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November 29, 2011

Several posts and weeks ago, I wrote that I was considering giving this blog up, because I felt that people had become bored by it, which in turn dampened my own enthusiasm for continuing it.  Judging by your comments in response to that post, this doesn’t seem to be the case, and many of you also gave me some suggestions and feedback.  I just wanted to address some of that.

When I wrote that I was getting bored, what I meant was that I seemed to be producing the same types of posts, making the same observations, writing the same things over and over again.  I sensed the readers were in the same place, because people were commenting less and there just didn’t seem to be the same type of community as before.  This was why I considered stopping things.

However, all of you seem to want me to continue, and I’d like to do that, in part because as a good Real Madrid fan, I want to spread the fantastic parts of this club to as many people as I can, people that don’t have access to the same information as I do, whether due to language or location or time.  The other part is because I feel that we’ve built a good rapport here.

So, for the time being, I will continue, although I would also like to say that if I feel that my posts have become trite or hackneyed, I won’t continue, because I have high standards for myself and for this blog, and if I feel the quality is slipping alarmingly (my feeling now is that it has already peaked), then I rather stop posting than write crappy entries.  I want the time I dedicate to this blog to be worth it.

As for the suggestions, some people requested that I get on twitter.  Right now I have no plans to, because just keeping this blog updated takes up a lot of my spare time.  I don’t know how I’d add twitter into the equation without sacrificing some parts of this blog.  The same goes for tumblr.  Anyway, it seems to be geared more towards images and not words, and I like writing too much to give that part up.

Others suggested fewer posts.  I’m a bit of a perfectionist, in that I want to provide all the news so that hopefully when we win a big trophy (or three), we’ll have a record of the entire season to look back on in the future.  So if I do this, I want to do it as best I can, in the way that I feel would be the best.  There was also suggestions that I collaborate with other writers or open up to submissions.  The thing is, there’s a very specific way in which I’ve chosen to write this blog, and I would feel bad telling someone else to revise what they wrote or reject what they wrote because it doesn’t “fit” with my blog, so it’s easier for me to just be responsible for all the writing.

Several others asked me about the future of my other blog, “con la roja.”  Right now, with the national team only meeting once every several months, the commitment isn’t that great, so I will keep posting to it in the future.

I mentioned that there are other sites that do what I do.  What I meant is that you can find gifs and images very easily, the same kinds that I make and post about.  In fact, I discovered some of these sites when I was alerted to the fact that they were either “repackaging” my images and/or stealing my words, though of course they also had original content of their own.  However, most of you seem to think I have a unique voice and this blog is unlike others out there, so thank you for that.

I’d also like to add that I will do my best to respond to your emails as soon as I can, and that I’m always open to feedback.  With no midweek game this week, perhaps I’ll get a bit of spare time to do just that.

I hope I’ve cleared a few things up, and I’d also like to say, thank you very much for reading this blog.  I really do appreciate it.

129 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    November 29, 2011 14:34

    I am soooooooo happy!!!! Una, yaaaay yaaaaay yaaaaaaaay!!

    You can’t imagine how much we would have missed your posts, yaay the una madridista blog is back on, yaay yaay :D:D:D:D! I thought you were teasing us with these final posts :p
    Hala Madrid, keep it up, with everything happy happening in Real Madrid we need your post even more!!

    Small request, Btw Guti was on carckovia, I want see it, if you manage to find his video can you post it in other posts and thank youuu!! 😀

    • Alyssa permalink
      November 29, 2011 16:53

      I second that request for Guti’s Crackovia appearance, if it’s possible. He was so excited about it, it must be amazing!

  2. Azukile permalink
    November 29, 2011 14:40

    You are very helpfull to distanced Madridistas like me, i log into your blog averyday i read translated marca website and for real madrid updates. as i know no european language. Whatever or whichever copycats do or discredit your work they just dumb people who are anti-madridistas and are haters of this great community of people. I say carry your work as you deserve credit for having an input into real madrid fan base… Florentino Perez should credit you for your work…
    THANK YOU… AZUKILE a african madridimosm preacher. from Port Elizabeth in SOUTH AFRICA

  3. Jenny permalink
    November 29, 2011 14:40

    Keep up the good work, i really love your blog! Thank you for using your freetime to make us Madridista’s happy, you are great!:-D

  4. NO DONT permalink
    November 29, 2011 14:41

    please dont stop there are millions of lurkers for you,including me 🙂

  5. noviana noor aisyiah permalink
    November 29, 2011 14:43

    oh my god una, i’ve tears in my eyes when i’m reading it. i’m so glad you dont quit this blog. i always read it, but yeah only recently i’ve always give comment in every posts. i’m never thinking that you need my comment 😦 i adooooreeeeeee you’re tought of every players. loves your argument too when something wrong.
    i live in Indonesia which mean it has different times 6 hours with Madrid. and my television is kinda sucks, if the final whistle is blew, so that’s it. it’s done. your posts makes me know what is going on after that.
    and una, i’ve recommend your blog to all madridista too with my twitter. and excuse my language is not a perfect english. 🙂 🙂 :*

  6. November 29, 2011 14:48

    I’m fairly new to your blog, having just begun reading/commenting (and the commenting only sparsely I’m afraid) over the last few months. That said, I’ve really come to rely on this site as a “one stop” Real Madrid portal. Sure, there are other people who translate some Spanish media items, and others who post gifs, and others who have fun images, but I read you because I can find everything I want right here in one place. I really value especially your translations of interviews and videos that I never would have even seen or found without you. I hope you’ll continue on–I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that a bit of UnaMadridista is better than no UnaMadridista at all.

  7. ebrahim permalink
    November 29, 2011 14:57

    Una is staying! Thank you!!!!!! I was wrorried!

  8. Edin permalink
    November 29, 2011 15:00

    I have to say that your blog is one of the best football blogs around, and all the stuff you wrote here has been so incredibly helpful to me as a Madrid fan from Asia. It’s sad that there isn’t any La Liga games on TV and only a few people would watch football in my country. So it’s very hard to get any information about the club I love.
    I just want to tell you that I’m so grateful for the effort you put on this blog, and everything you post, because it’s always a great pleasure to read your blog.

    Thank you so much, Una!

  9. Henrik permalink
    November 29, 2011 15:10

    great choice

  10. manie permalink
    November 29, 2011 15:11

    Yay! I am so happy. You do really great work, and I think we all value the high standards you impose on the blog, so thank you for that. While I normally LOVE your blog (adore it, in fact, because of your unique voice and witty and intelligent take on all things RM), I really appreciate how you tied posts into to other things recently, like the himno or the body post or things like that. I’m not sure if that’s your definitive way forward, but I just wanted to say I liked the themed posts (especially as they relate to the history of Real Madrid – I’ll never tire of seeing the old pics).

    Thank you again, Una, you are the best!

  11. Jnisk2 permalink
    November 29, 2011 15:21

    Great to see that you’re continuing.

    If you feel you write the same stuff again and again, then just take a few breaks and skip boring matches or something like that.

  12. November 29, 2011 15:22

    Thanks for this explanation UnaMadridista, I am of course extremaly happy that the blog continues and I would also really love for you to be enjoying all the writing that you do;-)

    Thanks and now I will smoothly move to the new entry or stare at Xabi’s tuxedo photo which became my fetish yesterday, I guess;-)

  13. ebi permalink
    November 29, 2011 15:40

    Just curious .. Are you male or female???

  14. rojafan permalink
    November 29, 2011 15:49

    Whew! I can continue to start my day with coffee and Following Real Madrid. There’s nothing quite like an awesome icymi post after a heart stopping match to get me off to a great day.

  15. maddy permalink
    November 29, 2011 15:52

    gosh una!! you gave us a scare there!!! thanks so much for finding the time to maintain this blog. this is the number 1 source for all things real madrid. no one would really know what’s going on if it werent for you. plus with the clasico around the corner we need you to keep things sane!!!

  16. Julio permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:06

    Luv U

  17. Pammie permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:12

    yaaaay! I’m so glad that you decided to continue!
    Your blog is unique, even if there are a lot of sites dedicated to this club (which is no surprise given the large support they have around the world). And indeed your blog is a great record of what went on in a season and we all got high hopes for this season!

    I hope people credit your work, when they use it on their sites, because that’s the way to go.

    You do have a lot of readers, many (me included unfortunately) are just to lazy to comment all the time. But I for one read every of your entries, because I like to read about your observations and your sense of humour.

  18. Andrea permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:14

    Thank you for choosing to continue the blog, Una! You really do have a unique voice and insight into the team that we all love. We all appreciate the time and effort you put into this blog!

  19. superfan permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:17

    YAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!! 🙂 I am so happy!!!!!!!!

    Seriously, you are my ultimate source of everything Real Madrid. So you continuing this blog is amaaaazing!!! The information you provide us here is so helpful, especially since I live in a country where football is not exactly popular. So my news of Real Madrid, especially the ‘other bits and pieces’ are a bit limited. 😀

    And thank you so much for all the effort and time you’ve put into this blog. This blog will always be amazing for me. :****

  20. Dado permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:29

    I am glad that you decided to continue with writing. It is pleasure to read your blog. We find here a lot of informations about our dear club so..thank you for that! Keep up with the good work. Regards from Slovenia 😉 Un abrazo! hehe 🙂

  21. Agne permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:30

    Wow, great news! I’m sooo happy!!!
    Thank you for staying here and being honest with us. You are so amazing for doing all this work and sacrificing your time for this blog. I’m so grateful for everything that you do and don’t forget that you are the one that makes us feel much more closer to The Team, our beloved Real Madrid, no matter how far we are.
    Ahhhh…. You’ve just put the smile on my face for the rest of the week!

  22. giogravenstijn permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:30

    ii never leave a comment, but remmber this, i have been reading this blog for over a year and love it till death. and i try to sign up other for it. soo please dont stop 🙂 there are many out there , whom i signed up for but up till now , none of them are better than yours.

  23. November 29, 2011 16:32

    I am so, so happy to read that you aren’t giving this up! You just made my evening! 🙂 *hugs*

    I can’t speak Spanish. I can swear in it but that’s neither here nor there. 😉 I also don’t live in Spain and travel frequently. I mean, I just about catch matches even though they all start in the middle of the night for me. There is no way on earth I could ever keep up with my beloved team’s nitty gritty details if not for your blog.

    Thank you for this. Just for kicks, you should ask people where they are logging in location wise from. Not specific cities or anything, just general countries if they are up to it. I am sure that you will get a buzz just reading about where all we log in from. 😉

    • November 30, 2011 15:50

      Yeah, I very smartly forgot to say that I’m responding to this from Dubai, UAE. Reading the comments below, I can tell that you truly have an international fan club going here Una. That’s a HUGE achievement if you ever want to use advertising to make some money off this blog. *hugs*

  24. Didi permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:40

    I’m so happy that you’ve decided to continue with this blog because I love reading it!!! Of course there are a million of other sites/blogs about Real. But your blog is the best!! I love your style of writing and sense of humor. You’re decision wil make the madridista’s all over the world very happy!!! 🙂

  25. sneezy permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:45

    Delighted you’re not giving up I soooooooooooooo look forward to these posts and the comments are priceless thanks

  26. Alyssa permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:51

    YAYYYYYY!!!!!! You just made my day! I’d be lost without you! 😀

  27. justme permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:56

    i dont even have word to express my deepest gratitude..juz thank you so much una!! my madrid days just not the same without your posts,so please do keep up ur awesomeness dear..hoyeahh!!!

  28. Zack permalink
    November 29, 2011 17:07

    keep up man. I am following your blog, and I love though I find myself to lazy to leave a comment and I think many people do.

    Btw, could you make a article about Franco and Madrid? I did some research and I found out some interesting things about him and Pathetico.

  29. Мариана Димитрова permalink
    November 29, 2011 17:13

    I’m very happy about your decision! And I also know how important is the inspiration for writing regularly on the same topic, so I wish you lots of it – from Real Madrid and from personal happy experiences. Thank you.

  30. elyanaprior permalink
    November 29, 2011 17:26

    This just brightened up my day a great deal! Thank you!

  31. sua permalink
    November 29, 2011 17:32

    It is the first time to comment here, but I really enjoy your wonderful blog everyday. My friends and I love to read your every posts!! I just want to say thank you, Una. I adore Mou corner, the Xabi Alonso pose section and of course, Javi!!! We are happy that you don’t quit your blog. Many many thanx from far east of the world(japan!).

  32. emily permalink
    November 29, 2011 17:39

    Una. Dearest, fabulous Una. I salute you. Keep up the great work, do it all the time, or whenever you want/if it feels right. I won’t pressure you. I’ll just keep faithfully logging in every morning until the day you say ‘No Mas’.
    Yes, there are others out there doing similar things, but you have a voice that we like. It’s just like anyone who wants to watch a certain person or series on TV, or a newspaper columnist/editor with a public following. It is because of that voice/perspective/opinion that we watch/listen/read to these things. The only difference is that most of these other venues are paying the people who are doing the talking.
    You are, as yet, unpaid by your following ( i imagine). That’s where advertising schemes come in handy, but, you may not be willing to shill yourself off. That’s understandable. Maybe you should open a pay pal account… ;-p

  33. Greta permalink
    November 29, 2011 17:47

    I’m very happy you keep on writing your blog. I love it and YES, you are unique!

  34. JayR permalink
    November 29, 2011 17:56

    you have raised a few valid points and I now understand better why you questioned continuing in the first place, but I am very happy you are willing to continue with this blog for the time being.
    I also don’t think it is becoming redundant or too repetitive – of course some things will always be similar and not change much, but somehow there is always a new twist, or at least new evidence~ for long-standing characterizations, so as long as new material keeps flowing in (and there has been a lot more with the RM facebook being updated with hilarious stages photos before games, right?! not forget the trend of players willingly whoring themselves& their private lives out on twitter or fb respectively) it won’t ever be boring.
    Of course you see these things around, naturally, but I love your commentary on them and I won’t get tired of reading your thoughts on all the topics that arise within the season.
    Just because others gif stuff, too, doesn’t mean yours aren’t still the best – because they are!!! 🙂

  35. November 29, 2011 18:05

    Thank you and keep it going and just know we all LOVE THIS BLOG!!

  36. November 29, 2011 18:07

    god no please dont ever stop.If you ever stop i will be very sad.
    But i understand that you have a life and perhaps one day you wont have much time for it.

  37. Zina Tasreen permalink
    November 29, 2011 18:11

    I’m overjoyed to hear that you’re continuing with the blog, Una. Honestly, you’re doing such a stellar job with this blog, and I always wonder how you manage to find time to be so comprehensive — that too daily! I’ve a blog myself, and am well pleased with myself if I can manage to post on back-to-back days; editing pics + clips take an awful lot of time — and yours is brimming with them 😀 Your writing’s brilliant too, in perfect prose, which I love. Amazing, amazing work, Una.

    I don’t really know of all those sites that are stealing your contents, and don’t think I’d bother to check on them. So, really, it’s all you… 🙂

    I don’t know Spanish, and reading Marca/AS using Google translate was an eyesore for me, yet I continued to… Until I stumbled upon your blog. Can’t thank you enough for painstakingly putting all the news out there on “el club de mis amores”.

    You’re a star.

  38. Mike permalink
    November 29, 2011 18:17

    This blog is perfect, and I love you.

  39. amouria permalink
    November 29, 2011 18:20

    Una, this is the most generous decision, so thanks a lot for not letting us down.
    My dear, as you know, once your product is out there, you cannot control the way people use it. The web is full of people who appropriate others’ work. The case is especially rampant when you get into things like sport, art and cultural products.
    This is not an academic source and those who steal have no authority above them to ask for references, etc..
    What may console you, i think, is the fact that your blog is unique, really unique in terms of language, approach, issues and content. So things will be recognised, at least, by your followers.
    By the way, I am on twitter and I got some posts from many people referring to your blog, so, it is not that gloomy picture.
    I therefore, suggest that we (all of us) refer to our friends to read your blog and comment on it. This could be done through reposting your updates on our Facebook and twitter. I will do immediately!
    What do you think?

  40. Stella permalink
    November 29, 2011 18:25

    Its a good week for being a Madridista. Una is still blogging YYYYEEEAAAH, we are on top in La Liga, Sarabia help us beat Barca and the players is posting pics like never before.

    I have a really bad day today, reading this makes me really happy!

    Thanks Una!

  41. ANGRY MESUT permalink
    November 29, 2011 18:38

    Keep up the good work! We all are One! After all WE are MADRIDISTAS! Hala Madrid!

  42. Mariam permalink
    November 29, 2011 18:38

    muchas gracias 😀 😀 😀 this made my day 🙂

  43. Sanja permalink
    November 29, 2011 18:44

    I’m really happy, that you decided to go on with this blog…. cuz I truly love it.

    Believe it or not, with each post you make my day. 🙂

    Keep up the good work on both of your blogs…. they are fantastic!!!!

  44. November 29, 2011 18:46

    Yes! Good news everybody!

  45. TXfan permalink
    November 29, 2011 18:50

    So excited you’ve decided to continue! This blog really helps me stay up to date on Madrid (and La Roja) news. More to the point, I swear sometimes you are inside my head, I feel we’d be friends if we lived close enough lol. Thanks for spending your free time keeping two Caribbean/Latin, U.S. based Madrid fans laughing…you’re awesome!

  46. Sam permalink
    November 29, 2011 19:26

    I am so glad that you have decided to continue. I love your site and would miss it if it was no longer active.

    Thanks for all you do! 🙂

  47. Andrea permalink
    November 29, 2011 19:41

    Cuando leí el post de que estabas considerando cerrar tu blog me sorprendí bastante (para mal), yo creo que lo que haces es excelente, desde tus transcripciones en sus entrevistas, hasta la gracia con la que comentas los partidos.
    Evidentemente leo todo tu blog en ingles pero me pareció mas acorde escribirlo en español para demostrar que de hecho desde otros lugares del mundo también estamos entusiasmados con esto!

    Hala Madrid

  48. Lindsaay permalink
    November 29, 2011 19:51

    Thank you Una, you little goddess!

  49. eruhin permalink
    November 29, 2011 20:04

    YAY:D:D I’m so happy you decided to continue:D I love both your blogs, I don’t know what I would do without them. Thank you so much for all the work you put in them:D

  50. Dia permalink
    November 29, 2011 20:08

    Thank you for continuing this blog…..I look forward to reading everyday. Some days, its the best part of my day!

  51. maria permalink
    November 29, 2011 20:18

    your blog is an awesome result of interesting subject (we love Real Madrid!!), amazing content, and very talented writing. Is one thing to write about Madrid, (I’m sure others blogs also do), but yours is really unique. Is not easy to provide information, make that light and fun, add your point of view and perfectly illustrate it. You managed to do that and turned it to a very entertaining/ addicting blog!! I’m so glad you’re gonna keep on doing it, I’m sure all your fans appreciate it!! =)

  52. Kristen permalink
    November 29, 2011 20:30

    Una I am glad that you are staying on board. I know it must take so much time and commitment to do these posts but it is SO appreciated! I log into your site at least once a day to check up and see your posts. NO other blog out there is like yours, none!! Not even if they try to copy! You are original, funny and have the most news out of all of them. Thank you and PLEASE don’t stop ever! 🙂 Much love from Baltimore, Maryland.

  53. kdm permalink
    November 29, 2011 20:31

    Thank you from a Madrid fan who lives in North America and doesn’t speak Spanish!!!

  54. Alex permalink
    November 29, 2011 20:39

    It’s us who should be thanking you. Thank you!

    I am a 23year old man(guy?) from Sweden who read this blog on a daily basis. I hardly speak any spanish and this blog keeps me correctly updated with all that I need and even more to follow this great team as I want to.
    In fact, if I would be speaking spanish I’d still read this blog on a daily basis since the writing is great togheter with discoveries and humor.

    Glad you keeping it up, it’s surely appreciated by alot!


  55. fotboll permalink
    November 29, 2011 20:39

    Keep up the good work! Such a amazing blog and the best part is your witty comments! I’m looking forward to read more!


  56. Jade permalink
    November 29, 2011 21:15

    None of the other sites post the info like you though.

  57. Stella Star permalink
    November 29, 2011 21:18

    NEVER EVER stop I don’t care how “crappy” you feel it’s getting. I check this blog everyday for news and updates. This is the only reliable and neutral Real Madrid site i’ve ever stumbled upon and i’ve recommended it to several of my friends who are fans of this team. This blog is perfect for people like me who live out of the country and am not always in touch/have access to what is going on in Spain. I also find this is the only place where I can find accurate translations of articles, interviews, and videos.

    This blog has also helped me this summer to plan when the team was coming to do their USA tour. Once I saw the dates posted on here I immediately booked my trip to Los Angeles and it was also nice to have the itnerary you posted to know what was going on while I was there.

    I truly appreciate the time you take to work on this blog and i’m sure the thousands of visitors do as well. I understand it must be really time consuming and I admire you for taking time out of your day to bring happiness to thousands of online strangers. I hope this blog can last for many more years to come. I would understand if you needed to take a break or time off for yourself but please don’t leave us forever 😦

  58. November 29, 2011 21:18

    I have to tell you I don’t use tumblr, so I always check out your gifs, because they have a high quality and you always giffing the important moments of a match or trainings session.
    Maybe you remember, I have this Sergio Ramos Community on LJ and I often use your blog as a source and I credit.
    My Spanish is bad, so I’m so thankful for all the work you do.♥

    One sentence of your entry made me think: “Anyway, it seems to be geared more towards images and not words, and I like writing too much to give that part up.”
    I have the same impression in my community…

    I want to say, I love that you are writing so much and enjoy every entry. For me a football blog is not only about pictures. I want information, things I never heard before and a few pics.;)

    Hope you have the energy and the enthusiasm to continue for a long time!
    Thank you so much.


  59. Jenny permalink
    November 29, 2011 21:24

    Quality hasn’t peaked and every post is lovely. Perfectionism is a curse, darling Una!

  60. maripili permalink
    November 29, 2011 21:48

    I love your blog and I read it everyday. I may have been guilty of not posting replies often but I do feed my Iker cravings here with all those wonderful fictures and your fun commentary.Thank you.

  61. Súne permalink
    November 29, 2011 21:59

    I usually do not comment on your posts, but I read your blog every day, and I really mean EVERY DAY! I’m from Sweden and i can`t Spanish, which means that i misses lot of information about Real Madrid despite reading lot of magazines, websites, blogs, etc. since most (and best) is in Spanish. That is why your blog the best things. Your blog is basically the link between Real Madrid and me! And I have many Madristas from Sweden who feel the same as me about your blog. We love your blog and hope you get on for years!

  62. Marysol Alcalde permalink
    November 29, 2011 22:08

    Una I think you are doing a magnificent job and would really hate for you to stop your blog. I live in the States were soccer news is hard to come by unless of course it’s mexican soccer than I can watch on the spanish stations. Real Madrid news is hard to come by so I am very grateful for your blog because I get to keep up with all the news not only about the team but also about the players life in general. I read your blog very day and miss it when you don’t post regularly. I have looked around and have really found your blog to be the best and I would really hate to have to go to another blog that is nowhere near as good as your blog is. Keep up the great job and please know that your work is very appreciated. Hala Madrid!!

  63. kiki permalink
    November 29, 2011 22:17

    Hi Una! I hope you’re having a great day! I am now, because you have chosen to continue! Thank you very much! 😀 I really feel that your blog is unique & it’s due to your writing & understanding & vision of Real Madrid CF.

    I honestly believe you should be paid by Real Madrid because you have broadened their fanbase so much in other countries. They may have a problem with some of our “naughty” tendencies (that you understand & therefore provide to us exactly what we want, tee hee) but you really have done a service to The Club. That’s my opinion & I’m sticking to it! 😉

    ps. I didn’t get to comment on the Javi(!!!) & Bart Simpson video, I loved it, I do adore them & that is just one more thing you understand about us. I’m glad to hear you are keeping up the Con La Roja blog as well. Best wishes & thank you so much, dearie!

  64. November 29, 2011 22:34

    Not that you need MORE confirmation of the incredible job you do, but I’d like to 2nd your idea of keeping the posts as a tribute to a successful year. This past offseason, I went back to your summer of 2010 preseason posts and read them in order all the way through the last game of the 2010/2011 season. I can tell you that I experienced the highs and lows all over again, and with even more feeling as I got to know the individual players, styles, and lives via your thorough posts and translated interviews. I can’t wait to do the same thing again next year.

  65. Alice permalink
    November 29, 2011 22:55

    Yay I’m really happy that you’ve decided to continue, Una 🙂 Trust me, we really appreciate what you do and no matter what other websites/blogs have up, it’s just not as detailed and all-encompasing and amusing and entertaining as yours.

    You’re really witty and clever and your comments and sarcasm often put a smile on my face. and you don’t hesitate to criticize Madrid when they’re doing something wrong, although you’re a giant madridista, which is something that is really refreshing because a lot of people are either too madrid-loving that they can’t keep a clear head or they’re too critical.

    I personally think that you shouldn’t collaborate like that with someone else because like you said, you have your unique writing style that we love and it wouldn’t be fair for you or the other person to change it and we love the way you write 🙂

    So just, a big thanks (sorry for blabbing) because we truly, deeply appreciate your excellent work and we really hope that you continue! You’re the best, una 😀

  66. November 29, 2011 22:58

    Oh Una! This post made my day! I echo the comments others have made. You have no idea how much I look forward to new posts about these guys & this team. ❤

  67. Zparklemotion permalink
    November 29, 2011 23:01

    You’re doing great work with this blog, I really appreciate your efforts, so much! 🙂

  68. November 29, 2011 23:11

    Well thank YOU so much for writing this blog! Hopefully you don’t get tired of hearing how much we adore it, because evidently we all really do. You’re incredible! I am absolutely delighted to hear you’ll be continuing for now, and while I’m always excited to see a new post of yours, every time one popped up within the past week (couple of weeks? I have a terrible perception of time) or so I was extra happy to see them and I will certainly cherish every post from here on out. This blog (and the team, of course!) brings me so much joy, honestly!

  69. Jess permalink
    November 29, 2011 23:14

    YAYYYYYY! I might’ve got a little bit more excited than expected but this seriously is awesome news! Your blog is just flawless and perfect. I looove the way you write and how you make it funny and entertaining. Thank you for deciding to keep this blog and just know that there are people here who apprecciate everything you do for us Madridistas.
    P.S: I made my friend check your blog and she loved it!:)

  70. November 29, 2011 23:15

    Dear una,

    I want to cite what you write in your description “A BLOG ABOUT THE ASPECTS OF MADRID THAT INTEREST ME, UNA MADRIDISTA”. Thats what people love your for. What makes your blog interesting and unique. Dont change because people expect this or that! If you feel that some things are not interesting for you anymore or repetitive, you dont have to post them. Never forget that its your blog.

    Im really happy you continue and Im sorry I have rarely commented lately but I do read and I love to read your blog. Hugs and Hala Madrid,


  71. Nikki permalink
    November 29, 2011 23:30

    I’m so glad you’re keeping up with the blog.
    As for your concern that we are getting bored and not commenting – I can say for me that’s absolutely not true! I usually read your blog on my phone at school, so it’s harder to leave feedback.
    But as someone who doesn’t live in Spain, I find your columns extremely informative, especially on the news front because:
    1) I don’t have access to the daily updates that come from Spanish news channels
    2) I don’t speak Spanish, and can only read a bit – and it’s difficult to understand a translator most of the time Your blog keeps me up to date in a VERY entertaining, and legible way.

    I love the work you do, and I’m so thankful. Truthfully, while there are a lot of tumblrs about Real Madrid, none come close to being as informative and entertaining as yours!!!!

    Thank you!!!

  72. Gilly B permalink
    November 29, 2011 23:44

    Yay, you’re gonna keep it up! Good for you and for us- I love getting ym Madrid updates from the blog 🙂

  73. wandering permalink
    November 30, 2011 00:10

    Thank you. Salamat. Gracias. Merci . Danke.

    Like so many fans on this side of the world, I try to wake up early or wait for the games in the wee small hours of he morning. I check goal, football365 and yahoo soccer for pre/post game analysis but it’s not the same as your ICYMI. I try to read AS and Marca to check up news on our boys but it’s not the same as your news tidbits. I read the articles and watch videos on the Spanish version of, barely understanding what’s going on and it’s definitely not the same as your updates.
    Your blog made me a better Madridista-not just someone who cheers the team when winning but loving them even more when they’re hurting. I love that you are willing to comment on RM’s weaknesses, whether it’s the team or the coach or the players or even higher management.

    Muchas gracias for plodding on. Hugs all the way here from the Philippines.

    • jellyace permalink
      November 30, 2011 16:12

      Another greeting from the Philippines, where the live matches rarely ever start before 2am. I can’t always catch the matches so your ICYMI posts help me relive the experience, enriched by your discerning comments.

      I first discovered Con La Roja during the World Cup and as the match replays were aired, I followed them while reading your blog from the start. Through you blog, I was able to relive the journey of the SNT with all its ups and downs towards victory! It made me love these boys.

      Then I read Following Real Madrid from the first post also so I could experience the evolution of this team. In it, you have documented the Mourinho era of Real Madrid, and my hope is that you will have documented RM’s journey to victory of La Decima. So you may not realize it, Una, but your work does have historical value as told in your unique perspective.

      It is precisely your high standards and values that make reading your blog worthwhile, enjoyable and utterly addictive. Because of you, I have fallen in love with each of our boys and you have converted me from a casual fan into a real Madridista!

      Thank you, Una, for all that you do. You are doing a fantastic job!

  74. nicole permalink
    November 30, 2011 00:52 rock!

  75. Hala_Madrid permalink
    November 30, 2011 01:05

    Thank you Una for staying 🙂 yay!! You seriously make my day, I’m a huge fan and i don’t know what i would do without your blog. i can go a day without visiting your blog. I have to admit i don’t comment as often but i do read your blog everyday 😀 Thanks so much for putting that much time into this i know it is a time consuming but you do a great job…Thank you, thank you, thank youu and don’t forget HALA MADRID!! 😀

  76. sergio permalink
    November 30, 2011 01:17

    una i would just like to say thank you for dedicating so much of your time to share the image of this club. we all really do appreciate it and we do hope you can continue for a long while because as far we madridistas are concerned we will never stop loving madrid and they will never become boring to us.

  77. November 30, 2011 01:42

    I am so, so, so happy. Honestly.
    This blog has brought me so much closer to the team, you have no idea. Living in Kenya and now in the US I really didn’t have access to a lot of information, much less any in English but reading your posts just makes me feel closer to Real Madrid as MY team instead of just a team.
    I know there’s gifs and recaps elsewhere but for me, reading your thoughts and re-watching the moments you choose to highlight really round out the match-day experience for me. It just makes it so much better.
    So thank you so, so much for continuing!

  78. Blessing permalink
    November 30, 2011 01:55

    Thank you soooo much!!!
    I appreciate all of the great work you do on here, I love reading your posts because you have such a great, unique voice and style that’s hard to find anywhere else. Most of the other blogs out there just post a bunch of pictures and nothing else. I value your insight and I’m so glad you’re going to continue to do this 🙂

  79. @ulonghaz permalink
    November 30, 2011 02:12

    No Una, thank you..
    I who lives far away in Jakarta hardly got updates on Madrid news. SO believe me, it’s me who should thanked you. And I really enjoy your post, EVERY post.
    Your post is very unique unlike other blog I read. After I read your blog, I don’t wanna read other blog.

    Best wishes, Una!!

  80. November 30, 2011 02:30


  81. November 30, 2011 02:42

    as a guy from america who reads this blog, i really hope you dont stop this. im fairly new to the site, but i really do enjoy reading it. you allow me to get a lot of information and cool gifs that I dont really get access to here. yes, the constant drooling over iker and the boys can be tiresome as a guy reader…but i can deal with it cause you are a chick, and I expect nothing less!

    keep up the good work and keep this site goin strong! maybe you can do something for your guy followers…where you do pieces on the WAGs of the fellas!

  82. November 30, 2011 03:03

    thank you Una to keep continue, I read your post from my phone from home, so the access to all articles is quite hard. but i read every single post of you like I read newspaper every morning. so please keep it up. i’m not good at commenting but i like the way you’ve writing. you should become an editor for sport magazine 🙂

  83. mokia permalink
    November 30, 2011 03:22

    Yessss!! This really is great news una! I check your blog Every Single Day and love it more every time

  84. miya permalink
    November 30, 2011 03:48

    i haven’t written on this blog for a really long time but i still visit it and read every word u write! i really hope you realize how unique you and this blog is! and like u mentioned, it connects us to madrid in a way that some of us can’t because of language and location 🙂
    u wouldn’t want to leave any time soon would u?? if you did who would do justice and write about how our team will won la liga and the champions league this season 😉
    a suggestion would be maybe even though u have a certain type of writing for your blog, people could help you translate interviews that player conduct! that would be easier right?

  85. The Show Goes On permalink
    November 30, 2011 03:49

    I’ve been reading this blog since January… as a Manchester United fan I always take interest in what Madrid are up to because of Ronaldo… this blog has actually made me become a a more avid follower of the team as a whole. Always love the pre-match and post-match write-ups as well. Keep it up!

  86. Ana permalink
    November 30, 2011 04:23

    Ahhhhh!!!! I’ve recently discovered your blog about a month or so ago and ever since then I’ve fallen in love with your blog. I go on manyyy Real Madrid blogs and I love them but they are all about the tactics Real, but your blog is different. It’s coming from a girl’s point of view the ”OMG THEY ARE SO ADORABLE!! no?” point of view. Im so happy your going to continue and trust me your blog has not lost it’s quality. thank you soo much Una
    p.s I love your blog if i haven’t said so already

  87. November 30, 2011 04:41

    Una it is indeed great news as I am a long way away in Australia but I eagerly wait for your posts because they are beautiful images and writings that transcend the normal boring blogs,posts and discussions that go on. I cannot tell you how highly I rate this read and what it does for my knowledge of what the boys and team are really thinking. I have many European friends who are now RM fans because of me and we have booked tickets to the Champions league final ( I tipped Bayern vs Real) Hopefully it works out and we can shout you a cold beverage! Keep up the sensational work.

  88. All_In permalink
    November 30, 2011 04:42

    Great news that you are keeping the blog going…there really isn’t another one as comprehensive and for me, your efforts are appreciated! It’s a special time to be a madridista…so do what you need to do to have fun and bring the updates…you don’t have to do it all…but do what seems right to you! We’ll keep reading! Gracias!

  89. November 30, 2011 04:55

    I am very happy to hear that 🙂 thank you

  90. Ness permalink
    November 30, 2011 04:57

    hi Una! This is my first time to write a comment on your blog but I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now. I’m so glad you will continue writing posts about Madrid! I must say your blog is truly one of the best sources out there of anything Madrid! Thank you so much! Greetings from the Philippines!

  91. November 30, 2011 05:43

    Maybe it’s readers like me who should say thank you, Una.
    Yes I realized that I myself do comment less than before. It’s not because I like your blog less, but with the same as you, maybe what I want to say is just similar, so I would think that’s boring thus holding it back and making no comment in the end.
    Don’t worry about the comments. They can’t actually prove anything.
    Your blog and you are always amazing 😉

  92. Futbolfan permalink
    November 30, 2011 05:44

    Bahhh I was so frightened by the possibility of you not posting anymore!
    Your blog is irrisistable, I check it everyday and love every part of it!

    Thank you so much!

  93. Wendy permalink
    November 30, 2011 06:15

    You -do- have an unique voice! It’s very loyal to the team, yet provides all the comments about their fashion and good-looking faces and stuff whereas others don’t. As for keeping it orderly, I know you want a record to look back on, but I must say, match posts must take a really long time to put together, so don’t feel obligated to put out a really long post if it’s a match that’s not very important or wasn’t very spectacular 🙂

  94. DeusExMachina permalink
    November 30, 2011 06:30

    I love your blog and would be very sad if you would stop 😦
    I think part of the lower comment count is because we are still in a bit of a lowpoint of the season – nothing is really at stake yet.

    Wait for next week’s Classico and the end of the season for things to get really heated again. I mean, Madrid is now winning easily against minor teams for the past months, not too much can be said of that.

    However, beating greaseball Busquets is a whole different story!


  95. November 30, 2011 07:12

    and we appreciate you! 🙂

    i’m glad you want to continue and still have the desire to do so, and i appreciate the high standards you set for yourself, because it makes reading and participating that much more enjoyable. you’re right — there are loads of photos and gifs out there, and even lots of sites with commentary, some superficial and some technical. but there honestly is no one who crafts it all together the way you do. i can also appreciate that you have a specific voice and vision and methodology for your blog, which is why you don’t want or need any help to execute it as it’s easier to just do it all yourself (and … honestly? going on twitter or tumblr? i think that’s a little insane. the idea is to make things EASIER for you, not to add to your workload), even though it’s a lot to carry on your own. it’s a labour of love, definitely, but we’re lucky to benefit from it! thanks for reconsidering. 🙂

  96. Trixie permalink
    November 30, 2011 07:59

    Una, you always have the most refreshing take on Real Madrid and its players, and you have access to relevant information about the club that no other blog is privy to. you help humanise the players. you look at aspects of the game, pre-match and post match happenings from a totally different point of view (vs the usual “pundit” blogs out there), your opinions are so insightful and have depth, and i always always look forward to your posts. keep up the good work, and don’t ever stop, madridistas all around the world need you!

  97. noelle permalink
    November 30, 2011 08:19

    una i check this blog regularly and im guilty of not commenting, theres times where i’ll comment a lot and then go a long time without commenting…. im just one of those ppl that like to think before they say anything and my life is hectic with nursing school and work, but i do visit the site regularly and take a quick peek at the posts and catch up if i missed anything, then go back later when i have more time to see everything…. i do it in the school library or on my phone when i can on the go….i havent even been able to catch a game live on tv or streaming on the net in a while cuz my schedule is so packed (thank god for DVR)…. ur posts NEVER get tiring and i love ur observations and personal tid bits, ur very generous with the gifs and images and u spoil ur readers….i adore this blog and i could never get tired of it or anything real madrid for that matter =)

    and theres no such thing as u posting too much, lol, post as much as u want and as frequently as u can or want…. but ur life is probably just as busy so if less posts is easier for u, i think a lot of the readers, myself included will take whatever you give us, no complaints ❤

  98. asma permalink
    November 30, 2011 08:35

    Oh Una I never believe that you could produce crappy entries. As I have commented before, as long as you’re happy writing this blog in whatever form you wish, we as your readers would be even happier reading it. Forgive us for not commenting often which leads you think that we are bored and that your blog is losing its credibility etc. Here’s my excuse, most of the time after reading your posts, I feel so much satisfied and there’s just nothing that I can add in the comment section. We are still the same enthusiastic community as before, only getting more spoiled by your excellent posts. There will be solutions that will make you and all of us happy so Una don’t worry. Hugs.

  99. Spainard permalink
    November 30, 2011 09:08

    wow… good news… i’m very happy… your blog best…

  100. georgia permalink
    November 30, 2011 09:26

    please don’t stop! you literally have the best madrid blog EVER! 😀

  101. Iram permalink
    November 30, 2011 10:06

    thank u so much. I love ur blog.

    I know someday u may have other priorities that will tip the amount of dedication you put here, but for the meantime, a big THANK YOU.

    I hope I don’t sound too much of a stalker (that’s NOT my intention) but since u have such a large following base, what if people want to send you snail-mail such as cards? is there an address we can send you hand written notes of appreciation?

  102. November 30, 2011 10:47

    Thank you Una for continuing the blog! I must add that I have never been bored by any of your posts, and love your writing and attention to details. You cover pretty much everything with the team, so I don’t go on to any other sites for RM-info, and your blog is very much a big part of my daily internet ritual 🙂 I probably don’t comment as often as I should tho 🙂 Muchas gracias again!

  103. wangfenglei permalink
    November 30, 2011 11:52

    I live in Indonesia too,,and everytime i read ur posts, Damn, i feel like i’m a girl. I am a MAN Goddamn u Una!! I just love ur post!! Don’t ever stoppp!!

  104. November 30, 2011 12:23

    Una, please don’t stop posting on this blog. I can’t see any aftermatch moments in my country because when the final whistle’s blown, done. It’s over, the tv station changes to commentators again (which are not so well on giving comments on the game). I was really relieved when I found your blog, you give me information more than I could ever want. Sometimes I feel like “am I the only one that thinking like this?” on every Real Madrid’s match I watch, but then I found you and your blog and I was like “hell yeah, I found someone else who thinks like that!”. So, thank you Una for making this blog and for spending some of your time to make these posts. You make me, and I guess every Madridista in the world that sees your blog, the happiest Madridista ever! Hala Madrid and nothing hurts~! 😀 Te quiero, Una :-*

  105. Happy permalink
    November 30, 2011 13:34

    Great post, it’s good that you share your thoughts with us, as I can imagine, you must spend a lot of your time on this blog, because the quality is so good, not only informative news you bring to us, but also some side story , interview of the players, which maybe hard to access by non-spanish speaking fans, like me.
    And from the details of every game you show us, I know you must try your best to give us the best post, I appreciate you never write about the unconfirmed rumors, which have a bad effect to our team, and you have your own though, if our player (coach) do something wrong, you would point it, because I know how much you love our team, we all want it to be a good team.
    So thank you for not giving up this blog, you blog is so unique, I believe many madridista love this blog not only because the photo you choose, but we love your writing, your idea, if we can win something big this year (hopefully), at least we have a record of the entire season games, that must be memorable. Sometimes I don’t drop a comment because I don’t know what to say, but I will give more feedback , hope you would appreciate it.

  106. Daniela Dittrich permalink
    November 30, 2011 14:17

    I’m so happy you want to continue with your blog!
    And I love your blog the way it is! Of course I would follow you too if you would create twitter and/or tumblr-Accounts, but I really appreciate your blog as it is.
    Thank you! ❤

  107. Bernard permalink
    November 30, 2011 14:25

    OMG thank you Una!

    I am sooooo glad you will continue..!!

    I often read your articles but don’t post a comment. Maybe we all should thank you more en post more so that you can see how many of us Madridista’s appreciate en love your blog..
    I also feel that if you get tired of everything, that moment won’t arrive at least until La decima..
    Keep it up Una!

    Hala Madrid

  108. November 30, 2011 15:13

    I’m happy that you continue the blog! I have read your blog for 1,5 years but I have commented vey rarely, sorry about that. Your blog is the best, thank you for writing.

  109. Ros permalink
    November 30, 2011 15:14

    Thank you, both for continuing the blog and maintaining such a high standard of reporting. I love it. You have made me a more dedicated Real Madrid fan.

  110. November 30, 2011 17:10

    I am so happy that you decided to continue, cos your blog is where I rely on for most of my Madrid info (and of my love, La Furia Roja).

    I think I speak for a lot of fans of your blog when I say that I am guilty of enjoying your post, but not leaving comments often enough. I will make a concerted effort to leave you a note to let you know how much I enjoy your post and not lead you to think that we are bored!

    That said, if there’s ever a time when you really decide to stop blogging, I will respect your decision, but please please know that you will have at least one fan that will not get bored by your posts.

    Rock on Una! Hala Madrid, Vamos España!

  111. Anna permalink
    November 30, 2011 21:11

    id like to say that, as much as i have read a few other blogs, i think yours and HB&HB are my favourites, and the only two i actually keep up with, and with your blog, there is a quality of it due to the fact youre such a true fan and you live in the city, all your information is not only correct , but also you put your passion for madrid in to your blog too, and i will admit that some things you mention i don’t know of because i havent been a fan nearly as long as you seem to have been. i really appreciate you deciding to carry on with this blog 🙂

  112. Lia permalink
    November 30, 2011 21:14

    Good news! love your blog! 🙂

  113. Savannah permalink
    November 30, 2011 22:01

    Dear Una,
    I just wanted to say that there isn’t any other blog like yours, you have this specific way of writing that’s just unique!
    You don’t just tell us what’s new, you’re also not afraid to show the ‘fangirl’ in you! I like your sweet words about Iker and Javi, that makes your blog really personal.
    The reason why I read your blogs everyday is because you’re so much more than just an information source, to me you’re like a friend who I thinks the same as I do! You know, when it comes to commenting on the players style for example!
    I hope you’ll keep having fun with writing on your blogs!

    • Janice.G.M permalink
      December 2, 2011 03:13

      I love your post. I completely agree with you.

  114. AJ Nelson permalink
    December 1, 2011 03:46

    🙂 Very happy post to read. I am a little behind reading this week – work interfering with football, but I am so glad that you are continuing. I know how hard it is to write a column and your dedication is above and beyond. For that, I am especially thankful. I certainly benefit from your translations (I’m the one they hand English menus to when I try to speak Spanish). Plus, as a newer Madrid fan (have only been one for 6 years), I learn every time I read your posts. Again, thank you thank you thank you!

  115. December 1, 2011 09:33

    We LOVE this blog 🙂

  116. December 1, 2011 09:42

    I love your posts. Please dont stop! You convinced me to be a complete Madridista!

  117. caracoleo permalink
    December 1, 2011 23:04

    Your blog is always ‘worth it’!

  118. mata permalink
    December 2, 2011 01:31

    It’s not just language, time or location. It’s also your perspective, your personal touch of humour, and your sense of detail. This is why I come many times per week to this blog, as I’m sure many others do.
    I know it’s super challenging to keep continuity and freshness. But please don’t give up on us! We love you for all the work you do! Take breaks whenever you want but please don’t stop for good.
    PS: I like the social media suggestion. Why don’t you try to use Twitter just for linking your blog updates at first, then see if you can do more?

  119. Janice.G.M permalink
    December 2, 2011 03:11

    Why would you give this blog up Una. Your posts have more information than any other blogs i’ve seen of this Beautifull club. I love what you are doing for us (the fans of Real madrid) and how you are creating such a beautiful madridista family just with this blog. You have created such a joy for the die hard fans in a lot of countries.
    Thank you for sharing so much information that we read with lots of joy. Thank you Una. Hala Madrid.

  120. December 2, 2011 08:48

    Gracias por todo Una. SIempre estoy leyendo y soy un gran fanatico de tu trabajo.

  121. Marie permalink
    December 3, 2011 02:38

    I’m so glad you’ve decided to keep going! We all really appreciate it, and all the work you put in 🙂 Thanks so much again for your amazing blog!

  122. Hazel permalink
    December 3, 2011 08:38

    I’m actually not a fan of Real Madrid, but I love your style of writing and the humour you manage to inject into your pieces. I’m sure if most readers were just after results of matches, etc., we’d be able to go to other sites. But you tell us about the players themselves and you post photos most people wouldn’t be able to find. Of course, along with translating magazine articles and others. Plus, I love how you’re not just writing about results and the technical side of the game. You make us love Real Madrid as a team and the players individually! Like I said, I’m not an RM fan but I’ve grown to love a some of the players due to you and your wonderful posts! So I’m really really glad you’re not stopping this blog. Thanks, Una! 🙂

  123. Caesar permalink
    December 3, 2011 14:06

    I really love your blog, I visit here every day but have never left a comment before, but you are one of my main sources of information about Real Madrid. 🙂

  124. Rae Marshall permalink
    December 5, 2011 21:00

    i am so glad you are continuing this blog! i fell in love with the spanish national team(especially sergio ramos!) during the world cup 2010, and kept following the players on real madrid. i really enjoy your observations and thank you for keeping me updated on the team and their adorable antics! ❤ rae

  125. Denise permalink
    February 13, 2012 05:13


    I am from Singapore and we do not get many La Liga news (Barclays Premier League dominates my country haha!). So it’s a blessing I found your blog! Thanks so much for the news and photos (especially Sergio Ramos)!

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