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FIC: Fracturado (Part 3)

Title: Fracturado
Summary: Stevie meets a decision. Xabi has to learn to live with it.
Part: 3/4
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Angst
Author's Notes: First of all, many thanks to 

indigologic and paularinaa for all their help with this! Second, neither the boys nor the lines in italics are mine; the boys, of course, only belong to themselves, while the lines are taken from Gustav Mahler's "Songs of a wayfarer", 3rd song, which you can listen to here. Comments are love and very much appreciated!

 


FIC: Fracturado (Part 2)

Title: Fracturado
Summary: Stevie meets a decision. Xabi has to learn to live with it.
Part: 2/4
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Angst
Author's Notes: First of all, many thanks to indigologic and paularinaa for all their help with this! Second, neither the boys nor the lines in italics are mine; they boys, of course, only belong to themselves, while the lines are taken from Gustav Mahler's "Songs of a wayfarer", 2nd song, which you can listen to here. Comments are love and very much appreciated!


For all Xabi fans...

Xabi has arrived in Spain.

 

Unfortunately, I've only found one pic but he does look nice :-) And I like his jacket, nice colour. That boy does have a good taste...

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FIC: Fracturado

Title: Fracturado
Summary: Stevie meets a decision. Xabi has to learn to live with it.
Part: 1/4
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Angst
Author's Notes: First of all, many thanks to indigologic and paularinaa for all their help with this! Second, neither the boys nor the lines in italics are mine; they boys, of course, only belong to themselves, while the lines are taken from Gustav Mahler's "Songs of a wayfarer", 1st song, which you can listen to here. Comments are love and very much appreciated!

Xabi and Barca - a happy ending?

Yesterday, the old rumours back from February resurfaced again, in form of an article in the Daily Star. I guess that everyone has already read that, but in case you haven't, go here.

There have already been loads of entries on that, most of them rants - of course we don't want Xabi to leave. You only need to watch today's game to notice that we do miss him. There are so many passes going awry in midfield - Masch and Momo aren't a good combination. We will see Xabi on the pitch today and I'm thrilled for the impact he will make.

Though, this post isn't supposed to be on Liverpool needing Xabi. Of course we do, that's not debatable. The prime question is if he wants to stay.
First of all, this isn't about money. As a footballer, you earn so much that it can't really bother you if you'll get 10.000 € a week more. However, Xabi doesn't seem like someone who plays for the sake of the money, anyway. This transfer won't be decided by the sum Barca promise him. It's going to be decided by Xabi's brains. But what is important in this deal and what might he be thinking?

1) Trophies
Xabi is ambitious. He doesn't talk about it as openly as, say, Stevie, but he is. He wants trophies and therefore he wants to play in a team that can challenge for trophies. This means that he wants a big chance on a national cup as well as a start in the CL. Barcelona have both. They are currently top of the table in Spain, Madrid has been struggling for years and apart from Valencia they don't really have to fear anyone in Spain. And unless when faced with Rafa's shrewd tactics, they have great chances in the CL as well. A change to Barcelona would mean trophies.
At Liverpool, the situation is a bit more difficult and challenging. Yes, there has been the take-over but who knows if and how new buys are going to fit in, adapt to the Premiership etc. We all know that Liverpool still lack a bit when it comes the the Premier League but they're always great in Europe. Who knows, there might be another European Cup the next season. And they certainly do have a bright future ahead of them. 
At the moment, Barcelona surely look like the better team, winning their league and everything. This task, however, is a lot less challenging than winning the Premier League, where the top 4 are always very close to each other (only in terms of points, of course). But Xabi isn't necessarily someone who wants to win the easy game, to me he looks much more like someone who enjoys fighting in a really big challenge. Just look at Juve, Barca etc. And he knows, too, that Liverpool aren't far away from the very top.

2) The Team
The team is a bit like the staff in a firm. When you're going to get a new job, you'll look for possibilities to get up the ranks and for a nice working atmosphere, which means nice co-workers.
At Liverpool, Xabi is in the starting XI for any difficult matches. Being rested for some easier ones doesn't show any disrespect to him - he reportedly is a player who needs more time to recover between matches. Rafa loves him, he's one of the few ones Rafa seems to be quite close to, just have a look at their interaction once.  Apart from becoming captain, which won't happen as long as Stevie and Carra are at the club, there aren't any possibilites for a promotion. But there is no need for it, either.
At Barca, this would be very, very different. They don't know yet who'll be their manager in the next season. There are supposedly troubles in the dressing room, the team as a whole being pretty inexistent. Players have a go at each other in the press. Plus, there are a whole lot of really, really good players. The individual quality is a lot higher than at Liverpool. This means that it will also be a lot harder for Xabi to achieve a starting place. I'm not sure about the players' special positions and abilities but remember that there's for example a certain Xavi who already starts ahead of him in the national team. It would be a hard task, especially with the likes of Frank Lampard and co. probably coming in the next season.
We all know that Xabi likes his Liverpool team-mates. About the Barca ones, I've frankly no idea but I don't think that he'd prefer Gudjohnsen to Stevie. Considering all of this, I'd say that, as far as teams are concerned, Liverpool have a slight advantage in Xabi's mind.

3) Surroundings
It's widely known that Xabi likes Liverpool. What might put him off about Spain is the constant presence of the press over there. At every training session, following you everywhere, watching you everywhere. And Xabi doesn't seem like someone who enjoys the public's constant attention, more like a private person trying to escape the press whenever possible. Of course he already played in Spain before but that was Real Sociedad, not Barcelona, which is an altogether different thing, at least when press is concerned.
A great plus for him, however, might be to have his family close. Real Sociedad isn't right next to Barcelona but it's a whole lot closer than England. Then, of course, Spain is his native country, Spanish is his native language, which might be a great attraction. I can't really judge him on that but a great majority of people would, if offered relatively equal jobs in their home country and abroad, would take the home country.

4) Style
There have been a lot of people saying, especially in this season, that his style doesn't suit the Premier League. But we tend to forget that Xabi has a lot more defensive role to play in this season than in the last ones. And Barca want him exactly in this role, while he might have - with Masch having arrived and hopefully settling in fast - his naturally more offensive one back at Liverpool in the next season. And while the play in Spain may be wider, he seems to enjoy the Premier League's challenges as well - he's currently the Liverpool player with the most yellow cards.

5) But he hasn't signed his new contract yet!
Yes, he hasn't. Because he is a clever guy. Xabi wants to make sure that Liverpool plays in the CL next season. If they don't, I can see him leave because, as pointed out above, he wants trophies and he wants to play on high international level. The UEFA cup most likely wouldn't appeal to him if he has other possibilities.
Additionally, we don't know about the process of contract negotiations. I guess that it's Rafa's job, and until after the Barca match 10 days ago, the manager was busy with other things. As money is concerned, the new owners would very likely want to have their say as well. There are many things to consider and I'm pretty sure that a contract binding you to a club for the next years can't be perfect, and not signed, in the space of ten days. It's huge decision and Xabi is allowed to take his time on this.

6) Conclusion
Xabi will leave if Liverpool don't reach the fourth place. Luckily, Bolton seem to have an unlucky streak as well, so that shouldn't be too much in danger. 
Taking into account that Liverpool will most likely manage to become fourth, I can see him leave - but not this time. Xabi's clever and he knows that Liverpool are a side with a lot of potential for the next seasons and a brilliant manager. He will be tempted to challenge for the title here instead of picking it up easily elsewhere. That's what he might mean with "making decisions with the head" - he's obviously thinking all of this through right now and will weigh the pros and cons. 
For me, if I have analyzed him right, Liverpool will win in Xabi's head.



PS: The Masch-Xabi midfield seems quite good, although I would have liked a goal or two... Where has our scoring ability gone?

Pimp! Pimp! Pimp!

So, we've started a new challenge and we'd like to see some new participants. If you're interested in a nice challenge with a pairing of your choice, go here. The last two winning fics have both been English, so your chances might be pretty high. Additionally, I would love to see some Stevie / Xabi love in there - I'll be in the jury and try to judge all the fics.

And I've just watched the UEFA Cup draw and the two German teams still left (Werder Bremen and, surprisingly, Bayer Leverkusen) won't meet unti the final (if they both advance..). I'm keeping my fingers crossed for them!
Title: 5 times Stevie shouldn’t have said Xabi’s name
Rating: NC-17 to be safe
Warning: Explicit sex scenes
Disclaimer:
I wish they were mine. They aren't, so don't sue me.
Author’s Notes:  Thanks to wisniowyfor the lovely beta! Written for a challenge at footiechallenge. Feedback is love and very much appreciated.


 

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

OK, I've officially no fingernails left. And I had the urge to strangle these ESPN commentators like every time they said something. F***ing Barca supporters.

But we're through! We're in the quarterfinals! We've knocked Barcelona out!

Our first half was brilliant, I'd have just loved us to take one of our chances. Everything would have been much more relaxed then. And we would've deserved the lead. I just hope this won't come back to haunt us sometime. 

And Gudjohnsen, of all people, scoring - argh! Even Carra couldn't do anything. I was so afraid of Pool conceding another goal, whenever they turned to defending Barca seemed to get considerably stronger. And when they were finally going forward, they nearly shredded Barca.

Great performance by the 12th man, when they were singing YNWA in the end the ambiance was just brilliant! 

We seriously need to improve our finishing, we had 17 shots on target and didn't make one single goal. And there were some really good chances among them. I'd have loved Stevie to score, He's been really good today, all over the pitch. MotM for me, definitely. As Momo conceded his second yellow, we'll probably see Masch in the next round, which I'm quite looking forward to. Would be interesting to see him linking up with Stevie and Xabi.

Now on to the celebrating!!!



FIC: Después

Title: Después
Pairing: Steven Gerrard / Xabi Alonso
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: These boys belong to themselves. I only enjoy playing with them from time to time.
Summary: Post-ManU-defeat. Stevie is miserable and Xabi is trying to help.
A/N: Unbetaed and Spanish with an online dictionary's help, so read at your own risk! Feedback is love and very much appreciated.


F*** Mancs. We dominate the second half and they get a goal 2 minutes into stoppage time. F***ing unbelievable. 

Stevie had a good game, though. Silly booking for Xabi because of complaining. Don't really understand why Rafa took Bellamy off, he played brilliantly today. Would love to see Stevie pay Scholes back for throwing that punch at Xabi. Interesting fic material, at least.


Please boys, just get that win against Barca on Tuesday. 

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