January 2005


Monday, January 31, 2005

Countdown to UEFA Champions League ™ 2004 – 2005

Countdown to UEFA Champions League ™ 2004 – 2005As we enter the last week before UEFA Champions League ™ 2004 – 2005 is released we check out different elements of this great new game. You even still have time to order the game online from us and it will arrive on the launch date this coming Friday the 4th February.

Today we start by focusing on the main Gameplay features:

  • Formations
    • Closing of midfield gap
    • Additional players in the penalty area for crosses
  • Dribbling Responsiveness
    • Improved control at sprint speeds
  • Crossing
    • Ability to cut the ball back to the edge of the penalty area when crossing from the by-line
  • Goalkeepers
    • More variety in keeper save animations
  • Set Pieces
    • Control the delivery (location and power) of the set piece
  • Rules and Regulations
    • All new rules and regulations have been added as follows:
      • Bad referee decisions
      • Handball
      • Advantage
      • Injury time

You can find the full new Gameplay features added to the game by clicking here.

Finally, visit our UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Shop today and order your game with great savings available so it arrives on the release date of 4th February.

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Sunday, January 30, 2005

FA Cup 4th Round : Chelsea 2 Birmingham 0

FA Cup 4th Round : Chelsea 2 Birmingham 0Chelsea defenders have not lacked praise for their work at the back this season but in a difficult all-Premiership FA Cup tie at the Bridge, it was their goalscoring exploits that won the day.

Robert Huth scored the first in his first Chelsea start of the season, the goal coming early in what was a comfortable opening 45 minutes for José Mourinho's side. But when the visitors from the Midlands stepped up their performance after the break, Chelsea failed to put the game to bed until captain John Terry produced the goods ten minutes from time. Then the battle was over.

  • 1-0: A corner taken by Duff saw Huth left all alone. Rising high, he thumped in a header which Maik Taylor got a hand to but found the power far too great. The young international had put his team ahead after just five minutes.
  • 2-0: The game was still on an edge as the final ten minutes approached but not for the first time and surely not for the last, John Terry answered his team's call at a crucial time. Remaining up field after a free-kick had been cleared, the Chelsea captain was found by Lampard's diagonal ball and with the perfect header, he planted the ball across Taylor and into the net.

JT's goal was an impressive seventh for the season, Robert Huth's was the second of his career. It had been quite a struggle second-half but between them, the big two at the back had put their club into the FA Cup fifth round for the eighth time in the last ten years. The fight stays alive on all four fronts.

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Friday, January 28, 2005

The Pink Echo - Issue 1

The Pink EchoThe smell of wet paint, cut grass, and expectation – it must be the start of a new season – well either that or Farmer Giles creosoting fences in his cow pasture.

Stato StanStato Stan here, pencil sharpened, sporting a tantastic glow, welcoming in the new SFTLA season with a preview of things to come.

The Pink Echo will be produced on a regular basis looking at results in the last few days, big matches coming up as well as the views of the managers.

Also there will be a regular visit and tour of one of the grounds in the league including a pie chart.

Check out Issue 1 of The Pink Echo (available in PDF format) by clicking here.

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Carling Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg: Manchester United 1 Chelsea 2

Carling Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg: Manchester United 1 Chelsea 2In a strongly fought game, Chelsea created the more chances and deserved to go through. But it was close.

After creating the first chance Chelsea found the game being dictated by United, often at a Continental tempo: slow, slow, injection of pace.

The United fans, determined to remind Chelsea that they were still upstarts, chanted: “Stand up if you've won the League,” with remarkable gusto.

  • 0-1: After 28 minutes, having conceded six fouls, Chelsea won our first free-kick. A quick advance, Lampard from in his own half in the centre circle passed forward to Robben who found Drogba on the left again, this time he cut inside Gary Neville and Ferdinand and squared to the arriving Lampard once more who controlled right-footed and placed a left-footer low across Howard.
  • 1-1: Now the game was English tempo, and it was United who ultimately benefited. Giggs gave the ball out wide to Gary Neville then raced between Terry and Gallas to brilliantly chip left-footed over Cech. It was the first goal the Gallas-Terry central defensive partnership had conceded all season. Game on!
  • 1-2: It was a classy contest and it could have gone either way. It went Chelsea’s six minutes from time. Tiago forced a free-kick wide which Duff looped in and everyone missed it. Howard watched it sale into the far corner of the net. Duff raced to the near corner and celebrated in front of the Chelsea fans.

Four – the quadruple – is still a possibility.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

UEFA CL 04/05 Demo Raptor

UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo Graphics PatchSoccerAccess have released their first utility for the UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo, the UEFA CL 04/05 Demo Raptor. It features:

  • if you run the game from Demo Raptor it will skip all the pregame screens and in less that 2 seconds you will be in the title screen
  • change Resolution, Detail, Cameras and play in windowed mode (you can shut down the game with F12)
  • enables referee and linesmen
  • and you are able to disable cinematics if you want

Download the Demo Raptor direct from our Download Boutique.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

FifaX Champions League 04-05 Demo Customizer

UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo Graphics PatchOur partners at FifaX.net have released this small UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 demo customizer which can change:

  • half length (yes, it really works and upto 45 minutes!)
  • resolution
  • detail level
  • and difficulty

Download this great new Demo Customizer direct from our Download Boutique.

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Sweetpatch FTL Academy Season 3 Kicks-Off

Sweetpatch FTL Academy Season 3 Kicks-OffSeason 3 of the very popular Sweetpatch FTL Academy (SFTLA) PC league has kicked off with 29 teams competing across 3 divisions.

Check out all the following which we have in store for you during season 3:

Some of the first matches have already been played - click here to see one of the first reports.

Stato StanAlso this season, we will be introducing our newest member of the SFTLA Team, Stato Stan. Stan will bring you all the latest news from around the SFTLA plus the regular 'Pink' online newspaper.

In the meantime, visit our forums and keep up to date with all the very latest in season 3 of the SFTLA.

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Monday, January 24, 2005

FIFA Street Interview

FIFA Street InterviewThe guys over at Gamebiz recently spoke with Lead Designer Raymond Lee from Electronic Arts Canada, on FIFA Street. They discussed with him:

  • what we can expect from FIFA Street;
  • which soccer stars we can play;
  • what his favorite platform is;
  • and a few other issues.

Check out the full interview and download their first trailer by clicking here.

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Facing Up to the Week Ahead

Facing Up to the Week Ahead Ok, its the first day back at work or school and you've just had a great weekend. Let's see if we can make it feel any better as you face up to the week ahead.

Thanks to our fantastic Sweetpatch Posse Face Developer Hayan we have 4 very realistic FIFA 2005 faces for you today (check out the full size screenshot by clicking on the players name):

Download these great new Faces direct from our Download Boutique.

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Barclays Premiership Review

Following this weekend's matches we check out a brief summary of all the action below: Barclays Premiership Review

Southampton 2
Liverpool 0

Harry Redknapp registered his first Barclays Premiership win as Southampton manager after his side took glorious advantage of a disappointing display by Liverpool.
Birmingham 1
Fulham 2
Papa Bouba Diop's knack of scoring decisive late goals surfaced again to earn victory for Chris Coleman's side at St Andrews.
C Palace 3
Spurs 0
Crystal Palace are certainly up for the fight to stay in the Barclays Premiership.
Chelsea 3
Portsmouth 0
Jose Mourinho may describe himself as the conductor of an orchestra, but the Chelsea boss still has several virtuoso soloists in his ranks - and none more so than Arjen Robben.
Everton 0
Charlton 1
Charlton Athletic midfielder Matt Holland's goal in first-half injury time ended Everton's run of five successive home Barclays Premiership wins..
Man Utd 3
Aston Villa 1
Manchester United survived a second-half wobble to maintain their pursuit of Barclays Premiership leaders Chelsea - but the news from Stamford Bridge quickly quietened the Old Trafford faithful's celebrations.
Norwich 4
Middlesbrough 4
Norwich City staged a remarkable comeback to deny Middlesbrough victory and prove they will fight to the end to stay in the Barclays Premiership.
West Brom 0
Man City 0
Ronnie Wallwork capped his return from the cold in dramatic fashion by sealing boss Bryan Robson's first West Bromwich Albion win at a snowy Hawthorns.
Arsenal 1
Newcastle 0
A first-half matchwinner from veteran Dennis Bergkamp returned Arsenal to second place in the Barclays Premiership - but they remain 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Israeli Premier League Patch 2005

Israeli Premier League Patch is outThe IPL2005, Israeli Premier League Patch, from our partners at FIFA-IL is available. The patch will add the following features to FIFA 2005:

  • Rosters {updated to the winter transfer window}
  • Home, Away, Goalkeeper and Training 2GK kits for all clubs
  • Minikits selection for all clubs
  • New referee kits
  • Authentic flags and banners
  • New TV Popups
  • Linesmen addition
  • New balls {including the new CL}
  • New Newspaper headers
  • Original cups at the Trophy room
  • and much more...
  • The patch also adds the Israeli national team as well as the whole Israeli league.

The league will replace the Danish league. So if you want to spice up your FIFA and add a new league challenge to your career mode, you can check out the images, updates and downloading at the IPL2005 Page and from our Patches Database.

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo Graphics Patch

UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo Graphics PatchOur partners at Fifa Polonia would like to introduce one of the first patches made for the UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo. PiPoL, their staff patchmaker has made a graphics patch for the demo.

It contains:

  • 2GB Boots:
    • Adidas Predator Pulse TRX FG J (black)
    • Nike Air Zoom Total 90 III (white & red)
    • Adidas F50+
  • Adidas Fingersave Evol E3S gloves for GK
  • modified popup

Download this great new Demo Graphics Patch direct from our Download Boutique.

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English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Portsmouth 0

English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Portsmouth 0Those blip forecasters will have to wait a little longer to be proved right after a ruthless first-half followed by a controlled second gave the visitors from the south coast no chance at all.

All three goals in the game were scored in the opening 45 minutes, a half during which Arjen Robben ran riot, ably assisted by many of his colleagues. Drogba with two and the Dutchman with a single strike did the important damage as Chelsea looked every inch a championship-standard team.

  • 1-0: The dazzling Dutchman switched wings just before the quarter-of-an-hour. On his first run he drifted past Unsworth, then went outside Taylor’s lunge before nutmegging Stefanovic with the cross! Drogba gobbled up a gift of a tap-in.
  • 2-0: Six minutes later and with 20 on the clock its was 2-0. This time Robben ended the move, Lampard deftly playing him in after a Drogba lay-off. With one touch he was through the keeper’s challenge, with the second the ball was in the net from a tight angle.
  • 3-0: The 38th minute third goal was Drogba’s, the big-man using craft and power to smack a free-kick over the top of the wall and in, much like his deadball strike in Paris back in September. Needless to say Robben played his part, drawing a clumsy tackle out of Unsworth to win the free-kick. It was proving to be an outstanding first 45 minutes from Chelsea’s number 16.

The game was already won, a point no doubt made by Mourinho in his interval talk. The second-half proved a contrast to the first. With Portsmouth offering little resistance bar O’Neil forcing Cech to tip-over a free-kick soon after the break, Chelsea played the patient possession game.

Pompey had not won at The Bridge since 1955 and they didn't come close to changing that today. Instead it is seven consecutive wins and seven consecutive clean sheets in the Barclays Premiership for Chelsea. Yet again the pressure has been piled onto Arsenal who host Newcastle tomorrow.

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UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo Lite Edition

UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo Lite EditionAs a tradition, our partners at Mania Software have released another repacked EA demo. This lite edition of UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo:

  • is only 21Mb (instead of original 165Mb);
  • plus it has the same functionality and gameplay;
  • moreover it has higher resolution - 1024x768 and
  • no pre-screens!

Download this great new Demo Lite Edition direct from our Download Boutique.

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Frank, King of England

English Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 2Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the award Official England Player of the Year 2004 is……..Frank Lampard!

The poll of football supporters to decide the star performer in the national side last year was carried out through the Football Association’s website.

The final top five standings are:

1. Frank Lampard
40%
2. Wayne Rooney
16%
3. Steven Gerrard
9.8%
4. Ashley Cole
9.4%
5. Shaun Wright-Phillips
7%

Reacting to the news of his win, the happy player said: “This award means a lot to me. I was surprised to hear I was in the lead because I was up against the likes of Wayne Rooney, but to win is great. It's an honour to have fans up and down the country think that highly of me.”

In fact votes came in for Lampard from all over the world, nearly 20,000 people in total registering an opinion.

A more detailed assessment of the contribution to England's midfield came from Eriksson himself. The England head coach said: “Frank's been playing brilliantly for England for a very long time. He's played nearly all the games for Chelsea for over two years, and he is getting better and better. He defends well, he's a good tackler, he's good on the ball, passes well and scores goals. You can't ask for much more from a midfielder. He deserves it.

He has scored some very important goals for us. He comes from behind into the box and he can take a shot from long distance. I hope it can go on for a long time, it should be good for the qualification games and the World Cup.

Lampard will be presented with a trophy to mark his win by a randomly selected voter before England’s next game, against Holland at Villa Park on February 9th.

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Friday, January 21, 2005

UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo Released

UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo ReleasedEA Sports have released the UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Demo. This demo is 165 Mb and allows you to play with Bayern Munich or Chelsea FC. Try it and discover the new improvements made in this new game.

Download this great new Demo direct from our Download Boutique.

To celebrate the launch of the demo why not visit our own Shop where you can now pre-order the game and take advantage of some great savings:

Platform
Cost
Saving
PC CD-Rom
£26.99
£3.00
PS 2
£32.99
£7.00
Xbox
£32.99
£7.00
GameCube
£32.99
£7.00

Visit our UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 Shop today and pre-order your game so it arrives on the release date of 4th February.

Also, visit the UEFA Champions League™ 2004 - 2005 site and keep up to date with all news, both real and virtual.

Enjoy the demo.

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Sweetpatch FTL Academy Player's Patch 2005

Sweetpatch FTL Academy Player's Patch 2005Today we have released the Sweetpatch FTL Academy (SFTLA) Player's Patch 2005. The patch's main function is to install files into Fifa 2005 that ensures all teams used in the SFTLA are rated with the same skill level.

The following features are included in the SFTLA Player's Patch:

  • SFTLA Ball
  • SFTLA Ad Boards
  • SFTLA Menu logos
  • Specific playing position’s (GK, DEF's, MID's, ATT's) set to same skill level for all teams.*
  • New kits and mini-kits for teams that wanted them
  • Licence, Readme and Release text/rtf files

* In essence the Player's Patch sets all teams in the PC Leagues to the same skill levels for specific playing positions creating a level playing field and adds special gaming features to enhance your Sweetpatch FTL Academy experience.

The way this is broken down is:

  • All teams are rated 5 stars
  • Each playing position is rated off the best player, in that position, in the game, e.g. Best GK, RB, LB, CB, CM, LM, RM, CF, ST....and so on
  • Although all teams are rated 5 star and everyone's players in their specific positions will be the same, the DEF, MID and ATT ratings for each team maybe different. This is due to each team having a different number of specific positions in each squad. For example, if Chelsea had more CM (which is the highest rated midfielder) than Liverpool, then Chelsea's MID rating would be higher. This goes for DEF and ATT too.

Even if you are not in the Leagues you can still download and enjoy this great new Player's Patch direct from our Download Boutique.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

ESL Nations Cup

ESL Nations Cup The Electronic Sports League presents the first Fifa 2005 ESL Nations Cup. Over the last month they have prepared and formed the national teams of Europe to participate in the cup. They will begin the cup in February and they hope that many teams will participate in the cup so shortly we will all know who is the best FIFA nation in the world.

In recent weeks the official and international Fifa 2005 Forum has become very active as some countries introduce their national teams to the visitors. Check out our very own SFTLA team that will be competing by clicking here.

Now it begins. They have left themselves a long time in order to be able to present you a well organised Nations Cup. The mode of the cup will be decided based on the number of signups. They would like to have a group stage and then single elimination.

To all the team managers, you can check into the cup now. All you have to do is write them an email and wait for their response. Please include in the email the following information:

  • Teamname:
  • ESL-Team-ID (Link):
  • Team-Manager:
  • Lineup (only Nicknames):
  • e-Mail:
  • Homepage:
  • IRC:

We all hope that many teams are interested and will become part of this international Fifa 2005 event. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to write to them for support.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Creation Centre 2005 Update In Progress

Creation Centre 2005 Update In ProgressIf you are having trouble with your Creation Centre 2005 please make sure you read the README.TXT:

  • It tells you to do a fresh install of FIFA 2005 and
  • It also tells you how to solve the MS .Net error that may occur on some computers.

Also, check out the great Online FAQ to get the most out of your Creation Centre 2005.

There have been some bugs found (such as the problem with Career Mode) and Chau Le is working on a fix for these. EA hope to have an update for you with in a week.

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International Adboards 2005

International Adboards 2005Sweetpatch Development Posse member Morpheus has released his International Adboards 2005 patch (check out the full size screenshot by clicking on the image on the right).

It includes the following international teams adboards which are installed using the excellent fifaFS:

  • England
  • Germany
  • Holland
  • Israel
  • Spain
  • Switzerland and
  • USA

Download these great new International Adboards direct from our Download Boutique.

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FIFA Street Site Launches

FIFA Street Site LiveThe official FIFA Street site recently launched. Head on over to take in all the details and screenshots.

Also, visit teamXBOX to see the Xbox pack art image.

More exciting FIFA Street news coming soon.

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Monday, January 17, 2005

Cinematics Patch 2005

Cinematics Patch 2005After the success last year of his 2004 Cinematics, our Sweetpatch Development Posse member Hayan has released his Cinematics Patch 2005. This replaces the old Goal Celebrations of FIFA 2005 with brand new ones.

Check out the 3 great screeshots by clicking below:

Download Hayan's great new Cinematics Patch direct from our Download Boutique.

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Barclays Premiership Review

Following this weekend's matches we check out a brief summary of all the action below: Barclays Premiership Review

Liverpool 0
Man Utd 1

Wayne Rooney was Manchester United's hero after an error of judgement by Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek allowed the visitors to complete a double over their north-west rivals.
Aston Villa 3
Norwich 0
Aston Villa registered only their second win in nine games to plunge Nigel Worthington's side Norwich City into relegation trouble.
Charlton 3
Birmingham 1
Francis Jeffers came off the bench to inspire Charlton Athletic to their first Barclays Premiership win of 2005, a 3-1 victory over Birmingham City at The Valley.
Man City 3
C Palace 1
Shaun Wright-Phillips enhanced his England claims with another devastating display of wing play as Manchester City put their FA Cup woes behind them at home to Crystal Palace.
Newcastle 2
Southampton 1
Alan Shearer marked his return to Newcastle United's first team with the 400th goal of his career as his former club Southampton succumbed at St James' Park.
Portsmouth 0
Blackburn 1
Morten Gamst Pedersen eased Blackburn Rovers' relegation worries with a second-half winner in a stormy Barclays Premiership clash at Fratton Park.
Spurs 0
Chelsea 2
Barclays Premiership leaders Chelsea claimed another three points after extending their remarkable unbeaten run over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Bolton 1
Arsenal 0
Stelios Giannakopoulos, a European Championship winner with Greece, put a huge dent in Arsenal's hopes of retaining their Barclays Premiership title.
Middlesbrough 1
Everton 1
Duncan Ferguson returned to spark Everton's drive for a Champions League place and leave Middlesbrough still searching for their first win of 2005.
Fulham 1
West Brom 0
West Bromwich Albion battled with admirable grit only to be undone by Papa Bouba Diop's injury-time header at Craven Cottage.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Creation Centre 2005 Released

Creation Centre 2005 ReleasedToday we have the news that all FIFA 2005 PC fans have been waiting for, the Creation Centre 2005 is now available for download!

The Creation Centre 2005 features:

  1. Player Database Editor
  • All attributes can be changed
  • Edit player details such as name, date of birth, nationality, weight and height.
  • 'Roll of the dice' allows to randomly draw the attributes
  1. Team Database Editor
  • Edit the home ground, name and rivals
  • Change formation and tactics
  • Assign captain and kick takers
  • Drag-n-drop player transfers
  1. Import/Export packages
  • Import/Export whole team with or without graphic assets.
  1. Kit Importer
  • Replace existing kits
  • Manage kit textures
  • Import front end kits
  • Jersey number fonts browser
  1. Team Assets

  2. Edit every asset that makes a team:
  • Logos, crests (Front End)
  • Logos (In game presentation)
  • Banners, flags (Crowds)
  • Ad boards
  • Change boots and accessories
  • Ball texture
  1. Face Importer
  • Custom player faces
  • Import specific face textures
  • Import front end specific faces
  1. Audio Importer
  • Change your team's chants. Supports wav, mp3 and asf.
  • Replace the existing music with your own mp3
  1. Search facilities
  • Search by Team/Player names
  • Search Players by Nationality
  • Search Players by Preferred Position
  • Search Free Agents
  • Search teams that don't belong to any league
  1. Language Selection
  • You can choose to use the Creation Centre 2005 in either English, Italy, Spanish, French or German.

To get the very most out of your Creation Centre 2005 we have the following for you:

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English Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 2

English Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 2Frank Lampard’s penalty, won by Alexey Smertin, and a second set up by Eidur Gudjohnsen, kept Chelsea clear at the top of the League and took Chelsea’s unbeaten League record against Tottenham to 30 games.

For John Terry in his 200th Chelsea game, and William Gallas, it was a 13th clean sheet in 13 games as partners in central defence this season.

  • 0-1: Eight minutes before half-time Poll was closer to the action when Duff brilliantly kept Lampard’s cross-field pass in play, turned and set up charging Smertin. King’s challenge felled him and Poll pointed to the spot. Tottenham claimed it was a fair tackle. Lampard smashed the ball to Robinson’s left, and despite the goalkeeper diving the correct way he was nowhere near it.
  • 0-2: In stoppage time Gudjohnsen brilliantly headed the ball over Marney, charged round him, dribbled round Gardner and set up Lampard to smack his second emphatically.

Like at Liverpool and Portsmouth, this was a battling rather than a classic performance, but in the end it was a glorious one (especially as Arsenal lost 1-0 at Bolton and we are now 10 points clear).

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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Italian Serie A & Serie B 2GF Flags Mega Patch

Italian Serie A & Serie B 2GF Flags Mega PatchApologies for the lack of updates this week but I have unfortunately been too busy to get anytime at my PC. Normal service will resume again this week I promise.

Our very good friend Shlomy has created a great new Italian Serie A & Serie B 2GF Flags Mega Patch over at FIFA-IL. All flags were created:

  • in 2GF double-sized top quality
  • with banners/flags shapes
  • fully authentic for each and every club
  • using realistic ultras photos.

The installation is through a simple .exe file and you can see a great full size image by clicking on the thumbnail on the right.

Download this great new Flags Mega Patch direct from our Download Boutique.

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Friday, January 14, 2005

Mourinho faces wrath of Fergie after being let off hook by FA

Mourinho faces wrath of Fergie after being let off hook by FAJose Mourinho has escaped disciplinary action for accusing Sir Alex Ferguson of influencing the referee's handling of the League Cup semi-final first leg between Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Chelsea manager's comments in the wake of Wednesday's 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge have been condemned as a slur on the integrity of referee Neale Barry but the Football Association did not deem them worthy of further action.

"We can confirm that there will be no disciplinary action taken against Jose Mourinho following his comments after last night's Carling (League) Cup Semi-Final match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge," the governing body said in a terse statement on Thursday.

Ferguson however is unlikely to be so forgiving after the Chelsea boss chose to reignite a personal feud with the Scot that has simmered since Mourinho's former club Porto eliminated United from last season's Champions League.

Mourinho's post-match comments were triggered by the sight of Ferguson accompanying Barry up the tunnel at half-time.

Claiming that the chat had influenced how the official had handled the second half, he said: "Maybe one day when I become 60 and I am in the same league for 20 years and I know everybody and everybody respects me a lot ... maybe one day I have this power to speak and people tremble a little bit."

Mourinho had claimed United had been allowed to get away with "fault after fault, diving after diving" and said he was "beginning to understand," certain facts of life in English football.

But he insisted that he was not impugning Barry's integrity -- a statement which may have been enough to get him off the hook with the FA.

The second leg of the tie, at Old Trafford on January 26, promises to be a feisty affair.

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Carling Cup Semi Final 1st Leg: Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

Carling Cup Semi Final 1st Leg: Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0If anyone thought that either of these sides was not passionate about reaching the Final of this season’s Carling Cup they need think again. Chelsea went close on numerous occasions but a pulsating, frenetic, competitive first-leg finished goalless.

The seriousness with which both managers had decided to take the tie was soon in evidence when the teams were announced. José Mourinho put out what was arguably his strongest available side apart from Carlo Cudicini continuing as the keeper for cup games. Wayne Bridge returned from the illness that had kept him out since Boxing Day while Joe Cole was asked to fill Arjen Robben’s boots in the front three.

Ferguson rested a few more of his stars but not many and he opted to send Louis Saha straight back into action as a lone striker after recovering from injury. Rooney was also in following three games suspended and would play on the left of a five-man midfield. Gabriel Heinze was selected at left-back for his first ever game against Chelsea.

Despite no goals by the break it had been a breathtaking first-half of cup football, at times frantic, at times too frantic, but as Chelsea headed to the dressing-room having enjoyed the bulk of the chances, confidence was high.

Shots just a little off-target and bodies fortuitously placed on the line had left the Man United goal intact. Chelsea have enjoyed many a good afternoon and evening at Old Trafford over the last 40 years. We need another one in two weeks time to keep the Carling Cup hopes alive.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Sweetpatch Adboard Tutorial 2005

Sweetpatch Adboard TutorialContinuing today's Adboard theme, Sweetpatch Posse Developer Morpheus has created a great new tutorial about making your very own adboards.

To help you create some awesome new adboards, download this great Adboard Tutorial direct from our Download Boutique.

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Adboard Raptor 2005 (version 1GA)

Adboard Raptor 2005 (version 1GA)Today we are having a bit of an Adboard day. To start with you can download the new Adboard Raptor 1GA from Soccer Access that works with 2GK Kits.

Now the Adboard Raptor supports 256x128 bitmaps only, which is less quality than the original 2GA but is the only size supported by FIFA 2005 when playing with both teams that have 2GK Kits.

Download this great new Adboard Raptor 1GA direct from our Download Boutique.

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Superleagues.net FIFA 2005 World Ranking

Superleagues.net FIFA 2005 World RankingGuys the moment you have been waiting for is finally here, Superleagues.net is proud to announce their FIFA 2005 ladder along with other private leagues and tournaments.

So if you think you have what it takes to be crowned FIFA champion, (plus a fast broadband connection), then visit Superleagues.net.

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Coming this week: Creation Centre 2005

Coming this week: Creation Centre 2005For many FIFA gamers, this week is a very big one. The long awaited Creation Centre 2005 will be released, allowing PC gamers to edit pretty much anything in FIFA 2005. Soccer Gaming have been provided with a few extra details regarding the editor including:

  • Exporting your changes to FIFA 2005 will be extremely simple. One click of the "Save" button and your changes are in the game.
  • Sharing your patches over the internet will be very simple as well. The Export feature allows you to create "Packages" which will batch all of the required files into one simple file that other users can import using their Creation Centre 2005.
  • Faces and team assets (flags, banners, crests etc.) will also be able to be edited.
  • Players can be "dragged and dropped" into any team you wish.

Discuss the FIFA 2005 editor in Soccer Gaming's Creation Centre 2005 Forum.

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The FA Cup 3rd Round: Chelsea 3 Scunthorpe 1

The FA Cup 3rd Round: Chelsea 3 Scunthorpe 1Chelsea have beaten far higher-placed sides far more easily at Stamford Bridge this season but goals from Mateja Kezman, Eidur Gudjohnsen and an own-goal were enough to find a way past Scunthorpe and into the FA Cup fourth round.

It required a fight-back after the League Two side had taken a shock early lead and only a goal five minutes from time made the result safe. An unfamiliar-looking side needed in-form Carlo Cudicini and a post to keep the visitors from finding the net more than once.

Chelsea’s quality and goal power were enough in the end to fulfil the bottom line requirement of a victory and looking at the wider picture, the win was secured with the added bonus of some important legs rested.

It was no shock to see José Mourinho give some of his higher mileage players the day off for the visit of a bottom division club but the surprise was two young defenders making their debuts together – Steven Watt at 19 years-old and Nuno Morais at 20.

  • 0-1: The opening exchanges were gentle sparring but then Matthew Sparrow received the ball on the Scunthorpe right, turning inside Drogba before knocking the ball in to top scorer Paul Hayes, marked by Smertin. It was a heavyweight versus middleweight contest; one that ran out in favour of the bigger man as Hayes turned the Russian with ease and cracked the ball through Cudicini’s legs. The Matthew Harding lower tier behind was suddenly a frenzy of claret and blue.
  • 1-1: Gudjohnsen floated a ball in, Drogba headed back and Kezman showed superb poise and balance to volley into the roof the net via a slight deflection. It was his third of the season.
  • 2-1: Mourinho pushed Gudjohnsen forward to make it a three-man attack after the break but the going remained tough until a Tiago pass was collected skilfully by Drogba. As he burst forwards and drove the ball into the danger area, Scunthorpe captain Andy Crosby panicked and stretching, he turned the ball into his own net. Fifty-seven minutes were on the clock and Chelsea were at last ahead.
  • 3-1: Plucking the ball out the air with ease, Arjen Robben drove in a shot that Musselwhite saved, the Scunthorpe keeper also parrying Cole’s follow-up shot. But when the ball fell to a Chelsea player once again he could do nothing this time – Gudjohnsen finding the roof of the net.

The whistle blew and the Scunthorpe players rightly received a rousing vote of appreciation from their own supporters and applause from the Chelsea ones too before heading down the tunnel, many in possession of blue shirts. It is Chelsea however who go into the next round draw.

For a full results round-up of the 3rd round please click here.

In the 4th round we have drawn a home tie v fellow Premiership side Birmingham City.

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Saturday, January 8, 2005

Up to 70% off sports kit from leading clubs and brands

Up to 70% off sports kit from leading clubs and brandsCheck out our Shop today where from Kitbag we have lots of great sports kit from leading clubs and brands at amazing prices starting at £1.99!

Visit our Shop today to benefit from these great savings.

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Leeds United Complete Kits Pack 2004/05

Leeds United Complete Kits Pack 2004/05We have a great new kit pack today from our Sweetpatch Posse Developer, Area 51. It is his brand new Leeds United Complete Kits Pack 2004/05 which includes (check out the full size screenshot by clicking on the image on the right):

  • Home Kit
  • Away Kit
  • Goalkeeper (Black)
  • Goalkeeper (Blue)
  • Goalkeeper (Green)

Download this great new Kit Pack direct from our Download Boutique.

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Creation Centre 2005 Screenshots

Creation Centre 2005 ScreenshotsEA have released 7 screenshots of the new Creation Centre 2005 for FIFA 2005 PC, which will be out late next week!

They look terrific and give us an insight into many of the features the FIFA 2005 editor will offer.

Click here to view all 7 screenshots and check back here regularly as we keep you posted in the countdown to the release of the Creation Centre 2005.

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Facing Up to 2 English Boys in Madrid and FIFA 2005

Facing Up to 2 English Boys in Madrid and FIFA 2005 Thanks to our fantastic Sweetpatch Posse Face Developer Hayan we have 2 very realistic FIFA 2005 faces for you today for England and Real Madrid CF players (check out the full size screenshot by clicking on the players name):

Download these great new Faces direct from our Download Boutique.

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Happy 6th Birthday to Soccer Access

Happy 6th Birthday to Soccer AccessWe would very much like to pass our congratulations on to Xavier and Ariel who have completed 6 years excellent work this week over at Soccer Access.

The site has really grown over recent years and is now one of the world's main sources for FIFA and PES information and downloads.

Keep up the great work lads and here's to another 6 years fantastic work.

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Friday, January 7, 2005

Scottish Premier League Home Kits 2005

Scottish Premier League Home Kits 2005Our newest recruit to the Sweetpatch Development Posse, AndyR, has provided a great kit pack for all fans of the Scottish Premier League (SPL), his Scottish Premier League Home Kits 2005.

It includes home kits for all the following teams:

  • Aberdeen Aberdeen
  • Celtic Celtic
  • Dundee Dundee
  • Dundee United Dundee United
  • Dunfermline Dunfermline
  • Hearts Hearts
  • Hibernian Hibernian
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle Inverness Caledonian Thistle
  • Kilmarnock Kilmarnock
  • Livingston Livingston
  • Motherwell Motherwell
  • Rangers Rangers

Click on the image on the right for a full size screenshot and then download these great new SPL Kits direct from our Download Boutique.

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Champions League 2004-2005 Adboards

Champions League 2004-2005 AdboardsToday we bring you some new Adboards from Morpheus to enhance your FIFA 2005 gaming experience, his Champions League 2004-2005 Adboards.

Download these great new Adboards direct from our Download Boutique.

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Chelsea sign Jirí Jarošik

Chelsea sign Jirí JarošikChelsea have completed the signing of Czech international midfielder Jirí Jarošik from CSKA Moscow on a two-and-a-half year contract.

The 27 year old will be available for selection against Scunthorpe in the FA Cup on Saturday providing his international clearance comes through on time.

Jarošik is tall, 194cms, 6’4”, and is clear about his aims. “I am pleased to be at a club like Chelsea. I am an offensive midfielder, but I can play anywhere in midfield. I have even played centre-half.

He won the Czech League in 2001 with Sparta Prague, scoring eight goals in 28 games, and won the Russian League in 2003 with CSKA, scoring seven goals in 27 games. He has 20 international caps.

At Sparta he spent a year with Petr Cech as a colleague as well as playing with him for his country. When he signed for CSKA in 2003 he was the record signing in Russia.

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Thursday, January 6, 2005

Creation Centre 2005 Coming This Month

Creation Centre 2005 Coming This MonthEA SPORTS have announced that the upcoming Creation Centre for FIFA 2005 PC is still on track to be released this month.

We are expecting to have it online and available for download with in 1-2 weeks. Chau Le has been working long hours on the utility which will give you complete freedom to edit and add new teams, leagues, players, chants, kits and music to FIFA 2005 PC.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Coming this week

Coming this weekDuring this week we have the following excellent downloads in store for your enjoyment:

  • Scotland international kit pack
  • updated kits for all Scottish Premier League teams
  • Leeds kit pack including home, away and 3 goalkeeper kits
  • updated face for Jonathan Woodgate of Real Madrid
  • plus lots of great new kits from our Sweetpatch Posse Developers

Check back during the week as we bring you all of these great new downloads from our very own Download Boutique.

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Barclays Premiership Review

Following yesterday's matches we check out a brief summary of all the action below: Barclays Premiership Review

Arsenal 1
Man City 1

If Arsenal were struggling to afford Shaun Wright-Phillips before he dealt their title bid a major blow, they would surely be unable to prise him away from Manchester City now.
Birmingham 1
Bolton 2
Bolton Wanderers claimed their first Barclays Premiership victory in 11 games as Kevin Nolan's last-gasp winner saw off Birmingham City 2-1 at St Andrews.
Chelsea 2
Middlesbrough 0
Deadly Didier Drogba kept Chelsea on course for their first top-flight title in 50 years with a first-half double against Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge.
Everton 2
Portsmouth 1
An injury-time winner from Leon Osman got Everton back on track for a Champions League berth after suffering two painful defeats over the Christmas holiday period.
Man Utd 0
Spurs 0
Tottenham Hotspur were denied their first Old Trafford victory for 16 years but head back to London with a hard-fought point after halting Manchester United's four-match winning run.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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English Premier League: Chelsea 2 - 0 Middlesbrough

English Premier League: Chelsea 2 - 0 MiddlesbroughChelsea kept the accelerator hard down with a comfortable 2-0 win over Middlesbrough and our closest rivals failed to keep up with the pace.

On a night when both Arsenal and Man United dropped two points in home games, Stamford Bridge saw Chelsea victorious thanks to two goals from Didier Drogba.

It was an important night for our record signing, the goals capping an excellent all-round display that heralded his return to full sharpness following recuperation from a groin operation.

But it was by no means a one-man show. Robben and Duff as ever were threats, Lampard was rampant in midfield while the Chelsea defence suffocated Hasselbaink and company in what has become the accustomed style.

The goals followed:

  • A precision exchange of passes between Lampard and Robben led to a defence splitter by Lampard to Drogba. With a great first touch, he twisted Southgate senseless and calmly slotted home.
  • Two minutes later the lead and Drogba’s tally for the night was doubled, this time his aerial prowess prevailing. Lampard took a free-kick from deep, Drogba rose high above Cooper and with Schwarzer having shuffled too far across his goal, the task of finding the net was relatively simple.

On New Year’s Day Chelsea completed our first double over Liverpool for 85 years. Tonight the first league double over Middlesbrough in 73 years was recorded. We had made it a perfect 15 point holiday period.

The chances of all three top contenders winning five out of five games always looked unlikely and so it proved. Chelsea take a seven point lead into a two game rest from the championship battle.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Donate to the Tsunami Earthquake Appeal

Donate to the Tsunami Earthquake AppealLike so many others around the world, we at Sweetpatch are following the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami that has hit many parts of Asia and east Africa on Boxing Day.

Click here for plenty of information on how to make donations for victims throughout the region. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.

Please take a moment to make a donation to the appeal and make a difference to all the innocent people caught up in this terrible disaster.

Donations can be made via:

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New FIFA 2005 Adboards

New FIFA 2005 AdboardsToday we bring you some recently released Adboards from Morpheus to enhance your FIFA 2005 gaming experience. We have new adboards for:

  • Ajax
  • Bolton Wanderers
  • FC Basel
  • Juventus
  • Morphs Fantasy Adboards

Download these great new Adboards direct from our Download Boutique.

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Barclays Premiership Review

Following yesterday's matches we check out a brief summary of all the action below:Barclays Premiership Review

Norwich 1
Liverpool 2

Liverpool got their Champions League drive off and running again with a 2-1 win at struggling Norwich City.
Blackburn 1
Charlton 0
Brett Emerton grabbed the goal that gave Blackburn Rovers a vital 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic - only their second at Ewood Park this season.
C Palace 2
A Villa 0
Crystal Palace hauled themselves out of the bottom three after Andrew Johnson scored twice to sink Aston Villa 2-0.
WBA 0
Newcastle 0
West Brom manager Bryan Robson and Newcastle counterpart Graeme Souness will be hoping miracles do happen if they are to achieve the ambitions they have set themselves for 2005.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Sunday, January 2, 2005

FIFA Music Mix 3

FIFA Music Mix version 3To start the new year we have the 3rd great FIFA Music Mix from Morpheus to enhance your FIFA 2005 gaming experience.

If you would like some new music to play along with your FIFA 2005 gaming this is the download for you. Version 3 includes:

  • Drowning Pool - Tear Away
  • Deedee - Your Love
  • Ludacris - Act A Fool
  • Lost Prophets - Last Summer
  • Jan Johnston - Unafraid
  • Klaus Badelt - Hall Of Mirrors
  • Dashboard Confession - Vindicated

Download this great new FIFA Music Mix direct from our Download Boutique.

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Barclays Premiership Review

Barclays Premiership ReviewFollowing yesterday's matches we check out a brief summary of all the action below:

  • Chelsea chalked up their fourth successive Barclays Premiership victory as Joe Cole helped Jose Mourinho's men drive on towards the title with a narrow 0-1 win away at Liverpool.
  • Former England striker Andy Cole struck twice to finally give Fulham fans reason to cheer over the festive period - and ease the pressure on manager Chris Coleman's shoulders in the process with a 3-1 win over London neighbours Crystal Palace.
  • Aston Villa's need to bring in a new striker during January was again highlighted despite Nolberto Solano grabbing a late winner in a 1-0 victory against Mark Hughes' Blackburn Rovers.
  • West Bromwich Albion manager Bryan Robson was left cursing his luck at the Reebok Stadium after being within five minutes of chalking up his first win in charge after replacing Gary Megson in a 1-1 draw with Bolton.
  • Arsenal maintained their dogged pursuit of Chelsea as Freddie Ljungberg led by example and Robin van Persie came of age in a vital 1-3 victory at Charlton Athletic.
  • Harry Redknapp will be looking to add to his squad during the transfer window as a matter of urgency after struggling Southampton suffered another defeat 2-1 at Manchester City.
  • Newcastle United ended their seven-game winless run with a precious 2-1 victory over Birmingham City to launch 2005 in the best possible way.
  • Norwich City battled for all but the first five minutes at Portsmouth with just 10 men in search of their first Barclays Premiership away win of the season. It ended up a 1-1 draw.
  • Tottenham Hotspur youngster Dean Marney inspired his side to a 5-2 romp against Everton at White Hart Lane.
  • Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs grabbed the goals that enabled Manchester United to maintain their relentless pursuit of Chelsea and Arsenal with a comfortable 0-2 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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English Premier League: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1

English Premier League: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1Chelsea won against the run of play, substitute Joe Cole scored the only goal. It was only Chelsea’s second ever double over Liverpool. The other, in 1919/20, also brought two 1-0 wins and just as Cole was the winner in both games, Harold Brittan was then.

With 15 minutes left Cole was sent on for Duff and 5 minutes later he claimed the winner. Having won a corner, Chelsea’s first of the second-half on the right, he watched Robben swing it in, Johnson free beyond the far post head it back extremely intelligently to Cole who spanked a 20 yarder in off a deflection. Anfield was silenced apart from the Chelsea fans in the far corner.

Perhaps Chelsea used up luck here, but it took the courage of champions.

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Football Game Of The Year = PES4

Football Game Of The Year = PES4Pro Evolution Soccer 4 is the winner of Soccer Gaming's 2004 Football Game Of The Year, easily beating Football Manager 2005 (second) and FIFA 2005 (third).

With over 300 votes cast, the final standings can be found by clicking here.

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Saturday, January 1, 2005

Happy New 2005

Happy New 2005We would like to wish all visitors to the site a very happy 2005 and we hope you have a great year with us again.

If there is ever anything you really feel we can improve upon please do not hesitate to post it in our forums.

Here's to a great 2005 for us all.

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