The Golden Generation: Part 3 – Throwing the Potty out the Window

Andy is here with part 3 of his Golden Generation challenge. It’s time for the tournament, will the young lions become…men lions? Old Lions? Animals aren’t a strong point for me. You can catch up with part two here. You can also download the players database here

Bonjour and welcome back to “The Golden Generation”. We’ve managed to squeeze past Italy and qualify automatically for France 98, have been given a fairly positive group stage, and have managed some very indifferent friendly results in between then and now. I think, the reality is, the potty training is over, and its time for these bairns to show what they are made of.

Here is the confirmed squad for the finals;


We land in France ahead of the Tournament; as it stands I am worried that the bairns are now of legal drinking age in mainland Europe.

Here is a reminder of the group we need to navigate to try and reach the knockout stages;


We must take on the Nigerians (who if they win are donating their winnings to bring back their stranded astronaut who has been stuck in space since 1990), as per real life – Valderrama’s Colombia and end with a commonwealth derby against the Aussies.


It might be all over already for Ashley, a typical, teenage lads’ injury. Dyer will need to step up for the meantime.

Oh…lets hope these two in juries are unrelated…


So it’s Nigel or David “Flappy-Panic” James for the groups…

First Stop: Felix Bollaert, Nord
Opponent: Nigeria


The opposition actually boast some fantastic players (Kanu, Ikpeba, Finidi and West to name a few) and we are without our young 16-year-old talisman, Joe Cole who is suspended for the first game.

Here are the line-ups:


Five minutes in, Carrick roles it through for Owen, who rounds Rufai and makes no mistake from six yards. 1-0! Seventeen minutes, a mix up in the box see’s the ball fall to Owen who again makes no mistake. 2-0. Rufai saves a double chance from Owen, Lampard taps it in, but, without the modern day support of VAR, its ruled out for “offside” with a linesman making an independent decision…We reach half-time two goals to the good and looking confident.

Kanu gives us some nerves, picking up on a re-bound from Martyn’s save, 2-1. Another chance in succession from a corner, but Terry is there to clear it. Sixty-six minutes and Owen blasts one past Rufai for his hattrick, 3-1. We make some key subs and see the game out. We should have had a lot more from our 20 shots.


A good start;


Gary Neville stubbed his toe in the celebrations and is now out for a couple of weeks, so we’ll have limited options at wing-back for the foreseeable. Joe Cole is back, he’ll have to settle for the bench after Carrick’s performance.

Next Stop: La Beajoire, Bretagne
Opponent: Colombia


“The holy place” otherwise known as Stade la Beajoire. We face off against the Colombians, champions of big hair and moustaches. Thankfully, Merson isn’t anywhere near our squad.

Here are the line-ups:


We make our first impression as Owen forces Higuita into a smart stop after 9 minutes. Terry nods the resulting delivery of Beckhams corner over the bar. It’s a drab and quiet affair, but, 27 minutes and Colombia take the lead; John Harold Lozano receives a lay-off from the big man (Santa) and it’s an absolute gift. 0-1.

41 minutes and Higuita foils Owen again, and history repeats as Terry puts the header at the back post wide. We reach half-time and it’s 0-1; we have it all to do.

Scholes is tired, so Joe Cole makes a return to the team following his suspension.

62 mins and a mix up in the box sees Mendoza tap in an unguarded net. 0-2 and we are fading. A double sub sees us bring on Hargreaves and Fowler. We’re straight up the other end but Higuita continues to be the equal of everything we throw at him. We push all the way, but in the 90th Lampard misses an open goal and Colombia counter quickly, Freddy Leon scores at the death. Full Time, 0-3.


All of a sudden, we have it all to do…


Next Stop: Stade de France, Paris
Opponent: Australia


We face a final showdown with the Aussies, everything at stake, pride and a place in the next round. Here’s how we line-up, with an enforced change. Solid Campbell picked up his second yellow and will miss the killer group game, fortunately, Gary Neville has returned.


We dominate the first 9 minutes, but Carl Veart skins Terry and it’s 0-1. We pick back up and on 31 minutes Lampard feeds in Owen who slots home….whooooooooo have that you cricket shagging egg-chasers!!! Get-in. 39 minutes and Lampard has it in the net but it’s disallowed. No problem, a minute later Owen feeds Lampard and it’s 2-1!!! We make it to half-time alive.

A nervy second half see’s Owen go close twice but Schwarzer is equal to it. The Aussies make some attacking changes, but we hold out and that’s it! We’re into the knockout stages, get that juice on ice!


We even top the group!


Our patchy form continues, and we can’t afford the massive slip-ups we seem to be capable of now the 90 minutes are all that count. Gulp…




This is a massive blow, who will take our corners now? So, we’ve made it to the last 16; from here on in we cannot afford any more rogue performances, everything has to be golden.

That’s all for now, join us again in the last 16 and see if we’re still going for gold or pissing it up the wall.

CM9798 Academy – Part 23: European break

Hello! Season 8 is here and not only have the Academy got another season of Premier League football to look forward to, they will also play in Europe for the first time. This might be as good as it gets.

cwc seeding

For such an occasion, we’ve added a massive 1348 new seats. There’s over £50m in the bank, we may as well spend it on something.

more seats

How do you ready a squad for a European campaign? Well…

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Building Brazil – Part 2: Magic in Madeira

Rob Tait is back in Portugal for part two of his latest project. He’s building an entire team of Brazilians with the first task of getting out of the Portugese second division. Catch up with part one here

We finished part 1 three points clear at the top with a nine wins, one draw and a loss. Unfortunately while I was writing Part 1 I managed to lose the last three games I’d played by forgetting to save and then closing the window by mistake. It means that Marquinhos isn’t injured and Newcastle didn’t get beaten by Forrest. We also won the game we drew in the replay. With that out of the way Maia visit the “Tree House” that’s what I’m calling our stadium since we are Wood Utd. We continue how we finished part 1 with a simple victory.


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The Golden Generation: Part 2 – Warming Up

Andrew is back with England’s Golden Generation but in 1998. Catch up with Part 1 here

Hello and welcome back to “The Golden Generation”. So, let’s catch you up. After a poor start in Cyprus, we worked out an expected win at Wembley against Moldova, and then, after going a goal down in 60 seconds and totally against the wave after wave of blue shirts in Rome, including Zola uncharacteristically fluffing a glut of clear chances, we saw out a famous win in Rome even though the team we’re up well after their bedtime. The celebrations were over quickly when the Mam’s arrived to take Gerrard et al home.

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CM9798 Academy – Part 22: Passport to Relegation?

Hello hello. As 2019 continues to rattle along, we’ve reached the end of another season. The Academy, as usual, are battling relegation. Things are actually bleaker than normal as we are in the bottom 3 with 14 games to go. One positive though is that we’re still in the FA Cup, though Derby is not a happy hunting ground for us. That’s where we start today’s update.

table 24 games

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Building Brazil – Part 1: Samba Madeira

Rob Tait returns with a new concept save. He’s rocked up in the Portugese second division with a plan to build a team of Brazilians. Here’s Rob to explain more.

For some reason Brazilian players don’t seem to register as foreign when playing as a Portuguese team, I noticed this while playing a game as Sporting Lisbon. This got me thinking, could I build an all Brazilian team to conquer the Champions League. I wanted to start from scratch so I chose a division two side, I also wanted to choose a team who played in the Brazilian yellow and blue. In a little twist of CM fate Uniao Madeira fit the bill and also give a nod to another CM legend, everyone’s favourite fictional striker. Uniao has a funny squiggle above the a like this ã, but I’m not inserting a special character every time so, sorry if that upsets anyone, that also goes for any other letter with a special squiggle.

This is the squad and fortunately… I recognise not one…


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The Golden Generation: Part 1 – Potty Training 101 – Qualification

Please welcome back Andrew Chapman to You may remember Andrew from the Gateshead series last year and he’s back with a look at England’s Golden Generation. How you ask? I’ll leave that to Andrew to explain…

Hello and welcome to “The Golden Generation” where we will follow England’s much feted players from World Cup 2002, but as wee bairns in 1997/8 attempting to qualify for and win the World Cup. Fast forward (rewind, whatever) to 2002, cast your mind back.

Sven had been in his post for 1 ½ years and had moulded together a squad of youngsters mixed with some experience to qualify top of a group including arch-rivals Germany thanks to that famous 5-1 thumping in Munich.

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