November 2001


Friday, November 30, 2001

Palermo will miss World Cup cause of injury

Villarreal's striker Martin "El Loko" Palermo finished the season due to a weird injury.

Palermo scored a goal against Levante in the Spanish cup, and ran to celebrate with the crowd, he hang up on the fence, but the fence fell on his leg after the crowd pressure on it.

Palermo broke two bones in his left leg, and will miss the World Cup in Korea and Japan.

Villarreal doctor said: "It looks worst then we firstly thought, the wall crashed on him. I don't know how much time exactly it will take him to recover, but it will be more then 5 months for sure"

Palermo's injury is a great lost for Argentina national team and to all football fans around the world, who won't see him in the Mondial.

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Inter Kit Selector 2002

Over at Fifa On Line they have just released the Inter Kit Selector 2002. This program is a utility for installing with one click one of the 5 kits of Inter Milan 2001-02 plus the GK kits and it is also available for Fifa 2001 (3GK supported so they include GK kits) and for Fifa 2002 (GK kits not supported).

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You can choose to install:

  • Home kit (black and blue jersey, black shorts)
  • Away kit (white jersey and shorts)
  • 3rd kit (orange jersey and shorts)
  • Unreleased kit (yellow kit and black shorts, this kit wasn't released by Nike)
  • Occasional kit (black and blue jersey, white shorts)
  • Plus the GK kits:
    • GK grey kit
    • GK blue kit

Get over to Fifa On Line now to grab your copy of this excellent utility and kits.

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Thursday, November 29, 2001

UEFA Champions League sideline patch

Today we got another great FIFA 2002 download for you. UEFA Champions League Sideline patch, with graphics of a real sideline in the Champions League match.

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It contains the following elements:
  • UEFA CL Photo Cameramen

  • UEFA CL Video Cameramen

  • UEFA CL Crowd watchers

  • New Managers Suits

  • New Energy Drinks

  • New Faces On Bench: Anelka & Alex Ferguson
You can download this and all my other Fifa 2002 files from our ever growing data base, the great Download Boutique.

Be sure there are many more to come. Enjoy.

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Kit Raptor to be released soon

Following on in the new Raptor series of utilities by Soccer Access, the Kit Raptor will soon make kits a real pleasure.

Raptor series

You will be able to:

  • import your own designs
  • open automatically each image with your favourite graphic package
  • make your kit 2GK or 32 bit
  • send your kits to Soccer Access with the e-mail utility included

Making kits will be a real pleasure with the Kit Raptor. Get over to Soccer Access soon to learn more about the Kit Raptor. You can also get feedback from the author of the Raptor programs, Ariel Santarelli, in the new Raptor board over at the new Soccer Access Forums.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Olimpico Rome RS Stadium

DG from Fifa Italia has sent us news of his latest great RS stadium (edited from zero) for your Fifa 2002 - Olimpico Stadium in Rome.

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You can download this great stadium by clicking here. You can soon check all his stadium work over at DG Stadiums (opening very soon).

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Fowler to Leeds

Leeds United have agreed a fee with Liverpool for striker Robbie Fowler.

The fee is believed to be around £11million and he will begin talks with Leeds today and will undergo a medical.

Liverpool spokesman Ian Cotton said: "Leeds have been given permission to speak to the player. The deal has not been done, though. It's now up to Robbie to discuss personal terms."

Fowler To Leeds

Fowler's Anfield future has been in doubt for some months after it became clear he was no longer a member of Gerard Houllier's first choice line-up.

Leeds manager David O'Leary is a huge fan of the controversial England international and appears to have held out for a price that suits both parties.

Earlier, O'Leary stated: "If a player does become available at the right price for us we will always be interested. We may have to wait for players, like Seth Johnson, who we paid initially £7m for, not £9m.

"We will spend what we think is right and I will wait to buy at good value prices. That will be our policy and that will be how we do our business.
"

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Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Munich wins the Toyota cup

One extra time goal by Samuel Kuffour was enough to give the World Club Cup for European Champions Bayern Munich in Japan.

The Ghanaian international scored five minutes into the second additional period to settle an ill-tempered affair at Tokyo's National Stadium, in which Boca Juniors were reduced to ten men.

Kuffour pounced on a loose ball to score from close range after the Argentinian defence failed to clear a corner from substitute Ciriaco Sforza.

Bayern missed a number of opportunities to capitalise on their numerical advantage in the second half after Boca striker Marcelo Delgado was sent off after receiving his second yellow card for diving in first-half stoppage time.

Boca, last year's World Club Cup winners, wasted a clear-cut chance to open the scoring in the 30th minute when Guillermo Schelotto dispossessed Kuffour and fed Delgado, who contrived to miss his kick with just Oliver Kahn to beat from eight yards.

Overall, this 1-0 win over South American champions, Boca Juniors, gives Munich the title "best club in the world".

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Boca Juniors Vs. Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich's manager, Ottmar Hitzfeld, has warned South American champions Boca Juniors that his side are comming to "make history" in the Toyota Cup.

The German and European champions only arrived in Japan on Monday morning after Saturday's disappointing 0-0 draw at home to lowly FC Nuremberg, but Hitzfeld denied jet-lag would be a factor in the annual fixture at Tokyo's National Stadium.

"We are here to write a new chapter in Bayern's history. Arriving late obviously puts us at a disadvantage but I think we are experienced enough to handle the situation," he said.

The Argentinian club, Boca Juniors, who beat Real Madrid 2-1 last year to bring the world club cup back to South America for the first time since 1994, arrived in Japan last Wednesday.

Bayern, who last won the Intercontinental Cup under the old two-leg format in 1976, will be missing eight squad members through injury, including German internationals Stefan Effenberg, Mehmet Scholl, Jens Jeremies and Alexander Zickler.

"While our injury list doesn't help, at this level games are decided by a moment of skill or one mistake. We have strikers who can win games if they are given a sniff of goal." said Hitzfeld.

Toyota Cup

Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn also stressed that victory over the defending champions would give Bayern a huge lift in their current Bundesliga and Champions League campaigns.

"The world club cup title carries a lot of prestige. If we win it, we have the right to call ourselves the best team in the world. It has been 25 years since Bayern won so we know how important it is." said Kahn.

But Boca's manager, Carlos Bianchi, insisted that his new-look team would not be overawed by Bayern.

"Bayern have a lot of foreign players and don't play like a typical German team. They are a cosmopolitan team with a lot of individual flair but our players are in top shape and we are confident about our chances." said Bianchi.

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Game Raptor released, Kit Raptor soon

After the Ball Raptor, Boot Raptor and Game Raptor release, the Kit Raptor release is getting closer!

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With the Gameplay Raptor you will be able to:

  • disable FIFA 2002 videos
  • enable Windowed Mode
  • automatically launch Internet connection for multiplayer
  • or even Unlock all tournaments!

From Gameplay Raptor's Quick Match Menu you will be able to launch a friendly match without running FIFA 2002. Just select teams, stadium, etc. and play the match. Finally you will be able to select:

  • Pass Mode
  • Shot Mode
  • Penalty Kick Mode, etc...

You can download it at the Soccer Access Download Zone. We will have news later of the Kit Raptor.

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Viduka to quit national team

Leeds United’s striker, Mark Viduka, has threatened to quit international football after Australia exit of the World Cup to Uruguay.

"I don't know if I'm going to back up, it's exhausting, it's mentally exhausting," he said after they lost 3-1 aggregate play-off defeat in Montevideo, the third successive time they have missed out on a World Cup place in a play-off.

"The whole two-game thing just kills us," added Viduka, who also reckons that Australia have been treated harshly by FIFA after winning their qualifying group and an earlier play-off.

Viduka To Quit International Team

"We have such an unfair route to qualify," Viduka moaned. "I mean, Uruguay lost about 10 games in their group and we've lost one but we're the ones who are out. I'll probably go back to concentrating on club football."

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Monday, November 26, 2001

IRFO 2002: e-Football Innovation

Shahryar Fekri has informed us of the launch today of their new Iranian FIFA 2002 Online as IRFO 2002: e-Football Innovation!

IRFO 2002: e-Football Innovation   IRFO 2002: e-Football Innovation

The new features of IRFO 2002 are:

  • Latest FIFA News
    All news in Farsi for Iranian people
  • Game Information
    Incl. Features, Controls, Cheats etc..
  • Download Area
    All the latest FIFA 2002 related files
  • Online Football Training
    Courses for Football rules, techniques, tactics, information and ... for young people
  • IRFO & Win
    Users can ask our football question and win cash and no-cash prizes

IRFO 2002: e-Football Innovation is available now at http://www.irfo.ir/2002. Check it out and they also have a fantastic new e-zine.

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Barthez gifts to Arsenal

It ain't Christmas yet, but Fabian Barthez keep on giving gifts to who ever who asks.

Two bad mistakes by Barthez in the last 10 minutes at gifted Arsenal the points and Thierry Henry two goals as The Gunners beat Manchester United 3-1 at Highbury.

Both players had their performances re-evaluated by the five minutes of madness that saw Henry go from sinner to saint, and Barthez lose his man-of-the-match tag and pick up his mantle of hapless keeper.

The first mistake came when the French goalkeeper fluffed his clearance from six-yards but only succeeded in kicking the ball to Henry's legs, who kept his cool as always and slipped a low shot into the net.

Then with five minutes to go, Barthez raced to beat Henry to Vieira's through ball, but let the ball slip through his hands, giving the Arsenal striker the simple task of filling the empty goal.

United Lost Again To Arsenal

United had barely got out of their own half in the opening spell, but when they finally did it proved to be decisive. They worked the ball through the midfield area before Mikael Silvestre was freed on the left, where he passed Ashley Cole with ease before his cut-back was fired home by Paul Scholes from seven yards.

Three minutes after the start of the second half the Gunners were on level terms when Gary Neville gifted the ball to Pires, and the Frenchman ran at the heart of the United defence before playing a slide-rule pass to Freddie Ljungberg, who beat Barthez with a sublime chip.

Henry was to miss a golden opportunity after he linked-up superbly with substitute Dennis Bergkamp, only to crash his shot straight at Barthez.

United were defending desperately at this point, and seemed happy to hoof the ball clear, as Arsenal threw everything at them.

Then came the crazy five minutes, that gifted Arsenal a deserved victory. Ljungberg could have added a fourth, but was denied by a fine save by Barthez.

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Sunday, November 25, 2001

Fifa2002.com Updates

Our partner site for Fifa 2002 has added 2 great new features which will assist you. They are:

New Links Section
This new links section is open to anyone who runs a soccer related website to add their site to the database. Over time the Links section will grow and become the ultimate place to look for all your FIFA gaming and soccer related needs.

If you're a webmaster, be sure to add your site today.

FIFA 2002 Multiplayer Database
The FIFA 2002 Multiplayer Database is a very helpful resource for anyone wanting to challenge another FIFA 2002 player to a multiplayer match. The database is free to anyone to enter their details and search for other FIFA players in your area which you can contact to arrange a mulitplayer match.

Be sure to check out the all new FIFA 2002 Multiplayer Database and add your details today.

I hope you agree that these are 2 very useful new features provided for your Fifa 2002 enjoyment.

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CONCACAF Kits Patch

Ozzie Montiel has created a great patch which updates the kits for the following CONCACAF teams:

Football Confederation - Region Kits Patch
  • Barbados
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • USA
  • Costa Rica
  • Honduras
  • Panama
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Canada
  • and St Vincent/Grenadine

Patch size comes in at a reasonable 923 Kb and you can download it direct from our Download Boutique.

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All English Premier League Kits soon

Fifa 4 Winners have just finished their work on ALL the kits of the English Premier League. They have made:

  • all home kits
  • all away kits
  • and the two national team jerseys
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They will be released @ Fifa 4 Winners very soon and will also appear in the F4W-Mega-Patch, which will soon be available from Fifa 4 Winners too.

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England Premier League review

Newcastle kept up the pressure on the Premiership leaders on Saturday by moving up to third in the table with a nervy 1-0 victory over strugglers Derby at St James' Park.

With the top five at the start of the day's play not playing until this evening, they took full advantage by securing their fourth home win of the season to jump three places.

Derby started well and had the better of the early exchanges but against the run of play the home side took the lead after 30 minutes.
Frenchman Laurent Robert, who came from French outfit Paris St Germain, went storming into the Derby penalty area only to be hauled down by Chris Riggott and the referee pointed to the spot.

Former England striker Alan Shearer, who missed a penalty at Fulham last week, made no mistake this time, rifling the ball past Mart Poom. Fabrizio Ravanelli could have levelled matters but the Italian's spot-kick, brilliantly saved by Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given.

Derby fought back in the second half but despite plenty of possession could not make the breakthrough.

Southampton won for the first time at their new St Mary's Stadium with a 1-0 victory over Charlton.

James Beattie, who missed a hatful of first-half chances, produced a superb cross which Latvian international Marian Pahars powerfully headed past a helpless Dean Kiely five minutes after the interval.

Premier League Review

Tottenham move up to sixth place after beating West Ham 1-0 in a fiercely-contested London derby at Upton Park where Les Ferdinand scored the decisive goal.

Simon Davies crossed from the right and former Chelsea midfielder Gustavo Poyet's brave header was tipped onto the post by former Liverpool's David James but he could not prevent Ferdinand from tapping in the rebound in the 50th minute.

Gustavo Poyet was unable to play on after a clash of heads and promptly left the field.

England coach Sven Goran Eriksson watched Chelsea draw 0-0 at home to Blackburn, the Blues' eighth Premiership draw of the season.

Chelsea fans, unhappy with some of manager Claudio Ranieri's curious tactical decisions, chanted the name of former boss Gianluca Vialli in protest as they struggled to break down the Rovers defence.

Leicester, who have won just three of their last 24 Premiership games, were held 0-0 by Everton while early pace-makers Bolton played out a goaless draw at home to Fulham.

The top of the table will be done when Arsenal and Manchester United lock horns at Highbury today while title hopefuls Leeds welcome Aston Villa to Elland Road.

Also today, Liverpool, who lost their opening phase two Champions League match to Barcelona on Tuesday, entertain Sunderland and Ipswich, buoyant after their 1-0 win over Italian giants Inter Milan in their UEFA Cup third round, first leg tie on Thursday, travel to Middlesbrough.

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Saturday, November 24, 2001

Wenger wanna be Ferguson

Wenger, The Highbury boss, who has yet to officially sign a new contract, has been the subject of much speculation of late.

But, ahead of the Gunners' crucial Premiership game against Manchester United on Sunday, he has allayed fears that he may leave when his current contract expires in June.

Asked if he could categorically state that he would be in charge of Arsenal next season, Wenger said: "Yes, of course. My commitment to this club has always been clear. Perhaps I am from a different generation, but I don't need to sign something - if I give my word, it's my word."

And he even revealed that he hopes to remain Arsenal manager for as long as United boss Ferguson has ruled at Old Trafford.

Wenger added: "I have a vision for this club. I want to help them move into a new stadium when this club can become one of the biggest clubs in the world."

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Superb 32-bit Adboards v1

This weekend we bring you the 3rd release from the excellent new marriage between this site and Jordan Stavridis and his Fifanet team. Today we bring you our Superb 32-bit Adboards v1. This adds some great new very realistic looking Greek adboards to your game of Fifa 2002. (Only for people with 3D graphics cards that support 32-bit graphics).

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You can download your copy of this excellent Adboard update by visiting our brand new Fifa 2002 page in the Download Boutique by clicking here. Enjoy and fantastic work Jordan - 16 bit version coming soon.

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Friday, November 23, 2001

More downloads for FIFA 2002

Today I have for you another 2 files for Fifa 2002.

The 2 files are: Premier League 01/02 home & away flags and Maccabi Tel-Aviv 01/02 home kit.

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You can find those files at the Download Centre or download the Premier League 01/02 flags by clicking here and download Maccabi home kit by clicking here.

Be sure there are many more to come. Enjoy.

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Great RS Stadiums for Fifa 2002

DG from Fifa Italia has sent us news of his first 2 great RS stadiums (edited from zero) for your Fifa 2002.

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The new stadiums are:

DG continues his excellent work with his new Fifa 2002 RS stadiums. You can check all his stadium work over at DG Stadiums (opening very soon).

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Goal Keeper Patch 2.0

Manuel, the GK kits expert of Fifa On Line has developed a superb patch, the Goal Keeper Patch 2.0!

It contains 10 different GK kits including:

  • Nike GK kit
  • Asics GK kit
  • Puma GK kit
  • Diadora GK kit
  • Adidas GK kit
  • Umbro GK kit
  • Fila GK kit
  • Lotto GK kit
  • Reebok GK kit
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Get over to Fifa On Line to get your copy of these great new GK kits.

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Awesome downloads from all over the world

Today we bring you news of excellent downloads available for your Fifa games from around the world.

  1. Do you want keeper kits, player kits, Champions League kits, league kits and all that for FIFA 2001 and Fifa 2002? Then we have the perfect page for you! It already contains more than 140 kits for FIFA 2002 featuring 15 international and national sections even though it's only been 20 days since the release of FIFA 2002... The FIFA 2001 section has almost twice as many kits... So anybody who's interested in high quality shirts should take a look at 4D Kitsbase.

    They have kits from France, Italy, Germany, England, Turkey, Belgium, Holland and many more... The site is always worth a check as it is updated almost every day... 4D Kitsbase.

  2. Do you want original Stadiums for the Mexican League, for both FIFA 2001 and FIFA 2002? If you do I suggest you check out Fifastadiums.com where Ken Coffman is dedicated to bringing the realism of Futbol Mexicano to Fifa 2001 and Fifa 2002 for you.

  3. Do you want to download various fixes to customise Fifa 2002? The brand new Player Modification site for Fifa 2002 is for you then. It is a special download site for Balls, Faces, Kits, Names and Shoes. It's live at www.fifa.nl/mods

There, I hope that gives you some great sites to get the downloads you want to enhance your Fifa games. If you have a Fifa site that provides great downloads then please send us details and we will post it here.

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Effenberg attacks Beckham

Bayern Munich's midfielder, Stefan Effenberg, goes out against David Beckham following Tuesday's Champions League clash with Manchester United, calling his performance 'dreadful'.

Effenberg came in for abuse from the Olympic Stadium support as he was substituted midway through the second half of the 1-1 draw.

But he claims that Beckham's showing was far worse, and less than worthy of a man nominated for World Footballer of the Year.

"Beckham was dreadful," ,Effenberg told the Kicker magazine, "He made so many bad passes. If that had been me, the crowd would never have stopped booing. And he's supposed to be a candidate for 'World Footballer of the Year'? Give me a break!

"There were 11 players on each side, it wasn't Effenberg versus Beckham. If that had been the case we would have won 1-0.
"

Effenberg Against Beckham

Effenberg is no stranger to controversy, and a run-in with Germany fans at the World Cup Finals in 1994 led to a self-imposed exile from international football.

And he says that Bayern officials such as "the Kaizer" Franz Beckenbauer are responsible for the ill-feeling towards him after publicly criticising his contributions.

"I know a thing or two about soccer and I cannot understand why people started whistling the second time I touched the ball," Effenberg said.

"Maybe these people have other problems and they're letting their frustrations out on me. On top of that, I think the fans are whipped up against me."

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Thursday, November 22, 2001

More European injuries

Beside Barcelona's Luis Enrique and Manchester's Ryan Giggs, all around Europe the amount of injured players just get bigger and bigger.

Munich's Hassan Salihamicic is out for about 2 months cause of a knee injurie.

Arsenal would have to play with it's third goalkeeper, the 21-years-old, Stuart Tylor, After both David Seaman and his replacemeant, Richard Wright are injured.

Also Marcus Stewart and Finidi George will miss Ipswich's UEFA cup match against Inter Milan through an injury.

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Vieri and Ronaldo won't play against Ipswich

Ronaldo and Christian Vieri have not travelled to Ipswich for Inter Milan's third round Uefa Cup tie.

Inter's coach, Hector Cuper, has decided to let the two mega-strikers stay in Milan in an effort to improve their fitness ahead of Sunday's Serie A match against Fiorentina.

But even without the club's two star players, the Italians will be confident of proving too strong for George Burley's side in the first leg.

Ipswich's proud home European record of 27 games undefeated, is in grave danger, ironically because the club are missing their two leading strikers.

Still even without Ronaldo and Vieri, Ipswich must be aware of the mega-scorrer Mohamad Kallon and the turkish forward Hakan Sukur.

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Giggs out for 2 months

Manchester United's left winger, Ryan Giggs, suffers an injury which will take him out for 2 months.

Also Barcelona's Luis Enrique who has injured in the game against Liverpool, will be out for 5 months, it's a big lost for Barcelona since Enrique is an important player and got no decent replacement.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Champions League

Liverpool lost 1-3 against Barcelona, Galatasaray drew 1-1 with Roma, Munich have also drew 1-1 with Manchester and Boavista won 1-0 over Nantes.

Liverpool assistant manager, Phil Thompson, still believes the club can qualify from Group B despite suffering a 3-1 home defeat to Barcelona.

The magnificent Michael Owen had given Liverpool the lead, but goals from Patrick Kluivert, Fabio Rochemback and Marc Overmars ensured Barcelona claimed the three points.

"It's the first game in the group and we know how things can change,", said Thompson, "Teams can get beaten in their first game and still qualify and that's what we'll be aiming for. I thought we were magnificent, the lads have played against a very good team."

Champions League Day 1 Second

Another english team who didn't won was Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that an individual error denied Manchester United a memorable victory in Munich's Olympic Stadium.

Ruud van Nistelrooy gave the english champions the lead but Paulo Sergio tied the scores three minutes from time, following a slip by Mikael Silvestre.

Champions League Results
Bayern Munich 1 v 1 Manchester United.......Galatasaray 1 v 1 Roma.......Boavista 1 v 0 Nantes.......Liverpool 1 v 3 Barcelona

Feguson said: "It was one slip, but Mikael made our goal and it was a fantastic performance by him. Despite that, it was a very good second-half performance from the players and I'm very pleased with that. It's a decent result."

He added he thought his side had deserved the three points, before adding that he was happy with the end result.

"We deserved our victory to be honest. But the most important thing is the performance. Ruud had a bit of sickness this morning so he's done as well to last as long as he did and score an important goal for us."

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Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Hapoel Tel-Aviv 2 v 1 Lokomativ Moscow

After droping the turkish Gaziantepspor and the english Chelsea, Hapoel Tel-Aviv goes on with her UEFA Cup journey.

The russian Lokomativ Moscow, who dropped from the Champions League into the UEFA Cup, faced the first leg against Hapoel in Tel-Aviv in Israel.

Hapoel attacked most parts of the game, but only manage to score at the 43' minute. The second half was also opened with Hapoel attacking Lokomativ's goal, but the russians with a single attack, manage to score when Izmailov shot a great shot into Shavit Elimelech's net.

Few minutes later Hapoel's striker Milan Ostrec was fouled and a panelty kick was called. Shimon Gershon, who scored the penalty against Chelsea, failed this time to score into Nigmantulin's net, and left the score still at 1-1.

Hapoel 2-1 Lokomativ

Lokomativ were dangerous in another fast breack and a kick which only stopped at the cross-bar.

On the other side, Yossi Abuksis free-kick was also stopped by the cross-bars. At the 88' minute, Hapoel's defender, Asi Domb, roll the ball in after a mix in the box to set the score on 2-1 for Tel-Aviv.

In injury time, Lokomativ's Cherbechenko was sent off after he injured Hapoel's winger, Ilan Bachar.

Lokomativ trusting the freezing cold of Russia to help them beat Hapoel Tel-Aviv on the second leg, but still a though game is expected.

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Big step for Australia

Kevin Muscat was transformed from villian to hero as he scored a late penalty to give Australia an advantage in the World Cup play-off against Uruguay.

Muscat who was heavily criticised after the recent friendly against France for a tackle that seriously injured Christophe Dugarry, scored a 78th minute penalty to set up a tense second leg in Montevideo.

Uruguay defended stoutely up until that moment, although Australia did have earlier chances to make the scoreline more comfortable for them.

Australia are hoping to avoid their play-off heartache of four years ago (when they lost to Iran) and take the final place up for grabs for next summer's Mondial tournament in Korea and Japan.

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Superb Nets v1

To follow up the release at the weekend of our first file from the excellent new marriage between this site and Jordan Stavridis and his Fifanet team, today we bring you our second treasure - the Superb Nets v1. This adds some great new very realistic looking nets to your game of Fifa 2002.

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You can download your copy of this excellent Net update by visiting our brand new Fifa 2002 page in the Download Boutique by clicking here.

Also to clarify, there was some initial confusion that our Superb Sideline Elements patch was not available in the Download Centre. It is certainly available now and again you can reach it direct from our new Fifa 2002 page in the Download Boutique.

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Latest news from FifaOnline.it

Apologies for lack of patch updates in last 24 hours but we had a server issue which stopped me from posting news. Normal service is now resumed.

To start us off today, the lads over at FifaOnline.it have informed us of 2 great new add-ons for your Fifa 2002 game.

Firstly, they have released their Roma Kit Selector 2002.

Pinus, has modified his program for installing in one click the 6 kits of AS Roma, so it is available for Fifa 2002 too! You can choose to install:

  • Red kit
  • White kit
  • Blue kit
  • Orange kit
  • Champions League kit
  • Goal Keeper kit
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Secondly, they have also released their Fifa 2002 ESA Update Patch

Alexzip has released this patch which updates different things depending on which version of Fifa 2002 you have. The first part will operate in all versions of Fifa 2002 and provides:

  • Italia Serie A Badges
  • Bologna FC Badges

For those of you with the Italian version of Fifa 2002 you will also get:

  • Renames Coppa dei Campioni --> Champions League
  • Renames Campionato Italiano --> Serie A Tim
  • Renames Coppa Italia --> Tim Cup
  • Renames Coppa EFA -->Coppa UEFA

The lads at FifaOnline.it keep producing the goods for Fifa 2002, so check out their excellent work by visiting them at FifaOnline.it. You can also find all the details of their ESA Update Patch in the Patches Database.

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Monday, November 19, 2001

Keane waits for Munich

Roy Keane is fit to lead Manchester United out in Tuesday's Champions League big clash against European champions Bayern Munich in Germany.

The Republic of Ireland's midfielder has suffered no reaction after playing the full 90 minutes of United's 2-0 win over Leicester.

He was forced to miss the second leg of the World Cup play-off against Iran last week after complaining of stiffness in his knee following the first leg in Dublin which was his first game in three weeks.

Keane Is Ready

However, United's manager, Alex Ferguson, checked on Keane during training on and claimed there is no problem with his knee.

It all means that United should be at full strength for the opening second phase game in the Olympic Stadium, even with Juan Sebastian Veron set to return after being rested on Saturday.

His return means that Dwight Yorke is likely to be relegated to the bench despite scoring his first goal since April 14 (!!) on Saturday.

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Sunday, November 18, 2001

Beware, Raptor is here

The SoccerAccess Network has released its second program in a week, the highly anticipated Ball Raptor! Ball Raptor allows you to choose between 15 different balls or even add new balls using zip or fsh files. A great utility for your FIFA 2002.

The Balls included in BALL RAPTOR are 2GB (second generation balls) made with textures of 128x128. This is the same concept of the 2GK Kits. With a special file included in this program, the balls from your game will use larger FSH images. Therefore, the quality of the balls increases drastically.

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They have also released another very handy utility called Boot Raptor. Boot Raptor allows you to upload up to 15 different styles of boots to your FIFA 2002. The images must be gif files of 84x84 pixels. A very useful tool for your FIFA 2002.

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Due to the success of the first Raptor program, programmer Ariel Santarelli decided to put more emphasis on this series of Fifa 2002 programs. Ariel has already released screenshots of the SoccerAccess upcoming programs. They will continue to promote the Raptor series, with the highly anticipated GamePlay Raptor and Kit Raptor. We invite you to visit their site, see the wonderful editors that they have for you this year, and post your thoughts and comments in the forums and talkback pages.

Download the first Raptor programs from the Soccer Access Download Zone.

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Sol Campbell: "Enough is enough!"

Arsenal's Sol Campbell passed a test of character on his return to White Hart Lane and then declared: "Enough is enough now."
The former Tottenham favourite was targeted throughout by Spurs fans still angry over his summer switch to north London rivals Arsenal.

An inquiry may follow after water bottles were thrown at Campbell during the match which ended 1-1 after Tottenham's Gustavo Poyet levelled it in injury-time.

Before the game, the visitors' coach was pelted as it arrived at the ground with bottles and cans.

The jeers reached a crescendo just before kick-off, while banners and balloons bearing the word 'Judas' were held aloft and Campbell's every touch was booed.

Sol Canpbell

But the England's defender never lost his composure and gave what was probably his best performance of the season so far.

Campbell said: "It was a bit strange for me but you have to take it. I didn't understand why it the abuse went on for the whole game but enough is enough now. I wasn't aware of the bottles being thrown at the coach but I was aware of the bottles being thrown on the pitch. Everyone has got their opinions, everyone has got their passions but it hasn't been too difficult this week."

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Saturday, November 17, 2001

Stam failed on drugs test

Jaap Stam's suspension for failing on drugs test has been upheld by the Italian Football League.

The league's disciplinary committee confirmed that the Lazio defender would be suspended from all sporting activity with immediate effect.

But no decision on a ban will be made until the result of a second test on the former Manchester United centre-half is known.

The decision follows an announcement by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on Friday that Stam had tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone after the Serie A game against Atalanta on 13 October.

Stam Failed On Drugs Test

Stam has insisted that he is innocent: "I cannot believe what's happened and feel sick at the suggestion I would take drugs. One thing I can say, without hesitation or doubt, is that I have never knowingly taken nandrolone or any other illegal substance. I am not - and never have been - a cheat and would never do anything like this to jeopardise the happiness of my family or the future of my career."

The Italian Olympic Committee released a statement, detailing the circumstances in which the Stam failed his test: "The Rome laboratory has revealed in the analysis a presence of the metabolic substance nandrolone," ,said the statement, "The athlete has been found positive in the first analysis and will be immediately suspended from all sporting activities."

Stam, 29, who joined Lazio from United for £16.5m in August, after the well known clash with Feguson, is the second player at the Serie A club to fail such a test.

Portuguese international Fernando Couto has just returned from a ban, while Dutch team-mates Edgar Davids and Frank de Boer have also been suspended for use of the drug.

Juventus midfielder Davids was banned for five months and fined £32,000, but has since returned to action.

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New Fifanet Superb Sideline Elements patch

As promised, Jordan and the Fifanet team are back today alive and kicking with their first update for Fifa 2002. As part of our great new partnership with Fifanet we are proud to present to you today the Superb Sideline Elements v1.

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This patch provides:

  • New stewards
  • New substitutes uniforms and shoes
  • New manager
  • New photographers
  • New cameramen
  • New drink bottles
  • New container next to player's bench

We now have secured sole rights to all previous Fifanet work here at the MRA site so we will be bringing you many new and great updates from Jordan and his Fifanet team.

You can download your copy of this excellent Sideline update by visiting our brand new Fifa 2002 page in the Download Boutique by clicking here.

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Friday, November 16, 2001

Figo: "Beckham don't deserve the award"

Portuguese super-star Luis Figo claims David Beckham is not good enough to be European Footballer of the Year. Figo said Beckham was not even the best player at Manchester United.

The Real Madrid winger is the current holder of the title with another Madrid's player, Zidane, and is on the list of 50 players in the running for this year's award.

Beckham is again on the list for what is now known as France Football magazine's "Golden Ball" award for European player of the year.

The Portugese international believes his Madrid team-mate Raul should win.

Figo told The Sun newspaper: "If I had to choose a player from United, I would choose Ryan Giggs. I would place Raul at the top for all the goals he regularly scores in the championship and Europe."

European Player Of The Year Award

Roma's coach Fabio Capello thinks the prize, presented on 18 December, should go to Beckham or Raul.

Capello said: "I think Raul deserves the award for what he has done in the last few seasons, showing his great talent on many occasions. But Beckham has become a complete player and shown himself to be really mature."

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Turkey Super League Patch

FifaCenter.org have informed us of their new patch for Fifa 2002; Turkey Super League.

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It includes all players of the 18 Teams for 2001-2002 season plus:

  • Closest looking to real players
  • Players squad number
  • Ages
  • Players best shooting foot
  • Positions
  • Correct team
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Captains for all teams
  • First eleven and team tactics
  • Home and Away kits of all teams in the 2001-2002 season; (Kits are compatible with Fifa 2002)
  • Menu Logos
  • Turkish Promotion Adboards
  • Home and Away Flags of all teams compatible with Fifa 2002
  • Four Teams Players in second league, Home and away kits and Flags
  • Home and Away Kits and Flags of National Team
  • Turkish Cup with 22 Teams

Check out the full details in the Patches Database and then get over to FifaCenter.org to download your copy of the Turkish Super League for your Fifa 2002.

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Thursday, November 15, 2001

Ireland are through too

Republic of Ireland will go to the World Cup Finals next summer, despite a 1-0 defeat in Tehran.

Iran attacked through the whole game but didn't manage to really risk Given plus the very slow game by the Iranian made the Irish defense life's easy. The sedate nature of the game seemed to affect the 100,000-strong support, who were audible only in bursts after they had drowned out the Irish national anthem before kick-off.

Yahya Golmohammadi did head a consolation from Mehdi Mahdavikia's free-kick in injury-time, but it was no more than a statistic in the end. An Irish forward line lacking the presence of Niall Quinn seldom gave Ebrahim Mirzapour a chance to repeat the acrobatics he so eagerly displayed between the posts at Lansdowne Road, but neither the small Irish contingent in the ground nor the jubilant Irish millions will care about that.

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Brazil are finally through

Brazil are through to next year's World Cup finals after a comfortable 3-0 win over Venzuela in Sao Luis.

They only country to have played in every World Cup tournament kept that record intact despite a troubled and unconvincing qualifying campaign.

Brazil have used four coaches and lost six matches in route to the 2002 finals in Korea and Japan.

"We suffered for 17 games and I thank the Brazilians who suffered with us, wer'e finally there." said the left-back Roberto Carlos.

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Fifa Korea has reopened

The long awaited return of the very popular Fifa Korea site has returned bigger and better than ever before.

Click here to visit the new Fifa Korea

The main changes they bring include:

  1. The biggest and fastest server
  2. Introduction of membership system : They provide a high efficiency of service for their members including:
    • Download section
    • Network Play section
    • and if you sign up now you can get all the content of the site
  3. Site design is changed totally
  4. Real soccer news - South Korea soccer, 2002 World Cup soccer news and South America soccer news are provided in real-time
  5. Downloads Section has been updated with a totally new system
  6. K-League Super Patch 2001 for Fifa 2001 has been released. Now you can play the full English supported K-League. Don't hesitate to download it!

Korean League Super Patch 2001

To celebrate their new launch the Korean League Super Patch 2001's detailed features include:

  • The latest roster of K-league 2001 season
  • Full name of Korean League's all players
  • Adds All star League (Asian, South America, European, Youth, Korean-Japanese all star teams)
  • Adds Classic League
  • Find a Hidden Team...You can find special hidden team in Classic League!
  • Updated a lot of national teams (Based on 2002 World Cup qualification)
  • Adds Portuguese and Nigeria national teams
  • New season logo of K-league
  • Adds new and great stadiums
  • Accurate and new national flags
  • New SBS TV ingame graphic
  • New menu screens
  • New 3D adboards
  • Nike Boots and Adidas ball
  • Newly updated 64 colour jerseys
  • New Kits for All Star league teams
  • Accurate Korean national team's roster and jersey
  • Accurate and Updated world league rosters

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You must sign in to their network now and feel their premium service so get over to Fifa Korea. You can also check out the full patch details in the Patches Database.

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Germany, Turkey, Slovenia & Belgium are through

Germany, Turkey, Slovenia and Belgium were all celebrating their second-chance reprieves after reaching next year's World Cup finals through the European playoffs. They all triumphed over other teams who finished as runners-up in the European qualifying competition to swell the number of known qualifiers for the finals to 29.

Germany, who were in danger of failing to appear in the World Cup finals for the first time since 1950, immediately dispelled such fears by going 3-0 up inside the first 20 minutes against Ukraine in Dortmund.

They ended up 4-1 winners to clinch the tie 5-2 on aggregate after their 1-1 draw in Kiev on Saturday. Turkey, who won the first leg of their playoff 1-0 against Austria in Vienna, scorched to an emphatic 5-0 second leg victory at the Ali Sami Yen stadium in Istanbul to reach the finals for the first time since 1954 on a 6-0 aggregate.

Slovenia fought hard for a 1-1 draw against Romania in Bucharest for a 3-2 aggregate win to secure their first World Cup finals appearance after making their international finals tournament debut in Euro 2000 last year.

In Prague, Belgium beat the Czech Republic 1-0 to go through 2-0 on aggregate for their sixth successive appearance in the finals. The Czechs, who had Tomas Repka sent off on Saturday, saw skipper Pavel Nedved and Milan Baros both dismissed two minutes from time.

There was a similarly one-sided match in Istanbul where Turkey were utterly dominant against an Austrian side already at a disadvantage after losing their home leg 1-0.

Austria came with the 9 players who refused to go to Israel, but still didn't helped them, and they went down 5-0, a similar result to the one they lost against Israel last year.

Yildiray Basturk made it 2-0 on aggregate after 21 minutes and once Hakan Sukur (30) and Okan Buruk (44) added two more before halftime to make it 3-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate, Austria were all but dead and buried. Arif Erdem scored twice after 68 and 83 minutes to send Turkey into the finals for the first time in what will be 48 years by the time they kick off next year.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2001

2 new faces for Fifa 2002

Fifa 2002 is here, and so are the downloads and patches, and I'm just getting started with making files for Fifa 2002.

My first 2 files for Fifa are Paolo Maldini Face and Francesco Totti Face.

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You can find those faces at the Download Centre or download the Paolo Maldini face by clicking here and download Francesco Totti face by clicking here.

Be sure there are many more to come. Enjoy.

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FIFA RTWC Official Update Version 3.6

Nike the Bike has informed us of the BIG one for all FIFA RTWC 98 fans! Simply the BEST! The FIFA RTWC Update is BACK better and greater than EVER!

Fifa RTWC 98

After a while since the last version The FIFA RTWC Update is BACK with the three best leagues (Spain, Italy and England) fully updated for the 2001-2002 season! This is of course the main addition to this version of the update along with the more realistic top scoring list in RTWC-mode. (Check Tip 1 in the Patches Database about this).

The update includes the REAL EUROPEAN WORLD CUP QUALIFYING GROUPS with completely updated squads for all participating teams! Now it is possible to see if YOU have got what it takes to take your country to the 2002 World Cup!

The goal they had when they started with this update was to update every single team in the game. Just look at what they have achieved:

  • This far the UEFA, the CONMEBOL, the CONCACAF, the Swedish, Italian, English and Spanish leagues along with other top clubs from around the world are completely updated with accurate squads, kits and attributes based on stats from Championship Manager 00/01
  • New European and American teams have been added, all not yet fully updated though, but they will be eventually
  • This update also includes LOTS of new realistic kits, three coloured striped shorts, socks and sleeves that make the game look much better
  • There are also new adboards, new turfs and a new goal that looks much deeper and realistic than the original one
  • All goalies have updated stats to make their play more realistic
  • You can replay the Champions league final, play the next Serie A or Premier league season, play lots of exciting friendlies and more!

"But what do they get from doing all this work?", you might ask. Well, you get a better and better game and it really isn't that much work... Think about that they have to do this work for every team in the game... Every time a new version is released...

And, if you do a good job, you will be added to the FIFA RTWC Team and will receive an e-mail alias in the form of yourname@fifartwc.cjb.net! They hope that there are people out there that want to help. Together you can make not just the best update ever for FIFA RTWC 98, but for any FIFA game EVER!

AND ALSO...

FIFA RTWC Official Speech Upgrade Version 1.7

This upgrade contains more commentary for new players or players that previously had no commentary like Michael Owen! Now it also makes some players commented by their first name! For example, LEE Bowyer, GIOVANNI Van Bronckhorst and MORENO Torricelli. Compatible with The Official FIFA RTWC Update version 3.6 or later.

There is loads more information regarding this patch and the updated teams in the Patches Database. Check it out and then visit the home of the ultimate Fifa RTWC 98 update at http://www.fifartwc.cjb.net/.

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Roy Keane might come back against Munich

Roy Keane could be back in action for Manchester United next week after United's manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, insisted his midfielder does not need knee surgery.

Ferguson has played down reports that his midfield dynamo must undergo an operation to cure an injury to his patella, declaring that Keane has not even had a scan to determine the extent of the problem.

Keane has already pulled out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifying play-off second-leg against Iran this Thursday, and Ferguson revealed that the player will resume training this week ahead of United's Champions League match against current cup holders and arch-rivals Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

"He's not had a scan and he isn't having one,", Ferguson said, "We hope to get him back in training on Thursday and we hope he will be fit for Bayern Munich."

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Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Portuguese Tournament for FIFA 2002

EA-Portugal is a non official page, that makes tournaments for the FIFA series since 1997 and we would like to inform you that there´s a new Portuguese FIFA 2002 tournament being hosted at EA-Portugal (non official page).

Please pay EA-Portugal (non official page) a little visit and if you´re Portuguese don´t forget to enter in this FIFA 2002 tournament.

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World Cup teams

The World Cup is getting closer and closer, with the play-offs nearing they're end, so let's get a bit order in and see who are the teams who already qualifyied for Korea and Japan.

Europe: Denmark, Croatia, England, France, Poland, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Russia, Sweden.

South America: Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay.

Africa: Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa.

Asia: Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea.

CONCACAF: Mexico, United Satates, Costa Rica.

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Destruction Update v1.0

The Destruction Update 1.0 (previously referred to as Melvirs Update) is expected to be released on 20th of November 2001. Version 1.0 of Destruction Update will include the following:

  • changes the formations, line-ups, strategies, kick takers, in the English Premier League (EPL)
  • updates every single transfer from all around the world
  • adds all the missing players. About 120 missing players have been added just counting the EPL. About 40 missing players have been added outside the EPL. Two of them are Bruno Rodriquez (now in Lens) and Smicer (Liverpool)
  • adds loads of new players from all the world and fix all the bugs found in the Beta version.

The Destruction Update will be updated monthly at WorldPatches.com. Also, the BETA version has been removed from the download section because it had too many bugs. If you have any requests for the patch, for example missing players, you can contact Melvir here:

Check back around 20th November when version 1 of this patch should be available.

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Fifa 2002 Review

AllOutGames has posted a thorough review of EA Sport's FIFA 2002 soccer game for the PC. This review is done by a hard-core soccer fan (Noman). It scored an impressive 90%; earning a spot on their "Must Buy!" list.

Check out their review by clicking here.

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Fiorentina in troubles

The Italian club, Fiorentina’s future is nearing a crucial crossroad, now that their loan request made to the Monte Paschi di Siena bank was rejected by the financial institution.

This refusal surprised me. I am afraid there are reasons that have little to do with football and Fiorentina behind this decision.” said Fiorentina's midfielder, Angelo Di Livio today.

If Fiorentina's Chairman, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, fails to find a buyer the team will be forced to file for bankruptcy, and all of Fiorentina’s assets will be controlled by the courts.


Mayebe you guys got some spare money to buy Fiorentina?
well, if not, why don't you take your vote at our poll so we can provide you all a better site to enjoy from.

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European Football League is open

George Hatzigeorgiou has informed us that the European Football League (EFL) is now up and running at http://vefl.cjb.net.

European Football League logo

There are only 63 teams available for the first season and they will be assigned to players on a first come, first served basis so you better get over there now if you want to join-in. Click here to go to the home of the European Football League (EFL).

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European Footballer Of The Year nominees

France has the highest number of players, including the Arsenal trio Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, among the 50 nominees for the "2001 European Footballer of the Year award".

Another 8 Frenchmen, Fabien Barthez, Vincent Candela, Eric Carriere, Marcel Desailly, Bixente Lizarazu, Lilian Thuram, David Trezeguet and Zinedine Zidane, are also on the list for the golden ball, awarded annually by French magazine "France Football".

Portugal's and Real Madrid's star Luis Figo won the prize last year, this year the winner of the award will be named at the week before Christmas after a poll of journalists.

Beside from the 11 Frenchmen, whose names were leaked to journalists, who would only confirm that six Italians and five Englishmen were also on the list, although their names have not yet been released.

AS Roma captain and playmaker Francesco Totti and England's Liverpool striker Michael Owen have been widely tipped by the French press as favorites to win the prestigious award.

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The Polish FIFA Center

www.fifa2002.z.pl is the new home of The Polish FIFA Center. It has a new look and few new improvments which make the navigation easier for all the mad fans of FIFA series.

Pay the lads a visit now at The Polish FIFA Center.

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Monday, November 12, 2001

New Mexican MRA Skin

Luis F. Galindo has kindly sent us a very cool Atlante from Mexico Skin for your Sweetpatch MRA which you can obtain from our Skins page.

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Luis is from the FIFA RTWC México site where they also have for download:

  • Mexican League Summer 2001
  • Mexican League Winter 2001
  • Mexican League 1s Division A Winter-Summer 2001 CS

Enjoy this Skin and their Mexican patches.

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2GK Kits demo release

Xavier Báez last week sent us this great news, which I due to personal reasons couldn´t post it earlier, so I´m sorry for taking so long to post it but finally here it is, please enjoy this news from Xavier:

"Our first program soon:

Raptor will be the name of our first program and will allow you to select between different types of boots. There will be 15 different types of boots included and an option to install your own boots to the game. Expect it this Wednesday at the Soccer Access downloads zone.

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2GK kits demo released

A Beta Version of 2nd Generation Kits (2GK) plus the England and French national teams. Also includes goalkeepers kits, a new referee kit, "Saint Denis Stadium" (from FIFA 2001 with SPG textures by FIFA Express), new adboards (official Sponsors of the next World Cup), IGGex BIG BANG, new menus and a new ball (Japan-Korea 2002).

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Try this add-on for the FIFA 2002 demo. This patch will allow you to play 8 minutes long and allows you to see the menu options in the demo. Download it at the Fifala international page or at Soccer Access (the Spanish version of the patch includes the first hexedited stadium for FIFA 2002, the Centenario stadium)."

Please don´t loose any time to visit Soccer Access and download all these great add-ons to your FIFA 2002 game.

Sweet kisses to all****

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Oliver Kahn: "Shevchenko is overrated"

Germany goal-keeper Oliver Kahn has laughed off the threat of Andrei Shevchenko ahead of the second-leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off with Ukraine.

The AC Milan's striker missed the 1-0 defeat in Kiev with a broken nose and although he is expected back for Wednesday's return clash, Kahn insists he is overrated. He said: "He has been praised to the skies, but realistically he is just a good striker who we know how to stop."

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"Austria don't deserve to go to World Cup"

Haluk Ulsoy, the Turkish Football Federation chairman, has claimed that Austria do not deserve to go to the World Cup finals.

Turkey lead the Austrians 1-0 going into Wednesday's play-off second leg in Istanbul, and Ulsoy believes there should only be one winner. "Look at how the two teams got into the play-off," he said.

"The Austrians only qualified because of a last minute lucky goal. And anyway, we have to go to the finals. Austria have played in many finals in the past, but we have done so just once in 1954."

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Finally people can play with the Dutch league!

Over at our excellent partner site SoccergameZ, they have some excellent news: finally people can play with the Dutch league. This top league will replace the Belgian competition.

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The Dutch Fifa Patch includes:

  • All home and away kits for all teams in the Eredivisie (Dutch league)
  • All stadium flags
  • All menu badges
  • Correct rosters
  • New adboards
  • Updated league names
  • Feyenoord in the Champions League
  • PSV, Ajax and Utrecht in the UEFA Cup

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Note that this is only a BETA version as the team statistics etc... are still not 100% correct. In about a week the final version of the patch will be online at the DFP-site.

People can also request add-ons and post bug reports in the site forums. So get over to SoccergameZ and grab this early update for the Dutch league.

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Stam: "I will never come back to United"

Lazio's defender Jaap Stam says that he keeps being told that Manchester United's decision to sell him to the Italian side was the "worst deal of the summer".

United's manager, Alex Ferguson sold Stam for £16.5m and replaced him with Laurent Blanc soon after the start of the season.

Ferguson figured that Blanc and Barthez know each other so well and co-operate excellent on pitch, so that will make United's defence strong as it was.

But since Stam's departure, United's defence has conceded goals at a rate of nearly two a game.

The Premiership holders have also lost three league games and slipped down to sixth place in the table.

"I am flattered when I hear that United are missing me," ,Stam said, "Everyone is convinced that my transfer was the worst deal of the summer. People and friends in England tell me this more and more. While I was in United, we won almost everything we could. Since I left, I have noticed things have gone wrong, especially in the left."

Stam also added that he would never return to Old Trafford as a player.

"I'm told by friends in England that I am not with the club I should be, and that I want to crawl back on my knees to Manchester United. But I can tell you that I will never come back to United, even if they asked me. United for me is a chapter of a book I have read and will never get into again."

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Keane is out for second leg

Roy Keane is out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off second leg against Iran in Tehran on Thursday.

the 30 years-old captain led his country to a 2-0 victory in the first leg at Lansdowne Road on Saturday after missing five matches for United.

Ferguson had given his team's captain permission to play for Ireland despite his absence from club fixtures and he came through the whole 90 minutes.

On Sunday afternoon it was announced that the midfielder had been sent home to Manchester for treatment on his injured knee.

Mick McCarthy, Ireland's manager said: "His knee has stiffened up overnight and it would be unfair to ask him to play two matches in five days."

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Get the latest Italian Transfers

Micio from FifaChannel has published an update with all the latest Italian transfers including:

  • Marco Simone to Milan
  • Christian Panucci to Rome
  • Josep Guardiola to Brescia
  • and all the positions and numbers updated

You can download this update direct from FifaChannel by clicking here.

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Sunday, November 11, 2001

Turkey half through to World Cup

Turkey took a massive step towards next year's World Cup finals by winning away in Austria in the first leg of their play-off match.

Okan Buruk scored the game's only goal on the hour mark when he poked home from close range after a slip in the Austrian defence.

Almost half the crowd was made up of Turkish fans, and they celebrated in great style.

The match was extremely tight and competitive, Spanish referee Manuel Mejuto Gonzales handed out four yellow cards only in the first half hour.

Austria included none of the nine rebel players who refused to play in their final group qualifying match against Israel, where they stole a 1-1 draw to earn the right to meet Turkey.

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Australia 1 - 1 France

Australia held World and European champions France to a 1-1 draw in their much-hyped friendly in Melbourne.

Australia's coach, Frank Ferina fielded what he called his "dream team", including Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka of Leeds up front.

And indeed his "dream team" went in front a minute before half-time when Craig Moore steered home a header.

But France hit back and forced a draw with a superbly-worked goal by David Trezeguet who scored from close range on 49 minutes.

Australia: Schwarzer, Muscat, Moore, Tony Vidmar, Murphy, Emerton, Okon, Skoko, Lazaridis, Viduka, Kewell.

France: Barthez, Karembeu, Leboeuf, Desailly, Candela, Vieira, Makelele, Pires, Zidane, Trezeguet, Dugarry.

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Benfica v Sporting 2002 demo patch

Today we have Matias' second update for the Fifa 2002 demo. It is the Benfica v Sporting Lisbon demo patch for everybody who has yet to get the full game, especially Portuguese Fifa fans.

You can download your copy direct from the Download Centre by clicking here. Enjoy.

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Israeli Premier League latest news

The big derby game of Tel-Aviv ended in a satisfying 2-2 draw which held in front of a full stadium who provided a great set for a great game as the fight for the 1st place was underway to begin.

Hapoel Tel-Aviv came in form and high moral after kicking Chelsea out of the UEFA cup, Maccabi came as underdogs though they are at the 1st place, cause of a massive injury problems with 6 starting line-up players out of the squad and a youthful and un-experienced replacements.

Hapoel opened hard and at the 10th minute took up the lead with 1-0 by Sergei Klechenko. Maccabi's response didn't took long, after only one minute, Eli Biton made a slalom between 3 players and gave a great ball to Avi Nimny. Nimny sharp as always, equalized the score to 1-1.

The second half opened as a storm too, at the 55th minute the referee called a penalty kick for Hapoel. Shimon Gershon shot the ball in, and set the result on 2-1 for Hapoel. Maccabi pressed hard and threw Ferenc Horvat in, the Hungarian international striker pushed the Hapoel defense back, and at the 72nd minute Maccabi won a penalty kick. once again Avi Nimny got it in and equalized to set the score on 2-2.

Both Maccabi and Hapoel had chances for winning the game, but in the end the score is 2-2 draw, which leaves Maccabi Tel-Aviv still at 1st place with 1 game missing.

Beitar Jerusalem sank even deeper down to the last place when lost 2-3 to Hapoel Haifa. Beitar ended the game with only 8 (!!) players after 3 players were sent off by red cards. Beitar performed a great fighting spirit by equalizing 2-2 with only 9 players, but even that didn't gave them the willing point and in the end they broke down under Haifa's pressure.

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Saturday, November 10, 2001

Real Soccer News

The excellent Shlomy has been posting his real soccer news here for you for the last 2 weeks. To compliment this, today sees the launch of our Real Soccer News page which will bring you the last 30 days news from Soccer around the globe.

To coincide with this we also have:

  • a new poll to obtain your views on our coverage of real soccer (please take a moment to cast your vote)
  • plus the latest scores from popular leagues around the world scrolling at the top of every page

Check out our new Real Soccer News page and let us know your views on this service. Thanks to Shlomy for his excellent work on providing you with this great new service.

He will continue to update the site a few times each day with his news so check back regularly to keep up with all the latest real soccer news.

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England 1 - 1 Sweden

England's manager, Sven Goran Eriksson admitted his home nation deserved a draw at Old Trafford - and warned England they will have to improve on their performance in the 1-1 stalemate.

The Swede saw his skipper fire England ahead from the penalty spot by Beckham only for Mild to equalise in the second half, but felt his adopted nation could easily have won the game.

Eriksson said: "I think we played well for the first half and they played some very good football at the beginning of the second half. After we brought all the subs on, we created some good chances and we could have won the game - but 1-1 is O.K.

"You always learn a lot even if it's a friendly. I think we have to to try and be much better for June and I'm sure we will. Sometimes we played some good football, but sometimes we let Sweden play too much.
"

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Beckham's historical free-kick

David Beckham has relived the dramatic moments, second by second, when he stamped England's passport into next summer's World Cup in Korea and Japan.

England captain Beckham joyfully recalled the free-kick deep into injury-time that earned the 2-2 draw against Greece at Old Trafford.

Beckham spoke at an exclusive interview to BBC and said:
"I remember looking at Gary Neville and he pointed at the scoreboard. That made me look up at the scoreboard and I saw something like 92 minutes on it, and I thought this is it, our last chance. It was just me and the ball. That's what I concentrated on. I remember the referee blew his whistle on 92 minutes, 16 seconds. Then I remember putting the ball down and hitting it."

Beckham admitted feeling that some had given up hope of England sealing automatic qualification as time ticked away.

He added: "I remember taking a deep breath before I ran and just hitting it. That's all I concentrated on.

"Luckily enough, Germany had drawn their game, but I didn't know that until I had asked the manager. I went straight over after I had celebrated and asked him and he said 0-0.

"To be honest, my head was elsewhere anyway and I had been celebrating as if we had won the World Cup.
"

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Silvestre: I could be out by Christmas

French defender Mikael Silvestre said his playing days at Manchester United could soon be over following his criticism of manager Alex Ferguson's methods.

Silvestre said he was not confident of having a long career at the famous English club.

Silvestre who now is in Melbourne for France national team's game against Australia, spoke out and said: "I could be leaving by Christmas, Anybody can move. That's football. We'll see. It's one of the biggest clubs in Europe, It's difficult to find a better club, a better football life."

As for Ferguson, Silvestre said: "We have let in lots of goals since the start of the season and according to the manager the problems stem from the centre of defence, I have sat through videos of our matches with the manager but I don't agree with the theories he puts forward.

"Alex Ferguson repeatedly opts to play Denis Irwin and that is something I find really hard to cope with. However, I will hold myself back for the time being. I need to keep calm. It would be idiotic to blow a fuse but I've strung together some good performances so I feel somewhat bitter about our difficult start to the season.
"

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Scottish Premier League Superpatch

The second patch for you today from the Arnfield brothers is a SPL Superpatch.

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It will feature:

  • Updated and improved kits for all 12 Scottish Premier teams
  • Up to date rosters
  • SPL adboards
  • Some faces (Larsson, Flo, etc...)
  • Goalie kits
  • Again maybe a stadium
  • Improved flags

This patch should be released around Christmas time and we will have all the news on this and their English patch as it appears. Full details of this patch can be found in the Patches Database.

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English First Division Superpatch

At the start of a busy weekend for the site, we start today with news from Phil Arnfield, who has informed us of two new patches from him and brother Chris that are currently under development.

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The first is an English First Division Superpatch which will feature:

  • Kits for all 24 Teams
  • Up to date and accurate rosters
  • Nationwide league adboards
  • Flags
  • Some Goalie kits
  • Some player faces
  • Possibly a stadium
  • Nationwide yellow ball

This patch should be released in early December and we will have all the news on this and their other patch as it appears. Full details of this patch can be found in the Patches Database. News of their 2nd patch coming later...

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Friday, November 9, 2001

FIFA 2002 v/s Pro Evolution Soccer

Will FIFA 2002 be able to challenge off Pro Evolution Soccer....? That's surely an interesting concept cause both EA Sports as well as Konami have bet high on their games.
Some people are already saying that Pro Evolution Soccer has more qualities than FIFA 2002 and vice versa; I will definitely buy FIFA 2002 whether it's good or not but will Konami conquer the hearts of FIFA fans...?

Gentlemen, place your bets.

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Salas to recover

Juventus striker, Marcelo Salas underwent an operation on Monday, taken by professor Campi in Rome.

The player underwent an operation to rebuild the anterior cruciate ligament and to reposition the external meniscular ligament of the right knee.

Juventus doctor declared: “The operation was carried out perfectly. The player will stay in hospital until Tuesday, and then he'll spend ten days at home. Following that he'll return to Turin to start recuperative work with us”.

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Claudio "Piojo" Lopez to Parma?

The new Parma manager, Daniel Passarella, has targeted Lazio striker Claudio "Piojo" Lopez as he looks to rebuild the struggling Serie A side.

The former Argentina captain and coach told a press conference on Wednesday that he didn't need to buy any new players, but the Italian press have been full of speculation about those most likely to join.

Another Argentinian, Ariel Ortega has been linked with a return to his former club, but Lopez appears to be the new target for Parma, whose poor start to the season and failure to reach the group stages of the Champions League cost Renzo Ulivieri his job at the end of October.

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Online European Football League coming soon

George Hatzigeorgiou has informed us about a new multiplayer website that he has made. It's not completely finished yet, but it will be within the next two days.

European Football League logo

It is called the EFL, European Football League, and it's designed to make multiplay a bit more interesting with leagues and a cup that has the format of a domestic league with lower and higher divisions. George believes that this website will revolutionise multiplay as a whole because of it's structure, and at the same time, ending pointless multiplay competitions.

We will let you know when it's launched!

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Thursday, November 8, 2001

Beckham: No crisis at Manchester United

David Beckham insists there is no crisis at Manchester United despite the latest talks around Paul Scholes.

Scholes has been fined two weeks wages for failing to show for the Worthington Cup clash with Arsenal and reports have suggested he may be ready to leave Old Trafford.

But although he's refusing to speculate on Scholes's situation, Beckham did dismiss talk of a crisis following the 4-0 and the 3-1 defeat against Arsenal and Liverpool.

About the crisis situation, Beckham said: "It doesn't bother me. Whenever we draw or lose a game it's a crisis at Man United but I don't see it being a problem. It's always disappointing losing big games and losing to Liverpool was disappointing because of the way we played but at the end of the day it's just one game. To be honest it's not something I really want to go into. I don't really know what's gone on. It's between the manager and the player."

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Under pressure

The Brazilian superstar Rivaldo has led the calls to lessen the amount of games played, insisting the busy schedule could end up killing someone.

The Barcelona star was speaking ahead of Brazil's disastrous 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat by Bolivia and warned organisers to expect the worse unless things change. He said: "A player could die on the field before long."

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GK Superpatch for Fifa 2002

Leo from FifaOnLine.it has some great news from their site. They have released the first version of the GK Superpatch for Fifa 2002! It contains: 10 Gk kits of the most important makes (Nike, Kappa, Adidas etc...) plus fantasy kits!

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It was developed by Manuel and you can download it from FifaOnLine.it

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Today we welcome Alvin

We are very happy to introduce you all today to Alvin Luchmun, who has joined our ever growing team. Alvin will be bringing you regular news postings plus he is part of the popular Sweetpatch Patch Development Team.

We look forward to Alvin being a very creative and positive member of our team. Enjoy his work!

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Injury problems for England

Steven Gerrard, Trevor Sinclair and Martin Keown were the three injury concerns today ahead of England's friendly against Sweden at Old Trafford.

The Liverpool's talented midfielder, whose brief international career has been shadowed by injury, missed the last 20 minutes of Wednesday's training session and Sven Goran Eriksson will decide whether he will play in the game.

Eriksson said: "Steve Gerrard went out of training the last 15 or 20 minutes and we will see tomorrow. I hope he is available but we have to wait until tomorrow."

Redgarding Sinclair and Keown, Eriksson added: "It shouldn't be bad, I think it's just for today. Everyone else is okay."

Sinclair was wearing strapping on his right ankle, while Keown picked up a knock in the game against Charlton on Sunday.

The captain, David Beckham, took part in the open training session after coming off during United's defeat at Liverpool on Sunday and putting an ice pack on his knee.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2001

"Ferguson has been like a father to me"

Ryan Giggs says that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been like a father to him through the years.

The left winger spoke out after Ferguson admitted that one of the reasons for his retirement is a desire to spend more time with his family.

"I was sad to hear the manager feels he's missed out on seeing his kids grow up," Giggs said, "He's spent so much time being a father figure to players like me, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville, it's meant he's had less time for other areas of his life. I just hope the success that dedication and sacrifice brought is some compensation - I'll always be grateful to him for making me the player I am."

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Diving? only in water

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says that players who are caught diving at the World Cup finals will be sent off. He said that referees are being asked to increase the current punishment from yellow to red in a bid to stamp out cheating in Japan and South Korea Mondial. He said: "Cheating is the human face of the game and, if you are running forward with the ball, it is easy to dive."

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Argentinean Apertura 2001 patch released

After the success of the Spanish version of this patch (over 1500 downloads in 2 days), the Argentinean Apertura 2001 patch is now available in English at SoccerAccess.com. The English version of this patch is fully compatible with Sweetpatch MRA and it will make you doubt whether or not playing Fifa 2001 isn't fun anymore.

After the release of the very famous 2GK kits, Ariel investigated a bit more, and guess what he found?? 3GK Kits! The 3GK Kits were released with the Argentinean patch "Argentina Express 2.5" over at Fifala.com. Until now, Fifala.com was only available for the Spanish speaking audience, but things have changed now with their international site, SoccerAccess.com

After the success of the 3GK Kits, Ariel investigated a bit more and guess what he found? 4GK Kits! Now, what exactly are the 4GK Kits? To understand this better, take a look at the screenshot below.

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You can see the starting line-up of Xavier's favourite Argentinean team, River Plate (in this case: Comizzoo, Lombardi, Ayala...). Well, lets say that you're playing the whole Argentinean league and that Lombardi suffers an injury. Next time, your team starting line-up will change. Well, guess what? The mini pictures will change too! This is not just a screenshot, these are 11 mini pictures that appear in the starting line-up and that show the pictures of the players that are in your team, like in a real TV Broadcast!

Download this amazing super patch at their Download Zone. The patch was designed to work with the English language and it includes the original crowd and a non-hexedited stadium to avoid game crashes. The patch has been released in three parts:

  1. Main files of the patch
  2. The mini pictures of all the players of the Argentinean league
  3. Sound Edition 2.0 (hear Argentinean commentators celebrate the goals)

A perfect Fifa2001 goodbye patch. Download it from their Download Zone in "Fifa_2001/Leagues" section. Also, watch out for the 2GK kits for Fifa 2002, coming soon at SoccerAccess.com

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McManaman asked out of England squad

Real Madrid have revealed it was Steve McManaman, and not them, who asked for the midfielder to be left out of the England squad for Saturday's friendly against Sweden.

Macca phoned the FA to request permission to play in Real's Primera Liga clash against Real Zaragoza.

Real's sports director Emilio Butragueno said: "Real Madrid did not impose themselves, phone or ask the English FA for Steve McManaman not to be in the England side. It was the player who phoned the English FA and they decided to be understanding."Real Madrid have a very important match this Sunday against Zaragoza. We have many injured players and Steve is such a good player, He has been playing very well lately for us, it is important that he plays on Sunday"

The Spanish champions are already without eight players, including three who are on international duty. Midfielders Zinedine Zidane and Claude Makelele are with the France squad, Defender Geremi is on duty with the Cameroon squad, while Roberto Carlos, Aitor Karanka and Savio are injured. Michel Salgado and Ivan Campo are suspended.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2001

"Chelsea fans deserve more"

Ken Bates believes the Chelsea fans deserve better than they have been getting from their highly-paid super-stars.

The Chelsea chairman left Stamford Bridge last Thursday following the Blues embarrassing UEFA Cup exit to the anonymous Hapoel Tel-Aviv while the supporters still singing.

Chelsea moved up to seventh place with their last win over Ipswich on Sunday, but Bates is still not happy.

He said: "I wonder if our current players appreciate our immortal supporters? By its very nature, football is a story of highs and lows - Thursday was definitely one of the lows. A team that would struggle to compete in the Nationwide League came to Stamford Bridge and as the Romans said 'We came, we saw, we conquered'. Their goalkeeper had an outstanding game but our highly-paid strikers didn't strike, we were out-fought and out-thought. Hapoel deserved to win and we can only wish them luck in the next round."

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Melvir Update v beta 1

dEsTrUcTiOn has released the beta version of his Melvir Update over at WorldPatches.com. This beta version updates:

  • line-ups
  • formations
  • strategies
  • kick takers
  • latest transfers for the English Premier League and Italian Serie A

In the v.1.0 release, which will be at the end of the month, the updates will be for almost all leagues in the game! You can find more details on how to download this roster update in the Patches Database.

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Ancelotti replacing Terim in AC Milan

After Milan's bad performance in the last two games, when they didn't even manage to score a goal and the game against Turin, which AC Milan have lost, there was a big question mark above Milan's manager head.

there were rumors about Terim leaving and Ancelotti coming, but just today the deal was actually sealed.

AC Milan released this official note to the press:
"A.C. Milan communicates that the society has exempted Mr. Fatih Terim. A.C. Milan thanks Mr. Terim for his work and entrusts the team to Mr. Carlo Ancelotti who has a contract until the 30th of June 2004."

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Manchester United lost again!

Has anybody seen Manchester United lately?
that's the question that most of the United fans asking themselves after the defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal.

Sylvain Wiltord hit a first-half hat-trick as a youthful United side was taught a tough lesson on the eve of Sir Alex Ferguson's 15th anniversary at Old Trafford.

Kanu rammed home the advantage in the second half - again from the spot - as Arsenal went from conceding to scoring four goals.

United fielded an unfamiliar line-up that included youngsters Jimmy Davis and Lee Roche, while in contrast Arsenal included the likes of Gilles Grimandi, Kanu and Ray Parlour in their eleven.

Ferguson got a lot of work under his hands for the upcoming Champion's League game against Bayern Munich, the way Manchester looked the past week, Munich will crush them.

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Latest Results

Israel Premier League
Rishon LeZion 0 v 3 Hapoel Tel-Aviv.......Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1 v 1 Beitar Jerusalem..........Maccabi Tel-Aviv still at the top of the league with one point and a missing game ahead of Maccabi Haifa

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Monday, November 5, 2001

Liverpool aims high

Liverpool's Danny Murphy is full of confidence in the Liverpool squad by revealing the players expect to win the Premiership this season.

Murphy is keen to guard against getting too carried away, even in the wake of Liverpool's 3-1 great victory over Manchester United, but he accepts the Reds should now see the title as a realistic goal.

"It's always lovely to beat Manchester United, but to do it in such a quiet, convincing style is even better. I thought we dominated the game. It was the most complete performance I can remember since I joined the club. People are starting to talk about us winning the title and I think it's fair enough. The players are expecting to win it, but we are definitely not getting carried away because of one game. We're good enough to win the league, but like any other side we can still have our bad days. What we've got to do is stop losing stupid games. No disrespect to Aston Villa, but we should have beaten them at home." said Murphy.

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Latest Results

Spanish Primera Liga
Deportivo La Coruna 5 v 1 Osasuna.......Espanyol 1 v 2 Real Sociedad.......Las Palmas 4 v 2 Celta Vigo.......Malaga 1 v 3 Sevilla.......Mallorca 2 v 0 Tenerife.......Real Betis 0 v 1 Real Zaragoza.......Real Madrid 2 v 0 Barcelona.......Athletic Bilbao 2 v 1 Alaves.......Valencia 2 v 1 Rayo Vallecano.......Valladolid 1 v 0 Villarreal

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Sweetpatch MRA 2002

For all of you who were wondering if there will be a Fifa 2002 version of your favourite Super Patch installer? the answer is "Yes indeedy!" I have received a number of e-mails asking about this and all I can tell you is that not only will it provide support for Fifa 2002 but it will also bring some never before seen features!

So when will it be available I hear you asking. Well, I have done all the work today on obtaining the details we require from Fifa 2002 and I have already alpha tested a version of the program so all being well it will be released within the next couple of weeks.

We have some serious beta testing to be done so if you are interested then please drop me an e-mail with your details and we will send you a copy as soon as it is ready for testing.

Check back as we reveal each of the new features she will bring in the 2002 version.

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Iran Patch Online Patch v1.00

Sam Salek has sent us news of his first patch for Fifa 2002.

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It is the Iran Patch Online Patch (IPO Patch) v1.00 and includes:

  • Iran home and away kit
  • Latest Iran team roster

You can get your copy of this patch over at Iran Patch 2002. Full details in the Patches Database.

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New Italian updated rosters for Fifa 2002

Leo from FifaOnLine.it has informed us that they have released their first patch for the Fifa 2002 game. It updates the Italian Serie A with:

  • Added a lot of missing players
  • Updated the player aspect
  • Updated players numbers
  • Updated the values of the players
  • Updated the starting team
  • Updated the tactics
  • Updated the captains for each team

You can download this patch from the Patches Database. Soon they will also release another patch that will contain all the kits and the flags of all Serie A teams over at FifaOnLine.it.

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New sites for Fifa 2002 - FifaChannel

Micio has opened a new site for Fifa 2002 named FifaChannel. He is also making a patch with all the latest Italian transfers.

Pop over to the FifaChannel now to check out this new Fifa 2002 site.

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Ronaldo's bad luck strikes again

Inter Milan striker Ronaldo limped off just 17 minutes into his first competitive match for nearly two years.

The former World Footballer of the Year received treatment on the sidelines for several minutes before being substituted with a thigh problem.

"I am disappointed but I don't think it is because I was rushed back to play too soon, I think it comes more from not playing for two years. It's not serious but I am disappointed because I was motivated for this game", Ronaldo said.

The Brazilian will undergo a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the injury, but Inter Mialn's coach Hector Cuper is relaxed.

"It's not serious," said Cuper. "We have taken it easy with the comeback, given him time. He is fine, he is in good condition.".

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Sunday, November 4, 2001

Latest Results

England Premier League
Bolton 2 v 2 Everton.......Leicester 1 v 0 Sunderland.......Middlesbrouh 5 v 1 Derby.......Newcastle 3 v 0 Aston Villa.......Southampton 1 v 2 Blackburn.......West Ham 0 v 2 Fulham.......Leeds 2 v 1 Tottenham.......Liverpool 3 v 1 Manchester United.......Arsenal 2 v 4 Charlton

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Ferguson is angry

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was angry of his side's 3-1 defeat at Liverpool and admitted his defense is in danger of ruining his last season.

United came a poor second best to a great game by Liverpool but saw more defensive mistakes from Wes Brown and Fabien Barthez hand their hosts the points on a silver plate.

Ferguson stuck up for his failing back line on numerous occasions this season but his patience snapped after their third Premiership defeat of the campaign.

"We lost two terrible goals and that has been endemic this season and Liverpool just worked harder. We conceded too many goals. If we don't eradicate silly mistakes we will suffer. Liverpool have shown today how we were four years ago and until we get back to that it will be very difficult for us." Ferguson said.

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Yorke to Chelsea?

Struggling Chelsea are considering making a £7million bid for Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, according to newspaper reports.

Chelsea wants a top class striker as a regular partner for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and see Yorke as his ideal foil.

Yorke, who was the first choice at Old Trafford together with Cole, now finds himself as fourth choice striker behind Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

With Chelsea struggling for victories in the Premiership and morale at a low following their defeat and Uefa Cup exit to Hapoel Tel Aviv, the club need a real boost.

Chelsea chairman Ken Bates sanctioned a move for Yorke at the end of last season, but the Trinidad and Tobago international chose to stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford.

But now the door appears to be shut on his way back into the team, Yorke could really think about a move to London.

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Saturday, November 3, 2001

Latest Results

Israel Premier League
Ashdod 2 v 1 Kiriat-Gat.......Hapoel Haifa 0 v 2 Maccabi Netania.......Hapoel Be'er-Sheva 0 v 1 Hapoel Petah-Tikva.......Maccabi Petah-Tikva 2 v 1 Maccabi Haifa.....................Maccabi Tel-Aviv still at the top of the league though it got 2 missing games..............Standings: 1. Maccabi Tel-Aviv.....2. Maccabi Haifa.....3. Hapoel Petah-Tikva.....4. Rishon LeZion.....5. Maccabi Netania.....6. Hapoel Tel-Aviv

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New sites for Fifa 2002

As Fifa 2002 arrives in the stores all around the world, many new sites are being created to support this great game. We will have news of them all as they come online.

The first we have news of is from Mr Soccer Gaming Personality of the Year himself, Stefan Münstedt. On Sunday 28th, Oct 2001 - almost one week ago, they launched their latest baby in the "GFO" site series - German FIFA 2002 Online or shortened to GFO TT. What does TT mean? TT means Twothousand Two, so GFO TT simply means GFO 2002 :)

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The new GFO sets new standards world-wide - 12 brand new and never seen before on a Fifa-site features are planned. Some of them are already online. Due to time-problems they could not finish all features, unfortunately. But in the next 14 days they will complete the site.

Here is a listing of GFO TT's current features:

  • Brand-new news system (with smilies, categories and comments)
  • FIFA 2002-forum (@ FIFACITY-community)
  • Exclusive and hot report about licenses
  • Exclusive interview with German FIFA 2002 testimonial Gerald Asamoah (available in English too)
  • FIFA league-manager (gift from heaven for everybody who maintains an online-league)
  • What is FifaFX? (Portrait)
  • GFO Radio (The ultimate DFN/GFO Fifa-Web-Radio)
  • DFN Section (Info about the German network 'Deutsches FIFA Netz')
  • GFO-Shop
  • Info-Section (all you have to know about FIFA 2002)
  • Charity (FIFA charity-page)
  • Glory
  • New contact-page with "personal zoom" (detailed info about the staff)
  • Poll (What do you think about GFO TT?)
  • and plenty more ...

Their FIFA 2002-discussion board is already getting extremely hot - 2000 posts per day. So, after German FIFA 99 Online, German FIFA 2000 Online and the very successful German FIFA 2001 Online, the new German FIFA 2002 Online is finally online and about to break all records. Go and check it out here: http://www.gfo2002.de/

More new Fifa 2002 sites coming soon.

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Robert Jarni to Manchester City

The deal to bring Croatian international defender Robert Jarni to Manchester City is about to be concluded next week.

Kevin Keegan is set to tie up the signature of his eighth signing as City manager next week. Robert Jarni has had initial talks with the club and was at Barnsley to watch City cruise to a 3-0 win in midweek.

The international skipper is in dispute with his club, the Spanish Las Palmas who are themselves in financial difficulties. Once those loose ends are tied up the player could become a Blue with the aim of real strengthening the left side of the City squad.

Meanwhile the pairing of Eyal Berkovic and Ali Benarbia is there to help realise the manager's ambitions of total football at Maine Road.

Keegan said: "The fans have been crying out for a Manchester City side at Maine Road to come out and play almost total football. I am not saying we are at that stage yet but we certainly have players who, when they are in possession of a football, can come out and cause teams problems in any Division."

Keegan is full of belief in the pairing of the two playmakers and knows the fans will get right behind the side, but only if the pair can orchestrate the moves for the strikers to hit the right notes, "I think the fans will enjoy seeing Ali and Eyal playing together" Keegan said.

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Beckham Speaks

David Beckham, the 26 years old Manchester United midfielder, says he will not be a manager when his playing career is over.

"I don't want to be a manager or a coach" ,Beckham said , "I will have had stress and hassle for the last 20 years so it will be a relief not to."

Beckham also talked about moving abroad and said that he does not feel he has to move abroad to prove himself: "People can always have their opinions, like to become a great player you've got to go and play in Italy and Spain. But for me happiness is more important. It's my decision. If I'm happy in my life and my football at United, then I won't make any changes in it. I've had the offers - you see things in the papers about Barcelona, Milan and Madrid and you think about it. But if I'm happy I don't see why I should move anywhere else."

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Friday, November 2, 2001

Football News

UEFA Cup Matches
Hapoel Tel-Aviv v Lokomativ Moscow.......Fiorentina v Lille.......Valencia v Celtic.......Brondby v Parma.......Sporting Lisbon v AC Milan.......PSG v Glazgow Rangers.......Ipswich v Inter Milan.......FC Copenhagen v Dortmund.......Slovan Liberec v RC Mallorca.......Bordeaux v Roda.......Grasshopers v Leeds United.......Club Brugge v Lyon.......Servette v Herta Berlin.......PAOK v PSV

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Football News

Champions League Groups
Group A: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Boavista, FC Nantes.......Group B: Barcelona, Liverpool, AS Roma, Galatasaray.......Group C: Real Madrid, Panathinaikos, FC Porto, Sparta Praha.......Group D: Juventus, Deportivo La Coruna, Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal

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CSCA Kyiv out!

Hello guys! Bad news from UEFA Cup. After the biggest defeat against Club Brugge 0-5 in Brussels and lose 0-2 at home our Ukrainian Army club gone off the competition!! Too bad - no more Ukrainian clubs in EuroCups this season. Bye, see you soon...

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Fifa Australia News

Gazza from Fifa Australia has informed us of a new tournament starting on the 12th of November, its open to only Cable/DSL users, and is only available to the first 32 entrants.

Secondly, there is now a Fifa 2002 Chat Room, there is no need to register, just type your name and your away. Head to the Chat Room. They need your support to keep this chat room open.

News also coming soon of their NSL 2002 patch over at Fifa Australia.

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It's yellow followed by red!

Kerim from FifaCenter has sent us news of their latest Fifa 2002 demo patch which includes:

  • New Crowds
  • Fifa Referee Kit
  • Turkey Referee Kit

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Check out the screenshots and visit FifaCenter to grab your copy of this patch whilst you await for your copy of Fifa 2002 to arrive through your door.

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Chelsea are out!

Hapoel Tel-Aviv drew 1-1 against Chelsea (3-1 on agg.) and go through to the next stage of the Uefa cup.

Chelsea played well and had a lot of chances in front of the goal, but an excellent performance by Shavit Elimelech, Hapoel's goalkeeper, stopped all of Chelsea's shots. the first goal scored surprisingly by Hapoel Tel-Aviv at the 36' minute, an excellent ball from Istavan Pisonte to Milan Ostrec ended in Bosnich's net. the second goal scored by Gianfranco Zola in the 64' minute.

This 1-1 draw and the overall winning of Hapoel Tel-Aviv 3-1 on agg. against the multi millions club, Chelsea is an European sensation, since Hapoel is a small team compared to Chelsea, with a budget of only 8 million dollar against the 100 million dollar budget of Chelsea.

Shimon Gershon, Hapoel Tel-Aviv's captain said: "I'm proud in all the players, we brought Israel a reason to be happy. at the first game everybody said that Chelsea didn't came with all the stars and that's why we won, but we showed everybody that we can play good against Chelsea with all their stars and in their home"

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Thursday, November 1, 2001

Latest results

UEFA Cup
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 2 v 1 Roda.......CSKA Sophia 0 v 1 AC Milan.......Dinamo Moscow 1 v 4 Glazgow Rangers.......Herta Berlin 2 v 0 Viking.......Rapid Vienna 2 v 2 PSG.......Slovan Liberec 3 v 0 Celta Vigo.......St. Gallen 1 v 4 SC Freiburg.......Chelsea 1 v 1 Hapoel Tel-Aviv.......Brondby 5 v 0 Vartax.......Valencia 6 v 1 Legia Warsaw.......Tirol Insburk 2 v 2 Fiorentina.......Ajax 0 v 1 Copenhagen.......Helsingbrog 1 v 3 Ipswich

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The 4GK Kits

Xavier Báez did it again, how can´t you just love this guy! Read below what he sent us:

"From the creators of the 2GK kits, the 4GK kits have arrived!

Well, we started with the 2GK kits almost a year ago and we didn't knew that they were going to become so popular. Due to this tremendous use of the 2GK Kits, Ariel decided to investigate just a bit more and guess what he found?. The 3GK Kits! The 3GK kits included an individual kit for each goalkeeper and were released in the Argentina 2GK Patch by FifaExpress. Well, to say good-bye to FIFA 2001, Ariel investigated a bit more and guess what he found?.

The 4GK Kits! This type of kits include mini photographs of the players that appear in the starting lineup of your team. Even the coach has a mini photograph! For example, lets say that you play with River Plate, and select the following lineup: Comizzo, Garcé, Ayala, Yépes, Rojas, Cambiasoo... and so on. (see screenshot)

Next time that you load a game, the mini photos of those players will appear in the starting lineup (like a real TV broadcast) along with the photograph of the coach and in the background the kit of your team. This beautiful combination of graphic patches and 4GK kits is available in our latest patch, the Argentina Apertura 2001 Patch by FifaExpress. Download it at Soccer Access (English) or at Fifala (Spanish). The patch is divided in 3 parts:

  • Part 1: The Argentina Patch and the the new graphic patch.
  • Part 2: The mini pictures of the players that show up in the starting lineup.
  • Part 3: Sound Edition 2.0, menu art.

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The patch works in every language, however the version that was published at Soccer Access was made for English speaking people. We really recommend you to check this patch before you move on to FIFA 2002. This patch is FIFA-MRA compliant as well."

Well now I can only say: "Go get this piece of Art right now!!"

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Chelsea to go through?

Tonight, Chelsea will try to win at least 3-0 after being two down against Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Claudio Ranieri says everyone should be fit, but the media watched Emmanuel Petit limp out of training yesterday, and Gianfranco Zola is admitted to having a cold. He completed training. Carlo Cudicini will not open but is expected to be on the bench.

Chelsea are hoping for a crowd of around 30,000, far bigger than might have been expected if the first leg had been a better result. The away section, all 3,000 of both East Stand bottom tiers, is almost sold out to Hapoel Tel-Aviv's fans.

At the press conference, Ranieri said: "There's a chance of 65% that Hapoel will go through". Dror Kashtan, Hapoel Tel-Aviv's manager, answered: "I don't do speculations, we came here to play football. I've got full confident in my players and I'm not going to change the way we play, we are going to play an open game cause for winning you got to score".

Hapoel line-up: Shavit Elimelech (GK) / Ilan Bachar, Assi Domb, Shimon Gershon, Igal Antebi / Yossi Abuksis, Dennis Unishenko, Gabor Holmai, Ben-Luz / Milan Ostrec, Sergei Kleshenko.

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Who's in and who's out

Juventus, Porto, Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Deportivo La Coruna, Sparta Prague, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are the teams who made it to the next stage of the Champions League in yesterday matches.

Celtic due to it's magnificent win against Juventus 4-3, didn't make it to the next stage and finished only at third place, so Celtic will continuo it's European journey in the Uefa cup.

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FIFA Football 2002 for sale in Ukraine!

Hello to all of you!!! I have some great news from Ukraine today! FIFA Football 2002 is officially for sale there and now everyone could enjoy this superb game. I already had and now could say only one word - "amazing". So don't waste a moment and go to your nearest shop and ask if they have FIFA Football 2002!!! May I wish you luck. Besides in some days (after I play FIFA 2002 for some time) I will post my FIFA 2002 Rewiew. Visit later...


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Forums open at FGN

Please read what Robert C Marney of Soccered sent us:

"The footygaming network is getting larger every day. Today I am happy to announce that the Network forums have opened. Through the forums FGN hope to increase the sense of community in "soccer gaming' fans.The forums have been designed, to look and function as professional as possible.

Network sites plan to offer exlclusive offers to visitors of the forums; already the Jersey Land has made user requested kits for FIFA 2002. Future developements of the board include the ability for users to surf the BB with a skin of their choice.

Come join the community and Register at the FGN BB."

Why don´t you go and take a look at their Forums, it´s worth it.

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Ultimate demo patch - England v Germany

After the release of their 2 previous demo patches, our partner site SoccergameZ have published their 3rd and final demo update. The last one is the ultimate top match between England and Germany. The patch includes:

  • England home shirt
  • Germany away shirt
  • England goalkeeper shirt
  • Germany goalkeeper shirt
  • Correct rosters and team names
  • A new set of adboards

Screenshots can be found here and you can download the patch by clicking here. Enjoy reliving this awesome match and see if you can reproduce the 5-1 scoreline!

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