Many might not be aware but Mundo Albiceleste turns 8 years old this month. While the website has changed names through time, it was Seba's blogs in June of 2006 which started it all. Working as a correspondent for ESPN writing blogs for the World Cup, Seba's blogs gained popularity. So much so that once the tournament had ended, he had received messages from fans all over the world about it, that he decided to keep the blog running.
With Mundo Albiceleste turning 8 years old, covering the 2006, 2010 and now the 2014 World Cup, the staff has decided to write a message for you, the readers. Hope you enjoy them and thank you for helping make Mundo Albiceleste what it is!
I would just like to apologise to everyone for having to abandon Mundo Albiceleste almost overnight, but I started two jobs just before the 2012 Olympics, and then stayed working full-time for Goal since then, sometimes putting over 15 hours a day. But it's a pleasure to see Mundo Albiceleste continue in the excellent hands of Roy, Ziggy and John. I'm not one for doing things at 50% and this is why I don't write my columns here anymore, as I think our readers deserve better than 50% effort. This will be the third World Cup for our long-time readers (in various formats) and you know what they say about third times.
Thank you all. For your preference and your passion.
Wow! Just can’t believe that Mundo Albiceleste has turned 8 years old and we are currently into our third World Cup. Guess time flies really so fast. I can still recall reading the very first article just a few days before the 2006 World Cup about the 23 players that were chosen by Jose PEKERMAN (back then, the site was known as Vamos Argentina). It was then that I first got to know a guy by the name of Sebastian Garcia from Buenos Aires. Along the way, he wrote some amazing articles and provided a platform for someone like me to share my own views about what I love most; the Argentine National Team.
Then in March 2007, my calling card came when I was asked to join in as a co-writer thus opening a new chapter for Mundo Albiceleste. It was a huge pleasure for me to able to write of all the great things that Argentina had to offer in the sporting world. For this I must say gracias to Señor Garcia for the
opportunity. Those ecstasy feelings of CAMBIASSO’s goal against Serbia, Maxi’s volley against Mexico, Under 23 capturing Olympic Gold, PALERMO’s injury time winner against Peru are still fresh in my head just as much as the depressing loss to Brazil at the Copa America 2007, being knocked out by Germany (both in
2006 & 2010) including that dark period of World Cup qualification under Diego.
Nevertheless, all those moments played an important part in making what Mundo Albiceleste is which is the place for Argentina fans to gather throughout the world and share their good times and bad times. We have grown from strength to strength over the years; from being on Blogspot to having our own domain (thanks to another contributor, Ziggy), plus expanding our network via Facebook & Twitter and not to forget hosting our own Live Chat during matches and also recording our very own podcast (if there is anything we have never tried or done, do let us know as all ideas are welcome).
I would also like to give a round of applause to Roy who was the third member to join us for keeping this place alive for the past few years, well done on that mate! But above all, we would you thank YOU our friends/readers for making this place what is it! YOU are our assets, without YOU, we are nothing.
With the said, let’s hope this World Cup will be a 3rd coverage that we’re bringing for you all here.
First off: Happy 8th anniversary Mundo! Im very greatful to be part of this excellent team and community. Football is an integral part of my life and my passion for Argentina is a daily emotion that thrills me every single day.
Personally, im relatively new here compared to my other 3 amigos on the Mundo team. I first stumbled on the original blogger site by chance back in April Fool's day, 2009. We were just humiliated 6-1 in La Paz and I was looking for a place to vent... thats when my love affair first started with Mundo, and I continued commenting throughout our roller coaster ride in qualifying for South Africa.
Before that, many years back in the 90's and early 2000's, I was an active member in an Argentina mailing list with ISFA. Back then I made so many friends with members there, who I completely lost touch with. Between that time and my discovery of Mundo I didnt really engage in any football blogs/forums online anymore.
Upon finding Mundo, I rediscovered my enjoyment for writing and discussing the Argentine national team. By email and skype, I got to know Seba, Roy and John on a personal level and we'v been close friends ever since.
Judging by how knowledgable and opinionated everyone on Mundo was and especially the passion, I saw a lot of potential in it becoming so much bigger. Hand in hand with the Mundo team, we worked together to transform this english based community into what it is today.
You all might not know this, but the site gets several thousands of unique hits per day (including anonymous), with almost 2000 registered members from ALL over the world. Even when you try to google anything related to the the national team, most times a Mundo article is among the top results. Such is the size of our community, and I even like to think that our beloved football heroes also visit the site themselves, at least those that speak english.
Mundo Albiceleste is more than a website, its a home, a community with a respectful atmosphere all sharing a common and strong passion for Argentina. I have made many great friends and acquaintances from discussing football online, and through Mundo I even surprisingly got back in touch with some of my old ISFA friends like El Principe and Jas.
In the end, I'd like to thank everyone for making Mundo so great and helping it grow. I thank Seba for taking me on board 4 years ago and entrusting me with Mundo on the technical side. I thank Roy for his strong commitment and energy to the Mundo cause, and I thank John for his loyalty and all his input on all fronts. Above all, I thank them altogether for being great friends as well...
So here's to another 8 years of Mundo madness. Vamos Vamos Mundo! Vamos Vamos Argentina!
It's been an incredible ride. Year number 8 and World Cup number 3 for Mundo Albiceleste! I first visited Mundo Albiceleste (or Vamos Argentina as it was known at the time) in 2007. I remember trying to find a stream for Argentina's friendly match against Algeria and I stumbled upon the Vamos Argentina blog through Google. Since that match, I was hooked. Constant updates by Seba and John kept me coming back. I remember Seba posting what was literally minute by minute updates during the Copa America prior to every match. It was around that time that I decided to start giving my input by leaving comments on just about every article which was posted.
The website kept growing and in early 2009, I was approached by Seba and asked if I would like to contribute to the website. I didn't know whether or not he had a few drinks prior to asking me to join but I didn't care! Seba is based in South America, myself in North America and John in Asia. Three people in three different regions of the world with one thing in mind. That objective being making the site the number one source for any news which had to do with the Argentina National Team.
I don't think anyone of us would have imagined in our wildest dreams that Mundo Albiceleste would become what it is today. We really are a community. We don't all share the same opinions but for the most part it's been civilized and I'd like to think we are doing a good job. Ziggy, who joined us in 2010 has helped us greatly. He set us up with a host, domain and new design which has elevated Mundo to another level.
I'd like to thank Seba. If it wasn't for him, none of us would be here discussing the Argentina National Team with a big group of people. On a personal level, I'd also like to thank him for getting me involved in all of this. Through him, I've met several people and have gotten job opportunities and for that I am eternally greatful.
John is the second I'd like to thank. Because while Seba started all of this, John was an integral part in the growth of this website. He was pretty much updating not only the football section of the site but the other sports sections as well. We both have a lot of fun while recording the podcasts and not to mention he tends to break up whatever argument Seba and I might be having together!
The third person I want to say thank you to is Ziggy. He approached us with the intention of making this all bigger and he has done just that. He got us connected with a host, a server and built the entire website. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2011 and he's really a stand up guy. He invited me to watch Argentina's Copa America matches with him but due to personal commitments, I wasn't able to attend.
And last but not least, thank you to the readers as without you guys, none of this would have a meaning. Everyone from Johnny to the latest person who has registered, thank you.