positions."
-Spot on! That's exactly what I think. I call it 'The FIFA Effect'. You take someone from a less popular league and put them on a big English club and their FIFA rating will jump a few points the next season even if they haven't played a single minute in the PL.
It's very limited thinking, but like you said, it's the fault of us writers as much as it is anyone else's. How can we expect readers to respect or even be aware of players in leagues like La Liga when they only read about Barcelona and Real Madrid players? That's precisely why I do what I do.
Sadly, I agree that there is a bit too much focus on reads and not enough on quality at times. I understand since that is where ads and revenue comes from, but I do think some things could be changed to focus more on certain articles instead of controversial ones. Nothing I can do about that, unfortunately. The great thing about BR is that we're always trying to improve. I have voiced these concerns in the past and things have been getting better and better.
Yep, unfortunately I'm not yet in the good graces of the powers that be here at BR so I am not a full-time employee. I still have to pay my dues. Thanks for the plaudits. I try to spend as much free time on football-related things as possible.
I feel the same about Kagawa. He is a great addition, no doubt, but he is not going to solve much. A true general is still a BIG need.
I understand that. It's frustrating enough when anyone speaks abut a team/league/match despite only really following one club. When a writer does it and speaks as an expert on a topic that he/she doesn't follow, it's awful.
I don't think it was easy when I got it earlier this year, but I think it was much easier than it is now. The success rate after a first attempt is very low, I think below 10% now even. What sucks is that, somehow, we still get a bunch of guys who are great when discussing one team, but still have to talk about the rest of a given league so they end up sputtering after a few articles. I don't expect that from you at all.
Thanks John. Much appreciated. I'm SO glad to hear that your interest has risen. Cazorla, Beñat, Toulalan, etc. All these guys get FAR too little notice in the larger BR circles. The general audience is far too biased toward the EPL and rate those teams and players too highly. What's funny is when those same fans are then shocked at how good someone like David Silva or Juan Mata are—as if they are any better now then they were at Valencia.
At the same time, they'll rate Arteta much higher then he should be—not because he is not a good player, but he is just not spectacular. For those of us who have watched him for years, we understand why he has not been called up for Spain before. But ask your typical Arsenal fan and Arteta is better than Santi Cazorla. Just one example.
Anyway, I am glad you appreciate what I do. I remember the exact article you're referencing about Messi/Ronaldo. BR does actually look at reads (to answer your question) so that article would have been seen as a huge success if not for the incredible amount of negative feedback. Generally, we look at quality, but I'm sure you can think of a few writers who get tons of main-page play despite putting in... less than spectacular work. Not mentioning anyone here by name please.
I plan on doing a weekly La Liga transfer roundup starting next week. I wanted to wait until the window actually opened since most of what we hear is garbage in the end. I wish I had a summer break to write more, but I still have to work at my 'other' job. Traveling is OK, but not when it's over 24 hours a week. :-/
P.S. What do you think about Man United signing Kagawa?
Thanks for becoming a fan, John.