December 2005


Saturday, December 31, 2005

Visit our Christmas and January Sales Shop this weekend

Visit our Christmas and January Sales Shop this weekendWhy not visit our very special Christmas and January Sales Sweetpatch Shop this weekend and see all the savings you can make with us.

We hope we have provided everything you could possibly want to spend your precious Christmas money on, including:

  • PC and Video Games
  • Your One Stop Console Shop
  • Electronics > Portable Sound & Vision
  • Electronics > Mobile Phones
  • Electronics > Mobile Phones > Java Downloads
  • Electronics > Digital Cameras and Accessories
  • Music and DVDs
  • Football Merchandise (Boots, Kits, Balls, etc...)
  • Custom-made Animated Cartoons

Visit our Christmas and January Sales Sweetpatch Shop this weekend and see all the savings you can make with us.

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2006 FIFA World Cup™ will be on the PC

2006 FIFA World Cupô will be on the PC Further to the great news released earlier this week by EA Sports at their US FIFA 06 website regarding that soccer fans worldwide will soon be able to take part in the excitement of the world's greatest sporting event in the only official videogame of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

There was a query over whether the game would be released on the PC, as the US website made no reference to it. We have now had it confirmed by EA Sports Spain that the game will also be released on the PC.

So the following is now confirmed:

Release date: April 28th, 2006

Formats:

  • PC
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox
  • PS2
  • GameCube
  • PSP
  • Nintendo DS
  • GameBoy Advance
  • and mobile

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English Premier League Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the English Premier League, Salman Khalid, brings us a summary of all the latest action:

Barclays Premiership Review
Wed 28
Dec 2005
Visit our home of the English Premier League
Arsenal 4
Portsmouth 0

First half goals from Bergkamp, Reyes and Henry ensured the Gunners comfortable victory over Portsmouth. Arsenal could have scored more goals but a bit of better defending in the second half saved Portsmouth from conceding any more goals.

Birmingham 2
Man United 2

It was an absolute heart break in the last quarter of the match for the Red Devils as they were on their way to close the gap on top. Pandiani came off the bench to score a vital equalizer and made his side earn a much needed one point. van Nistelrooy in the 5th minute had given United the lead but in the 18th minute Clapham equalized and the first half ended with the same result. In the 54th minute Rooney scored United’s 2nd goal but hero of the day, Walter Pandiani scored an equaliser in the 78th minute of the match to level the score which remained the same until the end.

Everton 1
Liverpool 3

Liverpool got their 9th straight win in the Premier League as they thrashed 9 men Everton, who are in great danger of relegation. Goals from Crouch, Gerrard and Cisse were enough for the Reds to win the match where as the only goal from David Moyes team came in the 42nd minute by James Beattie.

Fulham 3
Aston Villa 3

It was all square at Fulham’s home where a total of 6 goals were scored but the match ended with a draw. Moore and Ridgewell (x2) were the scorers for Aston Villa where as McBride (x2) and Helguson scored for Fulham.

Man City 0
Chelsea 1

It was another narrow escape for the league leaders Chelsea as they remained beaten only once this season. Goal from Joe Cole in the 79th minute was enough for the leaders to win the match.

WBA 2
Spurs 0

It was another home win for West Brom as they beat Spurs 2-0. Both of the goals were scored by Kanu. This is the first time that Kanu has scored a double for West Brom.

West Ham 0
Wigan 2
It was a disappointing day for Alan Pardew as on his 100th match in charge his side were beaten 2-0. Both of the goals were scored by inform strikers of Wigan, Roberts and Camara in the 43rd and 45th minutes respectively.

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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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Kit Master 526 Release 1.2

Kit Master 526 Release 1.2Sweetpatch Development Posse member Rinaldo Zocca today brings us an update to his Kit Master 526 Release 1.2, which is a Kit Converter from FIFA 2005 to FIFA 06 format, (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

This simple but usefull program:

  • converts a bitmap of a FIFA 2005 kit into a FIFA 06 kit (1GK and 2GK kits supported);
  • improves the socks remapping;
  • adds support for FIFA Manager 06 kits; and
  • Release 1.2 supports any kind of conversion from a kit format into another one between FIFA 2005, FIFA 06, FM 06 with both 1GK and 2GK templates.

Download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

Please note: Kit Master 526 requires the .Net Framework to be installed on your PC for it to run.

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English Premier League: Man City 0 Chelsea 1

English Premier League: Man City 0 Chelsea 1Chelsea made it a 100 per cent Christmas so far thanks to Joe Cole’s late goal, but Frank Lampard missed his first Premiership game since August 2001.

With two of the other top four sides, Manchester United and Tottenham, drawing and losing respectively, it was a good evening. Only Liverpool can now move nine points behind Chelsea by winning their two games in hand. United trail by 11.

Lampard pulled out of the warm-up and was accompanied off the pitch by club doctor Bryan English. Moments later assistant manager Steve Clarke chased down to find out what was going on, and within three minutes Gudjohnsen had appeared and started his own warm-up under the tutelage of fitness coach Rui Faria. Ferreira was promoted from the stand to the bench.

Finally the goal came ten minutes from time. Robben, still on the right, found Gudjohnsen on the charge, his shot deflected off Dunne and was palmed by James on to Crespo, it rebounded to Cole who enjoyed a simple tap-in.

City tried to threaten, but at the death as throughout the game, Terry was heading away and another clean sheet and three points were secured. It wasn’t a classic, but it was a win by a team of classic personality.

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

© 2005 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Play with your heroes and be a part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™

Play with your heroes and be a part of the 2006 FIFA World CupôGreat news released by EA Sports at their US FIFA 06 website:

Soccer fans worldwide will soon be able to take part in the excitement of the world's greatest sporting event in the only official videogame of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

Immerse yourself in the the action and heritage as you lead your nation from the qualification rounds all the way to the FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany.

You’ll experience a full range of emotions along the way — from the elation of beating rival nations to the despair of having your FIFA World Cup dreams shattered in a crucial penalty shootout. This is your ticket to all the pageantry and passion of the greatest show on Earth.

Release date: April 28th, 2006

Formats:

  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox
  • PS2
  • Game Cube
  • PSP
  • Nintendo DS
  • Game Boy Advance
  • and mobile
  • ? so where's the good old PC?

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Join in with the fun in our Overseas SFTLA FIFA 06 Ladder

Join in with the fun in our Overseas SFTLA FIFA 06 LadderGot FIFA 06 for Christmas, or just looking to play FIFA 06 against people from all around the world? Then we suggest you join our brand new Overseas SFTLA FIFA 06 Ladder.

Check out all the action at our Overseas SFTLA FIFA 06 Ladder and start playing FIFA 06 online immediately with people from all around the world.

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New Nike Total 90 II Silver-Blacks and Umbro X-Boots for FIFA 06

New Umbro X-Boots and Nike Total 90 II Silver-Blacks for FIFA 06Today we bring you 2 new sets of boots for FIFA 06, courtesy of Sweetpatch Development Posse's Official Boot Maker KakZ. Today we have his new Nike Total 90 II Silver-Blacks and Umbro X-Boots (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

Download these excellent Boots direct from our Download Boutique.

Also, would you like to be wearing these or other great boots and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the boots you can buy from us by clicking here. All boots are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

English Premier League Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the English Premier League, Salman Khalid, brings us a summary of all the latest action:

Barclays Premiership Review
Mon 26
Dec 2005
Visit our home of the English Premier League
Aston Villa 4
Everton 0

Aston Villa marched on as winners at home as they beat struggling Everton easily. Two goals from former Liverpool striker and a goal each from Delaney and Angel were enough for Villa to secure all three points. Although it looked like hand ball when Baros scored the first goal but luckily the ref didn't see it and the goal counted.

Charlton 0
Arsenal 1

At last Arsenal won their first match out of the last four in which they were defeated. The win came against Charlton and with a very narrow margin of one goal. Jose Antonio Reyes was the only scorer of the match in the 58th minute of the match.

Chelsea 3
Fulham 2

Crespo’s late goal at Stamford Bridge rescued the match for Chelsea as they stand at the top with 49 points on the board. Fulham gave a very strong fight against the current EPL title holders but at last their defence was breached for the winner in the 74th minute of the match. Gallas had given Chelsea an early lead with a goal in the 3rd minute and later in the 24th minute Lampard made it two and the game looked in total control of Chelsea, but Fulham fought back strongly and scored 2 goals in 29th and 56th minute of the match to level the score. In the end it was Crespo who made all the difference.

Liverpool 2
Newcastle 0

It was a good day for Owen as he returned to Anfield for the first time after he left for Real but not a good day for his side as Newcastle were thrashed by the Reds 2-0. Once again Liverpool’s rock solid defence managed a clean sheet for Reina. Reds are now unbeaten in their last 8 EPL matches and haven’t conceded a goal since October. Gerrard opened the scoring with a super pass from Garcia to Crouch who placed it for the skipper who blasted the ball right of Given. Crouch then scored from a header which was later announced as an own goal from Given. Boyer once again saw red card for the successive year at Anfield as Newcastle were reduced to 10 men for most of the second half.

Man United 3
WBA 0

United are back on winning tracks as they gained their 7th league win out of last 8 matches. This time it was West Brom who were hammered by the Red Devils 3-0. Scholes, Ferdinand and van Nistelrooy were the scorers for United.

Middlesbrough 0
Blackburn 2

Kuqi scored twice as Rovers claimed their 2nd win in six days. Rovers are in good form and they have also a semi final in the Carling Cup against Man Utd and this win will definitely boost their moral.

Portsmouth 1
West Ham 1
James Collins wiped off all of the hopes of Portsmouth of getting out of the relegation zone as they were forced to get one point in the match. O'Neil had given Portsmouth an early lead but Collins equalized in 56th minute of the match.
Sunderland  0
Bolton 0
It was all goalless between Sunderland and Wanders. The best chance of the game came from Julio Arca who was about to score the only goal of the match in injury time but a fine save from Wanders keeper kept him out of giving all three points to Sunderland.
Spurs 2
Birmingham 0
A goal each from Keane and Defoe stopped Birmingham City from gaining a draw or a win on Boxing Day. Keane scored from the spot and Defoe scored in injury time to give the home crowd something to cheer.
Wigan 4
Man City 3
It was a nail biting finish at the JJB Stadium as Wigan managed to get their 3rd win in the last nine days. There were a total of 7 goals scored from both sides and in the end only one was the winner and that was Wigan. Wigan are now in the 6th spot in the EPL and looking good for the qualification spot for the UEFA Cup if they keep the same form.

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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English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Fulham 2

English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Fulham 2An action-packed local derby with many chances and five goals ends in Chelsea’s favour thanks to a special Crespo winner deep into the second-half.

Fulham, despite their appalling away record this season, played their part in this treat of a game for a big Christmas crowd. They pulled a goal back before the break after Chelsea had raced into a two-goal advantage and then equalised in the second-half from the penalty spot.

But Chelsea were not settling for anything except ten-out-of-ten home Premiership victories this season and threw four up front to rescue the three points. Not for the first time it was a tactic that paid off although Fulham kept the Champions on our toes right up to the final whistle.

  • 1-0: The third minute brought Chelsea’s quickest goal of the season and William Gallas’ first Chelsea strike since he scored against the same opposition at Craven Cottage 13 months ago. The stand-in left-back was in the right place to stab in after Huth sprung high to head down Lampard’s corner. Chelsea’s set-piece power had borne fruit again.
  • 2-0: Frank Lampard tried his luck from 25 yards out and as so often, his willingness to speculate paid off. The ball flicked of a turning Legwinski’s hands and deflected beyond Crossley.
  • 2-1: When Boa Morte drove a high free-kick into the area, the towering Zat Knight challenged but missed his outstretched leg and Cech was deceived. In a rare mistake, he allowed the ball through his legs to where McBride was ready for the easy task of finding the net. The chance for a new Chelsea record of eight clean sheets-in-a-row had gone.
  • 2-2: When Rosenior skipped away from Ferreira and played a similar ball in, McBride was again unmarked and bearing down on goal. Cole tried to rescue the situation but although there appeared to be little contact of legs, McBride went down and a penalty was awarded. Cole was booked. He will now miss a return to Upton Park through suspension. Helguson checked his run-up and converted the penalty comfortably.
  • 3-2: Cole latched onto a loose ball on the right and raced into the Fulham half before picking out Crespo with a beautifully-flighted curling cross. There was still work to do but the Chelsea number nine’s volley was perfection itself, guiding the ball back cross Warner and in.

Drogba in injury time failed to beat the keeper when Cole set him up for a one-v-one chance, but despite a heart-racing free-kick in a dangerous position with seconds to go and their keeper pushed up, Fulham couldn't make their neighbours pay.

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

© 2005 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Buy everything you need from our fantastic Christmas and January Sales Shop

Buy everything you need from our fantastic Christmas and January Sales ShopWelcome to our very special Christmas and January Sales Sweetpatch Shop where we hope we have provided everything you could possibly want to spend your precious Christmas money on, including:

  • PC and Video Games
  • Your One Stop Console Shop
  • Electronics > Portable Sound & Vision
  • Electronics > Mobile Phones
  • Electronics > Mobile Phones > Java Downloads
  • Electronics > Digital Cameras and Accessories
  • Music and DVDs
  • Football Merchandise (Boots, Kits, Balls, etc...)
  • Custom-made Animated Cartoons

Visit our Christmas and January Sales Sweetpatch Shop today and see what we have in store for you.

Please note: If there are other types of items you would like us to provide, please click here to email me your requirements and we will see what we can do for you.

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

And the winners of the FIFA Manager 06 competition are...

And the winner of the FIFA Manager 06 competition is... As promised, due to the overwhelming success of our competition to win a copy of FIFA Manager 06 for the PC, plus a great EA Sports baseball cap for the winner and 2 runners-up, we are announcing the winner and runners-up today.

We received 161 quality entries which all needed analysing and recording before the final draw could be made. Once we narrowed the entries down we used the random number generator tool at random.org to ensure the draw was 100% fair.

And the winners are:

  1. Richard Tibandebage from Canada: wins the game of FIFA Manager 06 and an EA Sports baseball cap;
  2. Nigel "Nidge" Morrison from UK: wins an EA Sports baseball cap; and
  3. Adrian Ciucurita from Romania: wins an EA Sports baseball cap.

Well done to these 3 guys, who were lucky enough to be selected from the draw, and thank you to everyone who entered this competition and provided us such brilliant feedback. More competitions coming soon.

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Merry Christmas - Easily edit your own FSH files with the FSH Expert

Easily edit your own FSH files with the FSH ExpertToday to wish you all a very merry Christmas, we have a present from our good friend Hrvoje Bajlo (probably his last ever FIFA utility). FSH Expert is a small utility that allows you to easily edit your own FSH (EA Sports Textures) files (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

  • About FSH Expert
    Simply Load your FSH File through Start Menu or just press CTRL+O and within milliseconds, you will see your textures and you will be able to edit them! This program is using all the power of FSHTool, so no need for bat files and complicated operations!
  • Specify your Graphics Editor path
    This option gives you opportunity to select your Graphics Editing program such as MS Paint, PaintShopPro or Adobe Photoshop (which we strongly recommend!) Once path is selected, the program will save it's path and it will always be there for you!
  • Google Toolbar
    Hrvoje designed a special Google Toolbar that allows you to search anything you want without running the browser first! Once you put the word (or sentences) in the "Enter Keyword" area, and choose one of the included:
    • Search Web
    • Search Images
    • Search News
    the program will automatically run your default browser and search what you really want! You can disable or enable this option with F11 and F12 keys while running FSH Expert!
  • Credits
    This program is designed and programmed by Hrvoje Bajlo. This is my Christmas gift to the 3 best websites and my friends. This is exclusively property of Sweetpatch MRA (David Witts), SoccerAccess (Ariel Santarelli and Xavier Baez) and FIFA Polonia (Morphzeus).

Many thanks to Hrvoje for this great Christmas present, which we are very pleased to exclusively bring to you. Download it directly from our Download Boutique.

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Arsenal Kitpack 2005/2006

Kick off the week with some new BootsWe have a special Christmas treat for you today. We introduce a brand new member of the Sweetpatch Development Posse, Orry joins our band of excellent kit makers.

He has made his first kitpack ever for Arsenal (click on image on right for full size screenshot). He has also included the original FIFA 06 kits so you can easily reinstall them if required.

Download these excellent Kits direct from our Download Boutique and enjoy the future work that Orry brings to your game of FIFA 06.

Please note: To install these kits you will need to use the excellent Kit Raptor 06 from SoccerAccess.

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World Roster Update Patch 2006 v1.0 English version released

World Roster Update Patch 2006 v1.0 English version releasedThe World Roster Update Patch 2006 v1.0 is FIFA KOREA's official patch that offers more correct national team rosters based on EA Sports's FIFA 06 and various graphics including 2GK jerseys.

It had already been released on 5th November in Korea, but it was the version for Korean users only. Now you can meet the fully English supported World Roster Update Patch from them.

This mega patch includes lots of features for you in its 32Mb's. Let's see them:

  • The accurate roster updates for Korea, Argentina, Brazil, France, Portugal, Sweden, Germany, England, Spain, Italy national teams;
  • It creates Netherlands and Japan national teams;
  • Updates latest rosters for European clubs;
  • High quality 2GK kits for lots of teams;
  • New Nike number fonts and title menu screen;
  • New logo and flags for Netherlands and Japan national teams;
  • New formation updates for various national teams and club teams;
  • New formations including 3-1-2-1-3, 4-2-2-2, 4-1-2-2-1, 4-1-4-1, 4-2-1-3;
  • And it fixes face errors for Korea national team.

Download this excellent Roster direct from our Download Boutique to upgrade your FIFA 06.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

First matches played in the Overseas SFTLA FIFA 06 Ladder

Join our Overseas SFTLA FIFA 06 LadderThe first match in our brand new Overseas SFTLA FIFA 06 Ladder was between two Malaysian players afero vs syahhh, with afero taking the honours with a 3-1 victory.

But syahhh took revenge with two wins which placed him top of the ladder, but it is still very early days... Another Malaysian - fook, notched up his first win also.

Can any one compete with the Malaysian clan and stake a claim on the ladder for their own country, only time will tell...

Already there are 32 players signed up and approved with the 3 guys above actively playing.

Check out all the action at our Overseas SFTLA FIFA 06 Ladder and start playing FIFA 06 online immediately with people from all around the world.

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Carling Cup - Big guns kept apart in cup semis

Carling Cup - Big guns kept apart in cup semis Arsenal and Manchester United have been kept apart in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup next month. Arsenal travel to Wigan for the first leg of their tie, while United are also away first against Blackburn.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hinted he may play some of his stars, saying: "We had a very tough game at Wigan in the League so I will see what I will do. For them it will be a unique chance to reach the final and we want to get into the final too. It'll be very exciting."

Arsenal reached the last four after their dramatic penalty shoot-out win over brave and unlucky Doncaster. The Gunners needed an injury-time equaliser from Gilberto to earn a 2-2 draw with the League One side before Manuel Almunia saved two spot-kicks to take them through. Arsenal have won the competition twice, in 1987 and 1993.

Wigan went through to their first major cup semi-final on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Bolton.

United, who have only won the competition once in five final appearances, beat Birmingham 3-1 in Tuesday's other quarter-final tie and now take on Blackburn.

Rovers, who lifted the trophy in 2002, beat Middlesbrough 1-0 with a last-gasp goal from Paul Dickov.

© BBC MMV

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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 last weekend's matches: Scottish Premier League Review
Rangers 1
Hearts 0

Peter Lovenkrands continued his rich vein of scoring form as Rangers made up ground on second-placed Hearts.

The Danish striker pounced after 35 minutes, stabbing the ball home from Hamed Namouchi's headed knock-down. Chris Burke and Lovenkrands twice went close and Marvin Andrews missed a golden close-range chance as Rangers enjoyed long spells of superiority.

Hibernian 2
Motherwell 1

A last-minute goal from Derek Riordan took Hibs to within four points of second-placed Hearts after an action-packed encounter at Easter Road.

Hibs took the lead after three minutes when Ivan Sproule's cut-back was driven in by Steven Fletcher from eight yards. Motherwell equalised 14 minutes later when Scott McDonald bundled the ball into the net from a corner. Both sides had a number of chances in the second-half, before Riordan slotted home from a neat Sproule pass.

Falkirk 1
Kilmarnock 2

A last-minute goal from the SPL's top-scorer Kris Boyd ensured that Falkirk's dismal home form continued.

Craig Ireland twice had the ball in the back of the net for the Bairns during a dour first half but both efforts were ruled out. James Fowler broke the deadlock for the visitors just after the interval with a spectacular strike from 25 yards. Kenny Milne levelled the scores after 74 minutes, before Boyd slotted in the winner from six yards out.

Livingston 0
Aberdeen 0

Livingston edged further away from the bottom of the table after an abysmal goalless draw with Aberdeen.

Almondvale striker Paul Dalglish had a glimpse of goal but dragged his shot into the side-netting. Aberdeen's Stevie Crawford was then sent clear but lobbed the ball straight at keeper Roddy McKenzie.

Inverness 1
Celtic 1

Celtic increased their lead at the top of the SPL to four points after a hard-fought draw in Inverness.

The home side took the lead inside the first minute when Craig Dargo found the net with a neat, angled strike. Shaun Maloney fluffed a close-range chance before John Hartson levelled the game on 22 minutes with a fierce shot. Dargo saw his first-half penalty saved by Artur Boruc and both goalkeepers made excellent stops in the second period to ensure a share of the points.

Dunfermline P
Dundee United P

Match postponed

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.

Wear the kit of your favourite Scottish Premier League teamAlso, would you like 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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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Great new Boots for FIFA 06

Kick off the week with some new BootsToday we bring you a new set of boots for FIFA 06, courtesy of Sweetpatch Development Posse's Official Boot Maker KakZ. Today we have his new Nike Speed TD Blues and Reds (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

Download these excellent Boots direct from our Download Boutique.

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Creation Centre 06 Released for FIFA 06

Creation Centre 06 Released for FIFA 06The Creation Centre for FIFA 06 PC version has been released. It is the one tool that every FIFA 06 PC user should download. This application was created to further enhance EA SPORTS' FIFA Football 06 game by giving you the ability to add new teams, leagues, players, kits, faces and banners (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

Creation Centre 06 features:

  • Edit most team and player properties
  • Add players and teams
  • Automatic Player Attributes Generator with 7 levels of skills
  • Export teams
  • Import teams, including teams exported from CC 2005
  • Import team kits, banners, logos
  • Search facility

Download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

Please note: If you have any questions about the Creation Centre 06, visit the Soccer Gaming FIFA 06 Support Forum.

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Join our Overseas SFTLA FIFA 06 Ladder

Join our Overseas SFTLA FIFA 06 LadderWelcome to our brand new Overseas SFTLA FIFA 06 Ladder, provided by SPGA Ladders. Here you can now compete and meet fellow overseas FIFA players as well as maximise your FIFA playing experience online.

We also have a forum where you can interact and put across your views as well as contact other players, so please make sure you sign up to our Forum by clicking here and selecting User group = Overseas.

So what are you waiting for, go to the Registration page and fill it in correctly to sign up and start playing FIFA 06 online immediately with people from all around the world.

The SFTLA Team would like to wish you the best of luck and most importantly, enjoy!

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Save Our Silkmen

Save Our SilkmenProblem
Now I'm not sure if any of you know, but Macclesfield Town have been handed a large fine this week in the sum of £300,000 to be paid by the 31st January. The reasoning behind the fine is that the previous chairman and board fiddled with grants etc... they received from the Football Trust to build the new McAlpine stand.

This is an unfair and unjust punishment on the club and the current shareholders who are reluctant to foot the bill. Then not only to be given the short time period to pay off such a large fine (6 weeks) is ridiculous considering it was the FA who kept adjourning the delegation.

Solution
This year, it seems, was the year of the wristband. From the original cancer awareness bands from Lance Armstrong down to individual schools and clubs, everyone was raising money through brightly coloured bands of rubber in the last year.

But 2006 looks set to see a less tangible way of raising money becoming de-rigueur with the Pixsale. The idea first hit the headlines as an entrepreneurial student started the ‘Million Dollar Website’, and used the novelty of the scheme to earn himself enough publicity to sell the space.

And now, a group of Macclesfield Town supporters look like the first to take up the idea. But within hours of the decision being made public the loyal group of supporters had begun to rally around. Gary Jackson, editor of the club’s unofficial website The Silkweb wasted no time in setting up a Pixsale board to help save the club.

We think we are the first people to jump onto this bandwagon.” he said. “Other fundraising ideas have been done to death by various groups and we wanted something fresher to help our football club. It’s such a good idea that you will certainly see more of these in the future. We know that we are not going to raise the full amount with this initiative but we hope that this, along with our other campaigns will make a big dent in the sum the club have to pay. The fans think that we have been very harshly treated by the Football Association and want to do everything we can to help our club to survive this.

But it is not just donations that the supporters want to help save the club. Good old-fashioned support from the terraces could also be enough to save the club. Former club employee Tom Rance added:

We have four home League games between now and the deadline. If we were to sell out the capacity of the Moss Rose for each of those four matches then we will a long way towards our goal. We’re not the best supported of clubs most of the time and we really need the local football supporters to rally around.

Macclesfield as a town is not short of Football supporters. With Manchester City and Manchester United on the doorstep, there are always lots of replica shirts on display in the town centre. But many of these people do not attend matches at their club and now would be a great time for them to try out the Moss Rose.

And for the traditionalists who are keen to see standing re-introduced at the highest level, they can experience football the way it should be viewed at Macclesfield Town.

There are enough people in and around Macclesfield who have an interest in football that individuals only need to attend one of the four games for us to reach this target. If the town want a football club, now is the time to show it. Just one match each to save the Silkmen. I can’t believe that is too much to ask of our town!

Macclesfield have struck lucky with a fixture list that has given them two big local derbies over the Christmas period. Boxing Day sees Stockport County visit the Moss Rose for the first ever League meeting between the two clubs whilst Chester City, who were once helped by the Silkmen when they were allowed to ground-share 15 years ago, play there on New Years’ Day.

The Silkmen also have a Northern Semi Final of the often much maligned LDV Vans Trophy later in the month. Although the draw is yet to be made, a trip to Cardiff in the final could prove vital to the club’s survival.

The Silkmen’s pixsale board can be viewed and tiles can be bought from www.mtfc.info. Other information on the club can be found at www.mtfc.co.uk

All they are asking for is a donation of £1.25 (£1 plus 25p to cover the PayPal charge - so the club will get £1.00p from each purchase). That's less than half a pint of beer in most pubs. For that you will get your teams icon or company's logo on the pixel page below with your name and message for all to see.

Yeah its a "jumping on the pixel bandwagon" thing. But its a first for a football one and a worthy cause to keep a football club in existence.

Go on, make your donation today to help save Macclesfield by clicking here.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Why is Soccer not an American pastime?

Why is Soccer not an American pastime?A great discussion has struck up in our forums around the imotive topic of why Soccer is not an American pastime.

Join in with this thread and add your own views by clicking here.

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English Premier League Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the English Premier League, Salman Khalid, brings us a summary of all the latest action:

Barclays Premiership Review
Sat 17
Dec 2005
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Aston Villa 0
Man United 2

Manchester United reduced their gap for title to six points with Chelsea as they beat Aston Villa 2-0 comfortably. van Nistelrooy was the first one to score in the 10th minute of the match. Later in the 2nd half Rooney put Utd 2-0 ahead from a pass from Ji Sung.

Everton 0
Bolton 4

Everton’s nightmare continues as they were beaten at their ground for the 2nd time in a week. This time it was Bolton who destroyed David Moyes' side. Kevin Davies was the first one to score in the 32nd minute of the match. After that Everton started playing some good football and it looked as if they were going to level the game but due to some poor defending Bolton managed to score 3 more goals in six minutes and took the game away from Everton. Stelios hit the 2nd goal in the 75th minute and just after 3 minutes Speed scored from the spot and in 80th minute Stelios scored his second and 4th of his side to wrap up the game for Bolton.

Fulham 2
Blackburn 1

Fulham headed towards Christmas with all 3 points in the bag as they beat Rovers 2-1. Papa Diop and Boa Morte scored for Fulham and in 90th minute the only goal for Rovers came in as a result of an own goal from Knight.

Man City 4
Birmingham 1

Birmingham’s misery continues as they were beaten away from home with an onslaught of 4 goals. The first goal was scored within the first minute when David Sommeil scored as the crowd were still looking for their seats. Before the break Joey Barton and Sibierski scored two more goals and put struggling City deep into trouble. Later in the 2nd half in the 70th minute Bradley Wright-Phillips scored Man City’s 4th goal and completely demolished Birmingham’s defence. The only goal from Birmingham came in 76th minute but it was no more than a consolation goal.

Portsmouth 1
WBA 0

It was an entertaining game between the two bottom sides and both were desperate for the 3 points but it was Harry Redknapp’s side who took the points. Svetoslav Todorov was the scorer of the only goal of the match in the 56th minute.

West Ham  2
Newcastle 4

It was a happy moment for Graeme Souness on his 50th birthday and a perfect gift from his star striker Owen with a super hat trick to give Newcastle 3 points going in to Christmas. Other scorer from Newcastle was another super star Shearer. Solano (og) and Harewood were the scorers for West Ham.

Wigan 3
Charlton 0
Henri Camara found the net 3 times in the match to give promoted Wigan a comfortable win. First one came in the 9th minute and later in 51st and 63rd minutes he scored again to complete his hat trick.
Sun 18
Dec 2005
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Arsenal 0
Chelsea 2
Once again Chelsea have beaten the Gunners this season and with this win they are nine points clear at the top and looking favourites for the title. It was Robben who opened the scoring as he shot the ball into the bottom right corner just six minutes before half time. Joe Cole scored the second goal in the second period of the match to wrap it up for Chelsea.
Middlesbrough 3
Spurs 3
It was a nail biting finish between Middlesbrough and Spurs. Spurs were about to be defeated but their Egyptian striker Mido scored in the 83rd minute to level the game and save one point for his side. Robbie Keane and Jenas were the other two scorers for Spurs where as Yakubu and Queudrue were scorers for Middlesbrough.

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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See who wins the copy of FIFA Manager 06 on Christmas Day

See who wins the copy of FIFA Manager 06 on Christmas Day Due to the overwhelming success of our competition last week to win a copy of FIFA Manager 06 for the PC, plus a great EA Sports baseball cap for the winner and 2 runners-up, we will be announcing the winner and runners-up on Christmas day.

We have received 161 quality entries which all need analysing and recording before the final draw can be made.

Check back on Christmas day for the results of this excellent competition.

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Ronaldinho and Prinz crowned again

Ronaldinho and Prinz crowned againThe FIFA World Player Gala 2005 has reached its verdict; Ronaldinho and Birgit Prinz have been recognized for the second consecutive year. At the climax of a splendid evening on Monday 19th December at the Zurich Opera House on the theme of "Football meets dance", the two stars of world football were crowned ahead of, respectively, Frank Lampard and Samuel Eto'o and Marta and Shannon Boxx.

After a presentation of the "Football For Hope" programme and the first pair of nominees for the main award came the prize-giving for the FIFA Interactive World Player Award 2005. Englishman Chris Bullard, a trifle awestruck in the presence of such celebrities, proceeded to thank what seemed like the entire world…

Click here to discover how this evening of football and dance unfolded.

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Italian Lega Calcio Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, is currently taking his exams so during this period I will bring you a summary of all the latest exciting action. Today we bring you news of last weekend's week 16 action:

Italian Lega Calcio Review
Cagliari 2
Ascoli 1

Cagliari are well and truly on their way out of the relegation tunnel after this important victory over new boys Ascoli. This was set to be a six-pointer in the relegation battle. The Sardinians had picked up a win and a draw before last week's 4-0 thrashing at Juventus, while Ascoli were without a victory in eight games.

Cagliari took the lead after just nine minutes, as a corner kick took a touch off Daniele Conti and Del Grosso accidentally redirected the ball into his own net. The referee pointed to the spot for Comotto's nudge on the sprinting Antonio Langella, although contact did not seem to be particularly clear. David Suazo stepped up and buried the penalty into the roof of the net. The visitors pulled one back after the restart with a spectacular goal from Biso. The midfielder leapt into the air for an acrobatic volley into the ground from Fini's cross. Ascoli were now looking to complete the comeback and Fini's shot was almost deflected into the net, while a couple of Quagliarella efforts proved dangerous.

Chievo 2
Udinese 0
Udinese's crisis deepened with defeat at the Bentegodi and Chievo never seemed to be in danger of dropping points in this match.Serse Cosmi's side were in a deep crisis as they travelled to Verona, having suffered a Champions League exit and a home defeat to Livorno. To make matters worse, they were without seven first team players, including Vincenzo Iaquinta, Fausto Rossini, Giampiero Pinzi, Marco Motta and Vincent Candela. Chievo may have lost 2-1 at Messina last week, but their home record included a win over Milan.

Chievo's pressure eventually paid off with their seventh corner kick of the game. Semioli's set-piece was held up by Victor Obinna for an acrobatic Simone Tiribocchi volley from six yards. The referee controversially awarded Chievo a penalty for Zapata's challenge on Luciano, as the foul might've been outside the area. Victor Obinna converted the spot-kick and celebrated with his trademark backflips.

Empoli 1
Fiorentina 1
The Tuscan derby ended in a draw, though Fiorentina will feel they deserved more from this match.

Fiorentina finally made their pressure count 20 minutes from time. Luca Toni's angled drive came off the upright and Pazzini managed to flick the loose ball in before a defender could clear the danger. However, Empoli drew level almost immediately with substitute Vannucchi. An Almiron effort took a deflection that found Vannucchi totally unmarked at the back post to sidefoot in past a helpless Frey.

Lazio 1
Juventus 1
Tommaso Rocchi's opener was cancelled out by David Trezeguet, but Juventus are held at the Olimpico by a determined Lazio.The Bianconeri knew that a win here would automatically crown them Winter Champions of Serie A, having taken a 10-point lead last weekend. Lazio were protecting an unbeaten home record with five victories out of seven.

Lazio took the lead after 16 minutes thanks to a howler from the usually unflappable Thuram. His first error allowed Di Canio to run forward and his shot was charged down by Mauro Camoranesi. The Frenchman then got the loose ball, but refused to put it out for a corner and was disposessed by Manfredini, who cut back for Rocchi to fire in from eight yards. Juventus drew level on 26 minutes with a chaotic move. Nedved was left unmarked at the back post for a looping header on Camoranesi's free kick, but the final touch came from David Trezeguet to push it over the line. The Frenchman has hit the back of the net for the last eight consecutive games.

AC Milan 4
Messina 0

An Andriy Shevchenko brace put Milan back on track and swept Messina aside at San Siro. The Rossoneri had lost three of their last four Serie A games and fallen 11 points adrift of leaders Juventus, so a win over Messina was essential. Paolo Maldini, Marcos Cafu, Pippo Inzaghi and the suspended Alessandro Nesta were ruled out, so Carlo Ancelotti had to reshuffle his defence.

Referee Paolo Tagliavento pointed to the spot as debutant Olorunleke clashed with Gilardino in the area. The push wasn't particularly clear, but Andriy Shevchenko stepped up and confidently rolled home to give Milan the lead. The Rossoneri doubled their lead with a fantastic team move straight after the restart. Shevchenko, Gilardino and Kaka combined a series of cheeky backheels until the Ukrainian fired in an angled drive. Andrea Pirlo put the result beyond all doubt with another of his trademark free kicks that dipped just under the crossbar. It was the midfielder's last kick of the ball before he made way for Johan Vogel. Gilardino netted the fourth moments later, as Ambrosini fought his way through the defence and the ex-Parma man slipped his finish inbetween Storari and the near post.

Palermo 0
Livorno 2
Livorno have earned another surprise away victory, this time conquering the Stadio Barbera. These two sides were out of the top flight for over three decades, yet they are now battling for a place in the UEFA Cup.

It was Livorno who broke the deadlock on 67 minutes, as Cristiano Lucarelli threaded through for Marc Pfertzel's finish. Caracciolo thought he'd grabbed the equaliser in stoppages, but his goal was disallowed for Palmitieri's offside position. Instead, Livorno made the points safe with their second goal moments later, former Palermo man Stefano Morrone sliding on to Francesco Coco's low cross from the left.

Reggina 0
Inter 4

Inter made short work of Reggina at the Stadio Granillo and close the gap on leaders Juventus to eight points.

It took just 100 seconds for Inter to break the deadlock. Juan Sebastian Veron's free kick went through a sea of legs and took Nicola Pavarini by surprise, allowing Ivan Cordoba to tap in the loose ball from close range. Inter doubled their lead with an Obafemi Martins header on Luis Figo's cross from the right, but the Reggina defence had left the Nigerian totally unmarked. Inter made it 3-0 just before the break, as Figo rolled a counter-attack across for Adriano, who cut back past a defender and sliced his left-foot finish in at the near post. David Pizarro completed the rout with the last kick of the game, springing the offside trap on Figo's through ball and waltzing round the goalkeeper.

Sampdoria 1
Roma 1
Francesco Totti and Francesco Flachi were on target at Marassi as Sampdoria held Roma to a hard-fought draw.Luciano Spalletti came face to face with his former club, even though they were relegated under his tenure, and ex-Roma goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli also saluted some of his old teammates.

The deadlock was eventually broken by the Giallorossi after 15 minutes. Totti saw his volley parried, but Alberto Aquilani pounced on the loose ball for the captain to tap in at the second attempt. The Sampdoria defence was rather static and paid the price for that collective mistake. The referee pointed to the spot on 55 minutes after Cristian Chivu's clumsy push on Flachi. The Samp striker stepped up and converted the penalty to draw the home side level.

Siena 2
Parma 2

Parma left it very late indeed to snatch a point away to Siena, ending a run of seven consecutive away defeats.

Parma took the lead through Siena native Corradi. Marchionni chipped up a cross for his looping header at the back post. The lead didn't last long, as four minutes later Tomas Locatelli got in front of his marker to nod in a corner kick from close range. Siena completed their comeback from 1-0 down to lead 2-1, as substitute Bogdani held up the ball for Enrico Chiesa's low drive from eight yards. Parma left it very late indeed to snatch a point in stoppages, as Dessena and Fabio Simplicio launched themselves at a poor clearance from six yards, the youngster getting the final touch to bundle it over the line.

Treviso 2
Lecce 1
Treviso finally earned the first home win in their Serie A history with a great Andre Pinga goal to sink Lecce 2-1.

Treviso broke through as Reginaldo set up Emanuele Filippini for a classy finish with the outside of his right foot. It was the former Lazio midfielder's first Serie A goal in a Treviso jersey. The Brazilian had only been warming up, as he scored a fantastic individual effort moments later. Pinga combined with Emanuele Filippini, skipped past Suleymane Diamoutene with his left foot and blasted into the top corner with his right. Lecce were given a way back into the game when Antonio Filippini brought down Vucinic just inside the area. The Treviso midfielder seemed to slip and stumble into the striker, but it did nonetheless cut short his run towards the ball. Vucinic stepped up to convert the penalty himself.

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

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Chris Bullard wins the second FIFA Interactive World Cup

Chris Bullard wins the second FIFA Interactive World Cup England’s four-decade wait for a FIFA world champion is finally over, albeit on the interactive stage. On Sunday (18 December), Chris Bullard from Ipswich (England) won the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005, and with it, the title of FIFA Interactive World Player 2005.

In a thrilling final in “The Brewery”, London, the ten best players of EA Sports FIFA 06 on Xbox went head-to-head for the honour of receiving the award on stage alongside football stars such as Ronaldinho (Brazil), Shannon Boxx (USA), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) and Frank Lampard (England) during the FIFA World Player Gala on Monday. In the tense final, Chris Bullard’s ten-man England team defeated Hungary’s Gabor Makos’ Brazil side 5-2 thanks to a Michael Owen brace and a Wayne Rooney hat trick. Mexico’s Ruben Morales secured third place with a 7-6 victory over Spain’s Javier Devis Lara.

The whole tournament was just brilliant. I have always wanted to win for my country. It’s just a dream come true, the best present I could ever have wished for. When my favourite player, Frank Lampard, was sent off in the 24th minute, I didn’t even think about winning anymore. But now I can represent England on stage alongside major stars, maybe even with my idol, Frank Lampard,” beamed Bullard after his victory in London.

This unique gaming jamboree pitted more than 7,000 players from 25 countries against each other between 15 October and 10 December 2005, making stops in eight regional tournaments across all six confederations. This year’s virtual world champion, Chris Bullard, had secured his ticket for the grand final only hours before in the Xbox Live tournament, which was held for the first time in addition to the eight offline regional tournaments.

Hundreds of spectators closely followed the action on a giant screen as the virtual and “real” football worlds came seamlessly together. Successful one-twos and shots on goal at the merest touch of a button highlighted the pure fascination of football. The finalists showed great skill in guiding their heroes – Ronaldinho and co. – over the virtual pitch in much the same way as the “true” superstars of the game. All of the finalists had trained for weeks on end to come this far.

The FIFA Interactive World Cup unites the passion for football and the world of interactive entertainment. With the help of this innovative project, FIFA can explore further opportunities to promote and develop the game of football in all its guises worldwide. This groundbreaking move also ensured that FIFA was the first international sports body to launch a new tradition and to test the skills of footballers in a whole new manner.

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

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English Premier League: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2

English Premier League: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2Chelsea won the battle of London with a goal in each half by Arjen Robben and Joe Cole, and moved back nine points ahead of second placed Manchester United.

Chelsea had Makelele back in midfield, and enjoyed the club’s first League win at Highbury since 1990, and the first double over them since 1969/70. Arsenal paid Chelsea the ultimate compliment of changing their formation to a 4-3-3 to mirror Chelsea’s.

  • 0-1: With seven minutes left to half-time Drogba slipped Robben through following a throw-in, his flick-header being blocked and his swift pass from the rebound splitting the defence, and chasing Touré and Campbell were able to exert no pressure, leaving the sprinting winger to place a shot across Lehmann into goal off the inside of the far post. It was his second of the season.
  • 0-2: Arsenal made a double substitution 20 minutes from time, bringing on Bergkamp and Pires and switching to 4-4-2 with a midfield diamond, Bergkamp operating at the front of it. But two minutes later Cole doubled the lead, dispossessing Lauren, cutting inside and drilling a low left-footed shot into the far corner beyond Lehmann’s despairing dive. It was an individual effort of the highest quality.

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

© 2005 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Your last chance to go Christmas Shopping

Your last chance to go Christmas ShoppingThis weekend is your last chance online to get all those last minute Christmas presents before the big day next Sunday.

Visit our Sweetpatch Shop today where we have plenty in store for your game hungry family or friends, including:

  • Custom-made Animated Cartoons
  • One Stop Console Shop
  • Football Fanatics
  • Games, including:
    • PES 5 - both game and Official Strategy Guide
    • FIFA 06
  • Official football team kits and merchandise
  • Music, DVD's and other items

Visit our Sweetpatch Shop today and stock up with all those last minute presents.

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See all our latest Downloads in the Boutique

See all our latest Downloads in the BoutiqueCatch up with all the latest quality files we have on offer for you by visiting our Download Boutique.

Click here to see all our latest great quality files.

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Last chance this weekend to win a copy of FIFA Manager 06

Last chance this weekend to win a copy of FIFA Manager 06 Due to the overwhelming success of our competition this week to win a copy of FIFA Manager 06 for the PC, plus a great EA Sports baseball cap for the winner and 2 runners-up, we have decided to extend the closing date to midnight GMT this Sunday 18th December.

If you have not already entered, all you need to do is answer a couple of questions and then complete the tie-breaker.

Click here to enter this great competition and good luck.

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Friday, December 16, 2005

UEFA Champions League Review - Draw for Knockout Stage

UEFA Champions League Review - Draw for Knockout StageChelsea will play Barcelona in the Round of 16 knockout stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League.

Chelsea was the first name taken out of the pots in Friday morning’s draw in Switzerland. When the Spanish champions were the second name out, a repeat of the tie at this stage of the tournament last season was ensured.

Chelsea won last season’s encounter 5-4 on aggregate. That was our first aggregate win over the Catalan giants having lost to them in 1966 and 2000. Barcelona have lost all three of their visits to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have lost four games in Camp Nou.

The home leg will be played on Wednesday 22nd February with away leg on Tuesday 7th March.

The full draw is:

  • Chelsea v Barcelona
  • Real Madrid v Arsenal
  • Werder Bremen v Juventus
  • Bayern Munich v Milan
  • PSV Eindhoven v Lyon
  • Ajax v Inter
  • Benfica v Liverpool
  • Rangers v Villarreal

Further details can be found by clicking here.

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Keane completes switch to Celtic

Keane completes switch to Celtic Roy Keane has ended weeks of speculation and completed his move to Celtic by signing an 18-month deal.

The 34-year-old Irishman, who ended his Manchester United career in November, had interested several Premiership clubs and Spanish giants Real Madrid.

But, as he was unveiled at Celtic Park, Keane said: "I gave other clubs a chance and was impressed with them all. But it's a great move for me. I feel that this is where I belong and I'm here to work hard and win games."

Keane had appeared close to joining Real only days ago, while Bolton, Everton, West Brom and West Ham were among other clubs to express their interest. And he revealed that he had still been mulling over his decision up until his arrival in Glasgow for talks on Wednesday.

"I've been in the Premiership for a long time and feel I have proved myself there and needed a different environment, different teams, different grounds," said Keane, who had in 1999 said that he would like to end his career at Celtic Park. Every boy in Ireland has an interest in Celtic, although my English team at the time was Spurs for some reason."

Keane will not be eligible to make his Celtic debut against Hearts at Tynecastle on New Year's Day as Scottish Premier League rules do not allow for players to be both registered and play on the first day of the new transfer window. He will instead be aiming to face Clyde at Broadwood Stadium in the Scottish Cup third round the following weekend.

Click here for the full story.

© BBC 2005

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Sweetpatch FIFA 06 Tournament

Sweetpatch FIFA 06 TournamentYesterday saw the first ever Sweetpatch FIFA 06 Offline Tournament at a very noisy Wadebridge Town football club in Cornwall. The evening was a Christmas party for the Under 7's and 8's teams and as part of it we laid on our very first offline FIFA 06 tournament, (and what a cracker it was too!)

16 boys played in a knock out style tournament with everyone playing as England (apart from the final where both lads agreed to play as Brazil). It was 2 hours solid of great enthusiasm and noisy support from all the boys and their parents.

By the time we reached the final the 2 best players of the evening met (Elliott Dunnett and Harry Webster) with the winner (Harry) certainly deserving to take home the coveted Sweetpatch FIFA 06 World Cup with him, winning the final 4v2. Harry played very well in all his matches and has a lovely lob over the advancing keeper as his party piece for scoring most of his break away goals.

Well played boys and we certainly all had a very successful evening and the concept of Sweetpatch Offline Tournaments is certainly born and more than kicking.

Check out the page dedicated to this event, with plenty of photos from the night, by clicking here.

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Kick off with some great new Boots

Kick off the week with some new BootsFor the next few days we will be bringing you a new set of boots each day for FIFA 06, courtesy of Sweetpatch Development Posse member KakZ. Today we start with his new Adidas Predator Pulse TRX SG Blues.

Download these excellent Boots direct from our Download Boutique.

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Download Boutique back online

Download Boutique back onlineMost of our files in the Download Boutique are hosted by Filefront.com who had some issues over the last few days.  These have now been resolved and the Download Boutique is back to 100% operational. 

Apologies for this inconvenience but hopefully it is all in the name of progress and a far improved service for the future.

Catch up with all the latest quality files we have on offer for you by clicking here.

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Sign on for your favourite team...

Sign on for your favourite team... ...and beat your mates team convincingly!

At EA Sports new site they have 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 here to take on your mates team now.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 5: The Official Multiformat Strategy Guide

Pro Evolution Soccer 5: The Official Multiformat Strategy GuideNot sure what to buy a good friend for Christmas, or got some spare cash and you want to treat yourself? Then why not get this beautiful guide to guarantee improved Pro Evolution Soccer 5 gameplay.

In development for five months, this official guide covers all there is to know about Pro Evolution Soccer 5. Explanations on all game modes, secrets, team and player data and much more! Discover all there is to know about team management with expert strategies on the best formations, how to take advantage of player conditions and how to assemble the best team. This guide also covers every minute detail of a Pro Evolution Soccer match from defending a corner to scoring the winning goal.

With exclusive, first-ever insights from the game's creators,they:

  • Let you in on how every player ability and special ability works.
  • Disclose tactical advice: from team formations to winning strategies.
  • Reveal how to combat the stamina and fatigue systems.
  • Expose the full effects of the condition arrows.

A massive Coaching Manual section explains how to improve your passing, shooting, tackling, crossing, heading, goalkeeping, free kicks and so much more. With many undocumented tricks and techniques, they show you how to perform well over 100 individual moves.

It also covers:

  • Full Master League Analysis including the best bargain transfers.
  • Everything you need to know about Pro Evo 5's many play modes.
  • PES Points: how to acquire them, and what they can buy for you.
  • The World's best teams presented in a massive dedicated team and player chapter.
  • Which sides you should chose to play as and why.

This sounds too good to be missed if you are a fan of Pro Evolution Soccer 5. Grab a copy today from our PES5 Shop by clicking here and start beating the world at PES5.

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English Premier League Review

We bring you a summary of last nights action:

Barclays Premiership Review
Everton 1
West Ham 2

West Ham United sparked heady thoughts of challenging for a European place as their third away win of the season pushed them up to seventh in the Barclays Premiership.

Alan Pardew’s men are now the highest placed of the three promoted clubs, with this win hoisting last season’s Championship play-off winners above Wigan Athletic. Despite entering the campaign intent on survival, they are well placed to challenge for a UEFA Cup spot as Christmas approaches thanks to an own goal from Everton defender David Weir and Bobby Zamora’s third goal in as many games.

Man United 4
Wigan 0

Manchester United responded to Sir Alex Ferguson's call to arms by rediscovering the killer touch they have often lacked this season. Rio Ferdinand’s first goal in 140 appearances for the Old Trafford outfit provided the launchpad for United’s biggest Barclays Premiership win of the season, which included a scintillating masterclass from Wayne Rooney. The England forward struck brilliantly either side of the interval before Ruud van Nistelrooy wrapped up the win with a penalty.

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.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - French Winner

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - French WinnerParis played host this weekend to the eighth and final leg of the FIFA Interactive World Cup and saw Spain's Javier Devis Lara reign victorious in a gripping final. Following his victory a jubilant Javier was ecstatic. "To come here and take on some of the best gamers, not only in Europe but from around the world was an amazing experience". He added: "Now, I'm off to London to represent my country and I'm also taking home an Xbox 360 and two tickets to the final of the FIFA World Cup! Unbelievable!"

The Carrousel du Louvre had a truly international flavour at the start of the day as gamers from all over Europe: Belgium, Spain, Norway and Sweden joined those from the UK, USA and of course, France. With such a diverse contingent it came as no surprise to see a wide variety of styles on show.

The first semi final saw Javier take on France's Franck Mandry. Both sides selected Brazil and it wasn't long before Ronaldinho put Javier on the scoresheet with a long-range Ronaldinho shot. Minutes later he made it two and it was only a save from Dida that prevented the Spaniard from turning round at 3-0 up. A cheeky Ronaldo shot inside the six-yard box pulled one back for Franck in the opening minutes of the second half but Javier's defence locked out the opposition's attack for the remainder of the half and secured him a place in the final.

The second semi final saw goals for both Belgium's Tom Van Rousselt and the USA's Matija Biljeskovic early in the game. A midfield battle ensued with both teams breaking through and threatening the opposition's defence on several occasions. Despite some exciting play both goalkeepers prevented either side from scoring and with extra time producing no further goals it was down to a penalty shoot out to decide the winner. Both players scored five out of five from the spot so it was a case of "sudden death". At the seventh attempt Lucio missed his spot-kick for Tom and it was Roberto Carlos who smashed the ball home to take Matija into the final.

Both the Spaniard and the American took to the field as Brazil and it was all about Ronaldinho in the first half as he powered two shots home for Javier to give him a comfortable 2-0 cushion. Despite some sharp attacks, Matija couldn't break through the opposition's defence thanks to some athletic saves from Dida. In the 85th minute Matija clawed back a goal thanks to a well worked move and a good finish from Ronaldo but it was a case of too little too late and at the final whistle Javier became the eighth winner of the 2005 regional tournament. He now joins the other winners from this year's regional tournament in next Sunday's Grand Final - in the meantime well done Javier!

Javier will have little time to bask in his glory - in under one week he will travel to London to take on nine other competitors, the cream of the world's best FIFA 06 players, in a bid to become the FIFA Interactive World Player 2005.

The tournament culminates in the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final held in London this coming Sunday (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 Javier Devis Lara after he won the event by clicking here.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Win a copy of FIFA Manager 06

Win a copy of FIFA Manager 06 In conjunction with EA Sports UK, we are very pleased to be able to offer you the chance to win a copy of FIFA Manager 06 for the PC, plus a great EA Sports baseball cap for the winner and 2 runners-up.

To have a chance of winning these great prizes all you need to do is answer a couple of questions and then complete the tie-breaker. Competition closes at midnight GMT this Friday 16th December.

Click here to enter this great competition and good luck.

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English Premier League Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the English Premier League, Salman Khalid, brings us a summary of all the latest action:

Barclays Premiership Review
Sat 10
Dec 2005
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Birmingham 1
Fulham 0

Nicky Butt headed in a late goal against Fulham to give Birmingham City their first home win of the current season. It was all 0-0 until the 84th minute when Butt scored from close range. Fulham’s run this season is not good as they have managed to get only one point from their last 7 matches.

Blackburn 3
West Ham 2

Rovers are back on scoring tracks as they scored 3 goals against West Ham and secured the 3 points. It was West Ham’s Bobby Zamora who opened the scoring for his side in the dying moments of the first half. Rovers soon struck back through Paul Dickov after the half in 56th minute when West Ham gave away a penalty. Next minute they were ahead when the same player again scored, but the West Ham players threw everything and equalized in the 64th minute of the match through Marlon Harewood. Now the match was getting exciting as both sides were battling for the winning goal and this race was won by Rovers when Shefki Kuqi scored in the 76th minute of the match and the match ended 3-2 in favour of Blackburn.

Bolton 1
Aston Villa 1

It was all late drama at Wanderers home and both teams had to settle for a draw. El Hadji Diouf gave Wanderers the lead in the 82nd minute of the match and it looked as if the game would end the same but it didn't happen. Juan Pablo Angel came off the bench and scored his first goal of the season in the 88th minute to level the score.

Charlton 2
Sunderland 0

At last Charlton Athletic’s nightmare came to an end at the Valley when they beat struggling Sunderland 2-0. It was their first win after six straight defeats. Darren Bent scored the first goal in the 42nd minute and the 2nd one was scored just after the restart in the 49th minute by Darren Ambrose.

Chelsea 1
Wigan 0

It was John Terry last week and this time it was him again as the skipper scored the only goal of the match and helped continue Chelsea’s unbeaten run. Wigan fought very well throughout the match but it was Chelsea’s captain who again scored his second successive goal in the 67th minute to give Chelsea a lift at the top.

Liverpool 2
Middlesbrough 0

Liverpool’s best form continues as they secured their 10th straight win. With this win they have equalled their previous record of 10 straight wins and are now hoping to break that record. It was Spanish star Morientes who scored both goals in 72nd and 77th minutes of the match. Now Liverpool are in 2nd spot and looking in great form and with this high spirit they are flying to Japan where they will play in the World Club Championship.

Newcastle 1
Arsenal 0
Arsenal’s poor form continues as they were beaten in their 2nd successive match away from home. It was Solano who scored in the 82nd minute of the match after Arsenal were reduced to 10 men. It was his first goal for the club after returning to Newcastle.
WBA 2
Man City 0
Manchester City were dumb struck at the Hawthorns when West Brom beat them by 2 goals. Current form of the home side is not that good but they still managed to beat City. Goals from Diomansy Kamara and Kevin Campbell in 5th and 61th minute of the match respectively were enough for West Brom to collect all three points at home.
Sun 11
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Man United 1
Everton 1
Superb defensive strategy helped Everton to manage a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Things are not going well for United and with this draw they are 12 points behind Chelsea. It was Everton who scored first, in fact they scored too early just in the 5th minute of the match to get early advantage but United’s star player Giggs scored in the 15th minute and the score was 1-1. Later neither team were able to score and the match ended in a draw.
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Spurs 3
Portsmouth 1
A Mido penalty seven minutes from time set Tottenham Hotspur on the way to victory and prevented Harry Redknapp leaving with a point in his first match back in charge of Portsmouth. The Egypt striker kept his cool from the spot after referee Uriah Rennie gave handball against Gary O’Neil and substitute Jermain Defoe ended his own barren scoring run in the dying seconds.

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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 14's exciting action:

Italian Lega Calcio Review
Chievo Verona 2
AC Milan 1

One of the most surprising results for all Milan fans all over the world as Verona get the whole three points to give Juventus a very big chance to increase the gap at the top of the table of the Lega Calcio.

Verona came from behind as they were down by a goal scored by defender Kaladze in the 23rd min of the first half to score two goals where the equalizer was scored at the end of the first half through the player Sergio. In the second half Milan tried to increase their pressure in order to score the winner however Simone had another word when he scored the winner after he had entered the pitch for only three minutes in a very difficult time in the last tem minutes of the game. Hard luck for Milan & nice play Verona as they got a very precious three points to put them in to 5th position.

Inter Milan 1
Ascoli 0
Adriano helped his team to get an important three points as Inter won over Ascoli by a single goal scored by Adriano in the first half of the game, however there could have been another goal for Inter through Cambiasso when the ball returned from the goal after a powerful shot from Adriano but Cambiasso refused it as he shot it strangely into the keeper legs to end the game by a single goal winner. Inter jump to the 3rd position with the same points as Fiorontina but with the goal difference in favour of them.
Udinese 0
Livorno 2
Livorno continue their good performances to reach one of the European qualification positions at the end of the season as they beat Udinese away by two goals to nil scored through Udinese defender Christian Abodi scoring in his own goal & Lucarelli in the 8th min & 71st min respectively.
Trevisio 0
Messina 0
In a very poor game between two bottom teams neither Trevisio nor Messina could score to end the game in a goalless draw in a game that witnessed five yellow cards & a red card.

Sampadoria 2
Empoli 0

Sampadoria secured an important three points to keep up racing for a European qualification position, after losing many points in the last few weeks, after a win over the bottom team Empoli by two goals to nil scored in the last 15 mins of the game through Marco & Flachi in the 78th min & 87th min respectively.
Reggina 2
Parma 1
Parma continue falling this season after losing at the hands of Reggina who collected a very precious three points to escape from the relegation zone. The game ended by two goals to one for Reggina where the three goals were scored all in the first 20 minutes of the game while the rest of the game was very difficult for the players who were so nervous that the game witnessed five yellow cards & a red card. Fransesco Cozza & Gattano Di Rozza scored for Reggina in the 10th min & 21st min while Cardonni scored the only goal for Parma.

Palermo 2
Cagliari 2

In a very competitive game both Palermo & Cagliari could only get a point as they drew by two goals each. The game was so quick where Palermo controlled the game very early through scoring two successive goals in the first half through the players Andrea & Steven Macinoa in the 20th min & 22nd min. The game completely changed in the second half when Calgiari came from behind to score two important goals through Daniel Conti in the 64th min while the equalizer came in the dying minutes of the game when Fransesco scored it in the 88th min.
Lazio 3
Siena 2
In another very good game Lazio collected another three points after beating Siena by three goals to two. Most of the goals were scored in the second half which witnessed four goals of the five scored in the whole game. Di Canio, Cesar & Leonardo scored the three goals for Lazio in the 43rd min, 60th min & 79th min respectively while Bogodani & Peruzzi (OG) scored in the 52nd min & 90th min respectively for Siena.

Lecce 2
AS Roma 2

Roma continue losing points in the Lega after a draw with the bottom team by two goals each. Lecce came from behind to score two important goals to get a very precious point in their race to escape from the relegation zone. Roma earlier took the lead by two goals to nil through Cassano & Bofo, scored in the first half, however the game changed completely in the second half when Gisippi Cozzolini & Vosnic scored two successive goals in 7 minutes at the beginning of the 2nd half.
Fiorontina 1
Juventus 2
A late goal from Mauro Camoranesi gave Juventus their 13th win in the Lega this season and gave them an eight point gap at the top of the Lega Calcio. Fiorontina almost dominated the game but Juventus took the lead early with a goal through their goal scorer Trezeguet in the 8th min. However Fiorontina equalized before the end of the 1st half in the 40th min through Pazzini & then Fiorontina completely dominated the game & had three wasted chances in which the ball hit the bar, two from Fiorontina top scorer Luca Toni, until Mauro Camoranesi did it finally in the 88th min to give Juventus an undeserved win but a very valuable three points, which increases the gap at the top of the table in favour of Juventus with 39 points.

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

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Bundesliga 2GF Flags Mega Patch

Bundesliga 2GF Flags Mega PatchFollowing on from the success of Shlomy Sharabani's previous Spanish Primera Liga and Italian Serie A flag updates, you can find at FIFA-IL his latest Bundesliga 2GF Flags Mega Patch (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

This patch will easily update your Bundesliga flags sets with high qaulity and fully authentic sets, all created by original ultras photos.

Download these excellent Flags direct from our Download Boutique.

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Christmas present ideas

Christmas present ideas Need an idea for a great present for a family member or a close friend? Have they ever dreamt of scoring the winning goals in the Cup Final? Well, now those dreams can become a reality in the Cup Final personalised animated cartoon! Running for nearly five minutes on a PC, Cup Final is a fully animated cartoon complete with sound effects and excitable voice-overs that would put Clive Tyldesley to shame.

To star in the cartoon simply provide mycartoon.co.uk with a photograph of your friend/family member and a few other details. Your cartoon will then be personalised before being dispatched in a presentation case. It's a unique gift idea for all ages!

To order yours and learn more of this and the other cartoons available, visit www.mycartoon.co.uk now!

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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
Kilmarnock 2 Rangers 3

Peter Lovenkrands grabbed a scintillating hat-trick as Rangers ended their 10-game run without a victory to leapfrog Kilmarnock.

The Dane fired home superbly following fine through balls from Bob Malcolm and Thomas Buffel to make it 2-0. A defensive mix-up allowed Gary McDonald to slot home for Killie. But Lovenkrands poked in Rangers' third following a superb Buffel run before more indecision allowed Kris Boyd to stab home a second for Kilmarnock.

Aberdeen 0
Dunfermline 0

Dunfermline Athletic produced a resolute performance to escape Pittodrie with a draw but still dropped to the bottom of the SPL.

Lee Makel missed an early chance to give the Pars the lead, while Noel Hunt was denied by a good save from former Athletic goalkeeper Jamie Langfield. Aberdeen striker Stevie Crawford and midfielder Barry Nicholson both missed good chances against their former club. But Dunfermline deserved their point for a backs-to-the-wall performance.

Livingston 1
Dundee United 0

Robert Snodgrass grabbed the winner as Livingston lifted themselves off the bottom of the Scottish Premier League with a fine win over Dundee United.

The young striker scored with an excellent drive from the edge of the box for his fourth goal of the season. Paul Dalglish, Jason Dair and Harald Pinxten had come close to giving Livingston the lead before then. Two good saves from Ludovic Roy and two scrambles off their own line late on earned Livi a deserved victory.

Falkirk 0
Motherwell 1

Falkirk's miserable home form continued after a second-half goal from Jim Hamilton gave Motherwell the points.

A lacklustre first half produced little action in front of goal, with both sides unable to find their touch in front of goal. Falkirk's Pedro Moutinho was sent through on goal just after the interval but Graeme Smith blocked his shot. Hamilton broke the deadlock in the 58th minute when he nodded home Steven Hammell's inviting free-kick.

Hearts 0
Inverness 0

Hearts lost ground on Celtic in the SPL after they were held at Tynecastle by a dangerous Inverness side.

Inverness player-boss Craig Brewster missed a glorious chance to break the deadlock after 36 minutes when he fired over the bar from eight yards out. The veteran striker squandered another chance on the hour, when he pulled his shot wide after great work from Craig Dargo. The result leaves Hearts trailing leaders Celtic by three points.

Celtic 3
Hibernian 2

John Hartson scored a double as Celtic went three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League after a seesaw battle with Hibernian.

Hartson nodded home a Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick, but Hibs hit back after the break from a Guillaume Beuzelin header. Steven Fletcher volleyed Hibs' second, but Shaun Maloney quickly levelled with a fine, curling free-kick. Hartson bundled the winner home after a Maloney effort hit the post and Hearts' draw extended Celtic's SPL lead.

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

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Formation Master 06

Formation Master 06Sweetpatch Development Posse member Rinaldo Zocca today brings us his latest excellent utility for FIFA 06. Formation Master 06 is an editor that allows you to modify the formations used in FIFA 06 (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

There are 18 original formations provided by EA, with Formation Master you can modify the existing formations and also add two new formations. Formation Master 06 comes with a collection of 38 new formations ready to be imported into the game and a useful tutorial for learning everything about tactics.

Download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

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The Day Job

The Day JobCheck out what I do for a day job as an article I was recently involved with has hit the net.

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FIFA Korea's English service is re-opened

FIFA Korea's English service is re-openedOur partners at FIFA Korea have resumed their English service this week. On their return they have improved the site which now brings you:

  1. The biggest and fastest server
    They provide again the English service after a lapse of 2 years. You can browse their site faster than before.
  2. Site design is changed totally.
  3. Improved website system
    They provide services for members. If you sign up now, you can get all the contents on their site.
  4. K-League Super Patch 2005 for FIFA 2005 has been released
    It had been already released in March in Korea. But it's the version for Korean users only.(Over 60,000 Asian people have downloaded already.) Now you can meet full English supported K-League from them. K-League Super Patch 2005 v2.0 is FIFA Korea's official patch that offers more correct K-League teams, worldwide club teams, and national team rosters based on EA Sports's FIFA 2005 and various graphics according to more enhanced real soccer atmosphere. More details soon on this patch.
  5. Real soccer news & info
    Now you can get real soccer data including the following soccer databases:
    • 1930 ~ 2002 World Cup all match results & statistics (Detailed Fact Sheet)
    • 1991 ~ 2003 Women's World Cup all match results & statistics (Detailed Fact Sheet)
    • 1956 ~ 2004 Asian Cup all match results & statistics
    • 1960 ~ 2004 European Championships all match results & statistics
    • 1977 ~ 2005 World Youth Championships all match results & statistics
    • 1910 ~ 2006 Copa America Cup all match results & statistics
  6. Soccer Links Database has been updated!
    At their Soccer Links Database section, you can find more than 430 soccer related websites in the world. For gathering more world wide soccer info, use their Soccer Links Database section.
  7. Game Preview Section
    The Game Preview Section provides hundreds of screenshots for FIFA series including FIFA 99 ~ FIFA 2006. Also including basic game information.
  8. Even more 10,000 downloads
    They are still providing over 10,000 downloads for FIFA game series from FIFA 99 to FIFA 2006.
  9. And lots of new features are here...

They are deeply sorry for the last 2 years and continuous postponement of opening their English pages. But now it's normal process. You must sign in to their free membership service...and feel the premium service in the biggest Asian cyber soccer network!

Visit FIFA Korea today!

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English Premier League: Chelsea 1 Wigan 0

English Premier League: Chelsea 1 Wigan 0Chelsea unrolled a familiar script as for the second weekend in a row at Stamford Bridge, John Terry made a captain’s big contribution, heading in a set-piece goal midway through the second-half to overcome stubborn opposition.

The story of a goalless first-half was all about one penalty claim, one header cleared off the line, plenty of Chelsea possession and no Wigan threat on goal. Mourinho made one change for the second-half; Drogba came on for Duff.

Concern was beginning to mount as to where the Chelsea breakthrough would come from. Mourinho acted again. Gudjohnsen came on for the ineffectual Robben and the team shape changed to three at the back with Cole and Del Horno providing the midfield width. ‘Come on Chelsea’ chanted the increasingly impatient crowd.

There were differences to Terry’s winning goal from a week ago - but not many! This time it was on 66 minutes rather than 60 and this time Lampard swung a corner over from the right, not Duff. McCulloch couldn't halt the Terry charge by fair means or foul on this occasion and falling forwards, Terry bulleted a header at the net. Pollitt reached it with a hand but could only divert the ball into the top corner.

Chelsea head to Highbury next Sunday in search of a prized scalp with four straight Premiership wins and clean sheets under our belt. After the defeat at Old Trafford, it was just what the doctor ordered.

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Adidas unveils Official World Cup 2006 Match Ball

Adidas unveils Official World Cup 2006 Match BallThe adidas +Teamgeist™ is the name chosen for the Official Ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™. Unveiled to a worldwide audience at the Final Draw in Leipzig on Friday, the adidas +Teamgeist™ marks another new milestone in ball technology for the Herzogenaurach-based company, supplier of the official FIFA World Cup™ match ball since 1970. (Click on screenshot on right for larger image).

The new ball is a triumph of the designer's craft and will delight players with its revolutionary technology. It is formed from a totally new configuration of 14 panels, providing a smooth, perfectly spherical exterior and delivering significant improvements in terms of precision and control.

The ball has a classic colour scheme. The black and white reflect host nation Germany's traditional strip, while the gold stripes were inspired by the glittering hue of the FIFA World Cup Trophy.

The name focuses on football as a pure sporting activity. The German word Teamgeist – team spirit in English – homes in on the single indispensable attribute a side must possess if they are to stand any chance of hoisting the golden trophy.

The revolutionary technology allows players to deploy the full range of their abilities, as the qualities and attributes of the ball remain absolutely identical with every shot. Only a perfectly spherical ball with a smooth surface offers consistent and reliable movement through the air on shooting. Loved by goalscorers, feared by goalkeepers, the new adidas +Teamgeist™ offers a guarantee of goals and excitement at the forthcoming FIFA World Cup.

Read the full article on this great new ball by clicking here.

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World Cup Final Draw Made

The draw for the finals of the World Cup 2006 were made last night in Leipzig in Germany. The draw in full is as follows:

World Cup Final Draw Made
Group A

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cup™ Football

  1. Germany
  2. Costa Rica
  3. Poland
  4. Ecuador
Group B

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cup™ Football

  1. England
  2. Paraguay
  3. Trinidad & Tobago
  4. Sweden
Group C

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cup™ Football

  1. Argentina
  2. Ivory Coast
  3. Serbia & Montenegro
  4. Holland
Group D

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cup™ Football

  1. Mexico
  2. Iran
  3. Angola
  4. Portugal
Group E

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cup™ Football

  1. Italy
  2. Ghana
  3. USA
  4. Czech Republic
Group F

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cup™ Football

  1. Brazil
  2. Croatia
  3. Australia
  4. Japan
Group G

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cup™ Football

  1. France
  2. Switzerland
  3. South Korea
  4. Togo
Group H

The Official Sites of FIFA World Cup™ Football

  1. Spain
  2. Ukraine
  3. Tunisia
  4. Saudi Arabia

For comprehensive official World Cup draw news, click here and to see the first stage match schedule click here.

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Friday, December 9, 2005

The Big Match Up - Issue 3 is here

The Big Match Up - Issue 3 is hereToday we bring you issue 3 of our 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 Set Pieces. The collective score after 2 weeks was 17 v 15 in favour of FIFA 06. See what the score will be after this week's match up.

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 FIFA 06 and Pro Evo Soccer 5 ad banners you can click the link to visit our FIFA 06 Shop and Pro Evolution Soccer 5 Shop.

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

Download your copy of issue 3 of the The Big Match Up by clicking here and then please please please post your views in our forums by clicking here.

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FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup Demo™

Get your copy of FIFA 06: RTFWC todayIf you're a lucky Xbox 360 owner you can now download the FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup demo. It lets you play Brazil vs Germany at the Stade Delle Alpi for one 45 minute half.

The demo is available to download now from Xbox Marketplace and clocks in at around 430MB. If you've an Xbox 360 and broadband connection, download it and see what you think!

Played the demo and now you want to buy the game, check out the great savings we have managed to achieve for you in our FIFA 06 Shop. Go on, buy it today, you know you want to.

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Thursday, December 8, 2005

Get a Football Fanatic for Christmas

Get a Football Fanatic for Christmas If football rules your world, or a friend or family member, and you live in the UK you're gonna love Football Fanatics. Create players from your own team and make them stars or turn opposition team players in to duffers. Get yourself one for Christmas, or buy it for a friend.

Football Fanatics lets you create your favourite player in the colours of any club and create animated messages (with up to a 1000 characters of text). Watch your player hold the cup, score, jump for joy, get a red card and more!

Relive those precious football moments on your handset as wallpapers, screensavers and mobile videos or show off to friends or rivals via Wap or MMS messaging and Email. The footballers in your messages can even speak the text messages you send with yomego. So plain texting? Well we think it's all over.

When you download Football Fanatics it will stay on your phone. Use it for sending messages and creating downloads as often as you like. Football Fanatics is a mobile download (costs only £3.00 to download) + standard Wap/GPRS charges will apply and you'll need GPRS + Wap enabled on your phone.

Go on, treat yourself or a friend for Christmas to getting a Football Fanatics on the phone by clicking here.

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UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 6

Following Matchday 6 yesterday we check out a brief summary of all the action below: UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 6
Group A
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Club Brugge 1
Bayern Munich 1

FC Bayern München missed out on top spot in UEFA Champions League Group A, despite enjoying an overwhelming territorial advantage, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a resilient Club Brugge KV.

Claudio Pizarro opened the scoring for the away team with a powerful back-header, and also hit the crossbar with a second-half strike, but Javier Portillo's superb equaliser earned a point for Club Brugge, who will continue their European adventure in the UEFA Cup. The hosts were also indebted to the decision to disallow an added-time effort from Bayern substitute José Paolo Guerrero.

Rapid Vienna 1
Juventus 3

Two significant Alessandro Del Piero strikes and a fine Zlatan Ibrahimovic effort allowed Juventus to defeat SK Rapid Wien in Austria and overhaul FC Bayern München to win UEFA Champions League Group A.

Group B
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Arsenal 0
Ajax 0

Arsenal's hopes of becoming only the fifth team to win all six group games in the UEFA Champions League ran into a Dutch defensive dam at Highbury, where Thierry Henry missed a penalty and fellow qualifiers AFC Ajax held them to a goalless draw in their final Group B tie.

Sparta Prague 0 Thun 0
FC Thun capped their maiden UEFA Champions League run with more celebrations after a goalless draw against AC Sparta Praha earned them third place in Group B and a UEFA Cup berth.
Group C
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Werder Bremen 5
Panathinaikos 1

Werder Bremen may have scored five goals of their own to comfortably defeat Panathinaikos FC, but it was a telling strike hundreds of kilometres away in Italy which ultimately sealed their passage to the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League.

Bremen entered Matchday 6 at the foot of Group C, yet knew they would advance with a win should FC Barcelona do likewise at Udinese Calcio. An early Johan Micoud penalty, two Nelson Valdez goals and further efforts from Miroslav Klose and Torsten Frings enabled Bremen to keep their half of the bargain, although supporters at the packed Weserstadion were only able to celebrate when news filtered through of Barça's late success.

Udinese 0
Barcelona 2

Udinese Calcio came within five minutes of marking their maiden UEFA Champions League campaign with a place in the knockout rounds, before two late FC Barcelona goals deprived them of the point they needed, meaning they will have to be content with a UEFA Cup berth.

Santiago Ezquerro struck the opener on 85 minutes following a goalmouth scramble, and with the hosts pressing in search of the equaliser, substitute Andrés Iniesta swept home a second on the break. The Spanish champions' late success means Werder Bremen advance to the last 16, while Udinese are left to ponder what might have been.

Group D
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Benfica 2
Man United 1

Goals from Geovanni and Beto stunned Manchester United FC and enabled SL Benfica to reach the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds for the first time since 1994/95.

It meant United, who threw away an early lead achieved through Paul Scholes, failed to advance from the group stage for the first time in ten years, and by finishing bottom of Group D have not even a UEFA Cup place for consolation.

Villarreal 1
Lille 0

A second-half strike from substitute Antonio Guayre earned UEFA Champions League debutants Villarreal CF victory against LOSC Lille Métropole and a place in the knockout stage as Group D winners.

Guayre raced clear 23 minutes from time and finished coolly for what was Villarreal's third goal in six matches in the section, allowing the Spanish side to hold off second-placed SL Benfica to reach the last 16. In a thrilling game, the French visitors - who qualify for the UEFA Cup - made numerous chances, the best of which was saved superbly by Villarreal goalkeeper Sebastián Viera from substitute Kevin Mirallas.

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

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Wednesday, December 7, 2005

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UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 6

Following Matchday 6 yesterday we check out a brief summary of all the action below: UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 6
Group E
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AC Milan 3
Schalke 2

Two second-half goals from Kaká helped AC Milan squeeze into the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds with a hard-earned victory against FC Schalke 04 that secured first place in Group E.

The Italian side began the night in top spot, and needing a point - though not a high-scoring draw - to progress, looked on course for the last 16 when Andrea Pirlo curled in a spectacular free-kick shortly before half-time. Christian Poulsen levelled almost immediately, however, but a quick double from Kaká early in the second period put the home team in control, before Lincoln revived Schalke's hopes in the 66th minute and forced Milan to hang on.

PSV 2
Fenerbahçe 0

PSV Eindhoven recorded their third home victory in UEFA Champions League Group E, defeating Fenerbahçe SK 2-0 to progress to the knockout rounds for the second year running.

Captain Phillip Cocu again led by example, heading PSV in front in the first half to ease mounting nerves. These were present throughout the second period, too, only abating when Jefferson Farfán doubled the advantage with five minutes remaining. The Dutch club ended their campaign on ten points to finish runners-up behind AC Milan, 3-2 winners against an FC Schalke 04 side who go into the UEFA Cup.

Group F
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Lyon 2
Rosenborg 1

Olympique Lyonnais completed their UEFA Champions League Group F campaign in style as a last-gasp goal from Fred secured a hard-fought victory against a determined Rosenborg BK.

Olympiacos 2
Real Madrid 1

A late strike from Rivaldo saw Olympiacos CFP exit the UEFA Champions League on a high and condemned Juan Ramón López Caro to defeat in his first match as Real Madrid CF coach.

The understrength Spanish side had gone ahead through Sergio Ramos, but were pegged back by Erol Bulut's stunning volley. Rivaldo, a former FC Barcelona playmaker, had the final say, putting his old rivals to the sword three minutes from time when finishing from close range. It was the Greek champions' first victory in Group F, a pool they prop up with Rosenborg BK claiming the UEFA Cup berth.

Group G
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Real Betis 0
Anderlecht 1

RSC Anderlecht finally ended their dismal run of 12 consecutive UEFA Champions League defeats with a hard-earned 1-0 win over Real Betis Balompié at the Manuel Ruíz de Lopera stadium in Seville. Vincent Kompany was the visitors' hero, scoring the only goal just before half-time.

Chelsea 0
Liverpool 0

Chelsea and Liverpool remained deadlocked at 0-0 for the third time in four UEFA Champions League meetings this year, leaving the European champions to claim top spot in Group G with Chelsea having to make do with second place.

Group H
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Artmedia 0
Porto 0

This goalless draw in torrential conditions may have ended the UEFA Champions League campaigns of FC Artmedia and FC Porto, but the Slovakian hosts were fully deserving of the point that keeps their best-ever European run going in the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

Artmedia were the happier on the muddy surface, and Porto's stalwart custodian Vítor Baía had to show all his experience to keep them out. The result takes Rangers FC through in second place in Group H even though they did not beat FC Internazionale Milano; Porto, however, cannot now win a third continental trophy in four seasons.

Rangers 1
Internazionale 1

Rangers FC became the first Scottish side to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds after a 1-1 draw against FC Internazionale Milano was enough to clinch second place in Group H.

Peter Løvenkrands was the hero for the home team as he raced clear to cancel out Adriano's headed opener for the visitors. With the game between FC Artmedia and FC Porto finishing goalless in Bratislava, a point sufficed to secure entry to the last 16 for Alex McLeish's men.

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.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2005

English Premier League Review

Today it is great to welcome back Sweetpatch Official Reporter for the English Premier League, Salman Khalid, who has been helping in his country of Pakistan following the recent devastation from the earthquakes. He brings you a summary of all the latest action: Barclays Premiership Review
Sat 03
Dec 2005
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Blackburn 0
Everton 2

Everton gained their fourth win out of their last five matches and are at the moment out of the relegation zone. Goals from McFadden and Arteta in the first half proved enough for Everton to take the vital three points. Rovers captain Andy Todd was dismissed and thus were reduced to 10 men.

Bolton 2
Arsenal 0

Bolton Wanderers outclassed the Gunners with a 2-0 defeat. It was the midfielder Stelios Giannakopoulos who was creating problems for Arsenal defence. At times it seemed like Arsenal were going to score but two superb shots from Henry hit the side posts and went away. Seemed like it was not Arsenal’s day and they were defeated and with this defeat they are now at fourth spot in the Premiership.

Chelsea 1
Middlesbrough 0

The skipper John Terry took his side to another victory with a super header at Stamford Bridge. Earlier Terry was denied two times as his headers were cleared off the line but third time it went in. Hasselbaink also missed his shot at a critical point when he had clear chance of scoring but he shot wide which hit the post.

Liverpool 3
Wigan 0

Peter Crouch at last scored his first goal for the reds and broke the deadlock. With this win now Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight matches and currently sit in third place in the league. Peter first scored in the 19th minute but his effort was named as an own goal as a result of deflection from Baines but the striker never gave up and just before half time scored another goal with a clever lob which gave the Reds a 2-0 lead. It was the Spanish star Luis Garcia who put icing on the cake as he slammed in the third goal. Seeing at the current form of Liverpool the other title hunters Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd now need to play sensibly.

Man United 3
Portsmouth 0

Man Utd got three points in the bag comfortably at home and move to second spot in the league. Scholes was the first to score from close range and in the end Rooney and van Nistelrooy made it 3-0 for the Red Devils.

Newcastle 1
Aston Villa 1

Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry missed the chance to inflict a fourth successive defeat on Newcastle United when he fired an 88th-minute penalty high over the crossbar. The Magpies had looked on course for all three points as they entered the final quarter of an hour leading 1-0 through Alan Shearer’s first-half penalty, the 198th goal of his career on Tyneside. However, they crumbled at the death as former Sunderland midfielder Gavin McCann levelled after 75 minutes and then defender Titus Bramble conceded the late spot-kick.

Spurs 3
Sunderland 2
It was all full of goals, full of thrills and full of excitement at White Hart Lane as Spurs got three points leaving the Black Cats with their ninth straight defeat. Dean Whitehead scored from a free kick and gave the visitors a 1-0 lead but Spurs struck an equalizer just before the half time with a super move from Mido and Keane and soon after the half time they were ahead with a strike from Keane again. Black Cats never gave up and struck through Le Tallec and the score was 2-2 but in the end Spurs struck again to take all three points at home.
WBA 0
Fulham 0
It was all a goal less draw between these two struggling sides. None of them were able to score through the chances created and a frustrated match ended 0-0.
Sun 04
Dec 2005
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Charlton 2
Man City 5
Andy Cole, Joey Barton, Trevor Sinclair and Darius Vassell destroyed Charlton's defence with goals from every angle as Manchester City crushed Charlton Athletic in a seven-goal thriller. At half time the score was 2-1 in favour of Man City. First one for the City was scored by Andy Cole with a super pass from Vassell. Later Charlton equalized through Bent with a thundering shot which passed James in a flash. Within a minute City struck back again through Sinclair and the first half ended 2-1. In 69th minute Joey Barton made it 3-1 for the visitors but in 73rd minute Jay Bothroyd scored and put a bit of life in the game but Charlton's defence was too much exposed and due to that, Darius Vassell and Andy Cole scored two goals in 79th and 84th minute to wrap it up for the City 5-2.
Mon 05
Dec 2005
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Birmingham 1
West Ham 2
Marlon Harewood's goal in first-half injury-time plunged Birmingham City into deeper relegation trouble as they suffered a sixth defeat in seven Barclays Premiership games at St Andrews. Harewood finished well from Matthew Etherington's cross, though television replays suggested the ball may have gone out of play before the winger crossed the ball.Blues arguably deserved at least a share of the spoils on the strength of their second-half performance, when they created several decent opportunities - but they remain anchored in 19th spot.

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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FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - German Winner

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - German WinnerGabor Mokos came back from the brink of elimination at the semi-final stage to go on and win the final of the German regional tournament and secure his place in the Grand Final.

Gabor's road to victory started earlier in the day as he joined the queue with other gamers at the doors in Cologne's Palladium. Hundreds of players from all over Germany had joined those from further afield such as Switzerland, Finland, Hungary, Austria and the UK all eager to win not only the tournament and the right to represent their country in the Grand Final but also two tickets to the Final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ and a much-sought after Xbox 360.

The first semi final saw Switzerland's Oezden Fedagar take on Alex Holzhammer from Germany in all-Brazil affair. Alex took control of the match in its early stages with a great header from Adriano and the Brazilian made it two just before half time with a stunning volley. The second half saw a more-evenly matched contest for the first quarter before Adriano scored again for Alex. It looked like his team would keep a clean sheet until Adriano scored in for the opposition in the 84th to make it 3-1. Any chance of a comeback was immediately snuffed out though as Robinho nodded in a header for the German and gave Alex a place in the final.

The second semi final saw one of the comebacks of the tournament to date as Gabor's team fought back from what seemed to be an impossible 4-1 deficit. In the second half Rui Costa narrowed the gap with a hard drive from outside the box before Shevchenko equalized with a well-worked header. Extra time bought a new lease of life to AC Milan as Inzaghi took two to make it 6-4.

The final was an altogether more subdued affair and sadly saw little of the drama that had characterized its preceding matches. Gabor's men gave him a one goal lead in the fourth minute but Alex's Brazil team were unlucky not to equalize after Ronaldo hit the woodwork. Gabor showed no sign of nerves as he tried to chip the 'keeper on one occasion and absorbed wave after wave of Brazilian attacks to hold his lead. At the final whistle the Hungarian was clearly relieved to have survived with such a slender lead for much of the match and paid credit to his opponent: "Alex was a strong opponent and he played superbly". Gabor was congratulated by Reiner and sent on his journey to the Grand Final by an enthusiastic crowd who will no doubt continue to cheer for him in when he takes on the competition in London on December 18th.

The FIFA Interactive World Cup moves to France next week, visiting Paris to pick up its final representative.

The tournament will then 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 Gabor Mokos after he won the event by clicking here.

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Monday, December 5, 2005

FIFA Manager 06 Patch and Editor

FIFA Manager 06 Patch and EditorEA Sports have published their first official patch for FIFA Manager 06 (v1.1), which will correct most of the bugs and issues found until now. It is strongly recommended to download this patch, and if you want to check the full list of issues fixed click here.

What's more, there's also a new version of their game Data Editor (v1.1).

Download these files direct from our Download Boutique:

This ties in brilliantly with our latest competition which we will be running this week. We will be giving you your chance to win 1 of 2 copies of FIFA Manager 06 for the PC plus an exclusive EA Sports Baseball cap. Check back later this week when we launch this competition for Christmas.

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English Premier League: Chelsea 1 Middlesbrough 0

English Premier League: Chelsea 1 Middlesbrough 0 Arjen Robben made a sparkling return to form but it was a set-piece and the reliable head of skipper John Terry that separated Chelsea and Middlesbrough in a game of many chances but just one goal.

The result gives Chelsea ten consecutive home victories, a new club record and it was a deserved victory although Middlesbrough were strong opponents.

The deadlock was broken on the hour. Again Terry rose highest when a Duff corner came over and again Rochemback was well-paced on the line to foil him. But his feet were a-tangle and this time the captain could not be denied. It was his first Premiership goal of the season.

Chelsea’s week of intensive home action has begun with a sound three points.

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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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 13's exciting action:

Italian Lega Calcio Review
Livorno 0
Chievo Verona 0
Neither Verona nor Livorno could benefit from their match as both are fighting for the first European qualifying positions this season up to now & the three points for any of them could have helped the winning team so much & thrown the loser away but they both drew nil nil to keep the situation as it is.
AC Milan 2
Lecce 1
Late goal from Filippo Inzaghi scored in the dying seconds of the game gave the whole three points for Milan & made it worse for Lecce who are facing relegation problems this season. The game was so quick in the beginning from Milan to forget their last loss at Fiorontina in the last week. They scored the first goal by Pirlo followed by many wasted chances by AC Milan. Lecce scored the equalizer from one of their few chances through Axel Konan. The game remained this way even in the second half until Lecce wasted a very important chance to get a very important three points after Ldsma shot just wide followed by a nice through pass from Pirlo that found Inzaghi in a very good position to score the winner for Milan in stoppage time to get them a very hard three points in their race for the title behind Juventus.
Parma 1
Udinese 2
Udinese secured another three points in the Lega Calcio with a win over Parma by two goals to one leaving Parma only two points above the relegation zone. By this result Udinese complete their beautiful performances after their important win in the Champions League over Panathanikos. The goals were scored through Pierettoto scoring twice for Udinese while Corradi scored the only goal for Parma.
Messina 1
Inter 2
Di Napoli's late goal couldn't help his side to come back from their loss with Inter after Inter scored two goals through Recoba & Cambiasso to give Inter the three points.

Siena 0
Reggina 0

In a very bad slow game Reggina drew with Siena in a goalless draw to deepen their problems as they still near the relegation zone & need to reinforce their situation in the league in the coming games.
Ascoli 1 Palermo 1
Ascoli continue their drawn games as they drew again with Palermo at their own ground to get another point on their way to stay in the Lega Calcio this season. The two goals were scored in the first half through the players Bonani scoring for Palermo & Marco Ferranti equalizing for Ascoli before the end of the first half.

Empoli 2
Lazio 3

In a very quick beautiful game Lazio got a very precious important three points in the Lega Calcio with a very difficult win over Empoli by three goals to two as Lazio came from behind & scored two goals in the last 15 minutes to get a very precious three points. Dabo, Tare & Liverani scored the three goals of Lazio while Ricardo & Tavvano scored the two goals of Empoli.
Cagliari 2
Sampadoria 0
Sampadoria lost a very important three points at the hands of Calgiari after losing by two goals to nil to complete their bad performance this season which is completely different than that of the last season which saw them qualifying for Europe & the UEFA Cup. David Suazo scored both goals for Cagliari in the 31st min & 52nd min .

Roma 1
Fiorontina 1

Luca Toni scored his sixteenth goal in the Lega Calcio this season through a penalty kick in the 61st min to equalize for Fiorontina at Roma, after Tommassi scored the first goal in the very early minutes of the game to complete their very good performances this season & maintain their position at the third spot in the table of the Lega Calcio.
Juventus 3
Trevisio 1
Juventus came from behind & scored three goals to win the game by three goals to one. They were behind from a goal scored in the 25th min through Francesco Baravaiccini but then Mutu & Trezeguet scored two successive goals before the end of the first half & then Del Piero completed the three goals in the second half before the end of the game by 8 minutes to be the top scorer of Juventus across their history with 180 goals & break the last number recorded by their great player Giamperro Bonnipertti who scored 179 goals. With this result Juventus remain at the top of the table & five points above their followers AC Milan after their win over Lecce.

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

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World Cup Draw for Germany 2006

World Cup Draw for Germany 2006Check out this video of the draw for the World Cup 2006 in Germany, which took place yesterday in Leipzig, Germany by clicking here.

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Saturday, December 3, 2005

Chelsea Sound Pack 06 v2.0

Chelsea Sound Pack v2.0Over at our partners at Breamster.com Billy1969 has released his latest Sound Pack for FIFA 06. This time it is for my beloved Chelsea featuring:

  • designed for FIFA 06 but compatible with FIFA 2005;
  • 24 real Chelsea Terrace chants included, ready to import in a few clicks (Rinaldo's Sound Master 06 program required for easy importing);
  • the official intro music for the EPL and club song included;
  • player and event specific chants make every match different; and
  • live your matches in a way you've never done before!

Download this awesome Sound Pack direct from our Download Boutique.

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Friday, December 2, 2005

FifaX Mega Kitpack 2006

FifaX Mega Kitpack 2006Last month our partners at FifaX released their biggest 2GK kitpack for FIFA 06, the FifaX Mega Kitpack 2006. Now their downloads are available again you can once more download this excellent Mega Kitpack.

It includes:

  • high-quality home, away and goalkeeper kits for 2005-2006 season for:
    • England:
      • Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United
    • France:
      • Lyon, Marseile, Monaco, P.S.G.
    • Germany:
      • Bayer, Bayern, Schalke-04
    • Holland:
      • Ajax, PSV
    • Italy:
      • Inter, Juventus, Lazio, Milan, Roma
    • Portugal:
      • Porto
    • Scotland:
      • Celtic, Glasgow Rangers
    • Spain:
      • Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia
  • + very comfortable autoinstall program

Download these excellent Kits direct from our Download Boutique.

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Get your copy of FIFA 06: RTFWC today

Get your copy of FIFA 06: RTFWC todayToday also sees the launch of the fantastic new FIFA 06: Road To Fifa World Cup which you can now buy direct from our Sweetpatch Shop.

Check out the great savings we have managed to achieve for you in our FIFA 06 Shop. Go on, buy it today, you know you want to.

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The Xbox 360 is with us

The Xbox 360 is with usToday sees the launch of the fantastic new Xbox 360 and to celebrate it you can buy your own Xbox 360 and your copy of FIFA 06: Road To Fifa World Cup direct from our Sweetpatch Shop.

We have 2 bundles for you in our new Xbox 360 Shop:

  • Xbox 360 Console Core System
    • Includes: Xbox 360, wired controller and composite TV connection & SCART adaptor; and
  • Xbox 360 Console
    • Includes: Xbox 360, 20GB hard drive, wireless controller, ethernet cable, HD AV cable and headset

Check out our brand new Xbox 360 Shop and see the great savings we have managed to achieve for you. Go on, buy one today, you know you want to.

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Thursday, December 1, 2005

English Premier League Review

Today we bring you a summary of the latest action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
Sunderland 0
Liverpool 2

Ten-man Liverpool heaped the misery on struggling Sunderland as they eased their way into fourth place in the Barclays Premiership with a sixth win in seven league games.

Luis Garcia’s 31st-minute strike and a second from Steven Gerrard on the stroke of half-time, both from Xabi Alonso passes, tied up the points as the Black Cats slipped to an eighth successive defeat.

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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AFS Backuper v1.0.0

AFS Backuper v1.0.0Now you can download the first version of AFS Backuper (v1.0.0) from PES Web Portal that will allow you to do the following operations:

  • Backup your *.Afs files before you edit them
    • Most of you sometimes play with AFS Files and the thing that can happen is that your AFS becomes corrupted and unreadable by PES 5;
    • It is strongly recommend that you backup your AFS before you edit it, so this is why they created this program that allows you to easily backup and rtestore backed up files!
  • Restore *.Backup files
    • this new format, .Backup is just a copy of your backed up AFS file, your backed up AFS is now converted to a .Backup file (when you click on Backup File) and you can restore it any time you want!

So, in general, this program is for all you PES editors that mess up and edit .AFS files, remember, it's safer to Backup your files than have them corrupted.

Download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

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Star in your own animated cartoon!

Star in your own animated cartoon!As we enter the month of December we will be bringing you lots of great Christmas present ideas to treat your friends and families to. We start today with a great idea for a footballing loving friend or family member.

Have you ever dreamt of scoring the winning goals in the Cup Final? Well, now those dreams can become a reality in the Cup Final personalised animated cartoon! Running for nearly five minutes on your PC, Cup Final is a fully animated cartoon complete with sound effects and excitable voice-overs that would put Clive Tyldesley to shame.

To star in the cartoon simply provide mycartoon.co.uk with a photograph and a few other details. Your cartoon will then be personalised to suit you before being dispatched in a presentation case. It's a unique gift idea for all ages!

To order yours and learn more of this and the other cartoons available, visit www.mycartoon.co.uk now!

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