October 2005


Monday, October 31, 2005

Plan your route to the FIFA Interactive World Cup

Plan your route to the FIFA Interactive World CupThe FIFA Interactive World Cup is well underway - two fantastic tournaments in London and Sao Paulo have already taken place and last weekend the show went to Seoul to find the latest entrant to the Grand Final.

If you can't make it to one of the regional tournaments, don't worry! There are a number of feeder events all over Europe. So far, they've been organised in:

  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Poland and
  • Hungary

Entry is either by pre-registration or just turn up and play!

Win one of these tournaments and you could be on your way to one of the remaining competitions in either Cologne on Sunday 4th December or Paris on Saturday 10th December - and the action doesn't stop there. If you make it to a regional tournament not only could you win two tickets to the Final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ courtesy of FIFA.com but also a new Xbox 360!

During the regional tournaments there'll be plenty going on throughout the day - there'll be great music, an MC, prizes, videos and you can also stretch your legs on the target shot and the speed zone.

Check out further details for this by clicking here.

Copyright © 1994 - 2005 FIFA

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FifaX Perfect Gameplay Patch 06

FifaX Perfect Gameplay PatchDo you think you have now mastered FIFA 06? If so why not try out this small but beautiful patch from our partners at FifaX which strengthens the FIFA 06 World Class difficulty and therefore it is now more difficult to win.

Download this excellent Patch direct from our Download Boutique and see if you can still beat the computer with this new Perfect Gameplay Patch loaded.

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Scottish Premier League Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Scottish Premier League, Gaz Scott, brings us a summary of all the action from the weekend's matches: Scottish Premier League Review
Kilmarnock 4 Aberdeen 2

Kris Boyd grabbed a double as Kilmarnock edged an exciting encounter with Aberdeen at Rugby Park.

Russell Anderson headed the Dons into the lead, but Simon Ford nodded in the equaliser after goalkeeper Ryan Esson spilled a Boyd shot. A Danny Invincibile lob and one volley and another close-range finish by Boyd put Killie in command. Stevie Crawford's curling shot gave the Dons hope, but Darren Mackie's missed penalty ended their chances.

Dundee United 2
Celtic 4

Celtic replaced Hearts at the top of the Scottish Premier League for the first time this season after winning a six-goal thriller at Tannadice.

Chris Sutton headed into his own net to give Dundee United the lead but set up John Hartson to fire in the equaliser. Sutton deflected in a Shaun Maloney drive only for Collin Samuel to hammer home and level for the home side. But Alan Archibald deflected a Maloney corner into his own net and Stephen Pearson knocked in Celtic's fourth.

Dunfermline 0 Motherwell 3

Only goal difference keeps Dunfermline Athletic off the bottom of the Scottish Premier League after Motherwell gave their hosts a lesson in finishing.

Graeme Smith produced a superb save to prevent Noel Hunt giving the Pars a deserved first-half lead. But Well took control after Brian Kerr fired them into the lead from 25 yards. Martyn Corrigan headed in the second and former Pars striker Jim Hamilton fired in the third to make it five defeats in a row for Dunfermline.

Falkirk 1
Livingston 1

Bottom of the table Livingston picked up their third consecutive draw thanks to a late strike from midweek hero Robert Snodgrass.

The young striker, who scored twice against Rangers on Wednesday, curled in a great strike after 88 minutes. It was tough luck on Falkirk after the home side had dominated the game for long spells and had gone ahead after Harold Pinxten's freakish own goal.

Hibernian 2
Hearts 0

Hibs made it 13th time unlucky for city rivals Hearts as the 10-man SPL leaders crashed to defeat at Easter Road.

Hearts striker Edgaras Jankauskas was sent off on 62 minutes after angrily pushing Scott Brown. And Hearts' 12-game unbeaten run was undone when Guillaume Beuzelin stabbed in a great cut-back from Ivan Sproule. Hibs doubled their lead when Garry O'Connor had time to chest down a David Murphy delivery and blast the ball into the back of the net.

Rangers 1
Inverness Caley 1

Pressure mounted on Rangers manager Alex McLeish after the Scottish champions slipped up again despite Caley Thistle finishing with 10 men.

Craig Dargo gave Inverness a surprise lead with a 25-yard volley. Fernando Ricksen struck the visitors' bar before substitute Steven Thompson pounced after goalkeeper Mark Brown spilled a cross after the break. Rangers pressed for a winner and Graham Bayne was sent off late on for a bad challenge on Peter Lovenkrands.

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

For comprehensive official Scottish Premier League match reports, click here.

Also, do you want to wear the kit of your favourite Scottish Premier League team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the Scottish Premier League by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

English Premier League Review

Today we bring you a summary of all the latest action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
Birmingham 0
Everton 1
Maik Taylor's error enabled Simon Davies to earn Everton victory in the battle of the Barclays Premiership strugglers and plunged Birmingham City deeper into trouble.
Charlton 0
Bolton 1

Bolton Wanderers produced a smash-and-grab raid with a second-half goal from captain Kevin Nolan to claim all three points against Charlton Athletic at The Valley.

Chelsea 4
Blackburn 2

Chelsea threw away a two-goal first-half lead against Blackburn Rovers but stormed back to end a difficult week on a high note as Jose Mourinho's men continue to set the pace at the top of the Barclays Premiership.

Liverpool 2
West Ham 0
Liverpool secured only their third Barclays Premiership victory of the season with goals from Xabi Alonso and Bolo Zenden seeing off West Ham United at Anfield.
Middlesbrough 4
Man. United 1
Manchester United were humbled by Middlesbrough at The Riverside Stadium as their Barclays Premiership title ambitions suffered a severe blow.
Sunderland 1
Portsmouth 4
Matthew Taylor's 40-yard wonder goal sealed the points for Portsmouth after a dramatic Sunderland collapse at the Stadium of Light.
Spurs 1
Arsenal 1
Substitute Robert Pires cashed in on a mistake by Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson to earn Arsenal a point in an entertaining north London derby after the hosts had dominated the first half at White Hart Lane.
Wigan 1
Fulham 0
The fairytale continued as Wigan Athletic stretched their amazing Barclays Premiership winning streak to five matches thanks to Pascal Chimbonda's last-gasp header against Fulham.
WBA 0
Newcastle 3
Michael Owen enjoyed a fruitful return to The Hawthorns with a two-goal salvo as Newcastle United continued their revival by climbing into the Barclays Premiership top 10 with victory over West Bromwich Albion.

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.

Also, do you want to wear the kit of your favourite English Premier League team and support the Sweetpatch site at the same time? Check out all the team kits you can buy from us for the English Premier League by clicking here. All kits are 100% Official products with fast worldwide delivery.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Kakha Kaladze Face Update 06

Kakha Kaladze Face Update 06Today's second excellent face update for your game of FIFA 06 from Sweetpatch Development Posse member Hayan, is for the Georgia and AC Milan defender, Kakha Kaladze (click on screenshot for a full size image).

Download this excellent Face direct from our Download Boutique.

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Lucio Face Update 06

Lucio Face Update 06Today we have 2 excellent face updates for your game of FIFA 06 from Sweetpatch Development Posse member Hayan.

The first is for the Brazil and Bayern Munich defender, Lucio (click on screenshot for a full size image).

Download this excellent Face direct from our Download Boutique.

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Italian Lega Calcio Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all last weekend's week 8 action:

Italian Lega Calcio Review
Messina 1
Ascoli 1
Ascoli continue collecting points in the Lega Calcio with a 1-1 draw away at Messina and maintain their position in the middle of the table. The goals came through Ricardo scoring for Messina & Komoto equalizing for Ascoli in the dying seconds of the game in the 90th min. It's worth mentioning that Ascoli has only two losses out of 8 games until now.
Fiorontina 4
Parma 1
Fiorontina continue their good performance this season when they thrashed Parma by four goals to one at their home ground where Luca Toni scored a hatrick to lead the goal scorers in the Lega Calcio & Fiore scored one of the most beautiful goals this week with a powerful strike from outside the area on his left foot while Vicenzo Gerelli's goal for Parma couldn't prevent his team from continuing to fall this season.
Udinese 0
Inter Milan 1
Inter Milan continue racing for the title with a slim win over Udinese by one goal to nil scored by the Argentinean Julio Cruz in the 37th min.
Trevisio 1
Empoli 2
Trevisio show game after game that they are not capable of fighting in the first division of the Lega Calcio as they lose again at their home ground by two goals to one. Dino Vava scored for Trevisio while Almeron & Tavvano scored for Empoli.
Sampadoria 3
Siena 3
In one of the most beautiful games this week full of real excellent football Sampadoria couldn't get the three points at their home ground as they drew with Siena by three goals each, five of them scored in the second half. Flachi (2x) & Flopi scored the three for Sampadoria while Thomas Lucatelli, Enrico Chiesa & Simone scored the three for Siena.
Chievo Verona 2
Cagliari 1
A David Suazo goal couldn't prevent his team from losing at Verona who had already scored twice before this goal by Lorenzo & Upena.

AC Milan 2
Palermo 1

Filippo Inazaghi proved his worth as he returned to the starting eleven with a wonderful performance and a goal scored in the dying minutes to give his team a very precious three points to continue racing for the title after Juventus. The other was scored by Gattusso in the first half to give his team the equalizer after Andrea Carciolo had scored the only goal for his team Palermo.
Livorno 1
Reggina 0
Livorno returned to their winning days with an important win over Reggina who only have six points out of 8 games. Livorno's only goal came through their goal scorer Lucarelli in the dying minutes of the game in the 87th min.
Lecce 0
Juventus 3
Juventus continue their unbeaten record in the Lega Calcio as they win over the weak team Lecce by three goals to nil. With this win they are about to break the record of the number of the winning games streak which was recorded by them before as they need one more game to win in the next game to break their own previous record. The goals came through the players Ibrahimovic, Mutu & Zalapetta.
Roma 1
Lazio 1
One of the most famous derby games was held at the Olympia Stadium in the capital Rome between the two teams AS Roma & Lazio. It ended in a draw by one goal for each scored by Thomas Rocchi scoring for Lazio through a beautiful header from a good cross from his mate Cesar & Totti scored for Roma. The game hadn't ended well as usual as Roma fans threw plastics and some other stuff in the second half after the referee whistled for a foul against Roma in the 74th min which hit the referee& he had a cut in his face.

For our new extended Italian Lega Calcio coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Italian Lega Calcio match reports, click here.

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Friday, October 28, 2005

The Pink Echo - Season 4 Review

The Pink Echo - Season 4 ReviewWelcome to the new and improved Pink Echo. Yes some things have come back in the pink paper plus a new design for the Pink Echo logo.

In this blockbuster edition we have it filled with everything from an interview with AC Milan's boss Scorpio to every teams review of their season.

Click here to visit this brand new version of the Pink Echo.

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Manager Face Pack 06 #1

Manager Face Pack 06 #1If you want to be a real professional manager in your FIFA 06 Career Mode then this file by Jay is for you. This download should be imported using Manager Center 06 and will provide you real faces for:

  • Benitez (Liverpool);
  • Eriksson (England);
  • Ferguson (Manchester United);
  • Mourinho (Chelsea); and
  • Souness (Newcastle).

Click on image on right for full size screenshot and then download this excellent Face Pack direct from our Download Boutique.

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WorldCyberGames UK Finals this weekend

WorldCyberGames UK Finals this weekend Having run an exhaustive Qualifying process to find the Top 4 teams & players for the selected titles (including FIFA 2005) the UK WorldCyberGames National Final 2005, sponsored by Samsung and THQ, is coming this weekend.

Over the course of one day - Saturday the 29th October - these elite gamers that qualified via a series of National events will be going head-to-head. At stake is not only the right to call themselves the “Best of British” but also the chance to represent the nation via a free trip to Singapore in November to attend the World Finals. A truly global event, the WorldCyberGames Finals are the video gaming equivalent of the Olympics but with the added bonus of thousands of pounds in cash prizes up for grabs in each individual discipline.

The UK Finals are being run from noon to 10.00pm at Namco Station County Hall in London. NamcoStation is a massive indoor interactive amusement centre that features Tenpin Bowling, Dodgems, a Bar, a Pool hall and all the latest video games & Simulators. This truly awesome venue is the ideal location for an electronic gaming tournament with the two hotels on-site, an underground station right next door and other attractions such as the London Aquarium and London Eye only minutes away.

The following players (all currently are, or have been, SFTLA members) have been given the top 4 seedings in the competition:

  • 1st Stephen “Hamil” Hamilton
  • 2nd Colin “Deadcell” Grundy
  • 3rd Adam “Reidy” Read
  • 4th Mark “claytm00” Clayton

Come on lads, you can do it and good luck to all competitors.

In addition to the UK Finals themselves there will also be sponsors stands from Samsung & THQ at the event showing off the latest games & gizmos.

There will also be an amazing competition to be held on the day. The Samsung Need for Speed Challenge will be offering a free trip to Singapore as part of the UK National Team to the member of the public who manages to set the fastest single lap time on the day at our Need for Speed Underground 2 stand. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the life of a professional gamer, competing on a massive stage at the World Finals with thousands of pounds riding on every twist and turn of the racing track.

Check out all the latest news for this weekends finals by clicking here.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Order Pro Evo Soccer 5 for the PC at an Amazing Price

Order Pro Evo Soccer 5 for the PC at an Amazing PricePro Evo Soccer 5 for the PC is out tomorrow. In association with Amazon you can order it at the excellent launch price of only £17.99, a massive saving of 40%.

Buy yours today by clicking here.

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Kit Raptor 2GK 06 2.0 with Dressing Room Cinema

Kit Raptor 2GK 06 2.0 with Dressing Room CinemaOur partners at the excellent Soccer Access have recently released their Kit Raptor 2GK 2.0 with Dressing Room Cinema.

This version of Kit Raptor:

  • allows you to easily preview kits in the game; and
  • fixes the incompatibility between kits saved with Photoshop and Flash, so now textures will be correctly loaded and displayed when you load a bitmap.

Download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

Please note: The guys would love you to make comments and suggestions about what you would like to see in future versions of the Kit Raptor. Visit Soccer Access to post your views.

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Carling Cup - Holders Chelsea lose on penalties

We report on all of last nights action in the Carling Cup: Carling Cup - Holders Chelsea lose on penalties
Chelsea 1
Charlton 1
(aet Charlton won 5v4 on penalties)
Charlton caused a major surprise by dumping holders Chelsea out of the Carling Cup after a penalty shootout. Bryan Hughes hit the winning spot-kick for the Addicks after Robert Huth had missed for the Premiership leaders. John Terry had put Chelsea ahead in the first half with a header from an Arjen Robben corner, before Darren Bent levelled after a Huth mistake.
Birmingham 2
Norwich 1
Birmingham left it late to book their place in the next round of the Carling Cup, needing a 25-yard drive from Jiri Jarosik to end Norwich's resistance. The hosts took the lead after only five minutes when Jermaine Pennant scored with a deflected free-kick.But Norwich equalised on 41 minutes through Dean Ashton's right-footed shot from the edge of the area. Three minutes later Mikael Forssell missed an Emile Heskey-won penalty but Jarosik struck to grab the win late on.
Bolton 1
West Ham 0
Bolton progressed to the last 16 of the Carling Cup after a Jared Borgetti goal earned them victory over West Ham.
Cardiff 0
Leicester 1
Nils-Eric Johansson's strike put Leicester into the fourth round of the Carling Cup against Cardiff. Johansson got the faintest of touches on Gareth Williams' corner after 10 minutes to put the Foxes ahead and the lead was defended comfortably.
Everton 0
Middlesbrough 1
Middlesbrough poured more misery on struggling Everton, knocking them out of the Carling Cup in the third round. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made Boro's pressure count when he latched onto Viduka's through-ball from 10 yards.
Grimsby 0
Newcastle 1
Alan Shearer's goal ended Grimsby's dogged resistance and put Newcastle into the Carling Cup fourth round. Shearer struck late on when he drove into the left hand corner after an excellent cutback from Michael Chopra.

Man United 4
Barnet 1

Manchester United comfortably overcame Barnet, whose task was made impossible when keeper Ross Flitney was sent off after two minutes for handball. Liam Miller capitalised immediately, beating substitute keeper Scott Tynan from the resulting free-kick.Kieran Richardson added a second on 19 minutes but Barnet then resisted until 51 minutes when Guiseppe Rossi struck. Dean Sinclair got one back for Barnet, scoring from 12 yards, but United added a fourth through Sylvain Ebanks-Blake.

For comprehensive Carling Cup match reports, click here.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Carling Cup - Palace knock Liverpool out of cup

We report on all of last nights action in the Carling Cup: Carling Cup - Palace knock Liverpool out of cup
Aston Villa 1
Burnley 0
Aston Villa dumped Burnley out of the Carling Cup with a 1-0 victory in a lacklustre third-round encounter. Kevin Phillips scored Villa's only goal when he exchanged passes with James Milner to slot the ball past Brian Jensen in the 22nd minute.
Blackburn 3
Leeds 0
Substitute Craig Bellamy set up all three goals as Blackburn eased into the last 16 of the Carling Cup. The dogged Leeds defence was finally breached when Bellamy found Brett Emerton who shot home from 12 yards. Close-range strikes from Dickov and Lucas Neill sealed the win.
Crystal Palace 2
Liverpool 1
Crystal Palace claimed a memorable victory over European champions Liverpool to reach the last 16 of the Carling Cup in a riveting encounter. Dougie Freedman gave Palace the lead after 37 minutes when he headed Michael Hughes' cross against the run of play.Returning Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard quickly equalised with a goal from 20 yards - his 50th for the club. But Hughes set up the second-half winner, feeding Marco Reich who drilled the ball home to seal Liverpool's fate.
Doncaster 2
Gillingham 0
Paul Heffernan scored twice to defeat Gillingham and put Doncaster into the fourth round of the Carling Cup for the first time in 30 years. It was not until the 84th minute that substitute Heffernan finally broke through as he planted Lewis Guy's cross in off the far post. The striker sealed the win five minutes later with a neat finish in the corner.
Fulham 2
WBA 3
(aet)
Junichi Inamoto's stunning extra-time strike gave West Brom a thrilling win. Robert Earnshaw latched onto Inamoto's pass to put the Baggies ahead early on but Luis Boa Morte raced through to fire Fulham level just after the hour.A terrible blunder by keeper Tony Warner saw Kanu put the visitors 2-1 up on 88 minutes but Heidar Helguson's superb header forced extra-time. Inamoto's 30-yard effort won it in the first period of extra-time.

Mansfield 2
Millwall 3

Millwall advanced to the fourth round of the Carling Cup after David Livermore's last-gasp winner saw off Mansfield in a lively match. Ben May put the Lions ahead in the 25th minute and Paul Robinson headed in Don Hutchinson's corner to put them 2-0 up.Simon Brown pulled Mansfield back into contention before Richard Barker made it 2-2 when he turned in Brown's cross. But Livermore sealed the win as his shot got a good bounce to defy Kevin Pressman and put Millwall through.
Reading 2
Sheff United 0
Reading's Dave Kitson bagged a brace to dump Championship rivals Sheffield United out of the Carling Cup. The hosts took the lead just after the break after an indifferent first half, Kitson volleying in impressively from Nicky Shorey's left-wing centre.Kitson settled the tie on 75 minutes when he struck from close range after Eric Obinna headed back across goal.
Wigan 3
Watford 0
(aet)
Wigan survived a Carling Cup scare at home to Watford to go through to the next round after an extra-time win. Wigan were mostly made up of fringe players and they struggled to assert their authority, Matt Jackson missing their best chance before the break.But they went in front in extra time when Ryan Taylor scored from the spot after Andreas Johansson was fouled. Swedish midfielder Johansson secured the victory with two goals in the last three minutes to put gloss on the win.

For comprehensive Carling Cup match reports, click here.

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Manager Center 06

Manager Center 06FIFA Web Portal proudly presents a new utility for your game of FIFA 06, Manager Center 06. It is a powerfull utility that allows you to make your dream come true by importing your own face into the game and you can then be a manager and manage your own team, (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

This utility allows you to import your BMP to the game and your face will then be listed in the Managers List and you can then start a new career in Manager Mode and play with your real face!

Download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

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Pre-Order Pro Evo Soccer 5 for the PC at an Amazing Price

Pre-Order Pro Evo Soccer 5 for the PC at an Amazing PriceIn association with Amazon you can pre-order Pro Evo Soccer 5 for the PC so it arrives with you on Friday at the excellent launch price of only £17.99, a massive saving of 40%.

Buy yours today by clicking here.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - Brazil Winner

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - Brazil WinnerIt was a case of keeping it in the family at the Brazil tournament of the 2005 FIFA Interactive World Cup as Bruno Carriço de Azevedo lifted the crown and celebrated a fantastic victory after a thrilling match that went to extra time. If the name of the winner sounds familiar it's because he is the younger brother of last year's tournament winner - Thiago! Thiago presented a delighted Bruno with his prizes - an Xbox 360™ console and two tickets for the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

The final saw an all-Brazil affair. It was clear that this match was to be a masterclass for the crowd. Thiago's team took the lead first, but Bruno equalised fairly quickly. Despite a further goal apiece from both sides; excellent saves from both keepers ensured that the game finished 2-2 in normal time. In the first period of extra time the stalemate continued, but Bruno's team took the lead in the second period, despite Thiago enjoying the majority of possession. Bruno has now qualified for the Grand Final in London on Sunday 18 December.

With two tournaments gone the FIFA Interactive World Cup travels to Seoul next. The tournament will culminate in the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final which will be held in London on December 18, 2005. The winner of the tournament will be named FIFA Interactive World Player 2005 and take centre stage to receive his/her trophy among some of the biggest names in football at this year's prestigious FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich on 19 December 2005.

Check out FIFA's review of the day by clicking here and also their interview with Bruno after he won the event by clicking here.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 5 - Eurogamer Review

Pro Evolution Soccer 5 - Eurogamer Review The guys over at Eurogamer have recently reviewed Pro Evolution Soccer 5.

Why not check out what they feel about this game versus FIFA 06? They give it a score of 9/10 and are obviously very enthusiastic fans of the Pro Evo series.

It makes a cracking read, click here to read the full Eurogamer review.

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Italian Lega Calcio Review

Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all week 7's action: Italian Lega Calcio Review
Siena 2
Udinese 3
David Di Michilli scored a hatrick to help his side to complete their good results this season in the league as his side won away against Siena by three goals to two scored by Chiesa & Bierretoto in the second half.
Juventus 1
Messina 0
In a relatively easy game for the title holders Alessandro Del Piero shone again as he scored the winner for Juventus as he scored both goals in the last game to give them another three points in their race for the title & help his side to complete their 100% wins in the league so far.
Inter Milan 5
Livorno 0
Inter thrashed Livorno at home by five goals to nil with goals coming through five different players in the absence of many of the stars like Adriano, Martins & Stankovic for different reasons to continue racing for the title behind both giants Juventus & AC Milan in the table so far. The goals came through Matarazzi, Julio Cruz, Cambiasso, Ivan Cordoba & Recoba.
Empoli 1
Roma 0
Roma continue falling down in the league table as they lost by one goal to show that they really need more refreshment in the team with new players, new blood & new tactics & their playing style if they really want to return to their glory days. The only goal was scored in the 58 min through Taffanno.
Ascoli 2
Sampadoria 1
Ascoli continued their good form this season as they show they are a good team and that they are going to be one of the difficult teams to be beaten when they won over Sampadoria by two goals to one & jump in the league table. The goals came through the players Tossto scoring for Ascoli while Bonozolli scored the only goal for Sampadoria.
Reggina 2
Lecce 0
Reggina woke up from their sleep with a slim win over the weak side Lecce by two goals to nil to get their second win in the league even though they need more wins & points if they really want to stay in the Lega Calcio for another season. The goals came through Giaccomo Todessco & Cozza.

Parma 1
Trevisio 1

Neither Parma nor Trevisio could get a result that helped them to climb to a better place in the league table when they drew by one goal for each scored by Febio Enricho (Parma) & Dino Vava (Trevisio).
Palermo 2
Chievo Verona 2
Verona couldn't protect their lead when Andrea Carciolo scored the equalizer in the 90th min of the game to give them a precious point at home & refused to let Verona travel away with the three points but only one point. The other goals came through the players Corini scoring for Palermo& Carvalho Di Olivera scoring twice for the visitors.
Lazio 1
Fiorontina 0
In a very important game Lazio got a very precious three points as they beat Fiorontina by one goal to nil scored in the last ten minutes of the game through Luciano Zauri to stop Fiorontina from completing their good results so far.
AC Milan 2
Cagliari 0
AC Milan beat Cagliari's record as they have not been beaten for a complete year on their home ground. AC Milan won by two goals to nil scored by Gilardino & Shevchenko. It is worth mentioning that the last team that beat Cagliari at their home was also AC Milan. With this result AC Milan keep up following Juventus in the table in 2nd position.

For our new extended Italian Lega Calcio coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

For comprehensive official Italian Lega Calcio match reports, click here.

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Kit Master 526 Release 1.1

Kit Master 526 Release 1.1Sweetpatch Development Posse member Rinaldo Zocca today brings us his Kit Master 526 Release 1.1 which is a Kit Converter from FIFA 2005 to FIFA 06 format, (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

This simple but usefull program:

  • converts a bitmap of a FIFA 2005 kit into a FIFA 06 kit (1GK and 2GK kits supported);
  • improves the socks remapping; and
  • adds support for FIFA Manager 06 kits.

Download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

Please note: Kit Master 526 requires the .Net Framework to be installed on your PC for it to run.

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English Premier League Review

Today we bring you Sunday's summary of all the latest action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
Bolton 2
WBA 0
Hidetoshi Nakata made the most of a rare Barclays Premiership start to score his first goal and help Bolton Wanderers to a first victory in three league matches against West Bromwich Albion.
Everton 1
Chelsea 1

Everton produced a gutsy performance to pick up their first point in seven games and end Chelsea's 100 per cent start to the season.

James Beattie fired the Barclays Premiership's bottom side into the lead from the penalty spot in the 36th minute, after Shaun Wright-Phillips had brought down Tim Cahill in the area.

The Toffees held their own against the champions, but Frank Lampard's blistering 25-yard drive five minutes after the break ensured Jose Mourinho's side extended their unbeaten run to 39 games.

Newcastle 3
Sunderland 2

Emre Belozoglu's magnificent free-kick proved enough to settle a thrilling Tyne-Wear derby in Newcastle United's favour.

The Turkey international's swerving effort on 63 minutes went in off the post to give Graeme Souness' side three points after they had twice been pegged back in quick succession.

Shola Ameobi had put the Magpies in front with two near-identical headers, only for Liam Lawrence and Stephen Elliott to equalise in fine style from long range and give Mick McCarthy's men hope of claiming at least a point before Emre's intervention.

West Ham 2
Middlesbrough 0
A moment of class finishing from Teddy Sheringham and a disputed decision by the assistant referee saw West Ham United beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at Upton Park.

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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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Spanish Primera Liga and Italian Serie A + B 2GF Flags Mega Patches 06

Spanish Primera Liga and Italian Serie A + B 2GF Flags Mega Patches 06Over at our partners FIFA-IL you can find 2 new 2GF Flags Mega Patches for FIFA 06 by our good friend Shlomy Sharabani. The patches will update all of the leagues flags with new and authentic flags, created from original Ultras photos to gain maximum authenticity for:

Click on league names above to see full size screenshots.

Download these excellent Flags direct from our Download Boutique.

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English Premier League Review

Today we bring you Saturday's summary of all the latest action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
Arsenal 1
Man City 0
Arsenal made it five home wins out of five in the Barclays Premiership this season thanks to Robert Pires' penalty - but the game will be remembered for one of the strangest incidents of the season.
Aston Villa 0
Wigan 2
Wigan Athletic's fairytale start to life in the Barclays Premiership continued as an own goal from Aaron Hughes and a superb strike by Alan Mahon hoisted them into the top three.
Blackburn 2
Birmingham 0
Craig Bellamy shrugged off a knee injury to seal victory for Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and leave Steve Bruce's Birmingham City rooted in the Barclays Premiership bottom three.
Fulham 2
Liverpool 0
Chris Coleman had called on his players to produce a performance worthy of the late Johnny Haynes - and they delivered in style at Craven Cottage with a vital win over the European champions.
Man United 1
Spurs 1
Paul Robinson's blushes were spared but the title hopes of injury-ravaged Manchester United took another blow at Old Trafford as a brilliant Jermaine Jenas free-kick earned Tottenham Hotspur a point.
Portsmouth 1
Charlton 2
Darren Ambrose and Dennis Rommedahl helped Charlton Athletic come from behind against Portsmouth to take all three points away from Fratton Park.

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, October 22, 2005

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - London Winner

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005 - London WinnerSelf confessed football and gaming fan, Michael Barrett, last weekend beat off hundreds of Europe's finest football video gamers at the London FIFA Interactive World Cup Regional Tournament at Olympia 2 and secured himself one of eight coveted places in the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) Grand Final taking place in London on December 18th.

Michael, sixteen of Watford combined a real passion for the game with some truly impressive virtual football skills to overcome fierce competition and emerge victorious as London's Regional Tournament Champion of the 2005 FIWC. Playing as his favourite team Brazil, Michael defeated Ryan Cullender, twenty two of Dagenham, emphatically with a five one defeat of Ryan's team, Barcelona.

Michael will progress through to battle it out in the 2005 FIWC Grand Final and has also won two tickets to the FIFA 2006 World Cup™ Final, an Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft plus his own copy of EA's FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup™.

Michael said, "I've been practicing solid for the last week but can't believe I'm now going to defend London in the final and go to the FIFA 2006 World Cup - it just hasn't sunk in yet. The competition was really tough but I've wanted to win this tournament ever since I heard about it last year. I'll be ready and waiting and I'm going to make sure it's me holding the FIFA Interactive World Player trophy this year!"

The London event was the first of eight regional tournaments being held across six different continents between October and December this year. The tournament will culminate in the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final which will be held in London on December 18, 2005. The winner of the tournament will be named FIFA Interactive World Player 2005 and take centre stage to receive his/her trophy among some of the biggest names in football at this year's prestigious FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich on 19 December 2005.

Check out FIFA's review of the day by clicking here and also their interview with Michael after he won the event by clicking here.

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File Master 06

File Master 06Sweetpatch Development Posse member Rinaldo Zocca today brings us his excellent File Master 06, a file system manager for FIFA 06.

You can navigate through all the files of FIFA 06, the archived files (typically with extension .big) are shown like compressed folders. The program distinguishes between physical files and archived files and lets you operate with them properly.

You can perform any kind of operation with files like export, import, rename, remove, compress, decompress, cut and paste and so on.

The FIFA 06 file system has a set of files with extension .fat and .bh that are used to describe the structure of the archives, every time you modify an archive the fat and bh files are kept up to date. If you need to manage files previously modified with another program, you can perform a complete regeneration of the file system. When importing a graphic file an automatic hash function is performed so any graphic file is uniquely identified and this avoids the well known problem of two teams with the same kit when you play the game.

You can also search files using the ‘*’ and ‘?’ wild characters. On top of this you can associate an editor with any kind of extension and launch the editing of the file simply with a double click. By default an HEX editor is included with the program and is used if you don’t make your own editor association.

Download this excellent Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

Please note: File Master 06 requires the .Net Framework to be installed on your PC for it to run.

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SFTLA - Season 4 Honours

SFTLA - Season 4 HonoursFollowing the recent completion of season 4 of the Sweetpatch FTL Academy, we are very pleased to announce the winners of all the season's honours:

  • League 1
    • League Champions - Hammy / Arsenal
    • Runners-up - Phil / Man. United
    • Div-Cup - Clay / Macc Town
    • Div-Cup Runners-up - Hammy / Arsenal
    • Top Goal Scorer - Hammy / Arsenal - Reyes - 49 goals
    • Knock-Out Cup - Hammy / Arsenal
    • Knock-Out Cup Runners-up - Phil / Man. United
  • League 1 - Players Votes
    • Best Player - Hammy - 7 votes
    • Most Improved - Jon - 4 votes
    • Most Sporting/Respected - Jon - 3 votes
  • League 2
    • League Champions - Mark / Bocca
    • Runners-up - Snakey / Newcastle
    • Div-Cup - Void - (Scatty / Roma - finalist)
    • Promoted - Mark-Bocca, Snakey-Newcastle, Rich-M'boro
    • Top Goal Scorer - Snakey / Newcastle - Shearer - 18 goals
  • League 2 - Players Votes
    • Best Player - Rich - 3 votes
    • Most Improved - Kiz - 4 votes
    • Most Sporting/Respected - Scatty & Rich - 2 votes

As a taster for the new season the guys are currently setting up a FIFA 06 Tournament so if you would like to join us click here and get your name down. Have fun as always.

Please note: The work of Nidge and Aubs and the rest of the team that make the SFTLA the best FIFA leagues in the UK is very much appreciated and we would publicly like to thank them for their continued commitment and effort. Cheers guys - you are the best.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Pro Evolution Soccer 5 - Official Site Launched

Pro Evolution Soccer 5 - Official Site Launched To coincide with the launch of the game, Konami have released the official PES5 website.

Pay the site a visit where you can find:

  • issue 2 of the official PES5 magazine;
  • all the latest news;
  • In the Game;
  • Features;
  • Trailer video; and
  • Extras inc. Wallpapers;

Get on over to this new site and if you have not already, download the PES5 Demo direct from our Download Boutique.

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The Friday Quiz

The Friday QuizIn our forums today's Quiz Master is our one and only SFTLA maestro Nidge. He poses you the question:

Name 3 English players bought for £7m and have never played for England?

If you know the answer pop in to our forum and place your answer there. Good luck.

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

FIFA 06 Online - FIFA 06 Review

FIFA 06 Online - FIFA 06 ReviewOur friends over at FIFA 06 Online have released their FIFA 06 Review.

Check out the scores they awarded below:

  • Gameplay
  • 8/10
  • Graphics
  • 8/10
  • Sound
  • 9.5/10
  • Presentation
  • 10/10
  • Game Modes
  • 9.5/10
  • Overall
  • 9/10

    In their words: "FIFA 06 is the most complete football game ever to hit the shelves. It has it all: Great sound, a plethora of game modes, authenticity and the necessary solid gameplay to back it up. Still, it’s your decision. If you except nothing but near perfect gameplay then you may want to stick with the PES series. For everyone else FIFA 06 is a great buy and highly recommended."

    Check out their full report by clicking here.

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    UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 3

    Following Matchday 3 yesterday we check out a brief summary of all the action below: UEFA Champions League Review - Matchday 3
    Group E
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    Fenerbahçe 3
    Schalke 3

    Stephen Appiah scored a late equaliser as Fenerbahçe SK earned a thrilling 3-3 draw with FC Schalke 04 in Istanbul in a pulsating UEFA Champions League Group E encounter.

    Schalke midfielder Lincoln scored twice around the hour mark to cancel out Fábio Luciano's early goal and set up a grandstand finish. Another Brazilian, Márcio Nobre, made it 2-2 on 73 minutes but within minutes the German side were back in front when second-half substitute Kevin Kuranyi capitalised on a glaring error from goalkeeper Volkan Demirel to slot in. That looked to have earned the points for the visitors but there was still time for Appiah to earn a share of the spoils with a superb lob on 79 minutes.

    AC Milan 0
    PSV 0
    AC Milan were denied three points as determined PSV Eindhoven held them to a goalless draw in their UEFA Champions League Group E tie at the San Siro.
    Group F
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    Lyon 2
    Olympiacos 1

    A last-minute Sidney Govou goal ensured that Olympique Lyonnais maintained their 100 per cent record in UEFA Champions League Group F as Olympiacos CFP, who had equalised moments earlier through Pantelis Kafes, were denied their first point of the campaign.

    The Greek side appeared to have earned an unlikely draw when Kafes made it 1-1 in the 84th minute, latching on to Predrag Djordjević's pass and dinking perfectly over Grégory Coupet from outside the area. But Lyon, who had taken the lead through Juninho Pernambucano's free-kick, had other ideas and snatched a dramatic win when the Brazilian floated a ball into the penalty area and Govou volleyed over the onrushing Antonios Nikopolidis.

    Real Madrid 4
    Rosenborg 1

    Real Madrid CF were forced to come from behind to defeat Norwegian visitors Rosenborg BK 4-1 in UEFA Champions League Group F and found inspiration in the unlikeliest of sources as Jonathan Woodgate's equalising header paved the way to victory.

    Woodgate, whose only previous goals in a Madrid shirt had gone into his own net, cancelled out Roar Strand's first-half strike three minutes into the second period as Madrid returned rejuvenated after a testing opening 45 minutes. Raúl González, Iván Helguera and David Beckham added further goals as the Spanish side moved into second place in the section with this second successive win.

    Group G
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    Chelsea 4
    Real Betis 0

    Chelsea FC treated their UEFA Champions League audience to the kind of blistering goalscoring form that has lit up their domestic football, putting four goals past Real Betis Balompié to go top of Group G.

    The Spanish side, losing to English opponents for the second time in the section, competed well in the early stages and unnerved Chelsea with their pace on the counter. However, once Didier Drogba had broken the deadlock in the 24th minute, there was no holding José Mourinho's team who went on to take their tally of goals in their last three fixtures to 13.

    Anderlecht 0
    Liverpool 1

    Liverpool FC's second away win in UEFA Champions League Group G has kept the holders on course for the knockout phase. Striker Djibril Cissé's 20th-minute volley condemned RSC Anderlecht to their third 1-0 defeat in the section, while extending the hosts' unwanted record at this stage of the competition to ten straight losses.
    Group H
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    Rangers 0
    Artmedia 0
    An inspired performance by Juraj Čobej gave FC Artmedia a precious away point as the Slovakian champions held Rangers FC in a goalless encounter at Ibrox.
    Porto 2
    Internazionale 0
    After a nightmare start to their UEFA Champions League campaign, FC Porto resurrected their hopes of qualifying from Group H with an impressive defeat of FC Internazionale Milano. There was an element of fortune about both their goals but, inspired by the brilliant Ricardo Quaresma, they out-classed their illustrious visitors, who dropped their first points of the campaign.

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

    For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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    Scottish Premier League Review

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Scottish Premier League, Gaz Scott, brings us a summary of all the action from last weekend's matches: Scottish Premier League Review
    Inverness Caley 1
    Aberdeen 1

    Graham Bayne ended his recent injury nightmare with a 73rd-minute equaliser against Aberdeen.

    The striker capitalised on Ryan Esson's inability to hold a low drive from David Proctor to drive into the net. The Dons had taken the lead after 55 minutes when a fantastic strike from Jamie Smith flew into the top corner from 30 yards out. Dennis Wyness could have given the home side all three points at the end but he shot straight at a relieved Ryan Esson.

    Celtic 1
    Hearts 1

    Hearts retained their three-point lead and confirmed their title credentials as they fought back from behind to leave Glasgow with a deserved point.

    Celtic went ahead against the run of play after Craig Beattie thumped the ball into the roof of the net. A Bobo Balde header struck Hearts' post, but they were quickly level when Rudi Skacel pounced on a mistake by Paul Telfer to roll the ball home. Some desperate Hearts defending was needed to repel late Celtic pressure.

    Dundee United 0 Rangers 0

    Rangers failed to take advantage of Saturday's draw between Hearts and Celtic as they were held by Dundee United at Tannadice.

    The closest the reigning champions came to a goal was Barry Ferguson's first-half free kick that came back off Derek Stillie's right-hand post. Barry Robson saw a shot cleared off the line by Julien Rodriguez late in the second half.
    Rangers' Sotirios Kyrgiakos was then sent off for a second bookable offence.

    Dunfermline 0
    Falkirk 1

    Darryl Duffy grabbed the winner as Falkirk held on with 10 men to record a derby victory that lifts them four points clear of the second-bottom Pars.

    The visitors took the lead against the run of play after Russell Latapy set up Duffy to fire home from close range. Falkirk looked the better side after the break until Craig Ireland was sent off for fouling Bartosz Taraschulski. Dunfermline piled on the pressure but were thwarted by a series of fine saves from goalkeeper Matt Glennon.

    Hibernian 4
    Kilmarnock 2

    Guillaume Beuzelin grabbed a double as Hibs scored four second-half goals to complete a stunning comeback.

    Simon Ford nodded Killie ahead after seven minutes, with James Fowler lashing in the second before the break. Gary Caldwell's 20-yard drive pulled a goal back after 53 minutes, before Beuzelin's diving header made it 2-2 eight minutes later. A second header from Beuzelin put Hibs ahead after 80 minutes, with Derek Riordan sealing the win a minute later

    Motherwell 1
    Livingston 

    Richie Foran's goal was enough to give Motherwell a win that leaves Livingston at the bottom of the SPL.

    Foran had already squandered an excellent chance before Foran finished off from a Phil O'Donnell cross. Saves from Roddy McKenzie prevented Motherwell extending their lead against the disappointing visitors. Livi did manage some late pressure, but Well held on to leave Paul Lambert's side sitting at the foot of the league with two points from 10 games.

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

    For comprehensive official Scottish Premier League match reports, click here.

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    Wednesday, October 19, 2005

    Major League Soccer News

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), David Gwydir, brings us a summary of all the weekend's action:

    Major League Soccer News
    NE Revolution 2
    Chicago Fire 1

    Taylor Twellman scored his league leading 17th goal to give New England the win on the final weekend of regular season play. Twellman won the Budweiser Golden Boot as the leading goal scorer in MLS.

    DC United 2
    Columbus Crew 2

    Jaime Moreno’s spot kick in the 75th minute rescued a point for DC in a meaningless match for both teams.

    FC Dallas 0 KC Wizards 2

    Preki scored in the 90th minute to salvage a draw for Kansas City. The Wizards playoff hopes were left in doubt with the tie. The Wizards must now hope for a Chivas win or a draw in their Sunday match with the Metrostars.

    LA Galaxy 1
    SJ Earthquakes 3
    San Jose ended their best ever regular season with a clinical 3-1 win at Los Angeles. Mark Chung, Dwayne De Rosario, and Brian Mullen scored for the Earthquakes.
    CD Chivas USA 0
    Metrostars 2
    Goals from Michael Bradley and Amado Guevara saw the Metros back into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. Goalkeeper Tony Meola played an inspired match to save the Metrostars time and time again.
    Play-off setup
    The top four teams in each conference qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs. The conference semifinal teams play a home and away series with the winner advancing on aggregate. The conference finals and MLS Cup are one off games. MLS Cup is November 13th.
    Eastern Conference
    NE Revolution vs. Metrostars
    Chicago Fire vs DC United
    Western Conference
    SJ Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy
    Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas

    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 3

    Following Matchday 3 yesterday we check out a brief summary of all the action below: UEFA Champions League Review
    Group A
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    Bayern Munich 2
    Juventus 2

    First-half goals from Sebastian Deisler and Martin Demichelis helped FC Bayern München exorcise the ghosts of last season's twin defeats by Juventus with an impressive 2-1 win on home soil in UEFA Champions League Group A.

    Rapid Vienna 0
    Club Brugge 1
    Club Brugge KV kept alive their hopes of progressing from the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time, as they beat SK Rapid Wien by a solitary goal in the Austrian capital.
    Group B
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    Ajax 2
    Thun 0
    Greek striker Yannis Anastasiou was on target twice as AFC Ajax kick-started their faltering UEFA Champions League Group B campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory against FC Thun at the Amsterdam ArenA.
    Sparta Prague 0
    Arsenal 2
    Thierry Henry made a spectacular return from injury to score both goals as Arsenal FC recorded a third successive victory in UEFA Champions League Group B, defeating AC Sparta Praha 2-0 in Prague.
    Group C
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    Udinese 1
    Werder Bremen 1
    Substitute Antonio Di Natale struck four minutes from time to earn Udinese Calcio a deserved draw against Werder Bremen in a wonderfully open UEFA Champions League Group C game at the Friuli stadium.
    Panathinaikos 0
    Barcelona 0
    Panathinaikos FC blunted the three-man attack of FC Barcelona with, in the end, some comfort to secure a UEFA Champions League Group C draw which will not harm either side's chances of reaching the next stage.
    Group D
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    Villarreal 1
    Benfica 1
    Despite scoring their first-ever UEFA Champions League goal, Villarreal CF were unable to earn their inaugural victory in the competition as Portuguese visitors SL Benfica battled back to snatch a 1-1 draw.
    Man United 0
    Lille 0
    LOSC Lille Métropole have still to score in UEFA Champions League Group D but it is unlikely their coach Claude Puel will be too perturbed by this failure after the French side claimed a valuable point with a goalless draw at Manchester United FC.

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

    For comprehensive UEFA Champions League match reports, click here.

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    Tuesday, October 18, 2005

    English Premier League Review

    Today we bring you a summary of all yesterday's action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
    Charlton 1
    Fulham 1

    Fulham moved out of the bottom three with a battling point at The Valley as Charlton Athletic missed the chance to climb to second.

    The Addicks had won five of their first seven Barclays Premiership games - and needed another victory to reclaim their place at the head of the chasing pack behind runaway leaders Chelsea.

    But after trailing to a fine strike from Collins John on 28 minutes, Alan Curbishley's men had to be content with a draw for the first time this season after they could not conjure a winner following Danny Murphy's equaliser at the start of the second half.

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

    For comprehensive official Barclays Premiership match reports, click here.

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    Monday, October 17, 2005

    Have you got the FIFA 06 PC Patch yet?

    Have you got the FIFA 06 PC Patch yet?If you missed the news last week, the official FIFA 06 PC Patch is now available and addresses the following issues:

    • USB keyboard incompatibility
    • Saitek P2500 gamepad controller recognition
    • PC controller Save Configuration

    Download this Patch direct from our Download Boutique.

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    English Premier League Review

    Today we bring you a summary of all yesterday's action from the English Premier League: Barclays Premiership Review
    Birmingham 0
    Aston Villa 1
    Kevin Phillips ensured himself of cult status among Aston Villa fans after earning his side their first Premiership victory over Steve Bruce's Birmingham City.
    Man City 2
    West Ham 0
    Andy Cole bagged a brace (one an absolute beauty and goal of the season contender) to send Manchester City soaring into fourth spot in the Barclays Premiership.

    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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    Sunday, October 16, 2005

    FIFA 06 Manager Mode Guide

    FIFA 06 Manager Mode GuideOur partners at FIFA 06 Online have added an in-depth Manager Mode Guide for you to browse through. It covers everything you need to know about Manager Mode and is divided into the following sections:

    • Beginning Your Career
    • Career Central
    • Team Chemistry
    • Job Security
    • Fan Support

    Check out this great guide by clicking here and improve your chances of winning the league immediately.

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    English Premier League Review

    As our Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the English Premier League, Salman Khalid, is currently helping the victims of the Pakistan Earthquake, I will be bringing you the weekly summary of all the latest action during his time of need: Barclays Premiership Review
    Chelsea 5
    Bolton 1
    Chelsea destroyed battling Bolton Wanderers with four goals inside 10 second-half minutes at Stamford Bridge to maintain their charge towards a second successive Barclays Premiership title.
    Liverpool 1
    Blackburn 0
    Djibril Cisse was the hero for Liverpool with a fine winner against 10-man Blackburn Rovers, who battled for almost an hour after having defender Zurab Khizanishvili sent off for a foul on the France striker.
    Middlesbrough 1
    Portsmouth 1
    Aiyegbeni Yakubu had the Middlesbrough fans cheering after rescuing a point against his former club at the Riverside Stadium.
    Sunderland 1
    Man United 3
    Wayne Rooney was once again the driving force for Manchester United as they saw off the determined challenge of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
    Spurs 2
    Everton 0
    Tottenham Hotspur inflicted further pain on Everton as Mido and Jermaine Jenas struck with headers to leave David Moyes' side rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premiership table.
    WBA  2
    Arsenal 1
    Darren Carter climbed off the bench to score the goal which leaves Arsenal's Barclays Premiership title challenge severely weakened.
    Wigan 1
    Newcastle 0
    Wigan Athletic striker Jason Roberts' third goal of the season lifted Paul Jewell's side to fourth in the Barclays Premiership after claiming another prize scalp

    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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    Help the victims of the Pakistan Earthquake

    Help the victims of the Pakistan EarthquakeI would very much like us all to support our official Sweetpatch Reporter for the English Premier League, Salman Khalid from Pakistan, in his countries desperate time of need, as follows...

    The earthquake that shattered the Northern half of Pakistan and affected parts of Northern Afghanistan as well as India has claimed hundreds of urban lives and wiped out entire villages; the extent of the rural damage is yet to be assessed.

    At this tragic hour, Pinnacle Khidmat Foundation has joined hands with the Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman Foundation to appeal to the people of the world to pray for the calamity-struck people of the region in their hour of acute distress.

    On behalf of the dying, wounded and suffering people of the region, we plead to you to contribute in cash or kind or simply pass the word around to those who may want to assist in this self-sacrificing mission. We need food, medicines, winter clothing, blankets, tents and hundreds of other emergency supplies.

    Remember, no contribution is insignificant. We urge you to please do whatever you can, in whatever way you can. You can make a difference.

    Please forward cash contributions to:

    MKRK Pakistan Earthquake Relief
    A/c No. 0102598-5 (Branch Code: 1234)
    United Bank Ltd, Al Rehman Branch
    I.I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi

    Or send your material contributions to our camp located at:

    Presidency Parade Ground, Jinnah Avenue
    Secretariat, Islamabad

    Many thanks in advance for any support you are able to provide the people of this stricken country.

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    Friday, October 14, 2005

    FIFA 06 PC Patch Available

    FIFA 06 PC Patch AvailableThe official FIFA 06 PC Patch is now available and addresses the following issues:

    • USB keyboard incompatibility
    • Saitek P2500 gamepad controller recognition
    • PC controller Save Configuration

    Download this Patch direct from our Download Boutique.

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    Gamespot Reviews FIFA 06

    Gamespot Reviews FIFA 06Gamespot have reviewed FIFA 06 on the PC, plus other platforms (but they all seem to be the same review!). In Gamespot's words:

    • The Good
      • Realistic and accessible gameplay; Great soundtrack and commentary; Engrossing manager mode; Ivan Campo;
    • The Bad
      • Less than perfect online play; Annoying online sign-up process; No J-League teams; Lazy goalkeepers;

    They summarise it all by saying "FIFA 06 adds plenty of new features that help make it the most realistic and accessible (and best) FIFA game to date" and rate it at 8.9/10.

    Check out the full review by clicking here.

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    Penalty Shootout 06

    Penalty Shootout 06FIFA Web Portal recently released their Penalty Shootout 06 utility.

    This small, but useful utility allows you to play penalty shootouts without needing to go through the main menus. This program will not harm your original FIFA 06 game, everything will stay as it is (your career, replays, configurations, saves and all that stuff) After your match is finished, the program will automatically return you to your desktop.

    Download this excellent Utility for FIFA 06 direct from our Download Boutique.

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    FIFA 06 Strategy Guide

    FIFA 06 Strategy GuidePerfect your FIFA 06 skills with this excellent interactive strategy guide from EA Sports. No excuses for not winning the league now!

    Click here to smarten up your FIFA 06 skills today.

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    Thursday, October 13, 2005

    Oliver Kahn Face Update for FIFA 06

    Oliver Kahn Face Update for FIFA 06To celebrate the World Cup in Germany next year, today we have an excellent FIFA 06 face from Sweetpatch Development Posse member Hayan. It is for the Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn (click on screenshot for a full size image).

    Download this excellent Face direct from our Download Boutique.

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    European trio tie up finals places

    European trio tie up finals placesFrance, Serbia and Montenegro and Sweden qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ on Wednesday, the first two as winners of their respective groups and the Swedes as one of the best two runners-up in the European Zone.

    France's 4-0 home win over Cyprus lifted them to the top of Group 4 after they had started the day in third place behind Israel and Switzerland. Zinedine Zidane, Sylvain Wiltord, Vikash Dhorasoo and Ludovic Giuly got the goals that brought a happy conclusion to an often-fraught qualifying campaign for the French.

    Mateja Kezman scored the only goal in Belgrade as Serbia and Montenegro defeated neighbours Bosnia-Herzegovina to seal first place in Group 7, finishing two points ahead of a Spain side who beat San Marino 6-0.

    Sweden, meanwhile, came from behind to beat Iceland 3-1 and ensure their progress as one of the best two runners-up. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrik Larsson and Kim Kallstrom all scored as Sweden finished level on 24 points with Group 8 winners Croatia, who were held 0-0 by Hungary in Budapest. The Croatians topped the group because of their two victories over the Swedes in head-to-head meetings.

    Poland were the other best runner-up, finishing a point behind England in Group 6 after going down 2-1 to Sven-Goran Eriksson's side in Manchester.

    Copyright © 2005 FIFA. All rights reserved.

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    Major League Soccer News

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), David Gwydir, brings us a summary of all the weekend's action:

    Major League Soccer News
    DC United 1
    Metrostars 2

    Youri Djorkaeff’s goal halfway through the second half gave the Metrostars the three points in the nation’s capital. Sergio Galvan Rey gave the Metrostars the lead in the 17th minute when he poked home a goal off a long aerial pass from Amado Geuvara. Jaime Moreno leveled the match in first half stoppage time by curling in an unstoppable free kick from 20 yards out.

    KC Wizards 2
    NE Revolution 2

    New England came back from two goals down to earn a point on the road that guarantees first place in the Eastern Conference. Josh Wolff and Jimmy Conrad had given the Wizards a 2-0 halftime lead. Jose Cancela and Clint Dempsey scored in the second half the clinch the Eastern Conference title for New England.

    Chicago Fire 1
    Columbus Crew 2

    Columbus won a match that meant nothing to them as they have been eliminated from the play offs. Jesse Marsh buried a low shot in the 51st minute to give Chicago the lead. Columbus, playing for pride, equalized four minutes later on a Simon Elliot penalty. Eric Vasquez hit a rising scorcher from 30 yards out in the 76th minute to give the Crew the victory.

    FC Dallas 0
    Colorado Rapids 0
    FC Dallas wasted a chance to clinch second place in the Western Conference with a 0-0 draw at home with Colorado. Dallas rested a number of first team players as they prepare for the playoffs. The draw leaves Colorado in fourth place in the Western Conference.
    SJ Earthquakes 2
    Real Salt Lake 2
    San Jose became the first team in Major League Soccer history to go through the season without a loss at home. Dwayne de Rosario and Julian Nash scored in the first half for a 2-0 Earthquakes lead at the break. Real got goals from Kevin Novak and Andy Williams to level the match. Real Salt Lake is the second team in MLS history to not win an away game in a season.

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

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

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    Wednesday, October 12, 2005

    New sections added to our Sweetpatch Forums

    New sections added to our Sweetpatch ForumsThanks to Nidge and Aubs, we have added some more new sections to our cool forums, where you simply register and interact with the other members and post your views on any of the related sections straight away.

    Registered users can post immediately in the following categories:

    • Sweetpatch Site/Download Boutique
      • The Future (Sweetpatch)
      • SFTLA Buy & Sell
      • What's Under Development (Download Boutique)
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    • Help/Game Support (inc. Patches)
      • Help - FIFA Football 2006 (PC)
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      • Forum / PC Support
    • LAN Tournaments
      • Events (LAN)
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    • The Public House New
      • General
      • British Football
      • World Football
      • Other PC & Console Games
      • Music & Films
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      • Polls
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    You must join a Usergroup before you can post in the following categories:

    • SFTLA 2006 (PC)
      • League Announcements/News/Ideas (PC)
      • Arrivals/Exits (PC)
      • SFTLA 2004/2005 Cup Comps & Tournaments (PC)
    • Sweetpatch Pro Gamers Academy
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      • Overseas Players / Leagues
    • The Public House
      • Gambling Corner (18+)

    Go on, join us today and be part of a great community and we hope to see all your views and comments in the forums whilst enjoying yourselves.

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    FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005

    FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005As previously reported, the second FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) will be kicking off this weekend.

    The winner of the tournament will be named FIFA Interactive World Player 2005 and take centre stage to receive his/her trophy among some of the biggest names in football at this year's prestigious FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich on 19 December 2005.

    Kicking off this week, the FIFA Interactive World Cup will travel to eight cities in six continents, concluding with the final taking place in London in December 2005. Regional Tournaments will be held in the following locations:

    City Venue Date
    London Olympia 2 Saturday 15 October
    Sao Paulo Villa Noah Saturday 22 October
    Seoul Sang Am World Cup Stadium Sunday 30 October
    Johannesburg Acton Sport Academy Saturday 12 November
    Los Angeles The Globe, Universal Studios Saturday 19 November
    Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal Saturday 26 November
    Cologne The Palladium Sunday 4 December
    Paris Carrousel de Louvre Saturday 10 December

    Contestants will have three ways to enter the FIFA Interactive World Cup:

    1. Register on site at one of the Regional Tournament venues
    2. Earn a place by registering for the FIWC 2005 Xbox Live Tournament
    3. Win a local qualifying tournament, which will lead to the Regional Tournaments and ultimately to the finals in London – information on online and off-line tournaments are available on www.FIFA.com.

    Football gamers will be able to compete in qualifying tournaments around the world for a place in one of the Regional Tournaments. The eight players who have what it takes to win their Regional Tournament will each win a pair of tickets to a 2006 FIFA World Cup™ match in Germany offered by FIFA.com and will compete in the worldwide finals in London on 18 December. In addition, each finalist will win an Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft plus their own copy of EA's FIFA 06.

    Visit the home of FIFA Interactive World Cup by clicking here and get your application in today.

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    FA Premier League Face Pack 2005 Available Again

    FA Premier League Face Pack 2005Yesterday we released Amit_Zidane_Beckham's FA Premier League Face Pack 2005 for you but for some reason Filefront.com had some issues and the file became unavailable. I have now re-uploaded it and it is available again.

    It includes faces for:

    1. Everton
    2. Newcastle United
    3. Tottenham Hotspur

    Apologies to all those that tried to download it. You can now download these excellent faces direct from our Download Boutique.

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    Italian Lega Calcio Review

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all week 6's action: Italian Lega Calcio Review
    Trevisio 0
    Chievo Verona 0
    In this game Trevisio take their first point in the league this season as they drew with Verona in order to get their first point after five consecutive losses however they still are at the bottom of the table & if they have to stay in this division they have to play more attacking football & score goals & win.
    Lazio 0
    Udinese 3
    Udinese played a wonderful game after the return of their important striker Iaquinta when they won over Lazio by three goals to nil & forced Lazio to stop their good start & return back to tenth position in the Lega Calcio. The goals came through the returning striker Iaquinta scoring from a penalty, Di Natale& Vicente Candela.
    Siena 3
    AS Roma 2
    In a very important game in this week Roma continued their poor start to this season as they lost at the hands of Siena at their home ground in front of their supporters who left the stadium with disappointment on their face. The game ended three goals to two in the favour of Siena with goals scored by Negro, Chiesa & Coloniese for Siena while Tadeai & Panucci scored for Roma.
    Empoli 2
    Palermo 2
    In a good game which ended with a two two draw between the two sides both teams couldn't take the three points which would have improved their position in the league where Palermo are still in 7th position while Empoli are in 13th. The goals came through Taffano scoring both goals for Empoli while Andrea Carccioli & Steve Macinoa scored for Palermo.
    Reggina 1
    AC Milan 2
    Paolo Maldini scored his first ever double strike in one game since he has played football to help Milan to jump to second position in the league & return back in the race for the title this season. Simoni Cavalli scored the only goal for Reggina who continue falling this season.
    Sampadoria 4
    Messina 1
    Sampadoria continue their good start in the league this season as they jumped to 4th position this week with a four to one win over the bad team Messina who falls into the relegation zone. Emiliano Boazzoli (2x) the Lega Calcio scorer until now, Flachi & Boriillo scored for Sampadoria while Augistino scored the only goal for Messina.

    Cagliari 0
    Lecce 3

    Lecce succeeded to climb from the relegation zone this week with a win over Cagliari by three goals to nil coming through the players Axel Konan, Benardi & Ledesma.
    Livorno 2
    Fiorontina 3
    In a very good game fans witnessed five goals this week between the two excellent sides this season. Fiorontina managed to get a very precious three points that maintains their position in the 3rd spot as they win over the newly promoted side Livorno, who are doing very well this season by three goals to two. The goals came through the players Luca Toni, Jorgensen& Bazzani scoring for Fiorontina while Gallanti & Morroni scored for Livorno.
    Parma 1
    Ascoli 3
    As was predicted for the newly promoted side Ascoli, who are performing well this season & were the first team to make Ac Milan lose points this season when their game ended in a draw this good team managed to take their first three points in the season & run away from the relegation zone to 14th spot in the Lega Calcio. Bjelanovic (2x) & Foggia scored for Ascoli while Bissano scored the only goal for Parma.
    Juventus 2
    Inter Milan 0
    In the most important game this week between the 1st & 2nd in the Lega Calcio before this match the rivals Milanian Fans was with each other supporting for one team for the first time as AC Milan fans needed Juventus to begin to lose points while Inter Milan fans needed their team to continue performing well this season in order to get the title which they hadn't held for a long time. However both fans were disappointed after the game as Juventus managed to continue their 100% run in the league this season with a two nil win over Inter Milan by two goals came through the players Pavel Nedved & Trezeguet . This win maintains the 1st spot for the Old Lady while it pushed Inter away as they fall to the 5th position in the Lega Calcio.

    For our new extended Italian Lega Calcio coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

    For comprehensive official Italian Lega Calcio match reports, click here.

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    Argentina Torneo Apertura 2005 News

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for Argentina’s Torneo Apertura 2005, Jim Lau-Totime, brings us a summary of all day 10's action:

    Argentina Torneo Apertura 2005 News
    Vélez Sarsfield 2
    Colón (Sta.Fe) 1

    Good victory for El Fortin who shows they are a real candidate for this tournament. It’s another game, more different than the last game, more envy, more technique for the joy of all the supporters at Liniers.

    Estudiantes LP 2
    Banfield 0

    Estudiantes wins and Calderon scores again, the ex player of Napoli, with 6 goals, approaches Nicolas Frutos for the title of top scorer in this championship.

    Lanús 1
    Racing Club 0

    What do you believe in heaven & hell? Because Racing Club living in hell for a long time. Defeated again, the team is criticized but also because nobody shows a reaction.

    Rosario Central 2
    Quilmes 1

    Central wins again and takes place in the middle of the league table. Good performance for the team who struggle against relegation.

    Boca Juniors 2
    Tiro Federal 1
    It’s hard to be leader cause the team is always under pressure. Against Tiro Federal, los Xeneizes do not play very well but they earn 3 points again.
    Olimpo (BB) 2
    River Plate  1
    Everybody thinks the victory against Independiente was the sparkle for River to get back their confidence but they're wrong. Unable to worry Olimpo, the situation is more critical for a team who want to win many titles.
    Independiente 2
    Newell's 0
    Everybody talks of Leo Messi who plays in Barcelona but in Argentina the real phenomenon is Aguero. Less Aguero, Independiente doesn’t win and when he is here all is good. Great beginning in this tournament, surely the future star in Argentina.
    San Lorenzo 1
    Argentinos Jrs. 3
    San Lorenzo was first few weeks ago but now it’s a bad situation. El Ciclon lose even at home, and its game is very poor at the moment.
    Gimnasia (Juj) 1
    Arsenal 1
    An interesting struggle between both midfields. The score is logical but it’s an exciting game even if Arsenal make more shots than Gimnasia.
    Instituto (Cba) 0
    Gimnasia LP 1
    An unexciting game between two very defensive teams. But Vargas finds the solution and the game changes, Gimnasia play better. Good news for the following pack in the championship.

    For our extended Argentina Torneo Apertura 2005 coverage (including league tables, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

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    Tuesday, October 11, 2005

    FIFA 06 Controls, Tips & Tricks Manual

    FIFA 06 Controls, Tips & Tricks ManualIonescu Radu has returned for FIFA 06 with his first version of the FIFA 06 Controls, Tips & Tricks Manual.

    His FIFA 2005 version of this manual was our most downloaded file ever with over 17,000 downloads.

    Download his excellent Tutorial for FIFA 06 direct from our Download Boutique

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    Career Patch 06

    Career Patch 06Have you wanted to play a FIFA 06 Career with your favourite team but it is not available when you start in Career Mode? Never again, this small patch from our partners at FifaX allows you to choose any team you want in Career Mode.

    Download this excellent Gameplay Enhancement direct from our Download Boutique.

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    FA Premier League Face Pack 2005

    FA Premier League Face Pack 2005Today we have an excellent FIFA 2005 file from Sweetpatch Development Posse member Amit_Zidane_Beckham, with his FA Premier League Face Pack 2005 for you (click on screenshot for a full size image).

    It includes faces for:

    1. Everton
    2. Newcastle United
    3. Tottenham Hotspur

    Download these excellent faces direct from our Download Boutique

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

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    Monday, October 10, 2005

    The Match 2 - The Celebs 0 v 2 Legends

    The Match 2 - The Celebs 0 v 2 Legends The Legends triumphed in The Match thanks to goals from Nigel Winterburn and Ally McCoist but The Celebs were left to rue a host of missed chances, including a late penalty.

    Darren Campbell saw his 89th minute spot kick well saved by Chris Woods, but it was Neville Southall who kept the Celebs at bay with a string of outstanding saves before being replaced. Twice he denied crowd favourite and Man of the Match Anthony Hutton with unbelievable saves

    The Legends opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Peter Beardsley split The Celebs’ defence to put Winterburn through and the ex-Arsenal star finished coolly between Alex Lawler’s legs.

    The Legends had started so well, the Celebs might have feared a rout. But The Celebs showed real character in dragging themselves back into the game. Southall produced a remarkable double save from Harvey and Hutton, the second while still lying on the ground.

    The temperature in St James’ rose when Philip Olivier and Winterburn clashed and earned themselves bookings. And former Sunderland manager Peter Reid didn’t improve his popularity in Newcastle with a late tackle on Jonathan Wilkes. He too saw yellow.

    Wilkes almost equalised late in the first half, getting onto Campbell’s long throw, but shot wide from five yards.

    The second half began with Hutton cutting in from the left and hitting a cracking shot from 20 yards that Southall tipped over at full stretch.

    The Celebs thought they had equalised when Harvey met a free kick and the ball hit a post and went in off Barton. But the referee correctly spotted that Harvey had handled the ball.

    Next it was Alex Lawler’s turn to impress making two excellent saves in quick succession from Beardsley, but McCoist made the game safe on 71 mins with a classic header.

    The impressive Hutton was then pulled down in the box by Beardsley, but Woods guessed where Campbell was going to put the resulting penalty. The Legends might have won, but the Celebs will be kicking themselves for their wastefulness in front of goal.

    Check out all the latest news at The Match website at Sky One.

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    Breamster.com Roster Update for FIFA 06

    Breamster.com Roster Update for FIFA 06 Continuing our roster update theme today, the first version of Breamster.com's "ultimate" FIFA 06 Rosters v1.0 updates has arrived.

    Resident roster maker for Breamster.com, MattB has been working hard and created a new roster update for the most important transfers and player additions, which were missed by EA before the release, including the following Missing Players from the English Premier League:

    • Arsenal
      • Alexander Song
      • Arturo Lupoli
    • Charlton
      • Chris Perry
      • Jason Euell
      • Jay Bothroyd
    • Everton
      • Nuno Valente
      • Andy Van Der Meyde
    • Fulham
      • Phillipe Christianval
      • Tony Warner
    • Middlesbrough
      • Abel Xavier
      • Fabio Rochemback
      • Bradley Jones
    • Newcastle
      • Lee Clark
    • Portsmouth
      • Franck Songo’o
      • Dario Silva
      • Salif Diao
    • Tottenham
      • Michael Dawson
      • Tom Huddlestone
      • Anthony Gardner
      • Radek Cerny
    • WBA
      • Paul Robinson
    • Wigan
      • John Filan
      • Graham Kavanagh

    Expect newer versions soon, with even more updated line-ups etc...

    Download this Roster Update direct from our Download Boutique

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    Transfer Patch FIFA 06

    Transfer Patch FIFA 06Our partners over at FifaX have released Kezman's Transfer Patch FIFA 06.

    This file contains:

    • all the transfers that were completed after 24th of August;
    • created many players, which were not included in FIFA 06; and
    • some rosters were corrected too

    Download this excellent patch direct from our Download Boutique

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    Sunday, October 9, 2005

    The Match 2

    The Match 2If you followed The Match last year then the big match is on again tonight on Sky One and it is sponsored by FIFA 06.

    The head to head battles between key players in crucial areas of the pitch could be decisive in tonight's big game. With kick off just a few hours away we take a look at the key match ups that could determine who comes out on top.

    Darren Campbell v Des Walker
    This battle will be one to watch. Darren Campbell represents the cutting edge of the Celebs' side up front and Des Walker will need all his experience to keep him quiet. While Campbell's pace will be no surprise - he is one of the fastest men in the world - dealing with it is another matter. Des Walker is also quick but it's his positional sense that will crucial to counter Campbell's speed.

    Campbell's not just fast, he's also skilful. He's a good dribbler, who links up well with Harvey. But how he reacts to the first crunching Walker challenge will also be important.

    Ben Shephard v Peter Reid
    Ben Shephard has had an impressive training camp. His ability to win the ball back from the Legends and give it to a teammate will be essential if the Celebs are to have a platform for success. He must protect the back four much like Peter Reid used to.

    Reid's fitness level has to be in doubt but if he can hold off Shephard and retain possession, the Legends could pass their way around the Celebs all night.

    Jonathan Wilkes v David Batty
    We can expect David Batty to be as tenacious as ever and his battle with Celebs' skipper Jonathan Wilkes is likely to be the most physical. Batty will look to close down Wilkes and make sure he doesn't have to room to score the kind of goal he did last year.

    Wilkes will need to show the same leadership he did last year but Batty's ability to keep moves going with simple passes is key. If Batty makes sure the ball does the work, the Legends could triumph.

    Check out all the news at The Match website at Sky One and catch the full match on Sky One at 8pm BST.

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    FIFA 06 Online Launched

    FIFA 06 Online LaunchedOur partners at Soccer Gaming have released this years site for FIFA 06 Online, this year located at www.fifa06online.com.

    They have Downloads, Screenshots and Information sections that should satisfy your FIFA 06 needs. However, this year they have taken the extra step to make sure FIFA 06 Online is the best FIFA Online site Soccer Gaming has produced. A couple of sections they are sure will be of interest include:

    • Controls - Forget the official manual, check out this section for a complete list of controls, including tricks such as the Zidane 360 spin.
    • Multiplayer Database - If you are registered on the Forums, then adding yourself to the brand new multiplayer database is just a few clicks away. Be one of the first to add yourself so that finding a match online will never be a problem again.

    Have a browse around the site at FIFA 06 Online and keep checking back because more updates will never be far away.

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    Decisive day for Germany 2006

    Decisive day for Germany 2006The identity of 24 teams who will be participating at Germany 2006 are now known. Of that figure, 14 qualified on a day of drama - Saturday 8 October 2005 - which brought joy, despair, hope and anguish in equal measure.

    With three-quarters of the competing nations already making their travel plans for next summer, the appetite is growing for what promises to be an exciting tournament. Certainly, if the weekend’s qualifiers are anything to go by, it could be one of the most nail-biting tournaments in recent years.

    Roller coaster ride in Africa
    Events in Africa on Saturday left statisticians frantically studying group tables, fans clamouring for information from other games and a last-gasp finish in Group 3.

    The final standings show that Ivory Coast pipped Cameroon by a single point, although that does not tell the full story of a topsy-turvy day, which finished in heartbreak for Pierre Wome and the Indomitable Lions.

    Had they beaten Egypt in Yaounde, then a place in Germany would have been theirs. When an injury-time penalty was awarded, an entire nation had their hearts in their mouths. Those hearts were broken when Wome’s strike from 12 yards cannoned off the outside of the post.

    Cue rejoicing in Abidjan. Ivory Coast's 3-1 victory over Sudan was greeted with near hysteria in the capital where they celebrated the country’s qualification for their first FIFA World Cup finals long into the night.

    It was more straightforward in Tunis. The 2004 African champions needed a draw at home to Morocco to qualify for Germany 2006 and they achieved it, although they had to come back from behind on two occasions.

    Nigeria’s 5-1 demolition of Zimbabwe was in vain as Angola defeated Rwanda by a single goal. Germany 2006 may not witness the talents Okocha, Martins and Odemwingie, but in Angola it has a nation desperate to make their mark on the biggest stage of all.

    Ghana and Togo, who both began the day as group leaders, secured their places with victories over the Cape Verde Islands and Congo respectively. Like Ivory Coast and Angola, these two nations will also be making their debut in a FIFA World Cup finals.

    Six through in Europe
    The names Croatia, England, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands may be accustomed to appearing at football’s showpiece event, but even so, the confirmation of qualification was gratefully accepted in the Old Continent.

    Established powers England and Italy hardly set the pulses of their fans racing with narrow home victories, although it will be argued that both teams have achieved their objectives. Portugal came from a goal behind to defeat Liechtenstein 2-1 in Lisbon, while Croatia can be justifiably proud of their efforts in defeating in-form Sweden by a single goal in Zagreb.

    Arguably Europe’s result of the day came in Prague where the Netherlands beat the Czech Republic 2-0. Goals from Rafael van der Vaart and Barry Opdam earned the Oranje the three points in a match which saw Edwin van der Sar save a Tomas Rosicky penalty. The result meant Group 6 leaders Poland were assured of a finals berth without having even kicked a ball.

    The stage is now set for a memorable final night on Wednesday as 15 different teams battle for either outright qualification or a place in the play-offs.

    Ecuador and Paraguay party, Ticos book ticket
    There were scenes of jubilation in Ecuador and Paraguay as both countries got the results they needed to qualify. Ecuador played out a goalless draw with Uruguay in Quito, while Paraguay defeated Venezuela 1-0 in Maracaibo, courtesy of Nelson Haedo Valdez’s 65th-minute strike. There was dancing in the streets, on the terraces and even on the pitch as the final whistle blew in both matches.

    Meanwhile in San Jose, Costa Rica’s 3-0 victory over the United States made them the 24th country to qualify for Germany 2006. A brace from Carlos Hernandez and a Paolo Wanchope strike has given them a place at their second successive FIFA World Cup finals.

    Copyright © 2005 FIFA. All rights reserved.

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    Saturday, October 8, 2005

    Major League Soccer News

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), David Gwydir, brings us a summary of all the midweek action:

    Major League Soccer News
    FC Dallas 2
    Columbus Crew 1

    Ramon Nunez scored in the second minute of stoppage time to give Dallas the victory. David Testo scored his first goal of the season in the 17th minute to give Columbus the early lead. Bobby Rhine scored off a superb volley from a failed clearance to even the score at one one in minute 57. Rhine’s goal set up Nunez’s heroics at the end of the match.

    Chicago Fire 2
    Metrostars 2

    Chicago scored two goals in the last four minutes to steal a point out of the match. American international Chris Armas scored in the 90th and Jack Stewart tied the game in the third minute of second half stoppage time for the incredible comeback. Eddie Gaven had given the Metros the lead with goals in the 21st and 25th minutes. The Metrostars failed to give new coach Mo Johnston a win in his debut match and are still searching for a playoff spot.

    Colorado Rapids 1
    CD Chivas USA 1

    Dedi Ben Dayan opened the scoring for Colorado after 33 minutes only to see Nat Borchers score an own goal two minutes later for all the scoring in the match. The score line did not reveal what an open match this was, with many classy buildups, but brutal finishing.

    Real Salt Lake 1
    DC United 3
    DC United’s fourth win in a row puts them just two points behind Eastern Conference Leaders New England. Defender Bobby Boswell flicked home a header to put DC ahead in the first half. 16-year-old Freddy Adu scored his fourth goal of the season by beating two Salt Lake defenders and slotting the ball in the back of the net. Christian Gomez put the game away two minutes later, scoring off a quick counter attack by United. Andy Williams scored from the spot in the 78th minute to put Real Salt Lake on the board.

    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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    Friday, October 7, 2005

    FIFA 06 Transfers

    FIFA 06 TransfersEA have released a list of transfers that occured between the cut-off point for FIFA 06 database updates (24th August) and the close of the transfer window (31st August). You may find this useful for making transfers in FIFA 06 to reflect the current state of leagues around the world.

    A sample of the transfers are:

    Name From To
    Tiago Chelsea Olympique Lyonnais
    Portillo Real Madrid C.F. Club Brugge KV
    Michael Owen Real Madrid C.F. Newcastle United
    Albert Luque R.C. Deportivo Newcastle United
    Sergio Ramos Sevilla F.C. Real Madrid C.F.

    Check out the full list of transfers by clicking here.

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    FIFA 06 Cheat Machine

    FIFA 06 Cheat MachineOur friends over at fifasoccer.ru have a great new FIFA 06 utility for true fair play lovers, their FIFA 06 Cheat Machine (click on image on right for full size screenshot). This program works during gameplay without modifying any of your FIFA 06 files and is able to change:

    • Current match score
    • Current half time (and you may freeze it)
    • Budget
    • Job security
    • Fan support
    • Fan shop points

    This is an absolutely harmless program as your FIFA 06 won't be ruined and you won't loose your career files. There is a hotkey for each action so you don't have to switch from the game.

    Download this great new Utility direct from our Download Boutique.

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    Superleagues FIFA 06 Ladder is back

    Superleagues FIFA 06 Ladder is backIf you have what it takes to compete against the top FIFA 06 players from around the world then Superleagues.net is the place to be:

    • Registration for the upcoming FIFA 06 Ladder commences October 10, 2005;
    • Players must have a broadband connection to participate;
    • IRC-Channel: #superleagues in quakenet; and
    • TeamSpeak Channel: (is also available)

    Let all your FIFA friends know about this competition and for more information go to www.superleagues.net.

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    FIFA 06 PC Patch in Development

    FIFA 06 PC Patch in DevelopmentBrilliant news, EA have announced there is a patch in development for the PC version of FIFA 06 that will address the following issues:

    1. USB Keyboard Incompatibility Fix
      FIFA 06 is currently not compatible with some commonly used USB keyboards/devices. The patch will fix this issue so that they can function in FIFA 06. The fix will cover the majority of these keyboards/devices, with special focus given to those keyboards being reported to the forums and tech support departments.
    2. Saitek P2500 Controller Fix
      By fixing the input peripheral recognition system, the Saitek P2500 controller will also be properly detected and function as intended (USB supported game pad).
    3. PC Controller Save Configuration Fix
      The User is currently not able to save their modified controller configurations. The patch will fix this and allow the User to save any changes they have made to the configuration of their supported keyboard or game pad controls.

    While EA do not have a fixed timeframe for the release of this patch currently, we do not believe the wait will be a lengthy one.

    We'll update you further as we have more information.

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    Thursday, October 6, 2005

    FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005

    FIFA Interactive World Cup 2005As previously reported, the second FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) will be kicking off soon. As the world's only FIFA-sanctioned global video game tournament, the FIWC will combine both on and off-line football gaming action featuring EA's all-new EA SPORTS™ FIFA 06 for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Xbox Live™.

    The winner of the tournament will be named FIFA Interactive World Player 2005 and take centre stage to receive his/her trophy among some of the biggest names in football at this year's prestigious FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich on 19 December 2005.

    Kicking off this month, the FIFA Interactive World Cup will travel to eight cities in six continents, concluding with the final taking place in London in December 2005. Regional Tournaments will be held in the following locations:

    City Venue Date
    London Olympia 2 Saturday 15 October
    Sao Paulo Villa Noah Saturday 22 October
    Seoul Sang Am World Cup Stadium Sunday 30 October
    Johannesburg Acton Sport Academy Saturday 12 November
    Los Angeles The Globe, Universal Studios Saturday 19 November
    Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal Saturday 26 November
    Cologne The Palladium Sunday 4 December
    Paris Carrousel de Louvre Saturday 10 December

    Contestants will have three ways to enter the FIFA Interactive World Cup:

    1. Register on site at one of the Regional Tournament venues
    2. Earn a place by registering for the FIWC 2005 Xbox Live Tournament
    3. Win a local qualifying tournament, which will lead to the Regional Tournaments and ultimately to the finals in London – information on online and off-line tournaments are available on www.FIFA.com.

    Football gamers will be able to compete in qualifying tournaments around the world for a place in one of the Regional Tournaments. The eight players who have what it takes to win their Regional Tournament will each win a pair of tickets to a 2006 FIFA World Cup™ match in Germany offered by FIFA.com and will compete in the worldwide finals in London on 18 December. In addition, each finalist will win an Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft plus their own copy of EA's FIFA 06.

    Visit the home of FIFA Interactive World Cup by clicking here and get your application in today.

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    Wednesday, October 5, 2005

    FIFA 06 Road To World Cup Movie

    FIFA 06 Road To World Cup MovieYou can now get a first look at FIFA on the next generation of consoles. This video offers a look at the first football title for Xbox 360™, FIFA 06 Road to World Cup.

    EA will have more details on the game for you in the near future. For now, enjoy the stunning visuals on offer. Note you'll need Quicktime to play the movie.

    Download this Movie direct from our Download Boutique.

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    FIFA 06 TV Adverts

    FIFA 06 TV AdvertsNot one for watching the box? Tend to go for a cup of tea when the ads are on? Then chances are you've missed the great FIFA 06 ads on television starring Rooney and Ronaldinho.

    Not to worry, download these Videos direct from our Download Boutique below:

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    Argentina Torneo Apertura 2005 News

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for Argentina’s Torneo Apertura 2005, Jim Lau-Totime, brings us a summary of all day 9's action:

    Argentina Torneo Apertura 2005 News
    Argentinos Jrs. 1
    Instituto (Cba) 0

    Argentinos Juniors won their fifth game on this tournament. A good beginning of championship. Despite this, Pontiroli, the goalkeeper thinks the main aim for the team is to avoid relegation.

    Gimnasia LP 1
    Lanús 0

    Thanks to this victory, Gimnasia go up the league table. However, Gimnasia doesn’t make a big game and opened the score at the end of the second half, thanks to Vargas.

    Racing Club 0
    Rosario Central 1

    It’s a crisis at Avellaneda, Racing doesn’t win anymore. Since a derby defeat (0-4 against Indepediente), Racing are sick and even the substitution of the coach (Rivarola was sent off and Quiroz replaced him) did not change anything. When the awakening?

    Quilmes 0
    Boca Juniors 4

    Boca plays better and better and becomes untouchable. With “El Loco” Palermo on good form, los Xeneizes pulverize Quilmes who plays at home however. Good confidence for the moment for Boca who goes at the quest of this tournament but also for the Copa Sudamericana.

    Tiro Federal 1
    Olimpo (BB) 1
    It’s an event, Tiro Federal earn their first point after 9 games. A draw which seemed a victory thanks to Daniel Tilger at the end of the second half.
    River Plate  3
    Independiente 1
    The young Colombian forward Falcao Garcia had an unforgettable moment. He scores twice and creates a win for los Millionarios against Indepediente, who were unable to react. Starved of victory after many critics on this team and the coach Danilo Merlo. We hope it’s the beginning of the duel for the quest of this tournament against Boca.
    Newell's 3
    Estudiantes LP 1
    A very important victory for Newell’s in danger of 18th place. With an exciting game, Newell’s who succeeded to earn three very important points.
    Banfield 0
    Vélez Sarsfield 0
    No goals between Banfield and Velez. El Fortin (Velez Sarsfield) left Boca as the only leader. Russo, the coach gets back four players for the next game. Pellegrino, Sena and Centurion who were injured, Somoza returns after suspension.
    Colón (Sta.Fe) 0
    Arsenal 0
    It’s a real draw from two attacks with a lack of inspiration. A bad result for Colon who are always relegation material.
    San Lorenzo 1
    Gimnasia (Juj) 1
    San Lorenzo are in the similar situation to Racing. The team doesn’t win for a long time and even at home “El Ciclon” doesn’t find the solution. We wait the reaction.

    For our extended Argentina Torneo Apertura 2005 coverage (including league tables, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

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    Italian Lega Calcio Review

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Italian Lega Calcio, Mahmoud Hagi, brings us a summary of all week 5's action: Italian Lega Calcio Review
    Juventus 2
    Parma 1
    Patrick Viera helped Juventus continue their 100% run in the new season when he scored the winner in the dying minutes of the game that ended in the favour of Juventus by two goals to one. Parma was the first to score through their striker Delevechio in the 13min of the game but the Mauro Camoranesi cancelled this goal with his equalizer before the end of the first half and Juventus searched for the winner in the second half until Patrick Viera did it in the 82 min of the game to give them very precious points in their race for defending the title.
    Reggina 2
    Udinese 0
    Reggina take their first three points in the season after beating Udinese by two goals to nil in the absence of their top goal scorer Iaquinta who was suspended for refusing to renew his contract with the club. The goals came through Cozza & Cavalli.
    Empoli 1
    Lecce 0
    Empoli continue searching for a better position in the new season as they beat Lecce by one goal to nil coming through Bozzi in the 65min.
    AS Roma 0
    Cagliari 0
    In a disappointing result for Roma fans their team drew with cagliari continuing the results that doesn't satisfy their fans who want to see them in the race for the title or qualifying for Europe.
    Ascoli 0
    Livorno 2
    Livorno continue their good start this season when they took over the newly promoted side Ascoli by two goals to nil scored through the players Balladino & Lucarrelli through a penalty.
    Palermo 2
    Lazio 4
    In a very good fast competitive game we witnessed six goals, five scored in the second half through five different players. The game was ended in the favour of Lazio who continue their good start this season. One of the most incredible things that happened in this game was scoring three goals in three minutes. The goals came through Rocchi (x2), Ggoran Bandif & Manfredi scoring for Lazio while Mariano Nicolas Gonzalez & Andrea scored for Palermo.

    AC Milan 2
    Trevisio 0

    In a very easy game for the visitors against the newly promoted side Trevisio, who have the worst results in the new season until this week, AC Milan took over the game by two goals to nil scored through Shevchenko& Gilardino.
    Chievo Verona 2
    Sampadoria 1
    Verona stopped the good start of Sampadoria this season after beating them at their own ground by two goals to nil scored through Salvator Lanna & Upeina while Flachi scored the only goal for Sampadoria.
    Messina 2
    Siena 4
    In another very good & fast game ending with a six goals Siena win over Messina by four goals to two came through Thomas Luacatooli (2x), & Enrich Chiesa (2x) scoring for Siena while Zorro & Di Napoli scored for the defeated side.
    Inter Milan 1
    Fiorontina 0
    Inter Milan took second position in the league from Fiorontina as they pushed them away from this position after beating them by one goal to nil coming through Martins in the early minutes of the game, in the 7 min.

    For our new extended Italian Lega Calcio coverage (including league table, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

    For comprehensive official Italian Lega Calcio match reports, click here.

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    Tuesday, October 4, 2005

    English Premier League: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 4

    English Premier League: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 4 Chelsea’s biggest win at Liverpool, equalling our first game here, Didier Drogba involved in setting up all four goals, this was the answer to the nation – and in particular Liverpool – as to whether Chelsea are frightened of Liverpool.

    It was the eighth consecutive League win this season, equalling Chelsea’s record of consecutive League victories.

    • 0-1: Drogba won the penalty a minute later. He charged down Traoré’s cumbersome clearance, chased the ball into the area and was floored by the same defender’s cumbersome chasing challenge. Lampard was booed by the Kop but placed his shot low firmly to Reina’s left, the goalkeeper unable to reach it despite going the right way.
    • 1-1: Liverpool kept knocking in their high balls, and in the end that paid dividends. Liverpool’s second corner was knocked on by Carragher and Gerrard, arriving unmarked ten yards out, angled a drive into the far corner. Chelsea’s lead had lasted five minutes.
    • 1-2: Liverpool’s equality lasted ten minutes. An attack started by Del Horno reached Drogba on the left who brilliantly flicked it past Hyypiá and ran round the other side of him before getting to the by-line and playing it back for Duff to stab in despite the attentions of Alonso. It was Duff’s second goal of the season.
    • 1-3: When Del Horno dispossessed Garcia 17 minutes into the second-half, Drogba careered past Carragher cutting in from the left and although his shot was pressurised by advancing Reina into being poor, supporting Cole was able to finish with ease.
    • 1-4: With 15 minutes remaining Gérémi went on for Duff. With nine minutes left Cissé went on for Traoré, joining Crouch in attack, leaving Liverpool short at the back. Seconds later, Robben fed Drogba wide on the left, Drogba galloped wide of the penalty area and returned the ball, Robben shot wide first time but Gérémi following up wellied the ball high into the net.

    Liverpool and Chelsea were the last undefeated sides in the Premiership. Now there is only Chelsea.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

    © 2005 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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    English Premier League Review

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the English Premier League, Salman Khalid, brings us a summary of all the latest action: Barclays Premiership Review
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    Blackburn 2
    WBA 0
    It was a home win for Rovers at Ewood Park and also a clean sheet. It was a goalless first half and crowd had to wait for 80 minutes for the first goal when substitute Kugi scored with a power full header and eight minutes later it was 2-0 in the favour of home side.
    Charlton 2
    Spurs 3
    Robbie Keane was once again at his best and helped Spurs to get all three points away from home. It was Charlton who opened the scoring and they looked to be in complete control. Darren Bent scored in the 25th minute of the match and minutes after the restart he scored his second and it looked like a home win for Charlton, but it wasn’t. Tottenham fought back strongly and scored three goals through King, Mido and the one and only Keane and collected all three points.
    Fulham 2
    Man United 3
    It was all van Nistelrooy this day as he scored twice to give his side a vital win over Fulham and to close the gap at the top. It was the home side who took the lead through Collins but United soon after equalized with a penalty struck by van Nistelrooy and after that Rooney gave united a 2-1 lead over Fulham but the home side never looked worried as after 2 minutes again leveled the score and now it was 2-2. In the end van Nistelrooy again scored to give United the vital lead which remained until the end of the match.
    Portsmouth 0
    Newcastle 0
    Portsmouth are still on their search for their first home win of the season and were unable to get one as they drew a goalless match with in form Newcastle United. Newcastle were missing Owen through injury but it didn’t seem a problem for them. Also Shay Given had to work hard to stop Portsmouth attack with some superb saves.
    Sunderland 1
    West Ham 1
    The two newly promoted sides played out an entertaining match at the Stadium of Lights and shared one point each. Sunderland was the happier side as they at last have started getting points in Premiership. First goal came in injury time when Miller slammed the ball in the roof of the open net. Benayoun gave some hope for his team when he scored in the 72nd minute of the match and it was eventually the final score.
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    Man City 2
    Everton 0
    Disaster continues for Everton who finished 4th last season but this season it looks like a hard job for Premiership survival. It was Mills and Darius Vassell who scored the goals for Manchester City and gave three points to their team. On the other side it was the sixth defeat for Everton in their opening seven games.
    Wigan 2
    Bolton 1
    Wigan Athletic are in full throttle in their first ever Premiership appearance as they beat one of the better Premiership sides Bolton. It was a superb performance by Henri Camara who gave Wigan their fourth win in their opening five games.
    Liverpool 1
    Chelsea 4
    It was a horrible day for Rafael Benitez as his side were outplayed by their Champions League group rivals Chelsea. It was a good first half for Liverpool as they came back to equalize through Gerrard but it all went wrong in the second half and two goals from Chelsea sealed their eighth straight win of the season and they continued their recent unbeaten run at Anfield.
    Aston Villa  2
    Middlesbrough 3
    At last it was a win for Middlesbrough who had been struggling in the opening games of this season. Yakubu was the man of inspiration for Middlesbrough who scored in the last half of the match to give his side at long last a win.
    Arsenal 1
    Birmingham 0
    It was an absolute heartbreak for Birmingham who put an inspired effort with just ten men on the field when a deflection found the back of the net. Taylor put in strong opposition for Arsenal's offence but in 80th minute of the match a long range shot from Van Persie deflected and passed Taylor and Arsenal won the match but it was a great game to watch.

    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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    Major League Soccer News

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), David Gwydir, brings us a summary of all the latest action:

    Major League Soccer News
    US Open Cup Final
    Wednesday Night

    Visit the Official Site of Major League Soccer

    LA Galaxy 1
    FC Dallas 0

    Los Angeles won their second US Open Cup final with a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas at The Home Depot Center.

    The match started slowly with neither team generating much offense and unable to find any rhythm. The game opened up in the 24th minute when Los Angeles forward Joseph Ngwenya beat two Dallas defenders and ripped a shot wide of Scott Garlick’s goal. The Galaxy were a bit luckier a minute later though. Chris Albright won back possession and whipped in a cross to Herculez Gomez, who unleashed an acrobatic scissors kick from 10 yards out to provide the only score of the match. FC Dallas never threatened the Los Angeles goal until stoppage time. Mark Wilson’s dipping shot was tipped over the crossbar by Los Angeles goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

    The US Open Cup uses the same format as The FA Cup. Any team in America (professional or amateur) can enter the competition. Don’t be alarmed though, that is where the similarities end!!!

    Weekend MLS Matches

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    Columbus Crew 0
    CD Chivas USA 1

    Chivas recorded the first road victory in franchise history with a 1-0 victory over Columbus at Crew Stadium. Francisco Palencia scored the only goal of the match in the 59th minute, and Chivas held on to the lead to give Columbus a losing record at home for the first time ever.

    Metrostars 1
    DC United 4

    Defending MLS Cup champions DC United clinched a spot in the playoffs with this 4-1 win, and at the same time pushed their fierce rivals closer to watching the playoffs this season. Mike Magee actually gave the Metrostars the lead in this match. However, an own goal followed by two goals from Ben Olsen left little doubt to who the better team was. Jaime Moreno finished off the rout with his 14th goal of the season.

    NE Revolution 0
    SJ Earthquakes 2
    San Jose was the better team in a match that featured the top two clubs in Major League Soccer. Brian Ching and Dwayne De Rosario scored in the second half to leave San Jose five points clear of New England in the race for the MLS Supporters Shield. The shield is given to the team that has the best record in the regular season.
    KC Wizards 0
    Chicago Fire 1
    Thiago scored on a 30-yard drive to give the Fire a crucial road win in Kansas City. The victory sees Chicago at 48 points and able to clinch a playoff spot Wednesday against the Metrostars. Chicago’s win ends a four game road swing that began August 13.
    Colorado Rapids 2
    Real Salt Lake 1
    Colorado came back from one goal down to hand Real Salt Lake their ninth loss in a row. Clint Mathis gave Real the lead in minute 14 of the match. Israeli international Dedi Ben Dayan equalized with a cheeky chip of Salt Lake goalkeeper Jay Nolly in the 39th. Jeff Cunningham completed the comeback in the 86th minute with a sliding goal from a cross from Ben Dayan.
    LA Galaxy 2
    FC Dallas 1
    Two first half goals from Herculez Gomez were enough for the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center. Gomez got the scoring started with a finely placed shot off the inside of the post for a 1-0 lead. Aaron Pitchkolan cracked a volley from the top of the box from a poor Galaxy clearance to level the match in the 42nd minute. Gomez chipped FC Dallas goalkeeper Scott Garlick in first half stoppage time to hand Los Angeles the lead once again.

    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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    Scottish Premier League Review

    Official Sweetpatch Reporter for the Scottish Premier League, Gaz Scott, brings us a summary of all the action from the weekend's matches: Scottish Premier League Review
    Aberdeen 2
    Motherwell 2

    Darren Mackie marked his return from injury with two goals as 10-man Aberdeen came from behind to earn a draw with Motherwell at Pittodrie.

    Hibernian 1
    Inverness Caley 2

    Inverness continued their impressive record on the road with a well-deserved win over a lacklustre Hibernian.

    The Highlanders had player-manager Craig Brewster sent off for two bookable offences after 66 minutes. But before then David Proctor tapped in after a fumble from Zbigniew Malkowski and Dennis Wyness scored a neat lob. Hibs only threatened once they had the numerical advantage and Steven Fletcher headed in from a Dean Shiels corner with eight minutes remaining.

    Dundee United 0 Kilmarnock 0

    Both sides showed plenty of endeavour but in the end had to settle for a share of the spoils at Tannadice.

    David Fernandez came close to giving United the lead after only a minute but he fired wide from 10 yards. At the other end, Kris Boyd thought he had scored after the interval but Derek Stillie denied him with a great block. With five minutes to go the United 'keeper appeared to send Boyd tumbling in the box, but referee Craig Mackay refused to bow to the appeals.

    Livingston 0
    Celtic 5

    Youngsters Stephen McManus and Shaun Maloney set up a very comfortable win for Celtic with first-half goals against SPL strugglers Livingston.

    McManus headed in a simple goal from a corner and Maloney stroked in a neat finish after a great flowing move. Maciej Zurawski then headed in a great delivery from full-back Mohammed Camara soon after the interval. Chris Sutton powered in an impressive strike and Craig Beattie tapped in from close range to complete the rout.

    Falkirk 2
    Hearts 2

    A double from skipper Steven Pressley rescued a point for 10-man Hearts as their long winning run came to an end.

    The visitors had goalkeeper Craig Gordon sent off on 24 minutes when he felled Darrly Duffy, who converted from the resulting penalty kick. Pressley was then unlucky when the ball rebounded off his knee and a rolled into his own net after 68 minutes. Pressley immediately prodded a goal in at the right end and later tapped home from close range in the last minute.

    Rangers 5
    Dunfermline 1

    Federico Nieto scored his first SPL goal for Rangers as the Ibrox side moved into joint-third position.

    Thomas Buffel put Rangers ahead after 15 minutes with a deflected effort at the back post, before Dado Prso rifled in the second after 38 minutes. Noel Hunt's glancing header just after the break pulled a goal back. But Nieto restored the two-goal cushion with his first touch after 71 minutes, before Peter Lovenkrands (75) and Ross McCormack (85) sealed the win.

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

    For comprehensive official Scottish Premier League match reports, click here.

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    Monday, October 3, 2005

    Gamepad Configuration Tutorial for FIFA 06

    Gamepad Configuration Tutorial for FIFA 06Sweetpatch Development Posse member Rinaldo Zocca today brings us his Gamepad Configuration Tutorial for FIFA 06. This tutorial will help many people that have had problems making their gamepad work correctly in FIFA 06.

    Unfortunately the personal gamepad modifications are not saved and it is really annoying to have to modify the settings every time you start FIFA, with this tutorial you can overcame this problem because you can change the default settings automatically loaded by FIFA 06.

    Download this Tutorial direct from our Download Boutique today.

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    Sunday, October 2, 2005

    FIFA 06 Reviews

    FIFA 06 ReviewsIGN and Eurogamer have been quick out of the blocks with their FIFA 06 reviews. 2 different reviews but both worth a read:

    IGN Review
    FIFA 06 is a decent improvement over the 2005 edition and it's instantly apparent to anybody familiar with the series. The visuals and physics will the first to grab you and the manager mode will keep you fumbling around menus for hours. It still hasn't struck the balance of intuitive play and depth of control that you get from Winning Eleven/Pro Evo but the power of authentic players, teams and leagues still carries a lot of weight. Like many other EA Sports games, FIFA 06 does a wonderful job of capturing the culture of the sport it represents. Fans of world football will feel that from the opening video sequence.

    Click here for the full review.

    Eurogamer Review
    Needless to say, FIFA is still uniquely entertaining by virtue of its fantastic licensing and very solid gameplay. But - and we say this every year - no amount of official team and player rosters can disguise that underneath there's a game that's desperately trying to be as good as its elusive competitor, but failing. In a way, we'd rather EA went down a completely different road and made FIFA the pick-up-and-play arcade action alternative than the PES-inspired facsimile that it has morphed into. As it stands, FIFA once again offers a huge amount of entertainment - but you'll be left covering your face after you've witnessed EA miss a hatful of chances to go top of the table.

    Click here for the full review.

    Not sure I agree with the Eurogamer review, as I have found the game awesome so far and offers lots of depth and will take me ages to master the full range of possibilities the gameplay offers. But life would be boring if we all had the same points of view.

    Bought your copy yet? Get over to our brand new FIFA 06 Shop and give us a try for your online gaming shop.

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    Saturday, October 1, 2005

    Buy FIFA 06 Here and Save

    Buy FIFA 06 Here and SaveFIFA 06 is now available and did I hear you say you have not got your copy yet? If not then check out our FIFA 06 Shop today for some great savings! You can even get the PC version from us cheaper than Amazon!

    We have listened to your views in our Poll and you can now pay in many different ways to suit your preference, including by credit cards, PayPal and even by cheque.

    In the future we will introduce lots of other games for your enjoyment and also we have lined up some great 'added value' for when you buys games direct from us.

    Go on, give us a try today in our new FIFA 06 Shop and get your copy of FIFA 06 today.

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    Manchester United Home and Away 2GK Kits Patch for FIFA 06

    Manchester United Home and Away 2GK Kits Patch for FIFA 06Sweetpatch Development Posse member, Hayan, today brings you his Manchester United Home and Away 2GK Kits Patch for FIFA 06, (click on image on right for full size screenshot).

    Download these excellent Kits direct from our Download Boutique today and start to enhance your game of FIFA 06.

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