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December 1999


Friday, December 31, 1999

Happy New Year to you all
I hope you all have a great New Year and we look forward to joining you in the 21st century as we continue to develop the MRA for your benefit.

New Skins
Our Skins designers Ozzie and Rich have produced some more beauties for your New Year Skins Collection.  We have 2 new ones today for you:

NEW Screen Shot - Lazio Skin (Click to View) The 'Sol' Man NEW Screen Shot - QPR Skin (Click to View)

Tuesday, December 28, 1999

New Skins
Our faithful Skins designers Jamie and  Ozzie have produced some more beauties for your New Year Skins Collection.  We have 3 new ones today for you:

  • Newcastle United - designed by Jamie Gilbert (Just to show there is no hard feelings as Jamie is a Spurs supporter!)

  • Ronaldo - designed by Ozzie Montiel

  • Cruz Azul from Mexico - designed by Ozzie Montiel

NEW Screen Shot - Newcastle Skin (Click to View) The 'Sol' Man NEW Screen Shot - Ronaldo Skin (Click to View)
NEW Screen Shot - Cruz Azul Skin (Click to View)

Animated Skins
Please let me know what you think of the Animated Gif above which gives you a taster of all the currently available MRA Skins.

Patch of the Day is very MRA Compliant
Good news if your are lovers of Chris Davies' and his teams PotD.  Using their default installation program I loaded the patch into my FIFA 2000/Leagues/PotD directory and by just deleting the PotD Setup Files directory I was able to use the PotD straight from the MRA without having to load another version of FIFA 2000 just for PotD.

This principle can be used for all add-ons and patches for both FIFA 99 & 2000 and saves on having multiple installations of each game.

Well done boys - PotD is great!


Monday, December 27, 1999

Portuguese Skins Required
I received a mail yesterday from Telmo
Lopes of Portugal requesting some Portuguese Skins.  If anyone is either from Portugal or is prepared to develop Skins specifically for Portugal then Telmo and myself would be eternally grateful.  In preparation I have updated the official websites for Portugal.  Where I couldn't find official ones I have used known unofficial ones.  If anyone has any further information on the missing sites then please contact me.

Requests for Skins
As we now have our own official Soccer Gaming Forum for the MRA I thought it would be a useful place for people to start placing their requests for Skins to be developed.  So if you have a Skin that you desire then please put your request in the MRA Forum and lets see if we can find people willing to develop them for us.

Official MRA Skins Developers Required
MRA Skins give you the ability to totally customise your MRA with the use of backdrops and graphical buttons.  A few have been developed already for you, but I hope all of you graphically inclined people will attempt to create your very own Skins which can then be made available to the world via this website.  Please visit the Skins Support Page for instructions on how to develop and distribute your own Skins.  

Please contact me if you would like to become an official Skins Developer.  This also entitles you to early releases of software and a few other perks in the future!


Friday, December 24, 1999

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support of the MRA project and hope you will continue to support us into the new Millennium.  As a gesture of our gratitude I have developed a special MRA Team Christmas Gift for you all!  Please click on screen shot to view and then download from here.
NEW Screen Shot - MRA Team Christmas Present Skin (Click to View)

Top 30 FIFA Site of the Week
What a great Christmas present for us.  We have been made the 'Site of the Week' over at 'Top 30 Fifa Sites'.  Please click over there to vote and continue your support for us.  These were the kind words I received from their Webmaster:

"Well I would like to congratulate Fifa-MRA they have shown great support to our topsites and their site is amazing and offers so much to the fifa world. They deserver site of the week for this week!"

Added New Link
I have added a new link to the site for:

  • The Golden Goal - Joe is a great guy and has been in touch and I have posted a link to his site which is well worth a visit, so pop over there now.


Thursday, December 23, 1999

Added New Link
I have added a new link to the site for:

  • FIFA 2000 Dome - The lads over at the Dome have been in touch and I have posted a link to their site.  This is a new site for all your FIFA 99 & FIFA 2000 news and it is looking very good and should be finalised soon.  Well worth a visit, so pop over there now.

New MRA Skins Required
MRA Skins give you the ability to totally customise your MRA with the use of backdrops and graphical buttons.  A few have been developed already for you, but I hope all of you graphically inclined people will attempt to create your very own Skins especially for Christmas which can then be made available to the world via this website.  Please visit the Skins Support Page for instructions on how to develop and distribute your own Skins.

Added more official Websites
On the MRA Skins pages I have started to compile the official websites for each team, where I can find them, and some unofficial.  Sites compiled to date are:


Wednesday, December 22, 1999

New Skins
Our faithful Skins designers Jamie and Ozzie have produced some more beauties for your Christmas Skins Collection.  We have 3 new ones today for you:

NEW Screen Shot - Chelsea Skin (Click to View) The 'Sol' Man NEW Screen Shot - David Ginola Skin (Click to View)
NEW Screen Shot - LA Galaxy Skin (Click to View)

Tuesday, December 21, 1999

New Arsenal and DC United Skins
Lior from Fifa 2000 Downloads has created another excellent Skin for you, this time for Arsenal.  Please go and download this Skin, especially if you are an Arsenal fan.  

Also Ozzie Montiel has produced an excellent DC United Skin for you.  Please go and download this Skin, especially if you are a DC United fan.  Click on screen shots below for full set of latest available Skins.

NEW Screen Shot - Spurs Skin (Click to View) The 'Sol' Man NEW Screen Shot - Manchester United Skin (Click to View)
NEW Screen Shot - Arsenal Skin (Click to View) NEW Screen Shot - DC United Skin (Click to View)

Sunday, December 19, 1999

New Full Version of MRA Available including version 2.1
If you have not previously downloaded the MRA then this one is for you. It includes all the Visual Basic Runtime Libraries and ActiveX Controls required (including the 2 new ones required for version 2.1) plus release version 2.1 incorporating MRA Skins - always download this first if you have not previously installed the MRA.  Download it from here.

New Manchester United Skin
Lior from Fifa 2000 Downloads has created a Manchester United Skin for you. I would like to send out my thanks to Lior as he has also been assisting me with the site whilst I have been joining forces with Soccer Gaming.  Please go and download this Skin, especially if you are a Manchester United fan.


Friday, December 17, 1999

Welcome to a new era for the MRA
Well, my dream has come true.  Here I find myself reporting for the first time from the ranks of Soccer Gaming.  I am very honored to be part of a hard working and dedicated team.  Welcome to what I hope will be a very fruitful relationship.

Special thanks go out to Matt Holme and Mike Andreas for creating this relationship and giving me this opportunity - cheers lads, much appreciated.

Version 2.1 with 'MRA Skins' has landed
The wait is over and Christmas has come early, please visit the Downloads page for your copy of this new exciting version of the MRA which also introduces the concept of MRA Skins.  

Tip:  You may well also need to download the additional ActiveX files required for this new version of the MRA.  This will depend on your individual version of Windows - please refer to the Support Pages for further clarification with this.

New MRA Skins
MRA Skins give you the ability to totally customise your MRA with the use of backdrops and graphical buttons.  A few have been developed already for you, but I hope all of you graphically inclined people will attempt to create your very own Skins which can then be made available to the world via this website.  Please visit the Skins Support Page for instructions on how to develop and distribute your own Skins.

New MRA Support System
To coincide with the launch of version 2.1 and the MRA Skins we have also released the MRA Support System (MSS).  Please visit the new Support Pages if you have any problems or queries relating to the MRA.  There are support pages on all parts of the MRA and also a set of Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQ's).  Please feedback to me on any improvements that you feel could be brought to this system.

New Soccer Gaming Forum
Another of my dreams has come true.  As part of the new arrangement I have now got my very own Soccer Gaming Forum.  If you have any praise, ideas, suggestions or queries that cannot be resolved by the MSS, then please post a message in the Forum.


Wednesday, December 15, 1999

Soccer Gaming Here We Come!
Yep, you've read it right. As previously reported, the FIFA-MRA will soon be moving to be hosted under the Soccer Gaming Network.  I am extremely excited about this opportunity and am sure that everyone will benefit from this partnership.  I am looking to launch the new site on Thursday evening, UK time and it will be at http://www.soccergaming.com/fifa-mra

Due to this exciting development I will also be delaying the release of MRA Skins and version 2.1 to coincide with the new launch of the site.  I am sure it will be worth the wait!


Monday, December 13, 1999

MRA Skins Nearly Here
The site has been updated in preparation for the arrival of the MRA Skins this week.  We are currently awaiting on some feedback from our testers to give us the all clear and then the MRA will be posted.  Please click on new screen shots below for example of the effectiveness of an MRA Skin - developed courtesy of Jamie the programmer, never guess he was a Spurs fan!

MRA Skins Download Pages
Pages have been posted for all countries with leagues in FIFA 2000 for their Skins and also for International Teams and some World Famous Tournaments.  

Thanks to everyone who has provided me the names of all the leagues from around the world.  I have the full set now.

If anyone could provide me with the following text:

You will find here all the latest Skins for the MRA for the Country Name. Please click on the team name to download the required skin. As a mark of appreciation of our efforts would you please also click on the 'Top 30 FIFA Sites' link below.

translated into the following languages:

  • Danish

  • Greek

  • Dutch

  • Israeli

  • Norwegian

  • Swedish

  • Turkish

I would really appreciate help with this.

New MRA Support System
To coincide with the launch of the MRA Skins we have released the MRA Support System (MSS).  Please visit the new Support Pages if you have any problems or queries relating to the MRA.  There are support pages on all parts of the MRA and also a set of Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQ's).  Please feedback to me on any improvements that could be brought to this area.


Tuesday, December 6, 1999

Support Issue Identified
It has been brought to my attention that most of the updated leagues and rosters for FIFA 2000 only have updated files for the user directory.  As most of the previous FIFA 99 files edited the data directory aswell, through the use of Fed99, this was the way the MRA validated a League file as being correct.  The result of this has meant that anybody trying to load in updated FIFA 2000 rosters with just the user directory using the MRA will not have been able to.  The short term fix to this problem is to create an empty data directory.  This will be addressed in the next version of the MRA due out this week.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

MRA Skins being tested and developed
I would like to thank everyone who has responded to my previous request for assistance with testing the latest version of the MRA and also developing graphical Skins for it.  People I would like to thank to date are:

Beta Testers        Skins Developers
Max Kusnir Tony Cowan
Steve Lee Alberto Diaz
Craig Magee Kjell Rune Humborstad
Naresh Suthan Craig Magee
Colin Webster

Skins Developers Needed
If you are graphically minded and would like to develop Skins for the next version of the MRA, then please e-mail me and I will send you further details.  Skins can include a backdrop graphic plus graphical buttons, click on screen shot below for example. 

Success of Version 2
This site has gone wild since version 2 of the MRA was released. It has been downloaded over 2500 times now! Hopefully this is a sign that it is a useful utility for you all and everything is working ok.

Forum
If you have any comments, ideas, messages of congratulations then please visit the forum and post a message. Post something be it good or bad, tell us what you think or what you would like to see. Please, one message will make me smile and know it has all been worthwhile!

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Thursday, December 2, 1999

MRA Skins are out for testing
The next version of the MRA has been distributed late last night for testing by people who requested to be testers of version 2, click on screen shot below for taster of Skins.  If you would like to be a tester for this new version then please send me an e-mail with your details and I will send it to you