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  1. Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread So...Who Are Notts County Football Club? History of Notts County FC, (some from Wiki mixed with info from EC106) Formation and early years Notts County were formed in 1862. The club pre-dated The Football Association and initially played a game of its own devising, rather than association football. At the time of its formation, Notts County, like most sports teams, were considered to be a "gentlemen-only" club. Notts County are considered to be one of the pioneers of the modern game, even being credited with the invention of the offside trap. Notts County are the oldest of the world's professional association football clubs (there are older professional clubs in other codes of football, and Sheffield F.C., an amateur club founded in 1857, are the oldest club now playing association football). The club initially played at Park Hollow in the grounds of the old Nottingham Castle. In December 1864, the decision was made to play games against outside opposition, and it was decided that the club needed to find a bigger venue. After playing at several grounds, The Magpies settled at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in 1883. Football League Chart showing the progress of Notts County F.C. through the English football league system from the inaugural season in 1888–89 to 2007–08 when Notts County came 21st in League Two. In 1888, Notts County, along with eleven other football clubs, became a founding member of The Football League. They finished their first league season in 11th place, but avoided the dubious honour of the wooden spoon, which went to Midlands rivals Stoke. However, Notts County did achieve their highest ever league finish of 3rd in 1890-91, an achievement they repeated ten seasons later. FA Cup finals On 25 March 1891, Notts County reached the FA Cup final for the first time. The Magpies were defeated 3–1 by Blackburn Rovers at The Oval, despite having beaten the same side 7-1 in the league only a week earlier. Notts County made up for this on 31 March 1894, when they won the FA Cup at Goodison Park, defeating Bolton Wanderers 4-1 in a game in which Jimmy Logan scored the first hat-trick in FA Cup final history. This achievement is also memorable for Notts County becoming the first club outside the top division to win the FA Cup: Notts County finished 3rd in Division Two that season. Juventus F.C. shirts The Italian football club Juventus F.C. derived its famous black-and-white striped kits from Notts County. Juventus have played in black and white striped shirts, with white shorts, sometimes black shorts since 1903. Originally, they played in pink shirts with a black tie, which only occurred due to the wrong shirts being sent to them, the father of one of the players made the earliest shirts, but continual washing faded the colour so much that in 1903 the club sought to replace them.Juventus asked one of their team members, Englishman John Savage, if he had any contacts in England who could supply new shirts in a colour that would better withstand the elements. He had a friend who lived in Nottingham, who being a Notts County supporter, shipped out the black and white striped shirts to Turin. “ Juve have worn the shirts ever since, considering the colours to be aggressive and powerful,” 1920s Notts County were relegated in 1926 in what was to be their last season in the English top flight for over half a century. The 1925–26 season was the last season that famed goalkeeper Albert Iremonger played for the club. Legend among Notts County supporters it has been said he had 'hands like the claws of a JCB.' World War II through the 1950s The club suspended all fixtures during the 1941–42 season after Meadow Lane was hit by enemy bombing. In the 1946–47 season, the ground was used temporarily by Nottingham Forest after the River Trent flooded both Meadow Lane and the City Ground. Forest again used Meadow Lane in 1968, after fire destroyed the main stand at the City Ground. The 'golden age' of the club came just after the end of World War II. County stunned the footballing world by signing Tommy Lawton from Chelsea for a then-record fee. Lawton's arrival increased crowds by over 10,000. One incident during this period saw 10,000 fans locked outside the ground. In the 1949-50 season, Notts County clinched the Third Division (South) championship. Crowds averaged 35,000 as The Magpies held off Nottingham Forest in a thrilling championship race. The 1950–51 season was to be the last season in which Notts County would compete in a higher league than their city rivals. As the 1950s drew to a close, Nottingham Forest replaced Notts County as the city's biggest club. After the 1957–58 season, the two clubs would not play each other again for sixteen years. 1960s to 1990s Jimmy Sirrel era The Magpies struggled during the 1960s, being on the brink of financial ruin and striving to avoid the indignity of having to apply for re-election to the league. This situation continued until Jack Dunnett, a local Member of Parliament, took control of the club. He appointed Jimmy Sirrel, a charismatic Scot who had once played for Celtic F.C., as manager in November 1969. In the 1970–71 season, The Magpies clinched the Fourth Division title in record-breaking style, remaining unbeaten at Meadow Lane. Two seasons later, Notts County were again promoted, this time to Division Two. It marked an amazing turnaround in form under Sirrel and would also renew meetings with old adversaries Forest. Sirrel departed for Sheffield United in October 1975 but returned two years later. Sirrel completed the remarkable transformation of Notts County in May 1981. He had turned The Magpies from Fourth Division strugglers to a top division side in little over a decade, ending an absence of fifty-five years from the top flight. This achievement was with the same chairman (Jack Dunnett), captain (Don Masson), and trainer (Jack Wheeler) throughout the decade. In one of the most famous moments in the club's modern history, Notts County visited newly crowned champions Aston Villa on the opening day of the season. The Villa team had paraded their League Championship trophy to an expectant crowd before kickoff, but against all odds, County came away with a 1–0 victory. Notts County were relegated three seasons later, but not before reaching the FA Cup quarter-final, which they lost to Everton. Sirrel also retired at the end of that season. He came out of retirement a few months later in an unsuccessful attempt to save Notts County from a second consecutive relegation. Sirrel finally retired in 1987, bringing to a close one of the most successful and memorable periods in Notts County's history. Neil Warnock era In late 1988, a new manager arrived. Neil Warnock had previously led Scarborough into the Football League as champions of the Football Conference. At the end of his first full season, Warnock had led Notts County to promotion back to Division Two. The club anthem The Wheelbarrow song originated during this season, stemming from the club's historic first game at Wembley Stadium in a 2–0 win over Tranmere Rovers. Warnock continued to deliver: the 1990–91 season is considered by many County fans to be one of the club's greatest. A famous 1–0 victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup booked them a place in the quarter-final, which they lost to eventual winners Tottenham Hotspur. Notts County also booked their second successive visit to Wembley and their second successive promotion. The Magpies defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 3–1 in front of 60,000 spectators, 25,000 of which were Notts County fans. The following season was disappointing, seeing Notts County relegated from the top flight. With the introduction of the Premier League, County were relegated from the old Division One to the new Division One. Warnock was dismissed in January 1993 and was succeeded by Mick Walker. Walker successfully averted a second consecutive relegation. Mick Walker era Walker's first full season as manager was memorable for Notts County fans. The Magpies narrowly missed the play-offs for promotion to the Premiership. The season is most remembered for a 2–1 victory over arch rivals Nottingham Forest in which Charlie Palmer scored the winning goal with just four minutes remaining. This has become a celebrated event among Notts County fans, who have dubbed 12 February (the anniversary of the game) Sir Charlie Palmer Day. This game was the last competitive Nottingham derby fixture to date. In March 1993 Notts County lost the Anglo-Italian Cup to Brescia. Walker was surprisingly sacked in September 1994. This event triggered a dramatic decline in the club's fortunes that has persisted to the present. Notts won the Anglo-Italian Cup at Wembley in March 1995, but ended the season relegated to Division Two. County made another visit to Wembley Stadium in the 1996 play-offs, but missed the chance of a return to Division One with a 2–0 defeat to Bradford City. Sam Allardyce era The following season ranks among the club's worst, as they managed just seven victories all season and finished in the bottom position of the league table. Relegation to the league's basement division happened just six years after promotion to the top flight. However, success followed relegation under Sam Allardyce. The Magpies secured the Division Three title in March 1998 by a record margin of seventeen points. They became the first side since World War II to win promotion in mid-March, with six games still remaining. 2000s Financial crisis and relegation battles Allardyce left in October 1999 to join his old team Bolton Wanderers. In September 2003, Notts County faced the real possibility of dissolution. Crippling debts and an increasingly impatient Football League board combined to leave the future of the league's oldest club in doubt. However, the considerable efforts of a group of local businessmen and the club's loyal and upbeat supporters helped save the club from extinction. But despite new ownership, the club were unable to avoid relegation back to the bottom division in 2004. In a similar circumstance as their relegation in 1992, due to the rebranding of the Football League, County went from Division Two to League Two. The 2004–05 season was a season of highs and lows for Notts. Despite high levels of expectation about promotion, it soon became apparent that Notts County would not be challenging. Fans would have to wait until October before the club recorded a home win; County even occupied bottom place in September. Player Ian Richardson relieved Gary Mills as manager in November 2004. Richardson managed to guide the club away from the relegation zone with little experience at football management. He held the manager's job until the end of the season in January 2005, and the club announced in April that Richardson would not be the manager during the following season. On 17 May 2005, former Iceland manager Gudjon Thordarson became the club's sixth manager in five years. The 2005–06 season began promisingly for the Magpies. Thordarson and assistant manager Ross MacLaren instituted a strenuous fitness regime, including double training sessions. These actions ensured that the Notts County squad were fitter than the rest of the league at the start of the season. The club won or drew their first seven league games and were top of the table in September. Fans began to speak cautiously of promotion. But soon the fitness of other squads matched that of the Magpies, who stumbled and lost or drew the next fourteen games. A strong January with just one defeat saw talk of promotion re-emerge, but a disappointing stretch in February included five consecutive defeats and one draw, ending all talk of promotion. The club managed to win just thirteen points out of a possible forty-eight in their last sixteen games, and again faced relegation. On the final day of the season, Notts were just two points above the relegation zone as they faced Bury, another side in danger of relegation. A season high attendance of 9,817, of which 8,594 were home supporters, watched the game. The Magpies at one point trailed by a score of 2–0. With Oxford United and Stockport County drawing their games, the club were only one Oxford United goal away from relegation. But a late rally saw Notts level the score at 2–2, and Oxford's 3–2 defeat ensured the Magpies' safety. Despite avoiding relegation, Notts County finished in 21st place in League Two and in 89th place overall, the lowest position the club had ever finished. The state of the club seemed worrisome as a number of issues had become apparent. This situation resulted in the departure of both the chairman and the manager, the cessation of a long-standing youth squad programme, and many of the players out of contract or nearing contract maturity. Thompson returns The announcement of Steve Thompson as the club's new manager on 12 June stirred strong emotions in the fan base. Thompson had previously been assistant to Colin Murphy, who was widely blamed for the relegation in the 1996–97 season. Thompson's only real success as a manager had been with Southend United over ten years previously. Notts County's new boss signed fourteen new players, including former Nottingham Forest player Jason Lee.. However, the club lost only twice in their first fifteen games and became a promotion contender. But blips in form and inconsistency plagued the team over the rest of the season, resulting in a 13th place finish. In the 2007–08 season, Thompson's second as manager, pre-season transfers added Neil MacKenzie from Shorpe United, Adam Tann from Leyton Orient, Hector Sam from newly promoted Walsall, Paul Mayo from Lincoln City, Tim Sandercombe from Plymouth Argyle, Myles Weston from Charlton Athletic, Richard Butcher from Peterborough United, Lee Canoville from Boston United, and Spencer Weir-Daley from local rivals Nottingham Forest. The pre-season also saw the exit of David Pipe to League One newcomers Bristol Rovers. Before his transfer, Pipe was the current longest-serving player at Notts County, with 141 appearances and four goals scored. The Magpies bowed out of both the Carling Cup and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in the opening weeks of the season and made a poor start to their league campaign. These events saw disappointed fans chanting at Thompson during games and displaying banners calling for his removal. Thompson was finally sacked on 2007-10-16. Former player Ian 'Charlie' McParland replaced him two days later on 18 October. Ian 'Charlie' McParland Steve Thompson left the club a few days before one of the season's biggest fixtures, an away game at local rivals Mansfield Town. At first, the club announced that Thompson's assistant manager John Gannon would take charge of the first team, but hours after the press conference was held to announce McParland as Thompson's successor at Meadow Lane, the press were told that Gannon (and Thompson's ex-Sheffield United teammate and recently appointed Notts kitman Paul Beesley) had followed the ex-manager out of the club, leaving McParland in charge for one of the biggest games of the season only two days after taking the managerial reins at the club. McParland then appointed former Notts players David Kevan as his assistant and Tommy Johnson as coach. The pair were hailed as the 'Dream ticket' by the chairman who went on to offer 'Charlie season tickets' in a bid to bring back the dwindling support. However, the poor form continued and only a series of sterling defensive displays helped Notts secure safety in the penultimate match of the season. A Richard Butcher strike against Wycombe Wanderers secured League1 football for 2009. The 09 season finished with Notts County 1st and in League one after temporay boss Mattiue Beckett won the League 2 title haveing only been in charge for 11 game in which he won 11, which put Notts way on course for League 1 Football. After this it was rumoured that many costortiuems wanted to buy the english side!, Depsite not on e manager previuosly in Control reaching the 40 mark of games in Charge at notts since 2007 till now Justice has said He will stay for hopfulyl many of succsessful seasons, as he wnats to get Notts to Div 1 were they belong! Middle East Investment On the 4th June 2009, it was announced that Notts County were in talks on a takeover by a Middle Eastern Consortium, headed by Peter Trembling and Peter Willett. This investment is thought to be in the millions and the club are believed to be given multi-million pound backing as the investors, part of the Munto Finance Ltd. Munto Finance has links with the Al Thani group, the Dubai-based investment group headed by the Qatari tycoon Abdullah bin Saeed Al Thani, look to turn around the fortunes of the World's Oldest Professional Club. On June 30th 2009, it was announced that the Trust, who own the majority share in the club, had voted in favour of the take over. On the 14th July 2009, the takeover was confirmed, with Peter Trembling taking over as Chairman. On Tuesday 21 July 2009, former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson was announced as the new Director of Football. As a result, several big named Players Began to be linked with the League 1 side, then on 23rd of August after many managers had left the club in the 2008-2009 era!, Nick Justice was appointed after unsucsessful era's under managers like 1Roy Keane and others and Justice has had a great start to his Notts Career!, He Reamains unbeaten whilst being coach, Players that play for Notts at the moment have not been giving the backing of new coach and most will head for the door in the fourth coming months, however one looks set to stay that is Kenywne Jones, The Trinidad and Tabago star is a faviourte of new Notts boss Nick Justice and will Remain at the club for now whilst others have an uncertain future!
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  2. Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread Sports Editors comment We won't say we told you so, but .......... Theres little pleasure in saying it, but with todays shock announcement that Crystal Palace football club is teetering on the edge of Bankruptcy ,the senior management team of Holt and Jordon cannot say they were not warned. The alarm bells have been ringing at Selhurst Park since the middle of last season, when as the footballing world braced itself for the impact of the wider financial crises, both men continued to embark on a world wide shopping spree, that saw in access of 45 million pounds spent on new talent. Incredibly, the spendlesome duo have continued their wasteful ways this campaign bringing in a total of 19 new players at a cost of over 36 million pounds. Now with a bulging squad of over 65 players, and a wage bill in access of 800,000 pounds per week, it seems the coffers have finally run dry. Falling attendances and a lack of season ticket sales (caused in part by Palaces in different start to the campaign) has resulted in the club loosing a reported 300,000 pounds per week , Conservative estimates are that if this shortfall was to continue all season long the Eagles would be left with a mind blowing debt of over 20 million pounds come Christmas. Many in the footballing world will shrug their shoulders at such news , but here at the South London Press we choose to focus on the human cost of Holt and Jordon's ill informed fiscal polices. Aside from the concerned supporters of the club, we refer of course to the many young players who have turned their backs on smaller clubs, to chase an unachievable Palace dream. What now for these young men ?, other than an uncertain future as they face being cast aside into the footballing wilderness as the desperate duo frantically look to regroup the clubs loses. And what creditability is left in the so called world famous ''Paul Holt youth academy" now shamefully exposed as little more than a theater of broken dreams. Contrast this sorry tale, with the Eagles nearest neighbors Millwall. Barely 8 miles away in London's docklands, the Lions are millions of light years away, in the way the club is run and financed. Superbly governed by its American Chairman John Berylson, the smallest of South London's three clubs sit in the enviable position of money in the bank, whilst generating a small but consistent monthly profit. Boasting the huge summer signing of Ed Graphite, manager Dave Izod continues to slowly build a talented and committed squad of first teamers, whilst nurturing one of the finest crops of young talent in the game. Contrast if you will, the disgraceful public auction of Palace youngsters to that of the recently departed products of the Millwall youth team. Each personally and fully consulted by Izod before they progress in their soccer careers, to some of the finest managers and clubs in the league, we wonder if their Palace counterparts will be so lucky?, SADLY WE HERE AT THE SOUTH LONDON PRESS FEAR THEY WILL NOT....
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  3. leecska

    Lee's list of 88+ risers

    Having taken so much from this forum I feel it's time I gave something back, even if it is just an amalgamation of other people's work. I'm going to try and list players currently's rated 88 or above from each country's league who have a chance of rising - my results for each country are split in 2 sections: Probable Risers - players with a 90%+ chance of getting a rise Possible Risers - players with a 50%+ chance of getting a rise at the moment, and who are likely to make progress from now until the rating changes towards that rise. Then I'll highlight my ★STAR BUYS★, players getting particularly large rises, or player likely to carry on rising. Basically, players you should definately get your hands on now! Where two (or more!) possible ratings are displayed (e.g. 90-91/92), the first is the one most likely. England Spain Italy France Germany Holland Portugal Looking for a certain position? Well now they're sorted again, this time by a player's primary position... GK LB RB CB/Def DM (includes CM/DM) Wing/LM/RM AM/CM Fwd/CF And finally, all the star buys in one, handy, place. Nice.
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  4. Ibrahima Traoré Name: Ibrahima Traoré (Traore on the DB) Date of Birth: Apr. 21 1988 (Age: 21) Current Club: FC Augsburg Position: Left Winger / Attacking Midfielder Height: 1.72 m Nationality: French/Lebanese Rating: 76 Prediction: 80-82 Usually I'd wait a bit longer before praising a 2nd division player, but Ibrahima Traore has been an absolute revelation this season so far. Only been a sub in the cup first round and the first match in the league, he impressed Augsburg coach Luhukay enough to become a starter in the second match of the season. He managed to keep Tobias Werner, a player rated very highly by staff and fans, out of the team. He started the match against Rot-Weiss Oberhausen, and definitely was the best man for Augsburg, maybe even on the pitch. He first gave an assist to the 1-1 equalizer, and later on scored the 2-1 lead with a wonderful shot himself. Augsburg were unlucky as the match ended in a 2-2 draw. His impressive performance also earned him a starting place in the next 2 matches, where he managed to score again against Bielefeld and again was the best man on the pitch for Augsburg against high-flyers Union Berlin. 6-r1meCFfMQ jump forward to around 5:40 to see his goal; also listen to the fans chearing his name afterwards although it was just his third game for the club He arrived in Augsburg at the beginning of the season, when he was signed from Hertha for an undisclosed fee rumpoured to be somewhere around 200k-500k. He grew up in France and was scouted by Hertha BSC Berlin while playing for a 5th division team in France, and moved to Germany when he was 19. He couldn't break into the first team there and only had one short sub appearance in the Bundesliga, but was a regular and usually one of the best for their reserve team in Germany's 4th division, including being top-scorer for his team last season. His greatest strength is his pace, he's incredibly fast and has been compared to Odonkor on German TV, but he has better technique than him. He's great at dribbling, but always has an eye for his team-mates as well. He's also calm in front of goal and a good finisher. However, he lacks defensive skills, and should still work a bit on his physical attributes.
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  5. Monty

    Official Arsenal Thread

    Re: Arsenal Gossip
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  6. Re: Risers to: 90+ in 2009/10 season
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  7. Re: What to expect from the upcoming Brazilian changes/additions? There. As for Lucas, if SM are at all consistent, he'll get 76/77
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  8. Re: What to expect from the upcoming Brazilian changes/additions? 91. MARQUINHOS - 19 - F One of the top youngsters to pass through the Inter academy recently. That includes Pato, Sandro, Taison, Rafael and a few others. He's only subbed in once, for about 10 minutes, but he's worth watching, most definatly. Verdict: Added 70. Buy. 92. DENIS, Cesar - Gk - 22 - 78 Replaced Ceni and won't get that spot back unless Ceni gets re-injured. Was still ok for 15 starts. Verdict: Rise to 82/83. Then sell. 93. OSCAR, Emboaba - AM - 17 - 76 Quite possibly the second best attacking mid under 17 years old in Brazil. Even with Coutinho, behind Neymar. Only has subbed 5 times, he'll be brought up slowly, but expect him to explode onto the scene, like Kaka. Verdict: No change yet. Keep. 94. TOLOI, Rafael - CB - 18 - 75 Most valuable 18 year old in Brazil, that's for sure. 14 starts for Goias, but he got suspended for 4 more and missed 4 for international duty. Which means he's started every game possible. Also has 2 goals, and is a rock in Goias' (2nd place) defense. I can't say enough about him. Verdict: Rise to 83/84. Keep. 95. FELIPE, Menezes Jacomo - CM/AM - 21 - 81 Don't confuse him with FELIPE, the striker. Felipe Menezes has been a pleasant surprise, starting 18 and subbing into three. He has scored 3 goals as well, and plays a lot like Paulo Henrique. Verdict: Rise to 85, then sell. 96. DOUGLAS - RB - 19 U20 international has started to impress on the right. Only problem is, he has Vitor higher up on the depth chart. Verdict: 3 starts and 4 subs will get him added at 75. Wait and see. 97. BRUNO MENEGHEL, Reboli - F - 22 - 73 Surprise star of the Campeonato Carioca, he has been ok since transferring to Goias, 2 starts and 10 subs. He's added 2 goals. Verdict: Rise to 77, keep. 98. CLEITON XAVIER, Ribeiro - AM/W - 26 - 86 The best player in Brazil. This playmaker has been everywhere for leaders Palmeiras, scoring 2 goals in 20 starts, with countless assists. Verdict: Rise to 88/89, keep. 99. MAURICIO, Donizete - CB - 24 - 84 One of the top defenders in Brazil at the moment. He and Danilo struggled at first, but they are solid now. 19 starts, 2 goals for the league leaders. Verdict: Rise to 86/87, keep. 100. SOUZA, Elierce - CM/DM - 21 - 76 Came out of nowhere to become one of the most reliable players in the league. Took away a spot from Mozart/SandroSilva/Jumar in the defensive midfield, he's the starter now, and he has 11 starts, 3 subs so far. Also been mentionned in "Team of the Week" a few times. Solid, solid player. Verdict: Rise to 82/83 for now; keep.
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  9. Tomislav Barbaric Name : Tomislav Surname : Barbaric Date of birth : March 29, 1989 Place of birth : Zagreb Current club : Dinamo Zagreb Number : 19 Foot : right Playing position : CB Soccer Manager : 74 --->80 Tomislav Barbaric is young Croatian football player who curently plays for Dinamo Zagreb( 4 times in a row Croatian cup winners and 4 time in a rowCroatian league winners) Football Club career Tomislav Barbaric was promoted to the first team during the spring of 2008. From July 2008 to January 2009 played for NK Lokomotiva (Dinamo Zagreb's affiliate) on a sixth-month-long loan. In Lokomotiva he was playing in first eleven whole time(13 apps). In January he went back to Dinamo Zagreb. In Dinamo he was third stopper after Igor Biscan(86) and Robert Kovac(88) until may, then Krunoslav Jurcic came to Dinamo Zagreb as a manager and Barbaric start to play and he earned 6 apps in Dinamo Zagreb till end of season. National team career Tomislav Barbaric played 15 games for Croatian U14 - U21 teams and scored one goal for CRO U19 and one for CRO U17. <---LINK
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  10. Ciaran Clark English Aston Villa 26/09/1989 (19 Years Old) NOT ON DB Ciaran Clark is a classy and composed central defender - and an excellent captain too. Clark, another product of Villa's renowned academy, has skippered the club's youth side and was also proud to lead out England on many occasions in the under 19 ranks. He has impressed for the reserves over the past three seasons too, with his solid and dependable performances at the back. Clark made the trip to Moscow for the UEFA Cup clash but was not called upon. He is definately seen as another star in the making. He has started in Villa's game v Fulham today It's half time at the moment, but we'll see how many minutes he gets. I used the search tool he is mentioned in a couple of threads but does not have his own, I thought he should get his own because he's made a 1st team appearance in the Premiership. With a few more appearances, he may get added to the database. Majority of information taken from Aston Villa website
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  11. MARQUINHOS Marcos Gabriel Nascimento, better known as Marquinhos, is a Brazilian attacking midfielder who has been attracting attention in the youth setups of Internacional. He has just turned 19 in July. Unknown before the end of 2008, Marquinhos was unlucky, getting injured quite a few times, missing the Copinha 2008 amongst other tournaments. However, once the Brasileiro Sub 20 started in December, his rise was meteoric. He started the tournament on the bench, but was given a start in the second game against Flamengo. He scored 3 goals; and Inter won 4-1. Slowly, he started being recognized as the star of this U20 Inter team (Walter, Sandro, Taison and Tales were all with Brazil, Giuliano was still with Parana) and by the end of the tournament, he was top scorer (8 goals), edging out Nautico's Anderson Lessa (6 goals). He was also on the team of the tournament, next to Grêmio's Mithyuê. Then came the Copinha 2009, the biggest youth tournament in Brazil. Again he showed skill, flair and knowledge, making it on the team of the tournament next to Bernardo of Cruzeiro. They beat out Oscar (Sao Paulo) and Wellington (Fluminense). Internacional do not currently need to rush Marquinhos as they are flush with AM talents (Andrezinho, d'Alessandro, Taison, Giuliano) so they are letting him develop. He was called up for the trip to Japan recently, but couldn't play because of injury. Expect a Brasileiro debut within the next few months. He also started in a Campeonato Gaucho game, the 4-1 win over Ulbra, with the Inter A team. He's being brought up slowly, which is exactly what Inter have done with Taison and are currently doing with Giuliano. Keep an eye out for Marquinhos, he may be a good one. Quotes about Marquinhos (Translated) Thanks to Tom, who mentionned him to me way back in december.
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  12. Kerry Morgan - Swansea City Age: 20 Position: Wing/Fwd Height: 5 foot 6 inches Place of Birth: Merthyr Tydfil, Wales Date of Birth: October 31, 1988 Club: Swansea City Squad Number: 33 Rating: 72 SM Value: £88,000 Kerry Morgan was born on October 31 (Halloween) 1988 in Merthyr Tydfil in North-Wales. He came through the ranks at Swansea and signed his first proffesional contract with Swansea in 2007. At the end of the season Kerry was loaned out to Swansea's Swedish sister team Ostersunds FK and play 6 games for the Swedish team. For the rest of the season Kerry Morgan was loaned out to Swansea's neighbours Port Talbot Town. He made his debut in a 5-1 win over Newtown on August 25 2007 with Kerry Morgan scoring his first goal. In a succesfull spell for the Steelmen he played 15 games for Port Talbot scoring 9 times showing his goalscoring talent. He was recalled though on Jaunuary 3rd 2008 and went out on loan to CF Balaguer with team mate Chad Bond but only played once for the Catalonian side as his loan spell was cut short once again returning to South Wales. In March he went out on loan once again to British Gas Business Football League Premier Division side Clevedon Town. He scored on his debut once again as he played 8 times for Clevedon scoring once for the non-league side as he remained with Clevedon for the rest of the season. For the duration of the 2008-2009 season Kerry Morgan went out on loan to Welsh Premier Leaue side Neath. He played 30 times in the season for Neath and scored 7 goals including 2 against Prestatyn Town which was on welsh television channel S4C. He's impressed many Swansea fans in Pre-season of the 2009-2010 as he played 90 minutes against Neath in a 6-1 win for Swansea., who he spent last season on loan to, he came on as a sub in Swansea's 2-0 win over Palamos in their pre-season tour of Spain and he also came on as a sub against SPL side Kilmarnock as Swansea won the game 4-1. He made his League cup debut with 90 minutes in their 3-0 win over Brighton and impressed manager Paulo Souza. He earned himself a start in the league against Reading, impressing again and then he then made a substitute appearance in the league in Swansea's first win of the season away to Coventry coming on at 65 minutes and was unlucky not to score. He then made another appearance as a sub in their controversiol 2-1 League Cup loss to shorpe aswell as coming on as a sub against Watford in the league, and his impact showed as Swansea managed to get a late equaliser thanks to their 3 subs perfomances as he came on with Besian Idrizaj and Lee Trundle. He then joined Newport County on-loan for a 3-month deal, he made his debut away to St. Albans as a second half subsitute and had a good game. Kerry Morgan pictured at Neath, While on loan their He's expected to feature more in Swansea's 09-10 championship season on the wing and is also close to a Wales-U'21 call up. Added at 72 so he should have a small rise in the rating changes. please discuss:)
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  13. xpratx

    peru's hot!!shots

    First name: Irven Beybe Last name: Avila Acero Nationality: Peru Date of birth: 2 July 1990 Age: 19 Country of birth : Peru Position: Attacker SM rating : 76 SM club : Deportivo Sport Huancayo before last rating changes he managed about 700 min and 2 gols for him . since last change he again managed about 700 min and scored 6 goals. since last 2 games he has played 90 min and scored a goal too F6e1ISEH5fA bit of skills from him really agressive while both offensive and defensive XXNrjBbF3eg watch this great goal from him his first
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  14. Will be a basic banner, with a background, one/two pictures of the club's crest and text. Take me a minimum of 10minutes and i plan to get done as many as people want doing. Only request if you will use them. Example: Get requesting asap. Not here for long.
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  15. The Eerste Divisie 2009–10 is the the 54th season of the Eerste Divisie since its establishment in 1956. Last year's winners where VVV-Venlo; they, with runner-up RKC Waalwijk, after a promotion/relegation playoff win over De Graafschap, were promoted from the Eredivisie. Twenty teams take part in the 2009-2010 season: eighteen from the 2008-2009 season and relegated teams FC Volendam and De Graafschap. The season's champion will be promoted to the Eredivisie, while eight other teams, the second- through fifth-place finishers and period winners, will face the Eredivisie's sixteenth- and seventeenth-place finishers in promotion/relegation playoffs. For the first time since 1971, Eerste Divisie clubs will also face relegation; the last- and second-to-last-place teams will relegated to the new Topklasse, in which will play the best teams from Dutch amateur football. The 2009-10 Eerste Divisie is sponsored by the Belgian beer brand Jupiler and so the official name of the league is Jupiler League. I will be reviewing the league and following it providing updates for everything.
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  16. Ok, so I never did Part 2. This should compensate for it. Red = Young future star and riser Orange = Young player to look out for in the future Green = Riser Sky Blue = Potential young star to be added Magenta = Young player to be added 1.JOAO PAULO, Purcino - LB/LM - 19 - 76 Despite Flu being dead last, Joao Paulo is a player who has quite impressed with him calm attitude and decent long balls. Has started more for Flu then anyone else not named Conca, Wellington Montero, Marquinho, Luiz Alberto or Edcarlos. (88, 87, 83, 87, 86) Verdict: Rise to 81, keep after his rise. 2.KIEZA - F - 22 Has been the most impressive striker thus far, filling in for Fred's injury and playing better then the ex-Lyonnais. Verdict: Added at 79. Is a great buy if rated lower then 76. 3.DIEGUINHO - LB - 19 Dieguinho has been quite severely injured in the last game after running into his opponent. He has only featured 5 times, to mixed reviews. Verdict: Added at 74. Wait to see how he does after the injury, as he is very hit/miss. 4. DALTON - CB - 19 Has only played 4 games, but Flu have played very well in those four games. He is being brought up slowly, especially with Gum's recent addition, but he could turn out to be a big riser next season. Brazilian youth international. Verdict: Added at 73. Worth getting if he's anywhere under 77. 5. MARQUINHO, Antonio - LM - 23 - 83 Key player for Fluminense this year, stepping in to fill the void left by Thiago Neves. Not quite good enough to play for a big team. Verdict: Rise to 85, sell after. 6. CIRO, Silva - F - 20 - 77 Hasn't scored yet for Sport, but is a key player in their attack. He does know how to score, as he was top scorer in the Campeonato Pernambucano. Also called up and scored a few goals for the Brazil U20's, he's expected to play in the U20 World Cup next month. Linked to Lyon, Panathinaikos, Sporting and Shakhtar Donetsk, to name a few. Verdict: Rise to 81, keep after. 7. GUTO, Pacheco Fraga - F - 21 - 75 Has played 8 times this season, scoring once. Also chipped in with a few goals in the Pernambucano. I'm not too exited about him, he's a bit of an enigma. Verdict: Rise to 78, then perhaps sell. 8. GILMAR, Silva Santos - F - 25 - 80 One of the top scorers this season, Nautico's Gilmar has attracted tons of interest from France mainly. His 10 goals in 20 games is most on Nautico, and in the top 5 league-wise. Verdict: Rise to 84. Sell after. 9. ANDERSON SANTANA, Dos Santos Anderson Santana broke a bone early in the season and was out for most of the Campeonato Pernambucano. His return was full in May, and he has since started 16 games in a row, making him the 4th most played Nautico player. Verdict: Rise to 81. If you are patient, wait for him to crawl up to 84. 10. JOHNNY, Osorio - DM/LB - 24 - 76 Hard nosed midfielder who started every Pernambucano and Brasileiro game before getting injured, including 14 Brasileiro games. Attracted interest from D. Zagreb. Verdict: Rise to 81. Then wait.
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  17. Name:Toby Alderweireld Age: 20 Years Club: Ajax Position: Right Back/Centre Back Rating on DB: 78 The Belgium defender signed for Ajax in 2004 from Germinal Beerschot, where he played in the second team, till he made his debut in 18/01/2009 in the match against N.E.C. Nijmegen. This guy didn't play much for Ajax, just 4 matches last season, but seems like that was enough for him to move on, as he made his debut for Belgium national team against Japan in 31/05/2009. With the start of the new season it seem that Toby's career is about to start as he already played 2 matches with Ajax who grabbed 6 points at the top of the Eredivisie 09/10 till now. Seems like 78 won't be his limit, as am sure that he will rise very soon, here are his matches till now.
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  18. Re: World Premier League(not really a forumers setup) Valencia seem like hopefull finalists T.B.H my goal is just to get past the group stages :p
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  19. andyowls

    10-100k risers

    Re: 10-100k risers He is young, but he's not in line for a rise at all. He hasn't played a game this season and is unlikely to do so what with him being behind Kayode Odejayi, Iain Hume, Andy Gray, Jon Macken, Daniel Bogdanovic and Onome Sodje in the pecking order. Who says he's star for the future anyway? It's all just media hype after he broke the record for being the youngest ever player in the football league. Big publicity stunt by Barnsley in my opinion.
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  20. Re: Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread Good night for me more so cos the toon won , highlight was a 3-2 win away to bordeaux in the smfa cup to hand me qualification to the knockout stage in gc61, also everton progress to the shield quarter final in gc66
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  21. Re: PORTUGAL – 1st and 2nd Division extensive thread - Disscusion Thread He should be added soon . Ok then, I keep you updated on Kleber. I´m interested in him now too .
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  22. Re: Quick Match Report Banner Request Thread
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  23. Re: Torres leaves!!!!!!!!!! My grandmother also said: If someone is proven to be right after you calling them a muppet on an internet forum, then you apologise then tell them that their Fabregas to Man Utd rumour is still a load of poo before giving him the :cool::cool: he just gave you. So for my grandmothers sake: :cool::cool: EDIT: have I redeemed myself?
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  25. Re: GC 44 - Notts County's run for successive promotions Shock win for Notts No one was giving Notts a chance. Birmingham City got through easily. As did Burnley. Liverpool got through. Stoke won. Blackburn made a meal of Shrewsbury. Wolves put 4 past Sheffield. Wigan eliminated Doncaster. All the big teams got through. Exept Fulham. Despite playing a full team against a Notts side who rested Feghouli, Cleiton Xavier, Van der Wiel, Eduardo Costa and Andrezinho, the minnows still managed to pull through thanks to a goal from Danny Morais. It was no fluke, as Notts domintaed every aspect of the game. Notts County 1 - 0 Fulham 5' Danny Morais Felipe 8--------------------7 Schwarzer Felipe Mattioni 7 -----------5 Pantsil Armero 7-------------------6 Kochesky Leandro 7 -----------------7 Renato Silva Danny Morais 7 ------------7 Hangeland Hazard 7-------------------7 Bullard Formica 6 -----------------6 Marchionni Asamoah 7----------------6 Murphy Aguilar 7-------------------7 Topic Van Wolfswinkel 8----------7 Johnson Magrao 7------------------5 Dempsey Buljubasic / -------------- / Zuberbuhler Makeev / ---------------- / Andreasen Burdisso / --------------- / Davies Chico / ----------------- / Bernardello Orlando Sa / ------------ / Zamora Unfortunate news however has indicated that Kwadwo Asamoah has been injured and will miss the next two weeks. In the next round, Notts will face Tranmere Rovers. Arsenal will kick off against Aston Villa in one of the marquee matchups, Everton take on Hull City in another. Demirkol leaves In an effort to raise funds for an undisclosed signing, Turkish 19 year old left back Ugur Demirkol has been sold to SpVgg Unterhacing. The 3rd division German club have also signed Dimitri Daeseleire from Hamburg last week, so they are now favourites for promotion. The two defenders add themselves to promising kid Uwe Hunemeier and veteran Ralf Bucher to make an impressive backline. Friendly announced The Notts president also took advantage of the stay in Germany to announce a friendly with Borussia Dortmund. "We've both respected each other for a while now, it's about time we play a peaceful match for the beauty of the game", he was quoted as saying. It will be a good oppurtunity for the young Notts stars to get some action against established SMFA stars, like Dejan Stankovic, Ruben Cani, Yoan Gourcuff, Fabio Grosso, Dede, Rivaldo, Leo and Subotic.
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  28. Re: Calling All Forest Fans..
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  29. craigjohnson

    Formula 1

    Re: Formula 1
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  30. AFCTU Jacko

    Formula 1

    Re: Formula 1
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  31. Re: Official juventus fc thread Just genius. Juve got the bargain of the season for sure
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  32. Bizius

    Fantasy Squads

    Until now, SM had choose to keep the original teams squad. The result is that everyone try to keep Real Madrid, than Barcelona etc.. those who fail to reach a top team, keep a low series team, but they leave it after few weeks, if we go to look at all old Gold C. we find most had a low % of team taken. But let's see how the teams squad are... yet after a couple of days ALL team squad had received a revolution: because even if someone take real madrid he will going to sell almost of its players to get other ones he like more! This happend always, because all of us had a favourite team but also favourite players! So the results is that, yet after few days, no team had original squad. My idea is: one gold championship every five is made with RANDOM squads. What will happened? Maybe Notts county got Cristiano Ronaldo, and the best player of real madrid is... Nelson Rivas... If SM made random teams, more... if SM try to balance the teams by assign each team a total maximum amount of rating, the results could be a 100% team taken in gold championship, more transfer market, no top teams, everyone start at the same level, no matter of which team you take, who win is really the best manager.... the result will be simply MORE FUN FOR EVERYONE! Kind regards, Guerri Fabrizio.
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  33. Re: Available Teams, No Job Offers! (GC Teams Only!) PSV are available GC 49
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  34. Re: World Premier League(not really a forumers setup) like a new player joining or a player wanting to leave
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  35. Re: European Championship 668 | Barcelona FC | Eto'o signs new five-season deal with Barcelona Samuel Eto'o has pledged his future to the Dean regime at Barça Samuel Eto'o has signed a new contract with Barcelona, which will tie him to the Catalan club until the end of Season 11. Eto'o, who was awarded the SMFA Player of the Year last season, was previously unhappy with the manager when he was used as makeweight in a deal to bring in Liverpool hitman Fernando Torres. The 28-year-old has now ended the speculation that he will leave this season after signing the new five-season contract. Newspaper reports have suggested the new deal will put the Cameroon international on £195,520-a-week, making him the second highest paid Barça player along with Andrés Iniesta. Captain Carles Puyol remain the top earners in the club. A club statement read: "Barcelona are delighted to confirmed that Samuel Eto'o has signed a new five-season contract that keeps him at the club until the end of the Season 11. This reaffirms both Samuel's and Barcelona's long-stated desire for him to be at Camp Nou for the rest of his playing career." Eto'o's contract was due to expire in the end of this season, and this new deal will take him to stay for another five seasons. He has made 64 appearances in 6 seasons at Camp Nou, aiding the club with 31 goals and 27 assists.
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  36. Re: How SM SHOULD Be Moderated. (Aimed Towards Chat)
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  37. Re: Any problem with support tickets today?
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  38. Re: Quick Match Report Banner Request Thread
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  39. Re: Quick Match Report Banner Request Thread 5 Minutes, the last one took. So if anybody wants a basic, yet quick match report banner i will do it happily. My aim is quantity not quality
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  40. Re: Quick Match Report Banner Request Thread Done. Next Please.
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  41. Re: Tomislav Barbaric<---Croatian big talent and riser great find, buying him with my carlisle REPPED
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  42. Re: How Do you find ot how long a player is out for(injurys) Under selection details
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  43. Re: European Championship 668 | Barcelona FC | Barcelona accept Bordeaux bid for defender Iraola Andoni Iraola set to leave Barça Barcelona have reportedly accepted an offer from Bordeaux for defender Andoni Iraola. Both clubs have come to an agreement on a fee believed to be around £9million. It is understood that Deportivo La C, Hamburg SV and Panathinaikos are also reported to have offered their bid. Iraola has failed to established himself as regular in the Catalan club since joining them four seasons ago. Iraola, 27, will be free to talk to Bordeaux now an accord has been struck between the two clubs. Iraola's fellow defender Alessandro Gamberini, meanwhile, looks set to be staying at the Nou Camp - for the time being at least - after Atlético Madrid have rejected a swap deal for Maxi Rodriguez. Atlético were unimpressed by Barça's valuation of the 28-year-old Maxi, who has yet to start a match this season after an outburst with manager J Ho. Dean said: "They have rejected our offer that we believe is the best for both parties. We will still keep track on the player but it may take longer for us to prepare another improve bid."
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  44. Caleb

    Help With Deal(s) Thread...

    Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Hello mate Erik Huseklepp has started 22 out of 23 league games this season for 4th placed Norweigan outfit SK Brann this season. He has also a reasonable 11 goals to his name so far. He'll keep his 85, with a very slim chance of a 86. Daniel Holm has started 3 out of 7 league games for Aalborg. Subbed in an additional 2. Has 1 goal to his name too so far. Should keep his 85 as he has started the recent games if I'm not wrong. EDIT: They aren't Danish, they are Norwegian
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  45. Re: What to expect from the upcoming Brazilian changes/additions?
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  46. Re: Very very quick help needed!!!!!!!!!! ID Also Buy Xavi Or Iniesta You should also sell juninho as he will drop by at least 2 next changes! Also sell RVN!
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  47. Re: Very very quick help needed!!!!!!!!!! Buy Xavi or Iniesta
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  48. Bowen

    Right now I'm eating........

    Re: Right now I'm eating........ chewing my fingers cos' there aint nothing in the cuboards or the fridge lol plus i cant cook so....
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  49. Re: Official Red Devils thread The idea above could be a workable way of making the system "fairer" on all parties concerned.
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  50. Hesse

    Gold Championship Honours

    Re: Gold Championship Honours Seems like I have taken an age to get in on the act on this thread, but in all honesty I've never had the masses of teams that some have! In fact, only recently have I really added to my Portfolio. Anyway, here are my pitiful amount of honours: GC11: Roma - Division 1 Runner up (Season 2) - very few honours in a tough league, but arguably the most consistent as far as league position is concerned. I am very proud of the young squad I have built from day 1 nevertheless! GC11: Brazil - World Cup Runner-up - squeezed out 3-2 by Netherlands in the final of the inaugral competition. Have near enough already qualified for the second World Cup with a 100% record in 5 qualifiers. GC29: Real Betis - Spanish Cup Winner (Season 2) - only took them over at the beginning of the Spanish Cup competition, beating Munt's Real Madrid in the final to deny him a quad! GC40: Arsenal - English Cup Winner (Season 1), English Charity Shield Winner(Season 2), English Shield Winner(Season 2) - The only other team apart from Roma I have had from day 1, and my most successful in a league full of forumers including Adamski and Ben Reado.
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