September 2006


Saturday, September 30, 2006

FIFA 07 News - PS2 Transfers Database Update

FIFA 07 News - PS2 Transfers Database UpdateGreat news as within 24 hours of the game being released the PS2 transfers update is now available for download with the PC and Xbox updates to follow. The PS2 patch will automatically update your game when you connect online.

Check out the full list of changes to the database by clicking here.

News of the other platform's patches are as follows:

  • Xbox
    The Xbox patch has been dispatched to Microsoft for final approval and it is currently being evaluated. EA do not believe this process takes very long, and the patch should be available soon. Again, the patch will apply itself to your game when you connect to XBox Live.
  • PC
    The PC patch is being prepared for release. EA's expectation is that the patch will be released after the weekend.

Keep an eye on EA's official FIFA Patch News thread by clicking here as they get further information.

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Friday, September 29, 2006

CEP 2007 news

CEP Career Expansion PatchThe work on Career Expansion Patch has started its phase of conversion for the new Fifa 2007 version while we are gathering infos and suggestions on how to improve further the 2006 CEP 2.0 release: I plan to release a final update for CEP 2.0 in the second half of October and in the meanwhile all this work of updating (especially the rosters) and bugs fixing is extremely useful for the basis of CEP 3.0 for Fifa 2007 that we plan to release in December after a long testing phase.

About this argument I want to clarify the reasons for which we release the CEP 2.0 without an intense betatesting as we are used to do, a thing that caused the needing of fixes for the 2006 version: for first the release of the 2007 demo shortened the time at our disposition to release the final version for Fifa 2006, the release of CEP has been old enough and one month more was really too much to give sense to our release: we wanted to put in the CEP as many things as possible (and we had to let out a lot of excellent contributions that you will find in 2007 version) and so we did it late. The second reason was a very sad episode of the unauthorized use of the material of many of CEP contributors that lead the CEP team to hurry up the release at least to don't wast the work realized: this episode really disappointed a lot of us and many members of the CEP team were very near to stop with the project just for the disappointment, a thing that, I must confess, has not faded away completely: due to this very very sad episode of unauthorized use of CEP database and materials we have lost many contributors, just disgusted for the fact that in Fifa scene is so hard to protect the work of the others. Anyway the release of CEP 2.0 has been a great succes, with more downloads than the CEP 0.12 just in a couple of weeks: we reached more than 50.000 downloads from all the mirrors we created and this means that there are a lot of Fifa fans who wait our work for their entertainment, and this is the reason for which we keep it on.

In these weeks we are dedicating to update the leagues that have not been completely updated to the 2006/07, starting from the south american ones, to the european we were not able to update: you will find all these updates in the CEP 2006 update too. Since we are going to work on Fifa 2007 since now we'll divide the CEP in CEP06 and CEP07 because of course the 2006 version will be still available to the ones who will want to play with the old version: I hope to be able to provide updates and support for the 2006 version too. The work status section will be updated only since the half of October because during these weeks I don't have the possibility to update often the website.

Esterry took a glance at the new Fifa 2007 game noticing all the improvements EA did for this year: as we supposed the rosters are not really updated so we will use a conversion and an update of the 2006 db for this; the kits are quite good while really not so many changes happened with the textures. The excellent news are about stadiums and chants: as it's now much more easy and without limitations the possibility of add stadiums and chants we plan to improve the CEP07 with them too to have a really complete product: I think we'll let the users to decide to download the stadiums and the chants addons and I hope we will able to start a fruitful collaboration with the most important stadium builders. The region system in career mode is really changed, so we will have to manage this, anyway the innovation seems very good; we still have to discover with is the new limit, of any, of the fifa.fat as it's now greater than the maximum size allowed for Fifa 2006. The career mode anyway seems really improved, while Fifaccitiu is already working on improving the game engine: everything seems to go in the direction of the best soccer game ever and of course the CEP07 will try to improve as it's possible the EA game.

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Welcome to Big Frank

Welcome to Big FrankTo celebrate the launch of FIFA 07 we have a great new feature for all you fans of the English Premiership.

With Big Frank you get all the latest football news, match reports and scores delivered to your mobile, as it happens.

Sign up to any combination of alerts services from Big Frank and he'll deliver an up to the minute audio/video commentary about your football team.

Big Frank only wants to tell you what you want to know, so his service has been customised to let you choose exactly what information you want to receive.

Click here to see a video of Big Frank in action and then sign up for these great new services for your team on your mobile phone by clicking here.

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Last day to win a copy of FIFA 07

Win 1 of 7 copies of FIFA 07Don't forget, by celebrating our 7th birthday with us, we are delighted to bring you the chance to win 1 of 7 copies of FIFA 07 for the PC, PS2 or Xbox in our 7x7x7 Competition (celebrating our 7th birthday with 7 copies of FIFA 07).

To have the chance to win one of these great prizes all you have to do is complete the Entry Form answering the Trivia question and the Tie-Breaker question.

Closing date for the competition will be midnight GMT tonight.

Fill in the Entry Form and good luck.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - Released and Excited

FIFA 07 News - Released and ExcitedToday sees the UK launch of FIFA 07 and there are lots of very excited people here either waiting for the game to arrive in the post or taking a trip to their nearest game supplier to get a copy.

Enjoy playing the game and we know you will have fun enhancing your game of FIFA 07 with us this year. We will also be helping you take your FIFA 07 gameplay to the max in new ways!

Not got the game of FIFA 07 yet and don't want to leave your house and you want to make BIG savings? Then order your copy of FIFA 07 from our FIFA 07 Shop and get it delivered to you and save money when you click here.

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

FIFA 07 News - Launch Party in Cornwall

FIFA 07 News - Launch Party in CornwallThat's right folks, here in Cornwall we will be holding a very special Sweetpatch Soccer Challenge launch party for FIFA 07 this coming Friday (tomorrow). If you are in the Wadebridge area feel free to pop along to Wadebridge Football Club (directions available at club website in "Find Us" section).

Entry is free and you can come along and play the game, have some fun and meet the people behind the Sweetpatch site.

Please let us know in advance if you are going to be there by emailing us, as event is closed to members only of the football club (but if we know you will be there we can ensure you can get in).

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FIFA 07 News - FIFA 07 on Xbox 360 at X06 event

FIFA 07 News - FIFA 07 on Xbox 360 at X06 event in BarcelonaA year ago the industry inaugurated the next generation of video gaming - this year the next gen gaming experience gets even better. EA will bring the innovation of their creative development teams to players around the world, immersing them in deep, connected game play experiences that truly signal the arrival of a new era of digital entertainment.

FIFA 07 on the Xbox 360™ heralds the start of the next generation of football gaming with the dynamic new EA SPORTS™ engine and all-new gameplay. Moving away from the traditional animation-based game engine, raw physics and data now drive the action, creating true-to-life movement, an unprecedented level of responsiveness and the most advanced visuals seen in a football game. For the first time ever the ball is alive with its own independent physics, resulting in truly unpredictable gameplay. Now any type of pass or shot is possible and goals feel natural and unique. The new engine creates a wealth of data, including never-before-experienced real-time player analysis that gives you the power to make real tactical decisions when managing your players. Partner the new engine with the most innovative and extensive online feature sets to date, with 4 v 4 and streaming real world news, FIFA 07 truly blurs the lines between videogames and reality.

Electronic Arts will reveal the innovative features that were developed from the dynamic new EA SPORTS™ engine that will appear in FIFA 07 on the Xbox 360™ system at Microsoft’s X06 event in Barcelona this week.

The next generation version of FIFA Soccer 07 is available worldwide exclusively on the Xbox 360 system from Microsoft and heralds the start of the next generation of soccer gaming and fans worldwide will have the opportunity to experience the new engine and all-new gameplay prior to the game’s worldwide release when a FIFA Soccer 07 demo for the Xbox 360 system is made available on Xbox Live Marketplace in October.

Check out more news regarding the Xbox 360 version of FIFA 07 by clicking here.

Loving this news and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the Xbox 360 and want to make BIG savings? Then pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 for the Xbox 360 from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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Major League Soccer News - Week 26 Matches

After a brief hiatus, our official MLS reporter David Gwydir is back with the latest action from America’s top league.


Major League Soccer News
Wednesday 20
September 2006
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Red Bull New York 0
NE Revolution 2

New England moved closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 2-0 victory at Giants Stadium. Taylor Twellman and Andy Dorman scored for the Revolution, who can clinch a playoff berth with a win and a New York loss to DC United.

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Columbus Crew 1
Houston Dynamo 1
Both teams needed a win to help their playoff hopes. A second-half goal by Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario looked to secure his club a much-needed victory, but an 80th-minute header by Jason Garey evened the score.
NE Revolution 1
KC Wizards 1
The New England Revolution squandered numerous chances to put the match away, and ultimately paid the price. Clint Dempsey put the Revolution ahead in the 17th minute with a headed rebound off a parried shot. Scott Sealy made New England suffer for their poor finishing when he equalized right before the hour mark.
DC United 4
Red Bull New York 3
DC United clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs with an exciting win at RFK Stadium. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime thanks to a New York own goal and an Amado Guevara penalty kick. A wild second half saw five goals scored. Christian Gomez and Jaime Moreno put DC up 3-1 with 15 minutes to play. Guevara’s second goal brought the Red Bulls to within one, but Matias Donnet sealed DC’s victory in the 90th minute. Josmere Altidore added a late consolation for New York.
Chicago Fire 2
LA Galaxy 1
The win clinched a spot in the playoffs for Chicago while Los Angeles moved closer to missing out on this year’s festivities. Andy Herron scored a late penalty to give the Fire the full points. Chris Rolfe gave Chicago the lead in the first minute of play. American international Landon Donovan scored his ninth goal of the season to give the Galaxy hope, but it wasn’t meant to be.
FC Dallas 2
Real Salt Lake 1
Dallas secured a playoff spot with the win at home. Early goals from Carlos Ruiz and Kenny Cooper was enough to give Dallas the victory. Jeff Cunningham scored his 16th goal for Salt Lake.
Chivas USA 1
Colorado Rapids 0
Chivas USA are inching closer to their first playoff qualification in club history. Francisco Mendoza scored the only goal Chivas would need.

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

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

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UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 2

Following yesterday's matches, we check out a brief summary of all the action below:

UEFA Champions League Review
Group A
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Werder Bremen 1
Barcelona 1
A last-minute Lionel Messi goal denied Werder Bremen a much-needed victory in UEFA Champions League Group A as holders FC Barcelona left it late to rescue a point in Germany.
Levski Sofia 1
Chelsea 3
Didier Drogba scored his first hat-trick for Chelsea FC to seal a comfortable 3-1 win against PFC Levski Sofia, ensuring that Bulgaria's inaugural UEFA Champions League group match ended in disappointment for the home fans.
Group B
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Spartak Moscow 1
Sporting 1
FC Spartak Moscow were made to pay for a succession of missed chances as Nani's second-half equaliser allowed Sporting Clube de Portugal to claim a 1-1 draw in UEFA Champions League Group B in Moscow.
Inter Milan 0
Bayern Münich 2
FC Bayern München scored twice late on to record their first victory against Italian opposition in eight years and leave FC Internazionale Milano propping up UEFA Champions League Group B.
Group C
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Liverpool 3
Galatasaray 2
Liverpool FC held their nerve in the face of an impressive fightback by Galatasaray SK as two goals by Peter Crouch and a header from Luis García proved enough for victory, despite Ümit Karan giving the Turkish visitors hope with a headed double in a thrilling UEFA Champions League Group C match at Anfield.
Bordeaux 0
PSV 1
A well-worked goal from Mika Väyrynen midway through the second period gave PSV Eindhoven an important away victory against FC Girondins de Bordeaux in UEFA Champions League Group C.
Group D
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Shakhtar Donetsk 2
Olympiacos 2
FC Shakhtar Donetsk were denied their first Group D win by an inspired performance from goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis who earned his Olympiacos CFP side a 2-2 draw in Ukraine.
Valencia 2
AS Roma 1
Valencia CF sit proudly on top of Group D following an authoritative 2-1 win against AS Roma and two splendid goals from Miguel Ángel Angulo and David Villa.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

FIFA 07 News - IGN's PS2 Review

FIFA 07 News - IGN's PS2 ReviewEA makes the biggest signing of its career with a footie star that's nearing the top of its game, according to IGN's FIFA 07 Review of the PS2 current gen game.

IGN conclude:

"What a difference a year makes. FIFA 07 has closed the gap on PES5 more than we could possibly have imagined. Compared to previous FIFA installments this plays a more rounded, authentic game of football without cranking up the realism so much that it’s no longer fun. The result is a game that’s as fun and as accessible as any of its predecessors, but with gameplay that’s more Premier League than the Championship."

Check out the full review by clicking here and see if you agree with their 8.9/10 score and the achievement of Editor's Choice Award.

Loving this review and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September and want to make BIG savings? Then today is your last chance to pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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FIFA 07 News - Launch Party in Cornwall

FIFA 07 News - Launch Party in CornwallThat's right folks, here in Cornwall we will be holding a very special Sweetpatch Soccer Challenge launch party for FIFA 07 this coming Friday. If you are in the Wadebridge area feel free to pop along to Wadebridge Football Club (directions available at club website in "Find Us" section).

Entry is free and you can come along and play the game, have some fun and meet the people behind the Sweetpatch site.

Please let us know in advance if you are going to be there by emailing us, as event is closed to members only of the football club (but if we know you will be there we can ensure you can get in).

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 2

Following yesterday's matches, we check out a brief summary of all the action below:

UEFA Champions League Review
Group E
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Steaua Bucharest 0
Lyon 3
Fred and Tiago repeated their goalscoring heroics of two weeks ago against Real Madrid CF and Karim Benzema struck late on to give Olympique Lyonnais another UEFA Champions League Group E win at FC Steaua Bucuresti.
Real Madrid 5
Dynamo Kiev 1
Real Madrid CF bounced back from losing their first match in UEFA Champions League Group E as a clinical display of attacking football brushed aside ten-man FC Dynamo Kyiv with Raúl González and Ruud van Nistelrooy both scoring twice.
Group F
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Benfica 0
Manchester United 1
Manchester United FC avenged one of the most painful defeats of their recent history as Louis Saha's second-half goal secured a 1-0 win over SL Benfica at the Estádio da Luz.
Celtic 1
Copenhagen 0
A first-half penalty from Kenny Miller gave Celtic FC their first victory of this season's UEFA Champions League campaign to lift them off the foot of Group F as they overcame FC Copenhagen 1-0 at Celtic Park.
Group G
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CSKA Moscow 1
Hamburg 0
CSKA Moscow proved they will be a force to be reckoned with in UEFA Champions League Group G as Dudu's second-half header clinched a 1-0 victory against Hamburger SV.
Arsenal 2
Porto 0
Last year's UEFA Champions League finalists Arsenal FC continued their outstanding start to this season's competition, beating FC Porto 2-0 to consolidate their position at the top of Group G with two wins from two.
Group H
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AEK Athens 1
Anderlecht 1
AEK Athens FC are off the mark at the second time of asking in UEFA Champions League Group H after fighting back to draw 1-1 with RSC Anderlecht in the Greek capital.
Lille 0
AC Milan 0
A combination of spirited teamwork and wayward finishing from their opponents enabled LOSC Lille Métropole to claim an impressive 0-0 draw against six-time European champions AC Milan as both teams maintained their unbeaten start to Group H.

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

For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

English Premier League Review

Our official English Premiership reporter Salman Khalid brings us all the latest news from yesterday's match.

English Premier League Review
Monday 25
September 2006
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Portsmouth 0 Bolton Wanderers 1

A goal from Kevin Nolan in the 22nd minute of the match ended Portsmouth's unbeaten start to the season. This is the first goal they have conceded in the opening six matches of the season. Defeat has sent Portsmouth to 3rd spot while 3 points helped Bolton to capture 6th spot right above Liverpool.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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FIFA 07 News - New SFTLA FIFA 07 League Ideas

FIFA 07 News - New SFTLA FIFA 07 League IdeasWe have all heard good reports so far on FIFA 07, but it is still early days we know...but if the SFTLA Leagues were up and running again, what new features or ideas would you like to see added to make it more fun and improved for all...

Post your ideas please by clicking here.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

English Premier League Review

Our official English Premiership reporter Salman Khalid brings us all the latest news from yesterday's match.

English Premier League Review
Sunday 24
September 2006
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Newcastle United 1 Everton 1

A match that could have gone either way, ended in a 1-1 draw at St James' Park. Shola Ameobi gave Newcastle an early lead in the 14th minute of the match which was equalised right on the brink of half time by Everton wonder boy Tim Cahill which helped maintain Everton's unbeaten start to the season.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Enter our 7x7x7 Competition to win a copy of FIFA 07

Win 1 of 7 copies of FIFA 07Don't forget, by celebrating our 7th birthday with us, we are delighted to bring you the chance to win 1 of 7 copies of FIFA 07 for the PC, PS2 or Xbox in our 7x7x7 Competition (celebrating our 7th birthday with 7 copies of FIFA 07).

To have the chance to win one of these great prizes all you have to do is complete the Entry Form answering the Trivia question and the Tie-Breaker question.

Closing date for the competition will be midnight GMT on Friday 29th September 2006.

Fill in the Entry Form and good luck.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - FIFA Korea's Game Preview Section is now on air

FIFA 07 News - FIFA Korea's Game Preview Section is now on airOur partners over at FIFA Korea's Game Preview Section provides over 700 screenshots for FIFA series including FIFA 99 - FIFA 07 and World Cup 2002 & 2006. It also includes basic game information.

Last week they have launched their FIFA 07 Preview Section. Now you can get various information and 85 high quality screenshots about FIFA 07 game (official final version).

So if you want to get more information about FIFA Soccer Games, you must visit there now!

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FIFA 07 News - Developer Blog - Skill Moves

FIFA 07 News - Developer BlogFind out more about FIFA 07 straight from Senior Producer Joe Booth in the latest installment of his Official FIFA 07 Developer Blog to find out all about Skill Moves.

"This year we have re-worked the skill moves on the right stick. Certain moves can only be carried out with a certain skill level of player or are unique to star players. We have things like the rainbow kick (which can be chained together to do some spectacular moves past defenders and then volley the ball into the net), ball lifts, stepovers, lane change, sideways dribble, drag backs, fake stepovers, fake shots, and more. Here's a look at the different skill moves:

  • Skill moves
    • Lane change
    • Sideways dribble
    • The step-over
    • The ball lift
  • Standing skills
    • Drag back
    • The standing step over
    • Fake step
  • Standing skills extension
    • Drag back and flick
    • The standing step over and knock on

Our Tip: Do standing skills multiple times then a standing skill extension in your chosen direction to totally baffle your opponent. Both human and AI opponents often become frustrated and will attempt to foul you."

Click here for the full Blog and to learn about all these great skills.

Excited by this Blog and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

Please note: last few days to be able to pre-order the game.

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FIFA 07 News - Developer Blog - Ball Spin and Set Plays

FIFA 07 News - Developer BlogFind out more about FIFA 07 straight from Senior Producer Joe Booth in the latest installment of his Official FIFA 07 Developer Blog to find out all about Ball Spin and Set Plays.

"One of the striking new features in FIFA 07 is that we've been able to re-write the ball physics to create authentic ball spin. This is the first time we've been able to really simulate and recreate the unpredictability of the game in an authentic fashion using the ball. Before in FIFA the animation drove a lot of the outcome of how the ball would react, in time this made the game feel predictable and unrealistic. Now the outcome is driven by the spin of the ball, its power, the attributes of the player and what is going on around the player. It's this context that makes the game much more realistic and unpredictable, so after 100 hours you still feel like you are playing a soccer simulation and not an arcade game.

We thought it was impossible to accurately simulate top spin and back spin in current gen because we have to simulate forward in time in order to make saves that look realistic, which takes a lot of processor power. But one of our new engineers, Don Hung, figured it out using complex physics simulations.

The free kicks take advantage of the new ball physics. Once you have pressed the shoot button, you can use the L-Stick to add top spin (up) to drop the ball over the wall, back spin (down) to keep the ball in the air longer, with or without curl (left or right) to curl it into the net. You can do a low driven shot with L1, or call in a 2nd player to do lay offs, dummies, etc."

Click here for the full Blog and to see the perfect strategy for scoring from and defending at free kicks.

Excited by this Blog and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

Please note: last few days to be able to pre-order the game.

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English Premier League Review

Our official English Premiership reporter Salman Khalid brings us all the latest news from this weekend's matches.


English Premier League Review
Saturday 23
September 2006
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Arsenal 3
Sheffield United 0
Arsenal achieved their first home win at their new stadium by beating struggling Sheff Utd. After beating Man Utd, Arsenal were determined to get something from this game too. After a goalless first half William Gallas opened the scoring in the 65th minute which was doubled 4 minutes later by an own goal scored by Phil Jagielka. Henry also named himself among the scorers when he slammed the ball in in the 80th minute to give the crowd something to cheer about.
Aston Villa 2
Charlton Athletic 0

One goal in each half made it possible for Villa to extend their winning streak at home while Charlton are having their worst start of the season as after today’s defeat they tumbled to 19th spot in the league with just 3 points from 6 games. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the first goal for Villa in the first half and in the second half Luke Moore added another to crush Charlton.

Fulham 0
Chelsea 2

It was a derby clash which was won by the defending champions Chelsea. Lampard who had a terrible World Cup in terms of spot kicks finally scored from the spot for his side and doubled the score 8 minutes after his spot kick. Chelsea are now at the top with 15 points followed by Portsmouth.
Liverpool 3
Tottenham Hotspur 0

Liverpool secured their third home win of the season and second in the week against Spurs who still are struggling with their away form. Jenas could have given Spurs the lead when he missed the target by some inches and same happened on the other side when Bellamy hit the far post but the deflection was sent in to the back of the net by Gonzalez. Second goal was scored by Kuyt with a smashing hit right of Robinson. Third was scored by Riise who returned after 2 matches due to injury. Spurs now have lost every away match this season and have only won one match.

Manchester City 2
West Ham United 0

Two goals in the second half from Georgios Samaras were enough to drown the Hammers who slipped to 15th in the table after this defeat. Samaras scored his first of the season in 50th minute and added another 14 minutes later.
Middlesbrough 0
Blackburn Rovers 1
Shabani Nonda’s first goal for the club was enough for Rovers to get all three points when they travelled to The Riverside stadium. A bullet header from the striker opened the scoring for Rovers in the 27th minute of the match. Middlesbrough had a number of chances to equalize or to win the match but too many misses cost them to lose three points at home.
Reading 1
Manchester United 1
It was a thrilling match at the Madejski Stadium when Man Utd visited Reading. After a first half goal from Reading, it seemed like they were going to beat United but an excellent strike from Ronaldo in the 73rd minute of the match spoiled hopes of Reading. United are now 2 points behind Chelsea and Reading are at 7th spot with 10 points.
Wigan Athletic 1
Watford 1
A goal from each side was a fair result for both Wigan and Watford who are still searching for something in the league. Henri Camara opening the scoring for Wigan in the 29th minute of the match which was equalized in the second half by Hameur Bouazza.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Enter our 7x7x7 Competition to win a copy of FIFA 07

Win 1 of 7 copies of FIFA 07By celebrating our 7th birthday with us, we are delighted to bring you the chance to win 1 of 7 copies of FIFA 07 for the PC, PS2 or Xbox in our 7x7x7 Competition (celebrating our 7th birthday with 7 copies of FIFA 07).

To have the chance to win one of these great prizes all you have to do is complete the Entry Form answering the Trivia question and the Tie-Breaker question.

Closing date for the competition will be midnight GMT on Friday 29th September 2006.

Fill in the Entry Form and good luck.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


Friday, September 22, 2006

Happy Birthday - Site is 7 years old today

Happy Birthday - Site is 7 years old todayThat's right folks, 7 years ago today was the very first time the MRA concept appeared on the net. Our very first posting was about how the idea for the FIFA Multi Roster Assistant (FIFA-MRA) arose and what our plans were to develop the idea.

"The idea for this utility first arose when I had an enforced break from work recently and spent more time online playing games of FIFA99. It became obvious that a utility such as this could provide part of the FIFA99 community with a facility which was lacking currently, i.e. the ability to easily administer multiple rosters, kits, etc... within one version of the game.

It is envisaged that this utility will provide a facility that is required by both players and league managers of the FIFA series. Please feel free to pass constructive comments/criticism to myself via e-mail. Your comments are valuable to the successful development of this utility.

May I also take this opportunity to thank all the people on the right who have to date provided me with encouragement, inspiration, ideas and assistance."

The rest is history and now 7 years on the site and the concept has developed greatly. Check out our very first postings by clicking here. You can also check out all 7 years of the site by clicking here.

Thanks to everyone for their support over the years and as a special treat, check back later for our 7x7x7 Competition where you have the opportunity to win 1 of 7 copies of FIFA 07 by celebrating our 7th birthday.

We have lots of great new features coming your way during year 8, keep visiting us everyday as times will be getting more and more exciting.

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

FIFPlay.com launched aiming to deliver FIFA fans' ideas for EA developers

FIFPlay.com launched aiming to deliver FIFA fans' ideas for EA developersFIFPlay is a community website for EA Sports FIFA Football and FIFA Manager video-games, which stands between FIFA fans and EA Sports developers, and tries to deliver the best ideas regarding the FIFA 08 computer-game from the fans to the game developers.

At FIFPlay you can write your feedback, ideas and suggestion about EA Sports FIFA Series video-game … so then the EA developers can make better gameplay for FIFA 08, when they hear from you.

As an online magazine for FIFA & FM, FIFPlay publishes other related contents regarding FIFA and football management games such as interviews, articles, reviews, online surveys etc.

The goal for launching the FIFPlay website is to help Electronic Arts create a FIFA Series based on FIFA-gamers’ needs, ideas and visions.

Check it all out at FIFPlay and post your feedback and ideas for EA to review.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

FIFA 07 News - PC Demo Take 3

FIFA 07 News - PC Demo Take 3At last the much anticipated FIFA 07 PC Demo is now available for the 3rd time of asking!

The demo clocks in at 788 Mb and lets you play half a match using Manchester United, Barcelona, W. Bremen, Lyon, AC Milan or Guadalajara.

Download the demo by clicking here, enjoy and then join in all the discussions on the demo by clicking here.

Loving the PC Demo and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September and want to make BIG savings? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

CEP 2.03 Update

CEP Career Expansion PatchA new update for CEP has been released fixing main problems segnalated until now on CEP forums, in detail:

- Fixed windowed mode and custom resolution by default
- Done some minor missing transfers
- Partially updated new Mexican Primera A
- Fixed some Argentina league ratings
- Fixed a crash with Argentina league in tournament
- Fixed a turkish team duplication in Champions League
- Fixed some adboards missing
- Fixed logos of Guarani (PAR), Ind. Santa Fe, Depo Saprissa
- Wide update for Australia A-League

Note that if you want to use other gameplays and the original EA field you'll have to reinstall the Gameplay Revert patch again after the installation of this fix: you can find the updated and the other files in the Downloads section. Some users are reporting problems with Brazilian second division (Serie B) while on the majority of the users (and on my own version) this division works perfectly (as it's shown here): as I have not been able to understand the problem if someone has an idea about this feel free to post your suggestions on this thread: the only rational explication can be a corrupted download, in this case I suggest to just redownload the entire patch and see if it works. In the meanwhile, thanks to Rinaldo, the work of conversion of CEP for Fifa 2007 has been started and as soon as the game will be released we can provide a release date for 2007 version of Career Expansion Patch: for the 2007 version we'll have no reason to hurry up (as has been with CEP 2.0 for many causes..), so the testing phase will be long and wide.

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FIFA 07 News - Demo Expander v1.1

FIFA 07 News - Demo Expander v1.1Over with our friends at FIFA Portugal Lupus has created their FIFA 07 Demo Expander v1.1 which makes it possible to change some of the settings of the FIFA 07 Demo:

  • change the resolution
  • change the difficulty
  • change the details
  • endless game on/off
  • window mode on/off
  • one on one on/off
  • referee and linesmen visible/invisible

It's most important features = play in a better resolution, play longer than 4 minutes and have more fun!

Download Lupus' excellent Demo Expander direct from our Download Boutique and really enjoy playing with a much improved FIFA 07 Demo.

Excited by the demo and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September and want to make BIG savings? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

FIFA 07 News - PC Demo Re-released

FIFA 07 News - PC Demo Re-releasedAt last the much anticipated FIFA 07 PC Demo is now available again!

The demo clocks in at 788 Mb and lets you play half a match using Manchester United, Barcelona, W. Bremen, Lyon, AC Milan or Guadalajara.

Download the demo by clicking here, enjoy and then join in all the discussions on the demo by clicking here.

Loving the PC Demo and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September and want to make BIG savings? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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FIFA 07 News - Discuss the Demo

FIFA 07 News - Discuss the DemoOver at the official EA Sports FIFA 07 Demo Forum you can keep up to date with all the latest FIFA 07 Demo news including:

  • when the updated Demo will be released
  • people's Demo screen shots
  • the latest expanders that are available
  • learn all the Demo controls and tricks
  • and lots, lots more great insights into the Demo

Check out all of the above plus lots more by visiting the official EA Sports FIFA 07 Demo Forum.

Excited by this Demo news and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September and you want to make BIG savings? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

English Premier League Review

Our official English Premiership reporter Salman Khalid brings us all the latest news from today's matches.


English Premier League Review
Sunday 17
September 2006
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Blackburn Rovers 4
Manchester City 2

A six goal thriller helped Blackburn to capture their first win of the season as they beat Man City 4-2. It was 2-2 at half time but the second half was all dominated by Rovers who scored two more goals to beat Man City. Trevor Sinclair (18th minute own goal), Morten Gamst Pedersen (44th minute), Benedict McCarthy (66th minute) and Paul Gallagher (89th minute) were the scorers for Rovers while Joey Barton (39th minute) and Andre Ooijer (45th minute own goal) scored for Man City.

Chelsea 1
Liverpool 0
A stunning strike from Didier Drogba at the end of the first half was enough to sink Liverpool’s hope of climbing up in the table. Drogba scored in the 42nd minute of the match and what a strike it was. From the edge of the box he turned and slammed the ball towards right of Reina who was left standing. Ballack was awarded a red card in the second half but they protected their lead and won the match.
Manchester United 0
Arsenal 1
A late goal in the 86th minute from Emmanuel Adebayor crushed Man Utd’s winning streak and gave his side the valuable three points. Man Utd are now at 2nd right below Portsmouth. Arsenal are in 10th place and if they continued to play like this, they will catch United at the top soon.
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Fulham 0
It was a goalless draw at White Hart Lane as Tottenham were unable to beat Fulham at home. Now Spurs have only won one game this season and to improve things, Martin Jol needs something from his players who are still struggling infront of goal this season.
West Ham United 0
Newcastle United 2


New signing’s Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins scored in the second half to secure all three points for Newcastle United. Duff scored in 50th minute of the match while Martins was on target in 75th minute. Now Arsenal are the only team separating these two sides who are now in 9th (Newcastle) and 11th (West Ham) spot.

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

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FIFA 07 News - PC Demo Update

FIFA 07 News - PC Demo UpdateJust to keep you updated on the latest with the disappearing FIFA 07 PC Demo. EA UK have announced that:

"The demo has been temporarily withdrawn from Downloader in order for it to be replaced with a newer build. While it's not expected the fresh build will have any significant differences to the one people are playing now it might be worth trying the new version if you're currently experiencing any issues.

It should return in the next 24-36 hours."

Excited by this news and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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English Premier League Review

Our official English Premiership reporter Salman Khalid brings us all the latest news from yesterday's matches.


English Premier League Review
Saturday 16
September 2006
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Bolton Wanderers 0
Middlesbrough 0

Middlesbrough earned one point as their visit to Reebok Stadium resulted in a goalless output. Yakubu could have won all three points for his side right at the death but his shot was well wide of the target. On loan Woodgate from Real Madrid was very impressive at the back for Borough.

Charlton Athletic 0
Portsmouth 1
Portsmouth’s unbeaten run continues as they beat Charlton at The Valley. Lua Lua scored in the 74th minute of the match to help his side climb to the top of the table. David James once again proved to be unbeaten at the back.
Everton 2
Wigan Athletic 2
A match full of thrills and goals ended in a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park. Andy Johnson was once again on the score sheet for Everton but his goal was not enough to gain all three points. Paul Scharner scored both goals for Wigan while 2nd goal for Everton was scored by James Beattie from the spot.
Sheffield United 1
Reading 2
Two first half goals from Kevin Doyle and Seol Ki-Hyeon were enough to see Reading gain their first away win of the season. Doyle gave his side the lead in the very first minute of the match which was doubled by Seol in the 25th minute. The only goal from Sheffield came in the second half when Rob Hulse scored in 61st minute.
Watford 0
Aston Villa 0


Goalless draw was the result of an outstanding goal keeping from both the keepers at Vicarage Road Stadium. With this draw Aston Villa are in 5th spot while Watford are struggling at the bottom in 18th place.

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

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

FIFA 07 News - DB Master 07 and Kit Master 627 Released

FIFA 07 News - DB Master 07 and Kit Master 627 ReleasedThe FIFA Master himself, Rinaldo, has released his first 2 FIFA 07 utilities already exclusively here.

  1. DB Master 07
    A generic editor for the database files used in the FIFA. Version 2.1 adds FIFA 07 support in addition to already supporting FIFA 06 and 2006 FIFA World Cup.
  2. Kit Master 627
    A Kit Converter from FIFA 06 to FIFA 07 format.

Download both of these great utilities and enhance your FIFA 07 Demo by visiting the home of the FIFA Master by clicking here.

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FIFA 07 News - Leagues and Stadiums Confirmed

FIFA 07 News - Leagues and Stadiums ConfirmedEA Sports have announced the Leagues and Stadiums which are included in both the Current Gen and Next Gen versions of FIFA 07.

Click here for the list of Leagues and here for the list of Stadiums.

Excited by this news and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

CEP 2.02 fix released

CEP Career Expansion PatchI've released an update for CEP 2 versions that resolves the main problems segnalated until now on CEP forums: mainly related to Argentina league and some transfers of the very last minute. This fix updates the Mexican Primera A too partially (still missing the 6 new created teams in this division, that will be added in 2007 version); some problems with Ecuador duplicated league too. Please be sure to jump on CEP forums if you have any problem to segnalate so that while we are starting the work on Fifa 2007 version we can have a final update for the 2006 version too. You can find the new fix in the Downloads section.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

New mirrors for CEP 2.0, let's convert the kits for 2007

CEP Career Expansion PatchThe traffic ot these two days generated on Filefront has not allowed many users to download the last CEP version: we reached more than 8.000 downloads only in the first two days and there are about 3.000 more from the mirror servers provided during this beginning for a total of 10.000 and more downloads in the first 48 hours.. To resolve this situation I have provided some mirrors available on CEP forums here and I'm reuploading a 2.01 version (a version that doesn't need the 2.01 fix) so I hope the situation will improve. In the meanwhile I've already started the work on Fifa 2007 version of the CEP: I hope that all the users of 2006 version can provide their feedback especially about rosters update and fix to apply (this is very important for the south american leagues and for the secondary European leagues not included in the original game): you can submit your contribution by mail or posting on the forums, as usual. For the most important rosters update maybe we'll release a database patch for the 2006 version too.

I'd like to share with CEP users my very first impressions of the Fifa 2007 formats, i.e. the innovations that has been done to the graphic and db files, so you can share this very first part of the work of conversion we'll perform during this period before the official release of the game.

The first very positive surprise is about the ai settings of the new incoming fifa: just in the first lines I discover that in Fifa 2007 we will have reduced field size, just how together with Fifaccitiu here at CEP we did during this summer: instead of the old 6450 x 4300 field size we have now a 5760 x 3840: CEP 2.0 introduced for first a 5300.0 x 3890 size, so you can imagine how much we are satisfied about this decision of EA. A great beginning, indeed.

Following the analysis of the new settings I noticed new "DFK" settings: strings related to ball spin that, I think will be the core of the new promised ball physics: these new physics are tuned by dozens of new ball behaviour settings, so at least we can be sure that EA really studied new solutions for this aspect of the game. There some more new strings about shooting with very detailed commented description so I'm sure that tuning the gameplay will be more interesting this year. There new difficulty parameters too, about aerial contrast, "transition" pressure (maybe EA took some advices from Mourinho :D) and these too seem very interesting. Good surprises from ai then, we'll have to check how all this works in game.

Let's pass to the gui elements: Minikits are absolutely the same, and this is a very good new for conversion tasks, same for Logos and Flags. Kit format is different: the new format allows more detail and sleeves (no more blur league logos) but a bit less detail on front shirt too, while it introduces a new system for captain band that is a an external element inside the fsh (an 8x8 pixel square, but most probably you can mount 64x18 armband here), different from the kit fsh itself: this is indeed interesting, but will present surely some incovenience for a fast conversion of the kits: I doubt that a fsh without this 8x8 external element will work in game..

The last consideration are about the database, that represents an evolution of the fifa 2006 db: much more generical faces, for first: there are about 150, and much more shoes by default too: about 50. Many career settings and tables have been moved or created inside the db, as for cpu approaches, offers, expectations, loaned players list, player xp growth (yeah, looks like there are a bit of "rpg elements" in fifa this year :D), team prestige (that changes during the season) and, most interesting of all, a new table related to "youth accademy": most probably we'll have to let grow young talents in our club and this is indeed a very interesting addon in the career modality. The playerwrite (name, surname, development, contract, birthyear) and the players (stats info) tables have been unified, and this is very useful for a good editing: players have now new 0-100 statistics: Passing has been divided in Shortpassing/Longpassing, there is Finishing, Reactions (a non-gk version of Reflexes), GKDiving for goalies and Freekicks ability. Players have now very interesting unique semi-rpg attributes: i.e. being inflexible, capacity of identification in the club, prone to scandal (!!), mediadarlin, low training work etc. etc.: VERY interesting and a very great idea. Players now have a learningspeed and a playing style that has to be discovered together with an international reputation.

The structure of the tournaments seems almost the same, there is a new goodie about the name shown on the players shirts that now can be setted as you want (for example GIO for Giovanni Van Bronkhost etc.), the new settings of the teams are very interesting too because you can set the amount of the initial budget of the team: finally you can have very good teams, for example the south american ones, that anyway doesn't have a good budget. There is a new division between the international and the domestic prestige too. On the overall we can without doubts affirm that EA REALLY did something to improve its game and to offer something new: only playing we'll discover if this work already gave its fruits: personally I'm very optimistic about the 2007 incarnation of Fifa.

Having understood which is the format used by Fifa 2007 I decided to start what is the main thing needed for a quick conversion of the CEP for the new version of the game: the conversion of the kits. For this purpose I realized a very easy video tutorial so that everyone can see how to convert a kit from CEP 2.0 in the new 2007 format in a fully importable bmp file. If you want to partecipate to the conversion progress of the CEP kits for Fifa 2007 just jump on CEP forums here and give your disposition: you will be able to download the tutorial and you will receive instruction on how and on which to start working: if we are able to compose a team of 10/15 persons we'll have all the material ready before the release of the game, keeping the style of collaboration and coperation of the CEP team.

News Reporter: OckHAM - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - FifaOnLine Demo Patcher v1.2

FIFA 07 News - FifaOnLine's Demo Patcher v1.2 It's started folks, the demo mania resulting in lots of patchers and expanders appearing.

Our partners at FifaOnLine.it have released a useful tool for your FIFA 07 Demo: the FifaOnLine Demo Patcher v1.2.

This program supports 2 languages (Italian and English) and with this beta version of the program you'll be able to change:

  • Resolution
  • Rendering
  • Choose level and game speed
  • Play in Window-mode
  • Enable widescreen
  • Enable referee and linesman (showed into the game)
  • Remove time limit (play an infinite game)
  • Enable/Disable Bookings, Offsides, Injuries

Download Alexzip's excellent Demo Patcher direct from our Download Boutique and really enjoy playing with a much improved FIFA 07 Demo.

Excited by the demo and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 1

Following this week's opening matches, we check out a brief summary of all the action below:

UEFA Champions League Review
Group A
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Chelsea 2
Werder Bremen 0

Michael Ballack's first goal for Chelsea and Michael Essien's first for them in the UEFA Champions League, carried the London team to their customary opening-day victory in the competition. Their fifth attempt at landing the European crown saw them chalk up a fifth successive Matchday 1 win.

Barcelona 5
Levski Sofia 0

FC Barcelona gave PFC Levski Sofia a lesson in what the UEFA Champions League is all about as the holders brushed aside the debutants at Camp Nou to wrest early control of the Group A table. An away game against last season's kings of Europe was always going to provide the sternest of introductions for the Bulgarian title-holders, and so it proved as Barcelona established a two-goal half-time lead through Andrés Iniesta and Ludovic Giuly before wrapping the tie up after the break thanks to further strikes from captain Carles Puyol - his first at home in continental competition - Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho.

Group B
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Sporting 1
Inter Milan 0

Sporting Clube de Portugal made a glorious return to UEFA Champions League action on Matchday 1 with a merited 1-0 victory over FC Internazionale Milano thanks to Marco Caneira's stunning second-half volley.

Bayern Münich 4 Spartak Moscow 0
FC Bayern München scored four second-half goals to ensure a winning start in Group B as FC Spartak Moskva were made to suffer on their return to the UEFA Champions League after a three-season absence. After a disjointed first half, the Bundesliga outfit emerged after the interval with renewed purpose. Within two minutes Claudio Pizarro turned inside former TSV 1860 München defender Martin Stranzl and slotted in the opener and five minutes later Roque Santa Cruz virtually sealed the contest, latching on to Mark van Bommel's through-ball and firing inside the far post. With Spartak's defence stretched, Bastian Schweinsteiger side-footed in with 19 minutes remaining before substitute Hasan Salihamidžić capped an emphatic victory.
Group C
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Galatasaray 0
Bordeaux 0
A combined total of eight years away from UEFA Champions League football did little to sharpen the appetites of Galatasaray SK and FC Girondins de Bordeaux, with the two clubs battling out a largely uneventful 0-0 draw in Istanbul's Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium.
PSV 0
Liverpool 0
Liverpool FC kept their first clean sheet since April to earn a 0-0 draw away to PSV Eindhoven in their UEFA Champions League Group C opener. The home team rarely looked like breaching the English rearguard and, in truth, neither side conjured up much in the way of scoring opportunities. Steven Gerrard, kept on the bench until the final 18 minutes, struck the inside of the post with two minutes remaining with a superb volley but the 2005 winners will be content with a draw and with restoring their defensive solidity.
Group D
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Olympiacos 2
Valencia 4
A hat-trick from Fernando Morientes helped Valencia CF open their UEFA Champions League campaign with an impressive Group D victory at Olympiacos CFP, although the Spanish side left it late to seal the points in Athens. The former Real Madrid CF striker scored twice in quick succession at the end of the first half after Michalis Konstantinou had shot the home team ahead. However Valencia, who had never won in three previous visits to Greece, were pegged back by Nery Alberto Castillo's equaliser midway through the second period and seemed to be heading for a draw until Raúl Albiol restored their advantage from a corner with five minutes remaining and Morientes added the finishing touch in the final minute, heading in another set-piece.
AS Roma 4
Shakhtar Donetsk 0
AS Roma marked their return to the UEFA Champions League with a massive home win against a visiting FC Shakhtar Donetsk side who often played the better football but were swept aside by four second-half goals. Roma kicked off with one change to the team that started in Serie A on Saturday, and the man coming in, Brazilian Taddei, set the Giallorossi on their way with a 67th-minute opener. Lone forward Francesco Totti doubled the lead in the 76th minute, three minutes before Daniele De Rossi made it 3-0. Summer signing David Pizarro, who had dropped to the bench, then capped a super night by completing the scoring in the last minute.
Group E
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Dynamo Kiev 1
Steaua Bucharest 4
FC Steaua Bucuresti issued a warning to the rest of their Group E opponents by beginning their first UEFA Champions League group-stage campaign in a decade with a hugely impressive victory at FC Dynamo Kyiv. Goals by Sorin Ghionea, Valentin Badea and Nicolae Dica put the Romanian champions in a commanding position after an electric first half and although Serhiy Rebrov also found the net for Dynamo in the opening period, the Ukrainian side's hopes were finally ended with eleven minutes remaining when Dica galloped clear to crown Steaua's night with a fine finish.
Lyon 2
Real Madrid 0
Olympique Lyonnais secured a richly-deserved 2-0 victory against Real Madrid CF in Group E to emulate their opening-day success of last season. There were mixed reactions in the Lyon camp when the draw again pitted them with Madrid in the first group game, exactly a year after the French champions' emphatic 3-0 win. But fears of a backlash from the nine-time European champions were quickly dispelled as Lyon dominated from the outset. They could have had more than the two goals scored by Fred and Tiago to show for their first-half superiority, but in the end that proved enough against an off-colour Madrid side still finding their feet under new coach Fabio Capello.
Group F
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Manchester United 3
Celtic 2
Ole Gunnar Solskjær was the hero as Manchester United FC opened their UEFA Champions League campaign with a pulsating 3-2 victory over Scottish champions and Group F rivals Celtic FC. There were fears not so long ago that Solskjær, United's match-winner in the 1999 final against FC Bayern München, would never play again. After returning from an absence of almost two years, however, he reprised his super-sub routine here, showing his old sharpness with a close-range, and deserved, winner in the 47th minute. Solskjær's strike settled a captivating contest which saw these two British heavyweights trade the lead, Celtic going ahead through Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Louis Saha then netting twice for the hosts before Shunsuke Nakamura made it 2-2.
Copenhagen 0
Benfica 0
Danish champions FC København marked their UEFA Champions League debut with a goalless draw against last season's quarter-finalists SL Benfica.
Group G
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Porto 0
CSKA Moscow
FC Porto will be disappointed with their 0-0 Matchday 1 draw against PFC CSKA Moskva after dominating but not winning a sparkling encounter.
Hamburg 1
Arsenal 2
Arsenal FC made a steady start in their bid to improve on last season's UEFA Champions League final appearance with a 2-1 victory against ten-man Hamburger SV in Germany. Back in the competition after a six-year absence, the home side got off to the worst possible opening in this Group G encounter when goalkeeper Sascha Kirschstein was dismissed on eleven minutes after he was adjudged to have brought down Robin van Persie. Gilberto stepped up to slot in from the spot and Tomáš Rosický doubled the lead ten minutes after the restart. Boubacar Sanogo got a late consolation, however, as Jens Lehmann conceded a UEFA Champions League goal for the first time in 853 minutes.
Group H
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Anderlecht 1
Lille 1
RSC Anderlecht were denied a first-ever opening-night win in the UEFA Champions League as Nicolas Fauvergue struck a late equaliser to give LOSC Lille Métropole a 1-1 draw from their Group H trip to the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
AC Milan 3
AEK Athens 0
First-half headers from Filippo Inzaghi and Yoann Gourcuff and a late Kaká penalty gave AC Milan an encouraging start to their UEFA Champions League campaign as they overcame Group H opponents AEK Athens FC with a dominant display.

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

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English Premier League Review

Our official English Premiership reporter Salman Khalid brings us all the latest news from this week.


English Premier League Review
Monday 11
September 2006
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Reading 1
Manchester City 0

Defender Ivar Ingimarsson's first-half goal was enough to sink 10 men Man City as Ousmane Dabo was shown the red card. Reading's defender scored goal in the 23rd minute of the match which proved enough for struggling Man City. With this defeat Man City is droped to 11th spot while Reading moved up to 8th spot.

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

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

CEP 2.01 fix: Field dimension problems :(

CEP Career Expansion PatchI'm really sorry for all the CEP users, but I discovered that there has been a problem in packing the last files of CEP 2.0: due to this problem there have been many problems on field dimensions not shown properly: I've uploaded a very small hotfix in the Downloads page that resolves this problem adding two string to the situation.ini file:

FIELD_LENGTH = 5300.0
FIELD_WIDTH = 3890.0

so you can do it by yourself if you don't want to download from filefront; the hotfix resolves the problem with the default windowed mode and resolution too. Alternatively if you have the CEP Gameplay 2.0 you can install it and it will fix the problem. I'm very sorry for what happened but the last hours before of the release have been a little frenetic, I hope everyone can fix this small problem (reverting to other gameplays resolve this problem too), in the meanwhile I'll upload a new CEP version cleaned from this inconvenience. Sorry again.

News Reporter: OckHAM - Click here to post/view comments

FIFA 07 News - PC Demo Released

FIFA 07 News - PC Demo ReleasedAt last the much anticipated FIFA 07 PC Demo is now available!

The demo weighs in at 657Mb and can be obtained from the official EA Downloader by logging in with your EA Sports Forum login and then clicking on the Free Download button to ensure you have the program installed that enables you to download the demo.

Download the demo by clicking here, enjoy and then join in all the discussions on the demo by clicking here.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

CEP 2.0 download traffic, clarifications on gameplay and windowed mode

CEP Career Expansion PatchAs for the previous versions of the CEP the first hours of release of the CEP 2.0 are a bit problematic for Filefront, due to the very big traffic generated: we reached 2000 downloads just now but this means that a lot of people are unabled to get the patch from the Filefront account in which is actually upped. I'm searching for alternative mirrors but please consider that for what I know only filefront can host without bandwith limitation files of 500 mb: if anyone has the possibility to provide an alternative mirror for CEP 2.0 don't hesitate to post it on CEP forums to collaborate in CEP distribution: Sweetpatch will keep you informed when new mirror servers will be available.

I'll post one more time the notes about gameplay modification included in CEP 2.0 and windowed mode/resolution settings: the CEP gameplay has been included automatically because it modifies some of the original zdata, so that was necessary to pack the patch exactly as it has been realized with the related fifa.fat and big.fat structure: as you read, anyway, it's absolutely easy reverting to other gameplays downloading the Gameplay Revert, while a correct installation of CEP 2.0 gives no problem with the dimensions of the pitch (and maybe you should try it before reverting). Tecnhically the new lines of the field are contained in the zdata_35.big as the file "m38__.0" that overwrites the original one contained in previous zdata: the gameplay revert contains a zdata_35 that doesn't have this m38 file and the ai files without the new field size: with a simple fatbhbuilder.exe you'll have the original field size again and can install whatever you want. If the problem persists (theorically impossible) just delete the zdata35. The resolution and windowed mode has a very simple solution (if you want to modify the default CEP settings): just modify your locale.ini.

Be sure to read the following, that has been posted in the very first lines this morning, but seems like not everyone noticed it:

Some VERY IMPORTANT NOTES (read carefully): If you don't want to use the included CEP gameplay be sure to download and install the Gameplay Revert patch in the Downloads section, to be applied after CEP 2.0 installation: at the end of each installation you have to perform a quick fatbhbuilder.exe; if the field size are not correct and you want to try the CEP gameplay just download the CEP Gameplay 2.0 from the downloads section. For many users the game will start in windowed mode and with a custom resolution: change your locale.ini settings if you want to modify this: just remove the windowed mode line and change the resolution as you prefer.

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CEP 2.0 Released!

CEP Career Expansion PatchThe CEP 2.0 has been released together with the Kits Addon 3.0: a total of 600 mb to give you the widest soccer experience on the Fifa games, be sure to check the readme during the installation and the FAQs after it, though if you have a clean Fifa you'll not have any sort of problems with the user-friendly installation of this last version of Career Expansion Patch. This is, as anticipated, the last version for Fifa 2006, updating all the original leagues in the game to the 2006/07 season and adding an impressive number of new teams, tournaments and leagues, all available in the career modality.

Some VERY IMPORTANT NOTES (read carefully): If you don't want to use the included CEP gameplay be sure to download and install the Gameplay Revert patch in the Downloads section, to be applied after CEP 2.0 installation. For many users the game will start in windowed mode and with a custom resolution: change your locale.ini settings if you want to modify this: just remove the windowed mode line and change the resolution as you prefer.

These are the features of the CEP version 2.0:

Updated Leagues

French Ligue 1
French Ligue 2
English Premiership
English Championship
English League One
English League Two
Scotland Premier League
Netherlands Eredivisie
Netherlands Jupiler League
Spanish Primera Division
Spanish Segunda Division
Italian Serie A
Italian Serie B
Italian Serie C1A and C1B
Swedish Allsvenskan
German Bundesliga 1
German Bundesliga 2
Denmark Superligaen
Argentina Primera Division
Belgium Jupiler League
Austria Bundesliga
Mexican Primera Division
Mexican Primera A
Norway Tippeligaen
Portugal Bet and Win League
Australia A-League


New Leagues and Tournaments

Albania Championship (1st div)
Argentina Primera Dision (1st div)
Argentina Segunda Div (2nd div)
Austria A-League (1st div)
Bolivia Liga (1st div)
Brazil Carioca (regional league)
Brazil Gaucho (regional league)
Bulgary Grup A (1st div)
Chile Primera Division (1st div)
Colombia Copa Mustang (1st div)
Croatia HNL Ozujsko (1st div)
Czech Gambrinus League (1st div)
Ecuador Serie A (1st div)
Finland Veikkausliiga (1st div)
Germany Oberliga best of (4th div)
Germany Regionalliga Nord (3rd div)
Germany Regionalliga Sud (3rd div)
Greece A Ethniki (1st div)
Hungary Borsodi Liga (1st div)
Hungary NB II Kelet (2nd div)
Hungary NB II Nyugat (2nd div)
Iceland Premier League (1st div)
Ireland Eircom Premier League (1st div)
Israel Ligat Al (1st div)
Italy Serie C1A and C1B (3rd div)
Japan J-League (1st div)
Lithuania A Lyga (1st div)
Mexico Primera (2nd div)
Netherlands Jupiler League (2nd div)
Paraguay Division Profesional (1st div)
Peru Primera Division (1st div)
Portugal Liga de Honra (2nd div)
Romania Divizia A (1st div)
Russia Premier League (1st div)
Scotland Bell's league (2nd div)
Serbia Prva Liga (1st div)
Slovakia SuperLiga (1st div)
Slovenia Si Mobil Liga (1st div)
Sweden Superettan (2nd)
Switzerland Challenge league (2nd div)
Turkey Turkcell Süper Lig (1st div)
Ukraine Premier League (1st div)
Uruguay Primera Division (1st div)
Venezuela Primera Division (1st div)

African Cup of Nations qualifications and final stage
Asian Cup of Nations qualifications and final stage
Copa America
Copa Libertadores
Copa Sudamericana
Euro 2008 qualifications and final stage
Full Champions League
Full UEFA Cup
Germany 2006 World cup
Gold CUP
Rest of Europe teams
Scandinavian Royal League
World Club Championship


The number of new teams and features is too large to be enumarated in a webpage, anyway among all the new features you will find in this version:

Brand new realistical sponsorship system
Realistical economical settings for career
New development codes for players during years
New variable potential for players in career mode
New revolutionary gameplay balanced for different levels of skill
New region division based on football federations
New original and exclusive logos by Didicito
Thousands of new minikits by Jose Delgado and Agus
More the one hundreds new adboards
Hundreds of new flags by Vlada (almost each team has its own now)

You can start your download in the Downloads page of CEP homesite on Sweetpatch: enjoy this ultimate experience for Fifa 2006 gaming while we start the work of conversion for Fifa 2007.

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FIFA 07 News - GC 2006 Athletic Performance Interview

FIFA 07 News - GC 2006 Athletic Performance InterviewWhilst we await the release of the PC Demo, today we have a new FIFA 07 Video for you looking at the Athletic Performance features in the Xbox 360 version with EA Associate Producer Simon Humber.

Check out this great video by clicking here and please let us know how you think the game is looking so far by clicking here.

Excited by this video and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

CEP 2.0 is ready, some news on CEP 2007

CEP Career Expansion PatchI'm glad to announce that the CEP 2.0 is ready: I received the last minikits missing from Jose Delgado so now I just have to pack everything in an exe, test that it works properly, then uploading it to filefront to let you download the last and ultimate expansion patch for Fifa 2006: most probably I'll be able to announce the release tomorrow but maybe during the night you can have some more news. Together with the CEP 2.0 you will find the publication of the Kits Addon 3.0 that will feature a lot of wonderful updated kits for the 2006/07 season. Together with the release of the last version of CEP we inaugurate the new CEP forums too, with a more user-friendly interface for all the no-italian speakers users, you can find the brand new forums here, so if you have questions about CEP or if you want to submit collaborations and suggestions be sure to register and give your contribution to our work.

A very good new for CEP users is that I had the possibility to give a look to the fifa 2007 database: the game will bring some innovations in players characteristics and stats together with a bunch of new options for the career mode, but the core part of the db is almost unvariated and this means that the work of conversion of the CEP for Fifa 2007 will not be a great trouble and will not take too much time.

Some clarifications about the CEP 2.0 that you will find tomorrow on Sweetpatch: it will be a 450/500 mb exe (Kits Addon should be about 150 mb), and you will find that it will adds many fsh files inside your main Fifa directory: this is because of the resolution of the fifa.fat limitation problems. FSH (the graphical files) outside of the .big files can make the game very croppy and slow if they are related to the elements animated by the match engine, as players kits for example, while their presence outside the big files doesn't affect the performance of the game if they are static graphical elements (logos, banners etc.): this discovery did possible the adding of so many teams and leagues because the space really needed inside the .big files is essentially the ones of the kits: anyway a complicated system of FSH elaboration is needed for these files outside the big to properly work and being shown, a system that here at CEP we discovered and used for this last incarnation of CEP for fifa 2006.

The CEP 2.0 will include a new gameplay developed by an idea of Fifaccitiu (the most genuine editing-genious I have known during these nine months of Fifa editing) and with the help of the great editor Rinaldo: this gameplay will be a new and updated version of the CEP gameplay that features the innovation of reducing field size to improve CPU gameplay and skill together with general better movements and actions development on the field. This gameplay will feature not only a REAL great difficulty for the most expert players at the highest level (World Cup and Legendary), but will have some lower levels of difficulty too balanced for the less expert players and the ones who will find the game too hard to beat. If you want to use another gameplays for CEP you'll have to apply the gameplay revert patch that you will find in the downloads section, even if the new career.ini settings will not be tested with other gameplays. As usually after the installation process of the CEP 2.0 and of the Kits Addon remember to execute the fatbhbuilder.exe utility to let them properly working; a fresh installation of Fifa as always is strongly suggested even if a CEP 0.12 Fifa will not have problems with CEP 2.0; as usual Fifa modified with other patches can have problems with CEP 2.0, so be sure to check the FAQ that will be included in the installer.

A last word has to be spent to the way in which this CEP 2.0 has been realized: thanks to the work of dozens of contributors who, with their excel sheets, text notes, kits, suggestions and segnalation, allowed the creation of what is indeed the widest patch ever published for a soccer game: this work would have been impossible for me without the collaboration of so many soccer fans that provided preciois informations that has been transformed in number and valours inside the database. A special thanks is given to Esterry88, who coordinated in a wonderful way the work of all our excellent friends and collaborators, and to Jose Delgado that his the great graphical artist between the work done on this 2.0 version: I'm sure that when I will stop editing (I don't like to perform the same hobby for too much time..) they will surely keep the work started this year in the most appropriate way. A big thanks to David Witts too, who believed in this project and allow us to work on the CEP for the most important Fifa web portal, Sweetpatch.

A last very important note: to state it more clearly (even if this does appear when you install the CEP and when the game starts too..): IS NOT ALLOWED to modify and redistribute ANY SINGLE part of the CEP database, interface and graphical files: the CEP is copyrighted by the wonderful portal of Sweetpatch that offers the CEP for free and for your entertainment, but exclusively on its pages: we worked hard since April 2006 on the CEP 2.0, I hope everyone will respect the work done by many people with the only interest of improving the Fifa experience. So, the release is questions of hours but since now prepare yourself to the Fifa 2007 conversion of the CEP , only on Sweetpatch!

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English Premier League Review

Our official English Premiership reporter Salman Khalid brings us all the latest news from yesterday's match.

English Premier League Review
Sunday 10
September 2006
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West Ham United 1 Aston Villa 1

Hammers were held to a 1-1 draw at Upton Park as Bobby Zamora earned a point for his side. Earlier Liam Ridgewell had given Villa the lead in the 4th minute of the match. Argentinian striker Tevez also made his West Ham debut in the match.

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

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

English Premier League Review

Our official English Premiership reporter Salman Khalid brings us all the latest news from yesterday's matches.

English Premier League Review
Saturday 09
September 2006
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Arsenal 1
Middlesbrough 1

Emirates Stadium had to settle for another disappointing match as Arsenal drew with Middlesbrough. James Morrison had put the visitors in front in the first half which was equalized by Henry from the spot. Middlesbrough captain George Boateng was sent off for his second yellow of the match but 10 men Boro held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw.

Bolton Wanderers 1
Watford 0
Watford's Danny Shittu’s stupid mistake right at the end cost his side lose a precious point at JJB Stadium. He fouled Idan Tal in the box and Gary Speed made no mistake to put the ball in the back of the net.
Chelsea 2
Charlton Athletic 1
Chelsea are now back on winning terms as they beat Charlton at Stamford Bridge. Didier Drogba gave home side an early lead which was equalized by former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Carvalho scored the winner for Chelsea with a super header in to the net. Late in the match Lampard had a chance to make the score 3-1 from the spot but he missed the penalty.
Everton 3
Liverpool 0
New signing Andy Johnson scored two goals in a thrilling Merseyside derby to give Everton a huge win over their rivals Liverpool. Tim Cahill gave Everton the lead which was doubled by Andy Johnson in the first half. Liverpool's defence looked so confused especially Carragher who was back from an ankle injury and never looked match fit and his mistake cost his side a lot. It also seemed luck was not favouring the Reds as most of their shots were off the target as well as off the post.
Manchester United 1
Tottenham Hotspur 0


Early strike from Giggs gave United the win to maintain their unbeaten start of the season as they beat Spurs at Old Trafford. It was Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick which Paul Robinson failed to stop and Giggs on return headed home the ball to score the only goal of the match.
Newcastle United 1
Fulham 2

Two goals in last 8 minutes cost Newcastle losing all three points at St James' Park. Scott Parker had given Newcastle lead which was well maintained till the end but it all changed when Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra scored two late goals to spoil Newcastle’s dream of getting all three points.
Portsmouth 1
Wigan Athletic 0

Portsmouth’s winning streak continues as they beat Wigan at home. 49th minute strike from Benjani Mwaruwari's was enough to sink Wigan Athletic who had number of chances of leveling or even winning the game.
Sheffield United 0
Blackburn Rovers 0
It was all penalty drama as Sheff Utd and Rovers had to settle for a goalless draw. First penalty was awarded to Rovers in the 70th minute of the match which was well saved by Kenny. 7 minutes later Sheff Utd were also awarded a penalty taken by Unsworth and saved by Friedel diving to his right. Even then there was still time for more drama to follow as one of Dean’s assistants ruled Neill handled four minutes from time.Hulse stepped forward after Unsworth’s miss, but Friedel was not to be beaten as he dived to his left on this occasion.

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

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Saturday, September 9, 2006

FIFA 07 News - Anyone up for SFTLA Leagues and Cups?

FIFA 07 News - Anyone for SFTLA Leagues and Cups? Hands up if you're going to get FIFA 07 and would be interested in a League & Cup format with the SFTLA lads like in the good old days?

Place your answer this weekend by clicking here.

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FIFA 07 News - Our Brand New FIFA 07 Homepage

FIFA 07 News - Our Brand New FIFA 07 HomepageIn anticipation of the release of the FIFA 07 Demo, today we release our brand new FIFA 07 Homepage.

It will provide you with all the latest and greatest news and information for the forthcoming FIFA 07 game. It includes special focus on:

  • Buy the Game and Save!
  • Download the Demo (when released)
  • Watch all the latest Videos
  • Visit the Official Site
  • Read all the latest News

Visit our new FIFA 07 Homepage by clicking here.

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FIFA 07 News - Updated Xbox 360 Hands-On

FIFA 07 News - Updated Xbox 360 Hands-OnGamespot have been lucky enough to delve into an updated build of FIFA 07 on the Xbox 360.

Their last look at the upcoming FIFA 07 for the Xbox 360 came last month at the Leipzig Games Convention, where they got to try out the game's rebuilt physics engine and play a bit of 11-on-11 soccer to see how the new system is turning out.

Representatives from EA have been in town again this week to show off a more recent build of the game, and they're pleased to say that FIFA 07 seems to be making great progress toward its release in late October (27th by any chance?).

A key observation from their article is the fact that both the movement of the individual players and the ball itself feel different from last year. More so, players on the pitch are more responsive than ever before; if you change direction quickly in the middle of a run, the player will more or less instantly respond to the input on your controller. Better yet, all of the animations that make up that switch in momentum will be context sensitive. When switching directions, for instance, a player will first plant his feet appropriately, turn his body around, and then push off his back foot in the new direction, just as he would in real life.

Player bodies, too, feel more solid than before. During one game they played, the new collision physics between players was on fine display. While defending against an attacker, for example, they didn't have to hammer on the tackle button. Instead, by simply putting their player's body into the other player, they could upset his progress or, better yet, wrestle possession away from him.

Check out the full article by clicking here.

Excited by this Xbox 360 review and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the Xbox 360 on the 27th October? Then why not pre-order your copy today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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Friday, September 8, 2006

CEP 2.0 Preview 4 - New leagues and tourneys

CEP Career Expansion PatchHere is the last preview on the incoming CEP 2.0 that, this is official, will be released between the 13 and the 15 of September: the patch has been completed but there is the needing of at least a couple of days of general testing to avoid major problems that such a great and wide work surely can involve; we have to wait for some last-minute minikits from Jose Delgado too, so the the release will be at the beginning of next week.

The fourth preview of what CEP 2.0 will include is about the new leagues and teams that the last version for fifa 2006 will add to the game. For first some numbers: CEP 2.0 will perform: 1328 teams from all the world, 153 national teams (full teams for Europe, South America, Africa and Asia), 30.050 players, about 150 competitions from continental cups, to international competitions, from leagues to national cups. The list of the new tournaments added to this version is the following:


- Ukraine league
- Czech Gambrinus Liga
- Bulgary League
- Israel League
- Albania league
- Lithuania league
- Slovenian SI Mobil Liga
- Slovakian Corgon Liga
- Iceland Landsbakkaldeid
- Finland Veikkausliga
- Uruguay league
- Japan J-League
- Hungary league
- German Regionalliga North and South
- German Oberliga North and South
- Dutch 2nd division
- Hungary 2nd division
- Scotland 2nd division
- Portugal 2nd division
- Switzerland 2nd division
- Argentina 2nd division
- Brazil: Carioca league (statal league)
- Brazil: Gaucho league (statal league)
- African Cup of Nations (full with qualifications)
- Asian Cup of Nations (full with qualifications)


and of course the CEP will keep the previous huge number of new tournaments and competitions. All the tournaments already present in the original game and in the CEP versions before the 2.0 has been updated to include last promoted teams: you will find Hereford and Accrington in FL TWO for example, while the great number of new lower division for many european countries allow a most realistic career mode in the majority of the leagues available. Thanks to Fifaccitiu for his precious technical advices we will be able to have all these tournaments available in tournament mode too, even if their id is greater than 90 (techical stuff inside..).

Thanks to the coverage of almost all the relevant UEFA leagues you will find a Champions League and a UEFA Cup as realistical as you never have seen them in a soccer games, with teams qualifying from all over Europe. CONMEBOL now is 100% complete with all the leagues and new lower divisions (Argentina Nacional B, new Brazilian statal leagues). All these new tournaments have been reorganized in the career mode with a more realistic and rational system: no more just Region 1, Region 2 etc. but a division based on football federations: you will find leagues and competitions divided during career between UEFA zones, CONMEBOL zone, CONCACAF etc. for the biggest selection ever available of teams and competitions.

The new CEP 2.0 is ready, just let us testing a couple of days more and you can discover how much a soccer game will be transformed: together with the incoming Fifa 07 demo you will have a lot to play considering that all this huge work of months will start the conversion progress for the 2007 format as soon as the detail of the new engine will be unveiled. Stay tuned on Sweetpatch: from this weekend any day can be the day of the CEP 2.0 release.

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FIFA 07 News - Free PS2 Demo Available to Every Sun Reader

FIFA 07 News - Free PS2 Demo Available to Every Sun ReaderGet your hands on the Playstation 2 Demo of FIFA 07 today by picking up a copy of The Sun newspaper then heading down to Game stores to redeem the voucher.

Get all the information by clicking here.

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FIFA 07 News - 2nd Trailer Video

FIFA 07 News - 2nd Trailer VideoToday we have a new FIFA 07 Trailer Video for you looking at the Enhanced Manager Mode and a few other features such as the Players Lounge.

Check out this great video by clicking here and please let us know how you think the game is looking so far by clicking here.

Excited by this video and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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FIFA 07 News - Breamster's Thoughts on the FIFA 07 PS2 Demo

FIFA 07 News - Breamster's Thoughts on the FIFA 07 PS2 DemoFollowing obtaining a copy of the FIFA 07 PS2 Demo, our good friends over at Breamster, after a long night of playing the PS2 demo, are sharing their opinions and facts regarding their session playing it!

Check out their full review, which focuses on:

  • Keepers are more realistic with top draw animations, which are much more fluid and they dive around like the real thing;
  • Commentary is pretty damn good;
  • Crowd noise is good;
  • Goal celebrations are mainly all new;
  • Skill moves with replays (when the ball goes out of play) showing players that have done some skill to out do the opposition; and
  • Ball physics are cool.

Excited by this PS2 Demo review and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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Have you experienced coreFootball yet?

Have you experienced coreFootball yet?If you have not already, get on over to coreFootball to join in the fun and check out what the fuss is all about. You can even join our very own Sweetpatch Leagues!

You can challenge friends to an online immediate game and set the winning stakes or join in organised leagues and tournaments. The 3D engine is improving by the day during the beta trial and you also control all the team performance settings such as position al play, work rate, wide or narrow play, etc... during the game. It is definitely worth a play and when the beta finishes you can then start playing for real money and benefit from your online management skills.

You can learn all about the game by visiting our coreFootball Zone.

Whilst over at coreFootball checkout how the Sweetpatch Sponsored League is progressing by clicking here (I am not doing very well so far :()

Go on, join in with all the fun by signing up for free and benefit from our FREE £5 voucher for you (just ensure when you sign up that you enter the promo code SP-CASH and this will ensure you benefit from our FREE £5 voucher that has been made available especially for you, the Sweetpatch visitors).

Let's see you all taking part in these great Sweetpatch Leagues and see who comes out as champions.

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Thursday, September 7, 2006

FIFA 07 News - PS2 Demo Out

FIFA 07 News - Anyone for SFTLA Leagues and Cups? The PC demo may have been delayed but our good friends over at Breamster can however bring you news of the PS2 Demo, which they have managed to obtain.

They have started a thread over at the Official FIFA 07 forums and have posted their thoughts on the game.

See what they have to say about the game by clicking here.

Excited by the PS2 Demo and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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FIFA 07 News - Anyone for SFTLA Leagues and Cups?

FIFA 07 News - Anyone for SFTLA Leagues and Cups? Hands up if you're going to get FIFA 07 and would be interested in a League & Cup format with the SFTLA like in the good old days?

Place your answer by clicking here.

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FIFA 07 News - Developer Blog #3

FIFA 07 News - Developer BlogFind out more about FIFA 07 straight from Senior Producer Joe Booth in the latest installment of his Official FIFA 07 Developer Blog to find out all about the All-New Manager Mode.

"We listened to the feedback from the press, the boards and forums, and most importantly, our FIFA fans to improve the Manager Mode. Our focus this year was to create greater realism by adding authentic currency, overhauling the Visual Sim mode (where you quickly simulate those matches you don't want to play yourself), adding a player growth system and an all new youth player system.

This year it's all about managing your favourite club through glory and shame. Unlike last year, you can now choose any club to manage. If you are a Chelsea, Man Utd, or Barcelona supporter, you can choose any of those teams. The expectations will be higher since you will be starting out with a much better team and higher budget. However, we didn't want to prevent the user from being able to play as the manager of their favourite club. As a result, if you want a bigger challenge, you can take one of the lower division teams such as Hartlepool and try and take them all the way up to the English Premier League to become the champions.

We have also worked to build the Manager Mode into the PSP version of FIFA 07 for this year in way that is 100% compatible to send a game between the PS2 and PSP at any point during an ongoing campaign. So now you can play the same campaign you start at home while you're on the move and vice versa.

This year your club's board of directors are much more demanding, the press more critical, and the fans more emotional. Mismanage your club affairs too many times and no one will employ you. We also have better financial predictions so you can see just how long you have before you potentially bankrupt your club."

Click here for the full Blog and check back next time when Joe will be focusing on a different part of the game.

Excited by this Blog and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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FIFA 07 News - Latest Demo Release Info

FIFA 07 News - Latest Demo Release InfoFollowing yesterday's false dawn that the FIFA 07 Demo was to be released, EA have emphasised that any information or rumours you hear regarding the release of an EA game, demo, patch or otherwise that you did not hear from an EA employee via an EA site or forum is speculation.

As has been proven in this case no matter how reliable you believe a piece of "insider" information to be, it is frequently not the case.

The teams who run EA's sites and forums are in touch with every relevant person within EA in the release of game information, patches, demos and so on, and therefore have the absolute best detail with regards to when something will arrive.

Again - if you didn't read it officially it isn't official - and should not be taken as true.

In this case the demo was scheduled for release on the 6th over a month ago, however this was a speculative date which is why it was not publicly released. Speculative dates are frequently wrong, and often change in the last few days for one reason or another. It is for this reason that we will not issue the date for the release of anything until we are 100% certain that it will not move.

Don't blame those who have been misinformed regarding the release of the demo, as they believed they were accurate, however for your future reference you should only believe what you hear officially.

The demo will be available when it is ready and we will be one of the first places to make it available for you.

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UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifiers

UEFA Euro 2008 QualifiersLast night saw the latest matches on the road to UEFA Euro 2008 qualification.

There were some outstanding results including Northern Ireland's 3-2 victory over Spain and Germany's demolition of San Marino 0-13.

Check out all the latest news from the qualification stages by clicking here and click here to see our very own unique coverage of the qualifiers.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

FIFA 07 News - Demo NOT Released Today

Download the DemoAs had previously been confirmed around the net, the official FIFA 07 Demo should have been with us today.

EA have announced that it will not be released today and it will be with us when it is ready.

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FIFA 07 News - PC System Specs

FIFA 07 News - PC System SpecsWondering if your PC will run FIFA 07? Check if it meets or exceeds these specs:

  • OS - Windows 2000/XP
  • Processor – 1.3 GHz or faster
  • Memory - 256MB RAM
  • Hard Drive – 1.2 GB
  • DVD Drive - 8 Speed (Notice: This game contains technology intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some DVD-ROM, DVD-RW and virtual drives)
  • Video Card - 64MB. Supported chipsets:
    • NVIDIA GeForce3 or greater (GeForce MX series not supported);
    • ATI Radeon 7500 or greater;
    • Intel 915, 945/950.
    • Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported.
  • Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • DirectX - Version 9.0c (DirectX 9.0c is included on this disc and may require the latest drivers for your video and sound card)
  • LAN – TCP/IP Compliant; 2 Players
  • Online Multiplayer – 512 Kbps or faster; 2 Players
  • Single System Multiplayer – 2-8 Players
  • Input - Keyboard, Mouse or dual analogue gamepad

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Major League Soccer News - Week 23 Matches

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


Major League Soccer News
Wednesday 30
August 2006
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FC Dallas 2
Colorado Rapids 0

Dallas built their lead in the Western Conference to six points with this win at home. Ramon Nunez gave Dallas all the offense they would need when he directed a cross into the Rapids’ net in the 25th minute. The match was put out of reach in the 57th minute on Richard Mulrooney’s first goal of the season.

Chicago Fire 2
Houston Dynamo 2
Chicago and Houston battled to a hard fought draw in Chicago. Justin Mapp gave the Fire the lead after 36 minutes, but Houston’s Chris Wondolowski leveled the score going into halftime. Dwayne De Rosario, who has won MLS goal of the year the last two years, put his bid in for a three-peat with a 40-yard chip of Chicago goalkeeper Zach Thornton. Andy Herron tied the score from the penalty spot with 15 minutes to play.
Real Salt Lake 1
LA Galaxy 0
Salt Lake won this battle of teams fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Jeff Cunningham scored his 15th goal of the year on the hour mark to give Real the much need victory.
KC Wizards 2
Red Bull New York 2
Both teams coughed up the lead and had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Scott Sealy gave the Wizards a first half lead. New York then came back through John Wolyniec and Todd Dunivant. Josh Wolff leveled the game in the 71st minute.
Saturday 02
September 2006
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Columbus Crew 3
NE Revolution 0
Columbus helped their playoff chances with a convincing 3-0 win at home. Jason Gray started the festivities in the third minute, and Eddie Gaven doubled the lead five minutes before the break. Ezra Hendrickson finished off the Revolution with his first goal of the season.
FC Dallas 1
Houston Dynamo 0
After holding a man advantage for nearly an hour, FC Dallas finally broke through, getting a goal from Houston native Arturo Alvarez to defeat Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Saturday evening at Pizza Hut Park, their first-ever victory against their in-state rival.
Real Salt Lake 0
Colorado Rapids 1
Colorado Rapids will keep the Rocky Mountain Cup in their possession with the win in Salt Lake. Nicolas Hernandez scored the only goal of the game three minutes after halftime.
LA Galaxy 2
KC Wizards 1
Los Angeles moved into a tie with Real Salt Lake for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Alan Gordon sandwiched two goals for LA around Shavar Thomas’ strike for the Wizards.
Sunday 03
September 2006
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Chivas USA 1
DC United 2
D.C. United snapped their five-game winless streak as they defeated Chivas USA 2-1 at The Home Depot Center on Sunday afternoon. Christian Gomez scored two first half goals for United. Claudio Suarez scored in the 32nd minute for Chivas to tie the score.
Chicago Fire 2
Red Bull New York 1
Chris Rolfe and Diego Gutierrez each scored Sunday, sending the Chicago Fire to a 2-1 victory against Eastern Conference rivals New York Red Bulls at Toyota Park. John Wolyniec made the last 10 minutes interesting with a goal for New York.

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

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

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English Premier League Review

Catching up from my holidays, our official English Premiership reporter Salman Khalid brings us all the latest news from last week.


English Premier League Review
Monday 28
August 2006
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Middlesbrough 0
Portsmouth 4

Kanu was once again on target as Portsmouth crushed Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. Kanu scored the first in the 7th minute and his second and his sides third in the 57th minute with a great solo run. Now he has scored 4 goals in two matches and looks in great form. Other two goals were scored by Benjani Mwaruwari in the 50th minute and by Svetoslav Todorov in the last minute of the match.

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

For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

CEP 2.0 Preview 3 - The rosters update

CEP Career Expansion PatchThese are the last days before the CEP 2.0 release, as the work on new leagues and teams is 99% completed and the CEP team is starting to test the huge work done during these months: as always you can check the status of our work in the dedicated section of the site. This is the week of the last additions, the last graphical touches of class to pack everything and up it on the web.

This third preview of the final release of Career Expansion Patch for Fifa 2006 is about the rosters update that has been realized. I'm proud to announce that CEP 2.0 will feature the last and most precise update for the incoming season, not only with full relegations/promotions replacements (thanks to the number of new divisions too!) but with all the transfers happened until the last minut of transfer market: you will find the last-minute contract deal for lower divisions teams as well as the most important transfers realized during this summer, from Hartlepool to Real Madrid, from Necaxa to Goteborg, from Dundee United to Genoa: has been a great satisfaction to see that some transfers, for example, from Borussia Dortmund II (youth team of Dortmund) and Borussia Dortmund were possibile inside the CEP database as the youth team was already created, and so on with many new young stars that have been added to the database. The work of updating the rosters has been one more time the demonstration of how good and fruitful can be the team work: I've been able to work days and days on contributions from all over the world that make possible for you to have the most accurate and precise update to the fifa rosters, as always the active partecipation of many did possible to give you a top-quality product.

This work on rosters has been completed with a more precise and proper redistribution of starting lineups too: has been strange noticing how EA put in the original game some defenders at the centre of the attack of some FL TWO teams for example, or how the best players of a team have been relegated to the bench: CEP 2.0 will feature a more rational and realistic system of line-ups so that during your career you will play against teams at the top of their official team. So, the leagues that you will find COMPLETELY updated (this means ALL the transfers, not only the most famous market movements), are:

  1. French Ligue 1
  2. French Ligue 2
  3. English Premiership
  4. English Championship
  5. English League One
  6. English League Two
  7. Scotland Premier League
  8. Netherlands Eredivisie
  9. Netherlands Jupiler League
  10. Spanish Primera Division
  11. Spanish Segunda Division
  12. Italian Serie A
  13. Italian Serie B
  14. Italian Serie C1A and C1B
  15. Swedish Allsvenskan
  16. German Bundesliga 1
  17. German Bundesliga 2
  18. Denmark Superligaen
  19. Argentina Primera Division
  20. Belgium Jupiler League
  21. Austria Bundesliga
  22. Mexican Primera Division
  23. Mexican Primera A
  24. Norway Tippeligaen
  25. Portugal Bet and Win League
  26. Switzerland Super League
  27. Switzerland Challenge League

While all the new leagues that CEP 2.0 will perform will be already updated. All this huge work on updating the rosters from all the world will not be only a great improvement for the fifa 2006 final CEP version, but the core of the fifa 2007 CEP version that will perform extra-correct and updated teams, fixing the errors that we often find inside the starting rosters in the original game (we're all awaiting the demo that will unveil some details to start the work..).

You will discover how intense and wide has been our work on rosters directly playing with the CEP as we prefer facts instead of words. Can't wait for the new CEP release that will transform radicallly your soccer gaming experience? Release date is question of days, in the meanwhile you can wait for CEP Preview 4 that will discover new leagues, teams and tournaments added for the next CEP release.

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NK FOOTBALL © : FIFA ™ Xpert Precision Football – Download Now!

NK FOOTBALL © FIFA ™ Xpert Precision Football

NK FOOTBALL © FIFA ™ Xpert Precision Football is now available to download from the NK FOOTBALL © Downloads Boutique.

And you thought there were no more?! Well I didn’t either! But this just has to be played before FIFA 07 is released and I guarantee you the most challenging and enjoyable gameplay ever for 06. No longer do you have game after game after game with a CPU that doesn’t attack, even from the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid! Now, the best teams take more shots, add more pressure and really make you feel like they want to beat you

So fancy a challenge before FIFA 07? Head over to NK FOOTBALL © and download your copy!

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Monday, September 4, 2006

2006 World Cup PC Patch

2006 World Cup PC PatchEA have released an official patch for their 2006 FIFA World Cup game. This small patch addresses an issue with ATi graphics cards.

If you are having in-game display issues with your ATi graphics card, then download this PC Patch now direct from our Download Boutique.

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WCG 2006 - FIFA 06 Final Coverage

WCG 2006 - FIFA 06 Final CoverageAs reported last week, Chris Bullard won the FIFA 06 tournament at this years WCG 2006 UK event.

EA Sports UK were at the World Cyber Games UK FIFA qualifiers and you can find their coverage of the final by clicking here.

Well done to Chris and check out all the latest news from the event by clicking here.

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FIFA 07 New Videos

FIFA 07 New VideosOver at IGN they have a great collection of FIFA 07 videos waiting for you, including 4 brand new ones.

Check out this great video by clicking here and please let us know how you think the game is looking so far by clicking here.

Even more excited by these new videos and can't wait for the release of FIFA 07 on the 29th September? Then why not pre-order your copy of FIFA 07 today from our FIFA 07 Shop and save money when you click here.

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FIFA 07 Trailer Video

FIFA 07 Trailer VideoToday we have a new FIFA 07 Trailer Video for you looking at the new Interactive Leagues and how you can help your club change history!

Check out this great video by clicking here and please let us know how you think the game is looking so far by clicking here.

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FIFA 07 News - Developer Blog #2

FIFA 07 News - Developer BlogFind out more about FIFA 07 straight from Senior Producer Joe Booth in the latest installment of his Official FIFA 07 Developer Blog to find out all about Online Everywhere and the new EA SPORTS™ Interactive Leagues.

"Love hurts, but football hurts more – so imagine how I feel, when inventing what teamxbox.com called 'one of the most unique online sports experiences ever', only to see my club, Leeds United, fail to qualify back into the Premiership.

So, what are EA Sports™ Interactive Leagues, who do I think will win, who will I play for, why didn't I include more leagues? Read on and I’ll do my best to explain.

EA SPORTS Interactive Leagues is our biggest new feature for this year. We are building interactive versions of the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French League and the Mexican 1st Division. So if you are a Liverpool fan and if Liverpool is playing Man U on Saturday in the real life Premier League, then the interactive fixture will open on the Thursday night, you’ll go on line and be match made vs. Man U fans. You play as many or as few games as you want during that period, then on Saturday night when the fixture closes, the club who has the most wins across all platforms will get the three points in the interactive F.A. Premier League.

It’s really cool in that it follows the real world season. It brings you together with fans from your club and I’m sure the hardcore gamers will work to become the top player in their club. I think Interactive Leagues will also appeal to the gamers who haven’t been online yet and will give them a reason to go online and be part of a community. This will give fans the incentive to go online to connect with like-minded friends. It is like when I go to a real Leeds United match and all those supporters around me are my friends for those 90 minutes. Those 35,000 other fans (ok, more like 15,000 now days) are my brothers during that game and we share those highs and lows. My hope is that Interactive Leagues will create the same experience by instantly creating an online community by connecting people together through their club.

We realized early on that we wanted to get closer to our fans. We wanted to provide tools where we can communicate to them every week and they could communicate to us. So the podcast is a way to talk to our community, pickup the vibe, talk to the top gamers and allow them to celebrate their success. We have an editorial space with overall ranking for each platform, and we will include news, stories and upcoming news. You will be able to visit fifa07.ea.com to see what’s going on in the real world of football and our Interactive Leagues. It is a complex feature that we will continue to work on closely with the community and give them the chance to influence the direction we go with this feature in the future.

Sometimes, when things are not going well, and your team is at the wrong end of the table (or in the wrong division) the only sense of glory you get is seeing your rivals lose (for me its Man U!). Well, on the PS2 & Xbox, we were able to add the ability to stick one to your rivals. Simply include rivals in your search and you can be match made against your club’s rivals with the result counting in their fixture. Who your rivals are will be managed each week to reflect long standing rivalries as well as the fights around your table position.

There is no technical limitation to the number of leagues we can have, but no one has done anything like this before, so we want to take our time and grow this year on year. We did some statistical simulations to estimate what the average population might be per league and found that because Spain and Italy have a relatively low broadband penetration there was concern that we wouldn’t have enough gamers taking part across all their clubs. The Mexican league was chosen because of the popularity of the Mexican 1st Division in the USA. In the future we will definitely look to add additional leagues if the demand is there."

Click here for the full Blog and check back next time when Joe will be focusing on Set Plays Strategy Tips.

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UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifiers

UEFA Euro 2008 QualifiersThis weekend saw the start of the qualification matches for UEFA Euro 2008 to be held in Austria and Switzerland.

Check out all the latest news from the qualification stages by clicking here and click here to see our very own unique coverage of the qualifiers.

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