April 2005


Saturday, April 30, 2005

Sweetpatch FIFA Street Competition

Sweetpatch FIFA Street CompetitionAs a reminder if you have not already entered our excellent competition, in EA Sports words:

"Still not got your copy of FIFA Street? Here's your chance to win one!

The biggest FIFA fansite in the UK, Sweetpatch MRA, has a new competition where you can snag a copy of FIFA Street on PS2 or Xbox."

Click here to enter.

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Import your 2GB Balls

Import your 2GB BallsOver at Fifa Poland this week they have released the 2GB Ball Importer by Hrvoje Bajlo (click on screenshot for a full size image).

This great utility allows you to import your own 2GBalls (Ball Revolution textures) into the game and includes a ball pack with 11 brand new balls created by Hrvoje:

  • Adidas Questra
    • White
    • Orange
    • Dark Blue
  • Nike Geo
    • 300
    • 400
    • Vitesse
  • UhlSport
    • Classic
    • Yellow
    • Orange
    • White
  • Puma Team Neo Cat
    • Yellow

Hrvoje is already making version 2.0 which will include an excellent 3D viewer. In the meantime, download this excellent utility direct from our Download Boutique.

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Friday, April 29, 2005

Lampard wins PFA fans' Player of the Year

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea 0 Liverpool 0Frank Lampard has been voted Player of the Year by fans on the PFA website.

Midfielder Frank won the vote ahead of a host of top names including John Terry and Arjen Robben. Others in the running were Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo and José Reyes.

Frank was Chelsea Player of the Year and England Player of the Year for 2004, and runner-up in PFA Player of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 as well as runner-up for Footballer of the Year in 2004. He has played 142 consecutive Premiership games.

"This is the top Player of the Year award for the season, JT feels a bit muggy with his Player of the Year award now from the players. Hopefully he can get this one next year. Seriously, I’m delighted to have been voted this by the fans. It was a proud moment to get the Chelsea award last year from the fans, and now to get this from a wider group of fans makes me very proud. And it’s great that Chelsea players are sharing awards. JT fully deserved his, now me… I hope big Pete and Maka, Willie, Duffa and more get some next."

© The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Suggest Your Improvements for FIFA Street 2

Suggest Your Improvements for FIFA Street 2So you've played FIFA Street and you love it but you feel it could be so much better? Take the opportunity to feed EA Sports your views/comments/suggestions in their FIFA Street Forum and see if they add them in to FIFA Street 2.

Go on, click here and you never know, you could see your feature included in the next version of the game.

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AMERICUP

AMERICUPFIFA America players, the moment you have been waiting is finally here at our partners at Superleagues.net.

AMERICUP is a tournament created for north, south and central American FIFA players. The best top 5 players from each country will be invited to participate in this prestigious online tournament.

  • Participating countries:
    • Brazil, Argentina, USA, Chile, Mexico, Canaan, Peru with over 29 players invited to participate
  • Player requirement:
    • MIRC to communicate with others
    • Broadband connection
    • active in the FIFA community
    • able to play one match per week minimum

To register email the details below to info@superleagues.net

  • Nickname
  • Country (south, north America only)
  • Connection
  • Valid email
  • MSN Messenger

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UEFA Champions League: Chelsea 0 Liverpool 0

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea 0 Liverpool 0Familiarity bred stalemate at Stamford Bridge as the fourth meeting between these two sides rarely looked like finishing anything but goalless.

José Mourinho’s orders for Chelsea not to panic and go mad for a win was heeded by his players who two first-half Cech saves apart, kept Liverpool at arms length from our goal. Chelsea chances were slightly more plentiful, Lampard missing the best midway through the first-half.

After years and years of Anfield disappointment we have won on our last two visits to Liverpool’s home ground. This time we need a minimum of a scoring draw to make the Champions League Final. Next Tuesday promises to be quite a night.

Check out the full match report of this game by clicking here.

© The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

FIFA Poland Face Packs

The guys over at FIFA Poland have been busy recently 'facing' up to all your FIFA add-on requirements. They have 2 great new face packs for you:

Bingyilinying Face Pack 1Bingyilinying Face Pack 1
(click on screenshot for a full size image)

  1. Albertini (Barcelona)
  2. Carragher (Liverpool)
  3. Cruz (Inter)
  4. Iniesta(Barcelona)
  5. Martins (Inter)
  6. Miller (Man Utd)
  7. Montella (Roma)
  8. Pancaro (Milan)
  9. Robben (Chelsea)
  10. Robinho (Santos)
  11. Sylvinho (Barcelona)
  12. Vennegoor (PSV)

Duong Superpack 2 v2Duong Face Superpack 2 v2
(click on screenshot for a full size image)

  1. Bouma (PSV Eindhoven)
  2. Cech [.o file update] (Chelsea)
  3. Ferdinand [textures updated] (Manchester United)
  4. Ferreira (Chelsea)
  5. Gerrard [hair update] (Liverpool)
  6. Giggs (Manchester United)
  7. Given (Newcastle)
  8. Kaka (AC Milan)
  9. Kluivert [with new hairstyle and new face texture] (Newcastle)
  10. Lampard (Chelsea)
  11. Maniche (FC Porto)
  12. Ronaldo (Manchester United)
  13. Smertin (Chelsea)

Download these excellent faces from our Download Boutique for Bingyilinying Face Pack 1 and Duong Face Superpack 2 v2.

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UEFA Champions League: AC Milan 2 PSV 0

UEFA Champions League: AC Milan 2 PSV 0Strikes at the end of each half, from Andriy Shevchenko and Jon Dahl Tomasson, gave AC Milan a two-goal cushion to take into next week's UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg at PSV Eindhoven.

Check out all the details of this game by clicking here.

© uefa.com - UEFA Champions League

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

PSV Face Pack 2005

PSV Face Pack 2005Today we finalise our build up to the Champions League semi-finals with Sweetpatch Posse Developer Amit_Zidane_Beckham's PSV Face Pack 2005 (click on screenshot for a full size image).

It includes faces for:

  1. Alex
  2. Beasley
  3. Bouma
  4. Cocu
  5. Farfan
  6. Gomes
  7. Ooijer
  8. Park
  9. Van der Schaaf
  10. Vennegoor
  11. Vogel
  12. Volanthan
  13. Zoetebier

Download these excellent faces from our Download Boutique and get your FIFA 2005 game prepared for this week's Champions League semi-finals.

We have now released recent files for all Champions League semi-finalists which you can obtain from our Download Boutique by clicking the file name below:

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Chelsea announces Samsung Electronics as Official Club Sponsor

Chelsea announces Samsung Electronics as Official Club SponsorChelsea Football Club is delighted to announce Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd as its new Official Club Sponsor.

The agreement was signed on Monday at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s stadium, by In-Soo Kim, President & CEO of Samsung Electronics Europe, and Peter Kenyon, Chelsea FC plc Chief Executive.

The five year deal, which starts on June 1, 2005, is the biggest ever sponsorship deal signed by Chelsea and the second largest by Samsung after its sponsorship of the Olympic Games.

The logo of ‘Samsung Mobile’ will appear on the new Chelsea Centenary shirts for the first time on its pre-season tour this summer.

© The Official Chelsea FC Website

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English Premier League: Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0

English Premier League: Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 Having won the title at Tottenham Hotspur last season, Jose Antonio Reyes ensured Arsenal did not suffer the indignity of losing their crown against their north London rivals at Highbury. Instead, thanks to Reyes' 22nd-minute strike, Chelsea, who were watching on television at their Stamford Bridge hotel, will now have to wait until at least Saturday to try to clinch the Barclays Premiership.

Jose Mourinho's side have the luxury of four attempts to claim the two points they still require against Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic, Manchester United and Newcastle United.

However, Arsenal at least ensured that the Blues would not win it without even playing as they battled their way to a 1-0 victory at Highbury.

Mourinho, who had spoken in November of winning the title one or two weeks before the end of the season, now has the chance to make his dream come true at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

He had also insisted that he wanted Arsenal to win this game to ensure Chelsea would not relax at Bolton. There is little danger of that now.

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Terry the Top Man

Terry the Top ManChelsea captain John Terry has been named Player of the Year by his fellow professionals.

At Sunday evening’s PFA awards, the major part Terry has played in Chelsea’s wonderful season was recognised as he beat five other nominees, including Frank Lampard and Petr Cech to the honour.

The Professional Footballers’ Association established the awards in 1974. Terry is the first Chelsea player to take the top title. He is also the first defender to win it since Paul McGrath back in 1993.

Lampard takes runner-up spot for the second year running having finished behind Thierry Henry 12 months ago. Henry this year came third.

Arjen Robben was in the running for the Young Player of the Year award, won last season by Scott Parker, but lost out to Wayne Rooney.

Robben did however make the PFA Premiership Team of the Season along with Terry, Lampard and Cech. The full side is:

  1. Petr Cech (Chelsea)
  2. Gary Neville (Man Utd)
  3. John Terry (Chelsea)
  4. Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd)
  5. Ashley Cole (Arsenal)
  6. Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City)
  7. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
  8. Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
  9. Arjen Robben (Chelsea)
  10. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
  11. Andy Johnson (C Palace)

© The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Sweetpatch's Football Quiz

Sweetpatch's Football QuizOur SFTLA supremo Nidge has posted another Football Quiz in our forums for you to test your football knowledge on.

The 5 questions are:

  1. Out of the 92 English league teams, whose ground is at the highest altitude?
  2. Who's the only player to score in a Manchester and Glasgow derby ?
  3. Which league football team is closest to the River Mersey?
  4. Can you name 3 players who have won the English Premiership with one club and the old First Division with another?
  5. Which British team has won the European Cup more times than its own top league?

Click here to enter the quiz.

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Monday, April 25, 2005

Win a copy of FIFA Street

Win a copy of FIFA StreetWould you like the chance to win 1 of 5 free copies of the excellent FIFA Street for the PS2 or Xbox?

To win one of these great prizes all you have to do is complete a simple Entry Form and be prepared to provide us your honest and valuable feedback.

Click here to get your entry to us today and good luck in winning your copy of this great game. 

Closing date for the competition will be midnight GMT on Sunday 8th May 2005.

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Barclays Premiership Review

Following this weekend's matches we check out a brief summary of all the action below: Barclays Premiership Review
Aston Villa 1
Bolton 1
Gary Speed scored his first goal for Bolton Wanderers to spare the blushes of Fernando Hierro and earn a point for Sam Allardyce's side against Aston Villa.
Blackburn 0
Man City 0
Blackburn Rovers recorded another clean sheet with a goalless draw at home to Manchester City.
Chelsea 3
Fulham 1
Arjen Robben returned from injury to put Chelsea within touching distance of the Barclays Premiership trophy.
C Palace 1
Liverpool 0
Rafael Benitez will demand a huge improvement from his Liverpool side if they are to overcome Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final following defeat by relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.
Everton 1
Birmingham 1
Duncan Ferguson snatched a late equaliser against Birmingham City after Emile Heskey had threatened to dent Everton's bid to finish fourth in the Barclays Premiership.
Man United 2
Newcastle 1
Wes Brown's first Premiership goal capped an inspired Manchester United comeback as they recorded their second win in a week over injury-ravaged Newcastle United.
M'boro 4
WBA 0
Szilard Nemeth re-ignited Middlesbrough's drive for Europe and pushed West Bromwich Albion back into the relegation zone with two first-half goals.
Norwich 1
Charlton 0
Norwich City kept alive their hopes of staying in the Barclays Premiership when Mathias Svensson came off the bench to strike a late winner and sink his old club Charlton Athletic at Carrow Road.

Portsmouth 4
Southampton 1

Lomana LuaLua needed just 25 minutes to inspire Portsmouth to a devastating victory over Southampton which pushed their rivals closer to relegation from the Barclays Premiership.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Dejan Stankovic Face 2005

Dejan Stankovic Face 2005Sweetpatch Posse Face Developer Mody DelPiero has sent us his very latest realistic FIFA 2005 face for you today for Dejan Stankovic of Serbia-Montenegro and Inter Milan (click on screenshot for a full size image).

Download this great new Face direct from our Download Boutique.

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Liverpool Face Pack 2005

Liverpool Face Pack 2005Today we continue our build up to the Champions League semi-finals with Sweetpatch Posse Developer Amit_Zidane_Beckham's Liverpool Face Pack 2005.

It includes faces for:

  1. Alonso
  2. Baros
  3. Biscan
  4. Carragher
  5. Finnan
  6. Garcia
  7. Gerrard
  8. Hamann
  9. Josemi
  10. Kewell
  11. Kirkland
  12. Nunez
  13. Riise
  14. Traore

Download these excellent faces from our Download Boutique and get your FIFA 2005 game prepared for this week's Champions League semi-finals.

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Champions League Merchandise

Official Merchandise of Champions LeagueCheck out some great offers from our partner at KitBag.com who have all the kits and more for this week's semi-finalists.

Make sure you have your team's kit on for the big games this week by visiting KitBag.com.

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AC Milan Team Patch 2005

Chelsea FC Team Patch 2005As we build up to the semi-final week of the Champions League we will be bringing you patches for all the teams involved.  Today our excellent Sweetpatch Development Posse member Hayan has provided us his AC Milan Team Patch 2005 (click on screenshot for a full size image).

It includes:

  • AC Milan home, away, third and goalkeeper kits; and
  • 12 faces for the following players:
    1. Abbiati
    2. Ambrossini
    3. Brocchi
    4. Crespo
    5. Gattusso
    6. Kaka
    7. Kaladze
    8. Nesta
    9. Pancaro
    10. Rui Costa
    11. Shevchenko
    12. Simic
  • Installation uses the excellent fifaFS tool.

Download this excellent patch from our Download Boutique and get your FIFA 2005 game prepared for this week's Champions League semi-finals.

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Sweetpatch's Football Quiz

Sweetpatch's Football QuizOur SFTLA supremo Nidge has posted a Football Quiz in our forums for you to test your football knowledge on.

The 2 questions are:

  1. What was used in the 1973 F.A. Cup Final and has never been used since?
  2. Name 5 English clubs who's names start and end with the same letter ?

Click here to enter the quiz.

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English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Fulham 1

English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Fulham 1Three memorable goals from Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and Eidur Gudjohnsen took Chelsea so close to the Premiership trophy that we can see our reflection in it. Just to add to an excellent day, Arjen Robben returned to action, looked fresh and played a key part in the second goal.

That strike by Lampard was needed to restore Chelsea’s lead. His England midfield colleague Cole had blasted his side into an early advantage but Fulham hit back just before half-time.

Mourinho made major changes at the interval and the rhythm proved hard to find - but sheer individual quality by several members of his team was enough to overcome Fulham resistance as Chelsea returned to winning ways after three games without a victory.

At the end the Chelsea players went to all four sides of the ground to take the applause. It would have been the victory party had points not been dropped in both the last two home games but the reception and the players’ reaction were triumphant ones anyhow.

Who will bet against Chelsea already being 2005 Barclays Premiership champions the next time the team takes to the Stamford Bridge turf?

© The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Barclays Premiership Review

Following last night's matches we check out a brief summary of all the action below: Barclays Premiership Review

Blackburn 1
C Palace 0

Morten Gamst Pedersen's strike ensured Blackburn Rovers enjoyed a victory which all-but confirms their Barclays Premiership status for next season but leaves Crystal Palace stuck in the bottom three.
Chelsea 0
Arsenal 0
Arsenal managed to delay Chelsea's expected Barclays Premiership title celebrations as they refused to surrender their trophy without one last stand at Stamford Bridge.

Everton 1
Man United 0

Manchester United finished with nine men while triumphant Everton were on the brink of finishing this momentous season in the Champions League after a real battle at Goodison Park.

Aston Villa 0
Charlton 0

Aston Villa's inability to string together consecutive wins struck again as they were frustrated by Charlton Athletic in a goalless Barclays Premiership encounter at Villa Park.

Man City 3
Birmingham 0

Stuart Pearce's claims on the Manchester City manager's job could prove impossible to resist after the rejuvenated Blues recorded their biggest Barclays Premiership win since August.

Norwich 2
Newcastle 1

Norwich City's record signing Dean Ashton netted what could prove to be a priceless injury-time winner to beat Newcastle United and keep alive his side's hopes of staying in the Barclays Premiership.

Portsmouth 1
Liverpool 2
Liverpool found a cure for their Barclays Premiership travel sickness as goals from Fernando Morientes and Luis Garcia condemned new Portsmouth boss Alain Perrin to his first defeat.
Spurs 1
WBA 1
West Bromwich Albion's bid to escape Barclays Premiership relegation was given another shot in the arm when they climbed out of the bottom three with a battling draw at White Hart Lane.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Barclays Premiership Review

Following last night's matches we check out a brief summary of all the action below: Barclays Premiership Review
Bolton 1
Southampton 1
Kevin Phillips dragged Southampton out of the relegation zone when they grabbed an unlikely 1-1 draw at Champions League-chasing Bolton Wanderers.

Boro 1
Fulham 1

Middlesbrough lost ground in the race for UEFA Cup qualification despite claiming a draw after a late controversial Boudewijn Zenden penalty.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Join the ultimate football manager game

Join the ultimate football manager gameHave you come across this guys? itsagoal.com is the ultimate on-line football management game and it is becoming very popular with the guys in our forums. Best of all, it's completely free. No strings attached.

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  • Introduction and feature list

  • Guided tour

  • FAQ

  • Community forums are a source of fun and information

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Check out itsagoal.com today, sign up and get playing online and having lots of fun.

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Wanted: Online FIFA/Champions League 2005 Players

Wanted: Online FIFA/Champions League 2005 PlayersThe Sweetpatch FTL Academy has been running FIFA leagues for more than a year now. We are on the verge of completing our 3rd successful season, and are looking for UK players who want to take part in the upcoming season, due to begin in late May.

For anyone interested in taking part, we are running a taster tournament using the new EA UEFA Champions League 2004-05 game. So if you live in the UK, have a copy of the game and a broadband connection, get in touch with Shaf (MSN: shafkat@hotmail.co.uk) to take part in a fun online tournament and be a part of the best Online Fifa Community in the UK.

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Monday, April 18, 2005

Barclays Premiership Review

Following this weekend's matches we check out a brief summary of all the action below: Barclays Premiership Review

Birmingham 0
Portsmouth 0

Portsmouth continued their mini revival under new manager Alain Perrin to inch nearer to Barclays Premiership safety with a hard-earned point following a goalless draw at St Andrews.
C Palace 3
Norwich 3
Crystal Palace and Norwich City served up a thrilling 3-3 draw in their relegation battle at Selhurst Park - but the result probably does little to boost either side's overall chances of staying up.

Charlton 1
Bolton 2

A vital matchwinner from Bolton Wanderers striker El-Hadji Diouf kept his side on course for a place in Europe next season as they moved above Liverpool and into fifth place in the Barclays Premiership after a 2-1 win at Charlton Athletic.

Fulham 1
Man City 1

Fulham strengthened their Barclays Premiership survival bid when Luis Boa Morte salvaged a point against Manchester City at Craven Cottage.

Liverpool 2
Spurs 2

Liverpool's Champions League's hopes were dealt another blow at Anfield after a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Southampton 2 Aston Villa 3
Patched-up Aston Villa ruined former striker Peter Crouch's day with an amazing comeback from two goals down to score a remarkable win that plunged Southampton deeper into relegation trouble.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Lenny and Edwards FIFA Street Crib

Lenny and Edwards FIFA Street CribFootball trickster supremos Lenny and Edward contributed ideas and did motion capture for FIFA Street. Now they've got their own section on the official site for you to check out! Tricks aplenty. Click here for more.

Coming soon we have 5 copies of FIFA Street to give away in our latest competition.  If you can't wait for this competition check out our FIFA Street Shop where you can get your copy of the game at the best prices around.

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Do you fancy winning VIP tickets to Kylie's Show Girl Tour?

Do you fancy winning VIP tickets to Kylie's Show Girl Tour?We are pleased to provide you a free chance of scooping this fabulous prize. All you need to do is sign up for free by clicking here and then complete a small survey.

Play our free-to-play games regularly and win fantastic prizes. Check them all out by clicking here. No download is required.

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Can fate strike twice?

Can fate strike twice?Congratulations go out to Liverpool for a great performance in Turin holding the Italian giants Juventus to a 0-0 draw and therefore winning the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

With regard the semi-final match between Chelsea and Liverpool, here is an interesting phenomenon that SFTLA boss Nidge has posted in our forums:

  • 1978:
    • Wales win the Grand Slam in Rugby
    • The Pope dies
    • Liverpool lose in the League Cup final to the eventual League Champions that year (Nottingham Forest)
    • Liverpool win the European Cup
  • 2005:
    • Wales win the Grand Slam in Rugby
    • The Pope dies
    • Liverpool lose in the League Cup final to the eventual League Champions that year (Chelsea)
    • ?????? win the European Cup

Could this really happen and Chelsea lose to Liverpool? Surely not!

The other semi-final will be contested between PSV (who eliminated Lyon in a penalty shoot out) and probably AC Milan (if UEFA provide them with a default win).

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich 3 Chelsea 2

UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich 3 Chelsea 2Chelsea win 6-5 on aggregate.

Goals by Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a two goal lead and well deserved progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League before Bayern came back to win on the night.

  • 0-1: Gallas tricked his way outside Shweinsteiger, held off a challenge, slipped a good ball inside to Cole who squared it to Lampard, the shot came from 25 yards and deflected off Lucio for a carbon copy repeat of Cole’s goal at Stamford Bridge.  Now Bayern needed three goals.
  • 1-1: There was one Chelsea foul too many, this time by Duff. Another cross came in, Ballack got ahead of Pizarro and headed into the corner, Cech brilliantly turned the ball on to the post, and when the ball bounced along the line Pizarro touched it in. Now Bayern needed two more goals. There were 25 minutes left.
  • 1-2: Chelsea won the quarter-final when Lampard hit a wonderful pass forward for Cole to chase into space at the left corner flag. He was on his own. He had time to collect, steady and cross right-footed for Drogba to climb and send a handsome header beyond Kahn into the opposite corner of the goal. It was a winner of superb skills. Now Bayern needed another three to go to extra-time.
  • 2-2: Gérémi went wide right and 4-3-3 was re-established, but it was a bit messy down the right and when Huth got caught upfield a cross reached Scheinsteiger whose poor shot was deflected in by Guerrero. It gave Bayern last minute respectability on the evening, but this had been Chelsea’s tie by a long way.
  • 3-2: A slice by Huth conceded an 11th corner and when it wasn’t cleared Scholl nicked another goal. The whistle went straight after kick-off.

Chelsea have now reached the Champions League semi-final twice in consecutive years.

© The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Chelsea Face Pack

Chelsea Face PackAs promised, Sweetpatch Development Team member Amit_Zidane_Beckham brings us his next addition of face packs with this fantastic Chelsea Face Pack.

Faces included in this pack are:

  • Arjen Robben

  • Alexey Smertin

  • Damien Duff

  • Dider Drogba

  • Glen Johnson

  • Joe Cole

  • John Terry

  • Petr Cech

  • Paulo Ferreira

  • Ricardo Carvalho

  • Robert Huth

  • Tiago

Its now waiting for you to download it at the Sweetpatch Download Boutique. After all we ensure you have the latest and best downloads for your FIFA.

For all your latest downloads visit the Download Boutique to "Maximise Your Soccer Gaming Experience".

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Controls, Tips & Tricks Manual v0.3

Controls, Tips & Tricks Manual v0.3 Ionescu Radu has provided us his latest and very popular Manual for Controls, Tips & Tricks that can be used in FIFA 2005.

This Utility Manual has been created to help you develop your game play for FIFA 2005 and he has added a few more tips and tricks to the previous version of the manual.

Download this excellent new Manual direct from our Download Boutique.

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FIFA Street Competition

FIFA Street CompetitionBy now, chances are you've experienced the fast-paced street football of FIFA Street for yourself. Why not take a shot at honing your real life football skills too?

In EA's latest competition nine lucky winners will each receive a FIFA Street branded full-sized football and hooded long sleeved shirt. To enter, all you need to do is answer a simple question.

Click here to enter!

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Chelsea Face Patch and more coming soon

Chelsea FC Team Patch 2005Coming soon we will have some more excellent Face Packs from Sweetpatch Posse Face Developer Amit_Zidane_Beckham, starting with Chelsea (click on screenshot for a full size image).

Check back soon when we will have these great face patches for you in our Download Boutique.

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Barclays Premiership Review

Following this weekend's matches we check out a brief summary of all the action below: Barclays Premiership Review

Aston Villa 1
WBA 1

Paul Robinson scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser against Aston Villa to boost West Bromwich Albion's hopes of escaping relegation in a 1-1 derby draw at Villa Park.
Blackburn 3 Southampton 0
Blackburn Rovers warmed up for next weekend's FA Cup semi-final with an emphatic victory over Southampton that goes a long way to securing their Barclays Premiership survival for this season.

Bolton 3
Fulham 1

Jay-Jay Okocha's first goal in four months helped to inspire Bolton Wanderers to victory over 10-man Fulham and keep the Lancashire club on course for Europe for the first time.

Chelsea 1
Birmingham 1

Didier Drogba rescued Chelsea with a late equaliser after Birmingham City threatened to end their unbeaten home record as Walter Pandiani fired the visitors in front in the 65th minute.

Everton 4
C Palace  0

James Vaughan became the Premiership's youngest-ever goalscorer as David Moyes' side moved into pole position in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League with a comprehensive 4-0 win over relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.
Man City 1
Liverpool 0

Liverpool's Champions League heroics against Juventus were forgotten at the City of Manchester Stadium as Kiki Musampa's last-minute winner dented the Reds' hopes of making next season's competition.

Middlesbrough 0
Arsenal 1
Frenchman Robert Pires edged misfiring Arsenal past stubborn Middlesbrough as the Gunners cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the Barclays Premiership to 11 points.
Norwich 2
Man United 0
Norwich City inflicted a shock defeat on Manchester United at Carrow Road - courtesy of second-half goals from Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie - to keep alive their hopes of staying in the Barclays Premiership.
Portsmouth 4
Charlton 2
Lomana LuaLua and Diomansy Kamara blew the roof off Fratton Park right at the end as Portsmouth welcomed new French manager Alain Perrin - and eased their growing relegation fears - with a 4-2 win over Charlton Athletic.

Spurs 1
Newcastle 0

Tottenham Hotspur are dreaming of a place in Europe next season after Jermain Defoe's first-half strike helped them to a deserved win over Newcastle United.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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English Premier League: Chelsea 1 Birmingham 1

English Premier League: Chelsea 1 Birmingham 1Chelsea’s road to the championship, so smooth in recent weeks, finally hit a bumpy spot with points dropped for the first time in six Premiership games.

It could have been worse. With less than ten minutes to go, José Mourinho’s team were looking down the barrel of a first home defeat of the season. Birmingham had taken a shock lead in the second-half and throughout the game had shown an ability to soak up Chelsea pressure.

But then Didier Drogba popped up with his 15th goal of the season and his team-mates didn't slacken off. Men were committed forward but a frustrating finale had no further reward. In truth Chelsea can have few complaints.

Birmingham had won their first point away from home in six games. Chelsea’s seven game winning run was at an end. The points total calculations begin all over again.

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Saturday, April 9, 2005

FIFA Street In Game Skill Move Tutorials and Petition

FIFA Street In Game Skill Move TutorialsHave you been playing the excellent FIFA Street and would like to maximise the benefit you receive from this game? Check out EA's newest section at their official site Skill Move Videos and download your 5 Hi-Res movies (6.2 Mb each approx.) which takes you through how to perform all the best killer moves.

Coming soon we have 5 copies of FIFA Street to give away in our latest competition.  If you can't wait for this competition check out our FIFA Street Shop where you can get your copy of the game at the best prices around.

Also, check out this great petition at PetitionOnline started by Jose Bonilla (Arachnotron) from the Soccer Gaming Forums.  The petition requests that EA releases FIFA Street for PC.

Sign this petition if you feel strongly about this topic and maybe we could have FIFA Street on our PCs soon!

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Friday, April 8, 2005

Chelsea FC Team Patch 2005

Chelsea FC Team Patch 2005To celebrate this weeks awesome UEFA Champions League performance, Sweetpatch Posse Developer Hayan has sent us his excellent Chelsea FC Team Patch 2005 for FIFA 2005 faces for you (click on screenshot for full size image).  It features:

  • Chelsea FC home, away, goalie and third kits
  • and faces for:
    • Petr Cech, Ricardo Carvalho, Joe Cole, Carlo Cudicini, Didier Drogba, Paulo Ferreira, Robert Huth, Glen Johnson, Arjen Robben, Alexei Smertin and Tiago

Download this excellent new Patch direct from our Download Boutique. More great patches coming soon from Hayan.

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Thursday, April 7, 2005

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea 4 Bayern Munich 2

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea 4 Bayern Munich 2A late, late penalty by the visitors from Germany keeps them alive in this quarter-final after a rollercoaster second-half swung first their way, then massively back in Chelsea’s favour before Michael Ballack’s spot-kick left the tie hanging in the balance.

Chelsea raced into the lead with a fortuitous early goal and it was a lead held until the break. But when the Bavarians scored an away goal to level soon after the restart, they were in the ascendancy before two great goals from Lampard and close-ranger from Drogba set the stage for the final act.

Chelsea will be disappointed to have had conceded two away goals to a team missing both their first choice strikers. There was a boost before kick-off with the news that Roy Makaay, joint second topscorer in this season’s Champions League had not recovered from a thigh strain sufficiently to play. Bayern coach Felix Magath chose to go with Paolo Guerrero as a solitary striker in a 4-2-3-1 shape.

Didier Drogba returned to spearhead the Chelsea attack in place of the suspended Kezman with Carvalho in for Huth the one other change from the weekend.

  • 1-0: It took seven minutes for Chelsea to take the lead at Stamford Bridge against Barcelona: it took three minutes less against Bayern. A long ball forward was poorly dealt with by Kovac, Duff slipped it sideways to Cole who shot low, the ball taking a sizeable deflection off Lucio and leaving Oliver Kahn motionless. It was fortunate but it was valuable.
  • 1-1: Then seven minutes after the restart, Gallas was booked for slicing down Schweinsteiger. We were conceding too many free-kicks in dangerous areas. Ballack took it, blasting harmlessly into the wall but Zé Roberto tried his luck, drawing a parried save from Cech and the Chelsea keeper could do nothing about Schweinsteiger’s follow-up.
  • 2-1: A long Johnson ball forward was headed down by Drogba and from just inside the area, Frank found the bottom corner of the net with a precise low shot for his second Champions League goal of the campaign.
  • 3-1: Chelsea upped the pressure and after bouncing around the Bayern six-yard area, the ball was cleared. Makelele collected and floated a pass out to the left where Lampard lurked. Back-to-goal, he chested down, turned the opposite way from the goal but in one smooth movement spun and struck the ball across Kahn and in for Chelsea’s third. It was a strike of supreme technique, the mark of a player at the peak of his form. Now it was the Chelsea fans turn to sing 'Football's Coming Home'.
  • 4-1: Huth’s aerial might put the ball in the danger area, Kahn saved Gudjohnsen’s close-range effort but as the ball bounced out, there was Drogba to do a ‘Kezman’ and blast home from a couple of yards out. At 4-1 it was a scoreline Chelsea would surely have settled for.
  • 4-2: Sadly Chelsea could not hold on to the three-goal advantage although the manner in which we conceded left a bitter taste. Ballack, who had been a peripheral figure, went down under a Carvalho challenge in a manner that angered the Chelsea players immensely. Two minutes into stoppage time Petr Cech had to face a penalty. Ballack himself took it and confidently found the net.

With the 90 minutes up, the English league leaders looked to have set the German league leaders a mountain to climb in next week’s second leg. Now they need to scale a rather steep hill.

© The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Bundesliga Super Patch

Bundesliga Super Patch

Sweetpatch has a massive patch for you. Scar has made all adboards for Bundesliga teams in Leagues 1 and 2. This patch is going to blow your Fifa wide open and send shockwaves through the Fifa Community as the quality is sensational. (Click on the Screenshot for a larger image).

The Adboards patch come in 3 versions:-

Incase you want them both or one league its all there for your satisfaction. All three are now in the Download Boutique ready to download.(Click on the league(s) you want to download to be sent to that section). With downloads like these Sweetpatch will surely make you " Maxmise Your Gaming Experience! ".

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England National Team Patch

England National Team PatchFifa Chillspot brings to you the England National Team Patch which includes:

  • New England home kit made by Jon
  • New and high quality adboards, flags, mini kits, logos and boots
  • New Rosters are optional and also more extra stuff is placed inside the Patch
  • It has a self installation and it does not crash your Careers

Download this great patch direct from our Patches Database.

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Brito says José won't be at the Bridge

Brito says Josť won't be at the BridgeAssistant manager Baltermar Brito told a packed press conference in new facilities at Cobham on Tuesday afternoon that José Mourinho will not attend tonight ’s game at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho, banned by UEFA from watching both legs of the Bayern Munich Champions League quarter-final, will, said Brito: “José will be in a private place, on his own, a very peaceful place, to watch the game, with no contact with the staff. He works closely enough with the players during the week, there’s no need to have extra-special contact."

I know as much as he does about the players, the way the players play. But José Mourinho makes the decisions (on substitutions). We have already thought ahead. Myself and the team do have the ability to react to situations, however.

Mateja Kezman is suspended as he has collected three bookings which has helped pave the way for Mikael Forssell to return to the squad.

Brito played down the importance of the game. “It’s going to be a good game but the most important part of the tie will be the second leg not the first."

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Faces Of The Future

Faces Of The FutureLook no further as the face pack of the year has arrived at Sweetpatch. Amit_Zidane_Beckham has made faces of Arsenal FC totalling upto an amazing 12. (Click on the screenshot for a larger image).

Faces included in this pack are:

  • Ashley Cole

  • Almunia

  • Bergkamp

  • Clichy

  • Cygan

  • Fabregas

  • Flamini

  • Henry

  • Ljungberg

  • Persie

  • Senderos

  • Toure

The Face pack is in our Download Boutique ready for you to download. Sweetpatch Brings you this face pack and hopefully many more great packs from Amit_Zidane_Beckham.

Keep upto date with the latest downloads from the Sweetpatch Download Boutique and check daily.

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Monday, April 4, 2005

SFTLA Season Progress Update

SFTLA Season Progress UpdateNidge has provided a great update on how the SFTLA Leagues are progressing this season:

Premiership
Now we are coming to the back end of the season, this division is starting to shape out, but is still very tight. We have 4/5 teams going for the title in Chelsea, Swindon, Valencia, Arsenal and possibly Macclesfield Town if they win their games in hand. Some vital games ahead and will be very interesting indeed to see who comes out on top.

From 5th - 9th position is a dog fight and any teams that survives the drop, will be worthy of Premiership status.

Division 1
Here we have a two horse race for the title, as the rest can only stand and watch while they battle it out, but they also have a bearing on things and the fate on which team will take it.

Relegation will be tight - as now Rangers have a new manager, can they steer the club out of the drop zone and with 3 other teams scrapping to stay up - should be some good games ahead.

Division 2
This div, we have 2 teams being the front runners but also have 2 other teams very close on their tales and could sneak up and snatch the title, just depends who puts a good solid run together.

Check out all the league tables by clicking here. Thanks for the great update Nidge.

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