Brits Abroad – Part 21: Middle Stint

Hello and good welcome to you. The Brits Abroad are part way through season 7, just the early knockings really of what we hope will be a long and successful campaign, culminating with Euro 2004 if I can guide England through the final few qualifying games. We’re at the time of year in real life where there’s stuff on every night, or nearly every night, and it occurred to me on Wednesday evening that if I don’t get this played by Thursday night there would be no blog. Sacre bleu. To the football then, where the domestic table loos very nice and we’ve got an opportunity to make the Champions League group look similar…

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Brits Abroad – Part 20: Brit Rewards

Greetings and welcome back to a new season of Brits Abroad. Season 7 might be our last, if we can win everything. There’s obviously no guarantee of that and it’s really cool how many of you read this every week, so let’s just keep enjoying it and see how it goes. Real football returned this weekend and although I have missed it, I haven’t missed the feeling of defeat or kicking myself for picking the wrong fantasy players. Probably some lessons in there somewhere but today is not the day to pick that apart. Let’s wheel and deal.

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Brits Abroad – Part 19: The Cup Final Curse

Greetings, bonjour and so on. We’re back in Portugal, who utilise neither of those greetings but you join us at an exciting time nevertheless. The aim is to retain everything, add the Portuguese cup to the list and get England well on their way to Euro 2004. It is at this point that I realise I have not paced this season’s bloggings very well. Strap yourselves in, there are many games.

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Brits Abroad – Part 18: Mac Attack

Good morning and greetings to you. The Brits Abroad are going from strength to strength, having won 9 out of 9 domestically to start the new season. Robbie Fowler is settling in nicely and later on in this episode we’ll try and retain the World Club Cup and European Super Cup. But first, there’s some other important business that needs tending to.

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It’s the Annual CM9798 Birthday quiz! Also cast your vote for your favourite CM9798 players

Good morning to you. CM9798 will turn 26 on Tuesday and as Sunday is more or less the signature day for my blogs over the last 9 years (let that resonate for a second) I thought I’d bring the celebrations forward a few days. Nobody has the energy to party on a Tuesday – that’s just fact. So how do we celebrate the big TWO SIX?

In all honesty, I am running on fumes recently. Sickness has blighted CM9798 Towers and I’ve got very little to give. My laptop hasn’t been open all week until now, as I type this, at 10pm on Saturday evening. So here’s what we’ve got:

Take our Champed or Not Champed quiz! Remember to share your score on X (Twitter if you prefer old money). It literally starts below, so good luck.

If you are new around here, you could always take the quiz from last year

Or the year before.

Furthermore, last year we came up with Top 25 CM9798 Players. This was just from the Blog Squad votes so now we want your help in compiling a new list. It’s Eurovision style voting, all you have to do is give your points out below and we’ll reveal the results next week. 12 points to your favourite! If you can’t be bothered to do all 11 boxes that’s fine, any duplicates I’ll take your highest answer only.

CM9798 Best Players Vote

Don’t reflect too hard on 26 years of this great game, an awful lot has happened. Have a great week and I’ll be back hopefully soon.

Brits Abroad – Part 16: I know that was then…

Hello and I guess maybe that should be Konichiwa as the Brits Abroad are about to board a plane for Japan for the 2002 World Cup. To catch you up, last week Benfica’s Brits Abroad retained the Champions League and the Portugese league to add to the European Super Cup and World Club Cup. The only blemish was a Portugese Cup final defeat to Sporting, which will annoy me but the show must go on. Now matters turn International.

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Brits Abroad – Part 15: Deficit

Good morning and hello to you. I’m about to head out for my son’s fourth birthday party so if you land on this blog from X (Twitter, in old money) don’t be surprised if this misses the 10.30am post time. It is an annoying loss that these things don’t automatically post anymore. In any event, welcome back to Portugal where the Benfica Brits as nobody is calling them are fighting against the tide. After winning everything, I took the England job and for some reason our form dropped off a bit. So now we’re chasing down Sporting Lisbon and trying to defend everything and then all the same lads will go off to Japan for the World Cup. Wish me luck at the party – we’ve got a journey to go on first.

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Brits Abroad – Part 14: Air Miles

Good hello to you all! What a week it has been, for reasons I’ll not get into but the sanctuary of the weekend couldn’t get here fast enough. For Benfica, their squad full of Brits have made a mixed bag start to the season. It’s always been a mystery of this game where sometimes your unstoppable team just drop off. Did calling them all up for England prove to be a bad idea? I won’t have it. It was only a good idea. Let’s bring on the nonsense of this week.

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Brits Abroad – Part 13: Next Level

Well hello to you. It has been a week since we last spoke, I hope your ascent into October was seamless. This weekend my son moved up to the next year group for his Saturday morning football group. It’s barely football but of the 30 kids in the class, 29 of them seem quite content to go it alone. Their parents sit on comfortable chairs sipping coffee at the side of the sports hall. The 30th child wants Daddy to run around with him, so there I am, like a sporty version of Will Ferrell in Elf, playing what’s the time Mr Wolf as a 6 foot 3 giant amongst children. That is in no way relevant to what you are here to read but sharing is caring, or something. The Brits Abroad meanwhile are proving to be giants amongst mostly Portugese men, having won the league at a canter and going on to become European Champions. How do you top that?

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