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    Doe © got a reaction from Styles in The Official Cycling Thread   
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    Yeah, Evans was robbed really, that mountain stage with Rasmussen and Contador that did him. Best sprinter is probably Mc Ewen but he was terrible at last year's Tour De France, Boonen dominated.
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    Give me rep if you like cheese.
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    Hello, I am Joe Charley, known for my South American Superstars Topic. On the forum I have noticed there is not one thread about cycling, a sport that I love. From Road Cycling to Mountain Biking discuss it here.
    The sport sounds dull to many people but not to me! It runs through my family. My grandad rides for a club, retired from racing. In the summer I watch my dad when he competes, as he rides for a club.
    However, one thing I hate is the doping side of things. It is a real problem within the sport, that needs sorting out, on the other hand it is getting less and less of a problem each season.
    Enjoy!
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    The Day Has Come, #100 Is Finally Here!

    And It's...

    Victor Ismael Sosa!



    #100 My last player is Victor Ismael Sosa. He was born on the 18th January 1987 in San Martin, Argentina, and is now 21 years of age and 1.79m in height. He is a striker, but has been used on the wings also. His curent club is Independiente, but he has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Dinamo Moscow. Lets start with his international career for Argentina. Last year, Sosa was chosen to represent Argentina at U20 level, at the South American U20 Championship, in Paraguay, he had a successful campaign, featuring in all but one match for the 'Albicelestes'. Sosa started 3 of Argentina's 4 games in the first group stage, against Ecuador, Venezuela and Uruguay. Argentina's first match was against Ecuador, Sosa notched up his first start, and his first booking, coming in the 15th minute. He was later replaced by Alejandro Gomez in the 54th minute. He was dropped for Argentina's 2nd group match against Colombia, and didn't even make an appearance as a substitute, unused. He was recalled to the starting 11 for the next match against Venezuela, and Sosa didn't dissapoint. He scored in the 86th minute, his first goal of the tournament, and played the full 90 minutes. His excellent display against Venezuela was followed up by another goal, and a full 90 minutes against Uruguay, in Argentina's final group game. Argentina scraped through to the final group with just one win, combined with two draws and one loss. The first team to face Argentina were Brazil, the eventual winners. Sosa started the match, and scored in the 46th minute to level the match at 1-1, he was later replaced by Angel Di Maria in the 63rd minute, the match ended 2-2. Sosa failed to score for the first time in three matches against Paraguay in Argentina's 2nd group match, and was replaced by fellow forward, Gonzalo Aban in the 56th minute. Thankfully, Paraguay succombed to a 1-0 loss. Sosa continued to stay in the starting 11 however, and notched up his 6th start in 7 matches against Chile, once again he was replaced by Gonzalo Aban, this time later in the game, in the 78th minute. Both defences were on top in a 0-0 draw. A first goal in three matches still wouldn't come for Sosa in Argentina's 4th group match against Colombia. Franco Di Santo replaced him with 25 minutes of the match remaining, unusually 0-0 was again the result for Argentina, who are known to attack. 'Albicelestes' final group game came against Uruguay, Sosa once again failed to score, and was replaced by Lautaro Acosta in the 63rd minute. It was a dismal none-goalscoring end for Sosa, but his talent shone through in the early stages, proving why he is considered one of the best Argentine talents around. Lets take a look at Sosa's domestic career now. During the 2004/2005 season, Sosa burst onto the scene for Independiente, making 4 appearances at the age of 18. 2005/2006 featured a loan spell with hometown club, San Martin. Sosa made 8 appearances, as well as scoring his first professional goal. Back at Independiente for the 2006/2007 Apertura, it was Sosa's time to shine, and he fufilled his potential. He made 6 starts, and appeared as a substitute 8 times. He scored in the 49th minute against Estudiantes on the 22nd September 2006, and in the following match against Gimnasia De la Plata on the 1st October 2006, Sosa scored again, this time in the 19th minute. His electric form continued, and helped him to a first ever hat trick, coming against Nueva Chicago on the 14th October 2006. Sosa appeared as a substitute in the 53rd minute, and went on to score in the 68th minute and then hit another two goals to complete his hat trick, in injury time. The talent had come to the surface. He picked up one yellow card in the Apertura, this came against Velez Sarsfield on the 21st October 2006, in the 51st minute. Could Sosa continue his supurb form into the 2006/2007 Clausura?, well you are about to find out. He made 6 starts, and 7 substitute appearances in the Clausura, one less appearance altogether than the Apertura. His first goal came against Gimnasia De La Plata on the 8th April 2007. After coming on as a substitute in the 46th minute, Sosa capped his 8th appearance of the Clausura off with a goal in the 89th minute. The young striker, then had to wait until his final two appearances to score his next couple of goals. They came against Quilmes (10th June 2007) and Gimnasia De Jujuy (16th June 2007), in the 90th and 42nd minutes. Sosa picked up two yellow cards, the first came against Belgrano on the 16th February 2007, in the 76th minute. The second came against Estudiantes on the 1st April 2007, in the 74th minute. With the 2006/2007 Apertura and Clausura combined, Sosa made a respectable 27 appearances (15 as a substitute), scoring an impressive 8 goals. A good first full season for the teenage sensation. The 2007/2008 Apertura brought Sosa 17 starts, and 2 substitute appearances, meaning he had appeared in every Independiente game. His season started well with two goals in Independiente's first two games. The first came against opening game oponents Lanus on the 4th August 2007. Sosa scored in the 45th minute. The following game on the 12th August 2007, saw Sosa score against Tigre in the 5th minute. The goals then dried up for 5 matches, before he put the ball in the net against his hometown club, San Martin on the 8th September 2007. His goal came in the 45th minute. Just like his previous opening season goals, his next goal came in consecutive games. Sosa scored against Huracan just three days afer his goal against San Martin. This came in the 29th minute. Little did he know, that would be his last goal of the 2007/2008 Apertura. Sosa also picked up one yellow card, this came on the 21st October 2007 against San Lorenzo, in the 33rd minute. Sosa's 2007/2008 Clausura was a poor one. He made only 4 starts, and 8 substitute appearances, scoring a grand total of zero goals, a rubbish end to the season in Argentina, for Sosa. Well that is Victor Ismael Sosa, a player with exceptional talent, no doubt, hopefully next season will bring more goals, and a lot more consistency.


    This Player is On The DB - Rating 87 - F - Rating Change -1




    Independiente Are His Club, Can He Provide Them With Some Consistency In Front Of Goal?


    Part 2 Will Be Coming To A Forum Near You Soon!
    Thank You To Everyone Who Has Added To My Reputation Throughout This Thread


    Bye For Now!




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    The question remains... Can Guadalajara repeat the double of last year, where they won the Division 1 title and Mexican Cup? The former giving them entry this season to the prestigious SMFA Champions Cup, which will be the main focus this season, casting doubts over whether the squad is strong enough to be a major force in the league like last season, where Guadalajara ran rampage losing just two games, including two fine wins over previous league champions Club America. On top of this Mexican striker, Sergio Santana won the Golden Boot with 16 goals in 32 appearances, and also claimed the most assists with 18 in 32 appearances.

    Golden Boot - Santana
    Transfer News
    The only new signing this season for Guadalajara is the talented 21 year old centre back Julio Cesar Dominguez. He came in for a hefty £11m from rivals Cruz Azul but he will be one of the three, first choice centre backs. However, a left back is badly needed because of the severe lack of depth in that position at the present time. Meanwhile, on the selling front Jose Antonio Olvera is available for £3m and youngster Jesus Padilla is available for loan.

    New Signing - Dominguez
    Tactics
    The strongest formation for this season is a 3-5-2, with the line up looking like this - Michel (88), Magallon (90), Dominguez (88), Reynoso (88), Pineda (89), Medina (88), Araujo (88), Castillo (87), Morales (89), Tchite (88) and Santana (88).
    With Guadalajara's strength in depth though, a completely different system and line up (goalkeeper not included) can and will be used for cup matches and Division 1 matches where the first XI are being rested. This comes in the form of a 3-2-2-2-1, with the line up looking like this - Michel (88), Mendoza (87), Danilo (87), Korkmaz (87), Mejia (87), Kladrubsky (86), Solis (87), Martinez (86), Lobos (87), Avila (86) and Andres Mendoza (87).
    To show the strength in depth all of the following players are still available in case of injuries or suspensions - Salcedo (86), Baez (86), Ninis (86), Oluwafemi (86), Diogo (85), Dos Santos (85), Arellano (86) and Bernberg (86). Attention all managers, these players are available to loan as long as they are not covering problems within my own squad.
    Reports
    Matchday 1 - 5th June 2009 - Charity Shield Final vs Pachuca
    With Guadalajara at full strength, they were clear favourites for the first piece of silverware of the season.
    Attendance - 84,782
    Stadium - Wembley
    Referee - Stephane Lannoy
    Pachuca Line Up (4-4-2) - Calero (7), Aguilar (6), Kadlec (6), Samba (7), Perez (5), Alvarez (6), Rodriguez (6), Caballero (7), Lovenkrands (5), Christian (6), Montes (5)
    Guadalajara Line Up (3-5-2) - Michel (7), Magallon (7), Reynoso (7), Dominguez (6), Pineda (6), Castillo (5), Medina (6) , Araujo (9), Santana (9), Tchite (9), Morales (6)
    6th Minute - GOAL - Pachuca striker Correa Christian manages to meet an invited cross with a bullet header leaving Luis Michel stranded in the Guadalajara goal.
    24th Minute - CHANCE - Pachuca winger Luis Montes grazes the top of the bar with a super header. Was unmarked, so he will be dissapointed he didn't score.
    26th Minute - GOAL - Mohammed Tchite grabs the equaliser for Guadalajara in rather fortunate circumstances, as his miss-hit shot somehow beats Miguel Calero. What a blunder, drop your head in shame, disgrace.
    27th Minute - CHANCE - The post is left rattling as Ramon Morales of Guadalajara beats the keeper when one on one but also beats the goal.
    39th Minute - GOAL - A moment of pure class from talented youngster Patricio Araujo of Guadalajara, as he cuts in from the left and unleashes a venemous strike which flies into the Pachuca goal from 25 yards out.
    HT - 1-2
    67th Minute - BOOKING - Pachuca's Peter Lovenkrands takes a dive, and what a beauty it was, if that was gymnastics he'd be the world champion. Oh, look at this... Bruno Grandi the President of the International Gymnastics Federation is walking onto the pitch and gives Lovenkrands a gold medal for his artistic work on the pitch.
    79th Minute - BOOKING - Ramon Morales is the second player to be booked, after a poorly timed tackle. Despite the ball being at the other end of the pitch, Morales decided to scissor kick Pachuca right back Paul Nicolas Aguilar for fun.
    84th Minute - GOAL - Last season's top goalscorer, Sergio Santana opens his account with a simple tap in, following a goalmouth scramble. Surely game over now for Pachuca.
    FT - 1-3
    Possession- Pachuca 35% - 65% Guadalajara
    Total Shots - Pachuca 11 - 21 Guadalajara
    Shots On Target - Pachuca 2 - 15 Guadalajara
    Corners - Pachuca 10 - 8 Guadalajara
    Yellow Cards - Pachuca 1 - 1 Guadalajara
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Sergio Santana of Guadalajara
    Injuries - Alberto Medina of Guadalajara - Shin Splints (6 Days)
    Manager's Comment - "Great result for us, especially as there is a trophy at the end of it. I was pleased with Dominguez on his debut, he dealt with the pressure well".

    Ouch Shin Splints - Medina
    Matchday 2 - 6th June 2009 - League Match vs Toluca (H)
    Toluca were favourites coming into the opening match of the league season as Guadalajara were fielding their second team because of SMFA commitments the following day.
    Attendance - 31,058
    Stadium - Jalisco
    Referee - Jacek Granat
    Guadalajara Line Up - (3-2-2-2-1) - Michel (6), Mendoza (6), Korkmaz (6), Danilo (6), Mejia (6), Kladrubsky (6), Ninis (6), Martinez (6), Andres Mendoza (7), Lobos (7), Avila (6)
    Toluca Line Up - (4-5-1 A) - Cristante (7), Lopez (7), Mareque (7), Da Silva (7), Duenas (7), Yebda (9), Ponce (6), Busquets (8), Nene (7), Zinha (8), Gimenez (8)
    11th Minute - CHANCE - The opening moment of the match falls to Guadalajara's Oswaldo Martinez, who sees his shot cleared off the line. Unlucky.
    15th Minute - GOAL - A bit of genious from Toluca's French midfield maestro Hassan Yebda, as he cuts inside and unleashes a shot which flies past Luis Michel in the Guadalajara goal. The stadium has gone silent.
    35th Minute - GOAL - Toluca go two goals up after Miguel Nene rounds the goalkeeper and finishes it, into the empty net. Supurb composure by the Brazilian there.
    HT - 0-2
    47th Minute - BOOKING - Guadalajara's Jiri Kladrubsky thought he could get away with an uppercut on the Toluca player there. Mike Tyson would be proud of that one.
    55th Minute - CHANCE - Another chance goes begging for Guadalajara as Sergio Avila can only hit the post when clean through on goal. On the replay you can see Toluca goalkeeper Hernan Cristante wetting his pants when left with a one on one situation with Avila. Fortunately the post saved his clean sheet, his underwear is far from clean though.
    64th Minute - CHANCE - Guadalajara hit the woodwork for a second time, with playmaker Lucas Lobos rattling the crossbar from 25 yards.
    71st Minute - CHANCE - Zinha of Toluca makes a brave diving header at the near post, only to see his header come back off the post and out of play. He's at his magical best today.
    81st Minute - GOAL - After hitting the woodwork 10 minutes ago, Toluca attacking midfielder Zinha grabs his well desrved goal. A supurb pull back accross goal found its way to Zinha, who finished with great aplomb. Game, set and match to Toluca surely.
    FT - 0-3
    Possession - Guadalajara 39% - 61% Toluca
    Total Shots - Guadalajara 17 - 9 Toluca
    Shots On Target - Guadalajara 6 - 6 Toluca
    Corners - Guadalajara 7 - 9 Toluca
    Yellow Cards - Guadalajara 1 - 0 Toluca
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Hassan Yebda of Toluca
    Manager's Comment - "All of the credit must go to Toluca for playing extremely well throughout the entire 90 minutes. They kept the ball better than us, took their chances and defended well to. We played okay, but I feel there is a lot more in the tank. We were missing Solis today as well which didn't help us, but thats no excuse for the thrashing we received at home in front of our own fans today. Refunds will be given to all supporters".

    Excellent Display - Yebda
    Matchday 3 - 8th June 2009 - SMFA Champs Cup Match vs Espanyol
    Guadalajara are looking to pick up a point away at Espanyol in the first matchday in the SMFA Champiosn Cup Group C. With Espanyol set to field Albert Riera, Luis Garcia and Carlos Kameni amongst other supurb players, the odds are firmly in their favour.
    Attendance - 21,536
    Stadium - Estadi RCDE
    Referee - Hernando Buitrago
    Espanyol Line Up (3-5-2) - Kameni (7), Zabaleta (7), Clemente Rodriguez (7), Jarque (6), Moises (8), De La Pena (8), Valdo (8), Gomez (9), Montero (7), Luis Garcia (8), Riera (9)
    Guadalajara (3-5-2) - Michel (7), Magallon (6), Reynoso (7), Dominguez (6), Pineda (6), Castillo (6), Solis (6), Araujo (7), Santana (5), Tchite (7), Morales (7)
    10th Minute - GOAL - Espanyol open the scoring through Fredy Montero, as his volley finds the back of the net.
    19th Minute - CHANCE - Guadalajara almost grab an equaliser through Ramon Morales, but he sees his shot cleared off the line and out to safety.
    37th Minute - GOAL - Tricky left winger Albert Riera manages to glide past two Guadalajara defenders and fire an unstoppable shot past Luis Michel and put Espanyol in a commanding position. Poor defending.
    38th Minute - CHANCE - It should have been game over for Guadalajara as Fredy Montero somehow misses an open goal. Memories of Ade Akinbiyi at his appalling best spring to mind.
    44th Minute - BOOKING - Espanyol's Daniel Jarque slammed into the Guadalajara player there. If you look closely you can see a tooth flying through the air and landing in that guy's Coke in seat 2B.
    HT - 2-0
    52nd Minute - BOOKING - New Guadalajara signing Julio Cesar Dominguez picks up his first booking after a clumsy looking tackle. £11m for that, what a waste.
    54th Minute - GOAL - Its game over now as Alejandro Gomez puts Espanyol three up after climbing the highest and heading the inswinging corner into the back of the net. Poor marking, you pay the price.
    65th Minute - CHANCE - Albert Riera is having a field day as he sees he brilliant lob cleared off the line. He has dismantled Guadalajara today.
    79th Minute - BOOKING - Donkey of the match, Sergio Santana of Guadalajara caps of his awesome display by bringing out a rocket launcher, which was classed as dangerous play by today's referee.
    FT - 3-0
    Possession - Espanyol 54% - 46% Guadalajara
    Total Shots - Espanyol 18 - 19 Guadalajara
    Shots On Target - Espanyol 6 - 7 Guadalajara
    Corners - Espanyol 4 - 6 Guadalajara
    Yellow Cards - Espanyol 1 - 2 Guadalajara
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Albert Riera of Espanyol
    Manager's Comment - "I have to say we were unlucky today, we had more shots on goal, more corners and generally looked good going forward. However, our defence has not lived up to expectations for the second match running and the midfield couldn't get hold of the ball enough when Espanyol were in profitable positions. Santana wasn't at his best today and I believe we havn't seen the best of him at SMFA level yet".

    Quality On The Wing - Riera
    SMFA World Cup


    Yesterday, Brazil clinched their first SMFA World Cup after defeating Portugal 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, thanks to goals from Robinho, Kaka and Diego, in the 81st, 85th and 87th minutes respectively. It capped off a wonderful tournament for Brazil, where they kept a 100% winning record throughout. "What a supurb achievement for this team and Brazil as a country. Football is a major part of life for the majority of Brazil, so by showing Brazil are still the best country in the world it brings even more cause for optimism in the future" - Were the words from the manager.
    Road To Glory
    Brazil 4 (Kaka 26, Robinho 34, Ze Roberto 81, Diego 87) Bulgaria 2 (Berbatov 71, Genkov 83)
    Brazil 4 (Diego 7, Kaka 17, Ronaldinho 27, Robinho 56) Ireland 1 (N Hunt 62)
    Brazil 2 (Robinho 28, Ze Roberto 84) Georgia 0
    Brazil 4 (Mancini 22, Diego 33, Ze Roberto 63, Robinho 76) Israel 1 (Natcho 56)
    Brazil 3 (Ronaldinho 14, Diego 22, Robinho 25) Netherlands 1 (Seedorf 2)
    Brazil 5 (Diego 4 and 8, Ronaldinho 42, Robinho 70 and 77) Sweden 1 (Ljungberg 55)
    Brazil 3 (Robinho 81, Kaka 85, Diego 87) Portugal 0
    What an incredible tournament it was for Diego and Robinho. The former scoring 7 goals in 7 matches, whilst Robinho went one better and scored 8 in 7. The defence leaked only 6 goals and kept two clean sheets, whilst the midfield was outstanding in producing the goals and providing service for lone striker Ronaldinho. Brazil picked up the MOM award in every match, with Julio Cesar, Diego and Ronaldinho managing two apiece, whilst Mancini picked up the other award.
    Brazil's system worked wonders, with the system and line up kept the same for every match (3-4-2-1) - Julio Cesar, Maicon, Juan, Lucio, Juninho, Ze Roberto, Robinho, Mancini, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Diego. The results quite clearly were incredible.

    Best In The World - Brazil
    Brazil begin the defence of their trophy in Group 3 of the Qualifiers, alongside Morocco, Canada, Ukraine and Lithuania.

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    Giuliano
    #68 This player is tipped to be one of the brightest talents in Brazilian football in a few years. Giuliano Victor de Paula, or Giuliano as he is usually known had a dismal South American U17 Championship with Brazil, he started only 1 out of 9 games for Brazil, the start was against Ecuador. Against Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina he appeared as a substitute. He accumiliated 0 goals at the tournament. However, at the more important tournament, the Fifa U17 World Cup he was sensational for Brazil, starting all 4 of Brazil's games, against New Zealand, Korea DPR, England and Ghana, scoring 2 goals. Those goals came against New Zealand and Korea DPR. Giuliano also gained 1 assist. Giuliano's favourite position is the attacking midfield role, where he can use his precise passing to split opponents open. He can also play as a striker. He was born in Curitiba, Brazil, is currently 17 years of age and 1.79m in height. His domestic club , Parana have seen the potential Giuliano has, and have tied him down to his first professional contract already, until 1st February 2010. Watch this player in the future, he is a rare talent.
    Not On The DB
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    First 10 teams I chose to analyse from Brazil. Feel free to ask questions. The other 10 are coming sometime in the next two weeks.
    CR = Continued Riser

    BARUERI
    Elite 11:
    Rene
    Eder-Leandro Castan-Andre Luis-Daniel Marques-Marcio Careca
    Ralf
    Ewerton
    Fernandinho-Pedrao-Thiago Humberto
    Goalkeeping:
    Rene has this spot. He has played every game of every competition, and has played quite well. Deserves a rise from 78 to about 81 for now.
    31 - Rene: 78 - +4 - 82 (6 starts) CR
    Centre Backs:
    A few new signings have made a dent into the lineup. Young Xandao is a TRAFFIC product who is starting to make a name for himself and Andre Luis is rated 86, ex-International. Leandro Castan and Daniel Marques are both regulars as well.
    29 - Andre Luis: 86 - -2 - 84 (3 starts, 1 goal)
    25 - Daniel Marques: 82 - / - 82 (4 starts, 1 goal)
    23 - Joao Leonardo: 79 - / - 79 (2 starts)
    22 - Leandro Castan: 78 - +3 - 81 (6 starts)
    21 - Xandao: -- New -- 73 (2 starts, 1 sub)
    Wingbacks:
    The main fight here is at the right back position, where Eder and Pimentel are fighting it out. Marcio is a lock on the left.
    30 - Marcio Careca: 82 - / - 82 (6 starts)
    25 - Marcos Pimentel: -- New -- 74 (3 starts, 1 sub, 1 goal)
    23 - Eder: 77 - +2 - 79 (3 starts, 2 subs)
    Defensive Midfielders:
    When Barueri decide to go with one defensive mid, it has been Ralf and will continue to be. Leanderson got some quality time in the Paulista, but isn't used much lately. Joao Vitor is one to watch, impressed with Marilia, is a new arrival on loan.
    31 - Marcio Hahn: 79 - -2 - 77 (1 sub)
    26 - Franciscatti: -- New -- 71 (1 sub)
    26 - Leanderson: 77 - +2 - 79 (3 starts)
    24 - Ralf: -- New -- 82 (6 starts)
    21 - Joao Vitor: -- New -- 73 (3 subs)
    Attacking Midfielders:
    Again, only one AM is usually used, and this is Ewerton. He gets a lot of support from the attacking wingbacks, and has been doing a great job so far supporting the 3 striker system.
    30 - Esley: -- New -- 72 (1 sub)
    25 - Flavinho: -- New -- 74 (2 subs)
    24 - Ewerton: -- New -- 82 (6 starts, 2 goals)
    23 - Camilo: 80 - -2 - 78 (2 subs)
    Attackers:
    Pedrao is the man leading the charge, with Thiago Humberto and Fernandinho supporting. Again, Barueri are fairly straightforward, always using the same lineup. Pedrao was also one of the top scorers in the Paulista, he could finish the season around 86 if he keeps the pace.
    31 - Pedrao: 82 - +1 - 83 (6 starts, 4 goals)
    28 - Val Baiano: -- New -- 74 (3 subs)
    23 - Thiago Humberto: -- New -- 81 (6 starts)
    23 - Fernandinho: -- New -- 80 (6 starts)
    AVAI
    Elite 11:
    Eduardo Martini
    Uendel-Turatto-Emerson-Ferdinando
    Marcus Vinicius-Leo Gago
    Marquinhos-Muriqui
    Evando-William
    Keepers:
    Eduarado Martini has been the only keeper used so far. Depending on what he is added at, he might be a riser.
    30 - Eduardo Martini: -- New -- 81 (6 starts)
    Centre Backs:
    Despite a few sending offs, the pairing has been Turatto and Emerson, throughout. They haven't lit the league alight, but have held their own.
    32 - Turatto: -- New -- 81 (6 starts)
    25 - Emerson: -- New -- 81 (5 starts, 2 RC)
    22 - Anderson Luis: -- New -- 73 (1 start, 1 sub)
    Wingbacks:
    After a slight rise last year at Fluminense, Uendel Pereira is back, this time as a starter. He'll hit 80 this time around, should rise more later. Medina is a promising youngster, keep an eye on him.
    28 - Ferdinando: -- New -- 80 (5 starts)
    20 - Uendel: 75 - +5 - 80 (5 starts) CR
    18 - Medina: -- New -- 72 (1 sub)
    Defensive Midfielders:
    Marcus Vinicius was a great signing from Istanbul. He holds Avai together.
    28 - Pingo: 82 - -3 - 79 (1 start)
    25 - Leo Gago: -- New -- 79 (4 starts)
    24 - Wendell: -- New -- 72 (1 start)
    23 - Marcus Vinicius: 84 - / - 84 (6 starts)
    22 - Bruno: -- New -- 74 (1 start, 2 subs)
    Attacking Midfielders:
    Muriqui has been the lead man for Avai's attack. He will be a big riser this season. He roams in and out of games, but is still a main creative force.
    33 - Ricardinho: 82 - -2 - 80 (2 subs, 1 goal)
    28 - Caio: 80 - / - 80 (3 starts, 1 sub)
    27 - Marquinhos: 80 - / - 80 (3 starts, 1 goal)
    27 - Odair: -- New -- 74 ( 1 start, 1 sub)
    22 - Muriqui: 74 - +7 - 81 (6 starts, 2 goals) CR
    Attackers:
    Evando, Lima and William have been disappointing this season. Muriqui is leading the scoring, it is no coincidence. All the strikers have been wasteful, they need to get their act together.
    31 - Evando: -- New -- 80 (5 starts, 1 goal)
    25 - Lima: 81 - -1 - 80 (1 start, 4 subs, 1 goal)
    25 - William: 80 - / - 80 (3 starts, 1 sub)
    25 - Luiz Ricardo: -- New -- 76 (2 starts, 3 subs)
    21 - Rafael Costa: -- New -- 71 ( 1 sub)
    BOTAFOGO
    Elite 11:
    --------------Renan-------------------
    ------Juninho-Emerson-Eduardo---------
    ------Leandro Guerreiro-Fahel---------
    Alessandro--------------------Thiaguinho
    ------------Lucio Flavio--------------
    -------V. Simoes-----Tony-------------
    Keepers:
    This position is actually still up for grabs. Castillo has been busy on duty for Uruguay, and I think Renan still has the upper hand. Renan has a lot of potentail, and a lot of Athleticism. Still a bit raw, though, a young Kameni.
    31 - Castillo: 86 - -1 - 85 (2 starts)
    20 - Renan: 84 - +1 - 85 (4 starts)
    Centre Backs:
    The young Wellington got quite a bit of action in the Carioca, but Eduardo has taken his spot here. It's nice to see Juninho bounce back, he was 87 two seasons ago before a flawed transfer to Sao Paulo. He is back to full form.
    27 - Emerson: 85 - +1 - 86 (3 starts)
    26 - Teco: 80 - -2 - 78 (1 start)
    26 - Juninho: 85 - +1 - 86 (5 starts)
    21 - Wellington: 72 - +3 - 75 (1 start, 1 sub)
    Wingbacks:
    Eduardo is mainly a left wingback, but he can play DM or CB as well and has been one of Botafogo's best. He provides lots of great runs, a lot like Thiaguinho. Gabriel is quite highly rated as well, but I havn't seen him yet.
    31 - Alessandro: 85 - +1 - 86 (5 starts)
    24 - Thiaguinho: 85 - +1 - 86 (3 starts, 2 subs)
    20 - Gabriel: -- New -- 73 (1 start, 2 subs)
    20 - Eduardo: 77 - +5 - 82 (6 starts) CR
    Defensive Midfielders:
    Fahel has been absolutly stellar in the Carioca and Brasileiro. He usually ventures forward while Leandro Guerreiro stays back as an extra defender.
    29 - Leandro Guerreiro: 87 - / - 87 (6 starts)
    29 - Batista: 82 - -1 - 81 (1 start, 1 goal)
    27 - Fahel: 84 - +2 - 86 (6 starts, 1 goal)
    26 - Tulio Souza: 80 - +3 - 83 (4 starts)
    23 - Leo Silva: 80 - +1 - 81 (1 start, 3 subs)
    Attacking Midfielders:
    Rodrigo Dantas' stats may look impressive, but he hasn't played since Lucio Flavio's arrival. Still a top prospect though. It seems as if Lucio Flavio is back in form after a bad spell at Santos.
    30 - Lucio Flavio: 88 - -1 - 87 (3 starts)
    24 - Lucas Silva: 80 - / - 80 (1 start)
    23 - Renato: 86 - -2 - 84 (1 sub)
    19 - Rodrigo Dantas: -- New -- 74 (2 starts, 1 sub)
    Attackers:
    Victor Simoes is always the main threat here. Posesses a great shot, just going through a dry spell at the moment. Expect him to finish with about 8-10 goals. Tony hasn't impressed me much, I like Jean and Laio much more. Jean is creative, will try anything to get it on goal. Laio is more of a wide striker, he'll cross it in, using flair and speed. Exepct to see him subbing on a lot this year, and eventually making it big. An injured Reinaldo is expected to make an impact when he comes back.
    28 - Victor Simoes: 81 - +3 - 84 (6 starts, 1 goal)
    25 - Diego: 80 - -2 - 78 (1 sub)
    23 - Tony: -- New -- 77 (3 starts, 2 subs, 1 goal)
    21 - Jean Coral: 75 - +2 - 77 (1 start, 2 subs)
    20 - Laio: -- New -- 74 (1 start, 2 subs, 1 goal)
    19 - Junior: -- New -- 70 (1 sub)
    SANTOS
    Elite 11:
    ------------------Fabio Costa-----------------------
    Triguinho-------Fabao-----Fabiano Eller---------Leo
    -------------Roberto Brum--Rodrigo Souto------------
    Molina--------Paulo Henrique-----------------Madson
    ----------------Kleber Pereira----------------------
    Goalkeepers:
    Fabio Costa (ex-90) is the man in goal this season. Has a tendency to allow a weak goal, but has still done a good job. Wayyy too exitable though.
    31 - Fabio Costa: 88 - / - 88 (5 starts)
    26 - Douglas: 83 - / - 83 (1 start)
    Centre Backs:
    Domingos has fallen out of favour. He's pretty much just a hired goon now. Fabao has been playing very well, taking some free kicks as well with that powerful foot of his.
    33 - Fabao: 86 - +1 - 87 (6 starts, 1 goal)
    31 - Fabiano Eller: 88 - / - 88 (5 starts)
    26 - Paulo Henrique Rodrigues - 83 - -2 - 81 (1 sub)
    23 - Domingos: 87 - -2 - 85 (1 start)
    Wingbacks:
    Leo is going down based on performance. Hasn't convinced me at all, I liked Triguinho a lot better before he got hurt down the left. Down the right, we have two risers. Luizinho and Para play different styles, Luizinho likes to attack more. In the match Luizinho missed, we clearly saw stale attacking against Botafogo. Both will be interesting this season.
    33 - Leo: 88 - -1 - 87 (4 starts, 1 sub)
    29 - Triguinho: 84 - / - 84 (1 start)
    26 - Luizinho: 80 - +3 - 83 (5 starts) CR
    23 - Para: 76 - +4 - 80 (2 starts, 4 subs) CR
    Defensive Midfielders:
    Both Brum and Souto have been very solid, but I think I like Germano just as much. He was unfortunate to get injured, as he usually came on to solidify the defending at the end of the games. Can't go wrong with any of these 3.
    30 - Roberto Brum: 85 - +2 - 87 (6 starts)
    28 - Germano: 80 - +2 - 82 (1 start, 2 subs)
    25 - Rodrigo Souto: 88 - / - 88 (5 starts, 2 goals)
    Attacking Midfielders:
    Madson has been the best player for Santos so far. Small, quick and tough, he really should be rated 87. 86 is more likely though, as I'm not fully confident in SM. If he keeps going, expect 88 by the end of the season. Molina has been solid, usually subbing out for Neymar, but the big surprise has been Paulo Henrique, who has started every game. Looked shaky early on, but now seems comfortable in that role. He's a starter, undisputed.
    29 - Molina: 87 - / - 87 (4 starts, 1 sub, 2 goals)
    23 - Madson: 84 - +2 - 86 (6 starts, 3 goals) CR
    21 - Robson: 76 - +1 - 77 (1 sub)
    19 - Paulo Henrique Lima: 71 - +10 - 81 (6 starts, 2 goals) CR
    Attackers:
    Neymar is the most interesting one here. Always sparks something, usually leads to great attacking play. His performances have been great, he's a future superstar. Kleber Pereira has been good, he works really well alone, with Madson, PH and Molina attacking from the midfield. He has a slight chance at 90.
    33 - Kleber Pereira: 89 - / - 89 (6 starts, 4 goals)
    32 - Roni: 87 - -2 - 85 (2 subs)
    20 - Maikon Leite: 82 - -1 - 81 (2 subs)
    18 - Andre: -- New -- 70 (1 sub)
    17 - Neymar: 76 - +4 - 80 (2 starts, 4 subs) CR
    ATLETICO MINEIRO
    Elite 11:
    ------------------Aranha-------------------
    -------Welton Felipe---Leandro Almeida-----
    Thiago Feltri-----Carlos Alberto-----Junior
    --Renan-------Marcio Araujo----Jonilson----
    --------Eder Luis-------Diego Tardelli-----
    Keepers:
    It might seem like a competition, but it is not. Since signing from Ponte Preta, where he has impressed me when I've seen him, Aranha has been brilliant, quite possibly the best keeper in Brazil. He has played 3 full matches, allowing 0 goals, while Juninho allowed 5 in 3 matches. Expect Aranha to carry the load.
    28 - Aranha: 78 - +5 - 83 (3 starts) CR
    27 - Juninho: 84 - / - 84 (3 starts)
    Centre Backs:
    Welton Felipe and Leandro Almeida have been two very solid centre backs this season. When I've watched, they've shown solid tackling and excellent movement for such tall players. Werley is a backup when needed, but still a very good buy, as Leandro Almeida has been heavily linked with bigger clubs.
    23 - Welton Felipe: 80 - +4 - 84 (6 starts)
    22 - Leandro Almeida: 86 - / - 86 (4 starts)
    20 - Werley: 75 - +4 - 79 (3 starts)
    Wingbacks:
    Junior looked awful when I was watching him, but has got raving reviews lately. Would be a great buy for a smaller team. Atlético are desperatly waiting the return of Sheslon from his long-term injury.
    36 - Junior: 84 - +2 - 86 (6 starts, 2 goals)
    24 - Thiago Feltri: 85 - +1 - 86 (5 starts, 1 sub, 1 goal)
    20 - Marcos Rocha: -- New -- 73 (2 subs)
    Defensive Midfielders:
    Marcio Araujo has been the best of the bunch, carrying the slack from the absence of anything creative in the midfield. The others stay back, allowing Junior and Thiago Feltri to attack. The system has worked so far, though, and they deserve to rise a bit.
    31 - Carlos Alberto: 85 - +1 - 86 (5 starts, 1 sub, 1 goal)
    30 - Jonilson: 84 - +1 - 85 (5 starts)
    25 - Marcio Araujo: 84 - +2 - 86 (6 starts, 2 goals)
    24 - Renan: 85 - +1 - 86 (6 starts)
    Attacking Midfielders:
    Evandro has disappointed since arriving from Palmeiras, and Tchô has never lived up to the hype. Chiquinho and Renan Oliveira are both injured, their return will be welcome.
    22 - Tchô: 82 - -2 - 80 (3 subs)
    22 - Evandro: 84 - -2 - 82 (2 subs)
    Attackers:
    Eder Luis and Diego Tardelli form one of the best domestic pairings in Brazil. They were exellent in the Mineiro and superb so far, they both deserve at least a +1 to 87 for now. Kleber is a massive talent, watch out for him when he's added. Just turned 19. Julio Cesar has failed to make an impact, be it at Paranaense or here.
    29 - Julio Cesar: 82 - / - 82 (2 subs, 1 sub for APR)
    27 - Alessandro: 85 - -1 - 84 (5 subs, 1 goal)
    24 - Eder Luis: 86 - +1 - 87 (6 starts, 4 goals)
    24 - Diego Tardelli: 86 - +1 - 87 (6 starts, 3 goals)
    19 - Kleber: -- New -- 71 (1 sub)
    NAUTICO
    Elite 11:
    -------------------Eduardo---------------------
    --------Asprilla-----Vagner----Gladstone-------
    Eduardo Ere--------------------Anderson Santana
    ---------------Derley----Johnny----------------
    --------Carlinhos Bala------Gilmar-------------
    Goalkeepers:
    Eduardo has been the man throughout the Pernambucano, Copa and for Nautico. This season AND last season. He's due for a nice increase.
    31 - Eduardo: 81 - +3 - 84 (6 starts)
    Centre Backs:
    Nautico use three centre backs, Asprilla, Vagner and Gladstone. All are decent, but not spectacular. They are not work keeping as long term investments.
    28 - Asprilla: 85 - / - 85 (5 starts, 1 goal)
    26 - Vagner: 84 - +1 - 85 (6 starts)
    24 - Gladstone: 85 - / - 85 (5 starts, 1 goal)
    24 - Galiardo: -- New -- 73 (1 start, 1 sub)
    23 - Negretti: 82 - / - 82 (1 start, 2 subs)
    19 - Luiz Alberto: -- New -- 72 (1 sub)
    Wingbacks:
    Anderson Santana has taken his spot back since being injured for 5 months with a broken collarbone. Eduardo Ere starts as a right-DM, pretty much right back, as Sidny has been inadequate for both Recife clubs this season. Wellington was only starting in lieu of A.S.
    27 - Sidny: 86 - -1 - 85 (2 starts)
    23 - Anderson Santana: 75 - +4 - 79 (3 starts) CR
    19 - Wellington: -- New -- 75 (2 starts, 1 sub)
    Defensive Midfielders:
    Eduardo Ere should've gotten a huge rise last season, he'll get a smaller one now. Derley and Johnny work well together, the former attacking well and the latter defending. Derley has developped a flair for the reds though, accumulating 2 in 5 games.
    24 - Junior Carioca: 77 - +1 - 78 (2 starts, 1 sub)
    23 - Johnny: 76 - +5 - 81 (6 starts) CR
    22 - Derley: 80 - +3 - 83 (5 starts, 1 goal)
    21 - Eduardo Ere: 75 - +4 - 79 (3 starts)
    Attacking Midfielders:
    Nautico don't really use attacking mids, other then Dinda, who is (with Lessa) the top substitute. Dinda is a real promise who will be brought up at Nautico, fast and has a ton of flair.
    28 - Juliano: -- New -- 72 (1 sub)
    24 - Ailton: -- New -- 74 (2 starts)
    20 - Dinda: 75 - +3 - 78 (2 starts, 4 subs) CR
    Attackers:
    Gilmar and Carlinhos Bala have been the starting pair, with Lessa usually making a spark with serious second half minutes. Bala is very much in the same style as Lessa, runners who put effort into everything. Gilmar is more of a finisher. They work quite well together, especially when Dinda is on.
    37 - Kuki: 82 - / - 82 (1 start, 1 sub)
    29 - Carlinhos Bala: 86 - / - 86 (6 starts, 2 goals)
    28 - Adriano Magrao: 85 - -2 - 83 (1 sub)
    25 - Gilmar: 80 - +3 - 83 (6 starts, 2 goals)
    19 - Anderson Lessa: 72 - +7 - 79 (1 start, 4 subs, 2 goals) CR
    CORITIBA
    Elite 11:
    ------------------Vanderlei---------------------
    -------------Felipe-----Pereira-----------------
    Marcio Gabriel----Rodrigo Mancha---------Vicente
    -Pedro Ken--Marcelinho Paraiba-Carlinhos Paraiba
    -------------Ariel----Marcos Aurelio------------
    Keepers:
    Despite the poor performances of Coritiba, Vanderlei has been solid throughout 2009. He's one of the first keepers I'd rush to buy from Brazil.
    29 - Edson Bastos: 82 - -1 - 81 (1 start)
    25 - Vanderlei: 83 - +2 - 85 (5 starts)
    Centre-Backs:
    Cleiton is back from injury, expect him to get quite a few more starts. He had 18 starts in the Pernambucano, more then Felipe and Pereira. He's one for the small teams, long term. Felipe should retain his spot, not 100% sure about Pereira. Demerson was more of an emergency replacement.
    29 - Pereira: 86 - / - 86 (5 starts)
    27 - Cleiton: 76 - +2 - 78 (2 starts) CR
    23 - Demerson: -- New -- 72 (1 start)
    22 - Felipe: 82 - +2 - 84 (6 starts)
    Wingbacks:
    These two spots are completly up for grabs. Vicente and Marcio Gabriel seemed to have the spots nailed down, but Guaru and, especially Rodrigo Heffner, were spectacular in the 5-0 drubbing of Flamengo. Anything is possible now, so every one of them could be a star buy.
    27 - Guaru: 78 - / - 78 (1 start, 1 sub)
    26 - Vicente: 80 - +1 - 81 (3 starts)
    26 - Marcio Gabriel: 82 - +1 - 83 (4 starts)
    26 - Rodrigo Heffner: 80 - +1 - 81 (2 starts)
    Defensive Midfielders:
    This is, seemingly, where everything has gone wrong this season. The holding mids simply havn't been able to control the midfield or to stop opposing attackers. I wouldn't recommend any of these.
    27 - Jailton: 86 - -1 - 85 (2 starts, 1 sub)
    25 - Leandro Donizete: 81 - +2 - 83 (4 starts, 1 sub)
    23 - Rodrigo Mancha: 84 - / - 84 (3 starts)
    21 - Dirceu: -- New -- 73 (1 start, 1 sub)
    Attacking Midfielders:
    Renatinho has been the most spectacular, starring in the 5-0 drubbing and scoring a goal in his other start. He will be getting more action. Carlinhos has been so-so, showing flashes of his potential, but never controlling the ball that long. Pedro Ken is decent, but probably never going to develop into that much of a player. He strikes me as the type that will make a living in Japan, to be honest.
    26 - Carlinhos Paraiba: 84 - +1 - 85 (4 starts)
    25 - Ramon: 84 - -2 - 82 (2 subs)
    22 - Pedro Ken: 82 - +2 - 84 (5 starts)
    20 - Renatinho: 76 - +3 - 79 (2 starts, 1 sub, 1 goal) CR
    Attackers:
    Marcelinho has been absolutly stellar behind Marcos Aurelio and Ariel, and Bruno has shown a ton of promise. This attack has a ton of potential, but I can see Ariel being replaced by Bruno quite soon.
    33 - Marcelinho Paraiba: 90 - / - 90 (4 starts, 1 sub, 4 goals)
    25 - Marcos Aurelio: 86 - / - 86 (5 starts, 1 goal)
    24 - Bruno Batata: -- New -- 77 (1 start, 3 subs, 2 goals)
    23 - Hugo: 82 - / - 82 (2 starts, 1 goal)
    23 - Thiago Silvy: -- New -- 71 (1 sub)
    21 - Ariel: 82 - +1 - 83 (3 starts, 2 subs)
    21 - Leozinho: -- New -- 72 (2 subs, 1 goal)
    FLAMENGO
    Elite 11
    -----------------------Bruno------------------------
    ----------------Welinton---Ronaldo Angelim----------
    ----------Airton------Willians----Toro--------------
    Leo Moura----Kleberson----Ibson-----------------Juan
    ---------------------Adriano------------------------
    Goalkeepers:
    Bruno has looked either good or bad. Most of the time he has been good though. I would've called a rise to 89 before the Coritiba match, but 88 seems fine now.
    24 - Bruno: 88 - / - 88 (6 starts)
    Centre Backs:
    Definatly the weak spot since the retirement of Fabio Luciano. Welinton has been slightly sub-par, Airton, Willians and Toro have all played a bit of centre-back.
    33 - Ronaldo Angelim: 87 - +1 - 88 (6 starts)
    20 - Welinton: 75 - +4 - 79 (3 starts, 1 sub) CR
    Wingbacks:
    All three have been good. Everton Silva has tremendous pace and might just be the best buy on this Flamengo squad. Definatly will get more action. Leo Moura and Juan are both almost uniquely attack minded, which gives the DM's that much more to do.
    30 - Leonardo Moura: 89 - / - 89 (4 starts)
    27 - Juan: 89 - / - 89 (5 starts)
    20 - Everton Silva: 74 - +5 - 79 (2 starts, 2 subs) CR
    Defensive Midfielders:
    This has been the strong point for Fla. Willians has been phenomenal, Fla's most valuable player. Was suspended for one game, and everything fell apart. Toro has done very well filling in, and Airton is about the most defensive minded DM you'll find, other then perhaps Nautico's Johnny.
    23 - Willians: 80 - +4 - 84 (5 starts) CR
    22 - Toro: 86 - / - 86 (5 starts)
    19 - Airton: 83 - +2 - 85 (6 starts) CR
    Attacking Midfielders:
    Don't be fooled by stats. Kleberson has been away on NT duty. Ibson has been the best player other then Willians for Flamengo. Both have been good and are the starters. It's time to give up on Fierro, IMO. Everton will probably go back to the bench when Kleberson gets back. Alex Cruz is nothing special, nor is Ze Roberto. Erick Flores will need a loan with all the other attacking minded players here.
    30 - Kleberson: 87 - +1 - 88 (4 starts)
    28 - Zé Roberto: 87 - -2 - 85 (1 sub)
    26 - Fierro: 86 - -2 - 84 (2 subs)
    25 - Ibson: 88 - +1 - 89 (6 starts)
    24 - Alex Cruz: -- New -- 70 (1 sub)
    20 - Everton: 82 - +2 - 84 (4 starts, 2 subs)
    20 - Erick Flores: 75 - +2 - 77 (3 subs)
    Attackers:
    Adriano is the clear starter here. The rest will all likely take turns subbing once Fla have their full lineup. They have too many good attackers. Emerson looked good against Sport, but not since or before. Josiel isn't playing enough to be as good as he can, Maxi isn't doing much and Aleilson looked lively in his lone appearance.
    30 - Emerson: 79 - +2 - 81 (3 starts, 2 goals)
    28 - Josiel: 88 - -1 - 87 (3 starts, 2 subs)
    27 - Adriano: 91 - -2 - 89 (3 starts, 1 goal)
    24 - Maxi: 85 - -2 - 83 (1 sub)
    23 - Aleilson: -- New -- 71 (1 sub)
    FLUMINENSE
    Elite 11:
    --------------------Fernando Henrique----------------------
    Mariano------Luiz Alberto-----Edcarlos-----------Joao Paulo
    ------------------Diogo----Wellington Monteiro-------------
    Marquinho----------------Conca-----------------Thiago Neves
    --------------------------Fred-----------------------------
    Goalkeepers:
    Fernando Henrique has been good, he'll take that spot back after his injury.
    30 - Ricardo Berna: 80 - +2 - 82 (3 starts)
    25 - Fernando Henrique: 87 - / - 87 (3 starts)
    Centre Backs:
    Fairly obvious here. Captain Luiz Alberto and Edcarlos are solid starters, that won't change anytime soon.
    31 - Luiz Alberto: 87 - / - 87 (6 starts)
    24 - Edcarlos: 86 - +1 - 87 (6 starts)
    22 - Cassio: -- New -- 75 (2 starts, 1 sub)
    Wingbacks:
    Mariano is clear starter on the right. Diogo has replaced him for his injury, but he'll be back. On the left, it's all Joao Paulo. Was injured for 2 games, but he's easily the starter, quite defensive for a wing-back. Dieguinho is a weak link, I'm not a big fan of his at all.
    22 - Mariano: 84 - / - 84 (2 starts, 1 goal)
    21 - Eduardo Ratinho: 83 - -1 - 82 (1 start, 1 sub)
    19 - Dieguinho: -- New -- 73 (2 starts)
    18 - Joao Paulo: 76 - +5 - 81 (4 starts) CR
    Defensive Midfielders:
    Expect new signing Fabio Santos to fight for a spot. In the mean time, Diguinho will also fight, he's back from injury. Mauricio needs more playing time, he has a ton of potential.
    32 - Fabinho: 86 - -1 - 85 (3 subs)
    30 - Wellington Monteiro: 87 - / - 87 (6 starts)
    26 - Diguinho: 86 - -1 - 85 (1 sub)
    22 - Diogo: 85 - / - 85 (3 starts)
    20 - Mauricio: 85 - / - 85 (1 start, 2 subs, 1 goal)
    Attacking Midfielders:
    Thiago Neves has been comparativly poor this season. He hasn't done anything, to be fully honest. Tarta is still a decent prospect, but Carlos Eduardo is the one to look out for here. I havn't watched him yet, but have heard good things. Marquinho and Conca have both been very solid.
    26 - Conca: 88 - +1 - 89 (5 starts)
    24 - Thiago Neves: 90 - -1 - 89 (5 starts)
    22 - Marquinho: 83 - +2 - 85 (6 starts)
    20 - Tarta: 82 - -1 - 82 (2 subs)
    19 - Carlos Eduardo: -- New -- 76 (3 starts)
    Attackers:
    Fred is the go to guy, and the only go-to guy. Maicon was played more early on, when the A team was being rested for Copa. Now, Carlos Eduardo is preffered. Still a good prospect, but I don't like him. L. Amaral is done.
    31 - Leandro Amaral: 88 - -2 - 86 (1 sub)
    25 - Fred: 91 - -1 - 90 (5 starts, 2 goals)
    22 - Everton Santos: 83 - / - 83 (2 subs)
    19 - Maicon: 77 - +3 - 80 (3 starts, 2 subs)
    19 - Alan: 76 - +2 - 78 (1 start, 2 subs)
    GRÊMIO
    Elite 11:
    -------------------------Victor--------------------------
    -------------Leo------Rafael Marques-----Rever-----------
    Ruy------------------Adilson-----------------Fabio Santos
    -----------Souza------------------Tcheco-----------------
    --------------Jonas-------Maxi Lopez---------------------
    Goalkeepers:
    Victor also has started all Libertadores matches, is probably the best keeper in Brazil at the moment. Missed 2 games for International duty.
    25 - Victor: 88 - +1 - 89 (4 starts)
    22 - Marcelo Grohe: 83 - / - 83 (2 starts)
    Centre Backs:
    The trio (Rafa,Rever,Leo) has been rock solid. Gaucho, Brasileiro or Libertadores, they have been undisputed and are amongst the top defenders in Brazil right now.
    25 - Rafael Marques: 85 - +2 - 87 (6 starts) CR
    24 - Rever: 87 - +1 - 88 (5 starts, 1 goal)
    22 - Thiego: 83 - / - 83 (1 start, 1 sub)
    21 - Leo: 88 - / - 88 (6 starts)
    Wingbacks:
    Ruy and Fabio Santos have been sensational attacking wingbacks, both deserve rises in their first Grêmio seasons.
    31 - Jadilson: 87 - -1 - 86 (2 subs)
    30 - Ruy: 87 - +1 - 88 (5 starts)
    29 - Joilson: 88 - -2 - 86 (2 subs)
    23 - Fabio Santos: 82 - +3 - 85 (6 starts, 1 goal) CR
    20 - Helder: 85 - -2 - 83 (1 sub)
    Defensive Mids:
    Grêmio cannot wait for Willian Magrao to come back. They are much better with him then with Adilson, who has struggled. Will still get a nice rise though.
    33 - Tulio: 87 - / - 87 (3 starts, 1 sub)
    22 - Adilson: 80 - +4 - 84 (5 starts)
    Attacking Mids:
    Souza has been the top man here, in all competitions. He needs to get his 89 back eventually, starting off with 88 though. Douglas Costa is a top prospect, who hasn't shown much yet this season.
    33 - Tcheco: 88 - / - 88 (5 starts)
    30 - Souza: 87 - +1 - 88 (6 starts, 2 goals)
    18 - Douglas Costa: 78 - +2 - 80 (5 subs)
    Attackers:
    Jonas has been the better of the strikers, unfortunate to get a slight injury. More was expected from Alex Mineiro, he has been disappointing.
    34 - Alex Mineiro: 88 - -1 - 87 (3 starts, 1 sub
    25 - Maxi Lopez: 86 - +1 - 87 (6 starts, 1 goal)
    25 - Jonas: 85 - +1 - 86 (3 starts, 1 sub)
    25 - Herrera: 85 - / - 85 (4 subs, 1 goal)


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    The question remains... Can Guadalajara repeat the double of last year, where they won the Division 1 title and Mexican Cup? The former giving them entry this season to the prestigious SMFA Champions Cup, which will be the main focus this season, casting doubts over whether the squad is strong enough to be a major force in the league like last season, where Guadalajara ran rampage losing just two games, including two fine wins over previous league champions Club America. On top of this Mexican striker, Sergio Santana won the Golden Boot with 16 goals in 32 appearances, and also claimed the most assists with 18 in 32 appearances.

    Golden Boot - Santana
    Transfer News
    The only new signing this season for Guadalajara is the talented 21 year old centre back Julio Cesar Dominguez. He came in for a hefty £11m from rivals Cruz Azul but he will be one of the three, first choice centre backs. However, a left back is badly needed because of the severe lack of depth in that position at the present time. Meanwhile, on the selling front Jose Antonio Olvera is available for £3m and youngster Jesus Padilla is available for loan.

    New Signing - Dominguez
    Tactics
    The strongest formation for this season is a 3-5-2, with the line up looking like this - Michel (88), Magallon (90), Dominguez (88), Reynoso (88), Pineda (89), Medina (88), Araujo (88), Castillo (87), Morales (89), Tchite (88) and Santana (88).
    With Guadalajara's strength in depth though, a completely different system and line up (goalkeeper not included) can and will be used for cup matches and Division 1 matches where the first XI are being rested. This comes in the form of a 3-2-2-2-1, with the line up looking like this - Michel (88), Mendoza (87), Danilo (87), Korkmaz (87), Mejia (87), Kladrubsky (86), Solis (87), Martinez (86), Lobos (87), Avila (86) and Andres Mendoza (87).
    To show the strength in depth all of the following players are still available in case of injuries or suspensions - Salcedo (86), Baez (86), Ninis (86), Oluwafemi (86), Diogo (85), Dos Santos (85), Arellano (86) and Bernberg (86). Attention all managers, these players are available to loan as long as they are not covering problems within my own squad.
    Reports
    Matchday 1 - 5th June 2009 - Charity Shield Final vs Pachuca
    With Guadalajara at full strength, they were clear favourites for the first piece of silverware of the season.
    Attendance - 84,782
    Stadium - Wembley
    Referee - Stephane Lannoy
    Pachuca Line Up (4-4-2) - Calero (7), Aguilar (6), Kadlec (6), Samba (7), Perez (5), Alvarez (6), Rodriguez (6), Caballero (7), Lovenkrands (5), Christian (6), Montes (5)
    Guadalajara Line Up (3-5-2) - Michel (7), Magallon (7), Reynoso (7), Dominguez (6), Pineda (6), Castillo (5), Medina (6) , Araujo (9), Santana (9), Tchite (9), Morales (6)
    6th Minute - GOAL - Pachuca striker Correa Christian manages to meet an invited cross with a bullet header leaving Luis Michel stranded in the Guadalajara goal.
    24th Minute - CHANCE - Pachuca winger Luis Montes grazes the top of the bar with a super header. Was unmarked, so he will be dissapointed he didn't score.
    26th Minute - GOAL - Mohammed Tchite grabs the equaliser for Guadalajara in rather fortunate circumstances, as his miss-hit shot somehow beats Miguel Calero. What a blunder, drop your head in shame, disgrace.
    27th Minute - CHANCE - The post is left rattling as Ramon Morales of Guadalajara beats the keeper when one on one but also beats the goal.
    39th Minute - GOAL - A moment of pure class from talented youngster Patricio Araujo of Guadalajara, as he cuts in from the left and unleashes a venemous strike which flies into the Pachuca goal from 25 yards out.
    HT - 1-2
    67th Minute - BOOKING - Pachuca's Peter Lovenkrands takes a dive, and what a beauty it was, if that was gymnastics he'd be the world champion. Oh, look at this... Bruno Grandi the President of the International Gymnastics Federation is walking onto the pitch and gives Lovenkrands a gold medal for his artistic work on the pitch.
    79th Minute - BOOKING - Ramon Morales is the second player to be booked, after a poorly timed tackle. Despite the ball being at the other end of the pitch, Morales decided to scissor kick Pachuca right back Paul Nicolas Aguilar for fun.
    84th Minute - GOAL - Last season's top goalscorer, Sergio Santana opens his account with a simple tap in, following a goalmouth scramble. Surely game over now for Pachuca.
    FT - 1-3
    Possession- Pachuca 35% - 65% Guadalajara
    Total Shots - Pachuca 11 - 21 Guadalajara
    Shots On Target - Pachuca 2 - 15 Guadalajara
    Corners - Pachuca 10 - 8 Guadalajara
    Yellow Cards - Pachuca 1 - 1 Guadalajara
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Sergio Santana of Guadalajara
    Injuries - Alberto Medina of Guadalajara - Shin Splints (6 Days)
    Manager's Comment - "Great result for us, especially as there is a trophy at the end of it. I was pleased with Dominguez on his debut, he dealt with the pressure well".

    Ouch Shin Splints - Medina
    Matchday 2 - 6th June 2009 - League Match vs Toluca (H)
    Toluca were favourites coming into the opening match of the league season as Guadalajara were fielding their second team because of SMFA commitments the following day.
    Attendance - 31,058
    Stadium - Jalisco
    Referee - Jacek Granat
    Guadalajara Line Up - (3-2-2-2-1) - Michel (6), Mendoza (6), Korkmaz (6), Danilo (6), Mejia (6), Kladrubsky (6), Ninis (6), Martinez (6), Andres Mendoza (7), Lobos (7), Avila (6)
    Toluca Line Up - (4-5-1 A) - Cristante (7), Lopez (7), Mareque (7), Da Silva (7), Duenas (7), Yebda (9), Ponce (6), Busquets (8), Nene (7), Zinha (8), Gimenez (8)
    11th Minute - CHANCE - The opening moment of the match falls to Guadalajara's Oswaldo Martinez, who sees his shot cleared off the line. Unlucky.
    15th Minute - GOAL - A bit of genious from Toluca's French midfield maestro Hassan Yebda, as he cuts inside and unleashes a shot which flies past Luis Michel in the Guadalajara goal. The stadium has gone silent.
    35th Minute - GOAL - Toluca go two goals up after Miguel Nene rounds the goalkeeper and finishes it, into the empty net. Supurb composure by the Brazilian there.
    HT - 0-2
    47th Minute - BOOKING - Guadalajara's Jiri Kladrubsky thought he could get away with an uppercut on the Toluca player there. Mike Tyson would be proud of that one.
    55th Minute - CHANCE - Another chance goes begging for Guadalajara as Sergio Avila can only hit the post when clean through on goal. On the replay you can see Toluca goalkeeper Hernan Cristante wetting his pants when left with a one on one situation with Avila. Fortunately the post saved his clean sheet, his underwear is far from clean though.
    64th Minute - CHANCE - Guadalajara hit the woodwork for a second time, with playmaker Lucas Lobos rattling the crossbar from 25 yards.
    71st Minute - CHANCE - Zinha of Toluca makes a brave diving header at the near post, only to see his header come back off the post and out of play. He's at his magical best today.
    81st Minute - GOAL - After hitting the woodwork 10 minutes ago, Toluca attacking midfielder Zinha grabs his well desrved goal. A supurb pull back accross goal found its way to Zinha, who finished with great aplomb. Game, set and match to Toluca surely.
    FT - 0-3
    Possession - Guadalajara 39% - 61% Toluca
    Total Shots - Guadalajara 17 - 9 Toluca
    Shots On Target - Guadalajara 6 - 6 Toluca
    Corners - Guadalajara 7 - 9 Toluca
    Yellow Cards - Guadalajara 1 - 0 Toluca
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Hassan Yebda of Toluca
    Manager's Comment - "All of the credit must go to Toluca for playing extremely well throughout the entire 90 minutes. They kept the ball better than us, took their chances and defended well to. We played okay, but I feel there is a lot more in the tank. We were missing Solis today as well which didn't help us, but thats no excuse for the thrashing we received at home in front of our own fans today. Refunds will be given to all supporters".

    Excellent Display - Yebda
    Matchday 3 - 8th June 2009 - SMFA Champs Cup Match vs Espanyol
    Guadalajara are looking to pick up a point away at Espanyol in the first matchday in the SMFA Champiosn Cup Group C. With Espanyol set to field Albert Riera, Luis Garcia and Carlos Kameni amongst other supurb players, the odds are firmly in their favour.
    Attendance - 21,536
    Stadium - Estadi RCDE
    Referee - Hernando Buitrago
    Espanyol Line Up (3-5-2) - Kameni (7), Zabaleta (7), Clemente Rodriguez (7), Jarque (6), Moises (8), De La Pena (8), Valdo (8), Gomez (9), Montero (7), Luis Garcia (8), Riera (9)
    Guadalajara (3-5-2) - Michel (7), Magallon (6), Reynoso (7), Dominguez (6), Pineda (6), Castillo (6), Solis (6), Araujo (7), Santana (5), Tchite (7), Morales (7)
    10th Minute - GOAL - Espanyol open the scoring through Fredy Montero, as his volley finds the back of the net.
    19th Minute - CHANCE - Guadalajara almost grab an equaliser through Ramon Morales, but he sees his shot cleared off the line and out to safety.
    37th Minute - GOAL - Tricky left winger Albert Riera manages to glide past two Guadalajara defenders and fire an unstoppable shot past Luis Michel and put Espanyol in a commanding position. Poor defending.
    38th Minute - CHANCE - It should have been game over for Guadalajara as Fredy Montero somehow misses an open goal. Memories of Ade Akinbiyi at his appalling best spring to mind.
    44th Minute - BOOKING - Espanyol's Daniel Jarque slammed into the Guadalajara player there. If you look closely you can see a tooth flying through the air and landing in that guy's Coke in seat 2B.
    HT - 2-0
    52nd Minute - BOOKING - New Guadalajara signing Julio Cesar Dominguez picks up his first booking after a clumsy looking tackle. £11m for that, what a waste.
    54th Minute - GOAL - Its game over now as Alejandro Gomez puts Espanyol three up after climbing the highest and heading the inswinging corner into the back of the net. Poor marking, you pay the price.
    65th Minute - CHANCE - Albert Riera is having a field day as he sees he brilliant lob cleared off the line. He has dismantled Guadalajara today.
    79th Minute - BOOKING - Donkey of the match, Sergio Santana of Guadalajara caps of his awesome display by bringing out a rocket launcher, which was classed as dangerous play by today's referee.
    FT - 3-0
    Possession - Espanyol 54% - 46% Guadalajara
    Total Shots - Espanyol 18 - 19 Guadalajara
    Shots On Target - Espanyol 6 - 7 Guadalajara
    Corners - Espanyol 4 - 6 Guadalajara
    Yellow Cards - Espanyol 1 - 2 Guadalajara
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Albert Riera of Espanyol
    Manager's Comment - "I have to say we were unlucky today, we had more shots on goal, more corners and generally looked good going forward. However, our defence has not lived up to expectations for the second match running and the midfield couldn't get hold of the ball enough when Espanyol were in profitable positions. Santana wasn't at his best today and I believe we havn't seen the best of him at SMFA level yet".

    Quality On The Wing - Riera
    SMFA World Cup


    Yesterday, Brazil clinched their first SMFA World Cup after defeating Portugal 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, thanks to goals from Robinho, Kaka and Diego, in the 81st, 85th and 87th minutes respectively. It capped off a wonderful tournament for Brazil, where they kept a 100% winning record throughout. "What a supurb achievement for this team and Brazil as a country. Football is a major part of life for the majority of Brazil, so by showing Brazil are still the best country in the world it brings even more cause for optimism in the future" - Were the words from the manager.
    Road To Glory
    Brazil 4 (Kaka 26, Robinho 34, Ze Roberto 81, Diego 87) Bulgaria 2 (Berbatov 71, Genkov 83)
    Brazil 4 (Diego 7, Kaka 17, Ronaldinho 27, Robinho 56) Ireland 1 (N Hunt 62)
    Brazil 2 (Robinho 28, Ze Roberto 84) Georgia 0
    Brazil 4 (Mancini 22, Diego 33, Ze Roberto 63, Robinho 76) Israel 1 (Natcho 56)
    Brazil 3 (Ronaldinho 14, Diego 22, Robinho 25) Netherlands 1 (Seedorf 2)
    Brazil 5 (Diego 4 and 8, Ronaldinho 42, Robinho 70 and 77) Sweden 1 (Ljungberg 55)
    Brazil 3 (Robinho 81, Kaka 85, Diego 87) Portugal 0
    What an incredible tournament it was for Diego and Robinho. The former scoring 7 goals in 7 matches, whilst Robinho went one better and scored 8 in 7. The defence leaked only 6 goals and kept two clean sheets, whilst the midfield was outstanding in producing the goals and providing service for lone striker Ronaldinho. Brazil picked up the MOM award in every match, with Julio Cesar, Diego and Ronaldinho managing two apiece, whilst Mancini picked up the other award.
    Brazil's system worked wonders, with the system and line up kept the same for every match (3-4-2-1) - Julio Cesar, Maicon, Juan, Lucio, Juninho, Ze Roberto, Robinho, Mancini, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Diego. The results quite clearly were incredible.

    Best In The World - Brazil
    Brazil begin the defence of their trophy in Group 3 of the Qualifiers, alongside Morocco, Canada, Ukraine and Lithuania.

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    The question remains... Can Guadalajara repeat the double of last year, where they won the Division 1 title and Mexican Cup? The former giving them entry this season to the prestigious SMFA Champions Cup, which will be the main focus this season, casting doubts over whether the squad is strong enough to be a major force in the league like last season, where Guadalajara ran rampage losing just two games, including two fine wins over previous league champions Club America. On top of this Mexican striker, Sergio Santana won the Golden Boot with 16 goals in 32 appearances, and also claimed the most assists with 18 in 32 appearances.

    Golden Boot - Santana
    Transfer News
    The only new signing this season for Guadalajara is the talented 21 year old centre back Julio Cesar Dominguez. He came in for a hefty £11m from rivals Cruz Azul but he will be one of the three, first choice centre backs. However, a left back is badly needed because of the severe lack of depth in that position at the present time. Meanwhile, on the selling front Jose Antonio Olvera is available for £3m and youngster Jesus Padilla is available for loan.

    New Signing - Dominguez
    Tactics
    The strongest formation for this season is a 3-5-2, with the line up looking like this - Michel (88), Magallon (90), Dominguez (88), Reynoso (88), Pineda (89), Medina (88), Araujo (88), Castillo (87), Morales (89), Tchite (88) and Santana (88).
    With Guadalajara's strength in depth though, a completely different system and line up (goalkeeper not included) can and will be used for cup matches and Division 1 matches where the first XI are being rested. This comes in the form of a 3-2-2-2-1, with the line up looking like this - Michel (88), Mendoza (87), Danilo (87), Korkmaz (87), Mejia (87), Kladrubsky (86), Solis (87), Martinez (86), Lobos (87), Avila (86) and Andres Mendoza (87).
    To show the strength in depth all of the following players are still available in case of injuries or suspensions - Salcedo (86), Baez (86), Ninis (86), Oluwafemi (86), Diogo (85), Dos Santos (85), Arellano (86) and Bernberg (86). Attention all managers, these players are available to loan as long as they are not covering problems within my own squad.
    Reports
    Matchday 1 - 5th June 2009 - Charity Shield Final vs Pachuca
    With Guadalajara at full strength, they were clear favourites for the first piece of silverware of the season.
    Attendance - 84,782
    Stadium - Wembley
    Referee - Stephane Lannoy
    Pachuca Line Up (4-4-2) - Calero (7), Aguilar (6), Kadlec (6), Samba (7), Perez (5), Alvarez (6), Rodriguez (6), Caballero (7), Lovenkrands (5), Christian (6), Montes (5)
    Guadalajara Line Up (3-5-2) - Michel (7), Magallon (7), Reynoso (7), Dominguez (6), Pineda (6), Castillo (5), Medina (6) , Araujo (9), Santana (9), Tchite (9), Morales (6)
    6th Minute - GOAL - Pachuca striker Correa Christian manages to meet an invited cross with a bullet header leaving Luis Michel stranded in the Guadalajara goal.
    24th Minute - CHANCE - Pachuca winger Luis Montes grazes the top of the bar with a super header. Was unmarked, so he will be dissapointed he didn't score.
    26th Minute - GOAL - Mohammed Tchite grabs the equaliser for Guadalajara in rather fortunate circumstances, as his miss-hit shot somehow beats Miguel Calero. What a blunder, drop your head in shame, disgrace.
    27th Minute - CHANCE - The post is left rattling as Ramon Morales of Guadalajara beats the keeper when one on one but also beats the goal.
    39th Minute - GOAL - A moment of pure class from talented youngster Patricio Araujo of Guadalajara, as he cuts in from the left and unleashes a venemous strike which flies into the Pachuca goal from 25 yards out.
    HT - 1-2
    67th Minute - BOOKING - Pachuca's Peter Lovenkrands takes a dive, and what a beauty it was, if that was gymnastics he'd be the world champion. Oh, look at this... Bruno Grandi the President of the International Gymnastics Federation is walking onto the pitch and gives Lovenkrands a gold medal for his artistic work on the pitch.
    79th Minute - BOOKING - Ramon Morales is the second player to be booked, after a poorly timed tackle. Despite the ball being at the other end of the pitch, Morales decided to scissor kick Pachuca right back Paul Nicolas Aguilar for fun.
    84th Minute - GOAL - Last season's top goalscorer, Sergio Santana opens his account with a simple tap in, following a goalmouth scramble. Surely game over now for Pachuca.
    FT - 1-3
    Possession- Pachuca 35% - 65% Guadalajara
    Total Shots - Pachuca 11 - 21 Guadalajara
    Shots On Target - Pachuca 2 - 15 Guadalajara
    Corners - Pachuca 10 - 8 Guadalajara
    Yellow Cards - Pachuca 1 - 1 Guadalajara
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Sergio Santana of Guadalajara
    Injuries - Alberto Medina of Guadalajara - Shin Splints (6 Days)
    Manager's Comment - "Great result for us, especially as there is a trophy at the end of it. I was pleased with Dominguez on his debut, he dealt with the pressure well".

    Ouch Shin Splints - Medina
    Matchday 2 - 6th June 2009 - League Match vs Toluca (H)
    Toluca were favourites coming into the opening match of the league season as Guadalajara were fielding their second team because of SMFA commitments the following day.
    Attendance - 31,058
    Stadium - Jalisco
    Referee - Jacek Granat
    Guadalajara Line Up - (3-2-2-2-1) - Michel (6), Mendoza (6), Korkmaz (6), Danilo (6), Mejia (6), Kladrubsky (6), Ninis (6), Martinez (6), Andres Mendoza (7), Lobos (7), Avila (6)
    Toluca Line Up - (4-5-1 A) - Cristante (7), Lopez (7), Mareque (7), Da Silva (7), Duenas (7), Yebda (9), Ponce (6), Busquets (8), Nene (7), Zinha (8), Gimenez (8)
    11th Minute - CHANCE - The opening moment of the match falls to Guadalajara's Oswaldo Martinez, who sees his shot cleared off the line. Unlucky.
    15th Minute - GOAL - A bit of genious from Toluca's French midfield maestro Hassan Yebda, as he cuts inside and unleashes a shot which flies past Luis Michel in the Guadalajara goal. The stadium has gone silent.
    35th Minute - GOAL - Toluca go two goals up after Miguel Nene rounds the goalkeeper and finishes it, into the empty net. Supurb composure by the Brazilian there.
    HT - 0-2
    47th Minute - BOOKING - Guadalajara's Jiri Kladrubsky thought he could get away with an uppercut on the Toluca player there. Mike Tyson would be proud of that one.
    55th Minute - CHANCE - Another chance goes begging for Guadalajara as Sergio Avila can only hit the post when clean through on goal. On the replay you can see Toluca goalkeeper Hernan Cristante wetting his pants when left with a one on one situation with Avila. Fortunately the post saved his clean sheet, his underwear is far from clean though.
    64th Minute - CHANCE - Guadalajara hit the woodwork for a second time, with playmaker Lucas Lobos rattling the crossbar from 25 yards.
    71st Minute - CHANCE - Zinha of Toluca makes a brave diving header at the near post, only to see his header come back off the post and out of play. He's at his magical best today.
    81st Minute - GOAL - After hitting the woodwork 10 minutes ago, Toluca attacking midfielder Zinha grabs his well desrved goal. A supurb pull back accross goal found its way to Zinha, who finished with great aplomb. Game, set and match to Toluca surely.
    FT - 0-3
    Possession - Guadalajara 39% - 61% Toluca
    Total Shots - Guadalajara 17 - 9 Toluca
    Shots On Target - Guadalajara 6 - 6 Toluca
    Corners - Guadalajara 7 - 9 Toluca
    Yellow Cards - Guadalajara 1 - 0 Toluca
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Hassan Yebda of Toluca
    Manager's Comment - "All of the credit must go to Toluca for playing extremely well throughout the entire 90 minutes. They kept the ball better than us, took their chances and defended well to. We played okay, but I feel there is a lot more in the tank. We were missing Solis today as well which didn't help us, but thats no excuse for the thrashing we received at home in front of our own fans today. Refunds will be given to all supporters".

    Excellent Display - Yebda
    Matchday 3 - 8th June 2009 - SMFA Champs Cup Match vs Espanyol
    Guadalajara are looking to pick up a point away at Espanyol in the first matchday in the SMFA Champiosn Cup Group C. With Espanyol set to field Albert Riera, Luis Garcia and Carlos Kameni amongst other supurb players, the odds are firmly in their favour.
    Attendance - 21,536
    Stadium - Estadi RCDE
    Referee - Hernando Buitrago
    Espanyol Line Up (3-5-2) - Kameni (7), Zabaleta (7), Clemente Rodriguez (7), Jarque (6), Moises (8), De La Pena (8), Valdo (8), Gomez (9), Montero (7), Luis Garcia (8), Riera (9)
    Guadalajara (3-5-2) - Michel (7), Magallon (6), Reynoso (7), Dominguez (6), Pineda (6), Castillo (6), Solis (6), Araujo (7), Santana (5), Tchite (7), Morales (7)
    10th Minute - GOAL - Espanyol open the scoring through Fredy Montero, as his volley finds the back of the net.
    19th Minute - CHANCE - Guadalajara almost grab an equaliser through Ramon Morales, but he sees his shot cleared off the line and out to safety.
    37th Minute - GOAL - Tricky left winger Albert Riera manages to glide past two Guadalajara defenders and fire an unstoppable shot past Luis Michel and put Espanyol in a commanding position. Poor defending.
    38th Minute - CHANCE - It should have been game over for Guadalajara as Fredy Montero somehow misses an open goal. Memories of Ade Akinbiyi at his appalling best spring to mind.
    44th Minute - BOOKING - Espanyol's Daniel Jarque slammed into the Guadalajara player there. If you look closely you can see a tooth flying through the air and landing in that guy's Coke in seat 2B.
    HT - 2-0
    52nd Minute - BOOKING - New Guadalajara signing Julio Cesar Dominguez picks up his first booking after a clumsy looking tackle. £11m for that, what a waste.
    54th Minute - GOAL - Its game over now as Alejandro Gomez puts Espanyol three up after climbing the highest and heading the inswinging corner into the back of the net. Poor marking, you pay the price.
    65th Minute - CHANCE - Albert Riera is having a field day as he sees he brilliant lob cleared off the line. He has dismantled Guadalajara today.
    79th Minute - BOOKING - Donkey of the match, Sergio Santana of Guadalajara caps of his awesome display by bringing out a rocket launcher, which was classed as dangerous play by today's referee.
    FT - 3-0
    Possession - Espanyol 54% - 46% Guadalajara
    Total Shots - Espanyol 18 - 19 Guadalajara
    Shots On Target - Espanyol 6 - 7 Guadalajara
    Corners - Espanyol 4 - 6 Guadalajara
    Yellow Cards - Espanyol 1 - 2 Guadalajara
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Albert Riera of Espanyol
    Manager's Comment - "I have to say we were unlucky today, we had more shots on goal, more corners and generally looked good going forward. However, our defence has not lived up to expectations for the second match running and the midfield couldn't get hold of the ball enough when Espanyol were in profitable positions. Santana wasn't at his best today and I believe we havn't seen the best of him at SMFA level yet".

    Quality On The Wing - Riera
    SMFA World Cup


    Yesterday, Brazil clinched their first SMFA World Cup after defeating Portugal 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, thanks to goals from Robinho, Kaka and Diego, in the 81st, 85th and 87th minutes respectively. It capped off a wonderful tournament for Brazil, where they kept a 100% winning record throughout. "What a supurb achievement for this team and Brazil as a country. Football is a major part of life for the majority of Brazil, so by showing Brazil are still the best country in the world it brings even more cause for optimism in the future" - Were the words from the manager.
    Road To Glory
    Brazil 4 (Kaka 26, Robinho 34, Ze Roberto 81, Diego 87) Bulgaria 2 (Berbatov 71, Genkov 83)
    Brazil 4 (Diego 7, Kaka 17, Ronaldinho 27, Robinho 56) Ireland 1 (N Hunt 62)
    Brazil 2 (Robinho 28, Ze Roberto 84) Georgia 0
    Brazil 4 (Mancini 22, Diego 33, Ze Roberto 63, Robinho 76) Israel 1 (Natcho 56)
    Brazil 3 (Ronaldinho 14, Diego 22, Robinho 25) Netherlands 1 (Seedorf 2)
    Brazil 5 (Diego 4 and 8, Ronaldinho 42, Robinho 70 and 77) Sweden 1 (Ljungberg 55)
    Brazil 3 (Robinho 81, Kaka 85, Diego 87) Portugal 0
    What an incredible tournament it was for Diego and Robinho. The former scoring 7 goals in 7 matches, whilst Robinho went one better and scored 8 in 7. The defence leaked only 6 goals and kept two clean sheets, whilst the midfield was outstanding in producing the goals and providing service for lone striker Ronaldinho. Brazil picked up the MOM award in every match, with Julio Cesar, Diego and Ronaldinho managing two apiece, whilst Mancini picked up the other award.
    Brazil's system worked wonders, with the system and line up kept the same for every match (3-4-2-1) - Julio Cesar, Maicon, Juan, Lucio, Juninho, Ze Roberto, Robinho, Mancini, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Diego. The results quite clearly were incredible.

    Best In The World - Brazil
    Brazil begin the defence of their trophy in Group 3 of the Qualifiers, alongside Morocco, Canada, Ukraine and Lithuania.

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    The question remains... Can Guadalajara repeat the double of last year, where they won the Division 1 title and Mexican Cup? The former giving them entry this season to the prestigious SMFA Champions Cup, which will be the main focus this season, casting doubts over whether the squad is strong enough to be a major force in the league like last season, where Guadalajara ran rampage losing just two games, including two fine wins over previous league champions Club America. On top of this Mexican striker, Sergio Santana won the Golden Boot with 16 goals in 32 appearances, and also claimed the most assists with 18 in 32 appearances.

    Golden Boot - Santana
    Transfer News
    The only new signing this season for Guadalajara is the talented 21 year old centre back Julio Cesar Dominguez. He came in for a hefty £11m from rivals Cruz Azul but he will be one of the three, first choice centre backs. However, a left back is badly needed because of the severe lack of depth in that position at the present time. Meanwhile, on the selling front Jose Antonio Olvera is available for £3m and youngster Jesus Padilla is available for loan.

    New Signing - Dominguez
    Tactics
    The strongest formation for this season is a 3-5-2, with the line up looking like this - Michel (88), Magallon (90), Dominguez (88), Reynoso (88), Pineda (89), Medina (88), Araujo (88), Castillo (87), Morales (89), Tchite (88) and Santana (88).
    With Guadalajara's strength in depth though, a completely different system and line up (goalkeeper not included) can and will be used for cup matches and Division 1 matches where the first XI are being rested. This comes in the form of a 3-2-2-2-1, with the line up looking like this - Michel (88), Mendoza (87), Danilo (87), Korkmaz (87), Mejia (87), Kladrubsky (86), Solis (87), Martinez (86), Lobos (87), Avila (86) and Andres Mendoza (87).
    To show the strength in depth all of the following players are still available in case of injuries or suspensions - Salcedo (86), Baez (86), Ninis (86), Oluwafemi (86), Diogo (85), Dos Santos (85), Arellano (86) and Bernberg (86). Attention all managers, these players are available to loan as long as they are not covering problems within my own squad.
    Reports
    Matchday 1 - 5th June 2009 - Charity Shield Final vs Pachuca
    With Guadalajara at full strength, they were clear favourites for the first piece of silverware of the season.
    Attendance - 84,782
    Stadium - Wembley
    Referee - Stephane Lannoy
    Pachuca Line Up (4-4-2) - Calero (7), Aguilar (6), Kadlec (6), Samba (7), Perez (5), Alvarez (6), Rodriguez (6), Caballero (7), Lovenkrands (5), Christian (6), Montes (5)
    Guadalajara Line Up (3-5-2) - Michel (7), Magallon (7), Reynoso (7), Dominguez (6), Pineda (6), Castillo (5), Medina (6) , Araujo (9), Santana (9), Tchite (9), Morales (6)
    6th Minute - GOAL - Pachuca striker Correa Christian manages to meet an invited cross with a bullet header leaving Luis Michel stranded in the Guadalajara goal.
    24th Minute - CHANCE - Pachuca winger Luis Montes grazes the top of the bar with a super header. Was unmarked, so he will be dissapointed he didn't score.
    26th Minute - GOAL - Mohammed Tchite grabs the equaliser for Guadalajara in rather fortunate circumstances, as his miss-hit shot somehow beats Miguel Calero. What a blunder, drop your head in shame, disgrace.
    27th Minute - CHANCE - The post is left rattling as Ramon Morales of Guadalajara beats the keeper when one on one but also beats the goal.
    39th Minute - GOAL - A moment of pure class from talented youngster Patricio Araujo of Guadalajara, as he cuts in from the left and unleashes a venemous strike which flies into the Pachuca goal from 25 yards out.
    HT - 1-2
    67th Minute - BOOKING - Pachuca's Peter Lovenkrands takes a dive, and what a beauty it was, if that was gymnastics he'd be the world champion. Oh, look at this... Bruno Grandi the President of the International Gymnastics Federation is walking onto the pitch and gives Lovenkrands a gold medal for his artistic work on the pitch.
    79th Minute - BOOKING - Ramon Morales is the second player to be booked, after a poorly timed tackle. Despite the ball being at the other end of the pitch, Morales decided to scissor kick Pachuca right back Paul Nicolas Aguilar for fun.
    84th Minute - GOAL - Last season's top goalscorer, Sergio Santana opens his account with a simple tap in, following a goalmouth scramble. Surely game over now for Pachuca.
    FT - 1-3
    Possession- Pachuca 35% - 65% Guadalajara
    Total Shots - Pachuca 11 - 21 Guadalajara
    Shots On Target - Pachuca 2 - 15 Guadalajara
    Corners - Pachuca 10 - 8 Guadalajara
    Yellow Cards - Pachuca 1 - 1 Guadalajara
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Sergio Santana of Guadalajara
    Injuries - Alberto Medina of Guadalajara - Shin Splints (6 Days)
    Manager's Comment - "Great result for us, especially as there is a trophy at the end of it. I was pleased with Dominguez on his debut, he dealt with the pressure well".

    Ouch Shin Splints - Medina
    Matchday 2 - 6th June 2009 - League Match vs Toluca (H)
    Toluca were favourites coming into the opening match of the league season as Guadalajara were fielding their second team because of SMFA commitments the following day.
    Attendance - 31,058
    Stadium - Jalisco
    Referee - Jacek Granat
    Guadalajara Line Up - (3-2-2-2-1) - Michel (6), Mendoza (6), Korkmaz (6), Danilo (6), Mejia (6), Kladrubsky (6), Ninis (6), Martinez (6), Andres Mendoza (7), Lobos (7), Avila (6)
    Toluca Line Up - (4-5-1 A) - Cristante (7), Lopez (7), Mareque (7), Da Silva (7), Duenas (7), Yebda (9), Ponce (6), Busquets (8), Nene (7), Zinha (8), Gimenez (8)
    11th Minute - CHANCE - The opening moment of the match falls to Guadalajara's Oswaldo Martinez, who sees his shot cleared off the line. Unlucky.
    15th Minute - GOAL - A bit of genious from Toluca's French midfield maestro Hassan Yebda, as he cuts inside and unleashes a shot which flies past Luis Michel in the Guadalajara goal. The stadium has gone silent.
    35th Minute - GOAL - Toluca go two goals up after Miguel Nene rounds the goalkeeper and finishes it, into the empty net. Supurb composure by the Brazilian there.
    HT - 0-2
    47th Minute - BOOKING - Guadalajara's Jiri Kladrubsky thought he could get away with an uppercut on the Toluca player there. Mike Tyson would be proud of that one.
    55th Minute - CHANCE - Another chance goes begging for Guadalajara as Sergio Avila can only hit the post when clean through on goal. On the replay you can see Toluca goalkeeper Hernan Cristante wetting his pants when left with a one on one situation with Avila. Fortunately the post saved his clean sheet, his underwear is far from clean though.
    64th Minute - CHANCE - Guadalajara hit the woodwork for a second time, with playmaker Lucas Lobos rattling the crossbar from 25 yards.
    71st Minute - CHANCE - Zinha of Toluca makes a brave diving header at the near post, only to see his header come back off the post and out of play. He's at his magical best today.
    81st Minute - GOAL - After hitting the woodwork 10 minutes ago, Toluca attacking midfielder Zinha grabs his well desrved goal. A supurb pull back accross goal found its way to Zinha, who finished with great aplomb. Game, set and match to Toluca surely.
    FT - 0-3
    Possession - Guadalajara 39% - 61% Toluca
    Total Shots - Guadalajara 17 - 9 Toluca
    Shots On Target - Guadalajara 6 - 6 Toluca
    Corners - Guadalajara 7 - 9 Toluca
    Yellow Cards - Guadalajara 1 - 0 Toluca
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Hassan Yebda of Toluca
    Manager's Comment - "All of the credit must go to Toluca for playing extremely well throughout the entire 90 minutes. They kept the ball better than us, took their chances and defended well to. We played okay, but I feel there is a lot more in the tank. We were missing Solis today as well which didn't help us, but thats no excuse for the thrashing we received at home in front of our own fans today. Refunds will be given to all supporters".

    Excellent Display - Yebda
    Matchday 3 - 8th June 2009 - SMFA Champs Cup Match vs Espanyol
    Guadalajara are looking to pick up a point away at Espanyol in the first matchday in the SMFA Champiosn Cup Group C. With Espanyol set to field Albert Riera, Luis Garcia and Carlos Kameni amongst other supurb players, the odds are firmly in their favour.
    Attendance - 21,536
    Stadium - Estadi RCDE
    Referee - Hernando Buitrago
    Espanyol Line Up (3-5-2) - Kameni (7), Zabaleta (7), Clemente Rodriguez (7), Jarque (6), Moises (8), De La Pena (8), Valdo (8), Gomez (9), Montero (7), Luis Garcia (8), Riera (9)
    Guadalajara (3-5-2) - Michel (7), Magallon (6), Reynoso (7), Dominguez (6), Pineda (6), Castillo (6), Solis (6), Araujo (7), Santana (5), Tchite (7), Morales (7)
    10th Minute - GOAL - Espanyol open the scoring through Fredy Montero, as his volley finds the back of the net.
    19th Minute - CHANCE - Guadalajara almost grab an equaliser through Ramon Morales, but he sees his shot cleared off the line and out to safety.
    37th Minute - GOAL - Tricky left winger Albert Riera manages to glide past two Guadalajara defenders and fire an unstoppable shot past Luis Michel and put Espanyol in a commanding position. Poor defending.
    38th Minute - CHANCE - It should have been game over for Guadalajara as Fredy Montero somehow misses an open goal. Memories of Ade Akinbiyi at his appalling best spring to mind.
    44th Minute - BOOKING - Espanyol's Daniel Jarque slammed into the Guadalajara player there. If you look closely you can see a tooth flying through the air and landing in that guy's Coke in seat 2B.
    HT - 2-0
    52nd Minute - BOOKING - New Guadalajara signing Julio Cesar Dominguez picks up his first booking after a clumsy looking tackle. £11m for that, what a waste.
    54th Minute - GOAL - Its game over now as Alejandro Gomez puts Espanyol three up after climbing the highest and heading the inswinging corner into the back of the net. Poor marking, you pay the price.
    65th Minute - CHANCE - Albert Riera is having a field day as he sees he brilliant lob cleared off the line. He has dismantled Guadalajara today.
    79th Minute - BOOKING - Donkey of the match, Sergio Santana of Guadalajara caps of his awesome display by bringing out a rocket launcher, which was classed as dangerous play by today's referee.
    FT - 3-0
    Possession - Espanyol 54% - 46% Guadalajara
    Total Shots - Espanyol 18 - 19 Guadalajara
    Shots On Target - Espanyol 6 - 7 Guadalajara
    Corners - Espanyol 4 - 6 Guadalajara
    Yellow Cards - Espanyol 1 - 2 Guadalajara
    Red Cards - None
    MOM - Albert Riera of Espanyol
    Manager's Comment - "I have to say we were unlucky today, we had more shots on goal, more corners and generally looked good going forward. However, our defence has not lived up to expectations for the second match running and the midfield couldn't get hold of the ball enough when Espanyol were in profitable positions. Santana wasn't at his best today and I believe we havn't seen the best of him at SMFA level yet".

    Quality On The Wing - Riera
    SMFA World Cup


    Yesterday, Brazil clinched their first SMFA World Cup after defeating Portugal 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, thanks to goals from Robinho, Kaka and Diego, in the 81st, 85th and 87th minutes respectively. It capped off a wonderful tournament for Brazil, where they kept a 100% winning record throughout. "What a supurb achievement for this team and Brazil as a country. Football is a major part of life for the majority of Brazil, so by showing Brazil are still the best country in the world it brings even more cause for optimism in the future" - Were the words from the manager.
    Road To Glory
    Brazil 4 (Kaka 26, Robinho 34, Ze Roberto 81, Diego 87) Bulgaria 2 (Berbatov 71, Genkov 83)
    Brazil 4 (Diego 7, Kaka 17, Ronaldinho 27, Robinho 56) Ireland 1 (N Hunt 62)
    Brazil 2 (Robinho 28, Ze Roberto 84) Georgia 0
    Brazil 4 (Mancini 22, Diego 33, Ze Roberto 63, Robinho 76) Israel 1 (Natcho 56)
    Brazil 3 (Ronaldinho 14, Diego 22, Robinho 25) Netherlands 1 (Seedorf 2)
    Brazil 5 (Diego 4 and 8, Ronaldinho 42, Robinho 70 and 77) Sweden 1 (Ljungberg 55)
    Brazil 3 (Robinho 81, Kaka 85, Diego 87) Portugal 0
    What an incredible tournament it was for Diego and Robinho. The former scoring 7 goals in 7 matches, whilst Robinho went one better and scored 8 in 7. The defence leaked only 6 goals and kept two clean sheets, whilst the midfield was outstanding in producing the goals and providing service for lone striker Ronaldinho. Brazil picked up the MOM award in every match, with Julio Cesar, Diego and Ronaldinho managing two apiece, whilst Mancini picked up the other award.
    Brazil's system worked wonders, with the system and line up kept the same for every match (3-4-2-1) - Julio Cesar, Maicon, Juan, Lucio, Juninho, Ze Roberto, Robinho, Mancini, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Diego. The results quite clearly were incredible.

    Best In The World - Brazil
    Brazil begin the defence of their trophy in Group 3 of the Qualifiers, alongside Morocco, Canada, Ukraine and Lithuania.

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    I apologise in advance for immediately lowering the sexiness levels of the thread.


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    El Hani Soliman


    Normally, I post under 21's who have a very good future in football but this is my first time with a Player Rating who will guarantee you more than your money back!
    El Hani Soliman, is a 60 rated goalkeeper, who is 24 years old, who plays for Egyptian team Ittihad. He is a regular for the club, who are currently 11th in the Egyptian top division. Soliman has missed just 3 games this season, due to injury.
    Soliman is described as the future of Egyptian goalkeeping, with numerous callups to the Egyptian National Team, but has not yet played a cap. Other teams around Ittihad have foreign goalkeepers, which is why the Egyptian FA have imposed a ban on buying foreign goalkeepers (starting in the 09/10 season), which is fortunate and unfortunate for Ittihad. Although they won't have to go out their own troubles for a new goalkeeper with home nationality, Soliman has now been linked with the likes of higher rated teams in the country, who all need to get an Egyptian goalkeeper.
    So far Soliman has managed 27 games this season, managing 2712 minutes in the league. He has played more games than even a few high 70's in the Egyptian league, even 80-82.
    I don't particularly think he will set the world alight, hence why I posted in Player Ratings, but rated only 60 is quite shocking, where as other regular keepers in the league are a low 80. In the next rating changes which should be held in a couple of months (African ratings), he should rise to mid 70's, then obviously more in the future, to possibly around the low 80's mark. At £31,000, he could be worth a few million in the future, a very excellent money maker!

    Quick Recap:
    Name: El Hani Soliman
    Surname to search on DB: Soliman
    Date of Birth: 1st November 1984 (24 years old)
    Nationality: Egyptian
    Club: Ittihad
    Position: GK
    Rating: 60
    Value: £31,000





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    Mauro Formica got a call up to the Argentina National team for their mid week friendly against Panama. It was only a friendly and only players playing in Argentina currently were in the squad, but I'm sure you'll agree that it is quite an achievement for a player of his age on his first season as a starter for his team.
    He has also taken his goal talley for this Clausura to 5 goals and 3 assists, from 12 starts and 1 sub. Not bad for an attacking midfielder. Next week (or the week after) he'll get his rise.
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    Oh thats terrible news, that he has made errors at crucial moments, because if he captains the Italian U19 side, which I imagine is up there with the best in the world, he must be a talent in the making. Yeah, lol he will probably start playing in the form of a world class defender at 33 years of age . By then he will be as slow as a cucumber, but will have the footballing brain of Albert Einstein like Maldini etc.
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    #1 Carlos Carmona


    Carmona Whilst At Coquimbo Unido.

    Here is my first find of the new thread, and he won't dissapoint you. His name is Carlos Carmona, and he is from somewhere where it isn't very chilly, Chile. He was born on the 21st February 1987 in Coquimbo, Chile, and he is 1.78m in height.



    Coquimbo, Chile - Carmona's Hometown.

    Back in 2005, Carmona burst onto the international scene during the 2005 Fifa U20 World Cup, he started 1 of Chile's 4 games against African side, Morocco. He was an unused substitute for 'La Roja's' first two Group C games against the Honduras and Spain, but played a full 90 minutes in Chile's final Group C match, against Morocco. Chile progressed to the round of 16, where tournament holders Holland stood in their way of a place in the last 8. Chile succombed to a 3-0 defeat, with Carmona replacing Ivan Vasquez in the 46th minute. This was an interesting debut tournament for the young midfielder, he was the youngest member of the Chile squad.
    During the same year, Carmona was also a member of U20 Chile side that participated at the 2005 South American U20 Championship, he made 5 appearances in 9 matches, whilst being the youngest member of the squad again. Chile's opening game in the first stage came against Uruguay, Carmona was an unused substitute in a 0-0 draw. The next game saw Carmona make his debut in the competition, replacing Fernando Meneses in the 78th minute, with Chile taking the spoils by 3 goals to 2. Next up were the always tricky, Brazil. Unfortunately, Carmona sat on the bench for the entire game, with Brazil handing Chile their first defeat, by beating them 4-2. Carmona missed the final first stage match against Ecuador because of injury, but Chile still taught Ecuador a lesson in how to play football, by convincingly thumping them 5-1. 'La Roja' progressed to the final stage of the competition, and first up were Colombia. Chile were narrowly beaten 3-4 in a thrilling match, with Carmona replacing Jose Pedro Fuenzalida in the 77th minute, his second appearance of the tournament. Would Carmona get a starting 11 berth in the 2nd final stage match? Yes, he did. The start came against tournament favourites Argentina, Carmona was booked early on, in the 21st minute and was later replaced by Ricardo Parada in the 64th minute, nethertheless a start. The match ended level, at 2-2. Another place in the starting 11 followed against Venezuela, this time Carmona was replaced in the 46th minute by Sebastian Montesinos, but with Chile winning 2-3. However, Carmona started his third game in succession, with Brazil being the oponents. He played a full 90 minutes, but gained a booking in the 32nd minute. Chile still crawled to a 2-2 loss though. This booking was a blow to Carmona, as he had already picked up one earlier in the final stage. This meant he was suspended for Chile's final game against Uruguay. Chile picked up a point from the encounter, after a 2-2 draw. Carmona probably would have started, had he have been available for selection. A good tournament for Carmona, with 3 starts (2 against the best U20 sides in South America, if not the world), and 2 substitute appearances.
    The 2007 editions of the Fifa U20 World Cup and the South American U20 Championship, both featured Carmona once again. He featured in 4 of Chile's 7 games at the Fifa U20 World Cup. The first group stage pitted Chile against Canada, Congo and Austria, and Carmona started all 3 of the games. The first match was against Canada, with Carmona scoring in the 54th minute with a header, and playing a full 90 minutes, nothing was ever going to stop Chile from winning, the full time score was 0-3. Next up were African side, Congo. Carmona once again played the full 90 minutes, helping Chile to a comfortable 3-0 win. Their final group match came against Austria, who frustrated Chile, and held them to an exciting 0-0 draw. This is where Carmona's tournament lost its sparkle. He picked up an injury and had to be substituted in the 29th minute, by Gary Medel. Carmona captained the side for all 3 matches. Chile progressed to the round of 16 where Portugal were their oponents. Carmona was an unused substitute in the 1-0 win for Chile. A 4-0 win against Nigeria in the quarter finals followed, with Carmona replacing super striker Nicolas Medina in the 46th minute, and picking up a booking in the 91st minute. Chile were finally beaten in the semi finals, against a very strong Argentina side 0-3. Carmona was an unused substitute. 'La Roja' had a chance to get 3rd place against Austria (who they drew with in the group stages). They delivered and deservedly won 0-1. However Carmona was once again left in the dugout for the full match. The tournament started brightly for Carmona, but gradually got worse as Chile progressed, but the South American U20 Championship 2007 proved to be completely different.
    Carmona started all 9 of Chile's games, proving himself to be a supurb captain and midfield maestro. Chile's first game came against Brazil, Carmona played the full 90 minutes and was booked in the 37th minute. Brazil showed their class and won the match 4-2. Paraguay were next, and scraped a 1-0 win over 'La Roja', Carmona playing a full 90 minutes for the second match in succession. A 0-4 thrashing of Bolivia followed that, with Carmona playing the full 90 minutes again. A crucial victory for Chile, whose confidence needed lifting. Peru were next, and Carmona captained the side to a 2-4 victory, once again playing the whole match. With 2 wins and 2 losses, Chile progressed to the final stage of the competition. Colombia were up first, and Chile showed the other countries what they were all about with a comprehensive 0-5 victory, with Carmona playing his fifth successive 90 minutes, and picking up a booking in the 27th minute. Brazil who beat Chile in the first group stage followed the Colombia match, and a 2-2 draw was the final score. Carmona yet again playing the whole 90 minutes. One tough country, was followed by another as Argentina were up next for Chile. 0-0 was the result, and Carmona completed another 90 minutes. Draws were becoming all to common for Chile as a 1-1 draw against Uruguay followed. Carmona kept his record of never being substituted or a non starter, as he played another 90 minutes. Paraguay who edged Chile 1-0 earlier in the tournament were Chile's final game, and a win by one goal was again the result, with Paraguay winning 3-2. Carmona completed his excellent tournament with another full 90 minute display. Altogether Carmona completed around 810 minutes of football, captaining the side in every minute.
    Next up on Carmona's International calender came the Toulon U21 Tournament 2008, this is a competition with 8 countries competing in it. He featured in 4 of Chile's 5 games. Chile were placed in group A with France, Holland and Japan, and first up were France. In a truly entertaining game Chile triumphed 3-5 winners, with Carmona playing 73 minutes before being replaced by Boris Sagredo. A more comfortable 0-2 win over Holland followed, with carmon aplaying the full 90 minutes. Carmona grabbed his first goal of the tournament in Chile's final group game against Japan, with a stunning 40 yard volley in the 75th minute. The final score was 2-0 to Chile and Carmona gained a booking in the 26th minute. Heartbreak was to hit Carmona in the semi finals against the Ivory Coast though, with Carmona only one booking away from suspension, a booking was to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, he was booked in the 34th minute. This was highly debatable and it ruled Carmona out of the final, if Chile got there. Chile ran out 2-1 winners, with Carmona playing the full match, and helping his beloved country whilst he could. Carmona's absence for the final, didn't help Chile, and they succombed to a 0-1 loss to Italy.






    RM, LM, DM and CM Are All Possible Positions For Carmona.

    This Player Is On The DB - Rated 83 - RM/LM - Aged 21 - Reggina - Rating Change +3

    This Player Is Valued By SM At - £3,543,000


    Carmona's Spectacular Volley Against Japan.

    On the positive side, Carmona's performances not only propelled him into the limelight, but he was then called up for Chile's 2010 World Cup Qualifying games against Bolivia and Venezuela. On the 15th June 2008 Carmona started the game against Bolivia, completing a full 90 minutes, and helping Chile to a 0-2 victory. 4 days later, on the 19th June 2008, Carmona once again played the full 90 minutes, this time against rapidly improving Venezuela. He also picked up his first senior intrenational booking, in the 16th minute. His performances were of a high standard, with people highly impressed in Chile.
    Now onto the domestic side of things. From 2003-2005 Carmona was making a name for himself in his hometown's football clubs' youth academy (Coquimbo Unido). From 2005-2007, Carmona was in Coquimbo's first team squad, making 92 appearances, scoring 7 goals at a very young age. He moved to O'Higgins for the 2008 season in Chile, and it didn't take long for him to settle in. The 2008 Apertura bought 13 starts and 1 substitute appearance for the youngster. His goals came on the 8th March 2008 against Metipilla in the 5th minute, the 19th April 2008 agaianst La Serena in the 64th minute and finally on the 30th April 2008 against Universidad De Chile in the 5th minute, a tally of 3 goals in 14 appearances altogether. I do see a problem with Carmona's playing style based on this statistic though: 8 bookings. Discipline is a much needed necessity throughout the modern game, he must cut out these bookings if he is to become a top class player in Europe. The Clausura 2008 bought 3 starts and 2 more bookings, before Carmona took a big step in his career: To join Italian Serie A side Reggina. He officially moved to Italy on the 18th July 2008.

    From Coquimbo Unido (Left), To O'Higgins (Center) And Now Reggina (Right).

    Personal Viewpoint - I am very excited by this young prospect, as his physical style of play may suit Italian football. I am also anxious to find out where Reggina will play him, he was used on either wing in Chile at Domestic level, but on the international scene, he is played in either the holding role or the centre of midfield, in my opinion his best position. Who knows what the future brings, but hopefully it will be a bright one for Carlos Carmona.

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    #4 Bayern Munich - 2nd in the Bundesliga

    Michael Rensing - GK - R88 - 24 - 17 starts - 1550 mins - 2yc
    C.L - 6 starts - I to 89/90
    Hans Jorg Butt - GK - R85 - 34 - 0 apps - D to 84
    Thomas Kraft - GK - R75 - 20 - 0 apps - STS
    Philipp Lahm - LB/RB - R93 - 25 - 13 starts - 1165 mins - 2 goals - 1yc
    C.L - 5 starts - 1yc - STS
    Oliver Stierle - LB/LM - R78 - 25 - 0 apps - STS
    Willy Sagnol - RB - R91 - 31 - 0 apps - D to 89
    Massimo Oddo - RB/RM - R90 - 32 - 9 starts - 3 subs - 926 mins - 2yc
    C.L - 5 starts - 1yc - STS
    Christian Lell - RB - R89 - 24 - 9 starts - 1 sub - 678 mins - 2yc
    C.L - 1 start - 1 sub - STS or I to 90
    Ferreira Lucio - CB - R94 - 30 - 16 starts - 1457 mins - 2yc
    C.L - 5 starts - STS
    Martin Demichelis - CB/DM - R93 - 28 - 13 starts - 1136 mins - 1 goal - 3yc
    C.L - 5 starts - 1yc - STS
    Daniel Van Buyten - CB - R91 - 30 - 8 starts - 2 subs - 737 mins - 1 goal
    C.L - 3 starts - 1 goal - STS
    Vinicius Breno - CB/RB - R88 - 19 - 1 start - 93 mins
    C.L - 1 start - 2 subs - STS or D to 87
    Bastian Schweinsteiger - RM/LM - R92 - 24 - 15 starts - 1126 mins - 3 goals - 2yc
    C.L - 6 starts - 1 goal - STS
    Hamit Altintop - RM/RB - R91 - 26 - 1 start - 1 sub - 83 mins
    C.L - 1 sub - D to 90/89
    Silva Ze Roberto - CM/LM - R92 - 34 - 15 starts - 1270 mins - 2 goals - 3yc
    C.L - 5 starts - 2 goals - STS
    Mark Van Bommel - CM/DM - R92 - 31 - 13 starts - 1117 mins - 1 goal - 3yc - 1rc
    C.L - 5 starts - 1yc - STS
    Tim Borowski - CM/LM - R91 - 28 - 4 starts - 11 subs - 712 mins - 5 goals - 4yc
    C.L - 2 starts - 4 subs - 1 goal - 2yc - STS
    Stephan Furstner - CM/DM - R80 - 21 - 0 apps - STS
    Andreas Ottl - DM - R88 - 23 - 6 starts - 6 subs - 566 mins - 2yc
    C.L - 3 subs - STS or I to 89
    Mehmet Ekici - DM - R75 - 18 - 0 apps - STS
    Jose Sosa - AM/RM - R88 - 23 - 1 start - 6 subs - 188 mins - 2yc - D to 87
    Toni Kroos - AM - R85 - 18 - 2 starts - 5 subs - 292 mins - 1 yc
    C.L - 1 sub - I to 86
    Franck Ribery - W/AM - R95 - 25 - 10 starts - 1 sub - 924 mins - 6 goals - 2yc
    C.L - 5 starts - 1 goal - 1yc - STS
    Lukas Podolski - F/W - R91 - 23 - 4 starts - 7 subs - 550 mins - 3 goals
    C.L - 1 start - 2 subs - 1 yc - D to 90
    Thomas Muller - F/AM - R78 - 19 - 0 apps - STS
    Luca Toni - CF - R94 - 31 - 13 starts - 1084 mins - 9 goals - 2yc
    C.L - 5 starts - 1 goal - STS
    Miroslav Klose - CF - R93 - 30 - 16 starts - 1318 mins - 6 goals - 2yc
    C.L - 6 starts - 5 goals - 1yc - STS or I to 94
    Deniz Yilmaz - CF - R77 - 0 apps - STS


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    #2

    First Win.


    Benfica 2-0 SetubalBenfica took the spoils, despite never looking convincing against Vitoria De Setubal at the Estadio Da Luz.
    Benfica Lineup (4-1-2-1-2)
    -----------------Quim-----------------
    --Rieloff--Luisao--David Luiz--Leo--
    -----------------Katsouranis-----------------
    --Maxi Pereira-----------Reyes--
    -----------------Aimar-----------------
    --Suazo--Nuno Gomes--


    Setubal Lineup (4-5-1)


    ----------------Bruno Vale----------------
    --Janicio--Auri--Silvestre--Adalto--
    -----------------Elias-----------------
    --Danilo Portugal--Ricardo Chaves--Leandro Lima--Bruno Gama
    --Nish--


    Match Report


    6th minute BOOKING - Anderson Luisao of Benfica receives a caution after thundering his forearm into the Setubal's players nose, leaving blood everywhere.
    9th minute CHANCE - A cross is whipped into the box with Nuno Gomes leaping the highest, only to see his header graze the top of the bar. He looks disgusted with himself as it was a free header.
    10th minute CHANCE - Setubal's right winger Bueno Danilo Portugal sees his supurb volley come crashing back of the near post, unlucky.
    18th minute CHANCE - Luis Leandro Lima provides Setubal's next chance, only to see his beautiful lob cleared off the line by the waiting defender.
    29th minute BOOKING - Pablo Aimar picks up his second booking in as many games after a high challenge left his marker in a crumpled heap on the floor.
    35th minute BOOKING - A studs up challenge by Luis Leandro Lima gets only a yellow card much to the Benfica players' disbelief, the referee should be shot. Oh wait he has been and is being taken off on a stretcher. The backup referee is going to take control of the remaining part of the game.
    HALF TIME 0-0
    51st minute CHANCE - Former Arsenal and Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre, sees his shot cleared off the line and out to safety, how have Setubal not scored today?
    59th minute CHANCE - Another chance goes begging for Setubal as tricky left winger Alexandre Bruno Gama misses an open goal. He immediately drops to the floor in disbelief, oh wait he has also been shot and is going to have to be replaced here.
    60th minute SUBSTITUTION - Defensive midfielder Miguel Sandro replaces the wounded Alexandre Bruno Gama, as Setubal make their first change of the evening in strange circumstances.
    64th minute BOOKING - Benfica's third booking of the game goes to forward David Suazo after he would not move back ten yards for a Setubal free kick, he clearly thought one yard was enough.
    66th minute GOAL - Benfica make Setubal pay for missing so many chances, as right winger Victorio Maxi Pereira scores a tap in to give Benfica the lead.
    75th minute SUBSTITUTION - Setubal make their second change as Bueno Danilo Portugal is replaced by Liam Millar, once on the books of Manchester United.
    77th minute BOOKING - Lone striker Colin Nish of Setubal gets a yellow card after violent conduct, lucky to stay on the field, despite not hitting the Benfica player as hard as he can.
    82nd minute GOAL - An immaculate through ball, leaves Jose Antonio Reyes with just the keeper to beat and he confidently slots it home. He rewards his manager with a goal, after he was recalled into the starting eleven in place of Miguel Jorge Ribeiro.
    FULL TIME 2-0


    Player Ratings & Statistics


    Benfica - Quim 6, Rieloff 8, Leo 8, Luisao 7, David Luiz 7, Katsouranis 8, Maxi Pereira 8, Aimar 6, Suazo 7, Nuno Gomes 8, Reyes 9 (MOM).
    Setubal - Bruno Vale 6, Janicio 6, Adalto 6, Auri 6, Silvestre 6, Ricardo Chaves 6, Danilo Portugal 6 (Miller 6), Leandro Lima 5, Nish 6, Elias 6, Bruno Gama 6 (Sandro 7).
    Possession -Benfica 49% 51% Setubal
    Shots On Goal -Benfica 19 14 Setubal
    Shots On Target -Benfica 13 9 Setubal
    Corners -Benfica 5 6 Setubal
    Yellow Cards -Benfica 3 2 Setubal
    Red Cards -Benfica 0 0 Setubal
    Referee - Pat Millar Replaced By Mark Battenburg
    Attendance - 65,589


    Reyes of Benfica gets the MOM award.

    Injury Report


    No injuries.


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    McBloggin's Premiership Goal Of The Week

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    A cracking strike from Sunderland's Steed Malbranque against Hull City.
    English Barclays Premiership Results



    Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool - Van Persie (24), Keane (42)
    Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Stoke City - McCarthy (9 Pen), Roberts (18), McCarthy (27)
    Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Portsmouth - Taylor (1), Gardner (3), Crouch (20)
    Everton 0-0 Chelsea
    Fulham 3-0 Middlesbrough - Bullard (41), Murphy (56 Pen), Dempsey (59)
    Hull City 1-4 Sunderland - Malbranque (10), Barmby (19), Zayatte (78 O.G), Jones (84), Cisse (90)
    Newcastle United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur - N'Zogbia (12), Modric (29), Duff (90),
    West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Manchester City - Moore (69), Carson (86 O.G), Bednar (90)
    West Ham United 0-1 Aston Villa - Neill (79 O.G)
    Coca Cola Championship Results

    Birmingham City 1-3 Reading - N Hunt (13), Phillips (60), Doyle (66), Cisse (82)
    Barnsley 2-0 Plymouth Argyle - De Silva (37), Campbell-Ryce (90 Pen)
    Blackpool 1-1 Swansea City - Scotland (67), Gow (74)
    Bristol City 1-2 Burnley - Maynard (52 Pen), Paterson (57), Thompson (77)
    Cardiff City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday - Johnson (49), Chopra (65 Pen)
    Coventry City 2-2 Ipswich Town - Morrison (1), Lisbie (12), Eastwood (56), Lisbie (65)
    Derby County 1-0 Watford - Hulse (83)
    Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers - Collins (81)
    Norwich City 1-0 Charlton Athletic - Lita (60)
    Queens Park Rangers 3-2 Preston North End - Helguson (16), Sedgwick (28), Helguson (34), Davidson (60 Pen), Blackstock (86)
    Southampton 0-2 Nottingham Forest - Morgan (42), Garner (75)
    Sheffield United 2-2 Crystal Palace - Dyer (41), McCarthy (47), Beattie (88 Pen), Carle (90)
    Coca Cola League 1 Results

    Cheltenham Town 0-0 Walsall
    Colchester United 0-0 Shorpe United
    Huddersfield Town 2-0 Hereford United - Clarke (70), Roberts (77)
    Leicester City 4-0 Peterborough United - Morgan (6 O.G), Fryatt (38), King (70), Howard (90)
    Millwall 0-0 Crewe Alexandra
    Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 Leeds United - O'Hanlon (11), Wilbraham (17), Snodgrass (49), Wilbraham (55)
    Northampton Town 1-0 Carlisle United - Crowe (63)
    Oldham Athletic 1-1 Leyton Orient - Liddell (34 Pen), Demetriou (72)
    Stockport County 3-1 Bristol Rovers - Davies (27), Disley (41), Davies (45), Davies (90)
    Swindon Town 2-3 Yeovil Town - Alcock (10), Peltier (28), Timlin (45), Ifil (72 O.G), McGovern (77)
    Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Brighton And Hove Albion - Kay (90)
    Coca Cola League 2 Results

    Accrington Stanley 1-3 Rotherham United - Burchill (6 Pen), Burchill (11), Procter (33), Broughton (88)
    Aldershot Town 2-2 Grimsby Town - Kalala (2), Hegarty (39), Davies (49 Pen), Davies (75 Pen)
    Bournemouth 2-0 Bury - Igoe (39), Partington (44)
    Bradford City 0-0 Chester City
    Darlington 2-2 Barnet FC - Hatch (8), O'Flynn (19), Hatch (25), Yakubu (76)
    Exeter City 4-1 Rochdale - Basham (16), Basham (31 Pen), McAllister (84), McAllister (87), Keltie (90 Pen)
    Gillingham 1-1 Brentford - MacDonald (28), Jackson (60)
    Luton Town 1-1 Morecambe - Spillane (51), Carlton (57)
    Macclesfield Town 0-4 Dagenham & Redbridge - Benson (4), Taiwo (7), Benson (19), Saunders (48)
    Notts County 0-1 Lincoln City - Patulea (32)
    Port Vale 0-1 Chesterfield - Downes (54)
    Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers - Harrold (55)
    Blue Square Premier Results




    Altrincham 1-3 Burton Albion - Pearson (40), Johnson (56), Pearson (65 Pen), McGrath (86)
    Cambridge United 4-0 Salisbury City - Willmott (24), Rendell (50), Holroyd (62), Pitt (63)
    Crawley Town 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers - Malcolm (30), Malcolm (71)
    Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Kettering - Potter (29), Seddon (32 Pen)
    Grays Athletic 2-1 Barrow - Walker (26), Cogan (41), Cogan (56)
    Lewes 0-2 Woking - Domoraud (42), Domoraud (71)
    Mansfield Town 2-1 Weymouth - Beavon (Pen 20), Ahmed (58), D'Laryea (90)
    Oxford United 1-1 Stevenage Borough - Bridges (27), Constable (43)
    Rushden & Diamonds 2-1 Northwich Victoria - Crowell (15), Smith (67), Tomlin (70)
    Torquay United 4-1 Histon - D'Sane (7), D'Sane (22), Wright (49), Wroe (62), Sills (85)
    Wrexham 5-0 Eastbourne Borough - Williams (44) Louis (47), Williams (65), Taylor (90), Williams (90)
    York City 3-1 Ebbsfleet United - Gash (26), Smith (60), Brodie (69), Sodje (77)
    From 2005-2008 - Presented By Sinny
    From 2005 when SM started, it was nothing than just a site that had just begun its road to the best Football Management game online. In November 2005, SM was just a site that provided minimal features as to what it has now. From basic improvements involving the transfer system to the main game itself, McBloggin takes a look at how the old look and version of the site really was in 2005 and how it has improved now.
    When you log on, you get a very well designed ‘My Home’ screen where all you have to do is select a club that you manage and set up tactics etc. Back in 2005, the layout was completely different. A team would be selected automatically and it provided all the info on ‘My Home’ that you get on the basic Club Overview. On the left hand side of the site, there was the basic information on your club like the name, Setup name, recent form and cash balance etc. Over the years, the layout has completely changed for the better, with improved placings of the messages, club selection and the current activity on SM altogether.
    The newspaper is one of the most changed features since the opening of SM. From match results to rumours, from best rated players to transfers, the most significant change came in early 2008 when managers were able to post match reports, players for sale or on loan or manager arrivals. Further plans to improve the newspaper are being worked on, giving the chance to offer managers interviews after a match, with a set of options to pick from.. A setup main feed, which also includes the articles from manager from above (include match reports)) has been linked into the Club Overview for managers to view the latest information happening within each setup which includes risers, decreasers, news bulletins and transfer news.
    The Tactics screen is now more revolutionised since 2005. The new Tactics screen was introduced in late 2007, after being tested and then being implemented, it became an instant hit with SM users. The new interactive page, was developed to allow managers to drop players into positions, which makes it a whole lot easier than the traditional page, which you had to click on the tab, and select which position they play in. There are 5 tabs on the interactive tactics page, Match Day Squad, Formation, Substitutions, Team Style and Player Assignment, that have been kept the same (except the Formations (new Formations added) since 2005. There is an option of the Traditional page tactics but on whichever page, just don't forget to click save changes or fail to lose your changes to your side!
    The Club Overview used to look like the most basic page for a football management game. The page that contained just the League, Cup and Shield History, links to all the other pages, Transfer History and the club's basic information has now turned into a well formed page. With links to all the pages, the Club Overview now contains Club Messages with a scroll bar, results and fixtures with a scroll bar, home and away kit and the Club's basic information. Mostly recognisable is the Setup News Feed that was fit in just a couple of months ago, which contains information of the setups recent activities. The Transfers In & Out also have been implemented, with just a click away from finding out who has been signed/sold if you take over the reigns at a club.
    Semir Stilic - 'Clever' - Presented By ©arbon

    Stilic.
    The Basics
    I present you with Semir Stilic a 21 year old Bosnian attacking midfielder currently playing for Lech Poznan in Poland. He was born in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia during 1987 and is currently 1.83m in height.
    International Scene - U19, U21 and Senior
    During the 2005/2006 UEFA European U19 Qualifying Section, Stilic started all three of Bosnia and Herzegovina's games. The first came against Croatia on the 3rd October 2005. He played the full 90 minutes, but he could not prevent Croatia winning 0-5. Two days later, Bosnia and Herzegovina faced Bulgaria, Stilic again played the full 90 but couldn't prevent his side losing their second consecutive game, this time 0-2. Bosnia and Herzegovina's final group game came against Iceland on the 7th October 2005, the final result was again a bad one: Iceland inning 0-2, and Stilic being sent off in the 52nd minute. Overall a poor showing from Bosnia and Herzegovina who are always generally poor at lower age levels internationally, yet a very good side at senior level.
    Stilic started five of Bosnia and Herzegovina's eight matches within the 2007/2009 UEFA European U21 Qualifying Section, where again poor results were on show. They started brightly however with a 4-0 win against Malta on the 8th September 2007, with Stilic playing the whole match. This was probably Bosnia and Herzegovina's best performance. Three days later Romania were the opponents and they went on to win 0-3, Stilic played the whole match however, but picked up a booking in the 37th minute. On the 12th October 2007 Bosnia and Herzegovina faced their toughest challenge yet, with France on the agenda. It turned out nothing unusual happened with France winning comfortably 0-4. Stilic played 70 minutes before being replaced by Ozren Peric. Bosnia and Herzegovina's next match came against Wales on the 17th November 2007, again 0-4 was the final scoreline, and Stilic played 60 minutes before being replaced by Ozren Peric for the second consecutive match. In what turned out to be Stilic's last appearance of the qualifying group, Malta produced a big shock, beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-2 on the 20th November 2007, capping off an awful run of form. Stilic played the full match. He didn't feature in any of Bosnia and Herzegovina's final three group games against Romania, France and Wales.
    Stilic has already been capped twice for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior Team. It is an exciting time for the country in question, with players such as Ibisevic, Dzeko, Misimovic and Salihovic all in cracking form at the moment at club level, all playing their trade in Germany. Adding Stilic to the mix and his exceptional playmaking qualities, you have a very dangerous offensive unit that could trouble the likes of Italy, Spain and England quite easily.
    Domestic Scene
    FK Zeljeznicar were the club who guided Stilic through their youth system and into the world of first team football during the years 2005-2008. Altogether Stilic made 63 apps, scoring 19 goals for their first team. Thanks to his supurb form, Lech Poznan of Poland expressed their interest and he signed a four year contract with them on the 11th June 2008. This season in the Polish Ekstraklasa he has started 15 out of a possible 17 games for Lech Poznan, appearing as a substitute twice, playing a total amount of 1287 mins, scoring five goals, gaining eight assists and collecting 2 yellow cards. he has usually played as one of the two playmakers in a 4-3-2-1 formation.

    Team Of The Moment - Lech Poznan
    Goal Log - Polish Ekstraklasa
    Jagiellonia Bialystok 0-3 Lech Poznan - 39th minute penalty - 17th August 2008
    Lech Poznan 3-1 Odra Wodzislaw - 49th minute - 31st October 2008
    Lechia Gdansk 0-3 Lech Poznan - 54th and 73rd minutes - 9th November 2008
    Odra Wodzislaw 0-1 Lech Poznan - 22nd minute - 30th November 2008
    European Scene
    After starting all six of Lech Poznan's first, second and third round qualifying matches in the Uefa Cup against Khazar Lenkoran, Grasshoppers and Austria Vienna respectively, Poznan faced Feyenoord, Nancy, Deportivo La Coruna and CSKA Moscow in the group stage. They were by far the favourites to finish last but pushed well above their weight, leading to themselves going through in third place behind group favourites CSKA Moscow and experienced European contenders Deportivo La Coruna. Their first match came against Nancy of France, which ended 2-2, with Stilic playing the full 90 minutes and scoring a goal in the 22nd minute. Next up were CSKA Moscow, the result wasn't suprising with CSKA winning 2-1, but Stilic scored in the 66th minute to set up a nervous second half, and also played the full match. Deportivo La Coruna, once a force in the UEFA Champions League were welcomed to Poland for Poznan's third game. Stilic played the full 90 minutes again but couldn't inspire Poznan to win, with the final scoreline at 1-1. Stilic picked up a booking in the 60th minute Poznan's final group game came against Holland side Feyenoord, they picked up their first win by 1 goal to nil, and booked a place in the last 32, whilst Feyenoord finished bottom. Stilic played 71 minutes before he was replaced by Tomasz Bandrowski. Altogether, Stilic made four starts, played 341 minutes, scored two goals and picked up one yellow card.
    Comparisons and Links
    Stilic has been compared to Luka Modric for his passing and creativity. He is also unselfish in front of goal much like the Croatian sensation. Arsenal, WBA, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Fulham, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb, Eintracht Frankfurt and Trabzonspor have all been linked with a move for the playmaker.
    SM Stuff
    Yes, he is on the DB
    Name - Semir Stilic
    Nationality - Bosnian
    Age - 21
    Club - Lech Poznan
    Position - AM
    Foot - Both
    Rating - 84 (+2 Last Change)
    Value - £4,097,000
    Five Questions With No Answer...YET - Presented by ©arbon
    Where will Aiden McGeady end up in January? - The mood between Celtic manager Gordon Strachan and McGeady is at an all time low, after the latter was docked two weeks wages and suspended for Celtic's next two games. Will he stay or will he go?
    Will David Beckham's loan move to Milan be worthwhile? - After joining Serie A giants AC Milan for the time whilst the MLS break is in action, will Beckham get a starting role, or will it just turn out to be a superstar trying to stay in the eye of England boss Fabio Capello?
    When will Dimitar Berbatov be seen as second choice to Carlos Tevez? - The Bulgarian has hardly hit full potential or even full pace since his arrival at Old Trafford. After all of the crucial goals Tevez hit last season, why has he been overlooked in recent weeks?
    Should Mark Hughes be sacked, or should he be given time? - Manchester City's performances are not exactly 'brilliant' at the moment, probably down to an over-reliance on Robinho, but should the gaffer be made to pay the price of failure so early in the season?
    Will the success of Hoffenheim last? - The German club who have risen from the fifth division in 2000 to top of the Bundesliga going into the winter break in 2008 have definately been the suprise of the entire European season so far, but the big question is: Will it last or will Ibisevic and co fall apart?

    Ibisevic - Star so far, will Hoffenheim continue their supurb form next year?
    McBloggin Spot - Presented By ©arbon
    I am sure a lot of you will have heard of Ariel Ortega, a complete number ten, known for his playmaking ability, dribbling, pace and dead ball situations, most notably at River Plate. Unfortunately drinking problems have blighted his career but now it should be sorted once and for all: When Diego Simeone took over as River Plate boss he was well aware of Ortega and his talent combined with his short temperament and personal problems. After weighing up the positives and the negatives, he decided to offload Ortega to Nacional B side Independiente Rivadavia where he signed a one year contract, with a special clause: A twice a week trip to a Chilean Special Treatment Centre for people with alchohol problems. I think this is supurb to see a person continuing to play the game he loves, but also tackling a problem that has come with it. Both at the same time. Hats off to Ariel Ortega, Argentine legend.

    Ortega - Great player and willing to tackle his problem.
    He Said What?! - Presented By ©arbon
    "And I'm sure I'll be linked with a move to join him in January." - Kevin Nolan, and his confident words that his former boss Sam Allardyce will show interest in signing him in the January transfer window. Is he going to be a part of the Allardyce puzzle? (Eurosport)
    "An exceptional player, who has a great future." - Ramon Calderon on his latest big money signing in Lassana Diarra. When he says great he means rubbish, and by future he means short term. How the hell, will he replace Fernando Gago and Guti in the midfield. I just hope he proves me wrong. (Eurosport)
    "I love England and it would be fantastic to win something with the national team. We're playing really well as a team and Capello is the right man to help us win things." - Wayne Rooney giving a really positive assessment of the England team right now, and how Fabio Capello has turned their fortunes around. Will it last though? (Eurosport)
    "We put forward a number of alternatives which were not accepted." - Uruguayan FA President Jose Luis Corbo on why the league season has been indefinitely suspended in Uruguay, mainly because of problems with police and fan riots. Will the fan hooliganism effect ever leave South America? (ESPN)
    "He didn't swing an elbow but he gave the referee no chance. He was correct to produce the red card." - Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Nemanja Vidic's harsh sending off against LDU Quito of Ecuador during their 1-0 win in the World Club Cup Final in Yokohama, Japan. Did he swing his elbow or didn't he?, only Vidic will ever know (Eurosport)
    McBloggin Kodak Moment - Presented By Sinny

    Antonio Cassano showing the world that Roma shorts are made to come off.
    We will be back next week!

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    McBloggin's Premiership Goal Of The Week

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    A cracking strike from Sunderland's Steed Malbranque against Hull City.
    English Barclays Premiership Results



    Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool - Van Persie (24), Keane (42)
    Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Stoke City - McCarthy (9 Pen), Roberts (18), McCarthy (27)
    Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Portsmouth - Taylor (1), Gardner (3), Crouch (20)
    Everton 0-0 Chelsea
    Fulham 3-0 Middlesbrough - Bullard (41), Murphy (56 Pen), Dempsey (59)
    Hull City 1-4 Sunderland - Malbranque (10), Barmby (19), Zayatte (78 O.G), Jones (84), Cisse (90)
    Newcastle United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur - N'Zogbia (12), Modric (29), Duff (90),
    West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Manchester City - Moore (69), Carson (86 O.G), Bednar (90)
    West Ham United 0-1 Aston Villa - Neill (79 O.G)
    Coca Cola Championship Results

    Birmingham City 1-3 Reading - N Hunt (13), Phillips (60), Doyle (66), Cisse (82)
    Barnsley 2-0 Plymouth Argyle - De Silva (37), Campbell-Ryce (90 Pen)
    Blackpool 1-1 Swansea City - Scotland (67), Gow (74)
    Bristol City 1-2 Burnley - Maynard (52 Pen), Paterson (57), Thompson (77)
    Cardiff City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday - Johnson (49), Chopra (65 Pen)
    Coventry City 2-2 Ipswich Town - Morrison (1), Lisbie (12), Eastwood (56), Lisbie (65)
    Derby County 1-0 Watford - Hulse (83)
    Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers - Collins (81)
    Norwich City 1-0 Charlton Athletic - Lita (60)
    Queens Park Rangers 3-2 Preston North End - Helguson (16), Sedgwick (28), Helguson (34), Davidson (60 Pen), Blackstock (86)
    Southampton 0-2 Nottingham Forest - Morgan (42), Garner (75)
    Sheffield United 2-2 Crystal Palace - Dyer (41), McCarthy (47), Beattie (88 Pen), Carle (90)
    Coca Cola League 1 Results

    Cheltenham Town 0-0 Walsall
    Colchester United 0-0 Shorpe United
    Huddersfield Town 2-0 Hereford United - Clarke (70), Roberts (77)
    Leicester City 4-0 Peterborough United - Morgan (6 O.G), Fryatt (38), King (70), Howard (90)
    Millwall 0-0 Crewe Alexandra
    Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 Leeds United - O'Hanlon (11), Wilbraham (17), Snodgrass (49), Wilbraham (55)
    Northampton Town 1-0 Carlisle United - Crowe (63)
    Oldham Athletic 1-1 Leyton Orient - Liddell (34 Pen), Demetriou (72)
    Stockport County 3-1 Bristol Rovers - Davies (27), Disley (41), Davies (45), Davies (90)
    Swindon Town 2-3 Yeovil Town - Alcock (10), Peltier (28), Timlin (45), Ifil (72 O.G), McGovern (77)
    Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Brighton And Hove Albion - Kay (90)
    Coca Cola League 2 Results

    Accrington Stanley 1-3 Rotherham United - Burchill (6 Pen), Burchill (11), Procter (33), Broughton (88)
    Aldershot Town 2-2 Grimsby Town - Kalala (2), Hegarty (39), Davies (49 Pen), Davies (75 Pen)
    Bournemouth 2-0 Bury - Igoe (39), Partington (44)
    Bradford City 0-0 Chester City
    Darlington 2-2 Barnet FC - Hatch (8), O'Flynn (19), Hatch (25), Yakubu (76)
    Exeter City 4-1 Rochdale - Basham (16), Basham (31 Pen), McAllister (84), McAllister (87), Keltie (90 Pen)
    Gillingham 1-1 Brentford - MacDonald (28), Jackson (60)
    Luton Town 1-1 Morecambe - Spillane (51), Carlton (57)
    Macclesfield Town 0-4 Dagenham & Redbridge - Benson (4), Taiwo (7), Benson (19), Saunders (48)
    Notts County 0-1 Lincoln City - Patulea (32)
    Port Vale 0-1 Chesterfield - Downes (54)
    Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers - Harrold (55)
    Blue Square Premier Results




    Altrincham 1-3 Burton Albion - Pearson (40), Johnson (56), Pearson (65 Pen), McGrath (86)
    Cambridge United 4-0 Salisbury City - Willmott (24), Rendell (50), Holroyd (62), Pitt (63)
    Crawley Town 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers - Malcolm (30), Malcolm (71)
    Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Kettering - Potter (29), Seddon (32 Pen)
    Grays Athletic 2-1 Barrow - Walker (26), Cogan (41), Cogan (56)
    Lewes 0-2 Woking - Domoraud (42), Domoraud (71)
    Mansfield Town 2-1 Weymouth - Beavon (Pen 20), Ahmed (58), D'Laryea (90)
    Oxford United 1-1 Stevenage Borough - Bridges (27), Constable (43)
    Rushden & Diamonds 2-1 Northwich Victoria - Crowell (15), Smith (67), Tomlin (70)
    Torquay United 4-1 Histon - D'Sane (7), D'Sane (22), Wright (49), Wroe (62), Sills (85)
    Wrexham 5-0 Eastbourne Borough - Williams (44) Louis (47), Williams (65), Taylor (90), Williams (90)
    York City 3-1 Ebbsfleet United - Gash (26), Smith (60), Brodie (69), Sodje (77)
    From 2005-2008 - Presented By Sinny
    From 2005 when SM started, it was nothing than just a site that had just begun its road to the best Football Management game online. In November 2005, SM was just a site that provided minimal features as to what it has now. From basic improvements involving the transfer system to the main game itself, McBloggin takes a look at how the old look and version of the site really was in 2005 and how it has improved now.
    When you log on, you get a very well designed ‘My Home’ screen where all you have to do is select a club that you manage and set up tactics etc. Back in 2005, the layout was completely different. A team would be selected automatically and it provided all the info on ‘My Home’ that you get on the basic Club Overview. On the left hand side of the site, there was the basic information on your club like the name, Setup name, recent form and cash balance etc. Over the years, the layout has completely changed for the better, with improved placings of the messages, club selection and the current activity on SM altogether.
    The newspaper is one of the most changed features since the opening of SM. From match results to rumours, from best rated players to transfers, the most significant change came in early 2008 when managers were able to post match reports, players for sale or on loan or manager arrivals. Further plans to improve the newspaper are being worked on, giving the chance to offer managers interviews after a match, with a set of options to pick from.. A setup main feed, which also includes the articles from manager from above (include match reports)) has been linked into the Club Overview for managers to view the latest information happening within each setup which includes risers, decreasers, news bulletins and transfer news.
    The Tactics screen is now more revolutionised since 2005. The new Tactics screen was introduced in late 2007, after being tested and then being implemented, it became an instant hit with SM users. The new interactive page, was developed to allow managers to drop players into positions, which makes it a whole lot easier than the traditional page, which you had to click on the tab, and select which position they play in. There are 5 tabs on the interactive tactics page, Match Day Squad, Formation, Substitutions, Team Style and Player Assignment, that have been kept the same (except the Formations (new Formations added) since 2005. There is an option of the Traditional page tactics but on whichever page, just don't forget to click save changes or fail to lose your changes to your side!
    The Club Overview used to look like the most basic page for a football management game. The page that contained just the League, Cup and Shield History, links to all the other pages, Transfer History and the club's basic information has now turned into a well formed page. With links to all the pages, the Club Overview now contains Club Messages with a scroll bar, results and fixtures with a scroll bar, home and away kit and the Club's basic information. Mostly recognisable is the Setup News Feed that was fit in just a couple of months ago, which contains information of the setups recent activities. The Transfers In & Out also have been implemented, with just a click away from finding out who has been signed/sold if you take over the reigns at a club.
    Semir Stilic - 'Clever' - Presented By ©arbon

    Stilic.
    The Basics
    I present you with Semir Stilic a 21 year old Bosnian attacking midfielder currently playing for Lech Poznan in Poland. He was born in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia during 1987 and is currently 1.83m in height.
    International Scene - U19, U21 and Senior
    During the 2005/2006 UEFA European U19 Qualifying Section, Stilic started all three of Bosnia and Herzegovina's games. The first came against Croatia on the 3rd October 2005. He played the full 90 minutes, but he could not prevent Croatia winning 0-5. Two days later, Bosnia and Herzegovina faced Bulgaria, Stilic again played the full 90 but couldn't prevent his side losing their second consecutive game, this time 0-2. Bosnia and Herzegovina's final group game came against Iceland on the 7th October 2005, the final result was again a bad one: Iceland inning 0-2, and Stilic being sent off in the 52nd minute. Overall a poor showing from Bosnia and Herzegovina who are always generally poor at lower age levels internationally, yet a very good side at senior level.
    Stilic started five of Bosnia and Herzegovina's eight matches within the 2007/2009 UEFA European U21 Qualifying Section, where again poor results were on show. They started brightly however with a 4-0 win against Malta on the 8th September 2007, with Stilic playing the whole match. This was probably Bosnia and Herzegovina's best performance. Three days later Romania were the opponents and they went on to win 0-3, Stilic played the whole match however, but picked up a booking in the 37th minute. On the 12th October 2007 Bosnia and Herzegovina faced their toughest challenge yet, with France on the agenda. It turned out nothing unusual happened with France winning comfortably 0-4. Stilic played 70 minutes before being replaced by Ozren Peric. Bosnia and Herzegovina's next match came against Wales on the 17th November 2007, again 0-4 was the final scoreline, and Stilic played 60 minutes before being replaced by Ozren Peric for the second consecutive match. In what turned out to be Stilic's last appearance of the qualifying group, Malta produced a big shock, beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-2 on the 20th November 2007, capping off an awful run of form. Stilic played the full match. He didn't feature in any of Bosnia and Herzegovina's final three group games against Romania, France and Wales.
    Stilic has already been capped twice for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior Team. It is an exciting time for the country in question, with players such as Ibisevic, Dzeko, Misimovic and Salihovic all in cracking form at the moment at club level, all playing their trade in Germany. Adding Stilic to the mix and his exceptional playmaking qualities, you have a very dangerous offensive unit that could trouble the likes of Italy, Spain and England quite easily.
    Domestic Scene
    FK Zeljeznicar were the club who guided Stilic through their youth system and into the world of first team football during the years 2005-2008. Altogether Stilic made 63 apps, scoring 19 goals for their first team. Thanks to his supurb form, Lech Poznan of Poland expressed their interest and he signed a four year contract with them on the 11th June 2008. This season in the Polish Ekstraklasa he has started 15 out of a possible 17 games for Lech Poznan, appearing as a substitute twice, playing a total amount of 1287 mins, scoring five goals, gaining eight assists and collecting 2 yellow cards. he has usually played as one of the two playmakers in a 4-3-2-1 formation.

    Team Of The Moment - Lech Poznan
    Goal Log - Polish Ekstraklasa
    Jagiellonia Bialystok 0-3 Lech Poznan - 39th minute penalty - 17th August 2008
    Lech Poznan 3-1 Odra Wodzislaw - 49th minute - 31st October 2008
    Lechia Gdansk 0-3 Lech Poznan - 54th and 73rd minutes - 9th November 2008
    Odra Wodzislaw 0-1 Lech Poznan - 22nd minute - 30th November 2008
    European Scene
    After starting all six of Lech Poznan's first, second and third round qualifying matches in the Uefa Cup against Khazar Lenkoran, Grasshoppers and Austria Vienna respectively, Poznan faced Feyenoord, Nancy, Deportivo La Coruna and CSKA Moscow in the group stage. They were by far the favourites to finish last but pushed well above their weight, leading to themselves going through in third place behind group favourites CSKA Moscow and experienced European contenders Deportivo La Coruna. Their first match came against Nancy of France, which ended 2-2, with Stilic playing the full 90 minutes and scoring a goal in the 22nd minute. Next up were CSKA Moscow, the result wasn't suprising with CSKA winning 2-1, but Stilic scored in the 66th minute to set up a nervous second half, and also played the full match. Deportivo La Coruna, once a force in the UEFA Champions League were welcomed to Poland for Poznan's third game. Stilic played the full 90 minutes again but couldn't inspire Poznan to win, with the final scoreline at 1-1. Stilic picked up a booking in the 60th minute Poznan's final group game came against Holland side Feyenoord, they picked up their first win by 1 goal to nil, and booked a place in the last 32, whilst Feyenoord finished bottom. Stilic played 71 minutes before he was replaced by Tomasz Bandrowski. Altogether, Stilic made four starts, played 341 minutes, scored two goals and picked up one yellow card.
    Comparisons and Links
    Stilic has been compared to Luka Modric for his passing and creativity. He is also unselfish in front of goal much like the Croatian sensation. Arsenal, WBA, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Fulham, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb, Eintracht Frankfurt and Trabzonspor have all been linked with a move for the playmaker.
    SM Stuff
    Yes, he is on the DB
    Name - Semir Stilic
    Nationality - Bosnian
    Age - 21
    Club - Lech Poznan
    Position - AM
    Foot - Both
    Rating - 84 (+2 Last Change)
    Value - £4,097,000
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    Ibisevic - Star so far, will Hoffenheim continue their supurb form next year?
    McBloggin Spot - Presented By ©arbon
    I am sure a lot of you will have heard of Ariel Ortega, a complete number ten, known for his playmaking ability, dribbling, pace and dead ball situations, most notably at River Plate. Unfortunately drinking problems have blighted his career but now it should be sorted once and for all: When Diego Simeone took over as River Plate boss he was well aware of Ortega and his talent combined with his short temperament and personal problems. After weighing up the positives and the negatives, he decided to offload Ortega to Nacional B side Independiente Rivadavia where he signed a one year contract, with a special clause: A twice a week trip to a Chilean Special Treatment Centre for people with alchohol problems. I think this is supurb to see a person continuing to play the game he loves, but also tackling a problem that has come with it. Both at the same time. Hats off to Ariel Ortega, Argentine legend.

    Ortega - Great player and willing to tackle his problem.
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    "And I'm sure I'll be linked with a move to join him in January." - Kevin Nolan, and his confident words that his former boss Sam Allardyce will show interest in signing him in the January transfer window. Is he going to be a part of the Allardyce puzzle? (Eurosport)
    "An exceptional player, who has a great future." - Ramon Calderon on his latest big money signing in Lassana Diarra. When he says great he means rubbish, and by future he means short term. How the hell, will he replace Fernando Gago and Guti in the midfield. I just hope he proves me wrong. (Eurosport)
    "I love England and it would be fantastic to win something with the national team. We're playing really well as a team and Capello is the right man to help us win things." - Wayne Rooney giving a really positive assessment of the England team right now, and how Fabio Capello has turned their fortunes around. Will it last though? (Eurosport)
    "We put forward a number of alternatives which were not accepted." - Uruguayan FA President Jose Luis Corbo on why the league season has been indefinitely suspended in Uruguay, mainly because of problems with police and fan riots. Will the fan hooliganism effect ever leave South America? (ESPN)
    "He didn't swing an elbow but he gave the referee no chance. He was correct to produce the red card." - Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Nemanja Vidic's harsh sending off against LDU Quito of Ecuador during their 1-0 win in the World Club Cup Final in Yokohama, Japan. Did he swing his elbow or didn't he?, only Vidic will ever know (Eurosport)
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    McBloggin's Premiership Goal Of The Week

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    A cracking strike from Sunderland's Steed Malbranque against Hull City.
    English Barclays Premiership Results



    Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool - Van Persie (24), Keane (42)
    Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Stoke City - McCarthy (9 Pen), Roberts (18), McCarthy (27)
    Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Portsmouth - Taylor (1), Gardner (3), Crouch (20)
    Everton 0-0 Chelsea
    Fulham 3-0 Middlesbrough - Bullard (41), Murphy (56 Pen), Dempsey (59)
    Hull City 1-4 Sunderland - Malbranque (10), Barmby (19), Zayatte (78 O.G), Jones (84), Cisse (90)
    Newcastle United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur - N'Zogbia (12), Modric (29), Duff (90),
    West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Manchester City - Moore (69), Carson (86 O.G), Bednar (90)
    West Ham United 0-1 Aston Villa - Neill (79 O.G)
    Coca Cola Championship Results

    Birmingham City 1-3 Reading - N Hunt (13), Phillips (60), Doyle (66), Cisse (82)
    Barnsley 2-0 Plymouth Argyle - De Silva (37), Campbell-Ryce (90 Pen)
    Blackpool 1-1 Swansea City - Scotland (67), Gow (74)
    Bristol City 1-2 Burnley - Maynard (52 Pen), Paterson (57), Thompson (77)
    Cardiff City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday - Johnson (49), Chopra (65 Pen)
    Coventry City 2-2 Ipswich Town - Morrison (1), Lisbie (12), Eastwood (56), Lisbie (65)
    Derby County 1-0 Watford - Hulse (83)
    Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers - Collins (81)
    Norwich City 1-0 Charlton Athletic - Lita (60)
    Queens Park Rangers 3-2 Preston North End - Helguson (16), Sedgwick (28), Helguson (34), Davidson (60 Pen), Blackstock (86)
    Southampton 0-2 Nottingham Forest - Morgan (42), Garner (75)
    Sheffield United 2-2 Crystal Palace - Dyer (41), McCarthy (47), Beattie (88 Pen), Carle (90)
    Coca Cola League 1 Results

    Cheltenham Town 0-0 Walsall
    Colchester United 0-0 Shorpe United
    Huddersfield Town 2-0 Hereford United - Clarke (70), Roberts (77)
    Leicester City 4-0 Peterborough United - Morgan (6 O.G), Fryatt (38), King (70), Howard (90)
    Millwall 0-0 Crewe Alexandra
    Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 Leeds United - O'Hanlon (11), Wilbraham (17), Snodgrass (49), Wilbraham (55)
    Northampton Town 1-0 Carlisle United - Crowe (63)
    Oldham Athletic 1-1 Leyton Orient - Liddell (34 Pen), Demetriou (72)
    Stockport County 3-1 Bristol Rovers - Davies (27), Disley (41), Davies (45), Davies (90)
    Swindon Town 2-3 Yeovil Town - Alcock (10), Peltier (28), Timlin (45), Ifil (72 O.G), McGovern (77)
    Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Brighton And Hove Albion - Kay (90)
    Coca Cola League 2 Results

    Accrington Stanley 1-3 Rotherham United - Burchill (6 Pen), Burchill (11), Procter (33), Broughton (88)
    Aldershot Town 2-2 Grimsby Town - Kalala (2), Hegarty (39), Davies (49 Pen), Davies (75 Pen)
    Bournemouth 2-0 Bury - Igoe (39), Partington (44)
    Bradford City 0-0 Chester City
    Darlington 2-2 Barnet FC - Hatch (8), O'Flynn (19), Hatch (25), Yakubu (76)
    Exeter City 4-1 Rochdale - Basham (16), Basham (31 Pen), McAllister (84), McAllister (87), Keltie (90 Pen)
    Gillingham 1-1 Brentford - MacDonald (28), Jackson (60)
    Luton Town 1-1 Morecambe - Spillane (51), Carlton (57)
    Macclesfield Town 0-4 Dagenham & Redbridge - Benson (4), Taiwo (7), Benson (19), Saunders (48)
    Notts County 0-1 Lincoln City - Patulea (32)
    Port Vale 0-1 Chesterfield - Downes (54)
    Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers - Harrold (55)
    Blue Square Premier Results




    Altrincham 1-3 Burton Albion - Pearson (40), Johnson (56), Pearson (65 Pen), McGrath (86)
    Cambridge United 4-0 Salisbury City - Willmott (24), Rendell (50), Holroyd (62), Pitt (63)
    Crawley Town 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers - Malcolm (30), Malcolm (71)
    Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Kettering - Potter (29), Seddon (32 Pen)
    Grays Athletic 2-1 Barrow - Walker (26), Cogan (41), Cogan (56)
    Lewes 0-2 Woking - Domoraud (42), Domoraud (71)
    Mansfield Town 2-1 Weymouth - Beavon (Pen 20), Ahmed (58), D'Laryea (90)
    Oxford United 1-1 Stevenage Borough - Bridges (27), Constable (43)
    Rushden & Diamonds 2-1 Northwich Victoria - Crowell (15), Smith (67), Tomlin (70)
    Torquay United 4-1 Histon - D'Sane (7), D'Sane (22), Wright (49), Wroe (62), Sills (85)
    Wrexham 5-0 Eastbourne Borough - Williams (44) Louis (47), Williams (65), Taylor (90), Williams (90)
    York City 3-1 Ebbsfleet United - Gash (26), Smith (60), Brodie (69), Sodje (77)
    From 2005-2008 - Presented By Sinny
    From 2005 when SM started, it was nothing than just a site that had just begun its road to the best Football Management game online. In November 2005, SM was just a site that provided minimal features as to what it has now. From basic improvements involving the transfer system to the main game itself, McBloggin takes a look at how the old look and version of the site really was in 2005 and how it has improved now.
    When you log on, you get a very well designed ‘My Home’ screen where all you have to do is select a club that you manage and set up tactics etc. Back in 2005, the layout was completely different. A team would be selected automatically and it provided all the info on ‘My Home’ that you get on the basic Club Overview. On the left hand side of the site, there was the basic information on your club like the name, Setup name, recent form and cash balance etc. Over the years, the layout has completely changed for the better, with improved placings of the messages, club selection and the current activity on SM altogether.
    The newspaper is one of the most changed features since the opening of SM. From match results to rumours, from best rated players to transfers, the most significant change came in early 2008 when managers were able to post match reports, players for sale or on loan or manager arrivals. Further plans to improve the newspaper are being worked on, giving the chance to offer managers interviews after a match, with a set of options to pick from.. A setup main feed, which also includes the articles from manager from above (include match reports)) has been linked into the Club Overview for managers to view the latest information happening within each setup which includes risers, decreasers, news bulletins and transfer news.
    The Tactics screen is now more revolutionised since 2005. The new Tactics screen was introduced in late 2007, after being tested and then being implemented, it became an instant hit with SM users. The new interactive page, was developed to allow managers to drop players into positions, which makes it a whole lot easier than the traditional page, which you had to click on the tab, and select which position they play in. There are 5 tabs on the interactive tactics page, Match Day Squad, Formation, Substitutions, Team Style and Player Assignment, that have been kept the same (except the Formations (new Formations added) since 2005. There is an option of the Traditional page tactics but on whichever page, just don't forget to click save changes or fail to lose your changes to your side!
    The Club Overview used to look like the most basic page for a football management game. The page that contained just the League, Cup and Shield History, links to all the other pages, Transfer History and the club's basic information has now turned into a well formed page. With links to all the pages, the Club Overview now contains Club Messages with a scroll bar, results and fixtures with a scroll bar, home and away kit and the Club's basic information. Mostly recognisable is the Setup News Feed that was fit in just a couple of months ago, which contains information of the setups recent activities. The Transfers In & Out also have been implemented, with just a click away from finding out who has been signed/sold if you take over the reigns at a club.
    Semir Stilic - 'Clever' - Presented By ©arbon

    Stilic.
    The Basics
    I present you with Semir Stilic a 21 year old Bosnian attacking midfielder currently playing for Lech Poznan in Poland. He was born in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia during 1987 and is currently 1.83m in height.
    International Scene - U19, U21 and Senior
    During the 2005/2006 UEFA European U19 Qualifying Section, Stilic started all three of Bosnia and Herzegovina's games. The first came against Croatia on the 3rd October 2005. He played the full 90 minutes, but he could not prevent Croatia winning 0-5. Two days later, Bosnia and Herzegovina faced Bulgaria, Stilic again played the full 90 but couldn't prevent his side losing their second consecutive game, this time 0-2. Bosnia and Herzegovina's final group game came against Iceland on the 7th October 2005, the final result was again a bad one: Iceland inning 0-2, and Stilic being sent off in the 52nd minute. Overall a poor showing from Bosnia and Herzegovina who are always generally poor at lower age levels internationally, yet a very good side at senior level.
    Stilic started five of Bosnia and Herzegovina's eight matches within the 2007/2009 UEFA European U21 Qualifying Section, where again poor results were on show. They started brightly however with a 4-0 win against Malta on the 8th September 2007, with Stilic playing the whole match. This was probably Bosnia and Herzegovina's best performance. Three days later Romania were the opponents and they went on to win 0-3, Stilic played the whole match however, but picked up a booking in the 37th minute. On the 12th October 2007 Bosnia and Herzegovina faced their toughest challenge yet, with France on the agenda. It turned out nothing unusual happened with France winning comfortably 0-4. Stilic played 70 minutes before being replaced by Ozren Peric. Bosnia and Herzegovina's next match came against Wales on the 17th November 2007, again 0-4 was the final scoreline, and Stilic played 60 minutes before being replaced by Ozren Peric for the second consecutive match. In what turned out to be Stilic's last appearance of the qualifying group, Malta produced a big shock, beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-2 on the 20th November 2007, capping off an awful run of form. Stilic played the full match. He didn't feature in any of Bosnia and Herzegovina's final three group games against Romania, France and Wales.
    Stilic has already been capped twice for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior Team. It is an exciting time for the country in question, with players such as Ibisevic, Dzeko, Misimovic and Salihovic all in cracking form at the moment at club level, all playing their trade in Germany. Adding Stilic to the mix and his exceptional playmaking qualities, you have a very dangerous offensive unit that could trouble the likes of Italy, Spain and England quite easily.
    Domestic Scene
    FK Zeljeznicar were the club who guided Stilic through their youth system and into the world of first team football during the years 2005-2008. Altogether Stilic made 63 apps, scoring 19 goals for their first team. Thanks to his supurb form, Lech Poznan of Poland expressed their interest and he signed a four year contract with them on the 11th June 2008. This season in the Polish Ekstraklasa he has started 15 out of a possible 17 games for Lech Poznan, appearing as a substitute twice, playing a total amount of 1287 mins, scoring five goals, gaining eight assists and collecting 2 yellow cards. he has usually played as one of the two playmakers in a 4-3-2-1 formation.

    Team Of The Moment - Lech Poznan
    Goal Log - Polish Ekstraklasa
    Jagiellonia Bialystok 0-3 Lech Poznan - 39th minute penalty - 17th August 2008
    Lech Poznan 3-1 Odra Wodzislaw - 49th minute - 31st October 2008
    Lechia Gdansk 0-3 Lech Poznan - 54th and 73rd minutes - 9th November 2008
    Odra Wodzislaw 0-1 Lech Poznan - 22nd minute - 30th November 2008
    European Scene
    After starting all six of Lech Poznan's first, second and third round qualifying matches in the Uefa Cup against Khazar Lenkoran, Grasshoppers and Austria Vienna respectively, Poznan faced Feyenoord, Nancy, Deportivo La Coruna and CSKA Moscow in the group stage. They were by far the favourites to finish last but pushed well above their weight, leading to themselves going through in third place behind group favourites CSKA Moscow and experienced European contenders Deportivo La Coruna. Their first match came against Nancy of France, which ended 2-2, with Stilic playing the full 90 minutes and scoring a goal in the 22nd minute. Next up were CSKA Moscow, the result wasn't suprising with CSKA winning 2-1, but Stilic scored in the 66th minute to set up a nervous second half, and also played the full match. Deportivo La Coruna, once a force in the UEFA Champions League were welcomed to Poland for Poznan's third game. Stilic played the full 90 minutes again but couldn't inspire Poznan to win, with the final scoreline at 1-1. Stilic picked up a booking in the 60th minute Poznan's final group game came against Holland side Feyenoord, they picked up their first win by 1 goal to nil, and booked a place in the last 32, whilst Feyenoord finished bottom. Stilic played 71 minutes before he was replaced by Tomasz Bandrowski. Altogether, Stilic made four starts, played 341 minutes, scored two goals and picked up one yellow card.
    Comparisons and Links
    Stilic has been compared to Luka Modric for his passing and creativity. He is also unselfish in front of goal much like the Croatian sensation. Arsenal, WBA, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Fulham, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb, Eintracht Frankfurt and Trabzonspor have all been linked with a move for the playmaker.
    SM Stuff
    Yes, he is on the DB
    Name - Semir Stilic
    Nationality - Bosnian
    Age - 21
    Club - Lech Poznan
    Position - AM
    Foot - Both
    Rating - 84 (+2 Last Change)
    Value - £4,097,000
    Five Questions With No Answer...YET - Presented by ©arbon
    Where will Aiden McGeady end up in January? - The mood between Celtic manager Gordon Strachan and McGeady is at an all time low, after the latter was docked two weeks wages and suspended for Celtic's next two games. Will he stay or will he go?
    Will David Beckham's loan move to Milan be worthwhile? - After joining Serie A giants AC Milan for the time whilst the MLS break is in action, will Beckham get a starting role, or will it just turn out to be a superstar trying to stay in the eye of England boss Fabio Capello?
    When will Dimitar Berbatov be seen as second choice to Carlos Tevez? - The Bulgarian has hardly hit full potential or even full pace since his arrival at Old Trafford. After all of the crucial goals Tevez hit last season, why has he been overlooked in recent weeks?
    Should Mark Hughes be sacked, or should he be given time? - Manchester City's performances are not exactly 'brilliant' at the moment, probably down to an over-reliance on Robinho, but should the gaffer be made to pay the price of failure so early in the season?
    Will the success of Hoffenheim last? - The German club who have risen from the fifth division in 2000 to top of the Bundesliga going into the winter break in 2008 have definately been the suprise of the entire European season so far, but the big question is: Will it last or will Ibisevic and co fall apart?

    Ibisevic - Star so far, will Hoffenheim continue their supurb form next year?
    McBloggin Spot - Presented By ©arbon
    I am sure a lot of you will have heard of Ariel Ortega, a complete number ten, known for his playmaking ability, dribbling, pace and dead ball situations, most notably at River Plate. Unfortunately drinking problems have blighted his career but now it should be sorted once and for all: When Diego Simeone took over as River Plate boss he was well aware of Ortega and his talent combined with his short temperament and personal problems. After weighing up the positives and the negatives, he decided to offload Ortega to Nacional B side Independiente Rivadavia where he signed a one year contract, with a special clause: A twice a week trip to a Chilean Special Treatment Centre for people with alchohol problems. I think this is supurb to see a person continuing to play the game he loves, but also tackling a problem that has come with it. Both at the same time. Hats off to Ariel Ortega, Argentine legend.

    Ortega - Great player and willing to tackle his problem.
    He Said What?! - Presented By ©arbon
    "And I'm sure I'll be linked with a move to join him in January." - Kevin Nolan, and his confident words that his former boss Sam Allardyce will show interest in signing him in the January transfer window. Is he going to be a part of the Allardyce puzzle? (Eurosport)
    "An exceptional player, who has a great future." - Ramon Calderon on his latest big money signing in Lassana Diarra. When he says great he means rubbish, and by future he means short term. How the hell, will he replace Fernando Gago and Guti in the midfield. I just hope he proves me wrong. (Eurosport)
    "I love England and it would be fantastic to win something with the national team. We're playing really well as a team and Capello is the right man to help us win things." - Wayne Rooney giving a really positive assessment of the England team right now, and how Fabio Capello has turned their fortunes around. Will it last though? (Eurosport)
    "We put forward a number of alternatives which were not accepted." - Uruguayan FA President Jose Luis Corbo on why the league season has been indefinitely suspended in Uruguay, mainly because of problems with police and fan riots. Will the fan hooliganism effect ever leave South America? (ESPN)
    "He didn't swing an elbow but he gave the referee no chance. He was correct to produce the red card." - Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Nemanja Vidic's harsh sending off against LDU Quito of Ecuador during their 1-0 win in the World Club Cup Final in Yokohama, Japan. Did he swing his elbow or didn't he?, only Vidic will ever know (Eurosport)
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    Now that the German season has entered its winter break I thought I would use part of my Christmas holiday to predict the rating changes of all players currently in the Bundesliga. I hope I can help people buy some risers and sell some stinkers. Feedback will be much appreciated, but please don't kill me if I completely WBA one up, keep it constructive.
    Player - Position - Rating - Age - Starts - Subs - Mins - Goals - Yellow Cards - Red Cards - Rating Change - Position Change
    STS - Stay the same
    yc - Yellow card
    rc - Red card
    #1 1899 Hoffenheim - 1st in the Bundesliga

    Timo Hildebrand - GK - R89 - 29 - 0 apps - D to 88
    Ramazan Ozcan - GK - R85 - 24 - 6 starts - 545 mins - STS
    Daniel Haas - GK - R82 - 25 - 11 starts - 1010 mins - I to 85/86
    Thorsten Kirschbaum - GK - R76 - 21 - 0 apps - STS
    Andreas Ibertsberger - LB/RB - R84 - 26 - 13 Starts - 1141 mins - I to 86/87
    Andreas Beck - RB/LB - R85 - 21 - 16 starts - 1462 mins - 6yc - I to 86/87
    Denis Lapaczinski - RB/DM - R74 - 27 - 0 apps - STS
    Per Nilsson - CB/DM - R85 - 26 - 6 Starts - 2 Subs - 512 Mins - 1yc - STS
    Marvin Compper - CB/LB - R84 - 23 - 17 starts - 1555 mins - 1 goal - 3yc - I to 87
    Christoph Janker - CB/RB - R83 - 23 - 2 starts - 4 subs - 232 mins - STS
    Matthias Jaissle - D/DM - R83 - 20 - 13 starts - 1 sub - 1217 mins - 3yc - I to 86/87 - Position change to CB/LB
    Zsolt Low - LM/LB - R84 - 29 - 1 start - 93 mins - D to 83/82 - Position change to LB
    Tobias Weis - RM/LM - R83 - 23 - 13 starts - 3 subs - 1251 mins - I to 86/87 - Position change to RM/CM
    Denis Bindnagel - RM/AM - R79 - 29 - 0 apps - D to 77
    Matthias Keller - RM - R76 - 34 - 0 apps - D to 75
    Sejad Salihovic - CM/LM - R85 - 24 - 12 starts - 4 subs - 1069 mins - 4 goals - 5 yc - I to 87 - Position change to LM/CM
    Selim Teber - CM/DM - R83 - 27 - 2 starts - 12 subs - 309 mins - 1 goal - 3yc - I to 84 - Position change to LM/AM
    Dias Luiz Gustavo - DM - R85 - 21 - 14 starts - 1 sub - 1226 mins - 7yc - I to 87
    Isaac Vorsah - DM/CB - R80 - 20 - 3 starts - 9 subs - 312 mins - I to 83/84
    Francisco Copado - AM/F - R85 - 34 - 6 subs - 88 mins - 1 goal - D to 84/83
    Marques Carlos Eduardo - AM/LM - R85 - 21 - 14 starts - 1 sub - 1192 mins - 4 goals - I to 87/88
    Jochen Seitz - W - R80 - 32 - 0 apps - D to 78
    Chinedu Obasi - F - R85 - 22 - 10 starts - 2 subs - 883 mins - 6 goals - 1yc - I to 86/87
    Luis Wellington - F - R83 - 20 - 3 subs - 33 mins - D to 82
    Demba Ba - CF - R85 - 23 - 17 starts - 1494 mins - 7 goals - 3yc - I to 87
    Vedad Ibisevic - CF - R85 - 24 - 17 starts - 1481 mins - 18 goals - I to 88
    Daniel Reule - CF - R74 - 25 - 0 apps - STS


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    Re: South American Superstars Part 1
    UPDATE 11-20

    #11 Victor Andrade - Santos - Not On the DB - Brazil
    This Season - No Games Played
    Specials - Still very far away from the spotlight as he is only thirteen.
    #12 Jean Carlos Chera - Santos - Not On The DB - Brazil
    This Season - No Games Played
    Specials - Just like Victor Andrade, he is only thirteen and is far away from being introduced into the world of senior football in Brazil. Manchester United, FC Porto and Real Madrid are said to be interested in the prodigy.
    #13 Neymar - Santos - Not On The DB - Brazil
    This Season - No Games Played
    Specials - What a player we have here, already linked with Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid. In my opinion he could appear in the first team for Santos next season, and then we will see what he is really capable of. Santos have secured his image rights until 2015, so they will be able to demand a large transfer fee from interested clubs. The new Robinho certainly is hot property.
    #14 Rafael Forster - Internacional - Not On The DB - Brazil
    This Season - No Games Played
    Specials - Still a promising young central defender, who could make some first team appearances next season.
    #15 Cassio Ramos - PSV Eindhoven - GK - Rated 77 - 21 Years Old - £1,040,000 - Brazil
    This Season - No Games Played
    Specials - Third choice goalkeeper behind Andreas Isaksson and Bas Roorda at PSV so chances are curently limited for the young Brazilian goalkeeper. He has the potential however, as he has already been called up by Dunga to the Senior Brazil National Squad. He has four years remaining on his current PSV contract, so he has time to get into the starting eleven. He also has a big age advantage over his two goalkeeping rivals, so he has a lot of time on his hands to get the number one jersey at the Philips Stadion.
    #16 Carlos Augusto Zambrano - Schalke 04 - CB/LB - Rated 80 - 19 Years Old - £2,232,000 - Peru
    This Season - No Games Played
    Specials - Zambrano has now made four starts and scored one goal for the Peruvian National Team, and is now considered to be one of the two first choice centre backs, an incredible acheivement at only nineteen years of age. His goal came on his debut on the 26th March 2008 against Costa Rica. He has started three out of the last four World Cup Qualifying games for Peru against Bolivia, Argentina and Venezuela. He has not made his competitive first team debut for Schalke yet, but has appeared in three friendlies and has been told by experienced team mates that he has a lot of talent. Surely his first team debut will come this season if he is playing for Peru at senior level.
    #17 Carlos Bazalar - Cienciano - CM - Rated 75 - 18 Years Old - £578,000 - Peru
    This Season (Apertura) - 2 Starts
    Specials - Made his Cienciano debut earlier in the Peruivian season, the Clausura. Making three appearances, two as a starter, one as a substitute. He recently appeared twice in the Apertura, suggesting he is going to feature more regularly next season for Cienciano in Peru, maybe replacing his dad Juan Carlos Bazalar in the centre of midfield as he comes to the end of his career, whilst his son's is just beginning
    #18 Santiago Tréllez - Unattached - Not On The DB - Colombia
    This Season - No Games Played
    Specials - Has been released by Flamengo of Brazil, and is currently looking for a new club. It would not suprise me if he returned back to Colombia and joined former club Independiente Medellin. Trellez who plays as a forward obviously needs to improve back in Colombia firts, before he tries cracking Argentina or Brazil.
    #19 Gabriel Ferrari - Perugia Calcio - Not On The DB - United States
    This Season - 5 Subs
    Specials - The striker, has been struggling of late to get into the Perugia squad down to injuries and unspectacular performances. He is on loan there from Sampdoria. In Sampdoria colours, Ferrari made his debut two seasons ago against Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia, coming on as a substitute. He was also an unused substitute on a number of occassions. Last season he was again unused from the bench in a couple of games, but gained a lot of playing time in the Sampdoria youth squad, taking up a new position as a playmaker, and adapted very well. After rejecting Ajax and cracking Cruzeiro's youth system when he was still a boy, the future looks bright for Ferrari, even if he is playing in Serie C1 at the moment.
    #20 Johann Smith - Toronto FC - W/F - Rated 75 - 21 Years Old - £532,000 - United States
    This Season - 3 Starts - 7 Subs - 381 Mins
    Specials - After being released by Bolton Wanderers boss Gary Megson in the summer, after loan spells at Carlisle United where he made fourteen appearances, scoring once, Darlington where he made three appearances and finally Stockport County where he made two appearances, he joined Swedish side GIF Sundsvall on trial. In the end Smith decided to go back to the USA and join FC Toronto where he has appeared regularly throughout the latter part of the MLS season, playing usually on the wings. He made his debut for Toronto on the 17th August 2008 against the New York Red Bulls, replacing former WBA man Danny Dichio in the 49th minute. He made his full debut against Chivas USA on the 6th September 2008 playing the full 90 minutes. Smith could break into the Toronto starting eleven on a permanent basis with his sublime speed, he just needs to be more consistent and score frequently, not in far apart patches.
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