March 2004


Wednesday, March 31, 2004

20 New UEFA EURO 2004 screenshots

UEFA EURO 2004 Box ArtOver at WorthPlaying.com they have 20 great new screenshots from the forthcoming UEFA EURO 2004 game.

The game is due out on the 7th May 2004 and can be pre-orderd now. Visit our Shop or pre-order your preferred platform direct from below:

Keep up to date by visiting our dedicated EURO 2004 page where we will provide you with special and unique coverage of the EURO 2004 tournament (including all the build up).

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We are a winner at the FIFAChampions Awards 2004

FIFAChampions Awards 2004FIFAChampions Networks is proud to announce the results of the FIFAChampions Awards 2004. After months of hard-work and with the hope that this will be a recognition for all the FIFA Websites (not only for the winners), it's really spectacular the effort of more than 100 websites that exist about FIFA around the world.

Soccergaming, with www.fifa04.com has been the most successful at these awards, they have won in the Categories of:

  • Best Website,
  • Best Portal,
  • Best Contents and
  • Best Organisation.

They want to thank to all the users that registered on the site and voted in the polls, and also to all the FIFA Webmasters of the community as without their help these awards would not have been a reality. They would like to give an award to every FIFA Website, but it's impossible...

Here you have the Full List of the FIFAChampions Awards 2004:

Award Category Winning Site
Design: Eurofifamania
Contents: FIFA 04
News: Sweetpatch MRA
Organization: FIFA 04
Tournaments: Eurofifamania
Patchs: SoccerAccess
Forums: FIFA 04
Links - Downloads: SoccerAccess
Interactivity: SoccerAccess
Portal: FIFA 04
European: GFO 2004
American: FIFAChile
Australian: FIFA AU
Asian: FIFA Korea
African: FIFA EGYPT
Spanish - Latin: FIFAChile
Non English: FIFA 4 Fans
Website: FIFA 04

Full voting details and more news can be found over at their Results page.

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See the crowd waving their flags

Crowd Waving Flag PatchOur partners at FIFA IL have got a great new and exclusive patch for you all. The patch will add the Crowd Waving Flags, in addition to the current flags and banners which are presented in the stadium.

So, have you missed those waving flags from Fifa 2003, 2002 & 2001? Now you can get them with this new and excellent patch, which is available directly from our FIFA 2004 Download Boutique.

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Sunday, March 28, 2004

SFTLA PC League :- Ajax return with comfortable win.

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Ajax got back into league action but the game was far from easy and Santos put up a good fight in the first half. Ajax was nervous in the early stages but once the fist goal went in they started to play some decent football with Ibrahimovc leading the line well up front.

Sonk rose above his markers to nod the first goal in from a corner. 2nd half and Ibrahimovic blasted no.2 in from the edge of the area on 54 mins, then the goal of the game virtually sealed the Ajax victory, a lovely move from the left ended up with a cross from Sonk who picked out Pienarr unmarked in the box and he volleyed it past the helpless Santos keeper into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.

Santos continued battling away and Diego restored some hope on 77, but Ibrahimovic finished things off with a curling shot on the turn into the top corner of the goal in the dying minutes to seal Ajax a 4-1 victory.

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SFTLA PC League Update :- Deportivo shock high flyers Blackburn

Sweetpatch FTL Academy - PC LeagueSome would say that this match was one of those straight forward affairs, but it turned out to be much much more. The game was frantic from the outset with chances for both sides.

Deportivo opened the scoring in the 25th minute from a well placed corner which was headed in by Naybet to claim his first goal of the season and the Club sitting at the bottom of the League found themselves in the lead.

Blackburn responded with gallant attacks down the wing hoping to find a breach in the Deportivo defence but the Spanish outfit held firm and kept the Blackburn attacks out.

Deportivo had a couple of counter attacks as they attempted to double the lead but Blackburn were defending in numbers and the First Half finished with Deportivo 0-1 up.

The Second Half brought more of the same with Blackburn trying desperately to find a way through the Deportivo defence for the equaliser and Deportivo soaking up the pressure and attacking on the Counter and it wasn't long before Deportivo made it 2-0 on the 60th minute with Victor striking well from the edge of the box to leave the Blackburn keeper flapping and the Deportivo Fans were ecstatic as the possibility of a Deportivo Victory was turning into a strong reality.

Despite a couple more chances for both sides the game ended 2-0 toDeportivo and the fans went crazy ,Blackburn on the other hand left the Stadium still in Shock and news quickly filtered around the other Clubs that Blackburn had been turned over by bottom of the League Deportivo.

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Friday, March 26, 2004

IGames Fifa 2004 Cash Prize Tournament Easter Weekend

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In conjunction with IGames UK , this coming Easter Weekend will see Star Bytes Cyber Cafe hold a Fifa 2004 Tournament on Saturday April 10th in Southampton with Prizes being awarded to the Winners.

Entry to the tournament costs just 5 and Spaces are limited, so early signup is recommended.

More details on entering this Fifa 2004 Tournament can be attained by contacting Star Bytes Cyber Cafe Centre.

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Welcome to the New FIFA CONCACAF

Visit FIFA CONCACAFIt's been months in the works, but last week while I was away the new and improved FIFA CONCACAF was launched.

Greg and the guys have been working hard to provide you with a one-stop shop experience for all your CONCACAF news and FIFA gaming needs. They've expanded their news by adding zone-specific pages. So now you can take a trip over to their North America, Central America, and Caribbean pages.

They've also added country association pages for more info on the countries of the Confederation, however these are still under construction. If you'd like to help get your country's page built, please contact Greg Baker or any of the FIFA CONCACAF Co-Webmasters.

This is a site in transition, so there may yet be some areas which are under construction. Do you have any suggestions? comments? great ideas? Head on over to their Forums and let them hear what you have to say!

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Hungarian Super Patch 2004 released

The guys over at FIFA Hungary have released their brand new HSP 2004 Light Edition. It’s a patch that brings the whole Hungarian League - the Arany Ászok Liga - to FIFA 2004.

HSP 2004

The patch includes:

  • All the 12 teams of the Hungarian 1st division with correct rosters and strategies
  • Correct features of the players (height, weight, etc.)
  • Ingame flags and badges
  • 2GK home, away and goalkeeper kits
  • 2GA adboards for all teams
  • The patch uses an easy-to-use install program, what also allows you to uninstall the patch later.

Go grab your copy of this patch direct from our Patches Database.

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FIFA Hungary are also planning to release new addons for the patch soon including:

  • menu backgrounds
  • menu graphics
  • training kits
  • new fontstyles on the kits
  • 2nd division
  • and unique adboards for all teams.

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Thursday, March 25, 2004

Chelsea 1 Arsenal 1

Visit Chelsea mini siteChelsea will have to score at Highbury in two weeks time if we are to make it past Arsenal to the semi-finals without the aid of a penalty shoot-out. Eidur Gudjohnsen’s opportunistic strike early in the second-half was matched by Robert Pires’ header just six minutes later although the teams didn’t finish all-square in personnel number. Marcel Desailly saw red for second bookable offence in the closing minutes.

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FIFA 2004 Creation Centre Update Released

The long awaited update for the FIFA 2004 Creation Centre has been released by EA SPORTS.

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Here is what's new in Version 1.1:

  • Items Fixed:
    • CC uses the correct DB file for different languages. eg. ENG.DB for English, SPA.DB for Spanish etc… (also language setting is read from locale.ini if exists)
    • Free Agents list remains sorted after a player is selected from the list
    • User is prompted for a team to add a new player when no team is currently selected.
  • New Features:
    • Face Manager: Shows all the face IDs and the players assigned to. Face Manager can be accessed from View menu or on Player Attributes Form.
    • New graphics can be imported to the game. These include: Kits - Third kits, GK kits, training kits etc... 2GK kits are supported
    • Specific faces. Corresponding hair and headshape files in FSH format must be included to work.
    • Banners and Flags. Make sure Generic Banners field is unchecked.
    • Files to be import can be in BMP, JPG or FSH format
    • Import Chants: Chant files have to be converted to ASF format using DittyImporter before imported to the game.

Grab this powerful editor directly from our FIFA 2004 Download Boutique today. Best of all, it is only 2Mb!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Latest Additions at FIFA IL

Over at our partners, FIFA IL you can find some new downloads for your FIFA 2004.

You can find in their Download Source those latest additions:

  • Manchester United Authentic Flags Set.
  • Hapoel Tel-Aviv Crowd Chants.
  • Hapoel Petach-Tikva 2GK Kits Pack.
  • Manchester City Flags Set.
  • FC Porto Ultras Flags Set.
  • & more...

So head over to FIFA IL and download those latest additions, plus much more quality files. Enjoy.

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Monday, March 22, 2004

SFTLA PC Division 3 :- Mixed Fortunes for Ipswich Town

Sweetpatch FTL Academy - PC League

SFTLA Week 8 Division 3 Ipswich v Charlton

Nice clean game with no bookings , very tight 1st Half with Charlton looking the more dominant side but Ipswich defended well and kept them out.

Second Half saw Charlton step up a gear and the breakthrough came on 58mins when a long ball found a Charlton Striker in space who let fly a shot which was well saved by the Ipswich Keeper, unfortunately the rebound fell to the feet of Euell who made no mistake in slamming it home for 0-1.

Ipswich then made a tactical change of formation hoping that they could prize open the well organised Charlton defence but this left gaps for the Charlton Strikers to exploit and Jensen wrapped the game up on 87mins with a clinical finish low into the left hand corner of the Ipswich net.

Final Score :- Ipswich 0-2 Charlton

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SFTLA Week 9 Division 3 Everton v Ipswich

Finally the Ipswich defence showed a marked improvement as Ipswich recorded their 1st win of the season.

Everton kicked off and two obviously nervous teams tested each other without threatening the goal at any time, the ball becoming bogged down in a midfieldbattle the deadlock was broken on 39 mins, Pablo Counago received a pass on the right wing from Jim Magilton and took off on a spring diagonally across the pitch which took him to the edge of the Everton area, then, looking like he was heading nowhere he unleashed a snap shot which looped back towards the right-hand post and over ex team mate Richard Wright in the Everton goal.

From the kick off the ball was again bogged down in a battling midfield and the half drew to a close, Ipswich leading 0-1 at the break. The second half began as a much more entertaining affair, with the Everton manager pushing his team forward to try and turn the deficit as had happened to Ipswich on the previous 3 occasions, The Ipswich manager, obviously aware ofthis also seemed to push his team on looking for the killer second goal.

Ipswich probed the Everton defence incessantly the attacks however were being superbly dealt with by Yobo and Unsworth and Ipswich could not benefit from their confidence boosting opener. The Ipswich manager, now standing right on the edge of his technical area had to be warned to calm down by the assistant referee. However, Peck continued to shout and bawl at his players and now appeared to be communicating to his skipper that his side should use the width of the Everton pitch. On 65 mins the tactic worked, but not with out a little luck. Martin Reuser, wide on the right arrowed a diagonal ball toward  midfielder Tommy Miller, who, from 20 yards turned and rifled a shot at goal, the ball beat Richard Wright but didn't beat the post, however Ipswich's luck was in and the ball returned to the on rushing Counago who calmly slotted home from 6 yards for his Second.

Ipswich made 2 substitutions immediately and replaced Alum Armstrong with Marcus Bent and Jim Magilton with Jermain Wright it took just 7 mins for Wright to have an impact on the game. And again Reuser was involved, Reuser charged down the right with the Everton defence seemingly letting him go and covering the cross, Reuser got to the by-line and crossed to the open Jermain Wright on the edge of the 'D', two Everton defenderschallenged and another slice of luck took the ball through both challenges, with Wright, into the clear he hit the ball hard and high to goal and past Richard Wright, 0-3.

That was the end of the scoring but not the action, on 79 mins Diallo, pulled Rooney down in the area but again Towns luck held, Andy Marshall guessing right to push away the resulting penalty.

Final score :- Everton 0-3 Ipswich

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Saturday, March 20, 2004

SFTLA PC League Update Division One

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A tense affair this match was and it was based on the team who was able to handle the pressure, and within 16mins Celtic slumped with a great goal from ex rangers player Ferguson to make it 1-0 Blackburn and it wasn't long before Blackburn showed there dominance once again with Yorke getting in there too make it 2-0 on 19min and all was looking well for Blackburn as shots came firing from all angles.

Celtic looked a weak and jaded team. HT . Second Half and Celtic must have got a good bit of motivation cause within 3mins of second half Hartson score a superb goal to make it just a 1 goal deficit, Celtic were back in the cards and Blackburn weren't expecting what was to happen next 12 mins later and a cross in from Thompson finds Harston who is pulled down in the box, PENALTY Celtic and up steps Sutton who calmly puts it away 2-2.

Then unbelievably within minutes another penalty for Celtic Sutton again stepped up to the plate only this time he hit it directly at the Goalkeeper

Celtic had battled well coming from being 2-0 down to make it 2-2 and on 76min the crowd went crazy Hartson giving an easy opening and bang 3-2 CELTIC GOOOOOOOAAALLL!!!, but they could hold on to the lead ?

Pressure from Blackburn down the wing eventually paid off on 90min when a cross too Yorke and a lovely finish made it 3-3 , other shots in half were close both for Celtic and Blackburn, but 3-3 was the end score.

Both Managers happy and a little annoyed for letting goals in too easily.

Full Time Celtic 3 Blackburn 3

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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Marco Jongerius Fifa Replay Movie

OmniRocketA nice little treat here from a very well known and respected Fifa Player. Marco Jongerius aka OmniRocket to his friends has put together a selection of replays showing us some great goals that can be scored playing this beautiful game.

OmniRocket is the current Dutch Champion and has attended all Three World Cyber Games Finals.

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In his movie you become quickly aware that this guy has bags of talent when it comes to Fifa and I don't believe it will be very long in coming before we see him win the ultimate prize of World Fifa Champion.

The Movie can be downloaded from Ownage.nl a very big Dutch Fifa Fan site by clicking on the FifaOwnage.zip  file. Then once the file has been downloaded, sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best goals in Fifa you will probably see.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Primary School Football

SFTLA ForumsIs this the title of a future EA Sports footy game, no, its the title of a funny forum post in our excellent SFTLA Forums.

Primary School Football - The Rules of the Game

Matches shall be played over three unequal periods: two playtimes and lunchtime.

Each of these periods shall begin shortly after the ringing of a bell, and although a bell is also rung towards the end of these periods, play may continue for up to ten minutes afterwards, depending on the nihilism or "bottle" of the participants with regard to corporal punishment meted out to latecomers back to the classroom.

In practice there is a sliding scale of nihilism, from those who hasten to stand in line as soon as the bell rings, known as "poofs", through those who will hang on until the time they estimate it takes the teachers to down the last of their G & T's and journey from the staff room, known as "chancers", and finally to those who will hang on until a teacher actually has to physically retrieve them, known as "nutters".

This sliding scale is intended to radically alter the logistics of a match in progress, often having dramatic effects on the score line as the number of remaining participants drops. It is important, therefore, in picking the sides, to achieve a fair balance of poofs, chancers and nutters in order that the score line achieved over a sustained period of play - lunchtime, for instance - is not totally nullified by a five-minute post-bell onslaught of five nutters against one.

The score line to be carried over from the previous period of the match is in the trust of the last nutters to leave the field of play, and may be the matter of some debate. This must be resolved in one of the approved manners (see Adjudication).

Check out this full hilarious post by visiting our SFTLA Forums. Whilst you are there check out all the different forums and why not sign up and join in with all the fun.

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Sevix Soccer Simulation

Buy FIFA Football 2004Sevix, from our partners over at FIFAMania.it, has kindly provided us his unique "Sevix Soccer Simulation" patch to host here in the UK.

This version is a totally new patch from his previous incarnations and below you can see all the differences from his "Sevix Real Game 3.0C" patch:

  • This patch is based on the research of a simulation game and your success will depend all on the Ball Possession you have
  • Do play a lot if you want to realize the effect of all the new scripts added
  • You still can run fast and leave your opponents behind with high sprint and speed values players, but speed differences will be lower than the previous 3.0C patch
  • Try to play with 1 star teams from lower divisions against teams such as Milan, Real, Arsenal and others with great attributes and you will feel the teams performance differences
  • The game levels are 95% free from every kind of parameters influence .. only CPU bad shot percentage and goalie skills will make the difference between game levels
  • Created 88 new parameters to regulate the attributes that control the game and its difficulty
  • Choose well the players for your match as 18 attributes will influence every player
  • All the attributes that will be influenced by new parameters are:
    • Speed, Sprint, Tackling, Condition, Skills, Fitness, Pressing, Aggression, Shot, Strength, Position, Passing, Moral, Dribbling, Marking, Awareness, Heading and Ball Control
    • Pass Assistance System has been reset at 50%
    • New Goalie positions and shots, shots will now follow the path you set
    • Cross System modified
    • Good Tackling percentage will be very low.. Sweat hard to steel the ball, players tackling attribute will influence this feature
    • Marking Positions have been squeezed up, getting free from the opponent is harder, especially if his marking value is high
    • Your shots and passes will often hit the opponent, in this way you'll be involved in new game actions
    • Infact still more new ball, shots and passes paths. The ball will bounce everywhere.
    • You can create every kind of new action you want...

Get your copy of this excellent Gameplay enhancement patch direct from our FIFA 2004 Download Boutique.

Before you use this great new patch Sevix would recommend 2 things:

  1. The use of a Pad; and
  2. Play in World Class Mode.

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Winning Eleven 7 Competition Winners Announced

To celebrate the recent release of Winning Eleven 7 (WE7) and in partnership with ElectricArtists, Inc. we are delighted to announce the winners of our WE7 competition.

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And the winners are:

  • Steve Bagnall;
  • Robert Broeck; and
  • Mihai

The 3 winners will receive, in return for writing a game review that will appear here, a kick-butt pack of:

  • a copy of Winning Eleven 7 for PC;
  • a rare WE7 poster; and
  • a WE7 soccer jersey

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Monday, March 15, 2004

Happy 5th Birthday

Our great friends and partners over at German FIFA Online recently celebrated their 5th anniversary. Originally established in October 1998, but re launched in March 1999, the German site went to top the German FIFA-sites and is one of the most well known FIFA sites around the world.

They are celebrating this great event with a huge birthday party over at GFO including revivals of their old sites. The very first GFO site will be available on the net again for a limited period of time, many behind-the-scene stories and features + much more.

And they want to celebrate this with us... our friends from the first day! There are only a few people who are still on the journey ... since 1998 - they wrote to us, because we're one of these people.

Check out German FIFA Online and see what they have been doing for their 5th anniversary.

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Al Ahly Super Patch 2004

Islam Hafez has created the Al Ahly Super Patch 2004 (AASP 2004) which adds the famous Al Ahly of Egypt to your FIFA 2004.

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This patch contains:

  • Al Ahly team in the rest of world section
  • Home & Away kits
  • Home & Away mini kits
  • Menu Badge
  • Ingame Flags
  • Ingame Popups
  • Latest Rosters
  • Player Accessories
  • Red Crowds for home and away matches

Go grab your copy of this patch direct from our Patches Database.

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Sunday, March 14, 2004

SFTLA PC Cup Knockout 2nd Round Update

Sweetpatch FTL Academy - PC LeagueSFTLA Knockout Cup Round 2 :- Real Madrid v Valencia

The stage was set, as two of the Spanish Giants came head to head in the SFTLA Cup 2nd Round Game. Both would of been hoping to progress further but one great team had to give here.

It was a nervy affair with both sides not creating any clear cut chances in the 1st half hour apart from Ronaldo hitting the post from a corner, 35mins on the clock and Baraja took a first time shot which beat the Real Madrid keeper to give the away team the lead and as Real Madrid tried to equalise Valencia caught them on the counter attack and scored another in the 44th minute right on the stroke of half time.

It looked bleak for Real Madrid as Valencia have a tremendous defensive record and they needed at least 2 goals to come back into the tie. During the Half - Time Interval the Real Madrid Gaffer had strong words in the dressing room and his team took the field with hope and it wasn't long before Zidane began to show why he is the World Player of the Year, and on 57 mins he came inside from the left to strike a cracker to match Baraja's opener which gave Real Madrid a way back in the game 1-2.

This was a game of 2 halves, Valencia in control 1st and Real Madrid in control of 2nd and as Real Madrid went gung ho to get the equalising goal, Valencia came on the counter and threatened a few times but couldn't score due to great defending and a great double save by keeper Casillas.

Time was against Real Madrid now as they couldn't find their equaliser, and when Beckham sent a ball towards Ronaldo in the 85th minute he was about to turn and shoot but Ayala took his legs out totally and the Referee didn't hesitate and awarded the penalty.

The Two managers couldn't believe what was happening !...... Raul stepped up to take the spot kick... could Real Madrid find a way back in to this Cup Tie with what would surely be the last kick of the game......... With his head down and focused he charged towards the ball and let fly .... the Whole Stadium held their breath as the ball headed off towards the Goal at warp speed and then moments later "Eruption" as the Home Fans Celebrate in a Frenzy as the ball hits the back of the net 2-2.

An extraordinary come back and Real Madrid went down the field again late on but struck the effort straight into the keepers hands and that was to be the last action of this fantastic match as the Referee blew his Whistle to end the game.

Golden goal (2nd game) -An even game ended 0-0 Real Madrid had a lot of corners but couldn't convert as Canizares was in inspirational form.

Golden Goal (3rd game) - on the 8th minute Aimar struck a beauty to give the visitors the victory and a place in the 3rd round. leaving Real Madrid rueing their missed chances and unfortunately out of the Tournament.

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Bolton Wanderers 0 Chelsea 2

Visit Chelsea mini siteChelsea recovered from a poor first half to score twice in three minutes and record a first ever Premiership away win at Bolton with goals from John Terry and Damien Duff.

For Sky man of the match Terry it was especially sweet as he earned revenge for the own goal back in December that helped Bolton ruin our 100% home record.

It was also a personal triumph for drafted-in keeper Marco Ambrosio, who saved well when required, always looked comfortable and must have been buoyed by the travelling Chelsea fans' supportive singing of his name.

The first period was dominated by Bolton, fired up for their first home match since the disappointment of losing the Carling Cup final. With their policy of sending the ball into the box as quickly as possible they were first to every header and loose ball.

The restored Terry/Marcel Desailly pairing (William Gallas remaining in the right-back position at which he closed the Stuttgart game) struggled to cope with the pressure.

But midfield was the main source of Chelsea’s problems. From there Bolton conducted the game at their high-tempo pace with Okocha, in particular, and Campo dominating. Not until the second half introduction of Joe Cole, and with the veteran pair tiring, did the Blues get the upper hand.

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Saturday, March 13, 2004

Pre Order your copy of UEFA EURO 2004 this weekend

UEFA EURO 2004 Box ArtJust to remind you that you can be one of the first people in the World to pre-order your copy of EA's next football gaming experience, UEFA EURO 2004. It will be in the shops from around 7th May 2004. Click image on right for full box art.

Visit our Shop or pre-order your preferred platform direct from below:

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Chelsea draw Arsenal again

Visit Chelsea mini siteChelsea play Arsenal in the quarter-final of the Champions League. We are at home in the first leg. The full draw is:

  • Porto v Lyon
  • Real Madrid v Monaco
  • Chelsea v Arsenal
  • Milan v Deportivo La Coruna

The winner of our tie will be away to the winner of Real Madrid v Monaco in the first leg of the semi-final.

Chelsea have not beaten Arsenal for 16 meetings and we've lost to them 2-1 three times this season. But we've never faced them in Europe!

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Kit Packs are back

Our good friend Shahab Shaterian from Iranian FIFA Online has started to produce his very popular Kit Packs again, this time for FIFA 2004.

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His first Kit Pack provides:

  • Cameroon home
  • Egypt home
  • England away
  • Peru home
  • Scotland home

List of future Kit Packs will include:

  • Iran Kit Pack 1
  • International Kit Pack 1
  • International Kit Pack 2
  • International Kit Pack 3
  • International Kit Pack (Nike 2004) 1
  • International Kit Pack (Nike 2004) 2
  • International Kit Pack (Nike 2004) 3
  • International Kit Pack (Nike 2004) 4
  • International Kit Pack (Adidas 2004) 1
  • International Kit Pack (Adidas 2004) 2
  • Classic Kit Pack 1
  • Classic Kit Pack 2
  • Club Kit Pack 1
  • Club 2004-2005 Kit Pack 1
  • Club 2004-2005 Kit Pack 2

You can download Kit Pack 1 today over at Iranian FIFA Online.

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Album of the Week: Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash

Basement Jaxx - Kish KashThis week we bring you our recommended Album of the Week, which is Basement Jaxx and their latest smash Kish Kash. This contains songs such as:

  • Good Luck
  • Right here’s The Spot
  • Lucky Star

All our Albums of the Week are at our very special cut down prices. If you want to liven up your weekend then go and grab this excellent album for just £9.99 by clicking here.

You can find our full back catalog of Albums by clicking here.

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Thursday, March 11, 2004

SFTLA PC League Update

Sweetpatch FTL Academy - PC LeagueCeltic v Chelsea

A Game that Celtic were relishing too play and from past friendly matches between these two Giants Chelsea have shocked the Boys in Green on many occasions, only this time the Celtic Manager was able to gain an important physiological edge over the Chelsea team by implying that in the previous friendly matches another Manager was in fact playing instead of the Chelsea Manager himself, this led to the Chelsea manager doing a Kevin Keegan as the implication worked and Celtic went on to win 4-0 with 2 goals from Defensive Midfielder Lennon and 1 each from Celtic's strike force Larsson and Hartson and this result keeps them firmly in the hunt for a Promotion place.

Chelsea on the other hand are finding things more and more difficult with each game that is passing and if they are so easily Psyched out from a Scottish Manager then the future doesn't look too bright at all for the London Boys.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Pre Order your copy of UEFA EURO 2004 today

UEFA EURO 2004 Box ArtToday we give you the opportunity to be one of the first people in the World to pre-order your copy of EA's next football gaming experience, UEFA EURO 2004. It will be in the shops from around 7th May 2004. Click image on right for full box art.

In EURO 2004 mode players can:

  • play as any of the 51 European nations.
  • arrange and play friendly matches against other nations or play through the tournament going from qualifying, to playoffs and into the finals.
  • In addition to tracking injuries and suspensions, a new dynamic morale system will track players' morale, which will fluctuate based on individual and team performances and affect player abilities on the field.

Visit our Shop or pre-order your preferred platform direct from below:

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FIFA Benelux Relaunches

Our partners and the premier Benelux FIFA community website, FIFA Benelux, has relaunched with a whole new site design.

After months of planning, the new site went live this week. If you speak Dutch, and want to keep up with everything FIFA, make sure you add FIFA Benelux to your bookmarks today.

Keep up the great work Chris and the team.

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Chelsea 0 Stuttgart 0

Visit Chelsea mini siteIt wasn’t pretty, at times it was nerve-racking, but Chelsea have scrambled into the quarter-finals of the Champions League on the strength of the Stuttgart-gifted own-goal away in Germany.

For long periods of the second-half it was a lead that looked in some danger but despite much penalty area activity, a Stuttgart attack not famed for its free-scoring failed to capitalise.

In the last ten minutes, Chelsea upped a gear, creating three good chances and striking the woodwork once. The final whistle was greeted with a cheer only surpassed by the one that followed the news of Man United’s last minute demise.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2004

SFTLA PC Cup Knockout

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Liverpool v Macclesfield

A fantastic Cup Tie with lots of goals, Liverpool sent the Home Fans crazy early on when a through ball found Owen who calmly slot the ball below the keeper, this had caught Macclesfield by total surprise but it wasn't long before the Silkmen started to gain some confidence by getting a few shots in to test the keeper, and a counter attack saw Richard Eyre shoot a thunderous effort from all of 25 yards out that Burst the Net and release the pressure on a shaken Macclesfield squad.

Some excellent passing displays from the Liverpool midfield up to the strikers continued the pressure on the Macclesfield defence, and they gained a corner near to half time. The ball was crossed into the Liverpool Giant Sami Hyppia who beat the Macclesfield defender only to see his effort crash against the bar, Macclesfield cleared it quickly and Danny Whittaker collected the clearance and set off on a wonderful run from the half way line to smash a 2nd in for the Away Side and put the Silkmen into the lead, this all in Injury Time of the First Half so as soon as the ball was kicked off again the half time whistle went.

A minor change of tactics to the Liverpool set up and no changes from Macclesfield Camp for the 2nd half. Both teams came out raring to go again for another crucial 45 minutes. Macclesfield kicked off this time and soon lost the ball, but as soon as they lost it they got it again and Chris Priest, the Macclesfield right winger, put a lovely ball through to Kyle Lightbourne who ended the display with an exquisit goal from 30 yards to leave Jerzy Dudek stranded, and extend the Silkmen's lead to 1-3.

Some good defending from both sides prevented anymore goals going in, the midfield had to be given credit from both sides as they were running the game. Then on 84 minutes Macclesfield caught Liverpool sleeping when some good passing through the defence left Danny Whittaker 1 on 1 with Dudek with Whittaker coming out the winner putting the ball into the bottom corner, and to surely seal the win for the small club from Cheshire. The final whistle came and both teams shook hands as they departed from the pitch, Liverpool knowing the should have got more out of the game but it just wasn't to be, a flattering victory for the Silkmen boys and they left Anfield to secure their place in the draw for the last 16.

Keep yourself up to date with all the exciting action from our Cup Knockout by visiting the PC League Cup Section

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Monday, March 8, 2004

Low Countries Patch 2004: Holland Casino Eredivisie

Over at our partners SoccerGameZ they recently released their magnificent Low Countries Patch 2004: Holland Casino Eredivisie patch. The Low Countries Patch is the oldest patch in the FIFA community, it all started some years ago with the BFP (Belgian FIFA Patch), in the years after that every year a new patch was released. They have managed to keep the same team together for all these years, and every year they made the patch with the same idea. It's just the name that has changed, from BFP to B-DFP and finally since 2 years it is the Low Countries Patch.

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This years patch updates the whole Dutch Eredivisie (the highest Dutch league). Here are all the features of the 'basic' patch (51.8 MB):

  • Home and away kits for all Holland Casino Eredivisie teams (+ Ajax goalkeeper kit)
  • Home and away minikits for all Holland Casino Eredivisie teams
  • Up-to-date rosters for all Holland Casino Eredivisie teams
  • Flags and banners for all Holland Casino Eredivisie teams
  • Adboards for all Holland Casino Eredivisie teams and the Holland Casino Eredivisie
  • Correct fixtures of the 2003-2004 season for the Holland Casino Eredivisie
  • Easy to use configuration tool
    • Includes 2 languages: Dutch and English
    • Includes 7 fonts: Arial, Comic Sans MS, Impact, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS and Verdana
    • Includes 19 adboard sets: team specific and general Holland Casino Eredivisie adboards
  • Based upon the Polygamy 2004 system: The Low Countries Patch 2004 doesn't overwrite any existing FIFA 2004 files
  • The patch is compatible with earlier installed adboards, flags and kits
  • Ingame credits movie
  • Easy to install (doesn't overwrite any existing files)

There's also a sound add-on available. This sound add-on includes (75 MB):

  • A new soundtrack: 29 songs (duration: 1 minute each and full list can be found in our Patches Database)
  • Chants for a few Holland Casino Eredivisie teams

But there's more. The Low Countries Patch 2004 is also available for Total Club Manager 2004. It's a separate download and this is its content (8.18 MB):

  • Home and away kits for all Holland Casino Eredivisie teams (+ Ajax goalkeeper kit)
  • Flags and banners for all Holland Casino Eredivisie teams

If you have not already, go check out this awesome patch by SoccerGameZ in our Patches Database.

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SFTLA PC League Updates

SFTLA PC LeagueNidge and Aubs continue to do a fantastic job running the PC League and by looking around the site (menu on left) you can find updated details this weekend on all the following:

Keep a regular eye on this part of the site as there is always something exciting going on. Keep in contact with our SFTLA PC League by clicking here or following the links in the menu on the left.

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Sunday, March 7, 2004

SFTLA PC League Pink Echo & Premiership Match Report

The Pink EchoIssue 05 of the The Pink Echo has been released and contains some excellent Interviews and Pictures. Make sure you don't miss out on what's been happening in the  SFTLA PC Leagues.

This weeks main features are news from the 1st Round of the SFTLA Cup as well as what happened in the 2nd Round Live Draw. So head on over now to the The Pink Echo page and keep up to date with all the action as and when it happens.

Feyenoord vs Man Utd (Match Report)

What a cracker easily Feyenoords hardest game. It showed everything character, great teamwork, and good finishing. Both managers were reluctant to take nothing away and it showed. Lazovic open the scoring on 19mins then United kick started there game and came back thru Giggs and Neville (of all people, good strike too) also good passing and dodgy defending and 2-1 to United HT.

None of the managers would of expected what happened in the 2nd half. United increased there lead thru O'Shea on 66 mins then a quick reply from Persie's free kick shattered United and Lazovic scored 2 goals in 4 mins to get his hatrick and put Feyenoord 4-3 ahead. What there managers were thinking, is anyone's guess. Feyenoord were still pressing forwards and got 2 more thru Pardo and Leonardo to make it 6-3 89 mins then United showed they can score and got the last goal on 90 thru Ronaldo.

A cracker of a match and the united manager will be shocked as much as Feyenoord.

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Saturday, March 6, 2004

Album of the Week: Dandy Warhols - Come Down

Dandy Warhols - Come DownFollowing up the awesome success of our great Album of the Week feature, this week we bring you our recommended Album of the Week, which is Dandy Warhols and their 2002 smash Come Down. This contains classics such as:

  • Boys betterMusic
  • Not if you were the last junkie on Earth
  • Everyday should be a holiday

All our Albums of the Week will be at our very special cut down prices. If you want to liven up your weekend then go and grab this excellent album for just £6.99 by clicking here.

You can find our full back catalog of Albums by clicking here.

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Olimpique Marseille get a new Stadium

Our partner DG from DG Stadiums has released a fantastic new stadium for the home of Olimpique Marseille, the Velodrome RS Stadium.

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You can download this excellent stadium, plus all DG's others for FIFA 2004, direct from our FIFA 2004 Download Boutique.

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Iran National Team Patch 1.0

Iran Patch Online and IRFO – Iranian FIFA Online and have released their joint Iranian National Team Patch 1.0, the patch that adds the Iranian national team to FIFA 2004.

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Here are the features of this patch:

  • Iran home & away kits in 2GK format
  • Iran latest roster from Iran - Qatar match in February 2004
  • In game flags and logo and new ad boards
  • Menu kits and flag

Download your copy now of this excellent patch direct from our Patches Database.

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Thursday, March 4, 2004

Dawry Vodafone (Egyptian League)

Our good friend Mohamed El Tanany (Bico) has released the biggest Egyptian patch since FIFA 97, the Dawry Vodafone (Egyptian League). Everything is edited to simulate the actual Egyptian league atmosphere!

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It includes:

  • All The teams Official rosters and latest transfers
  • All Home and Away official kits with its sponsors
  • All Mini kits, Home and Away
  • Official Egyptian Adboards
  • New Egyptian TV logos
  • Menu Logos, Vodafone logos and 3d Flags and banners
  • Star players PHOTOS in popups!
  • Season TICKETS for career Mode!
  • 2 Great Menus for Ahly and Zamalek!
  • Egyptian MAP in Career mode's league select!
  • Realistic faces for star players!
  • Now believe it : Cinematics for star players and wait for more new ones!

Download your copy of this excellent patch direct from our Patches Database.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2004

EPL 2004 Patch released

While I've been away the awesome EPL 2004 Patch for FIFA 2004 has arrived from our partners at Breamster.com. This patch has been created to update all original EPL data and includes 2GK kits and full comprehensive rosters. The file is approx. 15Mb in size.

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Version 1.0 was released originally and since then version 1.1 has been made available to solve issues with the new faces. The patch features:

  • 63 2GK Kits
  • New graphical Mini Kits
  • 16 Faces
  • 2GA Adboards
  • Complete up-to-date EPL Rosters - all transfers included from the January 2004 transfer window plus over 70 new players added, who were missing in the original game.

All screenshots can be seen in the EPL Patch 2004 Gallery and any support can be gained only in the Official Forum.

Download your copy of this excellent patch direct from our Patches Database.

News of recently released patches coming this week include:

  • Dawry Vodafone (Egyptian League) Patch
  • Low Countries Patch 2004: Holland Casino Eredivisie
  • Iranian National Team Patch 1.0

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SFTLA PC League :- Blackburn v LFC - Week 4 - Division 1

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Blackburn League Leaders and with 3 wins out of 3 were hosting at home. Also unbeaten Liverpool who have had draws with promotion favourites, Celtic  and Valencia could they pull the same result away from home too high flying Rovers?

It certainly was going to be a tall order and it was, because inside just 4mins Yorke headed home a cross from the flanks and Liverpool were on the back foot. If they wanted too stay in touch this season with the top teams they had too reply quickly and they did just that, with great movement and passing Heskey found him self put through and with only the Keeper to beat he cooly blasted the ball low past the keeper 1-1.

On 26mins Blackburn attacked in force down the flanks and a shot was rifled in that caused problems for the Liverpool Keeper a great reaction enabled him to block the shot with his legs but the resulting rebound fell to Yorke who tapped in for his 2nd and Blackburn were back in front.

Liverpool dug deep and responded well and straight away piled the pressure on and which resulted in a free-kick on a tight angle 20 yards out...Kewell stepped up and curled the ball over the wall and past the helpless Blackburn Keeper...2-2 AND GAME ON!!

The 2nd half began and was a very cagey affair with no pattern at all and both teams seemed too cancel each other out. Liverpool defended in numbers and gave Rovers no room or time to settle and Liverpool further added to Blackburn frustration by breaking quickly on the counter.

On the 69th min the floodlights went out (connection dropped) and the Home side must of been very relieved as this did not help Liverpool at all as when the match was restarted Blackburn were camped in the Liverpool goal mouth and how they didnt score from all this pressure was simply amazing but Liverpool defended solidly and re-grouped well and thoroughly deserved this draw against the League Leaders to put themselves in strong contention for Promotion.

Final Score 2-2 Keep informed of all the Action concerning our PC Leagues by visiting our SFTLA PC Leauges Area

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United are Robbed

Visit Chelsea mini siteChelsea have snatched PSV's young strike sensation Arjen Robben from under the noses of Manchester United. Plus the Blues have almost tied up a deal giving them first option on ALL PSV stars.

Robben is the first to switch to London in a five-year, £12million deal, infuriating Alex Ferguson who believed he had sorted a summer swoop for the striker.

Robben said: "I think I can become a better player at Chelsea and that I can develop myself into a top European player."

Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri added: "For me, Arjen Robben will be a fantastic addition to our squad. He is quick, strong, scores goals and makes them. He can do everything. His style is perfect for the Premier League and I am very happy that he wanted to come to us."

In January, United boss Ferguson gave the Dutchman, who had a contract at PSV until 2007, a personal tour of the club's training ground.

But his plans were ripped to pieces by former United chief executive Peter Kenyon, now at Stamford Bridge, who is the mastermind behind Chelsea's link with PSV.

Robben, 20, met with Chelsea officials and agreed to a summer move after flying into the capital for secret talks and a medical.

Kenyon said: "This is a great signing for Chelsea. Arjen is a top quality player who will become a major asset for our club in the years ahead. For his age, he shows great maturity and mental strength to go with his natural footballing skills. It's an excellent example of how Chelsea are appealing to the new wave of European talent and our commitment to bring the best young players to Stamford Bridge - as well cultivate the best, young English talent."

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has already handed PSV £7m to sign defender Alex from Brazilian side Santos. Alex, 21, will now spend a maximum of two years in Holland - earning European citizenship before joining the Blues.

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Bates quits Chelsea

Visit Chelsea mini siteWow, I return from a few days away and it is all going off at the Bridge again. Ken Bates has now resigned as Chelsea chairman.

The controversial Stamford Bridge chief has been at odds with the club's new Russian owner Roman Abramovich in recent weeks.

Bates had been unhappy since his regular column in the matchday programme was axed.

Speculation had been mounting that he could quit and he confirmed his decision when he addressed an invited audience at his Chairman's Supper Club at Chelsea Village.

Bates welcomed Abramovich with open arms when he saved the debt-ridden club with a £140million investment in the summer.

But it soon became clear he would lose much of his influence and he has found himself sidelined in recent months.

The appointment of former Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon further undermined his position.

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