November 2005


Wednesday, November 30, 2005

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - Australian Winner

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - Australian WinnerAustralia's recent victory over Uruguay and their return to the world footballing stage in next summer's FIFA World Cup™ has led to a surge of interest in the beautiful game down under. This passion was reflected in the arrival of hundreds of gamers and football fans from all over Australia at Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal to compete in the FIFA Interactive World Cup.

Against the stunning backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge visitors poured through the doors eager to start their bid to win the tournament and compete in London's Grand Final.

The two semi-finals were both close affairs with all four players turning out as Italian teams and exhibiting plenty of European flair. After two great matches the stage was set for a final between Tahir Latif and Giovanni Fichera.

It took only ten minutes for Tahir's AC Milan side to get on the scoresheet with a scrappy goal from Shevchenko and only minutes later Inzaghi made it two after sloppy defensive play from Giovanni's Juventus defence. Juventus tried hard to get back into the game with some classy moments and strong pressure and were unlucky to turnaround without a goal.

They continued to attack in the second half but clinical finishing from an AC Milan corner by Shevchenko provided the nail in the coffin and gave Tahir not only a well-deserved victory but a place in the Grand Final.

The FIFA Interactive World Cup returns to Europe next week, visiting Cologne to pick up its second European representative.

The tournament will culminate in the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final which will be held in London on December 18, 2005. The winner of the tournament will be named FIFA Interactive World Player 2005 and take centre stage to receive his/her trophy among some of the biggest names in football at this year's prestigious FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich on 19 December 2005.

Check out FIFA's review of the day by clicking here and also their interview with Tahir Latif after he won the event by clicking here.

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EA FIFA 06 Featured Site

The Big Match Up - Issue 2 is hereWe are very honoured to be mentioned at EA UK's FIFA 06 site today as their Featured Site.

Check out their full article on us by clicking here.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Big Match Up - Issue 2 is here

The Big Match Up - Issue 2 is hereToday we bring you issue 2 of our brand new and very popular feature, The Big Match Up.

Each week we put Pro Evolution Soccer 5 up against FIFA 06 in the biggest match up of the year. Over a ten week period we will compare all the main features within the games and see the final result appear of which is the best soccer game this year.

Today we continue the series by focusing on the topic of Player/Team Creation. Last week FIFA 06 won the battle for Authenticity 10 v 5. See what the score will be this week.

In the document if you pass your mouse over the 2 main images you can click the link to display the full size screenshot and also if you pass over the Pro Evo Soccer 5 ad banners you can click the link to visit our brand new Pro Evolution Soccer 5 Shop.

We really hope you enjoy this series and will follow it week by week.

Download your copy of issue 2 of the The Big Match Up by clicking here and then please post your own views in our forums by clicking here.

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Manchester United Ball Pack 06

Manchester United Ball Pack 06 Sweetpatch Development Posse member Anubhav Ashok today brings you his first excellent enhancement for FIFA 06. Continuing our week of celebrating the life and skills of George Best, today Anubhav brings you his Manchester United Ball Pack 06.

The pack contains 2 great balls which can be installed in both FIFA 2005 and FIFA 06 using the Big Raptor 2005. (Click on image on right for full size screenshot).

Download these excellent Balls direct from our Download Boutique.

As this is our 500th file in our Download Boutique, why not check out all the very latest Sweetpatch Downloads by clicking here.

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Kit Evolution 5 v1.0 for PES5

Kit Evolution 5 v1.0Our partners at PES Web Portal have released a great new utility for the Pro Evolution Soccer 5 [PC] game, Kit Evolution 5 v1.0.

Here are the features of this program:

  • Load your PES 5 PNG Kits
  • Import PNG Kits
  • Assign PNG Kit to any team in the whole of PES5
  • Load CFG File (Kit Configuration File)
  • Import CFG File
  • Assign CFG File to any team in the whole of PES5

Download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

Not got Pro Evo Soccer 5 yet and you want to join in the fun? Order the game for the PC at our excellent price of only £26.99 by clicking here.

Please note: For running Kit Evolution 5 you will need to download the Visual Basic 6 Run Time files to run them. (Most of your computers will have them already installed, but if you find any difficulties running the program then download the VB run time files).

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Enter a FIFA 06 Tournament this year at the SFTLA

Enter a FIFA 06 Tournament this year at the SFTLA This season we will be hosting regular FIFA 06 Tournaments depending on the numbers who enter, which will determine the different formats and to keep it more interesting. Also each Tourney you enter, your performance will be monitored by a Tourney Ranking Points table (associated with our SPGA-Ladders) so you can see how your fairing.

We will run this for a few months and into the new year to see how successful it becomes and to see if we can get enough interest for possibly starting up a League & Cup Season as previously done before. If not we will continue with the tourney format.

If you are interested in joining & entering one of the Tourney's please feel free to contact Shaf on MSN at shaf @ accountant.com (you know how to translate this into an MSN address).

Check on progress with the SFTLA's current FIFA 06 Tourney by clicking here.

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English Premier League Review

Today we bring you a summary of all the weekend's action from the English Premier League where the whole league stood and celebrated the life of George Best: Barclays Premiership Review
Sat 26
Nov 2005
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Arsenal 3
Blackburn 0

On the day that football celebrated the gifts of George Best, it was perhaps fitting that Thierry Henry should prove that artistry is still at the heart of the modern-day game.

Aston Villa 1
Charlton 0

Steven Davis' second-half strike enabled Aston Villa to register back-to-back Barclays Premiership wins for the first time in 12 months and complete a miserable November for Alan Curbishley's side.

Man City 0
Liverpool 1

John Arne Riise's blistering second-half strike maintained Liverpool's surge up the Barclays Premiership table.

Portsmouth 0
Chelsea 3

Frank Lampard marked a record 160th consecutive Premiership appearance with the second-half penalty which set the seal on Chelsea's cruise to victory on the south coast.

Sunderland 0
Birmingham 1

Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce was rewarded for his bravery as his side plunged Sunderland deep into the relegation mire.

Wigan 1
Spurs 2

Robbie Keane and Edgar Davids scored as Tottenham Hotspur ended their four-match winless run by beating Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium.

Sun 27
Nov 2005
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Everton 1
Newcastle 0
Joseph Yobo's second-half header gave Everton a priceless victory over Newcastle United that takes David Moyes' men out of the Barclays Premiership's bottom three.
Fulham 2
Bolton 1
Two first-half goals from Brian McBride earned Fulham victory over Bolton Wanderers and edged them further away from the relegation picture.
Middlesbrough 2
WBA 2
Aiyegbeni Yakubu scored his ninth goal of the season for Middlesbrough but they had to settle for a point in front of their home fans against West Bromwich Albion.
West Ham 1
Man United 2
Wayne Rooney produced a performance of fitting tribute to Old Trafford legend George Best as the England striker helped Manchester United come from behind to beat West Ham United at Upton Park.

For our extended English Premier League coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

Wear the kit of your favourite English Premier League teamAlso, would you like to wear the kit of your favourite English Premier League team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the English Premier League by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

English Premier League: Portsmouth 0 Chelsea 2

English Premier League: Portsmouth 0 Chelsea 2Chelsea eased to a third consecutive win with a third consecutive clean sheet through goals by Hernán Crespo and a Frank Lampard penalty.

Lampard was playing his 160th consecutive Premiership game while William Gallas spent his 200th Chelsea game at left-back with Del Horno on the bench.

  • 0-1: Crespo gave Chelsea the lead in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Ferreira, who has never scored, received a square pass from Lampard, moved forward and drilled a 25 yarder. It was heading just wide with Ashdown shadowing it, but Crespo stuck out a boot and jabbed it in the opposite corner for his third goal in consecutive games.
  • 0-2: Cole won a penalty when taking on Stefanovic. The furious Portsmouth team surrounded Dowd claiming Cole had dived, but there was little doubt he was caught. Stefanovic was booked. Lampard put away the penalty with ease, Ashdown diving the wrong way.

It was a pretty low-key performance with Dowd whistling up for Portsmouth’s 22nd foul just before the final whistle.

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

© 2005 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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English Premier League Reviews

Barclays Premiership ReviewWe are very pleased to report that our Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the English Premier League, Salman Khalid, who has been helping the victims in his home land of the recent Pakistan Earthquakes, will soon be returning to bring you his summaries of all the latest action from the English Premier League.

In the meantime, for our extended English Premier League coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

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Scottish Premier League Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Scottish Premier League, Gaz Scott, brings us a summary of all the action from yesterday's matches: Scottish Premier League Review
Celtic 0 Dunfermline 1

Greg Ross scored the winner to lift Dunfermline Athletic off the bottom of the Scottish Premier League after a surprise victory over leaders Celtic.

Ross fired home after being set up by an Andy Tod header to give the Pars a deserved lead after 17 minutes. Artur Boruc prevented Ross adding a second with a superb save soon after. Celtic, whose lead at the top of the SPL is reduced to one point, dominated after the break as headers from Chris Sutton and John Hartson flashed wide.

Falkirk 1
Aberdeen 2

Goals on either side of the interval from Chris Clark and Russell Anderson gave Aberdeen the points.

The Dons took the lead on the stroke of half-time, when Clark's deflected shot flew into the back of the net. Anderson tapped home the second five minutes into the second half, after Matt Glennon had blocked his initial attempt on goal. Daniel McBreen pulled a goal back for Falkirk six minutes from time, blasting his shot high into the net.

Inverness 1
Dundee United 1

Dundee United escaped from Caledonian Stadium with a point to ease the pressure on manager Gordon Chisholm.

Lee Miller gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot after being brought down himself by Grant Munro. Ross Tokely equalised soon after with an acrobatic overhead kick, following which Inverness Caledonian Thistle took control of the game. But United came close to snatching victory when Mark Brown superbly turned a Miller header on to the crossbar

Livingston 0
Kilmarnock 3

Livingston were felled by three goal Kilmarnock in a tepid match at Almondvale.

Two first half goals by Boyd and Naismith ensured a torrid second half as Livi tried to peg back their SPL visitors, only to lose a third goal to Boyd late in the game.

Motherwell 1
Hearts 1

An injury-time penalty from Paul Hartley rescued a point for Hearts at Fir Park.

Brian McLean scored his first goal for Motherwell after 40 minutes, when he drilled the ball home from four yards after a well-worked free-kick. Hearts dominated possession but failed to find their usual cutting edge, before McLean's foul on Andy Webster threw them a lifeline

For our extended Scottish Premier League coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Scottish Premier League match reports, click here.

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Simply the Best

Simply the BestFormer football star George Best died yesterday in hospital at the age of 59 after suffering multiple organ failure.

Son Calum, 24, who had kept a bedside vigil, said: "Not only have I lost my Dad... we've all lost a wonderful man."

Best is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to have graced British and world football. His heyday occurred during the 1960s, when he brought a pop star image to the game.

Sir Bobby Charlton said his former Manchester United team-mate "made an immense contribution to the game, and enriched the lives of everyone that saw him play. Football has lost one of its greats, and I have lost a dear friend. He was a marvellous person."

A statement from the club said: "For the goals, the audacious dribbles and all the wonderful memories, Manchester United and its legions of fans worldwide will always be grateful."

A minute silence is to be observed at every Premiership football match this weekend in Best's memory.

George's successes include:

  • Best helped Manchester United win the First Division title in 1965 and 1967 and the European Cup in 1968;
  • His role in the team's success was recognised by his becoming the European Footballer of the Year in 1968;
  • Best made 466 appearances for the Old Trafford club, scoring a total of 178 goals;
  • He also won 37 caps - scoring nine goals - for Northern Ireland.

© BBC 2005

Football mourns the loss of a great son and we all thank him for sharing his talents with us. He was only human and as humans we are all fallible. Let's remeber George for the good things and joy he brought to football and us all.

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Italian Lega Calcio Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all week 12's exciting action in advance of this weekend's games:

Italian Lega Calcio Review
Udinese 1
Messina 0
Di Silva's late goal in the dying minutes gave all the three points to the home side as they jump to 11th spot in the table with the same points as the 9th position team but behind on goal difference. This win is good to increase the players morale before their important game in the Champions League against Panathanikos.
AS Roma 1
Juventus 4
A late goal from Totti from a penalty kick couldn't help his team in this heavy defeat at the hands of Juventus by four goals to one thanks to goals from Nedved, Ibrahimovic & Trezeguet, who was praised by his coach Fabio Capello after scoring two successive goals in the 59th min & 61t min. With this result Juventus are still at the top of the table.
Fiorontina 3
AC Milan 1
Luca Toni scored twice in this important match to help his team in defeating AC Milan by three goals to one in one of the most surprising games in this week. It increased the gap between Milan & their rivals Juventus again to five points & help Fiorontina to jump to third position in the table having the same points as the 2nd placed AC Milan but with goal difference in favour of Milan. The other goals were scored by Jorgensen for Fiorontina while Gilardino scored the only goal for Milan.
Livorno 2
Empoli 0
Livorno continue fighting for one of the first positions in the table in order to help them qualifying for Europe after defeating the poor Empoli side by two goals to nil scored through Moroni & Lucarelli. With this result Livorno jump to fifth position in the table.

Lecce 3
Siena 0

Lecce secures three points after a bad performance in most of their games in the last few weeks but they still need points to come out of the relegation zone.
Trevisio 2
Palermo 2
Trevisio played well in this match by drawing by two goals each with last season's sixth placed team. Trevisio was the first to score as they scored two early goals in the 3rd & 7th min. However, two goals one in the first half & another one in the last 30 minutes of the game gave Palermo a point.

Sampadoria 2
Lazio 0

Sampadoria got a very important three points to maintain their position in sixth position with only two points difference between them & the fourth placed team Inter, after defeating Lazio by two successive goals to nil scored in the last twenty minutes of the game. Diana & Flachi scored in the 72nd & 73rd min respectively.
Chievo Verona 1
Ascoli 1
Verona lost an important two points that cost them losing their fifth position to Livorno after a draw with the well fighting team this season Ascoli by one goal for each scored both in the second half.
Reggina 3
Cagliari 1
Reggina collected a very important three points in their fight to escape from the relegation zone after defeating Cagliari by three goals to one.
Inter Milan 2
Parma 0
Inter returned to their winning ways after winning over the very poor side Parma by two goals to nil scored through Cambiasso & Figo to take the fourth position in the table & letting Parma go further near the relegation zone.

For our extended Italian Lega Calcio coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Italian Lega Calcio match reports, click here.

Also, would you like to wear the kit of your favourite Italian Lega Calcio team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the Italian Lega Calcio by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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I went, I did not conquer, but I had a superb time at WCG 2005

WCG 2005 UK Winner is SFTLA's Stephen 'Hamil' HamiltonOur very own SFTLA champion Stephen 'Hamil' Hamilton, who recently represented the UK at the world finals of the World Cyber Games 2005 (WCG 2005) in Singapore, has today posted his own review in our forums.

Click here to read his great account of his adventures in Singapore.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

International Commentary Patch for FIFA 06

International Commentary Patch for FIFA 06Prolific Sweetpatch Development Posse member Rinaldo Zocca today brings you his latest excellent enhancement for FIFA 06, the International Commentary Patch 06 (ILC06).

When installed with Sound Master 06, ILC06 enables all the international commentators from England, Spain, Germany, France, Holland and Italy to work together in your FIFA commentary. You will have over 5000 players called with their own name by the different commentators. When possible the commentator with the most correct pronunciation has been selected. The rest of the commentary will remain in your original language.

Download this excellent Commentary Patch direct from our Download Boutique.

Check out all the very latest Sweetpatch Downloads by clicking here.

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UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 5

Following Matchday 5 yesterday we check out a brief summary of all the action below: UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 5
Group E
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Fenerbahçe 0
AC Milan 4

Andriy Shevchenko scored a UEFA Champions League record-equalling four goals as AC Milan marked their return to Istanbul in style, sauntering to a 4-0 victory against Fenerbahçe SK to go top of Group E.

Shevchenko missed the decisive spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out that decided last season's UEFA Champions League final, but this always looked like being a happy return to Turkey once he had broken the deadlock on 16 minutes. He added another shortly after half-time, and although he spurned a gilt-edged chance soon after, the Ukrainian silenced the Sükrü Saraçoglu stadium with two goals in six minutes midway through the half, becoming the first player in UEFA Champions League history to score four goals away from home.

Schalke 3
PSV 0

FC Schalke 04 kept alive their hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds thanks to a rare hat-trick from Levan Kobiashvili.

The Georgian international, who had not scored this season, took time to adapt to his new role on the left wing but was inspirational in an important Group E win. Kobiashvili claimed his first from the penalty spot on 18 minutes, before sealing victory for the home side with his second on 72 minutes. He then completed his hat-trick seven minutes later, converting from the penalty spot.

Group F
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Rosenborg 1
Olympiacos 1

Substitute Thorstein Helstad's late equaliser denied ten-man Olympiacos CFP a first-ever away win in the UEFA Champions League and allowed Rosenborg BK to secure third position in Group F in dramatic fashion.

Helstad struck with two minutes remaining after Rivaldo had seemingly set Olympiacos on course for a first victory outside Greece in 28 attempts midway through the first half. His tardy intervention earned the hosts the point they needed to guarantee entry to the UEFA Cup, and came moments after Anastasios Pantos had been sent off for the visitors and Vidar Riseth's resulting penalty was saved.

Real Madrid 1
Lyon 1

Olympique Lyonnais will go into the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League as group winners after securing a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid CF.

An audacious back-heel from John Carew after 72 minutes was enough to give unbeaten Lyon the point they needed from their visit to the Spanish capital to top Group F. Madrid had led at half-time after Guti was in the right place at the right time to blast the opening goal following a David Beckham set-piece shortly before the break.

Group G
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Liverpool 0
Real Betis 0

Holders Liverpool FC advanced to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League despite being held to a draw by Real Betis Balompié at Anfield.

Liverpool dominated - amassing 28 shots on goal - but squandered a series of chances as Betis held on for a share of the spoils. The holders nevertheless remain top of Group G, one point clear of Chelsea FC, whom they face on Matchday 6.

Anderlecht 0
Chelsea 2

Chelsea cruised into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League with goals from Hernán Crespo and Ricardo Carvalho ensuring a comfortable victory over RSC Anderlecht in Brussels.

Group H
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Internazionale 4
Artmedia 0

An Adriano hat-trick helped FC Internazionale Milano ease into the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League as a clinical display earned an impressive victory against FC Artmedia.

The home side kicked off knowing victory would secure them first place in Group H, and took the lead midway through the first half through Luís Figo. Unbeaten in two previous away games in the section, Artmedia tried to rally but Adriano then took centre stage, doubling Inter's advantage shortly before half-time and scoring twice more in the second period to crown a memorable evening in Milan.

Porto 1
Rangers 1

UEFA Champions League debutant Ross McCormack came off the bench to salvage a draw for Rangers FC, cancelling out fellow newcomer Lisandro López's goal for dominant FC Porto in a one-sided Group H encounter.

It took McCormack just seven minutes to make his mark on the European stage after coming on as a 76th-minute substitute to stab in from close range after Chris Burke's knockdown. Until then Porto looked to have hoisted themselves off the foot of the table thanks to Lisandro's header, scored on the hour. The Portuguese team had completely dominated and, in an amazing final flurry, Rangers goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus did incredibly well to deny Paulo Assunção.

Check out our extended UEFA Champions League coverage (including league tables, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

Wear the kit of your favourite English UEFA Champions League teamAlso, do you want to wear the kit of your favourite UEFA Champions League teams and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the UEFA Champions League by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Breamster.com Roster Update 2.1 for FIFA 06

Breamster.com Roster Update 2.1 for FIFA 06 Breamster.com roster maker MattB, has created an update to his recent Rosters Patch for FIFA 06, FIFA 06 Rosters v2.1.

This latest version includes "all" missing players and summer transfers as listed on the FIFA 06 Official Website, Breamster.com Forums and Soccergaming. It’s correct as of 18/11/2005 – which means the shock removal of Roy Keane from Man Utd!

A must have download - now you can play the game to it's full potential! Download this Roster Update direct from our Download Boutique

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UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 5

Following Matchday 5 yesterday we check out a brief summary of all the action below: UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 5
Group A
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Bayern Munich 4
Rapid Vienna 0

FC Bayern München cruised to the top of UEFA Champions League Group A and into the knockout rounds with an impressive 4-0 demolition of Austrian champions SK Rapid Wien in snowy conditions.

Roy Makaay finally broke his UEFA Champions League duck this season with two second-half strikes in quick succession but Sebastian Deisler, who opened the scoring midway through the opening period, was Bayern's inspiration in the absence of the injured Michael Ballack and Mehmet Scholl. Stand-in playmaker Ali Karimi was also on target.

Juventus 1
Club Brugge 0

Alessandro Del Piero scored the only goal as Juventus qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and dashed Club Brugge KV's hopes of doing just that at the Stadio Delle Alpi.

Group B
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Ajax 2
Sparta Prague 1

Two opportunist strikes from substitute Nigel de Jong were enough to seal AFC Ajax's place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League following a tightly-fought Group B contest with AC Sparta Praha.

De Jong converted Wesley Sneijder's clever cross in the 68th minute before slotting in a Steven Pienaar pass in the 89th minute to send Ajax into the last 16. Martin Petráš gave Sparta late hope in the dying moments as he took advantage of some poor defending, but Ajax held on.

Thun 0
Arsenal 1
FC Thun suffered late heartache at the hands of Arsenal FC for the second time in three months, with Robert Pirès's penalty sealing top spot in Group B for the Gunners with a game to spare.
Group C
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Panathinaikos 1
Udinese 2

Vincent Candela scored a blistering long-range strike with just seven minutes remaining as Udinese Calcio completed a late fightback to win at Panathinaikos FC in UEFA Champions League Group C.

Outplayed for much of the game, the visitors went into the final ten minutes trailing to Cypriot midfielder Constantinos Charalambides's goal on the cusp of half-time. But the scourge of Panathinaikos this season, Vincenzo Iaquinta, equalised on 81 minutes, and two minutes later Udinese were ahead from the most unlikely source. Candela cut in from the wing and rifled a terrific effort from 25 metres into the top-right corner – his first goal in his 28th appearance in the competition.

Barcelona 3
Werder Bremen 1

FC Barcelona produced another commanding performance at Camp Nou as they secured first place in UEFA Champions League Group C and left Werder Bremen needing to defeat Panathinaikos FC in their final match to have any hope of progressing to the knockout stages.

Gabri García gave the Spanish champions an early advantage and, although Tim Borowski levelled from the penalty spot, the outstanding Ronaldinho quickly restored Barcelona's lead with a long-range free-kick. The win was wrapped up 19 minutes from time by Henrik Larsson from another astute Ronaldinho pass, meaning the Brazilian had had a hand in all three of his team's goals.

Group D
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Man United 0
Villarreal 0

Whatever their long-term prospects without Roy Keane, the immediate future for Manchester United FC promises to be fraught with anxiety after this goalless draw with Villarreal CF left their UEFA Champions League hopes in the balance.

United risk failing at the group stage for the first time since 1994/95 after their third draw in five Group D matches left them third in the section, frustrated after failing to find a way through a Villarreal defence breached just once in five games.

Lille 0
Benfica 0
LOSC Lille Métropole and SL Benfica's qualification hopes are hanging in the balance after they played out a goalless draw in front of a record crowd at the Stade de France.

Check out our extended UEFA Champions League coverage (including league tables, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

Wear the kit of your favourite UEFA Champions League teamAlso, do you want to wear the kit of your favourite UEFA Champions League teams and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the UEFA Champions League by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

SFTLA Fifa 2006 Tourney

SFTLA Fifa 2006 TourneyOur Sweetpatch FTL Academy Fifa 2006 Tourney is now in full swing.

Keep up to date with the tables, fixtures and progress of some of the UK's best FIFA players in this tourney by clicking here and join in all the tournament banter by clicking here.

If you would like to become involved with this great online community for their next FIFA 06 season, starting around Christmas/New Year, keep visiting here regularly for when the application form becomes available.

In the meantime, sign up in our forums as this is where all the activity around the SFTLA takes place.

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FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - USA Winner

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - USA WinnerLos Angeles played host to a gripping FIFA Interactive World Cup tournament which saw the winner of the Mexican qualifying tournament storm to victory ahead of his US rivals. Ruben Morales travelled all the way from Mexico City to take on the best gamers from all over the USA at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios and returned home with the title of Champion!

The already exceptional standard of game play went even higher as the day moved into the closing stages. As the tournament moved into the final 16 there was little to choose between the competitors and big scores were few and far between.

The first semi final saw Filip Stoynev take on Ali Elabari in a great match that had the crowd on their feet. Adriano put Filip's Brazil side ahead in the 30th minute with a powerful shot but AC Milan counterattacked immediately from the restart and were rewarded quickly by a goal from Shevchenko. Eventually, Brazilian firepower won through with goals from Adriano and Ronaldo putting Filip into the final despite a late surge from a well-organised Milan side.

The second semi final saw an all-Brazil affair as Ruben Morales took on Isidro Sifuentes. These guys gave their public a masterclass in attacking play with goals coming thick and fast from both sides from the off. However, it was the Mexican's day as a Ronaldo goal put his side ahead and took him into the final.

Both players chose the pace and flair of Brazil for the final match and Adriano again proved why he's one of the best finishers in the game by providing an early goal for Ruben. Shortly afterwards Carlos got in on the act to make the score 2-0 and leave Filip with a mountain to climb to remain in the game. However, despite his best efforts, Ruben eased to victory and secured his place in the Grand Final.

The FIFA Interactive World Cup team move on down under as they travel to Sydney for next week's tournament to find Australia's entrant to the Final - see you there!

The tournament will culminate in the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final which will be held in London on December 18, 2005. The winner of the tournament will be named FIFA Interactive World Player 2005 and take centre stage to receive his/her trophy among some of the biggest names in football at this year's prestigious FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich on 19 December 2005.

Check out FIFA's review of the day by clicking here and also their interview with Ruben Morales after he won the event by clicking here.

Copyright © 1994 - 2005 FIFA. All rights reserved.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

The Big Match Up is here

The Big Match Up is hereAs promised, today we are delighted to bring you our brand new feature of The Big Match Up.

Each week we will put Pro Evolution Soccer 5 up against FIFA 06 in the biggest match up of the year. Over a ten week period we will compare all the main features within the games and see the final result appear of which is the best soccer game this year.

Today we start the series by focusing on the topic of Authenticity. Authenticity: a measure of how close an item is to what is actually used in real life.

We really hope you enjoy this series and will follow it week by week. Download your copy of the The Big Match Up by clicking here and then post your own views in our forums by clicking here.

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Sound Master 06

Sound Master 06Sweetpatch Development Posse member Rinaldo Zocca today brings you his latest excellent utility for FIFA 06. Sound Master is an editor that allows you to edit many of the sounds available in FIFA 06 (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

In this version you can modify chants, commentaries and songs and it comes with a powerful sound recorder and editor: Audacity.

Download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

Please note: Sound Master 06 requires the .Net Framework to be installed on your PC for it to run.

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English Premier League Review

Today we bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
Middlesbrough 3
Fulham 2

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink provided the perfect conclusion to a frustrating afternoon when he fired home a late winner to see off battling Fulham.

The Dutchman was struggling until he blasted a 76th-minute shot into strike-partner Aiyegbeni Yakubu to level at 2-2 and then doubled the dose eight minutes later to snatch all three points with a fierce drive.

Boro looked to be heading for a second successive Barclays Premiership defeat when first Collins John and then Papa Bouba Diop put the visitors ahead. However, James Morrison’s first league goal for the club kept them in it and paved the way for Hasselbaink’s decisive contribution.

Spurs 1
West Ham 1

West Ham United defender Anton Ferdinand headed a stoppage-time equaliser as Tottenham Hotspur paid the price for a sloppy second-half performance.

The England Under-21 centre-back levelled up for the visitors at White Hart Lane with time fast running out. Tottenham were not at their best in the London derby but Egyptian striker Mido’s fourth goal of the season in the 16th minute looked enough to clinch all three points - until Ferdinand’s late rescue act.

For our extended English Premier League coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

Also, do you want to wear the kit of your favourite English Premier League team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the English Premier League by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Soccer Gaming's Pro Evolution Soccer 5 Review

Soccer Gaming's Pro Evolution Soccer 5 ReviewOur partners over at Soccer Gaming have reviewed Konami's latest incarnation of their soccer game, Pro Evolution Soccer 5.

In summary:

  • Overall - 9/10
    Pro Evolution Soccer 5 remains the most playable football game, and has yet again taken gameplay to a new level. As a complete package, it doesn’t quite compete with FIFA 06. But the gameplay is unparalleled and bordering on perfection. There’s no doubt about it, the football purists will prefer PES5. It’s definitely worth your purchase this year.
  • Pros
    • Superb Gameplay, even by PES standards
    • Nice improvements to licences and presentation
  • Cons
    • Commentary is still awful
    • Licences and Game Modes still don’t match FIFA 06

Check out the full review by clicking here.

Enjoyed this review and you have not got the excellent Pro Evo Soccer 5 yet and you want to join in the fun? Order the game for the PC at our excellent price of only £17.99, a massive saving of 40% by clicking here.

Coming very very soon, we have our brand new weekly feature "The Big Match Up". Each week we will put Pro Evolution Soccer 5 up against FIFA 06 in the biggest match up of the year. Check back later today for the first edition.

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English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0

English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0 A first victory in three games; a first clean sheet in six and a healthy three-goal haul. Saturday afternoon against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge went pretty much to order.

It was not a top gear performance from Chelsea and the loss of Claude Makelele to injury early in the game is a concern ahead of Champions League action, but like so many visitors this season, Graeme Souness’ side simply could not live with the Premiership leaders’ kick for victory after the half-time break.

  • 1-0: Joe Cole was the man to make the difference. He was Chelsea’s star performer of the afternoon and sent away by Gudjohnsen a minute after the restart, he had plenty of time to decide on his finish but made no mistake. Opting to fire across Given, the Newcastle keeper appeared to get a strong hand to the shot but couldn’t prevent Chelsea taking the lead.
  • 2-0: Crespo flattened Newcastle hopes of getting back into the game just five minutes after Cole’s opener. Starting his first game in four, the man who found the net against England a week ago turned inside the hapless Bramble and was sharp enough to curve the ball home just as Ramage’s tackle flew in.
  • 3-0: The third goal was scored in the final minute of football and it was Duff’s first since his recent injury. He cut in from the left-flank, powered past full-back Ramage and drove for goal, his shot flicking off Parker’s attempted block and over Given into the Matthew Harding End net.

The work had been done. With Man United and Arsenal, now installed in third and fourth places, both winning away from home, this goes down as a very important win.

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

© 2005 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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FIFA Champions celebrate Real Madrid v Barcelona

FIFA Champions celebrate Real Madrid v BarcelonaReal Madrid v Barcelona played this Saturday and Barcelona won emphatically 0 v 3 at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Etoo, Raúl, Deco, Zidane, Valdés, Casillas, Xavi, Sergio Ramos.... Luxemburgo, Rijkaard...the best players fought willing their teams to victory.

Enjoy the FIFA Champions spectacular video, with the best images of recent years, with the best goals, the celebrations of the goals and the most warm moments...

Watch this excellent video by clicking here.

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English Premier League Review

Today we bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
Charlton 1
Man United  3

Manchester United ensured there would be no hangover from the departure of inspirational midfielder Roy Keane with a hard-earned 3-1 victory at Charlton Athletic.

With the long-serving former Republic of Ireland international having brought an end to 12 years of phenomenal service for the Old Trafford club, it was a chance for the new guard to lead the way.

Alan Smith - playing in Keane’s role at the heart of a four-man midfield - opened the scoring on 37 minutes. Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s second-half double - which included a first goal in 138 from outside the penalty area - settled matters, after Darren Ambrose had drawn Charlton level.

Chelsea 3
Newcastle 0

An emphatic second-half display from Chelsea crushed a stubborn Newcastle United side at Stamford Bridge.

Newcastle had matched the reigning champions for effort and endeavour in a goalless opening half but strikes from Joe Cole and Hernan Crespo inside four minutes ensured that Chelsea restored their nine-point advantage at the top of the Barclays Premiership. Damien Duff completed the scoring right on the final whistle when his shot was deflected over the luckless Shay Given.

Liverpool 3
Portsmouth 0

Liverpool cruised to victory over Portsmouth with goals from Bolo Zenden, Djibril Cisse and Fernando Morientes.

Man City 0
Blackburn 0

Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers could not be separated for the fourth league match in succession as their encounter at the City of Manchester Stadium ended goalless.

Sunderland 1
Aston Villa 3

Kevin Phillips was both villain and hero at the Stadium of Light as he set Aston Villa on the road to a precious victory over former club Sunderland.

The 32-year-old scored 132 goals in 235 league and cup appearances for the Black Cats during his six years on Wearside, but he left the north east having bitten the hand which once fed him with a 55th-minute header to spark a comfortable win for the visitors. Gareth Barry made it 2-0 with eight minutes remaining and Milan Baros added a third within seconds as Sunderland fell apart, and many fans were already on the way home when Dean Whitehead converted a last-minute penalty.

WBA 4
Everton 0
Nathan Ellington broke his Barclays Premiership scoring duck as his two-goal blast moved West Bromwich Albion out of the bottom three and halted Everton's mini revival.
Wigan 2
Arsenal 3

Arsenal finally claimed their first away win of the season with victory over a resilient Wigan Athletic to bring the curtain down on the home club's stunning six-game winning streak in the Barclays Premiership.

All the goals came in a remarkable first half, with Wigan shipping three in a match for the first time in just over 14 months after conceding just five in their previous 11 games on their debut in the top flight. Two-goal Arsenal captain Thierry Henry, who has now scored a sensational 16 in his last 14 league appearances, proved the difference to give his side their first three-point haul away from Highbury.

For our extended English Premier League coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

Also, do you want to wear the kit of your favourite English Premier League team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the English Premier League by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Italian Lega Calcio Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all week 11's exciting action in advance of this weekend's games:

Italian Lega Calcio Review
Empoli 3
Reggina 0
Empoli jump to the middle of the table with a comfortable win over the poor Reggina side, who continue falling, by three goals to nil scored through the players Antonio Busch, Tavvano & Vanucci in the 7th min, 67th min & 90th min respectively.
Lazio 0
Inter 0
Inter continue losing points in the Lega very early in the season after a bad draw with Lazio nil-nil in a very poor game that doesn't witness any memorable events except some yellow cards, three of them to Inter players Luis Figo, Mihailovic and Metrazzi & the other two yellow cards to Simone Inzaghi & Roberto of Lazio.
Siena 0
Verona 1
Verona continue their very good performances by securing another three points after a difficult win over Siena by one goal to nil in a very hard game that witnessed six yellow cards & one red card. With this result Verona jumps to the fifth spot in the table of the Lega.
Parma 2
Lecce 0
Finally Parma could get the three points after losing too many points in the previous games after their win over Lecce by two goals to nil scored by Marco & Morfeo to jump out of the relegation zone. They still need more wins in the upcoming weeks to get to respectable position in the Lega.
AC Milan 5
Udinese 1
Milan thrashed Udinese by five goals to one in a very one sided game that witnessed six goals, five of which were in the favour of Milan scored by Gilardino (2x), Pirlo, Seedorf and Kaka, while the only goal of Udinese came through their top scorer Iaquinta. By this result Milan continue chasing Juventus at the top of the table of the Lega.
Roma 2
Messina 0
In a very easy game for Roma against the very poor side Messina, they return home with the three points after their win by two goals to nil coming through the players Mexes & Totti in the 34th min & 81st min respectively.

Calgiari 0
Trevisio 0

In a very poor game both Calgiari & Trevisio couldn't get more than one point after their goalless draw. The game witnessed four yellow cards, three of which to Trevisio players & one to Calgiari.
Juventus 3
Livorno 0
Juventus continue their good performance to stay at the top of the Lega after a comfortable win by three goals to nil scored in the second half through Ibrahimovic in the 59th min followed by a quick goal after only one min through Trezeguet in the 60th min and finally Del Piero scored in the dying minutes of the game in the 90th min.
Palermo 0
Sampadoria 2
Sampadoria got a very important three points from Palermo at their home ground to jump over them in the table and get closer to the European qualification positions in the table. The goals came through the players Gassparroni& Bonozolli in the 32nd min & 73rd min respectively.

For our extended Italian Lega Calcio coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Italian Lega Calcio match reports, click here.

Also, would you like to wear the kit of your favourite Italian Lega Calcio team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the Italian Lega Calcio by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Keep updated on Stephen 'Hamil' Hamilton's progress at WCG 2005

WCG 2005 UK Winner is SFTLA's Stephen 'Hamil' HamiltonSee how our very own SFTLA champion Stephen 'Hamil' Hamilton got on today at the world finals of the World Cyber Games 2005 (WCG 2005) in Singapore.

Click here to post your wishes of good luck and congratulations to Stephen.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

World Cup 2006 - Play-off News

After yesterday's 2nd leg matches from the World Cup 2006 Play-offs, we bring you news of all the latest World Cup qualifiers and all the match reports here:

World Cup 2006 - Play-off News
European Play-offs

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cupô Football

Czech Republic 1
Norway 0

After coming away from Oslo with a 1-0 victory under their belts, the Czech Republic repeated the scoreline at home to Norway to secure their first FIFA World Cup finals appearance since the division of the former Czechoslovakia into two countries. Coach Karel Bruckner's men kept the sparkle and finesse firmly stashed away in a workmanlike performance against the Scandinavians.

Tomas Rosicky drilled home from the edge of the box to effectively settle the issue, although had they required a bigger margin, the home side might have concentrated harder on converting a string of chances. Norway threw everything into attack in a stirring late rally, but home keeper Petr Cech saved brilliantly from John Carew as the Norwegians' best opportunity came and went.

Slovakia 1
Spain 1

Following a crushing 5-1 victory at home, Spain were satisfied enough with a 1-1 draw away to Slovakia that confirmed their progress to their 12th FIFA World Cup finals. Substitute Filip Holosko handed the home side a 50th-minute lead in a dour encounter before Spain substitute David Villa levelled on 70 minutes. The Slovaks partially made amends for their first-leg drubbing and gave coach Luis Aragones' visiting side a torrid time for a spell, maintaining their unbeaten home run which dates back to 7 June 2003.

Turkey 4
Switzerland 2

Switzerland fell 4-2 in the return leg of their play-off against Turkey, their first defeat since a 3-1 reverse against France at UEFA EURO 2004, but it was still enough for them to book an eighth appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals on away goals following their 2-0 victory in the first leg. There appeared no way back for the Turks when Alexander Frei gave the visitors a dream start with a second-minute penalty, but Fatih Terim's side battled with all their might and led 2-1 at half-time courtesy of two goals from Tuncay.

The home side pulled 3-1 clear with a penalty early in the second half and the game was balanced on a knife-edge for a long spell before substitute Marco Streller clinically rounded off a slick counterattack to put Switzerland in the driving seat. Tuncay completed his hat-trick to make the score 4-2, but the fifth goal refused to come in a heart-stopping finale.

Intercontinental Play-offs

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cup™ Football

Bahrain 0
Trinidad and Tobago 1

Jubilation also descended on Trinidad and Tobago following a 1-0 away win in Bahrain that secured the Caribbean nation's debut appearance at a FIFA World Cup finals. With the teams tied at 1-1 after the first leg, Dennis Lawrence was the hero in the return, rising to head his ecstatic team-mates to Germany on 50 minutes. Hosts Bahrain were favourites before kick-off but produced a disappointing display, inexplicably refusing to abandon tactics clearly designed to secure a goalless draw even after going behind.

In fact, the visitors went closer to a second goal than the home side to an equaliser. A tense encounter with few talking points nevertheless produced a controversial climax when home striker Ahmed Hassan netted in stoppage time only for his effort to be disallowed as he had dispossessed visiting keeper Kelvin Jack in the act of punting downfield. Hussain Ali Baba saw a red card after protesting too vehemently for the referee's liking.

Australia 1
Uruguay 0

Australia qualified for the second finals in their history after a tense showdown with Uruguay, thus booking a return to the scene of their first appearance in 1974. The triumph was revenge for the Socceroos' traumatic play-off defeat by the South Americans four years ago. Guus Hiddink's side claimed their ticket to Germany via a 4-2 shoot-out victory in the return leg in Sydney, having cancelled out a 1-0 deficit from the first leg courtesy of Marco Bresciano's first-half strike.

The 82,698 sell-out crowd at the Telstra Stadium witnessed home goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer claim the hero's laurels by saving two spot-kicks before John Aloisi followed up his four-goal haul at last summer's FIFA Confederations Cup by converting his side's final penalty. "We've done it the hard way, but we've done it at last. We've been dreaming of this for 32 years," the player beamed.

For comprehensive official World Cup match reports, click here.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

SFTLA Fifa 2006 Tourney - Kicks Off Today

SFTLA Fifa 2006 Tourney - Kicks Off TodayThe Sweetpatch FTL Academy Fifa 2006 Tourney is ready to roll today.

Keep up to date with the tables, fixtures and progress of some of the UK's best FIFA players in this tourney by clicking here.

If you would like to become involved with this great online community for their next FIFA 06 season, starting around Christmas/New Year, keep visiting here regularly for when the application form becomes available.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

FIFA 4 Fans.com is back online

Brazil 2GK Kit Pack 06Finally FIFA 4 Fans.com are back online again and that is great news for all FIFA 06 fans! After a long break following some small difficulties they are there for you again from today - and that means as usual: Downloads, news and information about FIFA 06!

Have a look at www.fifa4fans.com (English) or www.fifa4fans.de (German) to get to Germany's biggest FIFA Editing homepage.

To celebrate their return DaKaTotal has created a completely new 2GK Kit Pack for five times FIFA World Cup Champions Brazil. The kit pack includes the following kits for FIFA 06:

  • the yellow home kit (blue shorts)
  • the yellow home kit (white shorts)
  • the blue away kit (white shorts)
  • the blue away kit (blue shorts)
  • the grey keeper kit (grey shorts)
  • the grey keeper kit (black shorts)
  • the black keeper kit
  • + the correct Mini Kits for the menues

Click on image above right for full size screenshot and then download these Kits direct from our Download Boutique.

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Major League Soccer Final - LA Galaxy 1 NE Revolution 0 (aet)

Major League Soccer Final - LA Galaxy 1 NE Revolution 0 Official Sweetpatch Reporter for America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), David Gwydir, brings us a review of last weekend's MLS Cup Final.

The Los Angeles Galaxy were crowned kings of United States’ Major League Soccer this Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 overtime victory over the New England Revolution.

Guillermo Ramirez scored the only goal of the match in the 107th minute of play. Ramirez, who came into the match as a substitute in the 66th minute, volleyed home the winner after Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis punched a Galaxy corner to the top of the 18-yard box.

The match was rugged, hard fought, and sometimes ugly. The teams combined for 51 fouls and 10 cautions, 5 for each side.

Los Angeles had the better of play throughout the match, hitting 25 shots with only 8 being on target.

New England’s best chance to tie the game came in the 118th minute. Jose Cancela attempted to bend in a shot after settling in the box. Los Angeles ‘keeper Kevin Hartman closed in and Cancela’s shot seemed destined for the far post until Galaxy defender Ugo Ihemelu headed the ball wide of the post.

For a review of our season's Major League Soccer coverage (including the final league tables, latest results, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

We would like to thank David Gwydir for his excellent coverage this season and look forward to the start of next season when we hope he will bring you once again his weekly insight into the exciting world of the MLS.

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Going for Goal with Pro Evolution Soccer 5

Going for Goal with Pro Evolution Soccer 5Konami have released an online quiz game to continue its promotion of the phenomenally successful Pro Evolution Soccer 5. Going For Goal is a fast-paced football quiz game in which you pass and shoot by answering multi-choice questions.

One Player Mode

  • You have 2 minutes to beat the computer
  • Answer a question correctly to pass the ball towards your opponent's goal
  • Get a question wrong and the computer will get the pass
  • You are given a 'Try Again' token to start, and another each time you score
  • Get the ball into the opponent's penalty area to get a Goal Question
  • Answer a Goal Question correctly and you'll score
  • Get a Goal Question wrong and the computer will get possession
  • If the computer gets into your penalty area, you get a Save Question
  • Answer a Save Question correctly to stop your opponent scoring

Two Player Mode

  • Play against a friend for 2, 4 or 8 minutes
  • To answer, you must buzz in (controls below) and make a quick choice
  • Answer a question correctly to pass the ball towards your opponent's goal
  • If you answer incorrectly, your opponent will get chance to answer
  • Get the ball into the opponent's penalty area to get a Goal Question
  • If you get a Goal Question correct, you'll score
  • If your opponent gets the Goal Question correct, he'll get possession
  • Warning: fail to answer quickly after buzzing in and you'll get a yellow card
  • Do that twice and you'll get a red card - and forfeit the match 3-0!

The game will be constantly updated with fresh questions to prevent it becoming repetitive. Similarly, successful players will be entered into a monthly draw and will receive a subscription to FourFourTwo magazine and a Konami game of their choice.

Click here to play Going For Goal now.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

World Cup 2006 - Play-off News

After the weekend's 1st leg matches from the World Cup 2006 Play-offs, we bring you all the match reports here:

World Cup 2006 - Play-off News
European Play-offs

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cupô Football

Norway 0
Czech Republic 1

The Czech Republic took a giant stride towards a place at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ as prodigal son Pavel Nedved inspired his team to a 1-0 away victory over Norway in Oslo. Vladimir Smicer struck the vital goal to hand his country the advantage ahead of the return in Prague next Wednesday.

Spain 5
Slovakia 1

Spain all but secured their place at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ as they thrashed Slovakia 5-1 in the first leg of their play-off at Madrid’s Vicente Calderon stadium.

The hero of the night was Luis Garcia whose hat-trick vindicated coach Luis Aragones' decision to drop Betis winger Joaquin and hand the Liverpool player, who had not scored for his country before, his sixth cap.

Switzerland 2
Turkey 0

Goals from Philippe Senderos and Valon Behrami earned Switzerland a 2-0 win over Turkey in the first leg of their European Zone play-off on Saturday to edge them closer to a FIFA World Cup™ finals place.

Defender Senderos of Arsenal scored in the 41st minute, heading a free-kick from Ludovic Magnin past Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel.

Lazio's rising star Behrami found the net in the 86th minute, just four minutes after coming on as a substitute for midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta, as he latched on to a pass from Alex Frei which rebounded his way off Turkey defender Huseyin Cimsir.

Intercontinental Play-offs

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cup™ Football

Trinidad and
Tobago 1
Bahrain 1

The Intercontinental play-off, between T&T and Bahrain, eventually finished 1-1 having seemingly been headed for a goalless draw. After a quiet first half, the Caribbean islanders T&T came out looking invigorated but their attacking triangle of Dwight Yorke, Stern John and Russell Latapy – so effective in dismantling Mexico last month – simply could not seem to find their way past a highly organised Bahrain defence.

Things went from bad to worse for the Soca Warriors when Bahrain's Husein Salman headed home from a corner in the 72nd minute. Just five minutes later, though, Christopher Birchall equalised with a long-range stunner to send the Port of Spain crowd into raptures. The midfielder, who plays for English club Port Vale, was born in England and only recently joined up with the national team of his mother's birthplace but he made a spectacular contribution here with arguably one of the best goals in Germany 2006 qualifying.

Uruguay 1
Australia 0

Uruguay took an important step towards the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ on Saturday with a 1-0 over Australia at Montevideo's Estadio Centenario in the first leg of the South American-Oceania play-off. A headed goal from Dario Rodriguez was all that separated the teams, who will meet again in four days time in Sydney.

For comprehensive official World Cup match reports, click here.

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Copyright © 2005 FIFA. All rights reserved.

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FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - South Africa Winner

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - South Africa WinnerDavid Letsoalo won the Johannesburg tournament of the FIFA Interactive World Cup in a thrilling penalty shoot out at the end of a fantastic day at the Action Sports Academy in Johannesburg. The 16-year-old was left speechless at the final whistle as he realised the extent of his achievement.

He began the day having never played EA SPORTS™ FIFA 06 on Xbox® and returned home with an Xbox 360 and two tickets to the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany!

Commenting on his victory, David said: "This is amazing! I've had a great day and played against some great opponents and now I'm off to London to the Grand Final!"

His Manchester United team took on the Juventus team of Itumeleng Modise in a game that despite its pace and action produced no goals over the first 90 minutes. Both goalkeepers produced some athletic saves to keep both teams in the game and even a devastating run from Rooney that left three defenders trailing wasn't enough to put David in the lead.

In extra time it was Manchester United who made all the runs but couldn't convert. As extra-time finished, the crowd's excitement reached a crescendo as penalties loomed. After five attempts each it was Manchester United who left the field as victors.

With four tournaments gone the FIFA Interactive World Cup travels next to Universal Globe Theatre, Los Angeles, USA on Saturday 19th November.

The tournament will culminate in the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final which will be held in London on December 18, 2005. The winner of the tournament will be named FIFA Interactive World Player 2005 and take centre stage to receive his/her trophy among some of the biggest names in football at this year's prestigious FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich on 19 December 2005.

Check out FIFA's review of the day by clicking here and also their interview with David Letsoalo after he won the event by clicking here.

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WCG 2005 UK Winner is SFTLA's Stephen 'Hamil' Hamilton

WCG 2005 UK Winner is SFTLA's Stephen 'Hamil' HamiltonOur very own SFTLA champion Stephen 'Hamil' Hamilton has won the UK finals of the World Cyber Games 2005 and will represent the UK at the finals in Singapore between the 16th and 20th November.

Hamil has posted his review of the day in our forums. Here is a snippet from his review:

"I went to Namco in London to play for a trip to Singapore in WCG uk final, there I met Colin who was a nice chap and Reidy ... (4th player i did not know). We waited until 1.30PM until we could finally go down stairs where the finals was going to take place, all the arcades on bottom was free (even though they were old ones ,lol), you had Bowling that was also free of charge and a bar but unfortunately you had to pay for your drinks . The Event kicked off we me vs 4th player..."

Click here to read the full review and post your wishes of good luck.

Hamil is going to Singapore on Monday 14th of November, where he has the hardest group to compete in. You can see how he is getting on and who he is playing by clicking here.

We wish Hamil the very best of luck from us all here at the Sweetpatch site.

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Juventus Adboards for PES 5

Juventus Adboards for PES 5After 6 years of web mastering and editing FIFA, our good friend Hrvoje Bajlo shocked the world this week and quit editing FIFA and moved over to the dark side.

He has now opended his new site at PES Web Portal and is presenting his first PES 5 file, brand new Juventus Adboards, with all accurate Juventus sponsors including Juve Store, Nike and Tamoil. These will only be assigned for the Delle Alpi stadium, the home of Juventus.

Click on image on right for full size screenshot and then download these Adboards direct from our Download Boutique.

Visit Hrvoje at PES Web Portal on a regular basis to see what PES 5 goodies he has for you.

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FIFA 06 Music Changer 1.1

FIFA 06 Music Changer 1.1Our partners at Mania Software have created an update to their FIFA 06 Music Changer to fix a few bugs and add a few new features.

FIFA 06 Music Changer has the following features:

  • exporting tracks from FIFA 06 and converting them to .mp3
  • importing your own tracks into the game
  • playing FIFA tracks and your music files in the Music Changer
  • making the description of a song be shown during the game (ID3v2 tags are also supported)
  • importing .m3u Winamp playlists into the game (just a few clicks and a few moments: here you are, the whole playlist is converted into FIFA!)
  • playing .sng (FIFA 06 music format) files
  • ripping the CD-tracks and inputting them into the game immediately (amazing feature, all you have to do is to put your music CD into the CD-ROM and enjoy the tracks a few seconds later)
  • using the context menu (right-mouse-button click on a music file) to add the track to FIFA 06 (i.e. the software integrates into the Explorer and makes it possible to add the track with a few mouse clicks; yes, that easy)
  • the program supports 10 languages (English, Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Korean, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belorussian and Uzbek)
  • Following music formats are supported:
    • MP3
    • CDA (audio CD)
    • WAV
    • STR
    • AIF
    • ASF (FIFA 2005 music files)
    • SNG (FIFA 06 music files)

Version 1.1 has:

  • fixed start-up freezing (on CD-ROM selection)
  • fixed empty FIFA playlist bug
  • added changing FIFA tracks order
  • added shuffling FIFA playlist

Click on image above right for full size screenshot and then download this update to the Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

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File Master 06 v1.1

File Master 06 v1.1 Sweetpatch Development Posse member Rinaldo Zocca today brings us an update for his excellent File Master 06, a file system manager for FIFA 06.

You can navigate through all the files of FIFA 06, the archived files (typically with extension .big) are shown like compressed folders. The program distinguishes between physical files and archived files and lets you operate with them properly.

Release 1.1 has:

  • Added the capability to open .viv as archive files
  • Fixed bug when exporting files archived in a .big that is archived in another .big
  • Reduced the memory requirement when reading huge files (over 100 Mb)

Download this update to this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

Please note: File Master 06 requires the .Net Framework to be installed on your PC for it to run.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

New EA Sports FIFA 06 Site Features

New EA Sports FIFA 06 Site FeaturesHave you seen the awesome new features that EA Sports have added to their official website for FIFA 06?

It includes a brilliant feature where you can select your team and then challenge a friend's team. After you have selected your teams it builds up to the match which you will play in, plays the match and then does the post match review. At the end you can then send on the match report to your mate.

Click on the image on the right to see an example where I signed for Chelsea and took Nidge's, (of SFTLA fame), Liverpool on.

Also, if you love football stats you can now track your team with in-depth stats, the latest football news or a quick league overview. You can also keep an eye on who's top of the Premiership with the league table and take in the latest football news via our ESPN SoccerNet feed.

If you want to go into more detail there's the new Football Stats section in the menu. Here you can see the league table and upcoming fixtures for the Premiership, Championship, Leagues and Conference.

If you want more detail, My Stats lets you customise a page of stats from a huge variety of options and leagues. Stats centre goes into even more depth - check out any team you like.

Visit the official website for FIFA 06 today as we think EA have done a brilliant job of upgrading it.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

New Search Engine and News Archive Enhanced

New Search Engine and News ArchiveOver the last week we have spent a lot of time upgrading the site to either add new functionality or improve existing features. One of the weaker areas of the site you had identified was our search capability.

We have now added a Google search engine to the site so you can easily search either our news archive (back to 2003) or other parts of the site using the new Google engine. Test drive our new Search feature by clicking here.

There was also an issue with the News Archive page which we have amended, so you can now access every months news since we commenced the site back in September 1999. Click here to check out our enhanced News Archive page.

In summary, over the past week we have upgraded/added the following features to the site:

  • League Navigation system;
  • Search capabilities;
  • News archives; and
  • Multi Lingual support for 9 languages

We hope these all enhance your experience whilst you visit the site.

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Italian Lega Calcio Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all week 10's exciting action:

Italian Lega Calcio Review
Sampadoria 2
Inter Milan 2
Inter continued losing points in the Lega by drawing with Sampadoria away by two goals for each after losing last week at the hands of Roma. The four goals were scored in the first half by Dianna scoring twice for Sampadoria whilst Cambiasso & Cordoba scored for Inter. With this result Inter are moving away from the top of the table and if they continue like this they wont compete for the title, so will they improve their results soon?
Livorno 2
Parma 0
Livorno continue winning while Parma continue falling as Livorno beat Parma at home by two goals to nil scored in the first half through Lucarrelli & Stefano Morroni. Parma need to wake up quickly if they want to stay in the Lega Calcio for another year while Livorno are doing well until now in the Lega Calcio & they are a hard team.
Lecce 0
Messina 2
Messina got an important three points to run away from the relegation zone with a win away over Lecce who are at the bottom of the table by two goals to nil scored in the last 10 minutes of the game by the same player, Augostino.
Fiorontina 2
Cagliari 1
In a very hard game which witnessed two red cards for Cagliari and many other yellow cards, Fiorontina had a narrow win over Calgiari by two goals to one as they came from behind to score two goals in the second half & get all the three points from the game. David Suazo scored first for Cagliari but in the second half Luca Toni the top scorer of the Lega up to now equalized for Fiorontina before Jorgensen could score the winner in the dying minutes of the game.
Chievo Verona 2
Empoli 2
A point for each of the teams seemed to satisfy both of them after Sergio scored the second equalizer for Chievo Verona who were behind till the 63rd min as both teams are in a respectable position in the table. The other three goals came through the players Christiano Riggano & Tavanno scoring for Empoli & Franco Simgioli scored the first for Verona.
Trevisio 0
Siena 1
As usual in most games of Trevisio they lost again at their own ground by one goal to Siena who were the better side so that Siena get three points leaving Trevisio in the relegation zone, which seems that they wont leave it til the end of the Lega Calcio.

Roma 2
Ascoli 1

Feliepe Mexes late goal in the dying seconds gave Roma all three points to take them nearer to the qualification positions in the Lega Calcio but we cant forget to congratulate Ascoli on their performance as they were about to draw with Roma when they scored the equalizer in the 83rd through Domezzi but Mexes couldn't let his team fall in the draw trap with this new face in the Lega Ascoli while the first goal for Roma was scored by Panucci in the 38th min.
Reggina 1
Lazio 0
Reggina got three precious points in the Lega to get away from the relegation zone with a slim win over Lazio by one goal to nil scored through Nicola Amoroso.
Udinese 0
Palermo 0
A point seems enough for both teams as Palermo drew with Udinese away nil nil in a game that witnessed only four yellow cards without goals or any memorable events.
AC Milan 3
Juventus 1
In the most important game this week AC Milan didn't let Juventus return back even with one point as they beat them by three goals to one in a game that was ended in the first half that witnessed the three goals of AC Milan. They dominated the game from the beginning and scored three beautiful goals by Seedorf through a powerful shot in the 14th min then Kaka scored the second before Juventus could wake up from the first through another shot from inside the penalty area then before the end of the first half Pirlo added the third goal through a beautiful freekick from a long range to male it more difficult for the guests. In the second half FAbio Capello tried to get back into the game but he could only score one goal in the last quarter of the game through David Trezeguet in the 76th min. From this result AC Milan decrease the lag between them at the top of the table from five points to only two points and waiting for another fall by Juventus to take the first spot from them. So will this defeat affect the morale of Juventus players & help in another falling for them or will they return back to winning forgetting this heavy defeat at the hands of their direct rivals in the table??

For our extended Italian Lega Calcio coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Italian Lega Calcio match reports, click here.

Also, would you like to wear the kit of your favourite Italian Lega Calcio team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the Italian Lega Calcio by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Major League Soccer - MLS Cup Final Preview

Major League Soccer NewsOfficial Sweetpatch Reporter for America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), David Gwydir, brings us a preview of this coming weekend's MLS Cup Final.

Major League Soccer's leading goal scorer Taylor Twellman gets a second chance at winning the MLS Cup on Saturday, November 13. Los Angeles beat New England 1-0 just three years ago in MLS Cup 2002. Carlos Ruiz (now of FC Dallas) scored the match winner in front of more than 60,000 spectators at New England’s home field, Gillette Stadium. There are only five players on each team that played in MLS Cup 2002.

The two matches that LA and New England played this season ended in 1-1 draws, so this years MLS Cup looks to be a wide-open affair.

Check back this weekend for David's full after match review of the MLS Cup Final.

For our extended Major League Soccer coverage (including the final league tables, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

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Play Pro Evo Soccer 5 Online with us here

Play Pro Evo Soccer 5 Online with us here November has seen the start of our SPGA PES Ladder again, this month using the new improved Pro Evolution Soccer 5.

Games will be played in the usual manner and the usual settings, only this time you will obviously need to connect to the Konami Game Server in order to play your games.

Game settings will be as follows:

November League = Italy
Game Time = 10 mins Normal
Fatigue = Random
Extra Time = Yes
Penalties = Yes

If you would like to join in the fun, get yourself over to our SPGA Ladder site and register today. Good Luck to everyone and most importantly...enjoy.

Not got Pro Evo Soccer 5 yet and you want to join in the ladder? Order the game for the PC at our excellent launch price of only £17.99, a massive saving of 40% by clicking here.

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Best Goals Scored by FIFA 06 Gamers

Best Goals Scored by FIFA 06 GamersComing soon, Chris Houston is looking to set up a new website at www.fifagoals.co.uk containing the best goals scored by FIFA 06 gamers. All you need to do to join in the fun is:

  1. Firstly head over to the FRAPS website and download the program that records your goals by clicking here.
  2. Once downloaded, run the application – it may bring up an error message saying that your graphics card is out of date (in that case, update your card). If your card is not updated the play back will be choppy.
  3. Once it is open, minimise it and start up FIFA 06, you can either record it direct from the game or record from a saved replay.
  4. When you are ready to record press the hotkey F9 to start the recording process and the same again to end. (Note: You will note if FRAPS is running because the FRAMES PER SECOND figure will be shown in the top left hand corner).
  5. The video file will be saved in (c:/fraps) and will be shown as a video clip.
  6. Double click the video and it should open up. There you have it! Your greatest FIFA moments shown on camera!
  7. All you need to do then is WinZip or WinRar it and send it to Chris by clicking here.
  8. He will compress the file and will upload it to the website for everyone to see and rate.

Go on, you know you want to show off your favourite FIFA 06 goals to the world. Start sending them to Chris today and make this site a great success.

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Register now for a chance of virtual glory in the FIWC 2005

Register now for a chance of virtual glory in the FIWC 2005Fans of the beautiful game have until the 11 November to register for the Xbox® Live™ qualifying tournament of the second FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 (FIWC 2005) hosted by presenting partners Xbox and Electronic Arts.

After six weeks of intense competition featuring EA SPORTS™ FIFA 06, Xbox Live members still have the chance of being crowned FIFA Interactive World Player 2005 - but the online arm of the competition will finish on 15 November.

So, if you want to take part in the virtual football competition, before the final whistle blows on 15 November, you need to hurry because registration closes at 07:59 (GMT) / 08.59 CET on Friday morning.

Xbox Live members who think they have what it takes to challenge some of the best football gamers from around the world need to warm up quickly and make their way to www.xboxfiwc.com to register and enter the fierce online competition.

The winner from each country will receive an Xbox 360 next-generation video game and entertainment system, a copy of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 06 and a trip to London on 18 December to take part in a knock-out tournament, which will involve just two online finalists from a global field of more than 2 million Xbox Live members. Those Xbox Live winners will then join the eight winners of the Regional Tournaments in the grand final of the FIWC 2005 on the same day.

The ultimate winner of the FIFA Interactive World Cup will be named as the FIFA Interactive World Player 2005, and take centre stage to receive his/her trophy among some of the biggest names in football at this year's prestigious FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich on 19 December 2005.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Major League Soccer Review - MLS Cup Playoff Conference Finals

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), David Gwydir, brings us a summary of the action from both the MLS Cup Playoff Conference Finals:

Major League Soccer News
Eastern Conference Final

Visit the Official Site of Major League Soccer

NE Revolution 1
Chicago Fire 0

Clint Dempsey’s goal in the 4th minute of play enabled New England to advance to their second MLS Cup final in club history.

Dempsey slid in to finish off a sequence that saw Shalrie Joseph’s shot saved by Chicago’s Zach Thornton. The ball trickled across the face of the goal until Dempsey gave the Revolution the lead. Chicago pressured the Revolution goal throughout the match with 14 shots, 7 being on goal. The match ended in controversy as Chicago’s Gonzalo Segares goal in second half stoppage time was disallowed for offside.

Western Conference Final

Visit the Official Site of Major League Soccer

Colorado Rapids 0
LA Galaxy 2

Landon Donovan scored two goals to put the Los Angeles Galaxy into the finals of MLS Cup for the fifth time.

Donovan buried a Cobi Jones cross in the 28th to give the Galaxy a lead that they would never relinquish. American soccer’s poster boy then ended the Rapids’ season in the 88th minute by beating three Colorado defenders and bending in a right footed shot past Rapids goalkeeper Joe Cannon.

These results mean that the MLS Cup Final 2005 will take place on November 13th, 3:30 PM Eastern Time between the New England Revolution and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

For our extended Major League Soccer coverage (including the final league tables, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Major League Soccer match reports, click here.

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Get all your latest downloads here

Get all your latest downloads hereIf you have been busy recently and not visited the site for a while, or you just want to easily see all the latest files in one place, then the best way for you to catch up with all the excellent new FIFA 06 files we have in store for you is by clicking here.

By clicking here you will find news from the last 100 days of all the files we have released and made available in the Download Boutique.

With our new motto "A download a day keeps the gamers at play", check back daily as we aim to provide you at least 1 new file every day to enhance your games.

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Music Changer for FIFA 06

Music Changer for FIFA 06Our partners at Mania Software have created another masterpiece of programming for FIFA 06. This time it is their FIFA 06 Music Changer.

Mania Software have been creating Music Changers for FIFA since 2000 and every time it has been a product of high quality, becoming the brand eagerly awaited by countless FIFA players.

The new version of the program, this time for FIFA 06, has the following features:

  • exporting tracks from FIFA 06 and converting them to .mp3
  • importing your own tracks into the game
  • playing FIFA tracks and your music files in the Music Changer
  • making the description of a song be shown during the game (ID3v2 tags are also supported)
  • importing .m3u Winamp playlists into the game (just a few clicks and a few moments: here you are, the whole playlist is converted into FIFA!)
  • playing .sng (FIFA 06 music format) files
  • ripping the CD-tracks and inputting them into the game immediately (amazing feature, all you have to do is to put your music CD into the CD-ROM and enjoy the tracks a few seconds later)
  • using the context menu (right-mouse-button click on a music file) to add the track to FIFA 06 (i.e. the software integrates into the Explorer and makes it possible to add the track with a few mouse clicks; yes, that easy)
  • the program supports 10 languages (English, Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Korean, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belorussian and Uzbek)
  • Following music formats are supported:
    • MP3
    • CDA (audio CD)
    • WAV
    • STR
    • AIF
    • ASF (FIFA 2005 music files)
    • SNG (FIFA 06 music files)

Click on image on right for full size screenshot and then download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

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English Premier League Review

We bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
Bolton 1
Spurs 0

Kevin Nolan scored for the third succesive game to see off Tottenham Hotspur and move Bolton Wanderers up to third in the Barclays Premiership.

Nolan rifled a superb strike past England keeper Paul Robinson to give the home side a lead they never relinquished. However, the Bolton defence had to withstand heavy second-half pressure from Martin Jol's men, who will consider themselves unlucky not to be heading back to London with at least a point after hitting the woodwork twice late in the game.

For our extended English Premier League coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

Also, would you like to wear the kit of your favourite English Premier League team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the English Premier League by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Monday, November 7, 2005

Barclays Premiership Manager Pack 2005/2006

Barclays Premiership Manager Pack 2005/2006Following on from the success of Manager Face Packs #1 and #2 by Jason Styants (Jay), this new Manager Pack contains all the Barclaycard Premiership Season 2005/2006 Managers for FIFA 06.

Click on image on right for full size screenshot and then download this excellent Face Pack direct from our Download Boutique.

Please note: This Face Pack should be imported using Manager Center 06.

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Scottish Premier League Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Scottish Premier League, Gaz Scott, brings us the latest action from the weekend's matches: Scottish Premier League Review
Falkirk 0
Celtic 3

Celtic made a stylish return to the top of the SPL table with John Hartson completing his Hoops century by grabbing the third and final goal in a routine rout of Falkirk. Hartson’s strike partner for the day, Shaun Maloney, also found the net, and there was a goalscoring return to the starting line-up for Aiden McGeady, whose vision and trickery were prominent throughout an assured Hoops performance.

For our extended Scottish Premier League coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Scottish Premier League match reports, click here.

Also, do you want to wear the kit of your favourite Scottish Premier League team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the Scottish Premier League by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Sweetpatch goes Multi Lingual

Sweetpatch goes Multi Lingual Thanks to Google we are pleased to now be able to bring you your favourite Sweetpatch site in any of the following languages:

Translate the Sweetpatch site into French French
Translate the Sweetpatch site into German German
Translate the Sweetpatch site into Italian Italian
Translate the Sweetpatch site into Portuguese Portuguese
Translate the Sweetpatch site into Spanish Spanish
Translate the Sweetpatch site into Chinese Chinese (Simplified) BETA
Translate the Sweetpatch site into Japanese Japanese BETA
Translate the Sweetpatch site into Korean Korean BETA

Click on a flag above to view the site in your chosen language.

Only the first part of large pages will be translated so we have provided the facility at the top of every page so you can easily translate it into your preferred language.

Please feedback to us on how you find this feature.

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Sunday, November 6, 2005

English Premier League: Manchester United 1 Chelsea 0

English Premier League: Manchester United 1 Chelsea 0Chelsea have lost for the first time in 41 Premiership games, the first time in the League this season, and despite a good period of attacking in the second-half never played as well as they could, with the rhythm of true champions.

Wigan now lie six points behind Chelsea with a game in hand. United are ten points behind and Arsenal 11, both with a game in hand.

It’s not a bad situation. But one win in five games for Chelsea is a clear blip.

The only goal came a minute past the half-hour when Ronaldo went back to the left, tricked his way outside Ferreira, crossed, Cech advanced but couldn't get there and Fletcher lobbed a header back across goal which beat Terry’s despairing jump and plonked in the far corner of the net. Old Trafford exploded.

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

© 2005 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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English Premier League Review

Today we bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
Everton 1
Middlesbrough 0
James Beattie's first-half header gave Everton three points against Middlesbrough and lifted David Moyes' men out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Man United 1
Chelsea 0
Darren Fletcher ensured Manchester United inflicted Barclays Premiership leaders Chelsea's first defeat of the season at Old Trafford.

For our extended English Premier League coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

Also, do you want to wear the kit of your favourite English Premier League team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the English Premier League by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Real Soccer News - League Navigation System

Real Soccer News - League Navigation SystemWe now bring you regular real soccer news updates from leagues all around the world. This has proved very popular and to make navigating to this news easier please use our new League Navigation system above in the "Features in Focus" section.

Thanks to our good friend Matt Smith for developing this for us. We will be developing this further so it is fully functional and does everything you need it to do.

If there is anything you would like to see it do then please click here to send us your suggestions.

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Tournament Master 06

Tournament Master 06Sweetpatch Development Posse member Rinaldo Zocca today brings us his FIFA 06 follow up to the very popular FIFA 2005 Tournament Master. It is an editor that allows you to easily modify the tournaments of FIFA 06 (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

With this editor you have the complete control of all the tournaments played in FIFA 06 both in Tournament Mode and in Career Mode. You can modify existing tournaments but also add new tournaments.

Download this excellent Tool direct from our Download Boutique.

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Fifa Multi Tool 06

Fifa Multi Tool 06Our partners at FIFA Portugal are pleased to announce the release of the Fifa Multi Tool 06 1.5, a co-production with patchers Gucci and Lupus and FIFA Portugal. This tool will correct the bug in the original FIFA 06 game where the semi-professional level is always selected when you play over direct IP/LAN, even if you chose other levels.

The Fifa Multi Tool 06 is a launcher utility which offers some new abilities and changes, which all take effect for Single Player, LAN, Direct-IP and Matchmaker and override the settings in the game profile, including:

  • Patched Mode
    • Select "World Class" or "Legend" difficulty
    • "Player Auto Switching" minimized
    • Injuries disabled. (can be turned on via menu)
    • Intro video disabled
  • General Options
    • Select game language. FIFA 06 wont ask you again for language selection
    • Option to use an optimised controller detection file
    • Patched files for higher frame rate selectable
    • Functions for backup and restore of all changes
    • Reset ability to get back to original game state
  • Output
    • Checksum of the used patch files
    • Display of the selected difficulty
    • Start/End time of FIFA 06

Download this excellent Tool direct from our Download Boutique.

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Saturday, November 5, 2005

English Premier League Review

Today we bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
Arsenal 3
Sunderland 1
Thierry Henry's elaborate penalty move may have failed but he is still determined to be the great entertainer of the Barclays Premiership - as Sunderland found to their cost at Highbury. It was not even his two accomplished finishes that caught the eye at Highbury in Arsenal's 3-1 win against Sunderland, moving him within eight goals of Cliff Bastin's club league scoring record.
Aston Villa 0
Liverpool 2
Liverpool secured their first Barclays Premiership away win of the season after Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso struck in the last five minutes to leave Aston Villa in the bottom five.
Blackburn 4
Charlton 1

Blackburn Rovers blew away Charlton Athletic's 100 per cent away record in the Barclays Premiership with an emphatic victory over Alan Curbishley's side at Ewood Park. Goals from Brett Emerton, Paul Dickov, Morten Gamst Pedersen and Craig Bellamy gave Rovers a fifth successive home victory, with a Bryan Hughes strike just before the interval proving nothing more than a consolation for Charlton.

Fulham 2
Man City 1

Steed Malbranque's refusal to join Manchester City in the summer came back to haunt Stuart Pearce as the Frenchman fired both goals in Fulham's deserved victory at Craven Cottage.

Newcastle 1
Birmingham 0
Newcastle United midfielder Emre gave manager Graeme Souness another return on his investment when he blasted home his second winner in a fortnight to claim a fourth successive victory for the Magpies.
Portsmouth 0
Wigan 2
Wigan Athletic right-back Pascal Chimbonda scored for the second successive Barclays Premiership game to keep his side riding high in the table. A second from Jason Roberts, with Chimbonda again involved, sealed a sixth successive win as the Latics' fine start to the season stayed well on track.
West Ham 1
WBA 0
Teddy Sheringham proved he can still handle the pace of Barclays Premiership football by scoring the goal that saw West Ham United deservedly overcome West Bromwich Albion.

For our extended English Premier League coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

Also, do you want to wear the kit of your favourite English Premier League team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the English Premier League by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Scottish Premier League Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Scottish Premier League, Gaz Scott, brings us a summary of all the action from the weekend's matches: Scottish Premier League Review
Rangers 0 Aberdeen 0

Rangers lost more ground on the pace-setters at the top of the SPL after Aberdeen claimed their first point at Ibrox since September 1997.

Steven Thompson came close to opening the scoring in the first half but his shot was touched wide by Ryan Esson. Esson again came to the rescue after the interval, when he blocked a point-blank effort from Dado Prso. The result leaves the defending Champions in fourth place, 13 points adrift of leaders Hearts.

Hearts 3
Dundee United 0

Hearts put their Edinburgh derby defeat and boardroom upheaval behind them to beat Dundee United at Tynecastle.

Paul Hartley gave the home team the perfect start with a neat sidefoot finish after just four minutes. Rudi Skacel's free-kick was then missed by everyone and curled its way into the visitors' net for the midfielder's 10th goal of the season. Michal Pospisil tapped in a third goal, while United's Barry Robson saw his penalty well saved by Craig Gordon

Inverness 2
Dunfermline 1

Two goals in the opening nine minutes gave Inverness their first win at the Caledonian Stadium since 16 April.

Ian Black's impressive fifth minute half-volley from 25 yards flew into the top corner of Alan McGregor's net. And four minutes later, McGregor was at fault when he spilled a tame Barry Wilson shot and David Proctor was on hand to slot home from eight yards. Inverness striker Craig Dargo's hit the crossbar with a header before Lee Makel fired in a long-range consolation goal.

Livingston 1
Hibernian 2

Hibs made it six consecutive away victories with two goals in the final seven minutes to deny brave Livingston.

Defender Greg Strong blazed in a shot from 12 yards late in the first-half to reward Livingston's good display. Hibs poured forward after the interval and looked to be out of luck until Dean Shiels slotted home after good work from fellow substitute Ivan Sproule. Garry O'Connor completed the comeback when his deflected strike looped over goalkeeper Roddy Mckenzie.

Motherwell 2
Kilmarnock 2

A last minute goal from Kris Boyd - his second of the match - rescued a point for Kilmarnock at Fir Park.

Killie took the lead after nine minutes when Boyd nodded home an Allan Johnston cross from the right-hand side. McDonald levelled the scores 15 minutes later, when he prodded home Jim Hamilton's knock-down at the far post.

Eight minutes into the second half, Kerr put the home side ahead with a curling free-kick, before Boyd had the final say at the death.

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Italian Lega Calcio Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all week 9's recent action:

Italian Lega Calcio Review
Siena 0
Fiorontina 2
Luca Toni lead his team to a well earned away win by scoring two goals as Fiorontina win by two goals to nil & he became the top scorer of the Lega Calcio with 12 goals.
Trevisio 2
Reggina 1
Trevisio achieved their first win in the Lega Calcio after beating the very bad team Reggina who are going down further in the table by two goals to one, however both teams need to improve their results more because unless they do they will sure go down to the 2nd division.
Parma 1
Messina 1
Parma continued their bad results in the Lega Calcio as they got only one point at their home ground after a draw with Messina. The goals came through the players Fabio Enricho scoring for Parma & Musslimovic scoring for Messina.
Lecce 0
Palermo 3
In a one sided game Palermo collected an easy three points after beating Lecce with three goals scored through Bonani, Massimo Motarelli& Micchelle Fieri in the 34th, 62nd and 90th minutes respectively.
Lazio 2
Chievo Verona 2
Lazio squandered two important points in the Lega Calcio after a draw with Chievo Verona at their own ground by two goals each. The goals came through the players Danna and Sergio scoring for Verona while Rocchi scored for Lazio & Massimo Oddo equalized for them in the dying seconds from a penalty kick.
Juventus 2
Sampadoria 0
Juventus won their ninth game streak to break the last record they had before in the number of the winning games streak as they beat Sampadoria by two goals to nil scored by Trezeguet & Mutu.

Inter Milan 2
Roma 3

In a very good game played between two giants in the Lega Calcio Inter Milan couldn't complete their winning games & Roma returned to their winning days as they won in the San Siro by three goals to two scored by Montella & Totti (2x) who played his most beautiful game in a long time while Adriano scored both goals for Inter Milan.
Empoli 1
AC Milan 3
AC Milan got a very easy three points with a win over Empoli by three goals to one before meeting with the giant Juventus in the upcoming week in a very important game in which they need to win to decrease the lag between them in the table . The goals came through the players Gilardino (2x) and Vieri scoring for AC Milan while Vanucci scored the only goal for Empoli.
Calgiari 1
Livorno 1
In a balanced gamed both Livorno & Calgiari couldn't collect more than one point in their game as they drew by one goal for each as Cagliari scored by David Suazo in the first half through a penalty kick while Matthew Milara equalized for Livorno in the second half.
Ascoli 1
Udinese 1
Ascoli are still in the middle of the table of the Lega Calcio after another draw with the good team Udinese by one goal for each scored by Fini for Ascoli & Vidigal scored for Udinese.

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Happy 2nd Birthday FifaX.net

Happy 2nd Birthday FifaX.netThis week saw the second birthday of our partners over at FifaX.net. We would like to congratulate them for their excellent work during the last 2 years, and many more to come we hope.

Pay them a visit today at FifaX.net and see what they have in store for you.

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Thursday, November 3, 2005

Kick Off 06

Manager Face Pack 06 #1The most authentic pre-match editor, Kick Off 06 has been officially released over at FIFA Web Portal.

The program provides you the following features to select from:

  • Audio;
    • Chants;
    Teams:
    • Home Team, Away Team;
    • Home Team Kit, Away Team Kit;
  • Visuals:
    • Resolution;
    • Render Quality;
    • Stadiums;
    • Radar;
    • Cinematics;
    • Camera, Camera Zoom, Camera Height, Free Camera; Windowed;
  • Referee, Linesmen and Referee strictness
  • Others:
    • Skip Front End;
    • Bookings;
    • Injuries;
    • Penalty Shootout;
    • CPU Do Substitutions;
    • Difficulty;
    • Game Speed.
  • and more...

Click on image on above right for full size screenshot and then download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

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Manager Face Pack 06 #2

Manager Face Pack 06 #1Following on from the success of Pack #1 by Jay, if you want to be a real professional manager in your FIFA 06 Career Mode then this 2nd file is for you too. This download should be imported using Manager Center 06 and will provide you real faces for:

  • Lineker (Match of the Day);
  • Perrin (Portsmouth);
  • Redknapp (Southampton); and
  • Voeller (ex Germany).

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UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 4

Following Matchday 4 yesterday we check out a brief summary of all the action below: UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 4
Group A
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Club Brugge 3
Rapid Vienna 2
Club Brugge KV recovered from conceding a first-minute goal to defeat SK Rapid Wien and guarantee themselves at least a third-place finish in UEFA Champions League Group A. Rapid enjoyed plenty of pressure after Marek Kincl's opener, but Jan Ceulemans's side bounced back with goals from Javier Portillo and Boško Balaban. Captain Gert Verheyen's 65th-minute strike appeared to seal the points for the hosts, before Steffen Hofmann's 81st-minute header ensured a nervous finale.
Juventus 2
Bayern Munich 1

David Trezeguet scored an 85th-minute winner as Juventus claimed a narrow victory against FC Bayern München to move alongside the Bundesliga outfit at the UEFA Champions League Group A summit. The French striker had broken the deadlock just after the hour with a typically predatory goal. Sebastian Deisler levelled with a sweeping free-kick that evaded everybody five minutes later and that looked enough to earn Bayern a draw until Trezeguet struck his second late on, adroitly slotting in after cushioning Patrick Vieira's clever chip. There was still time for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to see red after receiving a second yellow card to take some of the gloss off Juve's success.

Group B
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Arsenal 3 Sparta Prague 0
Arsenal secured their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League with a fourth successive Group B victory, Thierry Henry's goal and a late double from his second-half substitute Robin van Persie proving sufficient to defeat AC Sparta Praha.
Thun 2
Ajax 4
Added-time goals from Nigel de Jong and Nourdin Boukhari secured AFC Ajax's first away win in Europe for 15 matches and ended the resilience of FC Thun, who twice came from behind to draw level in UEFA Champions League Group B.
Group C
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Werder Bremen 4
Udinese 3
Werder Bremen put their UEFA Champions League Group C campaign back on track with a dramatic 4-3 win against Italian outfit Udinese Calcio. Thomas Schaaf's side got their first victory of this season's competition to pull level on points with their opponents. Miroslav Klose and Frank Baumann rewarded Bremen for an impressive first-half display before Johan Micoud added a third shortly after the break. However, two strikes from substitute Antonio Di Natale and a Christian Schulz own goal wiped out that deficit in six frantic second-half minutes, only for Micoud to strike again.
Barcelona 5
Panathinaikos 0
FC Barcelona overwhelmed Panathinaikos FC with a glittering display of attacking football to move within a point of the UEFA Champions League knockout stages. Any hope Panathinaikos had of a repeat of the first game between these sides - the goalless draw in Athens - was dashed inside the first minute as Mark van Bommel scored a scintillating opener. Samul Eto'o and Lionel Messi then took over, with the Cameroonian registering a hat-trick and the 18-year-old Argentinian capping a magnificent individual performance with Barça's third in the 34th minute. The Catalans now need just a point to win Group C while Panathinaikos are locked on four points with Werder Bremen and Udinese Calcio.
Group D
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Benfica 0
Villarreal 1
A late swerving strike from Brazilian midfielder Marcos Senna took Villarreal CF to the brink of the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, defeating Group D rivals SL Benfica in a tense match at the Estádio Da Luz.
Lille 1
Man United 0
A first-half goal from Milenko Ačimovič helped LOSC Lille Métropole secure a fine 1-0 victory over Manchester United FC on Wednesday, a result which brings the French side right into contention in UEFA Champions League Group D. The Slovenian's goal, which was Lille's first in the competition, came six minutes before the break in a tight, keenly-contested game at the Stade de France. Lille's first win of the campaign puts them level on five points with United, but ahead in second place with a better head-to-head record. Villarreal CF top the pool with six points after defeating SL Benfica, on four.

Check out our extended UEFA Champions League coverage (including league tables, latest results and next matches, and top goalscorers) click here.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2005

06 Ambient Sound Patch

06 Ambient Sound PatchBeen playing FIFA 06 for a few weeks now and you would really like to up the atmosphere in your matches? Check out this great patch released recently by our partners at Fifa Polonia and developed by Monkey Dragon called the 06 Ambient Sound Patch:

  • Increases all volume levels;
  • You can now hear the sound of passing, heading, kicking, ball hitting the post, etc...;
  • Crowds sing anthems more often;
  • Crowds shout "OH" when you get the ball;
  • Crowds shout "BOO" when you make a mistake; and
  • Crowds cheer when you win.

Download this excellent Patch direct from our Download Boutique.

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UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 4

Following Matchday 4 yesterday we check out a brief summary of all the action below: UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 4
Group E
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PSV 1
AC Milan 0

PSV Eindhoven defeated AC Milan in a home UEFA Champions League encounter for the second time this year. But unlike last season's ultimately futile semi-final victory, this 1-0 win gives them an excellent chance of progressing as Group E winners.

The result was definitely a triumph for youth over the Milan old guard, with the home side fielding two teenagers and the winner coming from 21-year old Jefferson Farfán. Indeed, the biggest surprise in PSV's starting lineup was the inclusion of midfielder Ismaïl Aisatti, Guus Hiddink staying true to his pre-match statement that he would not hesitate to hand the 17-year-old his full debut if the situation demanded it.

Schalke 2 Fenerbahçe 0

Goals from Kevin Kuranyi and Ebbe Sand gave FC Schalke 04 their first UEFA Champions League Group E win against a Fenerbahçe SK side who finished the game with nine men.

German international Kuranyi struck 13 minutes before the break when his powerful header beat Volkan Demirel, before Sand guaranteed maximum points for Schalke with a second goal late on. Fenerbahçe's misery was compounded by the dismissals of Fábio Luciano and Marco Aurélio either side of half-time.

Group F
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Olympiacos 1
Lyon 4

Olympique Lyonnais sealed their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League as they scored four goals in 16 minutes either side of half-time to claim a comeback victory at Olympiacos CFP.

Rosenborg 0
Real Madrid 2

Two first-half goals carried Real Madrid CF to a third successive UEFA Champions League victory - and the knockout stages of the competition - at the expense of a spirited Rosenborg BK side who were unfortunate to find goalkeeper Iker Casillas at the top of his form.

A Mikael Dorsin own goal followed by a close-range effort from Guti enabled the visitors to survive an awkward second half and hold on for three important points. They will be particularly pleased that for the first time in Group F they managed to keep a clean sheet and, with section leaders Olympique Lyonnais winning at Olympiacos CFP, Madrid join the French champions in the first knockout round with two games to spare.

Group G
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Real Betis 1
Chelsea 0

Real Betis Balompié ended Chelsea FC's unbeaten UEFA Champions League record and revived their own hopes of progressing from Group G with a goal from substitute Dani midway through the first half of a hard-fought match in Seville.

Betis lost 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture two weeks ago but there was never any likelihood of a repeat as Betis produced a gritty performance for their second win in four UEFA Champions League games. The result left the home team on six points, one less than Chelsea who are now three behind leaders Liverpool FC.

Liverpool 3
Anderlecht 0

Liverpool FC returned to the top of Group G and all but clinched their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League with a 3-0 victory against ten-man RSC Anderlecht.

Goals from Fernando Morientes, Luis García and substitute Djibril Cissé mean the defending champions are on ten points with two games left to play having consigned the Belgian side, who had Nenad Ještrović sent off in the closing stages, to their eleventh consecutive defeat in the competition.

Group H
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Artmedia 2
Rangers 2

Rangers FC missed a great opportunity to take a commanding position in UEFA Champions League Group H, dominating against FC Artmedia in Bratislava but falling foul of their own poor finishing and defending. Nevertheless, a 2-2 draw leaves both sides firmly in contention to reach the knockout rounds.

Dado Pršo got the Glasgow team off to a perfect start with a header in the third minute, but Artmedia captain Balázs Borbély levelled within five minutes. Steven Thompson restored the Scottish champions' lead with another header in the dying moments of the first half, before Ján Kozák salvaged a point, firing the ball in after goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus had failed to clear his lines.

Internazionale 2
Porto 1
FC Internazionale Milano's blushes, and those of their besieged coach Roberto Mancini, were spared by two late goals from substitute Julio Cruz, the first a penalty, but FC Porto will wonder how this UEFA Champions League Group H game got away.

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Argentina Torneo Apertura 2005 Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for Argentina’s Torneo Apertura 2005, Jim Lau-Totime, brings us a summary of all day 11's action:

Argentina Torneo Apertura 2005 News
Argentinos Jrs. 1
Gimnasia (Juj) 2

Tremendous surprise at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Argentinos were defeated by Gimnasia Jujuy. However, the home team seemed to have the monopoly of the match but twice Argentinos showed a lack of concentration. The goal of the playmaker Pisculichi at the end of the match didn't change anything, 3 points lost at home.

Gimnasia LP 3
San Lorenzo 2

The bad run of San Lorenzo continues!!! However, El Ciclon leads 2-0 quickly thanks to Lavezzi and Peirone. With a nice game everybody thought it’s was a team who find confidence, but wrong. San Lorenzo was cracked again and at half time the score was 2-2. The worst came at the beginning of the second half, Delort scores his second goal of this game and San Lorenzo fall without ever being raised.

Racing Club 2
Instituto (Cba) 3

Who is the worst team at the moment? San Lorenzo? Racing? Nobody knows because it seems these two teams try to beat the record of the greatest number of defeats. Like San Lorenzo, Racing scored first but can’t avoid the disaster. No reaction, nothing changes, Racing go straight in hell.

Quilmes 0
Lanús 1

Leandro Gioda scored the only goal of the game in the 10th minute of the first half.

Tiro Federal 4
Rosario Central 0
This was a derby which turned to the advantage of Tiro Federal. A good match against Boca but a defeat at final, Tiro Federal confirms their good form and pulverize Central with three goals from Campora. First victory for this promoted team. Maybe the end of the apprentice?
River Plate  0
Boca Juniors 0
This was the Super Classico!! Unfortunately, it was not a good match, two teams more defensive and a lack of realism. Martin Palermo was the great deception totally absent in this game.
Newell's 0
Olimpo (BB) 0
Newell’s have a good team with Husain, Belluschi and Ortega but doesn't’t overcome to win, maybe a lack of realism is the main cause of this dilemma.
Banfield 2
Independiente 2
A good game between Banfield and Independiente who lost their best scorer Bustos who left to Anderlecht but los Diablos Rojos have Aguero who got back one point for his team.
Colón (Sta.Fe) 2
Estudiantes LP 1
Colon wins thanks to two players who played in Europe a few years ago. Denis played in Italy in Cesena and Lussenhoff in Spain with Tenerife and Mallorca. This experience enabled them to win this match but Colon stay in the relegation zone.
Arsenal 0
Vélez Sarsfield 1
Boca Juniors are always under pressure as Velez wins again! A game more difficult, two teams at the same level but the playmaker Gracin found the solution in the lasts seconds of this game.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Our Pro Evo Soccer 5 SPGA Ladder Begins Today

Our Pro Evo Soccer 5 SPGA Ladder Begins TodayNovember sees the start of our SPGA Ladder again, this month using the new improved Pro Evolution Soccer 5.

Games will be played in the usual manner and the usual settings, only this time you will obviously need to connect to the Konami Game Server in order to play your games.

Game settings will be as follows:

November League= Italy
Game Time= 10 mins Normal
Fatigue= Random
Extra Time= Yes
Penalties= Yes

If you would like to join in the fun, get yourself over to our SPGA Ladder site and register today. Good Luck to everyone and most importantly...enjoy.

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FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - Korea Winner

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - Korea WinnerYoon Seo Park made it two in a row as he won the Seoul leg of the FIFA Interactive World Cup for the second time. He returned to the tournament chasing a record second win and achieved it in style as his England team beat Maxi Qing of China in a thrilling final. Commenting on his victory he said: "It's an incredible feeling, to win once is special, but to retain the title is out of this world!"

Before the final an excited crowd gathered at the foot of the stage as the MC stirred up the atmosphere. Within seconds Maxi had registered what has to be the quickest goal of the tournament so far with a hard drive from Brazil's Adriano; he struck again in the ninth minute and the match looked all but over as England failed to make their mark - they hit the woodwork not twice but three times! Eventually, on the stroke of half time Wright-Phillips bamboozled the defence to keep them in the match.

Yoon Seo Park's defence was stretched to the limit in the second half and despite regularly attacking on the break with Beckham and Rooney he could not level the scores. His efforts paid dividends however as Lampard equalised from a delightful through ball and Wright-Phillips struck again to turn the tables. Yoon Seo Park owed a debt to England's defence for his second title as it was the boys at the back that kept him the title as the final whistle blew on a thrilling tournament.

With three tournaments gone the FIFA Interactive World Cup travels next to South Africa at the Action Sport Academy in Johannesburg on Saturday 12th November. The tournament will culminate in the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final which will be held in London on December 18, 2005. The winner of the tournament will be named FIFA Interactive World Player 2005 and take centre stage to receive his/her trophy among some of the biggest names in football at this year's prestigious FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich on 19 December 2005.

Check out FIFA's review of the day by clicking here and also their interview with Yoon Seo Park after he won the event by clicking here.

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English Premier League Review

Today we bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
Man. City 3
Aston Villa 1

Darius Vassell enjoyed a memorable night against former employers Aston Villa as Manchester City marched into the Barclays Premiership's top four.

Vassell capitalised on an early mix-up between Jlloyd Samuel and Stuart Taylor to put the Blues in front after just three minutes, then netted a brilliant second midway through the half.

Villa were outclassed in the opening period, but got themselves back in the game when Liam Ridgewell bundled home his first goal for the club from close range.

However, City made sure of the win they deserved when Andy Cole’s shot looped in off Mark Delaney.

For our extended English Premier League coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

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Major League Soccer Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), David Gwydir, brings us a summary of all the MLS Cup Playoffs, Conference Semi final action:

Major League Soccer News
Eastern Conference Semi Finals
 

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NE Revolution 0
Metrostars 1
3
1

New England advances 3-2 on aggregate

New England produced a brilliant comeback, scoring three second half goals to advance to the Eastern Conference final. Youri Djorkaeff’s goal in the 59th minute seemingly put an end to the Revolution season. However, goals by Jose Cancela, Pat Noonan, and Khano Smith in a 15-minute span broke the Metro’s hearts.

DC United 0
Chicago Fire 0
0
4


Chicago Fire advances 4-0 on aggregate

Chicago advanced to the Eastern Conference final with a clinical win in Washington, DC. Ivan Guerrero scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Fire to the comfortable win. Chicago remains the only team never to have lost a playoff game to DC.

Western Conference Semi Finals
 

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FC Dallas 0
Colorado Rapids 0
2
2


Colorado advances 5-4 on penalties

After playing 180 minutes over the two legs, the teams finished at the same place they started, even. The first four players for each team scored from the spot. Colorado goalkeeper Joe Cannon saved Dallas’ fifth shot by Roberto Mina. Jean Philippe Peguero scored the Rapids’ final penalty to send them to the Western Conference final.

SJ Earthquakes 1
LA Galaxy 3
1
1


Los Angeles advances 4-2 on aggregate

Los Angeles played out the second leg of the playoff tie to advance to the Western Conference final. Brian Ching’s goal for San Jose in the 42nd minute brought hopes of a comeback to the Earthquakes, but Ned Grabavoy scored in the 67th to end any thoughts for San Jose.

For our extended Major League Soccer coverage (including league tables, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

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