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November 5, 2011

You know what… I’m starting to get a little bored by the blog, and I’m sensing that some of you are too.  After all, there are now lots of other sites that do the same things I do.  So, if you have any feedback for me, or suggestions, I’d love to hear it, and if not, well, it’s been a good run and thank you for reading.  Anyway, I had already started preparing this post, plus a few others, so here it is.

The marathon of games continues… the team returned to training at Valdebebas at noon on Friday, apparently in a move to get them acclimated to playing at this hour (they had to also arrive by 09:30h).  The session saw the return of Álvaro Arbeloa (who had missed the last game due to injury) and Fábio Coentrão (who had to be subbed out of the game against Lyon due to pain), who joined 18 of their teammates on the field, plus Tomás Mejías.  That leaves Kaká, Carvalho and Marcelo as the injured players.

On Saturday, the team returned to training at the unusual hour of noon, with the final preparatory details for Sunday’s game against Osasuna being hammered out.  Once again, 20 players from the first team plus Tomás Mejías worked out, while the three injured players continued with their recovery processes.

Following the session, the list of players called up for the game was revealed, and on it was a name that everyone has been anticipating for a long time, that of Nuri Sahin.  He’s finally well enough to be called up!  Meanwhile, Álvaro Arbeloa returns after missing out on the last game, and Esteban Granero and Hamit Altintop were left out due to the coach’s decision (no, not Esteban!).  The team is due at the Bernabéu at 21:15h tonight, and as next week is the beginning of an international week and a half, the next training session won’t be until Wednesday morning.

I love the three distinct hair colors on the left, and how much everyone loves Manolín.  They were especially affectionate with him today because it was his cumple.  Anyway, the list of players called up is the following:

Goalkeepers: Iker, Adán, Tomás Mejías.

Defenders: Arbeloa, Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Coentrão, Albiol.

Midfielders: Özil, Sahin, Di María, Xabi Alonso, Callejón, Lass, Khedira.

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuaín, Benzema.

Earlier in the morning, Mou spoke to the press in his usual pre-game press conference.  This was where we found out that Nuri Sahin would be making his first ever call-up in Madrid, with Mou saying that he’s ready to play and that he “gives a protection” to Xabi that he hasn’t had up to now because they have similar qualities.

on playing at noon: we will have the support of the public after two away games, one in San Sebastián and the other in Lyon.  We have made changes to the eating habits, because you don’t know if you’re eating lunch or having breakfast, but the technical chat has not changed.  We usually have small chats starting three days before the game and it will be the same for this game.

on Sergio Ramos as a centerback: he’s playing very well, he’s comfortable, he’s tranquil… the team has grown with him in this position, he has grown in this position, if everything is good and we have Arbeloa and Coentrão, then tomorrow we won’t change anything.  And if I lack Fábio or Arbeloa, we have Varane, who can play if we need him to.

on winter signings: I’m not looking for a right fulback, I don’t want any players in the winter transfer market.  We know the squad we have and Ramos will be a centerback until we need him as a fullback [yay!].

on the cantera: they’re prepared to help.  Last year, in some moments los niños responded very nicely and if we run into a real difficulty, they’re able to help.  I don’t believe there is anyone who can come here and say “I’m here, this position is mine, I’m a starter” but if we don’t have fullbacks, there are some there, and if we don’t have attackers, we have some there.  We’re tranquil because it appears that our squad is made up of 50 players.

on Cristiano’s Golden Boot: the Golden Boot is an award that is not subject to criteria; it’s an objective thing.  That’s why I have to give him more than mere congratulations, I want to give him a “super congratulations” for his fantastic numbers, which he achieved in what is probably the best competition in the world.  He’s fantastic.

Speaking of the Golden Boot, on Friday at the Intercontinental Hotel in Madrid, Cristiano received the Golden Boot award, in recognition of him being the top goalscorer in Europe last season.  This is Cristiano’s second award of this type, as he first won it with Manchester United back in 2008.  Cris was presented with the award by Eusebio and Alfredo di Stéfano, and his family, including his mother and her partner, siblings and girlfriend Irina, was on hand for the ceremony, along with Jorge Mendes.  Also present were FP, Zinedine Zidane and Miguel Pardeza.

During the Q&A part, Cris spoke often and sincerely about how the team is above all individual accolades, and how he would trade this award for a Champions League or a Liga, because “I prefer to win something at the collective level.”  Cris added that he’s not even the least bit concerned about who wins the Ballon d’Or or if he’s going to break his own goalscoring record.  He dedicated the award to “my teammates, the coaching staff, the fans, the president, the employees of the club, all of el madridismo, my family, my son, my girlfriend… all of them have been very important.”

And the quote of the day was his response to a question about how everyone has a different opinion about him: “I try not to focus on these things.  If God can’t please the entire world, how am I going to do it?”  This earned him a round of applause from the audience.

Anecdotes from the event included Cristiano going out of his way to help Di Stéfano move around, and helping Eusebio to silence his mobile phone when it started ringing.  And thoughts on his patterned shirt?

Other news: the referee from the Lyon game, Nicola Rizzoli of Italy, revealed to the Italian press that various Madrid players, including Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, asked him how Antonio Cassano was minutes before the game.  Rizzoli said, “I spoke with Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.  The first thing they asked me when they arrived in the stadium was how Cassano was… all of Madrid was worried about Cassano.”  Antonio Cassano was successfully operated on on Friday to correct a malformation in his heart and his club said “everything has gone well.”

Over on social networks, Esteban Granero is recommending books to former teammates, Iker hung out earlier this week with two old “friends,” Pepe and Marcelo (these two are never afraid to wear color, are they?) visited tattoo artist/painter Beto and Sergio posed with his “glass boot” (nice sweatpants by the way), a gift from Cristiano to each of this teammates, before wishing everyone a good weekend.  Sami also posted a picture of him with his glass boot on his Facebook, saying, “Cristiano Ronaldo is not only a fantastic football player but also an amazing person! As thanks for his award to the world scorer he made us a little gift ! Thank you so much Cris and keep it up!!”

Plus, check out Iker’s little trick, and Mesut speaking Spanish, courtesy of reader LaBlanca!  He sounds just like Karim Benzema during his second year; they have the same vocabulary!

Over in Castilla, our canteranos play Toledo today at 18h at the Alfredo di Stéfano.  MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín is back with the team after recovering from his injury, as is Mandi, and Nacho, who missed the last game due to suspension.  Álex is missing this one due to suspension (though hoping MFC will score a goal for him), while Denis and Zamora are injured.  If Castilla wins, they will be the provisional leaders of the division, much like the first team of Real Madrid (first, not provisional).

In an interview with Madrid’s web site, Castilla captain Dani Carvajal said the following:

on his relationship with Álex and (MFC) Morata: more than teammates, we’re a trio of friends who get together to have dinner and that is reflected on the field.  You have to have a good atmosphere in the locker room to see results.

on whether he feels closer to the first team after being called up: I work to be the best I can be, and so that Castilla achieves its objective and I’m totally focused on that.  That the first team calls me up is a reward and reflects that you’re doing things well.

on his short- and long-term dreams: in the short-term, to ascend to the Segunda with Castilla, and in the long-term, to triumph in Real Madrid.  That’s been my dream since I was small.

He looks much better as a brunette, no?

Meanwhile, Dani was absent from the Madrid Football Federation awards on Friday, but who was there was Madrid’s three other Euro U-19 winning champions (and in suits and ties), Pablo Sarabia, Álex and MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín, as was Atleti’s Álvaro Domínguez, champion of Europe with the U-21 team.

237 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachel permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:21


  2. maddy permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:21

    OMG UNA!!! NO ONE DOES WHAT YOU DO. please do keep posting!!! madrid fan base would be lost without your blog.

  3. Real Madrid permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:22

    I have two suggestions. One: marry me and two: never stop writing on this blog.

    Love you.

    • Mokia permalink
      November 9, 2011 16:33

      She’s already marrying me bro. sorry

  4. Louise permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:23

    I am certainly not bored of your fantastic blog. I look forward to it every day or two, and you provide great stuff that I’d never find myself. But I understand if it’s wearing on you. Perhaps you could just do your post-match reports (you catch such great stuff) and include in those any other interesting tidbits that you like?

  5. evellia permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:25


  6. StayUna permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:26

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 😦 I don’t read any other RM blog, only yours! …….but it’s your desicion + do have a twitter account? because the madridistas on twitter ADORE you!

  7. November 5, 2011 16:27

    omg! i read the first line of your post and i just want to urge you to continue, i know there are many sites like yours but without doubt unamadridista is the best, you will not believe how many times i have been on other sites and they have quoted or put a link to your site about things regarding real madrid, which i hope shows to you that there is a huge appreciation and admiration for you in what you do best, and that is repoting on all things real madrid.

  8. Suse permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:27

    Hi Una,

    I always enjoy your blog; you have a unique perspective, and I like your sense of humour. Also, you often tell us little details that others leave out.

    It must be a lot of work, though; so if you feel you’ve had enough, I for one reckon you have earned a good long rest 😉

    Many thanks for all the news about Los Blancos, and good luck for the future,


  9. kelly permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:31

    Una, you have a great blog! keep it up! This site is my go to website for information and news on Real Madrid. I really wouldn’t change a thing !

  10. rojafan permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:34

    I could never get bored with your blog. I haven’t found another that so nicely summarizes everything in English! This must keep you so busy at this time, with a match every few days, but I have learned so much about Real Madrid and come to love this team, just from reading your blog. I love the ICYMI posts and look forward to them, especially when I did miss it because we can’t always get the broadcasts for CL games. Our networks are more likey to show the EPL teams. I don’t know how you can make it more interesting for yourself because it is a lot of work to translate the interviews and get all these pictures and news round ups! Maybe the international break will help and I know you’ll be flooded with comments about this post.

  11. Mouah permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:36

    No please Una don’t close the blog !! Personally, I don’t come here just for the news, I come because I know I’m gonna laugh at your thoughts, and because you help us see the boys behind the players. We love THEM, not just the players, and other blog don’t do that. Plus, now we have our habits with the Xabi Pose Section, or our fantasy about Sergio’s hair, or our Marcelo Sunshine ! There’s not such things as “Marcelo Sunshine” in other blog !!!! So I think I’m speaking on the behalf of everyone here : we read you for your great and complete blog, but above all for YOUR humanity, and YOUR humor, and our common sight if our beloved team.
    Maybe you could express yourself more between news, so it will be less boring for you, and even more fun for us ?

  12. Pammie permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:37

    It’s sad to hear, that you’re getting bored with your blog, because it’s so great that you provide all these tidbits and translations. And I love your in case you missed it posts. 😦 I wouldn’t mind if they become less elaborate, if that saves you time and makes you less bored with your blog.

    No Esteban, that better doesn’t become the usual thing now that Sahin is fit (which is great). I’m starting to believe the transfer rumours. :-s

    haha Iker’s “trick”. No comment on Cristiano’s shirt….

  13. November 5, 2011 16:39

    Una – please, please don’t leave us. I adore your blog. This is my log in page in fact. I read and re read what’s here and even go back and read the comments after they are up. I know that there are a lot of other Real Madrid sites out there in there; but honestly you have a completely different take from all of them. Your site is truely unique.


  14. Maddi permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:40

    Una you almost gave me a heart attack!!!!!! NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I’m not bored by this blog at all. And there’s no other blog like this one.

  15. November 5, 2011 16:46

    Una, for me you are the authority on all things Real Madrid, La Roja, & blogging. Please, please, please do not go anywhere! After the teams themselves, your sites are what I love most. I take comfort in knowing that if there’s something I need to know about RM & the NT then I can come here to find it & not worry about the info being wrong. I’ve been following both of your blogs since the World Cup and it would break my heart to not have you covering the Eurocopa and next World Cup! Please don’t stop writing, I love reading your voice (?) if that makes sense and I would miss the ‘!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ too much.
    As Iker would say, “you’re amaysing” & we all love you! 😀

  16. anonymous permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:47

    Please don’t stop writing. Nobody’s complaining cos we all love your work!

  17. heya permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:48

    i don’t know any other source who translates so much of what the people on the team say and gives the inside info that you do for non-spanish readers. I hope you won’t stop writing.

  18. Emily permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:49

    Please don’t stop posting! Your blog is my favorite Real Madrid blog and I read it almost everyday. Your match recap posts are so wonderful and I’d hate for you to leave!

  19. Gina permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:49

    Una please don’t stop posting! We appreciate everything you do and even though other blogs brings us Real Madrid news, you are the absolute best! The first thing I do when I get on the Internet is check this blog. You have no idea how much I (and many, many, other, I’m sure), look forwards to your posts. If you still want to stop, we just want to thank you for everything you did.

  20. mar permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:50

    I think cris needs a haircut! And his shirt is hideous! but i loved his answer about how to satisfy everyone!
    (pc i love your blog, don’t stop writing, porfavor?)

  21. November 5, 2011 16:51

    omg una don’t stop running your blog! you’re one of the go to sources for all things RM that most people, myself included, check for our RM news even more so than the ~mothership. i know tumblr has a poor reputation for not having a legitimate football fanbase but there are plenty of people who love the sport & this team more than the players & you’re our queen. i know you don’t get as much feedback as you deserve but maybe you should make a tumblr and just copy paste your posts from here over there? you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many people look up to you and anxiously await your posts after matches, for training, and basically everything too keep us updated on what our teams up to. we would never tire of your blog & i hope you decide to stick around. ❤

  22. kiki permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:52

    Dear Una,
    First & above all, there is NO ONE who does what you do, dearie!♥♥♥

    I am definitely NOT bored with your blog & never have been. It is the best. But I will totally respect & support whatever you need to do for yourself, because you’ve given us so much and you deserve to be happy. 🙂

    You really should be paid for it, it’s the best blog around – informative, well written, funny & you are the only one who knows exactly what we want! 😀

    ps. Love Cris’s comment, can’t wait to see Sahin play, all the tidbits like Manolín’s cumple, how sweet & right for our players to be concerned for Antonio Cassano. AND I appreciate the perfect pictures esp. Iker & Xabi 🙂

    Thank You for everything, Una!!!!
    Take care of yourself, but I am never, never, ever bored by you – rather this blog thrills me like no other! ♥

  23. olalla permalink
    November 5, 2011 16:58

    Dear Una,
    I’m one of your silent readers and i rarely comments in this blog. I don’t comment often because 1. my english is not very good 2. You write beautifully that i had nothing to add. True, there are many sites that provides for our real madrid news now, but frankly( no offense to the other sites) no one writes like you. For eample, I could always trust/believe in anything that came out from your writhing(ecspecially news about CR and Mou). Besides, you always give fair opinion for our players even when they are in the wrong.Enough said, I really think that it would be a great loss for us (Real Madrid’s Fan)if you are to stop blogging.However, if you do want to stop,can you please let us know? Thank you.
    Unamadridista Biggest Fan
    P/s: Sorry for the bad english.

  24. November 5, 2011 17:05

    dont stop writing una!!! Please! I cant live without your blog! I dont think theres any blog close to you. Youre the best! I look forward to read the next as soon as I finnished the recent entry. Please dont close it. I dont know any better place for RM smalltalk.

  25. Ysa permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:10

    How adorable is Mesut speaking Spanish? It’s just like me when I try! Haha :p

    Also, your blog is not boring at all! I actually started out reading your other blog, con la roja, during the World Cup, but I was delighted to find out you run a blog about Real Madrid as well. In fact, I find reading news about Real Madrid more interesting on your blog than the official website. Plus, you’re quite reliable on your knowledge about the club because it seems like you’ve been a fan for such a long time. Especially with your ‘in case you missed it’ posts. Since I was never good at technical post-match analyzing, those posts are like a blessing because of how creative you are with them. It also helps that you translate interviews in Spanish, that’s what really attracted me to your blog. Your blog is just simply fantastic!

  26. November 5, 2011 17:11

    this is such a great blog! please continue with your hard work, helping madridistas 🙂
    i love unamadridista!

  27. Elena permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:15


    This may be my first time commenting, but I’ve been coming to this blog for almost a year now. I definitely understand why you might want to quit, I can imagine it’s a drain on your time and energy, but I wanted to let you know that you aren’t boring this reader!

    There may be plenty of other sites that post the same training pictures and whatnot, but what endears this blog to me is your commentary. Your sense of humor is wonderful and your perspective is priceless–I haven’t found any other blogs written by someone who’s been a supporter of the team so long, understands the traditions, and is locally situated. Real Madrid fans are everywhere, but I wouldn’t quite consider them madridistas.

  28. Alexandra permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:16

    NOO dont stop blogin’! There are no other blog that R as awesome as Urs! 😦

  29. Laduree permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:18

    Oh no!!! Don’t stop, Una!!!!!!!!!

    I’m one of your quiet readers, but I just wanted to say that I’ve been following your RM and Roja blog since last year’s Cup, and I have to say you’re still the #1 blogger!! PLEASE don’t stop- your humour’s fantastic and always makes it so fun reading news about the boys! 🙂

  30. Anne permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:19

    Aw, Una. Your blog is amaysing. This is the first website I check the moment I wake up. Please don’t stop 😦

  31. JayR permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:20

    I’m sad you are bored by the blog, but I guess I can understand. I’d be devastated if you stopped writing posts though, this is my favorite site on the entire internet, no kidding! And I kinda grew up online, so… I don’t think any of your regular readers are at all bored with this; I couldn’t imagine why!

    I love the way you cover every match, before and after, and provide us with vital information – sure, some of the things one could read elsewhere, but I don’t always have time to google translate (and still not understand) tons of tweets and website articles every day to get all the information you put together and me being a ‘new’ madridista (last season was my first) I love all the insight you can give on a range of topics and club history specifically.
    I guess I am guilty of taking your blog for granted, rarely giving any feedback, really, and I would like to apologize for that, because I appreciate the effort you put into it! I really do.

    I hope you change your mind about this project, I’d hate to see this discontinued, but ultimately it’s your choice and you have to do what makes you happiest…

  32. Gabriela permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:21

    Awn, Una 😦 I’ll be so sad if you stop blogging. There might be other blogs posting things like you do, but you are the best! You are probably the only one with years of Real Madrid knowledge (not only about the “post 2010 WC” squad), and it makes a huge difference, at least for me. Sometimes I read awful mistakes on blogs exactly because the person knows nothing about the players before 2010 (and didn’t care about making some research) and this is something I don’t like :/ And this kind of mistakes never happen in your blog, because you know what you are talking about, you lived lot of the recent history of the club.

    Please don’t abandon us ;_;

    I loved the video of Mesut speaking spanish! Es muy dificil in Lyon pero buen equipo, sí muy bien Cristiano Ronaldo, dos goles hoy
    jajaja he seems to be struggling a lot!

  33. November 5, 2011 17:28

    Hello!! Here just to let you know that as a madridista I really apreciate your blog, and how do I know your blog? because it’s famous! WAhen someone neeed info about Real Madrid even me, people always recommend me your blog, so… keep it up!!!

  34. November 5, 2011 17:30

    No, please don’t stop this blog, it’s my favourite RM blog OF ALL TIME and I would be really sad if you stopped…
    PS: It’s not boring at all, it’s amazing ♥

  35. madridistafromchina permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:31

    Awwwww Una plz continue. I love reading your post indeed. I don’t understand much Espanol so your post means a lot to me. Especially that your post is so much more fun to read compared with other stuff written by journalist.

    Greetings from China.

  36. Lisa permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:33

    that makes me so sad that you’re getting bored of this blog. this is the one and only place I come to for real madrid news and I’m always looking forward to your updates because you share news here that I can’t find anywhere else and I really respect your opinion on a lot of the crazy stuff that happens to/with/around this team.

    I don’t know what these other places are that does the same thing but I’m guessing they don’t do it as well as you.

  37. November 5, 2011 17:41

    I know I don’t always have a comment, but I hope you don’t take that as boredom! Sometimes I really just don’t have anything to say. Your blog is my favorite.
    There’s a passion that you feel for Real Madrid and it comes out in your writing. I have very few sites that I read on a daily (or almost daily) basis, but this is one.
    I’m making a trip to Madrid in January and was hoping to be able to tell you just how amazing my first trip to the Bernabeu is going to be. If you are feeling bored with this blog, then there is nothing I can do about that. I will be sad to see it go. But I would wish you the best.

  38. Kim permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:45

    Aww, I know there are a lot of RM blogs out there, but in my opinion none of them are as complete or have as good translations as yours (nor do they necessarily focus on the important things, e.g. that amazing Sergio photo). I understand the blog is probably a ton of work, though, and I could see how you might feel like it’s getting old. Maybe you could just cut back and do fewer posts, or shorter ones? In any case, even though I rarely comment I wanted to tell you I’ve appreciated all the time you’ve spent on it up to now, even if you decide not to continue. 🙂

  39. Madrid fan in LA permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:45

    Una, I’d never get sick of your blog! I think it’s great just how it is. Yes, there are other websites that post pics, but none even come close to your awesome commentary! And you pick out the best pics… other websites have so much junk you have to wade through.

  40. KathyInCA permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:51

    Well, Una, I can only speak for myself, but I am not at all bored by your blog! It is the first thing I look at on my computer every morning and is by far the best source of Real Madrid news I have found. Plus you write incredibly well and have a great sense of humor. The only thing I have ever wished you would change is to open up the comments so your readers can more easily interact with each other.

    I hope you can find some motivation to keep going, but if you cannot I want to thank you for all the time you have put in to this project so that all of us English speaking fans can be better informed about our favorite club and players. One of the best lessons I have learned from my Spanish husband is that life is short so you should be passionate about the things you spend your time on. Blessings to you as you search for your passion!

  41. Pipita permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:54

    Are you leaving us Una? 😦

    Can you write down sites and blogs that are similar to your own blog? I don’t know any so it will be a sad day when you put down your blog.

  42. Mireille permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:57

    I’ve been regularly following your blog for years now — since back when a popular post would generate three reader comments max — but this is the first time I am posting a comment of my own. I believe I speak for all your readers (especially ones like me whom you may not know exist) when I say that there isn’t a single site out there that even comes close to what you do here. You are a godsend for madridistas who don’t live in Spain and speak limited Spanish. God help us all if we have to rely on Google Translate like Iker! It’s amazing how comprehensively you round up all the news about the club, and how eloquently and humorously you write in English.

    For selfish reasons, I hope you keep this blog going. We sincerely do appreciate the hard work you put into this, even though we may not be so vocal about it.

  43. Miela permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:59

    I love your blog very much ,and there is no blog that do what an amazing job you do.
    keep going carino ❤

    I check your blog every single day 😉

  44. LosT SpiriT permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:59

    first of all i want to thank you for your amazing blog
    I found this blog accidentally more than a year ago since that time reading your blog became a daily habit and part of my passion towards madrid

    I am grateful for you on taking some of your free time or more to deliver us joy and a different aspect of madrid games and news

    for the suggestion maybe adding new writers for the blog

    in the end it is your decision we will respect it and definitely we will miss this blog

  45. Happy permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:00

    No, Una, your blog is the best one!!!!
    Of course there are many other real madrid fans blogs, but among these, yours is the best!!!! So please keep do it, I love the series of “All set for…” and I love the Xabi corner, of course our beloved Iker!!!

  46. Sasha Twen permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:00

    What? Are you joking! If there’s any other blog out there that is doing the thing you’re doing I am not reading them. Why should I be? I am completely satisfied with yours! I love that you actually do all this research and put so much effort in giving us good information. You don’t just gush over someone’s picture. I cant think of any other site, really, that comes even close to being such an inspiring, invaluable resource as yours.

    One thing I especially appreciate about your blog are the wonderful translations. I work as a translator myself and think you’re doing a much better job than the official Real Madrid page, for example. You put so much love and care into your work and you have a good translation style.That, for me, is always one of the biggest joys about your blog.

    If you think you’re not getting enough feedback and therefore think about quitting, that’s a real shame. I know I am one of those who takes a lot of your work for granted because I rarely comment 🙂 But let me say now that I love this blog and want to see it continue as long as you’re willing to do it!

    If you feel like you need a change, I can understand that. It must take a lot of effort on your part. Maybe you can focus on those things that are the most fun for you and ditch those that have started feeling like a chore?

    • Sasha Twen permalink
      November 5, 2011 18:02

      And dear me, I forgot half of my English grammar because I got agitated. Sorry about that. 🙂

  47. Kyrrdis permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:02

    I haven’t read this post yet, because I was so shocked by the first passage!

    Nooo~o! Una! Please don’t stop this gorgeous blog! It’s my favourite Real Madrid blog! I check it not only once, but like a dozen times daily! (Yes, I’ve signed up for he newsletter for new posts, too, but that doesn’t stop me X’D)

    Yes, there may be other Madrid blogs out there, but yours is the one I most appreciate ❤
    You have the right mixture of news for me! It's all there, your "ICYMI", "all set for"-Posts, the news, posts/news from castilla etc.

    And I love that you not only focus on the sports news, but also on all the wonderfull other moments before the game, in the tunnel, the boys attending other events etc.

    And your wonderful translations! That's also one of the main parts I follow your blog. It's really not so easy to stay tuned with all the news about the boys when you don't speak spanisch and don't live in Spain. Maybe it's easy to get much information on for example Cris, because he is one of the most popular, but you treat all our boys equally and that's great! I often read news on the not so popular players (which I love as any other on the team!) here, I never saw on other sites! And especially Castilla-news is very hard to find!

    But the most importand part is:
    When I read your posts here I feel that you love the club and our boys as much as I do! And that's just wonderful! ❤

    I really love it when you comment on the statements our boys or the club makes, because almost evertime I agree with you and that makes me love your blog even more!

    Please never, never close this blog!

    Kisses, your faithful reader Daniela

  48. mickymacky permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:02

    una… please don’t quit your blog 😦 nobody does a recap and ‘bits and pieces’ like you do…

  49. emma permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:07

    OMG UNA NO. you are literally my favorite blogger on the internet. my morning routine is: guardian football,, you. if you left us, i don’t know what i would do! you always provide the best content, and i really do appreciate the huge amount of effort it must take for you to translate so much. i’m not a regular commenter, but please know that there are a LOT of us who really love you and would be sad to see you stop blogging.

  50. Jessica permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:09

    What are you trying to imply in your opening…are you going to stop writing your blog? I never comment but after reading your intro I felt like I needed to leave this comment. I really love and enjoy reading you blog everyday!!! I have been reading your blog for almost a year now and I can’t stop! To be honest in the morning when I check my email/school stuff I always check your blog for updates. I live in the United States and you never fail me because around 8:00am there is always a new post. This blog is so entertaining to read. I really really really appreciate your hard work and dedication you put in this blog! I am not bored of this blog but I know as a writer you may be tried with the same old format every week so any changes you end up making I will support you. Thank you again for this incredible blog!

  51. Ralph permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:13

    Una, You can’t stop do what you do, really.

  52. Maria permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:14

    |’m not tired of the blog. I love it. : )

  53. black widow permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:17

    una, if you ever decide you don’t want to do this any more, i’ll be devastated, but i’ll (sadly, and with regret!) support you. it’s a LOT of work and often a thankless job. i hope you know we do appreciate you and this blog has brought so much joy to so many madridistas around the world, but it’s got to be exhausting for you and when it starts feeling like work and not fun, i can see why you’d feel bored and fed up by it. i definitely don’t take your work for granted, and i do hope you continue, but i totally understand if you don’t. *hugs*

    one thing, though … i think you’re wrong when you say there are other blogs out there that do the same thing. there aren’t! sure, there are blogs that cover the matches from a technical point of view, and kickette or dirty tackle are great for the odd post about various members of the team, but i’ve yet to come across any blog, anywhere on the internet, that covers the matches plus the non-footie stuff in the way that you do. for non-spanish speakers (i’m trying! i’m learning! but i’ll never be fluent!), this blog is a blessing. who else is going to critique iker’s clothing, or point out how boss xabi is, or point videos of sergio dancing in the dressing room? and to do it with the humour you do, with the attention to detail that you do … there’s really nowhere like it online, anywhere.

    i personally have no suggestions to change or improve things, because i’m happy with everything the way it is, but if you’re feeling bored or overwhelmed, perhaps you could reduce the posting frequency to a level that gives you more of a break? maybe 1 or 2x a week or whatever you’re comfortable with? or do more news round-ups and less match reports, if they’re less work (though i will miss your ICYMIs very much if you choose to discontinue them!)? whatever works for YOU is what’s most important; i’ll just be grateful for whatever time and effort you give your readers.

    a “young” hug to you, as iker would say! :p

  54. November 5, 2011 18:22

    Oh no, I just love your blog and I read it every day. Your blog is always so funny and well written and it makes me love RM and the players even more if that’s possible. It always makes me smile. I have to say that I would miss your blog sooo much if you stopped it! But the decision is yours I’m sure that the blog takes much of your time and everything. Maybe you should keep a break and decide after that? But anyways thank you for writing this awesome blog for so long 🙂

    (And by the way, I love that there is Marcelo in the every picture that Pepe has added to his Facebook. They are adorable together!)

  55. endlessinfinity permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:23

    As always Una you did a fantastic job on the blog. I don’t comment often but I’m a regular reader and your blog is amazing and unique because you provide intricate details about the team that I have yet to see in other blogs. I’d request you not to abandon it completely. Of course it’s completely up to you whether you want to continue it or not and if it interferes with your daily life then you won’t be able to help it. But I love this blog and I’d hate to see it discontinued as I’m sure would many others. Maybe if it’s a lot of hassle you can make more sporadic posts but please don’t abandon this extremely interesting blog for your loyal and international readers.

  56. Peggy permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:39

    I can’t believe you said you might quit this blog..its the only place I come to after a match..I don’t know of or care about for that matter..of any other blogs..No one does it quite like you do, Please don’t leave us out in the lurch and carry on.. Twitter is already a buzz that you might do this..and no one wants you to leave.. NO ONE!

  57. omar permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:41

    I don’t know why you feel it has gotten boring!! I love your humour, and your the only blog I read atleast. Please don’t quit! I spam your blog all day just to look for a update!!!!!

  58. Nesy13 permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:42

    No! Your blog is wonderful! And I love the details of all players that you show, mainly Xabi and his poses, and report games too! Please continue, your blog is always mentioned in other places for Real Madrid’s fans! kisses!

  59. Crack Madridista permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:50

    pls dont stop the blog,, i just love your site and check up on it almost everyday ..

    you say that a lot of other blogs do the same ?? i have never read or seen them..
    and i dont know why i should cause i am sure they does not do the excellent job that you do

    the season just wont be the same without you ..


    from a fan and reader from Denmark

    Hala madrid !

  60. Mrs Casillas Gales permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:50

    Please continue if you feel able Una – the other sites do not compare to yours

  61. Lindsaay permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:50

    Don’t say that Una! You have something all the other sites don’t – the Xabi Alonso Pose Section. Don’t ever change.

  62. GuyFawkes permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:54

    Bored of your blog?

    Definitely not. I just think it’s a small portion of your readers that actually write comments. (For example, I read all of your posts, and rarely comment)

  63. manie permalink
    November 5, 2011 18:57

    Oh no! After a while of not paying much attention to football, your blog helped me get into it again because you made it so that we got a better look at the players (indeed, much of whom had changed since the ’05-06 season). There are blogs that aggregate pictures and write about it, but I think you have the best knowledge as a longtime fan and insight into the team. I actually think some of the other blogs often take some of their material/initiative from your blog, which I’m sure you’ve realized. Please don’t stop, this is my favorite! After all, when we win a trophy at the end of the season, I will want to see what you come up with.

  64. Laryssa permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:01

    I will never be bored by you or your blog. I’m here every single day since you started and I’ll be here every single day until you continue to devote your time to the club that we love. Your blog is just wonderful.

  65. November 5, 2011 19:04

    I already sent you a huuuuge email, but I thought I’d also comment here on the blog.

    I just really felt the need to say something, to make you understand that you aren’t just another one of thousands of bloggers out there. You’re one of the best. Your voice might be amongst hundreds of thousands of Real Madrid fans with an opinion, but your voice is one that so many people listen to and respect. Absolutely and sincerely, thank you. We (your readers) love you.

  66. Gilly B permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:05

    Una, you gem. I don’t even know where to start because you cover everything so well, I feel like I’m reading a writer from a favoured paper. THANK YOU SO MUCH, sincerely.

    Cris giving his team Cristal Boot ‘awards’ is really sweet; hopefully this reflects the strong team spirit they all have.

    Hala Madrid tonight!

  67. CsmcgGrl permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:14

    Nooooooo, you can’t stop the blog!! I ❤ it, you write about everything I care about, and so well! It's perfect, many thanks for all your work putting it together!

  68. November 5, 2011 19:14

    You cannot stop. Yes, other sites may be similar, but they aren’t you. We need your perspective. Your unwavering loyalty. Your gifs of the best moments of the games. And by best, we mean Marcelo taking off his pants. Do. Not. Stop!

  69. Alyssa permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:22

    I’m sure there are many other blogs that do the same thing you do but I don’t look at them or read them because I read yours! I don’t care about them because yours is the best! This is where I come for my info. And even though I haven’t missed a single match, I wake up every morning after a match excited about your ICYMI. Aside from just all the info you give, I’ve come to look forward to your opinions on things. Even very superficially, I think of you every time I see Javi…and whenever I type his name I almost put exclamation marks after it before realizing that I don’t even love him THAT much haha. I’m sorry you’re bored with it but I had to let you know that I’d be lost without your blog and I really hope you consider continuing!

  70. Zina Tasreen permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:22

    Una, you’re doing an exponentially brilliant job with this blog, honestly. I totally depend on you for my Madrid news — so much that I’ve withdrawal symptoms on days you don’t post. So, please keep it going.

    Btw, do you know if Cristiano & Irina are engaged? Apparently she was sporting an engagement ring at the Golden Ball presentation…

  71. Laura permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:27

    Mesut speaking Spanish sounds so sweet. I wonder if it sounds the same way when I am speaking Spanish.
    And I had the same thought on Sergios sweatpants. And I also think it’s a very nice gesture of Cristiano.

    Please, don’t stop writing this amazing Blog, Una. I check every day to see if there’s something new about Real Madrid. Eventhough I’m not a real Madrista. Since I’m just watching RM games cuz Sami was my favorite player on his former club and I was curious how he would fit in the world of Real Madrid.
    Unfortunately I have no suggestions how you could change something to make it less boring for you and/or the other readers, cuz I like it the way it is now. =)

  72. Melissa permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:29

    Una, please don’t end this blog! I know it would be hard for me to find even half of the things you post on any other blog, and I feel like your perspective as a long term fan makes you more knowledgeable than any other blog Not to mention the fact that your commentary is hilarious and utterly unique.

    I understand if you stop posting, but I really hope you don’t!

  73. Anon permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:30

    You are the best madridista blog on the internet. Only if you knew how much you are loved. I cannot force you to stay, but a lot of people including me enjoy your blog very much.

    I hope this message helps even though It’s dumb anyway once again I’ll say it,

    Please don’t leave.

    Sincerely, a creeper who loves your blog a little too much.

  74. sergio permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:46

    :O una please tell me you aren’t considering to quit blogging on RM. Some of us readers look forward to this blog on a daily basis……especially those blogs that involve marcelo 😀

  75. November 5, 2011 19:57

    Personally I love your blog Una, and I don’t think there’s anything close to it. Not only is it a fun read, but a lot of the things you post I wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. The way I see it your blog is “required reading” among madridistas, and I would not be the only one to miss it would you decide to take it down.

    In the end it’s up to you, of course, but I just wanted to let you know that here’s one reader who appreciates this blog very much 🙂

  76. liz permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:57

    No, please don’t stop the blog! it’s literally the one place I come for Real Madrid info… it is the best! I’ll never get bored of it…

  77. Julissa Velastegui permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:59

    Hi There,

    I just want to say that you’ve done an absolutely great job keeping all of us, madrilistas, informed about the team. You have a good sense of humor and the up-to-date information that is of interest to all of us who follow you. Although I discovered your site just recently, I admire your work and commitment and hope you reconsider your decision to stop the blog. If you don’t mind the suggestion, you can make this a monthly blog and blog about that highlights of the team in that period. I’m sure it will take less time out of your schedule and you can focus of stories that are more relevant to you.

    In any case, thanks for all your efforts. I truly appreciate them and I hope this is not the end to a site that I consider photojournalism about a team we all love.

    Best to you in all you do!

    Julissa Velastegui

  78. Sarah Nikolich permalink
    November 5, 2011 19:59

    I hope you don’t leave this blog…. cuz I love it. It really bring all the things I miss during streaming (since most of the matches I have to watch on web) and you make it interesting. 🙂 if you don’t go on with it, it would be such a shame. just my 2cents.

    I have to comment on our canteranos and Alvaro Dominguez, they are killing in those suits. & yaaaaaaaaaay for Castilla for wining Toledo 3-0 😀

  79. jbat permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:02

    I recently discovered your blog and it has opened a whole new level of being a Madrid fan for me. I live in the US and its harder to find news that is not on the internet about such things, so your blog is like a new window to the team that I learn so much from. Obviously if you stop, that is fine, it is your life to live, but I will say that your blog is truly one of my favorite stops on the internet and that I check it every day. Thank you!

  80. Jean permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:11

    Girl what are you talking about? Other sites? As far as I’m concerned your site is THE site for all things Madrid. You simply cannot go 😦 i don’t know how many times I’ve seen other blogs and websites credit you for pictures, translations, etc. I visit both blogs everyday and I dont know what I’d do at work if I didny have them to keep me entertained 🙂

  81. November 5, 2011 20:14

    I really hope u keep blogging even if it is less frequent. I read you every morning (since I am in the US) and love your witty commentary! Plus u get the best pictures and videos! It is a highlight of my day!

  82. Ave permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:16

    I don’t comment here much but now I feel that I have to. I really love your blog and I hope you don’t quit. I just want you to know that I really appreciate the work you do to keep us updated and thank you for everything. Aitäh.

  83. Pamela permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:19

    I love you blog! it is true that other people do it too, and I read a lot of them everyday because each one has different opinions and different things to say… keep it up!!

  84. tatiana permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:22

    i absolutely love your blog and i will be completely devastated if you stop updating! maybe take a break until you start to feel it again, but please don’t leave for good! 😦

  85. Jennifer permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:23

    Most important points first: our canteranos clean up so nicely, don’t they? The suits are a good look. I’ve been watching Castilla matches more frequently these days (because it’s not like I have work to do or anything!), and MFC AFI is shaping up to be quite the Boss Ginger Midfield General. Carva’s been pretty boss, too.

    Very glad to know that I wasn’t the only one to um. Notice Sergio’s sweatpants. (In my defense, they are preferable to looking at the rest of his outfit…)

    Granero amuses me, always. Whether he’s tweeting lines of Lorca, or calling Bukowski “fun”… I love every second of it. And I would really hate to lose him to Arsenal, so I’m going to stick my fingers in my ears and ignore the rumor mill, while clutching my Granero 11 jersey. LALALALA CAN’T HEAR YOU. (Please don’t send Esteban away pleaaaseeee tito Florennn! Pretty please with a cherry on top!)

    Iker’s trick with the card… “¿Confías?” “Poco, pero venga…” That would be my reaction, too. Seriously, how hard do you have to throw a card to make it stick in a carrot?!!?! Where did he even learn this truquito?!

    Özil’s Spanish is too cute.TOO CUTE. “Soy muy feliz con equipo ganar este partido!” I want to pinch his cheeks and make him flashcards.

    I actually liked Cris’s shirt when I thought the white spots were just lunares, but now that I see they’re something else (a logo? I can’t really tell), I’m not so sure. From a distance, it’s not too bad, though. Though perhaps he should save it for the next performance of the Cuadro Flamenco Real Madrid…


    In more serious/practical things… I’m of two minds about the blog. It’s an absolutely fantastic resource for RM fans who don’t speak Spanish and are interested in more things than “just the football”, so I would be very sad to see it go… but at the same time, I know that it must be an absolutely massive timesuck to make big posts like this regularly, and a bit dispiriting to put in loads of effort for waning levels of feedback. The cute moments and pictures tend to make the rounds on Tumblr (though I have a sneaking suspicion or three that at least *some* of those gifs are nicked from your blog, just saying!), and news about injuries and the like does tend to be fairly well-reported in the sporting press. The one thing that other forms of internet media haven’t taken on so far (and here I include Tumblr, LiveJournal, and even sites like Kickette) is translating interviews. Which is of course the most time-sucking thing you do, I’m sure. Anyone with internet and a little bit of know-how can dowload a match and make screencaps and gifs, but it takes years of language learning to be able to make sense of even short interviews. The absolutely Herculean effort of transcribing those Real… interviews, for example, when even the official RM site can’t be arsed to do it (and certainly doesn’t do HALF as good a job! seriously they need a new in-house translator!) – that is really the sort of content that people can’t get elsewhere at this point, and maybe if you posted less frequently, and saved your energy for these “bigger” things and/or recruited some helpers, that would let you reclaim some free time and still retain reader interest… But I don’t know, really. It’s a tough call, but it’s one for you to make, and even if you do decide to call it quits, this has been a beautiful run and will always be one of my favorite corners of the internet, for so many reasons. ❤ ❤ ❤


    To end on a happy note: ¡Madrid líderes! ¡Castilla líderes! Today has gone well!

  86. Abhinav permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:23

    Not bored at all.. i dont think many websites do the same thing.. esp in english… and how can we get bored when you bring new stories… full interview translations… interesting pics and clips every post…

    As a suggestion i think you can think of collaborating like realmadridfootballblog … that way it can be less time consuming and get collective audience.

  87. Magda permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:26

    Una, there is absolutely no blog that compares to the quality of your blog. Everything that you do is perfect. It’s something that I look forward to daily.

    It will really be a sad day when you stop running this blog 😦 I do understand that it takes a lot of time and I really really really appreciate everything that you do. And seriously, there is absolutely no blog that compares to yours.

  88. Ana permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:29

    Noooo! Please don’t quit! Your blog is the only one I read.. Everybody loves your blog!

  89. ree permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:41

    there may be plenty of other blogs, but its not the same as this!

  90. November 5, 2011 20:49

    Please don’t stop writing!!!
    I live for every post that you post on here.
    You are one of my favourite persons in the history of people! 🙂

  91. tiare23 permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:51

    I absolutely love your blog. I check it every morning to see if there’s new post. It’s part of my morning routine. As a new fan of the team, I was lucky to come across your blog last year on livejournal and have been a regular reader ever since. I love the ICYMI’s and your translations of the Real interviews are a godsend. Thank you!!

  92. Rm23 permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:54

    Una, keep up with the good work. It’s probably slow right now because of that time of the season. Sure there are other sites but It wouldn’t be the same without you. As for suggestions, I think you could always switch up the theme, keep the same simple concept you have though. Otherwise you’re good.

  93. Zimi&Mia permalink
    November 5, 2011 20:58

    NOOOO!! You can´t stop blogging! How are we supposed to get all the info about RM and all the “special” videos and photos? lol
    Two of your biggest fans from Germany

  94. Iram permalink
    November 5, 2011 21:21

    NOOOOOOOOO Una, I’m not bored by ur blog at all. I love it and all ur comments too. Seriously u converted me into a RM fan. If u’re getting bored urself, take a couple of breaks in between posts! t c and all the best!

  95. maggie permalink
    November 5, 2011 21:27

    i love this blog! i come here every morning and read it like a daily newspaper or something. its a part of my morning ritual! you can’t end it!

  96. Erica permalink
    November 5, 2011 21:39

    I’d never want to force you to keep up the blog if you’re not enjoying it, but I just wanted to assure you that I love both of your blogs and treasure your fun little insights into the sport. This is always my definitive source for all things Madrid, and even when I see something on tumblr first, I tend to not take it seriously until you confirm it.

    Amazing work, and I hope there will be much more to come!

  97. Adri permalink
    November 5, 2011 21:46

    Please don’t stop writing!!! Your blog has the most information, not only about the games but about what goes on off the field!!! I look forward to reading your blog EVERY day!!! So I hope it was only a joke what you said about not writing anymore…. If you do please give me the links to where you get all the info and gossip so I can keep up!!!

  98. Pepegirl permalink
    November 5, 2011 21:47

    Oh, Una – please don’t stop writing these wonderfully informative and always positive pieces!

    I look forward impatiently to each new episode and I am always cheered up by the warm-hearted and encouraging attitude you have even when things aren’t going so well. I share in your delight when the team is successful and feel supported and reassured when there are problems.

    I just arrived home a week ago from a short trip twith my daughter to Madrid to visit the stadium and watch the Villareal game – we felt very much at home thanks to all the insider information we had gleaned from you. When we watch the matches on TV at home we often wonder what Una is thinking about it – we can predict which bits you will be commenting on later! (Especially Xabi being very boss, or Sergio showing off his thigh…)

    So we hope you will continue – but want to say lots of big “thankyou”s in any case for all your hard work and dedication. It is very much appreciated. I don’t think anyone else’s blog is anywhere near as good as yours.

  99. Kin permalink
    November 5, 2011 21:54

    Hello Una!
    I wish I could convince you to stay, but I do understand that all good things come to an end.
    If you decide to not continue with Following Real Madrid, we (your fans) would totally understand. Thank you for all the hard work and time you’ve put in throughout the years, I cannot describe how much we appreciate it.

    I do have a suggestion for you though – maybe create a Twitter account where we could follow some of your anecdotes about Real Madrid or even thoughts about games as they happen? It would be more of a non committal way to stay in touch and still keep this alive – and not to mention, it would involve a lot less effort and time on your part.

    I was also wondering if closing Following also meant closing Con La Roja?

    Best wishes Una.


  100. Julia permalink
    November 5, 2011 21:59

    Still absolutely LOVING your blog! The only Madrid blog I visit on a daily basis. You do an amazing job, would be such a shame to stop something so wonderful!

  101. oliviaRM permalink
    November 5, 2011 21:59

    Una!!! Thanks for your amazing blog!! I don’t know what am I gonna do without your blog!

  102. MichaelRM permalink
    November 5, 2011 22:11

    please don’t give up. I like your blog so much. I’m from Poland and I am semi-professional journalist. I am writing for Our users like yours translated news so much.

    Here is one of your translated news.

  103. launicacosa permalink
    November 5, 2011 22:14


    i’ve been a reader for quite some time now and you’re the best real madrid blogger out there. you know so much about football but at the same time you appreciate all the cute things our players do. your blog is NOT at all boring. it’s really refreshing and you’re the original madridista who started this whole thing. idk about other but i’ll always read your blog cause i like hearing what you have to say.

    thank you for creating this blog because for people like me (who live as far away from madrid as possible), you allow us to feel closer to the team. you’re great and i think the blog is as perfect as it is. 🙂

    take care and besos!

  104. Cas permalink
    November 5, 2011 22:20

    Another flawless post, as always! San Una, I absolutely love your blog. You are a wonderful for putting together such entertaining and informative posts and I look forward to every single update. You really have helped me love this club and team more than I could ever have imagined, and although I don’t comment very often, I really appreciate the effort you put in. I would be very upset if you stopped posting!

  105. November 5, 2011 22:20

    Una! I have absolutely enjoyed reading your blog, and appreciate the effort you take to put such wonderful posts together. There is no other site that can compare 🙂 But if it is not fun for you anymore, then it will start to seem like a chore, so you shouldn’t. I will miss reading your blog – and good luck in everything you do!

  106. November 5, 2011 22:23

    I really hope you don’t stop writing. It is true that many sites have the same information, but none provide the fun reading that your blog does. I always read your blog, even if I have already seen the videos with the same info. I imagine that this must take a lot of work, and I will understand if you stop providing your time for us. Thank you for your writing.

  107. Rachel permalink
    November 5, 2011 22:27

    Una I want to thank you for all of the hard work and precious time that you give up to devote to this blog. I love this blog just the same amount I love Real Madrid, and I come to you first long before any of those other sites that usually take from you. You are by far the best blog out there, and I always look forward to things you’ll say in posts while watching games. It saddens me that you’ve become somewhat bored with this, but no one can be bored by this team 🙂 Thank you!!!

  108. November 5, 2011 22:28

    I’m not bored from your blog, I love it!
    I do not comment enough, sorry for that.
    My Spanish is bad, so I’m happy for all the informations you share with us.:)

  109. November 5, 2011 22:29

    who could be bored with your blog? I love it and look forward to your posts all the time. Also, the video of Mesut speaking Spanish is precious.

  110. emily permalink
    November 5, 2011 22:32

    Who on this great EArth would hand Sergio an award made of glass? ;-p
    Una – I really enjoy coming here everyday and reading. You have great wit and enthusiasm for your team. You express things that we see and think about, but don’t have time to put down on paper. We are fortunate that you take the time out of your day to blog for us. I don’t want to put any pressure on you to keep it up.
    I just don’t think I could live without it. ;-p

  111. Kristen permalink
    November 5, 2011 22:39

    Please, una, I beg you to continue doing what you do with this blog. I am only sad that I just discovered your blog a few months ago. It is THE BEST Real Madrid blog on the internet. I literally wait in anticipation for your posts after games and leading up to other games and events. I love your gifs and hope you never, ever get rid of them. My husband is a cule and even he enjoys reading your blog. I appreciate that you write it in English and translate everything into English, yet know Spanish as well. Your insight is appreciated. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE continue your blog and don’t ever stop! It would be a hole in my madridismo. I love your blog and thank you for taking so much time to keep it up to date. Perhaps if you are getting tired you could have readers volunteer to give you submissions after games??

  112. November 5, 2011 22:54

    i really love your blog! after each real madrid game and even before them, i come and check if you updated your blog. i check it everyday! don’t stop it please! love from canada xox

  113. Jess permalink
    November 5, 2011 23:06

    There may be a lot of other Real Madrid blogs but none of them have the quality that you do Una. I check your blog every single day and I may not comment but I appreciate what you do. Please, keep blogging and making my day??

  114. Mike permalink
    November 6, 2011 00:02



  115. November 6, 2011 00:04

    noooo. You do an amazing job, and i have never seen any better blogger

  116. November 6, 2011 00:23

    I love this blog, please don’t get bored of it!

  117. Sophie permalink
    November 6, 2011 00:28

    I don’t know of any sites that do the same things you do! Una, you are much appreciated.

  118. November 6, 2011 00:28

    Your blog is perfect! It isn’t bored 😀

  119. November 6, 2011 00:45

    oh Una, I really enjoy reading your blog–it’s like my morning newspaper whenever I have time for one. I am not too impressed with Oezil’s Spanish development haha. I’ve been learning Spanish for about as long (maybe even less) than he has and I think I can say more things than that! But then again, he was probably just nervous…

  120. November 6, 2011 00:47

    I love this blog! I don’t think that anything needs to change, honestly. So please don’t stop what you’re doing 🙂

  121. Kellybean permalink
    November 6, 2011 00:53

    This is my first comment here but I’ve been reading for awhile. I, for one, would be sad to see this blog go. I keep trying to think of ways for you to change things up to make it more interesting for you but schoolwork is making is sucking my creativity.

  122. Iris permalink
    November 6, 2011 01:07

    Um, what are you talking about? Your blog is honestly the best I’ve seen out there. Please never stop what you’re doing. 🙂

  123. November 6, 2011 01:07

    Una, please don’t stop updating, you are our goddess, queen, etc *fill in the right word here*, we need you :C

  124. maria permalink
    November 6, 2011 01:22

    Please don’t give up on your blog… are u really bored? I always have fun reading it, it’s your point of view, on your own words…. that’s what makes it so special and unique (and of course, different from the others…)!! I hope u keep on writing, feeding us news from Madrid, and entertaining!!! u’re doing an amazing job!!!
    all the best!!!

  125. November 6, 2011 01:26

    “You know what… I’m starting to get a little bored by the blog, and I’m sensing that some of you are too. After all, there are now lots of other sites that do the same things I do.”

    😦 I am not at all bored by any of your posts. Even if I don’t comment often, I am constantly checking this blog for new articles. Some of the many things that I really love about this blog are 1) the wealth of information about Madrid and the guys that I can’t find anywhere else, 2) your sense of humor, 3) knowing that what you write about is reliable and objective. I have learned so much about the teams as players and coaches from this blog. Living in the US and not speaking Spanish, I don’t get this information anywhere else. I can frequent the English version of Madrid’s website but as I’ve learned from the “Real…” interviews, the English version leaves out much of the article. Also there are some articles on the Spanish version that aren’t on the English version.

    If I had any suggestions, I would leave them but I honestly can’t think of anything I would change. I know this must be a lot of work for you to keep this blog updated and I would totally understand if you decided not to continue with it, but the selfish side of me hopes you do continue it.

    I have read articles recently about Arsenal & Malaga targeting Esteban. I will try to take that with a grain of salt as I’m not sure how reliable the sites that post these rumors are. If it is true however, It makes me sad to think that he was brought back to Madrid, which I’m sure got his hopes up thinking he’d play, only to sit the bench. Meanwhile the new signings are getting more playing time than he is. 😦 I can understand why he would want to go to these teams so that he can get playing time tho.

    I’m looking forward to the game and even though it will be shown at 5 a.m. here, I will be up to watch it. 😮

    There are many other things to comment on but I will stop here.

  126. ama permalink
    November 6, 2011 01:29

    Una! Your match recaps and personal perspective on all things Madrid are second to none. This is my favorite RM blog, I definitely don’t want to see it go. (Plus you have to post about that photo of Iker all tucked up in bed sleeping from Madrid’s facebook page.) What can we do to make blogging more fun for you?

  127. Erika permalink
    November 6, 2011 01:53

    Don’t stop this blog! I love it. Your writing is so interesting and funny to read. I laugh so much! I look forward to coming to this website everyday. 😦

  128. wandering permalink
    November 6, 2011 02:05

    Una noooooooooo! I love this blog!! Don’t give it up. So much news about our players do not reach my part of the world. I especially love the ICYMI and news bits.

  129. November 6, 2011 02:07

    I’m so sorry your getting bored with the blog! I still love it and I still check it every day! I love what you do and honestly I don’t think anyone does it better! I really hope you continue with it – much love to you…

  130. Camas permalink
    November 6, 2011 02:10

    WHAT! Are you out of your mind??

    There are no other blogs like this. Please dont quit the blog, because first of all there is NO other blog that provides this type of information and updates, especailly about Madrid.

    Plus you know exactly what to provie (aka. perfect xabi posing) LOL!

    This is a perfect blog – you dont just rabble on about the game with boring facts (and way to much messi butt kissing) you also provide extra information, that I can tell you no other site provides.

    Please dont quit the blog!

  131. UnaFansno1 permalink
    November 6, 2011 02:23

    Hey Una, dont stop blogging I practically check your blog every-other day for new articles and write-ups.

    Dont think your blog is similar to any other blog out there, Its very personalized, its very-UNA which i really love so much, especially with the pictures, gifs images and LOVE LOVE LOVE the compilation of news off the-field.

    Keep Writing ! We’ll help to spread your readership !!

  132. Ros permalink
    November 6, 2011 02:33

    Oh no! Please don’t stop writing. I still enjoy your blog! I appreciate your sense of humor and reporting style as well as the pictures and gifs. I understand about being bored with it; I am sure it takes a lot of time; but if you stop writing, I will miss it.

  133. elsubjuntivo permalink
    November 6, 2011 02:49

    i love your blog t b q h

  134. mokia permalink
    November 6, 2011 02:52

    Great blog once again una!! I am so sorry that you feel bored or disillusioned by it, but i assure you i read EVERY SINGLE ONE of your blogs. i only comment when i feel like i have something worth hearing. I think your blog is absolutely fantastic. I may be a guy, but i feel like no other blog out there covers madrid head to two in as unbiased a view as possible as you do. You are absolutely marvelous. You do so much work to make this blog as great as it is, and i highly doubt anyone finds it boring. maybe they are just like me and dont comment often.
    The amount of work you put into it may make it seem like WORK and therefore you dont enjoy it as much. maybe you can get another reader to help you with your blogs and that will provide another perspective and keep people guessing you know? I fancy myself a very good writer, and although im a straight guy and would write a bit differently, I would LOVE to help!! I speak Spanish and also French and can also translate! Either, way do not ever stop this blog.. ever. I will be furious. Seriously 🙂

  135. Chloe permalink
    November 6, 2011 03:02

    Hey Una! Sorry to hear that you’re getting bored of this! I can understand why and although we don’t always comment, we appreciate your posts a lot! I check your blog daily and I love all the things you write and the little comments here and there! If you do decide to quit, would it be possible to stop at the end of this season? If not, we really loved your blog and maybe you could go onto more personal blogging maybe? The day I discovered your blog I went through every single one of your posts and thought I struck gold! Thanks for everything and I hope you at least finish the season with us!

  136. November 6, 2011 03:07

    Your blog is the wittiest, most comprehensive and insightful one that I have come across – your entries are always well written & edited, plus have the best pictures! Please continue on with this blog, as I cannot imagine a day without visiting your site to read up on my favorite team.

  137. November 6, 2011 03:08

    i ADORE your blog. not at all bored with it!

  138. Trixie permalink
    November 6, 2011 03:09

    you have the best blog out there Una, don’t ever ever stop for our sakes!

  139. November 6, 2011 03:15

    Love the blog please keep it up and keep us informed 😉 . cheers

  140. La Pirata permalink
    November 6, 2011 03:27

    Una, for my part I really enjoy your blog because of your perspective. As a new watcher and non-Spaniard you add a cultural and historical perspective both in relation to overall team history but also present decisions of the team. Your viewpoint is consistently rational (while still coming across as a lot of fun) and your blog is by far the most comprehensive of anything I’ve seen. In fact, I think a lot of those other sites take a lot from you.

    As a non-Spanish-speaker your translations of news from source materials is consistently helpful and always placed within great context that’s lacking in many other sites I’ve seen. I don’t comment as often as I should, but as a reader I’m never bored with the blog. That being said, I can’t imagine the time and devotion it takes to put forth such a comprehensive blog so I can understand if it needs to end, but whatever you decide to do with it, I appreciate everything up until that point! Your love for the team is so clear and magnetic and I’ve learned a lot from you.

    As for Osasuna, it will be really interesting to see if Sahin gets any time since I got to see him this summer in the US (but obviously not playing). It does sadden me that it seems my favorite Pirata is getting a bit of the Pedro Leon treatment this year from Jose. I don’t know what changed as it was happening even before Altintop and Sahin were fit. I was definitely holding out for Xabi 2.0. :/

    I love Cristiano’s quote on god. It’s just so perfect. And I’m still impressed with Iker’s card trick.

    And I wondered if you know who is taking those pictures for Madrid’s facebook? I wonder what Iker’s going to say when he wakes up…

    • La Pirata permalink
      November 6, 2011 03:34

      I realize that I didn’t have much in the way of suggestions haha but that’s my feedback! 😛

  141. superfan permalink
    November 6, 2011 03:34

    All caught up with everything RM!! Being on vacation with no internet for over a week sucks, well RM-news wise. Haha. A huge thanks to all your previous posts too, Una. 🙂

    And seriously, I’m not bored with this blog at all. I mean, I know the routine already but I’m always looking forward to it. I’m just so thankful for all the effort you put in this blog. So I feel like any changes (except to stop posting) you do will be fine with me. 🙂

    Oh and I super hope that this line “it’s been a good run and thank you for reading” doesn’t mean you’ll stop writing on this blog soon. Noooo, please.

    And now that Clasico’s nearing, I feel like drama will come soon enough for this blog. Hahahaha.

    But back to this post. It’s so sweet Cris got presents for his teammates!!! How selfish and arrogant is he? Hahaha. And I super hope Granero gets more playing time soon. And it’s good that we’re not looking for any player during the winter market. I want no drama during that time.

  142. Hadley permalink
    November 6, 2011 03:34

    I love your blog! I’ve never commented before, but I always read your posts, and I hope you keep writing for a long time!

  143. Lish permalink
    November 6, 2011 03:36

    naww i’ll never get bored of your blog UM! I’ve been reading this blog and also your spain blog for awhile now and I (and most other readers im sure) really appreciate how much effort you put into every post to make it an entertaining read for us. =D even though some of us don’t comment on your posts every now and then, it doesn’t mean we’re not thankful of what you’ve done…we are! =)

    if it’s too time-consuming to blog every couple of days (which is totally understandable), longer weekly updates are just as good! i really hope you can continue with this blog =)

  144. November 6, 2011 03:36

    I haven’t posted here in a little while, mostly because I’ve been quite busy this season – that’s why I love your blog so much. It keeps me updated on everything Real Madrid, including the little details, and this is without a doubt my favourite Real blog. Your recaps make missing matches not as much of a sad thing as it would be without them!
    Whatever you decide to do, I have to thank you for keeping this blog running (and for working so hard on it) for as long as you have, I’ve enjoyed every second of it and I would be sad to see it go!

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  146. JCF permalink
    November 6, 2011 04:19

    Una, I completely understand if your life is too busy for you to continue running this blog, but I just want to say I rely on it as my go-to source for all things Real Madrid! You completely cemented my love for the team and I honestly wouldn’t know where to look otherwise. Even if there are other sites out there, there’s no way they are as fun & tasteful (by tasteful, I mean both the normal sense and the perfectly chosen posing picture sections) as yours!
    ~A Thankful Reader

  147. jas permalink
    November 6, 2011 04:36

    dear una,

    i check your blog before i check my email. pls. dont stop. your blog makes my day always.

  148. oiepy permalink
    November 6, 2011 04:45

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG UNA, there is no other blog like yours. please do not leave.

  149. Hala_Madrid permalink
    November 6, 2011 04:52

    What?? Noooooooo UNA you’re my favorite blogger i can’t go a day without reading your blog..Do not leave this project please!!!!!! You make hundreds of people happy everyday even if we don’t show it, we really appreciate your work. Do not leave us please!!!! </3

  150. Futbolfan permalink
    November 6, 2011 05:03

    From the first paragraph I feel like your saying you going to stop writing!? Btw, I’m definitely not bored by your blog!

  151. November 6, 2011 05:16

    Hey! Don’t stop this blog I absolutely love it. It helps a lot to get information about the club if you don’t live in Spain. Plus I’ve seen the other blogs and your blog is better so PLEASE keep with it!!!!!! 🙂

  152. November 6, 2011 05:49

    If there is one thing that this blog ISN’T, it’s “boring”. This blog is one of the best things in my life right now haha! I don’t know of any other blog or site that covers Real Madrid in the unique way that you do, with the details, wit and humour! I’m sure this blog takes up a lot of time and effort on your part, and this is well appreciated!

    Feedback or suggestions? Can’t think of anything. This really is the perfect blog, so much detail, so many pix, videos, translations, etc. Maybe you should promote it more to get more readers? When I first stumbled onto this blog, I wondered what took me so long to discover it.

  153. Cammy permalink
    November 6, 2011 06:21

    Una, Thank You for all the hard work you put into this blog. I can only imagine how much work goes into each post. Your blog really is the only one I read, because it has all the insight and news I need about the team.

    Know that you have lots of fans, most of the fans I have met, love your blog. I hope your boredom is only temporary and you continue with it.


  154. Courtney permalink
    November 6, 2011 06:23

    No, don’t leave!! This blog is the only one I really like. I am from the US and this is the only way I know what is going on with Madrid (as well as the Spain national team). Please stay!!!!

  155. Courtney permalink
    November 6, 2011 06:25

    Please don’t leave! This is the only blog that I found that I like. I am from the US and this is the only way I can know what is going on with Real Madrid (as well as the Spain national team). Please stay!!!

  156. Morales permalink
    November 6, 2011 06:47

    :33333333 hee-hee, omg, Bambi, why are you so freaking cute????? I admit I squealed like a loon when I saw the vid, hahahaha. oh sweet Ozil, never, ever change xDDD

    OMG!! SAHIN EXISTS! *hyperventilates* I might even wake up @ the ungodly hour of 6:30 AM for the possibility of watching him play

    why is Cris such a beautiful human being? He rather have la Liga than the Golden Boot *weeps* I’m so happy that he’s part of our team.

    I enjoy your blog, b/c it keeps all the info on one page. And you do tell us personal tidbits on each of the players, which makes them seem like human beings, so thank you.

  157. TXfan permalink
    November 6, 2011 07:14

    Nooooooo!!!Una you cannot leave! Your blog is awesome, hysterical,witty, and sassy without making me feel dirty (which some of those “other” blogs and their soft core porn commentary do). I’d seriously be lost without your translations. Seriously no boredom, international Madridistas/ La Roja fans will be lost without you.

  158. November 6, 2011 07:21

    I’m definitely not bored, Una. You are a GREAT resource for the team. When something breaks on RM I look to the team site first, then straight here (sometimes in the opposite order jaja!). I love your work and this blog! x

  159. November 6, 2011 07:25

    Wow! I’m sorry to hear that you’re feeling bored. *No one* does what you do. You have your finger on the pulse of RM & the SNT. You also are a fantastic translator and many of us are so grateful for that. The other thing is that many of us trust you implicitly in terms of translation and long and varied knowledge of all aspects of the team and La Liga. We have an enormous amount of respect for you. No one does it better. xo

  160. Marie permalink
    November 6, 2011 07:26

    Hi Unamadridista! I only started reading your blog relatively recently, but you do an amazing job (with your Spain blog too), and it would be such a shame if you ended it. I really love your comments and how you bring everything together. I know it must be a lot of work – maybe you could just post more occasionally, if you felt like it. Either way, whatever you decide to do, thanks so much for all the work you’ve put in, and all the best!

  161. gzh permalink
    November 6, 2011 07:51

    Hi, I just want to say that I really love your blog(s) and I make it a point to check it everyday (despite already getting the emails). I always come here for match reviews since I almost always can’t watch the matches. I hope you won’t stop writing and providing us with all these interesting information along with your opinions. However, if you do, could you maybe tell us about other blogs similar to this one? Because I honestly only know of yours haha. Thank you 🙂

  162. Mariam permalink
    November 6, 2011 08:10

    this is the best real madrid blog! the other blogs don’t compare. I don’t generally comment but I check the blog everyday, and I know my friends do too 🙂 you don’t need to make each blog post as long if you’re getting bored of it, or post as frequently.. but stopping altogether would be really sad..

  163. Jennifer permalink
    November 6, 2011 08:13

    PLEASE don’t tell me you are ending this blog!!!!!

  164. Mike permalink
    November 6, 2011 08:33

    You should split the blog into little snippets and tweet them instead if you’re getting bored of the blog style!

  165. Mari permalink
    November 6, 2011 09:27

    I love your blogs, they’re the first sites I check for updates every day, multiple times a day. Please don’t stop this blog!

  166. Atif Saleem permalink
    November 6, 2011 09:33

    Never stop writing, please! Love your take on things

  167. November 6, 2011 10:02

    Una, you have been wonderful, and if your decision is to stop the blog, thank you for everything…………… But i really dont them there are any other bloggers doing things your way……….. anychance you will reconsider your decision??????

  168. November 6, 2011 10:39

    What was that? I hope you don’t actually consider quitting/ slowing down with the great work you do. I don’t post in comments regularly, or ever for that matter. However, I am waiting (sometimes literary) for all the inside team gossips and lots and lots of team pictures.

    You right, there are plenty RM sites that talks about football, strategies and other football related stuff, yet your blog provides completely different perspective and serves different purpose in bonding those under the RM colours.

    Please tell me it was only Saturday blues talking. And with Real victory over Osasuna in couple of hours your mood will hopefully enormously improve.

    Keep up a good work. Big fan

  169. Lenandro permalink
    November 6, 2011 10:42

    You are the best blogg for RM!!!!

  170. November 6, 2011 10:46

    Don’t stop that blog – you have a huge fanbase out there – and I’m aware we should make sure that you know this.

    And on the other hand, there are others who do the same as you do?! Show me one…!

  171. Brig permalink
    November 6, 2011 10:53

    you’re not gonna stop blogging are you?! please don’t! i LOVE your blogggg

  172. Inga permalink
    November 6, 2011 11:31

    no no, as for me, i’m not bored at all 😉 you’re doing a great job, i really enjoy your blog! keep it up 😉

  173. thatperson permalink
    November 6, 2011 12:08

    Please don’t ever stop doing this blog. I need my daily dose of Real Madrid. I love your blog!!!

  174. Ally permalink
    November 6, 2011 12:57

    Your blog is the best blog in the world about Real Madrid! I check it every single day because I know that what you’ve written will make me smile 🙂

  175. Susi permalink
    November 6, 2011 13:57

    Dear Una, all I wanna say is, that I never feel bored about your blog and never ever would feel that way, simply because it is the one and only source about our beloved team 🙂
    I really really hope and wish you continue your great work. Please!

    Greetz from Germany

  176. Sam permalink
    November 6, 2011 14:47

    Just wanted to let you know I read religiously. I can imagine that the site is a lot of work… but for one would love to be able to keep reading.

    Respect whatever your choice is but definitely wanted you to know… that as a reader I am not bored! 🙂

  177. MIchelle permalink
    November 6, 2011 15:16

    Thanks so much for your posts!! I read this blog religiously and i love it! thanks again 🙂

  178. kai permalink
    November 6, 2011 15:29

    hi una..i kai from the Philippines..i became addicted to football only a year ago during the WC..i didn’t know any player then and so i chose who’s the cutest among them and i have to say iker was my first choice but due to his family name “casillas” *as if you don’t know*; in our country it means rest room so i kindda find it funny and opted for sergio ramos instead..i didn’t even know they were even teammates and the rest is history.. and i must say that through your post/blog i became more addicted with it and it felt like i’ve known the players more not only the real madrid players but the spain national team please pretty please DO NOT STOP…..
    thank you una..
    besos y abrazo muy fuerte..
    P.S. i even wanna learn spanish and that is how addicted i am..

  179. November 6, 2011 15:38

    Sorry, Una, I can’t quite get you. Are you implying that you may stop updating this blog? Of course this is gonna get lots of people down! So please don’t stop this!
    We’re now used to check this website up for the ALL SET posts and ICYMI ones. This blog is like a news collection or Real Madrid dictionary! I can’t imagine how we can keep informed about what’s going on with these boys.
    Yep I agree that things are getting a little less fresh when I follow your blog for long time, but only because that is their life. The routine, the training, the games. They’re all regular. Only sometimes there would be extra activities, which are fun and what we’re always looking forward to. Maybe now some will feel nothing special in this blog. Whereas, without this blog, it’ll certainly be weird and abnormal. I believe none of the readers wanna feel that way.
    Thanks for all your dedication for this blog. And if this doesn’t take annoying large part of time or life of you, please keep it going on. Sincerely, Una you’re like our guide, to know much about this team and also every spark of every Madridista. I don’t know what to suggest yet. But when I come up with anything, I’ll surely tell you. Hugsssss!

  180. Vix permalink
    November 6, 2011 15:39

    I just wanted to say that I love the style of your blog. I honestly can’t think of any other RM blog that offers insights and all the humorous observations that you have.

  181. he nrik permalink
    November 6, 2011 15:39

    no you cant quit!!!

  182. Anna permalink
    November 6, 2011 15:47

    no! 😦 i love your blog so much, its always the first site i come to to hear more about real madrid, i come here more than their website!
    i really hope you decide to carry on with it, because if you do, i will definately keep reading it, and im guilty for not commenting on posts that i love 😦
    and i have to agree with you on ramos’ sweatpants 😀 but im in two minds about ronaldos shirt…
    brilliant post, as always, im hoping carvalho is back soon, hes been gone for so long 😦

  183. Katarina permalink
    November 6, 2011 16:00

    I´m not bored at all, I love your blog. I have followed real madrid for several years and see all the games I can. But to read and see the things you post here makes it all a bit more interesting. It feels like I get to know the players at a whole new level. Big thanks for that! I hope you countinue but I understand if it takes up to much time for you!

  184. Keena permalink
    November 6, 2011 16:26

    You know, Una, I’m not bored at all! It’s true that most of the posts go the same way – first the All set for -post, then ICYMI, then bits and pieces, but I’ve never found that too boring; I always enjoy your posts and they make me laugh and smile.

    I think that is the major difference between you and other RM-centered blogs that I have read. The way you write is, to me, special and makes a huge difference. You attitude in the posts is more fun and fangirly (in a good way and not too much) than in others, and that is a huge plus to me, since I’m that way myself also.

    I really really hope that you keep writing this blog – but maybe you should try bring something new in, if you are bored yourself?

  185. Maria permalink
    November 6, 2011 16:29

    i love your blog and it would be a shame for you to stop, but i can understand how much work it is. I enjoy reading it everyday (i am in the USA), especially the update about the social networking and the little jokes between the guys.

  186. Tasha permalink
    November 6, 2011 16:32

    Una I absolutely love your blog!! I have not found ANY other blogs like this. I’ve checked out other Real Madrid blogs but none are as good as yours! Your commentary i great and you’re an awesome writer!!!

  187. Katie permalink
    November 6, 2011 16:35

    Please do not quit the blog! It is how I am able to keep up with my team, as I am a busy college student and don’t have time to watch the games. Your posts are always fun as well as informative and you can tell you put a lot of time and effort into them and that is really appreciated!

  188. tecnica permalink
    November 6, 2011 16:44

    Hi Una, great article once again. Honestly, there is nothing boring about this blog and it is by far the best blog that I’ve come across. It is always informative, interesting,exciting, entertaining and never a dull moment. You have made this blog on of the best and I can only say thank you. If you do decide to stop blogging, I’d just like to say all the best with your future endeavors and thank you for all the great posts.

  189. LVS permalink
    November 6, 2011 17:03

    PLEASE DON’T LEAVE US!!!! Your blog is not only informative and amazing but it truly is a refreshing experience to take the time to read it EVERY DAY!
    Maybe you need to hear from us more often… So you can understand our appreciation of what you do. And so I take the time now to say:
    Truly AND sincerely, thank you for your dedication, hard work in keeping us informed on these crazy lovable boys.
    Don’t leave us!!! Because following RM wouldnt be the same without you. 🙂

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  190. November 6, 2011 17:08

    Una- I discovered this blog back in July and it is one of my must visit sites every day. I imagine it takes an insane amount of time and effort to put together so I’d understand if you stopped. But just know that what you are doing brings a lot of joy to your many followers and fellow Madridistas. I especially appreciate your translations and game recaps. Thanks so much for all you do! I hope you continue with this blog. And someday meet Javi! Lol

  191. emotionalism permalink
    November 6, 2011 17:13

    Una, I liked Real Madrid before but finding your blog made me love them even more. What you do shows a side of the boys that you don’t really find elsewhere and the way you write, people can really tell that you really love this team and these boys, and your adoration is contagious.
    I found this blog over year ago and I’ve come to trust you and your translations. It makes it so much easier for an American like me who can’t speak Spanish understand the team a little bit more. And I love your post match summaries, I read them whether or not I missed the game (although due to my schedule lately I have been missing them more than I’d like).
    I don’t really go anywhere else for news on the boys and while I understand that obviously being a RM fan you have some bias, but I like how you try to remain objective at times when its needed.
    I realize that you’ve been running this for a long time now and it probably seems like its getting redundant and its enough work to be considered a job. I also realize that people don’t appreciate your effort as much as they should.

    Just know that some of us appreciate everything you’ve done. If you do decide to stop, I will also understand but I will miss it. I just want to thank you for all the had work you’ve done and thank you for making me love this team even more than I did before.

  192. EIFF permalink
    November 6, 2011 17:25

    First of all: I must say I have enjoyed your blog a lot, so thank you for making the blog and updating it so often!

    Second: you wrote
    “After all, there are now lots of other sites that do the same things I do”.
    Could you write down links/urls to some of this other sites? I’m afraid I’ll miss a lot of interesting news if your blog disappear and I can’t find any similar blogs…

  193. November 6, 2011 17:41

    i don’t think anyone does it quite like you do una! i love the match recaps especially because i don’t get to see every game. i don’t know what you can do differently to make it more interesting for yourself. 😦 but i hope you don’t stop blogging.

  194. Tina permalink
    November 6, 2011 19:16

    I’ve just recently started following your blogs and I’m sad to hear that you might not be posting any more Real Madrid updates. I hope you decide to keep the blog, if not I really did enjoy reading it and appreciated the translations. You mentioned that there was a lot of blogs out there that resembled yours. What are some of them that you’d recommend I follow?

  195. Stella permalink
    November 6, 2011 22:50

    I just love you blog and this blog put a smile on my face everyday. I am really sad if you stop writing. I must correct you because you said its a lot of site who are the same like this. No thats wrong, this is far the best site with Real Madrid as a subject. You give us a lot of important information, but you also make it funny and you see the weird side of a lot of things like Banana Iker, Boss Xavi and our Marcelo Sunshine. Just love it! It is also fun for me to read it because I am not from Spain/Madrid so I can not understand some things, but you give me that type of information that we can not read thought media here. Sorry I can give you any tips about change because I think the blog is brilliant. Please enjoy your fantastic work and if you need some more fun you can always bring some more Javi Martinez!!! here, we don’t min.. You give me so much joy Una! Thanks for amazing work!!! Hala Madrid!

  196. November 6, 2011 23:07

    Please dont let this blog go… its fabulous and informative and the first page I go to for up to date reviews of “behind the scenes” activity for Real and its players. It takes time I am sure but really appreciative of the work you do… just keep going

  197. stijn permalink
    November 6, 2011 23:19

    don’t stop with your blog.. ever !!!

  198. Jenny permalink
    November 6, 2011 23:28

    I’ve delayed writing for a couple of days because I wanted to think very carefully about this blog and the things I love about it before responding.

    My favourite posts are probably ICYMI – because it’s fun “rewatching” the match like that and because you’re witty and notice the things that matter. Still, it’s your time that goes into those posts and I’ve always felt people don’t understand how long it takes you to put those posts together (and those posts must take an especially long time. With all the gifs and beautiful things you put in).

    But it is true that one CAN review the game elsewhere (though you are the best – and I never consider going elsewhere).

    For that reason, I feel the most important posts you do (and the ones you might consider still doing) are the ones that examine the media, and personalities in Spain (and outside) and what they are saying about Madrid.

    For example: when Manolo Sanchis says something lovely in an interview, I never come across it anywhere else. You are very up-to-date on the media (the Spanish media especially) and what they are saying and what others are saying. It provides a complete idea to me (and others too, of course) of what Madrid means to people in Spain – and outside too.

    That part of the blog isn’t just better than everyone else’s – its completely unique. Since discovering your blog, I find that news about the club no longer comes as a surprise because you are so good at presenting plausible gossip.

  199. Dani permalink
    November 6, 2011 23:32

    WE all REALLY REALLY appreciate your hard work updateing us all on the inner workings of madrid! Thanks for translating it all into english! If you are not happy doing this anymore than you should end it. ARE you bored or unahppy doing this.
    But trust me, many ppl are grateful! so thank you

  200. All_In permalink
    November 7, 2011 01:37

    I’d hate to see your blog go by the way-side…what reasons are you thinking of quitting it for?? I’m not sure I know another blogger who seems to care about the important things related to our team like you!!!! Please keep it going if you feel up to it!! It’s not boring…it’s unique!!!

  201. @ulonghaz permalink
    November 7, 2011 02:10

    Don’t worry Una, other blogs is not any better than yours which is I think the best blog. Ever! Your post has something that others don’t have. I cant describe it, but for me what you are doing is wonderful. I dont wanna read other blogs. Yours is the BEST 😀

  202. Courtney Latiolais permalink
    November 7, 2011 03:09

    Stay, stay!! This is the only blog that I have found that I like. I live in the US and this is the only way I know what is going on with Real Madrid (and the Spanish national team). Please stay!!!

  203. Un seguidor permalink
    November 7, 2011 03:52

    I wish the best in all your endeavors, no matter what they may be. You made Real Madrid come alive for me. In a sense I only saw the players as football players and not humans. Never considering they had lives to lead when they left the pitch. As strange as that may sound, that is how I seem to recall it. While reading your blog however, Real Madrid became so much more on a personal note. So I give you my thanks for this!

    If you happen to continue in the future, great!! If not, then it was certainly a good run. 😉

  204. Jenna permalink
    November 7, 2011 04:10

    Una, please don’t stop doing this blog! I’m sure we all understand that you have an actual life to live and this undoubtedly takes up so much of your spare time. You’ve spoiled us so much with almost daily posts and I know for myself, it’s one of the first things I eagerly check when I get to work. As for the other blogs, they may cover the same subject, but never as in depth and cleverly as you. Hoping you continue with the blog, even if the posts aren’t quite so frequent. I can’t imagine there being no more Xabi Alonso Pose Section, Marcelo Sunshine references and critiques on Iker’s plaid shirts/manbags. Hala Una!!

  205. Morgan permalink
    November 7, 2011 04:17

    I can’t thank you enough for all the time you spend on this blog, because it’s wonderful. I haven’t found a blog that gives us as much information as humorously as you do. I really hope you continue it, because it’s hard enough to get any info on soccer in the US, let alone on Real Madrid 🙂

  206. wandering permalink
    November 7, 2011 06:25

    I’ve been trying to submit my comments over the weekend to no avail. Mobile internet is a big fail sometimes. Anyway on to the real comment:

    Una please don’t give this blog up. Truth is, it is one of the few sources that I can read about RM and everything that surrounds it. In here I see the passion and real camaraderie of this team. Few real news tidbits reach my part of the world and I miss more games than games watched because of the time difference. I love what you do and even if I don’t comment every time I pass by here, I am very grateful.

    I also feel that this season is Real Madrid’s season and wouldn’t you want to chronicle these epic moments to share to the world?

    Thank you for much Una for giving fans like me to look at the team in a much enlightened light. 🙂

  207. Meg permalink
    November 7, 2011 08:35

    Una, I read your first sentence and my heart almost stopped. i hope you don’t mean that you are shutting down the blog?? Yours is the only RM blog i follow cos i love all the effort you put into every post, and it’s a bonus that you know which exactly are the GIFs and photos that we truly enjoy looking at (eg. Ramo’s butt, Iker’s profile, Xabi being jefe)!

  208. Swede permalink
    November 7, 2011 10:19

    Plz don´t stop blogging, I am addicted to this blog and check it out at least once a day, best regards from Sweden!

  209. Pat permalink
    November 7, 2011 13:26

    I Love read your blog, it’s amazing and don’t think to stop writting !!!
    We need you, Una !!!
    Kisses from Brasil

  210. Whiskey permalink
    November 7, 2011 14:21

    I may be late with my comments here – but I am not bored at all by your blog – I really look forward to it! I’m sure I won’t be the first person to say how much I appreciate all the work that goes into this project that you have no obligation to do (and don’t get paid to do!) – as a madridista living in Canada, you are a great resource for all things real madrid, on and off the pitch. Of course we have to understand if you are not enjoying writing it anymore – but I really hope you continue.

  211. Con La Leyenda Blanca permalink
    November 7, 2011 14:40

    Una! Please don’t stop the blog!… Alot of the sites that follow the players’ lives and bring us the details that mainstream media doesn’t are in Spanish and Real Madrid has so many supporters in the English speaking world, we need you! Also your individual perspectives and anecdotes are always fun to read even when you ogle the players like Casillas etc. (I’m a guy but I get a good laugh at the way you gals go crazy over your favourite players).. In short your blog is phenomenal and I could go on about all the other merits, but the language and your unique view that’s loved by all of us are my main points and I hope you change your mind!

  212. November 7, 2011 14:45

    I’m not bored by the blog at all – don’t worry! You write and feature things no one else does, and all in a really charming way. Plus lots of Saint Ike. Never stop, please!

  213. Ciao permalink
    November 7, 2011 15:00

    Dear Una,

    Although I am not an ‘active’ follower, I am a follower of this blog nonetheless and appreciate your efforts. I frequent at least ten different web addresses for RM news/commentary on a weekly basis (including the club’s official page, news daily’s, etc.). Your blog is certainly top 5 in my opinion. So don’t feel discouraged by the lack of ‘activity’ on your blog, as I’m sure I’m only one of many who enjoy your work ‘quietly’, but in the end do what’s best for you and what makes you happy.

    P.S. As I’m sure you know the vast majority of football fans are male, so you may want to rethink the amount of ‘Oogling’ from the female perspective 😉

    Best wishes,

  214. Lily permalink
    November 7, 2011 15:03

    You have done a fantastic job on this blog!

    My morning coffee at work will be void with out your posts to read!!!

    Even though other sites do the same thing as you, they are not quite as good as yours.

    Please please don’t close it down!!!! We will miss you 😦

  215. November 7, 2011 17:48

    Nooooooooooooooo! I am back after a while and I can properly update myself but an update that UnaMadridista is bored with the blog is not exactly what I had in mind when I was waiting to have time to finally read everything from last weeks!

    Dear Una -it is your blog so you decide whatever is best for you, whatever fits you the most and whatever is most satisfying to you. So I cannot really demand anything from you as it is your decision about what you’re doing with the blog.

    Hovewer, this is the best RM blog there is, I do not even bother to check the RM related news anywhere else so I will really regret if this blog ends! You are doing a wonderful job, describing/translating/finding all the news and adding your commentary to it, so thanks for all your effort, it is really appreciated!

    I understand that you might be tired as the blog entries are very detailed (what I really appreciate) and I assume preparing them is very time-consuming. Maybe you could try writing less often or make less detailed posts, concentrating on some chosen topics that you would find interesting at the certain time, like I do not really know;-) – for example

    – Iker’s profile of the week
    – Marcelo’s smile of the month
    – Xabi’s boss pose of the match

    In that case you would not feel obliged to cover every news there is, every match etc. Just leaving it (for as long as you feel) like a place for presenting your thoughts RM related rather than the source of all the news.

    Of course, I really appreciate that I can find all the information about the club here, but now I think I am more attached to your style of writing and commenting things rather than the coverage of everything. So really – I hope I expressed myself clear – this blog has the value because of your style first and foremost, not just because it presents very detailed information all the time (what is also nice, but it is not the only one reason why this blog is so loved!). So whatever you choose to do (even writing once a week;-), I will be glad to come here and read it!

    Maybe you just need a short break or a little change – just follow what you want to do, you owe us nothing. If anything, the readers owe you 100000 pictures of Iker’s profile as a reward for all your efforts;-)

    I will respect your every decision, but I hope you will continue to write.

    Take care!!!!


  216. mikedoevilo permalink
    November 7, 2011 19:46

    You, starting to get bored by the blog is the most depressing news I have this week! You say that there are other sites that do the same things you do, but surely you must know there aren’t ANY like yours. And this is no overstatement, I swear. Your comments, the way you narrate, your observations are unique. And I believe you are always even handed.

  217. eruhin permalink
    November 7, 2011 20:14

    Dear Una, it makes me sad that you consider closing this blog. It’s my best source of everything there is to know about Madrid. I know that there may be similar sites, but beside the news I’m also very interested in your opinion – in fashion and other things alike;) I also like it when you explain Spanish customs or traditions and when you randomly put Spanish words in English text;) I’ll never see men in thorn/cuffed jeans in the same light again, because of you. I’ve grown attached not only to both your blogs but also to you, so I’ll miss your posts if you decide to close them. But I wouldn’t like you to force yourself to anything, so if you really don’t want to continue it’s okay, I’m very grateful for all the posts you wrote. As for suggestions the only one that comes to me is that maybe you can do a post only when you really feel like it and not every day? It would be less drastic;) It’s up to you, I can only say a huge THANK YOU for everything and wish you all the best, you’re great!

  218. November 7, 2011 22:17

    NOT GETTING BORED AT ALL! I check this blog every day, and I’m glad I do – the posts are hilarious, insightful and well, it’s Real Madrid! Hope you don’t stop posting ):

  219. Ruth permalink
    November 8, 2011 00:19

    Please don’t stop posting. Living in Canada I have no other way of getting such news or connecting to this team.

    Thank you for all the effort you put in.

    However if you have decided you have had enough I will say thank you very much for allowing me to understand the team and the players much better. Thank you for all the effort you have put in.

    Thank you and best of luck with everything.

  220. supermann permalink
    November 8, 2011 08:21

    Una Please do not quit writing if you are tired of the blog take a break and come back. or try to change writing style but u have a special force when u write .
    I really love you can not express it even how much i love u so please please please do not quit.

  221. maripili permalink
    November 8, 2011 10:47

    I really enjoy all of your posts. I am sorry you are getting bored. I have no suggestions because I like it as it is. But if you are getting bored, maybe you could make it a weekly thing instead of a daily post.

  222. Aguante Pipita permalink
    November 8, 2011 16:17

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now and am so happy I came across it because it is definately the most in depth, always helps brighten my day. It goes beyond the typcial game detail and shows the side of the boys we love. The blog is a lot of hard work which we all appreciate! I will say a little prayer and hope that they blog will not come to an end this year as I think the guys have a fanastic chance at winning some silverware this year and it would be amazing to see it documented by Unamadristia 🙂

  223. Aditi permalink
    November 8, 2011 21:44

    Una, I just want to say thank you for all of the work you put into this blog. I understand that you don’t have to do any of this, and I am so grateful for this source of news. I rely on your blog for all the information on Real Madrid because your opinions, sense of humor, and feelings about the players are so similar to my own. The way you try not to put down the other team, whether we win or lose, is admirable, and i really enjoy reading all your posts. Of course, I will completely understand if you stop, but I just wanted to express how I feel about this blog.
    Once again, thank you so much for everything you do.

  224. ish permalink
    November 8, 2011 22:57

    We’re not bored of this blog! We love it! I might not post on here much but that’s just because I love reading the posts and everyone else’s comments so much. I love all the posts that you make. I understand why you may want to stop, it must take so much of your time and you can tell how much hard work you put into it.

    I hope you don’t stop this blog, it’s where I go for all things RM! I’d be lost without it! But if you do decide not to do it anymore, I’d like to thank you for all the effort. It’s fantastic!

  225. November 9, 2011 02:41

    i’m not bored! i find that your blog is the best to keep up with the news. i hope that you don’t stop posting, but if you do, thank you for everything!

  226. lym permalink
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  227. Lucinda permalink
    November 9, 2011 07:46

    Please don’t go!! I admit I don’t check the blog as religiously as I once did but I still check it frequently. I love your blog Una, it is where I go to get Real Madrid news beyond the statistical and analytical that is written here in the United States. I haven’t found another blog that is like yours. You are not crazy fan girl like most Real Madrid blogs I have come across. You are reporting what is going on around the club, the players, former players, and canteranos with some nice eye candy and fashion critiques inbetween.

    I also love your witty and sarcastic writing. I often find myself laughing at what you are writing because it is funny or very true, sometimes both! Please don’t stop blogging because even though you say that there are a lot of blogs doing the same thing you are, I have not found them and the ones I have found come no where near the greatness of yours.

    I understand you tiredness of the blog, it happens to all bloggers, but my selfish plea is for you not to go. However, if you choose to, I wish you the best in the future. Us Una Madridista followers will be saddened but will understand.

    Thank you for the last year and a half I’ve been following your Una Madridista blog.

  228. Hanna permalink
    November 9, 2011 19:28

    This blog is amazing! It’s perfect for us who can’t understand spanish (yet)! Please don’t quit! And also, you’re really funny to read, I laugh everyday. 😀

  229. Janet permalink
    November 10, 2011 23:15

    NO OTHER RM BLOG COMPARES. Please don’t stop what you’re doing because no one else can do it as well as you. There are so many people (including myself) who deeply appreciate your work.

  230. Ane Pierce permalink
    November 10, 2011 23:29

    Honestly, for over a year now, I’ve been coming to this blog everyday and I’ve been no where near getting bored, I love the posts way too much…there’s no way I want them to stop, your comments forever make my day

  231. claire permalink
    November 11, 2011 09:48

    your blog is fabulous darling!! please don’t stop 🙂

  232. whitezeppelin permalink
    November 11, 2011 16:12

    Una, don’t stop.

  233. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    November 12, 2011 21:04

    Noooooo, I left for week to see this!! 😦
    Una I will say it, I didn’t see a blog as good as yours with the sarcastic hilarious comments, icymi detials, incrediable detials, alonso, iker, marcelo sections..etc! The day we get bored from your blog, is the day we get bored with Real Madrid and it will never happen.

    However, I understand how hectic writing this blog is for you because you do get alot of stuff and summarize pretty much everything related to this club from socail to football news, if you can’t do it, we understand, we apprecaite everything you did, you spoiled us to be honest.
    It has been a great place for madridista to come and share their ideas, it has been an amazing run, I hope you reconsider, I wont be lieing because your blog is a part of my daily life.

    Anyway, Hala Madrid, Gracias Una!

  234. Michelle permalink
    November 13, 2011 01:27

    I don’t check in much here anymore since I started my timesuck job, but I just wanted to say !Animo Madridista! and offer some sympathy for how much time all these posts must take you. I certainly could not keep up the level of dedication re content-production that you have for the last couple of years.

    Would it help with the impending burnout to scale back a little in terms of the update frequency and length? Maybe if it feels like a little less of a chore, you’ll enjoy it more? We your readers will be very happy to enjoy whatever you wish to share, of course, whatever it may be. 🙂

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