Basque Boys For Life – Part 3 | @nickrowe85

Welcome back to the beautiful port city of Bilbao for part 3. We had a mixed bag of results to start the season, with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats from our first 6 matches. We’re 14th in the league table and won the first leg of our 1st UEFA Cup tie against Metz.

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Basque Boys for Life – Part 2 | @NickRowe85

Welcome back to Spain for part 2 of this blog! After setting the scene, analysing the squad, bringing in a couple of new faces and taking the team on a pre-season tour of China, it’s time to get down to business…

The first match of the season arrives, and we’re away to Tenerife, who boast a talented young keeper in Bengt Andersson, some past and future premier league legends in Emerson and Slavisa Jokanovic, and Dutch frontman, Roy Makaay. I set up with the trusted 2-3-1-2-2 formation with a direct style. Lakabeg makes his debut at right-back, while Billabona is on the bench.

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Basque Boys for Life – Part 1 | @NickRowe85

Please welcome Nick Rowe to the blog! For those you on Twitter, you’ll know Nick from his excellent CM9798 icon cards as well as a few saves he has serialised in tweet form. Now, he takes the step of sharing with you his latest save in a much longer form. Over to Nick…

Hello everyone, and welcome to my first blog. I’ve been wanting to write one for ages, but have been trying to think of an interesting enough challenge, and I think I finally have. The CM9798 icons cards that I’ve been tweeting have been well-received, so hopefully you will all enjoy this blog as well.

Anyway, small talk over, and the team I’ve chosen to manage is Athletic Bilbao. Why? I hear you ask, they’re already a reasonable side so surely it shouldn’t take much to make them better? Well normally that would be a fair assumption, but now for the twist…

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