December 2006


Sunday, December 31, 2006

Winner of Football Manager 2007 for the Xbox 360

Winner of Football Manager 2007 for the Xbox 360We are delighted to announce that the winner of Football Manager 2007 for the Xbox 360 is:

  • Adam Caddy from England

Congratulations to Adam and we look forward to seeing his review online with us soon.

We will have more opportunities soon for you to win and to review other Xbox 360 games (PES6 coming next).

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

English Premier League Review

English Premier League ReviewWe bring you the latest news from yesterday's games in the English Premiership.

Blackburn Rovers 2 v 1 Middlesbrough
Benni McCarthy salvaged three priceless Barclays Premiership points for Blackburn Rovers and heaped more away-day misery upon struggling Middlesbrough at a sodden Ewood Park.

Bolton Wanderers 3 v 2 Portsmouth
Nicolas Anelka took his tally to seven goals in eight games as unlikely Champions League contenders Bolton Wanderers chalked up a fifth successive Barclays Premiership win with victory over Portsmouth.

Charlton Athletic 2 v 1 Aston Villa
Bryan Hughes claimed a dramatic late winner as Charlton Athletic came from behind to snatch what could prove to be a vital victory at The Valley against 10-man Aston Villa.

Chelsea 2 v 2 Fulham
Carlos Bocanegra rocked Chelsea with a late equaliser to leave the champions six points adrift of Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premiership.

Everton 3 v 0 Newcastle United
Victor Anichebe enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a devastating double to upstage compatriot Obafemi Martins as Everton destroyed Newcastle United at Goodison Park. Captain Phil Neville wrapped up an emphatic victory with his first goal for the club.

Manchester United 3 v 2 Reading
Cristiano Ronaldo provided Sir Alex Ferguson the 65th birthday present he wanted more than any other as Manchester United stretched their lead at the Barclays Premiership summit to six points. For the third time in eight days over the festive period, Ronaldo struck twice, on this occasion ensuring the brave efforts of 10-man Reading counted for nothing.

Sheffield United 1 v 0 Arsenal
Christian Nade and Phil Jagielka emerged the heroes as Sheffield United conjured up a remarkable Barclays Premiership victory over Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur 0 v 1 Liverpool
Luis Garcia scored on the stroke of half-time to give Liverpool victory and bring Tottenham Hotspur's run of home success to a halt.

West Ham United 0 v 1 Manchester City
Manchester City eased their own relegation fears with a 1-0 win at West Ham United which kept the home side firmly stuck in the Barclays Premiership's bottom three. Substitute DaMarcus Beasley fired in the only goal of the game with seven minutes remaining with a superb run and finish.

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.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

CEP compatibility with Creation Master

CEP Career Expansion PatchAbout the compatibility of Career Expansion Patch with Rinaldo's Creation Master note that you need to redownload the last version of his wonderful utility, the release 2.0 added on the 30th of December in his downloads section: so jump here to download the latest version of this amazing utility and start submitting your customization to CEP at fifaock@yahoo.it: we are waiting for your corrections, expansion, customizations, corrections of small and big details: the revolution of Fifa editing with CEP can start thanks to the work of Rinaldo and the CEP staff. Note that you need the original CEP installed on your Fifa to export and import CEP-compatible expansions.

News Reporter: OckHAM - Click here to post/view comments


Saturday, December 30, 2006

CEP 3.1 released!

CEP Career Expansion PatchThe Christmas Update of Career Expansion Patch has been released on the Downloads page of the CEP webpage: I've been able to add at the last moment a FULL update for French Ligue 1 so you will find young talents and extremely detailed rosters for this league too. You can find all the details about this 3.1 Update on the Release page while the main new feature is the compatibility with Rinaldo's Creation Master: a compatibility that I'm sure will revolutionate the way in which the CEP improvement works. In the meanwhile enjoy our latest update to CEP in the Downloads page while we already started the work on 4.0 and on January transfer window; note that 3.1 update contains italian language too, realized thanks to the help of Fifaccitiu.

News Reporter: OckHAM - Click here to post/view comments

Sweetpatch Soccer Challenge - Champion of Champions

Sweetpatch Soccer Challenge - Champion of ChampionsYesterday saw the first ever final to decide who would be crowned the Sweetpatch Soccer Challenge - Champion of Champions. 16 FIFA 07 expert players battled to see who could become the very first Champion of Champions. All 16 had qualified at our earlier rounds where the 4 semi finalists automatically qualified for this final event.

The players were split into 4 groups for the qualifying phase, then the top 2 from each group went into the quarter finals, etc...

There were some brilliant matches and lots of surprises on the way, as potential winners failed to qualify. Kane Dunnett, who had won his qualifying event, was looking very strong during qualification, as was Tom Whitehead. Dan Witts, who had only been a losing semi finalist in his event, was also starting to look stronger as the night progressed.

The quarter finals saw two sets of brothers match up as the Coles brothers went head to head, as did the Witts boys. Hope they are all still speaking today!

The semi finals saw probably the match of the tournament as Kane Dunnett eventually came out winner of an 8v6 extra time extravaganza against Tom Whitehead.

So the final saw the highly fancied Kane Dunnett versus the ever improving Danny Witts. Kane was Man U as Danny stuck with England. As everyone watched on Dan produced a dominating performance throughout and always held the upper hand. Kane had probably peeked in his epic semi final and this was probably just a match too far.

When the final whistle went Dan had pulled out a 7v3 victory and was a well deserved winner on the night. Well played to Kane and all the other entrants over this and the previous 4 events, which have proved to be a massive success here in Cornwall.

Videos, photos and interviews from the night to follow later.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Friday, December 29, 2006

FIFA 07 News - Join our UK SFTLA 07 Ladder

FIFA 07 News - Join our UK SFTLA 07 LadderOur excellent SFTLA organisers have started a UK FIFA 07 Ladder for your enjoyment.

Check out all the requirements in our forums by clicking here and then go and have fun on the ladder and see who can become Champion of our UK Ladder.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

Do you know these signatures?

Do you know these signatures?I need your help please guys. EA have sent me 2 Nike training shirts as prizes for today's final of the Sweetpatch Soccer Challenge - Champion of Champions event and I am trying to find out whose signatures they contain (as the EA guys are away on their Christmas break).

Please can you click on the image to the right to see a larger version of the 2 signatures. If you know whose either of them are can you please be kind enough to post them in our forums by clicking here.

Many thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Thursday, December 28, 2006

Sweetpatch Soccer Challenge - Champion of Champions Event

Sweetpatch Soccer Challenge - Champion of Champions Event Since our UK FIFA 07 launch event in September we have run 4 qualifying rounds to the final of the Sweetpatch Soccer Challenge - Champion of Champions.

Tomorrow (Friday 29th December) sees the first ever final to decide who will be crowned the Sweetpatch Soccer Challenge - Champion of Champions. 16 FIFA 07 expert players will battle to see who can become the very first Champion of Champions. All 16 qualified at our earlier rounds where the 4 semi finalists automatically qualified for this final event.

Prizes include:

  • Champion of Champions trophy
  • FIFA Street 2 for the PS2
  • certificates
  • signed Nike training wear
  • EA Sports t-shirts, hats and sweatbands
  • Sweetpatch badge

We have piloted this locally and if it proves successful we could well look at running it at other venues around the country (if there is the interest from you the players).

If you would like to come along and join in the fun and see who becomes the very first Champion of Champions then you can join us at Wadebridge Town Football Club in Cornwall from 6:30pm (click here for directions)

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

Xbox Live Arcade Challenge Heats Up the Holidays with Small Arms

Xbox Live Arcade Challenge Heats Up the Holidays with Small ArmsWhile the weather outside may be frightful, the gaming inside during this Holiday season is sure to be delightful. Microsoft have announced that registration is now open for the next event in the highly anticipated Xbox Live Arcade Challenge. Competitors have the opportunity to win prizes ranging from a high definition plasma TV to Xbox hardware and Microsoft Points tokens.

Xbox Live Arcade Challenge is a brand new programme featuring fully integrated global tournaments designed specifically for all people playing Xbox Live Arcade games. The programme is for all levels of gamers – those who like to compete and win and those who simply want to play and join in with friends. Gamers can play for points, prizes and fun.

The first two events feature the recently released Xbox Live Arcade titles “Lumines Live!” and “Small Arms.” The first tournament will use Q Entertainment’s “Lumines Live!,”the newest edition to the blockbustger franchise created by Tetsuya Mizuguchi. The “Lumines Live!” challenge will ran between 17th December and 23rd December, and featured competition in the Time Attack Mode.

The next Xbox Live Arcade Challenge features the recently released brawling game “Small Arms” and will run from 24th December to 30th December in ranked matches. This original title developed by indie developer Gastronaut Studios has rapidly become one of the most popular Xbox Live Arcade releases ever. In fact, during the week of 27th November “Small Arms” was the number one paid download across all of Xbox Live Marketplace and was the number one most played Xbox Live Arcade title and the third most played Xbox 360 game.

So polish your skills and select your favourite weapon-strapped furry creature, as it’s going to be fast paced arcade brawling action this Christmas. Prior to the competition, the "Small Arms" leaderboard will be reset to provide a level playing field.

To see the complete list of prizes, as well as register and read the official rules, please click here.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

English Premier League Review

English Premier League ReviewWe bring you the latest news from recent Christmas games in the English Premiership.

Tuesday 26th December 2006

Blackburn Rovers 1 v 0 Liverpool
Benni McCarthy's 10th goal of the season and a series of super saves by Brad Friedel combined to present Blackburn Rovers with three priceless points at the end of a roaring Boxing Day clash against Liverpool.

Bolton Wanderers 2 v 1 Newcastle United
Nicolas Anelka smashed home his third goal in two games to hand Bolton Wanderers a comeback victory over Newcastle United. Wanderers trailed to Kieron Dyer’s eighth-minute strike and could have been in even deeper trouble as the Magpies made an excellent start. However, keeper Pavel Srnicek, making his first start for Glenn Roeder’s side since October 1997, got himself into a tangle with Peter Ramage on 32 minutes which saw the defender head into his own net to drag Bolton back into the game.

Chelsea 2 v 2 Reading
Michael Essien's own-goal dealt Chelsea's title ambitions a blow as Reading came from behind for a point at Stamford Bridge. Didier Drogba twice gave the champions the lead with his head but Leroy Lita's first goal since the opening day of the season and the Ghana midfielder's freak own-goal five minutes from time handed the Royals a point.

Everton 0 v 0 Middlesbrough
Everton were left frustrated by Barclays Premiership strugglers Middlesbrough as their Goodison Park clash ended goalless.

Manchester United 3 v 1 Wigan Athletic
Cristiano Ronaldo answered Sir Alex Ferguson's title SOS to send Manchester United four points clear at the Barclays Premiership summit. For the second time in four days, Ronaldo came to the rescue, following up his two-goal salvo at Aston Villa by bagging another brace, the crucial opener coming with his first touch just 69 seconds after his arrival. Ronaldo reached double figures for the season when he drilled home the rebound after outstanding Latics keeper Chris Kirkland had saved his 49th-minute penalty and, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer adding another before the hour mark, United were able to coast to a victory which boosts hopes of an end to their four-year championship drought.

Sheffield United 0 v 1 Manchester City
Stephen Ireland scored his first goal for Manchester City as Stuart Pearce's side ended a run of three successive defeats. Making his 39th appearance for the club, midfielder Ireland drove home a 78th-minute winner to hand Sheffield United a second loss in four days over the Christmas period.

Tottenham Hotspur 2 v 1 Aston Villa
Jermain Defoe fired Tottenham Hotspur to victory against Aston Villa with a clinical brace. The England striker, back in the side after missing the defeat to Newcastle United due to a knee injury suffered in the warm-up, twice benefitted from Dimitar Berbatov's creativity in the second half. Gareth Barry pulled a goal back for the visitors but it was to no avail as their winless run stretched to eight Barclays Premiership matches.

Watford 1 v 2 Arsenal
Robin van Persie's late winner allowed Arsenal to reclaim a Champions League spot and avoid dropping points at bottom club Watford.

West Ham United 1 v 2 Portsmouth
A rare double from Linvoy Primus gave high-flying Portsmouth a deserved win at struggling West Ham United. The 33-year-old centre-half, born in nearby Forest Gate, headed in almost identical efforts during the first half to put Harry Redknapp’s men in total control on his old stomping ground. Although substitute Teddy Sheringham pulled a goal back with nine minutes left to signal a late rally by the home side, it was too little too late as Curbishley lost his first match since taking over from Alan Pardew.

Wednesday 27th December 2006

Charlton Athletic 2 v 2 Fulham
A stoppage-time goal from Franck Queudrue denied Alan Pardew a winning start to his career as Charlton Athletic manager. First-half goals from Darren Ambrose and Darren Bent looked to have given him the perfect beginning but Queudrue struck in the closing seconds to earn Fulham a point.

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.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

Sweetpatch returns from Lapland

Sweetpatch returns from LaplandWe are back! After a wonderful time away in wintery Lapland we have returned to resume normal service at the UK's number 1 FIFA gaming website.

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Santa brought you everything you wanted. He bought me everything I asked for (including a photo with the real Santa! - see image on right).

Enjoy your time here as we return to bring you everything you want to help you maximise your FIFA gaming experience.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

CEP 3.1 Release Date

CEP Career Expansion PatchThe release of the Christmas addon has been delayed for some days due to the work done on the compatibility with the wonderful Rinaldo's utility Creation Master: with the incoming new version of this utility all the CEP users will be able to customize their CEP and to submit CM files to the CEP staff.

I am sure that in this way will be much more easy to submit your contributions to this project. For example, if you are a big fan of a Slovakia team and you want to fix the physical appearances of the players, their rating, characteristics etc. then you can do this through Creation Master CEP feature and submit your personal CM file so we can update that team, and so on.

The Christmas update, CEP 3.1 is ready and will be released on the 30th of December 2006: we are testing it to be sure that is bugs-free almost completely as the previous 3.0 release: we worked a lot on your segnalations and contributions, but to be sure to release this update for Christmas I've not been able to update the German Regionalligas and the Mexican Primera A, that you will find updated during February with the 4.0 version that will feature a bunch of new leagues.

As I'm out of home during these holidays you will not find all the sections of the site updated, so please wait to the first week of 2007 for a complete update of CEP website. In the meanwhile the work on first versions of Chants Addon by Esterry and of Miniheads addon (thanks to all for the huge number of contributions we received) are almost completed and will be released during these first days of 2007.

So stay tuned on these pages for the incoming Christmas update and be ready to customize your CEP as you desire!

News Reporter: OckHAM - Click here to post/view comments


Sunday, December 17, 2006

Sweetpatch on Tour

Sweetpatch on tourThis week sees us go away on our pre Christmas holiday to see Father Christmas in Lapland. We will be based in Saariselkä for the week skiing. If you are in this area this week and would like to meet up for a drink and a chat, send me an email and hopefully I should be able to find an internet connection so we can check my mails and meet up.

Whilst we are away we will unfortunately not be able to bring you are usual mix of daily news updates from around the soccer and FIFA gaming worlds.

I would recommend though not missing out on:

  • Win Football Manager 2007 for the Xbox 360 by clicking here
  • Shop 'till you drop at our brand new Shop by clicking here
  • Play Online Football and Win CA$H with coreFootball by clicking here
  • Enter our December Goal of the Month Competition by clicking here
  • Check out all our great FIFA Interactive World Cup videos by clicking here
  • Keep up to speed with our online community by regularly visiting the Forums by clicking here

We'll be back soon!

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

Get yourself the best of the FIFA 07 Soundtrack in our Shop

Get yourself the best of the FIFA 07 Soundtrack in our ShopPay our new Shop a visit where we have put together an album collection from the majority of the bands that appear on the FIFA 07 Soundtrack (if they have produced an album).

Pay the new shop a visit to get the FIFA 07 Soundtrack by clicking here (when you get there follow the categories of Music > FIFA 07 Soundtrack).

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

English Premier League Review

English Premier League ReviewWe bring you the latest news from yesterday's games in the English Premiership.

Arsenal 2 v 2 Portsmouth
Arsenal ensured their unbeaten record at the Emirates Stadium remained intact but had to again settle for a draw after coming from two goals down against Portsmouth. The Gunners again found themselves chasing the game when Noe Pamarot headed Pompey in front during first-half stoppage time. A stunning effort from Matthew Taylor a minute after the restart put the visitors in total control. However, Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor was brought off the bench just before the hour and had soon pulled a goal back before Gilberto equalised as the Gunners struck twice in quick succession themselves.

Aston Villa 0 v 1 Bolton Wanderers
Gary Speed kept Bolton Wanderers in contention for a Champions League place as his second-half penalty earned Sam Allardyce's side their first win at Villa Park for eight years. The veteran midfielder made no mistake from the spot after Stiliyan Petrov had brought down Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka. Villa dominated for lengthy periods but were unable to break through due to a combination of superb goalkeeping by Jussi Jaaskelainen and poor finishing.

Charlton Athletic 0 v 3 Liverpool
Liverpool continued their free-scoring ways as goals from Xabi Alonso, Craig Bellamy and Steven Gerrard sealed a comprehensive victory at The Valley. After netting eight goals in their previous two Barclays Premiership matches, Alonso opened the scoring from the spot after a foul on Jermaine Pennant by Djimi Traore, before Bellamy and Gerrard sealed the points in the second period as the Reds recorded their sixth consecutive clean sheet.

Newcastle United 2 v 1 Watford
Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins enhanced his blossoming reputation with a superb double to kill off stubborn Watford. The 22-year-old Nigeria international snatched victory four minutes from time with a blistering drive from substitute Damien Duff’s cross to deny the Hornets a precious point on Tyneside.

Reading 1 v 2 Blackburn Rovers
David Bentley fired a stunning winner seven minutes from time to snatch victory for Blackburn Rovers at the Madejski Stadium. Reading had dominated the first half and James Harper secured an interval lead with a cool finish from Stephen Hunt's defence-splitting through-ball, but then Rovers took full control. They equalised through Benni McCarthy before Bentley grabbed all three points, finishing a run that started from inside his own half with a breathtaking strike from the edge of the area.

Wigan Athletic 0 v 1 Sheffield United
Rob Hulse scored his fifth goal of the season to give Sheffield United their third win in four Barclays Premiership matches and maintain their climb away from the relegation zone. Hulse’s strike in first-half injury-time was all that separated United and Wigan Athletic, and with 10 points from their last 12, manager Neil Warnock’s side are now up to a season-high 14th place.

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.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Saturday, December 16, 2006

FIFA 07 News - Enter December Goal of the Month Competition

FIFA 07 News - Enter December Goal of the Month CompetitionScore any great FIFA 07 goals? Go on then, see if you can win our December Goal of the Month Competition.

To enter all you have to do is upload your goal(s) at our Sweetpatch Soccer Skills Academy and when you name the video just add the words "Goal of the Month for December 06 - " to the start of the name.

Then we can all easily identify the goals for the current month's competition and most importantly, we can all vote on our favourite goals.

Go on, give it a try in our Goal of the Month Competition and see if you can score a hit with your goals.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

Shop 'till you drop this weekend

Shop 'till you drop this weekend For all your last minute Christmas shopping requirements, we have put together a brand new online shopping experience for you at our Sweetpatch Shop.

We have tried to put in 1 place all the possible products you may ever need to enhance your Soccer Gaming experience, including all the latest games, consoles, accessories and we have even added an iPod World and all the music CDs you should hopefully ever want.

Pay the new shop a visit this weekend to get all your last minute presents by clicking here.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

UEFA Champions League Draw - 1st Knockout Round

UEFA Champions League Draw - 1st Knockout RoundDraw for Champions League first knockout round was made yesterday and was as follows:

  1. Porto v Chelsea
  2. Celtic v AC Milan
  3. PSV Eindhoven v Arsenal
  4. Lille v Manchester United
  5. Roma v Lyon
  6. Barcelona v Liverpool
  7. Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
  8. Inter Milan v Valencia

Ties to be played February 20/21 and March 6/7.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Friday, December 15, 2006

Win Football Manager 2007 for the Xbox 360

Win Football Manager 2007 for the Xbox 360As announced earlier in the week, we are delighted to bring you the chance to win some free games for your Xbox 360 (PAL edition) over the coming weeks and all you have to do in return is agree to provide us a review of the game.

We start up with your chance to win a copy of Football Manager 2007 for the Xbox 360.

Get your entries in now by clicking here and we look forward to seeing your review online with us soon.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

Shop 'till you drop at our Brand New Sweetpatch Shop

Shop 'till you drop at our Brand New Sweetpatch ShopFor all your last minute Christmas shopping requirements, we have put together a brand new online shopping experience for you at our Sweetpatch Shop.

We have tried to put in 1 place all the possible products you may ever need to enhance your Soccer Gaming experience, including all the latest games, consoles, accessories and we have even added an iPod World and all the music CDs you should hopefully ever want.

Pay the new shop a visit this weekend to get all your last minute presents by clicking here.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

Play it big

Play it bigDon’t crowd around that tiny computer monitor. Play your PC games on the big screen with the power of Intel® Viiv™ and HP® .

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Thursday, December 14, 2006

Hardcore gamer? Prove it

Show your skills in GameFly’s Gaming Guru Giveaway. Answer game trivia questions for chances to win 75 games of your choice, an Alienware PC Gaming System, Best Buy giftcards and more.

Click here to play!

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - Winner of November Goal of the Month

FIFA 07 News - Winner of November Goal of the MonthFollowing the second month of the very popular Goal of the Month Competition, thanks to peRplekks and Wepeeler we selected 8 goals for you to vote on for the November Goal of the Month competition and the voting has now finished.

And the winner was from Giovanni dos Santos by Perplekks with 55% of the votes. Well done to Perplekks who wins himself a CD of his choice.

See if you can win it in December. If you score some great FIFA 07 goals, to enter all you have to do is upload your favourite FIFA 07 goals at our Sweetpatch Soccer Skills Academy and when you name the video just add the words "Goal of the Month for December 06 - " to the start of the name. Then we can all easily identify the goals for the current month's competition and most importantly, we can all vote on our favourite goals.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

English Premier League Review

English Premier League ReviewWe bring you the latest news from yesterday's games in the English Premiership.

Chelsea 1 v 0 Newcastle United
Top scorer Didier Drogba climbed off the substitutes' bench to fire the matchwinner and cut Manchester United's lead to five points at the top of the Barclays Premiership. Drogba, left out of coach Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up in a bid to rest a niggling hamstring injury, was forced into action at the interval after Chelsea had failed to break down Newcastle’s injury-ravaged side. The move paid off for the champions in the 74th minute when Drogba pounced for his 15th goal of the season, and his ninth in the league, to take their unbeaten home sequence to 53 games.

Wigan Athletic 0 v 1 Arsenal
Emmanuel Adebayor scored his fifth goal of the season, providing a late winner at Wigan Athletic to lift Arsenal up to third in the Barclays Premiership. The Togo striker struck in the 88th minute to continue Wigan’s misery against the top-flight’s big guns.

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.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Check out our Brand New Sweetpatch Shop

Check out our Brand New Sweetpatch ShopIn the run up to Christmas, we have put together a brand new online shopping experience for you at our Sweetpatch Shop.

We have tried to put in 1 place all the possible products you may ever need to enhance your Soccer Gaming experience, including all the latest games, consoles, accessories and we have even added an iPod World and all the music CDs you should hopefully ever want.

Pay the new shop a visit by clicking here and please let us know of any products you would like adding.

Please note: users of IE7 may encounter an issue that Amazon are currently sorting. The solution to this can be found at our Shop.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - FIWC Grand Final Video

FIFA 07 News - FIWC Grand Final VideoFollowing on from the final of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2006 last weekend, in addition to the videos posted from the qualifiers from around the world, we today have the official video from the Grand Final.

Check out all these great videos by clicking here.

Remember, if you attended any of these events and recorded your progress in video, then you can upload it at our FIFA Interactive World Cup 06 YouTube group and we will feature them here for you.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Win Xbox 360 Games to Review

FIFA 07 News - FIWC 2006 title goes DutchThat's right folks, we are delighted to bring you the chance to win some free games for your Xbox 360 (PAL edition) over the coming weeks and all you have to do in return is agree to provide us a review of the game.

We start up with your chance to win a copy of Football Manager 2007 for the Xbox 360.

Ron Managers of the world rejoice – the best football management game in the world just got better. From the original creators of Championship Manager comes the most in-depth and realistic strategy simulation ever seen.

Get your entries in now by clicking here and we look forward to seeing your review online with us soon.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

English Premier League Review

English Premier League ReviewWe bring you the latest news from yesterday's game in the English Premiership.

Sheffield United 2 v 2 Aston Villa
Stiliyan Petrov scored his first Aston Villa goal and Milan Baros ended an eight-month drought as Martin O'Neill's side denied Sheffield United a third successive Barclays Premiership victory. Petrov opened the scoring after just 76 seconds with his first goal for Villa following his £6.5million move from Celtic in August. However, Stephen Quinn and Danny Webber hit back for the Blades in a rousing second half at Bramall Lane, only for Baros to clinch Villa’s seventh draw in nine away games this season.

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.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Monday, December 11, 2006

Some news on CEP project

CEP Career Expansion PatchWhile the work on the Christmas update is going fast thanks to the wide collaboration started after the 3.0 release and while we are going to release for that period the first versions of Chants Addon and Miniheads addon, while Rinaldo from Fifamaster is working hard on the special CEP Edition of his wonderful Creation Master (we hope to have this ready together with the Christmas Addon), I have to puntualize and clarify some points that are really annoying during this period and that come mainly from a small minority of CEP users, the ones whose main activity is just to blame and complaint.

First: the CEP is FREE, gratis, no-charge, i.e. you don't have to pay not a single cent for it ok? We share our passion and work without demanding NOTHING from anyone: we do this for free because the CEP staff doesn't take part at all in the Sweetpatch incomings (if any); so STOP COMPLAINING: if you want to see even more detail in next version just collaborate in a constructive way. As no patch has never been released for an action football game with so many leagues, the work to have even the less important player of the lowest team of the game is hard and is possible through constructive partecipation, not childish cryings.

Second: you are NOT forced to download and use CEP, so if you do, STOP COMPLAINING: you can always revert to the original game and to whatever patch you want reinstalling your game. I have been reported of some ridicoulous discussions about the LEGALITY to use a crypted db, to protect our patch, to complaing with EA and bla bla bla.. STOP COMPLAINING and READ the ***** faqs!: 1) we are working on a CM version to edit whatever you want of your CEP installation, 2) you are NOT forced to use CEP (I know Fifa is a bit more sad without it, but you ARE NOT forced to use it), 3) stop blathering about things that you neither know, grow up and learn do something positive and constructive instead of crying, 4) stop blaming about your league/division not being update, jump to Release and Status sections and see on which updates we are working actually.

As you are not forced (if this was not clear enough) to use the CEP I've decided to stop posting on other forums that are not the CEP official ones, as the main activity of many is just to spread their hate against a project that, JUST FOR FREE, tried to gather the efforts of many talents to provide you a FREE complete football experience with Fifa: seems like someone not only wants all this for free, but wants to use it for their own project too, while we are working since two years on this project. We don't ask you to praise us and give continously thanks, but just DO NOT COMPLAIN: I'm getting a bit tired of this situation, as I'm really bored of spending the 20% of the time dedicated to CEP to answer to mails of people who don't know about incoming CM compatibility and that just don't wanna spend neither a single minute reading the faqs.

Grow up and enjoy our work trying to help us improving it, or just uninstall and keep playing with your original unpatched Fifa: don't try to turning off our passion for this game due to a part of the community being formed by under-12, ok? Thanks

News Reporter: OckHAM - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - First FIWC Videos

FIFA 07 News - First FIWC VideosFollowing on from the final of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2006 this weekend we now have our first videos posted from the qualifiers from around the world.

Check out these great new videos by clicking here.

Remember, if you attend any of these events and recorded your progress in video, then you can upload it at our FIFA Interactive World Cup 06 YouTube group and we will feature it here for you.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

English Premier League Review

English Premier League ReviewWe bring you the latest news from yesterday's game in the English Premiership.

Chelsea 1 v 1 Arsenal
Midfielder Michael Essien's stunning 35-yard drive rescued a point and Jose Mourinho's unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea were held by Arsenal. The visitors had looked set to become the first side to beat the champions on their own turf since they last achieved the feat in February 2004 after taking an unexpected 78th-minute lead when Mathieu Flamini drilled home Alexander Hleb's cutback from the edge of the area. However, Essien's piledriver six minutes from time brought Stamford Bridge to its feet and the Blues could even have snatched all three points as Essien and Frank Lampard both hit the woodwork from close range with the goal at their mercy.

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.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Sunday, December 10, 2006

FIFA 07 News - FIWC 2006 title goes Dutch

FIFA 07 News - FIWC 2006 title goes DutchSaturday 9 December 2006 became a historic day for the Netherlands as they finally lifted a world crown after so many years of trying and coming so, so close. 17-year-old Andries Smit from The Hague was crowned the FIFA Interactive World Player for 2006 as he triumphed over the world's gaming elite at the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final in Amsterdam yesterday.

The tournament brought together the 128 best football gamers in the world from over 25 different countries, across all six continents. The beauty of today's technology is that many of these players had played against each other before on EA Sports' FIFA 07 on Xbox 360, via the online Xbox Live, but had never met in person. But on Saturday they met and competed face-to-face, forging friendships and creating new rivalries. Brazilians swapped tactics with Koreans, Russians discussed formations with Australians and all relished the opportunity to compete for the title of FIFA Interactive World Player 2006.

The tournament was full of surprises, and shock result followed shock result through the Group Stage, culminating with Chris Bullard, FIFA Interactive World Player 2005, exiting the competition at the first stage. Past champions, Qualifier event winners, and Xbox Live champions continued to fall as a new wave of young players dominated the competition. Previous US Regional Event winners, Matija Biljeskovic (2004) and Ruben Morales (2005) both exited in the early knock-out stages in nail-biting penalty shoot-outs, and the tournament became wide open as the big names fell.

The first Semi-Final saw Wolfgang Meier of Austria edge a very tight match against Ragui Yogaranjan of Norway. His Barcelona team scored the only goal of the game to put the Austrian through to the Final. He was joined there by home favourite Andries Smit as he won by the odd goal in a five goal thriller against US player Filip Stoyne.

The Final
After Filip had seen off Ragui to claim third place, the scene was set for a fantastic final, with a patriotic home crowd cheering for Andries, and a resilient Wolfgang determined to send them all home disappointed. The match did not disappoint and you can read about it all by clicking here.

After being congratulated on stage by FIFA delegate and FIFA Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer, an emotional and exhausted looking Andries was overcome by his success, "I'm so happy, I can't stop shaking. This is great - the best moment of my life," exclaimed the young champion.

This great day, however, may well be quickly overtaken as the best moment of his life as he will be travelling to Switzerland next week to receive his FIFA Interactive World Player 2006 trophy at the FIFA World Player Gala celebrations. Dutch International and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Edgar Davids, one of Andries' football heroes, will present him with the award.

Remember, if you attended this event and recorded your progress in video, then you can upload it at our brand new FIFA Interactive World Cup 06 YouTube group and we will feature it here for you.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

English Premier League Review

English Premier League ReviewWe bring you the latest news from yesterday's games in the English Premiership.

Blackburn Rovers 1 v 3 Newcastle United
Two goals in four first-half minutes from striker Obafemi Martins and centre-back Steven Taylor set the Magpies on their way against Blackburn Rovers, who had Stephane Henchoz sent off just before the break. Although Morten Gamst Pedersen pulled one back, Martins made it six defeats in eight Barclays Premiership games for Rovers with an injury-time strike.

Bolton Wanderers 4 v 0 West Ham United
Gary Speed marked a record 500th Premier League appearance by having a hand in three of Bolton Wanderers' goals in their 4-0 win over West Ham United. The 37-year-old was rightly given a standing ovation when he came off with two minutes to go after a midfield master class. Speed was the driving force behind a comfortable victory secured by goals from Kevin Davies (2), El-Hadji Diouf and Nicolas Anelka.

Liverpool 4 v 0 Fulham
Liverpool's Scouse heart of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher scored two of the four goals which finally accounted for a resilient Fulham at Anfield. After dominating a goalless first half, Gerrard followed in his saved 53rd-minute penalty for the first after Ian Pearce’s handball. Carragher, whose last goal came on January 16, 1999, then dived in at the far post to stab in a second and Luis Garcia headed in Daniel Agger’s cross. Substitute Mark Gonzalez curled in an injury-time free-kick to cap the victory.

Manchester United 3 v 1 Manchester City
Manchester City's 32-year wait for an Old Trafford win goes on but Manchester United moved another step closer in their quest to end a three-year title drought with another derby-day triumph. Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goal ensured the Red Devils marched nine points clear of Chelsea at the Barclays Premiership summit, although Sir Alex Ferguson might not have been too happy at the way his side failed to cruise home after Wayne Rooney and Louis Saha had put them two in front at the break. For 12 minutes after Hatem Trabelsi’s magnificent effort had breathed fresh life into a contest which saw City battle hard without ever looking likely to win, United were a bundle of nerves. But Ronaldo calmed them down by turning home Rooney’s cross six minutes from the end before Bernardo Corradi was sent off at the death for diving.

Middlesbrough 1v 1 Wigan Athletic
Aiyegbeni Yakubu's fifth goal of the season pegged back Henri Camara's first-half penalty and spared Middlesbrough a third successive Barclays Premiership defeat as Wigan Athletic left Teesside with a point.

Portsmouth 2 v 0 Everton
Matt Taylor's spectacular 45-yard special followed by a perfect blast from nine-goal Kanu sent Portsmouth up to third in the Barclays Premiership as injury-hit Everton were left stunned at Fratton Park. Taylor launched a dipping 14th-minute volley from near the halfway line despite only passing a fitness test on his back just before kick-off. It left Everton keeper Tim Howard stumbling backwards but he was never anywhere near stopping the ball dropping under the crossbar. Pompey’s afternoon got even better when Kanu put his left foot to a cross from Gary O’Neil 12 minutes later and buried the ball unerringly past Howard.

Tottenham Hotspur 5 v 1 Charlton Athletic
Tottenham Hotspur opened the floodgates to thrash struggling Charlton Athletic at White Hart Lane. Dimitar Berbatov scored the first and last goals and Teemu Tainio, Steed Malbranque and Jermain Defoe also scored for Spurs. Michael Dawson’s own goal was the only reply from the visitors.

Watford 0 v 0 Reading
Watford stumbled to their fifth goalless draw in the Barclays Premiership this season against Reading as their relegation worries intensified. It was the ninth time in 16 league matches Adrian Boothroyd's team have failed to score, a ratio which will have to improve dramatically if they are to secure their Barclays Premiership survival.

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.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Saturday, December 9, 2006

FIFA 07 News - Save £20 this weekend on FIFA 07 for PS2

FIFA 07 News - Save £20 this weekend on FIFA 07 for PS2In conjunction with Amazon.co.uk this weekend sees us running our Deal of the Week for the last 2 days to Sunday December 10, 2006.

During this time you can buy FIFA 07 for the PS2 for only £19.97. That is a massive 50% saving of £20.02!

Click here now to take advantage of this fantastic never to be repeated offer.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - Vote for your November Goal of the Month

FIFA 07 News - Vote for your November Goal of the MonthFollowing the second month of the very popular Goal of the Month Competition, thanks to peRplekks and Wepeeler we have selected 8 goals for you to vote on for the November Goal of the Month competiton.

They are as follows:

  1. Fabregas Superb Goal by DarthVader18
  2. Figo's magic! by Brotha
  3. Giovanni dos Santos by Perplekks
  4. Great Freekick Goal by DarthVader18
  5. Nigel de Jong by Perplekks
  6. Robbie Smith by Wepeeler
  7. Ronaldinho by Nutunited
  8. Thierry Henry by Wepeeler

To vote you need register in our Forums and subscribe to the Goal of the Month usergroup. You can then use the Poll at the top of this thread to cast your vote.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - 128 finalists in the frame

FIFA 07 News - Ultimate showdown for FIWC title on 9th DecemberAll over the world thousands of pro-gamers and football fans have been battling it out to win a place at the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final 2006 in Amsterdam today.

On the virtual playing fields of their home nations, 128 of the world's best gamers have triumphed and now they are ready to take on their comrades in order to become the FIFA Interactive World Player 2006.

Since October, competitors from the six confederations have been competing in off and online qualifying events for the chance to represent their country at the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final 2006.

This year will see the largest Grand Final in the history of the FIFA Interactive World Cup, as 68 winners and finalists from the offline qualifiers and 44 winners and runners up from the Xbox Live tournaments will line up alongside the 14 finalists from the two previous FIWC tournaments and two previous champions.

Each of the 128 elated finalists, who have competed using EA Sports's FIFA 07 on the Xbox 360 console, have been given an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the Westergasfabriek, in the European city of Amsterdam.

The winning finalist will be crowned FIFA Interactive World Player 2006 and be awarded a prize of 20,000 USD, plus they will be invited to attend the prestigious FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich on Monday 18 December.

The complete list of finalists is available in the 'Finalists' section by clicking here.

Spectators at the Westergasfabriek will not only be able to see the world's best gamers live in action but they will experience the ultimate football gaming party too. Appearances from professional footballers and a free gig from international recording artists The Infadels and local Dutch heroes The Sheer, plus music from local DJ's will see the free celebrations really take off.

Remember, if you attend this event please record your progress in video, then you can upload it at our brand new FIFA Interactive World Cup 06 YouTube group and we will feature it here for you.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Thursday, December 7, 2006

Win yourself an XBOX 360 for Christmas

Win an XBOX 360 for ChristmasWant to win yourself an Xbox 360 (or other console) for Christmas? Then sign yourself up for free at ConsoleGrab.

Just complete one of their offers and refer friends to do the same and you're done. I signed up to BlockBuster's free trial DVD rental and I have got to say the service has been awesome.

Click here to join and try and win yourself a new XBOX 360 for Christmas.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - Ultimate showdown for FIWC title on 9th December

FIFA 07 News - Ultimate showdown for FIWC title on 9th DecemberFor the world's premier football gamers, the climax in the battle for the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2006 crown will get underway this Saturday 9th December (16.00h CET) at the Grand Final at Amsterdam's Westergasfabriek.

Since October, 5,547 players from all over the world have been testing their skills in close to 30,000 qualifying matches in 63 off- and online competitions on all continents for their chance to secure a spot among the best 128 virtual football players.

The winner will be rewarded with a trophy and USD 20,000 in prize money. In addition, the champion and a companion will be invited to attend the FIFA World Player Gala at the Zurich Opera House on 18 December 2006, when this year's top male and female footballers will be crowned.

Spectators at the Westergasfabriek will be in for a treat at the Grand Final with the very best real and virtual sporting action combined with appearances by celebrity footballers and music stars such as The Infadels and local Dutch heroes The Sheer.

Fans can apply for free tickets by clicking here.

Remember, if you attend this event please record your progress in video, then you can upload it at our brand new FIFA Interactive World Cup 06 YouTube group and we will feature it here for you.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 6

UEFA Champions League ReviewFollowing yesterday's matches, we check out a brief summary of all the action below.

Group E Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League

Dynamo Kyiv 2 v 2 Real Madrid
Ronaldo inspired a sensational comeback by scoring twice in three minutes to rescue a point for Real Madrid CF away at FC Dynamo Kyiv.

Lyon 1 v 1 Steaua Bucharest
Olympique Lyonnais completed the UEFA Champions League group stage with an unbeaten record although they had to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against a well-organised FC Steaua Bucuresti side.

Group F Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League

Manchester United 3 v 1 Benfica
Manchester United FC exorcised the ghost of their early elimination from Europe 12 months ago as they fought back to claim their place in the last 16 with an ultimately convincing 3-1 victory over SL Benfica.

Copenhagen 3 v 1 Celtic
FC København rounded off their UEFA Champions League campaign in style, defeating qualifiers Celtic FC to maintain their unbeaten home record in Group F.

Group G Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League

Porto 0 v 0 Arsenal
Arsenal FC and FC Porto made their way into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League as winners and runners-up respectively in Group G after a goalless but thrilling encounter in Portugal.

Hamburg 3 v 2 CSKA Moscow
Substitute Boubacar Sanogo struck a last-gasp goal as Hamburger SV twice came from behind to earn a 3-2 victory and bow out of the UEFA Champions League with their first points of the campaign as PFC CSKA Moskva's slender hopes of advancing from Group G were left in ruins in Germany.

Group H Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League

Anderlecht 2 v 2 AEK Athens
AEK Athens FC must content themselves with a place in the UEFA Cup after being held to a 2-2 draw at UEFA Champions League Group H bottom club RSC Anderlecht.

AC Milan 0 v 2 Lille
LOSC Lille Métropole won 2-0 at AC Milan to progress to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history as runners-up to the Rossoneri in Group H.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

© Copyright UEFA 1998-2006

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Wednesday, December 6, 2006

FIFA 07 News - Save £20 on FIFA 07 for PS2

FIFA 07 News - Save £20 on FIFA 07 for PS2In conjunction with Amazon.co.uk this week sees us running our Deal of the Week upto Sunday December 10, 2006.

During this time you can buy FIFA 07 for the PS2 for only £19.97. That is a massive 50% saving of £20.02!

Click here now to take advantage of this fantastic never to be repeated offer.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - Vote for your November Goal of the Month

FIFA 07 News - Vote for your November Goal of the MonthFollowing the second month of the very popular Goal of the Month Competition, thanks to peRplekks and Wepeeler we have selected 8 goals for you to vote on for the November Goal of the Month competiton.

They are as follows:

  1. Fabregas Superb Goal by DarthVader18
  2. Figo's magic! by Brotha
  3. Giovanni dos Santos by Perplekks
  4. Great Freekick Goal by DarthVader18
  5. Nigel de Jong by Perplekks
  6. Robbie Smith by Wepeeler
  7. Ronaldinho by Nutunited
  8. Thierry Henry by Wepeeler

To vote you need register in our Forums and subscribe to the Goal of the Month usergroup. You can then use the Poll at the top of this thread to cast your vote.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 6

UEFA Champions League ReviewFollowing yesterday's matches, we check out a brief summary of all the action below.

Group A Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League

Chelsea 2 v 0 Levski Sofia
Andriy Shevchenko and substitute Shaun Wright-Phillips scored their first UEFA Champions League goals for Chelsea FC as their team finished top of Group A following a comfortable victory over a PFC Levski Sofia side destined to prop up a difficult pool.

Barcelona 2 v 0 Werder Bremen
FC Barcelona's dreams of becoming the first UEFA Champions League holders to retain the trophy are still alive after they ended Werder Bremen's hopes at Camp Nou. A moment of magic from Ronaldinho put the Spanish league leaders on the way against their German counterparts and a quickfire second from Eidur Gudjohnsen ensured the victory. Although they eased off after a powerful first-half display, Barcelona had done enough to take second spot in Group A behind section winners Chelsea FC. Bremen, who kept going until the end, will have to content themselves with entering the UEFA Cup.

Group B Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League

Sporting 1 v 3 Spartak Moscow
FC Spartak Moskva booked their place in the UEFA Cup as a daring display of old-fashioned wing play and clinical counterattacking secured a 3-1 success at Sporting Clube de Portugal that allowed the Russian side to overhaul their hosts and claim third position in Group B.

Bayern Münich 1 v 1 Inter Milan
Patrick Vieira scored a last-gasp equaliser to earn FC Internazionale Milano a 1-1 draw but FC Bayern München coach Felix Magath got his wish of winning Group B on a night when Oliver Kahn celebrated his 100th UEFA Champions League appearance.

Group C Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League

Galatasaray 3 v 2 Liverpool
Galatasaray SK came from behind to defeat Liverpool FC and record their first win at the final attempt in UEFA Champions League Group C as the visitors' return to the scene of their 2005 final triumph ended in disappointment. Liverpool, already assured of first place in the group and fielding a weakened team with three players making their first starts in the competition, had led through Robbie Fowler. But Galatasaray - without the suspended Arda Turan and the injured Rigobert Song and Hakan Sükür - hit back quickly through Necati Ateş and Okan Buruk before Saša Ilić's 79th-minute strike rendered Fowler's second in added time academic.

PSV 1 v 3 Bordeaux
FC Girondins de Bordeaux turned on the style in the first half to record a first victory in UEFA Champions League Group C against a PSV Eindhoven side whose place in the knockout rounds was already secure.

Group D Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League

Olympiacos 1 v 1 Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Shakhtar Donetsk clinched a place in the UEFA Cup at the expense of Olympiacos CFP after a determined defensive display in Athens earned them a 1-1 draw and third place in UEFA Champions League Group D.

Roma 1 v 0 Valencia
Christian Panucci scored the only goal as AS Roma defeated Valencia CF to secure second spot in Group D behind the Spanish side and a place in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

© Copyright UEFA 1998-2006

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

English Premier League Review

English Premier League ReviewWe bring you the latest news from yesterday's game in the English Premiership.

Charlton Athletic 1 v 0 Blackburn Rovers
Morocco defender Talal El Karkouri crashed home a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Charlton Athletic celebrated 14 years back at The Valley by climbing off the foot of the Barclays Premiership and giving new manager Les Reed his first win. El Karkouri hammered a stunning 25-yard free kick past Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel to snatch all three points after Stephane Henchoz had been booked for holding back substitute Marcus Bent.

Tottenham Hotspur 2 v 1 Middlesbrough
Robbie Keane came off the bench to rescue Tottenham Hotspur in a dramatic brief cameo after Middlesbrough almost snatched a point at White Hart Lane. Keane fired home from long range in the 84th minute, just after coming on to chase the game - but was then withdrawn in stoppage time due to injury. Robert Huth had cancelled out Dimitar Berbatov’s spectacular opener just after the break, giving Boro hope of an unlikely point after Mark Schwarzer had kept them in the game.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Rest in Peace - Kev Redding (aka Morpheus)

Rest in Peace - Kev Redding (aka Morpheus) Kevin Redding, a former member of the SFTLA and Download Boutique co-ordinator and developer, was sadly killed a few days ago.

Tragically taken from us in a car accident on his way home from work on his 22nd birthday, he will be sadly missed by family and his little sister and 6 month old baby girl Bobby and partner Carla.

Kev had a great sense of humour and loads of energy and loved his daughter, who waved to Kev for the for the first time last week. He loved his football who played for Freemantle FC and FIFA online with a few friends in a league and he was a great FIFA player.

Kev helped me run the original Download Boutique and was always enthusiastically creating new files for everyone to enhance their FIFA games (62 files to be precise). You can check out all his great work by clicking here and typing in morpheus in the search.

I was lucky enough to meet Kev in September 2005 at the UK Play FIFA 06 First event (where he was the winner of the FIFA 06 tournament that day winning himself a PSP). You can see all the photos from this event (2 with Kev in) by clicking here.

Check out and add to all the communities condolences by clicking here.

Rest in peace mate and all our thoughts are with you in Soccer Gaming heaven.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

English Premier League Review

English Premier League ReviewWe bring you the latest news from yesterday's game in the English Premiership.

Manchester City 0 v 0 Watford
Goalkeepers Richard Lee and Nicky Weaver picked up the plaudits as Watford picked up a creditable point away to Manchester City. Watford's Lee - standing in for the injured Ben Foster - was particularly outstanding as he made a string of saves to frustrate Stuart Pearce's side, the pick of them a double save to deny Joey Barton and Bernardo Corradi. But Weaver also impressed, particularly in the first half, and made arguably the save of the night to keep out Damien Francis' early header. Tommy Smith's cross picked out the midfielder, but Weaver spectacularly clawed away his looping effort at full stretch.

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.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Monday, December 4, 2006

FIFA 07 News - Fashing's fine victory in Munich

FIFA 07 News - Fashing's fine victory in MunichThirty-two of Germany's best gamers gathered at the A.K.A loft space in Munich, Germany to battle it out for a place at the FIFA Interactive World Cup final in Amsterdam next weekend.

Find out all about how Andreas Fasching fought his way to victory in Munich by clicking here.

Andreas, a tradesman, believes that his increased practice schedule and his good levels prepared him for the German final. He added: "I can't wait for the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final in Amsterdam next weekend. Hopefully I can bring home the title to Germany."

Remember, if you attended this event and recorded your progress in video, then you can upload it at our brand new FIFA Interactive World Cup 06 YouTube group and we will feature it here for you.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

coreFootball News - FREE prizes, cash bonuses and cash match offers

coreFootball News - FREE prizes, cash bonuses and cash match offersTo reward loyal customers and to encourage new managers our partners at coreFootball are offering, for a limited time, a range of FREE prizes, cash bonuses and cash match offers, including:

  • FREE entry into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to the Premiership match of your choice. Simply create a coreFootball and Fantasy team on the site and play 5 matches before 00:00 (GMT) on December 19th 2006
  • £5 cash bonus those signing in before 00:00 (GMT) on December 6th 2006. Simply enter the promotional code SP-CASH in the My Account page
  • 50% match on your first purchase of coreFootball credits to a maximum of £50. Simply pay using the secure on-site credit/debit card payment system or via the Moneybookers cash transfer system
  • 100% match on your first deposit to a maximum of £25 with their online gambling partner betinternet.com plc. Simply click on any of the betinternet banners around the site and be directed via the special landing page
  • £15 cash bonus for each friend introduced to the site who then spends £30 on the site. Simply go to My Account/Invite A Friend and send your friends a special invite and monitor the progress of your bonus as they spend
  • FREE £5 daily and £10 weekly tournaments

Thanks to all the excellent feedback they have received, coreFootball is now better than ever and they have completed a major upgrade of the site including:

  • Addition of a 2nd generation live and interative 2d/3d simulation with more AI driven realistic gameplay and;
  • More responsive game controls that react more directly to your changes in team selections, training tactics and team talk decisions;
  • Redesign of the navigation toolbars and quick-links for easy surfing;
  • New instant messenger and chatroom system

All this means you can get into the minds of your players and pit your skill against other managers for cash wagers and prizes in challenge, league and tournamnet play.

Please ensure: when you sign up at coreFootball that you enter the promo code SP-CASH as this will ensure you benefit from a FREE £5 voucher especially provided for all Sweetpatch visitors.

If you want to learn more about coreFootball then visit our coreFootball Zone.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

English Premier League Review

English Premier League ReviewOur official English Premiership reporter Salman Khalid brings us all the latest news from yesterday's matches.

Everton 2 v 0 West Ham
Second-half goals from Leon Osman and James Vaughan helped Everton extend West Ham United's winless away run in the Barclays Premiership at a windswept Goodison Park. Midfielder Osman put David Moyes' injury-hit side ahead when he volleyed home his first goal of the season six minutes into the second half. And Vaughan, who became the Premier League's youngest ever goalscorer when he netted on his debut against Crystal Palace in April 2005, confirmed the win in injury time with a well-struck shot from a tight angle.

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.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Sunday, December 3, 2006

FIFA 07 News - NK FOOTBALL © FIFA ™ JOYSTICK ADDICT

FIFA 07 News - NK FOOTBALL © FIFA ™ JOYSTICK ADDICTFIFA ™ JOYSTICK ADDICT is the 1st NK FOOTBALL © gameplay update for FIFA 07 ™ exclusive to Sweetpatch! This update not only enhances the realism of your game, but also increases the difficulty offering new levels of challenge for both user and even cpu controlled teams! Games are diverse, filled with the joys and heart-breaks of real life matches. So pick up your JOYSTICK and become an ADDICT now!

Improvements:

  • Improved defence for both CPU and USER
  • Shooting mechanic harder to compose shot
  • Passing game slower
  • Ball physics more natural and real
  • Increased the chance of fouling
  • Game-speed slowed down more natural
  • No cross assistance whatsoever
  • Players’ spaced out more, more midfield action
  • Goalkeepers tuned and harder to beat for both sides
  • Dribbling harder to take around players
  • No forcing of a team-mate advantage
  • More spin on the ball, less spin for wrong footed finesse shots
  • CPU increased skill
  • CPU gives less time for closing down
  • More aggressive CPU attacks
  • And more

GAMING TIP: Get your mates round and play versus the computer for the ultimate rush! Scoring as a team is the most rewarding play you'll ever feel in a football game! Try it.

Get your copy of this excellent gameplay update now direct from the home of NK Football.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

English Premier League Review

English Premier League ReviewOur official English Premiership reporter Salman Khalid brings us all the latest news from yesterday's matches.

Arsenal 3 v 0 Tottenham Hotspur
A brace from the unlikely source of stand-in captain Gilberto gave Arsenal a comfortable victory over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to end a difficult week on a high. After Emmanuel Adebayor had broken the deadlock, the Brazil midfielder converted two penalties as the Gunners bounced back in style following defeats to Bolton Wanderers and Fulham.

Blackburn Rovers 2 v 0 Fulham
Benni McCarthy rediscovered his scoring touch as Blackburn Rovers returned to winning ways against Fulham at Ewood Park. Thanks to McCarthy’s first goal since October - the other came from strike partner Shabani Nonda - Blackburn chalked up their first win in eight league games.

Middlesbrough 1 v 2 Manchester United
Darren Fletcher's 68th-minute header earned Manchester United three points against Middlesbrough to extend their lead at the top the Barclays Premiership table. United took the lead when referee Chris Foy awarded the visitors a 19th-minute penalty after Cristiano Ronaldo had gone down under keeper Mark Schwarzer’s challenge, although replays suggested the frustration of the home fans was justified. Frenchman Louis Saha exorcised the ghost of his Champions League miss against Celtic by sliding home the spot-kick, although his effort was not the game’s decisive intervention. United went close to extending their lead on several occasions, but they were pegged back on 66 minutes when substitute James Morrison dragged the Teessiders right back into it.

Portsmouth 2 v 2 Aston Villa
Juan Pablo Angel scored just two minutes after coming on to earn draw specialists Aston Villa a point at Portsmouth. Gareth Barry put Villa in front from the penalty spot but Matthew Taylor struck twice in the second half - his second also a penalty - to put the home side in front. But Angel’s deflected effort in the 82nd minute gave Martin O’Neill’s side their sixth draw away from home in eight matches.

Reading 1 v 0 Bolton Wanderers
Kevin Doyle's first-half header allowed Reading to notch their fourth Barclays Premiership win in a row.
The Royals leapfrogged Bolton Wanderers, who have now won just once in eight attempts in all competitions, thanks to the three points.

Sheffield United 2 v 1 Charlton Athletic
Sheffield United winger Keith Gillespie salvaged boss Neil Warnock's duel celebrations as Charlton Athletic's agonising wait for an away victory continued. Warnock turned 58 on Friday and this game marked his seventh year in charge at Bramall Lane, but Andy Reid’s first-half opener looked set to spoil the party. Warnock watched his side waste countless chances before captain Chris Morgan conjured up a 64th-minute equaliser and Gillespie volleyed home an 88th-minute stunner to give the Blades a second win in five days.

Wigan Athletic 0 v 4 Liverpool
Craig Bellamy netted twice at the JJB Stadium as rampant Liverpool romped to their first Barclays Premiership away win of the season at the expense of Wigan Athletic. Bellamy was on target twice in the opening half-hour, then spurned a hat-trick chance to set up Dirk Kuyt for a third as the Reds threatened to run riot. They had a fourth before the break as Lee McCulloch turned Steven Gerrard's cross into his own net but failed to add any more after half-time as Wigan escaped further punishment.

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.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Saturday, December 2, 2006

FIFA 07 News - Get FIFA on the Xbox 360 this Christmas

Love FIFA 07 and got an Xbox 360, then check out this brilliant video below.

Not yet got your copy of FIFA 07 for the Xbox 360? Go on, order one today for Christmas from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

Also, with Christmas fast approaching, why not click here to try and win yourself the new XBOX 360 or other great prizes.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

About language crash and some updates

CEP Career Expansion PatchSome quick notes on a problem that some users reported after CEP installation: if you can't select your language for CEP07 because it causes some sort of crash is because your Fifa07 installation is not a FRESH one: a fresh one means that you have no profile created within your Fifa: just delete the Fifa 07 directory inside Documents and Settings (or Mis Documentos, Documenti etc. based on your Windows language) and start the game; this must be performed only the first time.

An updated version of the faq in english has been updated on this website with a direct link on the left menu. We started the new section dedicated to Miniheads Addon so you can check the progress of our work: thanks for all your contribution. We hope to release a first version with major leagues soon. Esterry has updated the Chants Addon section so you can see how many chants have been realized; segnalate the chants for your favourite teams in the dedicated section of CEP website to hear them in the incoming expansion. For all the users complaining about the impossibility to edit the CEP, just wait some days as we are preparing a special edition of the best editing utilities to be combatible with CEP; in the meanwhile help us fixing the errors you found through CEP forums.

We have received some questions about players rating in the game that sometime seem too low or too high, here is the tecnhical answer that I've updated in the faqs too: The CEP changed all the potentials to make the game more unpredictable, you have to discover where on the field a player renders more; many players has a dynamic style of potential progression: i.e. a player that is an 85 overall can have a declinant development (losing fitness and rating in 2/3 years) and then have a peak of growth (recovering and improving this potential after 4/5 years). These codes of development have been discovered by our friend Fifaccitiu. While this can be a "problem" in friendly mode, in the career mode (on which is centered the CEP) the CPU automatically changes the roster to fit the best formation. You find this explication in CEP faqs, question V. We added a torrent too for CEP07 in the downloads section.

News Reporter: OckHAM - Click here to post/view comments


Friday, December 1, 2006

FIFA 07 News - Wepeeler's Kingdom Come Compilation

FIFA 07 News - Wepeeler's Kingdom Come CompilationSweetpatch Soccer Skills Academy regular Wepeeler (and winner of the October Goal of the Month competition) has released his latest great compilation of FIFA 07 goals for you (including the music from his prize CD from winning last months competition!).

Comments received on this video so far include:

  • Wkd Goals! Top Class!
  • Great compilation with a lot of nice goals... can't touch this ;-)
  • Mr. Screamer, huh? Again you topped it off... I'm more than impressed.
  • Once again, ruled the air.

Check it out by clicking here and then check out all the great FIFA gameplay that is going on over at the Sweetpatch Soccer Skills Academy.

Voting will start very soon for November's Goal of the Month Competition. In the mean time, start getting in your December Goal of the Month entries by clicking here.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - FIWC 2006 Grand Final Tickets Now Available

FIFA 07 News - FIWC 2006 Grand Final Tickets Now Available Do you want to see some of the world's best gamers in action, live at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam on 9 December?

If so, then click here to apply for your tickets.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - FIWC 2006 Event Arrives in Munich

FIFA 07 News - FIWC 2006 Event Arrives in MunichThis weekend the FIFA Interactive World Cup Qualifier Events ends its globetrotting in style in the host country of this years' FIFA World Cup™, Germany.

The country has seen the best of this year's real life football action and now it's the turn of the nation's best football gamers to take to centre stage. On Saturday 2 December, Germany's gamers will battle it out to for the opportunity to represent their country at the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final in Amsterdam.

The German winner will join competitors from all over the world to challenge for the title of the FIFA Interactive World Player 2006.

By getting involved you could become one of the 128 gamers who will be jetting into Amsterdam to take part in the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2006 Grand Final. Here you'll experience the world's greatest gaming lifestyle party plus get a chance to challenge for the title of FIFA Interactive World Player 2006 and the US$20,000 prize.

Further details of the venue for this weekend are:

  • Germany - A.K.A. Loft, Munich - 02 December 2006
    Located in the heart of Munich’s fashionable Gärtnerplatz neighborhood this amazing loft was opened to the public in September 2006.Set in a unique courtyard location it shares the premises with a bar, photo studio, hair salon, and exhibition space.The German FIWC finals will be held here from 2:00pm to 9:00pm.

If you attend this FIFA Interactive World Cup event, please record your progress in video and then you can upload it at our brand new FIFA Interactive World Cup 06 YouTube group and we will feature it here for you.

We look forward to featuring all your great videos here as the FIFA Interactive World Cup progresses around the world.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments