May 2005


Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Coca-Cola Championship Play-off Final: Preston 0 West Ham 1

Coca-Cola Championship Play-off Final: Preston 0 West Ham 1Alan Pardew praised the tremendous application of his players this season and the incredible backing of the Hammers faithful over the season's run-in for West Ham United's triumphant return to the Premiership.

After watching his players put last season's Play-off Final disappointment behind them to outclass Preston in the Millennium Stadium, the Hammers boss could not hide his pride at guiding West Ham back to their place among England's elite.

"This is a fantastic moment for West Ham United," he exclaimed, "and the Club deserve to celebrate it. I'm really proud of the players. They went to the Millennium Stadium focused on getting us back to the Premiership and it was all about doing a job. It was a tremendous day for everyone connected with the Club. The players have done terrific, but it's not just about them. This means everything to West Ham United, and I'm delighted for everyone connected with the Club. It's been a tough season for everyone, especially the staff and fans. I'm delighted to have achieved this success for them. It's what everyone has been working and dreaming for over the past two seasons and now it's come good."

Bobby Zamora's 57th minute goal was the difference between the two sides, but Pards was also quick to recognise the efforts of Preston and their manager Billy Davis.

"It's a really tough day for Preston but they've had a fantastic season," he said. "Billy Davis has done a great job getting them here and they put up a tough fight today."

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© 2005 West Ham United FC - The Official Site

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Monday, May 30, 2005

Coca-Cola League 1 Play-off Final: Hartlepool 2 Sheffield Wednesday 4 (aet)

Coca-Cola League 1 Play-off Final: Hartlepool 2 Sheffield Wednesday 4 (aet)On Sunday Sheffield Wednesday secured promotion to the Championship by defeating Hartlepool United 4-2 in a pulsating encounter at the Millennium Stadium. Extra-time goals from Glenn Whelan and Drew Talbot finally saw off the challenge of Hartlepool United.

Hartlepool seemed likely to gain promotion to Championship level for the first time in their history but their hopes were cruelly dashed when Wednesday substitute Steven MacLean converted a penalty with just eight minutes remaining. Defender Chris Westwood was subsequently sent off and Wednesday took full advantage of their extra man to achieve a hard-earned victory.

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© 2005 The Football League Official Site

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Coca-Cola League 2 Play-off Final: Lincoln 0 Southend 2 (aet)

Coca-Cola League 2 Play-off Final: Lincoln 0 Southend 2 (aet)On Saturday Southend United gained promotion to League 1 after defeating Lincoln City 2-0 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Extra-time goals from top scorer Freddy Eastwood and defender Duncan Jupp ensured triumph for Steve Tilson's side.

Eastwood opened the scoring with a simple finish from close range. Nicky Nicolau's corner-kick was headed towards goal by veteran defender Spencer Prior and, despite a desperate goal-line clearance, the ball fell to Lawrie Dudfield, who squared for Eastwood to score.

Stunned by the blow of conceding, Lincoln suffered a further setback in the second period of extra-time. A swift counter-attack by the Shrimpers ended with Eastwood passing to Duncan Jupp. The full-back steadied himself before delivering an assured finish to increase Southend's lead.

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© 2005 The Football League Official Site

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Faces Patch 2005 v3.0

Faces Patch 2005 v3.0Following up on the success of versions 1 and 2, Sweetpatch Posse Developer Hayan has sent us his excellent Faces Patch 2005 v3.0 (click on screenshot for a full size image).

This contains faces for the following players:

  1. De Rossi
  2. Del Piero
  3. Gilardino
  4. Hamann
  5. Lucio
  6. Mancini
  7. Puyol
  8. Ronaldinho

Download these excellent faces direct from our Download Boutique

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Barclays Premiership Transfers

Barclays Premiership TransfersWith the 2004/05 Barclays Premiership season having drawn to a close, clubs are already planning for the new campaign by making moves in the transfer market. Check out all the player movements so far.
Team
In
Out
Arsenal
 
  • Edu (out of contract)
  • Jermaine Pennant (Birmingham City, £500,000)
Aston Villa
  • Patrik Berger (Portsmouth, free, July 1)
  • Aaron Hughes (Newcastle United, undisclosed)
  • Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB Stuttgart, free, July 1)
Birmingham
  • Jermaine Pennant (Arsenal, £500,000)
 
Blackburn
 
  • Craig Short (released)
  • Nils-Eric Johansson (released)
Bolton
 
  • Fernando Hierro (retired)
  • Anthony Barness (released)
  • Julio Cesar (released)
  • Charlie Comyn-Platt (released)
  • Florent Laville (released)
  • Kevin Poole (released)
  • Ricky Shakes (released)
  • Jason Talbot (released)
Charlton
 
  • Stacy Long (released)
  • Neil McCafferty (released)
Everton
  • Simon Davies (Tottenham Hotspur, £3.5m)
 
Fulham
 
  • Lee Clark (released)
  • Jerome Bonnissel (released)
  • Malik Buari (released)
  • Sean Doherty (released)
  • Ross Flitney (released)
  • Alex Lawless (released)
  • Stuart Noble (released)

Liverpool

 
  • Vladimir Smicer (released)
  • Jon Otsemobor (released)
  • Ritchie Partridge (released)
  • Paul Harrison (released)
  • Mark Smyth (released)
  • Patrice Luzi (released)
Man City
 
  • Paul Bosvelt (Heerenveen, free, July 1)
  • Steve McManaman (released)
  • Kevin Ellegaard (released)
Man United
 
  • Roy Carroll (released)
  • Ricardo (released)
  • Paul Tierney (released)
Middlesbrough
  • Aiyegbeni Yakubu (Portsmouth, £7.5million, July 1)
 
Newcastle
 
  • Aaron Hughes (Aston Villa, undisclosed)
  • Patrick Kluivert (released)
  • Jamie McClen (released)
Portsmouth
 
  • Aiyegbeni Yakubu (Middlesbrough, £7.5million, July 1)
  • Patrik Berger (Aston Villa, free, July 1)
  • Steve Stone (released)
  • Shaka Hislop (released)
  • Hayden Foxe (released)
Sunderland
 
  • Marcus Stewart (released)
  • Michael Bridges (released)
  • Jeff Whitley (released)
  • Michael Ingham (released)
Spurs
  • Paul Stalteri (Werder Bremen, undisclosed, July 1)
  • Teemu Tainio (Auxerre, free, July 1)
  • Tom Huddlestone (Derby County, undisclosed, July 1)
  • Rohan Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers, free transfer, July 1)
  • Simon Davies (Everton, £3.5 million)

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FIFAMania Champions League Final Patch 2005

FIFAMania Champions League Final Patch 2005To celebrate this weeks amazing Champions League Final, the guys over at our partner site FIFAMania.it have released their excellent Champions League Final Patch 2005.

It includes:

  • updated major Italian and European teams
  • European kits for Milan and Liverpool
  • new logos
  • 3d Milan kits
  • Ataturk stadium
  • new menus for Champions League final
  • Champions League ads and TV logos
  • Adidas ball
  • Milan and Liverpool flags

Relive the excitement of Wednesday night and download this excellent patch direct from our Patches Database.

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Replica UEFA Champions League Ball Competition Results Announced

Replica UEFA Champions League Ball Competition Results AnnouncedWe received 54 applications to win 1 of 5 free replica mini UEFA Champions League balls (size 1) in our latest competition. 

To win you had to guess the first goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League final.  The first goal scorer was Paulo Maldini, who no-one selected (before the kick-off!), so we had to go with the 2nd goal scorer who was Hernan Crespo.

Our 5 winners are:

  1. Carlos Oliveros of Colombia
  2. Carlos Alfred L. Gascon of Philippines
  3. Miguel of Spain
  4. Xavi of Spain
  5. Marcel Sanromà of Spain

Many thanks to all applicants who provided us some excellent feedback, which we will analyse and implement in the future.

More great competitions coming soon.

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Friday, May 27, 2005

Glad to see people still have a sense of humour

Glad to see people still have a sense of humourIt was great to see within 5 minutes of the kick-off on Wednesday night that we received some late competition entries naming Paulo Maldini as the first goalscorer in the final! It did put a smile on my face and I thank you for that.

As I was late getting home I had not had time to close the competition before kick-off.

Unfortunately we were unable to accept them to have a chance to win a free replica mini UEFA Champions League ball (size 1).

Winners will be announced over the weekend.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

UEFA Champions League: Liverpool 's name was on the cup

UEFA Champions League: Liverpool 's name was on the cupAs had been predicted by quite a few people, Liverpool's name was already on the cup, as influenced by lots of similar events when they won it back in 1978:

  • 1978:
    • Wales win the Grand Slam in Rugby
    • The Pope dies
    • Liverpool lose in the League Cup final to the eventual League Champions that year {Forest}
    • Liverpool win the European Cup on penalties wearing red vs a team in white
  • 2005:
    • Wales win the Grand Slam in Rugby
    • The Pope dies
    • Liverpool lose in the League Cup final to the eventual League Champions that year {Chelsea}
    • Liverpool win the European Cup on penalties wearing red vs a team in white

Who said it was all just a massive coincidence?

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UEFA Champions League: Liverpool triumph in Turkey

UEFA Champions League: Liverpool triumph in TurkeyLiverpool 3 AC Milan 3 (Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties)

There will be a new incarnation of the European Champion Clubs' Cup next season as Liverpool FC became only the fifth team to win it outright after the most astonishing comeback in the 50-year history of these finals led to extra time and then a dreaded penalty shoot-out victory against AC Milan.

Serginho fired Milan's first penalty over before Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek saved Andrea Pirlo's spot-kick. Dietmar Hamann and Djibril Cissé nervelessly converted their spot-kicks and, although John Arne Riise's kick was blocked by Dida, Andriy Shevchenko - who scored the winner in Milan's shoot-out win against Juventus FC in the 2003 final - was denied by the Polish goalkeeper to give Liverpool a famous victory.

Three goals down at half-time, within 15 minutes of the second half Liverpool had hauled themselves back on level terms. In taking their fifth European title, and their first for 21 years, the English club joined Real Madrid CF, Milan themselves, FC Bayern München and AFC Ajax in being awarded the trophy to keep.

Paolo Maldini's fastest ever goal in a UEFA Champions League final and two from their Argentinian striker Hernán Crespo looked to have secured Milan's third UEFA Champions League crown, but second-half goals by Liverpool's talismanic captain Steven Gerrard, substitute Vladimír Šmicer and Spanish international Xabi Alonso wiped out Milan's seemingly unassailable half-time advantage.

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© 2005 uefa.com

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Win - Replica UEFA Champions League Ball

Win - Replica UEFA Champions League BallDon't forget you still have the chance to win a free replica mini UEFA Champions League ball (size 1).

We have 5 to give away and all you have to do to win 1 is answer a simple question before kick-off tonight!

Click here to enter this great competition and good luck.

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UEFA Champions League: Ingredients suggest final to savour

UEFA Champions League Semi-final 2nd leg: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0The 50th final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup could barely have chosen a bigger stage than the vast metropolis of Istanbul and the imposing new arena that is the Atatürk Olympic Stadium. Add to this two teams who between them have won more of these titles than any previous two finalists and you have some ingredients to savour.

The favourites are AC Milan, six times winners and a team full of household names with big-match experience the envy of any coach in Europe.

While Milan will be looking to make up for the embarrassment of near-defeat at the hands of PSV Eindhoven in the semi-finals, and the anguish of missing out on the Scudetto, Liverpool FC and their redoubtable followers are just happy to be in their first final for 20 years and content to play the role of underdogs. Nevertheless, on recent form their chances of a fifth title cannot be discounted. "Maybe Milan are favourites," said Benítez, "but we have confidence, and we can win."

Defence has been Liverpool's strong suit in seeing off the likes of Juventus FC and Chelsea FC on the road to Istanbul. The Finn Sami Hyypiä has rediscovered his most commanding form at the heart of it all, while alongside him Jamie Carragher has been a revelation.

Whether it is enough to deal with the Milan powerhouse remains to be seen, but far stranger things have happened in football.

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© 2005 uefa.com

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Want to Watch Football?

Want to Watch Football?Not sure when your next Football fix on TV is? not to worry! - our partners at Breamster.com have created a page just for you!

You can now access a list of all the upcoming Football related television programmes, whether they be live games, highlights or even documentaries.

It covers a whole host of channels so you'll be able to pencil them in your diary or check up to see what's on that same day!

Click here to access it.

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Win - Replica UEFA Champions League Ball

Win - Replica UEFA Champions League BallIn the build up to the final of the Champions League between AC Milan and Liverpool, we have the chance for you to win a free replica mini UEFA Champions League ball (size 1).

We have 5 to give away and all you have to do to win 1 is answer a simple question!

Click here to enter this great competition and good luck.

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E3 Update - 56 FIFA 06 Screen Shots

E3 Update - 56 FIFA 06 Screen ShotsOver at FIFA Community site Mundo FIFA they have published 56 new FIFA 06 screen shots taken from E3.

Click on the image on the right or click here to visit this great array of FIFA 06 images.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

E3 Update - E3 Comes to an end

E3 Update - E3 Comes to an endThe universe was in alignment this year for E3, though blowing the Xbox 360's cover the week before the event seemed to be at odds with the traditional quiet period leading into the game industry's annual extravaganza.

Regardless of what one's opinion was of that strategy (Microsoft si, or Microsoft no), there seemed to be no shortage of news at this year's annual event.

  • Sony geeked out the entire industry with movies that showed off what its upcoming hardware should be able to do;
  • Microsoft gave patient show-goers a chance to get their hands on the next generation of gaming;
  • and Nintendo proffered the first details on the Revolution, as well as launched a stiff counterattack to Sony's encroaching PSP with its sleek Game Boy Micro.

But it wasn't all about the hardware. It seemed like every platform and every publisher had something hopeful in the works.

Record crowds of 70,000 visited and there was plenty for them to see, even if sightings of the systems that dominated conversations (the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Revolution) were few and far between. This means only one thing: We already have something to look forward to for next year's show.

Mark your calendars: E3 will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 10-12, 2006.

© 2005 GameSpot.com

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Give FIFA an orange flavour

Give FIFA an orange flavourIt has been impossible to play with the Dutch National Team in FIFA Football for the past couple of years.

Our good FIFA friends in that part of the world have started an online petition to inform both the KNVB (Dutch FA) and Electronic Arts that the fans want to play with Dutch National Team and the Gouden Gids Divisie in FIFA Football 2006. By collecting as many digital signatures as possible they try to strengthen this wish.

It's very easy to sign the petition all you need to do is fill in an online form at www.fifa2006.nl.

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Tactic Master is hailed a success

Tactic Master is hailed a successRinaldo Zocca's excellent new Formation Editor for FIFA 2005, Tactic Master (click on screenshot for a full size image) has been greeted with great enthusiasm by all FIFA players.

With this editor you you can modify the tactics used in FIFA 2005 and it is fully compatible with all other patches.

Check out some of the feedback posted already in the forums:

  • "I really like this. It addresses one of the major gameplay flaws in FIFA 2005 which is the lack of "closing down" in midfield by the defending team. So you can finally say bye bye to those unrealistic 50 metre runs by midfield players without a challenging defender in sight..."
  • "As the midfield is now more crowded there are more collisions/deflections etc and changes of possession are now more frequent. Very authentic I say."
  • "Documentation is good as well and the author should be congratulated on making a fine game even better."
  • "It reminds me a little bit of Sameer Munot's brilliant FIFA 2003 gameplay patch"
  • "It is fully compatible with Creation Center, don't hesitate to install it, your Fifa will become better."
  • "It works fine with your current career and at first it seems to make a very subtle difference, but once you start playing more and more...you really feel the difference. I would like to see some of you guys who play World Class try this out and see if it helps stop the "usual goals". It's great to be able to play real pressure defence."

In Rinaldo's words:

"Don't forget that Tactic Master is an editor not a patch . You should use it to modify the original tactics of FIFA or UEFA CL (both are supplied with the editor). Now I am working to a Tutorial: a set of new tactics with clear explanation of them, so you can use them immediately or to understand the basic ideas and to build your own not from scratch.

I also started a new project: "Free Kick Master". Can you imagine what it can do? Beta testers are welcome for both the projects (and also an Italian to English translator)"

If you:

  • want to check out the latest feedback click here;
  • are able to assist the new project then click here; and
  • have not yet downloaded this great utility, download this excellent utility direct from our Download Boutique and start changing your tactics today.

Please note: Tactic Master requires the .Net Framework to be installed on your PC for it to run.

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E3 Update - FIFA 06 Next Gen on show

E3 Update - FIFA 06 Next Gen on showOver the past 10 years EA’s FIFA football videogame franchise has sold more than 50M units and is the #1 selling sports game worldwide. EA's continued commitment to multi-platform support and authenticity within the football world celebrates its partnerships with over 19 leagues, 50 national teams and 15,000 players making it the most licensed videogame available on the market.

E3 attendees also will get the chance to play with EA's first internally developed mobile football game. EA Canada, the studio behind the FIFA franchise, has recruited over 70 European football experts (fans) to its Vancouver studio in the last 24 months to focus on the continued development and evolution of EA's football franchises.

In FIFA on the Next Gen the quicker, smoother and unprecedented depth to animations allow you to feel the impact of every tackle, the quick feet of every step over and the power of every shot. Context sensitive reactions put players in the moment whether it's the captain encouraging the team to fight back or the desperation of a defender pleading a 90th minute penalty decision. In FIFA Next Gen the best players and the most famous venues in the world come to life for the first time in brilliant High Definition. Feel the joy, frustration and elation of every player and the intensity of performing in front of 60,000 screaming fans.

More information about EA’s FIFA 06 games will be released at the official launch events being held in Southern Europe this summer.

EA SPORTS titles are at the foundation of the interactive football category and this year fans can expect new innovation and exciting features across every platform, delivering the most comprehensive and authentic interactive football experiences. Let the games begin!

Check out the following previews direct from the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3):

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FA Cup Final - Man U fans mugged twice in week

FA Cup Final - Man U fans mugged twice in weekJens Lehmann’s shootout heroics handed Arsenal an historic FA Cup Final victory over arch rivals Manchester United.

The German international was in fine form for the Gunners all afternoon, keeping at bay a United side intent on ending the season on a high. And in the pressure of the penalty shootout, the first-ever in FA Cup Final history, he saved neatly from Paul Scholes’ crisp shot - United’s second spot kick.

Manchester United will go away from Cardiff hugely disappointed, not least for ending the year pot-less. On the day Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were much the better team, but were guilty of missing too many chances and paid a heavy price. 

Being a Manchester United fan, it must have felt like the second time this week they had been mugged (the first being the recent takeover by Michael Glazer).

This was a win-or-bust encounter between the Premier League’s second and third best teams. This was a game with more than just pride at stake, one neither of these massive rivals – and their armies of fans – could dare think of losing.

United had the edge of head-to-heads during the league season and with Arsenal finishing a place above them in the final standings, the Londoners surely had a point to prove.

Even with Reyes receiving a second yellow card in the final moment of the match, there was a real feeling that Arsenal were to escape from Cardiff in smash and grab style and when Lehmann dealt with Scholes’ penalty, Arsenal’s finishing was clinical and The Cup was heading to London.

Click here for the full match report.

© 2005 TheFA.com

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Friday, May 20, 2005

E3 Update – Prepare to be amazed

E3 Update – Prepare to be amazedSony have been showing off some of the games that will be featuring on the PS3 and when our resident UK FIFA King Kotp watched this he was simply gob smacked!

Click here and then on the arrival page click on the “Sony E3 2005 PlayStation 3 Game Demo Showcase 1”.

Sit back relax and enjoy!

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

E3 Update - Nintendo’s Revolution revelation

 E3 Update - Nintendo’s Revolution revelation Nintendo has revealed the first details about its next-generation console, code-named Revolution, at a press briefing in Los Angeles to a standing-room-only crowd. The company also unveiled the silver metal Game Boy Micro, showed a new trailer of its next Zelda title, and, throughout the presentation, emphasized the strength of its software lineup and the fact that the company reaches casual game players.

Click here for the full Nintendo press release and keep visiting us here for more news during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Tactic Master 1.0 - Formation Editor for FIFA 2005

Tactic Master 1.0 - Formation Editor for FIFA 2005We are very honoured as Rinaldo Zocca has sent us the first public release of his excellent new Formation Editor for FIFA 2005, Tactic Master (click on screenshot for a full size image).

With this editor you you can modify the tactics used in FIFA 2005 and it is fully compatible with all other patches.

Download this excellent utility direct from our Download Boutique and start changing your tactics today. 

Please note: Tactic Master requires the .Net Framework to be installed on your PC for it to run.

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E3 Update - Microsoft Reveals the Xbox 360

E3 Update - Microsoft Reveals the Xbox 360At E3, not to be outdone, Microsoft have revealed its next generation computer entertainment system - the Xbox 360.

Click here for a sneak preview.

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E3 Update - Sony Reveals the PlayStation 3

E3 Update - Sony Reveals the PlayStation 3At E3 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) has revealed its next generation computer entertainment system - the PlayStation 3.

Prototypes of the PS3 will be showcased at E3, click here for a sneak preview.

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Premier League Adboards Patch 2005

Premier League Adboards Patch 2005To celebrate the end of a very successful English Premier League season, Sweetpatch Development Posse member Scar has released his Premier League Adboards Patch 2005 (click on screenshot for a full size image).

Download these excellent adboards direct from our Download Boutique.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

EA gets the jump on next-gen games

EA gets the jump on next-gen gamesElectronic Arts has announced that it has 25 videogames for next generation consoles currently in development. EA's announced next generation line-up will be at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, May 18-20, 2005.

New games from the EA SPORTS™ and EA™ brands that will be unveiled at E3 include:

  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 06
  • FIFA 06
  • Madden NFL 06
  • NBA LIVE 06
  • Need For Speed™ Most Wanted
  • and The Godfather®

EA's focus on character development, animation, gameplay innovation, online play, and graphics will be showcased in its next generation titles.

"EA's diverse next generation line-up will give game players worldwide an early taste of what the next generation hardware systems can do," said Don Mattrick, EA president of worldwide studios. "These games are so rich in terms of graphic fidelity, levels of detail in relation to characters and environments, audio, gameplay innovation and overall entertainment value that they will draw in new consumers and give even the most seasoned gamers something to cheer about. The creativity and technology combined with the talent of EA's development teams will create a new era in videogame design. This next generation of games will hoist interactive entertainment to an unprecedented position on the entertainment ladder."

For the past two years, EA has been concentrating on next generation development, deploying experienced EA designers and engineers onto projects that use proprietary EA technology to experiment with next generation visuals, physics, animation and gameplay possibilities. EA is invested in the development of a wide breadth of next generation products, a handful of which will be unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) on May 18-20, 2005.

© 2005 EA Sports

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Faces Patch 2005 v2.0

Faces Patch 2005 v2.0Following up on the success of version 1, Sweetpatch Posse Developer Hayan has sent us his excellent Faces Patch 2005 v2.0 (click on screenshot for a full size image).

This contains faces for the following players:

  1. Adriano
  2. Bellion
  3. Edu
  4. Luis Garcia
  5. Raul
  6. Raul Bravo
  7. Roberto Carlos
  8. Zambrotta

Download these excellent faces direct from our Download Boutique.

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Final Barclays Premiership Review

Following this weekend's final matches of the season we check out a brief summary of all the action below: Final Barclays Premiership Review
Birmingham 2
Arsenal 1
Emile Heskey gave Arsenal warning that they can take nothing for granted after snatching a late winner to give Birmingham City victory at St Andrews.
Bolton 3
Everton 2
Bolton Wanderers secured an unlikely victory against Everton with Stelios Giannakopoulos scoring the winner at the Reebok Stadium.
Charlton 2
C Palace 2
Crystal Palace suffered more relegation misery at Charlton Athletic as Jonathan Fortune's 83rd minute header put them down for the fourth time in 14 years at The Valley.
Fulham 6
Norwich 0
Norwich City's brave escape effort had a sorry ending as they dropped out of the Barclays Premiership following a six-goal thrashing at Fulham.
Liverpool 2
Aston Villa  1
Djibril Cisse made a claim for a place in Liverpool's Champions League final team with both goals as their Barclays Premiership season ended on a high with a 2-1 home win over Aston Villa.
Man City  1
M'boro 1
Mark Schwarzer's last-gasp penalty save from Robbie Fowler saw Middlesbrough claim a place in next season's UEFA Cup in the most dramatic manner possible at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Newcastle 1
Chelsea 1
Newcastle United ended a disappointing season with a morale-boosting draw against Barclays Premiership champions Chelsea.
Southampton 1
Man United 2
Southampton's 27-year stay in English football's top-flight came to a painful end as Harry Redknapp failed to inspire his side into a last-gasp rescue act.
Spurs 0
Blackburn 0
Tottenham Hotspur's slim chances of UEFA Cup football next season now rest on the calculations of the Fair Play panel after the dice fell against them on a tense final day in the Barclays Premiership.

WBA 2
Portsmouth 0

West Bromwich Albion pulled off their Barclays Premiership survival miracle and sparked unprecedented scenes of jubilation at The Hawthorns to the blaring backdrop of 'The Great Escape'.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports on this exciting last day of a very successful season, click here.

Please find below the final table for the season 2004/2005.

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Friday, May 13, 2005

EA announces 2005 E3 line up

EA announces 2005 E3 line upElectronic Arts has announced its line-up of videogame titles for the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) taking place in Los Angeles May 18-20, 2005.

EA’s 2005/2006 roster of EA SPORTS™ and EA™ branded games will be showcased in EA’s booth #1000 in the South Hall for:

  • the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft
  • the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system
  • PSP™ handheld entertainment system
  • Nintendo GameCube™
  • Nintendo DS™
  • PC
  • and mobile phones

The show also marks the world debut of EA’s next- generation games which will appear both on the show floor and in the exclusive “Next Gen Lab,” by invitation only.

EA brings to the show its broadest array of titles in the company’s 23-year history. The preeminent EA SPORTS line-up is complimented by a stunning array of new games from highly- acclaimed EA franchises including: Need For Speed™, The Sims™, Battlefield and Burnout™. Will Wright’s highly-anticipated next project, SPORE™, also will be at the show by appointment only.

What EA is bringing to E3 this year is a culmination of years of innovation, creativity and dedication to making games that consumers want to play,” said Don Mattrick, EA’s President of worldwide studios. “The games we have in development across platforms are unprecedented, especially when complimented by our next generation offering – EA’s lineup truly is a gamer’s dream come true.

Click here for the full list of games to appear and keep visiting us here for more news in the build up and during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

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What a scorcher!

What a scorcherCheck out this excellent news story from the Russian website DayNews.ru.

Blokes in boots would be proud of this goal let alone a lass in her birthday suit.

Click here to watch the news clip.

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

FIFA Street Competition Results Announced

FIFA Street Competition ResultsAfter spending 3 nights assessing in great detail all 140 applications to our FIFA Street competition to win 1 of 5 free copies of the excellent FIFA Street for the PS2 or Xbox, we have arrived at our 5 winners. 

They are:

  1. Phil Marshall (PS2)
  2. Shahab Shaterian (PS2)
  3. Paul Rayment (Xbox)
  4. Amy Wiffen (Xbox)
  5. Spyros Ermogenous (Xbox)

Many thanks to all 140 applicants who provided excellent feedback which we will analyse and implement in the future the best suggestions and ideas.

More great competitions coming soon.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

FIFA Street Competition Results Coming Soon

FIFA Street Competition Results Coming SoonJust to keep you informed that we have not forgotten about the FIFA Street competition to win 1 of 5 free copies of the excellent FIFA Street for the PS2 or Xbox, far from it. 

For the last 3 evenings I have been processing the 140 applications that we received and I have to select 5 winners from these which is not easy as there are so many excellent applications.

I will announce the 5 lucky winners this week as soon as I have processed all the 140 applications.

Good luck to all that entered and thanks for so much valuable feedback.

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English Premier League: Manchester United 1 Chelsea 3

English Premier League: Manchester United 1 Chelsea 3Chelsea set an English top flight record for points (94) and Premiership record for most wins (29) in a season. It was our 30th League game here in a sequence in which we have lost just four times.

As United fans atempted to taunt the champions with: “You’re not Chelsea anymore,” they were overlooking the fact that three of their team, Ferdinand, Rooney and van Nistelrooy, cost more than any of the Chelsea side.

  • 1-0: Ronaldo looked dangerous from the beginning and after six minutes hit an unclosed down 30 yarder which Cudicini dived to scramble round the post. From the uncleared corner, Rooney fired a low diagonal from the left which van Nistelrooy touched in. Chelsea claimed offside but referee Poll wasn’t interested. He was right. Ronaldo was offside but not interfering, van Nistelrooy was onside.
  • 1-1: After 16 minutes Tiago, allowed space 30 yards out, chipped an anonymous ball goalwards, and Carroll was left glued immobile on his line, like an outfield player, as it clipped the post and dropped in. It was the Portuguese midfielder’s fourth goal of the season.
  • 1-2: One hour had passed when Gudjohnsen repeated his trick against Fulham of controlling a Tiago through ball early and impeccably to race away from the central defenders. One on one with Carroll he chipped him with outrageous aplomb as he spread himself. It was his 15th goal of the season.
  • 1-3: With eight minutes left Lampard nicked a pass from Gary Neville, got forward and crossed for Cole to turn in his eighth goal of the season. He may have been offside, but it was a champion performance. “That’s why we’re the champions,” sang the choir.

In the last minute Cole went off and Anthony Grant was sent on for his debut, the third Academy product to make his debut this season. It seems that nothing can go wrong.

© The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

UEFA Champions League 2005 for Sweetpatch FTL Academy

UEFA Champions League 2005 for Sweetpatch FTL AcademyThe excellent SFTLA league guys have set themselves up a UEFA Champions League Tournament taking place from now until the new season kicks off.

The idea is for everyone to get themselves a bit of practice in a friendly tournament and to get used to online play and also a very good chance for everyone to see how good the players are that they will be up against when the season starts.

You can keep up to date regularly with the progress of this mini tournament by clicking here.

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Faces Patch 2005 v1.0

Faces Patch 2005 v1.0Sweetpatch Posse Developer Hayan has sent us his excellent Faces Patch 2005 v1.0 (click on screenshot for a full size image).

This contains faces for the following players:

  1. Vitor Baia
  2. David Beckham
  3. Maniche
  4. Pavel Nedved
  5. Robert Pires
  6. Juan Roman Riquelme
  7. Nuno Valente
  8. Zinedine Zidane

Download these excellent faces direct from our Download Boutique.

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Monday, May 9, 2005

FIFA Street Competition Closed

FIFA Street Competition Closed Many thanks to everybody who entered our FIFA Street competition to win 1 of 5 free copies of the excellent FIFA Street for the PS2 or Xbox.

We have received nearly 200 entries and will announce the winners as soon as we have processed all the applications.

Good luck to all that entered.

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Barclays Premiership Review

Following this weekend's matches we check out a brief summary of all the action below: Barclays Premiership Review
Arsenal 2
Liverpool 1
Arsenal ended Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League thanks largely to first-half goals from Robert Pires and Jose Antonio Reyes at Highbury.
Aston Villa 1
Man City 2
In-form Manchester City set up a UEFA Cup showdown with Middlesbrough after ending Aston Villa's own European dream with a decisive early double blast.
Blackburn 1
Fulham 3
Steed Malbranque marked his return to the Fulham side with two goals in the victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
Chelsea 1
Charlton 0
Chelsea marked their Barclays Premiership title celebrations in entirely appropriate fashion - victorious - as Claude Makelele struck a dramatic late winner against Charlton Athletic.
C Palace 2
Southampton 2
The battle to escape relegation remains impossibly tight after Crystal Palace and Southampton shared the points in a frenzied showdown at Selhurst Park.
Everton 2
Newcastle 0
Everton are on the brink of securing a Champions League place after a masterful destruction against Newcastle United that sparked joyous scenes at Goodison Park.
Man United 1
WBA 1
Substitute goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak was the West Bromwich Albion hero against Manchester United as Bryan Robson saw the Baggies earn a precious point in their battle for Barclays Premiership survival on his return to Old Trafford.
M'boro 1
Spurs 0
George Boateng fired Middlesbrough to within a point of European qualification via the Barclays Premiership for the first time as Tottenham Hotspur's hopes were all-but extinguished.
Norwich 1
Birmingham 0
Dean Ashton's first-half penalty was enough to earn Norwich City a priceless victory over 10-man Birmingham City to keep alive their hopes of staying in the Barclays Premiership.

Portsmouth 1
Bolton 1

Aiyegbeni Yakubu headed home 18 minutes from time but could not deny battling Bolton Wanderers a place in the UEFA Cup.

For comprehensive Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Sunday, May 8, 2005

Last chance to win a copy of FIFA Street

Last chance to win a copy of FIFA StreetWe would like to remind you that today is your last chance to win 1 of 5 free copies of the excellent FIFA Street for the PS2 or Xbox.

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

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

Closing date for the competition will be midnight GMT tonight.

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SFTLA Season 3 Division 1 King

SFTLA Season 3 Division 1 KingSeason 3 of our excellent SFTLA Online FIFA 2005 Leagues is officially over and as a BIG thank you to the excellent work of the Morrison brothers, Nidge and Aubs, for making the whole league possible, we spotlight Nidge, the King of Division 1.

Nidge plays as his beloved Liverpool and lead them this season to win both the Division 1 Cup and be Division 1 Champions. (You can see his 2 trophies in the screenshot).

A great season by a great guy who gives his time and dedication tirelessly to running the UK's number 1 online FIFA leagues.

We look forward to a bright future here with the SFTLA as the quality and competition just gets better and better.

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Feyenoord Face Pack 2005

Feyenoord Face Pack 2005Today we have Sweetpatch Posse Developer Amit_Zidane_Beckham's highly anticipated Feyenoord Face Pack 2005 for you (click on screenshot for a full size image).

It includes faces for:

  1. Babos
  2. Bahia
  3. Bandalovski
  4. Basto
  5. Castelen
  6. Ghaly
  7. Hofs
  8. Kalou
  9. Kuyt
  10. Lazovic
  11. Mtiliga
  12. Ono
  13. Ostlund
  14. Pardo
  15. Saidi
  16. Zuiverloon

Download these excellent faces direct from our Download Boutique

If you want to keep an eye on all Amit_Zidane_Beckham's face developments, where you can even request your required faces for him to consider, click here now.

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English Premier League: Chelsea 1 Charlton 0

English Premier League: Bolton Wanderers 0 Chelsea 2Even Roy of the Rovers comic book writers used to think twice before coming up with storylines quite as far-fetched this one. Claude Makelele has scored his first ever Chelsea goal to give Chelsea the win we all wanted on the day the Barclays Premiership trophy was handed over.

But it wasn’t as simple as that. With a tame game fizzling out into scoreless draw and everyone deciding we’d have to make the most of the post-match celebrations for a day to remember, Frank Lampard went on one final surge towards the box.

Ninety-minutes were on the clock with only one more additional minute due to be played. Fortune went to tackle, the new Footballer of the Year went down and referee Riley pointed to the spot. It has to be admitted that there was minimal contact and the challenge was just outside the area but the storyline was not about to be spoilt.

Perennial non-scorer Makelele was an obvious choice to take the penalty. There would never be a better moment for him to break his Chelsea duck. But it was a big risk! His inability to find the net, even with training ground penalties is legendary.

With the Matthew Harding Stand practically sucking the ball into the net, Maka all too predictably missed, Andersen in the Charlton goal beating the ball out. With the lightning reactions that are the trademark of his game, Makelele was onto the ball and slammed in the rebound.

The trophy presentation could begin with a win under our belts, the home season ending as it had begun - with a single goal victory.

Before the 2005 Chelsea team lifted the trophy, 13 members of Chelsea’s first title winners from 1955 were brought out. John Terry and Frank Lampard handed over the trophy to them that was never publicly presented 50 years ago. It was a wonderful addition to the occasion.

Then it was onto the main event. “Are you watching Arsenal!” and “Chelsea are back!” were sung with gusto by all four stands as staff and players were brought out of the tunnel one-by-one. Many Charlton fans sportingly stayed behind and clapped (although one or two of them were wearing a suspicious amount of blue!).

1955 legends Roy Bentley and Stan Willemse carried out the modern version of the trophy, lifted by John Terry to the accompaniment of explosions and streamers. On a showery day, the sun beamed down.

There were tears, there was much singing and quite simply no-one wanted to go home. An impromptu football match broke out between the players’ kids in front of the Shed, Joe Cole roundly booed when he joined in. An hour after the final whistle had gone, the team reluctantly trooped off down the tunnel, Lampard, Terry, Gudjohnsen and the trophy the last to leave.

Champions!

© The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Barcelona Face Pack 2005

Barcelona Face Pack 2005As promised now the FileFront.com server is available again, today we have Sweetpatch Posse Developer Amit_Zidane_Beckham's excellent Barcelona Face Pack 2005 for you (click on screenshot for a full size image).

It includes faces for:

  1. Beletti
  2. Deco
  3. Gerard
  4. Iniesta
  5. Larsson
  6. Marquez
  7. Motta
  8. Puyol
  9. Ronaldinho
  10. Silvinho
  11. Valdes

Download these excellent faces direct from our Download Boutique.  More great faces from Amit_Zidane_Beckham coming this week.

If you want to keep an eye on all Amit_Zidane_Beckham's face developments, where you can even request your required faces for him to consider, click here now.

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UEFA Champions League Semi-final 2nd leg: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0

UEFA Champions League Semi-final 2nd leg: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0Liverpool win 1-0 on aggregate.

Chelsea conceded an early goal then attacked with all the power left in tired limbs but couldn’t find an equaliser and have lost a second successive Champions League semi-final.

Anfield was an awesome barrage of noise before kick-off with the whole ground supporting the team, but the Kop’s noise turned to boos when Terry won the toss and made Liverpool attack that end in the first-half.

Liverpool responded by taking just three minutes to claim the lead. Riise nutmegged Lampard wide on their left, passed to Gerrard who flicked over the Chelsea defence for Baros to race on to and chip over the advancing Cech. Cech caught him but before anyone could respond or clear Luis García had raced in to turn the ball just over the line. Gallas hooked it away but the assistant referee waved a goal.

Was it a goal? Was it a penalty if not a goal and maybe a sending off offence? It was too close to call even on television replays, it was certainly controversial and Chelsea’s complaints were impossible to prove justified or unjustified.

At the final whistle Mourinho kept all the players on the pitch and took them to the fans. Chelsea have two trophies this season and left the pitch walking tall if full of grief. Mourinho and Terry shook hands with the opposition.

With just two shots on target in two games it cannot be said that Chelsea were completely unlucky.

We wish Liverpool all the very best in the final and perhaps next season we can look forward to progressing to the final?

© The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Barcelona Face Pack 2005 coming soon

Barcelona Face Pack 2005As soon as FileFront.com is available to upload files to again we will have Sweetpatch Posse Developer Amit_Zidane_Beckham's excellent Barcelona Face Pack 2005 for you (click on screenshot for a full size image).

It will include faces for:

  1. Beletti
  2. Deco
  3. Gerard
  4. Iniesta
  5. Larsson
  6. Marquez
  7. Motta
  8. Puyol
  9. Ronaldinho
  10. Silvinho
  11. Valdes

Check back later when we will have these great faces from Amit_Zidane_Beckham.  More coming this week also.

If you want to keep an eye on all Amit_Zidane_Beckham's face developments, where you can even request your required faces for him to consider, click here now.

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SFTLA Season 3 is over

SFTLA Season 3 is over Season 3 of our excellent SFTLA Online FIFA 2005 Leagues is officially over and we have all the final standings and honours for you.

The major honours were won as follows:

  • League Champions
    • Premiership = Hammy (Arsenal)
    • Division 1 = Nidge (Liverpool)
    • Division 2 = Alex (Spurs)
  • Cup Winners
    • Knock-Out Cup = Bradders (Macclesfield)
    • League Cup Premiership = still to be played
    • League Cup Div 1 = Nidge (Liverpool)
    • League Cup Div 2 = Kieran (Monaco)

For full details and all league tables click here.

We would like to thank everyone who took part and congratulate the trophy winners as well as the players who completed the season. More coming very soon with season 4.

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Sunday, May 1, 2005

English Premier League: Bolton Wanderers 0 Chelsea 2

English Premier League: Bolton Wanderers 0 Chelsea 2Frank Lampard’s two superbly taken second-half goals have brought the title to Stamford Bridge for the second time. Fifty years, 2050-odd games, one or two near misses, it has happened at last. Jose Mourinho’s brilliant squad are now immortals.

  • 0-1: Carvalho got away with a rustic challenge on Davies. Diouf was booked for fouling Gérémi. The crowd went crazier. After 14 minutes of the second-half Bolton had committed seven fouls. It didn’t matter. Lampard ran on to Drogba’s flick, cut inside Candela and buried his 17th Chelsea goal of the season. The whole team celebrated on the ground in front of the Chelsea supporters. Lampard was now top scorer for the season.
  • 0-2: With 16 minutes left, nine minutes later, Lampard scored his magnificent second. Chelsea had successfully defended Bolton’s sixth corner, Cech magnificently punching, Gudjohnsen’s excellent ball found Makelele up front and from wide he released Lampard in the centre circle with Carvalho in support. Lampard used his as a decoy, dribbled round Jaaskelainen and planted his 18th goal of the season.

At the final whistle the players ran straight into a bouncing huddle in the centre, then over to the two tiers of fans. Shirts were removed and hurled into the stand, two-goal hero Lampard’s the most fiercely fought over.

The singing didn’t stop and the Blue heroes ran, slid along the grass towards the supporters just like 1997, celebrating wildly. At last the songs of champions could ring out. How wildly they were sung. How richly Mourinho’s men deserve it. It has been a magnificent campaign so far, and Tuesday’s date with destiny down the road will be given an extra boost as we still chase a previously undreamt-of treble.

Whether you were up in the stands, watching on the telly at home, listening on the radio abroad, watching the story unfold on your mobile is irrelevant. If you’re Chelsea, you were here, and all share the glory.

© The Official Chelsea FC Website

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