April 2006


Saturday, April 29, 2006

Win Copies of 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Here

Win Copies of 2006 FIFA World Cup™ HereNow the game has been released, we are very excited this week to be able to offer you the chance to win yourself 1 of 5 copies of 2006 FIFA World Cup™ for the PC, PS2 or Xbox.

Check back over the next few days for details of how to win yourself a copy of this awesome game.

Not bought the game yet and can't wait for this competiton? Order yourself a copy today at excellent low prices from our Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop.

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England job not for me - Scolari

FA offers England job to ScolariLuiz Felipe Scolari appears to have ruled himself out of taking over as England coach after the World Cup.

His decision, which he said stemmed from media pressure, has led to severe criticism of the Football Association's handling of the search for a new coach.

Scolari said: "The English FA is going to choose a name. My name isn't one of them because I'm closing this matter."

The Brazilian, the coach of Portugal, said he had been shocked by intrusion into his life by the English media.

So who will the FA choose now after this latest embarrassment?

Check out the full story by clicking here.

© BBC MMVI

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Friday, April 28, 2006

EA Release 2006 FIFA World Cup™ and Announces Renewed Partnership with FIFA

Buy 2006 FIFA World Cup Here Now and Save! EA have marked the release of their 2006 FIFA World Cup™ game today and at the same time announced the extension of their long-term partnership with FIFA, making EA the worldwide and exclusive FIFA Licensee for soccer action simulation, manager and arcade-style games across all console platforms, PC, handheld platforms, mobile phones and online formats.

The on-going partnership will allow EA to continue to bring the most genuine soccer gaming experiences to consumers with the authenticity of the FIFA soccer world, and includes games for the future FIFA World Cups in 2010 and 2014. Working together, EA and FIFA will continue to bring their combined passion for interactive sports entertainment to millions of sports fans around the world for years to come.

The chance to play with your heroes for soccer's most important trophy became a reality this week as Electronic Arts started to ship the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ game to stores around the world.

The event's only officially licensed videogame has developed enhanced gameplay attributes and stunning graphics that bring to life close to 100 superstars, and captures all of the spirit and pageantry of the real-world tournament. It is the closest fans can come to experiencing 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ without playing in it.

The game is released today and have you got your copy yet? If not get on over to our Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup.

You can buy the game from us at the following excellent prices:

PC DVD = £16.99 or $29.99
  PS2 = £29.99 or $29.99
  PSP = £29.99 or $39.99
  Xbox = £29.99 or $29.99
  Xbox360 = £39.99 or $59.99
  GBA = £24.99 or $29.99
  NDS = £24.99 or $29.99
  GameCube = £29.99 or $29.99

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UEFA Cup Review - Semi Final 2nd Legs

Following Thursday night's UEFA Cup 2nd legs of the semi final matches, we check out a brief summary below of all the action:

UEFA Champions League Review - Semi Final 2nd Leg
Thur 27
April 2006
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Middlesbrough 4 (4)
Steaua Bucurest 2 (3)

For the second UEFA Cup tie in succession, Middlesbrough FC came from three goals down to progress, with substitute Massimo Maccarone heading an 89th-minute winner to crown a 4-2 victory against FC Steaua Bucuresti and send the English side into the final for the first time.

Holding a 1-0 advantage from last week's first leg, two goals in nine minutes, from Nicolae Dica and Dorin Goian, seemed to have cleared Steaua's route to the final in Eindhoven on 10 May. Maccarone brought Middlesbrough back into the tie before the interval, however, and second-half strikes from Mark Viduka and Chris Riggott set up a tense finale. And just as it looked like the visitors would hold on to become the first Romanian club to reach the UEFA Cup final, Maccarone dived to head in with seconds remaining to take the English side through in only their second season in European competition.

Sevilla 1 (1)
Schalke 0 (0)
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Sevilla FC set up a date with Middlesbrough FC in the UEFA Cup final in Eindhoven next month after beating FC Schalke 04 by the narrowest of margins in extra time.

There was nothing between the two sides over the regular 180 minutes and it took the fresh legs of Sevilla substitute Antonio Puerta to break the deadlock, creating the second England versus Spain European showdown of the season after FC Barcelona joined Arsenal FC in the final of the UEFA Champions League.

For comprehensive UEFA Cup match reports, click here.

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

FA offers England job to Scolari

FA offers England job to ScolariAfter all the wait and all the hype, apparently Luiz Felipe Scolari has been offered the job of England manager and is discussing terms with the Football Association, the BBC has been told.

FA chief executive Brian Barwick is in Lisbon to thrash out a deal with the Portugal manager who is Brazilian.

Scolari, 57, who guided Brazil to victory in the 2002 World Cup, is out of contract after the 2006 finals.

If he accepts the post, he will take over from Sven-Goran Eriksson after this summer's tournament in Germany.

Check out the full story by clicking here.

© BBC MMVI

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UEFA Champions League Review - Semi Final 2nd Leg

Following Barcelona and AC Milan's 2nd leg of their semi final match on Wednesday night, we check out a brief summary below of all the action:

UEFA Champions League Review - Semi Final 2nd Leg
Wed 26
April 2006
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Barcelona 0 (1)
AC Milan 0 (0)

FC Barcelona booked their place in the UEFA Champions League final as they held off the challenge of AC Milan to earn a goalless draw at the Camp Nou and defeat the Italian side 1-0 on aggregate thanks to Ludovic Giuly's first-leg goal.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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Major League Soccer Weekend Matches

Our official MLS reporter David Gwydir brings us all the latest news from last weekend.


Major League Soccer News
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Red Bull NY 1
DC United 4

Alecko Eskandarian scored two goals to lead DC to a convincing win at Giants Stadium. Facundo Erpen added a third goal on a 35-yard bullet into the upper corner. Youri Djorkaeff scored the lone goal for New York in the 86th minute. Jamil Walker countered two minutes later to restore the three-goal margin for United.

Houston Dynamo 2
Real Salt Lake 1
Real Salt Lake remained winless away from home as they lost 2-1 at Robertson Stadium. Jeff Cunningham had given Salt Lake the lead when his shot went in off the far post in minute 57. Craig Waibel answered back for Houston three minutes later with a powerful header off a Brad Davis corner kick. Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario ran through the Salt Lake defense and coolly finished for the winner five minutes from full time.
LA Galaxy 0
Columbus Crew 1
Kyle Martino’s goal more than five minutes into second half stoppage time gave Columbus the road victory. Martino latched onto a rebound to give Columbus their first win of the 2006 MLS season.
FC Dallas 2
KC Wizards 1
Dallas claimed an amazing win in a match that saw Kansas City score the equalizer in second half stoppage time, only to lose the match on a goal by Aaron Pitchkolan a minute later. Kenny Cooper had given Dallas the lead in the 4th minute with his third goal of the season. FC Dallas remains undefeated with the victory.

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

For comprehensive official Major League Soccer match reports, click here.

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Wed 26
April 2006
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West Ham 1 Liverpool 2

Two goals from Djibril Cisse earned Liverpool three points against West Ham United - but Luis Garcia and Hayden Mullins could miss the FA Cup final after both players were sent off nine minutes from time at Upton Park. Luis Garcia - match-winner in the semi-final against Chelsea last weekend - had only been on the field for two minutes when he tangled with Mullins in a tackle. Mullins pushed the Spaniard to the floor and referee Howard Webb showed both players a straight red card. It is a more serious blow for West Ham than Liverpool. Mullins has been an unsung hero alongside Nigel Reo-Coker at the heart of the Hammers midfield this season.

Liverpool won the game, a dress rehearsal for next month’s Cardiff final, with two expertly-taken goals from Cisse either side of Reo-Coker’s equaliser.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

V6 – Release Date

FIFA Gameplay Update 06Waiting for a real challenge? NK FOOTBALL can now confirm that you will be able to download V6 of the greatest "GAMEPLAY UPDATE" May the 5th! That's next Friday kids.

New intensity, improved ball physics, realistic goal keeper reactions, improved shooting, a tighter defence and a sharp CPU attack and more makes V6 the most realistic and challenging gameplay update for FIFA 06.

For true FIFA fans!

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Buy 2006 FIFA World Cup Here Now and Save!

Buy 2006 FIFA World Cup Here Now and Save! Today is the last day you can pre-order your copy of the only official 2006 FIFA World Cup game from our Sweetpatch Shop so it arrives with you on its launch date this Friday whilst making BIG savings (PC version only £16.99)!

So get on over to our Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup.

You can buy the game at the following prices:

PC DVD = £16.99 or $29.99
  PS2 = £29.99 or $29.99
  PSP = £29.99 or $39.99
  Xbox = £29.99 or $29.99
  Xbox360 = £39.99 or $59.99
  GBA = £24.99 or $29.99
  NDS = £24.99 or $29.99
  GameCube = £29.99 or $29.99

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Golden Ball Featured in 2006 FIFA World Cup Game

Golden Ball Featured in 2006 FIFA World Cup GameFor the official game of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, EA SPORTS have pulled out all the stops to make sure it is as authentic as possible, and that includes the football used in the final.

This year, the World Cup Final will be played with a special golden ball, the Adidas "+Teamgeist Berlin", and that same ball will feature in every 2006 World Cup Final you play in the game.

Visit the official EA Sports 2006 FIFA World Cup site and take a look at the ball in play in their screenshots from the Xbox 360 version.

You can even buy this official ball from our Sweetpatch Shop below:

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Tue 25
April 2006
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Aston Villa 0 Man City 1

Darius Vassell was again Aston Villa's main tormentor as he returned to his former club to end a dismal run for Stuart Pearce's side with a second-half winner. Vassell took his goal tally to four in four games against Villa since his £2million switch to the City of Manchester Stadium last summer. It ended a run of six successive defeats for City, who also knocked lacklustre Villa out of the FA Cup in a fifth-round replay last month.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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UEFA Champions League Review - Semi Final 2nd Leg

Following Arsenal and Villarreal's 2nd leg of their semi final match on Tuesday night, we check out a brief summary below of all the action:

UEFA Champions League Review - Semi Final 2nd Leg
Tue 25
April 2006
Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League
Villarreal 0 (0)
Arsenal 0 (1)

After the most one-sided of matches Arsenal FC, one of the most famous clubs in England, qualified for their first-ever European Champion Clubs' Cup final by holding out for a goalless draw and progressing by virtue of Kolo Touré's first-leg winner and Jens Lehmann's last-gasp penalty save from Juan Román Riquelme.

For Villarreal CF, it was the cruellest end to the Yellow Submarine's magical mystery tour but at least they had fulfilled the wishes of coach Manuel Pellegrini by going down with style. Never mind the penalty, they might have won by three or four clear goals but a combination of poor finishing and the reflexes of Lehmann in the Arsenal goal kept them at bay.

Arsenal, after their heroics in previous rounds against Real Madrid CF and Juventus, appeared a spent force but it will all be forgotten by 17 May when a team full of Frenchmen and led by a Frenchman will proudly walk out at the Stade de France for their finest hour.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Sensible Soccer 2006 Hands-On

Sensible Soccer 2006 Hands-OnDuring a recent visit to Codemasters' UK headquarters, GameSpot had their first opportunity to play work-in-progress PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions (a PC game is also in the works) of Sensible Soccer 2006.

Currently in development at Kuju, Sensi 2006 won't feature licensed player or team names, it won't feature photorealistic balls from Adidas or Umbro, and it definitely won't feature trick moves that you can use to beat opponents with a single button press. What Sensi 2006 will offer is a fast-paced and uncomplicated game of football, in which just about every player on the pitch can bend it like (read: way better than) Beckham.

Sensible Soccer 2006 is currently scheduled for release in Europe in June. No North American release has been confirmed at this time, but we'll bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

Check out the full review at GameSpot by clicking here and while you are there also view the official trailer and plenty of screenshots.

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06 WC Popups Manager

06 WC Popups ManagerAs we enter the last week before the game of 2006 FIFA World Cup is released the news surrounding the game has gone quiet for a few days. Therefore we have searched around the net to bring you some news and a file to download.

Monkey Dragon has released his 06 WC Popups Manager program over at our partners FIFA Polonia. This program allows you to add your favourite popups to game and there are also 3 popups included with this version.

Download this excellent Popups Manager direct from our Download Boutique and add even more enjoyment to your playing of your 2006 FIFA World Cup Demo.

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Free trial of DVD Rental by Post on 3 DVDs per month rental plan

Free trial of DVD Rental by Post on 3 DVDs per month rental planAmazon.co.uk DVD Rental by Post is now even more attractive. All new customers can get their first month completely free. There are more than 40,000 titles to choose from. In addition, all subscribers get a 10% discount on DVD purchases from Amazon.co.uk.

Try it now for free by clicking here!

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Mon 24
April 2006
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Fulham 1 Wigan 0

Fulham eliminated any relegation worries and climbed two places to 14th in the Barclays Premiership - but Paul Jewell will be wondering how his Wigan Athletic side left Craven Cottage empty-handed. The Latics dominated the first half but were dealt a cruel blow when Steed Malbranque showed a clinical touch to claim his fifth goal of the season against the run of play.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Reminder - FileFront.com - Scheduled Downtime

Reminder - FileFront.com - Scheduled DowntimePlease note all Download Boutique users:

On April 24th 2006 FileFront have taken their entire system offline. This includes FileFront's Website, the FileFront Network sites and FileFront Gaming Forums. The system will be offline for two days, and the user files system will be offline for three to four days.

During this time all areas of FileFront will not be available. The downtime will start at 6:00am PST on April 24, 2006. Their hosted sites (example http://modname.hl2files.com) will also be affected as your modname.***files.com url may not work properly.

The reason for this downtime is that it is much-needed. Major network maintenance will be carried out as well as major upgrades and preparation for new and exciting features.

We thank you for your support, patience, and understanding!

This should mean at the end of it no more slower downloads from FileFront - hurray I hear you all say!

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Monday, April 24, 2006

CEP 0.12 fix A released

CEP Career Expansion PatchThe Fix A for CEP 0.12 has been released on the downloads section of the CEP homepage; the fix corrects the problems and glitches segnalated until now by the users on CEP forums: larger and deeper changes updates will be performed in next version, that will be the last one for Fifa 2006, the CEP 2.0 that I hope to release just before the beginning of the World Cup (to take a relax for this summer). I'll start preparing the material during this week so I'll be able to post a list of the future additions. I will upload a version 0.12a too of the CEP that will include of course the changes done with the fix A during today or tomorrow so future users will download a fixed version.

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Gerrard and Rooney receive top PFA honours

Gerrard and Rooney receive top PFA honoursLiverpool captain Steven Gerrard has claimed the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award whilst Manchester United star Wayne Rooney claimed the Young Player of the Year award (for the second year in a row).

The awards are voted for by Gerrard's fellow footballers and he beat off strong competition from Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, Chelsea trio Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry, who won last year, and Rooney.

Gerrard revealed that he had voted for Henry and England team-mate Rooney.

The Manchester United star, still only 20, said he was pleased to again pick up the young player prize. He beat off competition from Charlton striker Darren Bent, team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Tottenham's Aaron Lennon, Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand.

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The FA Cup - Semi Final Reviews

This weekend saw both semi final matches played in the famous FA Cup. Please find below a review of both of the matches:

The FA Cup - Semi Final Reviews
Sat 22
April 2006
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Chelsea 1
Liverpool 2

Liverpool have reached their first FA Cup Final in five years after a thrilling victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford, with Luis Garcia again the hero for the Reds in their Semi-Final triumph.

The match pitted Rafael Benitez against Jose Mourinho for the tenth time in their two seasons in English football, and this time it was Liverpool who were victorious thanks to goals from Riise and Garcia. Liverpool went into a two-goal lead after a superb volley from Garcia on 52 minutes, although thanks to a strong header from Drogba it was a nervy finish and Joe Cole nearly sent the tie into extra time, when he missed a golden chance with virtually the last kick of the game.

Sun 23
April 2006
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Middlesbrough 0
West Ham 1

West Ham clinched a place in The FA Cup Final and a passport to Europe after Marlon Harewood’s stunning goal beat Middlesbrough at Villa Park. Harewood latched onto a Dean Ashton knock-down and thundered home a left-foot piledriver after 78 minutes to put the Hammers in their first Final since winning the Cup in 1980.

For comprehensive official FA Cup match reports, click here.

So Liverpool and West Ham United will meet in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 13 May 2006.

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Sat 22 April 2006
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Arsenal 1
Spurs  1

Tottenham Hotspur remain four points clear of Arsenal in the race for fourth place in the Barclays Premiership after a heated north London derby at Highbury. With 66 minutes on the clock, Emmanuel Eboue and Gilberto were involved in an accidental clash on the halfway line, which left the Arsenal defender on the floor. Spurs played on with the Gunners expecting the ball to be put out of play, and Edgar Davids sped clear down the right, before crossing to the far post when Robbie Keane slotted home.

Thierry Henry - who had started the game on the bench - scored a superb equaliser with just six minutes remaining before Davids was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Arsenal pressed for a winner, but it was the visitors who held on for what could prove a crucial point in the race for fourth spot in the Barclays Premiership - and with it qualification for the Champions League.

Bolton 4
Charlton 1
Bolton Wanderers kept alive their hopes of a UEFA Cup spot for the second successive season with their first victory in seven matches. Sam Allardyce’s side wrapped up the points against Charlton Athletic in the first half with goals from Ricardo Vaz Te, Kevin Davies and Jared Borgetti.
Everton 0
Birmingham 0
Birmingham City slipped back into the Barclays Premiership relegation zone as they could only manage a goalless draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
Newcastle 3
WBA 0
Newcastle United began life after Alan Shearer in the same way as their talisman's career had ended as a resounding victory over West Bromwich Albion maintained their late charge for Europe and left the visitors near-certainties for relegation. On the day the 35-year-old Magpies skipper confirmed his career had been brought to a premature conclusion by a knee injury, Nolberto Solano and Shola Ameobi took up the baton to fire their side to a comprehensive win.
Portsmouth 2
Sunderland 1
Matthew Taylor drove home an 88th-minute penalty after Sunderland striker Kevin Kyle handled in the area to help Portsmouth climb out of the Barclays Premiership relegation zone. Svetoslav Todorov made up for a couple of misses with Portsmouth’s 72nd-minute equaliser less than three minutes after Tommy Miller had given relegated Sunderland a shock lead at Fratton Park.

The late goals have put Harry Redknapp’s team in pole position to beat the drop after rivals Birmingham City drew at Everton and West Bromwich Albion lost at Newcastle United.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Pre-order 2006 FIFA World Cup Here Now and Save!

Buy 2006 FIFA World Cup Here Now and Save! That's right folks, this is the last weekend you can pre-order your copy of the only official 2006 FIFA World Cup game from our Sweetpatch Shop and make BIG savings (PC version only £16.99!).

To celebrate the imminent launch of the game we have opened up our new 2006 FIFA World Cup section which is dedicated to bringing you all the latest and greatest news and information for the 2006 FIFA World Cup event and game including:

  • FIFA World Cup Fixtures and Results
  • FIFA World Cup Tables
  • Official FIFA World Cup News
  • All our latest World Cup and Fifa news

So get on over this weekend to our Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup plus check out our brand new 2006 FIFA World Cup section.

You can buy the game at the following prices:

PC DVD = £16.99 or $29.99
  PS2 = £29.99 or $29.99
  PSP = £29.99 or $39.99
  Xbox = £29.99 or $29.99
  Xbox360 = £39.99 or $59.99
  GBA = £24.99 or $29.99
  NDS = £24.99 or $29.99
  GameCube = £29.99 or $29.99

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FileFront.com - Scheduled Downtime - April 24th 2006

FileFront.com - Scheduled Downtime - April 24th 2006Please note all Download Boutique users:

On April 24th 2006 FileFront will be taking their entire system offline. This includes FileFront's Website, the FileFront Network sites and FileFront Gaming Forums. The system will be offline for two days, and the user files system will be offline for three to four days.

During this time all areas of FileFront will not be available. The downtime will start at 6:00am PST on April 24, 2006. Their hosted sites (example http://modname.hl2files.com) will also be affected as your modname.***files.com url may not work properly.

The reason for this downtime is that it is much-needed. Major network maintenance will be carried out as well as major upgrades and preparation for new and exciting features.

We thank you for your support, patience, and understanding!

This should mean at the end of it no more slower downloads from FileFront - hurray I hear you all say!

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FootyGames Launched

FootyGames LaunchedFIFA International has stopped, but now its replacement is here, FootyGames has opened its doors!

The Dutch site is now not only specialising in FIFA, but also PES, FM and many other 'footy games'. Currently the site is only in Dutch, but maybe they will make an English version soon, but that's unsure. But you can still easily find the Download Centre, even if you don't know Dutch.

So go visit FootyGames now and see what they have in store for you.

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Friday, April 21, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup - IGN's PS2 Review

2006 FIFA World Cup - IGN's PS2 ReviewIGN have posted the first review of 2006 FIFA World Cup for the PS2. In their words:

"2006 FIFA World Cup is a delightful celebration of the Super Bowl of soccer with the official German stadiums, all the teams you could want and a variety of game modes. It's chock-full of World Cup atmosphere, from the roar of the crowd to a rainstorm of confetti to actual video-tours of each German stadium to 127 national anthems. Of course, the lack of a true manager mode hurts the longevity of a title that should hold value until 2008, or even beyond. But EA put together its most solid soccer gameplay experience yet and the deepest World Cup title of all time. Still, it's hard to argue that the gameplay, an obvious imitation of Winning Eleven, is better, but with star players and a nifty new shooting mechanism, it would be hard to argue it's worse. Priced at a frugal £29.99/$29.99, this soccer title is a great value and a nice end to this console generation."

Their scores for each feature were as follows:

Description
Rating
Presentation
Every national anthem, facts about each country, every World Cup stadium -- EA nailed the international spectacle that is the World Cup.
9.0
Graphics
The cutscenes and replays look terrific, as do player animations, but regular gameplay is only decent, visually. Players are bit fuzzy and there are occasional dips the framerate.
6.5
Sound
Excellent work in the audio booth and with a responsive, riotous crowd. We're not sure which country will appreciate the song list, but it's probably not this one.
8.0
Gameplay
Yes it's a good imitation of Winning Eleven, but FIFA does manage to innovate with star players, shooting and PKs. Imitator or not, this is a fun soccer game to play.
8.5
Lasting Appeal
World Cup games are traditionally shallow and, while this is the deepest World Cup game yet, there should be more bang for your buck with some kind of manager mode. Still, a bargain for the price.
6.0
Overall
(out of 10 / not an average)
8.4

Click here to check out the full review and see if you like/agree with what they are saying.

Impressed, visit the Sweetpatch Shop today to pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup™ so it arrives with you on its release date next week.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup - Interview with Worldwide Executive of Music at EA

2006 FIFA World Cup - Interview with Worldwide Executive of Music at EASteve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music at EA, describes the music selection for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ soundtrack:

Q: What is special about the 2006 FIFA World Cup in-game soundtrack?
A: Every year, our FIFA soundtrack becomes one of our most anticipated challenges. How can we top previous editions’ music choices and still connect with the game’s international fans? For this new WC edition, we’ve spent nearly 12 months putting together an unprecedented collection of tracks from more than 20 countries around the world. It is truly a groundbreaking selection of energy-fueled songs that we think is the greatest international soundtrack ever.

Q: How is the 2006 FIFA World Cup soundtrack different from other game soundtracks?
A: The soundtrack of every game – in essence, its audio personality – is as distinctive as the games themselves. As any player can tell you, the sounds of, for example, FIFA vs SSX vs Burnout are all different.

At EA, the music we choose must drive the game while enhancing the gaming experience. It’s that simple…and that strategic. All EA Game music is specifically designed to maximize the emotional lift needed to create even greater gameplay. The music we choose must have the ability to make you want to run faster, board better, charge the goal harder. This year, our FIFA WC soundtrack leans heavily towards uniquely up-tempo international pop. Our sole purpose is to have gamers discover their next favorite band through the experience of FIFA World Cup.

Q: How do you pick the songs? Please describe the selection process.
A: When it comes to new music, our objective is to act locally but think globally. My staff and I all come from similar A&R and music marketing backgrounds. We all listen to a lot of music. We see a lot of bands. We track online communities and independent scenes all over the world. Most importantly, we seek input from EA’s global offices to ensure that their country’s most exciting new acts will be represented and will be appreciated by music fans in other nations. In other words, the music must ‘travel’. We then work with record labels, publishers and artists often more than a year in advance to ensure that the music in our games will always matter.

Q: Who are the break-out artists in the soundtrack?
A: This year, we’re tremendously excited about Mattafix from the UK, Ivy Queen from Puerto Rico, Lady Sovereign from the UK, KES from Trinidad and especially a track by Brazil’s legendary Sergio Mendes featuring The Black Eyed Peas.

Q: Who have been the big breakout artists on FIFA games in the past?
A: We’re enormously proud of the role FIFA has had in breaking many major artists around the world. Avril Lavigne was first introduced to European audiences via FIFA 2003. The Ceasars, Tribalistas, Wir Sind Heldend and Kasabian were first heard in FIFA 2004. Our 2005 soundtrack featured the earliest appearances of Franz Ferdinand, Marcelo D2 and Scissor Sisters. Last year, we introduced Bloc Party, Damian Marley and Nine Black Alps. And our hopes for big breakout artists from this year’s game are equally exciting.

Q: How can we buy the soundtrack?
A: Our 2006 FIFA World Cup soundtrack exists not as an album to be sold, but as a fully interactive event for new artists to reach new audiences of music fans and gamers alike!

Q: How can we buy the game in advance of the release date?
A: I would seriously recommend the Sweetpatch Shop where you can buy the game at the following prices:

PC DVD = £16.99 or $29.99
  PS2 = £29.99 or $29.99
  PSP = £29.99 or $39.99
  Xbox = £29.99 or $29.99
  Xbox360 = £39.99 or $59.99
  GBA = £24.99 or $29.99
  NDS = £24.99 or $29.99
  GameCube = £29.99 or $29.99

Visit the Sweetpatch Shop today to pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup™ so it arrives with you on its release date next week.

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UEFA Champions League Review - Semi Final 1st Leg

Following Arsenal and Villarreal's 1st leg of their semi final match on Wednesday night, we check out a brief summary below of all the action:
UEFA Champions League Review - Semi Final 1st Leg
Wed 19
April 2006
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Arsenal 1
Villarreal 0

Kolo Touré's first-half goal, and a ninth successive clean sheet in the UEFA Champions League, earned Arsenal FC a slender but precious advantage to take to Spain and El Madrigal, home of Villarreal CF, for next week's semi-final second leg as the Premiership team bid a winning European farewell to Highbury.

Villarreal came into the match undefeated in five previous encounters with English opposition but were undone by Touré's close-range finish four minutes before half-time that settled a tense tie in Arsenal's favour. The Londoners managed to contain the fulcrum of the Villarreal side, Juan Román Riquelme, for the majority of the game, and should they stretch their run without conceding to a tenth match, a place in the final in Paris on 17 May beckons.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Wed 19
April 2006
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Birmingham 2 Blackburn 1

Mikael Forssell scored his first Barclays Premiership goal in open play for two years to lift Birmingham City out of the bottom three and wreck Robbie Savage's return to St Andrews with Blackburn Rovers.

Savage looked as if he had come back to haunt Birmingham by cancelling out Nicky Butt’s opener with just 12 minutes remaining - his first goal for his new club. But Forssell drilled home a cross from Julian Gray in the 87th minute to move Steve Bruce’s side ahead of Portsmouth on goal difference.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Major League Soccer Weekend Matches

Our official MLS reporter David Gwydir brings us all the latest news from last weekend.


Major League Soccer News
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Columbus Crew 1
Chicago Fire 1

Columbus Crew earned their first point of 2006 with a draw at home to Chicago. Chris Rolfe put Chicago into the lead early in the second half. Sebastian Rozental put the teams even from the penalty spot in the 55th minute.

DC United 2
Houston Dynamo 0
Josh Gros and Christian Gomez each scored their first goals of the season to give DC a comfortable win at RFK Stadium. United stay undefeated in the early part of the season while Houston lost their second match in a row.
KC Wizards 1
NE Revolution 0
Kansas City remained undefeated with their third win in a row. Jimmy Conrad headed in a Jackie Jewsbury corner kick three minutes into the match for the only scoring in the match. New England never really threatened the Kansas City goal as the Wizards stayed organized in the back late in the game.
Colorado Rapids 2
FC Dallas 2
FC Dallas dropped their first points of the season as their defense let them down at Invesco Field at Mile High. Dallas had a two goal lead after Greg Vanney scored in the 5th minute and Roberto Mina doubled the lead after 25 minutes. Colorado started their comeback when Jovan Kirovski slotted home a penalty shot after an unnecessary handball by Dallas defender Clarence Goodson. Goodson then gifted Colorado another goal when his attempted clearance went off the side of his foot for an own goal late in first half stoppage time.
Real Salt Lake 1
Red Bull NY 1
Red Bull New York drew their third game in a row and Real Salt Lake earned their first point of the season in Salt Lake’s home opener. Amado Guevara seemed to give New York the victory when he scored in the 77th minute. But Jason Kreis’ last minute equalizer left the teams all even on the night.
Chivas USA 1
LA Galaxy 2
Cornell Glen scored two very late goals to give Los Angeles the victory in the LA derby. Ante Razov put Chivas ahead in the first minute of the second half. Glen tied the match when he buried a headed ball by Landon Donovan. He then scored the winner with a volley from a Donovan cross in the 93rd minute.

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

For comprehensive official Major League Soccer match reports, click here.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup Demo Customizer

FIFA World Cup 06 Demo ExplorerThe incredible disappearing man, Hrvoje Bajlo has returned to provide us another 2006 FIFA World Cup Demo Customizer (click on image on right for larger screenshot).

His customizer provides:

  • select home and away teams and kits
  • resolution and render quality
  • camera, camera zoom and camera height
  • radar
  • difficulty
  • time
  • game speed
  • time display
  • toggle on or off:
    • audio, cinematics, commentary, bookings, windowed, offsides, injuries, referee and linesmen
    • Free Camera
    • Never Ending Game
  • run the game

Download this excellent Demo Customizer direct from our Download Boutique and add even more enjoyment to your playing of your 2006 FIFA World Cup Demo.

As the launch date of 28th April gets ever closer, have you been very impressed by the demo and now you want to pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup? We are now able to ship games all around the world from both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com so get on over to our brand new Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup now.

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2006 FIFA World Cup - All Covers @ GFO

2006 FIFA World Cup - All Covers @ GFOOver at our partners at German FIFA Online they have published all international packshots for EA's upcoming official world-cup game 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

You'll find the official packshots in high quality for:

  • England
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • the Netherlands and Benelux states
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • and the alternate cover for the rest of the world

Click here or on the image above to see all these covers at German FIFA Online.

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2006 FIFA World Cup - Soundtrack Announced

2006 FIFA World Cup - Soundtrack announcedTurn up the music, raise your hands and voices and join the celebration! EA have revealed the 35 songs that will usher in the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

In EA's 2006 FIFA World Cup™ true football champions will step onto the pitch to play their heroes in a pixel-perfect emulation of the real world where their favourite superstar players move just as they do in real life, the stadiums are rendered to photo-realistic excellence and adrenaline-pumping music fills the air.

Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music at EA commented, "The FIFA World Cup is the most exhilarating, action-packed and emotional sports event in the world. No matter where you are – London, Munich, Sao Paolo or Tokyo – unforgettable songs pulsate through the stadiums, flood the streets and fill your heart. That is the spirit that we wanted to capture for the in-game soundtrack in 2006 FIFA World Cup. We have assembled an unparalleled collection of exhilarating music from around the world that guarantees there's something for everyone."

Through mass exposure to soccer fans, the following 35 songs will become synonymous with the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany worldwide. This one-of-a-kind mix of music will be available exclusively at www.ea.com/2006fifaworldcup. Soccer, videogame and music fans will be able to visit the site to listen to streaming music clips, learn more about the bands and get details about the videogame.

Country Artist
Song Title
Australia Resin Dogs featuring Mystro & Hau
Definition
  Sneaky Sound System
Hip Hip Hooray (Dub Mix)
Brazil DuSouto
Ié Mãe Jah
  Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas
Mas Que Nada
China/Taiwan Van Ness Wu
Poker Face
Dominican Republic Masrhon
Sobremesa
England Depeche Mode
A Pain That I Am Used To (Jacque Lu Cont Remix)
  Ladytron
Destroy Everthing You Touch
  Lady Sovereign
9 to 5
  Mattafix
Big City Life
  Swami
DesiRock
  The Go! Team
The Power Is On
England/Republic of Guinea DT8 Project featuring Mory Kante
Namara
England/Sweden Howard Jones
And Do You Feel Scared (The Eric Prydz Mix)
France Furius K & Lou Valentino
People Shining
Germany Damien J. Carter
What world
  Die Raketen
Tokyo, Tokyo
  Frank Popp Ensemble
Love Is On Our Side
  TipTop
TipTop
Holland Voicst
Whatever You Want From Life
Israel Calanit
Do-Dee-Dee-Deem-Dum (Sculptured)
Italy F4
La Prima Volta
  Gabin featuring China Moses
The Other Way Round
Mexico Nortec Collective
Tijuana Makes Me Happy
Puerto Rico Ivy Queen
Cuentale
South Africa Zola featuring Maduvha
X Girlfriend
Spain Ojos de Brujo
Tiempo De Drumba (Dj Panko Remix)
  Polinesia
Aloha (Wari Boom)
Sweden Mando Diao
Down In the Past (Moonbootica Remix)
  Urban Puppets
Sweat
Trinidad KES
The Calling
  Maximus Dan
Fighter
USA Fisherspooner
Never Win
  Men Women and Children
Dance In My Blood
  Stefy Rae
Chelsea

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UEFA Champions League Review - Semi Final 1st Leg

Following AC Milan and Barcelona's 1st leg of their semi final match on Tuesday night, we check out a brief summary below of all the action: UEFA Champions League Review - Semi Final 1st Leg
Tue 18
April 2006
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AC Milan 0
Barcelona 1

AC Milan's record of never having lost a UEFA Champions League semi-final is in grave danger after Ludovic Giuly's fine finish enabled FC Barcelona to leave the San Siro with a 1-0 victory and a sizeable advantage from an entertaining first leg.

Recalled following an injury to Henrik Larsson, the French winger took advantage of some Ronaldinho sorcery to score the only goal in the 57th minute. The Brazilian also hit a post along with Alberto Gilardino, who passed up another tremendous opportunity to register his first European goal for the hosts soon after the restart. Milan will have to be more clinical at Camp Nou next Wednesday if they are to advance to a third final in four years.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Tue 18
April 2006
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Wigan 3 Aston Villa 2

Wigan Athletic celebrated their first Barclays Premiership win at the JJB Stadium since Boxing Day with a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa. Jimmy Bullard opened the scoring on 25 minutes but Juan Pablo Angel equalised for the visitors early in the second half. An Henri Camara double inside four minutes effectively settled the issue, although Liam Ridgewell pulled one back for David O’Leary’s side.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup - New advanced passing mechanic

2006 FIFA World Cup - New advanced passing mechanicTaken from the recent exclusive interview with 2006 FIFA World Cup game producer Joe Nickolls, he explains the new advanced passing mechanic in the game.

"The passing mechanic is more predictive than it used to be. The through-pass has been made more accurate so that if your player is good at the through-pass, he will be better at executing this in gameplay. If you see a player running up the wing and you anticipate where the opening will be, you can hit the through-pass ahead of this player and he’ll run onto the ball and control it.

You’ll find passing more accurate in this game because the AI works intelligently so that your players behave realistically and avoid novice mistakes, choosing the right angles and the strength of the pass."

More great exclusive 2006 FIFA World Cup news coming as soon as we receive it.

Have you pre-ordered your game of 2006 FIFA World Cup yet so it arrives with you on 28th April? We are now able to ship games all around the world from both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com so get on over to our brand new Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Everton 0

English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Everton 0The champagne may have been put on ice for another fortnight after Man United beat Tottenham but Stamford Bridge still enjoyed itself with a comfortable 3-0 win and some great goals.

The boots of Frank Lampard and Michael Essien and the head of Didier Drogba pierced the Everton defence in powerful fashion, the visitors forced to play most of the second-half with ten men. The only bad moment of the afternoon for Chelsea was an injury to Petr Cech that saw him withdrawn at the break.

  • 1-0: The goal owed much to some never-say-die battling from Drogba even if it was his slack touch that had given away possession. The Chelsea striker pursued the advancing Cahill to just in front of the dug-outs, slid in and won the ball back. Defence had turned into attack. He played the ball onto Lampard who from 25 yards out aimed low and true for the bottom left-hand corner. Easter had seen Frank rediscover his shooting boots. That was his 20th of the season setting a new career best.
  • Three minutes after the restart, the visitors’ tough task in getting back in the game was made all the harder when they went down to ten men. Nothing attracts red cards like a meeting between these two teams, both having contributed heavily to the hall of shame down the years. In 2006 it was Lee Carsley’s turn. Flying into a challenge on Drogba, he was late and clattered into the Ivorian’s weight-bearing leg. He had to go.
  • 2-0: It was the Blues’ set-piece prowess that broke Everton resistance this time. Lampard took a corner on the right and Drogba finished with as good a leap and header as you could ever wish to see. No defence in the world could have stopped his 15th goal of the season. After his tribulations a few weeks back, the big man is truly back to his battering-ram best.
  • 3-0: Richard Wright in the Everton goal explicably handled a back pass with just under 20 minutes remaining. An indirect free-kick was awarded that Chelsea placed down ten yards out. ‘One Makelele’ demanded the Bridge crowd and although last season’s penalty expert did advance forward, Lampard predictably was the one to blast at the ten men on the line. Barely had Everton had chance to take stock after repelling that particular danger than Essien was charging into the area, smacking a shot into the top corner. After endangering anywhere but the target all afternoon, he had finally scored the goal his power had always threatened.

The final whistle was greeted with a huge cheer. The championship is now surely a matter of when rather than if and with two clean sheets and five goals over Easter, Chelsea are finding form again nicely, just in time for the big Cup semi.

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

© 2006 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Mon 17
April 2006
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Charlton 2 Portsmouth 1

Portsmouth's hopes of Barclays Premiership survival were dented at The Valley as Charlton Athletic staged a late comeback to snatch victory with goals from Bryan Hughes and Darren Bent.

Chelsea 3
Everton 0
The champagne remains on ice but Chelsea will clinch their second successive Barclays Premiership title if they take a point off Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on April 29.Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho’s second title in as many years will surely be made all the more sweeter if they can secure it against the team that had, at one stage, threatened to spoil another memorable season in west London.United’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane had briefly cut Chelsea’s lead at the top to six points but Mourinho’s men have the scent of glory in their nostrils and they set about deconstructing Everton with an efficiency worthy of their champion status.

Mourinho had always insisted United’s results were of little concern as the season surged towards its conclusion but after United’s success over Spurs, it was imperative that his side collected three points against the Merseysiders. They did so with another faultless performance which was sparked into life by Frank Lampard’s opening goal in the 28th minute - his 16th Barclays Premiership goal of the season. Didier Drogba then sent the Chelsea faithful into party mood with an unstoppable header in the 62nd minute before Michael Essien wrapped up a comfortable afternoon for the home side with a third goal in the 74th minute.

Middlesbrough 2
West Ham 0
Middlesbrough will happily settle for this result in six days' time as they gave themselves a vital psychological edge over West Ham United.
Sunderland 1
Newcastle 4
Newcastle United staged a stunning second-half fightback to maintain their charge for Europe by slamming the Barclays Premiership door firmly shut behind local rivals Sunderland.
Spurs 1
Man United 2
Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United showed their defiance to Chelsea with a stylish attacking performance at White Hart Lane to prolong the race for the Barclays Premiership title.
WBA 0
Bolton 0
West Bromwich Albion failed to grasp the Barclays Premiership lifeline handed them by Portsmouth as Diomansy Kamaraýs glaring second-half miss meant they had to share the spoils with the Trotters.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Monday, April 17, 2006

English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Sat 15
April 2006
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Bolton 0 Chelsea 2

Jose Mourinho saw his Chelsea side take a giant step towards retaining the championship trophy at the ground where they clinched the title last season. It could all be decided on Easter Monday after this crucial victory over Bolton Wanderers, which came after Manchester United could only secure a point against Sunderland. Should Sir Alex Ferguson's side fail to beat Tottenham Hotspur at lunchtime at White Hart Lane, Chelsea can wrap it up against Everton later at home.

It certainly looks like Mourinho's title and the way the players celebrated at the end of the game, having secured victory through strikes from John Terry and Frank Lampard, they believe it too.

Arsenal 3
WBA 1
Arsenal produced a determined display to see off relegation-haunted West Bromwich Albion at Highbury and keep alive their hopes of overhauling Tottenham Hotspur to finish in the top four of the Barclays Premiership.
Everton 0
Spurs 1
Robbie Keane scored the penalty which kept Tottenham Hotspur's noses in front in the race for Champions League football.
Fulham 2
Charlton 1
Fulham banished any lingering Barclays Premiership relegation fears thanks to a first-half double from captain Luis Boa Morte.
Newcastle 3
Wigan 1
Newcastle United's unlikely late charge for Europe gathered pace as skipper Alan Shearer grabbed a double to kill off Wigan Athletic.
Portsmouth 1
Middlesbrough 0
Gary O'Neil's 54th-minute strike lifted Portsmouth out of the Barclays Premiership bottom three for the first time since November.
West Ham 1
Man City 0
Shaun Newton's first goal since signing for West Ham United more than a year ago eventually proved enough to condemn Manchester City to a sixth straight defeat.
Sun 16
April 2006
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Aston Villa 3
Birmingham 1
Milan Baros deepened Birmingham City's relegation fears with two goals which eased the pressure on Aston Villa manager David O'Leary.
Blackburn 0
Liverpool 1
Robbie Fowler scored the winner for the second consecutive week as Liverpool recorded their sixth successive Barclays Premiership victory at the expense of Blackburn Rovers.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

CEP Kits Addon 2.0 released!

CEP Career Expansion PatchThe new version of CEP Kits Addon, the version 2.0 has been released as an excellent complement to the CEP: many users notices some incompatibility of the previous version of Kits Addon with the CEP 0.12, this new version adds hundreds of new kits from all the world, update almost all the WC2006 national kits, and uses a new system of updating the old fifa zdata files that is very important for the future of CEP: using this new system we recovered a lot of space in the fifa.fat file size that was the only limit to the further development of CEP; this means that we can add much more leagues in the next CEP version. The list of the kits added is too huge to write all them here, anyway you can find the full list of the kits added here. As always you can find the Kits Addon 2 in the downloads section.

In the meanwhile the fix for the CEP 0.12 is almost ready and will be released within few days: when it will be completed you'll be able to download the fix or the full CEP0.12a version (i.e. a version that includes all the modifications done with the fix). Very soon I'll update with more detail the list for the next release: many new contributions are in preparation.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

FIFA World Cup 06 Demo Explorer

FIFA World Cup 06 Demo ExplorerOur partners over at FIFA Polonia have released a great new programme for your 2006 FIFA World Cup Demo called 06 Demo Explorer made by Monkey Dragon (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

With this programme you can:

  • Play Quick Match with 10 teams (England, Germany, Mexico, USA, France, Brazil, Italy, Korea, Japan, Spain)
  • Select Home/Away Teams/Kits
  • Select Stadium
  • Options:
    • Free Camera Mode
    • Resolution
    • Camera (8 Styles)
    • Camera Zoom/Height
    • Radar
    • Quality
    • Difficulty
    • Game Speed
    • Time Display
    • Time of Day (Day, Noon, Night: not for Demo)
    • Home/Away Player Bar
    • Audio
    • Disable Cinematics or not
    • Windowed
    • Offside/Injuries/Booking/Linesmen/Referee...
  • Additional Feature: New version of Pause Menu - Enabled
    • Instant Replay
    • Game Settings
    • Restart Match

Download this excellent Demo Explorer direct from our Download Boutique and add even more enjoyment to your playing of your 2006 FIFA World Cup Demo.

As the launch date of 28th April gets ever closer, have you been very impressed by the demo and now you want to pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup? We are now able to ship games all around the world from both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com so get on over to our brand new Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup now.

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FIFA Street 2 Competition Winners

FIFA Street 2 Competition WinnersWe are delighted to announce that following our recent FIFA Street 2 competition the 3 winners of a copy of FIFA Street 2 for the PS2 are:

  1. Clare Holmes
  2. Adam Neaves
  3. James Redman

Thanks to everyone that entered this competition and provided us some excellent feedback on your favourite site designs from around the InterWeb and ways in which we can enhance future versions of the Sweetpatch site.

More great competitions coming soon!

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Friday, April 14, 2006

English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Fri 14
April 2006
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Man United 0 Sunderland 0

Sunderland finally slithered out of the Barclays Premiership at Old Trafford - but sensationally took all but the last of Manchester United's title hopes with them.

The Wearsiders might have been unable to grab the win which would have preserved their top-flight status but their goalless draw may prove enough to send the championship to Chelsea. After nine successive Barclays Premiership wins, United’s run ended in the most unexpected manner imaginable as Black Cats goalkeeper Kelvin Davis produced the performance of his life to deny Sir Alex Ferguson’s men the goal they craved.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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NK FOOTBALL © - V5: Out Now!

FIFA Gameplay Update 06It's out everyone! Head over to NK FOOTBALL and grab your copy of V5 exclusive to Sweetpatch! The best gameplay update for FIFA 06 available and this latest version provides:

  • Gamespeed
    • Pace: The pace of the game has been slowed down to make it more realistic.
    • Player speeds: Players’ aren’t as fast on the ball to make it longer to travel the pitch. They’re also not as good at trapping the ball in order to make controlling the player more difficult.
  • CPU
    • Defence: The defence of the CPU is much more alert and faster at closing down your players’. It is harder to break the defence.
    • Attack: The CPU attack is much more creative. They will take more shots from further out and their shooting isn’t perfect. It feels more realistic and diverse, but you’ll have to play well and defend against them using tactics.
  • Ball Physics
    • Shooting: Shooting is harder to aim and more realistic. Scoring with a header is also more difficult. This is also true for the CPU making goals more exciting. Penalty kicks are also more difficult as the power bar increases faster.
    • Crossing: Crossing the ball isn’t as easy as before.
    • Passing: The passing has been slowed down and the ball plays better and more realistically.
  • Difficulty
    • World Class: The difficulty modes, especially world class have been worked on to a degree of balancing and challenging play. Goalkeepers are harder to beat, but can be beaten with good shots at goal. The result is much more rewarding.
  • Total Balancing
    Now, the game is truly balanced with equal goalkeepers for both human and CPU controlled teams! Feel every shot you score rewarded for both you and the CPU as you battle out against the challenging and equal rivals of the goalkeepers! Do you have the skill to score goals as good as the CPU?
  • Attribute fiddling free
    Unlike some updates that rely on altering the real player attributes to specific set values for each player on the field both home and away (clones), FIFA “GAMEPLAY UPDATE” 06 does not and relies solely on the difficulty and diversity of what is the best gameplay update for your FIFA 06 ™ video game. NK FOOTBALL © guarantees you the best FIFA football available.
  • Diversity
    The game now has a different feel to it and NK FOOTBALL © believes this to be a breath of fresh air from the original balance.
  • Virtual Football!
    Using different football sources, NK FOOTBALL © has done its best to create virtual football in FIFA 06 ™. Score amazing goals and feel the glory! Enjoy the match.
  • No correction, no fix, no patch
    FIFA “GAMEPLAY UPDATE” 06 is not a patch or a fix to correct problems, it is nothing more than a change and it is NK FOOTBALL © who have found this change and balanced it to make it playable for you guys at home.
  • New Intensity
    V5 has been designed along with the latest intensity file, edited by NK FOOTBALL © The update to this file encourages an even more attacking CPU with more pressure and more shots on goal. Feel the intensity of World Class teams and players’! Realistic score lines and situations!

Download this excellent Gameplay Update direct from the home of NK FOOTBALL and play FIFA 06 like you have never played it before.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Demo Expander

2006 FIFA World Cup Demo ExpanderLupus out of the FIFA Island boards has created the Demo Expander for your 2006 FIFA World Cup Demo. The Demo Expander makes it possible to set the difficulty, the configuration of the gamepad and different settings in the locale.ini:

  • Difficulty: Amateur, Semi Professional, Professional, World Class and Legend
  • Gamepad: it copies the devdata settings from FIFA 06 to FIFA WC 2006, that means you can play with your favourite FIFA 06 settings.
  • locale.ini: Copy the locale.ini to the FIFA WC 2006 main folder and open it with the notepad/text editor. Now you can edit the settings. The locale.ini is described in detail, everyone should understand the settings.
  • Endless game: the referee will not interrupt the match for half time so that you can play a long time without a restart.

Download this excellent Demo Expander direct from our Download Boutique and add even more enjoyment to your playing of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Demo.

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Coca Cola Championship Roster Update 06

Coca Cola Championship Roster Update 06We are proud to bring you today the Coca Cola Championship Roster Update by our great long time friend Mutiger.

In his words "I guess I picked a heck of a time to release this...what with CEP and the demo for the World Cup game out...but for anyone still playing FIFA06...and interested especially in the English game...here's the patch for you."

So what does this great roster update provide?

  • It updates all rosters of the English Coca Cola Championship and the English Premier League as of 4/4/06.
  • Also included are roster updates for all teams that are members of the "G14" group of clubs as well as updates for Celtic, Rangers and Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.
  • Please note: 100 percent perfection is not guaranteed, but we believe it is quite close, especially in the English leagues. Some players who have played a very limited amount of games (generally 0-3) do not appear in the interest of time and space. Also, some players may appear on two rosters due to their status as frequently loaned players. Ricardo Fuller fans...sorry...he's moved around so much this season...he may not be where he's currently playing. lol...

Download Mutiger's excellent Roster Update direct from our Download Boutique.

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup - How are you finding the demo?

2006 FIFA World Cup - How are you finding the demo?Now the 2006 FIFA World Cup Demo has been released for a few days, how are you finding it?

Post your own thoughts in our forums and get involved in the community view on this new game. EA Sports will appreciate all your feedback.

Click here to post your views now.

Have you been very impressed by the demo and now want to pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup? We are now able to ship games all around the world from both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com so get on over to our brand new Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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The FA Cup - Quarter Final Replay

Please find below a review of the final match in this year's FA Cup quarter finals:

The FA Cup - Quarter Final Replay
Wed 12
April 2006
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Middlesbrough 4
Charlton 2

Middlesbrough booked their place in the last four of the FA Cup following a thrilling replay win over Charlton. Boro took the lead through Fabio Rochemback's 30-yard free-kick which deceived keeper Thomas Myhre before Bryan Hughes equalised with a volley. James Morrison restored Boro's lead from close range and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink added a third. Charlton made it 3-2 thanks to Gareth Southgate's own goal before Mark Viduka sealed the win for the home side.

For comprehensive official FA Cup match report, click here.

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Wed 12
April 2006
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Portsmouth 1 Arsenal 1

Sol Campbell left the Fratton Park pitch covered in blood as relegation-battlers Portsmouth inflicted what could prove a lethal wound to Arsenal's hopes of a top-four finish in the Barclays Premiership. The veteran England defender was making a first appearance in 10 weeks, but picked up a cut just above his eye early in the first half, and then had to be replaced late on following an accidental clash with substitute Svetoslav Todorov which left the Arsenal man clutching a cloth to a bleeding nose.

Thierry Henry’s sublime finish had given Arsenal a deserved half-time lead, but they were made to pay for missed chances, notably through Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Lomana LuaLua equalised with a flashing header and it was Pompey who finished the stronger, as their fight to beat the drop was boosted by what could prove to be a precious point to move them level with fourth-bottom Birmingham City.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup Demo Reduced

2006 FIFA World Cup Demo Reduced by FifaX.netOur partners over at FifaX.net have reduced the 2006 FIFA World Cup Demo from 343 Mb down to 67 Mb to benefit all those of you with slower download speeds.

The comments, chants and soundtrack have all been removed plus you can play a never ending game and the default screen resolution is set to 1024x768x32.

Download this reduced version of the demo direct from our Download Boutique.

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FIFA World Cup 2006 Demo Customizer

FIFA World Cup 2006 Demo CustomizerNow you can get more from your FIFA World Cup 2006 Demo thanks to our partners over at fifasoccer.ru.

Their first in the world FIFA World Cup 2006 Demo Customizer will open six hidden teams:

  • Brazil
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • France
  • Japan
  • Korea

Moreover, you can start matches directly from the Customizer, skipping pre-screens and menu routines. As usual in their customizers you have a chance to tune some game settings:

  • screen resolution
  • detail level
  • game speed
  • camera
  • referee strictness
  • and many more, including one-on-one game and never ending matches

Download the Demo Customizer from our Download Boutique and get the maximum from your 2006 FIFA World Cup Demo.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup - Post your thoughts on the demo

FIFA World Cup 2006 Demo OutCheck out what everyone else is feeling about the 2006 FIFA World Cup Demo by visiting the official EA Sports 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ Forum.

Post your own thoughts there and get involved in the community view on this new game. EA Sports will appreciate all your feedback.

Click here to post yours now.

Have you been very impressed by the demo and now want to pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup? We are now able to ship games all around the world from both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com so get on over to our brand new Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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Major League Soccer Weekend Matches

Our official MLS reporter David Gwydir brings us all the latest news from last weekend.


Major League Soccer News
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DC United 2
Chivas USA 0

Jaime Moreno’s two goals led United past Chivas at a rain soaked RFK stadium. The DC captain scored in the 59th minute and doubled his total in second half stoppage time. Chivas had a goal called back by the match referee for offside and thought they scored another, but the referee judged Juan Pablo Garcia’s shot to not have crossed the goal line.

Red Bull NY 0
NE Revolution 0
Both clubs wasted numerous chances to grab the victory in the draw at Giants Stadium. League MVP Taylor Twellman missed out on two excellent opportunities and Red Bull had a shot go off the post.
Houston Dynamo 1
KC Wizards 2
Jose Burciaga Jr. hit an unstoppable shot in the 90th minute to give the Wizards the three points against 10 man Houston. Dwayne De Rosario was sent off in the 77th for a harsh tackle on Burciaga Jr. Brian Ching had earlier scored his 5th goal of the young season to give Houston the lead, only to see Sasha Victorine tie the score two minutes later.
FC Dallas 2
Real Salt Lake 1
Dallas came back from a goal down for the second week in a row to claim victory at home. Kenny Cooper and Mark Wilson were on the mark for Dallas. Chris Klein curled in a free kick in the 36th to give Salt Lake the lead.
Colorado Rapids 3
Columbus Crew 1
Colorado earned their first victory of the season with a come from behind victory at Invesco Field at Mile High. Chad Marshall volleyed in a free kick in the 10th to give the Crew the early lead. Colorado could get nothing going in the game until the 35th minute when Jovan Kirovski rose to head in a Terry Cooke cross to tie the score at one. Cooke later set up Kyle Beckerman for the winner and Fabrice Noel with an insurance goal in the 67th.
LA Galaxy 1
Chicago Fire 1
Los Angeles and Chicago traded goals late in the match as they both remain winless on the year. Chris Albright headed in a corner in the 78th to give LA the lead. But Jim Curtin, Chicago’s 6 foot 4 inch defender, replied with his own header eight minutes later.

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

For comprehensive official Major League Soccer match reports, click here.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

FIFA World Cup 2006 Demo Out

FIFA World Cup 2006 Demo OutThe PC demo for FIFA World Cup 2006 is now available to download. The demo clocks in at 344 Mb and lets you play England, USA, Mexico or Germany in the first half of a single player match.

In order to play your PC will need to meet the minimum system requirements as follows:

  • 1.3 GHz Intel Pentium III or equivalent (Athlon/Duron/Celeron)
  • 256 Megabytes of RAM (512 MB recommended)
  • DirectX 9.0c Compatible 3D accelerated 32 MB video card or equivalent (see supported chipsets in readme.txt)
  • 420.39 MB free hard disk space
  • DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
  • MS compatible mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Please note that 16 bit colour is not supported

Click here to grab it direct from our Download Boutique and get a taste of the next football title from EA SPORTS.

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CEP 0.12 considerations

CEP Career Expansion PatchThe release of the new version of CEP has generated an unexpected traffic of downloads: only in the first 2 days we reached 5,000 downloads creating some problems to the file servers provided: this number of downloads deserves better file servers to distribute the work of so many fans and communities, I hope to be able to find proper solutions to this inconvenient.

Another thing that I have to constatate is the impossibility of resolve/fix all the mini-bugs and glitches present in each version of the CEP due to the size of the work: I found that something went wrong with the german minikits, for example, and with the Ghana selection, or with the number of substitions in Mexican Primera A: small things that have not been noticed even with a week of betatesting. My personal opinion is that is better to release a product instead of waiting until the perfection, this process would make impossible to release so many improvements for each version, while, of course, I'm worried about these little inconvenients we encountered this time. Anyway the fix for the Ghana (and then for the national rosters selection) has already been released, while in the afternoon I'll release the fix for Germany minikits: all these fixes will be disposable in the downloads section as single downloads for the ones who already downloaded the CEP and will be incorporated in another fixed version of the 012 I'll up today, so future users (if this is the rate of downloads I think will be at least another 20/25,000) will have a glitches-free version.

So, sorry for the inconvenients and I hope that here on Sweetpatch, with CEP we can keep improving your Fifa experience.

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2006 FIFA World Cup - Superstars and their appearance

2006 FIFA World Cup - Superstars and their appearanceTaken from the recent exclusive interview with 2006 FIFA World Cup game producer Joe Nickolls, he explains superstars and their appearance in the game.

"When dealing with North American leagues, NHL, NFL, NBA, and the NCAA you sign a license and with it comes a yearbook with digital photos of all the players. This is not the case with international sports like football. For each of the players in our game it’s all down to the hard-work of our artists to re-create their individual appearance. We hunt down publicity photos, new photos of the guys, any kind of reference material we can possibly get, and then we begin to build the player’s head. The cool thing about EA is that we don’t just take a photo of someone’s face and map it on a model. It’s more like the amazing artists at EA sculpt the model and sculpt the head for the players starting from a blank canvas.

Other tricks we use to help users identify players in the game are to make player characteristics slightly more enhanced than they actually are. So a player like Pavel Nedved, who is known for his long blonde hair, will have slightly longer more pronounced hair to make him more easily identifiable from a distance. It’s almost larger than life.

For these stars you need to be able to see these details. You have to be able to see Edgar Davids’ ponytail bouncing around when he’s running down the pitch. It’s one thing to look really good close up, it’s another thing when you’re playing at a gameplay angle from far out that you can see who these players really are."

More great exclusive 2006 FIFA World Cup news coming as soon as we receive it.

Have you pre-ordered your game of 2006 FIFA World Cup yet? We are now able to ship games all around the world from both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com so get on over to our brand new Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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Sunday, April 9, 2006

English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Sat 08
April 2006
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Charlton 0
Everton 0
Much-changed Charlton Athletic had to be content with a point against Everton, but Addicks boss Alan Curbishley will know his men have to do better to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup next week.
Portsmouth 2
Blackburn 2
Portsmouth twice hit back from a goal down to take a point at home to Champions League-chasing Blackburn Rovers at Fratton Park.Craig Bellamy gave Rovers the lead in both halves but a fine goal from Lomana LuaLua and a second-half header from Svetoslav Todorov meant the match ended level, and but for some Brad Friedel heroics they could even have won it late on. The result took Pompey above West Bromwich Albion into 18th, with Arsenal next up at home for Harry Redknapp’s men on Wednesday.
Spurs 2
Man City 1
Tottenham Hotspur tightened their grip on fourth place and condemned Manchester City to a fifth successive Barclays Premiership defeat with a tense victory at White Hart Lane.Canada international right-back Paul Stalteri pounced shortly before the interval for his first league goal of the season and England midfielder Michael Carrick doubled the lead in the 49th minute.City grew in confidence in the second half and pulled one back through Georgios Samaras before creating further chances to level with Micah Richards unable to convert the best.
Wigan 1
Birmingham 1

David Dunn maintained Birmingham City's recent revival to give boss Steve Bruce's side only their second point from their last nine away games in the Barclays Premiership. Substitute Dunn had only been on the pitch 12 minutes when he became the first City player for more than 13-and-a-half hours to score on the road for Blues. It was enough to salvage a draw for relegation-threatened Birmingham after Wigan Athletic striker Andreas Johansson had headed the Latics into a 49th-minute lead at the JJB Stadium.

Sun 09
April 2006
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Aston Villa 0
WBA 0
West Bromwich Albion picked up a vital point in their battle to stay in the Barclays Premiership but remain in the bottom three after failing to cash in on their dominance against David O'Leary's patched-up side.
Chelsea 4
West Ham 1
Ten-man Chelsea moved closer to their second successive Barclays Premiership crown with a fabulous victory against West Ham United at Stamford Bridge. (See the full match report below)
Liverpool 1
Bolton 0
Robbie Fowler celebrated his 31st birthday in style as his third goal since returning to Liverpool was enough to condemn Bolton Wanderers to their fourth straight Barclays Premiership defeat.
Man United 2
Arsenal 0
Wayne Rooney scored one and made another as Manchester United maintained the seven-point gap to leaders Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premiership with a composed victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford.Rooney opened the scoring on 54 minutes when he expertly controlled Mikael Silvestre's diagonal ball just inside the area before rifling a shot past Jens Lehmann for his 17th goal of the season.The England striker then shrugged off Philippe Senderos' challenge as he burst into the area before squaring the ball for Park Ji-Sung to tap home 12 minutes from time and clinch a ninth successive Barclays Premiership win.
Middlesbrough 1
Newcastle 2
Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi took advantage of a weakened Middlesbrough defence to fire his side to victory at the Riverside. The 24-year-old set up the opener, an own goal by George Boateng, before sealing the points with a strike on the stroke of half-time, and he could have had more if he showed more composure in the early stages.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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English Premier League: Chelsea 4 West Ham 1

English Premier League: Chelsea 4 West Ham 1Chelsea have sent out the perfect message to all doubters. A goal and a man down within 15 minutes, the boys in blue responded with total belief and four goals to do the double over West Ham and rack up the pressure on Man United.

In an attempt to steady the ship after recent away day wobbles, José Mourinho sent-out a radically changed side. With none of his normal four wide players chosen, Drogba and Crespo were paired in attack for the first time. There was a midfield four that saw Lampard, Essien and Maniche play in front of Makelele and Gallas was returned to central defence.

West Ham, following the recent trend, put Reo-Coker on Makelele but all tactical plans were soon to be ripped up when Chelsea had Maniche sent-off just fifteen minutes into the game, already a goal down.

For 20 or so minutes the championship dream was rocking. But then the two strikers, followed by the two central defenders had their say and a memorable win and a vital three points were in the bag.

The moment when West Ham had taken the lead after just 10 minutes seemed a long time ago! Collins had escaped between two markers and headed Benayoun’s corner at the near-post to give the Eastenders the advantage. Cech had just about reached the ball but the power on the contact gave him no chance.

Maniche had made a promising start to the game on his full Premiership debut with his quick passing prominent, but it was only to be a cameo. He went to tackle Scaloni in the corner, missed the ball, planted his foot into the turf with a glancing contact on the Argentine right-back’s leg. The roll around the pitch and the holding of the head that followed were hardly in proportion with what had just happened. Referee Chris Foy, the man who dismissed Arjen Robben after his goal celebration at Sunderland rapidly flourished his red card. Maniche was completely disbelieving, the Chelsea bench incensed.

  • 1-1: The pressure was good and on 28 minutes Chelsea drew level. Drogba timed his run to perfection. Just onside and onto Lampard’s long pass, he needed two bites at the cherry after Collins blocked the first shot but Gabbidon on the line could do nothing about the powerful, angled follow-up.
  • 2-1: Just two minutes later it was a 2-1. Drogba spun out on the right of the area, his cross flicked off Collins and flew to the feet of Crespo. The ace finisher wasn’t about to miss from eight yards out and the tide had well and truly, and very rapidly, turned.
  • 3-1: Eight minutes after the restart the ten men made it 3-1. Everything Crespo and Drogba could do in attack, Gallas and Terry were not far behind! Still upfield following a corner, the French half of the pair collected a Makelele ball, turned and beat Hislop from 20 yards. The shot smacked the crossbar and bounced out to Terry who with immaculate technique, volleyed back in from the edge of the area.
  • 4-1: Robben drove across a free kick, Terry pressured Ashton into heading back across the area and Drogba beat Gabbidon all ends up to knock down. Gallas, master at being in the right spot on these occasions turned the ball in from point blank range.

In the closing minutes man-of-the-match Drogba was substituted by Joe Cole, leaving the pitch to a rousing ovation. What a difference a fortnight and a great performance makes.

It completed what must surely be Chelsea's finest game at Stamford Bridge this season.

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

© 2006 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Saturday, April 8, 2006

CEP 0.12 released!

CEP Career Expansion PatchI'm really proud to announce that CEP, Career Expansion Patch, version 0.12 has just been released here on Sweetpatch: never as for this version of the CEP has been the fruit of an incredible collaboration of soccer fans from all over the world, of the best FIFA communities that joined their efforts in the purpose of delighting the FIFA scene with the definitive add-on for the EA game.

An intense phase of betatesting allowed you to have a very stable version with an incredible number of innovations that you will discover and appreciate playing a completely transformed Fifa.

These are the main additions added to the game:

  • New Leagues
    • Campeonato Argentina
    • Primera Division Chile
    • Liga Bolivia
    • Copa Mustang Colombia
    • Italy Serie C1A and C1B
    • A Ethniki Greece
    • Primera Division Venezuela
    • Primera A Mexico
    • Division Profesional Paraguay
    • Superettan Sweden
    • Eircom Premier League (EIRE)
    • HNL Ozujsko Croatia
    • Seria A Ecuador
    • Prva Liga Serbia & Montenegro
    • Turkcell Süper Lig Turkey
    • Divizia A Romania
    • Russia Premier League
    • Primera Division Peru
    • A-League Australia
  • New Competitions
    • Full Champions League
    • Full UEFA Cup
    • Copa Libertadores
    • Copa Sudamericana
    • Best of Uruguay
    • Germany 2006 World Cup
    • Copa America
    • Gold CUP
    • African Cup of Nations
    • Rest of Europe teams
    • Royal League
    • Euro 2008 qualifications and final stage
    • World Club Championship
  • Plus
    • Completely new sponsorship system
    • Tons of minikits (1056!)
    • Massive update to rosters, ratings and leagues

You can find the full details here and the Filefront file mirror for CEP 012 in the downloads section since this moment while during the next hours you will find more file servers (if you know good file server please list them on CEP forums or by mail).

As always the collaboration of all is welcome to upgrade, improve and correct actual release.

Please note on this release:

  • The career settings related to starting prestige, wages, sponsors, contracts and tickets are very different and new and this doesn't allow the use of other gameplays until they are updated with the actual CEP settings;
  • I've provided in the downloads section the original EA gameplay adapted for version 012;
  • Next week I hope to be able to release a new version of the CEP kits addon containing many improvements and updates for kits (focused mainly on WC2006 ones, that you will find already updated in CEP 012 regarding the new added national teams);
  • Next version of CEP (expected during the month of May) will be the final and last version of the CEP for Fifa 2006.

A personal thank you goes to all the collaborators and partners that make possible the realization of this massive and impressive version. Live football, know football: enjoy and join CEP: we need your football love to keep it on.

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Major League Soccer Opening Weekend

Major League Soccer kicked off its 11th season last weekend and our official MLS reporter David Gwydir returns to bring us all the latest news for this coming season.

The Los Angeles Galaxy are the reigning kings of America, beating the New England Revolution 1-0 in MLS Cup 2005. San Jose Earthquakes have relocated to Houston, Texas and now go by the name Houston Dynamo. The New York / New Jersey MetroStars were recently purchased by Red Bull and are Red Bull New York (not much creativity here). Let’s get to the action:


Major League Soccer News
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FC Dallas 3
Chicago Fire 2

FC Dallas came from behind to grab a victory over Chicago Saturday at Pizza Hut Park. 20,000 spectators saw Dallas draw level at 2 on a goal from Roberto Mina in the 66th minute. Dallas native Kenny Cooper sent the home fans home happy when he headed home a cross from Bobby Rhine in the 70th to give FC Dallas the three points.

KC Wizards 3
Columbus Crew 1
Kansas City got the 2006 season started off on the right foot with a 3-1 victory at home. Davy Arnaud and Jackie Jewsbury put KC up 2-0. Kei Kamara brought Columbus to one back with a goal in the 33rd minute. Newly acquired US International Eddie Johnson restored Kansas City’s two goal margin with a neat redirect of a Scott Sealy cross.
LA Galaxy 0
NE Revolution 1
Clint Dempsey scored in the 33rd minute to give New England a little revenge in the rematch of MLS Cup 2005. Los Angeles received their championship rings prior to kickoff, and that was about all the excitement Galaxy fans would see on the night. The clubs also honored former Los Angeles president and general manager Doug Hamilton, who died of a heart attack in March.
DC United 2
Red Bull NY 2
DC United fought back from a two goal halftime deficit to earn a point at home on opening day in MLS. Former French international Youri Djorkaeff curled in a stunning free kick in the 15th minute to give the visitors an early lead. Edson Buddle’s goal three minutes later gave Red Bull New York a commanding 2-0 lead. Alecko Escandarian and Facundo Erpen scored goals ten minutes apart in the second half to leave the clubs even.
Chivas USA 3
Real Salt Lake 0
Chivas USA began their second season in MLS with a convincing win at The Home Depot Center. New signing Ante Razov got the party started in the 21st minute. Juan Pablo Garcia added to the lead four minutes later with a curling shot into the far corner from 25 yards out. Razov scored his second of the match in the 65th to finish Salt Lake off.
Houston Dynamo 5
Colorado Rapids 2
Brian Ching became the seventh player in Major League Soccer history to score four goals in a game, leading the Dynamo to victory. Ching’s goals came in the 13th, 37th, 44th, and 72nd minutes. Kyle Beckerman tied the match in the 15th minute for Colorado. Jovan Kirovski brought the Rapids to 3-2 down, but it was not enough. Alejandro Moreno scored on a bicycle kick in second half stoppage time for Houston to round out the scoring.

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

For comprehensive official Major League Soccer match reports, click here.

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Friday, April 7, 2006

UEFA Champions League Review - Quarter Finals 2nd Legs

Following 2 of the 2nd legs of the quarter final matches on Wednesday night, we check out a brief summary below of all the action and see who has made it to the semi finals: UEFA Champions League Review - Quarter Finals 2nd Legs
Wed 05
April 2006
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Juventus 0 (0)
Arsenal 0 (2)

Arsenal FC reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time in their history after a goalless draw away to Juventus earned them a 2-0 aggregate win and a semi-final against Villarreal CF. Arsène Wenger's side had travelled to Turin with a two-goal cushion provided by Cesc Fabregas and Thierry Henry and buoyed by a record-equalling seven straight clean sheets in the competition. The English team duly established their own landmark by holding at bay a spirited Juve side who finished the match with ten men after Pavel Nedvěd was sent off 13 minutes from time having collected two yellow cards in quick succession.

Barcelona 2 (2)
Benfica 0 (0)
FC Barcelona booked a UEFA Champions League semi-final against AC Milan after goals in either half from Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o took the Catalan club past SL Benfica 2-0 on aggregate. The Brazilian struck midway through the opening period before Eto'o scored a second three minutes from the end. Benfica arrived at Camp Nou looking to contain Barcelona's formidable attack, but twice went close to creating an upset before the Cameroonian's late intervention. Ronaldinho had wasted a golden opportunity to put the hosts ahead on just five minutes when his penalty was saved by Moretto after Petit had blocked Mark van Bommel's cross with his arm.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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Thursday, April 6, 2006

Release Date Confirmed

FIFA Gameplay Update 06NK FOOTBALL can now confirm that the release date of the popular Gameplay Update will be released on the Friday, 14th April

V5 of the update is going to be the best yet and will certainly keep you entertained with the goals you are able to score!

Click Here to watch an amazing shot from Frank Lampard!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

UEFA Champions League Review - Quarter Finals 2nd Legs

Following 2 of the 2nd legs of the quarter final matches last night, we check out a brief summary below of all the action and see who has made it to the semi finals: UEFA Champions League Review - Quarter Finals 2nd Legs
Tue 04 April 2006
Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League
Villarreal 1 (2)
Inter Milan 0 (2)

Villarreal win on away goal(s)

Villarreal CF extended their UEFA Champions League fairy tale with a 1-0 win against FC Internazionale Milano to reach the semi-finals on away goals in their first season in the tournament. Full-back Rodolfo Arruabarrena headed the crucial second-half goal that was the culmination of a barnstorming display, notably from Juan Román Riquelme, Diego Forlán and Alessio Tacchinardi, during which the Italian team came under constant pressure. Now Villarreal will meet either Arsenal FC or Juventus for a place in the final.

AC Milan 3 (3)
Lyon 1 (1)
Two goals in the last five minutes from Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko took AC Milan into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Olympique Lyonnais, who had seemed set to progress to the last four for the first time on away goals. Inzaghi nodded last season's runners-up in front midway through the first half, but the visitors hit back almost immediately through Mahamadou Diarra and held firm in the face of mounting pressure during a tense second half. With two minutes remaining, however, Inzaghi was quickest to react after a goalmouth scramble, and Shevchenko salted Lyon wounds deep in added time as the French champions bowed out in the last eight for the third year running.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Tue 04 April 2006
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Birmingham 1 Bolton 0

Jiri Jarosik produced a moment of class against Bolton Wanderers at St Andrews to breathe life into Birmingham City's fight for survival. The on-loan 28-year-old was ineligible at the weekend against parent club Chelsea but he returned to the starting XI in devastating style. The draw against the Barclays Premiership champions, along with three points against Bolton, lifted Steve Bruce’s side out of the relegation zone for the first time in six months, while denting the visitors’ hopes of Champions League qualification.

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Swedish Mega Patch 1.0 Released

Today, we are happy to announce you that our partners at FIFA Sweden released the first version of their Swedish Mega Patch.

This patch will update your game with current Allsvenskan and will also add Superettan (Swedish Division 2).

Don't wait and go grab your copy of this excellent patch by visiting FIFA Sweden.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup - Demo coming to Xbox 360 Marketplace

2006 FIFA World Cup - Demo coming to Xbox 360 MarketplaceEA have announced that the demo version of 2006 FIFA World Cup will soon be available at the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Keep checking back at the Xbox Live Marketplace for your chance to try the game before you buy it.

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2006 FIFA World Cup - On Your Mobile Phone

2006 FIFA World Cup - On Your Mobile PhoneEA have announced that for the first time ever, football fans around the world will be able to download the officially licensed game of the 2006 FIFA World Cup for play on their mobile phones.

The game will be available through major mobile operators across five continents, bringing the tournament and its superstars to life in the most emotionally resonating interactive sporting experience ever - for the mobile phone.

2006 FIFA World Cup captures the passion of the FIFA World Cup for mobile phone gamers. Players can select any of the 32 finalist international teams and lead them to glory to hold the biggest prize in football – the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Sharp visuals, immersive gameplay, remarkable ball physics and the intuitive passing and shooting controls enable players to show their skills like never before. Changing weather conditions affect the accuracy and power of strikes and passes, and a variety of camera angles featured in the 3D version of the game all set the stage for an authentic recreation of the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament.

The game, available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish will launch first across Europe in April 2006 and will subsequently become available through major mobile operators in Asia, North America, Australia and South America.

2006 FIFA World Cup is an exclusive license to EA Sports that now extends the gaming opportunity to mobile phones. Click on the image above for a sample of 2006 FIFA World Cup on the mobile phone.

More great exclusive 2006 FIFA World Cup news coming as soon as we receive it.

Have you pre-ordered your game of 2006 FIFA World Cup yet? We are now able to ship games all around the world from both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com so get on over to our brand new Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Mon 03
April 2006
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Blackburn 1
Wigan 1

Shefki Kuqi scored his first goal since Boxing Day to keep alive Blackburn Rovers' Champions League dream. Kuqi’s seventh of the season overshadowed a remarkable moment of improvisation from Jason Roberts, who appeared to have won the game with an inspirational 52nd-minute strike.

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Monday, April 3, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup - Signature Stars

2006 FIFA World Cup - Signature StarsTaken from the recent exclusive interview with 2006 FIFA World Cup game producer Joe Nickolls, he explains the role of Signature Stars in the game.

"World Cup is like the greatest hits of football. Everyone comes out to see their heroes – the stars. In 2006 FIFA World Cup the star players will act and respond like they are suppose to act, the way they play in real life. Almost a hundred players in our game have what we call enhanced attributes. Players become world renown for their individual skills. Some players are known for their hard shots, some players are known to be playmakers, some players have blazing speed, and what we’ve done is enhanced the attributes of the players that are known for these things.

Wayne Rooney, for example, is a powerful player who can out muscle most players but he’s also fast and has an absolute laser of a shot. So in 2006 FIFA World Cup a player like Rooney can take a shot from far out and be very much on target because he is excellent striker. A player like Michael Owen has a fantastic turn of speed so if he, or a star player with similar attributes, traps the ball in a dangerous position, you will have a hard time catching him. Owen also has a great shot, and you’ll see that in the game. For Ronaldinho or Zidane, they are skilled players who will have amazing technique. Even if you’re not directly controlling those kinds of flair players, the CPU exploits their talents to devastating effect. In previous games against the CPU you can learn their tricks and learn what they’re doing and you can beat them every time because they have a pattern. In World Cup, not only can the user pull off the star player moves but the CPU can do that move as well.

Just like in real life, a handful of the stars in the game have signature moves that instantly differentiate them from other players. Beckham and Roberto Carlos both have remarkable freekick animations. Ronaldinho is famous for this ‘flip flop’ feint that he uses to beat defenders.

Star players are also readily identifiable because they have a star over their head. Nearly every nation has one or more remarkable players in their ranks. For instance, Totti from Italy, Landon Donovan from the US and Pavel Nedved from Czech Republic, among many more are great players and are noted for their outstanding contribution to their teams."

More great exclusive 2006 FIFA World Cup news coming as soon as we receive it.

Have you pre-ordered your game of 2006 FIFA World Cup yet? We are now able to ship games all around the world from both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com so get on over to our brand new Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Sat 01
April 2006
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Arsenal 5
Aston Villa 0

Arsenal warmed up for their Champions League trip to Juventus in magnificent style with a crushing victory over Aston Villa.

Birmingham 0
Chelsea 0
Birmingham City claimed a precious point towards their battle against relegation by holding champions Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at St Andrews.
Bolton 1
Man United 2

Substitute Ruud van Nistelrooy tapped home his 150th Manchester United goal to blast the Barclays Premiership title door wide open as the Red Devils came from behind to beat Bolton Wanderers.

Everton 2
Sunderland 2
Jon Stead finally broke his 11-month goal drought as Sunderland salvaged a draw at Everton but the Black Cats' Barclays Premiership place is still hanging by a thread.
Fulham 1
Portsmouth 3
Portsmouth plundered their third win in a row to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Barclays Premiership.

Newcastle 3
Spurs 1

Newcastle United ended their run of four successive defeats with a resounding victory over Champions League hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur.
Sun 02
April 2006
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Man City 0
Middlesbrough 1
Lee Cattermole's first Middlesbrough goal condemned Manchester City to their fourth straight Barclays Premiership defeat.
West Ham 0
Charlton 0
Teddy Sheringham's 40th birthday party failed to go with a bang as Charlton Athletic battled to a goalless draw at West Ham United.

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Sunday, April 2, 2006

Polish League Patch v2.0 – Released!

Polish League Patch v2.0We are very happy to announce you that we have just finished working on our Polish League Patch 06 v2.0 and it has been released now! It is the biggest and the best Polish FIFA 06 addon! Comparing to the first version it now contains Polish 2nd Division, up-to-date rosters and formations for all the teams, new jerseys and new graphic elements. We can assure you that all of those are provided with the best possible quality! The patch was made in cooperation of two FIFA portals: www.fifa-life.com and www.fifapolonia.pl.

For about 3 months we were spending many hours (often till very late) working on this patch, trying to make it fulfill your expectations – now we hope that all of you, who like Polish league will find it entertaining for a long time :).

Please find Polish League Patch 06 table of contents below:
  • added Polish 2nd Division
  • current Orange Ekstraklasa & 2nd Division squads
  • jerseys for all those teams + menu minikitis
  • adboards for every team
  • flags
  • new balls
  • new boots
  • added few Polish players faces (the most famous ones)
  • added 2nd league players names in commentary (about 40 names, read by Polish commentator!)
  • new kits for the national team
  • new, better gameplay (computer is making substitutions, new passing & shooting system, referee does mistakes sometimes)
  • better crowd atmosphere (new shouts, cheering when your playing at home and booing when you’re away)
  • animation patch, that allows you to make better skill moves and better endings (e.g. bicycle kicks, volleys, new tricks)
  • 20 Polish coaches
Download: Polish League Patch 06 2.0 - FIFA Polonia Server
Download: Polish League Patch 06 2.0 (mirror)
Download: Polish League Patch 06 2.0 - FIFA Life Server

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Saturday, April 1, 2006

Buy 2006 FIFA World Cup Here Now and Save!

Buy 2006 FIFA World Cup Here Now and Save! That's right folks, this is no April Fools joke, from today you can pre-order your copy of the only official 2006 FIFA World Cup game from our Sweetpatch Shop and make BIG savings (PC version only £16.99!).

As the only officially licensed videogame of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, EA SPORTS has included a plethora of in-game unlockable content such as legendary players and exclusive apparel that will make this game a coveted collectable for soccer fans. Play with some of the game's greatest legends and outfit your squad in exclusive team apparel.

Key features:

  • The world's superstars look and play like their real life counterparts. Player attributes like ball skills and playing style have been uniquely re-created for each player to mirror real life
  • Compete as one of 127 teams from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the FIFA World Cup™ Final in Germany. Play in any of the 12 official stadiums that come to life with the pageantry and festivity of the 2006 FIFA World Cup
  • Introducing a new mode called Global Challenge that recreates 125 classic moments in FIFA World Cup history. Earn rewards to unlock legendary players and classic apparel

We are now able to ship games from both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com so get on over to our brand new Sweetpatch 2006 FIFA World Cup Shop and make BIG savings when you pre-order your copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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