June 2005


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

New Nike Kits - Valencia 05-06

New Nike Kits - Valencia 05-06As Nike release their new kits for the 2005/2006 season, Sweetpatch Development Posse member Area51 and a friend from FIFA ChillSpot have decided to make new Nike Team Packs.

They have just completed their first one for Spanish giants Valencia which includes:

  • home and away kits for the new season
  • and also minikits, made by Djgperu.

Download this excellent Kit Pack direct from our Download Boutique.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

SPGA PES4 Ladder Update

SPGA PES4 Interactive LadderOver at the Sweetpatch Pro Gamers Academy the PES4 Ladder is coming to the end of the month and will be reset at the beginning of July.

Being able to play as your favourite English Lower League Club Team online against other Human players whether it be Nottingham Forest or Macclesfield Town with no Connection Issues really is enjoyable stuff.

At the moment Players are hard at battle using Club Favourites like Wolves , West Ham & Preston amongst others proving popular choices for Players.

If you have PES 4 and want to become part of a growing Online UK Community then come on over to the SPGA PES4 Ladder and get yourself registered for the upcoming month of action where you could become an SPGA Ladder Champion and win yourself some fantastic Prizes in our Invite Only Tournaments.

We also have our own Forum which we urge you to sign up to as it will contain all the information needed on how to go about playing the various different patches we will be using over the coming months.

Another nice feature for Players is that we will be holding an Interactive Goal of the Month Competition where you could win yourself some SPGA Tokens that you can use to enter the Prize Tournaments.

With all this excitement happening you certainly don't want to miss out on the next Month of the SPGA PES4 Ladder.

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Poll: Who will win the English Premiership season 2005/06?

Poll: Who will win the English Premiership season 2005/06?Have you voted in our latest poll yet?  As the fixtures were released last week for the English Premiership season 2005/06, who do you think will win the English Premiership 2005/06?

Please complete the survey above in our Features in Focus section and let's see who this season's favourites are.

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Monday, June 27, 2005

Coming Very Soon - Football Fanatics on your Mobile Phone

If football rules your world you're gonna love Football Fanatics. Soon here direct from Sweetpatch you will be able to create players from your own team and make them stars or turn opposition team players in to duffers.

Coming Very Soon - Football Fanatics on your Mobile Phone

Football Fanatics lets you create your favourite player in the colours of any club and create animated messages (with up to a 1000 characters of text). Watch your player hold the cup, score, jump for joy, get a red card and more!

Relive those precious football moments on your handset as wallpapers, screensavers and mobile videos or show off to friends or rivals via Wap or MMS messaging and Email. The footballers in your messages can even speak the text messages you send. So plain texting? Well we think it's all over.

Come back soon as we release this fantastic product to the football world.

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SPGA PES4 Interactive Ladder Opens .. !

SPGA PES4 Interactive LadderSPGA are proud to announce the Launch of the UK PES4 Interactive Ladder.

Using the brilliant British Patch, Players do battle against each other to see who has the Skills to become an SPGA Ladder Champion.

With us also running a Goal of the Month competition it makes sense to sign up right now and start having some great fun.

To make the experience more entertaining and if you have yourself a Headset then your welcome to come join us on our Teamspeak Channel where you will find a friendly crowd locked in battle to determine who the SPGA PES4 Champ is .. !

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

FIFA 2005 Graphics Patch 2

FIFA 2005 Graphics Patch 2Fifa Polonia patchmaker Pipol has made a great update for your FIFA 2005.

The FIFA 2005 Graphics Patch 2 contains:

  • boots in 2GB technique:
    • Adidas PredatorPulse TRX FG J (black)
    • Adidas PredatorPulse TRX FG J (white)
    • Nike Air Zoom Total 90 III (white & red)
    • Adidas F50+
    • Nike Mercurial Vapor (red)
    • Nike Mercurial Vapor (gold)
    • Adidas PredatorPulse TRX FG J (red)
    • Puma Cellerator
    • Reebok Campio
  • balls in "Ball Revolution" technique:
    • Nike Total 90
    • Adidas F50+
    • Adidas Roteiro Glider
    • Adidas Champions League Silver-Blue
    • Nike Legend
  • adboards
  • Nike Total 90 gloves
  • popup Canal+ SPORT
  • new sub's jerseys
  • new cameraman kits
  • new flag for linesmans

Download this excellent patch direct from our Download Boutique.

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Poll: Who will win the English Premiership season 2005/06?

Poll: Who will win the English Premiership season 2005/06?As the fixtures have now been released for the English Premiership season 2005/06, who do you think will win the English Premiership 2005/06?

Please complete the survey above in our Features in Focus section and let's see who this season's favourites are.

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Poll Results In: Who will win the UEFA European Women's Championship 2005?

Poll Results In: Who will win the UEFA European Women's Championship 2005?Thanks to everybody who entered our Poll (256 of you to be precise) which asked you to predict the eventual winners of the UEFA Women's EURO 2005™, which resulted as follows:

  1. Germany = 41.41% (real winners)
  2. England = 25.39%
  3. Sweden = 9.77%
  4. Italy = 7.42%
  5. France = 6.25%
  6. Denmark and Norway = 3.91%
  7. Finland = 1.95%

Click on image for full results and thanks again for taking the time to feedback your predictions.

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Friday, June 24, 2005

Red Square Nets 2005

Red Square Nets 2005Today we welcome on board our newest member of the Sweetpatch Development Posse, Anubhav Ashok (Socter).  As his first treat he brings you his Red Square Nets for FIFA 2005.

Download these excellent nets direct from our Download Boutique. Plenty more files coming soon from Socter.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

English Barclays Premier League: Dream debut as Wigan meet Chelsea

English Barclays Premier League: Dream debut as Wigan meet ChelseaNewly-promoted Wigan Athletic have been handed a dream Barclays Premiership debut with a home fixture against champions Chelsea on the opening day of the 2005/06 season. Paul Jewell's side, appearing in the top division of English football for the first time in their history, take on Jose Mourinho's all-conquering Blues, who lost just once on their march to the title last term, at the JJB Stadium.

The other opening day fixtures are:

  • Everton kick-off their campaign on August 13 against eight-times Premiership champions and fellow Champions League contenders Manchester United, a team they have beaten just three times in 26 top-flight meetings since 1992.
  • Arsenal begin their final season at Highbury against Graeme Souness' Newcastle United, who will be determined to improve on a disappointing 14th-place finish last time out.
  • European champions Liverpool travel to the Riverside Stadium to take on Middlesbrough, who finished in a best-ever Premiership position of seventh in 2004/05.
  • Bolton Wanderers - another team to record their best-ever Premiership placing last term - make the trip to Aston Villa, with Sam Allardyce's side also preparing to make their UEFA Cup bow.
  • Coca-Cola Championship winners Sunderland kick-off at home to Charlton Athletic - the side who denied them Premiership status in a thrilling play-off final at Wembley in 1998 - while West Ham United, who were promoted via the play-offs, have a home game against Blackburn Rovers.
  • Fulham open the season at home to Birmingham City, Manchester City welcome West Bromwich Albion to the City of Manchester Stadium, and Tottenham Hotspur travel to Portsmouth to complete a mouth-watering opening day schedule.

Click here to view the full 2005/06 Barclays Premiership fixture list.

© 2005 premierleague.com

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Coca-Cola Football League: Season 2005/06 Fixtures

Coca-Cola Football League: Season 2005/06 FixturesThe fixture list for the 2005/06 Coca-Cola League season has been unveiled.

Click here for the opening weekends fixtures plus links to the whole seasons match ups.

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Find out the 2005/06 fixtures first

Find out the 2005/06 fixtures firstDiscover who your team(s) are playing on the first day of the new season when the Barclays Premiership and Coca-Cola Football League 2005/06 fixtures are released on premierleague.com and The Football League Official Site respectively.

At 10am today, premierleague.com will reveal all the mouth-watering match-ups so you can start planning trips to Highbury, Stamford Bridge and Anfield, or look forward to Manchester United or Newcastle United coming to town.

The fixtures for Season 2005/06 in the Coca-Cola Football League will also be released this morning and for a full fixture list visit The Football League Official Site after 10am.

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Sweetpatch FTL Academy Player's Patch 2005 v2.2

Sweetpatch FTL Academy Player's Patch 2005 v2.2Today we have released the Sweetpatch FTL Academy (SFTLA) Player's Patch 2005 v2.2. The patch's main function is to install files into Fifa 2005 that ensures all teams used in the SFTLA season 4 are rated with the same skill level.

The following features are included in the SFTLA Player's Patch:

  • SFTLA Ball
  • SFTLA Ad Boards
  • SFTLA Menu logos
  • Specific playing position’s (GK, DEF's, MID's, ATT's) set to same skill level for all teams.*
  • New kits and mini-kits for teams that wanted them
  • Licence, Readme and Release text/rtf files

* In essence the Player's Patch sets all teams in the PC Leagues to the same skill levels for specific playing positions creating a level playing field and adds special gaming features to enhance your Sweetpatch FTL Academy experience.

The way this is broken down is:

  • All teams are rated 5 stars
  • Each playing position is rated off the best player, in that position, in the game, e.g. Best GK, RB, LB, CB, CM, LM, RM, CF, ST....and so on
  • Although all teams are rated 5 star and everyone's players in their specific positions will be the same, the DEF, MID and ATT ratings for each team maybe different. This is due to each team having a different number of specific positions in each squad. For example, if Chelsea had more CM (which is the highest rated midfielder) than Liverpool, then Chelsea's MID rating would be higher. This goes for DEF and ATT too.

Download this great new Player's Patch direct from our Download Boutique.

Please note: Excellent team kits included in this patch by Sweetpatch Development Posse member Area51 will soon also be available individually from the Download Boutique.

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Inter Milan Face Pack 2005

Inter Milan Face Pack 2005Today we have the return of Sweetpatch Development Posse member Amit_Zidane_Beckham's with his Inter Milan Face Pack 2005 for you (click on screenshot for a full size image).

It includes faces for:

  1. Adriano
  2. Burdisso
  3. Cambiasso
  4. Caragounis
  5. Cruz
  6. Favali
  7. Fontana
  8. Van der Meyde
  9. Mihajlovic
  10. Stankovic
  11. Ze Maria

Download these excellent faces direct from our Download Boutique

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

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Chelsea signs Asier del Horno

Chelsea signs Asier del HornoChelsea have completed the signing of Spanish international defender Asier del Horno for a fee of 12 million euros (approximately £8 million).

Del Horno joins Chelsea from Athletic Club Bilbao on a 3-year deal from 1st July 2005.

Chelsea manager and first team coach José Mourinho said: "Asier is an outstanding international player who will add quality to the squad in a position we needed to strengthen. I'm sure he will be a key player as Chelsea continues with its goal to achieve greater success both in England and in the Champions League."

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon added: “José identified his target to fill the left-back position and we’re delighted that Asier has chosen to come to Chelsea. The arrival of Asier signifies Chelsea’s desire to strengthen the squad in key positions following a hugely successful season and we all look forward to seeing Asier in the blue of Chelsea in July.

The 24 year-old, who recently helped Spain remain in top spot in their World Cup qualifying group after matches against Lithuania and Bosnia-Herzegovina, has seven senior international caps in total and represented Spain at youth level from the age of 17. Del Horno had been at Athletic Bilbao since the age of 11.

He signed the deal at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening and will be formally introduced when he joins up with the Chelsea squad when pre-season training begins from July 6th.

© 2005 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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Sweetpatch at Internet World 2005

Sweetpatch at Internet World 2005As reported last week, I attended Internet World 2005 last Thursday for a few hours.  There I met up with some fans of the site (Xenos and Andy) and also had the pleasure of being photographed with the real Barclays Premiership League Winners Trophy.

  • Click here for the full sized photo of me and the Premiership Trophy; and
  • Click here for the photo of myself, Xenos and Andy.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Pro Evolution Soccer 5 kicks off

Pro Evolution Soccer 5 kicks offKonami have published an article on Pro Evolution Soccer 5, which includes the first official screenshots.

Here is some key snippets from the article:

  • an autumn release has been confirmed for its world-class football title on PlayStation®2, the Xbox® and PC-DVD;
  • PES5 expands on the realism and total control that has become the bedrock of the popular series;
  • PES5 has an improved form of the Master League wherein players can build and develop a team of no-hopers into an unbeatable team with a trophy room full of cups and accolades;
  • The team have again worked hard to implement a wealth of new moves and to ensure that the realism beloved by its fans remains intact.

Konami will release new details of Pro Evolution Soccer 5's many innovations in the coming months, and anticipate that both newcomers and die-hard fans alike will be extremely pleased with what they have to say.

Click here to read the full article and see 9 high-res screenshots of Pro Evolution Soccer 5.

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New South American FIFA 2005 Kits

New South American FIFA 2005 KitsOur good friend, and newest member of the Sweetpatch Development Posse, Shahab Shaterian has sent us some more great FIFA 2005 kits for your downloading delight.

Today we feature some new South American national kits that he sent us recently, (click on team names below for a full size image).

Download these excellent kits direct from our Download Boutique.

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FIFA 4 Fans Confederations Cup 2005 Patch

FIFA 4 Fans Confederations Cup 2005 PatchCurrently the best teams of the continents are playing in the Confederations Cup 2005 in Germany. It's just a pity that it is not possible to replay it in FIFA. That's the reason why FIFA 4 Fans have created a Confederations Cup 2005 Patch for FIFA 2005!

FIFA 4 Fans have created a patch which is possible to install additionally to other patches. No team will be deleted or overwritten, the new teams will simply be added! Furthermore it is possible to play with the original fixtures with this patch. Here is the detailed features list of this patch:

  • 8 new teams: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Tunisia
  • Formations, Kickers and Tactics based on the 1st match of the Confederations Cup
  • all together 24 Kits: for every team home, away and goalkeeper kits
  • new Mini Kits for all 8 teams
  • all together 48 Fan Flags: for every team six different designs
  • original Adboards
  • more than 35 new Player Faces
  • new Team Logos for popups and menus
  • new Menu Background in Confederations Cup design
  • completely new Loading Screen in Confederations Cup design
  • original yellow-red Corner Flags
  • new original Referee Kits
  • Referee and Linesmen added
  • new Confederations Cup PopUp
  • the official Confederations Cup Ball: Adidas Pelias
  • a new Turf
  • instructions on how to create the Original Fixtures
  • Creation Center is required to install this patch

Download this excellent patch by FIFA 4 Fans direct from our Patches Database.

Please note: Please have a look at the installation introduction written down in the readme.txt

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Monday, June 20, 2005

UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Final - Germany 3 v Norway 1

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Final - Germany 3 v Norway 1Tina Theune-Meyer's final match as Germany coach ended in yet more glory as her side defeated Norway 3-1 in Blackburn to win a sixth UEFA European Women’s Championship and a third under her tenure.

Having played an assistant's role in the European triumphs of 1989, 1991 and 1995, Theune-Meyer took charge in 1996 and subsequently added further crowns the following year and in 2001 on home soil. First-half goals from Inka Grings and Renate Lingor had put Germany into a position of strength before Dagny Mellgren gave Norway hope. Birgit Prinz, playing in her fourth final, had other ideas, however, and settled the match with a deflected shot from range in the 63rd minute.

Prinz almost added a fourth which would have saw her finish as the outright leading scorer in England, only for Nordby to brilliantly deny her with a low 80th-minute save. The 27-year-old still had plenty to celebrate, though, after becoming the first player to score in three finals following her efforts in 1995 and 1997.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

We really hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ tournament and would welcome your feedback by clicking on my name below and sending us an email.

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Women's Championship site

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Sunday, June 19, 2005

UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Final - Germany v Norway

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Final -Germany v NorwayWill Germany be going down today under the strength and experience of Norway in the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ final (as depicted in the photo on the right)?

As the only European country to have tasted success at continental, world and Olympic levels, Norway may feel slightly aggrieved to go into the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ final at Ewood Park today billed as underdogs.

But seldom has the women's game seen a force as formidable as their opponents, Germany, who stand just one victory away from winning their fourth consecutive UEFA European Women's Championship, having swept aside all that has been put before them before crushing Finland 4-1 in the semi-final.

Norway coach Bjarne Berntsen certainly is not fazed by their outsiders' tag. "You have to accept they are the big favourites and that's fine by me.  It takes the pressure off us and if I am totally honest, they probably deserve to be favourites if you look at their results in the tournament so far. But we have the belief in our squad that we can beat them and after our performance against Sweden, anything is possible."

Enjoy the final live today on Eurosport at 15:15 BST.

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Women's Championship site

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Friday, June 17, 2005

UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Semi Final - Norway 3 v Sweden 2 (aet)

UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Semi Final - Norway 3 v Sweden 2 (aet)Norway will play Germany in their fifth UEFA European Women's Championship final after Solveig Gulbrandsen settled a titanic semi-final against Sweden in Warrington with a volleyed winner in extra time.

Norway were two minutes away from winning the game in normal time when Hanna Ljungberg poked in her second equaliser of the match, Gulbrandsen and Isabell Herlovsen having scored in each half for the Norwegians. They were not to be denied for a second time, however, as Gulbrandsen turned in Dagny Mellgren's cross in the 109th minute to ensure it is Norway who will take on the holders and favourites in Blackburn on Sunday.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Women's Championship site

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Semi Final - Germany 4 v Finland 1

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Semi Final - Germany 4 v Finland 1Two opportunist goals from Inka Grings sealed Germany's place in the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005 final in a pulsating encounter in Preston which finally brought the curtain down on Finland's impressive campaign.

The defending champions raced into a three-goal lead in an extraordinary opening period. Grings set the ball rolling, converting a third-minute pass from Anja Mittag before Conny Pohlers doubled their advantage following a defensive mix-up. Goalkeeper Satu Kunnas was soon picking the ball out of the net again as Grings added a third with just 12 minutes played. Although Minna Mustonen raised hopes of a Finnish revival in the 15th minute, Birgit Prinz put the game beyond doubt with a fine solo effort to secure Germany's place in their fourth consecutive European Championship final.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Women's Championship site

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

No news is good news!

Slow news for a few days As I am away in London for the next few days at Internet World 2005 and other events news will be slow during that time. As soon as I return normal service will resume.

Thanks in advance for your patience.

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Semi Final - Norway v Sweden

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Semi Final - Norway v SwedenIf Sweden are to return to Ewood Park for the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ final against Germany or Finland on Sunday, Marika Domanski-Lyfors knows she and her coaching team must find the correct balance between work and play.

Sweden spent a deserved day off on Monday visiting the shops, cafés and galleries of the Albert Dock in Liverpool, where a museum devoted to The Beatles is the star attraction.

Norway have won 18 of their 37 matches against Sweden, losing just eleven, and Domanski-Lyfors feels the Norwegians "must be seen as favourites" for their eagerly-awaited tie in Warrington. "They've had the upper hand against us in previous games and deserve that tag," said the coach.

She concluded: "It'll be an even contest but we'll do our utmost to succeed. Everything looks good for Thursday and it should be a great game and bring a change of atmosphere." Like Group A runners-up Finland, Sweden left their base in Accrington on Monday for the tournament headquarters in Preston.

Match can be viewed live on Eurosport.

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Women's Championship site

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Semi Final - Germany v Finland

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Semi Final - Germany v FinlandInvincible, machine-like and unbeatable are just three of the words which have been used to describe Germany as they prepare for this evening's UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ semi-final with tournament minnows Finland.

Never one to be intimidated, however, Finland coach Michael Käld remains quietly confident his side can continue their dream and book an unlikely slot in Sunday's final at Ewood Park, when they take on Germany in a match he describes as "the biggest game in the history of Finnish football".

Match can be viewed live on Eurosport.

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Women's Championship site

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Meet Sweetpatch at Internet World 2005

Meet Sweetpatch at Internet World 2005If you are at Internet World 2005 (or in the surrounding London area) this coming Thursday afternoon (16th June between 14:00 and 16:00) then why not arrange to meet up with myself and chat about football, online gaming, FIFA 06, the sites future plans, or whatever, over a cup of coffee.

If you would like to meet up please register your interest below:

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It would be great to meet up with you and have a chat.  Please register above even if you just want to pop by.

I hope to see some of you at Internet World 2005 and please bring along your digital camera so we can show all photos here (unfortunately mine is out of action currently).

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Alessandro Costacurta Face 2005

Alessandro Costacurta Face 2005Sweetpatch Posse Face Developer Mody DelPiero has sent us his very latest realistic FIFA 2005 face for you today for Alessandro Costacurta of AC Milan (click on screenshot for a full size image).

Download this great new Face direct from our Download Boutique.

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Monday, June 13, 2005

UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Germany 3 v France 0

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Germany 3 v France 0A second-half onslaught from defending champions Germany in Warrington left France's dreams of clinching a UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ semi-final place in tatters.

The French seemed well on course after having the better of the opening hour but collapsed in the closing stages. Inka Grings broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute and Sarah Bouhaddi soon brought down Birgit Prinz in the area, allowing Renate Lingor to double Germany's advantage. Sandra Minnert completed the scoring with a 20-metre free-kick to book a semi-final date with Finland and condemn France to third in the group behind Norway, who beat Italy 5-3 in Preston.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

Final standings for Group B were as follows:

Final standings for Group B

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Women's Championship site

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Norway 5 v Italy 3

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Norway 5 v Italy 3Norway had five goals and, more importantly, a semi-final place to celebrate after their thrilling 5-3 win against Italy in Preston proved enough to take them through.

Not only did they inflict the Azzurre's third defeat in Group B with some sublime attacking football - reciprocated by their opponents for their consolations - Norway also secured second place on goal difference and a date with Sweden after France fell 3-0 to pool winners Germany.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Women's Championship site

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Free Kick Master 1.0 - Free Kick Playset Editor for FIFA 2005

Free Kick Master 1.0 - Free Kick Playset Editor for FIFA 2005As promised, after the great success of Tactic Master, Rinaldo is back with a new program called "Free Kick Master", the Free Kick Playset Editor for FIFA 2005 (click on screenshot for a full size image).

Free Kick Master is an editor that allows you to modify the schemes used during corners or free kicks in FIFA 2005.

Don’t you get bored to always see the same action? The penalty area is almost empty and the goalkeeper always comes out and gets the ball!

With this editor you have full control of what happens during corners or free kicks. You can put more players in the penalty area, to kick a short corner or where the goalkeeper cannot take the ball ... and much more.

With this editor you can modify the free kick schemes used in FIFA 2005 and it is fully compatible with any patch.

The editor comes with a set of new schemes that you can import immediately in the game or to use as a starting point to create your own. Rinaldo has also added to Free Kick Master a set of new schemes ready to be used. So you can enjoy this program immediately without having to edit anything.

Download this excellent utility direct from our Download Boutique and start changing your free kicks and corners today. 

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

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Final matches in Group B

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Final matches in Group BGermany v France
With a squad bursting with world class performers and a track record which is the envy of every other nation across the globe, it is not like Germany need to rely on luck to help smooth their path to the final of UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™.

None the less, German coach Tina Theune-Meyer is anxious her side sign off from Group B with a victory thus ensuring their semi-final is in Preston - a place with nothing but golden memories for her and her squad. "It is crucial we win this game,".

France need only a point to progress, a goal Loisel believes is well within their reach. "We think Germany are the best side in the tournament but we can get a result against them," she said. "To beat them we must stop them playing their usual game and close them down as quickly as possible. We hope can't guarantee will progress but we will certainly give absolutely everything to get to the last four."

Norway v Italy
Norwegian fans have two teams to support today as their side meet Italy hoping for a place in the semi-finals of UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™.

Not only will they be willing their own side on to victory in Preston in their last Group B encounter, but they will also be behind Germany who face France simultaneously in Warrington. France, who defeated Italy before drawing 1-1 with Norway on Thursday, lead the Scandinavian side by three points, so only a German win would give Bjarne Berntsen's team hope of progress.

Even then there is a matter of overturning France's net goal difference advantage, which stands at three. Indeed, if Norway win by a two-goal margin and score three goals more than France should Elisabeth Loisel's side lose by one, then the teams will be split by fair play ranking, and if that is level, the drawing of lots.

Both matches can be viewed live on Eurosport.

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Women's Championship site

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - England 0 v Sweden 1

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - England 0 v Sweden 1Sweden secured a UEFA WOMEN’S EURO 2005™ semi-final place as an early Anna Sjöström eliminated hosts England.

Despite matching Sweden all the way, England could not claim the equaliser they needed to deny the 2001 runners-up, who ended top of Group A thanks to fellow-qualifiers Finland’s 2-1 win against Denmark, a result that left Hope Powell's team in fourth.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

Final standings for Group A were as follows:

Final standings for Group A

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Women's Championship site

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Finland 2 v Denmark 1

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Finland 2 v Denmark 1Tournament debutants Finland booked an unlikely place in the last four of UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ with a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Denmark.

Laura Kalmari set the Finns on their way in the sixth minute, slotting home after capitalising on a defensive error before Heidi Kackur's powerful header sent the 500 traveling Finnish fans into delirium. Denmark pulled one back through Cathrine Paaske Sørensen but the resilient Finnish defence refused to buckle under a torrent of Danish pressure as they booked their place in the last four.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

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Breamster.com Fanzines Launched

Breamster.com Fanzines LaunchedWe reported this week that our good friend Dan over at Breamster.com was opening Breamster.com Fanzines soon, and now they are already in full swing!

There are a few fan sites already online and under construction with more to follow shortly. If you would like to join in and have your own FREE Fanzine then apply now!

Check Breamster.com for more information.

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Final matches in Group A

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Final matches in Group AEngland v Sweden
Ten minutes from time against Denmark, UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ hosts England thought they were through. At full-time they thought they would need to beat Sweden in their Group A closer.

In fact, a point should be enough for England to secure a semi-final place in Blackburn today, but Sweden, the 2001 UEFA European Women's Championship and 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup finalists, have been here before. In both of those competitions they went into their final group games not sure of progress, only to produce vital wins.

Finland v Denmark
Finland coach Michael Käld admitted his side would be in "football heaven" if they achieve their dream of reaching the semi-final's of UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ today.

The 50-year-old leads his team out against Denmark at Bloomfield Road knowing even a victory may not be enough to secure a place in the last four of the tournament. But he admitted no matter what the result his side will leave the north-west of England with their heads held high.

Both matches can be viewed live on Eurosport.

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Free Kick Master coming today

Free Kick Master coming todayAfter the great success of Tactic Master, Rinaldo is back with a new program called "Free Kick Master" which will be released here today.

Free Kick Master is an editor that allows you to modify the schemes used during corners or free kicks in FIFA 2005.

With this editor you have full control of what happens during corners or free kicks. You can put more players in the penalty area, to kick a short corner or where the goalkeeper cannot take the ball ... and much more.

The editor comes with a set of new schemes that you can import immediately in the game or to use as a starting point to create your own.

Sounds fantastic and we can't wait to release it here later today!

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Friday, June 10, 2005

UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - France 1 v Norway 1

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - France 1 v Norway 1Isabell Herlovsen's first international goal kept Norway in contention for a place in the semi-finals and prevented France's passage with a game to spare as the substitute cancelled out Stéphanie Mugneret-Béghé's opener in Warrington.

Coach Bjarne Berntsen sent on the 16-year-old at half-time with Norway's place in the competition looking in grave danger. Twenty minutes later she headed in a fine equalising goal, sparing Siri Nordby's blushes after her error had allowed Mugneret-Béghé to score for France in the 20th minute.

France need a point against Germany to join them in the last four, while only a win against Italy will do for Norway.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Italy 0 v Germany 4

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Italy 0 v Germany 4Defending champions Germany delivered a finishing masterclass to move top of Group B and end Italy's hopes of progressing to the last four of UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™.

Birgit Prinz opened the scoring in the eleventh minute, clinically dispatching Anja Mittag's elegant back-heel before Conny Pohlers made it two with a right-foot thunderbolt. Stephanie Jones added her name to the scoresheet in the 55th minute before Anja Mittag wrapped it up in the 74th minute after her penalty had been brilliantly saved by Carla Brunozzi.

The result, coupled with France's 1-1 draw with Norway later on Thursday, means Germany become the first side to reach the semi-finals.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

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Thursday, June 9, 2005

UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - 2nd matches in Group B

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - 2nd matches in Group BAfter an opening-day defeat by old foes France, Italy coach Carolina Morace could be forgiven for being a little despondent ahead of today's game against world champions Germany at Deepdale.

A win would book Germany's place in the last four and leave Italy almost certainly out of the tournament, but even if the Italians are down and out, Morace will still be smiling come Friday morning.

France are a win away from advancing to the knockout stages of a UEFA European Women's Championship for the first time and would relish recording it against the team that has knocked them out of the last two major tournaments, Norway.

Both matches can be viewed live on Eurosport.

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Sweden 0 v Finland 0

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Sweden 0 v Finland 0Sweden and Finland drew 0-0 in Blackpool on Wednesday to leave all four teams in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages when UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ Group A concludes on Saturday.

Much had been made of the attacking talents at the disposal of Sweden, in particular, and Finland, yet it was the defences which stood tall. It was also a defender who went closest to scoring, Kristin Bengtsson's 78th-minute cross eluding everyone before bouncing to safety off the base of the Finland post. The Finns and Sweden now have one and two points and must win their deciders against Denmark (four points) and England (three).

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Denmark 2 v England 1

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Denmark 2 v England 1Denmark are within one point of the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ semi-finals after a dramatic late comeback denied hosts England.

An 80th-minute free-kick from Merete Pedersen cancelled out Fara Williams's penalty early in the second half before Catherine Paaske Sørensen broke English hearts with a header following Johanna Rasmussen's dangerous centre. The hosts, who knew victory would have taken them through, dominated for large periods but could not again beat a resolute Danish defence.

But Pedersen's superb free-kick combined with Sørensen's strike left Powell's side heartbroken, although Finland's draw with Sweden means they only need a point against the 2001 runners-up here on Saturday to progress. Denmark also know a draw in Blackpool against Finland would be sufficient.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

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Free Kick Master coming soon

Free Kick Master coming soonAfter the great success of Tactic Master, Rinaldo is back with a new program called "Free Kick Master" which will be released in a couple of days.

Whilst we wait with anticipation, checkout the screenshot and a short description extracted from the help file:

Free Kick Master is an editor that allows you to modify the schemes used during corners or free kicks in FIFA 2005.

Don’t you get bored to see always the same action? The penalty area is almost empty and the goalkeeper always comes out and get the ball!

With this editor you have full control of what happens during corners or free kicks. You can put more players in the penalty area, to kick a short corner or where the goalkeeper cannot take the ball ... and much more.

The editor comes with a set of new schemes that you can import immediately in the game or to use as a starting point to create your own.

Sounds fantastic and we can't wait to release it here for Rinaldo.

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Breamster.com Fanzines Opening Soon

Breamster.com Fanzines Opening SoonOur good friend Dan over at Breamster.com has some great news for you.

Have you ever wanted to have your own site and talk about your own club? Club information, news, transfers, fixtures, squad and more!

You don't need to know any HTML code, or any of that "boring" stuff! - as it's all done for you. All you need to do is add in your own content via an admin system and express your opinions and passion for your club!

They're not just limiting this to JUST "pro teams", they will include any footy team you want to run, whether it's a top team, non-league, or even your own teams you play for! - sunday league, etc!

So far they have had definates for the following teams, so you can choose any other!:

  • Arsenal
  • Charlton
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle

Simply visit the forum thread by clicking here and registering your interest and the club you want to manage.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Carlsberg don't do comebacks, but if they did...

Carlsberg don't do comebacks, but if they did...... they'd probably be the best comebacks in the world!

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John Terry signs for Pro Evolution Soccer

John Terry signs for Pro Evolution SoccerJohn Terry, the respected England and Chelsea defender and 2005’s PFA Player of the Year has been confirmed as one of the faces of the UK version of Konami of Europe’s Pro Evolution Soccer.

Terry, 24, has enjoyed a tremendous season, leading his Chelsea side to Premiership glory and to a Champions League semi-final. He has also established himself as a key member of England’s international side with his battling performances. As part of the agreement, Terry will be closely involved with the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise.

With its most recent incarnation - Pro Evolution Soccer 4 – released in October 2004, the series is renowned for its realism, on and off-the-ball movement and intuitive control of the best-selling football series with Producer Shingo ‘Seabass’ Takatsuka and his team constantly looking to add new gameplay features and aesthetic touches as they continue the quest to deliver the most realistic football title on any format.

It is this realism that, as with many other top level footballers, attracted Terry to Pro Evolution Soccer. A confirmed fan, the Chelsea captain has hosted tournaments at home for his team mates and takes copies with him when on International duty. As such, his knowledge of the game and position as one of the world’s greatest young talents makes him a perfect figurehead for the series.

I’ve been a massive fan of Pro Evolution Soccer for years now and am really pleased to be able to work with the talented people behind such a fantastic game,” John Terry said of the agreement. “It’s the game of choice for lots of players as it is so true to the real thing. I’m looking forward to getting involved – and getting to play advance versions on the way!

We are delighted to have a player of John Terry’s calibre working alongside us on Pro Evolution Soccer,” commented Jon Murphy, UK PR and Marketing Manager for Konami of Europe. “He is a massive fan of the game and we are looking forward to using his enthusiasm in the continuation of the series.

© 2005 Soccer Gaming

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New Iran Home FIFA 2005 Kit

New Iran Home FIFA 2005 KitOur good friend, and newest member of the Sweetpatch Development Posse, Shahab Shaterian will be sending us great kits on a regular basis for your downloading delight.

Today we start with his home country of Iran and their latest home kit, (click on screenshot for a full size image).

Download this excellent kit direct from our Download Boutique.

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - France 3 v Italy 1

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - England 3 v Finland 2France began their UEFA European Women's Championship campaign in style, sweeping aside Italy with three first-half goals in a one-sided encounter in Preston.

Hoda Lattaf set the ball rolling, steering home Sandrine Soubeyrand's defence-splitting pass before two typically predatory strikes from Marinette Pichon put the result beyond doubt. Sara Di Filippo pulled a goal back in the dying moments of the game but the win left Les Bleues on top of Group B above Germany who defeated Norway 1-0.

Italy have a massive test against the Germans on Thursday, while France meet Norway.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Germany 1 v Norway 0

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Germany 1 v Norway 0The holders Germany got their 2005 UEFA European Women's Championship campaign off to a winning start as a Conny Pohlers goal just after the hour dashed Norway's hopes of causing an early Group B upset in Warrington.

Pohlers was the 14-goal leading scorer as her club 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam won the UEFA Women's Cup last month and she showed similarly clinical finishing when beating Bente Nordby with an angled shot after being picked out by Navina Omilade. The defeat may have been harsh on Norway, although coach Bjarne Berntsen has every reason to be confident ahead of the game here against France on Thursday, when Germany face Italy in Preston.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

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Monday, June 6, 2005

Has Cole played his last game for Arsenal?

Has Cole played his last game for Arsenal?Ashley Cole has told the News of the World he has played his last game for Arsenal as the fall-out from the Chelsea tapping-up inquiry continues.

The England left-back was fined £100,000 for making an illegal approach to Chelsea, but feels that Gunners vice-chairman David Dein is forcing him out of Highbury.

Cole insists his gripes with Arsenal are not to do with money.  In his interview with the News of the World some of his most poignant comments were:

  • I think it is a broken bridge that might be impossible to mend.
  • I blame David Dein for trying to force me out of the club I love.
  • I get the impression they want me to go and I can't help feeling it's all over.
  • I feel betrayed, confused and badly let down.
  • It's hard to forgive. It's no exaggeration to say they have broken my heart.
  • I wish I'd had more support from Arsene Wenger. He should have been on my side more and I was upset at what he said in the papers.
  • I won't sign for another Premiership club because I can't imagine myself playing against Arsenal. I would only want to play abroad.
  • It's not about money, it's about decency and the principle of treating people fairly. Even though I knew many of my team-mates were earning much more than me, I never demanded equal pay.

Cole still has two years left on his Highbury contract. Let's see where he starts the next season shall we!

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Group B kicks off

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Group B kicks offGroup B kicks-off today with tournament favourites Germany facing world number 3 seeds Norway.

France will also be looking for victory against rivals Italy in the Group B wooden spoon clash.

Both matches can be viewed on Eurosport with highlights on BBC 2's "Match of the Day" later in the evening.

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - England 3 v Finland 2

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - England 3 v Finland 2England were indebted to Karen Carney for ensuring they got their 2005 UEFA European Women’s Championship campaign off to a winning start as the 17-year-old struck an added-time winner to seal a 3-2 win after Finland had wiped out the hosts’ two-goal half-time advantage.

Carney’s strike provided a fitting conclusion to a wonderful occasion at the City of Manchester stadium as a European record crowd approaching 30,000 were treated to a fine display of attacking football. An own goal from Finland captain Sanna Valkonen and Amanda Barr’s header gave England a 2-0 lead before Anna-Kaisa Rantanen and Laura Kalmari, in the 89th minute, drew Finland level ahead of Carney’s late intervention.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Sweden 1 v Denmark 1

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Sweden 1 v Denmark 1A wonderful strike from Johanna Rasmussen earned Denmark a 1-1 draw in their opening UEFA European Women's Championship Group A match against Scandinavian rivals Sweden.

Hanna Ljungberg had given Sweden a 20th-minute lead with a neat close-range finish but Rasmussen cut in from the left and fired a rising, right-footed finish past Hedvig Lindahl and into the roof of the net to restore parity eight minutes later.

Check out the full match review, interviews, photos and footage by clicking here.

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Sunday, June 5, 2005

UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - England v Finland

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - England v FinlandHaving not played a competitive fixture since November 2002, England's return to tournament football could not be more eagerly awaited as the hosts tackle Finland in a Group A fixture which will officially launch the 2005 UEFA European Women's Championship this evening.

France were England's opponents that night in Saint-Etienne, winning 1-0 to complete a 2-0 aggregate success that sent Les Bleues to the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup and the English to the drawing board. Powell and her team of coaches have used the intervening years wisely, investment and dedication bringing through an exciting crop of talent which appears to be peaking just in time for the biggest women's football tournament ever to grace this continent.

England are in the midst of their best run in 18 years after winning nine of their ten pre-tournament friendlies, yet know such positive results will count for nothing if they do not perform in front of a fervent crowd in excess of 25,000 at the City of Manchester stadium. "The pressure is something we have to take into account," said Powell. "At the moment we're very relaxed and have done a lot of work around it. But we have to control what we can and that will be our approach in the games."

With much of the pre-match coverage unashamedly focusing on the host nation, it is easy to overlook the fact that Finland possess a team well capable of pooping England's party. Like England under Powell, the Finns have flourished under Mickael Käld; their progress manifesting itself in a 4-1 play-off victory against Russia last October. "I saw on the players faces in Moscow what it meant to them," said the coach. "We've been looking forward to this for seven months and are ready."

Finland have profited from their leading players moving to play in the Swedish Allsvenskan, with captain Sanna Valkonen and midfield duo Anne Mäkinen and Jessica Julin on the books of Umeå IK and key striker Laura Kalmari employed by Djurgården/Älvsjö. Mäkinen, Finland's greatest player, previously enjoyed a successful spell in professional football in the United States, playing alongside Kelly Smith who enjoys a similarly lofty status in England.

Despite Makinen hailing her former Philadelphia Charge team-mate as "definitely one of the top five players in the world", Smith is likely to start from the bench on Sunday as she is not yet fully match fit following a series of injuries. England will be captained by Faye White, one of five survivors from the team of 2001 that suffered heavy defeats by Sweden and Germany in the group stage and mustered only a point from a draw with Russia.

A similar showing would represent a huge disappointment as the Football Association look to this tournament to create a similar legacy to what EURO '96™ did for the men's game. Yet Powell is confident that will not be the case. "We want the players to enjoy the whole occasion and make every moment and every second count," she said, with an eye on maximum points in Manchester ahead of the game against Denmark on Wednesday, when Finland meet Sweden.

Check out the full match preview by clicking here and catch the match live in the UK on BBC2 at 18:40 BST.

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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Sweden v Denmark

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Sweden v DenmarkThe seaside town of Blackpool has long been renowned for launching the careers of famous comedy duos but it is completely different kind of double act who hope to take centre stage when Sweden meet Denmark at Bloomfield Road in today's UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ opener.

Swedish strikers Hanna Ljungberg and Victoria Svensson are arguably the most feared striking partnership in the international game and their coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors believes both forwards can bolster their reputations over the next two weeks after the pair shrugged off their respective injury problems to score in a 3-1 friendly win against Canada last week.

Sweden arrived in the north-west of England as one of the leading contenders to lift the trophy and in the Group A press conference the three coaches were unanimous in tipping Sweden to top the group. It is easy to see why. Their qualification for the final stages went swimmingly well as they topped a group which included Finland and Italy, winning six consecutive games along the way.

With their coach likely to adopt an orthodox 4-4-2 formation for the Denmark game, Ljungberg and Svensson will be anxious to add to their international goal tallies as Sweden look to shrug off their tag of perennial bridesmaids and win the European title for the first time since 1984.

"We hope we can go one better than we did in 2001 and 2003," said Svensson, who has amassed 39 goals in 109 international appearances. "This year didn't start so well from a personal point of view as I struggled with injuries, but it feels great to be at the European championship and we know we will have to be at our best to get through our difficult group."

Sunday's opponents Denmark, however, are not just here to make up the numbers. Swedish coach Domanski-Lyfors identified the Danes as the team most likely to trouble them in Group A and Peter Bonde's side have already proved they can match their neighbours when they held them to a scoreless draw in a recent friendly. Lining up in a 4-4-2, the Danes can also call on the services of their star midfield player Cathrine Paaske Sørensen who is expected who is set to further enhance her reputation over the next fortnight.

"She is one of those players who sets your pulse racing," said Bonde. "She's an incredible talent with an incredible first touch who will be vital for us if we are to succeed in England this summer." If the Danes are to succeed against Sweden she will have to be at her illuminating best in Blackpool.

Check out the full match preview by clicking here and catch the match live on Eurosport at 17:00 BST.

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Chelsea players in International duty

Chelsea players in International dutyArjen Robben and Eidur Gudjohnsen opened the scoring in their respective internationals on Saturday, and Steven Watt made his Under 21s debut on Friday, but they got a win, a defeat and a draw between them. Robert Huth was sent off for Germany.

Holland 2 - 0 Romania
In a World Cup qualifying match Arjen Robben played the full 90 minutes and opened the scoring as Holland beat Romania 2-0. Adrian Mutu played all but the last seven minutes for Romania and was yellow carded.

Iceland 2 - 3 Hungary
Eidur Gudjohnsen put Iceland ahead at home to Hungary in another World Cup qualifier, it was his fifth goal in six matches for them this season, but the Hungarians fought back to win 3-2.

Northern Ireland 1 - 4 Germany
Robert Huth was sent off for deliberate handball after 15 minutes, but that didn’t stop Germany thrashing Northern Ireland 4-1 in Belfast with a great second-half display.

In other World Cup qualifiers, Petr Cech was largely unemployed as the Czech Republic humiliated Andorra 8-1, Alexey Smertin suffered a booking but enjoyed Russia going top of their group as they won 2-0 at home to Lithuania, Damien Duff and Republic of Ireland were thwarted by stubborn Israel and bad refereeing despite going 2-0 up and they finished 2-2, and Tiago stayed on the bench during Portugal’s 2-1 win over Slovakia. In Benin Gérémi got his third international goal in the last three games as Cameroon won 4-1. His was Cameroon’s third.

On Friday, Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast drew 0-0 in Libya, Filipe Oliveira opened the scoring in Portugal Under 21s’ 2-1 home win over Slovakia, and Steven Watt made his Scotland Under 21’s debut in their home 0-0 draw with Moldova.

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Saturday, June 4, 2005

UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Who will win?

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 - Who will win?As we await the start of the competition tomorrow, have you voted yet for who you think will win the UEFA European Women's Championship 2005?

Complete the poll above in our Features in Focus section and let's see who the tournament favourites are, Germany seem to be leading currently.

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Eurocup

EurocupFIFA Europeans players, you are being invited to participate in the upcoming FIFA 2005 tournament called "Eurocup" powered by Superleagues.net.

Before you join you will need to carefully read the tournament rules and guidelines.

To register complete the details below:

Eurocup Registration Form
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UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ - Pick your dream team

Women's Euro 2005 Team Guide - SwedenUEFA Women's EURO 2005™ is Europe's biggest ever women's football event and uefa.com is handing you the chance to manage your own team by launching the tournament's official Fantasy Football competition.

It is the perfect remedy for all you football fans who are already getting post-season withdrawal symptoms following a spectacular campaign of European club football. All you have to do is browse through the list of players from the eight squads taking part in the tournament, which kicks off in the northwest of England tomorrow, and pick the 12 you think will make the biggest impact.

So, if you have always dreamed of Swedish sensation Hanna Ljungberg spearheading your attack alongside England's supremely gifted Kelly Smith then here's your chance to watch them shine. Once you've picked your 12 players, sit back and enjoy the action as your team earns you points for saves, clean sheets, assists and goals.

And remember that Women's EURO 2005™ Fantasy Football is free to enter and there are superb prizes for the overall winners - tickets to a UEFA Champions League match next season.

Click here to play UEFA Women's EURO 2005™ Fantasy Football.

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Women's Euro 2005 Team Guide - Sweden

Women's Euro 2005 Team Guide - SwedenTomorrow sees the start of the UEFA European Women's Championship 2005, today we take a look at one of the favourites in Sweden.

Sweden have always been a major name in European women's football - they won the inaugural European Competition for Women's Football in 1984 - but it is in recent years that they have emerged as a talented unit equal to any other national team.

Following their 1984 triumph, in which they overcame England on penalties in Luton after a 1-1 aggregate draw, Sweden reached the next final in 1987, only to lose to hosts Norway. For the next few years they found themselves eclipsed by Scandinavian foes Norway and Denmark, as well as by Germany - though their rivalry with the latter nation was something for the future.

However, after finishing third at the first FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991, the appointment of Bengt Simonsson as coach in 1992, and then the promotion of his assistant Marika Domanski-Lyfors four years later, improved fortunes. In 1995 Sweden reached the UEFA European Women's Championship final, losing 3-2 to Germany in Kaiserslautern, and in 2001 they again had a run to the same stage - only to lose to a German golden goal.

They have since maintained those performance levels, making the 2003 World Cup final - only to again fall to a golden goal from Germany. Last year they missed out on an Olympic medal following a 1-0 defeat by a certain nation to their south. However, Umeå IK's lifting of the UEFA Women's Cup in 2003 and 2004 and the domestic rise of Djurgården/Älvsjö have given Sweden the edge in European club football, and the talent in the national team suggests that another trophy could arrive in England in June.

Qualification was as much of a procession as could be expected. Six consecutive wins against Switzerland (twice), Italy, Finland and Serbia and Montenegro (twice) ensured first place in Group 1 for the Swedes, leaving them able to afford late slips against Italy and Finland, both of whom would qualify for England through the play-offs

Caroline Jönsson is a reliable goalkeeper, while Hanna Marklund is the rock in defence with the experienced Kristin Bengtsson another vital presence at the back. In a solid 4-4-2 formation, captain Malin Moström, Frida Östberg, Anna Sjöström and Malin Andersson patrol the midfield, but the headlines are usually snatched by the forwards. Umeå's Hanna Ljungberg and Victoria Svensson of Djurgården/Älvsjö may be rivals at club level, but the two have a great friendship that becomes a prolific striking partnership for Sweden; one that has propelled the national team's recent success.

WOMEN'S EURO record:

  • winners 1984
  • runners-up 1987, 1995 and 2001
  • semi-finals 1989 and 1997
  • quarter-finals 1991 and 1993

World ranking: 5

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Friday, June 3, 2005

Women's Euro 2005 Team Guide - Norway

Women's Euro 2005 Team Guide - NorwayAs we continue the build up to the start of this weekend's UEFA European Women's Championship 2005, today we take a look at Norway.

Norway have been at the vanguard of women's football ever since they took on neighbours and great rivals Sweden in their first international in 1978. Even accounting for the emergence of Germany as the game's global power, the Norwegians have gone on to become the only country from this continent to taste glory at European, world and Olympic levels.

Norway won the 1987 European Competition for Women's Football and repeated the feat in 1993 - by which time the competition had become the UEFA European Women's Championship. FIFA Women's World Cup glory beckoned in 1991, only for the United States to defeat the Scandinavians 2-1 in front of 65,000 supporters in China.

They were not to be denied in Sweden four years later, however, as the brilliance of Hege Riise enabled Norway to beat Germany 2-0 in the final. The midfielder was so influential that Egil Olsen, coach of the Norwegian men's team, voted Riise into his top three in the annual FIFA World Footballer of the Year poll.

The side's crowning glory came in 2000, as they made up for elimination in the semi-finals of the previous Olympic Games by winning gold in Sydney. Dagny Mellgren scored a golden goal to settle an epic tie against the US. Despite reaching the last four at EURO 2001, Norway's star has dipped since that magical day in Australia and they failed to qualify for last year's Games in Athens.

Nor was their qualification for EURO 2005 a formality, as they were pipped to an automatic place from Group 2 by Denmark following a 2-1 reverse in Odense. It meant Åge Steen's team had to negotiate Iceland in a play-off to claim their ticket to England, something they did with ease, winning 9-3 on aggregate.

Solveig Gulbrandsen scored a hat-trick in the first leg to underline her status as Norway's most influential player. The Kolbotn IL midfielder does not neglect her defensive duties but is at her most effective when attacking. Despite recent injuries Mellgren remains a threat, while goalkeeper Bente Nordby is one of the world's best.

WOMEN'S EURO record:

  • winners 1987 & 1993
  • runners-up 1989 & 1991
  • semi-finals 1995 & 2001
  • group stage 1997

World ranking: 3

Click here for more team details for Norway.

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Women's Championship site

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Thursday, June 2, 2005

New FIFA 2005 Kits coming soon

Iran home kitOur good friend, and newest member of the Sweetpatch Development Posse, Shahab Shaterian will be sending us great kits on a regular basis for your downloading delight.

We already have the following kits on their way for you very soon:

  • Colombia home
  • Iran home
  • Kuwait home and away
  • Saudi Arabia home
  • Venezuela home and away

Download these excellent kits soon direct from our Download Boutique

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Women's Euro 2005 Team Guide - Germany

Women's Euro 2005 Team Guide - GermanyAfter winning the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003 and taking an Olympic bronze medal in Athens last summer, the nation that has won five of the eight official European tournaments qualified in typically impressive style by scoring 50 goals in eight matches and not dropping a point.

The old Federal Republic of Germany were relative latecomers to women's football - it was even banned in the 1950s - and in the first EURO in 1984 they did not win a game in qualifying. They also missed out in 1987 but two years later soared to success, defeating Norway 4-1 in the final on home soil.

Another victory followed in 1991, Norway again their final victims. In 1993 Italy defeated a now unified Germany in the semi-finals on penalties, but by 1995 the trophy was reclaimed, Sweden beaten 3-2. Triumphs in 1997 against Italy and 2001 versus the Swedes completed a hat-trick of titles, prior to the World Cup success of 2003.

Germany's desire to lift more silverware was fuelled further by their semi-final defeat by the United States in Athens last summer, but their major rivals in England will probably be the team they beat 1-0 in the final of both WOMEN'S EURO 2001 and the 2003 World Cup, as well the Olympic bronze medal play-off and the 1995 EURO final, Sweden.

Coach Tina Theune-Meyer can look to proven international stars in her lineup as well as young talented players eager to make their mark at a big tournament - the new generation proving their mettle in November by claiming the FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand.

Goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg has been a stalwart since the mid-1990s, while in defence Steffi Jones, Sandra Minnert and Kerstin Stegemann boast 323 caps between them. Hamburger SV's Sarah Günther and 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam's Inken Becker are the young defenders breaking through.

Renate Lingor and Pia Wunderlich are the most experienced midfielders with 18-year-old Melanie Behringer and Célia Okoyino da Mbabi, 16, coming into contention after the U19 World Championship success. Up front Birgit Prinz is still the most valuable weapon in Germany's arsenal. The 2003 and 2004 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year has won every title the game has to offer, but remains as driven as ever by a fierce will to succeed.

WOMEN'S EURO record:

  • winners 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001
  • semi-finals 1993

World ranking: 1

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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Poll: Who will win the UEFA European Women's Championship 2005?

Poll: Who will win the UEFA European Women's Championship 2005?A new month deserves a new poll and our latest one checks out who you think will win the UEFA European Women's Championship 2005.

Please complete the survey above in our Features in Focus section and let's see who the tournament favourites are.

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Poll Results In: What is your age?

Poll Results In: What is your age?Thanks to everybody who entered our Poll (748 of you to be precise) which looked at your age profile, which resulted as follows:

  • the largest proportion of you (over 50%) are young spring chickens at under 18;
  • next most popular age group is that of the 18 - 24 year olds with nearly 31%;
  • 11% of you are between 25 - 34;
  • my age group (35 - 44) come in with just over 3%
  • and finally we get nearly 4% of you in the 45+ bracket

Click on image for full results and thanks again for taking the time to feedback your ages.

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Women's Euro 2005 Team Guide - England

Women's Euro 2005 Team Guide - EnglandAs one of the traditional forces in women's football - England did not lose for two and a half years after their first international in 1972 - it is appropriate that the country will this year stage a UEFA Women's Championship final round for the first time since it became a one-venue event in 1987.

Although England have recently found themselves eclipsed by the likes of Norway, Germany and Sweden, they have remained a dangerous proposition, and the growing strength of the FA Women's Premier League, which began in 1993, has provided the national team with a crop of talent that gives them every chance of success on home soil. Indeed, an Arsenal LFC side featuring a number of English internationals will compete for continental glory in the UEFA Women's Cup semi-finals in April.

Regular goalkeeper Rachel Brown is one of several players with experience of United States college football, while captain Faye White is a towering stalwart in central defence alongside the versatile Rachel Unitt and Mary Phillip. Katie Chapman has stepped forward into midfield with success, allowing Rachel Yankey and Sue Smith freedom on the wings. In attack, Kelly Smith and Amanda Barr's prowess has been supplemented by the emergence of youngsters such as Eniola Aluko and Ellen Maggs.

Although there will be a new trophy awarded to the winners of WOMEN'S EURO 2005, the inaugural piece of silverware was actually presented for the first time in England in May 1984. Having lost 1-0 in Gothenburg in the first leg of the final, the English triumphed 1-0 on a quagmire of a pitch in Luton to force extra time and penalties, where the Swedes prevailed 4-3.

Conditions will be different this summer, but England - no doubt backed by passionate support - will hope to be inspired by the same spirit which so nearly saw their predecessors crowned European champions two decades ago.

WOMEN'S EURO record:

  • runners-up 1984
  • semi-finals 1987, 1995
  • quarter-finals 1991, 1993
  • group stage 2001

World ranking: 14

Click here for more team details for England.

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UEFA European Women's Championship 2005

UEFA European Women's Championship 2005This Sunday sees the start of the UEFA European Women's Championship 2005 here in England, running from 5th - 19th June. The huge development of the female game has gone hand in hand with the growth of the UEFA European Women's Championship.

UEFA stages alternately a two-year European Women's Championship qualifying competition and a two-year qualifying competition for the FIFA Women's Cup, with each competition split into two divisions depending on the strength of the nation involved. For the first time in qualifying for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™, the European élite featured 20 teams - it was formerly 16 - split into four groups of five.

England qualified automatically as hosts and were joined by the four group winners (Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany), while the remaining three berths were filled by Finland, Italy and Norway and following play-offs involving the four runners-up and the two best third-placed teams. There was also an incentive for the developing nations to continue to improve, with Austria, Republic of Ireland, Belarus, Greece and Israel earning promotion to the championship groups (five groups of five teams) for 2007 World Cup qualifying.

The eight finalists were divided into two groups of four teams each, with only hosts England knowing their group position prior to a draw which was unseeded. Each team plays each of the other teams in its group, using a league system (three points for a win, one point for a draw, no points for a defeat) to decide the placings. The winners of Group A will face the Group B runners-up in the semi-final, and vice versa. The winners of these games contest the final, with no third-placed play-off being played.

The inaugural European Competition for Women's Football was played in the period between 1982 and 1984, and the tournament was upgraded to a European Championship for the 1989/91 event. Sweden (1984), Norway (1987), Germany (1989 and 1991), and Norway (1993) were crowned European champions in the early years before the Germans triumphed in 1995, 1997 and 2001 - the latter success coming with a 1-0 'golden goal' win against Sweden in the final on home soil in Ulm.

Keep visiting here for all the build up and coverage during the tournament.

© 2005 uefa.com Official UEFA Womens Championship site

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