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  1. Re: Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread I'm such a mong. Having sat on the computer for about an hour waiting for my results to come through I discover that today is actually Tuesday
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  2. Re: Bundesliga Risers, Talents & Droppers 2010
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  3. Nikidinho

    Pedro Leon

    Re: Pedro Leon this may help http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=67651
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  4. Nathan Coe Name: Nathan Coe D.O.B: 1/4/84 Nationality: Australian Position: GK Club: SønderjyskE SM Rating: 78! *MUST BUY* Nathan Coe is an Australian goalkeeper, currently playing for Danish Superligaen side, SønderjyskE and he recently came into fame yesterday by his heroics against F.C. København (his former club), which was his debut for SønderjyskE. His most notable clubs that he used to play for were Inter Milan and PSV. 1zDReMw2bPI
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  5. Bourkey

    Scott Donnelly

    Scott Donnelly Name: Scott Paul Donnelly Club: Swansea City Age: 22 Date of Birth: 25 December 1987 < Position: Central Midfield/Right Midfield International: Previous England U17. SM Rating: 73 Donnelley is a player who has taken time to develop, after being plauged with injuries and having to fight hard to make his way back up the football league chain. He started his career very promisingly, at QPR. He made his first team debut at the tender age of 16 in October 2004, unfortunately, QPR went on too loose that game to Preston 2-1. None the less, its was a good start, and he slowly began to progress from there. He managed to earn himself a contract with QPR in late 2006, but after a series of injuries Donnelly was realeased from QPR, after making roughly a dozen appearances. He then had too get himself back fit, which he did in due course. Once fully fit, he began playing again at Non-League side Weadelstone, where he was fortunate enough to score on his debut. After a handful of impressive performances, Donnelly was then provided a lifeline by Aldershot Town, as he was offered a contract by the soon to be the League two Side after a successful trial with the Southern club. The deal was made in July 2007, and he was signed with plently of time to work on his fitness in time for the up and coming season. That year Donnelly had numerous appearances, but sadly they were mainly from the bench. However, Donnelley did manage to impress the boss (Gary Waddock) enough to be offered a further contract extension for the 2008-09 season, which fortunatley for Donnelley would be of a much higher standard, as Aldershot were gleefully promoted back to the heights of the football league, after topping the Conference table that season. They were helped greatly though by Donnelley, who managed to score a late equaliser in the game at Exeter which was the goal which finally sealed promotion for the Shots after a 16 year abstance for the top tiers of English football. With great fortune, Donnelley took the place of a retiring oldie' and began to make the Central Midfield position his own that year (2008-09). His central midfield partner was in the form of Scott Davies (who at the time was on loan from Reading). The first game for Aldershot after their return to the football league was against Accrington, away. Both players started the game, but one was to be remembered for greater reasons the other. Expectations were high for Donnelley after taking on such an improtant role, but he was able to deliver. He was able to curl a lovely free kick into the top corner, not only to ensure a vital point for the Shots, but it was also the first goal for Aldershot after their return from extinction, it was a day to remember for both fans, and Donnelley alike. He went on to make a handful of appearances that year, and helped the Shots to a nice total of 54 points in their first year back, meaning they would finish in a confortable in Mid-Table position. (12th). At the start of the 09-10 season (Last season), many Shots fans such as myself were devestated to see the departure of Scott Davies (as he was loaned out to Wycombe Wanderers), as he had been the rock in our midfield for the past two seasons, he was to join boss Gary Waddock who had departed at the end of the previous season, only to be replaced by Kevin Dillon, whom showed great faith in Donnelley's ability, and with expectations now becoming even heavier on Donnelley's shoulders after Davies' deparute, he knew he would have to perform. He would have to follow in Davies' shoes, as he would now have to lead by example, even though he was still at such a young age. Davies in his time was rightly our set piece specialist, but that was a job Donnelley himself embraced gracefully, as he began to take every Set-Piece we recieved, whether it be a corner, free-kick or even a penalty, which he soon became a master at. As the season progressed, Donnelley was occasionally pushed up slightly into the AM position, which suited his type of play very well. He popped up with a goal or too from there on, but his main contributions can be from assists, mainly from corners and free-kicks, but also his great vision came in very handy, as it allowed many of the other team to shine, after latching onto crafty passes layed off by Donnelley, although this did not see him get direct recignition, Donnelley did not go un-noticed. He was praised continuously by the manager, and frequently recieved the MoM award. Not only that, but a host of pundits had also had their say on him, as he was clearly leaving his mark on the footballing stage. As the season drew to a close, Aldershot narrowly scraped a place in the play-offs. Donnelley was instrumental in the Shots impressive run, as it was still only their second season back in the football league. Sadly, the Shots were knocked out by Rotherham after loosing both games (1st and 2nd Leg) quite dredfully a few months back. None the less, it was a very impressive season for Donnelley, and one which saw him finally get all the praise he deserved. He was then rewarded for his hard-work with his nomination for Shots player of the year, which i myself believe he was, closely followed by Ben Herd. It was a good all round end to the season for the young gun, and one which saw him take giant leaps towards greater success. In this Summer Transfer Window, Donnelley had a whole bunch of clubs fighting for his signature, although these were mainly from the lower League's such as League 1 and 2. It seemed almost certain that Donnelley was set to re-join his old boss Gary Waddock at Wycombe, but tides soon changed when Championship side Swansea City came asking for his signature. Donnelley was quick to take up the proposal, as he knew it was his chance to return to his past heights, and hopefully this time to be free from injury. The deal was then finalised on the 23rd June, 2010, and he left the Shots gracefully after a satisfactory three years at the club. He will be greatly missed by supporters, just like myself, but we all wish him the best of luck. It is a big step for Donnelley, as their is a great difference between League 2 football and Championship football. Never the less, it is a step i feel Donnelley is capable of making. He is a truly class player, and in time could be a key player for his new side. In his first season, he will probably be used as a fringe player, and given a few games to up his confidence and also allow him to adjust to the heights of Championship football. There has also been talk of a loan move, which would see him guaranteed first team football. Personally, he is my favourite player who i have seen pass through the gates of the Shots in recent years. He has great ability, and reminds me greatly of a developing Lampard. He has great vision, and his eye for goal is also a key asset. He's not afraid to get stuck in for a little man, and always gives his all. Besides, Lampard was out on loan at Swansea once.. so you never know.. As previously stated at the beginning of the post, Donnelly is currently rated 73 on the SM Database, which means he is a very cheap buy. He will cost you roughly 125k.. which is practically nothing to almost all managers, unless your on a tight budget. In terms of his rating, i can see him progressing very gradually. With a few apps next season at Swansea.. he could easily be hitting the low 80's, but it all depends on how his season works out. All in all though, i strongly recommend you purchase him, even if it does take time for him to rise significently, i can still see it being a worth-while purchase. Hopefully in seasons to come he can be makring his place in the Swansea side, and putting in a strong case to start every week. Also, hopefully he can be showing glimpses of his true potential just like he did at the Shots, such as with the following video..which i will leave with you to admire. Enjoy; -------------------------------------------------------------------------- QMkXo71WUJM Also, this is my return to scouting.. so all comments would be welcome (Constructive though please) Cheers, Bourkey.
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  6. Re: Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread I hope you didn't damage your computer.
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  7. Re: New transfers -who will be the biggest riser in epl Relieved of what? I'll be relieved if : 1) Scousers can stop moaning 2) Rafa Benitez's Inter can play attacking football with him in charge 3) Blackpool can get more than 10,000 at a home game. Is it relieved in that sense? or the lavatorial sense?
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  8. Re: Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread
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  9. Re: Real Madrid my 5 season's of horror I would use the 3-5-2. You have an excellent midfield so that is the best tactic for you I guess. -----------------Kameni---------------------- Srna-------------Dunne-------------Maxwell-- -----------------Pirlo----------------------- Ronaldo------Kaka--------Sneijder-------Vaart ------------Drogba-------Van Nistelrooy------ or 3-4-2-1 -----------------Kameni---------------------- Srna-------------Dunne-------------Maxwell-- Ronaldo-----Pirlo-----Sneijder------Vaart----- --------------Kaka----Raul------------------- ------------------Drogba--------------------- You need to work on your defense because it's a bit weak. I also would try to sell or trade Van Nistelrooy.
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  10. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread...
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  11. John S

    Neymar

    Re: Neymar Yeah I know. Santos ask for too much for both Ganso and Neymar but I just said that to show that he is very talented and European teams are chasing him
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  12. Gunner

    Neymar

    Re: Neymar doubt lyon will pay the 40m price tag though after already having a 20m bid turned down
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  13. Re: Players: Should I buy, sell or keep?
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  16. Respuesta: Re: French Ligue 1 and 2
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  17. Re: Official Liverpool Thread I am liking Hodgson more and more with these signings. Cole + Wilson. They are the kind of quality players we should be having, I know Wilson isn't the greatest right now but he is a really god player with amazing potential. as for the Remy thing only watching youtube clips. Like the guy said, all the youtube clips are his "highlights" and they are pretty average. So imagine how shocking the rest of his games are. Let Arsenal gamble £14million on him if they want i don't care. But Liverpool can't afford more Diouf's, Morientes's, Cheyrou's, Diao's, Pennants', Keanes etc.
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  18. Bourkey

    £34M for Di Maria

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  19. Re: PORTUGAL – 1st and 2nd Division extensive thread - Discussion Thread James Rodriguez's first goal @ Estádio do Dragão Set-up by an aggressive lead pass by Falcao... ...And then what great speed, save and touch by Hulk
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  20. Re: Evra straight swap for Alonso? I would also do it to improve my team but X.Alonso looks more likely to rise to 95 than Evra in the near future.
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  21. Re: Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread my real betis team in gold 125 is coming along really nicely signed dragovic, petrovic,gamarra,shaqiri,traore,affolter,kavlak,coates and boghossian and still have a couple more i want to buy.
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  22. Re: Players: Should I buy, sell or keep? Iniesta for me too.
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  23. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... I feel Kjaer is probs too good to give away, but if your in desperate need or Gourcuff hten you could do that. Id try swapping Song, Anita and some money if i was you as that would be alot better. Kjaer could rise next year, so you might not want to loose him.
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  24. Re: Players: Should I buy, sell or keep? I'd go for Iniesta if your in need of a winger and have plenty of centre-mids.
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  25. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Well, Sychev had great season also Oliyev is also good, but i wont do it. Perhaps ask for more money/higher rated players?
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  26. Re: Gold Championship Regional Challenge M/R Thread Nottingham Forest brung in six eastern european hopefuls to the city ground earlier today and yesterday. Matt Abbott told the press it was an important decision to join the regional challenge as he wreckons it will be a big benefit and great fun. The six signings where -
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  27. Re: Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread 26-28 Million
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  28. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... For Neymar yes, but I'm not sure about Walcott, try to get a better player or money out of the deal.
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  29. Re: Players: Should I buy, sell or keep? Definitely Fletcher was one of Utd's better player last season and if he keeps his position and plays like he did last season he should rise again.
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  30. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread...
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  31. Gunner

    Official Liverpool Thread

    Re: Official Liverpool Thread
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  32. Re: Gold Championship 100 Match Reports | Transfers Took Hannover 96, albeit in Div 2 though. Hope to see you guys next season.
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  33. Bourkey

    Hello From Australia

    Re: Hello From Australia Welcome mate, enjoy your stay
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  34. Re: EC5579 - Peterborough Telegraph Will Peterborough repeat? 3 - 1 Date: 19th July 2010 Venue: London Road Attendance: 12,915 Referee: Tom Sawyer A wonderful second half come back from Peterborough saw them progressed into the next round of the shield last night, with a 3-1 win against division 3 outfit, Tranmere. Tranmere looked like they we're set to create a shock result in the opening minutes, when they took an early lead thanks to Antonio Lopez who only had to tap the ball in after it was played back into the box from the byline for the young Mexican to finish with ease. But minutes later an Peterborough could of been level when 20 yard drive from Alan Smith was tipped onto the crossbar by Luis Michel. Dean Moxey was put in on goal but only for the defender to look back and see the flag being raised for offside. Peterborough went into the break 1-0 down, knowing things had to change.... ....whatever was said at half time certainly worked, Peterborough came out and almost nabbed a goal instantly when Krisztián Nemeth managed to find himself one-on-one with the goal keeper but the Hungarian miss hit his strike and scuffed it wide, but Peterborough took the lead five minutes later, when George Boyd scored a wonderful diving header at the far post, what didn't help Tranmere's course was the sending off of there goal scorer, Antonio Lopez who received a second yellow card for time wasting seconds after Peterborough equalized. Peterborough took the lead less than 20 minutes later, when the 21 year old some how managed to poke the ball under the goal keeper after it looked like the ex Hammers player had miss hit his strike. Some class from Krisztián Nemeth late on in the game saw Peterborough take a place in the next round of the shield where they'll face Southampton at home. Zavon Hines managing to poke the ball past Luis Michel
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  35. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread...
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  37. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Actually I would say the last one isn't too smart because both players are very old. I'm split between the first and third but I think the third is slightly better.
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  38. Bourkey

    Summer 2010 free agents

    Re: Summer 2010 free agents Just done a bit of this myself.. Hope you dont mind me posting a few: Jan Mucha 87 Enric Valles 72 Tomas Kalas 75 David Silva 93 (Highly doubt he will still be at Valencia though) Frederic Piquionne 87 Milan Jovanovic 89 Radoslaw Majewski 85 Magaye Gueye 80 Simon Mignolet 84 Joao Silva 80 Ibanez Pablo 87 Jelle Van Damme 86 Quite a few very good ones there.. ENJOY!
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  39. Re: Aguero or Rising Team
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  40. John S

    Aguero or Rising Team

    Re: Aguero or Rising Team
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  41. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... I think that's a fairly good deal if you have a similarly-rated back up as Gilardino had a decent season for Fiorentina and so did Vargas. If you don't have someone rated roughly the same (so at least a 94) then I dont think you should do the deal.
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  42. Re: English Championship 2933 Discussion Thread So the final day of the league season is almost upon us and what does it hold in store? What issues are there still to be decided? DIVISION ONE In the top flight both the promotion and relegation issues have been resolved. Arsenal have strolled to the title with a massive points gap and huge goal difference. Whilst at the bottom Sheffield United, Blackburn and Charlton are dropping down. So it's only the European spots left up for grabs. Man City and Sunderland are assured of a Champions league spot for next season but the last spot will be contested between Chelsea who entertain Everton and Aston Villa who go to West ham. If both slip up then Liverpool can sneak in but as they are away to Arsenal who are unbeaten at home this is unlikely. Any one of 6 clubs can still sneak the last Europa league spot as West ham in 10th and Everton in 15th are separated by just 2 points. If West ham beat Villa though then there's nothing the rest can do. DIVISION TWO West Brom are promoted and will seal the title if they match Stoke's result. Stoke's draw with Hull means they are virtually promoted barring a huge GD turnaround. Hull, Reading and Plymouth are guaranteed play off spots. Norwich will seal the last spot if they match Birminghams result. If Norwich earn a draw or win they will also send Swindon down. If Swindon do pull off an amazing win then Watford and Cardiff can be relegated. Cardiff host Millwall and i can only begin to think of the crowd trouble if Millwall relegate them! Coventry and Millwall have already been relegated. DIVISION THREE An outstanding Barnsley side have already been promoted, as have Derby. The two sides have +96 and +97 GD's and have deserved promotion. Barnsley need a point at local rivals Leeds for the title, if they slip up a win at Brentford will give Derby the title. Forest, QPR, Leeds and Swansea have the play off places. It's possible for Southampton to still nick 6th from Swansea but it looks unlikely. At the bottom any 3 from Hartlepool, Oldham, Yeovil, Brentford and Walsall can still go down. If Walsall survive though it will be a minor miracle as they need 3 results to go their way. Brentford, Hartlepool and Oldham all have tough tasks though as they face top 6 clubs. DIVISION FOUR The top 2 sides face each other on the last day with all kinds of permutations possible. A Southend win will see them promoted. A Brighton win will see them promoted. A draw will see them both promoted and both managers have this week been quick to rubbish all talk of playing for the draw. If either side win then an MK Dons win at Luton will see them sneak up on GD. Any one of those 3 plus Carlisle and Port vale will contest the play offs. The last spot is held by Leyton Orient who moved into 6th with a great win at Darlington on saturday. However if they slip up at Tranmere, it could let Darlington in if they win at Port vale. Should they both slip up then Northampton can sneak in with a win at home to Rotherham. Grimsby are already confirmed as finished rock bottom of the entire 4 divisions. Good luck to all managers with something to play for tonight!!
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  43. Re: Official Liverpool Thread This must be your season surely and Joe Cole your 1045647th final piece in the jigsaw. Congrats!
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  44. Re: New reason for rejecting bids:
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  45. Re: UEFA Euro u19 Championship - Scouting watch all the U19 Games Here. http://www.livefootballtvs.com/live-streaming.html
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  46. Re: The Intercourse, Scores, MRs, and anything else worthy of reporting upon. Mineiro No Match For Minyor Division 1 Match Result 19th July 2010 Venue: Minyor Stadium Capacity: 16,500 Attendance: 3,779 Referee: Oscar Ruiz Mateas Delic fights hard to keep the ball in, showing just how much he merited his MOM award. Minyor 2 - 0 America Mineiro M.Ramon (47) M.Delic (50) America Mineiro were to prove no match for Lee Bourke's inexperienced Minyor, as the Bulgarian side ran out confortable winners at the Minyor Stadium. Both teams came alive in the second half, with an early flourish from new signings Ramon and Delic of Minyor , which would eventually turn out to be decisive. The goals put Minyor in a confortable position, and the defence did enough to keep the pacey Mineiro forwards at bay until the final whistle. The game started very quietly, with both teams happy to give the other team possession and sit back while the opposition had the ball. Minyor however were to start of the better side, and were constantly knocking on the door in the early minutes of the game. The Mineiro defence were strong enough to keep the Bulgarian's at bay, but one particular defender was not at all happy with the way his team had begun. Vital da Silva Dede was becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of communication on the field by his side, and you could that tempers were beginning to flare. Only seconds later, Dede raised his arms while just out side the area, and rather stupidly recieved an instant caution for something that could of been avoided. This only enraged the Mineiro defender more, and as Minyor began to apply more pressure the Brazilian centre back found it all too much. He began flying in on tackles, and was playing a very risky game having already been booked. Oscar Ruiz the referee later gave a free kick just outside the area, much to the disgust of Dede. He charged at the referee, and when he was told to scurry, he did something he will most likely regret. Dede pushed the referee forcefully onto the floor, and for his actions he was to recieve a straight red. The Mineiro players protested but they could have no complaints as the stupidity of Dede was to effectively cost them the game. Previously the Brazilian side had looked so confortable, but now with such a big gap left at the back, Minyor were left to exploit it. Shots were fired left, right and centre but Mineiro were just about able to hold on until half time, mainly down to the efforts of on loan goal keeper K.Vermeer. Iranian referee Oscar Ruiz blue the whistle to signal half time after what would have seemed like an eternity of stoppage time for the Brazilian side. It was make or break now for Minyor, as they would now have to take full advantage of the one man advantage if they were too have any chance of winning the game. As the teams returned from the tunnel, it would be Minyor who could get the ball rolling again. To get the tempo going, Minyor passed the ball around calmly and almost teased the opposition with the ball at certain points. After about two minutes of consecutive passing, the new Brazilian left back was to seek full advantage of a gap left by America Mineiro, in what was to be a contender for goal of the season.. in only week one! He took the ball from his own half and played a neat 1-2 with Mateas Delic. He then managed to beat two defenders, and before he knew it he was in on goal. All he had to do now was keep his nerve.. and he did more than that. Ramon placed the ball in the net with a cheeky chip, beating Vermeer and giving Minyor a vital lead and also an all important confidence boost. Mineiro looked extermely dishartened after having been in the game so long, as they knew now the game was almost out of their hands. They had been going for a draw, but now all they could do was hope to not loose too many, as goal differnce could be a big factor in this years final standings. However, this was not to go to plan and Mark Farine's Mineiro were to be 2-0 down within five minutes of the restart. This time Ramon was to turn provider for the goal, as he played in a lovely ball towards the back post only for it to be missed by almost everyone in the area..expect one. Delic was arriving late, and after taking a touch and cutting inside, the Croatian was able to finish the move off with a lovely left footed shot into the top left hand corner. From here on the result was never in doubt, but Mineiro were to finally show that they were not going to go down without a fight. On numerous occasions the Brazilian side left two at the back in order to push the rest of the team as far up field as possible. Minyor's keeper Ze Carlos was to be kept busy in the final quarter of the game, with shots coming from all sorts of distances. As the clock hit 75 minutes, Mineiro saw that they had to push on. A nice pass by J.Paulino was to set Luiz Fernandinho free, but his hopeful lob proved not be enough, as it hit the front of the crossbar, and then rolled back into the grateful hands of Ze Carlos. America's best chance of the game was still yet to come, and it was to be passed up by a devesated Diego Mauricio. The ball was fizzed in across the boz at pace, Diego Mauricio slid in at the back post after it had been missed by all the Minyor defenders hoping to get in the way. He stretched to try and reach it but his reactions were just a fraction to slow as the ball crawled passed his foot just before he could get their. The keeper would have been beaten, but yet again Ze Carlos was saved by a stroke of luck and fortune. The game then began to wind down from here, as both teams had accepted the result. The Iranian referee blew the whistle for half time after a short period of stoppage time, on a night that was to be of great importance for the confidence of the Minyor squad. The Managers View Minyor XI A.ZeCarlos, F.Stoor, M.Ramon, G.Baran, C.Gil, K.Dicgacoi, M.Marquinho, S.Ralf, D.Elm, L.Janoszka, M.Delic America Mineiro XI K.Vermeer, P.DiegoMacedo, P.Fabio, V.Dede, M.Valentine, C.Eriksen, E.Oscar, J.Paulino, D.Mauricio, L.Fernandinho, N.Lodeiro Next Match: Turn 2 - Jiangsu Sainty (A)
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  47. Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread Tom Selleck Writes.....In what is shaping up to to be the most enthralling promotion race since the legendary season 9 battle between Rochdale,Shorpe and Colchester, division 4 came to the boil at the weekend as Bristol City closed to just within one point of leaders and near neighbours Rovers. After just 15 games the Bristol giants are considered by many to be dead certs for this years title, but wiser followers of EC106 are taking nothing for granted as they cast their eye as far down as 12th for this years eventual champions. A combination of young squads finally starting to show their undoubted potential, and an influx of a new wave of lower league managers each with their own a fresh tactical approach points to a grandstand second half of the season. Division 4 GD / Pts 1 Bristol Rovers 16 32 2 Bristol City 12 31 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 Blackpool 9 29 4 Rotherham United 12 28 5 Nottingham Forest 9 28 6 Brentford 10 26 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 Northampton Town 10 26 8 Oxford United 4 23 9 Hartlepool United 4 23 10 Walsall 3 23 11 Hull City 9 22 Brought in to replace long term manager Liam Smith at the start of the season , Bristol Rovers boss Neil Matterson has made an exceptional start to his 106 career as leaders Rovers continue to blaze an impressive early season title trail. Since the opening day 7-1 rout of Colchester, the Pirates have gone on to record 9 wins and 5 draws and a solitary loss at the hands of Blackpool as they have amassed a fine haul of 32 points from their opening 15 games. Key to Rovers success so far has been Mattersons tactical unpredictability as he seemingly tailors his team to counter each opponent. Despite being breeched 21 times, this season has seen Rovers accrue a thumping 31 goals spread across midfield and the attacking duo of Giuseppe Sculli and Andaz Kirm. Following the weekends 2-0 away win at Luton, Rovers fierce local rivals Bristol City moved into second place and very much back on the title radar. In his second full season in 106 , manager James Prike seems to have really settled into his role winning many plaudits and much admiration for his all out attacking, width seeking 4-3-3 formation. Unbeaten all season, City present a formidable foe to any team in the division with experienced front men Milan Jovanavic and Peter Odemingie standing out in a highly distinguished squad. Since joining the club half way through last season, George Exeter looks certain to guide the notoriously difficult to score against Blackpool, to at least a top ten finish as his bravery in the transfer market continues to pay dividends. Setting a new club record of 20 million with the sale of Diego Capel to Derby county in April, Exeter immediately added dependable keeper Nicolas Douchez and more recently the free scoring David Bellion and the highly fancied Scottish midfielder Charlie Adam to his first team squad. Recruited to 106 about the same time as George Exeter, Rotherhams Gary Townsend is another manager whose team has made a very promising start to season 11. Securely placed in 4th spot, little Rotherham look completely at home with their more illustrious rivals and despite following a disastrous loss to Bristol City last week, with an uninspiring 2-2 draw with Boston this weekend look odds on to recapture the breath taking form which has seen them dump the mighty Southampton out of the shield and destroy Colchester 7-2 at Don Valley. One man reveling in his time at the club is Townsends big close season signing, ex Hamburg man Rodrigues Roger, who has firmly capture the Rotherham faithfuls hearts after an excellent 8 goals in just 7 games in the red shirt. In one of the biggest surprises in EC106 history, Ex Millwall and England manager Dave Izod was sensationally sacked by club and country before taking the tiller at perennial under achievers Nottingham Forest. Inheriting a dearth of young talent Izod has been guarded about the reds chances of promotion as he instead uses his hard won experience of the set-up to add to and guide his young charges to an all out promotion charge next season. That said its 3 wins out of 3 for Forest under the twice voted personality of the year and whilst gravely hurt by his humiliating fall from grace, those close to Izod say it has done nothing to diminish the 41 year olds inner desire for success. Occupying the sixth and last play-off spot the universally admired Brentford and their hugely respected coach Darren Ricardson continue their ongoing quest to escape the bottom division. In his fifth season at Griffin park, Ricardson has led the bees to two play-off finishes but continues to me known as one of the nearly men of the 4th division football. Despite being hampered by dire financial restrictions, the Scotsman has nevertheless engineered yet another fine squad who on their day are more than a match for their more affluent rivals. Just outside the play-offs Northampton continue to add to their resilient reputation after an excellent 2-2 draw at the weekend with league leaders Bristol Rovers. Managed by one of the many new faces to 106 Dan Tomlins, and preferring a tough 5-4-1 line up the Cobblers are rapidly becoming one of the divisions least forgiving teams to play against. Known for their tenacity throughout the 90 minutes, Northampton are not only difficult to score against but with the excellent Marcus Pederson racking up a super 9 goals always likely to cause an upset. Relegated last season from the third division Oxford are a another team who present an uncomfortable evening for opposing supporters. Very much fashioned in the dour form of their hugely experienced manager, Scotland boss Dave Belkevitz, the O's squad are stubborn, and combative in equal measure and boast the highly rated Nicolus Loderio and Milan Badelj. Driven on by their at times fanatical manger the un-fancied Oxford are guaranteed to continue fighting for any hope of another surprise play-off finish right to the last kick of the season. Despite a poor start to season 11 and manager Patrick Coli's continued absence, Hartlepool have enjoyed an solid enough campaign. An excellent 3-0 cup win over division one WBA has seen them progress to the 4th round to face Reading, whilst in the league they have shared the spoils with Bristol Rovers, Brentford and Blackpool and also scored an excellent 3-2 Victoria park win against Nottingham Forest. With Coli's eventual return to the helm, few would doubt Hartlepools credentials in staging a late run into the play-offs and beyond. Just 6 games into his Walsall tenure, EC 106's first Canadian manager Jooles Dawsen sent shock waves through the league with a shield win over Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok stadium and continued to make fair headway in the league as he guided his tired squad to draws with Brentford and Blackpool and a win over Peterborough United. Struck by injuries to key personel Lee Catermole, Nigal Reo -Coker and more seriously Jean-Jacques Gosso , fans and pundits alike wait to see if Dawsen's teams obvious spirit and the superb form of frontman Lautaro Acosta will keep the small midland outfit in touch with the title chasing pack. Faced with the near impossible task of saving them from the drop last season Hulls Aussie boss Luke Lights first full season in charge at the KC has started to show signs of progress. Just 4 points away from the play-offs in 11th place the Tigers are very much a team oozing class and attacking prowess. Frontmen Anthony Modeste and Maxi Lopez have been in exceptional form so far hitting the target 18 times between them, with Modeste's dozen seeing the Frenchman heading the divisions leading goal scorers. Key to Hulls hopes will be an end to the inconsistency that has seen them both win, but also loose 7 of their opening 15 fixtures.
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  48. Re: Any risers from Hungary? Ive always been a big fan of Hungary. Spent some time out there training years ago & had a soft spot for a country ever since. If you get the chance go, great country & great people. Ferencvaros are an interesting club in Hungary, they are basically owned by Sheff Utd. However the ground is owned by the Hungarian government & a new 25k all-seater stadium is currently being built. They are supposedly the best supported team in Hungary & last season they re-established themselves in the NB I following 3 years away. They were removed in 2006 due to financial problems & finally got back up last season. Anyway now they're back so they have some who might be worth a punt... Sam Stockley 32yo RB rated 70. Since joining from Port Vale in Jan he's become a regular starter clocking up 14 starts & 1 sub appearance (1326 mins). 70 >> 77/78 David Kulcsar 22yo LM/LB rated 75. 17 starts, 4 subs (1582 mins). 75 >> 79/80 Jason Morrison 26yo CM rated 77. 22 starts, 1 sub (1993 mins). 77 >> 80/81** Tommy Docherty 31yo CM/DM rated 75. Another January signing, but this time from Wycombe, & another starter. 11 starts (889 mins). 75 >> 77/78** Bence Toth 20yo CM rated 74. 11 starts, 3 subs (928 mins). 74 >> 77 Adnan Ahmed 26yo DM/CB rated 70. Pakistan Intl, joined from Port Vale last year. 12 starts 2 subs (1043 mins). 70 >> 77/78** Liban Abdi 21yo AM/Fwd rated 70. 7 starts, 3 subs (594 mins). He got a brief run of starts toward the end of the season. 70 >> 75 And saving the best till last.... Anthony Elding 28yo Fwd rated 70. Started the 2009 season at Crewe, went out loan to Kettering for the last 2 months of 2009 & then moved to Hungary & hasn't looked back! 15 games, all starts, scoring 8 goals & clocking up 1303 mins. 70 >> 80 Edit: ** - i'm checking on these players to confirm they will still be at the club next season.
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  49. Re: The Intercourse, Scores, MRs, and anything else worthy of reporting upon. AMERICA MINEIRO What may seem like an odd choice to represent Southern Brazil in this tournament, one will quickly learn that if any team has a history of surprises and of development, this is it. Given proper ressources, it can become a Giant. So here's the beginning of... the "Gigantes da Independencia" History of surprises Holders of one of the oldest stadiums in Brazil, no team is guaranteed a win when visiting the Independencia. Just ask England, who came into the 1950 World Cup as clear favourites, only to lose in the Independencia to a bunch of unknowns from Saint Louis, including a funeral director, a dishwasher and a bunch of factory workers. The club itself is also known for surprises. It is, also, America's Fred who scored the World's fastest goal, at the time. Expect this America squad, who arn't even close to being favourites, to draw a bit from the Americans and a bit from their history in an attempt to shock opposing defenses, and to shock the world. Classico Azuriense Another aspect to keep an eye on is the Classico Azuriense; a pre-season tournament in which a top club from France's Cote d'Azur, usually Nice, visit the Belo Horizonte area for a series of 4 games. It gives both teams a freedom before the season, and a chance for their players to develop some chemistry. It's also a great tourism exchange for the two areas, allowing the players and managers to explore the two best beach-areas in the world. The Squad America are well known for being a youth factory. They've been responsible for the development of Selecao members like Fred and Gilberto Silva, and there's another young diamond currently in the squad; Danilo. This America squad, now given some funds, has decided to keep the tradition going. In goal, Kenneth Vermeer has been loaned in from Ajax, a partner club. The backline is consisted of Diego Macedo, recently transferred from rivals Atletico Mineiro, and Danilo on the wings, with Dede and ex-Barcelona Marc Valiente in the middle. Michel Schmoller offers support. The midfield is anchored by Corinthians man Paulinho, who could cause a surprise or two this season. Backed-up by youth star Marcos Paulo, it's a solid line for the moment. Two more Ajax loanees are the attacking force; Cristian Erixen and Nicolas Lodeiro. They are joined by the star signing, Oscar, to form the attacking trio. To complete the squad, another ex-Atletico Mineiro man in Joao Pedro, who is backing up lone striker Diego Mauricio. With many, many youth internationals in the squad, we can expect America to blossom, even if it's just in a few seasons.
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  50. Re: Gold Championship 88 | Match Reports | Transfers Manchester United GC 88: Update Rooney is nearing full fitness. United Knocked Off Top Spot! Manchester United have let their lead slip with only eight games to play. United have slipped up in recent weeks and they’re now two points behind Chelsea in first, with Chelsea still to play at Old Trafford before the end of the season. United started to stumble five games ago when Hayden Mullins headed Portsmouth a shock draw at OT. Manchester United then got beaten 1-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers, Brett Emerton with a curling shot. As Saviola was dropped, Alessandro Matri was brought back into the eleven, and netted the first in a 5-0 win away at Sunderland. United’s second string side were embarrassed by Derby County who knocked them out of the Fa Cup in the fourth round 6-4 at Pride Park. Midweek’s defeat at home to Aston Villa was not one United needed, Gabriel Agbonlahor was outstanding netting a brilliant hat trick and Richard Dunne headed another for Villa. United know they need to pick up form now and there is hope Wayne Rooney will be back before the end of the season
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