The Wonderkids – Part Thirty-Three: The Final Countdown

‘Invincible: incapable of being conquered, defeated, or subdued.’ Welcome back to the next step in The Wonderkids journey. We left you last having continued our unbeaten run in the 2004/05 season across all competitions and having dished out a thrashing in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. If you missed it, you can catch-up here. As ever, here’s a reminder of the table:

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Can Northern Ireland get to the 1998 World Cup?

Good morning! I’ve got a confession to make. We don’t have a Tuesday writer at the moment. We’ve had a series of guests doing great things, I did a tactics blog with Nikolai but as Liam continues to take a well earned break from the A-Z game, I’ve had to dig deep to do something different. Inspired by the Lockdown challenge, I’ve decided to take the challenge of trying to take Northern Ireland to the World Cup from this position:

Impossible? We’ll see.

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Tales From Wales – Part 9: Lost in France | @Matt_C_Wills

Good day! Welcome to a new week here on, where we head to Wales somewhat earlier than Ant & Dec did for this year’s I’m a Celebrity. We’ll find Matt trying to make an all Welsh team a success in Cardiff with Division 1 being a tough nut to crack…

Hello, and welcome back to Wales on this fine Monday morning. Cardiff are stuttering through life in Division 1, but for now, that doesn’t matter because we’ll be leading Wales into Euro 2000. Lots to discuss and much to look forward to. Shall we?

Here’s where we are at present, not going down, not going up by the looks of things.

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A Belgian Story – The Road to World Cup 2006: Part 6 | @verbist_philip

It’s Saturday! Whilst the night remains alright for fighting, the morning is very much for reading Philip’s Belgian adventure blog. Can Beveren finish season 2 in style?

Hallo allemaal!

Time flies! We are already at the final part of season 2. We started off like a rocket winning 9 straight matches, but after that our engine cooled down considerably and we find ourselves currently in 4th position. With only 4 points ahead of KV Mechelen, we will have to perform at our best if we want to travel around Europe again next season.

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Basque Boys III – Part 4 | @cmclassicsquads

It’s Friday and once again here’s Nick to help us see out the week. The Basque Boys are once again on the hunt for La Liga glory but up first it’s a cup tie.

Hello again! It’s Friday, and time for the CM9798 cruise liner to dock in Bilbao once again. Defeat to Barca last week started a 3-game winless run, so let’s try to put an end to it, starting with the 2nd leg of our Copa Del Rey tie with Oviedo, which we lead 5-2.

Guerrero, who must have now scored as many penalties as Bruno Fernandes puts us ahead from the spot before Dubovski equalises. Guerrero regains our lead early in the 2nd half and it ends 2-1 despite Oviedo having 3 times as many chances as us.

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Off Kilter – Season 8 Episode 1 | @PeterJonesPhoto

Back to Alloa to see if Peter has recovered from winning Euro 2004 with Scotland. Just let that sink in. Turned out to be the second best thing to happen in Scottish football on Thursday, like a premonition. Anyway, Alloa still have business to attend to but Peter seems…distracted.

I first traversed the Aegean Sea in 2005 aboard one of Stelios’s bright orange birds, landing in the dry summer heat of an Athens fervid in congratulatory pride more than their usual propensity in displaced nationalism. The previous summer the world descended on the city for the Olympics. A year later, those gilded palatial venues still shone in the evening heat, their grass verges clipped, the paint fresh and vibrant. That same summer, Angelos Charisteas meet a lofted corner kicked and directed his header beyond Ricardo to win the European Championships. By the time 2005 rolled around and my feet firmly on Greek soil, the only sound that emanated from any kiosk, shopping precinct or a sleeping taxi driver rusted radio was Helena Paparizou’s “My Number One.” A month early, she decided to rhyme “You’re my lover / Undercover” to the indigence musical intellect of the Eurovision judging panel who voted this the best song of that competition. Worse was yet to come. There are no rules as to what happenstance will ignite untempered jingoism but that summer, Taradise premiered on E!. Yes, Tara Reid had visited Athens and the surrounding islands to film her debut travelogue season. In the long list of the kitsch tourist TV trope, Whitaker, Palin, Floyd, Nairn, the plastic blonde from American Pie probably doesn’t even make the list. Pre-list. Thinking of a pre-list. Witness her feasting on a steaming lobster beneath the shadow of the Acropolis, glancing confusingly up at the Parthenon and asking the waiter “What’s that? Is it a church? These are nice potatoes.” Solipsism has never looked so enticing.

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The Wonderkids – Part Thirty-Two: Tweaky-Blinders

Good morning and happy hump day. Here’s Andrew with the latest from The Wonderkids, looking to build on an already mighty lead at the top of the table…

Its chriiiiiiiistmasssssssss!!! Well, almost in the wonderworld. Welcome back to season 8 where we’re trying our best to recover from last season’s abject failure of only a few trophies. We’re going great guns in Europe with a perfect record, we’re in the domestic cups still, and in the league we’re hopeful of an invincible season. If you missed last week, you can catch up here.

Here’s a reminder of the table:

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