April 2003

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Creation Centre 1.5 Update released

As I am sure you are all now aware, EA SPORTS have released the official update for the FIFA 2003 Creation Centre. It fixes a number of bugs and adds some exciting new features to the PC FIFA 2003 editor.

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Here is the complete feature list of version 1.5 of the Creation Centre:

  • Does not need 32 bit colour to function

  • Works with Brazilian-Portuguese version of FIFA2003

  • Can import packages created in other languages

  • Removed all limitations on the number of competitions/teams/players that can be modified in CC

  • Team Formation can be customised, players can be drag-and-dropped to new positions

  • Can assign jersey numbers to players

  • Kicktakers can now be assigned

  • Goalkeeper first and second kits can be assigned to a team

  • Up to 10 chants can be added to a team

  • Option to create generic players when creating a new team

  • Can edit almost every relevant fields in the game database

  • Double click on a team in Team Roster on Competition screen to bring up Team screen

  • Double click on a player in Player Roster on Team Info screen to bring up Player screen.

Download the Creation Centre Update 1.5 direct from our Download Boutique.

Please note: You must have the original FIFA 2003 Creation Centre installed in order to use the update.

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

Awesome Fifa 2003 Stadiums by DG

As news is slow as we all eagerly await the arrival of the Creation Centre Update, I thought I would update you on some important events that have happened around the Fifa scene recently.

Today I have chosen to look at one of the hardest skills in Fifa editing, Stadium editing. DG is one of the acknowledged greats and today I focus on his great wok for Fifa 2003 over at DG Stadiums.

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The stadiums DG currently has available for you are:

  • Santiago Bernabeu RS - home of Real Madrid
  • San Siro Milan RS - home of AC Milan (and Inter)
  • Camp Nou RS - home of Barcelona

Play in a new stadium today. Get links to all these fantastic stadiums direct from our Download Boutique.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Euro 2004 Super Patch update

Our good friend Shahab Shaterian has sent us an update regarding his forthcomimg Euro 2004 Super Patch.

The kits are nearly finished and every team will have home, away, 3rd or last Euro 2000 kit plus Goalkeeper kits. He has also added 3 new teams of Wales, Albania and Georgia.

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He hopes to finish the demo patch by the end of this week with the final version being available on 12th June. Check back here for all the latest news on this patch.

Please note: The Patches Database is still out of action and we hope to resume normal service soon.

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

Monday, April 28, 2003

New FIFA 2003 Online Knockout Series Tournament

There's a new Fifa 2003 Online tournament for you to join at FIFA 2003 Online Knockout Series Tournament:

  • It's a group stage/knockout tournament with 16 of the chosen teams from all around the world, battling it out in for the 8 positions in the knockout phase.
  • There are 4 randomly selected group tables consisting of 4 teams, in each battling for first and second place taking them through to the top 8.
  • Each team will play 3 games in the group stage and the computer will randomly select who plays home and who plays away.
  • Then once all group games have been played, the top 8 teams go onto a knockout phase of the tournament consisting of 1 leg.
  • In this case neither team has the choice of home or away and the game is played at a neutral ground. (i.e. Manchester United or Barcelona cannot play at Old Trafford or The Nou Camp.)
  • All group games must be played within the time stated to you when all participants have entered.
  • If you do not play your stated game within the time allowed you will be replaced with a new player.

There are 2 places left so if you want to join in the fun visit the home of the FIFA 2003 Online Knockout Series Tournament today.

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

Databases Temporarily Down

Just to inform you that whilst we sort an issue with our hosts our databases are currently unavailable in the Patches Database and Download Boutique.

We apologise for this inconvenience but can assure you we are doing everything possible to improve this situation for a brighter future.

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Sunday, April 27, 2003

FCDB XP 2003 is out

You do not need to wait anymore ... FCDB XP is out! This first version is also available in French and English.

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The characteristics of FCDB XP 2003 include:

  • Editor for FIFA 2003
  • Editing of the name of the leagues
  • Creation, Moving, Cloning of the teams
  • Complete editing of the teams (names, budget, rival teams, choice of the stadium, goodies during games, captain, free kick's shooter, strategy, team squad, CSV data's, etc.)
  • Importing of the equipment and 3D visualization with support of the 2GK format of jerseys
  • Addition, Copy, Moving, Removal of the players
  • Complete Editing of the players (Name, first name, nationality, value, statistics of previous season, size, weight, head, aptitudes, comments, CSV data, etc)
  • Importing of faces for players with 3D visualization
  • Functions for research
  • etc..

The FCDB XP 2003 is an exclusive utility from FIFA French Touch which you can get a link from our Fifa 2003 Download Boutique.

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Creation Centre Update will be released this Tuesday

The much anticipated update to the FIFA 2003 Creation Centre will be released on Tuesday, the 29th of April. It will be online at the official FIFA 2003 community website, the Soccer Gaming Downloads Centre, and a number of other FIFA community websites.

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For a full list of features that will be included in version 1.5 of the Creation Centre click here.

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Kit Raptor 2GK released

Soccer Access have released their Kit Raptor 2GK and it allows you to import and export 2GK kits as well as preview them with the Dressing Room Cinema.

Go grab your copy of Ariel's latest excellent utility from our Fifa 2003 Download Boutique.

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Sweetpatch's Soccer Snippets

Captain Goater
At the final game of the season (and the last to be played at Maine Road) Shaun Goater will wear the captain's armband.

Can Paolo save Hammers from the drop?
Paolo Di Canio is battling to be fit for the trip to Manchester City. He's missed training with a gastric problem but Trevor Brooking said: "If he can contribute for no minutes, 10 minutes or 90 minutes at any stage then a fit Paolo will contribute."

Vieira to miss title run-in
Patrick Vieira risks missing the whole of Arsenal's title run-in as his comeback from a knee injury is taking longer than first anticipated, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.

Cox out...
Watford boss Ray Lewington fears the club will lose influential defender Neil Cox because he will get a better offer elsewhere.

Courting trouble?
Simon Jordan went on the offensive in his war of words with former Brentford manager and chairman Ron Noades. Jordan is confident any court action would see him triumph.

The root of all evil...
Luton boss Joe Kinnear has slammed football agents for badly advising players after he was shocked by the financial demands of one of the Hatters' youth team players.

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Friday, April 25, 2003

UEFA Champions League Mega Update

Our great friend and graphical genius, Shlomy Sharabani, is creating a graphical and audio update patch for the UEFA Champions League.

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It will include:

  • Kits
  • Music
  • Adboards
  • and more...
  • as well as authentic Flags for all 32 teams

He has made detailed research for each team to achieve the maximum authenticity for you so this should be a fantastic patch when it is released. In the meantime, check out the forum where Shlomy has more images and news for you by clicking here and we have full details as always in the Patches Database.

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Kit Assistant is coming

Click for larger imageWhile Ariel keeps working on the Kit Raptor 2GK, he will soon release this great tool for patch makers over at Soccer Access.

Kit Assistant will list all kits that it finds in a folder. With just one click it will inform you about the team that kit belongs to, type and format and and a small view of the kit is displayed!. So no need for EA Graph or KR to check if the kit is right. Also when you click on a kit you can import, export or delete it.

Kit Assistant also checks all Kits ID in that folder and fixes them when 2 or more kits have the same ID. (so it solves the problem when two kits from different teams have the same ID and both teams wear the same kit).

Keep an eye here when this utility is release by Soccer Access.

Please note: the Kit Assistant does not yet work with 2GK kits (that will be supported in version 2.0).

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Thursday, April 24, 2003

World Championship of Clans

David Diaz is organizing the World Championship of Clans, the first tournament to clans around the world. The web of the tournament is Eurofifamania and Registrations are open since Monday and the championship will start May-June.

Pay David a visit over at the home of the World Championship of Clans and register today.

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Egyptian Super Patches Day

Following on from the success of our Greek Super Patch Day earlier this week, today we have 2 great Egyptian Super Patches that have recently been released.

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Al Ahly Super Patch 2003
This patch by Islam Hafez adds Al Ahly to the game in the rest of world section with its :

  • Home, Away, Third and Goalkeeper kits
  • Ingame Flags and Banners
  • Menu Logos and mini kits
  • Popup, TV and field Logos
  • Some star faces like: Ahmed Salah Hosny, Essam El Hadary, Walid Salaheddine, Hossam Ghali and Reda Shehata
  • Correct Team management, player numbers and attributes
  • Red Crowds always assigned for home and away matches

The Pharaos Patch
Mohamed Gamal & Mohamed El-Gohary have released their Pharaos Patch which includes:

  • All home and away kits for Egyptian League Teams (28 High Quality Kits)
  • All Mini kits for the 14 Teams
  • Great Adboards
  • Cool 4 Menus
  • The most accurate rosters (100%) with the correct numbers & names
  • Some Faces players with their accessories
  • All Flags & Banners
  • Logos & Badges
  • Nile Sport (Scoreboard)
  • 3 New Referee Kits
  • GK kit for Every Team
  • The Egyptian National Team with (Flags & Banners) & Kits (Home & Away & GK)
  • Roster update such as Oliver Kahn in (Germany), Ronaldo will be In (Brazil), Ahmed Hossam Mido will be in (Celta Vigo), Batistuta will be in (Inter Milan) and Ibrahim Said will be in (Everton)

Go grab your copies of these great Egyptian patches from our Patches Database. Whilst you are there, vote for the best of these 2 patches so everybody can benefit from your valued opinion.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

FIFA Web Portal - Updated

Hello everyone, over at FIFA Web Portal we just made a new redesign and updated our downloads section, also, new stuff has been added to the page, we are now reviewing and writing news for every new soccer game, this new section is called "Soccer Games". Today you can read news about an upcoming game for PC, Xbox, PS2 and mabe Game Cube - Urban Freestyle Soccer, more info about this game, visit FIFA Web Portal .

Also we released a few days ago an incredible tool for FIFA 2003, the name of this tool is "Scoreboards Selector 2.0", this time, in version 2 you'll be able to select one of 41 new scoreboards to the game, this tool is very easy to use and it is only 988 kb's, worth a try!

Also over at FIFA Web Portal we will be adding more info about upcoming ISS 3 (International Superstars Soccer 3) that is comming for PC in next couple of days! So head over to the FIFA Web Portal and enjoy!

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Euro Super League 2003 Online

Chris Houston is looking for players to participate in a new online league at the home of Euro Super League 2003 Online.

Check it out and if you are interested in joining then e-mail Chris by clicking here.

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Liga Chilena 2003

If you are a dreamer that hopes to be able to enjoy the chants, the shouts, the official ball of the match and everything that surrounds a Chilean soccer game, then prepare your senses as the best site for FIFA in Chile FIFAChile.com have officially launched their patch that modifies the "Simulator of Soccer"; FIFA 2003.

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For this patch they have also collaborated with Ariel Santarelli, for many people the best patch editor of FIFA around the world, so the quality of it promises to be incredible.

FIFAChile.com has thought about everything, from the official ball of the national game to one copy of the Fixture Schedule for 2003. Here we bring you the extensive list of changes that you will be able to experiment with a click or two of your mouse:

  • Fixture: Thanks to the latest edition technology it will be possible to play the Liga Chilena 2003 in the real dates of the national championship. The Liga Chilena 2003 modified the Championship Club, which will ensure that the match is most similar to the Chilean real match, in fact the match will be 90% equal to the real tournament.
  • Real Appearance: Selected between all the faces that FIFA2003 brings which closely resembles the reality for each player of the league, which gives the effect of an almost real appearance.
  • Gameplay: Included more, for example, offside and possession of the ball on the part of both teams (human v/s computer) as if you had a new version of FIFA.
  • Modified Celebrations: Some celebrations have been eliminated for more entertainment. Now after each goal cinematics of celebration like in previous FIFA's.
  • Chants: "Sale León" "Campeón hay uno solo se llama Colo-Colo" "Que se paren los cruzados" These are only a few of the songs that the Liga Chilena 2003 will bring.
  • Popups: One of the great new features of this League is that also the interface within the game has changed.
  • Squad Lists: Updated all the 16 teams in the First A of the National Tournament.
  • Menus: A new and redesigned interface for the game.
  • Shirts: All the updated shirts of Liga Chilena (version 2003). These include the copy of each home, away and goal-keeper (in some cases also is included international shirt), in addition to 3 different types from customized numbers. The "mini-kits" or images for the selection of shirts are also included.
  • Adboards: Real publicity of the Chilean stadiums to accompany the games of the national championship.
  • Referees: The official uniforms that referees use in the national tournament.
  • Flags and Banners: Feel yourself in the stadium with flags and banners for each of the teams.
  • Official Ball: The ball used in the national tournament, the Umbro Orbit.
  • Easy Installation: Thanks to the latest technology the Liga Chilena 2003 uses an installation and easy uninstall which allows you to add and to clear out patch without problems or complications. Aside from previous Liga Chilena comes in format Tango System, format which allows you to execute Liga Chilena from another separate icon to the one of the FIFA2003, which produces the sensation to have 2 games. Liga Chilena 2003 does not modify your FIFA2003 but simply adds this patch.
  • All Leagues: Liga Chilena 2003 does not modify any League, but is simply added to the game. This way you will not lose any league, team or players from the original game.
  • and more...

Go grab your copy of this top quality patch direct from our Patches Database and then visit FIFAChile.com to check out their additional screen shots and information regarding this wonderful patch.

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

Monday, April 21, 2003

FIFA Belgium World Cup ... plus new Downloads

Over at our partner site FIFA Belgium, they have launched a new World Cup tournament plus they have some great new Downloads for you.

FIFA Belgium World Cup
It is with great pleasure that the FIFA Belgium World Cup competition will begin soon. The World Cup must be played with the Awesome Update v1.0 to able players to choose Canada, Japan, Wales or Holland. World Cup must also be played with direct IP and each player must send in the result and scorers names.

To play in this World Cup, please send a mail to Cyprom with your 3 teams in order of choice.

New files
They also have some great new files for you to download:

  • Pakistan, Italy, Wales, Ajax Amsterdam, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven, NEC Nijmegen, Roda JC Kerkrade and BEC Tero-Sasana kits by Cyprom
  • Crowd chants for NEC Nijmegen, FC Metz and K.A.A. Gent
  • New designed flags templates by Cyprom
  • Liverpool FC flags pack by Cyprom

Go visit Cyprom and the gang over at FIFA Belgium.

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

Greek Super Patches Day

To celebrate the popularity of Greek Fifa Gaming we have not one but two Greek Super Patches for you today.

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Greek Mega Patch
Kostas Sidiropoulos has sent us news of his great new Greek Mega Update patch which adds:

  • almost all of the Hellenic A league teams to Fifa 2003
  • Greek league plus UEFA Championship for all the Greek teams that qualified
  • Flares patch with more fireworks
  • all team chants, banners and flags (also added for Olympiakos and PAOK - original teams in the game)

Hellenic A Ethniki League Patch
Vassili_78 has released his Hellenic A Ethniki League patch which replaces the Swedish Allsvenskan with Hellenic A Ethniki League, Swedish second division with Hellenic B Ethniki and Swedish Cup with Vodafone Cup.

This patch contains:

  • all the 16 A division teams plus 3 from the B division
  • home and away kits (for the 17 Hellenic teams)
  • flags and banners (for all Hellenic teams)
  • rosters (17 teams and Olympiakos and PAOK update)
  • menu badges (for the 17 Hellenic teams)
  • menu kit thumbs (for the 17 Hellenic teams)

Go grab your copies of these great Greek league patches from our Patches Database. Whilst you are there, vote for the best of these 2 patches.

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

Have you played Magia 3D Tournament at NikeFootball.com?

Over at NikeFootball.com they have a great 3D football game for you to play, the Magia 3D Tournament.

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6 pitches await you but you have to prove yourself first. The Magia Tournament lets you conquer the World, one pitch at a time. The more teams you beat, the more points you earn, the better your chances of taking home the prizes.

Check it out and take on players from all around the world. Whilst you are there, I would also recommend checking out their Pro Studio where you can develop your own great Windows background images from 22 of the world's best players.

Check all this out over at NikeFootball.com.

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

Sunday, April 20, 2003

EA SPORTS Travel Europe to Capture Team Chants

This news was extracted from EA SPORTS Fifa Football 2003 Website and Soccer Gaming.

There are certain rituals that have become synonymous with football, such as parading the team’s colours, meeting with friends for a pre-match chat and buying a programme. However, none are so unified and as intimidating to the opposing team as singing along to your clubs chants. An army of tens of thousands of supporters making known vocally their love for the club is a truly integral part of the football culture. The FIFA Football Development team identified this as an area they see of adding great value to the new EA Sports title.

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To fully capture the local spirit and culture, the FIFA Audio team in collaboration with Soccer Gaming, have tirelessly been on a European tour in the past couple of months. In each port of call (England, France, Spain, Germany & Italy) numerous audio sessions have been taking place with the fans so they can make their voice heard in game. The results have been filtering back in to the team and they are confident that they will create some truly hair-raising audio on a much larger scale for FIFA Football 2004.

EA SPORTS would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended the chant sessions. In particular Lior Fengas, Fabio "Rimo" Rimoldini, Christian Rojo Garcia and Daniel Kaltenthaler who spent many hours helping EA contact the chanters themselves. A complete list of those who attended along with some additional photos from the sessions can be seen at Soccer Gaming.

The FIFA Audio team have let us get our hands on three of the chants in MP3 format. This will give you a good idea of the quality of the recordings, and the emphasis EA SPORTS are putting on creating a truly realistic football experience in FIFA Football 2004.

Download Chant Recording examples:

Keep an eye here for all the latest Fifa 2004 announcements, especially as we get closer to E3 in May.

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Saturday, April 19, 2003

More Ultras Flags

Our partner site, FIFA IL are keeping the new designed flags sets coming.

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You can find in their Download Source many new flags sets, including those latest additions:

  • Lazio authentic ultras flags.
  • AC Parma ultras flags set.

All the flags were done from real images for maximum authenticy.

So head right now over to FIFA IL and download those new files and much more quality files, as many more sets are coming soon. Enjoy.

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

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Iranian FIFA 2003 Online is back

Schahryar Fekri has informed us that they have fortunately officially re-started and re-launched the IRFO – Iranian FIFA Online project, the project that was nearly cancelled last year!

They are very glad to inform you that the new IRFO 2003 is online now and is ready to offer you the latest from the FIFA world in Persian by its brand-new team members from around the world.

Please also let them know your comments and opinions by visiting the new Iranian FIFA Online.

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

ECP Mega Utility Day

ECP Wonder Boy Hercules has prepared some fantastic new Utilities for all FIFA fans out there. Here is what they have in store for you:

The first DBI editor is upon us. No more frustration with the Creation Centre or long agonising wait to install a package. Access Editing? Massive tables, thousands of records, 0s and 1s, confusing columns. So, what does this DBI editor do. It does exactly what the name suggests.

It edits DBI (rosters) files right off, no need for troublesome pkg files, mdb file etc... etc... The best thing is you don't need CC, so no colour problem, and also you won't lose saved games!

However, this is only the first version, and some bugs might occur, but all in all, just backup your dbi files, and you should be fine. Remember to report any bugs you find, it helps them improve the program!

Here's a summary of what's in and what's not:

  • Editing of all player attributes, information, name
  • Editing of all team attributes, kick takers, lineups, captaincy, stadium assignment, kits assignments
  • Editing of team names, squad numbers, formation etc etc
  • Editing of competition names
  • Transferring players
  • Creating players

What's not:

  • Creating teams (can be added easily, but left out, so they can isolate possible errors, will be in next version)
  • Creating competitions (later on)
  • Changing teams in competitions (later on)

You can give all your feedback at their forums and they will be more than happy to listen to you.

A bit overshadowed by the ECP DBI Open Beta release, but still an extremely useful utility. It allows you to edit .loc files which contain in-game texts. You can use it to customise FIFA to whatever language you want.

However, the most important use of all is probably to change those horrid competition names such as the EFA Trophy. You can also use it to change music track info.

And it's included with a search function, so just type in the text you want to change, search it, and change it! A very useful utility to use in conjunction with ECP DBI.

ECP Font Manager
A small but very useful utility to change all your favourite .ttf Windows fonts into FIFA 2003 format.

ECP Chant Importer
The ultimate utility to import your favourite chants for your favourite team...or even your favourite player! Unlike some other rivaling chant utilities, this would not erase originally installed chants, but add to them, so that you can have as many chants per team/player you want!

And as for more, these chants when installed are separate chants not one long chant.

GoFSH! 1.1
After the release of GoFSH at the end of 2002, they have now brought you version 1.1, which supports multiple SHPI images FSH files.

With this program (after you associate fsh files with GoFSH), you are able to quickly view FSH files in the time of a double-click!

This is a fantastic set of work by Hercules and well worth a visit to our Fifa 2003 Download Boutique where you can obtain links to all these great new utilities.

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Creation Centre 1.5 Features Announced

As reported over at Soccer Gaming by Matt, last month we had the terrific news about an update that was being created for the FIFA 2003 Creation Centre. The man behind the famous FEd FIFA editors, Chau Le, had been placed in charge of creating the important update FIFA fans had been crying out for for months.

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The good news is that version 1.5 of the Creation Centre is now in its final stages of development and being beta tested as we speak. Here is the list of the major updates and fixes you can expect from the Creation Centre update:

  • Up to 10 chants can be assigned to any team
  • Players numbers can be assigned and changed
  • Goalkeeper kits can be assigned to any team
  • Added Formation screen where preset formation can be selected players can be drag-and-dropped into positions
  • Added Kick Takers screen where players can be assigned of captaincy and kicking duties
  • Added Miscellaneous screen where most of the team settings can be modified * Very Intersting *
  • Removed the limitation of 32 bit colours
  • Added the option to have a number of new generic players created when creating a new team
  • Removed the limitations on the number of competitions/teams/players
  • Support packages created in any language
  • Support for Brazilian Portuguese language

Other improvements:

  • Double click on a team in Team Roster on Competition screen to bring up Team screen
  • Double click on a player in Player Roster on Team Info screen to bring up Player screen

With things going smoothly, Chau has reported that we are still on track for a late April release of the update. We will be announcing the exact release date next week. As long as you have already downloaded the original Creation Centre, the update will be only 500 kb is size.

EA SPORTS and Chau would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Creation Centre Update topic in the Soccer Gaming Forums.

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

Sweetpatch's Soccer Snippets

Becks back for Highbury
David Beckham has got the all-clear to face Arsenal on Wednesday as Manchester United for the title showdown.

Any requests for Blue Moon...
The final Maine Road game against Southampton will be followed by a concert from The Doves. It had been previously reported that Oasis would play which apparently came as news to them. Meanwhile Joey Barton's signed a new deal.

Malbranque considers his future
He's been linked with Liverpool and doubtless a few others will come into the reckoning with his agent suggesting the imminent departure of Jean Tigana from Fulham will make Steed look elsewhere.

Storm at the Palace
Ron Noades is preparing to sue Crystal Palace. The former Palace chairman reckons the club owe him £140,000 in unpaid rent and a further £23,000 in costs. But current Palace chief Simon Jordan reckons its Noades who owes.

Turn in, tune in....
Not so long ago there was calls for Notts.County fans to boycott Radio Nottingham over perceptions of a bias towards Forest. The station has hit back claiming few Second Division clubs receive such good coverage.

Bugged out
A bug is threatening Grimsby's hopes of avoiding relegation with players falling over with a debilitating illness. Paul Groves quarantined Blundell Park at the weekend and cancelled training yesterday to prevent it spreading.

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

Football Crazy, Football Mad...

Click to complete questionnaireWhether it's lucky pants or an unlucky girlfriend, most of us have at some point felt a bit superstitious around a football match. As tension mounts in the run up to the end of the Barclaycard Premiership season, over at 4thegame they are looking to discover the nation's top ten football superstitions, the fans with the most bizarre pre-match rituals, and any other weird things you get up to in the name of helping your team win!

Take part in their Football Superstitions Survey to help them compile a list of the weird and wonderful - one lucky entrant will win a pair of tickets to see the team of their choice and a full team strip.

Fill in the questionnaire to help them compile a list of the weird and wonderful by clicking here.

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Israeli Premiere League Patch

The guys over at FIFA IL have released their Israeli Premiere League Patch. This patch will add all the Premiere League including teams from the second league 'liga Leumit', who will be promoted at the end of the league season.

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The patch features:

  • Accurate rosters, with positions, apparel, age, etc. for all teams
  • All accurate home and away kits
  • Flags and banner sets for each team
  • Badges for each team
  • Kits thumbs at the selection screen
  • Israeli Cup
  • & much much more...

The patchers team over at FIFA IL have also informed us that they will publish improvement patches to this very soon which will include crowd songs, menu screens, etc...

So head over to our Patches Database and get your hands on this great new patch.

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

Premiership XI - The Season's Worst

Over at Football365.com they have released a funny article today which I thought might bring a smile to your face (or a tear depending on your allegiances).

With the relegation struggle really hotting up (except for Sunderland, obviously) it seemed a good time to present reader Andy Taylor's 11 of the most hapless Premiership players this season…

Here's a possible worst XI for this season. If only they'd have been able to combine their efforts, then surely they'd have been able to beat Sunderland's spectacularly unimpressive total of 19 points in the league (so far.)

Goalkeeper: Peter Enckelman
The toast of Birmingham fans everywhere. I'm sure I once heard someone say that he was the next Peter Schmeichel. I don't quite see it somehow. A season to forget for the big man…

Defender: Michael Gray
Didn't this guy once play for England? (Mind you, what English left back hasn't?) Clearly the 'expert' coaching offered by a certain Mr Wilkinson has had a profound effect on Michael. Still, he can rest assured that despite being in the First Division next season, seeing as he's one of the only English players who can kick a ball with his left foot, Sven will be on the blower before too long...

Defender: Pascal Cygan
Bought by Arsene Wenger as 'the next Tony Adams'. Oh dear. He plays, the Gooners lose. Pretty simple, really...

Defender: Titus Bramble
Does this one really need an explanation? Consistently crap at the back for the barcodes. Anyone who saw his attempt at marking Ruud Van Horseface on Saturday ( to pick just one!) will understand this one. I can only think that Sir Bobby had one of his classic moments when discussing which centre back to buy last summer with his staff. "Let's go for the big lad who plays at the back, Campbell, Bramble, whatever…"

Defender: Thomas Repka
To be fair I could have picked the entire Hammers back four, but that would have just been too obvious, so I'll just go for this fella. Did he really play in Serie A? How? His efforts on match day have been hilarious to all but the most ardent Hammers fan.

Midfield: El-Hadji Diouf
Signed after winning the African Player of the Year award. What at? Tiddlywinks? Spitting? Another victim of the modern day management theory of playing your centre forward on the right wing, left wing, actually pretty much anywhere apart from his real position. Not the only red who's end of season report will read "Must do better. Or leave."

Midfield: Robbie Savage
Ok, so he's not had a bad season, but nobody likes him, so he makes the team!

Midfield: Paul Okon
Another one of 'El Tel's' masterstrokes. David Batty must be scratching his head as to why this guy keeps him out of the team. Instrumental in Leeds' performance on the pitch this season, which is pretty close to unforgivable. Who needs Vieira when you've got this guy "protecting" the back four.

Forward: Emile Heskey
Poor old Emily. He gets plenty of stick, but I'm going to give him some more anyway. For a guy who spends more time sat on his arse than Stephen Hawking, this guy has actually won more trophies than Alan Shearer. Surely his time on the England scene is well and truly up now thanks to the emergence of Roonaldo.

Forward: Peter Crouch
What's this? A great big centre forward signed for an over-inflated fee, who couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo? Don't worry Peter, you'll be another one who can expect a call from Sven any time! Just when Villa fans thought they could forget about Ian Ormondroyd.....

Forward: Diego Forlan
If Fergie was going to persuade one of the Sex and the City birds to nip over for a game of footy, he could have at least brought one of the fit ones. Following in the famous footsteps of the likes of Brazil. Alan, that is, not the current World Champions.

Manager: Howard Wilkinson
How scary is it that for several years, this man has been responsible for the development of England's finest young footballers. No, seriously, he has! Managed to take Sunderland from being a pretty average team with one or two good players to the worst team in the history of the Premiership. Pretty impressive I'm sure you'll agree.

Chairman: Peter Ridsdale
Come on, nobody else was even in the running, were they?

Do you think this is funny, unfair? Post your comments in our forum and create our own list of "The Season's Worst XI".

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

Monday, April 14, 2003

FIFA 2003 Super Club Tournament

Our good friend Slavisa is hosting a new Online Fifa 2003 tournament. The tournament will consist of 16 teams. Teams will be selected from multiple leagues around the world and you can select your team now in the teams available link.

They will include prizes for the winner, and the runner up. However they are only going to ship to players that live in the US. Read more in the Rules and Prizes links.

There is going to be a draw for the groups as they will consist of 4 teams. The top 2 teams from each group will move on to the knock out round. Everyone will play only 1 game during the group fixtures, but once we get to the knock out round there will be away and home games.

As soon as all the spots are taken up the tournament will begin. Sign up today over at the home of the FIFA 2003 Super Club Tournament.

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

Super Patch Update

Due to recent time constraints unfortunately I have been unable to bring you the regular and popular Super Patch Weekly Update, but to catch up here is all the latest Super Patch news from around the Fifa scene.

CM Fifa Update - 02/03
Click for larger imageIf you are still a fan of Fifa 99 then over at Fifa 99 Online they have recently released the CM Fifa Update - 02/03 by Man United (Bennie). This is a World update patch for the 2002/2003 season made with all the stats taken from the popular Championship Manager series. Well worth a download if you still enjoy the skills in Fifa 99.

English First Division 1976
Click for larger imageOver at FIFA CZ they recently hosted a very good patch for lovers of 70's English football. This is a huge classic patch by TheWebwolf, great patchmaker from Sweden, adding the entire English First Division 1976 to the game and contains the correct:

  • home, away and goalie kits
  • line ups with every player (who looks in game close to what the looked like in real life)
  • logos and flags

Croatian Division 1 Gold Edition
Hrvoje Bajlo and Ante Aljinovic from over at FIFA Web Portal have made a brand new Croatian Division 1 patch, the Croatian Division 1 Gold Edition. This patch is a must have for anyone who wants to play with the Croatian league.

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Here are some of the features:

  • All Original Teams
  • Correct Rosters
  • 12 Teams
  • All 24 Kits
  • Referee Kits
  • New GK Kits
  • Amazing Chants
  • Original Badges
  • Real Flags
  • and much more...

Super Patch OM
Click for larger imageFIFAKulte recently published a Big patch called Super Patch OM. It is the biggest patch about the great French team "Olympique de Marseille". It is also translated into English and contains:

  • The Velodrome Stadium of Marseille (It replaces the Olimpico stadium of Roma)
  • Big database update (after Mercato)
  • New fantastic kits: home, away, third and two goalies kits
  • 3 Adidas balls: Champions League, MS Glider and OM ball
  • Flags of OM fans
  • Gloves of Vedran Runje
  • Stadium Adboards
  • 2 new OM menus
  • OM Intro Music: The famous "Jump" will play when you enter on the field of the Velodrome
  • A big utility to activate and restore everything
  • Flares and TV enviro will be available in a first add-on...

Patches on the horizon
Super Patches that are currently under development include:

  • A League (I have tested this for the guys over at Fifa Concacaf this weekend and it is looking great)
  • Sweetpatch Super Samba Patch 2003 (look forward to this patch with the Samba feel - coming soon!)
  • ULTIMA 2004 (Still hoping this will be released!)

So there we go, all caught up now with most of the BIG super patch news from around the Fifa scene. We have added all of these to the Patches Database for your ease of access.

If you have news of other great Super Patches that we have not included here, please do not hesitate to send us news of them. Until next time, enjoy enhancing your Fifa games.

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

Pre-Order your Chelsea Home Shirt 2003/05

Pre-order your new Chelsea kitThe NEW Reversible Chelsea Home Shirt 2003/05 is now available to pre-order from our Shop. Official launch date is May 1st.

The shirt is the first single skin football club shirt in Europe, that has a Replica Outer and a Casual Wear inner, and it is sure to be a sure fire winner with the Stamford Bridge faithful. This shirt is manufactured by Umbro and is 100% breathable polyester.

Pre-order your Chelsea Home Shirt 2003/05 by clicking here. More Chelsea merchandise available by clicking here. Also, why not personalise your shirt with our Official Name and Numbering service?

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Saturday, April 12, 2003

Sweetpatch's Soccer Snippets

Weak resistance from reds
The red card Sami Hyypia received last weekend means he will miss the Merseyside derby on April 19th. Gerard Houllier is no more than 'hopeful' Stephane Henchoz will return for the match.

Etherington for Everton?
Matthew Etherington is reportedly stalling on making a decision as to whether to accept an offer of a new two year contract at White Hart Lane. The news may well alert interest from Charlton and Everton.

No return for Rovers keeper
Blackburn Rovers keeper Alan Miller has been forced to retire from the game. The former West Brom number one has been suffering from a back injury.

Can't go, won't go
Coventry boss Gary McAllister says he's struggling to offload certain players who are a burden on the wage bill. Despite enquiries from other clubs, McAllister revealed he's been unable to loan out Julian Joachim because the player wanted to stay put.

What's it like to see a crowd?
A study into attendances in Division Two shows that Luton lead the way with 68% of their ground filled for home games but Port Vale comes off worst with an attendance percentage of just 19.7%.

Hello new boy
Orient fans will doubtless be clamouring for their club to sign Wayne Purser on a long-term. He scored a hat-trick for the Os in his first match on loan from Barnet.

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FIFA Football 2004 needs your help...

After a few days away on holiday we are back and resuming normal service.

To start with, the EA SPORTS™ FIFA Football Team value your views and want to make sure that EA SPORTS™ FIFA Football 2004 satisfies your needs. This is why they would appreciate it if you could click on the link below to give them your opinion on a feature they are thinking of adding to FIFA and Total Club Manager in the future.

Please click here to tell them your opinions and they very much appreciate your contribution.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Latest Downloads

Just a reminder for some of the new files added at our partner site, FIFA IL lately.

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You can find in their Download Source those latest additions:

  • Champions League Theme, in 2 mixed and edited versions, which plays at half time, and at the end of the match highlights.
  • Borussia Dortmund authentic ultras flags.
  • Bayern Munich authentic ultras flags.
  • Barcelona flags set version II.
  • Real Madrid authentic ultras flags, version II.
  • & many more.

So head right now over to FIFA IL and download those new files and much more quality files. Enjoy.

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Monday, April 7, 2003

Cornish boy comes 3rd in Table Bar Football National Finals

That's my boy! As reported previously, my ten year old son Daniel Witts from Polzeath represented Plymouth Argyle FC in this years national final for Table Bar Football at Elland Road, Leeds on 27th March and did fantastically well coming 3rd out of over 10,000 kids from around the country.

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This national tournament is sponsored by international toy company Smoby and brings together all the countries professional football teams in heats around the UK.

The national finals were held this year at Elland Road, Leeds on 27th March. Daniel was pitted against the 8 best national players representing regions from around the country: Bury, Gillingham, Kidderminster Harriers, Notts County, Plymouth Argyle, Port Vale, Scarborough and Southend United.

Before the matches commenced the boys were treated to TV interviews, meeting 2 professional players from Leeds United and a photo shoot on the Elland Road pitch to create a great build up to the competition. They were all going to receive a video of the day as all the matches were also videoed.

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The teams were split into 2 groups of 4 and each team played each other in a “first to 10” match. The winners of each group would meet in the final. Unfortunately Daniel finished 2nd in his group losing his only game of the year. In his group he had the following results:

  • Plymouth 8 v 10 Gillingham
  • Plymouth 10 v 1 Scarborough
  • Plymouth 10 v 3 Southend
Goals for
Goals against
Goal diff.

In the final Port Vale beat Gillingham to take the honour of National Champion.

So Daniel had for the 3rd year running made the area final (winning it this year in Swindon), and for the first time he made the National Finals, could he go one step further and win the National Finals next year and fulfil his dream?

To cap it all off Daniel was invited to Plymouth Argyle yesterday for their match v Colchester where he was presented his trophy on the pitch at half time by Stevie Adams. Many thanks to Argyle for all their assistance in making this a great year for Daniel.

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Updated all Soccer Access download links

A few people have been asking so, with the help of Chris from Fifa Benelux, I have updated all the download links for all of Soccer Access' excellent Raptor utilities.

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Visit our Fifa 2003 Download Boutique today to get all of their utilities by clicking here.

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Sunday, April 6, 2003

New International Kits 2003

The excellent Shahab Shaterian has released his latest new kit pack for you, New International Kits 2003.

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In this pack you get new International kits for:

  • Colombia
  • England
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Sweden

Go grab your copy of this great kit pack direct from our Fifa 2003 Download Boutique by clicking here.

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

Sweetpatch's Soccer Snippets

Who's been a naughty boy?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Jermaine Pennant he must change his attitude if he wants a future at Highbury. Pennant broke curfew while away with England's Under 21s. You'd never catch Ljungberg doing that sort of thing.

Turfed out of Turf Moor?
Some 14 players are sweating on whether they will get their contracts renewed at Burnley this summer and keeper Marlon Beresford is one of those who thinks he might be looking a for new club. This should be even more interesting after their 4v7 home defeat against Watford yesterday!

'One Size' Fitz Hall
Bolton Wanderers have been linked with a move for Oldham defender Fitz Hall with a fee of £750,000 being touted around. He also boasts arguably the best nickname in the game, affectionately known as 'one size' Fitz Hall.

Caught on camera
A film company will be using crowd shots from a charity football match at Darlington this Sunday for a forthcoming flick. Among those playing will be Corrie's Kevin Webster, Brookie's Tinhead and Hollyoaks' Tony Hutchinson. Hospital balls aplenty?

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Friday, April 4, 2003

Awesome Update v1.0 released

Cyprom over at our hosted site FIFA Belgium is proud to announce that the first part of their Awesome Update is available now.

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The features of this patch are as follows:

  • This patch will update:
    • All Belgian D1 and D2 teams (and also replaces Ingelmunster by AS Eupen and Dessel by SV Zulte-Waregem)
    • Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV, Belgium, Italy, Finland and Croatia
    • It will add Canada, Holland, Wales and Japan to National Teams and Roda JC, NEC Nijmegen and Belgian D2 to REST OF THE WORLD
  • It includes:
    • Kits (Home, Away, GK and Alternative if the team has one), flags made from real pictures and in-game logos for each team
    • Timmy Simons and Ki-Hyun Seol Faces made by FIFACE
  • Available in English and French

You can get more information from our Patches Database (including the download location) plus visit FIFA Belgium today to check out all their great work.

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

Thursday, April 3, 2003

Triple impact from FIFA-Bosnia

Maniac from our partner site at FIFA-Bosnia has contacted us with news that they have just released 3 new patches:

  • Bosnian Premier League v2.0 (aka BiH PL)
  • 1.Croatian Soccer League v1.0 (aka 1.HNL)
  • BiH PL & 1.HNL (two-in-one) patch

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Bosnian Premier League v2.0:

  • Updated rosters for some teams
  • New flags for Zrinjski
  • New kits for Skiroki Brijeg
  • New kits for Orasje
  • New kits for Kozara
  • New title screen
  • Size: 14mb

1. Croatian Soccer League v1.0:

  • 12 teams from the I. HNL League
  • Each team has its own original Logo
  • Each team has its own kits
  • Each team has its own Goalkeeper kits
  • Each team has its own Flags/Banners
  • Dinamo, Hajduk, Osijek have chants
  • Croatian adboards for all stadiums
  • Flares
  • Size: 12mb

BiH Premier League & 1. HNL (two-in-one) v3.0:

  • Size: 18.5mb
  • Everything mentioned above

Go check out all these files in our Patches Database and then visit FIFA-Bosnia to get your copies of these great patches.

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

Portugal 2 v 1 Brazil

Matias has sent us his report of the recent match up between Portugal and Brazil:

Portugal won tonight by two goals against one from Brazil, in a friendly game. Deco the Brazilian, player of FC Porto is now playing for Portugal international squad and he was the one who scored the winning goal.

Portugal after 37 years, since the World Cup of 66, not winning a match against Brazil, finally beat Brazil, this time by 2-1. Besides this match not counting for a real cup, but it was worth a lot for the Portuguese squad, because Portugal has now a new coach, Felipe Scolari, the ex-coach of Brazil squad and which lead Brazil to their International victories and Deco the FC Porto fabulous forward and which was now recently added as a player of the Portuguese International squad.

A night also marked by Rui Costa's 31st birthday and a fabulous match, played by this real magician of soccer.

The stadium was packed, besides the rain, the crowds we’re very enthusiastic, mainly due to the reason that Portugal started better and scoring first at 6 minutes, by Pauleta, after an excellent cross from Sergio Conceição. The second goal was scored by Ronaldinho Gaucho from a penalty kick at the 64 minutes. And the decisive goal came after a free kick, which was scored magically by Deco…

The man of the match was without doubt Rui Costa, as he was always present in all the 90 minutes of the match and showing why he is such a great player.

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Sweetpatch's Soccer Snippets

A return to Cottage Industry?
Fulham may reconsider a move back to Craven Cottage on a scaled-down model of their original plans. But will Fayed, who has left the country after a row over taxes, still be as committed to funding the club as he once was?

Hucker's Luck?
Darren Huckerby is keen to make his loan deal at Nottingham Forest permanent. Given recent reports suggest that Keegan needs to ship out a few players, he may well be keen to sell.

Blades target promotion to slash debt
Promotion to the Prem could earn Sheffield United around £20M - maybe more if lucrative sponsorship deals are struck. But with the Board almost certain to prioritise debt repayment, will fans be in for a shock at how much is left over for players?

Finalists clash over ticket allocation
Bristol City and Carlisle are embroiled in a war of words over ticket allocation for the LDV Final. City want more having sold 36,000 tickets compared to Carlisle's 13,000.

Back of the net
Swansea City have hit back at a report earlier this week in The Guardian concerning the future of official websites.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Update for Turkish Super League II

In advance of today's big Euro 2004 match up between England and Turkey, the guys over at Fifa Center have released their update for the Turkish Super League II. This update is called the Turkish Super League II Update v1.0 and was created by their great patch makers Kerim Apaydin and Watcher.

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Features of this new patch update are:

  • Fixed English and French language problems
  • Ashdod SC team changed to World Stars and Maribor Lasko team changed to Turkish League Stars
  • 55 high quality kits of TSL (Turkish Super League) teams (home, away, goalkeeper and some alternate kits)
  • Turkey National Squad Kits (home and away)
  • World Team (home and away)
  • Turkish League Team (home and away)
  • 8 New Flags of:
    • Besiktas
    • Galatasaray
    • Fenerbahce
    • Genclerbirligi
    • Gaziantepspor
    • Kocaelispor
  • Latest transfers and rosters

Further details can be found in our Patches Database, including the Download link.

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

Sweetpatch's Soccer Snippets

Read 'em and weep
This weekend's 'big' transfer rumour appeared in the Sunday Sun. Apparently Manchester United are keen on Craig Bellamy. Not surprisingly, Geordies are treating this rumour with disdain.

Roo do you think you are
Sven-Goran Eriksson looks set to keep Wayne Rooney on the bench for the game against Turkey, perhaps somewhat concerned that he would be breaking his word to Toffees boss David Moyes.

Oh what an atmosphere
Michael Owen is hoping the atmosphere at the Stadium of Light will help the England team. He said: "You hear every shout from the crowd and some weren't that nice. It's nice to play in a full stadium and makes for a better atmosphere."

Save, save, save
Grimsby Town's players who are out-of-contract will have to take a big pay cut if they want to stay at Blundell Park. This decision affects eleven players at the club.

Pompey hit back over stadium claims
Pompey Chairman Milan Mandaric has angrily refuted national newspaper reports Pompey's stadium plans are threatened by the price demanded by a company which owns a necessary parcel of land for the 36,000 capacity development.

Macc have money to spend
The Alkadhi brothers, who recently put £100,000 into Macclesfield, made an appearance at Moss Rose on Saturday and made it clear that they have money to spend at the club.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Search Engine for FIFA 2003!

Hello everyone, over at FIFA Web Portal we just added brand new and powerfull search engine that can search for you any sport result you want, soccer, football, news, dating, chat and all stuffs you can inmagine! Also search engine can search patches and download files for your Fifa 2003 too, so quick go to FIFA Web Portal and search anything you want!!!

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