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Posted by Roy Nemer Sunday, June 01, 2014 Go To Comments

8 Years of Mundo Albiceleste

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.


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Posted on 6/3/2014 at 1:22 AM
Many thanks for this site guys !!!
Gratulation !

Thanks for the match-links where i can watch our heroes !

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 10:47 PM
Actually this site is alive and well-known, and getting better and better, because of the people who participated in it especially us, the fans. Otherwise this site would be just another Argentina world cup or football blog or something.

Anyway, thanks for the works, well done and good job, keep it up admins.

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 7:47 PM
congrats and lots of love!!!!

(United States)
Posted on 6/2/2014 at 6:08 PM
you`re the best, guys!

(United States)
Posted on 6/2/2014 at 3:51 PM
Congratulations....and Thanx a lot!!!

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 2:44 PM
Congratulationzzzzz & Celebrationzzzzz.....
Argentina world cup blog could not do it but MundoAlbiceleste could.... Congrats once again.

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 2:26 PM
I can't thank you enough guys, if it wasn't for Mundo, it would be difficult to get the REAL story regarding the team. THANK YOU!

(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/2/2014 at 2:25 PM
Very good history of the site!!! I love how the old blog ended with the article "Brazil are out of the WC" haha hopefully we can have a similar one this time too.

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 12:01 PM
The one and only place in the world where Argentina fans can read everything about their favorite team first hand and in time. Mundo rocks!!

Thanks to the admins.

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 11:43 AM
lol...if that happens, no doubt sabella's house will b bombed today wit 20 c4s jz in case he survives!

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 10:40 AM
Congratzzzzz Roy....!!

(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/2/2014 at 10:33 AM
suprise final twist team inclused

Burdisso - Fazio - Samuel - Ansaldi




Posted on 6/2/2014 at 9:50 AM
Thanks AbnormalOne ! Great to hear! I was absolutely stunned that Messi, Mascherano and Di Maria even made it to the preliminary squad of 30 in the first place. Very undeserving indeed, and rightfully cut.

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 9:47 AM
Breaking news:Argentina have trimmed their squad to 23 by cutting Messi,Di Maria and Mascherano down.The news is a relieving one for Argentina fans who have been praying for the inclusion of their fantastic trio of "Demichelis,SOSA and Agusto" all day along.

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 9:42 AM
@Alkan: That's correct. The official FIFA deadline for all teams for the 23-man squad is today. The news is that an AFA spokesperson will be announcing the 23-man squad after Argentina's scheduled training session today.

Brace yourselves lads and ladies! :-)

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 9:10 AM
Will the squad be announced today?

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 9:06 AM
Couldn't add more of what my fellow posters said and we are "fans" extremely to lucky to have a nation like Argentina we support and what makes us
a step over the world's most diehard fans, is having Mundo as our cyber home to accommodate our passion and endless love of Argentina, hosted by 4 generous persons at their handmade shelter!

Thank you heroes, Seba, John, Ziggy and Roy.

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 8:53 AM
Yea. I didn't seen so good another site for Nationals team.

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 6:54 AM
WELL DONE GUYS!! and thank you! Before I discovered this site,I thought I was too over passionate about Albiceleste. My love started the first day I saw Maradona play. In 90, I didn't watch the final 7 minutes because I was crying in my bed. The way Argentina was outplayed in the match, had me convinced that we'll lose and sadly I was right.
When discovered Mundo, it felt like seeing Maradona for the 1st time. Thank you guy you mean a world to me.
How nice if someone can organize a big banner written MUNDO ALBICELESTE in the stands in Brazil.

Gracias team Mundo.

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 6:30 AM
PSL coaching legend and former Bafana Bafana mentor,
Ted Dumitru, believes that Brazil and Argentina are the
teams to watch at the upcoming 2014 World Cup.

The Romanian said, “Look, I’ve read a few things
coming from Argentina. They are preparing a big
surprise! Lionel Messi as a factor is doing extremely well
to motivate everybody in that squad. They are going to
introduce some new tactics. I would say they are the
hidden contender for the title.”

What r de surprising tactics he is saying about, anything new....?

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 6:18 AM
Congrats guys, for your wonderful contribution which makes this website as one of the fundamental needs of my everyday life. Hope you get the proper reward of all of your good works so far... the World Cup....

Also congratulations to every single member of this blog.

el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/2/2014 at 5:35 AM
I believe this website can be the main website of the Argentina english speaking fans out there. I personally love it when the number of comments increase everyday and that there are so many new members here.

But I believe that the site will get to a point where the number of comments will be way more than what we have today.

Anytime held a poll, always thousands took part. Well all of them are Argentines. I would like to see also thousands take park when a poll is held here.

I know sometimes it is annoying to read too many comments, but think about it in another way. How great it is to have a place where ALL Argentina fans around the world can get together as a community? Mundo has the potential to reach there.

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 5:20 AM
Note to Richard:

Thanks for the link Richard. Quantitative analysis makes interesting reading to me as always as I myself am a big fan of it, but of course, like they famously say- we can put a lipstick to the pig and make it look like a woman! So is the case with statistics as well. After going through the report,for arguments' sake, we can pick up a number of issues. Here are just a couple:

1. One of the key factors influencing their results they state is the "home continent" factor , especially for latin american teams (page 5). Yet, when they performed a model validation fit - they only did it for 2010 WC. It would have been interesting to see the outcome for 1986 WC for instance. I am guessing Brazil would have come out on top there too.

2. To build their regression model they use ELO ratings, goals scored and goals conceded from their most recent games. For Brazil, compared to other countries, who more recent games as friendlies without the pressure of qualification, this is more likely to be skewed.

I am not criticizing the study at all! Just saying that there will be many reports and studies like this (i love doing this kind of stuff myself!) which make excellent discussion material! Thankfully , the games are played on the field, and we can always trust the power of uncertainty of life and football! :-)

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 4:47 AM
Congratulations and very happy for all behind this sit and readers too.

I came across this place sometime before the 2010 world cup and have been a regular reader since. Enjoy the comments mostly, rather commenting myselves.

Hope this 8th anneversary brings in more cheers to us in the form of a WC

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 3:35 AM
Congrats to the staff for delivering such a great site!

Off topic
Hopefully our team will prove the sophisticated model from Goldman Sachs wrong. In a 67 page document Goldman Sachs states that Brazil will beat Argentina 3-1 in the final.

Last time (WC 2010) GS scored 13 out of 16 second round teams...

Posted on 6/2/2014 at 3:06 AM
Many congratulations to Seba, John, Ziggy and Roy! It's wonderful to see the fruits of your efforts grow develop and blossom, and we all wish you many successes ahead as well.

The best thing about you all is that you have been so patient and democratic about everything. Not just with the constant news and updates, but with all of us as well, you guys have given us a great platform and a lot of leverage to express our views. I am sure it's not easy, but kudos!

Another commendable thing is that you guys are exactly like a team, each person working hard to contribute for the entire team, and helping out when someone else could potentially get busy! That's what it's all about, and I hope that Mundo grows to even greater heights! I hope our Albiceleste team picks the concept of teamwork from the Mundo team! :-)

Finally- like it has been stated - a humble note of thanks to all the readers and users here. Please do keep encouraging these guys to continue their wonderful work!


Posted on 6/2/2014 at 2:51 AM
However..where is Seba...

el pibe
(United States)
Posted on 6/2/2014 at 12:46 AM
cool great job. I am excited that we have info our soccer team news etc. Off topic tho. Demichelis will make the team its sosa perez agusto Fernandez for one spot.

"elpipita" Mamoun
Posted on 6/2/2014 at 12:20 AM
A website that is informative, beautifully designed, almost devoid of trolls and is inhibited by passionate, level headed people.
I suppose it's a testament to the albiceleste's worldwide popularity to have such a devoted mix of professionals/people.
To Roy, Ziggy, John, Seba and all of mundo's members I give a mucho Gracias, a shukran jazeelan and many thanks.

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 11:25 PM
Great work guys. Its always amazing to visit here. I m a diehard messi fan i dont know much about argentina but i want him to win everything specially worldcup. Then i started searching about arg news n then i found Mundo. After seeing ur blog n comments i started to become an arg fan n then hours n hours of surfing and become mad to read everyone views,passion,madness, love, desire. I really wish Argentina to win worldcup and we want to enjoy that moment with our 8th yr of celebration

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 10:54 PM
Thank you guys for your hard work and efforts to keep this site as wonderful as it is. This is my first ride, and I wish you 8 more rides and up.
Let's pray that The Cup will be Ours on July 13 !!!!!!!!!
Vamos ARGENTINA !!!!!!!!!

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 10:52 PM
thank you Gentlemen for being with us. Well, Mundo Albiceleste have been our daily ritual part, no days can be passed on without opening Mundo Albiceleste in fact every working hours - it's on line nowadays, We keep our finger crossed that the 8 yrs brings good luck to our beloved Albiceleste by winning this WC in Brazil.

And we all be tight in togetherness and harmony , GBU all

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 10:46 PM
Thankyou teak for such a great gift for all of us.I've been regular to this community for some 6 or 7 years. The one and only day I hated to visit the site was when I joined the website,I think it was also the opening day of our website,the day after we trashed by germany by 4 goals.Tor a few days I was angry as hell to everyone.Hope it was the last time I hated visiting mundo.Once more thanks to all who makes my day a little more meaningful....

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 10:29 PM

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 10:05 PM
Eight years indeed ! All of us posters owe a large debt of gratitude to Roy, Seba, John and Ziggy. Without them we would fumbling through the internet and newspapers gathering what info we could here and there. A frustrating pursuit ! With Mundo we can go straight to the horse's mouth for info and also share our opinions with others.

I remember seeing an article by Seba about Argentina and World Cup 2006 referenced in the New York Times. I had become a fan of the Argentina NT after moving to Buenos Aires in January 2006. It didn't take me long to track down the Mundo blog and I've been impressed with everyone associated with it ever since. Seba, Roy, John and Ziggy have brought their own passions and talents to Mundo and turned it into an essential gathering place for those who want to be "in the know".

So, three cheers for Mundo ! Its been a part of my daily life for eight years now. Let's hope that soon we can all celebrate a WC victory and make the eight year anniversary complete.

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 9:46 PM
The truth is that...i was with worldcupbog....when they stopped the updates...i was searching for another one..and luckily i reached here...:)

Argentino Trucho
(United States)
Posted on 6/1/2014 at 8:31 PM
Pretty nice breakdown on Barca Blaugranes:

(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/1/2014 at 8:08 PM
thank you gentleman, its been a fantastic ride.

seba i remember talking via email to you during the w.c 2006 and its 100% his fault im on here :)
and Seba i hope you family and all good and well.

to the others thank you for keeping it going being John, ziggy and Roy and also to the many posters whether good or bad you are what makes this site what it is today and we are still going strong.

I raise my glass to you all and to a "victory" in this years final.

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 7:46 PM
Only place to spread our feelings and emotion regarding our beloved team ARGIE...hats up mundo alb...

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 7:28 PM
we get it Seba.

roy ziggy john and all the members great job. We need some tweaking with the site appearance and web designs now. Taking it to the next level .

May the force be with mundo albiceleste !

(United States)
Posted on 6/1/2014 at 7:27 PM
You guys did fantastic job. Vmos Argentina

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 7:11 PM
Great site i cant go an hour without going back on.

(United States)
Posted on 6/1/2014 at 7:09 PM
Good job guys keep up the good work and vamos argentina

(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/1/2014 at 7:04 PM
Congratulations guys!

Being a long-time fan of La Albiceleste, I was delighted to discover the site several years ago.

It really is great to have a place for us fans (from all over the world) to come together and discuss our passion for the team.

Muchas gracias!

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 6:03 PM
A big salute for all who were behind dis for these 8 years n heartfelt thanks for spending your valuable time on dis wonderful creation... Jst being here only for 1 year or so, de emotional attachment i hav to dis is something phenonmenal, cant imagine de feeling n attachment u oldies r having to dis... This is something a very special bond...hope will remain always... Vamos Argentina... Long live MUNDO baby...

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 6:00 PM
congratulations all of you.truly a marvelous job!

(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/1/2014 at 5:38 PM
well done mundo iv bern here on and of for those 8years ....

just a point i need to make looking at other sites many have comented that argentinas biggest enemy this world cup is THE NEW WORLD ORDER money is bigger than sport and brasil is in chaos

and media owners and industrialists have BIG MONEY IN BRASIL argentina is the ANTI NWO nation THE TEAM OF THE FREE PEOPLE the team of che

these people posting like this have a valid point argentinas biggest enemy this summer is FIFA CORRUPTION ,im scared thel do evil shit refs biased or spiked water even

we have to remember a fake peno could be given to brasil a few desitions going there way on root to the final


brasil is massivly over rated and HYPED BY GLOBAL MEDIA its all bullshit, argentina needs to ram this shit down there throats and win



Posted on 6/1/2014 at 5:31 PM
Thank you guys for all the efforts over the years! This has been my first point of call with anything got to do with our team!
I still remember being a part of a few pod casts a fews years back! All the way from Australia . Being born in Argentina and coming to aust at a young age ! This site has kept me closer then ever with our beloved team
Chatting to Seba , John and Roy was great and knowing there's people in the world that shares the same passion that I have !
Once again cheers for all the great work !!
Let's wish this year all out dreams can come true !

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 5:04 PM
Been following this for 8 years since 2006, before that the Argentina World Cup Blog was the place. Thank God to Mundo so i can keep up to date with Argentina. I just Started to comment 2 days ago, before that i have read every single comment ever written on this site and the Argentina world cup blog. I check Mundo multiple times a day. Best Place for all DIE HARD ARGENTINA FANS. NO ROOM FOR BANDWAGON FANS HERE.

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 4:56 PM
I still remember first time I learned "vamos argentina" here.

(United States)
Posted on 6/1/2014 at 4:37 PM
Great website Roy, keep it up!!!How about we do another Podcast before Argentina play there first world cup game?

Posted on 6/1/2014 at 4:34 PM

(South Africa)
Posted on 6/1/2014 at 4:28 PM
Great great website, best in the world for me, cant live Without it.
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    On this day in 2012, Lionel Messi scored his first ever hattrick for the Argentina National Team vs. Switzerland. February 29, 2012 marked the day Lionel MESSI scored his first hattrick for the National Team in a 3-1 win against Switzerland.

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