May 2006


Wednesday, May 31, 2006

World Cup 2006 Roster Update v1.0

World Cup 2006 Roster Update v1.0The World Cup 2006 Roster Update v1.0 is FIFA Korea's official patch that offers more correct national team rosters based on EA Sports's 2006 FIFA World Cup.

It creates 156 new players and updates hundreds of player figures. This accurate roster patch includes lots of features for you, so don't miss this great patch! The details are:

  • The accurate roster updates of final entry for 32 nations
  • Real formation and position data for each team
  • Many players are newly created. (156 players)
  • Tons of modification for player figures
  • Accurate FIFA World Ranking from 1th to 70th
  • Fixes information about some players
  • And many other changes

Download this excellent Roster Update direct from our Download Boutique.

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Salomon Kalou joins Chelsea

Salomon Kalou joins ChelseaThe second signing of the summer has been completed. Salomon Kalou has joined Chelsea Football Club following a successful medical and an agreement on personal terms. An undisclosed transfer fee will be paid to Feyenoord for the 20 year-old striker who has signed a three-year contract.

A regular scorer, Kalou has performed in the Dutch league for three seasons. In 2003/4 the speedy striker made two appearances for Feyenoord but played the bulk of the season on loan at another Rotterdam club, second division Excelsior, where he scored four times in 11 appearances.

In the past two seasons back at Feyenoord he found the net 35 times in 60 top flight starts plus seven sub appearances. He has also scored four goals in 6+1 UEFA Cup games. The 20 goals he scored in 2004/5 was the second best total in the Dutch top division that season and he was selected as the winner of the 2005 Johan Cruyff Award for Young Talent playing in Holland.

Also, Chelsea Football Club can confirm that Andriy Shevchenko has been given permission by AC Milan to travel to London. An agreement between all parties is still pending. (Very excited!)

© 2006 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Win the Gold, Silver and Diamond 2006 FIFA World Cup Game Box

Win the Gold, Silver and Diamond 2006 FIFA World Cup Game BoxGAME and EuroGamer are offering you the chance to win some great prizes when you take part in their fantasy football league.

Top prize is the fantastic Gold, Silver and Diamond 2006 FIFA World Cup Game Box worth £20,000. You can also win a trip to Australia, replica World Cup footballs or even win one of five Xbox 360 Core Systems.

Visit EuroGamer now to have a chance of winning these great prizes.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Ronaldo 1 Ronaldinho 0

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Ronaldo 1 Ronaldinho 0Our new World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his 2nd great story out of the Brazilian camp.

Ronaldo still seems to be the most popular Brazilian player. That’s what came out of an auction of all the bedrooms the players are currently occupying in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Somebody on the Internet is ready to pay 1010 Swiss Franks (around 670 €) to spend ONE night in Ronaldo’s bed. The manager of the Park Hotel Weggis said he was surprised that Ronaldinho’s room brought less than Ronaldo’s (only 850 Swiss Franks by the way).

Now the winner of the auction will still have to wait a few days before spending some time in Ronaldo’s bed as on the 3rd of June the Seleção move to Germany.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - England 3 Hungary 1 (Friendly)

2006 FIFA World Cup News - England 3 Hungary 1 (Friendly)John Terry scored his first ever goal for the Three Lions as England raced to 3-1 feel-good victory over Hungary - with Theo Walcott becoming the country’s youngest ever debutant.

Terry, who had never scored for his country in 22 previous caps, headed home a David Beckham free-kick to add to a goal from Steven Gerrard and keep Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men buzzing.

The Chelsea captain has just become the father of twins and he marked his goal with the ‘baby rocking’ celebration made famous by Brazil’s Bebeto at the 1994 World Cup Finals.

Just for good measure, too, another ‘baby’ - 17-year-old Walcott - came on as a sub to beat Wayne Rooney’s record as England’s youngest ever player in the second half, to the cheers of the Old Trafford crowd.

And fellow sub Peter Crouch scored a superbly crafted and well-finished third for England with five minutes left on the clock to round off a highly satisfactory night.

With just one more game to go before the World Cup starts this was a very satisfying night indeed. Read the full match report by clicking here.

Copyright © 2006 TheFA.com

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Vote for which Young Player we should adopt at this year's World Cup

It was suggested during our recent World Cup Competition that we should adopt a young player and follow his exploits during the World Cup.

Therefore, from the following 6 players, already selected for the Gillette Best Young Player Award, vote above who you feel we should follow during the World Cup and therefore become the Sweetpatch Adopted Young Player of the World Cup.

 

Player Country Details
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Argentina Lionel Messi became the toast of Argentina when, just days after his 18th birthday, he inspired his country's U-20 side to a fifth world title with a series of masterful displays at the FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005. Such was the impression made by the prodigious midfielder that in addition to taking home a gold medal he also picked up the adidas Golden Shoe award as top scorer, and the adidas Golden Ball as best player.

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Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney England In the fast-track world of Wayne Rooney, the Player to Watch tag could be considered a good three years too late as all eyes have been on the young Manchester United and England striker ever since 17 August 2002 when he made his debut for his boyhood club, Everton. He will likely be the focus of attention again at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™.

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Theo Walcott Theo Walcott England England’s latest hot prospect Theo Walcott started this season as a 16-year-old playing for second-tier side Southampton having just broken into the first team, yet the past six months have been beyond the realms of fantasy football. He has gone from being a gifted, but as yet unproven, striker learning his trade outside the Premiership, to outsprinting his idol – and now team-mate - Thierry Henry at Arsenal. Just for good measure, he has become the most talked about player in England’s FIFA World Cup™ squad. The term ‘meteoric rise’ fails to do him justice.

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Lukas Podolski Lukas Podolski Germany Less than two years ago, Lukas Podolski was an unremarkable U-19 striker seeking to bridge the gap between youth and senior football. Now the 20-year-old has his name splashed over an adidas designer collection following a stellar ascent hitherto unprecedented in German football.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Imagine being a full-back confronting Manchester United and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo in full stride - the ball is at his feet, except you can't keep track of it as he drags his legs and steps over it two, three, four times and all the while you are scrambling backwards, trying to maintain concentration. Ronaldo is most certainly a Player to Watch - but only if you can keep your eyes on him for long enough.

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Cesc Fabregas Cesc Fabregas Spain After maintaining a relatively low profile in his native Spain until recent months, the explosive form of Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas has now changed all that. Two stand-out displays against Real Madrid in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League followed by an assured performance on his international debut have catapulted the young Catalan into pole position for a place in Luis Aragones's 23-man squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

Click here for more details

Vote in our Poll at the top of this page for your choice as the Sweetpatch Adopted Young Player of the World Cup.

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Monday, May 29, 2006

Free World Cup Fantasy Football Here

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Follow the friendliesThe guys from our excellent Sweetpatch FTL Academy (SFTLA) have setup a free World Cup Fantasy Football game here for you all to join in with.

Unlike other fantasy games, this one is completely free to enter and there will be £20,000 in cash prizes up for grabs throughout the month-long tournament.

To join in you need to click here to register and then join our league using the following details:

  • league = SFTLA
  • code = 29178-7082

Have fun everyone during the World Cup and thanks to the guys from the SFTLA for setting up this World Cup Fantasy Football for you all.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Referee out of World Cup

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Referee out of World CupPoor old Jamaican referee Peter Prendergast and his two assistants, Anthony Garwood (Jamaica) and Joseph Taylor (Trinidad and Tobago), will soon be leaving the referees’ 2006 FIFA World Cup™ headquarters, the Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch in Frankfurt/Neu-Isenburg, and heading home due to a knee injury sustained by Prendergast. In-depth medical examinations have confirmed that the Jamaican will not be able to take charge of any matches during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

On 31 May, the 21 referees and 42 assistant referees who will be in action in Germany will be joined by the support and development group (five referees and ten assistant referees) for a final fitness test, which will be conducted in Frankfurt/Neu-Isenburg.

Keep updated with all the very latest news in the remaining days as we build up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup by clicking here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Ronaldinho and Robinho like to roll in the hay

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Ronaldinho and Robinho like to roll in the hayOur new World Cup correspondent Artus brings us a great story out of the Brazilian camp.

That Ronaldinho still feels safe on a football field is maybe a bit of a miracle following last Friday's visit from an unexpected fan.

The Brazilian team were at their training camp in Switzerland and they were surrounded by around 5,000 fans every day. Suddenly Ronaldinho found himself in the arms of an overenthusiastic woman looking out for some kisses and hugs. As she jumped on him they started to roll on the grass, Robinho came quickly to cover them up.

Ronaldinho seemed to have enjoyed what he considered to be a good joke and didn’t hesitate to wave goodbye when she was taken away from the field.

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Follow the friendlies

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Follow the friendliesFollow all the friendly matches of all 32 finalists live and interactive by clicking here.

Also keep updated with all the very latest news in the remaining days as we build up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup by clicking here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Match Schedule

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Match Schedule As 9th June fast approaches, do you want to know who is playing who? When? Where? At what time? Find out the answers to all these questions by downloading your very own Official Match Schedule by clicking here.

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Soccer Aid - England 2 Rest of the World 1

Soccer Aid - England 2 Rest of the World 1Soccer Aid, brainchild of UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams, hit the TV screens in the UK this week, providing a week of entertainment on ITV as well as raising money for UNICEF and its partners to support their global work with children.

They came from near and far. The young, the old, and the slightly infirm. And that was just the players.

For the fans, 72,000 people packed last night into Old Trafford to witness an historic occasion: the final of Soccer Aid. And in the end, the match lived up to all the hype.

In a first half dominated by England, we saw moments of brilliance from England legends and celebrities alike. Les Ferdinand opened the scoring for Terry’s boys on thirteen minutes, and Jonny Wilkes – man of the match – doubled the lead with a moment of individual brilliance.

But England only dominated one half.

Because as Ruud sent out a team containing five World legends, Terry smelt a rat. The rules stated only four players allowed and the England boys weren’t going to let Ruud get away with it. After a few minutes of confusion and consternation, the problem was resolved with Ruud replacing Ginola on the pitch.

And Gullit made all the difference.

Just as England dominated the first half, Ruud’s boys made their presence felt in the second. Maradona survived plenty of hefty tackles (1986 and all that) before floating a ball into the box which left David Gray quite befuddled. Lifting his hand into the air, Gray gave Colina little choice but to award a penalty, and Diego converted accordingly.

Yet try as they might, The Rest of the World couldn’t conjure up an equalising goal. Zola missed a golden opportunity to score a second as Theakston floundered outside the box, but the little Italian’s shot went woefully wide.

And as the time ticked on, you sensed it would be Robbie’s night.

Old Trafford erupted when Colina called time on an entertaining fixture, and the people went ballistic as Robbie lifted the trophy.

It’s been amazing and I’d like to thank everybody,” Williams whinnied after the final whistle. “This is definitely going to happen again – maybe at Gordon’s place?

Gordon, too, was gracious in defeat. “It was a close game,” Ramsay raved. “The guys have done a fantastic job. And it’s not often you can pass the captain’s band to Maradona.

But that was the nature of the night. It was a unique occasion which brought together the best in the world of entertainment and the best in world football for the best of causes. England may have won the match, but thanks to everyone UNICEF were the big winners on the night.

Find out more about the Soccer Aid TV programme and how to make a donation to UNICEF by clicking here.

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Soccer Aid Teams Announced

Soccer Aid Teams AnnouncedSoccer Aid, brainchild of UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams, has hit TV screens in the UK this week, providing a week of entertainment on ITV as well as raising money for UNICEF and its partners to support their global work with children.

Today sees the main match played infront of a capacity 75,000 crowd at the "Theatre of Dreams" at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Both managers have named the following teams for the match:

  England v Rest of the World
Manager: Terry Venables   Ruud Gullit
       
Goalkeeper: David Seaman   Peter Schmeichel
Right Back: David Gray   Craig Doyle
Centre Back: Tony Adams   Marcel Desailly
Centre Back: Ben Shephard   Lothar Matthaus
Left Back: Robbie Williams   Michael Greco
Right Midfield: Damien Lewis   Brian McFadden
Centre Midfield: Paul Gascoigne   Allesandro Nivola
Centre Midfield: Bradley Walsh   Sergei Federov
Left Midfield: Jonathan Wilkes   Alastair Campbell
Forward: Les Ferdinand   Diego Maradona
Forward: Dean Lennox Kelly   Gordon Ramsay
       
Substitutes: Jamie Theakston   Patrick Kielty
  Graeme Le Saux   Gareth Thomas
  Bryan Robson   Ben Johnson
  Jamie Redknapp   David Ginola
  John Barnes   Gianfranco Zola

Catch the match on ITV1 at 6:30 tonight. Also, find out more about the Soccer Aid TV programme and how to make a donation to UNICEF by clicking here.

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06 WC Kit Working 2.0

06 WC Kit Working 2.0This excellent program for your game of 2006 FIFA World Cup by Monkey Dragon from over at our partners at FIFA Polonia allows you to:

  • Create home/away/goalkeeper 1GK/2GK kits
  • Import/Export kits
  • Ball or kit preview
  • Export kits to .BMP or .FSH files

Check out the screenshot by clicking on the image on the right and then download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Superstition, a football tradition

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Superstition, a football tradition"Curses cannot touch me because I wear my underwear inside out."

Who else but a footballer could make a statement like this? In most cultures, and most sports, such belief in the protective power of one's underwear - voiced here by Adrian Mutu of Juventus and Romania - would be considered ridiculous, insane even.

Not in football. The beautiful game may have advanced massively, but its participants remain as rooted in superstition as ever and, whether it is ritual, religion, astrology or witchcraft to which fans, players and coaches turn, none of the 32 teams travelling to Germany will arrive without some kind of superstitious baggage.

Learn all about some of the strange superstitions at this year's World Cup by clicking here.

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Friday, May 26, 2006

NK FOOTBALL © : V7 release date

Updated versions of all NK Football's FIFA Gameplay Updates here

NK Football © can now confirm that the release date for V7 will be June the 16th! That's right everyone, V7 will be ready to download that evening.

I have news on the update's development and can tell you that a good friend of mine, Mike Johnson is giving me his input on the update and testing it with me through Direct IP and by coming over here to play the beta hours upon hours, vs each other and teaming up against what is now a very clever Computer controlled team of players! The actual update itself is playing better than ever before and an exclusive video showing just how much excitement there is in one match will be released over the weekend. I'm not sure how you guys play your FIFA ™ 06, but with V7 you'll be cheering all day when you crack home the winner!

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Cool Owen brushes off the pressure

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Cool Owen brushes off the pressureAs England wait nervously for the verdict on Wayne Rooney's broken foot, Michael Owen says he is ready to bear the striking burden at the FIFA World Cup™.

Owen has played only once since suffering a similar injury on 31 December and he can expect even more responsibility if Rooney misses all or part of the tournament starting on 9 June.

The 20-year-old Manchester United forward will have a scan today to assess progress since he was injured against Chelsea on 29 April.

"I've always been ready," said Owen, scorer of 35 goals in 75 England appearances.

Read the rest of this interview with Michael Owen by clicking here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Follow the friendlies of all 32 finalists live

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Follow the friendlies of all 32 finalists liveCourtesy of the official site of the FIFA World Cup you can now follow all the friendly matches of all 32 finalists live and interactive by clicking here.

Latest results include:

  • USA 0 v 0 Morocco
  • Norway 2 v 2 Paraguay

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Frank Lampard Interviewed

Frank Lampard InterviewedEngland star mid-fielder Frank Lampard took a little time out to answer a couple of questions for EA Sports to coincide with the recent launch of the PSP edition of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany.

See what Frank has to say in answer to the following questions:

  • Can England win the World Cup?
  • Do you prefer playing against teams you've never played before (i.e. Trinidad & Tobago) or teams you know well such as Sweden?
  • Who are the top players (any nation) we should look out for in the World Cup and why?
  • Do you have any pre match rituals?
  • Who has the weirdest superstitions in the team?
  • Who is England's biggest practical joker?
  • Everyone remembers Gazza's tears in Italia '90. How emotional would it be for you and the players to actually win the tournament?
  • Who is the best videogame player amongst the squad? And does it get competitive between the lads?
  • Did you feel any pride when England won the 2003 rugby World Cup, or last year's cricket Ashes?

by clicking here.

If you have a PSP and would love to get a copy of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany on it then click here now.

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Spend £20 and get a FREE gift certificate worth £5

Spend £20 and get a FREE gift certificate worth £5There is no escaping football this summer and to pass the time until kick off we are delighted to offer our visitors an extra special deal.

Place an order for £20 or more before the World Cup starts, and our partners at Amazon.co.uk will send you a £5 gift certificate to be used during the tournament. Spend it on anything you like from Amazon.co.uk - whether that's a big-screen TV to make the most of it, or a stack of paperbacks to bury your head in until it's over.

For the two weeks between May 23 2006 and June 5 2006, every time you spend £20 or more on purchases from Amazon.co.uk, you will receive a £5 gift certificate by e-mail to spend on further purchases from Amazon.co.uk. Simply use the promotional code gift certificate when you make your next purchase over £20, and £5 will be deducted from your order total at checkout.

But hurry, this promotion closes at midnight on June 5 2006, and gift certificates must be used by midnight on 26 June 2006!

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Major League Soccer Weekend Matches

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


Major League Soccer News
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Houston Dynamo 0
Chicago Fire 1

Thiago scored five minutes into the second half on a clinical run though the Houston defense. Chicago is now unbeaten in six straight matches.

Red Bull NY 5
Chivas USA 4
New York won their first game of the season behind Jean Philippe Peguero’s hat trick. Peguero’s first two goals gave Red Bull a 2-0 halftime lead. Seth Stammler increased the lead in the 54th minute. Ante Razov and Juan Francisco Palencia started the Chivas comeback with goals in the 59th and 64th minutes. Stammler scored his second goal to make it 4-2, Razov scored again to make it a one goal game again. Peguero’s third goal of the match put the score at 5-3. Palencia’s second goal for Chivas finished off the scoring.
Columbus Crew 1
DC United 1
Columbus and DC each scored in the first half. The rest of the match saw United continuously try to break down the Crew defense. Joseph Ngwenya gave Columbus the lead in the 23rd minute. Christian Gomez tied the game six minutes later.
FC Dallas 4
NE Revolution 0
FC Dallas cruised to an easy win at home, scoring four goals in the first 19 minutes. Kenny Cooper started things off in the fourth minute. Carlos Ruiz scored twice in the next ten minutes, and Ramon Nunez ended the torture for New England.
Real Salt Lake 2
KC Wizards 1
Mehdi Ballouchy and Jeff Cunningam scored two late goals to give Salt Lake the comeback win. Ryan Pore’s goal midway through the first half gave Kansas City the lead. Ballouchy tied the game in the 78th minute and Cunningham scored the winner two minutes later.
LA Galaxy 0
Colorado Rapids 1
Defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy’s run of poor form continued with another loss at the Home Depot Center. Jacob Peterson scored the game’s only goal in the 14th minute. Los Angeles have now won two matches, while losing six, and drawing one.

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

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

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Support Soccer Aid

Support Soccer AidSoccer Aid, brainchild of UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams, has hit TV screens in the UK this week, providing a week of entertainment on ITV as well as raising money for UNICEF and its partners to support their global work with children.

Soccer Aid is bringing together World Cup football legends and major celebrities for one week of football this week. Broadcast on ITV1 and ITV2, the legends and celebrities will train, play and compete for places in two final teams: “England” and “The Rest of the World”. The teams will then battle it out for the Soccer Aid title in a Grand Final at Old Trafford on May 27 – and of course raise money for UNICEF’s work in the process. Tickets can be purchased online for three Soccer Aid matches, including the final.

UNICEF UK Ambassador – and the catalyst for Soccer Aid – Robbie Williams will lead “England” as their captain, whilst chef Gordon Ramsay will captain “The Rest of the World”. Former England manager Terry Venables has agreed to manage the home side while football legend Ruud Gullit will manage “The Rest of the World”. Gianfranco Zola and Marcel Desailly have also joined the line-up for the star-packed show, which will be presented by Ant and Dec.

As requested by Robbie Williams, Soccer Aid will raise funds for the work carried out by UNICEF and its partners protecting children worldwide.

Launching Soccer Aid Robbie Williams said, “I have been an Ambassador for UNICEF since 2000 and some of the best moments of my life have been spent with children in Mozambique, Sri Lanka and South Africa. During my last UNICEF trip, I met so many kids who gave me reason to smile. Now, through UNICEF, its partners and Soccer Aid, I want to be able to give them something to smile about too.

The big match – to be played on the famous turf of Old Trafford in front of an expected capacity crowd on Saturday 27 May and broadcast live on ITV – will see the culmination of all this hard work. It will also mark the highpoint of a groundbreaking fundraising event for the world’s children.

Find out more about the Soccer Aid TV programme and the line-up for the teams by clicking here.

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Egypt Patch for 2006 FIFA World Cup

Egypt Patch for 2006 FIFA World CupToday we have our first patch for the new 2006 FIFA World Cup game. Bassio's patch totally updates the Egyptian national team in your 2006 FIFA World Cup game (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

The patch includes:

  • Updated squads of the Egyptian national team
  • Updated skills for the Egyptian players
  • Updated kits of the team (those of ACN 2006)
  • Updated minikits for the team
  • Updated faces and menu heads of 22 of the Egyptian players

Download this patch direct from our Patches Database.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - GOLEO VI: Official Mascot

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - GOLEO VI: Official MascotGOLEO VI the loveable lion is the Official Mascot of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. He is alive, talks and thinks. And naturally, he has his own opinions and point of view, as no-one is born just to be a mascot.

Learn all about GOLEO VI's World Cup priorities and his constant companion, Pille by clicking here.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

New Breamster Gallery

New Breamster GalleryToday we bring you news of Breamster's new Gallery, which will feature all the latest and greatest images from current and future games.

The Gallery, which is divided up into Albums allows you to select the desired game and then sit back and watch a slideshow presentation of all the included images.

They will be adding all the latest games and images as they are released, so check back regularly to the Breamster Gallery.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Evergreen Cafu on record trail

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Evergreen Cafu on record trailFew players in football history can boast such a successful career as the evergreen AC Milan defender Cafu, and the flying full-back is set to break even more records this summer in Germany.

Read all about Cafu's footballing dreams, the competition he faces for Brazil's right-back spot, his plans for the future, and the recipe for success in Germany by clicking here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Eriksson backs Rooney to be ready

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Eriksson backs Rooney to be readyEngland coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says he is confident that injured striker Wayne Rooney will recover in time for the FIFA World Cup™.

Eriksson, who said the 20-year-old Manchester United forward also believes he will be fit for the finals, is waiting for the results of a scan on Rooney's broken foot on Thursday.

"On Friday, we will know much better how the situation is, but I've always been very positive - maybe more with my heart than my head. I'm quite sure that at some stage during the World Cup Wayne Rooney will be ready, I strongly believe that."

Read the rest of this interview with Sven by clicking here.

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Monday, May 22, 2006

NK FOOTBALL © - V7: Arcade?

Updated versions of all NK Football's FIFA Gameplay Updates here

NK Football © V7 will offer the user the choice of how they want their game to play. Over the years, starting with FIFA 2002, it was obvious that some gamers prefer a slower, realistic/simulation approach to football, whereas some prefer the fast-paced, action packed 5-5 draw! This is looked upon as a much more 'arcade' game of football, rather than a tactical simulation. Now, when you install V7 you won't just be installing either the Standard, CEP compatible or original EA gameplay, but a whole new update in itself offering a complete turn-around of fast-paced, challenging, high scoring football! Be sure to check back when a release date is confirmed.

Only available at Sweetpatch!

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

NK FOOTBALL © V7: Play Online!

Updated versions of all NK Football's FIFA Gameplay Updates here

NK Football © hope to encourage more online play with gamers using V7. The new gameplay tuning and experience will make online games more intense and exciting than ever before!

Click here for new NK FOOTBALL © contact address

or add NK Football © to your MSN Messenger and play against NK when V7 is released. Can you beat the creator?

V7 is confirmed for a June release, but no specific date as of yet. For now, head over to the home of NK Football © and download V6!

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

UEFA Champions League Final – Barcelona 2 Arsenal 1

Following last night's epic final, we check out the match report below:

 UEFA Champions League Final – Barcelona 2 Arsenal 1
Wed 17 May 2006
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Barcelona 2 Arsenal 1

The UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC promised to be an entertaining epic, but instead Paris witnessed a masterclass of a different kind. Ten-man Arsenal took a first-half lead against the odds and their fabled defence protected it for almost 40 minutes, only for Barça to get their reward for a patient display with two goals in the last 15 minutes, from Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti, to give the Spanish side the trophy for the second time.

Both teams started in positive mood but the pattern changed completely in the 18th minute after Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann brought down Eto'o to become the first player to be sent off in a European Champion Clubs' Cup final. Incredibly Sol Campbell headed the English side in front in the 37th minute and Arsenal had a number of opportunities to extend their advantage but were unable to take them. Then their tired legs finally gave way in the concluding quarter of an hour. Barça substitute Henrik Larsson was the catalyst, creating goals for Eto'o and Belletti to turn the tie and take the title to Catalonia.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League Final news, click here.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

FIFA Master is in the Sweetpatch house

FIFA Master is in the Sweetpatch houseOn this very exciting day of the UEFA Champions League Final, we are delighted to bring you some more fantastic FIFA news regarding our new exclusive home of the FIFA Master, i.e. Rinaldo.

Yes, that's right folks, the excellent Rinaldo, who has created his own excellent brand of FIFA utilities called FIFA Master, has set up his own home with us here so we can exclusively bring you all the latest and greatest add-ons from the FIFA Master himself.

Check out the new home of the FIFA Master where we bring you a single location to easily download all his great utilities.

To celebrate this launch we also bring you new versions of:

  • DB Master 06
    Has very basic functionality but has been released early because it is the only program that works with the FIFA 2006 World Cup files
  • Kit Master 526 v1.3
    Adds support for World Cup 2006 kit formats
  • Sound Master 06 v1.3
    Allows you to edit many of the sounds available in FIFA 06

Rinaldo will also soon be launching his FIFA Master University concept so check back soon for more news on that.

In the meantime check out our brand new home of the FIFA Master and enjoy the start of the future of FIFA utilities.

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Major League Soccer Review

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


Major League Soccer News
Midweek
Match
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FC Dallas 1
LA Galaxy 0

Carlos Ruiz scored his second goal of the season in the first half to give Dallas the victory. FC Dallas hung on in the second half after Bobby Rhine was sent off late in the first half.

Weekend
Matches
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FC Dallas 1
Houston Dynamo 1
Round 2 of the Texas derby ended all square in sunny Dallas. Carlos Ruiz gave Dallas the lead midway through the first half. His goal seemed to be enough until Dallas defender Clarence Goodson headed in an own goal in the 81st minute.
NE Revolution 3
Chiva USA 1
New England scored three consecutive goals to overcome an early deficit at home. Francisco Mendoza gave Chivas a 1-0 lead after 19 minutes. The Revolution comeback began four minutes later on Andy Dorman’s first goal of the season. Shalrie Joseph scored in the 53rd and Taylor Twellman added an insurance goal for New England.
Red Bull NY 1
Chicago Fire 1
There was only going to be one result in this match, a draw. New York has now 5 draws, while Chicago has four. Jean-Philippe Peguero gave Red Bull the lead in the 27th minute. Chicago tied the match in the 68th minute when Diego Gutierrez scored from the penalty spot.
Columbus Crew 1
Colorado Rapids 0
Ned Grabavoy, newly acquired from Los Angeles, scored on a beautiful solo effort with 15 minutes remaining in the game to give Columbus the win.
DC United 2
KC Wizards 1
DC United won at home in a match that saw all the scoring in the first 23 minutes. Alecko Eskandarian’s fourth goal of the season started things off in the 12th minute. Sasha Victorine’s penalty tied the score four minutes later. Jaime Moreno restored United’s lead in the 23rd minute, also from the spot.
LA Galaxy 0
Real Salt Lake 3
It was a game of firsts for Salt Lake, they recorded their first victory of the season and their first every away win. Atiba Harris scored in the 17th minute, which was all Real needed. Jeff Cunningham added two more goals late in the second half.

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

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

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Yorke revived by fairy-tale ride

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Yorke revived by fairy-tale rideWhat a difference a year makes. Little over 12 months ago, a disillusioned Dwight Yorke seemed to be drifting towards retirement after swapping the English Premier League for the Australian A-League, following an unhappy spell at Birmingham City.

Fast forward to the present and Yorke, at 34, is preparing for arguably the greatest adventure of a career which once brought European glory with Manchester United. Having helped Sydney FC become Australian champions, Yorke will shortly spearhead the Trinidad and Tobago attack at the FIFA World Cup™ in Germany. Here the Soca Warriors captain tells FIFAworldcup.com how he has fallen back in love with the game.

Read how the Soca Warriors captain has fallen back in love with the game by clicking here.

Copyright © 2006 FIFA

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UEFA Champions League Preview - Build up to the Final

As we build up to tonight's epic final, we check out some of the news as the tension mounts:

UEFA Champions League Preview - Build up to the Final
Wed 17
May 2006
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Arsenal v
Barcelona

If Paris is the city of romance, then football lovers will have the opportunity of a public display of affection tonight when Barcelona and Arsenal meet in the UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France.

The match brings together two of club football's most attractive teams with the newly-crowned Spanish champions having scored 114 goals in all competitions this season, while Arsenal's progress to their first European Champion Clubs' Cup showpiece has been most notable for a record-breaking ten successive clean sheets and the elimination of Real Madrid CF, Juventus and Villarreal CF. The game pits the tournament's best attack against its most formidable defence, with Barcelona's 12 games having brought 22 goals while Arsenal have been breached just twice overall.

Rijkaard refutes the idea that knocking out a side that finished the English Premiership season 24 points above Arsenal gives Barça an edge. "A final is a unique occasion. Arsenal are a high-level team with lots of quality and I don't believe in psychological advantages. That's dangerous. Let's just show how we can play." The Dutchman also offers a glimpse into the philosophy that makes his team so popular, explaining: "Football is a serious game but the term 'game' means you should also try to enjoy it. There should be joy on the pitch. If you take it too seriously, it becomes a job. Team spirit, tactics and public perception are all important but you must find a balance between enjoyment and work."

Arsène Wenger would seem to share that approach, although a switch to 4-5-1 in this UEFA Champions League campaign is evidence of the Arsenal manager's more pragmatic side, something he is keen to emphasise. "Of course it would be fantastic if it was a classic but we are a little bit selfish and we want to win," admitted the Frenchman, who believes his charges have drawn strength from their defensive excellence. "In a final, it's very important you can rely on a strong defence. It gives you the belief to exploit every opportunity you get."

The two finalists will enjoy significant financial benefit from their successful runs to the Paris showpiece. If they win at the Stade de France, Arsenal are guaranteed revenue of around €37.3m; if they finish as runners-up, they will pick up approximately €34.7m. Success for Barcelona means approximately €31.5m in total revenue. If the Spanish club lose, their income will amount to close to €28.9m. Included in the total for participating in the final, the UEFA Champions League winners will collect approximately €6.4m, with the runners-up receiving approximately €3.8m.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League Final news, click here.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

FifaMania World Cup Installer 2006

FifaMania World Cup Installer 2006Our partners at Fifamania.it have released a great exclusive file for you. Their team have brought to life the World Cup 06 Installer! Alex Bernardi has collaborated with Ago_, Masiero, Mauri and Rinaldo to create this version of the installer which is completely compatible with WC 2006!

This file is a must as you will be able to install all your updates with a few simple mouse clicks.

Download this excellent Installer direct from our Download Boutique.

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UEFA Champions League Preview - Build up to the Final

As we build up to Wednesday's epic final, we check out some of the news as the tension mounts:

UEFA Champions League Preview - Build up to the Final
Wed 17
May 2006
Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League
Arsenal v
Barcelona

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal FC's progress to the UEFA Champions League final has taken the club to another level on the worldwide stage, but the Frenchman is still not satisfied.

The English club have eliminated Real Madrid CF, Juventus and Villarreal CF en route to Wednesday's meeting with yet another Spanish side, FC Barcelona, at the Stade de France, and Wenger says his team's success this season shows how much they have developed. "Many people were saying that their 'dream final' was Arsenal against Barcelona, which acknowledges that they think we play good football," he said. "With the excitement this game provokes, Arsenal have become a bigger team throughout the world but of course you always want more and we want to be recognised as a team who can win the biggest trophies."

Having guided the club to the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup for the first time, Wenger is on the brink of a historic achievement and he wants to make sure his players are in the best possible shape for Wednesday night. "My biggest job is to get the team in the right frame of mind, to make sure they are focused and determined to do the job. You cannot correct everything, you just want to keep the team going as well as they can and prepare them mentally."

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League Final build up, click here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Togo first to arrive in Germany

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Togo first to arrive in GermanyTogo became the first FIFA World Cup team to arrive in Germany when they landed on Monday in the southwestern city of Stuttgart for four weeks of training before their first Group G match.

Read the full story by clicking here.

Copyright © 2006 FIFA

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Deadline day for squads

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Deadline day for squadsThe guessing is over and by the close of yesterday all 32 squads for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ will be known.

Some national coaches had already named their definitive 23-man lists prior to the deadlines, while others, like England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, were due to confirm the provisional squads they had announced previously.

Although each national association must announce its squad for Germany by yesterday, the official lists will be confirmed by FIFA on Thursday at 12.00CET.

You can read about the confirmed teams already available by clicking on the team names below.

Group A: Germany, Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador
Group B: England, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Sweden
Group C: Argentina, Côte d'Ivoire, Serbia and Montenegro, Netherlands
Group D: Mexico, Iran, Angola, Portugal
Group E: Italy, Ghana, USA, Czech Republic
Group F: Brazil, Croatia, Australia, Japan
Group G: France, Switzerland, Korea Republic, Togo
Group H: Spain, Ukraine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia

Copyright © 2006 FIFA

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England squad finalised for the World Cup

England squad finalised for the World CupThe England squad numbers for this summer's World Cup have been confirmed after Head Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson submitted his final squad to FIFA on Monday.

There is a familiar feel with David Beckham wearing the infamous number seven shirt, while Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen will be number nine and ten respectively.

Spurs winger Aaron Lennon will wear number 19 - the same number Gazza wore in Italia 90, the tournament where he made his name, while fellow new boy Theo Walcott is number 23.

  • Goalkeepers
    • 1 Paul Robinson (Tottenham)
    • 13 David James (Manchester City)
    • 22 Robert Green (Norwich)
  • Defenders
    • 2 Gary Neville (Manchester United)
    • 3 Ashley Cole (Arsenal)
    • 5 John Terry (Chelsea)
    • 6 Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
    • 12 Sol Campbell (Arsenal)
    • 14 Wayne Bridge (Chelsea)
    • 15 Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)
  • Midfielders
    • 4 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
    • 7 David Beckham (Real Madrid)
    • 8 Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
    • 11 Joe Cole (Chelsea)
    • 16 Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich)
    • 17 Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham)
    • 18 Michael Carrick (Tottenham)
    • 19 Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)
    • 20 Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)
  • Strikers
    • 9 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
    • 10 Michael Owen (Newcastle)
    • 21 Peter Crouch (Liverpool)
    • 23 Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Michael Ballack joins Chelsea

Michael Ballack joins ChelseaMichael Ballack has moved to Chelsea on a free transfer. The German international captain this morning signed a three-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

New signing Michael Ballack first dreamed of playing abroad six years ago. More recently he settled on the Premiership as his destination. When it came to selecting a club, he chose Chelsea ahead of Manchester United.

Those were decisions that led to his arrival at Stamford Bridge on Monday morning, as explained by the player when he spoke to the media shortly after signing a contract.

Introduced by José Mourinho and chief executive Peter Kenyon who confirmed Ballack has agreed a three-year deal and is a free transfer secured against competition from many top clubs, the German international shared his thoughts on why he is swapping the Bundesliga for English football.

Check out the reasons Ballack chose Chelsea by clicking here.

© 2006 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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UEFA Champions League Preview - Build up to the Final

As we build up to Wednesday's epic final, we check out some of the news as the tension mounts:

UEFA Champions League Preview - Build up to the Final
Wed 17
May 2006
Visit our home of the UEFA Champions League
Arsenal v
Barcelona

FC Barcelona celebrated their Spanish championship last week with an open-top bus ride through the streets of their city. Ex Arsenal player Giovanni van Bronckhorst hopes they will have an even more prestigious trophy to show off after Wednesday's UEFA Champions League final.

"Frank Rijkaard has been building this team for a while and it's great to start getting the prizes to show for all the effort. We want to prove we're not a one-season wonder and that this Barcelona side is here to stay. We want to be remembered in the same way the great Barcelona teams of the past are remembered.

Of course, the perfect way to finish the season would be to win the UEFA Champions League. It's very important to the club because it is a trophy we haven't won very often. We hope to take the way we have been playing all season into the final in Paris - it would be amazing to win in style. We want to win the UEFA Champions League as much as we wanted to win the Primera División, so we can live up to the expectations people have of us. We believe we are a very good side and it's important to get the trophies to back that up."

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League Final build up, click here.

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FIFA World Cup 2006 Competition Winners

Win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 every day for the next 4 daysAfter 5 successful days of our FIFA World Cup 2006 competition, we are delighted to announce all of the winners:

  1. Wednesday 10th May 2006
    Q: Which Argentine player received a red card in the 2002 FIFA World Cup despite not having played a single minute?
    A: Claudio Caniggia
    Winner = Ashok Simon George from India who wins a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 for the PC;
  2. Thursday 11th May 2006
    Q: Who scored the last minute equaliser against Greece that sent England through to Korea/Japan 2002?
    A: David Beckham
    Winner = Dave Marshall from UK who wins a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 for the PS2;
  3. Friday 12th May 2006
    Q: What was the name of the mascot for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain?
    A: Naranjito
    Winner = Artus Verhaegen from Belgium who wins a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 for the PC;
  4. Saturday 13th May 2006
    Q: What was the name of the mascot for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain?
    A: Naranjito
    Winner = Mario Ortiz from USA who wins a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 for the PC; and
  5. Sunday 14th May 2006
    Q: What was the score before penalties in the semi-finals between France and West Germany at the 1982 FIFA World Cup?
    A: 3 - 3
    Winner = Paul Angerilli from Canada who wins a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 for the Xbox.

Well done to these 5 guys and thank you to everyone who entered this competition and provided us such brilliant feedback. More competitions coming soon.

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

FifaX WC 2006 Music Exporter

FifaX WC 2006 Music ExporterFifaX have recently released their WC 2006 Music Exporter.

Using this small program you can export all audio tracks from FIFa World Cup 2006 into .wav format. Once you run this program you will find all audio tracks in .wav format in your \FIFA World Cup 2006\data\audio.

Download this excellent Music Exporter direct from our Download Boutique.

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A new era! a new site! @ Breamster

A new era! a new site! @ BreamsterOur great partners over at Breamster have had their first major re-design since it was launched back in 2003! A new look and set of features is now at your disposal during every visit!

What can only be described as the "News Desk", this design has seen them re-brand to simply "Breamster", hence getting rid of the ".com" bit (you should all know where to point your browsers by now!).

Their main aim was to create a site that looks aesthetically pleasing, as well as keep the integrity and rapport which the old site built up over the years. Their main focus therefore, is to give you all the information you require on one page; without overcrowding things - we think they have achieved this!

Check out this great new FIFA community website concept by clicking here.

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Last chance to win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 today

Last chance to win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 todayAfter 4 successful days of our World Cup competition, we are delighted to announce our day 3 and 4 answer as:

  • Q: What was the name of the mascot for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain?
  • A: Naranjito

We will annouce the winners as soon as we have processed all the 100's of entries.

Today we bring you your 5th and last chance to win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 for the PC, PS2 or Xbox. All you have to do is complete the Entry Form answering 1 trivia question regarding the World Cup plus complete the Tie-Breaker question.

Closing dates for the competition will be daily at midnight GMT on Sunday 14th May 2006 (tonight).

Enter this great competition by filling in the entry form and we wish you the very best of luck.

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The FA Cup - Final Review

This weekend saw the best FA Cup Final played in years. Please find below a review of the match:

The FA Cup - Final Review
Sat 13
May 2006
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Liverpool 3
West Ham 3

Liverpool won 3-1 on penalties

Liverpool sealed a dramatic FA Cup Final thanks to the heroics of Jose Reina and the determination of Steven Gerrard. In one of the most exciting Finals in recent years Liverpool emerged triumphant after a brave display from Alan Pardew's West Ham that almost lead to a thrilling upset. Liverpool came from behind twice to take the game into extra-time and penalties in a game that will be remembered for years to come.

The Hammers got the start they had been dreaming of taking the lead after twenty minutes with Jamie Carragher putting through his own goal. Dean Ashton played a superb through ball to the overlapping full-back Scaloni who drove the ball across the face of goal. Carragher couldn't decide how to divert the ball from goal and ended up playing the ball past Reina to the delight of the Hammers' fans.

Eight minutes later Ashton seized on a sloppy save by the Spanish goalkeeper to double their lead. From Matthew Etherington's firm shot, Reina couldn't hold the ball and Ashton was there to poke home the second goal of the game.

Just when you thought that Liverpool would be swept aside by Pardew's men they hit back immediately. West Ham held their two-goal advantage for less than three minutes before Djibril Cisse ignited the Red revival with a brilliantly guided volley past Hislop. Steven Gerrard took control of the ball and delivered an inch-perfect lofted pass for the elusive French striker, it was a sublime creation from Gerrard but the finish still required great technique and confidence and Cisse was not found wanting.

Liverpool made their intentions clear moments later when they replaced Harry Kewell with Fernando Morientes, with Rafa Benitez pushing three out-and-out strikers on in search of an equaliser. It paid off when Crouch and Morientes combined to cause confusion in the West Ham penalty area and provide Gerrard with a golden opportunity to level the scores and from ten yards out he made no mistake.

Slamming the ball past Hislop Gerrard's Liverpool were back on level terms and proved once again that you can never write off the team from Merseyside. After a slow start that threatened to spoil their chances of glory, the Reds were now beginning to open up space behind Ferdinand and Gabbidon and cause problems.

Despite being forced to cope with increasing pressure from a refreshed Liverpool team, amazingly it was West Ham who took the lead after 64 minutes through the most unlikely of sources. Seemingly attempting a deep cross toward Harewood, Paul Konchesky looped the ball over Reina to the delight of the buoyant Londoners.

Soaking up all the Liverpool pressure West Ham seemed to be on course for a fairytale victory but like all good stories there was another twist in the tail. Steven Gerrard was again the hero for the Reds when he sent the game into extra-time with an incredible 30-yard strike in the last minute of the game.

It was heartbreak for West Ham who were so close to an incredible triumph, but the influence of Gerrard on the game was plain for all to see as he pulled his team back from the brink yet again.

Just as it did last season, The FA Cup Final went to extra-time as the script awaited a final flourish to seal a classic game. Unfortunately both sides suffered from understandable fatigue, with Cisse and Harewood also sustaining injuries that they were unable to fully recover from.

Nigel Reo-Coker nearly clinched the game in the closing moments of extra-time after guiding Benayoun's free-kick towards the top corner, but Reina was the hero once more with a breathtaking stop to deny the 21-year-old West Ham skipper.

After The FA Cup Final went to penalties for the very first time a season ago so it would for a second successive year, and just as they did in Istanbul last season they emerged victorious.

For comprehensive official FA Cup match reports, click here.

© The Football Association 2001-2006

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 every day for the next 3 days

Win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 every day for the next 3 daysAfter the second successful day of our World Cup competition, we are delighted to announce our day 2 answer as:

  • Q: Who scored the last minute equaliser against Greece that sent England through to Korea/Japan 2002?
  • A: David Beckham

We will annouce the winner as soon as I have processed all the 100's of entries.

Also, the answer for day 1 was:

  • Q: Which Argentine player received a red card in the 2002 FIFA World Cup despite not having played a single minute?
  • A: Claudio Caniggia

Today we bring you your 3rd chance to win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 for the PC, PS2 or Xbox. All you have to do is complete the Entry Form answering 1 trivia question regarding the World Cup plus complete the Tie-Breaker question.

Closing dates for the competition will be daily at midnight GMT on:

  • Friday 12th May 2006;
  • Saturday 13th May 2006; and
  • Sunday 14th May 2006

Enter this great competition by filling in the entry form and we wish you the very best of luck.

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 every day for the next 4 days

Win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 every day for the next 4 daysAfter the first successful day of our latest competition, we are delighted to announce our day 1 winner as:

  • Ashok Simon George from India who wins a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 for the PC

Today we bring you another chance to win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 for the PC, PS2 or Xbox. All you have to do is complete the Entry Form answering 1 trivia question regarding the World Cup plus complete the Tie-Breaker question.

Closing dates for the competition will be daily at midnight GMT on:

  • Thursday 11th May 2006;
  • Friday 12th May 2006;
  • Saturday 13th May 2006; and
  • Sunday 14th May 2006

Enter this great competition by filling in the entry form and we wish you the very best of luck.

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Major League Soccer Weekend Matches

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


Major League Soccer News
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NE Revolution 4
LA Galaxy 0

Shalrie Joseph’s first goals of the season paced New England’s romp at home. Taylor Twellman and Steve Ralston also scored for the Revolution, who led by three goals at halftime.

KC Wizards 1
Chicago Fire 1
Kansas City Wizard forward Eddie Johnson’s goal three minutes into the second tied the match that Kansas City should have won. Kansas City out shot Chicago 20 to 4 in what should have been a one sided game. Chicago’s Chad Barrett had given the Fire the lead 18 minutes into the game.
Houston Dynamo 4
FC Dallas 3
The first edition of the Texas derby was a wild match that saw Houston take a three-goal lead only to hold on for the victory. Ricardo Clark, Brian Ching, and Dwayne De Rosario each scored in the first half to give Houston a commanding lead at the break. Carlos Ruiz and Roberto Mina scored a minute apart in the second half to make the score 3-2. De Rosario’s second goal of the match gave the Dynamo a two-goal lead. Drew Moor scored Dallas’ third goal in the 76th minute.
Real Salt Lake 0
Columbus Crew 1
Jason Garey’s first goal of the season was enough to give Columbus the away victory. The Crew, playing without many injured regulars, kept Salt Lake winless on the season.
Colorado Rapids 2
DC United 1
Colorado came from one goal down to earn the victory at home. Christian Gomez scored early in the 49th minute to give United the lead. Jovan Kirovski’s fourth goal of the season came five minutes later to level the match. Nicolas Hernandez put the winner in the back of the net five minutes from full time.

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

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

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Road to World Cup Super Patch 2006 v1.1 International version

Road to World Cup Super Patch 2006 International versionOur partners over at FIFA Korea have recently released their official patch Road to World Cup Super Patch 2006 v1.1 International version for FIFA 06.

This patch offers:

  • Roster Update
    • Full support for Network (IPX) games
    • The accrute roster updates for 32 nations that participate in 2006 World Cup
    • Add losts of newly created national teams like Ukraine, Netherlands, Iran, Togo, Angola, and other teams.
    • Real formation and position data for each team
    • The latest roster update for hundreds of European clubs
    • The latest roster update for K-League teams
    • Add 2006 FIFA World Cup Tournament Mode (It's perpectly same compare with real 2006 FIFA World Cup Tournament match system. You can find 2006 FIFA World Cup Tournament at Other Leagues section in Tournament)
    • Increase sub members of 2006 FIFA World Cup Tournament 32 teams. (5 sub members -> 7 sub members)
    • Fix some database errors for 1.0 version
  • Graphic Update
    • Lots of new title menu screens according to World Cup atmosphere
    • High quality 2GK home&away kits for lots of teams
    • Official 2006 World Cup adboards and ball(Adidas Team Geist ball)
    • New In-game popup graphics including scoreboard
    • Accurate and new natioal flags, banners and logos
    • Many famous head coach face images for career mode
    • Face update for Korea national team's all players and some world players
  • Music & Sound Update
    • Realistic 3D sound upgrade during field playing. Crowds shout more often.
    • Totally new music addon. You can hear the best of best musics about historical FIFA series and Korean rooters song.
    • New Music List:
      • Yoon Do Hyun Band - Korea National Anthem (Rock Remix)
      • Psy - We are the One
      • Red Devils - Reds go together, Song of Victory, For the victory, Red wave, Oh! Philseung Korea, Go West, Arirang
      • Soccer - Soccer Anthem(Ole ole)
      • FIFA 98 : Blur - Song2
      • World Cup 1998 : Chumbawamba - Tubthumping
      • FIFA 2000 : Robbie Williams - It's only us
      • FIFA 2002 : Gorillaz - 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)
      • World Cup 2002 : Elvis - A Little Less Conversation
      • FIFA 2003 : Idlewild - You Held The World In Your Arms
      • FIFA 2004 : Vicentico -Se Despierta La Ciudao
      • FIFA 2005 : Gusanito - Vive La Vida
  • Other Features
    • More smooth play motion in the game
    • No more slow motion to play FIFA 06 via Lan or Internet
    • Now CPU changes formation and does substitution automatically
    • Increased stability and changed INI figures for Career Mode
    • Add FIFA KOREA Sponsor in Career Mode
    • Fully supported 6 languages including Korean, English, Spanish, Italian, German, French.
    • Convenient install & uninstall function

This patch embodies the realistic 2006 FIFA World Cup. Get the real rosters, graphics, and musics for 2006 Germany FIFA World Cup direct from our Patches Database.

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Nintendo Wii @ E3

Nintendo Wii @ E3The Nintendo Wii will be released worldwide in Q4 2006 with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as the key launch title, but Nintendo is keeping precise dates and price under wraps.

"Risk allows progress. We run toward risk. Change is good." That was the bullish take-home from Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing, as the company unveiled more of its plans for the groundbreaking Wii console @ E3.

Fils-Aime predicted it would be affordable. "It will provide more fun for less money," he stated. The focus of the press conference at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre wasn't hardware, or even the console's online features however. "This is about inspiration, not information," he said. Software was key with the 3,000-strong audience thrilled by footage of new versions of classic Nintendo franchises such as The Legend of Zelda, WarioWare, Mario, and Metroid Prime.

Fils-Aime argued the company isn't just relying on its back catalogue. Three new titles in development include Project H.A.M.M.E.R, Disaster: Day of Crisis, and Excite Truck.

Another game that particularly highlights the potential of Wii's innovative remote controller for casual and party gaming is Wii Sports. This collection of sports such as tennis, ping-pong, golf, and baseball uses the main controller's positional and acceleration sensors to enable players to use it as a bat, club, or racket, with subtle techniques such as backspin or slice enabled by a flick of the wrist.

The flexibility of the system was also demonstrated as a player fought his way through a dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

"Wii will entice new players with new experiences," explained Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. "To expand the total number of players, we must make our experience friendlier and more compelling."

It was also revealed that Wii's Nunchuck controller contains motion-tracking features, while the main Remote features a speaker to enable interactive sounds to be used to enhance gameplay.

As for the issue of the console's name, Fils-Aime remained unrepentant. "Wii is the sound of inclusion," he said, also thanking those who had supported Nintendo's decision. "All two of you," he joked.

The company's response to such commentary will be available on the show floor, with 27 Wii titles promised. Support from third-party publishers includes Ubisoft's launch game Red Steel, Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog, Square Enix's Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers, and EA's Madden NFL.

"Feel our answer," Fils-Aime said. "Playing is believing". Let's wait and see if it is.

Check out all Nintendo's announcements at E3 by clicking here.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

UEFA Cup Final - Middlesbrough 0 Sevilla 4

Following tonight's UEFA Cup final in Eindhoven, we check out a brief summary below of all the action:

UEFA Cup Final - Middlesbrough 0 Sevilla 4
Wed 10
May 2006
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Middlesbrough 0
Sevilla 4

Sevilla FC are celebrating their first European trophy after a thrilling second-half display won the UEFA Cup final for the Spanish club against Middlesbrough FC at the PSV Stadion in Eindhoven.

Luis Fabiano's 27th-minute header had put them on course for victory, but the game was in the balance until two late strikes from Enzo Maresca and a fourth from Frédéric Kanouté started the party, Juande Ramos's men clinching the club's first major trophy since 1948. It had been a thrilling ride for Middlesbrough en route to the final, but there was to be no way back this time as Steve McClaren's final match before becoming England manager ended in defeat.

For comprehensive UEFA Cup match reports, click here.

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NK FOOTBALL © - V7: News

Updated versions of all NK Football's FIFA Gameplay Updates here

NK Football © V7 is now in development and will be ready for beta testing this Friday, 12th May. If you enjoy V6 and would like to give your feedback to make sure V7 is a success, then be sure to head over to NK Football © and send us an e-mail! We'll get back to you shortly.

V7 NEWS

NK Football © - V7 will be developed specially for FIFA ™ 06, however; An alternative gameplay design based on V7 will be created for 2006 FIFA World Cup ™ to make sure that gamers with EA SPORTS ™ latest title can enjoy the enhanced gameplay. This won’t be a ‘quick conversion bonus’ like V6 was from FIFA ™ 06 to the World Cup game, but designed over a period of weeks and tested. It will be a separate update.

Expect enhanced ball physics, CPU skill for players' and improved attack and defence playability. The balancing from each game difficulty will be fine tuned so gamers of all ages and skill will be able to enjoy V7! More news to come soon as the new design progresses.

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Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) @ E3

Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) @ E3At E3 this week Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced that it would launch PLAYSTATION3 (PS3) in "Clear Black" in North America on November 17, 2006, as part of a worldwide simultaneous launch.

PS3 is the most advanced computer system that serves as a platform to enjoy next generation computer entertainment contents in the home, realized through the combination of Cell and RSX processors, in addition to the playability of a vast catalog of PlayStation and PlayStation2 software titles.

Having Giga-bit Ethernet and a pre-installed hard disk drive (HDD) as standard in PS3, users will be able to download a variety of contents as well as access on-line games and services over the network.

Equipped with basic input/output ports, PS3 supports a broad range of displays from conventional NTSC/PAL standard TVs to the latest full HD (1080i/1080p) flat panel displays, offering the joy of the most advanced computer entertainment contents to homes around the world. For use in living rooms, maximum heat and noise reduction has been achieved with a noise level equivalent to that of the current slim-line PlayStation 2.

The new controller for PS3 has been created by refining and improving the world’s most popular PlayStation controller which has shipped more than several hundred million units worldwide. The controller for PS3 employs a high-precision, highly sensitive six-axis sensing system that is capable of processing all parameters within the controller itself, thereby eliminating the need for any additional settings on the display system. By applying this technology, it will become possible to freely control the PS3 system over the network.

While further enhancing the joy of entertainment on PlayStation 2 and PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, SCEA will vigorously promote PS3 as the next generation computer entertainment platform.

Keep up to date this week with all E3 news over at the official E3 Insider website.

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Win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 every day for the next 5 days

Win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 every day for the next 5 daysWe are delighted to bring you the chance to win a copy of FIFA World Cup 2006 for the PC, PS2 or Xbox every day for the next 5 days.

To have the chance to win one of these great prizes all you have to do is complete the Entry Form answering 1 trivia question regarding the World Cup plus complete the Tie-Breaker question.

Closing dates for the competition will be daily at midnight GMT on:

  • Wednesday 10th May 2006;
  • Thursday 11th May 2006;
  • Friday 12th May 2006;
  • Saturday 13th May 2006; and
  • Sunday 14th May 2006

Enter this great competition by filling in the entry form and we wish you the very best of luck.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Win Upto 5 Copies of 2006 FIFA World Cup™ This Week

Win Upto 5 Copies of 2006 FIFA World Cup™ This Week We are very excited to be able to offer you the chance to win yourself upto 5 copies of 2006 FIFA World Cup™ for the PC, PS2 or Xbox here this week.

From tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be offering you the chance to win 1 copy of the game every day for the next 5 days! Check back tomorrow when we launch this great competition.

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

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Updated versions of all NK Football's FIFA Gameplay Updates here

Updated versions of all NK Football's FIFA Gameplay Updates hereA new version of NK Football © FIFA 06 Gameplay Update V6 has been uploaded today due to an issue encountered with the original installation program.

To compliment this, and after many requests, we have also made available all previous versions of the Gameplay Updates so you can now download versions 1 to 6 at the home of the NK Football ©.

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England squad for the World Cup

England squad for the World CupWe bring you the incredible Squad announced by Sven as he named his 23 players for the World Cup.

  • Goalkeepers
    • Robinson (Tottenham)
    • James (Manchester City)
    • Green (Norwich)
  • Defenders
    • G Neville (Manchester United)
    • Ferdinand (Manchester United)
    • Terry (Chelsea)
    • Cole (Arsenal)
    • Campbell (Arsenal)
    • Carragher (Liverpool)
    • Bridge (Chelsea)
  • Midfielders
    • Beckham (Real Madrid)
    • Carrick (Tottenham)
    • Lampard (Chelsea)
    • Gerrard (Liverpool)
    • Hargreaves (Bayern Munich)
    • Jenas (Tottenham)
    • Downing (Middlesbrough)
    • J Cole (Chelsea)
    • Lennon (Tottenham)
  • Strikers
    • Rooney (Manchester United)
    • Owen (Newcastle)
    • Crouch (Liverpool)
    • Walcott (Arsenal)
  • Standby
    • Carson (Liverpool)
    • Young (Charlton)
    • Reo-Coker (West Ham)
    • Defoe (Tottenham)
    • Johnson (Crystal Palace)

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Monday, May 8, 2006

Final English Premier League Review

Following the last weekend of the 2005/06 English Premiership season, we bring you a summary of all the latest action:

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Sun 07
May 2006
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Aston Villa 2
Sunderland 1
Gareth Barry and Liam Ridgewell ensured Aston Villa ended a disappointing Barclays Premiership season on a high with a second-half header to see off relegated Sunderland.Ridgewell’s 77th-minute strike effectively ended a predictably low-key contest, despite Danny Collins’ late header which gave the visiting fans some consolation.
Arsenal 4 Wigan 2

Thierry Henry provided a fitting finale for Highbury as his hat-trick secured Arsenal a place in the Champions League next season, when Wigan Athletic were beaten 4-2 in the last match at the famous old stadium. Knowing they had to better the result of north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who were at West Ham United, to claim fourth spot in the Barclays Premiership, it was a composed display by Arsene Wenger’s emerging side against the Latics, who had done their best to spoil the party.

As news of the Hammers’ 2-1 win filtered through, the Highbury faithful were able to revel in their team’s achievements in what has been a season of transition. Now, all that remains is the European Cup final showdown with Barcelona in Paris on May 17 and who would bet against Arsenal starting life in their new state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium as European champions in August?

Blackburn 2 Man City 0
Manchester City goalkeeper David James made a costly mistake as Stuart Pearce's side suffered their ninth defeat in 10 matches.James’ error in dropping a Sergio Peter corner allowed centre-back Zurab Khizanishvili to score his first Barclays Premiership goal for Blackburn Rovers in the 35th minute.Shefki Kuqi added Rovers’ second seven minutes after the break before midfielder Tugay was sent off on the hour, ensuring he will miss the first three matches of next season.
Bolton 1 Birmingham 0
Bolton Wanderers missed out on a second successive season in the UEFA Cup despite beating relegated Birmingham City.Portuguese striker Ricardo Vaz Te grabbed the winner against the visitors after stepping off the bench.
Everton 2
WBA  2
Duncan Ferguson fired home a last-minute goal to rob relegated West Bromwich Albion of only their second Barclays Premiership away win of the season before they depart to the Championship.Albion took a deserved two-goal lead through Zoltan Gera and Williams Martinez before Everton staged a grandstand finish.Young player of the year Victor Anichebe scored with five minutes to go and then Ferguson - possibly playing his last game for the club - saw a penalty saved before firing home the rebound.The 34-year-old was given a guard of honour by his team-mates at the end and was clearly moved by the tribute.
Fulham 1
Middlesbrough 0
Heidar Helguson's 84th-minute penalty gave Fulham a 13th home Barclays Premiership win of the season and ensured Steve McClaren's last league match as Middlesbrough boss ended in defeat.
Man United 4
Charlton 0
Manchester United marched purposefully into next season's Champions League group phase with a four-goal hammering of Charlton Athletic in the Barclays Premiership. Louis Saha began the rout, with Cristiano Ronaldo adding another before Jason Euell netted an own goal and Kieran Richardson rifled home a fourth just before the hour.

Newcastle 1
Chelsea 0

Titus Bramble fired Newcastle United into the Intertoto Cup as the Magpies enjoyed a season's good fortune inside 90 minutes to defeat champions Chelsea.
Portsmouth 1
Liverpool 3
Liverpool ended their Barclays Premiership campaign on a winning note as a goal each from Robbie Fowler and substitutes Peter Crouch and Djibril Cisse gave them a 3-1 win at Portsmouth.
West Ham 2
Spurs 1
Tottenham Hotspur's dreams of Champions League football bit the dust after they were beaten by West Ham United and Arsenal closed Highbury with victory over Wigan Athletic.Spurs held fourth place before kick-off but had to match Arsenal’s result to open up the opportunity of qualifying for the Champions League next season.And after suffering a severe outbreak of food poisoning in the team hotel overnight, Spurs will find it particularly hard to stomach that it was local rivals West Ham and Arsenal who combined to deny them.

Jermain Defoe’s expert finish on his return to Upton Park drew Spurs level at half-time after Carl Fletcher had rifled West Ham into the lead with a 30-yard special. Paul Robinson saved a penalty from Teddy Sheringham but as news of the Highbury score filtered through at Upton Park, Yossi Benayoun hammered the final nail in Tottenham’s coffin 10 minutes from time.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

We look forward to August when we will bring you once again our comprehensive match reviews from the English Premiership.

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Saturday, May 6, 2006

NK Football's FIFA “Gameplay Update” 06 V6 is here

NK Football's FIFA “Gameplay Update” 06 V6 is here The latest and greatest FIFA ™ 06 gameplay update returns and it’s better than ever! NK Football © gives you V6!

NK Football © V6 has been created for FIFA ™ fans. V6 will enhance your FIFA ™ 06 video game experience and increase the difficulty to set out a challenging game of football for you in the comfort of your own home without you having to go outside and kick a ball about!

V6 features:

  • Gamespeed
    • Pace: FIFA ™ Football is full of action, excitement and now enhanced realism! NK Football © aims your game at the fans. Play your game fast or slow, FIFA ™ “Gameplay Update” 06 will handle your playing style.
  • CPU
    • Defence: Get into gear and stay back! The defence for both user and CPU is tighter. Can you break them before they break you?
    • Attack: Creativity, skill, pace and anything else that makes it a better game! Attack like you’ve never attacked before or be attacked and feel the pressure!
  • Ball Physics
    • Shooting: Aiming your shot at goal and scoring is much harder and greatly improved. No longer can you score easily, you must be skilled!
    • Crossing: Crossing the ball requires more skill, good timing and a good crosser! Get that ball to Beckham’s right foot.
    • Passing: Pass, pass, pass, pass, and pass!! The passing game is greatly improved and more exciting.
  • Difficulty
    • World Class: Take on the best and feel the skill! Like never before will the best teams attack you and play closer to their real-life counterparts and NK Football © encourages better team play from the better teams!
  • Total Balancing
    You say you cheated? Nope! If the CPU scored a great goal from outside the box, then so can you! Why? Because the goalkeepers are exactly the same! No longer do 5 star team keepers have the skill of a 5 year old! See your keeper make amazing saves and dives, JUST like the CPU! But don’t expect to be scoring left, right and center straight away on World Class or Legendary, even if the CPU can do it. Get into practice mode!
  • Attribute fiddling free
    Unlike some updates that rely on altering the real player attributes to specific set values for each player on the field both home and away (clones), FIFA “Gameplay Update” 06 does not and relies solely on the difficulty and diversity of what is the best gameplay update for your FIFA 06 ™ video game. NK FOOTBALL © guarantees you the best FIFA football available.
  • Diversity
    Didn’t see that happen before? Didn’t think you did! New physics and values set-out a much more diverse game of football with unpredictable results! Especially in the box and defensive scrambles.
  • No correction, no fix, no patch
    FIFA “Gameplay Update” 06 is not a patch or a fix to correct problems, it is nothing more than a change and it is NK FOOTBALL © who have found this change and balanced it to make it playable for you guys at home.
  • NK FOOTBALL © - Play Fair
    NK FOOTBALL © does not copy other updates available or try and imitate other editors work. Be proud of your own creation, make YOUR game play the way the FIFA ™ fans want it.

Download this latest fantastic version of the Gameplay Update direct from our Download Boutique.

Please note: Be sure to check the installation folder for your NK FOOTBALL © V6 bonus updates!

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McClaren is the man for England

McClaren is the man for EnglandMiddlesbrough boss Steve McClaren has been appointed the next England manager, ending months of speculation over Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor.

McClaren had looked set to miss out to Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who was offered the post by the Football Association in April.

But when Scolari ruled himself out of contention the FA turned their attentions to the 45-year-old McClaren.

Eriksson's current assistant has agreed a four-year deal starting on 1 August.

McClaren insisted that he was not bothered by the lengthy process, which took almost three months and gave the impression he was not the first choice.

Check out the full story by clicking here.

© BBC MMVI

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Thur 04
May 2006
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Man City 1
Arsenal 3
Two goals from substitute Jose Reyes were enough to overcome a spirited Manchester City side and keep Arsenal in the race to finish fourth in the Barclays Premiership.The victory at the City of Manchester Stadium takes the Gunners to within a point of Tottenham Hotspur, going into Sunday's final round of games.

Freddie Ljungberg set the visitors on their way with the opening goal in the half-hour, but David Sommeil restored parity eight minutes later before Reyes stepped in and hit a second-half brace to settle matters.

Sunderland 2 Fulham 1

Sunderland saved the best for last as they won a Barclays Premiership game on their own ground for the first time this season - at the final attempt. After 28 top-flight matches dating back to December 15, 2002, goals from Anthony Le Tallec and Chris Brown - his first in the Barclays Premiership - either side of half-time saw the Black Cats fend off another unwanted record with victory over Fulham.

No English side had ever gone a full campaign without winning a league game on their own pitch, and while the Wearsiders cannot avoid setting a new low points total with a final day trip to Aston Villa to come, the win at least gave the home fans among a crowd of 28,226 something to cheer. Sunderland had to endure a tense final 14 minutes after Tomasz Radzinski pulled a goal back for the visitors, but for the first time since Liverpool left Wearside empty handed three-and-a-half years ago, three Premiership points were banked by the home side.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Thursday, May 4, 2006

Bought 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Yet?

Buy 2006 FIFA World Cup Here Now and Save! The 2006 FIFA World Cup game has been released and have you got your copy of it yet?

I've got to say after playing it for a few days now, "it is a great play and definitely one you should not be missing out on".

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

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Major League Soccer Weekend Matches

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


Major League Soccer News
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Real Salt Lake 2
LA Galaxy 3

Los Angeles remained unbeaten in away matches with a win over the league’s worst side. Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, and Hercules Gomez each scored their first goal of the season. Jason Kreis gave Salt Lake the lead in the 6th minute before LA scored three unanswered goals. Atiba Harris brought Salt Lake to within one goal with 15 minutes remaining.

DC United 1
FC Dallas 1
The top two teams in Major League Soccer remained unbeaten after DC and Dallas traded long range goals. Ben Olson gave United the lead in the 17th minute, FC Dallas tied the game four minutes before half time with a Ronnie O’Brien goal.
Columbus Crew 0
KC Wizards 1
Josh Wolff scored his first goal of the season as Kansas City rebounded from their first loss last weekend. Columbus controlled the tempo of the game but were unable to penetrate a tight Wizards backline.
Columbus Crew 0
Houston Dynamo 1
Brian Ching scored his sixth goal of the season, and fifth against Colorado, to give Houston the away victory. Ching leads Major League Soccer with six goals and an assist.
NE Revolution 1 Chicago Fire 2
Chris Rolfe’s goal in the 68th minute gave Chicago the win in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Final. Taylor Twellman’s header gave the Revolution the lead in the 54th minute. Thiago scored for Chicago ten minutes later to set up Rolfe’s heroics.

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

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

World Cup News
United States coach Bruce Arena has named his roster for World Cup 2006 in Germany:

  • Goalkeepers: Marcus Hahnemann (Reading, England), Tim Howard (Manchester United, England), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany)
  • Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham, England), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96, Germany), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City), Cory Gibbs (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus), Eddie Lewis (Leeds United, England), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege, Belgium), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake)
  • Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Bobby Convey (Reading, England), Clint Dempsey (New England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado), John O'Brien (Chivas USA), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Claudio Reyna (Manchester City, England)
  • Forwards: Brian Ching (Houston), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City), Brian McBride (Fulham, England), Josh Wolff (Kansas City)

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Wed 03
May 2006
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Bolton 1
Middlesbrough 1
Steve McClaren watched with pride as his young Middlesbrough side collected a hard-earned point from their encounter with Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium.Although the Teessiders’ youthful side were unable to hold onto the lead given them by teenager Adam Johnson’s first goal for the club two minutes after the restart, the manner in which they resisted Bolton’s virtually relentless assault suggested the kids are made of stern stuff.

It was a painful evening for Sam Allardyce as the Bolton boss watched his side squander a series of chances before Johnson scored. However, Ricardo Vaz Te levelled for the home side to leave Allardyce's hopes of taking the Trotters into Europe for a second successive season hanging by a thread.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

FileFront.com - Back Online

FileFront.com - Back Online As reported last week, FileFront had to take their entire system offline.

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

It is now all back online and we thank you all for your support, patience, and understanding!

This should now mean the end of slower downloads from FileFront - hurray I hear you all say!

Start downloading again from us and check out all our latest download we have for you by clicking here.

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Mon 01
May 2006
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Man United 0
Middlesbrough 0
Ruud van Nistelrooy's missed penalty capped a disappointing night for a Manchester United side who missed the influence of injured star Wayne Rooney.
Sunderland 0 Arsenal 3

Sunderland kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive by condemning relegated Sunderland to another unwanted entry into the record books. First-half goals from Black Cats defender Danny Collins, Cesc Fabregas and Thierry Henry secured the points.

WBA 0
West Ham 1
Nigel Reo-Coker grabbed the points for West Ham United but boss Alan Pardew had one eye on other things with the FA Cup final looming.Reo-Coker drilled home a low shot in the 41st minute to sink already-relegated West Bromwich Albion but Pardew will have been worried by apparent injuries sustained by Matthew Etherington and Dean Ashton.
Tue 02
May 2006
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Blackburn 1
Chelsea 0
Blackburn Rovers are back in Europe after Mark Hughes' side overcame Barclays Premiership champions Chelsea thanks to a Steven Reid goal at Ewood Park.Rovers conjured up a crucial win which will see them in next season’s UEFA Cup, courtesy of a glancing header from Reid on the stroke of half-time for his fifth goal of the season.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Monday, May 1, 2006

English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Manchester United 0

English Premier League: Chelsea 3 Manchester United 0Chelsea have become the first London club to win back-to-back championships since the 1930s after a game that could not have gone any better had it been scripted. From William Gallas’ early opener, to Joe Cole’s magical second to Riccy Carvalho’s fantasy third, this was truly a blue day.

When it came to the crunch, Mourinho reverted to his tried and trusted 4-3-3 team selection. That meant recalls for Joe Cole and Arjen Robben to play alongside Didier Drogba in attack while in defence, William Gallas and Paulo Ferreira resumed as the full-back pair with a return to the centre for Ricardo Carvalho.

  • 1-0: Stamford Bridge, already a bubbling cauldron at kick-off reached boiling point after only four minutes. Chelsea won a corner. Lampard, whose tackle on Ronaldo in the centre-circle had originally won possession took it. Drogba climbed high in a way no Man U player could match, headed towards the target where Gallas, like so many times before had wheeled away free from his marker. From five yards out, one of the true stars of the season headed home. It was the dream start to every Chelsea fans’ dream game.
  • 2-0: On the hour came one of the moments of the season. Joe Cole picked up a ball that Drogba had chested on but was totally hemmed in by red shirts. One shuffle of the feet later and Rio Ferdinand was trailing in his wake. Neither Silvestre nor Vidic could get back either as Cole advanced and unerringly slammed the ball between near-post and keeper.
  • 3-0: On 73 minutes, Carvalho strode out from his own area and continued his run as Chelsea broke forward through Lampard and Cole. Picking up Cole’s pass wide out on the left of the area, the Portuguese stopper looked every inch a master centre-forward as he whacked the ball in.

Man United’s dreadful afternoon at the office was about to become even worse. Rooney, after a superb tackle by Ferreira on the edge of the area, tumbled and looked to have hurt his foot. Chelsea’s championship win may have just been bumped off the back pages.

There would be no more incident apart from the momentous final whistle.

What a great season again for Chelsea fans. Let's see what happens in the summer transfer market and see if we can add a cup competition to the trophy cabinet next year (preferably the Champions League!)

Check out the full match report by clicking here.

© 2006 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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English Premier League Review

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

 

Barclays Premiership Review
Sat 29
April 2006
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Birmingham 0
Newcastle 0
Shay Given broke Birmingham City's hearts and condemned them to life in the Coca-Cola Championship after four years in the top flight.
Charlton 0 Blackburn 2

Alan Curbishley's final match in charge of Charlton Athletic at The Valley ended in a 2-0 defeat by European hopefuls Blackburn Rovers. Steven Reid’s first-half header and an own goal from veteran defender Chris Powell handed Mark Hughes his third victory of the term over Curbishley’s men.

Chelsea 3
Man United 0
Chelsea retained their Barclays Premiership title courtesy of a comprehensive victory over nearest challengers Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. William Gallas set the champions on their way with a close range header after five minutes before Joe Cole and Ricardo Carvalho sealed the points with two beautiful strikes.However, Wayne Rooney was carried off for United towards the end of the second-half sparking fears he could be ruled out of England's World Cup campaign.
Liverpool 3
Aston Villa 1
There was no chance of Steven Gerrard taking it easy with a fortnight to go until the FA Cup final. Confronted with Aston Villa producing an equaliser - through Gareth Barry - following Fernando Morientes’ first-half opener, the Liverpool skipper took matters into his own hands. Gerrard produced a clever strike from six yards and then a cracker from 30 to set the record straight.
Man City 1
Fulham 2
At the 18th time of asking, Fulham finally registered an away victory in the Barclays Premiership.Steed Malbranque - a man Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce tried to buy in the summer - proved to be the Cottagers' injury-time hero, finishing off a lightning counter-attack as the visitors turned the game on its head in the last five minutes.
Middlesbrough 0
Everton 1
James McFadden brought UEFA Cup finalists Middlesbrough back down to earth with a late winner for Everton at the Riverside Stadium.
Wigan 1
Portsmouth 2
Harry Redknapp has again proved himself to be the master of the great escape as a stunning come-from-behind win at Wigan Athletic guaranteed Portsmouth another season of Barclays Premiership football.Pompey were on the ropes during the first half at the JJB Stadium, and should have been at least three goals adrift at the break.But instead Wigan only had Henri Camara’s 12th of the season to show for their onslaught, and they were made to pay by Redknapp’s braves.The fightback was started by the unlikely figure of Portsmouth’s £4.1million club record signing Benjani Mwaruwari, before Matthew Taylor drove home a priceless penalty.

From the depths of despair just a few weeks ago, Portsmouth have now taken 20 points from their last nine matches to save themselves from the Coca-Cola Championship.

Sun 30 April 2006
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Spurs 1
Bolton 0
Aaron Lennon kept Tottenham Hotspur on course for a fourth-placed finish in the Barclays Premiership while also showing his international credentials to England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was in the stands at White Hart Lane.

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