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  1. Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread Charlton seal deal for Ben Gordon Ben Gordon (L) playing in FA Youth Cup Charlton have formally confirmed that they have signed Ben Gordon after the 19-year-old impressed in his two-weeks trial. Dean Bryant has been sufficiently impressed by Gordon's performance to offer the defender a contract. Ben has enjoyed international recognition at England Under 17 level. The former Chelsea youth academy have been travelling around England in hoping of securing a contract with Tranmere Rovers and Southend United among the other clubs who have been monitoring his progress. The arrival of Aurier, however, has caused some confusion among the fans as Charlton boss Dean Bryant admitted in recent interview that they needs to bolster the senior team in order to compete for automatic promotion. "We are delighted to have signed Ben Gordon," Bryant told the club's official website. "He has the potential to improve his game and become a better player. He is still young and learning. Fans have been expecting us to sign more established players but at the moment we believe the squad is strong enough as there are no injury or suspension in the squad. We will be looking for experienced player at the end of the season but now we need to focus on our next game." Charlton sign French teenager Serge Aurier 16-year-old Aurier sealed his Charlton move Charlton have complemented the signing of young left back Ben Gordon by announcing a deal for French teenager Serge Aurier. The arrival of Gordon was an unexpected news at the club after Dean Bryant concedes that they need to bolster the senior squad, not youth squad. The 16-year-old has joined Charlton from RC Lens after the Addicks beat Crewe Alexandra, Tranmere Rovers and Blackburn Rovers to the signing of the defender. At 15 years 363 days, Aurier became the youngest player to represent Lens in the 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne and has since attracted some English clubs. Aurier will be joining his former Lens teammate Samba Sow and has signed 4-seasons contract with the Addicks. It is understood that the fee is around £2 million plus Ron-Robert Zieler.
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  2. Re: English Championship 5579 -Match Report/transfer Gossip Thread 3 - 4Gudjonsson, 18th Henry, 24th Carlisle, 39th Kalinic, 40th Blake, 52th Henry, 80th Henry, 81st Henry simply superb in wiping out Burnley Blackburn Rovers moves to 6th in the table with a seven goal thriller at Turf Moor that saw them just edging Burnley with heroics from French man Theirry Henry. The Rovers who were reduced to 10 men in the 33rd minute with some indiscipline behavior by Dimitar Berbatov who shoved the referee to the ground knew that 3 points was the only option to leave Turf Moor with. At times looking extremely flat in their play, the defense was virtually extinct but both strikers Kalinic and Henry stepped up their play in the absence of Berbatov to come away with a victory. After the midweek report that the chairman ordered Rovers boss, Yhanick Scott to start the 22 year old Croatian Kalinic. The manager obliged and was treated with another outstanding performance by Kalinic who netted once more and is now just 2 goals behind Wayne Rooney's 13 goals. The manager yet again altered the formation that the team lined up in, where the manager deployed a 3-2-2-2-1 formation deploying three strikers upfront and leaving three at the back. It was very evident at the disadvantage at the back and Burnley almost took full advantage of it. Nikola Kalinic seems like a must start for the remainder of the season The match started off rather promising for the Rovers With Malouda and Javi Martinez setting the tone early in the midfield and with just five minutes in the game Malouda had the Burnley Keeper working with his free kick just off the edge of the box. It was Burnley who went on the score sheet first with an error in the three man defense allowing Joey Gudjonsson to be one on one with the keeper with Joey easily getting around Robinson to put the home side one goal up. With just six minutes after allowing Burnley to score, Blackburn did some scoring of their own and from a player Blackburn fans thought did not remember how to score. Thierry Henry netted with a wonderful strike with his left foot just 15 yards from goal. Henry had played seven games before this and failed to found the back of the net so many will say this was well overdue. Thierry Henry after eight games scored the first of his Rovers career. The game started to open up quite beautifully but was then spoiled by the disgusting behavior of Dimitar Berbatov who after being warned for arguing with the referee proceeded to push the referee to the ground. Berbatov sent off after 33 minutes With Blackburn Rovers down to ten men, Burnley immediately took advantage, with Clark Carlisle scoring the second for Burnley but the 22 year old Croatian had different ideas. Scoring his 11th goal of the season to ensure both teams went into halftime leveled on two goals each. The second half pretty much was all Burnley, with a three man defense and Rovers team down to ten men. Robbie Blake gave Burnley the edge once more with a volley from a corner kick, showing his fantastic athleticism. Robbie Blake volleying into the back of the net I t was all Burnley way and with ten minutes left in the game Burnley looked to be quite sure of three points until someone named Thierry Henry showed why £10.7M was spent on him. On the 80th minute Henry single handedly created an opportunity with a one time finish from a pass from Kalinic to level the scoreline. Henry was not finished there as he proceeded to shock the home fans as within the next minute he found the back of the net for the third time. He had Clark Carlisle and Michael Duff flat footed, beating both defenders with another solo effort leaving the keeper with no chance, slotting home in the right hand corner. Henry celebrating his 3rd goal of the night Blackburn Rovers managed to hang on to the one goal advantage to come away with three points. Berbatov will be now suspended for the next three games and may even come under further actions from the club with his actions. Blackburn will now welcome Stoke City and three points should be automatically guaranteed. MANAGERS WORDS
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  3. Cheap high risers rated 81 or under, rising by about 2 or more Diego Contento (Bayern München) 75 -> 78-80 *Updated Prediction: 80/81* - rose to 82 Lukas Schmitz (FC Schalke 04) 78 -> 82/83 (pos change to LB/DM or LB/LM) *Updated Prediction: 83/84* - rose to 85 Joel Matip (FC Schalke 04) 75 -> 79-81 *Updated Prediction: 80/81* - rose to 83 Stefan Reinartz (Bayer Leverkusen) 80 -> 83-85 *Updated Prediction: 84/85* - rose to 86 Tunay Torun (Hamburger SV) 77 -> 79-81 - rose to 82 Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund) 75 -> 76/77 - didn't rise Damien le Tallec (Borussia Dortmund) 75 -> 76/77 - rose to 77 Sebastian Jung (Eintracht Frankfurt) 76 -> 78/79 - rose to 82 Sebastian Rudy (VfB Stuttgart) 79 -> 80/81 - rose to 80 Boris Vukcevic (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 77 -> 79-81 - rose to 82 Andre Schürrle (1. FSV Mainz 05) 80 -> 83-85 *Updated Prediction: 84/85* - rose to 85 Marwin Hitz (VfL Wolfsburg) 74 -> 75-77 - rose to 78 Marco Reus (Borussia Mönchengladbach) 80 -> 84/85 *Updated Prediction: 84-86* - rose to 86 Christopher Schorch (1. FC Köln) 78 -> 80/79 - rose to 83 Roman Prokoph (VfL Bochum) 75 -> 78-80 - rose to 80 Ilkay Gündogan (1. FC Nürnberg) 78 -> 80-82 *Updated Prediction: 81/82* - rose to 83 Marcel Risse (1. FC Nürnberg) 78 -> 79-81 - rose to 82 Mike Frantz (1. FC Nürnberg) 80 -> 82/81 - rose to 84 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (1. FC Nürnberg) 80 -> 82/81 - rose to 83 Cheap risers from the 2. Bundesliga rated 80 or under, rising by at least 2 Stephan Hain (FC Augsburg) 75 -> 77/78 Ibrahima Traore (FC Augsburg) 80 -> 83/84 Jens Hegeler (FC Augsburg) 80 -> 82/83 - rose to 83 Dennis Daube (FC St. Pauli) 75 -> 77 - didn't rise Max Kruse (FC St. Pauli) 78 -> 81/82 *Updated Prediction: 81-83* - rose to 82 Bastian Opisczka (FC St. Pauli) 80 -> 83/84 - rose to 83 Michael Ratajczak (Fortuna Düsseldorf) 78 -> 81-83 Johannes van den Bergh (Fortuna Düsseldorf) 80 -> 82/83 Jens Langeneke (Fortuna Düsseldorf) 79 -> 81/82 Oliver Fink (Fortuna Düsseldorf) 80 -> 82/83 Claus Costa (Fortuna Düsseldorf) 80 -> 82/83 Andreas Lambertz (Fortuna Düsseldorf) 80 -> 83/82 Zlatko Jancic (Arminia Bielefeld) 77 -> 79/80 Olcay Sahan (MSV Duisburg) 75 -> 79/78 Kristoffer Andersen (MSV Duisburg) 76 -> 79/80 Sandro Kaiser (TSV 1860 München) 78 -> 80/81 Aleksandar Ignjovski (TSV 1860 München) 80 -> 82/83 Peniel Mlapa (TSV 1860 München) 74 -> 77/78 - rose to 77 Stephan Fürstner (Greuter Fürth) 78 -> 80 Nicolai Müller (Greuter Fürth) 77 -> 80-82 Sebastian Schachten (SC Paderborn 07) 78 -> 80/81 Matthias Holst (SC Paderborn 07) 79 -> 81/82 Michael Parensen (1. FC Union Berlin) 77 -> 80/79 Kevin Kratz (Alemannia Aachen) 75 -> 78/79 Alexander Bittroff (Energie Cottbus) 78 -> 80 Clemens Fandrich (Energie Cottbus) 74 -> 76 Heinrich Schmidtgal (Rot-Weiß Oberhausen) 78 -> 80/81 Michael Blum (Karlsruher SC) 75 -> 77/78 Marc Gallego (FSV Frankfurt) 74 -> 76/77 Tim Gorschlüter (TuS Koblenz) 70 -> 73-75 Cheap risers from the 3. Liga rated 76 or under, rising by at least 2 Pierre le Beau (Erzgebirge Aue) 75 -> 77/78 Niko Klotz (Erzgebirge Aue) 75 -> 77 Sebastian Glasner (Erzgebirge Aue) 76 -> 78/79 Oliver Stang (VfL Osnabrück) 70 -> 75/76 Marco Sejna (FC Ingolstadt 04) 74 -> 76 Tobias Fink (FC Ingolstadt 04) 75 -> 77 Matthias Henn (Eintracht Braunschweig) 75 -> 77/78 Smail Morabit (Eintracht Braunschweig) 75 -> 77/78 Soufian Benyamina (Carl Zeiss Jena) 70 -> 74/75 Exauce Mayombo (Carl Zeiss Jena) 70 -> 72/73 Florian Krebs (1. FC Heidenheim 1846) 75 -> 77 Farak Gül (1. FC Heidenheim 1846) 72 -> 75/74 Martin Klarer (1. FC Heidenheim 1846) 75 -> 77 Dominik Rohracker (Bayern München II) 70 -> 72/73 Stefan Riess (Bayern München II) 74 -> 76 Christoph Knasmüller (Bayern München II) 74 -> 76 Saer Sene (Bayern München II) 75 -> 77 Jonas Strifler (Dynamo Dresden) 70 -> 74-76 Maik Kegel (Dynamo Dresden) 75 -> 77/78 Lukas Billick (SV Wehen Wiesbaden) 75 -> 77 Kai Gehring (SV Wehen Wiesbaden) 75 -> 77 Marco Holz (Wacker Burghausen) 70 -> 73/74 Patrick Wolf (Wacker Burghausen) 73 -> 75/76 High-rated risers rated 82 and above, rising by at least 1 Hans-Jörg Butt (Bayern München) 87 -> 88/89 - rose to 89 Holger Badstuber (Bayern München) 85 -> 88/87 - rose to 88 Thomas Müller (Bayern München) 85 -> 87/88 - rose to 88 Arjen Robben (Bayern München) 93 -> 94 - rose to 94 Daniel Schwaab (Bayer Leverkusen) 86 -> 87/88 - rose to 87 Toni Kroos (Bayer Leverkusen) 86 -> 88 - rose to 89 Eren Derdiyok (Bayer Leverkusen) 87 -> 88 - rose to 88 Christoph Moritz (FC Schalke 04) 82 -> 85/84 *Updated Prediction: 84/83* - rose to 84 Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) 83 -> 85/84 *Updated Prediction: 85/86* - rose to 86 Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) 87 -> 88 - rose to 89 Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund) 82 -> 84/85 - rose to 86 Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund) 82 -> 83-85 *Updated Prediction: 84-86* - rose to 86 Lucas Barrios (Borussia Dortmund) 87 -> 88/89 - rose to 89 Philipp Bargfrede (Werder Bremen) 83 -> 84/85 - rose to 86 Marko Marin (Werder Bremen) 89 -> 90 - rose to 90 Maik Franz (Eintracht Frankfurt) 86 -> 87 - rose to 87 Selim Teber (Eintracht Frankfurt) 85 -> 86 - rose to 86 Pirmin Schwegler (Eintracht Frankfurt) 85 -> 86 - rose to 87 Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt) 86 -> 87 - rose to 87 Georg Niedermeier (VfB Stuttgart) 82 -> 83/84 - rose to 84 Stefano Celozzi (VfB Stuttgart) 85 -> 86/87 - rose to 86 Christian Träsch (VfB Stuttgart) 85 -> 87/86 *Updated Prediction: 87/88* - rose to 88 Timo Gebhart (VfB Stuttgart) 86 -> 87 - rose to 87 Heinz Müller (1. FSV Mainz 05) 85 -> 86/87 - rose to 87 Bo Svensson (1. FSV Mainz 05) 83 -> 84/85 - rose to 85 Nikolce Noveski (1. FSV Mainz 05) 86 -> 87 - didn't rise Tim Hoogland (1. FSV Mainz 05) 86 -> 87 - rose to 87 Florian Heller (1. FSV Mainz 05) 85 -> 86/87 - rose to 86 Aristide Bance (1. FSV Mainz 05) 85 -> 86/87 - rose to 86 Tobias Levels (Borussia Mönchengladbach) 85 -> 86/87 - rose to 86 Roul Browers (Borussia Mönchengladbach) 85 -> 86/87 - rose to 86 Philipp Heerwagen (VfL Bochum) 83 -> 85 - rose to 85 Merim Mavraj (VfL Bochum) 83 -> 84/85 - rose to 84 Dennis Diekmeier (1. FC Nürnberg) 84 -> 85/86 - rose to 85 Albert Bunjaku (1. FC Nürnberg) 83 -> 85/86 - rose to 85 Florian Fromlowitz (Hannover 96) 83 -> 84/85 - rose to 85 Felix Bastians (SC Freiburg) 83 -> 85/84 - rose to 85 Possible risers rated at least 82, with a chance of a rise of at least ~30% Daniel van Buyten (Bayern München) 90 - didn't rise Ivica Olic (Bayern München) 91 - rose to 92 Sami Hyypiä (Bayer Leverkusen) 89 - didn't rise Arturo Vidal (Bayer Leverkusen) 88 - rose to 89 Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen) 83 - rose to 84 Stefan Kießling (Bayer Leverkusen) 90 - didn't rise Manuel Neuer (FC Schalke 04) 90 - rose to 91 Dennis Aogo (Hamburger SV) 88 - didn't rise Jerome Boateng (Hamburger SV) 89 - didn't rise Marcell Jansen (Hamburger SV) 90 - didn't rise Robert Tesche (Hamburger SV) 84 - rose to 85 Patrick Owomoyela (Borussia Dortmund) 87 - didn't rise Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund) 88 - rose to 89 Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund) 88 - rose to 89 Peter Niemeyer (Werder Bremen) 84 - didn't rise Mesut Özil (Werder Bremen) 90 - rose to 91 Aaron Hunt (Werder Bremen) 88 - didn't rise Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen) 89 - rose to 90 Oka Nikolov (Eintracht Frankfurt) 86 - rose to 87 Marco Russ (Eintracht Frankfurt) 87 - didn't rise Sven Ulreich (VfB Stuttgart) 82 - didn't rise Marvin Compper (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 87 - didn't rise Andreas Ibertsberger (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 86 - didn't rise Maicosuel (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 85 - rose to 86 Luiz Gustavo (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 87 - didn't rise Isaac Vorsah (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 85 - didn't rise Vedad Ibisevic (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 88 - didn't rise Elkin Soto (1. FSV Mainz 05) 84 - rose to 85 Nico Bungert (1. FSV Mainz 05) 85 - didn't rise Filip Trojan (1. FSV Mainz 05) 85 - didn't rise Edin Dzeko (VfL Wolfsburg) 91 - rose to 92 Logan Bailly (Borussia Mönchengladbach) 86 - rose to 87 Raul Bobadilla (Borussia Mönchengladbach) 86 - didn't rise Adel Chihi (1. FC Köln) 83 - didn't rise Kevin Pezzoni (1. FC Köln) 85 - didn't rise Matias Concha (VfL Bochum) 85 - didn't rise Javier Pinola (1. FC Nürnberg) 86 - didn't rise Dominic Maroh (1. FC Nürnberg) 83 - rose to 85 Havard Nordveidt (1. FC Nürnberg) 82 - rose 84 Johannes Flum (SC Freiburg) 84 - rose to 85 Julian Schuster (SC Freiburg) 83 - rose to 85 Lukasz Piszczek (Hertha BSC Berlin) 85 - rose to 86 Definite droppers all ratings covered, with a chance of a drop of at least ~90% Michael Rensing (Bayern München) 87 -> 86/85 - dropped to 85 Christian Lell (Bayern München) 87 -> 86/85 - dropped to 86 Andreas Görlitz (Bayern München) 86 -> 85 - dropped to 85 Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Bayern München) 92 -> 91 - dropped to 91 Hans Sarpei (Bayer Leverkusen) 86 -> 85 - didn't drop Mineiro (FC Schalke 04) 88 -> 87 - dropped to 86 Gerald Asamoah (FC Schalke 04) 88 -> 87/86 - dropped to 86 Albert Streit (FC Schalke 04) 86 -> 85 - dropped to 86 Bastian Reinhardt (Hamburger SV) 88 -> 87 - Retired Ruud van Nistelrooy (Hamburger SV) 95 -> 93 - dropped to 92 Dede (Borussia Dortmund) 88 -> 87 - dropped to 87 Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen) 88 -> 87 - dropped to 87 Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt) 86 -> 85 - didn't drop Halil Altintop (Eintracht Frankfurt) 89 -> 88/87 - dropped to 88 Ricardo Osorio (VfB Stuttgart) 88 -> 87 - dropped to 87 Khalid Boulahrouz (VfB Stuttgart) 89 -> 88/87 - dropped to 88 Andrea Barzagli (VfL Wolfsburg) 90 -> 89 - dropped to 89 Karim Ziani (VfL Wolfsburg) 89 -> 88 - dropped to 88 Juan Arango (Borussia Mönchengladbach) 90 -> 89 - dropped to 89 Pierre Wome (1. FC Köln) 87 -> 86 - dropped to 86 Maniche (1. FC Köln) 90 -> 89/88 - dropped to 88 Petit (1. FC Köln) 89 -> 88 - dropped to 88 Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln) 90 -> 89 - didn't drop Daniel Fernandes (VfL Bochum) 86 -> 85/84 - dropped to 85 Jawhar Mnari (1. FC Nürnberg) 84 -> 83 - dropped to 82 Thomas Broich (1. FC Nürnberg) 83 -> 82 - dropped to 82 Isaac Boakye (1. FC Nürnberg) 84 -> 83 - dropped to 83 Jan Durica (Hannover 96) 88 -> 87 - dropped to 87 Vinicius (Hannover 96) 85 -> 84/83 - dropped to 84 Altin Lala (Hannover 96) 85 -> 84 - dropped to 83 Mike Hanke (Hannover 96) 87 -> 86 - dropped to 86 Arne Friedrich (Hertha BSC Berlin) 91 -> 90 - dropped to 90 Levan Kobiashvili (Hertha BSC Berlin) 88 -> 87 - dropped to 86 Pal Dardai (Hertha BSC Berlin) 88 -> 87 - dropped to 86 Artur Wichniarek (Hertha BSC Berlin) 88 -> 87 - dropped to 86 Valeri Domovchiyski (Hertha BSC Berlin) 86 -> 85 - dropped to 85 If you want any more detailed info on a player, disagree with one of the predictions or think that a player is missing from the list, please post. I'm always open for discussions, improvements etc. Also note that once the German changes are announced, I'll probably go through the list again and try to make more accurate predictions.
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  4. Some top forum scouts have the ability to report on entire footballing nations. However, our love of the game is for one reason and one reason only – OUR TEAM!! As far as I am aware a thread such as this does not exist. I have had this idea for a while so here goes… and at the risk of being shot down whilst believing I have found my purpose in life I propose the following: Simply predict the ratings of YOUR TEAM (loaned in and out included), being completely unbiased. To support your rating only give one line (sentence – but I foresee some large sentences if described in this way) of description. This is to not take away from team threads that already exist or threads which encompass entire leagues or nations. It is a simple a supporter’s prediction and I believe will give some insights into a fair few players that may otherwise escape the scouting radar!! Thoughts & opinions welcomed! ***** Format: Player Name / (Position) / Current Rating – Predicted Rating One line of reasoning ***** Here goes mine… My club is… Sunderland (for my sins), I predict the following… GORDON, Craig (Gk) 88 - 89 Currently outstanding, if this continues a return to 90 and who knows will once again be possible FULOP, Márton (Gk) 87 – 86/85 Understudy, who I believe does not have what it takes at the Premiership level MCCARTNEY, George (LB) 87 - 86 IMO the worst First XI player at Sunderland, Championship at best and finally dropped BARDSLEY, Phil (RB) 87 – 87/86 Lost his place in the First XI, a decent squad player, this time should keep his rating, next time, hmm… DA SILVA, Paulo (CB/RB) 89 – 88 Third or fourth choice, came as a 90 rated player, looks steady but lacks a lot to his game KILGALLON, Matthew (CB/LB) 84 - 84 Future potential with current opportunities limited. Time will tell. I’m not holding my breath FERDINAND, Anton (CB/RB) 87 - 88 Currently on for a position change to ‘D’. New lease of life under Bruce, looking steady once again TURNER, Michael (CB) 88 - 88 Solid, but nothing special, future rise possible, this time around I don’t foresee it coming REID, Andy (LM/CM) 88 – 88/87 Exceptional start to season, then hit by injury and consequently dropped, should keep his rating for now MALBRANQUE, Steed (RM/LM) 88 – 88/89 Has been on fire in recent months, never lasts 90mins, small chance of a rise but unlikely HENDERSON, Jordan (RM/AM) 84 – 87/88 Big talent, long way to go, but undoubtedly has the makings of a Premiership player RICHARDSON, Kieran (CM/LM) 87 – 87/88 Has improved in recent weeks with the team but always looks vulnerable despite his ability CATTERMOLE, Lee (CM/RM) 87 - 88 Big potential, poor in recent months since injury but well worth a +1 for all round consistency CANA, Lorik (DM/CB) 91 – 90/89 Lost his way, often found out for pace & often clumsy. Does have a number of key team attributes ZENDEN, Boudewijn (LM/CM) 87 – 87 Bit part role in the midfield, worth another season as a squad member. Did you see that goal MEYLER, David (CM) 74 – 80/81 Looking better and better having had a run in the side. Solid in tackle, plays simple pass… bliss CAMPBELL, Fraizer (Fwd) 85 – 86/87 Position (Fwd/W). Currently reaching the potential seen of him at Man Utd. Time will tell BENT, Darren (CF) 89 - 90 Goal scoring cannot be overlooked for a striker. Quite simply has to hit 90 on this basis JONES, Kenwyne (CF) 88 – 88/89 So Frustrating! Huge potential, very rarely reached! Possible move on the cards, I do hope not! Loaned In MENSAH, John (CB/RB) 88 - 89 John ‘Immense’ Sir – truly believe without the injuries he’s a top class defender. Sign Him!! HUTTON, Alan (RB) 88 – 88/89 Worth an 89 for Sunderland performances, lack of games at Tottenham should mean an 88 BENJANI, Mwaruwari (Fwd) 87 – 85/86 Lack of games. Only given 10mins a time (if that) will result in a big dive in rating Loaned Out NOSWORTHY, Nyron (CB/RB) 86 – 84 I personally believe he is a decent player and a top Championship defender, this being where he’l end up Colback, Jack (CM) 76 – 79 Performed well for Ipswich but I would guess another loaned out season on the horizon TAINIO, Teemu (CM) 86 – 85/84 Injury hit season on loan at Birmingham. Can see him leaving Sunderland in the summer for a lesser club Waghorn, Martyn (Fwd/W) 78 – 80/81 Never impressed me much but I am for turning given the rave reviews from Leicester MURPHY, Daryl (W/Fwd) 85 – 84/85 Position (Fwd). Goal every 3 games for Ipswich. Can see him signing permanently, best thing for him O'DONOVAN, Roy (W/Fwd) 82 - 79/80 Position (Fwd). 5 in 9 in League 1. Championship player in my view. Should leave in summer HEALY, David (Fwd) 85 – 82 Unbelievably 1 in 5 for Ipswich. I predicted more! Once a prospect. Sadly fading
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  5. Tarquin

    Young risers here!

    hey guys this is my first ratings prediction so if i get the ratings wrong im sorry. here we go... Victor Ruiz--21 yrs--75-->82/83/84 Josh Thompson--19 yrs--70-->80 Marco Reus--20 yrs--80--> 84/85/86 David De Gea--19 yrs--80-->85/86 Joel Matip--18 yrs--75-->83/84 Diego Contento--19 yrs--75--> 82( by the time German ratings come he would have made some more appearances for Bayern Munich) Didac Vila--20 yrs--74-->80 Haruna Lukman--19 yrs--75-->82/83 Stefan De Vrij--18 yrs--75-->81/82 Wiljan Pluim--21 yrs--72-->79/80 Marko vejinovic--20 yrs--75-->82/83 Daley Blind--20 yrs--75-->82/83 Gianluca Nijholt--20 yrs--75-->83 Leandro Bacuna--18 yrs--75-->83/84 Christian Eriksen--18 yrs--75--> 82/83 no harsh comments please...
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  6. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... If you can get him for that amount go for it! He's an absolute class player and could reach the heights of 97 if a move to Barcelona would ever happen. Go for it! If he counters you don't go above £60 million.
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  7. Re: "What Can Influence Changes?" - Is this still valid?
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  8. Re: Brasileiro Review AND Class of risers - 2010/11 (Some already on DB) Ah ha. I was waiting to see when someone would notice the play of Vinicius Pacheco. He has been great in relief of Adriano or Vagner Love this season, and when the two are in shape, he's stolen Petkovic's spot. I think he'll play a lot this season. Michael is an ok player, from what I've seen. Which isn't much. Souto is a safe 88, not quite 89. Guinazu and Pierre would need to hit 89 first.
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  9. Re: Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread
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  10. keith

    Fun site

    Hi all, This site www.southafricacup2010.com made me laugh. shows you how to fold a footie shirt from a bank note amongst other bits and pieces. I like the worst haircut xi and the no oil painting xi enjoy
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  11. Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread Breathing space, at long last SUNDERLAND 2 - 1 SOUTHAMPTONC. Amauri (23) M. Van Bommel (72) O. Gladkyy (83) In a very competitive encounter last night, Sunderland moved four points clear of the dreaded relegation zone in the first division. They left it late to get the goals they needed but at this time in the season, it will do. It was a very even match and Southampton will be very disappointed not to come away from the Stadium of Light with at least a point. Both teams created numerous chances and 'keepers at both ends were very busy. Winston is very encouraged by his teams recent form, boasting on of the best records in all four divisions currently. One loss in the last ten league games has seen the Black Cats push up the league table and if the good form continues then Sunderland will no doubt, retain their top division status.
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  12. Re: Players: Should I buy, sell or keep? Yes, you should not sell Yarmolenko, for he is a good talent. Cant tell you much about Suarez though.
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  13. Re: Players: Should I buy, sell or keep? Yeah go for it, I've heard Elias is a very talented player, will probably be 88/89 in the next changes. Sheva was a hero, but that was a long time ago. A fossil now.
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  14. Re: French Ligue 1 and 2 Tbh, why didn't he just try to stand in the way and not tackle?
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  15. Re: French Ligue 1 and 2
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  16. Howie

    Pay by Mobile for GM

    Re: Pay by Mobile for GM I agree however, the prices are ridiculous at times. Not the pound prices, I agree with them 100% but the exchange rate is ancient and instead of 15 pounds equalling circa 15 euro (which it should), it turns out so much more expensive that people with the Euro are being charged considerably more. E.G. one month gold membership: Uk - £1.99 Euro - €4.50 £1.99 = €2.27 it's just unfair but anyway, I've hijacked your thread a little
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  17. Sparky

    Gold Membership?

    Re: Gold Membership? Yes mate. I think you can buy it as a package where you get a custom gameworld included for a little extra. But yeah, you'd have to buy a new gameworld.
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  18. Re: Official Manchester City Thread Well lets look at United over the past 3 seasons: 2007/2008 ~ Premier League, Champions League 2008/2009 ~ Premier League, League Cup, Champions League Final 2009/2010 ~ League Cup, Possible Premier League I personally think Chelsea will win it this year but even if you do get it it's a step down from last season. United are on the wane both in terms of things won and quality of squad. You haven't got the money to replace ageing players and your youth isn't of the quality it was 15 years ago. On the other hand, City are well situated to break into the top four this season. If we do we have the resources and pulling power to build on our squad and move on next season. We already arguably have a better squad than United and a lot of our fans are confident of winning the upcoming derby. We are on the up and you are on the way down tbf
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  19. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Too Much IMO. Augusto has a shot at 90, while Kadlec should stay. Ivanovic has a chance for a rise, but with his injury, alongside the fact that Bosingwa is returning soon, that chance could be hampered.
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  20. Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread Notts County secure famous win at Old Trafford County team mates Rodallega and Figueroa celebrate the win In a tense and gripping encouter at Old Trafford,Notts County secured a vital win towards Division 2 safety and it will surely be a result that lives long in the memory,County manager Andrew Clifford decided to stick with his 4-2-3-1 formation instead of switching to 4-5-1 which was an idea he was thinking about,there was 2 team changes in the County line up with Ze Castro coming into the heart of the defence which meant Maynor Figueroa moved to left back as Lars Jacobsen was dropped to the bench. County survived an early scare when after just 1 minute United went close through Lorik Cana,United worked the ball out to Robinho who skillfuly beat his man and whipped a ball into the near post and Cana dived in and it smashed off the near post and the ball was hacked away to safety,County however instead of crumbling under the early pressure maintained there shape and kept believing in the gameplan that they set out before the game,after 24 minutes of United failing to score the frustation could be felt around Old Trafford and this increased when a well worked free kick routine found Maynor Figueroa at the back post whos header went across the face of the goal and as much as Mcdonald Mariga tried he could not get the final touch to send it into the net,United however did not heed the warning and 2 minutes later the same routine was worked and despite United trying to play the offside trap he was well onside and he chested the ball down and slid it under Rene Adler,this sent United into a much needed response with Spannish striker Fernando Torres been the first to come close when his shot was mi and went wide. There was more frustation when 3 minutes later Wayne Rooney was looking for available options but could not find any so his 40 yard shot was wasteful and went miles over the bar,County went close again before half time when Gavin Mccann had time and space from 35 yards and his strike was punched over the bar by Rene Adler,this was the last action before half time and there was plenty of boos around Old Trafford. The second half started with a bang for County as Paolo Ferriera got booked for a rash challenge on Robinho,however although United looked more motivated there was a hammerblow on 48 minutes,Ze Castro stayed up from a corner and when the ball was whipped back in by Jaroslav Plasil the ball fell to him and he dummied the keeper and slided the ball into the empty net,this provoked a mass walk out from the fans inside of Old Trafford and the ones there was hardly supportive of the side either,United did pressurise after the second goal however and on the 53rd minute Wayne Rooneys initial shot was saved and Felipe made a fine second save from Javier Mascherano,Lorik Cana who was one of Uniteds better players went close again a few minutes later when his cracking strike from 20 yards went just wide off the post,the wave of United pressure continued when after a goalmouth scramble Gavin Mccann hacked the ball to safety,United were turning up the pressure on the visitors and it eventually payed off when on the 74th minute Wayne Rooney volleyed home after a fine whipped ball into the box from Badstuber This however seemed to spur County on and they digged in and ground out a result rather than crumbling under the pressure,they nearly had a chance to make it 3-1 when Figueroa raided forward from full back again but when clean through he lost his footing and United defenders got back to clear the ball away,this was to be the last action of the game however and County fans celebrated in jubilation at the result.
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  21. Derpee

    Bayern Munich

    Re: Bayern Munich
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  22. pedro r.

    Need a good rising CM

    Re: Need a good rising CM Javi Garcia and Moussa Cissokho both dm/cm and risers to 90 Bakkal (88) am/cm will rise to 89 In this moment i only remember this 3. In the forum is a thread with the high 80's risers take a look at that thread and you will find some risers http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=61873 Here is the link
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  23. Re: Official Manchester City Thread I think it's fair to say. TIMES ARE CHANGING. The pendulum is slowly swinging over to the blue side of manchester. The fact they won't be european cup holders this year, will make the red side of stretford less interesting to join, and if we can nab fourth place, we could be a real threat. I'm loving this :}
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  24. Re: Official Red Devils thread Well, quite upset that we got knocked out after leading 3-1... but tbf, Robbens goal was class and would be deserving of winning the final.
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  25. Stuart H

    Franco Di Santo

    Re: Franco Di Santo Diouf might rise but is likely to stay in my opinion. I do think Di Santo will drop though so maybe go for Mame.
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  26. Re: English Championship 5579 -Match Report/transfer Gossip Thread TURN 24 - THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHECK UP 15 games to go this season - and everything in the Championship division is to play for really. For top to bottom - points are pretty important. Teams at the top will want to stay where they are - but for teams outside the playoffs, looking for a top 2 placing, or fighting inside the bottom 3 - they will quite literally - as the song says - want to "MOVE IT!" Coventry City vs Newcastle Positions = 1st vs 2nd Here its a cracking game promised at the Richo Aren as Coventry look to hurt wobbly of late Newcastle and strengthen their promotion hopes. Prediction: 2-0 Ipswich town vs Swansea City Positions = 18th vs 5th Swansea are looking to win here tonight as the top 2 meet themselves, they could be back in the real reckoning for a top 2 place. Ipswich meanwhile are looking for survival points, and these would be big!!! Prediction: 0-1 QPR vs Sheffield Wednesday Positions = 3rd vs 15th Consistent Rangers will like Swansea want a win here to mount pressure on the leagues leading lights, but can the Owls prevent this, and improve their chances of getting away for the bottom, and back into playoff contention?? Prediction: 4-2 Watford vs Middlesbrough Positions = 4th vs 8th Watford and Middlesbrough are 2 very strong teams and have playoff or even promotion ambition. Who will be stronger tonight at Vicorage Road? Prediction: 2-1 Sheffield United vs Leicester City Positions = 6th vs 7th Another mouth watering game here as 2 teams looking for a playoff berth colide! Prediction: 2-4 Bristol City vs Peterborough Positions = 9th vs 11th Yet another 2 fighting for the up! Can Posh make it a posh night tonight - just like they did at Ashton gate earlier on this season (won 5-1) or is it sweet revenge for the Robins? Prediction: 1-1
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  27. Re: English Championship 5579 - Discussion Thread cheers for the comments lads - to be honest its jabs like this from Dave that make we wanna give it my best. Therefore I cant say goodbye to SM but I think i will probably dump all my teams other than the EC5579 Brighton and 4 regions challenge Watford. I said i would give it to the end of week - and will sadly miss my Accrington Stanley' date=' Notts Forest and Real Madrid (so much work gone in!!!!!!) not too bothered about Blackburn, Colchester and Man City. Time is really tight right now what with two jobs, two kids and being foster carers, (and the kill, pull or marry thread)i'm stretching myself too thin. But like i say - thanks for all the comments lads - really helps!
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  28. Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread Royals name new manager. Reading chairman John Madejski has named Mat Humphries as Readings new manager following a reported fall out between john and robert jarni which saw him leave the club by mutual consent. The reading chairman is said to be over the moon with his appoinment of humphries and hopes they can work together to take the club forward. Humphries signs a 4 year deal at reading and is hoping to carry on the previous manager's work by being promoted to division two. Humphries ''To be at reading is a huge honour and i couldnt be more happy, The fans have so far been phenomanal in welcoming me to there club and i want to re-pay them by guiding reading to division 2. Squad wise we have a very strong squad but a very big one at that, i will be looking to sell a couple of fringe players while keeping the nucleas of the squad together. I can also say and bids for Misimovic and vermaelen will be quickly rejected, I hold both players in the highiest regard and we need these players if we want to move forward.''
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  29. Here is a short series of posts from my time as England manager in EC106. As with all blog-type threads, if you could please not post on this thread, that would be great. If you wish to write anything, write it on my wall as a visitor message. Hope you enjoy reading the following posts, as I enjoyed writing them.
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  30. Re: English Championship 5579 -Match Report/transfer Gossip Thread Fulham Match Preview Fulham come into the game tonight off a 2-0 deaft to the much improved Arsenal. With this being a game managers boy hood team Manchester United. He is likely too go all guns blazing to show the Red devils what they have missed not taking him on as there manager. It seems the current Manchester United manager has forgotten all about his team as he has checked about them in ages. They are going though a transitional season . They have a poor run off form recently not winning in 4 losing the last 3 the manager is trying to do all he can to get them going in the right direction. But as of just now the languish in 10th. It is likely that Fulham will give debuts to two of there new signings and what more could you ask for on a debut a change to pit your wits against there world very best in many people eyes. Leandro Almeria will not make the Xi . But Michael Kadlce and Anderson Hearnes are in line to make the debuts it is unlikely that the new striker will sign in time. Fulham are selling most of the team after tonight game so it will be interesting to see how they play. Manchester United are likely to make 1 change to the side that lost to a first minute Gilardino goal to Everton. Injured Alvaro Arbeloa will miss the game with a bruised foot and it is likely that David Santon will fill the fullback berth left by Arbeloa
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  31. Re: ; Fercasti AVATAR Requests/Portfolio! With text.
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  32. Re: Romanian ratings predictions Daniel Barna 78->80 Burlacu not on DB Badescu not on DB Onciu not on DB
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  33. Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread Chewett Rubbishes Exit Talk Tranmere boss Chewett has come under the cosh in recent days, but vows to carry on despite pressure to hand over the reigns. The (previously) much-loved manager has been involved in a dodgy transfer which has threatened his posistion and dented his previously untarnished reputation. It was the transfer which saw Belgian centre back Thomas Vermaelen swap the Madejski for Prenton Park. The problem is that the deal was considered by many as cheating, which Callum denies. The man himself took time out from his crisis marrige talks to speak to us.. ''It's been a bad few days for me, really bad. First the washing machine decides to open its door midway through a cycle, secondly, I can't even satisfy the missus, and, obviously, the Belgian chap has a bit of contraversy. The washing machine I can handle, the missus situation can be sorted with a trip to the chemist, but the pressure from the other gaffers about the transfer...Maaaaaaaan! It's getting to me. More than I thought it would. I even thought about jacking it all in and moving to Rio. But then I thought to myself, where would I get my kicks from? I love nothin' more than winding up, and getting wound up, by my best mate Fitzy, despite his German roots. Along with the critics, I've recieved some much appreciated support from some good friends. I love match days, and a samba super sunday won't do the trick. The atmosphere on match days is electric, the smell of Puka pies in the air, the expectations of the fans, the banter. I couldn't leave all this. I've done to much at Tranmere to quit, I'll only go when the chairman or fans ask me to. Since I took charge in the middle of season 7 i've took this club up through the divisions, and done quite a good job, I don't think many could disagree. I got them promoted from division four in my firsy season, lost in the play-off final in season 8, and lost in the semi final play-off in last season. Now, we're serious contenders for the automatic spots. The fans love me, they do. They know I'm working on a small budget, but still bring in some good footballers. So, the message is, I'm not quitter. I'm hear for the long-run wheather you like it or not.
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  34. Re: Gold Championship 22 Match Report / Transfers Thread Inter looking for 2 90+ Forwards, a couple of 90+ Defenders and a 90+ Winger/LM. Willing to sell Benzema for 2x90+ (one has to be a forward, would prefer it if both were), and can offer 2 for 1s including players like Ederson, Dzagoev, Jonny Evans, Felipe, Carrasso, Renato Augusto, Capoue etc.
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  35. Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread Sutcliffe Cheats On Paris Rochdale manager Elliot Sutcliffe has sunk to the depths of Ashley Cole and John Terry by cheating on his current girlfriend Paris Hilton the young manager who was know in the footballing world as a bit of a ladies man before meeting Paris he seemed to have put his old ways behind him however recent strains on his relationship with Paris have seen him slip back into his old ways. Sutcliffe was seen with a blonde at the Las Iguanas Restaurant in Sheffield at around 8pm he left with the blonde at around 10pm with both getting into a taxi and heading for the Hilton Sheffield hotel (he really knows how to rub it in) Paris Seen leaving Sutcliffe's Rochdale home in tears Paris was seen leaving the house she and Sutcliffe share in Rochdale in tears and with what look like several suitcases packed in the car it seems clear that she wont be returning any time soon
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  36. Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread EC106 MANAGERS ACCUSED Belkevitz,Sutcliffe,Fitzpatrick,Pluto,Tudor,Jarni,Granit and Hewitt on the dockside after the trip John Noakes Writes............In an amazing piece of undercover journalism, the News can today blow the lid on the shocking extent of corruption and match fixing that threatens to engulf the scandal hit EC106 set-up. In a Southwark News exclusive, we now have have conclusive proof that much of the league has been infiltrated by an organized Northern criminal gang, hell bent on dominating the game at every level. We first got wind of something big several weeks ago after the unprovoked attack on the Millwall manager Dave Izod by so called friends Oxfords Dave Belkevitz and failed England boss, Rochdales Elliot Sutcliffe. Like many within the league the two lower league managers are notoriously jealous of Izods successful Millwall team. In an orchestrated onslaught the two happily legitimized an inflammatory by article by EC106 media magnet Sean Fitzpatrick, by accusing Izod of acting in a way detrimental to the famous 106 match reporting thread. Choosing not to take legal action against the treacherous trio, Millwall board member and respected local business man Mr Francois Fraser, instead decided to probe the unseen dealings of the soccer supremos. Within a week, Mr Fraser was contacted by a source within his vast network of contacts in the business and charity community, and was passed a copy of a receipt for the charter of Fitzpatricks luxury cruiser ‘ the Graf Spee ’ by none other than Rochdale joint owner, Mrs Karen Brady. Unsure of the significance of the information, Mr Fraser passed the receipt onto the News and its chief investigative reporter Jimmy ( self inflicted) Winston. Jimmy takes up the story… " As soon as I saw the names Brady and Fitzpatrick, I knew something was on the go, they are both bent and well dodgy, if you know what I mean. So I got myself down to Wheymouth where the boat is kept and after asking about I found her just in time to see the last of the provisions being loaded on board. I asked some old gizzer who was sitting by the water sowing nets and he told me that the boat had been hired by a bunch of football managers for a days jolly up and fishing. He pointed to the ‘Salty Seaman’ pub and told me they were in there having a livener before they took off, so I went over. As I walked towards the boozer I immediately noticed young Elliot Sutcliffe and Calum Hewett sitting outside with a bottle of coke each and a packet of cheese and onion. They looked a bit bored but seemed to be enjoying the crisps as they swapped paninni football cards, as I went in unnoticed it wasn’t long before I clocked the rest of the group. Huddled around the bar dressed in yellow Sowesters and Wellington boots was Simon Pluto, Chazza Bones, Bob Jarni and Sean Fitzpatrick and two guys I couldn’t quite place. Pluto was telling some really rotten joke about a bishop, a german prostitute and a half blind camel whilst the others looked a bit embarrassed staring at their pints and packets of pork scratchings. I then noticed Dave Belkevitz, he was obviously well half cut and appeared to be having ago at the barman ……….Dave Belkevitz As they began to finish their beers, I realized they were making for the boat and I knew I had to act fast if I was going to be able to find out what they were up to. I legged it out of the pub and back to the motor where I donned my fish disguise, just as in time to see them carry Belekvitz aboard the Spee and raise anchor before it shot off into the channel. It’s a big boat and I had a job keeping up especially as I had to dodge the empty beer cans Belkevitz was throwing at the seagulls,and I was relived to see her pull up about 2 miles out. I swum up to the stationary ship and placed my ear against the hull to see if I could hear what was going down, sadly I couldn’t and it was then I knew that I would have to get aboard. The scene under water was terrible, worms on hooks, beer cans, dog ends and what turned out to be vomit filled the air, I swam down to the depths, before I turned full rudder and like a champagne cork shot to the surface. With an agility that amazed even myself I flew through the water and with a thud landed on the deck. As I lay there gasping for air through my flapping gills, Hewett burst into tears and clung onto a startled Sutcliffe screaming.. ..…..Callum Hewett Chazza Bones and reporter Jimmy Winston It was then I relaised I was in mortal danger as approaching me from the foredeck came Bones and Pluto wielding large iron bars. Menacingly the Welshman grinned… ..............Chazza Bones As my life flashed before me I was gathered up by the knurly hands of Belkevitz and kissing me passionately he mumoured before falling dead drunk onto the floor of the boat. …….Dave Belkevitz It was then that Fritzpatrick appeared from inside the boat and summoned the others to join him at the table and from the safety of the snoring Belkevitz’s arms I could hear everything they were saying. Fitzpatrick was obviously in charge ………….Sean Fitzpatrick Stunned at what I heard, I knew I had to get back to London and with my remaining strength I wriggled free of Belekvitz’s loving embrace and managed to flop over the side of the boat and into the drink glancing back just long enough to hear the cackle of fiendish laughter coming from inside the boat. " Upon his return to the Southwark News office, we immediately passed on the story to the SMFA and then Millwall football club. The news brought an immediate increase in security at not only the New Den, but also manager Dave Izods palatial North Kent home. As yet there is no comment from the Den, with all visitors being turned away by members of the Millwall corporate hospitality team. Belkevitz and reporter Jimmy Winston
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  37. Re: French Ligue 1 and 2
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  38. Re: Gold Championship 22 Match Report / Transfers Thread Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd Emirates Att: 60,355 Arsenal managed by: Mark Hill Man Utd managed by: Barry Golden Referee: Lee Mason MoM: Cristiano Ronaldo First Game, First Point When Barry Golden took charge this week the objective was simple to say. Don’t let SOP win the league with Chelsea again. The task won’t be easy by any means. Chelsea destroyed Everton 5-1 at Stamford Bridge and look as confident as ever to try and retain the league. Dimitar Berbatov scored a hat trick for the blues as United were held by Arsenal. Not a bad result but it could have been all three points to United. Stewart Downing was looking to open his account for the season early on for Arsenal but his shot went inches wide with Van Der Sar beaten. Carlos Tevez then broke for United but he failed to get his shot away as Mensah recovered to tackle. After a very scrappy first half with few chances for either side, Shaun Wright Phillips broke down the right and crossed for Cristiano Ronaldo to head past Almunia to send the away fans wild. Half Time: Arsenal 0-1 Manchester United. Agbonlahor wanted to give the Arsenal fans some jubilation but his shot hit the side netting. Almunia saved from Rooney when he looked certain to give United a two goal lead. Agbonlahor turned Nemanja Vidic and his shot was well saved by Van Der Sar but the Englishman was there for the rebound and he finished into the net to equalise. Ronaldo produced a memorable save out of Almunia late on as United looked for a winner. But it was not to be and the game finished as a draw. Full Time: Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United.
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  39. Guest

    Jupiler Pro League 2009/2010

    Re: Jupiler Pro League 2009/2010
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  40. Re: The 90+ Rated Risers & Droppers (2010) The Risers... Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris 91-->92/91 The Lyon shot-stopper is widely regarded as the next 'Casillas' of his generation, with the French media even labeling him as 'Saint Lloris' after his heroics in the World Cup Qualifying playoffs won himself the affection of the press. An undisputed starter for club and country, a 92 is definitely fair for Lloris, whose side has every chance of becoming the first French side to reach the Champions League last four since Monaco. Rene Adler 91-->91/92 The Bayer Leverkuesen No.1 is widely expected to be Germany's No.1 in South Africa. A talented goalkeeper, the 25-year old has since edged ahead of Manuel Neuer in the pecking order for the role of Germany's custodian. Victor Valdes 91-->91/92 Despite being arguably the 'smallest fry' among the Nou Camp starting eleven, the uncapped 28-year-old has improved enough in recent seasons. Although Valdes isn't the safest pair of gloves, should Barcelona defend their Champions League crown and go on to bag the La Liga title, a rise for Valdes will not be entirely out of the equation. Shay Given 91-->91/92 One of the best shot-stoppers in the Premier League, and that's basically summed up Given. Known for pulling off stunning reflex saves, the Irish goalkeeper has done fairly well since moving to Manchester City. Despite Ireland missing out on a ticket to South Africa, qualifying for the Champions League might be enough for Given to sneak a deserved 92. Brad Friedel 90-->90/91 The bald American is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. Since joining Aston Villa, the 39-year-old has done an effective, if unspectacular job. With Aston Villa managing to reach the Finals of the League Cup, a rise could be in store for Valdes. Manuel Neuer 90-->90/91 The talented Schalke 04 goalkeeper is having a good season, as his team currently perch atop of the Bundesliga table. A member of the triumphant Germany squad at the Under 21s tournament, Neuer could get a rise. There's no way he deserves to be rated below Mandanda, who isn't performing as well in recent times. Left-Backs None. Centre-Backs Gerard Pique 92-->93/94 The former Manchester United defender has shone since his return to the Nou Camp. Picked up from where he left off from last season, and is a constant face for both club and country. A rise to 93 is definitely on the cards, although Chiellini's unexpected rise from 92 to 94 leaves Pique with every chance of undergoing the same increase. Walter Samuel 92-->92/93 Since his comeback, the Argentina defender has proved why he is still a top defender when fit. Samuel has also forced his way back into Maradona's plans and is likely to feature for Argentina at the World Cup. A rise to 93 is probable. Raul Albiol 92-->92/93 A regular face for Real Madrid since joining from Valencia, Albiol has done a commendable job for his new employers. Still yet to hold down a spot in the Spanish national team, the chances of Albiol rising are 50/50 I feel. Bruno Alves 92-->92/93 Should have risen last round, the Porto captain performances have not been as good as it was before the rating change. Nonetheless, Bruno Alves is still a Portuguese international and is looking likely to move on in the summer. Thomas Vermaelen 90-->91/92 One of the best signings in the Premier League, the Belgium defender has easily adapted to the Premiership. Originally written off by cynics as being too short for England, the 24-year-old has proven them wrong, even lifting the Arsenal 'Player Of The Month' award a few times. Should rise to 91 on the very least. Daniel Van Buyten 90-->90/91 Back in the Bayern first eleven, the towering defender has also not left his scoring boots at home. With 6 goals to his name so far, he is the 5th best scorer for the German giants. Could earn back his 91 rating if Bayern continue to do well domestically and in Europe. Emiliano Thiago Silva 90-->91 Done well for an ageing AC Milan this season. However, there's no doubting that Thiago Silva alongside Nesta. Could rise to 91. Right-Backs Alvaro Arbeloa 91-->91/92 One of the best signings in the La Liga this season, Arbeloa has been one of the first names on the Madrid team-sheet and has gone about his task with minimal fuss whenever needed. Could rise to 92 in a team full of high rated superstars. Branislav Ivanovic 90-->91/90 Benefited from Bosingwa's injury to hold down a first team spot for Chelsea. Not as effective going forward as his Portuguese counterpart, Ivanovic makes up for that with dogged defending. The Serb is also a threat for the Blues at set-pieces. Ruled out for one month now, and that could hamper his chance of a rise. Defensive Midfielders Lass Diarra 92-->93/92 The journeyman midfielder has finally found his feet at Real Madrid, after stints with Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth in the Premier League. Lass has made the defensive midfield spot his own with a string of composed displays, and the 24-year-old has also found a spot in the Les Blues squad. Sergio Busquets 90-->90/91 Barclona academy graduate is a favorite of Pep, with the latter having coached him in the youth setup of Barcelona prior to his appointment as the Barcelona coach. Busquets has come under criticism by some, with many believing him to be not of 'Barcelona standard'. Nonetheless, Busquets at 21, has time on his side to iron out the kinks in his game and with several Spanish caps to his name already, the future look promising for Busquets, if not bright. Based on minutes alone, he should and could rise to a 91. Central Midfielders Cesc Fabregas 95-->95/96 The heartbeat of the Arsenal engine room. Fabregas has wowed many with his virtuoso performances this season, although an injury has now ruled him out for the rest of the season. He isn't nailed on for a definite rise at the moment, although if Arsenal defy the odds and lift the Champions League title and/or the Premier League trophy, a rise wouldn't be surprising considering his importance to the team. Darren Fletcher 91-->92 One of the most improved players in the Premier League in the last few season, Fletcher has now cemented a first team spot in the Manchester United first XI. Claudio Marchisio Santos Ramires 90-->90/91 Arjen Robben 93-->93/94 Florent Malouda 91-->92/91 Marek Hamsik 91-->91/92 James Milner 90-->90/91 Park Ji Sung 90-->90/91 Antonio Valencia 90-->91/90 Mesut Ozil 90-->90/91 Pablo Hernandez 90-->91/90 Forwards Lionel Messi 98-->98/99 Wayne Rooney 96-->96/97 Luis Fabiano 93-->93/94 Carlos Tevez 93-->93/94 Gonzalo Higuain 93-->93/94 Ivica Olic 90-->90/91 Marco Borriello 90-->90/91 Stefan Kießling 90-->90/91 Radamel Falcao 90-->90/91 Luis Suarez 90-->91/90 Oscar Cardozo 90-->90/91
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  41. Re: Gold Championship 22 Match Report / Transfers Thread juve take serie a
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  42. Re: Gold Championship 22 Match Report / Transfers Thread After two pathetic seasons, Club America win the Mexican league title for the 2nd time with 3 games left, after a 2-0 win over UNAM Pumas. 13 points ahead of Chivas de Guadalajara and only lost twice in the league so far, conceding just 18 goals. Shows me that when I put the effort in and actually bother to do tactics regularly, then I can win things
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