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  1. 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
  2. Re: English Ratings Opinion! no change for anelka either (92) - surely warranted a rise to 93:confused:
  3. Re: Davide Santon Only those who have bought him!
  4. Re: Van der sar's replacement Joe Hart 21 (89) SM value £7.4M
  5. Re: Whos ratings are going to change? See this thread made by Tom. Should tell you everything you need to know. http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=34954&page=5
  6. Hello All and Happy New Year. I saw this article on Soccerlens.com and thought I'd post it for you all. I've added the SM ratings... 2009 is set to be a fine year indeed for football fans. And no less so for these ten players; ten players who all have the potential to excite audiences across the country. Big moves could well beckon for these young stars in 2009: Jamie Ward – Chesterfield (76) The diminutive striker has notched 14 goals in 22 starts for Chesterfield this season, and is attracting the interest of a number of Championship clubs. Pacy and with an eye for goal, The Northern Ireland U21 international may be due a big move sooner rather than later with his current contract due to run out in June. However, a summer move could be the more likely option, with Ward looking increasingly likely to review his options at the end of the season. Tommy Rowe – Stockport County (77) With five goals already this season, Rowe is a big part of the Hatters second successive push for promotion, with the 20 year old left winger having all the physical and technical attributes to make an impact in the higher echelons of English Football. Rowe is one of many young starlets attracting interest at Edgeley Park, with the likes of Kevin Pilkington and Jimmy McNulty also being monitored by scouts across the country. Manager Jim Gannon will certainly have a job keeping his young side together over January to maintain their playoff charge. Joe Lewis – Peterborough (80) England have already come calling, what next for the Peterborough goalkeeper? Everton and QPR have expressed an interest in the past for the 6’6 keeper, who commands his area well and can pull off spectacular saves when required. The Posh won’t let him go easily though, and have the financial clout and big ambition to convince Lewis to stay at London Road. Victor Moses – Crystal Palace (80) The sky is the limit for Moses, who has bags of pace and ability. A regular for England’s Under 19 squad, Moses is equally at home on either wing, and after bursting onto the scene so successfully last season, the winger was the subject of much transfer speculation, with the likes of Arsenal expressing an interest in the player. However, after signing a 4 year deal with Crystal Palace, it appears Moses has committed his future to Palace – for now at least. John-Joe O’Toole – Watford (82) Watford’s fans haven’t had much to cheer about this season, but in O’Toole they have a proper player. The midfielder has come through the ranks at Vicarage Road, and at 6’2 is a great athlete as well as a great passer of the ball, with eight goals to his name already this season – not a bad return for a 20 year old in only his second season as a professional. With international football at senior level for the Republic of Ireland surely beckoning, will Watford be tempted to cash in on another of their assets when the big clubs undoubtedly come crawling? Scott Davies – Reading (on loan at Aldershot) (70) After leaving his mark on the Blue Square Premier, the on loan Reading youngster is now setting his sights on the Football League, and Gary Waddock’s Aldershot are once again reaping the benefits of the winger’s services. A player with a great work rate and accurate delivery, Davies is also quite capable of producing the spectacular. However, it remains to be seen whether the 20 year old will be given the chance to show off his obvious talents at his parent club, Reading. If not, other clubs will be sure to express an interest in the midfielder. Sam Baldock –Milton Keynes Dons (75) Born and bred in Milton Keynes, the emergence of Sam Baldock from promising youngster to first team regular has surprised almost everyone at Stadium: MK. A player with great pace and movement; Baldock is also very composed in front of goal, as his 9 goals in 21 starts this season would testify to. Celtic are rumoured to be interested in the 19 year old hitman, but MK will want to keep hold of their sole home grown talent as long as possible. Kyle Naughton – Sheffield United (80) A product of The Blades youth academy, Naughton has made the right-back spot at Sheffield United his own this season. A player comfortable in defence but just as adept going forward to support the attack – Naughton is a fine player, with blistering pace and skill to boot – not traits you’d necessarily associate with a defender. A lifelong Blades fan, Naughton will be hoping to take his hometown club back to the Premiership this season – before the Premiership comes to him. Scott Dann – Coventry City (81) Strong, brave and good in the air, The 21 year old has shown maturity beyond his tender years for Coventry during this campaign as captain as one of the youngest backlines in the Championship. After making a successful into the England Under-21s set up, the future certainly looks bright for the young centre-back, who has played at every level in the Football League pyramid so far. Will Buckley - Rochdale (71) Premier League scouts have been flocking to Spotland to watch this exciting winger for quite some time now, and the 19 year old has duly obliged with some splendid performances. With six goals to his name already this season, it seems like a matter of time before Buckley moves on to pastures new. But after losing top stars such as Grant Holt, Glenn Murray and Rickie Lambert over the years, Rochdale will be determined to hang on to their man for a while yet as they strive for promotion from League Two.
  7. Re: Spanish Ratings Agreed. Both Casillas and Buffon are top of their class - surely the best keepers in the world deserve a 97
  8. Re: Jack Wilkshire If you search "Wilshere" you'll find threads about him
  9. Hi All, Saw this article on the Mail online today and thought I'd post it for you all. I've added SM ratings From Dos Santos and Ngog to Vela and Sears - 10 teenagers with the talent to impress in the Premier League GIOVANI DOS SANTOS (TOTTENHAM) (87) Hugely talented and versatile Mexican forward whose signing from Barcelona represents something of a coup for Spurs. The 19-year-old - who is half-Brazilian - impressed at times for Barca last season but left in search of a more regular first-team place. THEO WALCOTT (ARSENAL) (88) Still only 19, Walcott has not developed as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would have hoped but the quick and skilful forward could well feature more regularly since Alexander Hleb's departure to Barcelona. CARLOS VELA (ARSENAL) (87) Not a name familiar to many people in England, this young Mexican striker was 'parked' in Spain until recently due to work permit issues. However, he is back and ready to fight for a place in north London and is likely to be eased into the side this season. EMILIANO INSUA (LIVERPOOL) (76) Argentinian left back who leads a crop of exciting youngsters recruited under Rafael Benitez. Has already made the occasional first-team appearance and is on the standby list for his country's Olympic squad. FRANCO DI SANTO (CHELSEA) (85) Gangly Argentinian striker scored on his debut against Guangzhou Pharmaceutical recently having managed seven goals in eight reserve matches last season. Joined earlier this year from Chilean outfit Audax Italiano. FREDDIE SEARS (WEST HAM) (75) The striker shot to prominence with a debut winner against Blackburn in March, becoming an instant local hero. A genuine talent, who appeared for England's Under-19s in this summer's European Championships, Sears could be a regular starter for United by the end of the season. JACK COLLISON (WEST HAM) (74) Tall midfielder who made his senior Wales debut earlier this year to cap a rapid rise. After two appearances for the Hammers, he will be keen to kick on under Alan Curbishley and encouraged by the examples shown by the likes of Sears, Mark Noble and Anton Ferdinand. DANIEL STURRIDGE (MANCHESTER CITY) (77) The England Under-19 striker is among several teenage stars in the City ranks alongside Ched Evans and Felipe Caicedo. Sturridge, whose uncles are former players Dean and Simon, took his few chances last season by scoring against Sheffield United and Derby. DAVID NGOG (LIVERPOOL) (82) Highly-rated teenage striker recently bought from Paris St Germain. Ngog, who is the cousin of former Rangers and Newcastle defender Jean-Alain Boumsong, struggled in an under-performing Paris St Germain team last season but his pace could be well suited to the wealth of midfield talent the Reds possess. GARETH BALE (TOTTENHAM) (86) Immensely talented Welsh left-back who did well for Spurs until a serious foot injury in December curtailed his early progress. However, he now faces competition for his place from Brazil international Gilberto.
  10. Re: Ten stars who could soon be coming to a club near you I thought the same thing. I'm a Spurs fan and I wish Jenas was in Schweinstinger's class
  11. Hi All, Noticed this on the Timesonline website today and thought I'd post it for all to read. I've added their SM ratings. So by now you are as familiar with Andrei Arshavin and Slaven Bilic as you are with David Bentley and Martin O’Neill. Here is a look at some of the others whose stock has risen at Euro 2008. The nine players and one manager who may well be worth the consideration of a Premier League club. Fatih Terim, 54 (Turkey) Few managers are as aggressive, in terms of motivation and approach. Turkey, despite a long list of injuries and suspensions (and with a rather Blist squad to begin with), have reached the semi-finals thanks to last-minute heroics in each of their past three outings. Credit has to go to the “Emperor”. Terim’s sides love to gamble and play with a rare combination of guile and intensity, regardless of the personnel available. He has four Turkish titles and a Uefa Cup to his name, but deserves another shot at the big time. He did extremely well in his one season at Fiorentina and then fell out with club officials during his brief stay at AC Milan the next year. It is time to give him the stage he deserves. Reminiscent of . . . Sir Alex Ferguson Yuri Zhirkov, 24 SM rating 90 (Russia/CSKA Moscow) He can play anywhere on the left flank, equally adept as a full back and as a winger. He has always been able to beat his man and deliver a cross, but he has improved tremendously from a defensive standpoint too, and may be the best left back in the competition. Reminiscent of . . . Gaël Clichy Jérémy Toulalan, 24 SM rating 93 (France/Lyons) OK, so he did get caught up in Raymond Domenech’s Gallic nightmare. However, it was not his fault that he was asked to play alongside Claude Makelele, the shorter, photo-negative version of himself. Toulalan is energetic, dynamic and an excellent ball-winner, who reads the game very well and could contribute plenty sitting in front of anyone’s back four. Reminiscent of . . . Claude Makelele (who else?) Gabriel Tamas, 24 SM rating 88 (Romania/Auxerre) He has been hyped since the age of 19 and has changed clubs seven times, playing in five countries in his brief career. But it appears that he is finally beginning to harness his considerable physical gifts. He is strong, athletic and intense. While he may not have Franz Beckenbauer’s elegance on the ball, he knows his limitations and plays to his strengths. At Euro 2008, he more than held his own against the likes of Karim Benzema and Luca Toni, two very different but equally respected centre forwards. Reminiscent of . . . Tony Adams Daniele De Rossi, 24 SM rating 94 (Italy/AS Roma) Surprisingly dropped for the Azzurri’s opener against Holland (which they duly lost 3-0), he returned with a vengeance and was arguably Italy’s best player in each of the final two group games. A natural leader, De Rossi does it all: he is a defensive work-horse, who can also act as a deeplying playmaker and loves to get forward, where his long-range efforts and aerial ability make him a constant threat. His contract expires in 2009, but he is close to signing a new one (which means that, if you want him for a reasonable price, you had better hurry). Oh, he also happens to speak English. Reminiscent of . . . Roy Keane Bastian Schweinsteiger, 23 SM rating 92 (Germany/Bayern Munich) This former prodigy is angling for a move away from the Bundesliga and his recent performance against Portugal has only strengthened his case. Schweinsteiger is a versatile, dynamic midfield player, who can be deployed centrally or wide left. Plenty of energy, a cracking long-range shot and a tough-guy mentality would make him an asset to any side. Consistency has been a problem for him in the past, although, at his age, it is understandable. Remarkably, he has already amassed 54 caps. Reminiscent of . . . Jermaine Jenas Arda Turan, 21 SM rating 90 (Turkey/Galatasaray) His late, late heroics have already guaranteed him a place in European Championship history. Technically one of the most complete players to come out of Turkish football, he has played wide, but his future will probably be in a more central position as an attacking midfield player. A talented dribbler with plenty of pace and an uncannily creative and precise passer, there was concern at first about whether he would be too lightweight at this level. He has proved the critics wrong, showing not only ability, but plenty of personality and character, as well. Reminiscent of . . . Nani Gökhan Inler, 23 SM rating 90 (Switzerland/Udinese) This high-energy, box-to-box dervish was arguably the best foreign player in Serie A last season. Inler covers lots of ground, defensively and in possession, and chips in with a few goals, too. He reads the game exceptionally well and, when necessary, provides a crunching tackle. A quiet figure off the pitch, he lets his football do the talking. Reminiscent of . . . Michael Essien David Silva, 22 Sm rating 92 (Spain/Valencia) He is the typical quick pixie, with a wide-ranging box of tricks. He plays wide left for Spain, but his future is most likely in the hole, where he can best display his range of passing and his shot from distance. He is stronger than his slight build suggests and is not afraid to mix it with the opposition. Reminiscent of . . . Gianfranco Zola Danijel Pranjic, 26 SM rating 89 (Croatia/Heerenveen) Joined the national side late, but has since established himself as an alert, efficient and team-oriented left back. He can cross the ball well and is a very accomplished medium-range passer. Despite his small size – 5ft 8in – he jumps well on set-pieces and is strong in the tackle. A late bloomer who has gone far, thanks to his own personal intensity and hunger. Reminiscent of . . . Nigel Winterburn
  12. Ransford Osei 17 yrs old, rated 75 on the DB. An extremely gifted footballer whose abilities are similar to that of AC Milan wonderkid Alexandre Pato. He combines pace, power, skill and flair with ruggedness and excellent athletic ability, despite his small stature (168cm). Ghana's best young talent since Michael Essien. Reimond Manco 17 yrs old rated 76 on the DB. A talented striker with an electrifying change of pace. Named the player of the tournament at the South American qualifying competition in Ecuador. The teenager's maturity belies his years, a trait that is perhaps the result of a far from conventional route to international prominence. In the wake of Peru's shock victory over Brazil at the Sudamericano, the Brazilian press hailed the 1.70m, 62kg youngster as a "young Peruvian Romario", while others have compared him to Barcelona star Lionel Messi. If that were not flattering enough, reports in the national and international press have such prestigious clubs as River Plate, Boca Juniors, PSV Eindhoven and Real Madrid closely monitoring his progress. Damian Ismodes 18 yrs old rated 84 on the DB. lready plays for the senior side of his national Peru team at the age of 18, Damian Ismodes was the youngest player in the Copa America 2007. Definetly one for the future.
  13. Re: David Luiz search under DAVID LUIZ , Moreira on DB rated 85 valued £4.8M
  14. Re: Young Talent In Defence? Alan Hutton Vincent Muratori Conceiçao Emerson Lucas Vacha Elliot Omozusi Federico Fazio Adil Rami Gonul Gokhan Ramos Edson Jan Simunek Xavier Vilson Miralem Sulejmani
  15. Re: RM Talent? OGNYANOV, Anton RM £563 MARNAUD, Loris W/F £787 OBOYA, Patrick W/F £547K VALBUENA, Mathieu AM/RM might be a bit expensive depending on your set up
  16. See article below featured in today's Sun Newspaper. Tell us something we don't know. I reckon some of us forumers should apply to write for the Sun. Could teach them a thing or two I suspect! No mention of Vincent Kompany, Kevin Lejeune, Xavier Vilson, Anton Shunin, Hatem Ben Arfa, Mathieu Valbuena, Oleksandr Hladyki, Vincent Muratori, Lucas Vacha. THE past 12 months have seen the emergence of some of the brightest young talents in world football. Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi transformed themselves into world-class performers during 2007. Ronaldo, 22, and Messi, 20, were named as runners-up to Kaka in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards and Fabregas, 20, has helped turn Arsenal in to genuine Premier League title contenders. But who will be the stars of 2008? SunSport profiles 20 players who are set to make their mark on the beautiful game. Sergio Aguero, 19, Atletico Madrid, striker YET another Argentine youngster who has been tagged "the next Maradonna". Aguero joined Atletico aged just 17 in June 2006 from Independiente for a club-record fee of £15.75m. Struggled to cope with the pressure in his debut season but has already scored 12 goals in 22 games this term. Ever Banega, 19, Boca Juniors, midfielder CLASSY holding midfielder who has been linked with moves to some of Europe's biggest clubs. Took over the holding role for Boca when Fernando Gago joined Real Madrid last year and formed a strong partnership with Juan Roman Riquelme as the Argentine giants won the Copa Libertadores — South America's answer to the Champions League. Karim Benzema, 20, Lyon, striker CAME through the ranks at Lyon and has caught the eye of Arsenal, Real Madrid and Juventus after scoring 12 goals in 16 matches this season. Made his international debut for France in March and has netted three times for Les Bleus in eight games. Arsene Wenger described him as "an immense revelation". Breno, 18, Bayern Munich, defender BRAZIL Under-20 skipper who will join the German giants on January 1. Bayern paid Sao Paulo around £8.5million for the skillful central defender. Ex-Brazil and Bayern striker Giovani Elber described Breno as "an absolutely stunning prospect" after he agreed his big-money move. Macauley Chrisantus, 17, Hamburg, striker MANCHESTER UNITED, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City were all interested in signing Chrisantus after his exploits at this year's FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The scintillating striker fired seven goals in seven games and was the top scorer as Nigeria won the competition. Joined Hamburg in November 2007. Denilson, 19, Arsenal, midfielder BRAZILIAN star who is a regular fixture in the Gunners' youthful Carling Cup sides. Bought from Sao Paulo in August 2006 for £3.4m despite just four starts for the club. All-round midfielder who is comfortable going forward but also a tenacious tackler. Lorenzo De Silvestri, 19, Lazio, defender TALENTED full-back who has been tipped as a future Italian international. De Silvestri will be a target for Roma, Juventus and Arsenal in January as he will be available on a Bosman when his contract expires in the summer. Made his Champions League debut in August and has made 12 appearances so far this season. Franco Di Santo, 18, Chelsea, striker ARGENTINE wonderkid who will join the Blues in January for £3.4m from Chilian side Audax Italiano. Like Lucas Leiva at Liverpool, he holds an Italian passport and will be able to play for the Blues immediately. May struggle to break into Avram Grant's star-studded team but should earn a few run outs in cup competitions in 2008. Giovani dos Santos, 18, Barcelona, striker CAME to prominence in 2005 when he was one of stars of the Mexico team that won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Has been a regular feature for Barca this season and has managed to keep Ronaldinho out of the starting XI. Already has four caps for Mexico. Stevan Jovetic, 18, Partizan Belgrade, striker A £7m target for Manchester United after becoming the top scorer in the Serbian league with 11 goals. Was named captain of the Montenegro Under-21 side aged just 17 and has already made his full international debut. A creative striker who likes to drop deep and run at defenders. He is also a deadly-accurate finisher. Bojan Krkic, 17, Barcelona, striker HAILED as Spain's answer to Lionel Messi by Barca fans after scoring over 800 goals in the Catalan club's youth teams. Broke the record as the youngest ever player to feature in a Champions League match in September 2007. A month later, he became Barcelona's youngest La Liga goalscorer. Toni Kroos, 17, Bayern Munich, midfielder NAMED player of the tournament at the 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup and has already made his Bundesliga and European debuts for Bayern. A creative, goalscoring midfielder, Kroos shone at youth level for both club and country. Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness has already earmarked him for the revered No10 shirt. Lucas Leiva, 20, Liverpool, midfielder SIGNED for the Reds in the summer from Copa Libertadores finalists Gremio after winning the Brazilian Footballer of the Year award. Likened to Steven Gerrard before his move to England, the box-to-box midfielder has already featured heavily in Rafa Benitez's side and should be a key player in 2008. Lulinha, 17, Corinthians, midfielder TRANSFER target for Italian champions Inter Milan after starring for Brazil's Under-17 side. Scored 12 goals in seven matches during the South American U-17 Championships before being one of the stars of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The tricky attacking midfielder has an eye for goal and is already being touted as the long-term successor to Ronaldinho. Alexandre Pato, 18, AC Milan, striker KNOWN as 'the duck', Pato shot to fame when AC Milan shelled out £15m for his services in the summer — despite rules stopping him from playing until January 3. Milan have high hopes for Pato, with president Silvio Berlusconi claiming he expects the youngster to score 30 goals between January and the end of the season. Brazil coach Dunga has dubbed him "the new Ronaldo". Gerard Pique, 20, Manchester United, defender RETURNED to United this season after a successful loan spell with Real Zaragoza. The ex-Barcelona youth product showed huge potential during his year in Spain and is expected to feature regularly for the Red Devils in 2008. Has played nine times this season, including the Champions League matches with Roma and Dynamo Kiev. Ivan Rakitic, 19, Schalke, midfielder NIKO KRANJCAR and Luka Modric may have ended England's Euro 2008 qualifying hopes but new Three Lions boss Fabio Capello will have to watch out Rakitic in 2008. The Swiss-born attacking midfielder is the latest Croatian star to catch the eye and was snapped up by German champions Schalke in the summer. Adel Taarabt, 18, Tottenham, midfielder YOUNG French midfielder who has established himself as a regular member of Spurs' match-day squad. Compared to Zinedine Zidane before his move to North London, the left-footed trickster has already wowed the White Hart Lane faithful with his ambitious runs and long-range strikes. Carlos Vela, 18, Arsenal, striker THE Gunners snapped up Vela after he finished top scorer in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2005 — a feat that Cesc Fabregas achieved two years earlier. The Mexican has been on loan in Spain for the past two seasons and will return to North London in January. An exciting prospect who should make his Arsenal debut this term. Theo Walcott, 18, Arsenal, striker JOINED the Gunners from Southampton for £5m in January 2006 and shot to fame when he was called up to England's 2006 World Cup squad aged 17. Scored the opening goal in last season's Carling Cup final and is a regular at Under-21 level for the Three Lions. Should return to the Fabio Capello's England squad in 2008.
  17. Re: The Top Flops This Season Christian Wilhelmsson - does he really play for Bolton? I´ve hardly seen him!
  18. Re: CM Talent?? have a look at Moustapha BAYAL SALL Moussa SISSOKO Miralem PJANIC Toni KROOS All young and due to rise significantly
  19. Re: Centre Back Heres a few to look at GRANAT, Vladimir 20 yrs old rated 86 SM value 5.4m SIMUNEK, Jan 20 yrs old rated 85 sm value 4.8M VILSON , Xavier 19 yrs old rated 82 sm value 3.1M EVANS, Jonny 19 yrs old rated 85 sm value 4.9M
  20. Re: 10K PLAYER ALERT!!! forgot to mention MUSACHIO, Mateo 17 yrs old rated 75 and rising. SM value £593k
  21. Re: 10K PLAYER ALERT!!! VACHA, Lukás 18 yrs old rated 76 and rising. sm value £831k but available for less in most setups OMOZUSI, Elliot 19 yrs old rated 71 and rising. sm value £23k but available for £10k in most set ups ..... BARGAIN. I know this next one is more than u can afford but if youve git enough money go for Alan Hutton 23 yrs old rated 86. SM value 5 million. DEFINITE VALUE FOR MONEY
  22. Re: Brazilian JO flamini is a pretty good midfield buy at the moment. rated 88 but due to rise, probably to 90. same story for yossi benayoun
  23. Re: Ishmael Yartey I noticed him last month, purely because Freddy Adu, also from Ghana is already at Benfica and I've been keeping an eye on him. good scouting.
  24. Re: What warrants an increase for defenders? I think defenders are judged on clean sheets and general performance as well as, of course, mins on pitch. You often have to look at the ratings of their teammates to see if they are under or over rated and due a change
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