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    Giuseppe Bellusci Club: Ascoli Age: 19 years old Born: 21 August 1989 Nationality: Italian Position: Centre Back (CB) Foot: Right Rating: 72 Price: around 100k Solidified his placed in the first team by racking up 1231 minutes scoring one goal. His performances have alerted attention off Juventus who are currently having defensive injury problems of their own, however they didnt buy him before the Italian transfer deadline. Quote taken from below link... "The Italian defender has attracted plenty of interest lately, with Napoli also trying to snare him. The 19-year-old has progressed through the youth ranks at Serie B side Ascoli and he is well on his way to becoming one of the best defenders in Italy" Ascoli are pulling there season around after a poor start and defensivly looking better conceding 5 goals in last 6 games. Things are looking good for the young defender and i would expect a rise to 79 come the next Italy changes but i would expect him to move to Serie A in the summer considering Ascoli won't go up so we could be looking at a future 90, watch this space..... http://www.goal.com/en/news/593/juventus/2009/02/02/1089608/juventus-chasing-ascoli-defender-giuseppe-bellusci--report Also on subject of italians (10k player) Marco CALDERONI (CM) Piacenza 7 starts, 3 subs, 588 mins 70 - 76
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    Operation-A's World Snooker Thread! Hello, and Welcome to Operation-A's World Snooker thread. World Snooker is increasing in popularity constantly day by day, and my hope by producing this thread is to inform members of this Forum, about the Sport which is 'Snooker'. Snooker is possibly, one of the least-popular sports currently, but it still manages to pull in the crowds to the major tournaments worldwide. Snooker has been a 'Sport' for 80-90 years, but it never really took off till the 1960's/1970's in which the sport finally got publicity from the company Embassy. Embassy sponsorerd the World Snooker Championships until the 2004/2005 season, in which it handed partnership and ownership over to 888.com, and since then they have sponsored. In the last 20 years, the sport has really kicked off with the quality of the players worldwide increasing year by year. Many faces have graced the world of snooker, ranging from places such as Britain, China, Malta and Japan. A Brief History Into Snooker... Snooker was first played in the 19th century, originating from the previous game, billiards which is played with 3 balls. Although, it's actual origin is unknown, it's a common fact that Snooker was game played between breaks, between National Army Officers in WW1 and WW2. The first World Snooker Championship took place in 1927, at the Crucible Arena in Sheffield where it is still currently held to date. Snooker was popular in the early stage of the 1900's, but by 1950-1960, it had lost it's hype and popularity it once had. However, in 1969 to promote colour television Snooker was commisioned onto BBC2, and since this very date BBC has hosted various snooker compeititons worldwide. Each Snooker final gathers around 18 Million viewers, and to date is still a very popular sport. The Basics & Rules To Snooker... This section may not be relevant to all, but to people who come from areas in the world where snooker is not common i feel it could be of great help in order to understand the game. Snooker is a game which involves a snooker table, and 15 red balls and 7 colours. Yellow, Green, Brown, Blue, Pink and Black respectively. The aim of the game is to pot a red ball into one of the six pockets on the table, and then to follow this by potting a coloured ball which is worth a set value of points. All colours have different points. The aim of the game is to gather the most points, and to try and get a consecutive amount of balls potted, also known as a break. However, Snooker is not as easy as it seems as alot of the game is tactical based and you have to be able to concentrate and involve yourself in the game. Failing to do this could cost you the game. World Snooker Events/Championships... Throughout the course of the Snooker Season, along with the Major World Championship there are various other championships. These competitions are just as important as they provide ranking points to the players, and the better you do in the competition/s, the better your rank and position is for the other competitions and tournaments. Below is the list of all the championships, and in later posts i will go into great detail about each championship, and provide a factfile about each one. 1) Northen Ireland Trophy 2) Paul Hunter Classic 3) Shanghai Masters 4) Premier League Snooker 5) Royal London Grand Prix 6) Bahrain Championship 7) World Series Of Snooker 8) The UK Championship 9) The Masters Championship 10) Welsh Open 11) China Open 12) World Snooker Championship! Players In Top 16 Ranking Order... Similar to the way International Teams are ranked in football, based on the success of individual snooker players, they're ranked in order of how many points they've achived over the various tournaments and competitions throughout the year. As with the different championships and tournaments i plan to create factfile about each person in the top 16, displaying all the information you need to know. Anyway, here's at quick glance, the list of the Top 16 players in ranking order. 1) Ronnie O'Sullivan 2) Stephen Maguire 3) Shaun Murphy 4) Mark Selby 5) John Higgins MBE 6) Stephen Hendry MBE 7) Allister Carter 8) Ryan Day 9) Peter Ebdon 10) Neil Robertson 11) Ding Junhui 12) Joe Perry 13) Graeme Dott 14) Marco Fu 15) Mark King 16) Mark Allen Finally... I fully understand that Snooker isn't one of the most popular sports in the world, and it's obviously not liked upon by all so could i please ask people not to reply to this thread with criticism or your views against the game, as it spoils it for people like myself who are happy to discuss the common state of the game. So in response, people who are keenly interested in the sport, feel free to discuss, talk and share your views on whatever aspect of the game you wish to talk about. Finally, this thread takes along time to compose so could i please ask for patience, in the work of this thread. Thanks, for your time and i hope you find this thread of good use. Regards, Operation-A(Adam Selby)
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    Barcelona FC Goalkeepers: Victor Valdes (91) --> 90 --> Has been performing really poor of late. Although I think Barcelona as a whole are performing amazingly, Valdes would be one of the likely candidates to discontinue this flow. And so he has Jose Pinto (87) --> 86 --> Should really drop he was purchased because of his potential to be the backup goalie to Valdes. But Jorquera has taken his spot. Albert Jorquera (84) --> 84/85 --> He has played more than Pinto and should overtake him as the second keeper, I don't think they will swap ratings just yet. Defenders: Sylvinho (88) --> 88 --> Playing at Barcelona he has had enough starts to retain his rating but not much more. Hasn't been a key piece in the defense. As expected. Eric Abidal (94) --> 93/94 --> Since coming back from injury he has been great. I am not really convinced that he is the top LB in the world, so a drop to 93 would be fair. But I don't know if SM will drop a player who starts on a team that is performing as Barcelona is. Daniel Alves (94) --> 95 --> I really think Daniel Alves is ATM the best RB in the world, he is not only phenomenal on defense, but also an amazing attacker, defensively Maicon is only slightly better, attacking Daniel Alves is far better. Gerrard Pique (88) --> 89/90 --> He has been Barcelona's 3rd Center back, but although this may be deceiving he is almost sharing starts with Rafael Marquez, I believe he deserves a small rise. Rafael Marquez (93) --> 93/94 --> Yet again another great season of performances from the Mexican International. He has recaptured his old form and along with Puyol forms among the best if not the best defensive partnership in the world. If not now then at the end of the season should rise to 94. Gabriel Milito (93) --> 92 --> He is a class defender but undoubtedly will drop due to his long injury, like countless other players (eduardo, v.persie, etc). Martin Caceres (89) --> 89/88 --> Has not been featuring regularly for Barcelona and this has to take a toll on his rating. I think he is one of the best defenders for the future, but needs to move teams if he seeks minutes. Midfielders Xavi Hernandez (96) --> 97 --> There is no question on my mind that the 5'7 Spanish CM is as good as Gerrard if not better. He also came in the Top 5 players of the year. Named best player of the Euro. And also performing greatly in La Liga. Need I say any more? Seydou Keita (92) --> 92/93 --> He is a brilliant player, and I am sure that he will rise to 93 by the end of this season, but I don't think this time around he will rise. Needs a little more time, and you will see him rise. Toure Yaya (92) --> 92--> Yes when he gets on the field he performs well, but I don't see him up to the Keita standard. Both are good players, but If I was to tip anyone for a 93 by the end of the season it would be Keita. Although I think Yaya is a better player. Sergio Busquets (85) --> 87/88 --> Has formed a very important part of the Barcelona midfield, playing only slightly less than Keita and Toure, this time around an 88. If he continues to play as many minutes and as well as he is a 90 is for sure. Iniesta (95) --> 95 --> I would have tipped him for a 96 if he would have not been injured, but his injury will have to hold him to his current rating for a while. Although will be back in about a week. Hleb (93) --> 92 --> Really has not been playing, and when he has it has been anything but impressive. His play does not seem to fit, and whenever he goes out, it seems he is doing his own thing. Personally I think he will drop, this will cause quite a stir up between many forumers. Victor Sanches (80) --> 81 --> Has played a little this season, a very small rise would be fair. Forwards: Eider Gudjonsen (89) --> 89/90 --> Has been playing quite well when he is called up. I think he might rise to a 90 this time or next time around. Has performed very well of late. Messi (97) --> 98 --> In my opinion as good as Ronaldo if not better. He should rise to a 98. He has everything goalscoring, dribble, vision, assist. He can do it all, and many times Barcelona's outcome depends on how he plays throughout the game. Sameul Eto'o (96) --> 96/97 --> If not now then by the end of the season the Cameroonian superstar will hit a 97. I am sure of it, only a matter of time. His goalscoring record speaks for itself. Henry (95) --> 95 --> I am really tempted to put down a 96. But I can't see the Henry that once played for Arsenal, so I am going to stick for a 95. He has been performing really well though. Definitely not a drop. Bojan Krikc (89) --> 89/88 --> Guardiola is safeguarding his future star, this might just result in a drop of his rating. This does not mean go out and sell him. It is just quite difficult to break into a Barcelona starting XI with Eto'o Messi and Henry playing fantastically, and Gudjonsen doing his part as well. ========================================================= Sevilla FC Goalkeepers: Andres Palop (91) --> 92 --> SM seem to be really odd with their rating of Goalkeepers. He is spain's third goalkeeper. But I am sure that for any other nation but Spain and Italy he would be undoubtly the starting goalkeeper. Incredibly underrated like Shay Given. Really deserves a rise to 92, no doubt in my mind. Javi Varas (81) --> 81 --> Not much change, should really stay the same, not anything knew from the spanish back up keeper. Like any back up keeper. Defenders: Fernando Navarro (90) --> 90/91 --> Really this guy is skilled. Seeing as Capdevila is about to hit 31. Navarro will be an obvious future international for Spain. He has been playing really well this season, and I think that in these or next changes he should hit 91. Jose Crespo (81) --> 82 --> A very small rise for this player, has not done much for Sevilla but has put in a very small amount of minuntes. Not seen much from him, but minutes give him a small rise. Abdoulay Konko (89) --> 89 --> Has been playing just enough to see him keep his rating. The odd thing is that he really should be playing more as he is a very skilled player. Watch out for this guy, although no rise for now. Julien Escude (92) --> 92 --> Sevilla is playing really well overall, and this reflects from the defense up. We can see that the french defender is playing really well, and almost always. He should keep his rating. Squillaci (92) --> 92/93 --> Same case as Escude his performances have been parallel. Just Squillaci has played more minutes. I think Squillaci's play overall has edged out many other 92 defenders, and I can see him rising at the end of the season. Ivica Dragutinovic (90) --> 89 --> Not seen him play as much as he used to play, and this might bring him to a drop, he ha fallen out of favor, the two french center backs are now the favorites. Javier Navarro (89) --> 88 --> I only see the ex-spanish international dropping further in ratings. He is sort of a michel salgado case last season. Not michel salgado this season who has played more. Navarro has not featured for Sevilla. Aqui Mosquera (89) --> 89 --> Another player that has put in minutes, but neither has he played enough, or impressed to deserve a rise. Should stay at his current rating. Fred Fazio (87) --> 87 --> A player to watch for the future, but at the moment Sevilla has tones of defenders and not really playing as much as his skill tells us. But surely a player to watch. Midfielders: Adriano Correia (91) --> 91--> Playing really well this season, and he also has the numbers to show. He really deserves a rise, and a very underrated player in my opinion. But not getting enough minutes. Once he does he will rise. Diego Capel (90) --> 90 --> If we were rating him on skill, then he would be a 95+, but the fact is that he has been injured and not played enough minutes. Should keep his rating though. Jesus Navas (91) --> 92/93 --> I am not sure why they took his rating of 92 a while back. But he is one of the best wingers in the world. I see him hitting 94/95 in the future, he really is great. Can't say enough about him. Deserves to rise and even further. Tom De Mul (86) --> 86/85 --> I do not like this kid. Not skilled, not quick, not very hard working. Has nothing going for him, Sevilla has noticed this and does not play him, unless they are winning by quit a bit. Romaric (90) --> 90/91 --> Deserves a rise, a great player, and a real battler in the midfield. Should get a small rise, he is as good as Keita in my opinion. Rock in the midfield. Dirnei Renato (90) --> 91/90 --> Has played a decent amount, but for his position he ha scored quit a bit of goals. I think he deserves a rise, but SM will disagree for sure. So take your choice. Aldo Duscher (89) --> 89 --> Another player who in my opinion is crud. Not good defensively, can't pass the ball. The whole package. But he has played a lot and SM will only see that and could possibly give him a rise. I don't think he deserves to rise into the 90's block. Enzo Maresca (90) --> 90 --> Plays a lot, score a bit, and does his job. Nothing spectacular but should keep his rating. Lauturo Acosta (89) --> 89 --> I have seen him play in several games and he impressed me. Has not played enough to rise though. Should stay the same. Forwards: Javier Chevanton (88) --> 87 --> With Kanoute and Luis Fabiano in front of you it is difficult to break into the starting XI, he should keep his rating though. Just has not played enough I see a drop soon Arouna Kone (88) --> 88 --> Has played more than than Chevanton, and also better. Should not rise of drop. Luis Fabiano (93) --> 94 --> Luis Fabiano is the best CF along with Torres in the world, really should not be rated a 93. Starter for Brazil. Now name me an attacking player on Brazil's starting line up that is not 94+, can't. He will recapture his form this season so I'll put him down for 94. Kanoute (94) --> 94 --> He is much more than a CF. Unlike Fabiano he brings more to the game than just finishing. He is the most skilled CF, might not be the most prolific, but I think he is the most skilled, he can do it all, cross, dribble, play create. Monster of a player. Sevilla should have and attacking partnership of 94 - 94 ========================================================== Valencia FC Goalkeepers: Renan Brito (88) --> 90 --> Has been the first choice keeper at Valencia since the start of the season, as well as the Brazilian goalkeeper for the Olympics. By the end of the season he will hit a 91, he has not only played, but also played really well. Vicente Guata (75) --> 80 --> No where can I see any stats of him playing a single game, but I remember seeing him play in a cup game or two. Ofcourse if SM do watch soccer then he can't possibly get a rise. Revised due to BenReado Defenders: Emiliano Moretti (91) --> 91 --> Been playing a lot for Valencia, and at the same time playing really well. I don't see a rise because he is not Capdevila standard, but still a good LB. Asier Del Horno (88) --> 88 --> Was playing really well until he got injured. After that he has not had many minutes. I see him rising in the future, but not now. Luis Miguel (92) --> 92 --> With so many great RB's in the world, Miguel is forgotten. Not up there with the big three, but certainly can hold his own, will not drop. Curro Torres (82) --> 80 --> He has not been playing, and has basically retired from soccer while remaining in the team. Sell quickly because he will continue to drop. Raul Albiol (92) --> 92/93 --> I have put down a 93 because if valencia do really well this season he could rise, but not right now. He is a good player, and future starting spanish CB. Marchena (91) --> 91 --> Should have seen a rise for his performances in the Euro, but now that he is currently injured he will not rise. Good defender right here. Alexis Ruano (89) --> 89/90 --> Long term injury stopped his increase in rating, but I think his performance was well above that of an 89, I would raise his rating even though he is injured. Midfielders: Vicente Rodriguez (89) --> 89/90 --> Ex-Ballon d'Or candidate has never been the same after his injuries. I still could see him rise as he is playing really well this season, and having the minutes to back that up, scores a lot of goals for the time given. Joaquin (91) --> 92 --> Really a great player, and has recaptured his form, I see him coming back into the Spanish national team. He really should rise as his performances have been great down the right flank. Ruben Baraja (89) --> 89/90 --> Has played more than Vicente but has not been as impressive, still deserves a rise, because Vicente would be a starting winger at many other top clubs but Valencia, they have probably the best assortment of Wingers. Manuel Fernandes (89) --> 90 --> Has been a starter for Valencia since the beginning and has been impressing everyone who watches Valencia. The Kid is really good. Edu Cesar (88) --> 88 --> Has not played much this season, and has not done anything to increase. He is good enough to stay though. Getting old. David Albelda (93) --> 93/94 --> If anyone watches Valencia play you can see that Albelda, even with his age, is still an IMMENSE DM, I rate him among the best. Ofcourse he should only go up to 94 if someone like Xabi Alonso goes up as well. David Albelda is not only great technically but also incredibly physical. He should rise now or at the end of the season (*controversial). Hedwiges Maduro (88) --> 88 --> An aldo duscher type of player, not good enough to play at valencia, and really disappointing overall. Not a good player and a stupid buy on Valencia's part. David Silva (92) --> 92/93 --> I think his injury might hold him back, but look yesterday was his debut from injury, and he scored, twice. This guy is magic and surely will be a future world class player. If he continues to play at the EURO08 pace then he will rise. Juan Mata (89) --> 90/91 --> Same case as Manuel Fernandes, but also scores. He is a great player, and another reason the Real Madrid board should all be fired. Another amazing Valencia Winger. Miguel Angulo (89) --> 89/88 --> Will not rise, but has played a bit, the remnants of a very good player. Might drop because he is not getting nearly enough minutes. Pablo Hernandez (88) --> 88 --> Not that great of a player, and picked the worst position to be on a Valencia squad , (W). Forwards: David Villa (95) --> 95/96 --> I would put him to a 96, because there really should be no argument that he is among the top forwards in the world. If not take a look at the Euro. He is pure magic. By the end of the season if SM don't put him to a 96 I might just quit. Fernando Morientes (89) --> 89 --> I wish the player that once was at Madrid still existed, but Morientes has never recaptured that form. Sad because he was a great player, will not rise or drop, because he has been quit good in the cups and europe, but not enough minutes in league. Next: Real Madrid ================================================================== Real Madrid CF Goalkeepers: Casillas (96) --> 96/97 --> Personally with Buffon injured, I don't see why Casillas can not be the only 96, and if Buffon is to stay, then Casillas should rise to 97. Not only did he have a spectacular last season, and incredible Euro, but in the last two games he has recaptured his form. Personally this is a must, as Casillas is really the worlds best #1. Jerzy Dudek (85) --> 85 --> A few sub appearances here and there, no change. Jordi Codina (82) --> 82 --> Remain same Defenders: Marcelo Viera (90) --> 89 --> Although he has had playing time, he has been horrendous at back, not Real Madrid caliber, and Heinze is a much better option. Disappointing. Heinze Gabi (92) --> 92 --> Remain the same, a solid defensive player, not good moving up, but good at what he does, should stay. Michel Salgado (88) --> 89 --> He has played a few games this season, and has played really well when called on. I think he deserves a rise, should be on par with Marcelo. Miguel Torres (89) --> 89/88 --> Not playing this season much at all, and this should be reflected in a drop. Sergio Ramos (95) --> 95 --> Still an incredible player, had a bad start to the season, but he has never dropped really to an appalling level, should remain the same. Metzelder Christoph (89) --> 89/90 --> Not a rise now for sure, but seeing as Ramos likes playing him, I would not see a 90 counted out for the season. Pepe (93) --> 94 --> I think this player desreves a 94 if not more. Among the most solid defenders in the world, just watching him play brings security to the defense. I really don't know what you can say about this player. Is he not as good as Carragher, Toure Kolo, and certainly he is better than Gallas. Cannavaro Fabio (95) --> 95/94 --> Could face a possible drop, but I don't think it is likely, he has been actually quite good, and the ex-player of the year is not down to the level of 94 just yet. Midfielders: Drenthe (88) --> 89 --> Really should see a rise, not a player that I like personally, but he has been a bright light in Real Madrid's weak start (there are 3rd not that bad). Lass (90) --> 90 --> No change. Mahamoudou Diarra (94) --> 93 --> Injured and will drop. Daniel Parejo (80) --> 80 --> No Change Javi Garcia (87) --> 87/86 --> Same case as Miguel Torres De La Red (90) --> 89 --> His heart problem is unknown, we shall see if he ever gets back on pace, he was amazing player in the making. Gago (91) --> 91/92 --> Great DM, and personally he is the most technically gifted DM in the world. The only problem is argentina have both Mascherano and Cambiasso, amazing DM's. This kid is still amazing, should rise now or later. Guti (92) --> 92/91 --> I don't know what keeps him at 92? Not a solid player, inconsistent, does get playing time but shows nothing to prove he deserves more. Pretty boy status. Sneijder (94) --> 94 --> Has not had a brilliant season, due to injury and the like. He could hit a 95 if he plays to his ability, but not this time around. Van Der Vaart (94) --> 94/93 --> Not the player he was at the start of the season. Really disappointing towards the middle of the season. If he continues to play like this towards the end of the season a drop is certain. He has the ability, he is just not showing it. Robben (92) --> 93 --> Amazing player, and his ability is out of this world. I think if he can stay of the injuries he can be a 96+ player for the future. His play is so similar to Messi's. I see good things for Robben, but a rise for sure now. Miguel Palanca (75) --> 80 --> An appearance here and there, and I am sure he will get a few more, that is why I put him to 80. Forwards: Saviola (88) --> 88/87 --> Played maybe 120 minutes top this season, and am sure with the coming in of Hunter, he will get less playing time. Might drop. Higuain (90) --> 92/91 --> Really he should rise by two, he was incredible last season, and this season he has been even better. I think if Aguero got this sort of rise for the same play, he should as well. Raul (95) --> 95 --> Will not discuss, my opinions on him are obvious, and he will stay the same. Ruud V Nist (96) --> 95 --> Injury will put him down to a 95, although he should have possibly been a 97 before injury. People just get old. Huntelaar (92) --> 92 --> No Change. No Change Rise Up Rating Down ======================================= Villarreal FC Goalkeepers: Deigo Lopez (90) --> 91 --> No real club can succeed without a quality keeper. Villareal is no exception, magnificient keeper, and fully deserves a rise. I would see a 92 fair for the end of the season, because he is an immensely underrated goalkeeper. Viera Sebastian (88) --> No Change --> No change as he is a decent second keeper, stay the same. Defenders: Joan Capdevila (92) --> 93 --> Really can Villareal be as successful as they are without a strong team? They are incredibly underrated as a whole and SM need to start watching their games. An incredible defender as well as really good going up. I think he is only a bit below Evra, and Evra will rise, Capdevila deserves a +1. Angel Lopez (90) --> 90 --> Should keep his rating, one of the few players that SM has rated properly for Villarreal. Javi Venta (88) --> 89 --> Quality defender despite his age, should increase in rating by 1. Gets a lot of minutes and is great for a 33 year old. End of season possible 90. Diego Godin (90) --> 90/91 --> Great prospect for the future, but I have not seen him excel as expected, will certainly get a 91 though as Villarreal overall pick up the performance towards the end. Small chance of a 91 though. Gonzalo Rodriguez (90) --> 90 --> Has been a good solid defender, not an erratic performance, sticks to his 90. Fuentes Fabricio (89) --> 89/88 --> Playing less than Venta as well as playing worse. Has been brilliant at moments but at times he is the one causing the problems. A drop might be possible later on. Pascal Cygan (88) --> 87 --> Complete shell of his former self, not what he used to be, and I expect him to drop intensely by the end of the season. Midfielders: Ruben Cani (90) --> 90/89 --> Has not featured a lot for Villarreal and thus could suffer a drop soon. Has been great but not enough playing time. Eguren (89) --> 90 --> One of Villarreal's most important players, and deserves a rise, the Uruguayan international is great. Marcos Senna (94) --> 94/95 --> A great midfielder and it took Villarreal and the Euro for SM to notice this. Again he should rise to 95 now or at the end of the season, if not, SM will be an outrage. Again he is not a flashy player, and Essien with more technique and less physical presence. Pires (91) --> 91/92 --> Should rise now or later, he is a great player, and reminds me of the Pires of Arsenal, great player, and so clutch to Villareal. Ibagaza (91) --> 92 --> Same condition as Pires, but playing even better than Pires. If he doesn't rise I don't know who deserves it. PLaying brilliant football. Should be on the same level as Cazorla, has been playing better than Santi though. Mati Fernandes (89) --> No Change . Santi Cazorla (92) --> 92 --> I don't really think Cazorla has been special since the Euro, and is kind of letting Villa down a little. Should stay the same honestly. I don't like his way of play, but I see he has potential and can still impress, not as good as Navas though. Forwards: Nihat (92) --> 91/92 --> Not playing enough, and injury has stalled him, class player, but an embarrassing start to the year. He is coming back to his form, and I can see him scoring a few goals and proving an important player, this is pending closer approaching of the rating changes Rossi (90) --> 91 --> One step down from Higuain, but still should rise by one. Has been really good this season as well, but his goals have not been coming in as they used to. Still warrants a small rise Llorente (89) --> 90--> Big game player, scoring goals, and playing well should rise. He is scoring goals when Villa need him to, and certainly deserves an increase in rating Altidore (85) --> 86 --> Small rise, not playing much, but a little rise would be good. Has shone promise, and is certainly a player one should look out for the future, but at the moment he has a lot of class forwards ahead of him ======================================= Atletico De Madrid CF Goalkeepers: Leo Franco (90) --> 91 --> Great keeper, and is keeping out Coupet from starting. Class keeper, although Atletico Madrid constantly attempt to get a better keeper. Still fairly young, although I am sure Atletico will again attempt to bring in a replacement keeper as Coupet has failed to impress. Gregory Coupet (91) --> 90 --> Not playing well and not playing enough. Franco has taken his spot and has fallen out of favor with Aguirre. A flop of La Liga and surely will drop. I had high hopes of him, not really proving his class in goal. Defenders: ANTONIO LOPEZ (91) --> 90/91 --> Might drop not playing enough in an Atletico side that is underperforming on a whole. Not favored among Aguirre's starting XI. A good defender but not proving it. High chance for a drop. PERNIA Mariano (90) --> 91 --> Great defender and the ex-spanish international should rise to 91. He has been playing really well. I would be biased to say otherwise. I still can't the fact that Messi destroyed him in the Cup game, but what can you do, it's Messi. SEITARIDIS (90) --> 90 --> Played a fair amount, but not really impressed, and immense lack of pace, and not really technically gifted either. But he gets the job done. Decent player shouldn't change. UJFALUSI Tomás (92) --> 92 --> Very strong and immense defender. Top class player, and if Atletico pick up the pace, I could see him hitting 93 by the end of the season. Again playing a lot and great defender. HEITINGA John (91) --> 91 --> Playing well but has yet to fully adapt to the spanish game. Hopefully he does and returns the to form he had in AJAX, another great defender, just needs to pick up the pace. PEREA Luis (91) --> 92 --> What a player, Ray Hudson agrees as well. Lightning quick, great class, and technically gifted. The best colombian player, I would put him ahead of Cordoba. Will rise, CLASS! PABLO Ibáñez (90) --> 90/89 --> Not playing, thats his problem good chance of a drop, Atletico have an immense base of defenders who are mostly equal class besides Perea and Ujfalusi. Midfielders: MAXI RODRIGUEZ (93) --> 94 --> Need I say anything about this player. He is top class and deserves to rise, has done everything to deserve a rise, and is a step above of players like Joe Cole, Quaresma etc. Really great player. RAUL GARCIA (91) --> 91/90 -->Decent player, playing quite a bit, but nothing special really. One of those lifetime 91/90 players. Don't see much potential in this guy. MANICHE, Nuno (91) --> 92/91 --> Better than Raul Garcia and performing quite well, might rise now, but certainly will later. Great player, although certainly not what he used to be. MIGUEL DE LAS CUEVAS (84) --> 85 --> Has played here and there, has been very impressive tho. Great prospect for the future, one of the best Spain and Atletico have to offer. PAULO ASSUNCAO (91) --> 92/91 --> Same as Maniche, but the defensive side, whenever the one rises so should the other. EVER BANEGA, Maximiliano (88) --> Immensely dissapointing, and IMO highly OVERRATED, not worth getting, and I know he is young, but should be shipped back to Boca. SIMAO, Sabrosa (93) --> 94/93 --> Atletico have a great pair of wingers, and Simao is no exception. Has been playing better than ever, ot atleast better than I have ever seen. Certainly a quality player, should rise this time, but SM might be stingy because of Atletico's recent string of poor performances. LUIS GARCIA, Javier (90) --> 89/90 --> = Jose Reyes, need I say anything else? Forwards: Aguero (94) --> 94 --> Has been very poor recently, but think about it, he is only 20. Great player, don't need to write much on him except that he is having a good season but still have come up against a dry spot. Diego Forlan (93) --> 94 --> Heavily underrated, how can you have players like Mutu and Tevez and not have Forlan on the same level. Diego Milito and Deigo forlan should both move to 94, the play world class football on teams not up to their standards. Sinama Pongolle (89) --> 89/90 --> Has not played much but is scoring a lot for the time he is given, should be given a chance then he will certainly see a rise. ======================================= NEW Deportivo De La Coruña Goalkepers: Aranzubia (87) --> 88 --> Great keeper and not really sure why he is so low a rating. He plays a key role in Deportivo's great run of form and fully deserves a rise in my opinion. Great Keeper. Munua (82) --> 82 --> Back up keeper, controversies, a decent goalkeeper, but an Uruguayan international. Defenders: Filipe (88) --> 89 --> Has featured in basically all Deportivo's games and from what I have seen he is a very good young LB, also brazilian, but he was not the one labeled as the next Roberto Carlos... Manuel Pablo (88) --> Dependable for a team like Deportivo, but nothing really special. Should keep his rating, although he has also featured a lot, I don't see him being the key to the centerback's holding. Barragan (85) --> 85/84 --> This kid is class, a real gem, but he has not had the oportunity to play for Deportivo on a consistent basis, might experience a drop. Good play in the makings tho. Alberto Lopo (88) --> 89 --> As I was saying Pablo is not the key to the CB's holding in Depor. This guy certainly is. Such an immense defender and is holding it down for Depor. He should see a rise, and maybe one more if Depor keep it up. Pablo Amo (87) --> 87 --> Not done much for Depor this season, thats why he has seen the bench. Colloto Diego (88) --> 88/89 --> Another key player to Deportivo, although he has not been as brilliant as Lopo. Ze Castro (87) --> 88 --> Ateltico will most likely want to recall him by the end of the season, he has been doing very well for Depor this season, playing a very versatile role. Midfielders: Guardado (91) --> 91 --> Has adapted to a new position, but has yet to heavily impress to the degree that is neccesary for a rise. Considered among the best Depor has but is not as notable as non Depor viewers think. Sergio (90) --> 90 --> Have not really seen him play many games, although stats say he has. Whenever I have seen him he looked sharp, but not really enough to jump ahead in ratings. De Guzman (88) --> 88 --> Great player, but not enough playing time, if he was given more minutes, he would certainly see himself in an easy position to hit 89/90. Lafita (87) --> 89 --> Really a star for Depor, heavily underrated, and is tearing it up for Lafita, check out his record for yourself. Really a great player and would easily hit 90 next time if Depor continue to do well. Valeron = Legend Juan Rodriguez (87) --> 88 --> Playing pretty well, and playing a lot should rise but not much as he is not exactly the best player in the world. Verdu (86) --> 87 --> Have not seen much from him, but his stats should give him a rise. Forwards: To Sum up there forwards: Mista 87, Bravo 90, Riki 87 , Bodipo 85. All have been underperforming and they have been the bane for Deportivo. They really need to acquire a good forward or else they have no real attacking ability. Mista 87 --> 87 Bravo 90 --> 89/88 Riki 87 --> 87 --> (Dissapointing I had high hopes for a player that impressed last season) Bodipo 85 --> 86/87 --> He is the best out of these poor forwards but still will not rise past the figures predicted. Poor forward but deserving of that rise but no more.
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    Vaclav Kadlec AGE: 16 (20th May 1992)

    Re: Vaclav Kadlec AGE: 16 (20th May 1992) erm this was done 11 months ago mate! next time YOU use the search bar!
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    Cryptic Team Name Quiz

    Re: Cryptic Team Name Quiz No 6... A bit of a stab lol.... Brechin (break in)
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    Re: should i do this pato and mikel confsued help please ! Accept straight away mate.
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    Re: should i do this pato and mikel confsued help please !
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    Which CM???

    Re: Which CM??? Rolfes:91>91 Lassana Diarra:90>90/91 Muntari:91>92/93 Sissoko:90>91/92
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    Tactics Help Thread

    Re: Tactics Help Thread I find that 3-2-2-2-1 works really well against the unmanaged teams now. Use through the middle, playmaker, target man, play fast and all over yet play defensive. Then if losing or drawing at 60 mins go aggresive and put all 4 of the midfield player arrows aiming forward towards the opponents goal. So the wingers need to angle inwardsish. Works a treat. Hope i helped
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    Re: The Birthday/Anniversary/Congratulations Thread Happy birthday Sam You have to love my graphic skills
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    Re: Gold Championship 10 Match Report Thread Udinese Scrape into the SMFA Cup! Udinese 3-1 Empoli Mirko Vucinic(23) Kamil Kosowski(39) Mario Santana(65) Gonzalo Higuain(85) Udinese went into this match that they had to win if they were to have any chance of being in with the big boys in the SMFA cup. Even then it would not have been enough if Catania had drawn. On 25 minutes Vucinic brought smiles on the faces of all present as he scored a wonder goal. The smiles changed to broad grins as news filtered in that Lazio had gone 1 up against Catania. The grin however was wiped off the faces of the Udinese supporters as Kosowski equalised and the mood got even worse when the supporters were told on the big screen that Catania had also equalised. At half time it looked like Catania were on their way to the Champions league. Udinese however did not let their spirits slag as they came out firing on all cylinders and on 65 minutes Mario Santana put them ahead. Gonzalo Higuain made sure of the 3 points with 5 minutes to go. Now what was happening in Catania. And to the joy of the 40,000 strong crowd news came in that Djibril Cisse had struck a late winner meaning Udinese were on their way to the Champions league. Their superior goal difference in the end propelled Udinese to the champions league.
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    Re: Gold Championship 54 Match Reports/Transfer News Nancy 0-2 Sevilla After winning their opening game of the season, Sam's Sevilla side traveled to France in order to play Nancy, in round one of the SMFA Shield. In the game Sam adopted for an attacking 4-3-3 formation, as he is lacking for back up wide players. Although the second formation in two games didn't seem to bother the players, as they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win. The first goal of the came after only 7 minutes, through striker Javier Ernesto Chevanton after he was left 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper following an excellent through ball. Although mid-way through the first half Frédéric Kanoute was sent off for a dangerous two footed challenge, leaving Sevilla with only ten men. Although Sevilla continued to dominate possession and a goal 10 minutes after the restart from Lautaro Acosta secured the win, now it was just a case of by how many. Neither side managed to create a chance in the last 35 minutes of the game, meaning it finished at 2-0. A good lead on aggregate for Sevilla going into the second leg. (Acosta scores the second of the game, to secure a first leg win for Sevilla.) Sevilla 0-2 Real Madrid Sevilla third game of the season was a tough league game, at home to Real Madrid. The reigning Spanish champions brought a full side to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán which meant they were favourites going into the game. Sam once again adopted for the 4-5-1 defensive formation, and it seemed to be working, but with 20 minutes left Real turned on the heat. After the first 73 minutes of the game, the score was level at 0-0 with possession and chances being very equal, although an excellent header from Dutch forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave Real Madrid a late lead with only 15 minutes remaining. But only three minutes later Arjen Robben scored a stunning goal from 25 yards out to put the game beyond Sevilla. Following the game Sam had this to say "They were the better side on paper and were the better side on the day, so i have no shame in losing to them. My team gave there all and for the first 73 minutes were performing just as well as Real. It is definitely a set back for us, but we are now fully focused on our next league game against Valencia. (Robben's stunning 25 yard goal put the game beyond a valiant Sevilla.)
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    Re: Gozgoz8 rating prediction: ALL PLAYERS FROM ALL COUNTRY!!!(including Youth player,based on Nationality) GERMANY-->LB GENERAL -Philipp Lahm,(25 years old,Muenchen). Prediction:93-->93/94. I think i don't need to explain much about this guy. I think he's current best versatile fullback in world. Known with his amazing run from left hand side and sometimes make a goal from his stronger feet,right foot -Marcell Jansen,(23 years old,Hamburg). Prediction:91-->91/90. Move to Hamburg in last summer to save his international career with arrival of Oddo. Has tough competition in team with Timothee Atouba and he's not as good as last season -Christian Pander,(25 years old,Schalke). Prediction:89-->89/88. Had serious injury and he never played since November. Great player, so maybe he can keep his rating -Malik Fathi,(25 years old,Spartak Moskva). Prediction:88-->88. Russian league is over and i'll update my prediction when the league started. -Christian Eichner,(26 years old,Karlsruher). Prediction:88-->88. The Karlsruher player that have most appereances this season(beat Markus Miller in minute) and it's show he's very important player for team -Michael Tarnat,(39 years old,Hannover). Prediction:87-->85. Maybe now it's right time for the veteran to hang his boots and take a rest at home. If i'm not mistaken, i've never seen him play this season. More suitable to become coach than teammate for Hannover player -Philipp Bonig,(26 years old,Bochum). Prediction:87-->87/86. His club is not doing well this season n so is he. Not played much this season -Marcel Schafer,(24 years old,Wolfsburg). Prediction:87-->88. Very very great season from him. Anyone can beat him in LB. Strong in defend and provide good support for attack. One player again that will be competitor for Lahm n Jansen in national squad -Markus Schuler,(31 years old,Arminia Bielefeld). Prediction:86-->86. Has did what he should do, but not more. Decent season,decent form. Not special player to rise -Daniel Ziebig,(26 years old,Energie Cottbus). Prediction:85-->85. Whenever he fit, always become 1st choice for team.. But,play for the team in relegation zone for a LB it's not enough to rise from 85 -Tobias Rau,(27 years old,Arminia Bielefeld). Prediction:83-->83. Just used to be to become good player. The former Bayern Muenchen fullback just made 2 appereances this season so far YOUTH -Marc Stein,(23 years old,Hertha). Prediction:86-->87/88. The both footed fullback must be never forgot this season. Awesome form in the side of Hertha defence line and one of best Hertha player this season. -Sebastien Boenisch,(22 years old,Bremen). Prediction:85-->87. Has much chance to play this season and he looks very impressive down the left side.GOOD BUY -Marcel Schmelzer,(21 years old,Dortmund). Prediction:80-->83. With Dede injury since beginning of season and sometimes Lee Young Pyo play as RB, the youngster already made much games to play this season. Definitely rise -Konstanstin Rausch,(18 years old,Hannover). Prediction:78-->82. The youngster has been superb for 18 year old. Already regular for Hannover and definitely very good talent. 78 not in his standard anymore. If you can buy him, BUY HIM NOW
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    World Club Cup

    Re: World Club Cup New Arsenal Gaffer Calls For More Translators It seems that in the Arsenal camp all is not well, the new boss isn't communicating very well with players and rather than go through tactics and training he has employed more translators as well as a English teacher as seen below TRANSFER NEWS!!! Yes new signings have arrived and they seem to have a french connection Julien Escude joins from Sevilla with Emmanuel Eboe and 3.4 million going the other direction. Arsenal legend creeps his way back into the fold after a miserable time away from the Emirates. The transfer involved Eduardo going to Inter Heres Claude Makelele being a little over keen to join Arsenal, trying to get the Arsenal shirt on when the season hasn't even commenced. Lukasz Fabianski joins PSG to seek a new start. Heres young up and coming superstar, Hatem Ben Arfa. He's so good he doesn't even need to use the ground! The Gooners will be hoping he can fire them into title contenders for a long long time. Denilson goes to France after a fall out with the Board over his salary Remy Roiu joins Arsenal to help bolster the youth squad a bit, he will be used sparingly in the cup games and he has understood this. Mexican superstar Carlos Vela goes the other way seeking more football Armand Traore re-joins Arsenal after his successful loan spell at Pompey however due to a clause in the deal Johan Djorou has to go to Pompey for the rest of the season with a view to a deal. Louvion joins the Youth ranks with Keiron Gibbs and Merida + 3 mill going to his former employers Loic Nestor joins the Youth team also hes 19 and has short hair. Jeremy Menez also arrives hoping to gain valuable experience from his other french compatriots. Theo Walcott goes the other way which has made a few Arsenal fans weep uncontollably! Moussa Sissoko (also French) is a DM who will value the knowledge of Makelele and use it to climb from the youth squad to Dominating the Field. Hes seen her grinning after completing the deal. He joins for £6m[/center] Obertan is the final player to join (for the time being) he fill complete the youth squad (nearly), Almunia is a goner.NASRI GOES IN A HUFF!!!! It's barely been a day into his new job and the Arsenal manager has managed to upset one of the Arsenal players. Samir Nasri didn't take being told he needed to up his game dramatically to stay in the Arsenal senior squad too well! Here is what happened, once being told how bad he is he stormed out of the office into the hallway and just started screaming, he's been screaming for hours now. WHEN WILL THIS STOP! Maybe this is a tactic the boss is using to deafen his opponents. Lets all join AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!
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    Gold Championship 1 News

    Re: Gold Championship 1 News Winston satisfied with start B. Monchengladbach 4 - 2 B. Leverkusen S. Huszti (13) C. Marchena (19) R. Dodo (23) R. Dodo (30) Z. Kuzmanovic (32) N. Reo-Coker (81) The first half of tonights match was very eventful, with five out of the six goals being scored within it. Leverkusen played very well and could maybe count themselves very unlucky not to get something out of the game. Winston praised his teams ability to take the chances when they arrived, which ultimately was the key to their success tonight. Hungarian international, Szabolcs Huszti opened the scoring with a great shot which flew into the top corner following a great ball through to find him in space behind the Bayer defence. Monchengladbach doubled their lead, just six minutes later as a rare trck forward for Carlos Marchena ended in him trying his luck from just outside the area and his shot flying past the Leverkusen keeper. A great strike. Leverkusen started to press after going two goals down and were rewarded with two goals from veteran Brazilian Ricardo Lucas Dodo, two great finishes from him made it 2-2, with everything to play for. The momentum shiofted again, very soon after with youngster Zdravko Kuzmanovic being in the right place to tap the ball in following a long shot that hit the Bayer cross-bar. Winston was looking for his players to try and keep the lead this time and not defend too deep. The second half saw Leverkusen really push for an equalizer, they were creating chance after chance but could not find that killer touch that was good enough to beat Shay Given in the Monchengladbach goal. As Leverkusen attacked, they were leaving themselves increasingly open to a counter attack. Eventually, they were caught out at the back and Nigel Reo-Coker managed to get forward in support and power a great header into the back of the net. Dai Winston was quoted saying that he is feeling good about the season despite losing two games already. The opposition were two of the best teams in the division and the pl;ayers held their own against them, which is encouraging. It all gets serious from here on in and the busy schedule starts. The whole squad will have to be on their game if Winston's hopes are going to be achievable.
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    Looking for Young Striker

    Re: Looking for Young Striker El Hamdaoui Fwd 84, will get a good rise and if AZ can hold off and win the league will rise again. i think he is top scorer in Holland at the moment.
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    Re: What will Giuseppe Rossi rise to ? well, he got a 90 rated by scorin 11 goals in la liga last year, and he has already scored 9 in half as many league games, if he scores 4 or 5 more i don't think 92 is to unrealistic, but if he doesn't score at lest 4 i think 91 is a dead certainty.
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    What will Giuseppe Rossi rise to ?

    Re: What will Giuseppe Rossi rise to ? As has been said, 91 seems to be the most likely change.
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    Re: Gozgoz8 rating prediction: ALL PLAYERS FROM ALL COUNTRY!!!(including Youth player,based on Nationality)
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