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Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Go Spurs go! TP was incredible too! And still shaking my head at Sergio…

hasta luego

It’s been a little more than two years since I began writing this blog, and we’ve had some wonderful moments together, no?  Watching La Roja win the World Cup and the Eurocopa, and then being able to share that joy I was feeling with all of you has been great.  However, the time has come where I feel like I need to take a break from blogging.  I’m not sure how long this break will last, because I don’t know how long it will take me to recover my desire to continue writing or to get inspired once again.  I do realize that I owe you all some things – namely the excerpts from Más… Secretos de La Roja and La Roja Por Dentro (covering the Eurocopa meant that translating that got relegated to the back burner) – and I intend to follow through on that, so please be patience with me, since as you all know by now, no help is going on.  In any case, no matter what happens, thank you so much for being a fan of my blog and my writing.  Un beso.

– UM.

P.S. Feel free to email me if you want, I’ll probably have the time to actually answer now!

tomorrow’s the day!

a little note…

… just to let you know that I’m traveling these couple of days, so updates will come whenever I get a bit of free time.  I don’t want you to think that just because Javi (!!!) was sent home, I have no interest in the team!  Besides, Iker will stand alone at the top of Spain’s list of most capped players when he plays in his 127th game against Costa Rica (VDB has confirmed that Iker will play in that game, along with Valdés), and I can’t wait for that moment!  I can’t believe it either, since I remember game number one very clearly.

the Boston game

I know a couple of you have mentioned that you will be attending the training session / game in Boston, and several of you have written me about it, so I was wondering if all of you, my readers who are going, would like to meet up!  If you do want to (since some of you are traveling solo), contact me and I will send out an email to everyone who’s interested, to help you get connected with each other.

And don’t forget to send me pictures from the training session and game so I can post them on the blog!


Reader A. left a comment in which she said she tried “JaviMartinez” as the password for those two posts from May 5 when they were password protected, and reader Michael said that he thought there was a hidden code/message, so I was just wondering, did you try any passwords?  If so, what were they?  It will be interesting to see what you think goes on in my mind!  Or will I be shocked to find out that most of you think that I have a two track mind consisting of “Iker” and “!!!”?

And thank you to everyone who left comments on the previous post.  I’d like to thank you all individually, but this will have to suffice.  I really do appreciate all the kind words and affection.

a note

In the last couple of days, I’ve been told, via comments left on this blog, “to see things in perspective,” to be more “reasonable,” that “I often pick on Xavi,” that I “go after Barcelona’s La Roja players,” that I “ALWAYS defend RM’s players and their reputations,” that my “excuses” are “lame,” with many other things implied.   I’ve also been told that I’m “one-sided,” and that I have a “Madrid bias.”

When I started this blog, I just wanted to share the Spanish national team with everyone, especially those who don’t speak Spanish, because I know how hard it can be to get information on them.  I placed a “no club” rule on this blog, because I wanted the focus to be on the national team, and not the clubs they play for.  And I thought I had been pretty successful at that.  At least, I generally had no complaints or negative comments until I posted about some reactions to the three weeks of clásicos and their effect on La Roja, as it was inevitable that clubs were mentioned with this issue.  And that’s when I started receiving comments like the ones above.  You may not agree what I wrote in response to some of the comments, but I really believe the posts in this blog have been neutral, and for it to be attacked like that…

You know, I don’t have to write anything for this blog.  It’s not an obligation, I’m not making any money off of this.  And it’s giving me more headaches and frustration now than anything, so I locked the most recent posts while trying to decide what to do with the blog.  Nothing is set yet, but two options that I may consider are to shut the whole thing down, or to stop writing about the Barcelona players, because I foresee that every word I write about them in the future will be scrutinized for my Madrid bias and used against me to put me down.  Of course, some will just view that as a further example of my one-sidedness, so I’d just like to say that I have no problems with Barcelona’s players when they’re with La Roja (what happens when they’re on duty with their club is for the most part irrelevant for this blog).  I just don’t want to be constantly insulted.  So if I choose this option, I apologize in advance to those fans of La Roja’s Barcelona players who will miss out on photos, news, interviews, anecdotes and other fun things involving their favorite players because of this.  But I hope you can see why I would choose to take this decision.  I also foresee that I will be told to stop writing about Madrid as well if I quit writing about Barcelona.  I can do that, but I’m going to feature Madrid’s La Roja players extensively on the other blog, so fans of Madrid’s La Roja players can always go there.

On a side note, I’d also like you to try and find an example where I pick on Xavi in this blog as a La Roja player, or I make a disparaging remark about a La Roja player only because they play for Barcelona.  I’d like to see the basis for these accusations, and I hope I can prove that they are unfounded.  Conversely, if anyone is curious, I can also offer examples where I condemn a Real Madrid player for their actions.

a programming note

Not to worry, there’s still lots more Javi (!!!) to come, but unfortunately it won’t be today, because I’ve spent the last hours with one Xabi Alonso instead (sadly, not face to face, but transcribing and translating an interview for my other blog) and there’s a home game tonight!

So I leave you with that instead (for those of you who aren’t regular readers of my other blog).  Real Madrid recently started this series of intimate interviews, replete with childhood anecdotes and personal tastes.  They’ve been pretty great so far, and worth reading if you’re a fan of these players.  So I’m leaving you here with links to the interviews with Iker, Sergio and Xabi.  Enjoy!

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