March 2006


Friday, March 31, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup - Penalty Kick Mode

2006 FIFA World Cup - Penalty Kick ModeExperience the elation and agony of a penalty shoot-out as if you were on the pitch. Use new moves to distract the goalkeeper or put off the penalty taker. New animations make the penalty shoot-out even more interactive event.

Master your nerves to score the goal that puts your team through to the next round of the FIFA World Cup. The skill of your player, their experience and your own reflexes are all combine to make each and every penalty even more challenging.

In Joe Nickolls from EA Sports Canada's words:

"Penalty Kicks play such a big part of World Cup that we wanted to make this feature as authentic as possible. Historically penalty kicks have always played an important roll in the outcome of World Cup games and when you get to the penalty shoot-out situation the pressure goes up. What we have tried to do is transfer that pressure to the user in the videogame. In the real world you see the crowd and your teammates reacting to each situation and there’s pressure on each player to make the shot. We have tried to take that feeling and make it visual.

Gamers can now employ new moves to improve their chances of scoring or saving the shot. New distracting techniques for the keeper, including waving arms and moving along the goal line, make this really authentic. Even the shooting player can attempt to chip his shot to fool the goalkeeper.

The penalty mode incorporates a new ‘nerve bar’. Pressing the shot button to hit the sweet spot is the key to the perfect shot. However, the sweet spot now moves at varying speeds depending on the ability and experience of the player, making it hard or easier to hit the target."

Keep visiting us regularly as we bring you more exclusive 2006 FIFA World Cup news.

Visit the 2006 FIFA World Cup official website and check out what they have in store for you.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

CEP 0.12 release date and betatesting

CEP Career Expansion PatchThe CEP 0.12 version is almost ready with many new implementations that I am very proud to be able to present for this version: you will encounter many unexpected surprises in this 0.12 release and I hope you will enjoy this complete restyle of the Fifa experience as I am doing testing the new CEP.

On this Saturday 1st of April will start the betatesting process for CEP 0.12, that will last for 5 days trying to improve the quality of the final version, fixing the small glitches too; if you are interested in joining the process of betatesting receiving the beta you can still submit on CEP forums (here for English language, here for Italian language, here for Spanish language) writing your name or nickname, age, country and a mail where you'll receive the beta with the specific "betatesting tasks", subscriptions will be accepted until Friday 31 at 9.00 pm (European). CEP 0.12 will be released on Saturday 8th April, after the betatesting phase.

Some explanations and news about new version: I have completely redone from scratch the sponsorships system, so you'll find 100 new sponsorships much more rationals and properly connected to the respective country (i.e. no more Hungarian newspapers as sponsors in Brazilian league, for example) that will increase their wages depending on team prestige. I have redone the teams prestige system too, that now is based on number of fans and economical power, so that will be very hard that a new star player will be transfered from Chelsea to River Plate for example (because of the economical relevance of the first): this is connected to a great change that I want to implement for the next version in career: the game will start only with very minor teams (low prestige): this means much more realism: you'll have to start from minor league and minor divisions to conquer the glory necessary to be the coach of a big team: no more starting from Italian and English premier divisions, but from minor ones trying to reach the best teams and the best sponsorships (an anticipation: a sort of "last level" for sponsors will be the mountains of money of Sky Sports, that will be the partner only of the top teams); if you don't like this realistical approach to the career game you will be able to revert to normal career setting being able to train Manchester Utd since the first year, but I really suggest to try the new CEP career experience.

I've not received yet news and suggestions about file mirrors and servers for CEP 0.12 and I hope that we can resolve this problem too, considering the number of dls for the 0.11 files (37,100!), I don't think that Filefront will be able to substain all the users downloading the 0.12 version.

A personal note: I've not been selected by "EA talents scouts" for Fifa 2007, so I'm afraid I will not be able to help EA releasing a slightly more detailed version of their game for next year, but be sure that the CEP will keep its releases for Fifa 2007 version too, even if with the delusion that the work done with the CEP has not been taken in consideration by the author of this game.

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Minimum PC requirements for 2006 FIFA World Cup

Minimum PC requirements for 2006 FIFA World CupFind out if your PC is up to running the game when it's released. Here are the complete minimum system requirements for 2006 FIFA World Cup:

  • OS - Windows 2000 or Windows XP
  • Processor - 1.3GHz - Intel Pentium 4/Celeron, AMD Athlon or greater
  • Memory - 256 MB RAM (512MB Recommended)
  • Hard Drive - 900 MB
  • DVD Drive - 8 SPEED
  • Video Card - 32 MB
    • Supported video cards: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/GTS or greater; ATI Radeon 7500 or greater; Intel 865, 915, 950, S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported.
  • Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • DirectX - Version 9.0c
  • LAN - TCP/IP Compliant, 2 Players
  • Online Multiplayer - 56.6 Kbps; 2 Players
  • Input - Keyboard, Mouse or dual analogue gamepad

Please note: The game contains technology intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some DVD-ROM, DVD-RW and virtual drives.

Keep visiting us regularly as we bring you more exclusive 2006 FIFA World Cup news.

Visit the 2006 FIFA World Cup official website and check out what they have in store for you.

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

2006 FIFA World Cup - Global Challenge Mode

2006 FIFA World Cup - Global Challenge ModeGlobal Challenge Mode in 2006 FIFA World Cup provides even the most hardcore football gamer with a real test of their ability. Complete one of 40 challenges (125 challenges in PSP, NDS and GBA) that take the form of classic scenarios from FIFA World Cup history but re-lived with modern teams.

Scenarios vary from overturning a 2-1 deficit with 20 minutes left on the clock to winning a crucial penalty shoot-out. With each successful completion of a scenario you can earn points that can be redeemed in the virtual store. Here you can unlock legendary players, new exotic footballs or exclusive apparel for your favourite team.

Keep visiting us regularly as we bring you more exclusive 2006 FIFA World Cup news.

Visit the 2006 FIFA World Cup official website and check out what they have in store for you.

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UEFA Champions League Review - Quarter Finals 1st Legs

Following 2 of the 1st legs of the quarter final matches last night, we check out a brief summary of all the action below:

UEFA Champions League Review - Quarter Finals 1st Legs
Wed 29
March 2006
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Inter Milan 2
Villarreal 1

A live-wire performance from substitute Obafemi Martins helped FC Internazionale Milano to an impressive 2-1 victory against Villarreal CF in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg. Shock lead Martins came on just after the half-hour but it was after the restart that he found his feet, scoring what proved to be the decisive goal on 54 minutes. The win looked unlikely early on as Diego Forlán gave Villarreal a shock lead, although the home side responded with aplomb. Adriano equalised six minutes later but the night was to belong to fellow forward Martins.

Lyon 0
AC Milan 0
Olympique Lyonnais survived a torrid first half against AC Milan to keep alive their hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time. A series of fine saves from Grégory Coupet kept last season's finalists at bay, ensuring that an intruiging quarter-final first leg finished goalless - the first such result involving Lyon in the competition.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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English Premier League Review

We bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premiership:

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Mon 27
March 2006
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Man United 1
West Ham 0

Ruud van Nistelrooy marked his Manchester United recall in the best manner possible by netting the only goal to see off West Ham United.

It was the Holland marksman's 149th Red Devils strike, his 23rd of the season, which steered them to a seventh successive Barclays Premiership win and closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to nine points.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup - World Cup Mode

2006 FIFA World Cup - World Cup ModeThe 2006 FIFA World Cup mode is a completely authentic recreation of the real tournament. You can choose to take one of 127 teams all the way through qualifying from one of the six zones (Africa, Asia, Europe, North, Central America & Caribbean, Oceania and South America) or simply choose to play the game with all the officially qualified teams for the ultimate in realistic gaming experiences.

Catch up with all the latest information with the virtual FIFA World Cup magazine. Statistics from every game are captured and presented visually so that you don't miss any minute of the action.

Furthermore, start filling your virtual passport with stamps to celebrate your victories.

For the ultimate multiplayer experience, up to eight players can battle it out simultaneously from qualification through the World Cup Finals.

Keep visiting us regularly as we bring you more exclusive 2006 FIFA World Cup news.

Visit the 2006 FIFA World Cup official website and check out what they have in store for you.

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Face Updates for FIFA 06

Face Updates for FIFA 06 Sweetpatch Development Posse member Hayan brings us some great new faces for your FIFA 06 (click on links below for full size screenshots and to download faces):

Download these excellent Faces direct from our Download Boutique.

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UEFA Champions League Review - Quarter Finals 1st Legs

Following 2 of the 1st legs of the quarter final matches last night, we check out a brief summary of all the action below:

UEFA Champions League Review - Quarter Finals 1st Legs
Tue 28
March 2006
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Arsenal 2
Juventus 0

Goals in each half from Cesc Fabregas and Thierry Henry gave Arsenal a real chance of reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time as England's sole surviving representatives produced an exceptionally disciplined and hard-working display to defeat Juventus, who finished with nine men.

Benfica 0
Barcelona 0
SL Benfica were unable to take a lead from their home UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg, but will surely feel some relief after withstanding tremendous FC Barcelona pressure in this goalless affair. Typical of the game was the minute just before the hour, when the visitors struck the woodwork twice. Ronaldinho, Henrik Larsson, Deco and Mark van Bommel were among those to go close, but home goalkeeper Moretto produced some fine saves, and Benfica did carve out a few chances to give themselves reason for optimism in next Wednesday's Camp Nou return.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup - Game Overview

2006 FIFA World Cup - Game OverviewEA SPORTS™ is developing 2006 FIFA World Cup, the exclusive official videogame of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. The game will feature stunning visual representations of the world's superstar players, all 12 official stadiums. Gamers can steer their favourite team from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the Final tournament in Germany.

You will be able to play as one of 127 authentically recreated national teams from around the world. Create your own FIFA World Cup history by winning the World Cup with any nation of your choice.

Experience the ultimate expression of the beautiful game against the best players around the world. Close to 100 of the world's most recognisable players have been faithfully recreated so they look and play like their real life counterparts.

Test your playing ability in Global Challenge, a series of historic scenarios recreated with modern teams. Overturn past defeats in key FIFA World Cup moments and reshape your nation's history.

Live through the agony of the dreaded penalty shoot-out as if you were placing the ball on the white spot yourself. Look the keeper in the eyes and try to avoid his distracting tactics as you contemplate your shot. Keep your nerve to avoid the ultimate humiliation of missing your shot.

This is your dream. Your World Cup. Keep visiting us regularly as we bring you more exclusive 2006 FIFA World Cup news.

Visit the 2006 FIFA World Cup official website and check out what they have in store for you.

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English Premier League Review

We bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premiership:

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Mon 27
March 2006
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Spurs 2
WBA 1

Two late goals from Robbie Keane - including his 50th Premiership strike for the club - kept Tottenham Hotspur on course for a Champions League place next season.

Keane fired home his 50th in the 67th minute to cancel out a first-half goal from West Bromwich Albion defender Curtis Davies. But Albion’s hopes of a point were wrecked two minutes from time when Jermain Defoe charged down Tomasz Kuszczak’s clearance. The Albion goalkeeper then sent Defoe crashing for a penalty which Keane converted.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Monday, March 27, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup Developer Diary 2 - He Shoots, He Scores!

2006 FIFA World Cup Developer Diary 2 - He Shoots, He Scores!In the second developer diary, EA's Joe Nickolls explains more about the new advanced shooting mechanics and the penalty kick system. Check it out below:

Creating Authentic Penalty Kicks
Penalty Kicks play such a big part of World Cup that we wanted to make this feature as authentic as possible. When you get to the penalty shoot-out situation the pressure goes up and what we have tried to do is transfer that pressure to the user in the videogame. We have tried to take that feeling and make it visual.

For this game we developed the Penalty Kick Nerve System and it's meant to reflect the pressure of an actual World Cup penalty shootout. First off -- the sweet spot (your target area for the most accurate shot) will move around. As time goes on, the pressure mounts and the sweet spot will move faster and faster - and you will have to figure out the optimum time to attempt your kick.

If you're the keeper, you can try to throw the shooter off by jumping, waving your arms, touching the bar, etc. You can even send a vibration to your opponent’s controller while he's attempting the shot.

It's all meant to put more importance behind these situations.

Penalty Kicks are always an important part of the game, but in World Cup, it's even more important. Often times the game comes down to that one amazing shot, so we made sure we put a lot of emphasis on it in 2006 FIFA World Cup. Nobody wants to lose the world cup because of a lame penalty kick; it's such an important part of the game.

Advanced Shooting Mechanics
Our shooting model has completely changed - and this will be the thing that gamers will notice first. Your shot meter determines the shot elevation only. The longer you hold the button down, the higher the shot is. The power of your shot is determined by a number of different things, including player attributes, where you're positioned on the field, which foot you're shooting with (preferred or not), the ball height at point of contact, the amount of defensive pressure, and a modifier if you're using a star player.

For example, star players with a high "Finishing" skill will do well inside the penalty area, while the long shot specialists will do better outside the box! This makes it more important to get the ball to the right player for the job, and feels more like an accurate world cup match!

So make sure that if you're doing a long shot - pick a guy like Lampard or Ballack, and if you're in close -- go for Shevchenko or van Nistelrooy.

We've also tightened up the responsiveness of the players -- so they'll react faster when you hit the button or change direction. Our Ball physics are completely different now as well. I guarantee you'll see shots that go off the keeper or the bar that you've never seen before. It feels more realistic when you're seeing the keeper scrambling for the ball after a deflection that was misjudged. We've put in some new controls for your free kicks as well, giving you the option to take a run up and really hammer the ball as well as taking a tactical "regular" shot.

More Developer Diaries coming soon.

If you have not already, visit the 2006 FIFA World Cup official website and check out what it has in store for you.

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English Premier League Review

We bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premiership:

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Sun 26
March 2006
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Charlton 3
Newcastle 1

Charlton Athletic made it four defeats in a row for Newcastle United with a comfortable 3-1 victory at The Valley. A penalty from Darren Bent, a bizarre own goal from former Charlton man Lee Bowyer and a late header from substitute Jay Bothroyd sealed the win for the Addicks, who are still unbeaten at home in the Barclays Premiership in 2006. Ex-Charlton man Scott Parker silenced the boos from some sections of the home crowd with a fine equaliser for Newcastle in the 35th minute, but slack defending once again proved to be the Magpies' downfall.

Man United 3
Birmingham 0

Steve Bruce's miserable week ended in defeat at Manchester United as his old club nudged his current one another step nearer the dreaded drop. The biggest crowd for 86 years to witness United in action at Old Trafford paid due homage to a man who served the Red Devils with such distinction but left knowing Birmingham City are perilously close to losing their top-flight status.

Having gone in front after just two minutes courtesy of a Maik Taylor own goal, Sir Alex Ferguson was probably disappointed United only added two more to their tally through Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney.

Middlesbrough 4
Bolton 3
Makeshift midfielder Stuart Parnaby stole the headlines as Middlesbrough edged a seven-goal thriller to dent Bolton Wanderers' hopes of European qualification.The specialist full-back got on the end of an Aiyegbeni Yakubu cross two minutes into injury-time just as it looked as though Wanderers had snatched a point from nowhere.

Bolton led after only three minutes through Stelios Giannakopoulos’ strike, but a Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink double - his 14th and 15th of the season - either side of a Mark Viduka effort looked to have handed Boro all three points. Jay-Jay Okocha gave the visitors hope on 57 minutes and when Radhi Jaidi headed home Ricardo Gardner’s 81st-minute cross, there seemed likely to be only one winner. But Parnaby’s effort ended Boro’s run of two successive league defeats and any fears of relegation as Bolton were left to reflect upon a missed opportunity to climb into sixth 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.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

English Premier League Review

We bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premiership:

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Sat 25
March 2006
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Aston Villa 0
Fulham 0

Fulham collected their first Barclays Premiership point away from Craven Cottage for nearly five months with a goalless draw at Aston Villa.

Chelsea 2
Man City 0

Didier Drogba bagged two first-half goals as Chelsea tightened their grip on the Barclays Premiership title against a Manchester City team hit hard by injuries.

Liverpool 3
Everton 1
Liverpool overcame the 18th-minute dismissal of captain Steven Gerrard to take all three points from a pulsating 203rd Merseyside derby against Everton.
Sunderland 0
Blackburn 1

Blackburn Rovers continued their march towards Europe at the expense of sorry Sunderland with a narrow victory at the Stadium of Light.

Wigan 1
West Ham 2

West Ham United captain Nigel Reo-Coker put an exclamation point on a week to remember for boss Alan Pardew's side by grabbing an injury-time winner.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

EA launch their new 2006 FIFA World Cup official website

EA launch their new 2006 FIFA World Cup official website The brand new official website takes football fans on a guided tour of the videogame, showcasing many of football's superstar players with stunning authenticity and re-creating the real-world tournament's passion and excitement.

Each week the site will be updated with news, videos and features so fans are encouraged to visit often to keep up-to-date on their favourite football videogame that will be in stores worldwide at the end of April.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup official website has been localised for 12 international markets and in nine different languages. It provides:

  • an overview of the videogame's features;
  • gameplay videos of the world's top-ranked teams;
  • previews all 12 official stadiums that will be used in Germany;
  • a behind-the-scenes look at the videogame with developer Joe Nickolls, lead producer on 2006 FIFA World Cup; and
  • the ability to download 2006 FIFA World Cup wallpapers.

Visit the 2006 FIFA World Cup official website today and check out what it has in store for you.

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EA Lines up the World's Top Football Superstars for 2006 FIFA World Cup

EA Lines up the World's Top Football Superstars for 2006 FIFA World CupElectronic Arts have revealed the superstar players who will be featured on the front packs of the 2006 FIFA World CupTM video game around the world (click on the image on the right for image of Frank Lampard).

Designed to celebrate each country's top star, the cover players have been individually selected to represent their team, their nation and their loyal fans. Working in partnership with adidas, the only official branded sports apparel manufacturer for the real-world 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament, EA has been able to deliver customized covers for nearly a dozen countries.

Demonstrating physical excellence, undying determination and masterful skill, the line-up of players featured regionally on 2006 FIFA World Cup are true sports champions.

Team Player Pack available in
EnglandFrank LampardEngland
ChinaZhi ZhenChina
GermanyLukas PodolskiGermany
ItalyAlessandro Del PieroItaly
MexicoJamie LozanoUSA, Canada, Mexico
PortugalSimaoPortugal
NetherlandsArjen Robben Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg
SwitzerlandRicardo CabanasSwitzerland
SpainXaviSpain
USAClaudio ReynaUSA, Canada, Mexico
NAWill feature the FIFA World Cup trophy and the Official EmblemAll other Countries

2006 FIFA World Cup, developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C. will be available on April 28th in Europe and Asia and on April 24th in North America.

The game will be available on the:

  • PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system,
  • the Xbox® and Xbox 360TM video game systems from Microsoft,
  • Nintendo GameCubeTM, Nintendo DSTM, and Game Boy® Advance,
  • PSPTM (PlayStation®Portable) system,
  • PC
  • and mobile.

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Chelsea want image change

EPL champions Chelsea, have been attacked by British media and have recently been named as the most hated team in England.

The London side, owned by billionaire Russian Roman Abramovich, are caught in a battle with the FA after they failed to control thier players in two games last month. And some teams have accused Chelsea players of diving.

Chelsea are 12 points clear of second-placed Manchester United and almost have the league won, say they will challenge FA charges.

Manager Jose Mourinho,is accused by the media of being a bad loser after Champions League defeat by Barcelona, believes Chelsea are treated more harshly than other league teams.

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Friday, March 24, 2006

FIFA "Gameplay Update" 06 v4 - Out Now!

FIFA Gameplay Update 06That's right everyone! The latest version of NK Football's Gameplay Update is now available to download! Grab this Exclusive Sweetpatch update direct from our new home of the NK Football's Gameplay Update.

This latest version provides:

  • Gamespeed
    • Pace: The pace of the game has been slowed down to make it more realistic.
    • Player speeds: Players’ aren’t as fast on the ball to make it longer to travel the pitch. They’re also not as good at trapping the ball in order to make controlling the player more difficult.
  • CPU
    • Defence: The defence of the CPU is much more alert and faster at closing down your players’. It is harder to break the defence.
    • Attack: The CPU attack is much more creative. They will take more shots from further out and their shooting isn’t perfect. It feels more realistic and diverse, but you’ll have to play well and defend against them using tactics.
  • Ball Physics
    • Shooting: Shooting is harder to aim and more realistic. Scoring with a header is also more difficult. This is also true for the CPU making goals more exciting. Penalty kicks are also more difficult as the power bar increases faster.
    • Crossing: Crossing the ball isn’t as easy as before.
    • Passing: The passing has been slowed down and the ball plays better and more realistically.
  • Difficulty
    • World Class: The difficulty modes, especially world class have been worked on to a degree of balancing and challenging play. Goalkeepers are harder to beat, but can be beaten with good shots at goal. The result is much more rewarding.
  • Total Balancing
    Now, the game is truly balanced with equal goalkeepers for both human and CPU controlled teams! Feel every shot you score rewarded for both you and the CPU as you battle out against the challenging and equal rivals of the goalkeepers! Do you have the skill to score goals as good as the CPU?
  • Attribute fiddling free
    Unlike some updates that rely on altering the real player attributes to specific set values for each player on the field both home and away (clones), FIFA “GAMEPLAY UPDATE” 06 does not and relies solely on the difficulty and diversity of what is the best gameplay update for your FIFA 06 ™ video game. NK FOOTBALL © guarantees you the best FIFA football available.
  • Diversity
    The game now has a different feel to it and NK FOOTBALL © believes this to be a breath of fresh air from the original balance.
  • Virtual Football!
    Using different football sources, NK FOOTBALL © has done its best to create virtual football in FIFA 06 ™. Score amazing goals and feel the glory! Enjoy the match.
  • No correction, no fix, no patch
    FIFA “GAMEPLAY UPDATE” 06 is not a patch or a fix to correct problems, it is nothing more than a change and it is NK FOOTBALL © who have found this change and balanced it to make it playable for you guys at home.

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The FA Cup - Semi-Final Draw

The FA Cup Semi-Final Draw took place today and the draw is as follows:

The FA Cup - Semi-Final Draw
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Chelsea
v
Liverpool
Charlton or Middlesbrough
v
West Ham United

Ties to be played on Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April 2006. Check out all the latest news at the official site of the FA Cup.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Germany Box Art

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany Box ArtSoccer Gaming have revealed the box art design for the official 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany game, which will be released in late April. The box art will apparently have the same design for all consoles.

Check it out by clicking on the image on the right.

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The FA Cup - Sixth Round Review

This week has seen the 6th round matches played in the famous FA Cup. Please find below a review of each of the matches:

The FA Cup - Sixth Round Review
Mon 20
March 2006
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Man City 1
West Ham 2

West Ham United booked their place in the FA Cup Semi-Finals thanks to a brace from striker Dean Ashton in a thrilling match at the City of Manchester Stadium. The £7.25m signing from Norwich scored his fourth and fifth goals for the club after putting in a devastating performance. Ashton scored in either half to knock 10-man Manchester City out of the competition despite a late goal from Kiki Musampa.

Tue 21
March 2006
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Birmingham 0
Liverpool 7

Liverpool's resurgence in front of goal continued at St Andrews on Tuesday night as Rafa Benitez's side demolished Birmingham City and cruised into the Semi-Final.

Wed 22
March 2006
Visit the home of the FA Cup
Chelsea 1
Newcastle 0

John Terry put Chelsea into the Semi-Finals of The FA Cup and ended Alan Shearer’s dream of ending his Newcastle career with a trophy. England star Terry fired home after only four minutes at Stamford Bridge to give Chelsea a 1-0 victory and keep alive their hopes of winning a Premiership and FA Cup ‘Double’.

Thur 23
March 2006
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Charlton 0
Sunderland 0

Neither Middlesbrough or Charlton were able to seize the opportunity of reaching the last four of The FA Cup, and the last of the Sixth Round ties will remain the only undecided tie in Friday's Draw. Despite another packed crowd willing a winning goal that would land their team a place in the last four of The FA Cup, neither side was able to break the deadlock and they will fight for their place at The Riverside on 12 April.

For comprehensive official FA Cup match reports, click here.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

CEP 0.12 Screenshots

CEP Career Expansion PatchThe next version of CEP is near to be released: as I wrote previously I think it's better to wait a week more delaying the publication of 0.12 to the first week of April, allowing the team of CEP betatesters to find all the small and minor glitches to avoid, as possible, the releases of fixes for 0.12.

You can see the impressive list of things already done in the Status section of the CEP homepage while you'll find the list of future additions in the Release page. I'm posting many screenshots of the incoming new CEP 0.12 version that are following the development of the patch: you can find them, updated daily, on CEP forums here together with the last news on CEP development.

The CEP 0.12 will feature a deep restyling of the GUI interface, while the week after CEP 0.12 release I'll realize a new version of the CEP Kits Addon with more hundreds of excellent kits, and a full cover of World Cup 2006 new kits and minikits.

I hope to be able to provide much more file mirrors for version 0.12: if you have to propose a good file server for CEP 0.12 please contact me on CEP forums.

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

I feel an update coming...

FIFA Gameplay Update 06

NK FOOTBALL is making a new approach at the latest update, which is to be released this Friday!

I am currently downloading fan compilation videos of players' and teams and implementing certain ideas into the 'tuning' of the update to affect the way the game plays. For example it is now possible to score outside the box, without having to have a very powerful shot. The reason could be bad goalkeeper positioning or simply great shot accuracy! It is extremely rewarding to score an amazing goal, when you realise it is Ronaldinho who's scored it for you. But this is by no means poor goalkeeper skill as they are still very aware and save some amazing shots and thanks to new ball physic tuning it looks even better!

The higher skilled players' can take on defenders and out-pace them. You can string together some beautiful plays and NK FOOTBALL is dedicated to bringing you the most exciting, thrilling, challenging and rewarding experience for your FIFA 06 ™ game.

Look out for FIFA "GAMEPLAY UPDATE" 06 this Friday, only at FIFA-MRA.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany Videos

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany VideosEA Sports have released some great new videos of their forthcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany game. They include:

  • The 12 official stadia of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany
  • Highlights from Brazil v Croatia
  • Highlights from Germany v Poland
  • Highlights from USA v Italy

Download all these great Videos direct from our Download Boutique.

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Face Installation Tutorial 06

Face Installation Tutorial 06Sweetpatch Development Posse member Amit_Zidane_Beckham returns with his new Face Installation Tutorial 06, which will help you install faces in FIFA 06, no matter the type and format of files.

Download this excellent Tutorial direct from our Download Boutique.

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English Premier League: Fulham 1 Chelsea 0

English Premier League: Fulham 1 Chelsea 0Chelsea lost. José Mourinho made a double substitution after 25 minutes, William Gallas was sent off in stoppage time, and not even 16 corners, a record for the Blues in one game this season, brought good news. Fulham won no corners.

Fulham have employed the diamond midfield well against Chelsea in the past, and once again they were no push-overs from the off. In fact, after 16 minutes they were in the lead. Boa Morte, tucked in from the left, received from Rosenior and squared to Malbranque whose underhit shot looked as though it would be cleared by Ferreira, but Boa Morte snuck in to poach his fifth goal of the season.

The goal meant Chelsea have still to keep a clean sheet away from home in 2006.

It was all too much for Mourinho. With just 25 minutes gone he made a double substitution, Drogba and Duff for Wright-Phillips and Cole. Chelsea switched to the midfield diamond too: Makelele holding, Essien on the right, Duff on the left and Lampard at the front with Crespo and Drogba in attack.

Fulham should have gone two up with ten minutes to go to half-time when Lampard, not for the first time, lost possession with a careless flick and Pembridge sent Collins away. Cech raced to the edge of his area and blocked the powerful shot with bravery and fantastic reflexes.

Carvalho replaced Huth at the interval. All Chelsea’s substitutes were used up.

Three minutes before the hour Drogba raced on to a long ball with Crossley crazily leaving his line, controlled it with his hand to take it away from Knight, and netted easily. Referee Dean gave a goal. Furious Fulham surrounded him. Finally he went to the linesman, changed his mind, gave a free-kick and booked Drogba.

Somehow, Chelsea seemed short on ideas, short on patience, short on physical supremacy and, despite constantly coming forward against a defending team, short on threat. With five minutes left Terry went to centre-forward and Ferreira dropped back again. Coleman sent on Christanval to shore up midfield, taking off Malbranque who had been a constant threat for Fulham.

Amazingly, four minutes of stoppage time were announced. Terry arched a header just under the bar and Crossley flew across his goal to tip it over. As frustration increased, a melee followed a challenge by Duff and Gallas was sent off (deservedly so for a shocking attempt to break another players leg) and Makelele booked. Within seconds the referee blew his whistle. For Chelsea, it was an afternoon without positives.

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

© 2006 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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English Premier League Review

We bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premiership:

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Sat 18
March 2006
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Arsenal 3
Charlton 0

Arsenal stepped up the pressure on north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the final Champions League place with a 3-0 demolition of Charlton Athletic at Highbury.

Birmingham 0
Spurs 2

Aaron Lennon scored his first goal for Tottenham Hotspur to help conquer their away-day blues and keep them on course for a Champions League spot.

Blackburn 3
Middlesbrough 2

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage was sent off for the first time in his club career as Mark Hughes' side defeated Middlesbrough at Ewood Park. Fortunately for Savage, he can thank fellow Welshman Craig Bellamy for saving his blushes as the on-song striker scored a breathtaking brace to press home Blackburn’s bid for European football next term.

Bolton 2
Sunderland 0

Kevin Nolan maintained his bid for a place in England's World Cup squad with his 11th goal of the season as Bolton Wanderers condemned the Barclays Premiership's bottom side to their 24th league defeat at the Reebok Stadium.

Everton 4
Aston Villa 1
Two goals from Tim Cahill against Aston Villa helped Everton secure a sixth successive home Barclays Premiership win - their best run at Goodison Park since 1990.
Man City 0
Wigan 1

Lee McCulloch made the most of a costly error from Manchester City goalkeeper David James as Wigan Athletic snatched three points at the City of Manchester Stadium.

WBA 1
Man United 2

Louis Saha provided further compelling evidence of his right to keep Ruud van Nistelrooy sitting on the sidelines with a matchwinning double for Manchester United at The Hawthorns.

West Ham 2
Portsmouth 4
Portsmouth overwhelmed a much-changed West Ham United side to bank three precious points on Harry Redknapp's return to Upton Park.
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Fulham 1
Chelsea 0
Luis Boa Morte stunned Jose Mourinho and sent Chelsea spinning to their only third Barclays Premiership defeat of the season.
Newcastle 1
Liverpool 3
Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester United in the race for automatic Champions League qualification as 10-man Newcastle United were defeated at St James' Park.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Release Confirmed!

FIFA Gameplay Update 06

NK FOOTBALL is proud to announce that the latest version of FIFA "GAMEPLAY UPDATE" 06 will be released on Friday 24th March! This latest version boasts many improvements, but here are just a few;

  • Improved Ball Physics
  • Goalkeeper Balancing
  • Improved Defence
  • And More!

    So, get into practice mode and prepare for the greatest Gameplay Update for FIFA 06.

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  • Thursday, March 16, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup Soundtrack

    2006 FIFA World Cup SoundtrackEA Sports have released details of their excelklent 2006 FIFA World Cup Soundtrack.

    2006 FIFA World Cup, under the EA SPORTSTM brand, will feature stunning visual representations of the world's superstar players, 12 official stadiums that will be used at 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany and stadiums from each qualifying region. Gamers will be able to play as their favorite team from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the tournament in Germany.

    The music in 2006 FIFA World Cup includes:

    Artist
    Song Title
    Calanit
    Do-Dee-Dee-Deem-Dum
    Damien J. Carter
    What world
    Depeche Mode
    A pain that I am used to
    Die Raketen
    Tokyo, Tokyo
    DT8 Project
    Namara
    DuSouto
    Ie mae jah
    F4
    La prima volta
    Fisherspooner
    Never win
    Frank Popp Ensemble
    Love is on our side
    Furius K & Lou Valentino
    People shining
    Gabin
    The other way round
    Howard Jones
    And do you feel scared
    Ivy Queen
    Cuéntale
    KES
    The calling
    Lady Sovereign
    9 to 5
    Ladytron
    Destroy everything you touch
    Mando Diao
    Down in the past
    Masrhon
    Sobremesa
    Mattafix
    Big city life
    Maximus Dan
    Fighter
    Men Women and Children
    Dance in my blood
    Nortec Collective
    Tijuana makes me happy
    Ojos de Brujo
    Tiempo de drumba
    Polinesia
    Aloha
    Resin Dogs
    Definition
    Sergio Mendes
    Más que nada
    Sneaky Sound System
    Hip hip hooray
    Stefy Rae
    Chelsea
    Swami
    DesiRock
    The Go! Team
    The power is on
    TipTop
    TipTop
    Urban Puppets
    Sweat
    Van Ness Wu
    Poker face
    Voicst
    Whatever you want from life
    Zola feat. Maduvha
    X girlfriend

    Check the songlist above and then listen to all of them by clicking here.

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    English Premier League Review

    We bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premiership:

     

    Barclays Premiership Review
    Wed 15
    March 2006
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    Liverpool 5
    Fulham 1

    Liverpool halted their recent slump in style as they made light of recent worries in front of goal by running riot against Fulham. Fowler set Rafael Benitez's men on their way with his first goal since he returned to Anfield before Collins John produced a neat finish to draw the visitors level. However, a Michael Brown own goal gave the Reds a half-time lead before Morientes, Crouch and Stephen Warnock wrapped up the points.

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

    For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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    Wednesday, March 15, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup Developer Diary: Week 1 - Stadiums

    2006 FIFA World Cup Developer Diary: Week 1 - StadiumsEA have published the first weekly developer diary, which focuses on the stadiums in this game. Check out the diary below:

    What were main focuses for your design?
    The great thing about the FIFA World Cup is the fact that it always brings new stadiums that are built for the event. The first thing we had to do was make sure we had all the reference material possible to build them accurately and efficiently. In addition to acquiring footage from our licensed partners, we sent photographers out to take photos of each stadium.

    In many cases we took hundreds of photos to get absolutely accurate reference ranging from the way rafters look and the lighting standards on the pitch through to images of the bolts and hinges on the seats. FIFA also gave us reference of how the graphics, such as the hoardings, and colours would be used in each stadium, so when people play the game, it will be accurate to the real event.

    Also, as this is the FIFA World Cup and the biggest celebration of football every four years, we wanted to ensure we captured the festival atmosphere and ensuring our new 3D crowd to look and behave like the real thing. Fans throw streamers and confetti, as well as holding up giant flags in the crowd.

    What were the challenges?
    When you put a lot of detail into things like the players, their kits, and the pitch they play on - that doesn't leave a lot of room for things like balloons, fireworks, confetti, streamer, and flags.

    We had to build our stadiums in a way that the best parts of the geometry were shown in gameplay cameras. That means putting less detail in the last row of the upper tier of seats, as opposed to the lower level seats, and paying attention to things like staff and photographers seen standing around the perimeter of the pitch.

    When you're dealing with a video game, you've only got so much display memory that you can use at one time - so we had to re-think where to put the details in stadium. The end result is a great looking stadium, with lots of effects and a party atmosphere.

    What technical tricks did you employ?
    Aside from putting less polygons and detail in to the areas you don't see a lot in gameplay, we also worked on a new lighting engine for the game. We have day, night and dusk lighting conditions, with dusk being the most dramatic.

    The sun will shine through the stadium gaps and cast accurately coloured shadows on both the pitch and the crowd. Even the flags hanging in the rafters cast coloured shadows on the crowd as our artificial sun shines through them. We also used depth of field to help focus on key areas of the stadium when viewing gameplay and the cut-scenes. This way we focus the gamers’ attention on the things that look best in each situation. Even our goal net has new physics applied, so each shot into the net will look more accurate than before.

    Expect more developer diaries in the upcoming weeks.

    You can also find 90 screens of the WC2006 game, thanks to WorthPlaying. Included in these set of screens are some images that have been released earlier, but some are new like the ones from PC, XBOX and PS2.

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    UEFA Champions League Review - Last 16 2nd Leg

    Following the final 2nd leg of the last 16 matches last night, we check out a brief summary of all the action below:

    UEFA Champions League Review - Last 16 2nd Leg
    Last 16
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    Inter Milan 1 (3)
    Ajax 0 (2)

    A brilliant second-half goal from Dejan Stanković was enough for FC Internazionale Milano to seal a narrow victory against AFC Ajax and book a UEFA Champions League quarter-final date with Villarreal CF.

    Stanković struck just before the hour to give the Serie A club a 3-2 aggregate triumph, but the scoreline failed to do justice to a dominant second-leg display by Inter. Adriano missed a first-half penalty and Obafemi Martins thundered a long-range shot against the crossbar but it was Stanković who was the scourge of Ajax. The 27-year-old had registered the crucial first as Roberto Mancini's men came from behind to draw at the Amsterdam ArenA, and his goal tonight proved unassailable.

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

    For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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

    © uefa.com 1998-2006. All rights reserved.

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    Italian Lega Calcio Review

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all last week 29's exciting action:

    Italian Lega Calcio Review
    Siena 1
    Trevisio 0

    Siena continue their good performances in recent weeks by getting three points at home from the weak side Trevisio by one goal to nil. The game was very nervous as both teams needed the three points, especially Trevisio who need a miracle to get out of the relegation zone, so the game witnessed too many yellow cards (four for Siena & three for Trevisio). The game was going to end in a goalless draw until Bogodani found the net of Trevisio in the dying minutes of the game in the 86th min. to give all the three points for Siena & put Trevisio in a very complicated situation 9 weeks from the end of the Lega Calcio as after this result they are in last position in the table with 15 points only with 12 points behind 17th position which seems too difficult for them to get in the upcoming weeks.

    Inter Milan 1
    Sampadoria 0
    In a very hard game for Inter the Brazilian Adriano gave his team a very precious three points as he scored the only goal of the game. The game was quick & good from both sides as both teams shared the possession during the game where Adriano was the best player of the game with his high mentality after he was sub in the last two games. The most dangerous ball in the 1st half came after a powerful shot from the Brazilian Adrian which was deflected by the keeper Antonioli to find Recoba who put it away strangely. The only goal was scored in the 40th min after a beautiful cross from Luis Figo which found the head of Adriano to put it against the post but then he completed it with another header into the net. With this result Inter are in 3rd position with 62 points. while Sampadoria are in 9th position with 37 points.
    Parma 2
    Livorno 1
    It seems that Parma have found their winning days again after another win this week by two goals to one over Livorno who began to set back in the last weeks after they began the season wonderfully. The game was a good one where three goals were scored during the 90 minutes of the game. Fabio Enrico & Marco Bresciano scored both goals for Parma in the 37th & 83rd min while Bakayoko scored the only goal for Livorno in the 45th min. With this result Parma jumped to 13th position with 32 points while Livorno are still in 6th position with 44 points.
    Palermo 2
    Udinese 0
    In another good game this week Palermo secured three points after their win over Udinese by two goals to nil. David Di Michelle & Tedesco scored both goals for Palermo in the 2nd half in the 52nd & 63rd min. With this result Palermo are in 10th position with 37 points while Udinese are in a very dangerous situation in 15th position with 28 points, just two points above the relegation zone.
    Messina 2
    Lecce 1

    It seems this week that the home teams had the advantage as Messina also beat Lecce home with two goals to one in another good game full of attacking football. The game started as a quick one & as a result Agostino put Messina in front by his goal in the 26th minute however Lecce pushed forward in order to get one back & they did in the 45th min before the end of the 1st half through Papo Di Olivera. In the 2nd half the game continued like that & in the dying minutes it seemed that it would end in a draw until Roberto Antonio Nani regained the lead for Messina to give all the three points to Messina. With this result Messina are in 17th position with 27 points, just one point above the relegation& they have to continue like this in the next weeks to escape relegation, while the situation got worse for Lecce who are in 19th position with 18 points, 9 points from the 17th position & they need a miracle like Trevisio to escape relegation.

    Lazio 3
    Reggina 1
    As the situation in all games this week, the home teams had the advantage as Lazio won at their ground over Reggina by three goals to one. The game was quick & good one full of goals & attacking football. Lazio scored the 1st of their three goals then Reggina got one back but it wasn't enough for them to return to the game. Di Canio, Rocchi & Pandev scored the three goals for Lazio in the 24th, 35th and 67th min respectively while Nicola Amoroso scored the only goal for Reggina in the 70th min. With this result Lazio are in 7th position with 42 points, trying to reach the 6th position in order to qualify for UEFA Cup next season, while Reggina are in 14th position with 31 points.
    Empoli 2
    Chievo Verona 1
    Empoli won at home by two goals to one in another good game this week. The game was a goalless draw for more than 75 minutes before three goals were scored in the last 15 minutes where Empoli scored two important goals in the 77th min & 80th min. while Verona scored in the 83rd min, which wasn't enough & Empoli took a very important three points for them on their way to escape the relegation zone. Riggano & Tavvano scored both goals for Empoli while Brighi scored the only goal for Verona. With this result Empoli are in 18th position with 26 points, just one point from 17th position, while Verona are in 8th position with 41 points.
    Ascoli 3
    AS Roma 2

    In the most exciting game this week, & unlike the expectation for this game, Ascoli secured a very good & important three points after a memorable win over AS Roma, who were unbeaten for 12 games. Three early goals from Ascoli scored in the 1st half was enough to give them the three points where Fabio, Massimo Bassi & Igor Bodan scored their goals in the 20th, 23rd & 44th minutes. However AS Roma pushed forward with all their lives in the 2nd half trying to return back to the game & really they scored two goals in the 72nd & 75th min through Rodrigo Taddei & Komoto in his own net, but both goals were not enough & they couldn't score more, also Chivu was sent off in the 89th min to end the game in a very exciting win for Ascoli to give them all the three points. With this result Ascoli are in 11th position with 36 points while Roma are in 5th position with 55 points.

    Cagliari P
    Fiorontina P
    The game was abandoned as the players couldn't play the game due to high winds. High winds caused Fiorontina's match at Cagliari to be abandoned. Earlier reports suggesting crowd trouble were to blame proved false as the players were led off the pitch by referee Pasquale Rodomonti after just 31 minutes for reasons of security.
    Juventus 0
    AC Milan 0
    Unlike all games this week, the most important game this week between the giants Milan & Juventus, who moved on in the Champions League a week ago, couldn't score any goals, even after Gattusso was dismissed Juventus could not score any goals, to end the game in a goalless draw, which was considered to be a good result for Juventus, who keep Milan away by 10 points 9 weeks before the end of the Lega on their way to keep the title at the Delle Alpi & to secure the 29th title in their History. The game in the 1st half was very good from both teams as they attacked the other to score an early goal, however none could score. The most important events in the 1st half were the two chances squandered by both teams. The 1st chance from Viera who headed a powerful header but Dida was there to punch it away & the other chance for Milan was when the ball got past Buffon strangely to find Inzaghi who lost his balance to waste a very easy chance in front of the empty net!!!. In the 2nd half Milan were better & Nesta powered a very good shot which was on its way for the goal but Emerson hand prevented it inside the area however the referee didn't whistle and waved play on & although Gattusso was sent off in the 70th min of the game, AC Milan completely controlling the game but could not convert this possession into goals to end the game in a goalless draw. It is worth mentioning that both Emerson & Seedorf fought with each other before the end of the game as Seedorf punched the Brazilian but the referee didn't see this event. With this result Juventus are still at the top of the Lega with 74 points while Milan are still in 2nd spot with 64 points.

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

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

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

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    Monday, March 13, 2006

    News about CEP 0.12

    CEP Career Expansion PatchThe development of CEP bring new excellent news for this project underlying its open and wide character: the excellent romanian site FifaRomania joined the CEP family and will bring for us, for the 0.12 version, the full first Romanian division; the Greek author of greek add-on (already present in its past version in CEP) developed a complete site at Fifa Madness and renewed his partecipation to CEP bringing us his excellent updates for Greece first division. The brazilian community of Fifa Next too joined us in this ambitios project of gathering the talents of the Fifa scene, and will bring for us brazilian updates and graphical enhancements for this wonderful league. The work of Demonio with his incredible minikits is excellent as ever and will bring for CEP a bunch of updated minikits for the next version. In the meanwhile, Donovan, that, together with Fifaccitiu and Jose Delgado has to be considered as one of the main chief members of the CEP project, completed his amazing work on CONCACAF leagues, and this means that we will have very soon and partially in 0.12 version too, leagues from the Central and North America: Guatemala, Honduras, Canada, Costarica and full updates for USA MLS league. This and much more you will find in next version of the CEP.

    I noticed that the Filefront servers are not doing properly their work, with an incredible slowness for no-american users: I wanted to wait for the 0.12 versions to bring new mirrors but due to the requests of many users who still don't have their CEP 0.11, I'll put a complete list of mirror ftp servers today, in the evening, for CEP 0.11 and Kits Addon; in the meanwhile the number of downloads only for CEP 0.11 has reached more than 22.000 dls, without considering all the external links provided for some communities, the overall number of CEP downloads, with its addons and patches is near to 40.000: thanks to all for your appreciation of our work.

    Something about future releases: 0.12 version, due to need of intense testing, will be released probably not on the last week of March, but on the first of April: we need a bit more betatesters, so if you think that you have the time to test intensely the 0.12 release please candidate yourself on CEP forums. Immediately after the 0.12 release I'll realize a new full version of CEP Kits Addon that will feature all the last creations from the best Fifa artist together with a full update of WC 2006 kits; the 0.13 version of May should be the definitive one, probably being namely "2.0 version" of the CEP; then the work for Fifa 2007 will start. Stay tuned in the afternoon on CEP homepage for news on new mirrors to download from and on Sweetpatch portal, the best resource for Fifa users.

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    Sunday, March 12, 2006

    English Premier League: Chelsea 2 Spurs 1

    English Premier League: Chelsea 2 Spurs 1On the day that Stamford Bridge remembered and celebrated the life of Peter Osgood, a goal that the late maestro would have been immensely proud to have scored himself dramatically won the game for Chelsea. The strike, in injury time, came not from a modern day Chelsea centre-forward however. Instead it was fired in by the right boot of William Gallas.

    Chelsea, who had conceded an equaliser on the stroke of half-time having taken the lead through Michael Essien looked set to drop home points for just the second time this season. Although they did strike woodwork late on, the Blues had lost the way somewhat in the second-half. But in games between these two London rivals, never back against Chelsea finding some way to come out on top!

    • 1-0: Carrick, under pressure from Terry, had misplaced a pass allowing Wright-Phillips to nip in. Crespo over-stepped the centre and this time there was no mistake by our record signing Essien.
    • 1-1: In the 44th minute a free-kick was awarded on the touchline midway into the Chelsea half. Huth, briefly caught between tracking Mido and Dawson, failed to match his Tottenham counter-part’s leap and when Dawson headed down, Jenas turned the ball in.
    • 2-1: Injury time was being played when William Gallas collected Duff’s short ball with no immediate threat apparent. Cutting inside Stalteri and digging deep into his energy reserves, he let fly from 20 yards out. It was unstoppable! It was brilliant!! He was joined on pitch in celebration by all the players and all the coaching staff. What price Willie Gallas Chelsea Player of the Year now?

    It was without doubt a crucial moment in the story of this season. It was without doubt another golden moment in the long and highly enjoyable 32 game league unbeaten run over Tottenham.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

    © 2006 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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    English Premier League Review

    We bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premiership:

     

    Barclays Premiership Review
    Sat 11
    March 2006
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    Blackburn 2
    Aston Villa 0

    Blackburn Rovers maintained their push for European football next season to end Aston Villa's bid for a place in the club record books. Second-half goals from captain Andy Todd and Craig Bellamy mean boss Mark Hughes' side have taken 19 points from their last seven matches at Ewood Park, lifting them up to fifth in the Barclays Premiership.

    Bolton 4
    West Ham 1

    Alan Pardew may be manager of the month but Stelios Giannakopoulos was man of the moment at the Reebok Stadium as his two goals helped Bolton Wanderers hammer West Ham United. Pardew could hardly believe what was unfolding before his eyes as Bolton maintained their hopes of a European place for a second successive year with goals from Gary Speed and Henrik Pedersen following Giannakopoulos’ brace.

    Chelsea 2
    Spurs 1

    William Gallas fired Chelsea three points closer to retaining the Barclays Premiership title with a screamer in stoppage time to defeat Tottenham Hotspur.

    Spurs looked set to frustrate Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge until the France defender stormed forward in the dying minutes. Gallas cut in from the left past Paul Stalteri and Jermaine Jenas before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner. Paul Robinson, who had made a spectacular save just minutes earlier to deny Didier Drogba, was helpless.

    The match appeared to be heading for a draw, with Michael Essien breaking the deadlock with his first goal for Chelsea before Jenas levelled on the stroke of half-time.

    The winner from Gallas means the Blues now need just five more wins from nine games to secure back-to-back titles.

    Everton 3
    Fulham 1

    Everton swept to their sixth successive home win with James Beattie grabbing two goals to leave Fulham still searching for their first away victory of the season. Beattie got the first from the penalty spot early on after being fouled by Zat Knight, and then beat goalkeeper Tony Warner with a stunning chip before the break. Beattie set up James McFadden for a 25-yard shot in the second period to send relegation-threatened Fulham to their 13th consecutive defeat at Goodison Park, Collins John’s penalty being the only consolation for the visitors.

    Portsmouth 2
    Man City 1

    A stunning Pedro Mendes double handed struggling Portsmouth a priceless last-gasp win against Manchester City at Fratton Park. On two occasions in the second half City failed to clear a corner properly and both times the Portuguese midfielder lashed home right-foot shots from outside the area. Pompey had seemingly lost two points when Richard Dunne cancelled out Mendes’ first strike with eight minutes to go but Harry Redknapp’s side kept the pressure on and got their reward in injury time.

    Sunderland 0
    Wigan 1

    Mick McCarthy's departure did little to ease Sunderland's misery as Henri Camara's rocket left them still looking for a first Barclays Premiership win of the season at home. Kevin Ball’s reign as caretaker manager began much as McCarthy’s had ended, with his side showing plenty of spirit and endeavour, but ultimately going down because they could not score goals, nor keep them out at the other end.

    Birmingham 1
    WBA 1
    Substitute Nathan Ellington ended a three-and-a-half-month goal drought to earn West Bromwich Albion a deserved share of the spoils in the Barclays Premiership relegation battle with Birmingham City at St Andrews.Ellington had only been on the field a couple of minutes before netting with a low drive - his seventh goal of the season - to cancel out Mikael Forssell’s penalty.
    Sun 12
    March 2006
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    Arsenal 2
    Liverpool 1
    Thierry Henry pounced on a calamitous mistake by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to secure a vital win for Arsenal at Highbury.Henry had put Arsenal in front in the 21st minute with a beautifully curled shot but they appeared to have thrown away all three points when Luis Garcia equalised 15 minutes from time.But the game swung Arsenal’s way in the 82nd minute when Xabi Alonso was sent off for a second bookable offence and two minutes later Henry intercepted Gerrard’s attempted backpass to round goalkeeper Jose Reina and hit the winner.
    Charlton 2
    Middlesbrough 1
    Darren Bent's double strike earned Charlton Athletic victory over Middlesbrough at The Valley on Sunday afternoon.Mark Viduka looked to have snatched a point when he cancelled out the England striker’s second-half effort with nine minutes to go following a superb piece of individual skill.However, Bent swept in his 19th goal of the season with just three minutes remaining as the Addicks ended a run of three goalless draws.
    Man United 2
    Newcastle 0
    Wayne Rooney's first-half double proved enough to give Manchester United a Barclays Premiership victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

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

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    Saturday, March 11, 2006

    Last chance to win a copy of FIFA Street 2

    Last chance to win a copy of FIFA Street 2We have been delighted this week to bring you the chance to win 1 of 3 copies of FIFA Street 2 for the PS2. Have you entered this great competition yet? If not today is your last day to enter to have a chance to win.

    To enter all you have to do is answer 2 very simple questions regarding your thoughts on our next innovative site design.

    Winners will be selected based on quality of feedback and the closing date for the competition will be at midnight tonight.

    Click here to get your entry and ideas to us today. Good luck to you all.

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    Lots of new 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany Screen Shots

    Lots of new 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany Screen ShotsA lot of new screen shots for the forthcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany game have appeared in recent days. We have compiled a list of them for you here:

    Check back soon for lots more 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany news as it arrives.

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    Friday, March 10, 2006

    Online Charity Football Auction

    Online Charity Football Auction Welcome to Wadebridge Town FC's brand new Online Charity Football Auction, where all monies raised will go to Cancer Research and the Wadebridge Town FC Youth Section.

    See the great lots they have including:

    • Signed picture of Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci
    • Signed Arsenal team photo
    • Exeter City family voucher
    • Official England wallet
    • and lots more...

    All lots will go under the hammer on the evening of Saturday 1st April at their Dinner, so bid high now so you are not disappointed. This online auction will close at midnight on Thursday 30th March, so they can transfer your bid(s) ready for the final auction at the Dinner.

    Make bids online by clicking here and identifying the item, your email address (so they can contact you if you are the highest bidder) and your bid.

    Happy bidding!

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    UEFA Champions League Review - Draw for Quarter Finals

    UEFA Champions League Review - Draw for Quarter FinalsArsenal have been paired with Juventus in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after today's draw in Paris, the first to take place in the host city of the final.

    The ties, to be played on 28/29 March and 4/5 April, will mean a return to Highbury for Juventus midfielder Patrick Vieira. The other matches see Olympique Lyonnais take on AC Milan, SL Benfica meet FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF encounter either FC Internazionale Milano or AFC Ajax. The second leg of the Inter-Ajax contest will be held in Milan next Tuesday, with Inter having earned a 2-2 draw in Amsterdam in the first leg.

    The full draw is:

    • Arsenal v Juventus
    • Olympique Lyonnais v AC Milan
    • Villarreal CF v Inter Milan or AFC Ajax
    • SL Benfica v FC Barcelona

    Further details can be found by clicking here.

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    Italian Lega Calcio Review

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all last week 28's exciting action:

    Italian Lega Calcio Review
    AC Milan 3
    Empoli 0

    In a very easy game for Milan as they beat the bottom side Empoli by three goals to nil, and there could have been many more goals but for the easy chances wasted by Milan players. Inzaghi scored twice & Sheva added the third goal. With this result Milan are still in the second position with 63 points behind Juventus by 7 points waiting for the Juventus result with Sampadoria while Empoli have 23 points in 18th position.

    Sampadoria 0
    Juventus 1
    In a very difficult match for the title holders Juventus, they won by only one goal to nil scored in the 8th min through Nedved. Sampadoria made it difficult for Juventus who won through a powerful header from Nedved after a freekick was crossed into the area. With this result Juventus keep the ten points difference at the top with AC Milan while Sampadoria are in 9th position with 37 points.
    Udinese 1
    Ascoli 1
    Ascoli returned home with a point after scoring the equalizer in the dying minutes of the game through a penalty kick to keep themselves in the middle of the table with 33 points in 11th position while Udinese are in a very dangerous position with 28 points just above the relegation zone by just five points. Di Natale scored the 1st goal of the game for Udinese before Domezzi scored the equalizer in the dying minutes of the game.
    Trevisio 0
    Reggina 1
    Trevisio wasted a very precious chance to get closer to escape relegation as they were beaten on their own soil & in front of their fans by one goal to nil. Even after the loss of Empoli they wasted a very important three points that could have helped them. The only goal was scored in the dying seconds of the game in the 90th min to give Reggina a very important three points that make them jump to 13th position with 31 points, just 8 points above the relegation zone.
    Chievo Verona 2
    Lazio 2

    In a fair game both teams drew in every thing of the game as both scored two goals, both didn't have any cards yellow or red, both dominated each half & finally they deserved to get one point. Mauri was the 1st to score in the 33rd min for Lazio however Simone equalized for Verona in the 41st min & added the second 4 minutes later just before the end of the 1st half. However in the 2nd half Massimo Addo scored the equalizer through a penalty kick to end the game in a draw. With this result Verona are in 7th position with 41 points while Lazio are in 8th position with 39 points.

    Messina 0
    Parma 1
    It got worse for Messina who were beaten at their home ground by only one goal to nil, as they get closer to the relegation zone with just one point above the zone, while Parma got a very important three points as they moved into 14th position with 29 points. Marco Bressciano scored the winner for Parma in the dying minutes of the game in the 83rd min.
    Livorno 0
    Cagliari 1
    Cagliari secured a very important three points after beating Livorno with only a goal to nil away to jump to 1th position with 27 points, just 4 points above the relegation zone, while Livorno have 44 points.
    Lecce 2
    Palermo 0

    Lecce secured a very important three points on their way to escape relegation after beating Palermo with two goals to nil scored in the 2nd half in the last half an hour. With this result Lecce jumped to 19th position leaving Trevisio at the bottom of the table by just 1 point while Palermo are still in 10th position with 34 points.

    Fiorontina 2
    Siena 1
    Fiorontina returned to winning as Luca Toni returned to scoring as he scored the opener of the game in the 3rd min while Siena returned to the game after scoring the equalizer through Simone in the 15th min. However in the 2nd half Fiorontina pushed forward in order to keep chasing Roma for the 4th position, the last position leading to Champions League, & Pazzini scored it in the dying minutes of the game as he scored the winner in the 90th min to give Fiorontina a very important three points.
    AS Roma 1
    Inter Milan 1
    A Marco Materazzi header refused to give Roma their 12 consecutive winning game & 4th position as both teams drew with one goal each. Roma scored 1st after a wonderful run from the Brazilian Mancini who made a beautiful cross that Wome couldn't take it to give the ball to Tadaei who scored the opener for Roma in the 9th min. However in the 2nd half Inter equalized through a powerful Header from the defender Materazzi in the dying minutes of the game after a wonderful cross by Figo. With this result Roma fall to the 5th position, just one point behind Fiorontina, while Inter are in 3rd spot with 59 points.

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

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

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    Thursday, March 9, 2006

    Win 1 of 3 copies of FIFA Street 2 for the PS2

    Win 1 of 3 copies of FIFA Street 2 for the PS2Have you entered this great competition yet? We are delighted to bring you the chance to win 1 of 3 copies of FIFA Street 2 for the PS2.

    To enter all you have to do is answer 2 very simple questions regarding your thoughts on our next innovative site design.

    Winners will be selected based on quality of feedback and the closing date for the competition will be at midnight this Saturday evening.

    Click here to get your entry and ideas to us today. Good luck to you all.

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    UEFA Champions League Review - Last 16 2nd Legs

    Following the 2nd legs of the last 16 matches last night, we check out a brief summary of all the action below:

    UEFA Champions League Review - Last 16 2nd Legs
    Last 16
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    Arsenal 0 (1)
    Real Madrid 0 (0)

    Arsenal secured their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the third time when they survived an examination of their credentials by Real Madrid CF in a tense, but hugely entertaining, goalless draw at Highbury.

    The result meant Arsenal won on aggregate by the single goal scored by Thierry Henry at the Santiago Bernabéu in the first leg. For Madrid, it spelt elimination and possibly the end of an era for some of their star-studded squad, but only after they had given their all to repair their reputation. The Londoners can now look forward to Friday's draw in Paris, while Madrid are left to contemplate a third successive season without a trophy.

    Liverpool 0 (0)
    Benfica 2 (3)

    Liverpool FC's reign as UEFA Champions League holders is over after SL Benfica added a brand new chapter to their European storybook as Simão's spectacular first-half strike and Fabrizio Miccoli's late volley earned the Portuguese champions a 2-0 win at Anfield and a 3-0 overall triumph.

    Lyon 4 (5)
    PSV 0 (0)

    Olympique Lyonnais qualified for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the third season running with a stylish 4-0 win against ten-man PSV Eindhoven. Already a goal up from the first leg, the 5-0 aggregate scoreline will have been especially sweet for the French champions as it was PSV who eliminated them from the competition last year.

    Two first-half goals from Portuguese midfielder Tiago effectively ended PSV's challenge, and the 43rd-minute dismissal of Phillip Cocu meant the second period was a procession for the home side, who added further goals from Sylvain Wiltord and Fred. The one disappointment for Gérard Houllier's team was that inspirational midfielder Juninho Pernambucano collected a yellow card and misses the quarter-final first leg.

    AC Milan 4 (5)
    Bayern Munich 1 (2)
    AC Milan turned on the full might of their attacking power before an exultant home crowd to destroy FC Bayern München and book a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

    Filippo Inzaghi scored twice with headers at the start of each half while the other components of Milan's exciting forward trident, Andriy Shevchenko and Kaká, both found the net. It took Shevchenko's tally for the competition to eight and it should have been nine, the Milan captain aiming wide from the penalty spot. Valérien Ismaël had temporarily brought the German champions back into contention, but in the end Felix Magath's side had no answer to Milan's fire power.

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

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    Wednesday, March 8, 2006

    Del Piero Face Update for FIFA 06

    Del Piero Face Update for FIFA 06To celebrate Juventus' passage into the quarter finals of the Champions League, Sweetpatch Development Posse member Hayan brings us a new face for FIFA 06 for Italy and Juve superstar Alessandro Del Piero (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

    Download this excellent Face direct from our Download Boutique.

    Lots more faces coming this week from Hayan.

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    UEFA Champions League - Last 16 2nd Leg: Barcelona 1 Chelsea 1

    UEFA Champions League - Last 16 2nd Leg: Barcelona 1 Chelsea 1Barcelona win 3-2 on aggregate

    Chelsea were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League at the Camp Nou in a game which never got a tempo beyond referee Markus Merk’s whistle. He gave 20 fouls against Barcelona and an astonishing 31 against Chelsea.

    José Mourinho pulled off his opening surprise by fielding a 4-4-2 formation with Drogba and Robben the attacking two. The midfield four played tight against Barcelona’s three.

    When the half-time whistle went with the score 0-0, the foul count was 13-18. That was 31 whistles.

    With 58 minutes gone Gudjohnsen and Crespo replaced Duff and Drogba. Chelsea settled into a 4-2-3-1 formation with Gudjohnsen behind Crespo.

    The game reached 75 minutes and Chelsea still needed two goals. Things may have been more open, but were still measured.

    • 1-0: Then with 13 minutes left Ronaldinho got the ball in space from Eto’o who had dropped deep, and ran at Terry, barged past him and smacked a low shot inside Cech. Barca had the lead, but this in truth changed nothing. Chelsea still needed two goals.
    • 1-1: A minute into injury time Terry, pushing forward, was challenged from behind by van Brockhorst who seemed to get some of the ball. Merk immediately pointed to the penalty spot and Lampard netted to the keeper’s left.

    At the end the players of both sides collected in the centre of the field, hugged and swapped shirts. Will anyone talk about peace?

    A good measured performance by Chelsea but never one that really threatened Barca's dominance and we have to wait until next year to see if we can get our hands on the most coveted prize in European soccer.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

    © 2006 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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    UEFA Champions League Review - Last 16 2nd Legs

    Following the 2nd legs of the last 16 matches last night, we check out a brief summary of all the action below:

    UEFA Champions League Review - Last 16 2nd Legs
    Last 16
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    Barcelona 1 (3)
    Chelsea 1 (2)

     

    Ronaldinho produced a moment of magic to confirm FC Barcelona's progress to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League despite Frank Lampard's late penalty which gave Chelsea FC a draw in the second leg of this first knockout round tie.

    The Brazilian international crowned another outstanding display with the goal that effectively ended the English champions' hopes of turning around a 2-1 first-leg deficit, slicing through the visitors' defence 12 minutes from time before shooting in from the edge of the area. Chelsea at least avoided defeat on the night as Lampard converted from the spot in added time after Giovanni van Bronckhorst had fouled John Terry, but Barça had already booked their place in Friday's draw.

    Villarreal 1 (3)
    Rangers 1 (3)

    Villarreal win on away goal(s)

    Villarreal CF's remarkable run in the UEFA Champions League will continue to the quarter-finals after stand-in captain Rodolfo Arruabarrena's strike ensured the Spanish debutants progress on away goals.

    After a 2-2 draw at Ibrox a fortnight ago, Peter Løvenkrands put Rangers in front for the first time in the tie just 12 minutes into the return at El Madrigal. However, a clever half-time change by coach Manuel Pellegrini and the introduction of two substitutes swung the match in the home team's favour. Just four minutes after the break, Arruabarrena scored the decisive goal and Villarreal sit proudly in the last eight.

    Juventus 2 (4)
    Werder Bremen 1 (4)

    Juventus win on away goal(s)

    Juventus were within two minutes of elimination from the UEFA Champions League when Brazilian midfielder Emerson accepted an unexpected gift from Werder Bremen to earn the Serie A leaders a place in the quarter-finals.

    Like the first leg in Bremen, won 3-2 by the German side, there was drama from first minute to last in Turin. The scorer of that winning goal at the Weserstadion, Johan Micoud, broke the deadlock after 13 minutes before Juve staged a stirring second-half comeback to win the tie through strikes from David Trezeguet (65) and Emerson (88) - the latter after young Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese inexlicably spilled the ball under no pressure near his penalty area.

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

    For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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    Tuesday, March 7, 2006

    New great CEP members

    CEP Career Expansion PatchAnother good news for the CEP development: a great german community joined our project: the FifaDome community will cover updates and graphical enhancements for 1. Bundesliga, 2. Bundesliga, Swizterland and Austria leagues; ZonaFifa.net too joined the CEP offering their help for the graphical elements like adboards and minikits: this is another step toward a wider effort to provide the best talents of the Fifa scene for a definitive add-on for the Fifa serie. In the meanwhile you can find a new gameplay for CEP inside downloads section, a very hard one from NK, you can discuss it and suggest improvements on other aspects of CEP project on CEP forums. The work on new leagues is very fast and you can check it in the status section of this website.

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    FIFA Gameplay Update 06

    FIFA Gameplay Update 06The highly respected Nick Clubman has released his latest version of his FIFA Gameplay Update 06, it is even CEP compatible!

    This latest version provides:

    • Gamespeed
      • Pace: The pace of the game has been slowed down to make it more realistic.
      • Player speeds: Players’ aren’t as fast on the ball to make it longer to travel the pitch. They’re also not as good at trapping the ball in order to make controlling the player more difficult.
    • CPU
      • Defence: The defence of the CPU is much more alert and faster at closing down your players’. It is harder to break the defence.
      • Attack: The CPU attack is much more creative. They will take more shots from further out and their shooting isn’t perfect. It feels more realistic and diverse, but you’ll have to play well and defend against them using tactics.
    • Ball Physics
      • Shooting: Shooting is harder to aim and more realistic. Scoring with a header is also more difficult. This is also true for the CPU making goals more exciting. Penalty kicks are also more difficult as the power bar increases faster.
      • Crossing: Crossing the ball isn’t as easy as before.
      • Passing: The passing has been slowed down and the ball plays better and more realistically.
    • Difficulty
      • World Class: The difficulty modes, especially world class have been worked on to a degree of balancing and challenging play. Goalkeepers are harder to beat, but can be beaten with good shots at goal. The result is much more rewarding.
    • Attribute fiddling free
      Unlike some updates that rely on altering the real player attributes to specific set values for each player on the field both home and away (clones), FIFA Gameplay Update 06 does not and relies solely on the difficulty and diversity of what is the best gameplay update for your FIFA 06 ™ video game. NK FOOTBALL © guarantees you the best FIFA football available.
    • Diversity
      The CPU will attack you in different ways. They won’t try the same old attack again and again, creating a very ‘flat’ football game. Instead they will use tactical through balls and take shots unexpectedly. Penalty kicks are so much more fun. If the keeper gets his glove to the ball, it doesn’t necessarily make it a save! The ball can hit the post and go in, he might save the shot, but it still goes in or he might dive the correct way and miss the ball altogether. It’s much more diverse now.

    Download this excellent Gameplay Update direct from our Download Boutique.

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    Thiago Motta Face Update for FIFA 06

    Thiago Motta Face Update for FIFA 06In preparation for tonight's exciting 2nd leg of the Champions League between Barcelona and Chelsea, Sweetpatch Development Posse member Hayan has sent us a new face for FIFA 06 for Barcelona player Thiago Motta (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

    Download this excellent Face direct from our Download Boutique.

    Lots more faces coming this week from Hayan.

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    English Premier League Review

    We bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premiership:

     

    Barclays Premiership Review
    Mon 06
    March 2006
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    Wigan 1
    Man United 2

    Wigan Athletic suffered late heartbreak as an own goal from Pascal Chimbonda gifted Manchester United a come-from-behind victory. After dominating the first half, Wigan grabbed a 59th-minute lead through Austria international centre-back Paul Scharner. But then Ruud van Nistelrooy stepped off the bench to initially save face for Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson again surprisingly named the Holland international striker as substitute for the Barclays Premiership return at the JJB Stadium, and after just two minutes on the pitch he set up Cristiano Ronaldo for the equaliser. A point would then have at least been just reward for Wigan but in the second minute of injury time Chimbonda could not help but steer over the line a Saha shot that ricocheted onto the bar off Scharner.

    Sunderland sack manager McCarthy

    In other sad Premiership news, Sunderland have sacked manager Mick McCarthy after three years in charge. The club are 16 points adrift of safety at the foot of the Premiership and said it was "in the best interests of both parties for him to leave immediately". Assistant Academy manager Kevin Ball has been put in charge for the last 10 matches of the season with a permanent appointment to be made in the summer.

    A sad day for Premiership managers as McCarthy had done so well in the Championship rebuilding a team from scratch and this is the thanks he gets from an under investing chairman.

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

    For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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    Monday, March 6, 2006

    CEP is looking for new staff members

    CEP Career Expansion PatchMany news are currently grow up in the CEP development. First of all, even if I did not publish any official news on this homepage, the CEP fans surely noticed how the development of this project took the road of a more “communitarian” and fans-based work: in the CEP forums, that you can reach through the navigation system of CEP homepage, have been released a lot of “internal” fixes and releases, following the suggestions of the users and trying to test more the fixes before publishing them. So if you are interested in all the new CEP-related releases be sure to jump in the forum checking the Internal Releases section where you can find new exciting gameplays too and where you can participate on patch improvement.

    The participation of the users and fans to CEP project is really impressive and the work on the patch now consists mainly on organizing all the data sent by fans who want to see their favourite league and team in the CEP. I hope you all can keep participating in this way to this wide project of the enjoyment of all the Fifa users. The Sweetpatch website is busy now in dealing with other great Fifa communities proposing to join this effort to gather all the talents of the Fifa community in a must-have comprehensive addon that will surely have a Fifa 2007 version.

    I opened the new Status section of this site to let you informed about what is in preparation for CEP and what is actually in realization status: as you can notice the ambition for the 0.12 version is indeed very great: we’ll have a lot of new European and South American leagues along with the exclusive Euro 2008 tournament with qualification stages; after the CEP 0.12 release I’ll work on the new version of CEP Kits Addon that will include all the updated WC2006 kits along with many additions from the top artists of Fifa scene. You can find all the actual version of CEP and Kits Addon in downloads section here.

    CEP is still looking for collaborators: in the specific we need betatesters for the new 0.12 version that will be released probably in the last week of March, together with newser for Fifa web communities: especially for German, Portuguese and French language. Be sure to join the CEP forums to see in detail these announcements, and stay tuned for other CEP news.

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    Juan Pablo Sorin Face Update for FIFA 06

    Juan Pablo Sorin Face Update for FIFA 06Sweetpatch Development Posse member Hayan has sent us a new face for FIFA 06 for Argentina and Villareal player Juan Pablo Sorin (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

    Download this excellent Face direct from our Download Boutique.

    Lots more faces coming this week from Hayan.

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    FIFA Street 2, Real Life

    FIFA Street 2, Real LifeOur good friend Chris over at our partners FIFA Benelux has posted some cool FIFA Street 2 movies.

    The movies were taken during the Dutch FIFA Street 2 launch event which took place next to the Amsterdam ArenA, this location is one of the 10 locations which is playable in the game.

    7 players, who modeled for about 80% of the moves in FIFA Street 2, showed their skills on the pitch. Lenny, Edward, Issy, Nelson, Ruud, Soufiane and Kenan took part in the motion capture in EA’s studio in Vancouver a few months ago. FIFA Benelux have captured their best real-life moves on cam and published the movies.

    Click here to see both movies and we bet you recognize loads of their tricks in the actual game.

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    Soccer Gaming's FIFA Street 2 Review

    Soccer Gaming's FIFA Street 2 ReviewOur partners over at Soccer Gaming have produced their FIFA Street 2 review already. In their words:

    "The original FIFA Street was a blight to EA Sports BIG’s popular 'Street' series, a concept that has worked in the past for Basketball and American Football. Despite the disappointment, the concept has survived and EA deliver a much-improved effort with FIFA Street 2."

    They score it:

    Gameplay =
    7/10
    Graphics =
    8/10
    Sound =
    8/10
    Game Modes =
    7/10
    Overall =
    7.5/10

    In summary:

    "FIFA Street 2 is the game that the original FIFA Street should have been. It has solid gameplay, albeit much different to football as we know it. Progression through 'Rule the Street' mode is fun, although it’s disappointing there is no online mode. Good graphics and great sound round out what has been a solid addition to EA Sports BIG’s 'Street' series".

    Pros

    • Tricks galore
    • Great variety of animations
    • Soundtrack

    Cons

    • Repetitive gameplay
    • Not for football purists
    • No online mode

    Check out their full review by clicking here.

    Also, if you have not already, join the hundreds of others who have ordered and saved on their copy of FIFA Street 2 direct from our Sweetpatch Shop.

    Finally, have you entered our competition where you can win 1 of 3 copies of FIFA Street 2 for the PS2? If not, click here immediately and good luck.

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    Sunday, March 5, 2006

    English Premier League Review

    We bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premiership:

     

    Barclays Premiership Review
    Sun 05
    March 2006
    Visit our home of the English Premier League
    Man City 2
    Sunderland 1

    Georgios Samaras netted a first-half double to earn Manchester City a sixth successive home win at the expense of Sunderland. After scoring twice in as many days on his international bow with Greece in midweek, Samaras followed up by drilling home in clinical fashion twice in the opening 10 minutes to set up what should have been a comfortable afternoon for the hosts. Instead, it turned into a nervy struggle as Kevin Kyle pulled one back before the break, then Dean Whitehead wasted a couple of chances until Sunderland’s hopes disappeared with the dismissal of skipper Gary Breen six minutes from time for two bookable offences.

    Spurs 3
    Blackburn 2

    Robbie Keane celebrated the end of a perfect week by firing a brace as Tottenham Hotspur edged Blackburn Rovers in a pulsating Barclays Premiership encounter at White Hart Lane. His first strike was a magnificent solo effort which he created out of nothing and finished with ruthless ease, while he displayed his predatory instincts for number two. Blackburn controlled the match for long spells with strikes from Florent Sinama Pongolle and Craig Bellamy pegging back a 2-0 deficit, but Mido pounced to snatch the points.

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    English Premier League: WBA 1 Chelsea 2

    English Premier League: WBA 1 Chelsea 2Despite a poor first-half performance, and the sending off of Arjen Robben early in the second-half, Chelsea beat a fired up West Bromwich Albion 2-1 with goals from Didier Drogba and Joe Cole.

    Robben’s card was a controversial straight red and, if there is no change of mind by the authorities, that will amount to a four match domestic ban as he has already been sent off this season.

    A minute’s silence for a 17 year old member of the West Bromwich staff who had died, and for Peter Osgood, generously applauded by the Albion fans when his name was first mentioned, was perfectly honoured ahead of kick-off. Before and after it, the old ‘Born Is The King Of Stamford Bridge’ anthem rang out round the Hawthorns from Chelsea fans.

    • 0-1: In the 51st minute Duff blocked Inamoto’s clearance on the edge of Albion’s area and Drogba took possession with his back to goal, forced his way away from two challenges, turned and struck a left-footed low shot inside Kuszczak. It was his 11th goal of the season and, after an unusually un-assertive performance, one of his best. This was Chelsea’s first shot on target.

    Then referee Halsey changed everything a minute past the hour. Chelsea were defending on the right when Robben closed down Greening and dived in to tackle. It was a foul, Albion were furious and jostled the referee, and astonished Chelsea couldn’t believe it when Halsey showed a red card to the winger. Halsey showed two fingers to indicate a two-footed tackle, but this seemed a totally unjust decision.

    • 0-2: Cole fed Drogba square, he was closed down and battled through a shot that was blocked, the ball broke back to Cole whose first-time shot bounced through Daves’ legs and over unsighted Kuszcak’s palms for his ninth goal of the season.
    • 1-2: Unbelievably, when Albion pulled a goal back with under three minutes to go, Kanu turning in Robinson’s cross after the full-back had played a one-two with Wallwork, Kanu was unmarked in the six yard box.

    As Albion’s final efforts fizzled out, the Osgood anthem returned following several intermittent renditions. The King’s spirit lives on. Chelsea need six wins to ensure the Championship.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

    © 2006 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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    English Premier League Review

    We bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premiership:

     

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    Aston Villa 1
    Portsmouth 0

    Milan Baros earned Aston Villa their first home Barclays Premiership win since Boxing Day and sent Harry Redknapp's battlers nearer to the relegation trapdoor.

    Fulham 0
    Arsenal 4

    Thierry Henry relaunched Arsenal's quest for Europe at the start of a critical week for the Gunners. Henry was at his irresistible best as Arsene Wenger’s team suddenly rediscovered their away form at the expense of poor Fulham. The game was settled by first-half goals from skipper Henry and strike partner Emmanuel Adebayor. Henry grabbed his second, 13 minutes from time, and substitute Cesc Fabregas added the fourth - but it could have been more as Arsenal tore Chris Coleman’s team to shreds.

    Liverpool 0
    Charlton 0

    Thomas Myhre's brilliant goalkeeping frustrated Liverpool, who had a late Robbie Fowler goal ruled out for offside, as Charlton pinched a point at Anfield.

    Middlesbrough 1
    Birmingham 0

    Middlesbrough striker Mark Viduka returned to haunt Birmingham City as the Australian scored his first Barclays Premiership goal for three months to claim three points at the Riverside.

    Newcastle 3
    Bolton 1

    Resurgent Newcastle United condemned Bolton Wanderers to their first Barclays Premiership defeat in eight attempts as Alan Shearer returned from injury to hit the goal trail once again.

    West Ham 2
    Everton 2
    Everton's James Beattie produced a rare magic moment in a low key second half to dent West Ham United's Champions League ambitions at Upton Park. The Hammers were in front after just 10 minutes through Marlon Harewood's 13th goal of the campaign. Leon Osman equalised but the Hammers went back in front with Dean Ashton's third goal in four appearances after 23 minutes. But the home side lost their way in a dismal second half and could not muster a third goal after Beattie had cleverly lobbed a superb effort over goalkeeper Shaka Hislop with 20 minutes left.
    WBA 1
    Chelsea 2
    Chelsea survived the dismissal of Arjen Robben to move a step closer to retaining their Barclays Premiership title with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion. In Jose Mourinho’s 100th match as manager of the Blues, goals from Didier Drogba and Joe Cole gave the visitors a 72nd win under the Portuguese’s leadership - before Kanu pulled a goal back two minutes from time.

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    Saturday, March 4, 2006

    Win 1 of 3 copies of FIFA Street 2 for the PS2

    Win 1 of 3 copies of FIFA Street 2 for the PS2Now the game has been released, we are delighted to bring you the chance to win 1 of 3 copies of FIFA Street 2 for the PS2.

    To enter all you have to do is answer 2 very simple questions regarding your thoughts on our next innovative site design.

    Winners will be selected based on quality of feedback and the closing date for the competition will be at midnight next Saturday evening.

    Click here to get your entry and ideas to us today. Good luck to you all.

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    Italian Lega Calcio Review

    Catching up on recent weeks, Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all last week 27's exciting action:

    Italian Lega Calcio Review
    Reggina 1
    Livorno 1

    Both teams couldn't get more than one point after their 1-1 draw in a game full of yellow cards & could have seen red cards. The 1st goal was scored by Stevanno Morrani in the early minutes of the second half in the 47th min but then Reggina pushed forward to returned back to the game & succeeded in scoring the equalizer in the 63rd min through Fransesco Cotzza to end the game in a draw. With this result Livorno are still in 6th position with 44 points trying to get a European qualification next season while Reggina are in 13th position with 28 points, just 5 points ahead of the relegation zone.

    Parma 2
    Fiorontina 4
    Fiorontina returned back to their winning days after beating the poor side Parma by four goals to two trying to return to the 4th position that was taken from them that last week, waiting for the result of Roma game with Lazio. The game was very good and full of many beautiful touches & goals & was very quick one as the 1st half ended in a draw however in the 2nd half Fiorontina managed to steal the three points by scoring two goals. Parma were the 1st to score as they scored two consecutive goals in the 3rd min & 19th min through Fabio Enrico & Marco Bressinao, however Fiorontina were able to return to the game quickly as they scored two quick goals in the 35th & 39th min of the 1st half through the same player, Valieere Bognof. In the 2nd half Fiorontina pushed forward hard & succeeded in scoring two winning goals through Martin Jorgensen & Gemmenes to end the game in their favour & took the whole three points into 5th position leaving Parma in 15th position with just 26 points, ahead of the relegation zone by just three points.
    Siena 1
    Sampadoria 0
    Siena continue winning while Sampadoria continue falling as Siena beat them by one goal to nil. The only goal of the game was scored late in the last ten minutes of the game through Simone. With this result Siena jumped to 12th position with 32 points while Sampadoria fall to 9th with 37 points.
    Juventus 3
    Lecce 1
    Juventus returned to winning, after they drew last week with Messina, as they beat the poor side Lecce by three goals to one. Lecce were the 1st to score in the game in the 10th min as they were in need of the three points in order to escape the relegation zone, but soon Emerson helped Juventus to return to the game by scoring the equalizer in the 18th min & before the end of the 1st half Reborto Kovac scored the 2nd goal for Juventus to end the 1st half in such result. In the 2nd half Lecce tried to get the equalizer in order to get at least a point from Juventus at Delle Alpi but Del Piero scored the 3rd through a penalty kick in the 88th min to end the hopes of Lecce in getting at least a point, leaving them at the bottom of the table in 20th position with just 15 points and in a very dangerous situation.
    Palermo 0
    AC Milan 2

    Milan continue rushing after Juventus in 2nd position after beating Palermo away by two goals to nil. Palermo made it difficult for Milan but Milan were able to beat Palermo in the last 15 minutes of the game after two goals, from Inzaghi & Shevchenko through a penalty kick, in the 75th & 83rd min of the game. With this result Milan are in 2nd position with 60 points away from Juventus by ten points while Palermo are in exactly the middle of the table in 10th position with 34 points.

    Inter 3
    Udinese 1
    Julio Cruz helped his side Inter to continue chasing after Milan in their race for 2nd position after scoring two goals in their game against Udinese while Martins scored the 3rd & Iaquinta scored the only goal for Udinese. With this result Inter are just behind Milan by two points with 58 points while Udinese are in a very dangerous situation in 14th position with just 27 points, just above the relegation zone by 4 points, unlike last season when they reached the Champions League after securing 4th position.
    Empoli 1
    Trevisio 1
    Christian Riggano prevented Trevisio from a very important three points in their race trying to escape the relegation zone after getting a point for Empoli when he scored the equalizer in the dying minutes of the game. The game was very difficult & hard for both teams as they are fighting to keeping themselves in the Lega for another season so they attacked hoping to get a goal. Trevisio succeeded in scoring the opener in the 52nd min after the 1st half ended in a goalless draw so Empoli pushed forward & Trevisio tried to defend their lead & as they were waiting for the referee's whistle to end the game in their favour Riggano managed to score the equalizer & put Trevisio in a very bad situation. The game was full of yellow cards & red cards as it was very hard one full of harsh tackles.
    Cagliari 2
    Chievo Verona 2

    Cagliari put themselves in a very dangerous situation after their draw with Verona at their home ground by two goals each. Cagliari entered the game needing the three points to go far from the relegation zone but they came out of the game & they are too close to the relegation zone as they are only one point above the relegation zone with 24 points while Verona are in 7th position with 40 points. David Suazo put Cagliari in front in the 30th min and the game remained with this result until the last three minutes when Verona returned with two goals in the 87th min & 89th min & as it seemed that it was Verona's game. Massimo Gobbi refused for his team to lose & scored the equalizer in the 90th min in a very exciting game of the week, but Cagliari are still in a very dangerous situation.

    Ascoli 1
    Messina 0
    The team that stopped Juventus' victories couldn't stop Ascoli from their victory on their home soil when Ascoli beat Messina by one goal to nil scored in the dying seconds of the game through Carioolla. With this result Ascoli are in 11th position with 32 points while Messina are in a very dangerous situation in 17th position with just 24 points, like Cagliari just one point above the relegation zone.
    Lazio 0
    AS  Roma 2
    In the most important game of the week in the capital derby Roma managed to hunt three birds with one shot as they scored a new record in the number of consecutive won games with eleven consecutive winning games & win the Capital Derby & also succeeded in being in 4th position that is leading to the Champions League next season. The game was very quick full of good attacking football where Lazio were the 1st to make dangerous attacks with a very powerful shot in the early minutes of the game from Thomas Rocchi. However Tadaei was the 1st to score to give his side Roma the lead after meeting a corner kick with a powerful header in the 31st min of the game to end the 1st half in the lead. In the 2nd half Lazio pushed forward hoping to score the equalizer however Mancini made a very dangerous attack when he entered the area & made a nice cross to Alberto Aquilani to score the 2nd for Roma & ended Lazio's hopes in returning to the game to end the game for Roma who hunted three point with one shot in avery big game.

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    Have you Show'd your Skillz yet?

    Have you Show'd your Skillz yet? Always wanted to be in a game? Well read on!

    EA SPORTS BIG™ are celebrating the launch of FIFA Street 2 by giving you the chance to show everyone what skillz you got.

    All you've got to do is get a friend to film you doing your move and then send it to EA SPORTS BIG™ via mobile or upload it via the Show your Skillz section of the FIFA Street 2 website.

    Whoever is voted number one at the end of the Show your Skillz competition, will be crowned the winner. And here's the good part, the winner will appear as an unlockable character in a future FIFA Street game!

    So what are you waiting for?

    Click this link and look for the poster on the wall to get more info.

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    Friday, March 3, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup Germany for your Mobile Phone

    2006 FIFA World Cup Germany for your Mobile PhoneFor the first time ever, the officially licensed game of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany will be available for download via mobile phones.

    Upon release, gamers can purchase 2006 FIFA World Cup through major North American carriers and will have the option of downloading either English or the Spanish language version of the game. This robust title features all of the 32 international teams vying for the most coveted title in football and offers gamers on-the-go a compelling gameplay experience that truly captures the essence of the sport and this global event.

    Check back soon for lots more 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany news as it arrives.

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    FIFA Street 2 Review

    FIFA Street 2 ReviewMacca's Sports Gaming Page has already posted a review of FIFA Street 2 for the Xbox.

    In Lavan Chandran's words:

    "The original FIFA Street was one hell of a disappointment for me. I was (and still am) a huge fan of the NBA Street series and was expecting that level of arcade-style fun to be applied to a soccer title. Unfortunately, the game was an unmitigated disaster with cheap, skill-less gameplay that was devoid of any depth, and most importantly, devoid of fun.

    A year later and EA Sports BIG release a sequel that is vastly superior to the original in every way, however, it’s still a title that has its problems – most notably, the fact that FIFA Street 2 seems to be more of an arcade-trick game that has soccer elements, than an arcade-soccer game that has trick elements."

    The Skinny:

    • The sequel to 2005’s crappy FIFA Street goes a large way in rectifying the numerous problems of its predecessor

    The Good:

    • More skill-based gameplay
    • Impressive visual presentation
    • Excellent audio
    • Lots of players and game modes

    The Bad:

    • Still a large element of CPU cheating
    • More of a trick game than a football game
    • No online mode

    Check out Lavan's full and thorough review by clicking here.

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    FIFA Street 2 Released

    FIFA Street 2 ReleasedTo celebrate the launch of the FIFA Street 2 today, London sees two FIFA Street 2 tournaments taking place in stores on Oxford Street.

    • The first takes place between 10:30am and 1:30pm at Virgin Oxford Street
    • The second takes place at GAME on Oxford Street from 2pm to 5pm

    The winners will receive a copy of the game, so head down and prove you've got what it takes.

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    Thursday, March 2, 2006

    EA celebrates 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

    EA celebrates 2006 FIFA World Cup GermanyElectronic Arts will celebrate the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ - the world's largest sporting event - with the launch of 2006 FIFA World Cup, the event's only officially licensed videogame. The videogame will ship on all platforms including Xbox 360™ in April 2006 in anticipation of the real-world tournament which begins in June.

    2006 FIFA World Cup, under the EA SPORTS™ brand, will feature stunning visual representations of the world's superstar players, 12 official stadiums that will be used at 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany and stadiums from each qualifying region. Gamers will be able to play as their favourite team from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the tournament in Germany.

    "The FIFA World Cup will be the single most watched sporting event by a worldwide television audience, bringing together football fans from around the world," said Joe Nickolls, lead producer of the game. "Our game, 2006 FIFA World Cup celebrates this passion by capturing all of the national rivalries in-game, enabling fans to play their heroes and be a part of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany."

    With enhanced player animations, EA SPORTS has emulated close to 100 of the world's superstars, capturing their playing styles and individual likenesses. In addition to enabling gamers to participate in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany by taking control of one of 127 national teams, the game features new compelling modes of play, including the groundbreaking Global Challenge that will test even the most hardcore football fan by recreating classic moments in FIFA World Cup™ history. Furthermore, the game supports up to eight-way multiplayer matches and boasts a plethora of in-game unlockable content such as legendary players and exclusive apparel.

    2006 FIFA World Cup, developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., is scheduled to ship on:

    • the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system,
    • the Xbox® and Xbox 360 video game systems from Microsoft,
    • Nintendo GameCube™,
    • Nintendo DS™,
    • Game Boy® Advance,
    • PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system,
    • PC and
    • mobile.

    Key features (Console versions: Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, GC, PC)

    • Play with your heroes
      The world's superstars look and play like their real life counterparts. Player attributes like ball skills and playing style have been uniquely re-created for each player to mirror real life.
    • Win the 2006 FIFA World Cup™
      Compete as one of 127 teams from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the FIFA World Cup Final in Germany. Play in any of the 12 official stadiums that come to life with the pageantry and festivity of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™
    • Global Challenge
      Introducing a new mode called Global Challenge that recreates 40 classic moments in FIFA World Cup history. Earn rewards to unlock legendary players and classic apparel.
    • Penalty Shootout
      Experience the elation and agony of a penalty shoot-out as if you were on the pitch. Use new moves to distract the goalkeeper or put off the penalty taker. Master your nerves to score the goal that puts your team in the FIFA World Cup.
    • Advanced Shooting Mechanics
      New context sensitive shooting provides even more realistic action. Player shooting ability, pressure from defenders and distance from goal all contribute to the success of the shot, just like in real life.
    • Multiplayer Mode
      Play as your favorite national teams in up to eight-way multiplayer sessions with friends from qualifiers to the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final.
    • FIFAWorldCup.com Zone
      Visit the cities and stadiums of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany via in-game videos.

    Key features (Portable versions: PSP, DS, GBA)

    • Play with your heroes
      The world's superstars look and play like their real life counterparts. Player attributes like ball skills and playing style have been uniquely re-created for each player to mirror real life.
    • Win the 2006 FIFA World Cup™
      Compete as one of 127 teams from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the FIFA World CupTM Final in Germany. Play in any of the 12 official stadiums that come to life with the pageantry and festivity of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™
    • Global Challenge
      Introducing a new mode called Global Challenge that recreates 125 classic moments in FIFA World Cup™ history. Earn rewards to unlock legendary players and classic apparel.
    • Exclusive to:
      • PSP
        Test your skills against gamers from around the world. Play against friends with multiplayer capability that enables two players to compete online or four players to play via a wireless connection.
      • NDS
        Experience greater control during gameplay with Touch Screen Controls that let you take control during set pieces for added speed and precision, and Touch Screen Tactics, that let you alter formations and tactics during a game. There are five new Skill Challenges to perfect your ball skills or test your Trivia knowledge about the FIFA World Cup. Also included are 3D, user controlled replays.
      • Evolutionary GBA Gameplay
        New independent ball physics and improved Artificial Intelligence have created the most authentic and playable EA Sports FIFA soccer game yet for Game Boy Advance. Additional features include a Penalty Shootout Skills Challenge to perfect your penalty kicks and three dimensional, user controlled replays.

    More news coming this way regarding 2006 FIFA World Cup as we obtain it from EA Sports.

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    Does your World Cup Patch 06 contain a virus?

    Official Patch of 2006 FIFA World CupWe have received a number of disturbing reports today that people are finding a virus in the first of the three installation packs. It's called W32.Wullyk@mm, "a mass-mailing worm that attempts to send itself to all the contacts in the Windows Address Book and may also spread through network shares", according do Symantec's virus database.

    I have checked the file with my McAfee VirusScan product and there is no virus reported at all.

    Please can you post any help or advice you have with this in our forum by clicking here.

    Many thanks in advance.

    This excellent Patch can be downloaded direct from our Patches Database and then you can start competing in the World Cup 2006 today.

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    Wednesday, March 1, 2006

    All Stadiums Update for PES5

    All Stadiums Update for PES5Our partners over at FifaX have recently released a PES5 mega stadium patch for you. Their All Stadiums Update in at 95Mb and includes 37 perfect and realistic stadiums for PES5 (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

    Download this excellent All Stadiums Update direct from our Download Boutique.

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    FIFA Street 2 Tournaments

    FIFA Street 2 News - Q&A's with Cristiano RonaldoTo celebrate the launch of the game on Friday March 3rd, London sees two FIFA Street 2 tournaments taking place in stores on Oxford Street.

    • The first takes place between 10:30am and 1:30pm at Virgin Oxford Street
    • The second takes place at GAME on Oxford Street from 2pm to 5pm

    The winners will receive a copy of the game, so head down and prove you've got what it takes.

    Also, if you have not already, join the hundreds of others who have pre-ordered and saved on their copy of FIFA Street 2 from our Sweetpatch Shop so it arrives ready to be played this coming Friday 3rd March!

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    Italian Lega Calcio Review

    Catching up on recent weeks, Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all week 26's exciting action:

    Italian Lega Calcio Review
    Messina 2
    Juventus 2

    Messina succeeded in stopping Juventus' victories in recent weeks after their game ended in a 2-2 draw. Messina surprised all the fans in the stadium by scoring the opener in the 3rd minute of the game through their player Sergio so Juventus pushed forward in order to return to the game & soon they equalized through Ibrahimovic in the 18th min. to end the 1st half with this 1-1 result. In the second half Juventus continued pushing forward until they got the lead late on in the 81st min through Adrian Mutu but soon Messina fought hard to score the equalizer in the 86th min. to end the game in such result, while Juventus lost two precious points .

    Inter Milan 0
    Livorno 0
    Inter lost two important points in the race for the second spot & gave AC Milan a very good chance to be alone in 2nd position after their draw with Livorno away nil nil. The game was so poor that it didn't witness anything important except for some yellow cards. With this result Inter have 55 points while Livorno have 43 points in 6th position.
    AC Milan 1
    Cagliari 0
    AC Milan took the advantage that Inter gave to them after beating Cagliari by one goal to nil to be alone in the 2nd position. Gilardino scored the only goal through a penalty kick, that was really a strange one when Inzaghi was touched inside the area, to make Milan jump to the 2nd position alone with 57 points while Cagliari fall to 16th position with 23 points. Milan wasted too many chances through the game where the most dangerous one was for Inzaghi when he took the ball inside the area after a wonderful pass from the Brazilian Kaka but he wasted it strangely after he was face to face with Chementi, the Cagliari keeper.
    Lecce 0
    Reggina 0
    Another nil nil draw between two weak sides Lecce & Reggina who are fighting for a place for them in the Lega Calcio for the next season. Both teams were so bad especially Lecce who really need any points to stay in the Lega Calcio because they have a very difficult situation as they have 15 points in last position in the table while Reggina are close to the relegation zone with just five points ahead of the 18th position.
    Fiorontina 1
    Lazio 2

    Fiorontina continue falling in recent weeks as they were beaten for the 3rd consecutive game, with Luca Toni the Lega top scorer still not scoring for the 3rd game. Lazio secured a very important three points by beating Fiorontina away by two goals to one. Lazio succeeded in leading the game by two goals through their players Vallon & Thomas Rocchi in the 32nd min & 49th min respectively so Fiorontina pushed forward to return to the game but they could score only one goal that couldn't help them in the game & the three points went all to Lazio. With this result Roma have a very big chance in getting the 4th position alone if they continue their good performances & win the game they have this week.

    Palermo 0
    Chievo Verona 0
    For the 3rd game this week another nil nil draw took place between Palermo & Verona to share points between them. The game also was so poor & didn't witness any important things except for six yellow cards. With this result Verona are in 7th position with 39 points while Palermo are in 10th with 34 points.
    Siena 2
    Udinese 1
    Siena jumped to the middle of the table after beating Udinese by two goals to one in a good match for Siena. Lee Folpatti gave the lead to Siena after scoring the opener in the 34th min but soon Iaquinta equalized for Udinese in the 38th min through a penalty kick but soon Siena took the lead again through the same player to give them all three points from the game.
    Trevisio 0
    Parma 1

    Parma got a very important & difficult 3 points after beating Trevisio by one goal to nil. Fabio Enrico scored the opener & the only goal of the game in the 14th min. The game was very hard & full of harsh tackles & too many yellow cards. With this result Parma got away from the relegation zone but they hope to continue like this while it got worse for Trevisio who are in 19th position with just 15 points.

    Ascoli 2
    Sampadoria 1
    Ascoli are still performing well in the Lega Calcio this season & it seems that they will stay in the Lega for another season after securing another three points by beating Sampadoria two goals to one. Ascoli were the 1st to score through Fabio but soon Sampadoria equalized through Folppi but Igor Bogodan scored the winner for Ascoli in the 85th min to give them all three points.
    AS Roma 1 Empoli 0
    Roma equalised the record set by Juventus for the number of consecutive wins with 10 consecutive wins after beating Empoli by one goal to nil. Simon Perrotta scored the only goal of the game in 15th min to help his team jump to the 4th position that leads to the Champions League next season. While Empoli still have 22 points in 18th position. It is worth mentioning that Totti was injured during the game that will keep him out of action for months & he may not be able to be in the Italy squad for the next World Cup Germany 2006.

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