September 2002


Monday, September 30, 2002

My Fifa 2003 Preview

I have now returned to the UK and can start to provide you with all the very latest Fifa 2003 news direct from EA Canada.

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Please find today my very own Fifa 2003 Preview by clicking here. This is not an official review as I only spent 4 hours playing the game but will provide a good preview of the features you can expect when the game is released.

Also to celebrate our trip, please check out the new Fifa 2003 Gallery by clicking here. We hope you enjoy all the very latest Fifa 2003 news. Check out Soccer Gaming, Soccered and Fifa Benelux to also get all their latest news from EA Canada.

How would I describe Fifa 2003 in 1 word? "Awesome!"

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here


Wednesday, September 25, 2002

First look at Fifa Soccer 2003

Wow - what can I say.  Yesterday we spent the whole day at EA Studios in Vancouver and spent the whole afternoon playing Fifa 2003.

"So what is it like?",  I can hear you saying.  Well, we will have plenty of previews of the game over the next week to give you the full run down on all the new features, but to summarise in one paragraph:

"This is a massive move towards a real soccer simulation and EA have really worked hard to improve the most important element of the game, the gameplay.  The ball is now detached from the foot and the overall feel and look of the game is awesome!"

Over the next few days between ourselves, Soccer Gaming and Soccered we will be releasing in-depth details and screen shots of all the games features.  Here is a quick run down on some of the great features:

  • Intro music by Timo Maas
  • 4 modes (Friendly, Season, Tournaments [back again!] and the all new Club Championship mode)
  • 350 teams from 16 leagues (including 16 Brazilian teams in Friendly mode)
  • 18 actual stadiums + 4 generic
  • Commentary by Motson and McCoist
  • New and improved Gameplay features including:
    • sprinting (detached ball)
    • jostling
    • passing
    • shooting
    • making space for yourself
    • great new "Have It" move for speedy clearances!
    • EA Freestyle moves including Zidane spin
    • signature moves including Beckham and Carlos free kicks
  • Half time and full time highlights and stats
  • 4 difficulty levels (Amateur, Semi-Pro, Pro and World Class)
  • Creation Centre (full review by Matt at Soccer Gaming very soon!)

A couple of important dates for you are:

  • 1st October = demo released
  • 1st November = game released by

We hope this wets your appetite and there will be many more previews and screen shots here, at Soccer Gaming and Soccered over the next few weeks. In the meantime check out the official EA answers to your questions at the EA Chat 2 by clicking here.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here


Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Welcome from Canada

The excitement builds here as tomorrow we visit the EA offices here in Canada to witness Fifa 2003. So far we have had an excellent visit and the journey was awesome. (Check the Soccered forum for the first of our pictures of the journey by clicking here.

Matt Holme was lucky enough to play the game today and described it as "it's nothing like Fifa 2002". We will have more features for you very soon!

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here


Sunday, September 22, 2002

Happy 3rd birthday to us

Today, as I prepare to travel to EA's headquarters in Canada, marks the 3rd birthday of the MRA project. It was on the 22nd September 1999 that I first created this website to support the FIFA MRA project.

Since the development of the very successful FIFA MRA and more lately the Sweetpatch MRA the site has gone from strength to strength providing daily updates on Super Patches from around the Fifa scene. We very much hope you have found us of benefit during this time.

As a special birthday treat to us, we very much need your input into what you like about our site and what you would like to see improved or added. Please can I ask that you visit our forum and add to the thread that I have started for this very purpose.

This site has been provided for you over the past 3 years and all we ask is for you to invest 1 minute of your valuable time to help shape the future of the Sweetpatch site. Your time will be well invested.

Please click here to change your Fifa future and join in our birthday celebrations.

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You decide which Dutch patch is best

To celebrate our 3rd birthday and before I depart for Canada, for your weekend enjoyment we have 2 patches for World Cup 2002 which add Holland/Netherlands into the game.

  1. Netherlands Team Patch - Ahmed El Hawary (Medo)

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This patch contains the following:

  • latest Holland team roster
  • the most accurate faces including Davids face
  • the big and small flags
  • New Titles screen
  • Holland badge
  • New boots "Red Boots"
  • Home and Away kits "the latest one"
  • New crowd for Netherlands
  1. Holland Dream Patch - Mohammed Zakariya Mohammed (Mizo)

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Mizo presents the HDP and it includes the incredible 100% realistic Holland National Team faces and hair styles:

  • 17 New Faces
  • 2 New Nike home and away kits
  • Updated rosters 40 players
  • New Excellent Menu flag
  • wait for more....

Check out both these patches direct from our Patches Database and see which one you feel is the champion of Holland.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here


Friday, September 20, 2002

Fifamania Super Patch 2002 v3

Rimo from Fifamania has sent us news of their soon to be released Fifamania Superpatch 2002 v 3. It will use FifaFX technology to give people the real experience of the Italian Serie A and B.

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This patch will include:

  • Rosters:
    • Updated Serie A rosters to September 2002
    • Added every Serie B roster for 2002-2003 season
    • Added some Serie C teams (with Florentia)
    • Updated European Leagues (Bundesliga, Liga, Premiership...)
  • Kits:
    • Italian:
      • Home and Away jerseys of all Serie A teams
      • Home and Away jerseys of all Serie B teams
      • Official jerseys for goalkeepers of Serie A
    • Referees: 4 new official uniforms
    • National: 2 uniforms of Italian National team
    • Goalies: 10 new uniforms for European goalies
  • Cinematics: New screenshots at the beginning of the game
  • Team Logos: Added new team logos for Italian and European teams
  • Menu: New backgrounds with Superpatch 2002 3.0 theme
  • AI: New Artificial Intelligence changed about 85% of values
  • Boots: New boots from existing brands such as:
    • Adidas Mundial, Adidas Predator White, Adidas Predator Black, Nike Black, Nike Gold, Nike White, Nike Gray, Lotto, Reebok, Robe di Kappa, Diadora, Puma
  • Turfs: Edited and improved turfs
  • Flags: Almost 500 flags edited and added for every new team
  • Faces: Edited 50 faces of Serie A players
  • Stadiums:
    • Added ALL Serie A stadiums and linked to each team
    • Added ALL Serie B stadiums and linked to each team
  • Balls: Added official balls for each Serie A team and for every Serie B team
  • Sideline: Edited benches for all Serie A teams
  • Crowds: Created and linked animated crowds wearing official clothing from Serie A teams (Note: It is also included in the "away" games in the reserved area!)
  • Nets: Different nets linked to several Serie A teams (coloured nets for Brescia, Verona, Parma...)
  • Ads: Created different sets of ads for each Serie A and for some Serie B team
  • Chants: Allows you to download Add-On with chants and intro and link them automatically to different teams
  • Editing: All competitions activated
  • Import: Utility built with Visual Basic to import kits and faces
  • FSP FIFA FX: Program that facilitates the use of FifaFX

This fantastic patch will be released next week so check back here for news when it appears. Full details as always can be found in our Patches Database.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here

Today's Soccer Snippets

In memory of 'Hutch'
Chelsea will be holding a minute's silence ahead of their game against Viking tonight in memory of Blues legend Ian Hutchinson who passed away today.

Out on his Owen
Liverpool supporters are used to Owen being left out and Gerard Houllier says: "The temptation with Michael is to play him in every game. But we have learned that if you do that you run the risk of losing him for three or four months".

No hassle for Henry
After all the fuss over those Beckham and Henry elbows, The Football Association confirmed no action would be taken against Henry following the Arsenal striker's alleged use of the Spanish Archer on Charlton midfielder John Robinson.

Grounds for concern
Brentford's interest in building a new stadium at Feltham Arenas is, according to reports, set to face competition from a health club chain. Some fans may welcome the news as they would rather Brentford stay closer to home.

Boston Disunited
Neil Thompson has resigned as Boston United's manager. The club hope to announce his replacement in the next 24 hours. Neil Redfearn and Alan Buckley have been linked with the job.

In like Flynn
Meanwhile, after Boston beat Swansea last night the inevitable axe fell upon Swans boss Nick Cusack. Brian Flynn comes in as the new boss but Cusack may well stay on in a playing capacity.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here


Thursday, September 19, 2002

VIP tour to the EA Canada development studio

This Monday afternoon I was stunned when I received an e-mail out of the blue from EA Sports inviting me to join them on a VIP tour to the EA Canada development studio, to see FIFA 2003 from behind the scenes.

Fifa2003

This VIP tour will more than likely include:

  • A visit to the Motion Capture studios
  • A tour of EA Canada
  • Interviews with the Producers of the different areas of the game development process
  • A FIFA 2003 Tournament
  • A chance to offer feedback for FIFA 2004
  • Depending on time constraints, quite a lot more!

You can imagine the delight I took in accepting this once in a lifetime opportunity. To maximise the benefit of this visit, I would like to offer you all the chance to provide me with questions you would like asking when I meet representatives from EA. I have set up a special forum thread for you to add your questions and queries to. Click here to take advantage of this opportunity.

Fifa2003

Check back as I bring you all the latest news from behind the scenes of Fifa 2003 direct from EA Canada.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here


Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Puma Soccer Team patch

Our Patch Developer Ahmed El Hawary (Medo) has today released his second great patch for your World Cup 2002 game, his Puma Soccer Team (PST) patch.

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It includes:

  • New roster for the Puma team
  • Small and big flags
  • New adboards
  • New crowd for the Puma team
  • New title menu
  • New badge for Puma
  • Home and Away kits
  • Edger David face in the Puma team
  • Puma TV logo

You can get this new patch direct from our Patches Database. Check it out and see if it is perrr..fect!

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here

Today's Soccer Snippets

Freddie's Ready
Freddie Ljungberg made his belated return to the Arsenal squad as they began their Champions League campaign at home to Dortmund.

Crocks R Us
Chris Perry has been added to the growing list of injuries at Spurs. He's been ruled out of action for three weeks with a gashed knee.

Naylor won't go to Hull and back
Having already turned down moves to Peterborough and Oldham, the Ipswich striker Richard Naylor has now blown out going on loan to Hull. This despite Naylor currently being fifth choice striker at Portman Road.

Duo sign for Leicester
Nicky Summerbee and Billy McKinlay have been given three month contracts by Leicester. The two began the season at The Foxes on no money at all. Boss Micky Adams had wanted to sign them for the rest of the season.

Shake-up at Swindon
A run of six defeats has not surprisingly caused a shake-up at Swindon. In comes Steve Coppell from the football wilderness as a temporary coach with Neil Ruddock being taken off the coaching staff.

Swans boss on the brink
If Swansea fail to get anything out of tomorrow night's bottom-of-the-table clash with Boston, it could be the end for Swans boss Nick Cusack who was locked in talks with the board yesterday.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here


Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Help shape your Fifa future

As we approach the 3rd birthday of the MRA site this coming weekend, we are looking to the future (a bright one we hope)!

We very much need your input into what you like about our site and what you would like to see improved or added. Please can I ask that you visit our forum and add to the thread that I have started for this very purpose.

This site has been provided for you over the past 3 years and all we ask is for you to invest 1 minute of your valuable time to help shape the future of the Sweetpatch site. Your time will be well invested.

Please click here to change your Fifa future.

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Fifa 2000 World Cup Update

For all fans of Fifa 2000, Grasshoppa has created this patch which updates Fifa 2000's international league by removing all teams not involved and adding those that were involved in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Also in this patch is the South African League. Grasshoppa will release version 2.0 soon which will have fixed errors from this version and include the NEVER SEEN before South African Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Please e-mail Grasshoppa so that he does not miss any errors. You can get this patch direct from our Patches Database.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here

Today's Soccer Snippets

Henry given the elbow by FA
Thierry Henry will be subject to trial by video after a stray elbow went in the direction of John Robinson's head at Charlton on Saturday.

Another foreigner for Bolton?
Nigeria's Julius Aghahowa may move to Bolton when the transfer window re-opens. Aghahowa said Bolton have expressed an interest in the striker.

Bog standard
Sheffield United fans are incensed. A set of toilets inside Bramall Lane must be closed because of their proximity to a 'catering outlet' causing a safety hazard although you might have thought health would have been the issue...

Strike out
Stockport County have been rocked with the news that striker Ben Burgess faces two months on the sidelines. He picked up a knee injury during the weekend defeat by Cardiff City.

See you in court?
Boston defender Ben Chapman faces legal action over a tackle that ended the career of Scunthorpe United winger Peter Morrison. The incident happened when Chapman was playing for Grimsby reserves.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here


Monday, September 16, 2002

Ellen Roche MRA Skin

Isac Costa from Fifa Online has sent us a great new MRA Skin of the Brazilian muse "Ellen Roche". Apparently she was the star of a beer advertisement. I bet the beer was very tasty by the looks of Ellen!

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Go grab a piece of Ellen from our Skins Download Boutique to spice up your MRA.

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Brasileirão G3 2002 - A Arquibancada Virtual

Leandro Becker and his team over at FifaMania Brasil are proud to tell you about the recent release of their Brasileirao G3 stadiums patch. This patch adds to FIFA 2002 24 Brazilians Stadiums + 3 sul-Americans stadiums + Yokohama Stadium. This patch works with the FifaFX engine and adds 13 new structures for the goal and 30 animated crowds, for all teams and stadiums.

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Since the release of this patch they have also released the best Maracanã stadium. Leandro says it is his best work this year, this stadium has all the features of the original Maracanã stadium. It also has ambulances, phones, scoreboards and a lot of other things!

You can get these great stadiums over at FifaMania Brasil.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here


Sunday, September 15, 2002

Fifa On Line Superpatch v3 released

Fifa Online have just released their official Superpatch, version 3.0! It has incredible Italian updates and also updates for all over the World!

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It features:

  • Updated Serie A rosters 2002-03
  • Updated Serie B rosters 2002-03
  • Updated rosters of England, Spain, Germany and France
  • Updated rosters of the World Cup 2002 teams
  • Home and away kits of Serie A teams 2002-03
  • Home and away kits of Serie B teams 2002-03
  • 4 new referee kits
  • All Serie A flags
  • All Serie B flags
  • New badges of Serie A teams
  • Created badges for Serie B teams
  • 5 new stadia:
    • Olimpico of Rome
    • Bernabeu of Madrid
    • Giuseppe Meazza of Milan
    • Ibrox Park of Glasgow
    • Riazor of La Coruna
  • New Virtual Adboards
  • Numbers on shorts
  • New chants after a goal
  • New Fevernova ball
  • New menu
  • New boots

Get on over to Fifa Online to grab your copy of this fantastic patch plus you can find all of its details in our Patches Database.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here

Serie A is back

AC Milan made an impressive start to the Serie A season with a 3-0 victory over newly promoted Modena FC.

Milan's Coach, Carlo Ancelotti, gave debuts to four of his summer signings, yet it was one of his old collection, Filippo Inzaghi, who was the hero of this ultimately convincing win.

Inzaghi struck first on 18 minutes, finishing off good work by Jon Dahl Tomasson and Rui Costa after a bright opening by Modena. The home side continued to threaten until Dario Simic headed in a corner from Andrea Pirlo on 54 minutes. Inzaghi then added a late third, shooting past the excellent Marco Ballotta from Pirlo's pass.

Serie A Roundup

Elsewhere, an injury-time goal by Bologna's Julio Cruz condemned AS Roma to a surprise defeat at the Renato Dall'Ara.

The Argentinian's late header clinched a dramatic 2-1 victory for a Bologna who had fallen behind to Gabriel Batistuta's 44th minute penalty.

Julio Cruz equalised with a glancing header from Peppe Signori's free-kick on the hour before he clinched the win by nodding in Cristian Zaccardo's perfect cross.

Another giant, Inter Milan, have an opening game who went to form with Hector Cuper's men claiming a 1-0 home success against Torino. Christian Vieri's 23rd-minute strike divided the teams, though the visitors were later reduced to ten men by Gianluca Comotto's red card.

Two newly promoted sides faced off at the Sinigaglia stadium, with Empoli securing a 2-0 away win against Como Calcio. The former AC Milan, Luca Saudati, put the visitors ahead after 15 minutes before Antonio di Natale doubled the advantage on the hour.

Posted by Shlomy - Please post your Comments/Feedback here


Friday, September 13, 2002

Joke of the day

Thanks to Jamie (the programmer of the MRA) for sending me this funny little story:

A Sunday league soccer team is desperate for players. So desperate in fact, that one Sunday they are forced to play a chicken. Rather surprisingly the chicken has a brilliant first half. One minute it's clearing off its own line, the next threading the perfect through-ball, the next putting in a perfect cross.

At half-time all its team mates are very pleased and everyone runs back onto the pitch for the second half. On the way the referee starts chatting to the chicken.

"Great first half mate, you must really be fit."

"Thanks," replies the chicken. "I try to keep myself fit but it's difficult finding the time so I try to do an hour in the gym each morning before work."

"What do you do then?" asks the referee.

"I'm an accountant," replies the chicken.

At which point the referee immediately brandishes the red card and sends the chicken off.

The concerned team mates gather around the referee and start complaining.

"Sorry lads," says the referee. "I had no choice - Professional Fowl."

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World Cup of Clubs 2002

Amir and his team from over at Fifa Egypt started working on a new patch after the World Cup 2002 Final. But from about 2 weeks ago they noticed the patch ULTIMA 2003 patch by Shlomy. Are you ready to choose the winner?

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This patch will contain:

  • Teams from:
    • UEFA
    • CAF
    • AFC
    • CONCACAF
    • CONEMEBOL
    • OFC
  • Special Teams
    1. Euro Clubs All stars
    2. African Clubs All stars
    3. Americas Clubs All stars
    4. Asian & OFC Clubs All stars
    5. FIFA-EGYPT Team
    6. A Surprise!
  • 10 new Stadiums:
    • 5 Stadiums for the UEFA teams (Neu Camp, Azzorie, etc...)
    • 2 Stadiums for the CAF teams (Cairo Stadium & Mali Stadium)
    • 2 Stadiums for the AFC teams (Yokohama Stadium & Seoul Stadium)
    • Marakana Stadium for the Americas teams
  • All the teams home and away kits (most accurate)
  • 80 Small & Big Flags for the teams (most cool & accurate)
  • NEW NEW NEW Music inside the games (Samba - Love United, etc...)
  • NEW NEW NEW Realistic Menus for this Event
  • New Turfs
  • New TV Logos & NEW NEW NEW PopUps
  • they are working on NEW Cinematics ... but they don't promise these will be in the final patch.

Check out the full team lists in the Patches Database and follow all the latest gossip regarding this patch in the Soccer Gaming Forum by clicking here.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here

Today's Soccer Snippets

Ljungberg targets Bolton
Freddie Ljungberg is targeting Arsenal's game against Bolton on September 21 as his comeback match. And to think Arsenal are top without both Ljungberg and Pires...

Oh sit down
Due to regulations from the Football Licensing Authority all Saints supporters in the Northam Stand are being urged by the club to take their seats.

Adams wants contract out on duo
Leicester boss Micky Adams is hoping the cash-strapped club can offer Nicky Summerbee and Billy McKinlay contracts for the rest of the season. Both played for nothing at the start of the season. One assumes they would be paid under the new terms.

A debt to football
According to the accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers Scottish clubs lost a total of £132m for 2000-1. On top of that ENIC are to withdraw their stake in Rangers.

Court in the action
Wigan's match winner on Tuesday night, Jason Jarrett, has faced an altogether more tricky opponent. Jarrett has again appeared at Bury Magistrates Court to answer a charge of drink driving. The case was adjourned.

O's defender out for the season
Leyton Orient's Dave McGhee could be out for the rest of the season after rupturing his achilles tendon against QPR on Tuesday. The defender missed the opening games this term with a hamstring strain, but that was a minor hitch by comparison.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2002

10 great new kits for Fifa 2002

Cyprom has sent us his latest and greatest kits for Fifa 2002 for you to enjoy.

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With these kits Cyprom brings us high quality home and away kits for some of the lesser known countries including:

  • Hong Kong
  • Lebanon
  • Macao
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Philippines
  • South Korea (well known now following the World Cup)
  • Sri Lanka
  • UAE

Go grab your copies of these quality kits from our Download Boutique. Lots more coming from Cyprom soon.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here

Today's Soccer Snippets

No Phillips for Sunderland
Ahead of tonight's derby with Boro, the Mackems are facing up to having Kevin Phillips out for up to six weeks following a hernia op.

United they fall
Hot on the heels of losing Roy Keane to the medics, Paul Scholes is set to undergo an op on his knee that could rule him out for up to six weeks. At least Fergie won't be spoilt for choice in midfield.

Henning Berg: 'I Never Said Them Things'
Whoever would have thought it? After Sunday newspaper quotes apparently saw the player having a pop at the manager, Berg says he has been misquoted.

Efan and blinding
Efan Ekoku has had his contract terminated by Sheffield Wednesday by 'mutual consent'. Ekoku wants to move back down south despite these being a difficult climate to find a new club.

Bluebirds sponsors in the red
Cardiff City's shirt sponsors, The Ken Thorne car dealership group, have gone into receivership. It could result in the club turning out in plain blue shirts before a new sponsor is found.

The Fans Parliament
The Football Supporters' Federation, representing over 100,000 individual and affiliated members from 124 supporters organisations is inviting supporters of all club to attend the first-ever Football Fans' Parliament in Birmingham on October 13.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Today's Soccer Snippets

Alpay commits to Aston Villa
Remember when Alpay said no amount of money could keep him at Aston Villa. Well, not any more as he now says he's ready to sign a new contract despite the less than inspiring start to the season.

The right tone for Boro
Aussie defender Tony Vidmar could go straight into Middlesbrough's squad to face Sunderland tomorrow. Steve McClaren was able to sign Vidmar today because the former Rangers man was out of contract.

Keane's fighting talk
Roy Keane intends to base his defence against the FA's charge of bringing the game in to disrepute on the grounds of the 'freedom of speech', according to his lawyer.

Fandemonium at Derby
Moves are afoot to create a DCFC Supporters' Trust to attempt to instigate a dialog between club and fans and ultimately gain a seat on the board. The as yet embryonic movement has the support of Supporters Direct and the Co-operative movement.

Wigan deal collapses
The deal to bring Port Vale's Stephen McPhee to the JJB Stadium looks to be off according to Wigan manager Paul Jewell. The player and his agent were in Wigan to hold talks after both clubs had agreed a fee but it feel through on personal terms.

Law and disorder
Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws needs results and fast. His team's defeat on Saturday against Lincoln was met with a chorus of disapproval from the travelling fans and citing Lincoln's keeper as 'man of the match' will not placate the Irons faithful.

Posted by Dave - Please post your Comments/Feedback here

ULTIMA 2003 is here !!!

FIFA IL opens their brand new English Section and for the grand opening brings you a special gift: the ULTIMA 2003 mega patch, by Shlomy Sharabani & the FIFA IL team.

The ULTIMA 2003 will bring all the top clubs from around the globe into your WC2002™ game, and give you a total new experience in that game.

ULTIMA 2003 is making a total make-over to your game and gives you the chance to prove whose the best team in the world.

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The patch features the following elements:

  • 41 Top clubs from around the globe:
    • America De Mexico (Mex), Juventus (Ita), Barcelona (Spa), Manchester United (Eng), Celtic (Sco), Bayer Leverkusen (Ger), River Plate (Arg), Fenerbahce (Tur), Olympiakos (Greece), Inter Milan (Ita), Valencia (Spa), Leeds United (Eng), Roma (Ita), Borussia Dortmund (Ger), Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), Chelsea (Eng), Lazio (Ita), Galatasaray (Tur), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Isr), Olimpia (Paraguay), Real Madrid (Esp), Arsenal (Eng), Boca Juniors (Arg), AC Milan (Ita), Liverpool (Eng), Bayern Munich (Ger), PSG (Fra), Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Isr), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), Al Ahly (Egypt), Maccabi Haifa (Isr), Manchester City (Eng), Fluminense (Bra), Colo Colo (Chile), Olympic, Lyon (Fra), Parma (Ita), Beitar Jerusalem (Isr), Panathinaikos (Greece), Rangers (Sco), Penarol (Uruguay) & Benfica Lisbon (Portugal)

  • All home and Away kits (by FIFA IL, and by the best kits sites around: Jersey Land & 4D Kits Base)

  • Roster with the latest transfers from around the world

  • Teams & Players name commentary added (!)

  • All Big and small flags

  • New intro music (mixed & edited) in 3 versions

  • Over 50 new faces (& hair styles), by Shlomy Sharabani, Miguelito & Chris Arny including:
    • Ryan Giggs, Ronaldo, Fabio Cannavaro, Pablo Aimar, Ronaldinho, Hasan Sas, Avi Nimny, Alessandro Nesta, Christian Chivu, Romario, David Beckham, Ariel Ortega, Eyal Berkovic, Tomas Rosicky, Juan Roman Riquelme, Edgar Davids, Santiago Solari, Marcelo Salas, Roque Santa Cruz & many more

  • New ingame pop-ups

  • New adboards

  • New numbers on kits

  • Total make over for new menus

  • A new intro CINEMATIC in 2 versions (by Ariel of Soccer Access)

  • And much much more...

ULTIMA2003

So head now over to FIFA IL's English Section to download this superb patch, and browse through their huge Download Center. Enjoy.

Posted by Shlomy - Please post your Comments/Feedback here


Monday, September 9, 2002

Latest news on Fifa 2003

Over the past week some new screenshots and game details have appeared around the net. Please find here a collection of news, links and screen shots highlighting what has been progressing.

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Official EA Fifa 2003 site
Over at the brand new EA Sports Fifa 2003 site you can now download 2 new movies:

  1. Football Council Movie
  2. In-Game Movie

SoccerGaming
Over at Soccer Gaming they were talking free kicks. The screenshot above left demonstrates the all new free kick system which will feature in FIFA 2003.

Here is how you will take a free kick in FIFA 2003:

  1. The first thing you'll notice will be a distance meter which will appear on the ground and tell you how far you are away from goal. This will let you decide how hard you want to kick the ball.
  2. The next thing you need to do is look at the power-bar at the left side of the screen.
  3. Using your left stick you move the player into position around the ball.
  4. You then use your right stick to move the marker on the ball which will in turn move the marker in front of the goal to show you where the ball will go in relation to which part of the ball you kick. In harder difficulty settings the indicator in front of the goal will be removed, meaning you will have to "know your football" in order to know where to kick the ball to get it into the back of the net.
  5. Once you're happy with your aiming you then press the button and, just like a golf game, a power bar will begin to move. Stop the bar in the green area for a good kick. The green area is bigger or smaller depending on the play and the meter moves faster depending on the skill level of the kick taker.

Many people have also been asking how many stadiums will appear in FIFA 2003. The answer is a good one and can be found by clicking here.

As soon as they receive the info from EA they will be revealing another very exciting new feature of FIFA 2003. It is something the entire FIFA editing and patch making community has been crying out for for years!

Fifa Benelux
They have some interesting screenshots and information for you to see and read (although it is in Dutch - I think). Click here to see what they have on display.

Check back regularly as we keep you updated in the countdown to the release of Fifa 2003. 53 days and counting!

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Today's Soccer Snippets

Club v Country pt.728
Sven-Goran Eriksson plans to invoke the FIFA five-day ruling for future international friendlies. The move comes in the aftermath of Paul Scholes withdrawing from the England squad but subsequently playing for Manchester United.

Effin and Jeffers
Francis Jeffers has revealed he may have to quit Arsenal unless he makes the breakthrough into the first team this season. But, to be fair to Wenger, Jeffers hasn't exactly always been available for selection...

Building Bridges
Is Michael Bridges two-year injury woe nearly over? Next week he may be included in the squad who travel to Newcastle. Bridges was released by Newcastle as a junior but Bobby Robson is said to be keeping tabs on the forward.

Going to the 'Wall?
The Millwall Supporters Club chairman has hit back at critics of the club's membership card scheme. Home fans must have a card to get into the ground and there has been a sharp drop in attendances so far this season.

Ray of hope for Tranmere?
Ray Mathias has made the step up from caretaker manager to getting the gaffer's job on a full-time basis at Prenton Park.

Laying down the Laws
Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws has boosted his squad with the signing of full-back Stephen Wright on a non-contract basis. The former Bradford man had impressed Laws in the reserves.

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Sunday, September 8, 2002

Today FIFA IL, Tonight ULTIMA 2003

Our Partner site,FIFA IL, have opened it's brand new English section.

The new section will include an huge Download Center and daily news and updates, all in English.

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Make sure you add this site to your favorites, cause tonight you'll get a special gift from FIFA IL, the long waited mega patch, the ULTIMA 2003, by Shlomy Sharabani and the FIFA IL team.

So check out FIFA IL English Section ,add it to your favorites, and tonight you'll enjoy the best patch ever for the WC2002 TM game. Enjoy.

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Friday, September 6, 2002

FIFA IL and ULTIMA 2003 news

Our Partner site,FIFA IL, will open their brand new English section on Sunday.

The new section will include an huge Download Center and daily news and updates, all in English.

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Less then a day after the new English section is up, you'll get a special gift from FIFA IL, the long waited mega patch, the ULTIMA 2003, by Shlomy Sharabani and the FIFA IL team.

So check out FIFA IL and wait for it's new address of the brand new English section. Enjoy.

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Sweetpatch MRA 2002wc is released today

As all the great things in life, it is better for them to be late than never arrive at all. Today we bring you the release of the latest version of our great Sweetpatch MRA patching utility. This version nows adds the capability for you to load and unload all patches for World Cup 2002 as well as all the previous versions of Fifa back as far as Fifa RTWC 98.

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Just to remind you of some of the great features of the world's best known Fifa patcher:

  • helps you maintain all your loaded Patches and Favorites
  • loads in the required files for the Patch you would like to play (this includes the new format .big files for Fifa 2001/2)
  • if you have any Favorite patches which you always want loading into your FIFA game then this can now be achieved based on the Windows Favorites theory
  • save the current games settings for the Patch you have played before loading the next patch (great for keeping those team management changes)
  • uninstall the existing Patch to reset your FIFA game to its original settings
  • easily install any Fifa patch zip files ready for use with your MRA
  • view the contents of your Patches

All this means that with one MRA and one install of FIFA you can benefit from any of the Fifa Patches when you wish without ever having to uninstall and reinstall your game. What more could a Fifa gamer want?

Get your copy of this great new version of the MRA immediately by clicking here.

Can we please ask you to show your appreciation of us providing you with this excellent freeware utility that you click regularly on the ad banners above and in the MRA to assist us and our sponsors.

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Today's Soccer Snippets

Matteo doesn't get Berti's vote
Scotland assistant manager Tommy Burns has confirmed Dominic Matteo and Derek McInnes will miss the opening Euro 2004 qualifier in the Faroe Islands.

Terry on the comeback trail
Chelsea defender John Terry is targeting a return to action with the reserve team next week as he insists that he has now fully recovered from his summer knee operation.

Siege Mentality?
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has emphasised the need to "stand together'' in the face of mounting criticism.

Beasant blows out Portsmouth
Veteran Dave Beasant has turned down the chance to sign for Pompey as a player-coach, sparking fears the club could face a potential goalkeeper crisis.

Two weeks to save the club?
Bournemouth Chairman Peter Phillips has announced that we have just two weeks left to save our club. The Cherries must raise as much as possible in 14 days to stop the sale of the stadium.

Get merry with Bury
The fans fundraising group Forever Bury have launched their own brand of beer. We are informed its a golden bitter and at 4.5% could easily drown the sorrows after a bad defeat...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2002

FIFA Footballmatch 2003 Super Patch

Over at Footballmatch.it they have released an exclusive super patch that will revolutionize completely your World Cup 2002 inserting the Series Á and B Tim season 2002-2003.

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It brings into your World Cup 2002 game the following:

  • updating official Serie Á and B 2002-2003, with physical characteristics, techniques and with players numbers

  • all the kits of the teams of Series Á and B for the season 2002-2003

  • all the flags of all the teams of Series Á and B for the season 2002-2003

  • Big Flags with coats of arms for all the teams of Series Á and B 2002-2003

  • a whole set of realistic boots of famous brands used by the legends of Series Á and B

  • a new ball of the Series Á 2002-2003

  • all the badges of the teams of Series Á and B 2002-2003 in the menu of game

  • total change of the menu of game with backgrounds, animations, new pulsating colours and characters and new personalized buttons

  • all the Stadiums of Series Á plus five stadiums of Serious B with changed names and photo in the menu options

  • new faces of various Italian players such as Nesta, Cannavaro, Biagio, Shevshenko, Ronaldo, Salas...

  • new advertising boards of the Series Á 2002-2003

  • new crowd songs of the Series Á and B recorded live

  • new, real and exclusive TV graphics

  • number included on the shorts and eliminated the additional one from the sweater used by the national team

  • insertion for the new Florentine Florentia 1926 with kits, flags, big flags and badges in the menu

Now go on over to Footballmatch.it to download this great file for all fans of Italian football. Full details as always can be found in our ever growing Patches Database.

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Today's Soccer Snippets

Chelsea at the treble
Chelsea tipped their transfer deadline-day free signings to form a big part of the future at Stamford Bridge. Ranieri got French, Portuguese and Dutch players. So much for English talent?

Everton Striker Transfer On The Skids?
There appears to be some confusion over Idan Tal's transfer to Spanish side Rayo Vallecano. The Primera Liga side announced that they'd signed Tal only for Everton to deny it, citing the FA's refusal to give international clearance.

Dire day for Derby?
The Professional Footballers' Association are monitoring Derby's perilous financial plight with a degree of urgency following revelations the club's players have not been paid for August. How will Ravanelli get by?

The case of the missing chairmen
Tranmere appear less than impressed by the fact the local press spent almost as much of their match report asking why the chairman wasn't at the game as on the match itself....

Young Midfielder Has A Touch Of The Keane
David Livermore has been booked four times this season, that wouldn't look so bad if that was in twenty games, but four bookings in five matches and the one against Watford a red? Something is wrong.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2002

ULTIMA 2003 Coming Your Way

The long-awaited mega patch, the ULTIMA 2003, is about to come out in only a couple of days.

The patch will be avilabe at FIFA IL for the grand opening of it's new English section, which will present both news and an huge Download Center, all in English.

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For those who don't know what the ULTIMA 2003 is all about (where were you??), it's the mega patch that will bring all the top clubs from around the globe into your World Cup 2002 TM game.

The patch will feature the top clubs from England, Italy, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Turkey, France, Brazil, Chile and many more.


All that with kits, big and small flags, menus, intro music, many faces, rosters, badges, enviormeant graphics and practiclly everything needed for this Teams World Cup.

Plus it will feature a bonus: a new intro Cinematic in 2 versions.


So just be a bit more patient, because The ULTIMA 2003 is coming directlly to you, by Shlomy Sharabani and the FIFA IL editors team. Enjoy.

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Monday, September 2, 2002

Great new 2002-2003 season roster update

Stevie Bonilla has sent us his excellent new roster update. It includes:

  • the latest roster, tactics, numbers, attributes and formations for all the 32 nations that went to Korea/Japan 2002
  • Updated all the CONMEBOL, UEFA, CONCACAF and some AFC teams
  • Updated the Italian, German, English, Scottish, Spanish, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Swiss, Belgian, Danish, Austrian and rest of the world teams
  • Promotion and relegation in the Italian, Spanish, French, English and German leagues
  • Created West Bromwich, Modena, Como, Empoli, Boca Juniors, River Plate and Fenerbache
  • Created Egypt
  • Moved all teams from the European Club competitions to the Rest of the World section so you can play with them (i.e. Panathinaikos, Besiktas, Boavista, etc...)
  • All changes made with FCDB XP, so you won't lose commentary

You can get your copy of this great patch direct from the Patches Database.

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Sunday, September 1, 2002

This summer you gonna wear white

Real Madrid have added another superstar to their already star-packed line-up by finalising a deal for the transfer of Ronaldo from Inter Milan.

Ronaldo

The Brazilian World Cup hero is expected to sign a 4 year contract after undergoing a medical in Madrid on tommorow.

The deal, confirmed late on Saturday, will cost the European champions in the region of £22-28.5m with payments spread over several years.

Inter have already found a replacement for Ronaldo, Lazio striker Hernan Crespo. All that in swap deal that suposed to include Fernando Morientes move to Barcelona.

But Morientes, is staying put, as his move to Barcelona is off after negotiations between the Spanish giants broke down.

As for Real Madrid, nobody can recall when was the last time when there was such a packed-stars team with all the top stars of the world.

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