May 2002


Friday, May 31, 2002

Bad start for France

Pape Bouba Diop scored the only goal as rookies Senegal stunned defending champions France 1-0 in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup on Friday.

Senegal

The Senegalese midfielder scored the 30th minute winner by poking the ball home after a cross from teammate El Hadji Diouf deflected off French defender Emmanuel Petit and then goalkeeper Fabien Barthez.

Lacking injured playmaker Zinedine Zidane, the French missed many chances throughout the match at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

One of the best scoring chances came in the 22nd minute when striker Trezeguet fired a right-foot hard shot that crashed into the right goalpost. A shot by Thierry Henry also knocked the crossbar in the 65th minute.

France will take on Uruguay in Busan next Thursday and Denmark in Incheon on June 11 while Senegal are to play Denmark in Daegu next Thursday and Uruguay in Suwon June 11.

Scorers:

France: None - Senegal: Pape Bouba Diop 30”

Red Cards: None

Attendance: 62,561

France: 16-Fabien Barthez (GK), 3-Bixente Lizarazu, 4-Patrick Vieira, 6-Youri Djorkaeff (21-Christophe Dugarry 60), 8-Marcel Desailly, 11-Sylvain Wiltord (6-Aliou Cisse 81), 12-Thierry Henry, 15-Lilian Thuram, 17-Emmanuel Petit, 18-Frank Leboeuf, 20-David Trezeguet

Senegal: 1-Tony Sylva (GK), 2-Omar Daf, 4-Pape Malick Diop, 6-Aliou Cisse, 10-Khalilou Fadiga, 11-El Hadji Diouf, 13-Lamine Diatta, 14-Moussa Ndiaye, 15-Salif Diao, 17-Ferdinand Coly, 19-Pape Bouba Diop

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Romania at the World Cup

For all those fans who have enjoyed having the Romanians in recent World Cups, including their great hair bleaching episode, here is a patch to keep you all happy. Romania at the World Cup has been developed by Daniel Dumbrava & Alex Cristea for your 2002 Fifa World Cup game.

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The patch contains:

  • correct rosters (40 Romanian players)
  • home and away kits
  • game flags
  • menu flags
  • yellow and red crowds
  • the only thing missing are the player faces, but they look quite real like they are now

Check out the screenshots above and you can then download your copy of this update direct from our Patches Database.

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World Cup 2002 Turkey Rosters v1.0

Over at our partners Fifa Center their visitors have been asking for a WC 2002 patch. Now you have it! The World Cup 2002 Turkey Rosters patch provides the missing parts of the Turkish National Team and compliments the recent release of the World Cup 2002 Turkey Patch.

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Here is what you can find in this brand new patch:

  • Players' names
  • Original roster
  • Physical aspects
  • Free kickers
  • Faces
  • Hakan Sukur face (2GF)
  • First 11

Check out the screenshots above and visit the Patches Database to find full details of this patch and where to download it from.

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Updated rosters for Slovenia for World Cup 2002

Today we bring you some updated squad patches for the World Cup so you can really enjoy your Fifa games during the World Cup with the most accurate rosters possible.

To start today, Aleš Šimunic has sent us his update for the Slovenia team for the World Cup 2002 game. It includes:

  • All the players have the right hair styles, numbers, attributes, positions, height and weight
  • There are now 5 star players (Rudonja - speed, Zahovic - kick, Pavlin - dribble, Milinovic - tackling, Novak - speed and passing)
  • The right formation (4-5-1 to 4-3-3)
  • Ales Ceh is captain

You can download your copy of this update direct from our Patches Database.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002

The World Cup excitement starts here today

I can take no more as the excitement mounts to the start of the real World Cup on Friday. As promised, to celebrate this great event we have the awesome World Cup Mega Patch 2002 for you today from the guys over at Fifa Egypt.

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This patch will help you relive the great World Cup moments in Fifa 2002 as though you were in Korea and Japan and includes:

  • 5 Stadiums
  • Special teams with their kits & Badges
  • The 32 Teams of the World Cup 2002 with most accurate Rosters
  • CAF Qualification Mode For World Cup 2002
  • Great new Cinematics
  • New Official World Cup 2002 Menus & NEW NEW NEW look for the Game
  • All the 32 Teams 3GK Kits
  • New Official World Cup Music
  • ART TV Channel Logo during game play & NEW Popups extracted from the World Cup 2002 game
  • The official World Cup Adidas Ball
  • Adboards of the competition
  • Special new Turfs
  • New and updated great Gameplay Engine
  • The African Cup of Nations (Mali 2002) Mode
  • New Side Line Elements
  • Easy Self-install files
  • New Referee 3GK Kits
  • and more and more and more and more

This really can be described as "Another FIFA-2002!" and is available here exclusively for your enjoyment.

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Full details of all the patches great features plus the download link can be found in our Patches Database. Also, please click here to see the lads great Flash launch movie and enjoy the excitement as you build up to play this fantastic patch.

PLEASE NOTE: You must download all 3 files to make this patch complete.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Roberto Carlos to United?

According to BBC, Real Madrid's left back Roberto Carlos says Manchester United have been in touch with him over a possible transfer.

Carlos Gone Red?

In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Roberto Carlos said Sir Alex Ferguson had telephoned him on "various occasions" during the past two years.

And the newspaper claimed Man United were poised to put in a bid of around 40m to secure his services, a fee which would be the highest paid by a British club by some distance.

"It's true that Manchester wants me.", said Roberto Carlos, "Their interest is not new. Manchester has been asking about me for the last two years. Ferguson has spoken to me on various occasions and has told me that he likes me as a player."

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Latest screen shots from the World Cup Mega Patch 2002

As the excitement mounts as we near the release of the World Cup Mega Patch 2002, we can bring you another great set of screen shots today.

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You can check out the full details of this fantastic patch in our Patches Database. We are aiming for it to be released on Thursday this week so you can play it all through the actual World Cup.

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2 for the price of 1

Following on from the success of the Fifa On Line Superpatch 2.0 the guys over at Fifa On Line have done it again. They have just released their patch dedicated to the Goal Keeper kits, the GK Superpatch!

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It is now available in its 4th version for Fifa 2002, but the same files are also ok for the new World Cup 2002! So it is a double patch and contains 10 new GK kits (each with its own gloves) from: Nike, Adidas, Puma, Kappa, Lotto, Umbro, Reebok, Reush, Asics and Diadora

Go grab your copy from the ever dependable Fifa On Line.

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All the latest news from FIFA Latino

The guys over at our Portuguese partner site FIFA Latino have been extremely busy recently.

Visit FIFA Latino

They have developed a new banner and logo plus released the latest version of their exclusive Portuguese League Update v2 for FIFA 2002. (It will only work if you have the 1st version of this patch which you can get from their site).

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They have also recently completed a Portugal home Kit for World Cup 2002! Go check out their great work and download these files at FIFA Latino.

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Monday, May 27, 2002

Looking for a Captain

Before the Argentina opening game with Nigeria, Argentina's squad will meet privately and cast ballots to decide who will be team captain.

Argentina

Unlike other coaches, Marcelo Bielsa has always allowed his players to decide who will lead the team. And it's always been a closely guarded secret.

"The issue of who will be captain is strictly private between us and we'd never give out any details." said midfielder Juan Pablo Sorin.

This year, the front-runners are seen as Valencia defender Roberto Ayala and AS Roma striker Gabriel Batistuta, with Lazio’s veteran Diego Simeone also a possible contender.

As coach Bielsa still undecided as to whether to start with Batistuta or Lazio's Hernan Crespo up front, Ayala is the most logical option. He captained Argentina during the World Cup qualifiers.

Simeone, who recently recovered from a serious knee injury, captained the side in France 1998 and has won the most caps in Argentine history, but Batistuta is Argentina's all-time leading scorer.

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Fowler quick on the draw for England

England 2 v Cameroon 2
Vassell 11,
Fowler 90
    Eto'o 4,
Geremi 56
 

England's final warm up match before the World Cup ended in a draw on Sunday when Robbie Fowler's late header ensured that the spoils were shared after Cameroon had twice taken the lead.

Fowler's astute 90th minute header avoided defeat on a day when steering clear of injuries was just as important as the result itself.

David Beckham enjoyed a warm up

The day started in encouraging fashion for England when, in front of thousands of adoring fans, David Beckham enjoyed a warm up with phsyio Alan Smith which saw the England skipper kicking the ball with both feet in public for the first time since his untimely injury against Deportivo La Coruna.

Furthermore, the sight of Kieron Dyer sprinting up and down the pitch with the ball at his feet before the game can only have heartened Sven-Goran Eriksson as the England coach finalises his preparations for the match with Sweden on June 2.

The match, on the other hand, did not start quite so well for the Three Lions. Read all about it over at TheFA.com.

Also, don't forget to check out our brand new World Cup Information Service to keep you fully updated during the tournament.

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Coming here for you this week - the World Cup Mega Patch 2002

As we build up to the launch of the World Cup this week we have some stunning news that you have all being looking forward to. In partnership with the guys over at Fifa Egypt we will be bringing the World Cup on to your own PC's in Fifa 2002.

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This patch will be released by Friday and will include:

  • 5 Stadiums direct From Korea & Japan:
    • Tokyo, Seoul, Daeguo, Yokohama and Saytama & Miyagy
  • Special teams with their kits & Badges:
    • World All Stars, World Legends, Fifa Egypt and African Legends
  • The 32 Teams Of The World Cup 2002 with most accurate Rosters
  • CAF Qualification Mode For World Cup 2002 including:
    • Egypt, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Togo, Zambia, Liberia, Ghana, Dr. Congho, Algeria, Burkina Faso
    • National Teams and their kits
  • Great New Cinematics (the Team have their Anthems before the match) + some of the FifaFX's Patch Cinematics
  • New Official World Cup 2002 Menus & NEW NEW NEW look for the Game
  • All the 32 Teams 3GK Kits
  • New Official World Cup Music (Boom, Samba, Let's Make It, .......)
  • ART TV Channel Logo during game play & NEW Popups extracted from the World Cup 2002 game
  • The Official World Cup Adidas Ball
  • Adboards of the competition
  • Special new Turfs
  • New and updated great Gameplay Engine
  • The African Cup of Nations (Mali 2002) Mode
  • New Side Line Elements (Managers, Camera men, etc...)
  • Easy Self-install files
  • Mohamed Tanany's Kit Importing Tutorial
  • New Font extracted from the World Cup 2002 game
  • New Referee 3GK Kits
  • and more and more and more and more

This really can be described as "Another FIFA-2002!" and we will have it here for you this week. New screenshots released each day this week and as always full details can be found in our Patches Database.

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Sunday, May 26, 2002

They've gone FifaFX crazy over at the Fifa Center

We have some great news regarding FifaFX patches from Fifa Center. Patches they have previously released have been updated for use with FifaFX plus the Manchester United FX patch is added. Within this new patch the Old Trafford stadium v2.0 is released!

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With the Manchester United FX patch you get:

  • Manchester Old Trafford Stadium v2.0
  • Goalkeeper Kits
  • Manchester United Ball
  • Manchester United Fan Crowds
  • Red/white Goal Nets
  • Manchester United Fan Hymns (One David Beckham - Manchester Manchester Manchester)
  • Music:
    • Intro - You'll never walk alone
    • Goal - English Soccer Anthem - Move Move Move
    • Half-time - Madonna - Don't Tell Me & Jennifer Lopez - Love Don't Cost A Thing
    • Win - We are the Champions

You can find details of the Manchester United FX patch in our Patches Database, plus you can see their full list of FifaFX patches by clicking here.

This is not all!

  • FifaFX Turkey will also launch very soon; and
  • Turkish Fifa League, which is already on air, has moved to a new home.

Please check their English pages for further details and all their latest news.

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France getting ready

World Cup holders France edged past World Cup co-hosts South Korea 3-2 in an international friendly match on today.

South Korea-France

Striker David Trezeguet scored the opener in the 15th minute, though the home team came back to equalize with a 25-minute goal by midfielder Park Ji-sung at Suwon World Cup Stadium.

A stunning header by striker Seol Ki-hyeon 15 minutes later put the home side up front and the men of Les Bleus trudged up the pitch at halftime.

Coming into the second half, France tied the game with a shot by Christophe Dugarry 52-minute into play and moved ahead with the fifth goal of the match with a long range shot by Frank Leboeuf with minutes remaining before the end of regulation time.

The loss by the home team ended its seven game no-loss record though the overall performance of the 40th ranked team against the favorites to take home the World Cup is expected to raise morale.

South Korea will take on Poland June 4 followed by matches with the United States and Portugal in the tournament round of competition.

- Scorers: South Korea - 21-Park Ji-sung 25, 9-Seol Ki-hyeon 40

- France - 20-David Trezeguet 15, 21-Christophe Dugarry 52, 18-Frank Leboeuf 88

- Halftime: 2-1

- Red Cards: None

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Ronaldo is (finally??) back

Only in the second half, three quick goals by substitute players delivered Brazil a 4-0 win over Malaysia in the South Americans' last warmup before the World Cup.

Brazil

Brazil’s coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, is unlikely to take much joy from the victory, however, after a dry first half by the Brazilians, including the debut of highly vaunted attacking trio Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.

The promising front line failed to live up to expectations, although Ronaldo scored Brazil's first goal from a pass from Ronaldinho in the 51st minute. It was the substitutes' second-half blitz that was most notable for Brazil.

Coach Scolari told reporters after the match the attack trio lacked aggression in winning the ball, but said he was satisfied overall with the team's performance: "The 3-Rs' need to do more to win the ball in the midfield to put pressure on our opponents,", Scolari said, " I want more participation from them."

This friendly match was the first on-field glimpse of the attacking lineup Scolari is expected to use in Brazil's World Cup opener against Turkey on the 3 of June.

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Saturday, May 25, 2002

Check out our great new World Cup information service

As we are now in the last week before the 2002 Fifa World Cup commences, we bring you some more great features to help you enjoy the World Cup with us here.

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Check out our updated World Cup pages which now bring you:

  • FIFA World Cup Fixtures, Results and Tables
  • Official FIFA World Cup News
  • Bet on and buy merchandise for your favourite teams
  • Get all our latest World Cup and Fifa news
  • Great new top left and right logo from the number one graphics man - Shlomy Sharabani.

We really hope this helps you to enjoy your Fifa gaming and real World Cup with us here. Visit our new World Cup Information Service now.

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Friday, May 24, 2002

Tension tension tension

After the incident in the French Camp, the tension came to the Swedish camp too, when Fredrik Ljungberg and Olof Mellberg have been involved in a training ground bust-up.

WC Tension

After an hour of the team's second workout in Japan, Mellberg came in hard and late on Ljungberg, who reacted angrily, grabbing his compatriot, before Daniel Andersson and Henrik Larsson stepped in to separate the pair. Both players later played down the incident.

"Such things happen when you play," said Arsenal’s midfielder Ljungberg, "If a player has been making tackles like that you have to respond. It happened a few times that he was a bit late tackling me. You can't tolerate that, but it's forgotten now"

Aston Villa’s player Mellberg rushed to put this all incident behind him, and said: "Of course I regret it. You can't put a positive spin on what I did, It is nothing you can be proud about. It was stupid."

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Thursday, May 23, 2002

Keane out of squad again, this time for good

The continuing saga of Roy Keane's on-again, off-again place in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup squad has apparently reached a conclusion.

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy announced that the Manchester United midfielder has been sent home from the team's training camp in Saipan, and will not be allowed to play in the World Cup finals.

Given Keane's previous stated intention that this would be his last tournament in international football, it appears his career with the national team has come to an end.

According to reports, McCarthy dismissed his captain after a confrontation during a team meeting Thursday night.

"I cannot and will not tolerate that level of abuse being thrown at me, so I sent him home," McCarthy told the BBC. "I have made the right decision, not only for the benefit of me but for the squad.

"This is a huge decision but I am happy to go to the World Cup one man down rather than with a man who shows utter disregard and disrespect for me."

Celtic midfielder Colin Healy had been named to replace Keane the first time he was dropped, but FIFA has indicated that he will not be allowed to join the squad this time since Keane's removal, which occurred past the deadline for turning in rosters, was not injury-related.

"According to regulations, a list of players has been nominated by May 21 and from then a player may only be replaced if there is a serious injury...before that team's first match," FIFA spokesman Andreas Herren said. "That does not appear to be the case with Roy Keane."

Steve Staunton, the Republic's most-capped player, will take over as team captain. Regarding the incident, Staunton backed his manager.

"It was unacceptable and I'm not going to say anything different to what's been said," Staunton commented. "I've never witnessed anything like it in my life and there is a line, you can't cross it and unfortunately Roy has crossed it."

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Patch Maglie Nazionali 2002

We have some great news from Leo over at our partner site Fifa On Line regarding Footballmatch.it who have released a superb patch that contains all home and away kits for the 32 World Cup teams! Created by Adrian Foschi & Fabio Petragallo in 2GK and 24-bit.

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Get your copy direct from our Sweet-Patches Database and then check out Footballmatch.it for all their latest news and patches.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Keano briefly out of Republic squad

Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane was momentarily out of his country's World Cup side.

Officially, the Football Association of Ireland said that Keane was concerned about his troublesome knee, as well as some ongoing "personal problems." But reports soon surfaced that the Manchester United midfielder quit following a training camp row with manager Mick McCarthy and coach Packie Bonner.

Keane was reportedly upset that goalkeepers had been excused from a particular drill, leaving outfield players to man the goals during a five-a-side exercise. McCarthy denied that such an incident took place.

His name was left off of the provisional squad list the FAI faxed to FIFA, with Celtic midfielder Colin Healy listed in his place.

However, FIFA confirmed that Keane was on the final list turned in by the FAI.

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Cup Holders

Infront of 40,000 fans at the Ramat-Gan Stadium, Maccabi Tel-Aviv won it second Cup in a row (and 22 in total), after winning over the champions Maccabi Haifa.

Maccabi Tel Aviv

Both teams had their share of chances to finish the game, the most dangerous situation came near the end of regular time, when Haifa's Yossi Benayoun, in his last game before moving to Spanish Primera Liga, dribbled inside the box, passed his defender, but faild to beat goalkeeper Strauber.

The game went into 30 minutes extra time, after both teams failed to score, but even extra 30 minutes, plus a good tempo of the game did not brought any goals, and they went to penalty shootout, just to strech the fans untill the end.

Even in the penalty shootout, the game went into the last moments, when all 8 kicks by both teams were scored.

The last kick for Maccabi Haifa took, elected Player Of The Year, Giovanni Rosso, who missed it. The last kick for Maccabi Tel-Aviv took Avi Nimny, the team Captain, who scored it smoothly to the left corner ,to mark the start of the celebrations for the second year in a row winning the cup.

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Park earns draw for Korea

South Korea 1 - England 1
Park, 51     Owen, 25  

Before this game Sven had said that he thought it would be excellent preparation for the tests that lie ahead for his team and it certainly proved that they can take nothing for granted when they begin their World Cup campaign in earnest in eleven days time.

Just as will be the case in every match in Japan, England faced a team full of pride and determination this evening and the World Cup hosts, for whom this was an occasion of quite some magnitude, richly deserved the draw that they celebrated like a victory on the final whistle.

England's performance was by no means poor - we played some entertaining football and wowed the crowd with some long passes and close skill - but Sven may feel that we should have dominated the game to a greater extent than we managed.

However, the priority in this game was preparation and the fact that the manager was able to field every fit player available to him at this time, means that it was a worthwhile exercise.

Check the full report over at TheFA.com.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Irish lose to Nigeria, head to Saipan

Mick McCarthy's Republic of Ireland squad dropped their friendly against Nigeria on Saturday by a 2-1 score. It was Ireland's first loss at Lansdowne Road in more than two years.

Nigeria went on the offensive early on, scoring in the 13th minute off a strike from Julius Aghahowa. Less than two minutes later, Crewe defender Efe Sodje headed in a corner kick from Pius Ikedia to give the Nigerians a two-goal margin.

Millwall midfielder Steven Reid, an injury replacement in the squad because of Mark Kennedy's groin injury, pulled one back for the Irish in the 69th minute, but the Republic squad, despite peppering goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu, failed to come up with an equalizer.

"This has given us a lot to think about," McCarthy said after the match. "I joked about losing this game, and we didn't mean to lose it, to rein a few people in on the expectation level."

"Maybe this result is what we need to jerk us back into reality. It highlights what a good side we will be playing in Cameroon, who I think are better than Nigeria."

The squad has already arrived at its pre-World Cup finals training camp on the Pacific island of Saipan. Its first match is June 1 against Cameroon.

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US falls to Holland in final tune-up

The US national team lost its final match on American soil before heading off to the Far East, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of surprising non-qualifiers Holland. Deportivo La Coruna striker Roy Makaay slipped a ball past Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel just before half time, and Ajax striker Andy van der Meyde capitalized on a defensive lapse by the US for the final tally in the 76th minute.

US coach Bruce Arena said in his post-match comments that he was generally pleased with his team's performance on Sunday. "We gave up two goals that we could have done better with," Arena said. "I think we created chances, and they did as well. Their goalkeeper had a great game today.

"We had a bunch of players that played extremely well. I'm certainly not disappointed in the performance. I think it was just an outstanding game to play in. The Dutch team was a little bit more experienced and had better physical qualities, but an outstanding game.

"I think the number of chances we created was encouraging. We have to get a little cleaner in the defensive end of the field. Overall, (there were) a lot of good things today."

Arena also announced that he was naming defender Steve Cherundolo to the squad to take the place of midfielder Chris Armas, who tore an ACL in the May 11 match against Uruguay. "I think we need some cover in the back, especially in the outside back positions," Arena told the US soccer federation's web site. "I think Cherundolo gives us other options in the back." Cherundolo, who plays for German second division side Hannover 96, has earned ten caps. He started seven of the ten CONCACAF qualifying matches for the US.

"There are still a number of spots that are open," Arena added. "We got some really good performances from some guys this week, and we're going to evaluate that before we decide what kind of lineup we go with against Portugal. I'm encouraged by the play of our 23-man roster."

The team will fly to its Korea-based training center on Thursday.

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World Cup Mega Patch 2002 coming soon

I have started to take receipt today of the release version of the highly anticipated World Cup Mega Patch 2002. As soon as I receive all the files it will be uploaded and ready for you to obtain direct from our Patches Database.

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This great patch is due to include:

  • Korea & Japan (most accurate stadiums)
  • World Cup 32 nations kits
  • Senegal team
  • New Official World Cup menus
  • New side line elements & edited graphics
  • Sky Sport TV logo
  • all the 32 teams chants in the game
  • all the teams flags
  • New Cinematics
  • the 32 teams anthems
  • World Cup music
  • Fifa Egypt Work team
  • Classic World Cup 1986
  • Egyptian legends team
  • World All Stars Dream Team
  • New and updated Game Play engine
  • New look for the FIFA 2002 popups
  • Scottish Ibrox stadium

Check back soon when this very popular patch will be available exclusively here.

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Latest news from Fifa French Touch

Over at Fifa French Touch the news is very good. FCDB XP is still alive! Sylvain is always working on FCDB XP v2 and it will be available in a few days.

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This latest version will feature:

  • Players Edit
  • Add, delete, clone players
  • Teams Properties Edit
  • Exchange Teams between Leagues
  • Listen and import sound for players and teams
  • Create, Import, convert your kits (All technologies supported)
  • Faces Import
  • 3D View
  • For Fifa 2002 and World Cup 2002
  • Works for: Win98, WinME, Win NT, Win2000, Win XP (all bugs fixed)

This sounds like a great new version and it is great that there is competition now with FEd2002 as this always means that the editors will improve.

They also have available a new Brazil home kit for World Cup 2002 in their Download section. Get on over to Fifa French Touch now to check out all this great news.

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Monday, May 20, 2002

New version of FEd2002 released plus supporting website

I'm sure you can't have managed to miss this news at the weekend but I felt it was worthy of posting here also.

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To celebrate the opening of the FEd2002 official website (many thanks to Ferdi Kegel) they have released the latest version of FEd2002. The new version 1.1.0.14 features the following:

  • Fixed low resource crash on win 9x
  • Fixed Fitness and Ball Control mix up on Player Attributes Screen
  • Fixed various problems with the formation in Team Management Screen
  • Fixed DUN pop-up problem
  • Fixed bug in saving last names in Hebrew and Korean
  • Free Agents are accessible
  • Added Add Player feature
  • Added Delete Player feature
  • Added Clone Player feature
  • Added Add Team feature

Download it directly from their Downloads section at the new home of FEd2002.

Chau Le has quite a few surprises in store for you in the upcoming months with new versions of FEd2002 expected regularly so we recommend keeping a regular eye on their site.

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Portuguese World Cup Team

This is the list of the Portuguese players, that are going to represent the Portuguese National Squad in the 2002 World Cup of Korea/Japan. Now let´s take a look at the list, below:


Goal Keepers
Name Club
15
Nelson Sporting CP
16
Ricardo Boavista FC
1
Vitor Baia FC Porto
     
Defenses
Name Club
3
Abel Xavier Liverpool FC
22
Beto Sporting CP
4
Caneira SL Benfica
5
Fernando Couto SS Lazio
18
Frechaut Boavista FC
12
Daniel Kenedy CS Maritimo
13
Jorge Andrade FC Porto
2
Jorge Costa Charlton Athletic
23
Rui Jorge Sporting CP
     
Midfielders
Name Club
17
Paulo Bento Sporting CP
6
Paulo Sousa RCD Espanyol
14
Pedro Barbosa Sporting CP
20
Petit Boavista FC
10
Rui Costa Milan AC
     
Forwards
Name Club
19
Capucho FC Porto
7
Luís Figo Real Madrid CF
8
João Pinto Sporting CP
21
Nuno Gomes AC Fiorentina
9
Pauleta FC G. Bordeaux
11
Sérgio Conceição Inter Milan

This list shows some surprises in it, this is a very well picked list of players representing the best quality of Portugal and it´s Football. Portugal is one of the best teams in this World Cup 2002 and pointed as a possible surprise candidate for the World Cup final match, let´s hope this happens :-).

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Fifa 2002 Turkish Super League II patch

The 2nd of our Turkish Super Patches has been created by Kerim Apaydin, Watcher and Ali Tekin from the FifaCenter Web-team.

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The Turkish Super League II has been released, now let's have a look at the features of this brand new patch:

  • 3GK technique used for all the teams
  • Each team has their own goalkeeper jersey
  • FEd2002 is used to edit the teams
  • Narrator says some of the player names like;
    • Fenerbahce:Umit Ozat, Abdullah Ercan, Ogun Temizkanoglu, Fatih Akyel, Haim Revivo
    • Galatasaray: Hasan Sas, Arif Erdem, Umit Davala, Ergun Pembe
    • Besiktas: Dimitri, Khlestov, Tayfur Havutcu, Tolga Dogantez (new transfer of BJK)
  • Players' age, height, weight and numbers
  • Level differences between teams who won promotion to Europe and those who have been relegated from TSL
  • Narrator tells team's names
  • Belgian logo is replaced with TFF logo
  • Turkish National Team (28 players cloned from the League)
  • Fantastic flags and new Turkish adboards

You can get your copy of this excellent patch direct from the link in our Patches Database.

To coincide with the launch of this patch they have also started the first season of their Turkish Fifa League. Keep an eye on FifaCenter as this league progresses.

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Sunday, May 19, 2002

World Cup 2002 Turkey Patch

What a great weekend for super patches! We have 2 today released by our Turkish partners FifaCenter. The first is a World Cup 2002 Turkey Patch and the second is version II of the Turkish Super League (TSL II 2002).

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Here are the features of the WC 2002 Turkey Patch for you:

  • New fantastic flags
  • New home and away kits
  • Title and menu screens
  • Menu music (Tarkan - Glory song for Turkish National Team)
  • Intro music (Kenan Dogulu)

Get over to FifaCenter now to grab your copy of this great World Cup 2002 add-on. Check back later for the next Turkish super patch.

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Saturday, May 18, 2002

Fifa On Line Superpatch 2.0 released

Leo from Fifa On Line has some exciting news over at their site. They have just released the latest version of their Fifa On Line Superpatch 2.0.

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It contains:

  • Updated team rosters;
  • Updated national teams;
  • Added Senegal;
  • Created the World Cup 2002 competitions;
  • All home/away kits for Serie A teams 3GK (players+gk);
  • All home/away kits for English Premier League teams 3GK (players+Gk);
  • All home/away kits for Spanish Liga teams 3GK (players+Gk);
  • All home/away kits for the 32 teams of the World Cup 2002;
  • 10 new GK generic kits;
  • New referee kits;
  • 5 new stadia:
    • Old Trafford of Manchester (courtesy of Fifacenter.org);
    • Riazor of La Coruña;
    • Parc des Princes of Paris;
    • Olimpico of Rome;
    • San Siro of Milano;
  • Added Bologna badge;
  • New 12 types of shoes;
  • New Adidas Fevernova ball converted from WC 2002;
  • New Virtual Adboards of the World Cup;
  • New chants at the start of the game and at the scoring.

You can find this great patch over at Fifa On Line plus full details in our Patches Database.

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Egyptian Mega Patch 2002

Mohamed El Tanany from our partners Fifa Egypt has released his Egyptian Mega Patch 2002 (EMP 2002). It is dedicated to the memory of the greatest player in Egypt, Arab world, Africa and the president of Al Ahly club: Captain "Saleh Selim".

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The EMP 2002 includes:

  • New 43 kits (3GK)
  • Nike Geo Merlin ball
  • Cairo stadium (Ahly version and Zamalek version)
  • New red and white crowds for Ahly and Zamalek
  • New turfs, menus, logos, flags and TV logos
  • Classic league
  • CAF Champions League and Arab Clubs Cup 2002
  • Latest exact rosters
  • Egyptian premier league (El Dawry)
  • Egypt cup
  • Ability to play CAF champions league in its exact groups by loading them from load option
  • 48 new Teams

Go grab your copy now of this great patch direct from our Patches Database and enjoy the day playing it.

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Friday, May 17, 2002

David Beckham

Voices around the England national team insist that David Beckham will be fit for their opening World Cup clash with Sweden on 2nd of June, even though his left foot is still out of commission.

David Beckham

Beckham, who is nursing a broken metatarsal bone in his left foot, was restricted to a light training session on Friday, the final full day of England's stay in Dubai ahead of the South Korea and Japan World Cup finals.

"It is true that David is still unable to kick the ball with his left foot," said Football Association spokesman Paul Newman.

"David took part in today's work out. He jogged for some time before carrying out light training with the ball. But I still don't think he can use his left foot properly. We are working in close liaison with doctors at Manchester United and he will definitely catch our first match against Sweden."

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Who will win the Fifa-Mania.com/McDonald's Cup?

Our partners over at Fifa-Mania.com are proud to announce their first Big Off-line Tournament for FIFA. In association with McDonald's Portugal, this weekend they will have 32 players playing World Cup 2002.

Keep an eye here for more news on this great tournament. I wonder how many burgers you get for winning?

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Thursday, May 16, 2002

Ireland won't have Kennedy for Korea/Japan

Mark Kennedy has ruled himself out of the Republic of Ireland squad because of a persistent groin injury.

The Wolves midfielder re-injured his groin on Tuesday while playing in for a Football Association of Ireland XI in Niall Quinn's testimonial match. He will be replaced on the squad by Millwall midfielder Steven Reid.

Ireland will face fellow 2002 finalists Nigeria at Lansdowne Road on May 16.

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US plays two tune-up matches, loses Armas to injury

The US team played two matches last week as their preparations for the 2002 World Cup continued.

On May 8, the team wrapped up a ten-day training camp in Cary, North Carolina with a 2-2 draw to the Richmond Kickers, a club in the US second division. While the US team controlled the ball throughout most of the game, and took the lead in the 18th minute off a goal from Josh Wolff, the Kickers were able to exploit holes in the US defence, levelling the match before the half and taking a 2-1 lead early in the second half with a goal by Kevin Jeffrey. The US left it late, with a blast from Earnie Stewart in the 86th minute grabbing a share of the spoils. The match was played before 4,817 spectators at SAS Stadium, the newly-minted home of the first division women's football club Carolina Courage.

On May 11, the US team hosted fellow World Cup finalists Uruguay in a tune-up match at RFK Stadium in Washington, with the Americans running out 2-1 winners off goals from midfielder Tony Sanneh and forward DaMarcus Beasley. Beasley's work on the left side won a corner kick in the 6th minute to set up the first US goal, a header from Sanneh off of Jeff Agoos' kick. Beasley kept grinding, and, in the 40th minute, the 19-year-old from Fort Wayne, Indiana showed some of his well-known speed, picking off an errant Uruguay pass at midfield. After his first shot was parried by Uruguay keeper Gustavo Munua, Beasley slotted home the rebound to give the US what would end up being the winning goal five minutes from the interval.

Uruguay scored its goal in the 60th minute after a flurry of shots peppered US and Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel. Friedel was able to keep out the first two strikes, but could not stop Sebastian Abreu's third attempt. Abreu appeared to have scored his second goal in the 74th minute, but the would-be equalizer was disallowed by an offside ruling.

However, the US was dealt a major blow when Chicago Fire midfielder Chris Armas had to leave the game in the first half after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Armas, best known for being a disruptive force against US opponents, has been ruled out of the trip to Korea/Japan, as his injury will require surgery. US coach Bruce Arena has until May 21 to name a replacement for Armas on the squad, and it appears likely that he will use almost all of that time to make a decision. Possible choices include 1998 squad member Brian Maisonneuve, his Columbus Crew teammate Brian West, and D.C. United midfielder Richie Williams.

The US team's next match is May 16 against Jamaica at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.

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ECP2 Champions League Patch

Dimitris and the guys developing the European Clubs Patch 2 (Champions League Patch) have celebrated the UEFA Champions League final today by releasing screen shots of 2 parts of their new patch.

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They are:

  • a great Luzhniki Stadium of Spartak Moscow by Adam Harper; and
  • an exclusive Champions League ball. The new one seen for first time today and made by Slayer.

When it arrives the ECP2 Champions League patch will feature:

  • compatibility with FifaFX and MRA
  • Accurate rosters with right tactics, player info, numbers etc...
  • great 2GK4S and 2GK2s kits
  • great 2GK1S (compatible with 4s essentials) and 2GK2S Goalkeeper's kits
  • Stadiums for almost every team
  • Champions League Ball
  • Champions League adboards
  • Flags for every CL team
  • Badges for every created team
  • Sidelines for every CL Team
  • Modified menu with the names of the teams and the Leagues they represent
  • CL Intro music, mixed and edited for high volume and echo for stadium effect
  • Champions League TV Broadcasting Patch
  • UEFA CL press and camera men
  • UEFA CL crowd watchers
  • New training and suits for the sideline bench
  • New faces on bench
  • Gameplay Patch
  • The most popular Shoes (later with FDB XP we will adjust the right shoes to the most famous players)
  • FifaFX Stuff (except the Stadiums, sidelines, CL intro and Goalkeepers), Balls for many Teams (for example Roma use red Kappa, or Nantes use Le Coc Sportif, Lazio Puma, many teams use the Nike Geomerlin or Adidas Equipment or Umbro like United, Celtic, Olympiakos, etc... etc...), Crowds , chants , goals chants , win-tie-loose chants etc... etc...

Full unedited details of this great patch can be found in the Patches Database. It sounds like it will be awesome and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

More info can be found at the home of the ECP2.

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Champions League 4GK Beta patch

To celebrate the Champions League final the Soccer Access network has prepared a new patch: The Champions League 4GK beta patch.

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It will include the following:

  • Real Madrid and Bayern Leverkusen 4GK kits
  • Cinematics from the WC 2002 patch
  • all new ESPN Champions League IGGEx with screenshots, logos and pictures from the participants teams
  • either a Real Madrid, Bayern Leverkusen or a Glasgow stadium with modified structure
  • finally a gameplay patch will be included as well

The patch is still under development but it should be published very soon. Stay tuned at Soccer Access for more news about this upcoming patch.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Stevie stays at home

It was the news that all English fans had been fearing and, unfortunately, it was confirmed today: Steven Gerrard is out of this summer’s World Cup in Korea and Japan.

Stevie stays at home

The midfielder, who limped out of Liverpool’s last league game on Saturday, saw a specialist yesterday for scans on his groin injury and has confirmed that he will require an operation later this week. Gerrard told Liverpool’s official website:

"The rehabilitation period for this sort of operation is six weeks, so obviously I’m going to miss the World Cup which is a massive disappointment. However, I need to get myself right as I wouldn’t have been able to do myself or the team justice in Japan. In the short term it’s a big blow, but I’m only 21 and confident this surgery means I’ll be involved in other major tournaments for the National side in the future. I want to send all the England lads my best wishes for the tournament and let them know I’ll be cheering them on from home. My priority now has to be to get myself fit for the start of next season with Liverpool."

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was saddened by the news, telling TheFA.com;

"I am obviously very disappointed for Steven and for England. The important thing now is for Steven to have a successful operation on his groin so he is available for Liverpool and England next season. We wish him a speedy recovery."

Steven is a wonderful player and, as his friend and team-mate Michael Owen commented yesterday, he would be missed by any team. However, if there is any consolation to be taken from his withdrawal, it is that the decision has been made early enough for England to be able to plan ahead without him.

Though his absence remains a genuine blow, it would have been even more unsettling for both the player and the team had Steven been struck down by injury after the World Cup campaign had got underway in earnest.

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Latest great patches from FifaCenter.org.

The guys over at our partner site FifaCenter.org have created two more great patches (both by Kerim Apaydin).

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Firstly they have developed an Amateur Camera which will let you see the kicks like corner, out, penalty and freekicks from a different angle. Secondly their UEFA Cup is designed so well that you almost feel like you are holding the real cup.

Be sure to check out these patches over at FifaCenter.org. They will also be releasing their long awaited Turkey Super League II patch very soon (hopefully this week).

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Virtual Adboards for WC 2002

FifaOnline.it have just realesed the new version of their Virtual Adboards. These are very realistic adboards and they are for World Cup 2002.

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Download your copy now from FifaOnline.it.

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FIFA Latino news

FIFA Latino reopened on 25th April 2002 with many novelties:

  • a new webmaster (Screamkiller),
  • news collaborators,
  • a new partner,
  • a new design,
  • news sections
  • and very much more!

The official IRC channel also reopened, the #fifalatino.tk, and they created a new channel, the #FifaSites where you can make "pub" without kick or ban.

They also have 4 new downloads for FIFA World Cup 2002 TM:

  • 2002FIFAWorldCupTM2 is World Cup Roster 3.0
  • ini_wc2002 is Ini WC 2002 Patch
  • New_Net is World Cup New Net Patch
  • WC_Demo_Expander is World Cup Demo Expander

Check out all this great news over at the reopened FIFA Latino.

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Soccer Access news

Here we have all the latest news from our partner site Soccer Access.

World Cup Wizard program
The Soccer Access network will soon release a World Cup 2002 dedicated website. Currently they need helpers that can write soccer news during the contest. They also need people to help update the latest results of the WC games to a database that will be used by all the users that run the World Cup Wizard program (see image below).

The idea of this program is to have an online helper that will show your team performance and current position in the real tournament, plus the view of the possible rivals your team may face. You'll also find useful information about the cities, weather, stadiums and of course the World Cup 2020 calendar. If you're interested please contact them at news@wc-2002.com

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4th Generation Kits
The 4th Generation Kits (4GK) have finally been released! The 8 A SIDE DEMO kits have been edited to work with your Fifa 2002, therefore (as the 3GK) they need a new executable and are not compatible with the EA Update. However, many useful features have been incorporated in this new kit format so you have plenty of reasons to take a look at the screenshot above and give the 4GK a try.

The features of the ultimate kit format for Fifa 2002 are:

  • Numbers for each team
  • New Image for sponsors and badges
  • Different images for kits and shorts
  • New image for sponsors and badges for GK kit
  • New image for sponsors and badges on referee kit

Images in 4GK:

  • crst = image for team's badge
  • mhsv = image for left side on short
  • lhsv = image for badges or sponsors on the kit
  • hjfr = kit's front
  • hjbx = kit's back
  • hslv= left sleeve
  • mslv = captain's sleeve
  • hlsv = right sleeve
  • mlsv = digital sign ( put you photo or logo in there)
  • hsht = short
  • hsck = sock
  • hhsv = GK kit
  • gkgb = image for badges or sponsors on the GK's kit
  • nume = numbers

All these are available at their Download Zone, FifaEngland.com and FifaLa.

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Monday, May 13, 2002

Belgian Fifa Patch 2002 is released

We have some great news from Joris and the guys over at SoccergameZ for you. They are very proud to announce the release of the Belgian Fifa Patch 2002. It is the biggest update ever made for a Benelux league.

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The patch includes (basic patch + add-on) over 80 Megabytes of crowd chants, stadium music, shirts, etc, etc... The patch has been made by the BFP team, who are proud to have finished the 4th BFP after:

The BFP 2002 basic (7 MB) includes:

  • all Eerste Klasse home- and away shirts (2001-2002)
  • updated rosters
  • Stadium flags
  • 5 Tweede Klasse teams with shirts, flags and rosters (Kv Mechelen, RC Zuid-West, Ingelmunster, V. Geel and Heusden-Zolder)
  • National team updated with shirts and rosters
  • Gameplay update, converted from Fifa World Cup
  • fan crowds converted from Fifa World Cup

The FifaFX add-on (73 MB) includes:

  • every team has it's own crowds
  • every team has it's own adboards
  • every team has it's own goalkeepers shirt
  • every team has it's own fan crowds
  • every team has it's own goal and intro sound

The basic patch can be downloaded from SoccergameZ . The FifaFX add-on will be available in a couple of days. Full details as always in the Patches Database.

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Sunday, May 12, 2002

England annouce World Cup squad

Well, here it is - after weeks and months of debate and discussion, TheFA.com can now announce the final squad of 23 players that Sven-Goran Eriksson has chosen to carry England’s hopes in the World Cup this summer.

England annouce World Cup squad

On naming his party, Sven told TheFA.com:

"We have some difficult matches but an extremely exciting time ahead of us. I am happy to name this squad and looking forward to meeting up with the players on Monday."

Here they are then, let’s wish them all the best….

Name Club
Age
Caps
Goalkeepers
David Seaman Arsenal
38
68
Nigel Martyn Leeds
35
21
David James West Ham
31
7
Defenders
Danny Mills Leeds
24
5
Wes Brown Manchester United
22
4
Sol Campbell Arsenal
27
44
Rio Ferdinand Leeds
23
20
Gareth Southgate Middlesbrough
31
47
Martin Keown Arsenal
35
41
Ashley Cole Arsenal
21
7
Wayne Bridge Southampton
21
3
Midfielders
David Beckham Manchester United
27
49
Owen Hargreaves Bayern Munich
21
4
Nicky Butt Manchester United
27
18
Steven Gerrard Liverpool
21
10
Paul Scholes Manchester United
27
42
Kieron Dyer Newcastle
23
9
Joe Cole West Ham
20
4
Strikers
Michael Owen Liverpool
22
34
Darius Vassell Aston Villa
21
3
Emile Heskey Liverpool
24
22
Teddy Sheringham Tottenham
36
45
Robbie Fowler Leeds
27
24

You can find more interesting facts about the players including number of goals scored and World Cup appearances over at TheFA.com.

You can also find this news, plus many more great features coming soon, in our updated World Cup page.

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UEFA Champions League Patch coming soon

Over at the SG Forum SoccerGamez and Soccered are planning a Champions League patch for the summer. It sounds great and lots of people are becoming involved with the development. It is planned to include:

  • kits will be made in 32 bit by Robert and JJ (basically the EMP2k2 Kits)
  • rosters will be sorted by Joris from SoccerGamez and his great team
  • the numbering will be removed from the shirt
  • new ball, new gloves and new boots
  • Champions League Anthem
  • Adboards and stadium graphics will be adapted to be more like the Champions League ones
  • flags
  • check in the Patches Database for all the qualified and non qualified teams that will be included

Keep an eye on the SG Forum as this great patch develops. Full details including qualified teams, non qualified teams and star players can be found in the Patches Database.

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Saturday, May 11, 2002

Free Soccer Greeting Cards from 123Greetings.com

In partnership with 123Greetings.com we are able to bring you this great offer.

With the World Cup round the corner... go ahead & send one of these great, action-packed, animated & free greeting cards to a friend/loved one who's a player or a fan! ALL cards are absolutely FREE!!!

Send free online Greeting Cards

Go on, send free online Greeting Cards to your friends & loved ones courtesy of Sweetpatch by clicking here.

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Fifa & WC 2002 Replay Tags Editor

Here is an another great utiliy from our partners FifaCenter.org.

You wiil now be able to rename your replay files both for Fifa 2002 and Fifa World Cup 2002. The editor is programmed by Kerim Apaydin & Seski.

Get over to FifaCenter.org now to download your copy of this great utility. It is also available from our Download Boutique for both Fifa2002 and World-Cup 2002.

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Friday, May 10, 2002

BIG SALE - anything for the weekend sir?

With the major consoles selling like cheese at a mouse convention, & an assortment of mind-blowing PC titles assaulting the charts, it's understandable that gamers' wallets would feel the strain. But games are not for staring at on a shop shelf, or for late-night Internet ogling - games are for playing.

That's why in partnership with Software First we are doing the noble thing and easing the burden on your pockets. In fact, we're slashing prices off games like we had a major sword fetish. Now, you can buy selected titles from Software First at up to 70% OFF RRP's. Miss this offer at your peril!

Here are the specific Fifa games but there are many more in stock for most games and platforms.

Playstation 2 - Fifa World Cup 2002
Platform: Playstation 2
Developer: Electronic Arts
Price was: £35.99
Price now: £24.99

GameCube - Fifa World Cup 2002
Platform: GameCube
Developer: Electronic Arts
Price was: £39.99
Price now: £29.99

PS One - Fifa World Cup 2002
Platform: PS One
Developer: Electronic Arts
Price was: £24.99
Price now: £19.99

PS One - Fifa 2001
Platform: PS One
Developer: Electronic Arts
Price was: £29.99
Price now: £12.99

PC CD-Rom - Fifa 99 & World Cup Cricket & Tiger Woods 99
Platform: PC CD-Rom
Developer: Electronic Arts
Price was: n/a
Price now: £9.99

Hurry on over to Software First now while these great offers are still available and see what else we have in this massive sale.

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New Scottish FifaFX patch

Michael has contacted me from a small Fifa site in Scotland which is the home of the Scottish FifaFX patch. They are currently developing a patch for Fifa 2002 and wish to inform you of it, Scottish FifaFX patch 2002.

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The thing's that are currently certain to feature in the patch are as follows:

  • 4GK Kits for every SPL Team
  • 3rd Generation Stadium for every team
  • Intro, Goal, and End of match sounds for each SPL Team
  • Fans, Goal Nets and Adboards and new sideline graphics for each team
  • New SPL referee kits for SPL
  • All first division teams and kits

If you feel that you can give them any more information on these things, or have any wish to learn any of the above skills feel free to e-mail them and they will be in contact with you as soon as possible. Visit the home of the Scottish FifaFX patch and then send an e-mail to scottishpatch@hotmail.com with:

  • your name
  • age
  • nationality and
  • e-mail address

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Thursday, May 9, 2002

Spanish and English commentaries available for FIFA WC 2002

Over at Fifa Spot they now have available for download the Spanish and English commentaries for FIFA WC 2002. All Spanish speakers will have the chance to get the full game 100% in Spanish!

  • Spanish commentaries are 33 files x 6 MB each
  • English commentaries are 29 files x 6 MB each

Get over to Fifa Spot now to claim your new commentaries.

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Turkish Fifa League restarts

Over at FifaCenter they are about to finalise their Turkish Fifa League. Registration will be available within a few days time. If you want more detailed information please visit their English pages.

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New Fifa 99 Roster Update

If you want a break from Fifa 2002 or World Cup 2002 then we have just the thing for you. Steven Grbavac wants to go a little retro with his next roster update, with an all new FIFA 99 roster update, which will include the following:

  • updated rosters for all the club teams plus newly promoted teams are added and relegated teams have been deleted
  • renamed all the leagues to their correct names
  • all the international teams are updated with correct kit designs
  • updated all of the Rest of Europe teams and added Croatian champions NK Zagreb
  • several players have increased or decreased ratings

Please be patient as this update will be out in about a month to a month in a half. Full details of this patch as always in the Patches Database.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2002

Latest news from Fifa French Touch

We have some great news from the lads over at Fifa French Touch.

WC 2002 Goalkeeper kits
Sylvain is working on an incredible patch for World Cup 2002 and will be available this week. With it, each team will have his own goalkeeper kit (like GKPatcher for Fifa2002). But each GK kit can have a crest, like the team kit... The France GK Kit and England GK Kit will be included! (See screen shot below left).

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Kits for WC 2002
Stéphane Luquet has made kits for WC 2002 with easy install... France home and away, Denmark home and away and Portugal home are also available in their Downloads/World-Cup 2002 section. (See screen shot above right).

FCDB XP
Sylvain is always working these days on the great new challenger to FEd 2002, FCDB XP. A fix will be available perhaps this week, with a lot of new features...

I recommend getting over to Fifa French Touch to check out all their great news.

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Monday, May 6, 2002

8-a-side patch released

The 8-a-side demo patch has been released over at SoccerAccess. This patch is very different from the usual SoccerAccess patches since this one actually changes the whole gaming rules.

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Now, only 8 players will enter the field, and thanks to the comments from their Forums, they will pose for a picture before each match. A nice Pink Floyd song will be played before each match, and the Nike commercial "sound track" has been included in the patch as well. As a result, you'll see the players entering the field as the commentator explains to you how the game works (just like in the TV commercial), then you'll enter a superb stadium called the Infernal Arena (named after the red colours that predominate this stadium) and play with only 8 players instead of 11!

Last but not least, the 4GK have been included in the patch as well (4GK for Fifa 2002 coming soon). A must have patch for all the indoor soccer, Soccer Access, Nike, Pink Floyd, soccer in general... fanatics out there!

Download it from their Download Zone and remember that they will be adding numerous screenshots about this patch to their latest section, the Soccer Access Image Gallery. Full details as always can be found in the Patches Database.

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Latest news from FifaCenter

We have a couple of pieces of great news from the lads over at our partner site at FifaCenter.

Background 2002
This utility is for splitting up the background image into 6 pieces. What you have to do is choose your *.bmp file and click enter. You will have 6 pieces ready to be imported. So no longer will you have to cut and divide your bitmap.

Besiktas 6 Pack
No, this is not a new foreign beer. Here you have got 6 kits for Besiktas created using the 2GK technique. Four of the kits are wish-kits and the remaining two are original jerseys worn by Besiktas during 2001-02 season. Download them to enjoy.

Get on over to FifaCenter to benefit from all the lads great work.

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Sunday, May 5, 2002

Rotterdam Arena

Over at Fifamania.it you can find a new stadium for FIFA 2002.

The new stadium is the Rotterdam stadium, where the UEFA Cup final will take place, and it was created by the excellent Giorgio Lunardon.

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So head over now to Fifamania.it and download this stadium and much more. Enjoy.

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FIFA World Cup Music Changer 2002

Fifa Tools have just published a new utility, it's the FIFA World Cup Music Changer 2002. The name speaks for itself - this utility changes the music in FIFA World Cup 2002. Changing means deleting existing tracks and adding new ones.

Visit Fifa Tools to get your copy of WC Music Changer 2002

With the help of Music Changer you'll be able to import music with the following file formats:

  • WAV
  • MP3
  • CDA (Audio CD)

So, if you are tired of the orchestra, you must download this great new utility.

Also, the Music Changer adds into each STR file (FIFA music format) special tags with the information about the song (the information you tape). This allows to sign every STR, like MP3 files. By the way, when you import MP3s, the information from them is automatically transferred into STR. That's good, isn't it? For those, who are too lazy to add some comments about a song, there is a function of prelistening. You can listen to WAV, MP3 and CDA files. So delete your Winamp now?

Note: Music Changer supports a multi language feature. You can change language in the About dialog. All words are contained in LNG files. LNG files are situated in <languages> directory, and you can add your own file. It will appear in language select combo box. If you make a translation to your language, please send it to the guys. Following languages are available in the original install package:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Korean
  • Russian

If somebody can translate Music Changer into your own language, it will be greatly appreciated by the guys over at Fifa Tools.

Grab your copy now from Fifa Tools, and see all their other great tools whilst you are there.

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Official 2002 Fifa World Cup Cheat Manual

As promised folks, today we have Alvin Luchmun's great new Cheat Manual for World Cup 2002. Would you like to know how to:

  • get all Teams
  • get all Tournaments
  • play with Aggressive Tackles
  • play with Equal Team Stats
  • get the CPU to pick Random Teams
  • play the game in Demo Mode
  • play the game in a Window mode

If you would then get your copy from our brand new 2002 Fifa World Cup Download Boutique page by clicking here and enjoying these great new cheats.

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Saturday, May 4, 2002

World Cup 2002 Oranje patch ready for download

Over at FIFA Benelux they have created a patch which brings Holland into the 2002 FIFA World Cup game (WC 2002 Oranje). This is the 2nd patch now which brings Holland into the game and proves how popular they are. It is still difficult to believe that a team with that much quality could not qualify.

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The patch features:

  • Nike Holland home and away kit
  • Correct rosters
  • 25 Players with correct attributes, name, position, age, height and weight
  • 12 Real Faces
  • Star Players included
  • Dutch Flags
  • Orange Crowds
  • Easy-to-use install menu in English

The 2002 FIFA World Cup Holland Patch is only 1.4 Mb, which includes an easy-install menu and all the files needed to travel with Holland to the World Cup. This great patch can be downloaded by visiting the Patches Database. Great work lads over at FIFA Benelux.

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Friday, May 3, 2002

Episode 3 and 8-a-side patch news

Our partner site SoccerAccess has divided their upcoming Episode 3 patch into 2 patches. The Episode 3 part which will be limited to a mere update of the WC 2002 patch (rosters, kits...), and

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the 8-side Patch, which will be a very unique patch that will include:

  • 8 all stars teams from the 8 top leagues around the world
  • 8 players per team (yes you only play with 7 players plus the goalie)
  • possibly in a cage like stadium (they'll ask FifaMania.com to do it specially for the patch)

In the screenshot you can see the stadium where you will play in the upcoming 8 a side tournament patch: The Infernal Arena.

Stay tuned as SoccerAccess will be releasing regular screenshots of these Fifa 2002 patches as well as the latest news of the WC 2002 patch as well.

They have also launched their hosting page at www.socceraccess.com/hosting were you can apply for http://yoursite.socceraccess.net and have a Fifa related site in no time.

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Czech Super Patch 2002 v1.03 released

Lukas Svoboda has released the latest version of his excellent Czech Super Patch v1.03.

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This new version includes:

  • rosters updated to April 15, 2002
  • all players have exact height, weight, haircut and hair colour, jersey number, position, age, nationality
  • two kits (home and away) for every club in 2GK2S format
  • goalkeeper kits: Bohemians, Jablonec, Teplice, Hradec Kralove, Pribram, Brno, Opava, Slavia, Sparta, Viktoria Zizkov, Ostrava, Olomouc, Liberec, Czech national team in 2GK2S format
  • 4 referee kits in 2GK2S format
  • Gambrinus league anthem, anthems of Sparta, Slavia, Bohemians
  • adboards: Sparta, Slavia, Liberec, Bohemians, Brno, Ostrava, Czech national team, neutral for other teams
  • flags for every team
  • club badges in FIFA 2002 menu
  • fans (crowd): Bohemians, Drnovice, Jablonec, Pribram, Brno, Olomouc, Slavia, Sparta, Liberec, Synot
  • a few boot types
  • many goalkeeper glove types
  • exact captain armbands for: Sparta, Slavia, Bohemians, Liberec, Teplice, Blsany, Banik Ostrava, Viktoria Zizkov, Hradec Kralove, Brno, Czech national team)
  • powered by FifaFX - the ultimate FIFA 2002 tuning tool
  • ...and much more

Go direct to the Patches Database where you can download the latest version of this great patch.

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Thursday, May 2, 2002

Ryan Giggs face

Today we got another great Fifa 2002 file for you all, it is left midfielder, Ryan Giggs, face.

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You can download this and all my other Fifa 2002 files from FIFA MRA's ever growing data base Download Boutique. Enjoy.

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Coming soon - Official 2002 Fifa World Cup Cheat Manual

That's right folks, Alvin Luchmun has sent me his great new Cheat Manual for World Cup 2002. Would you like to know how to:

  • get all Teams
  • get all Tournaments
  • play with Aggressive Tackles
  • play with Equal Team Stats
  • get the CPU to pick Random Teams
  • play the game in Demo Mode
  • play the game in a Window mode

You will be able to get your copy of this manual from here very soon.

Also, Alvin will soon be releasing his Mega Roster Updates both for FIFA 2002 and World Cup 2002.

It all sounds too good to miss. Keep an eye out here for these great launches

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Kimera Digital opens its pages

The project Kimera Digital (international digital newspaper for FIFA) has opened its pages to the world. Check it out for some interesting interviews.

We wish them luck as they try to add more pages to their digital newspaper. Check them out at Kimera Digital.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Old Trafford for World Cup 2002

Our Turkish partners at FifaCenter.org have some great news to cheer up all Manchester United fans today. Their great patchmaker Kerim Apaydin has converted his Old Trafford stadium from Fifa 2002 to World Cup 2002.

This is the very first stadium for Fifa World Cup 2002! This game is going to be a classic just like Kerim Apaydin's stadiums.

Check out the great screenshots over at FifaCenter.org and then click here to download your copy of Old Trafford for your WC 2002.

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World Cup 2002 Mega Patch

The lads over at Fifa Egypt are making a World Cup mega patch for Fifa 2002 (WCMP 2002).

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The patch will include:

  • Korea & Japan (most accurate stadiums)
  • World Cup 32 nations kits
  • Senegal team
  • New Official World Cup menus
  • New side line elements & edited graphics
  • Sky Sport TV logo
  • all the 32 teams chants in the game
  • all the teams flags
  • New Cinematics
  • the 32 teams anthems
  • World Cup music
  • Fifa Egypt Work team
  • Classic World Cup 1986
  • Egyptian legends team
  • World All Stars Dream Team
  • New and updated Game Play engine
  • New look for the FIFA 2002 popups
  • Scottish Ibrox stadium

You can find the full details of this patch in the Patches Database. Amir informs me we will not have to wait too long for this beauty to appear. Why not visit Fifa Egypt while we wait?

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