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    Doe © reacted to Insider in 08-09 Season, Statistical Analysis   
    Do whatever you want with these stats. I have searched hard and put a lot of research into scouting quite a few leagues, and I will update the stats every 5 games if possible, with players to watch and current lineups.
    Starting off with Brazil, who just played the 15 th game of the season. Here goes.
    I will also say that the updates might not always be right after the games are played. I have a full time job and will go to university, so a lot of my free time goes to this. I do it because I love it, not cause I have tons of time on my hands.
    HERE ARE ALL THE POSTS
    BRAZIL : 15 GAMES (You are reading it)
    AUSTRIA : 5 GAMES
    SWITZERLAND : 5 GAMES
    BRAZIL : 20 GAMES
    DENMARK : 5 GAMES
    SLOVAKIA : 5 GAMES
    MEXICO : 5 GAMES
    NAUTICO
    Rank : 13
    Most common starting 11 :
    Eduardo G 31 85
    Everaldo Batista CB 34 85- Vagner CB 25 84- Negretti CB 20 80
    Alceu DM 24 85 - Paulo Almeida DM 27 81
    Ruy RM 29 85 - Geraldo AM 34 85
    Wellington F 20 83 - Felipe F 30 86
    Players of note :
    Negretti CB 20 80 - 11 starts
    Gilmar F 24 76 - 3 starts, 4 subs, 1 goal
    Players missing from real life clubs :
    Laborde
    Wesley
    Thiago
    Luizao
    Eduardo Ere
    Anderson
    CORITIBA
    Rank : 7
    Most common starting 11 :
    Edson Bastos Barreto G 28 83
    Felipe CB 21 71 - Nene CB 33 83 - Mauricio CB 23 82 - Ricardinho LB 23 83
    Carlinhos Paraiba CM 25 82 - Ale CM 19 82
    Rodrigo Ribeiro ??? - Michael AM 26 84
    Keirrison F 19 83 - Hugo CF 19 82
    Players of note :
    Felipe CB 21 71 - 9 starts, 1 sub
    Guaru LB 26 72 - 5 starts, 4 subs, 1 goal
    Henrique CF 24 75 - 2 starts, 7 subs
    Players missing from Real life clubs :
    Rodrigo Ribeiro
    Jecimauro Jose Borges
    Florescu
    Dirceu
    Cadu
    Arilton
    Andrade
    IPATINGA
    Rank : 20
    Most Common starting 11 :
    Fred G 24 83
    Mariano RB 22 85 - Gian CB 25 82 - Thiago Vieira CB 30 78 - Edimar ???
    Augusto Recife CM 24 83 - Salino ???
    Gerson Magrao AM 23 82 - Rodriguinho AM 28 82
    Adeilson CF 22 80 - Marinho Donizete F 28 85
    Players of note :
    Thiago Vieira CB 30 78 - 8 starts, 2 subs, 1 goal
    Players missing from Real life clubs :
    Thiago Braga
    Salino
    Edimar
    Renato
    Jackson
    Henrique Valle de O.Cruz
    Sandro Gaucho
    Luiz Henrique de Souza Santos
    Ely Thadeu
    Baroni
    Luis Fernando
    INTERNACIONAL
    Rank : 8
    Most common starting 11 :
    Renan G 23 86
    Ricardo Lopes RB 31 80 - Indio CB 33 87 - Danny CB 23 74 - Marcao LB 33 86
    Edinho DM 25 87
    Pablo Guinazu CM 29 86 - Magrao C 29 88 - Alex LM 26 89
    Taison AM 20 75
    Nilmar F 24 87
    Players of note :
    Taison AM 20 75 - 8 starts, 2 subs
    Danny CB 20 74 - 7 starts
    Titi CB 20 71 - 3 starts
    Derley CM 21 72 - 2 starts
    Pessanho RB 20 72 - 2 starts
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Gil
    Fernandao
    Iarley
    Fernando
    Roger
    Walter
    Guto
    Angelo
    FLUMINENSE
    Rank : 19
    Most common starting 11 :
    Fernando Henrique G 24 88
    Carlinhos RB 25 83 - Anderson CB 21 80 - Luiz Alberto CB 30 88 - Roger LB 33 86
    Fabinho DM 31 87
    Romeu CM 23 87 - Arouca CM 21 88
    Dario Conca AM 25 88
    Washington CF 30 89 - Dodo CF 24 89
    Players of note :
    Carlinhos RB 25 83 - 7 starts
    Anderson CB 21 80 - 7 starts
    Tarta AM 19 77 - 6 starts, 6 subs
    Sandro CB 20 75 - 6 starts
    Alan CF 19 76 - 4 starts, 4 subs, 1 goals
    Uendel LB 19 72 - 3 starts
    Playes missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Dieguinho
    Cicero
    Gabriel
    Fernando
    Leo
    Dorivan Junior
    Feliipe
    Marinho
    CRUZEIRO
    Rank : 3
    Most Common starting 11 :
    Fabio G 27 88
    Marquinhos Parana RB 31 86 - Thiago Heleno CB 19 88 - Giovanny Espinoza CB 31 87 - Jadilson LB 30 86
    Fabricio CM 26 87 - Charles CM 23 87 - Ramires CM 21 88 - Wagner W 23 89
    Wendon CF 27 87 - Guilherme F 19 87
    Players of note :
    Bruno AM 24 75 - 5 subs, 1 goal
    Fabinnho CF 22 72 - 2 starts
    Players missing from Real life Clubs :
    Apodi
    Romulo
    Gerson Magrao
    Reinaldo
    GREMIO
    Rank : 1
    Most common starting 11 :
    Victor G 25 85
    Paulo Sergio RB 29 87- Leo CB 20 87 - Rever CB 23 83 - Pereira CB 28 86 - Helder LB 19 80
    Rafael Carioca CM 19 80 - Roger ??? - Eduardo Costa CM 25 88
    Edixon Perea F 24 87 - Marcel F 26 85
    Players of note :
    Rever CB 23 83 - 13 starts
    Helder LB 19 80 - 12 starts
    Rafael Carioca CM 19 80 - 13 starts, 1 sub
    Felipe RB 19 72 - 3 starts, 1 sub
    William Magrao CM 21 80 - 7 starts
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Roger
    Jonas
    Tadeu
    Andre Luis
    Heverton
    PALMEIRAS
    Rank : 6
    Most common starting 11 :
    Marcos G 34 85
    Elder Granja RB 26 85 - Jeci CB 28 80- Leandro LB 27 87
    Jorge Valdivia CM 24 90 - Martinez CM 28 88 - Diego Souza C 23 89 - Pierre CM 26 87
    Leo Lima A 26 86
    Kleber F 24 87 - Alex Mineiro F 33 88
    Players of note :
    Jeci CB 28 80 - 7 starts, 2 goals
    Fabinho Capixaba RB 24 72 - 5 starts, 2 subs
    Mauricio CB 19 73 - 4 starts
    Jefferson LB 20 74 - 2 starts
    Jumar DM 22 73 - 2 starts, 2 subs
    Sandro Silva DM 24 73 - 1 start, 4 subs
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Jorge Prea
    Maicosuel
    SANTOS
    Rank : 18
    Most Common starting 11 :
    Fabio Costa G 30 90
    Apodi RB 21 80 - Fabao CB 32 88 - Domingos CB 22 87 - Marcelo CB 21 87 - Kleber LB 28 90
    Adriano CM 21 87 - Rodrigo Souto CM 25 88 - Marcinho Guerreiro CM 27 86
    Lima F 25 83 - Kleber CF 32 89
    Players of note :
    Apodi RB 21 80 - 9 starts, 1 goal
    Tiago Luis F 19 79 - 4 starts, 4 subs, 1 goal
    Paulo Henrique AM 18 71 - 2 starts
    Hudson CM 20 73 - 3 starts
    Filipi RB 20 72 - 2 starts
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Carleto
    Betao
    Maikon
    Carlinhos
    Roberto Sebastian Brum
    Douglas
    Evaldo
    Luiz Henrique
    Mariano Tripodi
    Robinho
    Moraes
    Vitor Junior
    Nelson Cuevas
    VASCO DE GAMA
    Rank : 16
    Most Common Starting 11 :
    Tiago G 25 85
    Wagner Diniz RB 24 86 - Eduardo Luiz CB 25 84 - Luizao CB 21 84 - Pablo LB 19 78
    Jonlison DM 29 85
    Rodrigo Antonio ??? - Leandro Amaral ???
    Morais AM 24 87 - Madson AM 22 80
    Jean F 26 85
    Players of Note :
    Eduardo Luiz CB 25 84 - 15 starts, 1 goal
    Pablo LB 19 78 - 9 starts, 3 subs, 1 goal
    Madson AM 22 80 - 9 starts, 1 sub, 1 goal
    Alex Teixera 18 77 AM - 5 starts, 3 subs, 3 goals
    Vitor CB 20 72 - 2 starts, 2 subs
    Eduz LB 19 72 - 3 starts
    Souza DM 19 74 - 2 starts, 3 subs
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Rodrigo Antonio
    Leandro Amaral
    Amaral
    Xavier
    Diego
    Marquinho
    Abu
    GOIAS
    Rank : 15
    Most Common Starting 11 :
    Harlei G 36 86
    Vitor RB 25 86 - Paulo Henrique CB 25 84 - Hernando CB 20 85 - Julio Cesar LB 26 83
    Ramalho DM 38 85 - Fernando Miguel DM 22 80
    Pituca CM 29 80
    Alex Terra AM 25 83 - Iarley AM 34 87 - Romerito AM 33 85
    Players of note :
    Fernando Migul DM 22 80 - 11 starts, 1 sub
    Pituca 29 80 CM - 7 starts, 3 subs
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Evandro
    Alex Dias
    SPORT
    Rank : 9
    Most Common Starting 11 :
    Magrao G 31 85
    Durval CB 23 86 - Igor CB 28 85 - Dutra LB 34 85
    Daniel Paulista DM 26 85 - Sandro Goiano DM 34 85
    Diogo RM 27 83 - Everton CM 24 86
    Luciano Henrique F 29 83 - Roger CF 23 80 - Carlinhos Bala F 28 87
    Players of Note :
    Roger CF 23 80 - 9 starts, 1 sub, 1 goal
    Francisco Alex AM 23 75 - 3 starts, 2 subs, 1 goal
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Sergio
    Christian
    Rai
    Anderson
    Julio Santon
    Carlos Alberto
    Sandro
    Sergio
    Edigle
    ATLETICO PARANAENSE
    Rank : 14
    Most Common Starting 11 :
    Gallato G 25 82
    Nei RB 22 85 - Antonio Carlos CB 25 86 - Danilo CB 24 87 - Marcio Azevedo LB 22 82
    Edwin Armando Valencia DM 23 86
    Marcelo ??? - Alan Bahia CM 25 87
    Ferreira AM 28 89 - Julio Dos Santos AM 25 85
    Willian F 21 81
    Players of Note :
    Wallyson CF 19 75 - 2 starts, 5 subs
    Chico CM 21 72 - 4 starts, 2 subs
    Galatto G 25 82 - 10 starts
    Marcio Azevedo LB 22 82 - 8 starts, 1 goal
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Marcelo
    Jose Pereira
    Piaui
    Douglas Maia
    Anderson
    FIGUEIRENSE
    Rank : 10
    Most Common Starting 11 :
    Wilson G 24 86
    Anderson Luiz RB 19 82 - Bruno Aguiar CB 22 75 - Aspilla CB 27 85 - Leandro Soares LB 28 75
    Marquinho DM 22 80 - Magal CM 27 85
    Cleiton Xavier AM 25 86
    Diogo F 21 85 - Tadeu F 22 84 - Wellington Amorim F 21 84
    Players of note :
    Marquinhos DM 22 80 - 10 starts, 1 sub, 1 goal
    Anderson Luiz RB 19 82 - 10 starts, 3 subs
    William Matheus CB 18 73 - 4 starts, 3 subs
    Bruno Aguiar CB 22 75 - 10 starts
    Leandro Soares LB 28 75 - 7 starts
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Makelele
    Marquinhos Junior
    Perone
    Ricardinho
    Leandro Carvalho
    Luis Cesar Prates
    FLAMENGO
    Rank : 2
    Most Common starting 11 :
    Bruno G 23 88
    Leonardo Moura RB 29 89 - Ronaldo Angelim CB 32 87 - Fabio Luciano CB 33 87 - Juan LB 26 88
    Cristian CM 25 87 - Jailton CM 29 86 - Ibson CM 24 88
    Marcinho AM 24 87
    Diego Tardelli CF 23 87 - Souza CF 26 87
    Players of note :
    -none-
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Airton
    Erick Flores
    Maxi
    BOTAFOGO
    Rank : 11
    Most Common Starting 11 :
    Juan Castillo G 30 86
    Alessandro RB 30 85 - Renato Silva CB 24 87 - Andre Luis CB 28 85 - Ze Carlos LB 28 83
    Leandro Guerreiro DM 29 87
    Lucio Flavio CM 29 88 - Diguinho CM 25 86
    Jorge Henrique AM 26 86 - Carlos Alberto AM 23 88
    Wellington Paulista CF 25 85
    Players of note :
    Alexandro CF 21 70 - 2 subs
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Triguinho
    Abedi
    Wellington Junior
    ATLETICO MINEIRO
    Rank : 12
    Most common starting 11 :
    Edson G 22 80
    Luis Cesar Prates RB 33 84 - Leandro Almeida CB 21 86- Vinicius CB 31 85 - Marcos CB 32 86 - Coelho ???
    Sergio Mineiro ??? - Marcio Rodrigues Araujo CM 24 83 - Renan CM 22 84
    Dejan Petkovic AM 35 87
    Eduardo F 21 82
    Players of note :
    Renan oliveira AM 18 75 - 5 starts, 1 sub
    Eduardo F 21 82 - 9 starts, 4 subs, 3 goals
    Edson G 22 80 - 8 starts
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Coelho
    Almir
    Rafael Miranda
    Marinho
    Vanderlei
    Thiago Feltri
    Serginho Mineiro
    Mariano
    Elton Cale
    Rafael Aguiar
    Jael
    EC VITORIA
    Rank : 5
    Most Common starting 11 :
    Julian Ramiro Viafara G 30 86
    Marco Aurelio RB 30 84 - Anderson Martins CB 20 84 - Leonardo Silva CB 29 85 - Marcelo Cordeio LB 26 83
    Vanderson CM 28 83 - Renan CM 23 85
    Marquinhos AM 18 80 - Ramon AM 38 83 - Willians Santana AM 20 76
    Dinei CF 24 84
    Players of note :
    Marquinhos AM 18 80 - 15 starts, 4 goals
    Willians Santana AM 20 76 - 12 starts, 1 goal
    Wallace CB 20 72 - 4 subs, 1 goal
    Muriqui AM 22 74 - 1 start, 4 subs
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Rodrigo Fernandes Alflen
    Rafael
    Daniel
    SAO PAULO
    Rank : 4
    Most Common starting 11 :
    Rogerio Ceni G 35 92
    Andre Dias 29 89 - CB Alex Silva 23 90 - Miranda CB 23 89
    Ze Luis DM 29 85
    Joilson RM 30 87 - Jorge Wagner LM 29 89 - Richarlyson LM 25 90
    Hugo AM 27 88
    Aloisio CF 33 88 - Borges F 27 88
    Players of Note :
    Sergio Motta AM 18 73 - 3 subs
    Ze Luis DM 19 85 - 13 starts
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Eder Sciola Santana
    Carlos Alberto
    Roni
    Aislan
    Jean
    PORTUGUESA
    Rank : 17
    Most common starting 11 :
    Andre Luis G 31 82
    Patricio RB 33 87 - Halisson CB 23 82 - Bruno Rodrigo CB 23 84 - Bruno Recife LB 26 83
    Erick DM 24 79 - Carlos Alberto DM 27 78
    Preto RM 27 83 - Dias CM 29 83 - Edno LM 25 84
    Diogo F 21 86
    Players of note :
    Erick DM 24 79 - 12 starts
    Ralph LB 19 73 - 2 starts, 1 sub
    Vaguinho F 26 75 - 1 start, 9 subs, 1 goal
    Players missing from Real Life Clubs :
    Sergio
    Rai
    Christian
    Julio Santos
    Anderson
    Sandro
    Sergio
    Edigle
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    Doe © got a reaction from Matty_avfc in South American Superstars Part 1   
    Hello, I am Joe Charley and I am going to find and research the finest young talent North & South America has available. From Argentina to Venezuela I am covering all the countries. The first 'Superstars' will be announced shortly. By the way players that have already been mentioned but have not had a detailed report on themselves will be mentioned in this thread. All players will be 21 years of age or below.
    Here are my youth players that I have added so far, you will find detailed information about every single youth player on this list furthur into the thread. If you click on the name of the player you want to look at you will be taken directly to that specific player.
    Update 1-10
    Update 11-20
    #1 Juan Forlín
    #2 Osvaldo Gaitan
    #3 Christian La Torre
    #4 Deison Mendez
    #5 Carlos Eduardo Sabja
    #6 Fernando Muslera
    #7 Aislan
    #8 Danilinho
    #9 Wagner Luiz Fogolari
    #10 Coutinho
    #11 Victor Andrade
    #12 Jean Carlos Chera
    #13 Neymar
    #14 Rafael Forster
    #15 Cassio Ramos
    #16 Carlos Augusto Zambrano
    #17 Carlos Bazalar
    #18 Santiago Tréllez
    #19 Gabriel Ferrari
    #20 Johann Smith
    #21 Maximiliano Moralez
    #22 Thiago Heleno
    #23 Cristian Bogado
    #24 Carlos Javier Acuna
    #25 Jeronimo Barrales
    #26 Nicolas Mazzola
    #27 Fernando Aristeguieta
    #28 Felipe
    #29 Hernan Villafane
    #30 Juan Surraco
    #31 Wellington
    #32 Diego Polenta
    #33 Gonzalo Barreto
    #34 Nicolás Mezquida
    #35 Rodrigo Diaz
    #36 Nicolás Ameli
    #37 Alexis Quintulén
    #38 Matías Jadue
    #39 Luis Guilherme
    #40 Thiago
    #41 Jerrel Britto
    #42 Lester Peltier
    #43 Eric Lichaj
    #44 Damián Escudero
    #45 Fernando Guerrero
    #46 Asmir Begovic
    #47 Damián Ismodes
    #48 Nicolás Medina
    #49 David Edgar
    #50 Will Johnson
    #51 Gary Kagelmacher
    #52 Martín Cáceres
    #53 Frank Fernandez
    #54 Gerson
    #55 Juan Gómez
    #56 Elivelton
    #57 Mykell Bates
    #58 Pablo Ochoa
    #59 Caio
    #60 Dentinho
    #61 Carlos Valencia
    #62 Diogo Gomes Pereira
    #63 Edson
    #64 Alex Teixeira
    #65 Ji Parana
    #66 Gary Medel
    #67 Marco Ruben
    #68 Giuliano
    #69 Jonathan Dos Santos
    #70 Kayke
    #71 Angel Di Maria
    #72 Fagner
    #73 Cristian Benitez
    #74 Freddy Guarin
    #75 Cristian Zapata
    #76 Carlos Eduardo
    #77 Lee Nguyen
    #78 Bryan Arguez
    #79 Tales
    #80 Alfonso Blanco
    #81 Julio Dominguez
    #82 Jorge Hernandez
    #83 Leandro Lima
    #84 Amaral
    #85 Willian
    #86 Celso Borges
    #87 Luiz Adriano
    #88 Leonardo Sigali
    #89 Luizao
    #90 Sidnei
    #91 Pedro Ken
    #92 Leo
    #93 Sal Zizzo
    #94 Keon Daniel
    #95 Jefferson Pinto
    #96 Dario Bottinelli
    #97 Omar Arellano
    #98 Ever Guzman
    #99 Boris Sagredo
    #100 Victor Ismael Sosa
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    Doe © got a reaction from ScOuT in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang   
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    Beat you to him ScOuT, still glad you followed him up.
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    WBA Last Season Review


    In manager Joe Charley's first season in charge of WBA, they achieved promotion to the 'big time', division 1. WBA won the league by a 3 point margin over a very strong Crystal Palace side. Being 3 points clear with just 3 games to go, left WBA in a very strong position, a comfortable 0-3 win over Norwich City maintained the gap over Crystal Palace, who also won. However, WBA then lost their penultimate game 1-0 to Shorpe United, thanks to a goal from Ivan Kaviedes, and remained top only on goal difference going into the last round of matches, as Crystal Palace won again. WBA's most important match of the season was next against a poor Coventry City side, a win was needed at all costs. WBA took the lead through star loanee Antonio Da Silva, his 3rd goal in 3 matches from the left wing. However, much to the frustration of Joe Charley, Coventry equalised just before half time. Tensions rose as the final wistle edged nearer, but Kiril Kombarov scored the winner for WBA in the 76th minute, handing the title to WBA. This capped off a wonderful season, where The Baggies' amazingly never achieved to win more than 4 matches in a row. Overall, in the league, WBA played 38 matches, won 20, drew 12 and lost 6. They scored the 3rd most goals, 77 and conceded the least, 39. The goal difference of 38 was also the best in the division. WBA failed to make much progress in either cup competition, although a 3-0 beating of a full strength Arsenal side was rather special, the result of the season in my opinion.

    Player Mentions and Manager Mention

    My promotion could not have been achieved without Tom Sinar (Ex-Liverpool manager, stupid SM, and Division 1 champion), who was very helpful in the transfer market and on the loaning front. Jermaine Jones and Javier Yacuzzi (Now at Bayer Leverkusen and Falkirk respectively) were very helpful whilst on loan from Liverpool at the time. Jones made 7 starts, scoring 1 goal and picking up 1 man of the match award. Yacuzzi made 9 starts, scoring 2 goals and gaining 1 assist. Tom also had a part in bringing Dario Bottinelli to the club, who was an excellent signing. Elsewhere, Antonio Da Silva was another loanee who entered the Hawthorns for the final 5 games of the season, he turned out to be an exceptional signing, scoring 3 goals, picking up 2 assists and turning out an average rating of 7.60, from the left wing.




    Bottinelli Had An Excellent First Season

    However 19 year old Giovani Dos Santos was the driving force behind WBA's excellent success, playing as the lone striker in WBA's usual 4-5-1 formation, he fired in 15 goals in 23 appearances, created another 14 goals and gained 5 man of the match awards. A supurb season for the youngster, who has now moved to Roma for £11.2m, a deserved move, and I wish him well at his new club. Now to praise a permanent Baggies player, Kiril Kombarov. What a first season this player has had after moving to the Midlands from Russian outfit Dinamo Moscow for £5.6m, a bargain. Kombarov was outstanding, scoring 5 goals in 26 appearances, creating 8 goals and picking up 4 man of the match awards. His first spell was in the centre of midfield, where in my opinion he was more consistent, but never sensational. However, a switch to the right of midfield, brought a new dimension to his game, the consistency went slightly downhill, but the ratings of 9 and 10 occured more frequently. The final game of the season, WBA's most crucial one, as it determined who would win the Division 2 crown, was Kombarov's moment to shine and he turned in a performance of brilliance. Not only did Kombarov score the winner in the 1-2 victory, but he also picked up the man of the match award. Capping of a sensational season for the Russian, Albion's most important signing of the season. This left me no choice but to give him the WBA Player of the Season award, with an average of 7.62 who can argue.


    WBA Season Preview


    I truly beleive that I can keep WBA away from the drop zone this season, although in my opinion a finish no higher than 15th will be the outcome. I will be pleased if I can achieve higher, but I doubt it as I am struggling for quality defensive players at the moment. On the other hand, the midfield and attack is Division 1 quality. Kiril Kombarov, who is struggling with his English so has to speak his native language, had this to say on the upcoming season in the top flight:


    "мы надеемся, этот сезон будет бежать согласно плану, и не убегать от нас, поскольку это почти длилось сезон. Я буду стремиться создавать и выиграть от правого крыла, хотя будет более трудное, поскольку уровень оппозиции намного выше теперь, мы находимся в первом разделении. Единственной командой, которой я немного боялся, был Ливерпуль, но теперь Тому Синару предъявили иск за утверждения мошенничества, он больше не менеджер, и команда не должна быть столь же сенсационной, поскольку это был прошлый сезон, когда они выиграли лигу милей страны".


    (Hopefully this season will run according to plan, and not slip away from us as it almost did last season. I will be aiming to create and score from the right wing, although it will be more difficult as the level of opposition is much higher now we are in the first division. The only team I was slightly scared of was Liverpool, but now Tom Sinar has been sued for fraud allegations, he is no longer manager, and the team should not be as sensational as it was last season when they won the league by a country mile). Competitive yet positive words there from the new captain, if the squad will look up to anybody it is Kiril.


    Transfer News


    With the top flight looming large, squad quality and depth has been strengthened by Joe Charley over the course of pre season. The three biggest moves came on the loaning front, with young Scottish sensation and left winger, Charlie Adam, young up and coming German striker Aaron Hunt and veteran Serbian centre forward Savo Milosevic all joining the Baggies on loan from PSV Eindhoven. Many thanks to forum regular Nick Justice for agreeing to loan me the trio of players for the upcoming season. I wish him lots of luck for the season in Holland & Belgium, and I hope you retain your league title. All three of the players add quality to the attacking threat. WBA are not just a loaning club though, manager Joe Charley has made three permanent signings to bolster his squad. First to arrive was 23 year old full back, Kirk Broadfoot, for £6.9m. The young Scottish player is an excellent signing for the Baggies, as he has a bright future, young age and has featured regularly for Rangers. Next to switch to the Midlands club was Estonian winger, occasional forward, Ats Purje, for £3.2m from Finnish side Inter Turku. Purje is tipped to be an exciting prospect for Estonia, having made 8 appearances for the National side already, despite being only 22 years of age. A gamble that could pay dividends for WBA. The biggest permanent transfer deal was completed in the early hours of this morning though, with wing wizard Julio Cesar joining for £7m from Ben Reado's AEK Athens. 28 year old Cesar provides added depth to the right and left flanks in WBA's squad. Two confirmed exits so far, with 21 year old right back, Jared Hodgkiss, moving to The New Saints on loan for the season, and a shock move for Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian was deemed surplus to requirements for the upcoming season, and was sold to Marseille for a cool £6m.




    Just Three Of The New Faces To Arrive: Aaron Hunt, Charlie Adam and Julio Cesar (Right In Right Picture)


    Transfer Speculation


    The Baggies have been strongly linked with a move for 32 year old centre back Stjepen Tomas of Stuttgart. There have been negotiations between the two clubs, and Tomas should move at the beginning of August, with incosistent centre back Diego Ordaz heading to Germany, in a straight swap deal. There have also been strong rumours linking WBA with moves for Figueirense duo Cristiano Asprilla and Roberto Diogo Roque. The former is a 27 year old centre back who would provide depth to the weakest part of WBA's team, centre back. Diogo Roque is an exciting young talent, who plays in the centre of midfield. He is only 21 years of age. Mystery players from the Czech Republic, Germany and Turkey are all said to be on their way to the Midlands, as part of a three way mega deal. Sherjill MacDonald is rumoured to be heading to Brazil as part of a player exchange deal for Asprilla, whilst a cash deal has supposed to have been agreed for Diogo Roque. The duo have told English newspaper The Guardian that they are "hopeful" of a move to England in the near future. Meanwhile, wantaway striker Sherjill MacDonald has been linked with a £1.4m move to Serbian side Vozdovac, although the move to Brazil seems more likely to happen. However, MacDonald has been quoted as saying "I am ready to move to Turkish side Kayserispor in the near future".




    Stjepan Tomas Is Set To Move Soon

    Talking Tactics, Starting 11s and Forumer Managed Teams

    Tactics are crucial whilst in the top flight, so manager Joe Charley may adopt a slightly more defensive approach for WBA's first season back in the big time. Very attacking tactics worked wonders for the Baggies last season, but the level of opposition moves up a notch in the 1st Division, so defensive tactics will be used more often than last season. The counter attack is set to be used thoroughly throughout, with a playmaker set to dominate procedings in the middle of the park. However, weaker opposition of lower or the same class will be ambushed by no nonsense attacking tactics.

    Here are 5 possible starting 11s for the upcoming season:
    1. 4-5-1 - My favourite formation to use, looks defensive but brings an attacking edge also, as proven last season. Still, it does not leak to many goals either: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic/Hunt.
    2. 4-4-2 - If the opposition is of a lower standard, the attacking midfielder makes way for another out an out striker, for a more attacking approach. Solid, but sometimes to basic: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Milosevic, Hunt.
    3. 4-3-3 Wingers - This formation is very useful, because it allows WBA to use their wingers in their prefered role. A defensive midfield player would be needed to make the formation work perfectly, but Greening would fill that gap to the best of his ability: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Greening, Teixeira, Koren, Sambueza, Julio Cesar ©, Milosevic/Hunt.
    4. 5-2-3 - This formation is one that would be used against a team with three at the back. It is a very attacking formation, which would be a gamble to use, but it could pay off against some teams who beleive they can beat the mighty WBA, whilst playing only three defenders: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Adam, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Hunt, Milosevic, Julio Cesar/Bednar.
    5. 3-4-1-2 - Playing three at the back, is a risk, but with other teams, I have found this formation to be very succesful in the attacking area, usualy scoring more goals than you concede: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic, Hunt.



    Milosevic Will Be Relied Upon To Score The Goals This Season In All Formations

    Now onto the five teams, managed by forumers who could be stealing points from WBA this season:

    1. Gunnersaurus Rex - Arsenal - Rep 131 - Very good side here, which is why I have predicted them a high finish in the league. WBA are going to be in for two very tough matcches against the Gunners. Their best player, comes in the form of midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. What a player the young Spaniard is, if he plays well the team will follow.
    Waste Of Space - Jens Lehmann - G - Aged 38 - Rated 90. Sell him and get some money while you can, as he is old, makes mistakes and will retire soon.
    Money Eater - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. This guy is on £76,000 a turn, definately worth it though.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. Arsenal's chairman values the midfielder at £40,630,000, I can see why.
    Youth Squad - Only Nacer Barazite and Enrique Esqueda interest me. The others are still to impress me yet.

    2. Dan Payne - Aston Villa - Rep 163 - Dan has a good side in Aston Villa, with a few 90+ rated players mixed with high 80 rated players. Gareth Barry is their best player, and surely their captain for the upcoming season. The young talents of Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Craig Gardner glisten the squad as well.
    Waste Of Space - Didier Agathe - RM/RB - Aged 32 - Rated 77. Why Dan is this player in your squad, sell him because he is dragging your squad average rating down, he is old and is rated very low.
    Money Eater - John Carew - CF - Aged 28 - Rated 90. This player is on £45,000 a turn, I ask questions why he is on more than Gareth Barry. He is relied upon to score the goals, if he does that it is £45,000 going to a player who deserves it.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ashley Young - W/F - Aged 23 - Rated 90. Aston Villa's chairman values the winger at £14,480,000, with the future he has, a hefty price tag is needed.
    Youth Squad - Fernando Forestieri is an impressive member of Aston Villa's glorious 3 man youth squad. He has impressed at U17 and U19 level for Italy. The other two members of the squad, Sam Williams and Stephen O'Halloran are unknown to me.




    Didier Agathe Must Be Sold


    3. Kevin Doyle - Blackburn Rovers - Rep 137 - A good starting 11 is Blackburn's strong point, however their squad does lack depth on the wings and at full back. A 90+ defender is needed badly. Blackburn have a magnificant strike force however, with Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy providing a world class partnership. Dentinho and Jorge Hernandez are two very good young players that shine in the squad.
    Waste Of Space - Mateo Rigters - F/AM - Aged 24 - Rated 83. From what I have seen of this player, he has no future in English football, and is not a good player to have in any squad at the moment. He does not score very often, making him an average striker.
    Money Eater - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. This player is on £44,500 a turn, for such a good player, that is low in my opinion. Very good winger for a reasonable wage, Blackburn have a supurb coup there.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. Blackburn's chairman values the winger at £17,170,000, a little more than what Arsene Wenger thought he was worth.
    Youth Squad - Only 21 year old left winger, Sergio Peter and the two players I have mentioned in the senior squad impress me. The rest of the youth squad is unknown to me.

    4. Louis Mattis - Everton - Rep 77 - I was suprised when I looked at this squad, supurb. The midfield is very strong, with players such as Quaresma, Cahill and Valdivia shining bright. As for the strikers, well Kiessling, Benitez and Yakubu are all excellent players, with the young centre forward Sergei Samodin providing some more depth and young spark. On the other hand, both of the full back areas are weak, and the right wing needs a suitable reserve.
    Waste Of Space - Jackie McNamara - RB/LB - Aged 34 - Rated 85. The worst player in the senior squad by a long way, he needs to be sold, with another right back brought in to replace. He is way past his best, and is worth over £1 million, so get some money while you can Louis.
    Money Eater - Tim Howard and Aiyegbeni Yakubu - G and CF - Aged 29 and 25 - Rated 90 and 91. Both of these players are on £59,850 a turn, but both are crucial to Everton's success. Howard is an excellent goalkeeper, whilst Yakubu is relied upon to score the goals. Both deserve a good wage.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ricardo Quaresma - W - Aged 24 - Rated 93. Everton's chairman values the winger at £28,290,000, this is not suprising as he has speed, trickery and a good finish.
    Youth Squad - One player sticks out in the youth squad, Adrian Aldrete. He is good enough to act as the backup for Stewart Downing on the left of midfield, he has already made 4 appearances for the Mexican National team. None of the other youth squad members, even touch this 20 year old's ability.




    Aldrete - Future Prospect With Great Ability

    5. Daniel - Middlesbrough - Rep 97 - In my opinion the weakest of the five teams mentioned here, no players of any note to get excited about. Backup in every position, but could do with another centre back. A very well organised side with suitable cover, but with no special threat. David Wheater, Phil Jagielka and Luke Young are good English players though, and should provide an excellent defense.
    Waste Of Space - Ahmed Hossam Mido - CF - Aged 25 - Rated 86. I really don't know what all the fuss is about with Mido, he really does not impress me at all. I find him clumsy, a rubbish finisher and a difficult player for the manager to control. Just get rid, and buy someone worthwhile.
    Money Eater - Mendes Sylvinho - LB - Aged 34 - Rated 88. This player is on £22,000 a turn, and is worth it, as he is one of the best players in the Middlesbrough squad whilst adding priceless experience.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Wheater - CB - Aged 21 - Rated 88. Middlesbrough's chairman values the young centre back at £10,700,000. His displays for such a young player, prove why.
    Youth Squad - From what I can see, three young prospects are located in the Middlesbrough youth squad: Lee Cattermole, Andrew Taylor and Adam Johnson. Cattermole is a hard working centre midfielder who is first choice as one of the two centre midfielders for the U21 England team. Taylor is a left back, who like Cattermole has represented England at U21 level. Finally, Johnson is a winger, who like the other two has represented England at U21 level, scoring 1 goal.

    New Technical Director On Board

    After hearing that Tom Sinar had left Liverpool by mutual consent, because of being sued for fraud allegations, WBA decided to replace outgoing technical director Dan Ashworth with none other than Tom Sinar. He will now handle transfer matters within the club, after agreeing with chairman Jeremy Peace to a 1 year contract. Tom is already hard at work, finding suitable, young players on the transfer market, his speciality. We spoke to Tom yesterday, here is what he had to say:

    How do you feel about becoming the new technical director of WBA?

    To be part of a club like West Brom, who will continue to improve is great for me

    The aim for a finish of around 15th is acceptable for manager Joe Charley, where do you beleive WBA will finish?

    I believe that WBA can finish around mid-table, perhaps better if they set the right tactics and one step wrong can be all the matter in the likes of this division, so it's hard to say, but I'd go with mid-table.

    You have any favourite players within the club? or do you feel every player is worth his weight in gold?


    Well, no-one is to favour in any team in particular, but every player will be vital to WBA this season and I believe it should be Kombarov to be the main man for WBA this season.

    What do you make of the signings in pre season?

    They look good so far, the standards of these signings show that WBA are improving as a team.

    Would you like to see any areas strengthened before the start of the season?

    Yes, despite the quality of the wingers, I personally reckon WBA need more as both quantity and quality counts in this division, would like to see a new striker or 2, despite new loan signings, they might be called back, so it's close to have a watchful eye on them or sign a striker.

    You are known to be particularly strong in the transfer negotiations area, do you feel you provide a transfer service that no other club can compete with?

    Well yes, but the level of the club size is what matters, so negotiations may be harder, but all in all, it's negotiating what I do best.

    You have been linked with taking over the manager reigns at WBA at the end of the season, is there any truth in this rumour?

    No, not at all, Joe is doing a fantastic job here and I do not wish to take up another job in the league.

    Opening Five Fixtures

    26th July 2008 -


    Manchester United (A) -


    Tough opening match, I don't expect anything more than a draw. I would be happy if we managed a goal.


    30th July 2008 -


    West Ham United (H) -


    First home match of the season, lets give the fans something to cheer about. We need to win these games to stay up.

    2nd August 2008 -


    Crystal


    Palace (H) -


    A must win game against an old team. I really want to beat these, as their transfer activity is buy old, quite highly rated players. It isn't right, buy young!

    6th August 2008 -


    Newcastle United (A) -


    If we can keep Jose Sand quiet, a victory is not out of the question. I would be happy with a draw though.

    9th August 2008 -


    Bolton Wanderers (H) -


    Definately beatable opposition here, three points is a must.




    Crystal Palace's Transfer Dealings Are Just Too... Old

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    Rangers
    SMFA CUP ROUND OF 16!
    Rangers last night played Portugese giants FC Porto in the Round of 16 in the SMFA CUP. the Game ended a delightful 3-1 win for Rangers, which mean Rangers wil go on to face Vfb Stuttgart in the Quarter Final of the SMFA.
    The Two Teams:
    Rangers:
    ------McGregor------
    --Adam--Broadfoot--Smith--Webster--
    --Whittiker--Ledley--Davis--Gower--
    --Odejayi--Nadali--
    FC Porto:
    ------Helton------
    --Boswingwa--Pedro Emmanuel--Bruno alves--
    ----------Zyryanov-----------
    --Gimenez--Lucho Gonzalez--Raul Marieles--Cristian Rodriguez--
    --Messi--Adriano--
    GoalScorers:
    Rangers: Steven Whittiker(16), Asghar Nadali(62),Kayode Odehjayi(66)
    FC Porto:Christian Gimanez(25)
    Match Stats:
    Possession
    Rangers 43%-57% FC Porto
    Shots on Goal:
    Rangers 6-23 FC Porto
    Shots on Target:
    Rangers 5-16 FC Porto
    Corners
    Rangers 8-4 FC Porto
    Yellow Cards:
    Rangers 1-1 FC Porto
    Match Report:


    Rangers Start of well getting in a few shots from Webster and Gower both sailing just wide of the mark. FC Porto had a few shots a few minutes later from Cristian Rodriguez. Then only 16 minutes gone a nice header from Center back Whittiker puts Rangers in the lead. Whittiker was starting to boss the play as he is getting more on the ball and space. Then Rangers had a spectacular overhead kick is pushed over the bar by da Silva Arruda Helton. then FC Porto Striker Lionel Messi done two players and scuffed up his shot. But not long after Messi's miss FC Porto Striker Christian Gimenez finished cleverly beating McGregor in the Rangers Goal. Some shots from Both side and a free kick form Gower for rangers going just wide


    ------Half Time------


    FC Porto Start of with kick-off Running up field Pedero Emanuel clumpsily falls over the ball. whittker has yet another shot bu just misses. Goal form young Iranian Forward Nadali to put Rangers in the lead, 2-1 Rangers. Nadali keeps his team going by shouting at them. Kayode Odejayi Scores to make it 3-1 to Rangers Quote by SM "Kayode ODEJAYI caresses in a curling shot! What technique!"
    A few more shots and the booking of Steven Davis and Both Rangers and FC Porto came close to scoring

    -----Final Whistle----


    SMFA News spoke to Nick Justice after the game he had a few words to say:
    " Well i am just so delighted to get so far is such a big competition! We were lucky to beat Dai's team as his team done amazing tonight, i am just so pleased with my teams performance tonight thought espacially debution Nadali to go ond score aswell was just great for his confidance, we play Vfb stuttgart next round which will be hard as they have a magnifiact team, we will try our hardest and hope to reach the Semies id love it to go on to the final but thats just a dream for now!"


    Transfer Latest


    Yesturday Rangers announced that Saloman Kalou and Kevin Thomson had left the club Kalou heading to holland with PSV Eindhoven and Thomson ehjading down the road to Alloa Atheltic. Kalou saw Affelay and Kromkamp join Rangers and Thomosn saw two youth players join Rangers.

    League Latest


    Rangers currently lie 1st by Goal differnace just above Louis Mattis' Celtic. so if one is to lose today and the other to draw or Win then the tables could turn or stay the same depending weather the team that win/draws is Celtic and the Team who loses is rangers if opposite way round Rnagers will go 3 points clear. When the two Glosgow clubs meet a couple weeks back rangers came out on top with a 1-0 win over Celtic. at the moment the tital race looks a 2 horse race like many SPL seasons with the likes of Dundee, Aberdeen, Motherwell and teams like that finishing just beneath the Glasgow Duo. Rangers face Livingston today away to 15th place. they may be 15ht but it will still be though inists Rangers boss. Rangers new duo Affelay and Kromkamp will be amking there debuts tonight. Celtic face an away vist to the Tysside were they face Hearts who are 11th. So both teams could pull of a win.


    Cup and Shield
    Well we got knocked out the Scotttish Cup being knocked out by Partick. But the shield we reached the final and pulled of a 1-0 win against Dundee which secured one pice of silverwere which we hope will be that start of many at the club.



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    Just found this thread. This is making a mockery of my scouting, BestPay's, Insider's, Tom Owen's, Ben Reado's, NTFC Atkin's etc scouting also. We work our backsides off finding the forum player talents from across the globe, for no charge whatsoever. The pleasure of finding prospects should be the 'prize' you gain for working hard, not custom setups.
    I hold nothing against you ScOuT, as far as I am concerned you are still a good, friendly forumer, but asking for custom setups for you doing some hard work, is wrong.
    Good luck with your scouting ScOuT, just make it free for everyone, that is how you will make new friends and gain lots of rep , by helping people for no price at all.
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    WBA Last Season Review


    In manager Joe Charley's first season in charge of WBA, they achieved promotion to the 'big time', division 1. WBA won the league by a 3 point margin over a very strong Crystal Palace side. Being 3 points clear with just 3 games to go, left WBA in a very strong position, a comfortable 0-3 win over Norwich City maintained the gap over Crystal Palace, who also won. However, WBA then lost their penultimate game 1-0 to Shorpe United, thanks to a goal from Ivan Kaviedes, and remained top only on goal difference going into the last round of matches, as Crystal Palace won again. WBA's most important match of the season was next against a poor Coventry City side, a win was needed at all costs. WBA took the lead through star loanee Antonio Da Silva, his 3rd goal in 3 matches from the left wing. However, much to the frustration of Joe Charley, Coventry equalised just before half time. Tensions rose as the final wistle edged nearer, but Kiril Kombarov scored the winner for WBA in the 76th minute, handing the title to WBA. This capped off a wonderful season, where The Baggies' amazingly never achieved to win more than 4 matches in a row. Overall, in the league, WBA played 38 matches, won 20, drew 12 and lost 6. They scored the 3rd most goals, 77 and conceded the least, 39. The goal difference of 38 was also the best in the division. WBA failed to make much progress in either cup competition, although a 3-0 beating of a full strength Arsenal side was rather special, the result of the season in my opinion.

    Player Mentions and Manager Mention

    My promotion could not have been achieved without Tom Sinar (Ex-Liverpool manager, stupid SM, and Division 1 champion), who was very helpful in the transfer market and on the loaning front. Jermaine Jones and Javier Yacuzzi (Now at Bayer Leverkusen and Falkirk respectively) were very helpful whilst on loan from Liverpool at the time. Jones made 7 starts, scoring 1 goal and picking up 1 man of the match award. Yacuzzi made 9 starts, scoring 2 goals and gaining 1 assist. Tom also had a part in bringing Dario Bottinelli to the club, who was an excellent signing. Elsewhere, Antonio Da Silva was another loanee who entered the Hawthorns for the final 5 games of the season, he turned out to be an exceptional signing, scoring 3 goals, picking up 2 assists and turning out an average rating of 7.60, from the left wing.




    Bottinelli Had An Excellent First Season

    However 19 year old Giovani Dos Santos was the driving force behind WBA's excellent success, playing as the lone striker in WBA's usual 4-5-1 formation, he fired in 15 goals in 23 appearances, created another 14 goals and gained 5 man of the match awards. A supurb season for the youngster, who has now moved to Roma for £11.2m, a deserved move, and I wish him well at his new club. Now to praise a permanent Baggies player, Kiril Kombarov. What a first season this player has had after moving to the Midlands from Russian outfit Dinamo Moscow for £5.6m, a bargain. Kombarov was outstanding, scoring 5 goals in 26 appearances, creating 8 goals and picking up 4 man of the match awards. His first spell was in the centre of midfield, where in my opinion he was more consistent, but never sensational. However, a switch to the right of midfield, brought a new dimension to his game, the consistency went slightly downhill, but the ratings of 9 and 10 occured more frequently. The final game of the season, WBA's most crucial one, as it determined who would win the Division 2 crown, was Kombarov's moment to shine and he turned in a performance of brilliance. Not only did Kombarov score the winner in the 1-2 victory, but he also picked up the man of the match award. Capping of a sensational season for the Russian, Albion's most important signing of the season. This left me no choice but to give him the WBA Player of the Season award, with an average of 7.62 who can argue.


    WBA Season Preview


    I truly beleive that I can keep WBA away from the drop zone this season, although in my opinion a finish no higher than 15th will be the outcome. I will be pleased if I can achieve higher, but I doubt it as I am struggling for quality defensive players at the moment. On the other hand, the midfield and attack is Division 1 quality. Kiril Kombarov, who is struggling with his English so has to speak his native language, had this to say on the upcoming season in the top flight:


    "мы надеемся, этот сезон будет бежать согласно плану, и не убегать от нас, поскольку это почти длилось сезон. Я буду стремиться создавать и выиграть от правого крыла, хотя будет более трудное, поскольку уровень оппозиции намного выше теперь, мы находимся в первом разделении. Единственной командой, которой я немного боялся, был Ливерпуль, но теперь Тому Синару предъявили иск за утверждения мошенничества, он больше не менеджер, и команда не должна быть столь же сенсационной, поскольку это был прошлый сезон, когда они выиграли лигу милей страны".


    (Hopefully this season will run according to plan, and not slip away from us as it almost did last season. I will be aiming to create and score from the right wing, although it will be more difficult as the level of opposition is much higher now we are in the first division. The only team I was slightly scared of was Liverpool, but now Tom Sinar has been sued for fraud allegations, he is no longer manager, and the team should not be as sensational as it was last season when they won the league by a country mile). Competitive yet positive words there from the new captain, if the squad will look up to anybody it is Kiril.


    Transfer News


    With the top flight looming large, squad quality and depth has been strengthened by Joe Charley over the course of pre season. The three biggest moves came on the loaning front, with young Scottish sensation and left winger, Charlie Adam, young up and coming German striker Aaron Hunt and veteran Serbian centre forward Savo Milosevic all joining the Baggies on loan from PSV Eindhoven. Many thanks to forum regular Nick Justice for agreeing to loan me the trio of players for the upcoming season. I wish him lots of luck for the season in Holland & Belgium, and I hope you retain your league title. All three of the players add quality to the attacking threat. WBA are not just a loaning club though, manager Joe Charley has made three permanent signings to bolster his squad. First to arrive was 23 year old full back, Kirk Broadfoot, for £6.9m. The young Scottish player is an excellent signing for the Baggies, as he has a bright future, young age and has featured regularly for Rangers. Next to switch to the Midlands club was Estonian winger, occasional forward, Ats Purje, for £3.2m from Finnish side Inter Turku. Purje is tipped to be an exciting prospect for Estonia, having made 8 appearances for the National side already, despite being only 22 years of age. A gamble that could pay dividends for WBA. The biggest permanent transfer deal was completed in the early hours of this morning though, with wing wizard Julio Cesar joining for £7m from Ben Reado's AEK Athens. 28 year old Cesar provides added depth to the right and left flanks in WBA's squad. Two confirmed exits so far, with 21 year old right back, Jared Hodgkiss, moving to The New Saints on loan for the season, and a shock move for Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian was deemed surplus to requirements for the upcoming season, and was sold to Marseille for a cool £6m.




    Just Three Of The New Faces To Arrive: Aaron Hunt, Charlie Adam and Julio Cesar (Right In Right Picture)


    Transfer Speculation


    The Baggies have been strongly linked with a move for 32 year old centre back Stjepen Tomas of Stuttgart. There have been negotiations between the two clubs, and Tomas should move at the beginning of August, with incosistent centre back Diego Ordaz heading to Germany, in a straight swap deal. There have also been strong rumours linking WBA with moves for Figueirense duo Cristiano Asprilla and Roberto Diogo Roque. The former is a 27 year old centre back who would provide depth to the weakest part of WBA's team, centre back. Diogo Roque is an exciting young talent, who plays in the centre of midfield. He is only 21 years of age. Mystery players from the Czech Republic, Germany and Turkey are all said to be on their way to the Midlands, as part of a three way mega deal. Sherjill MacDonald is rumoured to be heading to Brazil as part of a player exchange deal for Asprilla, whilst a cash deal has supposed to have been agreed for Diogo Roque. The duo have told English newspaper The Guardian that they are "hopeful" of a move to England in the near future. Meanwhile, wantaway striker Sherjill MacDonald has been linked with a £1.4m move to Serbian side Vozdovac, although the move to Brazil seems more likely to happen. However, MacDonald has been quoted as saying "I am ready to move to Turkish side Kayserispor in the near future".




    Stjepan Tomas Is Set To Move Soon

    Talking Tactics, Starting 11s and Forumer Managed Teams

    Tactics are crucial whilst in the top flight, so manager Joe Charley may adopt a slightly more defensive approach for WBA's first season back in the big time. Very attacking tactics worked wonders for the Baggies last season, but the level of opposition moves up a notch in the 1st Division, so defensive tactics will be used more often than last season. The counter attack is set to be used thoroughly throughout, with a playmaker set to dominate procedings in the middle of the park. However, weaker opposition of lower or the same class will be ambushed by no nonsense attacking tactics.

    Here are 5 possible starting 11s for the upcoming season:
    1. 4-5-1 - My favourite formation to use, looks defensive but brings an attacking edge also, as proven last season. Still, it does not leak to many goals either: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic/Hunt.
    2. 4-4-2 - If the opposition is of a lower standard, the attacking midfielder makes way for another out an out striker, for a more attacking approach. Solid, but sometimes to basic: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Milosevic, Hunt.
    3. 4-3-3 Wingers - This formation is very useful, because it allows WBA to use their wingers in their prefered role. A defensive midfield player would be needed to make the formation work perfectly, but Greening would fill that gap to the best of his ability: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Greening, Teixeira, Koren, Sambueza, Julio Cesar ©, Milosevic/Hunt.
    4. 5-2-3 - This formation is one that would be used against a team with three at the back. It is a very attacking formation, which would be a gamble to use, but it could pay off against some teams who beleive they can beat the mighty WBA, whilst playing only three defenders: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Adam, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Hunt, Milosevic, Julio Cesar/Bednar.
    5. 3-4-1-2 - Playing three at the back, is a risk, but with other teams, I have found this formation to be very succesful in the attacking area, usualy scoring more goals than you concede: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic, Hunt.



    Milosevic Will Be Relied Upon To Score The Goals This Season In All Formations

    Now onto the five teams, managed by forumers who could be stealing points from WBA this season:

    1. Gunnersaurus Rex - Arsenal - Rep 131 - Very good side here, which is why I have predicted them a high finish in the league. WBA are going to be in for two very tough matcches against the Gunners. Their best player, comes in the form of midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. What a player the young Spaniard is, if he plays well the team will follow.
    Waste Of Space - Jens Lehmann - G - Aged 38 - Rated 90. Sell him and get some money while you can, as he is old, makes mistakes and will retire soon.
    Money Eater - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. This guy is on £76,000 a turn, definately worth it though.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. Arsenal's chairman values the midfielder at £40,630,000, I can see why.
    Youth Squad - Only Nacer Barazite and Enrique Esqueda interest me. The others are still to impress me yet.

    2. Dan Payne - Aston Villa - Rep 163 - Dan has a good side in Aston Villa, with a few 90+ rated players mixed with high 80 rated players. Gareth Barry is their best player, and surely their captain for the upcoming season. The young talents of Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Craig Gardner glisten the squad as well.
    Waste Of Space - Didier Agathe - RM/RB - Aged 32 - Rated 77. Why Dan is this player in your squad, sell him because he is dragging your squad average rating down, he is old and is rated very low.
    Money Eater - John Carew - CF - Aged 28 - Rated 90. This player is on £45,000 a turn, I ask questions why he is on more than Gareth Barry. He is relied upon to score the goals, if he does that it is £45,000 going to a player who deserves it.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ashley Young - W/F - Aged 23 - Rated 90. Aston Villa's chairman values the winger at £14,480,000, with the future he has, a hefty price tag is needed.
    Youth Squad - Fernando Forestieri is an impressive member of Aston Villa's glorious 3 man youth squad. He has impressed at U17 and U19 level for Italy. The other two members of the squad, Sam Williams and Stephen O'Halloran are unknown to me.




    Didier Agathe Must Be Sold


    3. Kevin Doyle - Blackburn Rovers - Rep 137 - A good starting 11 is Blackburn's strong point, however their squad does lack depth on the wings and at full back. A 90+ defender is needed badly. Blackburn have a magnificant strike force however, with Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy providing a world class partnership. Dentinho and Jorge Hernandez are two very good young players that shine in the squad.
    Waste Of Space - Mateo Rigters - F/AM - Aged 24 - Rated 83. From what I have seen of this player, he has no future in English football, and is not a good player to have in any squad at the moment. He does not score very often, making him an average striker.
    Money Eater - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. This player is on £44,500 a turn, for such a good player, that is low in my opinion. Very good winger for a reasonable wage, Blackburn have a supurb coup there.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. Blackburn's chairman values the winger at £17,170,000, a little more than what Arsene Wenger thought he was worth.
    Youth Squad - Only 21 year old left winger, Sergio Peter and the two players I have mentioned in the senior squad impress me. The rest of the youth squad is unknown to me.

    4. Louis Mattis - Everton - Rep 77 - I was suprised when I looked at this squad, supurb. The midfield is very strong, with players such as Quaresma, Cahill and Valdivia shining bright. As for the strikers, well Kiessling, Benitez and Yakubu are all excellent players, with the young centre forward Sergei Samodin providing some more depth and young spark. On the other hand, both of the full back areas are weak, and the right wing needs a suitable reserve.
    Waste Of Space - Jackie McNamara - RB/LB - Aged 34 - Rated 85. The worst player in the senior squad by a long way, he needs to be sold, with another right back brought in to replace. He is way past his best, and is worth over £1 million, so get some money while you can Louis.
    Money Eater - Tim Howard and Aiyegbeni Yakubu - G and CF - Aged 29 and 25 - Rated 90 and 91. Both of these players are on £59,850 a turn, but both are crucial to Everton's success. Howard is an excellent goalkeeper, whilst Yakubu is relied upon to score the goals. Both deserve a good wage.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ricardo Quaresma - W - Aged 24 - Rated 93. Everton's chairman values the winger at £28,290,000, this is not suprising as he has speed, trickery and a good finish.
    Youth Squad - One player sticks out in the youth squad, Adrian Aldrete. He is good enough to act as the backup for Stewart Downing on the left of midfield, he has already made 4 appearances for the Mexican National team. None of the other youth squad members, even touch this 20 year old's ability.




    Aldrete - Future Prospect With Great Ability

    5. Daniel - Middlesbrough - Rep 97 - In my opinion the weakest of the five teams mentioned here, no players of any note to get excited about. Backup in every position, but could do with another centre back. A very well organised side with suitable cover, but with no special threat. David Wheater, Phil Jagielka and Luke Young are good English players though, and should provide an excellent defense.
    Waste Of Space - Ahmed Hossam Mido - CF - Aged 25 - Rated 86. I really don't know what all the fuss is about with Mido, he really does not impress me at all. I find him clumsy, a rubbish finisher and a difficult player for the manager to control. Just get rid, and buy someone worthwhile.
    Money Eater - Mendes Sylvinho - LB - Aged 34 - Rated 88. This player is on £22,000 a turn, and is worth it, as he is one of the best players in the Middlesbrough squad whilst adding priceless experience.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Wheater - CB - Aged 21 - Rated 88. Middlesbrough's chairman values the young centre back at £10,700,000. His displays for such a young player, prove why.
    Youth Squad - From what I can see, three young prospects are located in the Middlesbrough youth squad: Lee Cattermole, Andrew Taylor and Adam Johnson. Cattermole is a hard working centre midfielder who is first choice as one of the two centre midfielders for the U21 England team. Taylor is a left back, who like Cattermole has represented England at U21 level. Finally, Johnson is a winger, who like the other two has represented England at U21 level, scoring 1 goal.

    New Technical Director On Board

    After hearing that Tom Sinar had left Liverpool by mutual consent, because of being sued for fraud allegations, WBA decided to replace outgoing technical director Dan Ashworth with none other than Tom Sinar. He will now handle transfer matters within the club, after agreeing with chairman Jeremy Peace to a 1 year contract. Tom is already hard at work, finding suitable, young players on the transfer market, his speciality. We spoke to Tom yesterday, here is what he had to say:

    How do you feel about becoming the new technical director of WBA?

    To be part of a club like West Brom, who will continue to improve is great for me

    The aim for a finish of around 15th is acceptable for manager Joe Charley, where do you beleive WBA will finish?

    I believe that WBA can finish around mid-table, perhaps better if they set the right tactics and one step wrong can be all the matter in the likes of this division, so it's hard to say, but I'd go with mid-table.

    You have any favourite players within the club? or do you feel every player is worth his weight in gold?


    Well, no-one is to favour in any team in particular, but every player will be vital to WBA this season and I believe it should be Kombarov to be the main man for WBA this season.

    What do you make of the signings in pre season?

    They look good so far, the standards of these signings show that WBA are improving as a team.

    Would you like to see any areas strengthened before the start of the season?

    Yes, despite the quality of the wingers, I personally reckon WBA need more as both quantity and quality counts in this division, would like to see a new striker or 2, despite new loan signings, they might be called back, so it's close to have a watchful eye on them or sign a striker.

    You are known to be particularly strong in the transfer negotiations area, do you feel you provide a transfer service that no other club can compete with?

    Well yes, but the level of the club size is what matters, so negotiations may be harder, but all in all, it's negotiating what I do best.

    You have been linked with taking over the manager reigns at WBA at the end of the season, is there any truth in this rumour?

    No, not at all, Joe is doing a fantastic job here and I do not wish to take up another job in the league.

    Opening Five Fixtures

    26th July 2008 -


    Manchester United (A) -


    Tough opening match, I don't expect anything more than a draw. I would be happy if we managed a goal.


    30th July 2008 -


    West Ham United (H) -


    First home match of the season, lets give the fans something to cheer about. We need to win these games to stay up.

    2nd August 2008 -


    Crystal


    Palace (H) -


    A must win game against an old team. I really want to beat these, as their transfer activity is buy old, quite highly rated players. It isn't right, buy young!

    6th August 2008 -


    Newcastle United (A) -


    If we can keep Jose Sand quiet, a victory is not out of the question. I would be happy with a draw though.

    9th August 2008 -


    Bolton Wanderers (H) -


    Definately beatable opposition here, three points is a must.




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    WBA Last Season Review


    In manager Joe Charley's first season in charge of WBA, they achieved promotion to the 'big time', division 1. WBA won the league by a 3 point margin over a very strong Crystal Palace side. Being 3 points clear with just 3 games to go, left WBA in a very strong position, a comfortable 0-3 win over Norwich City maintained the gap over Crystal Palace, who also won. However, WBA then lost their penultimate game 1-0 to Shorpe United, thanks to a goal from Ivan Kaviedes, and remained top only on goal difference going into the last round of matches, as Crystal Palace won again. WBA's most important match of the season was next against a poor Coventry City side, a win was needed at all costs. WBA took the lead through star loanee Antonio Da Silva, his 3rd goal in 3 matches from the left wing. However, much to the frustration of Joe Charley, Coventry equalised just before half time. Tensions rose as the final wistle edged nearer, but Kiril Kombarov scored the winner for WBA in the 76th minute, handing the title to WBA. This capped off a wonderful season, where The Baggies' amazingly never achieved to win more than 4 matches in a row. Overall, in the league, WBA played 38 matches, won 20, drew 12 and lost 6. They scored the 3rd most goals, 77 and conceded the least, 39. The goal difference of 38 was also the best in the division. WBA failed to make much progress in either cup competition, although a 3-0 beating of a full strength Arsenal side was rather special, the result of the season in my opinion.

    Player Mentions and Manager Mention

    My promotion could not have been achieved without Tom Sinar (Ex-Liverpool manager, stupid SM, and Division 1 champion), who was very helpful in the transfer market and on the loaning front. Jermaine Jones and Javier Yacuzzi (Now at Bayer Leverkusen and Falkirk respectively) were very helpful whilst on loan from Liverpool at the time. Jones made 7 starts, scoring 1 goal and picking up 1 man of the match award. Yacuzzi made 9 starts, scoring 2 goals and gaining 1 assist. Tom also had a part in bringing Dario Bottinelli to the club, who was an excellent signing. Elsewhere, Antonio Da Silva was another loanee who entered the Hawthorns for the final 5 games of the season, he turned out to be an exceptional signing, scoring 3 goals, picking up 2 assists and turning out an average rating of 7.60, from the left wing.




    Bottinelli Had An Excellent First Season

    However 19 year old Giovani Dos Santos was the driving force behind WBA's excellent success, playing as the lone striker in WBA's usual 4-5-1 formation, he fired in 15 goals in 23 appearances, created another 14 goals and gained 5 man of the match awards. A supurb season for the youngster, who has now moved to Roma for £11.2m, a deserved move, and I wish him well at his new club. Now to praise a permanent Baggies player, Kiril Kombarov. What a first season this player has had after moving to the Midlands from Russian outfit Dinamo Moscow for £5.6m, a bargain. Kombarov was outstanding, scoring 5 goals in 26 appearances, creating 8 goals and picking up 4 man of the match awards. His first spell was in the centre of midfield, where in my opinion he was more consistent, but never sensational. However, a switch to the right of midfield, brought a new dimension to his game, the consistency went slightly downhill, but the ratings of 9 and 10 occured more frequently. The final game of the season, WBA's most crucial one, as it determined who would win the Division 2 crown, was Kombarov's moment to shine and he turned in a performance of brilliance. Not only did Kombarov score the winner in the 1-2 victory, but he also picked up the man of the match award. Capping of a sensational season for the Russian, Albion's most important signing of the season. This left me no choice but to give him the WBA Player of the Season award, with an average of 7.62 who can argue.


    WBA Season Preview


    I truly beleive that I can keep WBA away from the drop zone this season, although in my opinion a finish no higher than 15th will be the outcome. I will be pleased if I can achieve higher, but I doubt it as I am struggling for quality defensive players at the moment. On the other hand, the midfield and attack is Division 1 quality. Kiril Kombarov, who is struggling with his English so has to speak his native language, had this to say on the upcoming season in the top flight:


    "мы надеемся, этот сезон будет бежать согласно плану, и не убегать от нас, поскольку это почти длилось сезон. Я буду стремиться создавать и выиграть от правого крыла, хотя будет более трудное, поскольку уровень оппозиции намного выше теперь, мы находимся в первом разделении. Единственной командой, которой я немного боялся, был Ливерпуль, но теперь Тому Синару предъявили иск за утверждения мошенничества, он больше не менеджер, и команда не должна быть столь же сенсационной, поскольку это был прошлый сезон, когда они выиграли лигу милей страны".


    (Hopefully this season will run according to plan, and not slip away from us as it almost did last season. I will be aiming to create and score from the right wing, although it will be more difficult as the level of opposition is much higher now we are in the first division. The only team I was slightly scared of was Liverpool, but now Tom Sinar has been sued for fraud allegations, he is no longer manager, and the team should not be as sensational as it was last season when they won the league by a country mile). Competitive yet positive words there from the new captain, if the squad will look up to anybody it is Kiril.


    Transfer News


    With the top flight looming large, squad quality and depth has been strengthened by Joe Charley over the course of pre season. The three biggest moves came on the loaning front, with young Scottish sensation and left winger, Charlie Adam, young up and coming German striker Aaron Hunt and veteran Serbian centre forward Savo Milosevic all joining the Baggies on loan from PSV Eindhoven. Many thanks to forum regular Nick Justice for agreeing to loan me the trio of players for the upcoming season. I wish him lots of luck for the season in Holland & Belgium, and I hope you retain your league title. All three of the players add quality to the attacking threat. WBA are not just a loaning club though, manager Joe Charley has made three permanent signings to bolster his squad. First to arrive was 23 year old full back, Kirk Broadfoot, for £6.9m. The young Scottish player is an excellent signing for the Baggies, as he has a bright future, young age and has featured regularly for Rangers. Next to switch to the Midlands club was Estonian winger, occasional forward, Ats Purje, for £3.2m from Finnish side Inter Turku. Purje is tipped to be an exciting prospect for Estonia, having made 8 appearances for the National side already, despite being only 22 years of age. A gamble that could pay dividends for WBA. The biggest permanent transfer deal was completed in the early hours of this morning though, with wing wizard Julio Cesar joining for £7m from Ben Reado's AEK Athens. 28 year old Cesar provides added depth to the right and left flanks in WBA's squad. Two confirmed exits so far, with 21 year old right back, Jared Hodgkiss, moving to The New Saints on loan for the season, and a shock move for Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian was deemed surplus to requirements for the upcoming season, and was sold to Marseille for a cool £6m.




    Just Three Of The New Faces To Arrive: Aaron Hunt, Charlie Adam and Julio Cesar (Right In Right Picture)


    Transfer Speculation


    The Baggies have been strongly linked with a move for 32 year old centre back Stjepen Tomas of Stuttgart. There have been negotiations between the two clubs, and Tomas should move at the beginning of August, with incosistent centre back Diego Ordaz heading to Germany, in a straight swap deal. There have also been strong rumours linking WBA with moves for Figueirense duo Cristiano Asprilla and Roberto Diogo Roque. The former is a 27 year old centre back who would provide depth to the weakest part of WBA's team, centre back. Diogo Roque is an exciting young talent, who plays in the centre of midfield. He is only 21 years of age. Mystery players from the Czech Republic, Germany and Turkey are all said to be on their way to the Midlands, as part of a three way mega deal. Sherjill MacDonald is rumoured to be heading to Brazil as part of a player exchange deal for Asprilla, whilst a cash deal has supposed to have been agreed for Diogo Roque. The duo have told English newspaper The Guardian that they are "hopeful" of a move to England in the near future. Meanwhile, wantaway striker Sherjill MacDonald has been linked with a £1.4m move to Serbian side Vozdovac, although the move to Brazil seems more likely to happen. However, MacDonald has been quoted as saying "I am ready to move to Turkish side Kayserispor in the near future".




    Stjepan Tomas Is Set To Move Soon

    Talking Tactics, Starting 11s and Forumer Managed Teams

    Tactics are crucial whilst in the top flight, so manager Joe Charley may adopt a slightly more defensive approach for WBA's first season back in the big time. Very attacking tactics worked wonders for the Baggies last season, but the level of opposition moves up a notch in the 1st Division, so defensive tactics will be used more often than last season. The counter attack is set to be used thoroughly throughout, with a playmaker set to dominate procedings in the middle of the park. However, weaker opposition of lower or the same class will be ambushed by no nonsense attacking tactics.

    Here are 5 possible starting 11s for the upcoming season:
    1. 4-5-1 - My favourite formation to use, looks defensive but brings an attacking edge also, as proven last season. Still, it does not leak to many goals either: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic/Hunt.
    2. 4-4-2 - If the opposition is of a lower standard, the attacking midfielder makes way for another out an out striker, for a more attacking approach. Solid, but sometimes to basic: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Milosevic, Hunt.
    3. 4-3-3 Wingers - This formation is very useful, because it allows WBA to use their wingers in their prefered role. A defensive midfield player would be needed to make the formation work perfectly, but Greening would fill that gap to the best of his ability: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Greening, Teixeira, Koren, Sambueza, Julio Cesar ©, Milosevic/Hunt.
    4. 5-2-3 - This formation is one that would be used against a team with three at the back. It is a very attacking formation, which would be a gamble to use, but it could pay off against some teams who beleive they can beat the mighty WBA, whilst playing only three defenders: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Adam, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Hunt, Milosevic, Julio Cesar/Bednar.
    5. 3-4-1-2 - Playing three at the back, is a risk, but with other teams, I have found this formation to be very succesful in the attacking area, usualy scoring more goals than you concede: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic, Hunt.



    Milosevic Will Be Relied Upon To Score The Goals This Season In All Formations

    Now onto the five teams, managed by forumers who could be stealing points from WBA this season:

    1. Gunnersaurus Rex - Arsenal - Rep 131 - Very good side here, which is why I have predicted them a high finish in the league. WBA are going to be in for two very tough matcches against the Gunners. Their best player, comes in the form of midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. What a player the young Spaniard is, if he plays well the team will follow.
    Waste Of Space - Jens Lehmann - G - Aged 38 - Rated 90. Sell him and get some money while you can, as he is old, makes mistakes and will retire soon.
    Money Eater - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. This guy is on £76,000 a turn, definately worth it though.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. Arsenal's chairman values the midfielder at £40,630,000, I can see why.
    Youth Squad - Only Nacer Barazite and Enrique Esqueda interest me. The others are still to impress me yet.

    2. Dan Payne - Aston Villa - Rep 163 - Dan has a good side in Aston Villa, with a few 90+ rated players mixed with high 80 rated players. Gareth Barry is their best player, and surely their captain for the upcoming season. The young talents of Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Craig Gardner glisten the squad as well.
    Waste Of Space - Didier Agathe - RM/RB - Aged 32 - Rated 77. Why Dan is this player in your squad, sell him because he is dragging your squad average rating down, he is old and is rated very low.
    Money Eater - John Carew - CF - Aged 28 - Rated 90. This player is on £45,000 a turn, I ask questions why he is on more than Gareth Barry. He is relied upon to score the goals, if he does that it is £45,000 going to a player who deserves it.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ashley Young - W/F - Aged 23 - Rated 90. Aston Villa's chairman values the winger at £14,480,000, with the future he has, a hefty price tag is needed.
    Youth Squad - Fernando Forestieri is an impressive member of Aston Villa's glorious 3 man youth squad. He has impressed at U17 and U19 level for Italy. The other two members of the squad, Sam Williams and Stephen O'Halloran are unknown to me.




    Didier Agathe Must Be Sold


    3. Kevin Doyle - Blackburn Rovers - Rep 137 - A good starting 11 is Blackburn's strong point, however their squad does lack depth on the wings and at full back. A 90+ defender is needed badly. Blackburn have a magnificant strike force however, with Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy providing a world class partnership. Dentinho and Jorge Hernandez are two very good young players that shine in the squad.
    Waste Of Space - Mateo Rigters - F/AM - Aged 24 - Rated 83. From what I have seen of this player, he has no future in English football, and is not a good player to have in any squad at the moment. He does not score very often, making him an average striker.
    Money Eater - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. This player is on £44,500 a turn, for such a good player, that is low in my opinion. Very good winger for a reasonable wage, Blackburn have a supurb coup there.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. Blackburn's chairman values the winger at £17,170,000, a little more than what Arsene Wenger thought he was worth.
    Youth Squad - Only 21 year old left winger, Sergio Peter and the two players I have mentioned in the senior squad impress me. The rest of the youth squad is unknown to me.

    4. Louis Mattis - Everton - Rep 77 - I was suprised when I looked at this squad, supurb. The midfield is very strong, with players such as Quaresma, Cahill and Valdivia shining bright. As for the strikers, well Kiessling, Benitez and Yakubu are all excellent players, with the young centre forward Sergei Samodin providing some more depth and young spark. On the other hand, both of the full back areas are weak, and the right wing needs a suitable reserve.
    Waste Of Space - Jackie McNamara - RB/LB - Aged 34 - Rated 85. The worst player in the senior squad by a long way, he needs to be sold, with another right back brought in to replace. He is way past his best, and is worth over £1 million, so get some money while you can Louis.
    Money Eater - Tim Howard and Aiyegbeni Yakubu - G and CF - Aged 29 and 25 - Rated 90 and 91. Both of these players are on £59,850 a turn, but both are crucial to Everton's success. Howard is an excellent goalkeeper, whilst Yakubu is relied upon to score the goals. Both deserve a good wage.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ricardo Quaresma - W - Aged 24 - Rated 93. Everton's chairman values the winger at £28,290,000, this is not suprising as he has speed, trickery and a good finish.
    Youth Squad - One player sticks out in the youth squad, Adrian Aldrete. He is good enough to act as the backup for Stewart Downing on the left of midfield, he has already made 4 appearances for the Mexican National team. None of the other youth squad members, even touch this 20 year old's ability.




    Aldrete - Future Prospect With Great Ability

    5. Daniel - Middlesbrough - Rep 97 - In my opinion the weakest of the five teams mentioned here, no players of any note to get excited about. Backup in every position, but could do with another centre back. A very well organised side with suitable cover, but with no special threat. David Wheater, Phil Jagielka and Luke Young are good English players though, and should provide an excellent defense.
    Waste Of Space - Ahmed Hossam Mido - CF - Aged 25 - Rated 86. I really don't know what all the fuss is about with Mido, he really does not impress me at all. I find him clumsy, a rubbish finisher and a difficult player for the manager to control. Just get rid, and buy someone worthwhile.
    Money Eater - Mendes Sylvinho - LB - Aged 34 - Rated 88. This player is on £22,000 a turn, and is worth it, as he is one of the best players in the Middlesbrough squad whilst adding priceless experience.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Wheater - CB - Aged 21 - Rated 88. Middlesbrough's chairman values the young centre back at £10,700,000. His displays for such a young player, prove why.
    Youth Squad - From what I can see, three young prospects are located in the Middlesbrough youth squad: Lee Cattermole, Andrew Taylor and Adam Johnson. Cattermole is a hard working centre midfielder who is first choice as one of the two centre midfielders for the U21 England team. Taylor is a left back, who like Cattermole has represented England at U21 level. Finally, Johnson is a winger, who like the other two has represented England at U21 level, scoring 1 goal.

    New Technical Director On Board

    After hearing that Tom Sinar had left Liverpool by mutual consent, because of being sued for fraud allegations, WBA decided to replace outgoing technical director Dan Ashworth with none other than Tom Sinar. He will now handle transfer matters within the club, after agreeing with chairman Jeremy Peace to a 1 year contract. Tom is already hard at work, finding suitable, young players on the transfer market, his speciality. We spoke to Tom yesterday, here is what he had to say:

    How do you feel about becoming the new technical director of WBA?

    To be part of a club like West Brom, who will continue to improve is great for me

    The aim for a finish of around 15th is acceptable for manager Joe Charley, where do you beleive WBA will finish?

    I believe that WBA can finish around mid-table, perhaps better if they set the right tactics and one step wrong can be all the matter in the likes of this division, so it's hard to say, but I'd go with mid-table.

    You have any favourite players within the club? or do you feel every player is worth his weight in gold?


    Well, no-one is to favour in any team in particular, but every player will be vital to WBA this season and I believe it should be Kombarov to be the main man for WBA this season.

    What do you make of the signings in pre season?

    They look good so far, the standards of these signings show that WBA are improving as a team.

    Would you like to see any areas strengthened before the start of the season?

    Yes, despite the quality of the wingers, I personally reckon WBA need more as both quantity and quality counts in this division, would like to see a new striker or 2, despite new loan signings, they might be called back, so it's close to have a watchful eye on them or sign a striker.

    You are known to be particularly strong in the transfer negotiations area, do you feel you provide a transfer service that no other club can compete with?

    Well yes, but the level of the club size is what matters, so negotiations may be harder, but all in all, it's negotiating what I do best.

    You have been linked with taking over the manager reigns at WBA at the end of the season, is there any truth in this rumour?

    No, not at all, Joe is doing a fantastic job here and I do not wish to take up another job in the league.

    Opening Five Fixtures

    26th July 2008 -


    Manchester United (A) -


    Tough opening match, I don't expect anything more than a draw. I would be happy if we managed a goal.


    30th July 2008 -


    West Ham United (H) -


    First home match of the season, lets give the fans something to cheer about. We need to win these games to stay up.

    2nd August 2008 -


    Crystal


    Palace (H) -


    A must win game against an old team. I really want to beat these, as their transfer activity is buy old, quite highly rated players. It isn't right, buy young!

    6th August 2008 -


    Newcastle United (A) -


    If we can keep Jose Sand quiet, a victory is not out of the question. I would be happy with a draw though.

    9th August 2008 -


    Bolton Wanderers (H) -


    Definately beatable opposition here, three points is a must.




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    WBA Last Season Review


    In manager Joe Charley's first season in charge of WBA, they achieved promotion to the 'big time', division 1. WBA won the league by a 3 point margin over a very strong Crystal Palace side. Being 3 points clear with just 3 games to go, left WBA in a very strong position, a comfortable 0-3 win over Norwich City maintained the gap over Crystal Palace, who also won. However, WBA then lost their penultimate game 1-0 to Shorpe United, thanks to a goal from Ivan Kaviedes, and remained top only on goal difference going into the last round of matches, as Crystal Palace won again. WBA's most important match of the season was next against a poor Coventry City side, a win was needed at all costs. WBA took the lead through star loanee Antonio Da Silva, his 3rd goal in 3 matches from the left wing. However, much to the frustration of Joe Charley, Coventry equalised just before half time. Tensions rose as the final wistle edged nearer, but Kiril Kombarov scored the winner for WBA in the 76th minute, handing the title to WBA. This capped off a wonderful season, where The Baggies' amazingly never achieved to win more than 4 matches in a row. Overall, in the league, WBA played 38 matches, won 20, drew 12 and lost 6. They scored the 3rd most goals, 77 and conceded the least, 39. The goal difference of 38 was also the best in the division. WBA failed to make much progress in either cup competition, although a 3-0 beating of a full strength Arsenal side was rather special, the result of the season in my opinion.

    Player Mentions and Manager Mention

    My promotion could not have been achieved without Tom Sinar (Ex-Liverpool manager, stupid SM, and Division 1 champion), who was very helpful in the transfer market and on the loaning front. Jermaine Jones and Javier Yacuzzi (Now at Bayer Leverkusen and Falkirk respectively) were very helpful whilst on loan from Liverpool at the time. Jones made 7 starts, scoring 1 goal and picking up 1 man of the match award. Yacuzzi made 9 starts, scoring 2 goals and gaining 1 assist. Tom also had a part in bringing Dario Bottinelli to the club, who was an excellent signing. Elsewhere, Antonio Da Silva was another loanee who entered the Hawthorns for the final 5 games of the season, he turned out to be an exceptional signing, scoring 3 goals, picking up 2 assists and turning out an average rating of 7.60, from the left wing.




    Bottinelli Had An Excellent First Season

    However 19 year old Giovani Dos Santos was the driving force behind WBA's excellent success, playing as the lone striker in WBA's usual 4-5-1 formation, he fired in 15 goals in 23 appearances, created another 14 goals and gained 5 man of the match awards. A supurb season for the youngster, who has now moved to Roma for £11.2m, a deserved move, and I wish him well at his new club. Now to praise a permanent Baggies player, Kiril Kombarov. What a first season this player has had after moving to the Midlands from Russian outfit Dinamo Moscow for £5.6m, a bargain. Kombarov was outstanding, scoring 5 goals in 26 appearances, creating 8 goals and picking up 4 man of the match awards. His first spell was in the centre of midfield, where in my opinion he was more consistent, but never sensational. However, a switch to the right of midfield, brought a new dimension to his game, the consistency went slightly downhill, but the ratings of 9 and 10 occured more frequently. The final game of the season, WBA's most crucial one, as it determined who would win the Division 2 crown, was Kombarov's moment to shine and he turned in a performance of brilliance. Not only did Kombarov score the winner in the 1-2 victory, but he also picked up the man of the match award. Capping of a sensational season for the Russian, Albion's most important signing of the season. This left me no choice but to give him the WBA Player of the Season award, with an average of 7.62 who can argue.


    WBA Season Preview


    I truly beleive that I can keep WBA away from the drop zone this season, although in my opinion a finish no higher than 15th will be the outcome. I will be pleased if I can achieve higher, but I doubt it as I am struggling for quality defensive players at the moment. On the other hand, the midfield and attack is Division 1 quality. Kiril Kombarov, who is struggling with his English so has to speak his native language, had this to say on the upcoming season in the top flight:


    "мы надеемся, этот сезон будет бежать согласно плану, и не убегать от нас, поскольку это почти длилось сезон. Я буду стремиться создавать и выиграть от правого крыла, хотя будет более трудное, поскольку уровень оппозиции намного выше теперь, мы находимся в первом разделении. Единственной командой, которой я немного боялся, был Ливерпуль, но теперь Тому Синару предъявили иск за утверждения мошенничества, он больше не менеджер, и команда не должна быть столь же сенсационной, поскольку это был прошлый сезон, когда они выиграли лигу милей страны".


    (Hopefully this season will run according to plan, and not slip away from us as it almost did last season. I will be aiming to create and score from the right wing, although it will be more difficult as the level of opposition is much higher now we are in the first division. The only team I was slightly scared of was Liverpool, but now Tom Sinar has been sued for fraud allegations, he is no longer manager, and the team should not be as sensational as it was last season when they won the league by a country mile). Competitive yet positive words there from the new captain, if the squad will look up to anybody it is Kiril.


    Transfer News


    With the top flight looming large, squad quality and depth has been strengthened by Joe Charley over the course of pre season. The three biggest moves came on the loaning front, with young Scottish sensation and left winger, Charlie Adam, young up and coming German striker Aaron Hunt and veteran Serbian centre forward Savo Milosevic all joining the Baggies on loan from PSV Eindhoven. Many thanks to forum regular Nick Justice for agreeing to loan me the trio of players for the upcoming season. I wish him lots of luck for the season in Holland & Belgium, and I hope you retain your league title. All three of the players add quality to the attacking threat. WBA are not just a loaning club though, manager Joe Charley has made three permanent signings to bolster his squad. First to arrive was 23 year old full back, Kirk Broadfoot, for £6.9m. The young Scottish player is an excellent signing for the Baggies, as he has a bright future, young age and has featured regularly for Rangers. Next to switch to the Midlands club was Estonian winger, occasional forward, Ats Purje, for £3.2m from Finnish side Inter Turku. Purje is tipped to be an exciting prospect for Estonia, having made 8 appearances for the National side already, despite being only 22 years of age. A gamble that could pay dividends for WBA. The biggest permanent transfer deal was completed in the early hours of this morning though, with wing wizard Julio Cesar joining for £7m from Ben Reado's AEK Athens. 28 year old Cesar provides added depth to the right and left flanks in WBA's squad. Two confirmed exits so far, with 21 year old right back, Jared Hodgkiss, moving to The New Saints on loan for the season, and a shock move for Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian was deemed surplus to requirements for the upcoming season, and was sold to Marseille for a cool £6m.




    Just Three Of The New Faces To Arrive: Aaron Hunt, Charlie Adam and Julio Cesar (Right In Right Picture)


    Transfer Speculation


    The Baggies have been strongly linked with a move for 32 year old centre back Stjepen Tomas of Stuttgart. There have been negotiations between the two clubs, and Tomas should move at the beginning of August, with incosistent centre back Diego Ordaz heading to Germany, in a straight swap deal. There have also been strong rumours linking WBA with moves for Figueirense duo Cristiano Asprilla and Roberto Diogo Roque. The former is a 27 year old centre back who would provide depth to the weakest part of WBA's team, centre back. Diogo Roque is an exciting young talent, who plays in the centre of midfield. He is only 21 years of age. Mystery players from the Czech Republic, Germany and Turkey are all said to be on their way to the Midlands, as part of a three way mega deal. Sherjill MacDonald is rumoured to be heading to Brazil as part of a player exchange deal for Asprilla, whilst a cash deal has supposed to have been agreed for Diogo Roque. The duo have told English newspaper The Guardian that they are "hopeful" of a move to England in the near future. Meanwhile, wantaway striker Sherjill MacDonald has been linked with a £1.4m move to Serbian side Vozdovac, although the move to Brazil seems more likely to happen. However, MacDonald has been quoted as saying "I am ready to move to Turkish side Kayserispor in the near future".




    Stjepan Tomas Is Set To Move Soon

    Talking Tactics, Starting 11s and Forumer Managed Teams

    Tactics are crucial whilst in the top flight, so manager Joe Charley may adopt a slightly more defensive approach for WBA's first season back in the big time. Very attacking tactics worked wonders for the Baggies last season, but the level of opposition moves up a notch in the 1st Division, so defensive tactics will be used more often than last season. The counter attack is set to be used thoroughly throughout, with a playmaker set to dominate procedings in the middle of the park. However, weaker opposition of lower or the same class will be ambushed by no nonsense attacking tactics.

    Here are 5 possible starting 11s for the upcoming season:
    1. 4-5-1 - My favourite formation to use, looks defensive but brings an attacking edge also, as proven last season. Still, it does not leak to many goals either: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic/Hunt.
    2. 4-4-2 - If the opposition is of a lower standard, the attacking midfielder makes way for another out an out striker, for a more attacking approach. Solid, but sometimes to basic: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Milosevic, Hunt.
    3. 4-3-3 Wingers - This formation is very useful, because it allows WBA to use their wingers in their prefered role. A defensive midfield player would be needed to make the formation work perfectly, but Greening would fill that gap to the best of his ability: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Greening, Teixeira, Koren, Sambueza, Julio Cesar ©, Milosevic/Hunt.
    4. 5-2-3 - This formation is one that would be used against a team with three at the back. It is a very attacking formation, which would be a gamble to use, but it could pay off against some teams who beleive they can beat the mighty WBA, whilst playing only three defenders: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Adam, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Hunt, Milosevic, Julio Cesar/Bednar.
    5. 3-4-1-2 - Playing three at the back, is a risk, but with other teams, I have found this formation to be very succesful in the attacking area, usualy scoring more goals than you concede: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic, Hunt.



    Milosevic Will Be Relied Upon To Score The Goals This Season In All Formations

    Now onto the five teams, managed by forumers who could be stealing points from WBA this season:

    1. Gunnersaurus Rex - Arsenal - Rep 131 - Very good side here, which is why I have predicted them a high finish in the league. WBA are going to be in for two very tough matcches against the Gunners. Their best player, comes in the form of midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. What a player the young Spaniard is, if he plays well the team will follow.
    Waste Of Space - Jens Lehmann - G - Aged 38 - Rated 90. Sell him and get some money while you can, as he is old, makes mistakes and will retire soon.
    Money Eater - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. This guy is on £76,000 a turn, definately worth it though.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. Arsenal's chairman values the midfielder at £40,630,000, I can see why.
    Youth Squad - Only Nacer Barazite and Enrique Esqueda interest me. The others are still to impress me yet.

    2. Dan Payne - Aston Villa - Rep 163 - Dan has a good side in Aston Villa, with a few 90+ rated players mixed with high 80 rated players. Gareth Barry is their best player, and surely their captain for the upcoming season. The young talents of Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Craig Gardner glisten the squad as well.
    Waste Of Space - Didier Agathe - RM/RB - Aged 32 - Rated 77. Why Dan is this player in your squad, sell him because he is dragging your squad average rating down, he is old and is rated very low.
    Money Eater - John Carew - CF - Aged 28 - Rated 90. This player is on £45,000 a turn, I ask questions why he is on more than Gareth Barry. He is relied upon to score the goals, if he does that it is £45,000 going to a player who deserves it.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ashley Young - W/F - Aged 23 - Rated 90. Aston Villa's chairman values the winger at £14,480,000, with the future he has, a hefty price tag is needed.
    Youth Squad - Fernando Forestieri is an impressive member of Aston Villa's glorious 3 man youth squad. He has impressed at U17 and U19 level for Italy. The other two members of the squad, Sam Williams and Stephen O'Halloran are unknown to me.




    Didier Agathe Must Be Sold


    3. Kevin Doyle - Blackburn Rovers - Rep 137 - A good starting 11 is Blackburn's strong point, however their squad does lack depth on the wings and at full back. A 90+ defender is needed badly. Blackburn have a magnificant strike force however, with Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy providing a world class partnership. Dentinho and Jorge Hernandez are two very good young players that shine in the squad.
    Waste Of Space - Mateo Rigters - F/AM - Aged 24 - Rated 83. From what I have seen of this player, he has no future in English football, and is not a good player to have in any squad at the moment. He does not score very often, making him an average striker.
    Money Eater - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. This player is on £44,500 a turn, for such a good player, that is low in my opinion. Very good winger for a reasonable wage, Blackburn have a supurb coup there.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. Blackburn's chairman values the winger at £17,170,000, a little more than what Arsene Wenger thought he was worth.
    Youth Squad - Only 21 year old left winger, Sergio Peter and the two players I have mentioned in the senior squad impress me. The rest of the youth squad is unknown to me.

    4. Louis Mattis - Everton - Rep 77 - I was suprised when I looked at this squad, supurb. The midfield is very strong, with players such as Quaresma, Cahill and Valdivia shining bright. As for the strikers, well Kiessling, Benitez and Yakubu are all excellent players, with the young centre forward Sergei Samodin providing some more depth and young spark. On the other hand, both of the full back areas are weak, and the right wing needs a suitable reserve.
    Waste Of Space - Jackie McNamara - RB/LB - Aged 34 - Rated 85. The worst player in the senior squad by a long way, he needs to be sold, with another right back brought in to replace. He is way past his best, and is worth over £1 million, so get some money while you can Louis.
    Money Eater - Tim Howard and Aiyegbeni Yakubu - G and CF - Aged 29 and 25 - Rated 90 and 91. Both of these players are on £59,850 a turn, but both are crucial to Everton's success. Howard is an excellent goalkeeper, whilst Yakubu is relied upon to score the goals. Both deserve a good wage.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ricardo Quaresma - W - Aged 24 - Rated 93. Everton's chairman values the winger at £28,290,000, this is not suprising as he has speed, trickery and a good finish.
    Youth Squad - One player sticks out in the youth squad, Adrian Aldrete. He is good enough to act as the backup for Stewart Downing on the left of midfield, he has already made 4 appearances for the Mexican National team. None of the other youth squad members, even touch this 20 year old's ability.




    Aldrete - Future Prospect With Great Ability

    5. Daniel - Middlesbrough - Rep 97 - In my opinion the weakest of the five teams mentioned here, no players of any note to get excited about. Backup in every position, but could do with another centre back. A very well organised side with suitable cover, but with no special threat. David Wheater, Phil Jagielka and Luke Young are good English players though, and should provide an excellent defense.
    Waste Of Space - Ahmed Hossam Mido - CF - Aged 25 - Rated 86. I really don't know what all the fuss is about with Mido, he really does not impress me at all. I find him clumsy, a rubbish finisher and a difficult player for the manager to control. Just get rid, and buy someone worthwhile.
    Money Eater - Mendes Sylvinho - LB - Aged 34 - Rated 88. This player is on £22,000 a turn, and is worth it, as he is one of the best players in the Middlesbrough squad whilst adding priceless experience.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Wheater - CB - Aged 21 - Rated 88. Middlesbrough's chairman values the young centre back at £10,700,000. His displays for such a young player, prove why.
    Youth Squad - From what I can see, three young prospects are located in the Middlesbrough youth squad: Lee Cattermole, Andrew Taylor and Adam Johnson. Cattermole is a hard working centre midfielder who is first choice as one of the two centre midfielders for the U21 England team. Taylor is a left back, who like Cattermole has represented England at U21 level. Finally, Johnson is a winger, who like the other two has represented England at U21 level, scoring 1 goal.

    New Technical Director On Board

    After hearing that Tom Sinar had left Liverpool by mutual consent, because of being sued for fraud allegations, WBA decided to replace outgoing technical director Dan Ashworth with none other than Tom Sinar. He will now handle transfer matters within the club, after agreeing with chairman Jeremy Peace to a 1 year contract. Tom is already hard at work, finding suitable, young players on the transfer market, his speciality. We spoke to Tom yesterday, here is what he had to say:

    How do you feel about becoming the new technical director of WBA?

    To be part of a club like West Brom, who will continue to improve is great for me

    The aim for a finish of around 15th is acceptable for manager Joe Charley, where do you beleive WBA will finish?

    I believe that WBA can finish around mid-table, perhaps better if they set the right tactics and one step wrong can be all the matter in the likes of this division, so it's hard to say, but I'd go with mid-table.

    You have any favourite players within the club? or do you feel every player is worth his weight in gold?


    Well, no-one is to favour in any team in particular, but every player will be vital to WBA this season and I believe it should be Kombarov to be the main man for WBA this season.

    What do you make of the signings in pre season?

    They look good so far, the standards of these signings show that WBA are improving as a team.

    Would you like to see any areas strengthened before the start of the season?

    Yes, despite the quality of the wingers, I personally reckon WBA need more as both quantity and quality counts in this division, would like to see a new striker or 2, despite new loan signings, they might be called back, so it's close to have a watchful eye on them or sign a striker.

    You are known to be particularly strong in the transfer negotiations area, do you feel you provide a transfer service that no other club can compete with?

    Well yes, but the level of the club size is what matters, so negotiations may be harder, but all in all, it's negotiating what I do best.

    You have been linked with taking over the manager reigns at WBA at the end of the season, is there any truth in this rumour?

    No, not at all, Joe is doing a fantastic job here and I do not wish to take up another job in the league.

    Opening Five Fixtures

    26th July 2008 -


    Manchester United (A) -


    Tough opening match, I don't expect anything more than a draw. I would be happy if we managed a goal.


    30th July 2008 -


    West Ham United (H) -


    First home match of the season, lets give the fans something to cheer about. We need to win these games to stay up.

    2nd August 2008 -


    Crystal


    Palace (H) -


    A must win game against an old team. I really want to beat these, as their transfer activity is buy old, quite highly rated players. It isn't right, buy young!

    6th August 2008 -


    Newcastle United (A) -


    If we can keep Jose Sand quiet, a victory is not out of the question. I would be happy with a draw though.

    9th August 2008 -


    Bolton Wanderers (H) -


    Definately beatable opposition here, three points is a must.




    Crystal Palace's Transfer Dealings Are Just Too... Old

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    I have had a few ideas which can help from keeping a team out of debt, i know many will say its the managers fault if he goes into debt, he should get them back out of debt. but often this is not poissble as the team sometimes only have 18 players and therefore none can be sold. So really i am looking at the bigger picture, and for the manager who will take over the club when the manager quits, as relistically you are not going to have the same club unti you die.
    1. The first idea is for when you have only 18 players, and you are in debt, and ypu dont know what to do to get yourself back into positive figures. Basically this idea involves more of an emphasis to be placed upon the morale of a player. Basically my idea is that the chairman comes to you with a few players and the idea is that they take a ''pay cut'' and therefore less money is paid on wages which means the balance could shoot up with gate recepts etc. However this player taking a pay cut will have an effect, and this will be on his morale, therefore he will play a lot worse because his morale will be a lot lower. This would have max effect if it is the teams best player, and theam is in the red they can either 1. Buy another player and sell off one of the ''wage burners'', 2.keep it as it is with their ''star player'' playing rubbish.
    2. A second idea i had is more to stop people from going into debt s this most certainly ruins the team for the other/ next managers. Basically as soon as you go into debt, and this will only really work with 18+ players, your chairman tells you that you need to make the balance positive again wthin a week or he will take matters into his own hands, this could mean varying ideas from the chairman- fromselling your best player for a cut price deal to other clubs interested, or giving you the choice on which player you are going to have to see the back of. Again this will mean that less people are going to want to go into debt as there is a chance that they will lose one of the players they have possibly worked hard to sign, and then they are going to be like ''i had better stay put of debt as i dont want to lose any of my players''.
    3. My third idea ( which again will only be able to work with 18+ players) involves the morale and therefore performance of the whole team. Basically as soon as you go into debt, the morale of the team is decreased considerbaly and this wil only go back to nrmal when the club are no longer in debt.
    Welcome all views and criticism. I know there are some flaws and gaps etc, but im sure all loppholes are able to be tied up one way or another.
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    WBA Last Season Review


    In manager Joe Charley's first season in charge of WBA, they achieved promotion to the 'big time', division 1. WBA won the league by a 3 point margin over a very strong Crystal Palace side. Being 3 points clear with just 3 games to go, left WBA in a very strong position, a comfortable 0-3 win over Norwich City maintained the gap over Crystal Palace, who also won. However, WBA then lost their penultimate game 1-0 to Shorpe United, thanks to a goal from Ivan Kaviedes, and remained top only on goal difference going into the last round of matches, as Crystal Palace won again. WBA's most important match of the season was next against a poor Coventry City side, a win was needed at all costs. WBA took the lead through star loanee Antonio Da Silva, his 3rd goal in 3 matches from the left wing. However, much to the frustration of Joe Charley, Coventry equalised just before half time. Tensions rose as the final wistle edged nearer, but Kiril Kombarov scored the winner for WBA in the 76th minute, handing the title to WBA. This capped off a wonderful season, where The Baggies' amazingly never achieved to win more than 4 matches in a row. Overall, in the league, WBA played 38 matches, won 20, drew 12 and lost 6. They scored the 3rd most goals, 77 and conceded the least, 39. The goal difference of 38 was also the best in the division. WBA failed to make much progress in either cup competition, although a 3-0 beating of a full strength Arsenal side was rather special, the result of the season in my opinion.

    Player Mentions and Manager Mention

    My promotion could not have been achieved without Tom Sinar (Ex-Liverpool manager, stupid SM, and Division 1 champion), who was very helpful in the transfer market and on the loaning front. Jermaine Jones and Javier Yacuzzi (Now at Bayer Leverkusen and Falkirk respectively) were very helpful whilst on loan from Liverpool at the time. Jones made 7 starts, scoring 1 goal and picking up 1 man of the match award. Yacuzzi made 9 starts, scoring 2 goals and gaining 1 assist. Tom also had a part in bringing Dario Bottinelli to the club, who was an excellent signing. Elsewhere, Antonio Da Silva was another loanee who entered the Hawthorns for the final 5 games of the season, he turned out to be an exceptional signing, scoring 3 goals, picking up 2 assists and turning out an average rating of 7.60, from the left wing.




    Bottinelli Had An Excellent First Season

    However 19 year old Giovani Dos Santos was the driving force behind WBA's excellent success, playing as the lone striker in WBA's usual 4-5-1 formation, he fired in 15 goals in 23 appearances, created another 14 goals and gained 5 man of the match awards. A supurb season for the youngster, who has now moved to Roma for £11.2m, a deserved move, and I wish him well at his new club. Now to praise a permanent Baggies player, Kiril Kombarov. What a first season this player has had after moving to the Midlands from Russian outfit Dinamo Moscow for £5.6m, a bargain. Kombarov was outstanding, scoring 5 goals in 26 appearances, creating 8 goals and picking up 4 man of the match awards. His first spell was in the centre of midfield, where in my opinion he was more consistent, but never sensational. However, a switch to the right of midfield, brought a new dimension to his game, the consistency went slightly downhill, but the ratings of 9 and 10 occured more frequently. The final game of the season, WBA's most crucial one, as it determined who would win the Division 2 crown, was Kombarov's moment to shine and he turned in a performance of brilliance. Not only did Kombarov score the winner in the 1-2 victory, but he also picked up the man of the match award. Capping of a sensational season for the Russian, Albion's most important signing of the season. This left me no choice but to give him the WBA Player of the Season award, with an average of 7.62 who can argue.


    WBA Season Preview


    I truly beleive that I can keep WBA away from the drop zone this season, although in my opinion a finish no higher than 15th will be the outcome. I will be pleased if I can achieve higher, but I doubt it as I am struggling for quality defensive players at the moment. On the other hand, the midfield and attack is Division 1 quality. Kiril Kombarov, who is struggling with his English so has to speak his native language, had this to say on the upcoming season in the top flight:


    "мы надеемся, этот сезон будет бежать согласно плану, и не убегать от нас, поскольку это почти длилось сезон. Я буду стремиться создавать и выиграть от правого крыла, хотя будет более трудное, поскольку уровень оппозиции намного выше теперь, мы находимся в первом разделении. Единственной командой, которой я немного боялся, был Ливерпуль, но теперь Тому Синару предъявили иск за утверждения мошенничества, он больше не менеджер, и команда не должна быть столь же сенсационной, поскольку это был прошлый сезон, когда они выиграли лигу милей страны".


    (Hopefully this season will run according to plan, and not slip away from us as it almost did last season. I will be aiming to create and score from the right wing, although it will be more difficult as the level of opposition is much higher now we are in the first division. The only team I was slightly scared of was Liverpool, but now Tom Sinar has been sued for fraud allegations, he is no longer manager, and the team should not be as sensational as it was last season when they won the league by a country mile). Competitive yet positive words there from the new captain, if the squad will look up to anybody it is Kiril.


    Transfer News


    With the top flight looming large, squad quality and depth has been strengthened by Joe Charley over the course of pre season. The three biggest moves came on the loaning front, with young Scottish sensation and left winger, Charlie Adam, young up and coming German striker Aaron Hunt and veteran Serbian centre forward Savo Milosevic all joining the Baggies on loan from PSV Eindhoven. Many thanks to forum regular Nick Justice for agreeing to loan me the trio of players for the upcoming season. I wish him lots of luck for the season in Holland & Belgium, and I hope you retain your league title. All three of the players add quality to the attacking threat. WBA are not just a loaning club though, manager Joe Charley has made three permanent signings to bolster his squad. First to arrive was 23 year old full back, Kirk Broadfoot, for £6.9m. The young Scottish player is an excellent signing for the Baggies, as he has a bright future, young age and has featured regularly for Rangers. Next to switch to the Midlands club was Estonian winger, occasional forward, Ats Purje, for £3.2m from Finnish side Inter Turku. Purje is tipped to be an exciting prospect for Estonia, having made 8 appearances for the National side already, despite being only 22 years of age. A gamble that could pay dividends for WBA. The biggest permanent transfer deal was completed in the early hours of this morning though, with wing wizard Julio Cesar joining for £7m from Ben Reado's AEK Athens. 28 year old Cesar provides added depth to the right and left flanks in WBA's squad. Two confirmed exits so far, with 21 year old right back, Jared Hodgkiss, moving to The New Saints on loan for the season, and a shock move for Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian was deemed surplus to requirements for the upcoming season, and was sold to Marseille for a cool £6m.




    Just Three Of The New Faces To Arrive: Aaron Hunt, Charlie Adam and Julio Cesar (Right In Right Picture)


    Transfer Speculation


    The Baggies have been strongly linked with a move for 32 year old centre back Stjepen Tomas of Stuttgart. There have been negotiations between the two clubs, and Tomas should move at the beginning of August, with incosistent centre back Diego Ordaz heading to Germany, in a straight swap deal. There have also been strong rumours linking WBA with moves for Figueirense duo Cristiano Asprilla and Roberto Diogo Roque. The former is a 27 year old centre back who would provide depth to the weakest part of WBA's team, centre back. Diogo Roque is an exciting young talent, who plays in the centre of midfield. He is only 21 years of age. Mystery players from the Czech Republic, Germany and Turkey are all said to be on their way to the Midlands, as part of a three way mega deal. Sherjill MacDonald is rumoured to be heading to Brazil as part of a player exchange deal for Asprilla, whilst a cash deal has supposed to have been agreed for Diogo Roque. The duo have told English newspaper The Guardian that they are "hopeful" of a move to England in the near future. Meanwhile, wantaway striker Sherjill MacDonald has been linked with a £1.4m move to Serbian side Vozdovac, although the move to Brazil seems more likely to happen. However, MacDonald has been quoted as saying "I am ready to move to Turkish side Kayserispor in the near future".




    Stjepan Tomas Is Set To Move Soon

    Talking Tactics, Starting 11s and Forumer Managed Teams

    Tactics are crucial whilst in the top flight, so manager Joe Charley may adopt a slightly more defensive approach for WBA's first season back in the big time. Very attacking tactics worked wonders for the Baggies last season, but the level of opposition moves up a notch in the 1st Division, so defensive tactics will be used more often than last season. The counter attack is set to be used thoroughly throughout, with a playmaker set to dominate procedings in the middle of the park. However, weaker opposition of lower or the same class will be ambushed by no nonsense attacking tactics.

    Here are 5 possible starting 11s for the upcoming season:
    1. 4-5-1 - My favourite formation to use, looks defensive but brings an attacking edge also, as proven last season. Still, it does not leak to many goals either: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic/Hunt.
    2. 4-4-2 - If the opposition is of a lower standard, the attacking midfielder makes way for another out an out striker, for a more attacking approach. Solid, but sometimes to basic: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Milosevic, Hunt.
    3. 4-3-3 Wingers - This formation is very useful, because it allows WBA to use their wingers in their prefered role. A defensive midfield player would be needed to make the formation work perfectly, but Greening would fill that gap to the best of his ability: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Greening, Teixeira, Koren, Sambueza, Julio Cesar ©, Milosevic/Hunt.
    4. 5-2-3 - This formation is one that would be used against a team with three at the back. It is a very attacking formation, which would be a gamble to use, but it could pay off against some teams who beleive they can beat the mighty WBA, whilst playing only three defenders: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Adam, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Hunt, Milosevic, Julio Cesar/Bednar.
    5. 3-4-1-2 - Playing three at the back, is a risk, but with other teams, I have found this formation to be very succesful in the attacking area, usualy scoring more goals than you concede: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic, Hunt.



    Milosevic Will Be Relied Upon To Score The Goals This Season In All Formations

    Now onto the five teams, managed by forumers who could be stealing points from WBA this season:

    1. Gunnersaurus Rex - Arsenal - Rep 131 - Very good side here, which is why I have predicted them a high finish in the league. WBA are going to be in for two very tough matcches against the Gunners. Their best player, comes in the form of midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. What a player the young Spaniard is, if he plays well the team will follow.
    Waste Of Space - Jens Lehmann - G - Aged 38 - Rated 90. Sell him and get some money while you can, as he is old, makes mistakes and will retire soon.
    Money Eater - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. This guy is on £76,000 a turn, definately worth it though.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. Arsenal's chairman values the midfielder at £40,630,000, I can see why.
    Youth Squad - Only Nacer Barazite and Enrique Esqueda interest me. The others are still to impress me yet.

    2. Dan Payne - Aston Villa - Rep 163 - Dan has a good side in Aston Villa, with a few 90+ rated players mixed with high 80 rated players. Gareth Barry is their best player, and surely their captain for the upcoming season. The young talents of Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Craig Gardner glisten the squad as well.
    Waste Of Space - Didier Agathe - RM/RB - Aged 32 - Rated 77. Why Dan is this player in your squad, sell him because he is dragging your squad average rating down, he is old and is rated very low.
    Money Eater - John Carew - CF - Aged 28 - Rated 90. This player is on £45,000 a turn, I ask questions why he is on more than Gareth Barry. He is relied upon to score the goals, if he does that it is £45,000 going to a player who deserves it.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ashley Young - W/F - Aged 23 - Rated 90. Aston Villa's chairman values the winger at £14,480,000, with the future he has, a hefty price tag is needed.
    Youth Squad - Fernando Forestieri is an impressive member of Aston Villa's glorious 3 man youth squad. He has impressed at U17 and U19 level for Italy. The other two members of the squad, Sam Williams and Stephen O'Halloran are unknown to me.




    Didier Agathe Must Be Sold


    3. Kevin Doyle - Blackburn Rovers - Rep 137 - A good starting 11 is Blackburn's strong point, however their squad does lack depth on the wings and at full back. A 90+ defender is needed badly. Blackburn have a magnificant strike force however, with Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy providing a world class partnership. Dentinho and Jorge Hernandez are two very good young players that shine in the squad.
    Waste Of Space - Mateo Rigters - F/AM - Aged 24 - Rated 83. From what I have seen of this player, he has no future in English football, and is not a good player to have in any squad at the moment. He does not score very often, making him an average striker.
    Money Eater - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. This player is on £44,500 a turn, for such a good player, that is low in my opinion. Very good winger for a reasonable wage, Blackburn have a supurb coup there.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. Blackburn's chairman values the winger at £17,170,000, a little more than what Arsene Wenger thought he was worth.
    Youth Squad - Only 21 year old left winger, Sergio Peter and the two players I have mentioned in the senior squad impress me. The rest of the youth squad is unknown to me.

    4. Louis Mattis - Everton - Rep 77 - I was suprised when I looked at this squad, supurb. The midfield is very strong, with players such as Quaresma, Cahill and Valdivia shining bright. As for the strikers, well Kiessling, Benitez and Yakubu are all excellent players, with the young centre forward Sergei Samodin providing some more depth and young spark. On the other hand, both of the full back areas are weak, and the right wing needs a suitable reserve.
    Waste Of Space - Jackie McNamara - RB/LB - Aged 34 - Rated 85. The worst player in the senior squad by a long way, he needs to be sold, with another right back brought in to replace. He is way past his best, and is worth over £1 million, so get some money while you can Louis.
    Money Eater - Tim Howard and Aiyegbeni Yakubu - G and CF - Aged 29 and 25 - Rated 90 and 91. Both of these players are on £59,850 a turn, but both are crucial to Everton's success. Howard is an excellent goalkeeper, whilst Yakubu is relied upon to score the goals. Both deserve a good wage.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ricardo Quaresma - W - Aged 24 - Rated 93. Everton's chairman values the winger at £28,290,000, this is not suprising as he has speed, trickery and a good finish.
    Youth Squad - One player sticks out in the youth squad, Adrian Aldrete. He is good enough to act as the backup for Stewart Downing on the left of midfield, he has already made 4 appearances for the Mexican National team. None of the other youth squad members, even touch this 20 year old's ability.




    Aldrete - Future Prospect With Great Ability

    5. Daniel - Middlesbrough - Rep 97 - In my opinion the weakest of the five teams mentioned here, no players of any note to get excited about. Backup in every position, but could do with another centre back. A very well organised side with suitable cover, but with no special threat. David Wheater, Phil Jagielka and Luke Young are good English players though, and should provide an excellent defense.
    Waste Of Space - Ahmed Hossam Mido - CF - Aged 25 - Rated 86. I really don't know what all the fuss is about with Mido, he really does not impress me at all. I find him clumsy, a rubbish finisher and a difficult player for the manager to control. Just get rid, and buy someone worthwhile.
    Money Eater - Mendes Sylvinho - LB - Aged 34 - Rated 88. This player is on £22,000 a turn, and is worth it, as he is one of the best players in the Middlesbrough squad whilst adding priceless experience.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Wheater - CB - Aged 21 - Rated 88. Middlesbrough's chairman values the young centre back at £10,700,000. His displays for such a young player, prove why.
    Youth Squad - From what I can see, three young prospects are located in the Middlesbrough youth squad: Lee Cattermole, Andrew Taylor and Adam Johnson. Cattermole is a hard working centre midfielder who is first choice as one of the two centre midfielders for the U21 England team. Taylor is a left back, who like Cattermole has represented England at U21 level. Finally, Johnson is a winger, who like the other two has represented England at U21 level, scoring 1 goal.

    New Technical Director On Board

    After hearing that Tom Sinar had left Liverpool by mutual consent, because of being sued for fraud allegations, WBA decided to replace outgoing technical director Dan Ashworth with none other than Tom Sinar. He will now handle transfer matters within the club, after agreeing with chairman Jeremy Peace to a 1 year contract. Tom is already hard at work, finding suitable, young players on the transfer market, his speciality. We spoke to Tom yesterday, here is what he had to say:

    How do you feel about becoming the new technical director of WBA?

    To be part of a club like West Brom, who will continue to improve is great for me

    The aim for a finish of around 15th is acceptable for manager Joe Charley, where do you beleive WBA will finish?

    I believe that WBA can finish around mid-table, perhaps better if they set the right tactics and one step wrong can be all the matter in the likes of this division, so it's hard to say, but I'd go with mid-table.

    You have any favourite players within the club? or do you feel every player is worth his weight in gold?


    Well, no-one is to favour in any team in particular, but every player will be vital to WBA this season and I believe it should be Kombarov to be the main man for WBA this season.

    What do you make of the signings in pre season?

    They look good so far, the standards of these signings show that WBA are improving as a team.

    Would you like to see any areas strengthened before the start of the season?

    Yes, despite the quality of the wingers, I personally reckon WBA need more as both quantity and quality counts in this division, would like to see a new striker or 2, despite new loan signings, they might be called back, so it's close to have a watchful eye on them or sign a striker.

    You are known to be particularly strong in the transfer negotiations area, do you feel you provide a transfer service that no other club can compete with?

    Well yes, but the level of the club size is what matters, so negotiations may be harder, but all in all, it's negotiating what I do best.

    You have been linked with taking over the manager reigns at WBA at the end of the season, is there any truth in this rumour?

    No, not at all, Joe is doing a fantastic job here and I do not wish to take up another job in the league.

    Opening Five Fixtures

    26th July 2008 -


    Manchester United (A) -


    Tough opening match, I don't expect anything more than a draw. I would be happy if we managed a goal.


    30th July 2008 -


    West Ham United (H) -


    First home match of the season, lets give the fans something to cheer about. We need to win these games to stay up.

    2nd August 2008 -


    Crystal


    Palace (H) -


    A must win game against an old team. I really want to beat these, as their transfer activity is buy old, quite highly rated players. It isn't right, buy young!

    6th August 2008 -


    Newcastle United (A) -


    If we can keep Jose Sand quiet, a victory is not out of the question. I would be happy with a draw though.

    9th August 2008 -


    Bolton Wanderers (H) -


    Definately beatable opposition here, three points is a must.




    Crystal Palace's Transfer Dealings Are Just Too... Old

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    WBA Last Season Review


    In manager Joe Charley's first season in charge of WBA, they achieved promotion to the 'big time', division 1. WBA won the league by a 3 point margin over a very strong Crystal Palace side. Being 3 points clear with just 3 games to go, left WBA in a very strong position, a comfortable 0-3 win over Norwich City maintained the gap over Crystal Palace, who also won. However, WBA then lost their penultimate game 1-0 to Shorpe United, thanks to a goal from Ivan Kaviedes, and remained top only on goal difference going into the last round of matches, as Crystal Palace won again. WBA's most important match of the season was next against a poor Coventry City side, a win was needed at all costs. WBA took the lead through star loanee Antonio Da Silva, his 3rd goal in 3 matches from the left wing. However, much to the frustration of Joe Charley, Coventry equalised just before half time. Tensions rose as the final wistle edged nearer, but Kiril Kombarov scored the winner for WBA in the 76th minute, handing the title to WBA. This capped off a wonderful season, where The Baggies' amazingly never achieved to win more than 4 matches in a row. Overall, in the league, WBA played 38 matches, won 20, drew 12 and lost 6. They scored the 3rd most goals, 77 and conceded the least, 39. The goal difference of 38 was also the best in the division. WBA failed to make much progress in either cup competition, although a 3-0 beating of a full strength Arsenal side was rather special, the result of the season in my opinion.

    Player Mentions and Manager Mention

    My promotion could not have been achieved without Tom Sinar (Ex-Liverpool manager, stupid SM, and Division 1 champion), who was very helpful in the transfer market and on the loaning front. Jermaine Jones and Javier Yacuzzi (Now at Bayer Leverkusen and Falkirk respectively) were very helpful whilst on loan from Liverpool at the time. Jones made 7 starts, scoring 1 goal and picking up 1 man of the match award. Yacuzzi made 9 starts, scoring 2 goals and gaining 1 assist. Tom also had a part in bringing Dario Bottinelli to the club, who was an excellent signing. Elsewhere, Antonio Da Silva was another loanee who entered the Hawthorns for the final 5 games of the season, he turned out to be an exceptional signing, scoring 3 goals, picking up 2 assists and turning out an average rating of 7.60, from the left wing.




    Bottinelli Had An Excellent First Season

    However 19 year old Giovani Dos Santos was the driving force behind WBA's excellent success, playing as the lone striker in WBA's usual 4-5-1 formation, he fired in 15 goals in 23 appearances, created another 14 goals and gained 5 man of the match awards. A supurb season for the youngster, who has now moved to Roma for £11.2m, a deserved move, and I wish him well at his new club. Now to praise a permanent Baggies player, Kiril Kombarov. What a first season this player has had after moving to the Midlands from Russian outfit Dinamo Moscow for £5.6m, a bargain. Kombarov was outstanding, scoring 5 goals in 26 appearances, creating 8 goals and picking up 4 man of the match awards. His first spell was in the centre of midfield, where in my opinion he was more consistent, but never sensational. However, a switch to the right of midfield, brought a new dimension to his game, the consistency went slightly downhill, but the ratings of 9 and 10 occured more frequently. The final game of the season, WBA's most crucial one, as it determined who would win the Division 2 crown, was Kombarov's moment to shine and he turned in a performance of brilliance. Not only did Kombarov score the winner in the 1-2 victory, but he also picked up the man of the match award. Capping of a sensational season for the Russian, Albion's most important signing of the season. This left me no choice but to give him the WBA Player of the Season award, with an average of 7.62 who can argue.


    WBA Season Preview


    I truly beleive that I can keep WBA away from the drop zone this season, although in my opinion a finish no higher than 15th will be the outcome. I will be pleased if I can achieve higher, but I doubt it as I am struggling for quality defensive players at the moment. On the other hand, the midfield and attack is Division 1 quality. Kiril Kombarov, who is struggling with his English so has to speak his native language, had this to say on the upcoming season in the top flight:


    "мы надеемся, этот сезон будет бежать согласно плану, и не убегать от нас, поскольку это почти длилось сезон. Я буду стремиться создавать и выиграть от правого крыла, хотя будет более трудное, поскольку уровень оппозиции намного выше теперь, мы находимся в первом разделении. Единственной командой, которой я немного боялся, был Ливерпуль, но теперь Тому Синару предъявили иск за утверждения мошенничества, он больше не менеджер, и команда не должна быть столь же сенсационной, поскольку это был прошлый сезон, когда они выиграли лигу милей страны".


    (Hopefully this season will run according to plan, and not slip away from us as it almost did last season. I will be aiming to create and score from the right wing, although it will be more difficult as the level of opposition is much higher now we are in the first division. The only team I was slightly scared of was Liverpool, but now Tom Sinar has been sued for fraud allegations, he is no longer manager, and the team should not be as sensational as it was last season when they won the league by a country mile). Competitive yet positive words there from the new captain, if the squad will look up to anybody it is Kiril.


    Transfer News


    With the top flight looming large, squad quality and depth has been strengthened by Joe Charley over the course of pre season. The three biggest moves came on the loaning front, with young Scottish sensation and left winger, Charlie Adam, young up and coming German striker Aaron Hunt and veteran Serbian centre forward Savo Milosevic all joining the Baggies on loan from PSV Eindhoven. Many thanks to forum regular Nick Justice for agreeing to loan me the trio of players for the upcoming season. I wish him lots of luck for the season in Holland & Belgium, and I hope you retain your league title. All three of the players add quality to the attacking threat. WBA are not just a loaning club though, manager Joe Charley has made three permanent signings to bolster his squad. First to arrive was 23 year old full back, Kirk Broadfoot, for £6.9m. The young Scottish player is an excellent signing for the Baggies, as he has a bright future, young age and has featured regularly for Rangers. Next to switch to the Midlands club was Estonian winger, occasional forward, Ats Purje, for £3.2m from Finnish side Inter Turku. Purje is tipped to be an exciting prospect for Estonia, having made 8 appearances for the National side already, despite being only 22 years of age. A gamble that could pay dividends for WBA. The biggest permanent transfer deal was completed in the early hours of this morning though, with wing wizard Julio Cesar joining for £7m from Ben Reado's AEK Athens. 28 year old Cesar provides added depth to the right and left flanks in WBA's squad. Two confirmed exits so far, with 21 year old right back, Jared Hodgkiss, moving to The New Saints on loan for the season, and a shock move for Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian was deemed surplus to requirements for the upcoming season, and was sold to Marseille for a cool £6m.




    Just Three Of The New Faces To Arrive: Aaron Hunt, Charlie Adam and Julio Cesar (Right In Right Picture)


    Transfer Speculation


    The Baggies have been strongly linked with a move for 32 year old centre back Stjepen Tomas of Stuttgart. There have been negotiations between the two clubs, and Tomas should move at the beginning of August, with incosistent centre back Diego Ordaz heading to Germany, in a straight swap deal. There have also been strong rumours linking WBA with moves for Figueirense duo Cristiano Asprilla and Roberto Diogo Roque. The former is a 27 year old centre back who would provide depth to the weakest part of WBA's team, centre back. Diogo Roque is an exciting young talent, who plays in the centre of midfield. He is only 21 years of age. Mystery players from the Czech Republic, Germany and Turkey are all said to be on their way to the Midlands, as part of a three way mega deal. Sherjill MacDonald is rumoured to be heading to Brazil as part of a player exchange deal for Asprilla, whilst a cash deal has supposed to have been agreed for Diogo Roque. The duo have told English newspaper The Guardian that they are "hopeful" of a move to England in the near future. Meanwhile, wantaway striker Sherjill MacDonald has been linked with a £1.4m move to Serbian side Vozdovac, although the move to Brazil seems more likely to happen. However, MacDonald has been quoted as saying "I am ready to move to Turkish side Kayserispor in the near future".




    Stjepan Tomas Is Set To Move Soon

    Talking Tactics, Starting 11s and Forumer Managed Teams

    Tactics are crucial whilst in the top flight, so manager Joe Charley may adopt a slightly more defensive approach for WBA's first season back in the big time. Very attacking tactics worked wonders for the Baggies last season, but the level of opposition moves up a notch in the 1st Division, so defensive tactics will be used more often than last season. The counter attack is set to be used thoroughly throughout, with a playmaker set to dominate procedings in the middle of the park. However, weaker opposition of lower or the same class will be ambushed by no nonsense attacking tactics.

    Here are 5 possible starting 11s for the upcoming season:
    1. 4-5-1 - My favourite formation to use, looks defensive but brings an attacking edge also, as proven last season. Still, it does not leak to many goals either: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic/Hunt.
    2. 4-4-2 - If the opposition is of a lower standard, the attacking midfielder makes way for another out an out striker, for a more attacking approach. Solid, but sometimes to basic: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Milosevic, Hunt.
    3. 4-3-3 Wingers - This formation is very useful, because it allows WBA to use their wingers in their prefered role. A defensive midfield player would be needed to make the formation work perfectly, but Greening would fill that gap to the best of his ability: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Greening, Teixeira, Koren, Sambueza, Julio Cesar ©, Milosevic/Hunt.
    4. 5-2-3 - This formation is one that would be used against a team with three at the back. It is a very attacking formation, which would be a gamble to use, but it could pay off against some teams who beleive they can beat the mighty WBA, whilst playing only three defenders: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Adam, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Hunt, Milosevic, Julio Cesar/Bednar.
    5. 3-4-1-2 - Playing three at the back, is a risk, but with other teams, I have found this formation to be very succesful in the attacking area, usualy scoring more goals than you concede: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic, Hunt.



    Milosevic Will Be Relied Upon To Score The Goals This Season In All Formations

    Now onto the five teams, managed by forumers who could be stealing points from WBA this season:

    1. Gunnersaurus Rex - Arsenal - Rep 131 - Very good side here, which is why I have predicted them a high finish in the league. WBA are going to be in for two very tough matcches against the Gunners. Their best player, comes in the form of midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. What a player the young Spaniard is, if he plays well the team will follow.
    Waste Of Space - Jens Lehmann - G - Aged 38 - Rated 90. Sell him and get some money while you can, as he is old, makes mistakes and will retire soon.
    Money Eater - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. This guy is on £76,000 a turn, definately worth it though.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. Arsenal's chairman values the midfielder at £40,630,000, I can see why.
    Youth Squad - Only Nacer Barazite and Enrique Esqueda interest me. The others are still to impress me yet.

    2. Dan Payne - Aston Villa - Rep 163 - Dan has a good side in Aston Villa, with a few 90+ rated players mixed with high 80 rated players. Gareth Barry is their best player, and surely their captain for the upcoming season. The young talents of Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Craig Gardner glisten the squad as well.
    Waste Of Space - Didier Agathe - RM/RB - Aged 32 - Rated 77. Why Dan is this player in your squad, sell him because he is dragging your squad average rating down, he is old and is rated very low.
    Money Eater - John Carew - CF - Aged 28 - Rated 90. This player is on £45,000 a turn, I ask questions why he is on more than Gareth Barry. He is relied upon to score the goals, if he does that it is £45,000 going to a player who deserves it.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ashley Young - W/F - Aged 23 - Rated 90. Aston Villa's chairman values the winger at £14,480,000, with the future he has, a hefty price tag is needed.
    Youth Squad - Fernando Forestieri is an impressive member of Aston Villa's glorious 3 man youth squad. He has impressed at U17 and U19 level for Italy. The other two members of the squad, Sam Williams and Stephen O'Halloran are unknown to me.




    Didier Agathe Must Be Sold


    3. Kevin Doyle - Blackburn Rovers - Rep 137 - A good starting 11 is Blackburn's strong point, however their squad does lack depth on the wings and at full back. A 90+ defender is needed badly. Blackburn have a magnificant strike force however, with Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy providing a world class partnership. Dentinho and Jorge Hernandez are two very good young players that shine in the squad.
    Waste Of Space - Mateo Rigters - F/AM - Aged 24 - Rated 83. From what I have seen of this player, he has no future in English football, and is not a good player to have in any squad at the moment. He does not score very often, making him an average striker.
    Money Eater - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. This player is on £44,500 a turn, for such a good player, that is low in my opinion. Very good winger for a reasonable wage, Blackburn have a supurb coup there.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. Blackburn's chairman values the winger at £17,170,000, a little more than what Arsene Wenger thought he was worth.
    Youth Squad - Only 21 year old left winger, Sergio Peter and the two players I have mentioned in the senior squad impress me. The rest of the youth squad is unknown to me.

    4. Louis Mattis - Everton - Rep 77 - I was suprised when I looked at this squad, supurb. The midfield is very strong, with players such as Quaresma, Cahill and Valdivia shining bright. As for the strikers, well Kiessling, Benitez and Yakubu are all excellent players, with the young centre forward Sergei Samodin providing some more depth and young spark. On the other hand, both of the full back areas are weak, and the right wing needs a suitable reserve.
    Waste Of Space - Jackie McNamara - RB/LB - Aged 34 - Rated 85. The worst player in the senior squad by a long way, he needs to be sold, with another right back brought in to replace. He is way past his best, and is worth over £1 million, so get some money while you can Louis.
    Money Eater - Tim Howard and Aiyegbeni Yakubu - G and CF - Aged 29 and 25 - Rated 90 and 91. Both of these players are on £59,850 a turn, but both are crucial to Everton's success. Howard is an excellent goalkeeper, whilst Yakubu is relied upon to score the goals. Both deserve a good wage.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ricardo Quaresma - W - Aged 24 - Rated 93. Everton's chairman values the winger at £28,290,000, this is not suprising as he has speed, trickery and a good finish.
    Youth Squad - One player sticks out in the youth squad, Adrian Aldrete. He is good enough to act as the backup for Stewart Downing on the left of midfield, he has already made 4 appearances for the Mexican National team. None of the other youth squad members, even touch this 20 year old's ability.




    Aldrete - Future Prospect With Great Ability

    5. Daniel - Middlesbrough - Rep 97 - In my opinion the weakest of the five teams mentioned here, no players of any note to get excited about. Backup in every position, but could do with another centre back. A very well organised side with suitable cover, but with no special threat. David Wheater, Phil Jagielka and Luke Young are good English players though, and should provide an excellent defense.
    Waste Of Space - Ahmed Hossam Mido - CF - Aged 25 - Rated 86. I really don't know what all the fuss is about with Mido, he really does not impress me at all. I find him clumsy, a rubbish finisher and a difficult player for the manager to control. Just get rid, and buy someone worthwhile.
    Money Eater - Mendes Sylvinho - LB - Aged 34 - Rated 88. This player is on £22,000 a turn, and is worth it, as he is one of the best players in the Middlesbrough squad whilst adding priceless experience.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Wheater - CB - Aged 21 - Rated 88. Middlesbrough's chairman values the young centre back at £10,700,000. His displays for such a young player, prove why.
    Youth Squad - From what I can see, three young prospects are located in the Middlesbrough youth squad: Lee Cattermole, Andrew Taylor and Adam Johnson. Cattermole is a hard working centre midfielder who is first choice as one of the two centre midfielders for the U21 England team. Taylor is a left back, who like Cattermole has represented England at U21 level. Finally, Johnson is a winger, who like the other two has represented England at U21 level, scoring 1 goal.

    New Technical Director On Board

    After hearing that Tom Sinar had left Liverpool by mutual consent, because of being sued for fraud allegations, WBA decided to replace outgoing technical director Dan Ashworth with none other than Tom Sinar. He will now handle transfer matters within the club, after agreeing with chairman Jeremy Peace to a 1 year contract. Tom is already hard at work, finding suitable, young players on the transfer market, his speciality. We spoke to Tom yesterday, here is what he had to say:

    How do you feel about becoming the new technical director of WBA?

    To be part of a club like West Brom, who will continue to improve is great for me

    The aim for a finish of around 15th is acceptable for manager Joe Charley, where do you beleive WBA will finish?

    I believe that WBA can finish around mid-table, perhaps better if they set the right tactics and one step wrong can be all the matter in the likes of this division, so it's hard to say, but I'd go with mid-table.

    You have any favourite players within the club? or do you feel every player is worth his weight in gold?


    Well, no-one is to favour in any team in particular, but every player will be vital to WBA this season and I believe it should be Kombarov to be the main man for WBA this season.

    What do you make of the signings in pre season?

    They look good so far, the standards of these signings show that WBA are improving as a team.

    Would you like to see any areas strengthened before the start of the season?

    Yes, despite the quality of the wingers, I personally reckon WBA need more as both quantity and quality counts in this division, would like to see a new striker or 2, despite new loan signings, they might be called back, so it's close to have a watchful eye on them or sign a striker.

    You are known to be particularly strong in the transfer negotiations area, do you feel you provide a transfer service that no other club can compete with?

    Well yes, but the level of the club size is what matters, so negotiations may be harder, but all in all, it's negotiating what I do best.

    You have been linked with taking over the manager reigns at WBA at the end of the season, is there any truth in this rumour?

    No, not at all, Joe is doing a fantastic job here and I do not wish to take up another job in the league.

    Opening Five Fixtures

    26th July 2008 -


    Manchester United (A) -


    Tough opening match, I don't expect anything more than a draw. I would be happy if we managed a goal.


    30th July 2008 -


    West Ham United (H) -


    First home match of the season, lets give the fans something to cheer about. We need to win these games to stay up.

    2nd August 2008 -


    Crystal


    Palace (H) -


    A must win game against an old team. I really want to beat these, as their transfer activity is buy old, quite highly rated players. It isn't right, buy young!

    6th August 2008 -


    Newcastle United (A) -


    If we can keep Jose Sand quiet, a victory is not out of the question. I would be happy with a draw though.

    9th August 2008 -


    Bolton Wanderers (H) -


    Definately beatable opposition here, three points is a must.




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    WBA Last Season Review


    In manager Joe Charley's first season in charge of WBA, they achieved promotion to the 'big time', division 1. WBA won the league by a 3 point margin over a very strong Crystal Palace side. Being 3 points clear with just 3 games to go, left WBA in a very strong position, a comfortable 0-3 win over Norwich City maintained the gap over Crystal Palace, who also won. However, WBA then lost their penultimate game 1-0 to Shorpe United, thanks to a goal from Ivan Kaviedes, and remained top only on goal difference going into the last round of matches, as Crystal Palace won again. WBA's most important match of the season was next against a poor Coventry City side, a win was needed at all costs. WBA took the lead through star loanee Antonio Da Silva, his 3rd goal in 3 matches from the left wing. However, much to the frustration of Joe Charley, Coventry equalised just before half time. Tensions rose as the final wistle edged nearer, but Kiril Kombarov scored the winner for WBA in the 76th minute, handing the title to WBA. This capped off a wonderful season, where The Baggies' amazingly never achieved to win more than 4 matches in a row. Overall, in the league, WBA played 38 matches, won 20, drew 12 and lost 6. They scored the 3rd most goals, 77 and conceded the least, 39. The goal difference of 38 was also the best in the division. WBA failed to make much progress in either cup competition, although a 3-0 beating of a full strength Arsenal side was rather special, the result of the season in my opinion.

    Player Mentions and Manager Mention

    My promotion could not have been achieved without Tom Sinar (Ex-Liverpool manager, stupid SM, and Division 1 champion), who was very helpful in the transfer market and on the loaning front. Jermaine Jones and Javier Yacuzzi (Now at Bayer Leverkusen and Falkirk respectively) were very helpful whilst on loan from Liverpool at the time. Jones made 7 starts, scoring 1 goal and picking up 1 man of the match award. Yacuzzi made 9 starts, scoring 2 goals and gaining 1 assist. Tom also had a part in bringing Dario Bottinelli to the club, who was an excellent signing. Elsewhere, Antonio Da Silva was another loanee who entered the Hawthorns for the final 5 games of the season, he turned out to be an exceptional signing, scoring 3 goals, picking up 2 assists and turning out an average rating of 7.60, from the left wing.




    Bottinelli Had An Excellent First Season

    However 19 year old Giovani Dos Santos was the driving force behind WBA's excellent success, playing as the lone striker in WBA's usual 4-5-1 formation, he fired in 15 goals in 23 appearances, created another 14 goals and gained 5 man of the match awards. A supurb season for the youngster, who has now moved to Roma for £11.2m, a deserved move, and I wish him well at his new club. Now to praise a permanent Baggies player, Kiril Kombarov. What a first season this player has had after moving to the Midlands from Russian outfit Dinamo Moscow for £5.6m, a bargain. Kombarov was outstanding, scoring 5 goals in 26 appearances, creating 8 goals and picking up 4 man of the match awards. His first spell was in the centre of midfield, where in my opinion he was more consistent, but never sensational. However, a switch to the right of midfield, brought a new dimension to his game, the consistency went slightly downhill, but the ratings of 9 and 10 occured more frequently. The final game of the season, WBA's most crucial one, as it determined who would win the Division 2 crown, was Kombarov's moment to shine and he turned in a performance of brilliance. Not only did Kombarov score the winner in the 1-2 victory, but he also picked up the man of the match award. Capping of a sensational season for the Russian, Albion's most important signing of the season. This left me no choice but to give him the WBA Player of the Season award, with an average of 7.62 who can argue.


    WBA Season Preview


    I truly beleive that I can keep WBA away from the drop zone this season, although in my opinion a finish no higher than 15th will be the outcome. I will be pleased if I can achieve higher, but I doubt it as I am struggling for quality defensive players at the moment. On the other hand, the midfield and attack is Division 1 quality. Kiril Kombarov, who is struggling with his English so has to speak his native language, had this to say on the upcoming season in the top flight:


    "мы надеемся, этот сезон будет бежать согласно плану, и не убегать от нас, поскольку это почти длилось сезон. Я буду стремиться создавать и выиграть от правого крыла, хотя будет более трудное, поскольку уровень оппозиции намного выше теперь, мы находимся в первом разделении. Единственной командой, которой я немного боялся, был Ливерпуль, но теперь Тому Синару предъявили иск за утверждения мошенничества, он больше не менеджер, и команда не должна быть столь же сенсационной, поскольку это был прошлый сезон, когда они выиграли лигу милей страны".


    (Hopefully this season will run according to plan, and not slip away from us as it almost did last season. I will be aiming to create and score from the right wing, although it will be more difficult as the level of opposition is much higher now we are in the first division. The only team I was slightly scared of was Liverpool, but now Tom Sinar has been sued for fraud allegations, he is no longer manager, and the team should not be as sensational as it was last season when they won the league by a country mile). Competitive yet positive words there from the new captain, if the squad will look up to anybody it is Kiril.


    Transfer News


    With the top flight looming large, squad quality and depth has been strengthened by Joe Charley over the course of pre season. The three biggest moves came on the loaning front, with young Scottish sensation and left winger, Charlie Adam, young up and coming German striker Aaron Hunt and veteran Serbian centre forward Savo Milosevic all joining the Baggies on loan from PSV Eindhoven. Many thanks to forum regular Nick Justice for agreeing to loan me the trio of players for the upcoming season. I wish him lots of luck for the season in Holland & Belgium, and I hope you retain your league title. All three of the players add quality to the attacking threat. WBA are not just a loaning club though, manager Joe Charley has made three permanent signings to bolster his squad. First to arrive was 23 year old full back, Kirk Broadfoot, for £6.9m. The young Scottish player is an excellent signing for the Baggies, as he has a bright future, young age and has featured regularly for Rangers. Next to switch to the Midlands club was Estonian winger, occasional forward, Ats Purje, for £3.2m from Finnish side Inter Turku. Purje is tipped to be an exciting prospect for Estonia, having made 8 appearances for the National side already, despite being only 22 years of age. A gamble that could pay dividends for WBA. The biggest permanent transfer deal was completed in the early hours of this morning though, with wing wizard Julio Cesar joining for £7m from Ben Reado's AEK Athens. 28 year old Cesar provides added depth to the right and left flanks in WBA's squad. Two confirmed exits so far, with 21 year old right back, Jared Hodgkiss, moving to The New Saints on loan for the season, and a shock move for Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian was deemed surplus to requirements for the upcoming season, and was sold to Marseille for a cool £6m.




    Just Three Of The New Faces To Arrive: Aaron Hunt, Charlie Adam and Julio Cesar (Right In Right Picture)


    Transfer Speculation


    The Baggies have been strongly linked with a move for 32 year old centre back Stjepen Tomas of Stuttgart. There have been negotiations between the two clubs, and Tomas should move at the beginning of August, with incosistent centre back Diego Ordaz heading to Germany, in a straight swap deal. There have also been strong rumours linking WBA with moves for Figueirense duo Cristiano Asprilla and Roberto Diogo Roque. The former is a 27 year old centre back who would provide depth to the weakest part of WBA's team, centre back. Diogo Roque is an exciting young talent, who plays in the centre of midfield. He is only 21 years of age. Mystery players from the Czech Republic, Germany and Turkey are all said to be on their way to the Midlands, as part of a three way mega deal. Sherjill MacDonald is rumoured to be heading to Brazil as part of a player exchange deal for Asprilla, whilst a cash deal has supposed to have been agreed for Diogo Roque. The duo have told English newspaper The Guardian that they are "hopeful" of a move to England in the near future. Meanwhile, wantaway striker Sherjill MacDonald has been linked with a £1.4m move to Serbian side Vozdovac, although the move to Brazil seems more likely to happen. However, MacDonald has been quoted as saying "I am ready to move to Turkish side Kayserispor in the near future".




    Stjepan Tomas Is Set To Move Soon

    Talking Tactics, Starting 11s and Forumer Managed Teams

    Tactics are crucial whilst in the top flight, so manager Joe Charley may adopt a slightly more defensive approach for WBA's first season back in the big time. Very attacking tactics worked wonders for the Baggies last season, but the level of opposition moves up a notch in the 1st Division, so defensive tactics will be used more often than last season. The counter attack is set to be used thoroughly throughout, with a playmaker set to dominate procedings in the middle of the park. However, weaker opposition of lower or the same class will be ambushed by no nonsense attacking tactics.

    Here are 5 possible starting 11s for the upcoming season:
    1. 4-5-1 - My favourite formation to use, looks defensive but brings an attacking edge also, as proven last season. Still, it does not leak to many goals either: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic/Hunt.
    2. 4-4-2 - If the opposition is of a lower standard, the attacking midfielder makes way for another out an out striker, for a more attacking approach. Solid, but sometimes to basic: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Milosevic, Hunt.
    3. 4-3-3 Wingers - This formation is very useful, because it allows WBA to use their wingers in their prefered role. A defensive midfield player would be needed to make the formation work perfectly, but Greening would fill that gap to the best of his ability: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Greening, Teixeira, Koren, Sambueza, Julio Cesar ©, Milosevic/Hunt.
    4. 5-2-3 - This formation is one that would be used against a team with three at the back. It is a very attacking formation, which would be a gamble to use, but it could pay off against some teams who beleive they can beat the mighty WBA, whilst playing only three defenders: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Adam, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Hunt, Milosevic, Julio Cesar/Bednar.
    5. 3-4-1-2 - Playing three at the back, is a risk, but with other teams, I have found this formation to be very succesful in the attacking area, usualy scoring more goals than you concede: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic, Hunt.



    Milosevic Will Be Relied Upon To Score The Goals This Season In All Formations

    Now onto the five teams, managed by forumers who could be stealing points from WBA this season:

    1. Gunnersaurus Rex - Arsenal - Rep 131 - Very good side here, which is why I have predicted them a high finish in the league. WBA are going to be in for two very tough matcches against the Gunners. Their best player, comes in the form of midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. What a player the young Spaniard is, if he plays well the team will follow.
    Waste Of Space - Jens Lehmann - G - Aged 38 - Rated 90. Sell him and get some money while you can, as he is old, makes mistakes and will retire soon.
    Money Eater - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. This guy is on £76,000 a turn, definately worth it though.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. Arsenal's chairman values the midfielder at £40,630,000, I can see why.
    Youth Squad - Only Nacer Barazite and Enrique Esqueda interest me. The others are still to impress me yet.

    2. Dan Payne - Aston Villa - Rep 163 - Dan has a good side in Aston Villa, with a few 90+ rated players mixed with high 80 rated players. Gareth Barry is their best player, and surely their captain for the upcoming season. The young talents of Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Craig Gardner glisten the squad as well.
    Waste Of Space - Didier Agathe - RM/RB - Aged 32 - Rated 77. Why Dan is this player in your squad, sell him because he is dragging your squad average rating down, he is old and is rated very low.
    Money Eater - John Carew - CF - Aged 28 - Rated 90. This player is on £45,000 a turn, I ask questions why he is on more than Gareth Barry. He is relied upon to score the goals, if he does that it is £45,000 going to a player who deserves it.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ashley Young - W/F - Aged 23 - Rated 90. Aston Villa's chairman values the winger at £14,480,000, with the future he has, a hefty price tag is needed.
    Youth Squad - Fernando Forestieri is an impressive member of Aston Villa's glorious 3 man youth squad. He has impressed at U17 and U19 level for Italy. The other two members of the squad, Sam Williams and Stephen O'Halloran are unknown to me.




    Didier Agathe Must Be Sold


    3. Kevin Doyle - Blackburn Rovers - Rep 137 - A good starting 11 is Blackburn's strong point, however their squad does lack depth on the wings and at full back. A 90+ defender is needed badly. Blackburn have a magnificant strike force however, with Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy providing a world class partnership. Dentinho and Jorge Hernandez are two very good young players that shine in the squad.
    Waste Of Space - Mateo Rigters - F/AM - Aged 24 - Rated 83. From what I have seen of this player, he has no future in English football, and is not a good player to have in any squad at the moment. He does not score very often, making him an average striker.
    Money Eater - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. This player is on £44,500 a turn, for such a good player, that is low in my opinion. Very good winger for a reasonable wage, Blackburn have a supurb coup there.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. Blackburn's chairman values the winger at £17,170,000, a little more than what Arsene Wenger thought he was worth.
    Youth Squad - Only 21 year old left winger, Sergio Peter and the two players I have mentioned in the senior squad impress me. The rest of the youth squad is unknown to me.

    4. Louis Mattis - Everton - Rep 77 - I was suprised when I looked at this squad, supurb. The midfield is very strong, with players such as Quaresma, Cahill and Valdivia shining bright. As for the strikers, well Kiessling, Benitez and Yakubu are all excellent players, with the young centre forward Sergei Samodin providing some more depth and young spark. On the other hand, both of the full back areas are weak, and the right wing needs a suitable reserve.
    Waste Of Space - Jackie McNamara - RB/LB - Aged 34 - Rated 85. The worst player in the senior squad by a long way, he needs to be sold, with another right back brought in to replace. He is way past his best, and is worth over £1 million, so get some money while you can Louis.
    Money Eater - Tim Howard and Aiyegbeni Yakubu - G and CF - Aged 29 and 25 - Rated 90 and 91. Both of these players are on £59,850 a turn, but both are crucial to Everton's success. Howard is an excellent goalkeeper, whilst Yakubu is relied upon to score the goals. Both deserve a good wage.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ricardo Quaresma - W - Aged 24 - Rated 93. Everton's chairman values the winger at £28,290,000, this is not suprising as he has speed, trickery and a good finish.
    Youth Squad - One player sticks out in the youth squad, Adrian Aldrete. He is good enough to act as the backup for Stewart Downing on the left of midfield, he has already made 4 appearances for the Mexican National team. None of the other youth squad members, even touch this 20 year old's ability.




    Aldrete - Future Prospect With Great Ability

    5. Daniel - Middlesbrough - Rep 97 - In my opinion the weakest of the five teams mentioned here, no players of any note to get excited about. Backup in every position, but could do with another centre back. A very well organised side with suitable cover, but with no special threat. David Wheater, Phil Jagielka and Luke Young are good English players though, and should provide an excellent defense.
    Waste Of Space - Ahmed Hossam Mido - CF - Aged 25 - Rated 86. I really don't know what all the fuss is about with Mido, he really does not impress me at all. I find him clumsy, a rubbish finisher and a difficult player for the manager to control. Just get rid, and buy someone worthwhile.
    Money Eater - Mendes Sylvinho - LB - Aged 34 - Rated 88. This player is on £22,000 a turn, and is worth it, as he is one of the best players in the Middlesbrough squad whilst adding priceless experience.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Wheater - CB - Aged 21 - Rated 88. Middlesbrough's chairman values the young centre back at £10,700,000. His displays for such a young player, prove why.
    Youth Squad - From what I can see, three young prospects are located in the Middlesbrough youth squad: Lee Cattermole, Andrew Taylor and Adam Johnson. Cattermole is a hard working centre midfielder who is first choice as one of the two centre midfielders for the U21 England team. Taylor is a left back, who like Cattermole has represented England at U21 level. Finally, Johnson is a winger, who like the other two has represented England at U21 level, scoring 1 goal.

    New Technical Director On Board

    After hearing that Tom Sinar had left Liverpool by mutual consent, because of being sued for fraud allegations, WBA decided to replace outgoing technical director Dan Ashworth with none other than Tom Sinar. He will now handle transfer matters within the club, after agreeing with chairman Jeremy Peace to a 1 year contract. Tom is already hard at work, finding suitable, young players on the transfer market, his speciality. We spoke to Tom yesterday, here is what he had to say:

    How do you feel about becoming the new technical director of WBA?

    To be part of a club like West Brom, who will continue to improve is great for me

    The aim for a finish of around 15th is acceptable for manager Joe Charley, where do you beleive WBA will finish?

    I believe that WBA can finish around mid-table, perhaps better if they set the right tactics and one step wrong can be all the matter in the likes of this division, so it's hard to say, but I'd go with mid-table.

    You have any favourite players within the club? or do you feel every player is worth his weight in gold?


    Well, no-one is to favour in any team in particular, but every player will be vital to WBA this season and I believe it should be Kombarov to be the main man for WBA this season.

    What do you make of the signings in pre season?

    They look good so far, the standards of these signings show that WBA are improving as a team.

    Would you like to see any areas strengthened before the start of the season?

    Yes, despite the quality of the wingers, I personally reckon WBA need more as both quantity and quality counts in this division, would like to see a new striker or 2, despite new loan signings, they might be called back, so it's close to have a watchful eye on them or sign a striker.

    You are known to be particularly strong in the transfer negotiations area, do you feel you provide a transfer service that no other club can compete with?

    Well yes, but the level of the club size is what matters, so negotiations may be harder, but all in all, it's negotiating what I do best.

    You have been linked with taking over the manager reigns at WBA at the end of the season, is there any truth in this rumour?

    No, not at all, Joe is doing a fantastic job here and I do not wish to take up another job in the league.

    Opening Five Fixtures

    26th July 2008 -


    Manchester United (A) -


    Tough opening match, I don't expect anything more than a draw. I would be happy if we managed a goal.


    30th July 2008 -


    West Ham United (H) -


    First home match of the season, lets give the fans something to cheer about. We need to win these games to stay up.

    2nd August 2008 -


    Crystal


    Palace (H) -


    A must win game against an old team. I really want to beat these, as their transfer activity is buy old, quite highly rated players. It isn't right, buy young!

    6th August 2008 -


    Newcastle United (A) -


    If we can keep Jose Sand quiet, a victory is not out of the question. I would be happy with a draw though.

    9th August 2008 -


    Bolton Wanderers (H) -


    Definately beatable opposition here, three points is a must.




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    WBA Last Season Review


    In manager Joe Charley's first season in charge of WBA, they achieved promotion to the 'big time', division 1. WBA won the league by a 3 point margin over a very strong Crystal Palace side. Being 3 points clear with just 3 games to go, left WBA in a very strong position, a comfortable 0-3 win over Norwich City maintained the gap over Crystal Palace, who also won. However, WBA then lost their penultimate game 1-0 to Shorpe United, thanks to a goal from Ivan Kaviedes, and remained top only on goal difference going into the last round of matches, as Crystal Palace won again. WBA's most important match of the season was next against a poor Coventry City side, a win was needed at all costs. WBA took the lead through star loanee Antonio Da Silva, his 3rd goal in 3 matches from the left wing. However, much to the frustration of Joe Charley, Coventry equalised just before half time. Tensions rose as the final wistle edged nearer, but Kiril Kombarov scored the winner for WBA in the 76th minute, handing the title to WBA. This capped off a wonderful season, where The Baggies' amazingly never achieved to win more than 4 matches in a row. Overall, in the league, WBA played 38 matches, won 20, drew 12 and lost 6. They scored the 3rd most goals, 77 and conceded the least, 39. The goal difference of 38 was also the best in the division. WBA failed to make much progress in either cup competition, although a 3-0 beating of a full strength Arsenal side was rather special, the result of the season in my opinion.

    Player Mentions and Manager Mention

    My promotion could not have been achieved without Tom Sinar (Ex-Liverpool manager, stupid SM, and Division 1 champion), who was very helpful in the transfer market and on the loaning front. Jermaine Jones and Javier Yacuzzi (Now at Bayer Leverkusen and Falkirk respectively) were very helpful whilst on loan from Liverpool at the time. Jones made 7 starts, scoring 1 goal and picking up 1 man of the match award. Yacuzzi made 9 starts, scoring 2 goals and gaining 1 assist. Tom also had a part in bringing Dario Bottinelli to the club, who was an excellent signing. Elsewhere, Antonio Da Silva was another loanee who entered the Hawthorns for the final 5 games of the season, he turned out to be an exceptional signing, scoring 3 goals, picking up 2 assists and turning out an average rating of 7.60, from the left wing.




    Bottinelli Had An Excellent First Season

    However 19 year old Giovani Dos Santos was the driving force behind WBA's excellent success, playing as the lone striker in WBA's usual 4-5-1 formation, he fired in 15 goals in 23 appearances, created another 14 goals and gained 5 man of the match awards. A supurb season for the youngster, who has now moved to Roma for £11.2m, a deserved move, and I wish him well at his new club. Now to praise a permanent Baggies player, Kiril Kombarov. What a first season this player has had after moving to the Midlands from Russian outfit Dinamo Moscow for £5.6m, a bargain. Kombarov was outstanding, scoring 5 goals in 26 appearances, creating 8 goals and picking up 4 man of the match awards. His first spell was in the centre of midfield, where in my opinion he was more consistent, but never sensational. However, a switch to the right of midfield, brought a new dimension to his game, the consistency went slightly downhill, but the ratings of 9 and 10 occured more frequently. The final game of the season, WBA's most crucial one, as it determined who would win the Division 2 crown, was Kombarov's moment to shine and he turned in a performance of brilliance. Not only did Kombarov score the winner in the 1-2 victory, but he also picked up the man of the match award. Capping of a sensational season for the Russian, Albion's most important signing of the season. This left me no choice but to give him the WBA Player of the Season award, with an average of 7.62 who can argue.


    WBA Season Preview


    I truly beleive that I can keep WBA away from the drop zone this season, although in my opinion a finish no higher than 15th will be the outcome. I will be pleased if I can achieve higher, but I doubt it as I am struggling for quality defensive players at the moment. On the other hand, the midfield and attack is Division 1 quality. Kiril Kombarov, who is struggling with his English so has to speak his native language, had this to say on the upcoming season in the top flight:


    "мы надеемся, этот сезон будет бежать согласно плану, и не убегать от нас, поскольку это почти длилось сезон. Я буду стремиться создавать и выиграть от правого крыла, хотя будет более трудное, поскольку уровень оппозиции намного выше теперь, мы находимся в первом разделении. Единственной командой, которой я немного боялся, был Ливерпуль, но теперь Тому Синару предъявили иск за утверждения мошенничества, он больше не менеджер, и команда не должна быть столь же сенсационной, поскольку это был прошлый сезон, когда они выиграли лигу милей страны".


    (Hopefully this season will run according to plan, and not slip away from us as it almost did last season. I will be aiming to create and score from the right wing, although it will be more difficult as the level of opposition is much higher now we are in the first division. The only team I was slightly scared of was Liverpool, but now Tom Sinar has been sued for fraud allegations, he is no longer manager, and the team should not be as sensational as it was last season when they won the league by a country mile). Competitive yet positive words there from the new captain, if the squad will look up to anybody it is Kiril.


    Transfer News


    With the top flight looming large, squad quality and depth has been strengthened by Joe Charley over the course of pre season. The three biggest moves came on the loaning front, with young Scottish sensation and left winger, Charlie Adam, young up and coming German striker Aaron Hunt and veteran Serbian centre forward Savo Milosevic all joining the Baggies on loan from PSV Eindhoven. Many thanks to forum regular Nick Justice for agreeing to loan me the trio of players for the upcoming season. I wish him lots of luck for the season in Holland & Belgium, and I hope you retain your league title. All three of the players add quality to the attacking threat. WBA are not just a loaning club though, manager Joe Charley has made three permanent signings to bolster his squad. First to arrive was 23 year old full back, Kirk Broadfoot, for £6.9m. The young Scottish player is an excellent signing for the Baggies, as he has a bright future, young age and has featured regularly for Rangers. Next to switch to the Midlands club was Estonian winger, occasional forward, Ats Purje, for £3.2m from Finnish side Inter Turku. Purje is tipped to be an exciting prospect for Estonia, having made 8 appearances for the National side already, despite being only 22 years of age. A gamble that could pay dividends for WBA. The biggest permanent transfer deal was completed in the early hours of this morning though, with wing wizard Julio Cesar joining for £7m from Ben Reado's AEK Athens. 28 year old Cesar provides added depth to the right and left flanks in WBA's squad. Two confirmed exits so far, with 21 year old right back, Jared Hodgkiss, moving to The New Saints on loan for the season, and a shock move for Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian was deemed surplus to requirements for the upcoming season, and was sold to Marseille for a cool £6m.




    Just Three Of The New Faces To Arrive: Aaron Hunt, Charlie Adam and Julio Cesar (Right In Right Picture)


    Transfer Speculation


    The Baggies have been strongly linked with a move for 32 year old centre back Stjepen Tomas of Stuttgart. There have been negotiations between the two clubs, and Tomas should move at the beginning of August, with incosistent centre back Diego Ordaz heading to Germany, in a straight swap deal. There have also been strong rumours linking WBA with moves for Figueirense duo Cristiano Asprilla and Roberto Diogo Roque. The former is a 27 year old centre back who would provide depth to the weakest part of WBA's team, centre back. Diogo Roque is an exciting young talent, who plays in the centre of midfield. He is only 21 years of age. Mystery players from the Czech Republic, Germany and Turkey are all said to be on their way to the Midlands, as part of a three way mega deal. Sherjill MacDonald is rumoured to be heading to Brazil as part of a player exchange deal for Asprilla, whilst a cash deal has supposed to have been agreed for Diogo Roque. The duo have told English newspaper The Guardian that they are "hopeful" of a move to England in the near future. Meanwhile, wantaway striker Sherjill MacDonald has been linked with a £1.4m move to Serbian side Vozdovac, although the move to Brazil seems more likely to happen. However, MacDonald has been quoted as saying "I am ready to move to Turkish side Kayserispor in the near future".




    Stjepan Tomas Is Set To Move Soon

    Talking Tactics, Starting 11s and Forumer Managed Teams

    Tactics are crucial whilst in the top flight, so manager Joe Charley may adopt a slightly more defensive approach for WBA's first season back in the big time. Very attacking tactics worked wonders for the Baggies last season, but the level of opposition moves up a notch in the 1st Division, so defensive tactics will be used more often than last season. The counter attack is set to be used thoroughly throughout, with a playmaker set to dominate procedings in the middle of the park. However, weaker opposition of lower or the same class will be ambushed by no nonsense attacking tactics.

    Here are 5 possible starting 11s for the upcoming season:
    1. 4-5-1 - My favourite formation to use, looks defensive but brings an attacking edge also, as proven last season. Still, it does not leak to many goals either: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic/Hunt.
    2. 4-4-2 - If the opposition is of a lower standard, the attacking midfielder makes way for another out an out striker, for a more attacking approach. Solid, but sometimes to basic: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Milosevic, Hunt.
    3. 4-3-3 Wingers - This formation is very useful, because it allows WBA to use their wingers in their prefered role. A defensive midfield player would be needed to make the formation work perfectly, but Greening would fill that gap to the best of his ability: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Greening, Teixeira, Koren, Sambueza, Julio Cesar ©, Milosevic/Hunt.
    4. 5-2-3 - This formation is one that would be used against a team with three at the back. It is a very attacking formation, which would be a gamble to use, but it could pay off against some teams who beleive they can beat the mighty WBA, whilst playing only three defenders: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Adam, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Hunt, Milosevic, Julio Cesar/Bednar.
    5. 3-4-1-2 - Playing three at the back, is a risk, but with other teams, I have found this formation to be very succesful in the attacking area, usualy scoring more goals than you concede: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic, Hunt.



    Milosevic Will Be Relied Upon To Score The Goals This Season In All Formations

    Now onto the five teams, managed by forumers who could be stealing points from WBA this season:

    1. Gunnersaurus Rex - Arsenal - Rep 131 - Very good side here, which is why I have predicted them a high finish in the league. WBA are going to be in for two very tough matcches against the Gunners. Their best player, comes in the form of midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. What a player the young Spaniard is, if he plays well the team will follow.
    Waste Of Space - Jens Lehmann - G - Aged 38 - Rated 90. Sell him and get some money while you can, as he is old, makes mistakes and will retire soon.
    Money Eater - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. This guy is on £76,000 a turn, definately worth it though.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. Arsenal's chairman values the midfielder at £40,630,000, I can see why.
    Youth Squad - Only Nacer Barazite and Enrique Esqueda interest me. The others are still to impress me yet.

    2. Dan Payne - Aston Villa - Rep 163 - Dan has a good side in Aston Villa, with a few 90+ rated players mixed with high 80 rated players. Gareth Barry is their best player, and surely their captain for the upcoming season. The young talents of Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Craig Gardner glisten the squad as well.
    Waste Of Space - Didier Agathe - RM/RB - Aged 32 - Rated 77. Why Dan is this player in your squad, sell him because he is dragging your squad average rating down, he is old and is rated very low.
    Money Eater - John Carew - CF - Aged 28 - Rated 90. This player is on £45,000 a turn, I ask questions why he is on more than Gareth Barry. He is relied upon to score the goals, if he does that it is £45,000 going to a player who deserves it.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ashley Young - W/F - Aged 23 - Rated 90. Aston Villa's chairman values the winger at £14,480,000, with the future he has, a hefty price tag is needed.
    Youth Squad - Fernando Forestieri is an impressive member of Aston Villa's glorious 3 man youth squad. He has impressed at U17 and U19 level for Italy. The other two members of the squad, Sam Williams and Stephen O'Halloran are unknown to me.




    Didier Agathe Must Be Sold


    3. Kevin Doyle - Blackburn Rovers - Rep 137 - A good starting 11 is Blackburn's strong point, however their squad does lack depth on the wings and at full back. A 90+ defender is needed badly. Blackburn have a magnificant strike force however, with Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy providing a world class partnership. Dentinho and Jorge Hernandez are two very good young players that shine in the squad.
    Waste Of Space - Mateo Rigters - F/AM - Aged 24 - Rated 83. From what I have seen of this player, he has no future in English football, and is not a good player to have in any squad at the moment. He does not score very often, making him an average striker.
    Money Eater - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. This player is on £44,500 a turn, for such a good player, that is low in my opinion. Very good winger for a reasonable wage, Blackburn have a supurb coup there.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. Blackburn's chairman values the winger at £17,170,000, a little more than what Arsene Wenger thought he was worth.
    Youth Squad - Only 21 year old left winger, Sergio Peter and the two players I have mentioned in the senior squad impress me. The rest of the youth squad is unknown to me.

    4. Louis Mattis - Everton - Rep 77 - I was suprised when I looked at this squad, supurb. The midfield is very strong, with players such as Quaresma, Cahill and Valdivia shining bright. As for the strikers, well Kiessling, Benitez and Yakubu are all excellent players, with the young centre forward Sergei Samodin providing some more depth and young spark. On the other hand, both of the full back areas are weak, and the right wing needs a suitable reserve.
    Waste Of Space - Jackie McNamara - RB/LB - Aged 34 - Rated 85. The worst player in the senior squad by a long way, he needs to be sold, with another right back brought in to replace. He is way past his best, and is worth over £1 million, so get some money while you can Louis.
    Money Eater - Tim Howard and Aiyegbeni Yakubu - G and CF - Aged 29 and 25 - Rated 90 and 91. Both of these players are on £59,850 a turn, but both are crucial to Everton's success. Howard is an excellent goalkeeper, whilst Yakubu is relied upon to score the goals. Both deserve a good wage.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ricardo Quaresma - W - Aged 24 - Rated 93. Everton's chairman values the winger at £28,290,000, this is not suprising as he has speed, trickery and a good finish.
    Youth Squad - One player sticks out in the youth squad, Adrian Aldrete. He is good enough to act as the backup for Stewart Downing on the left of midfield, he has already made 4 appearances for the Mexican National team. None of the other youth squad members, even touch this 20 year old's ability.




    Aldrete - Future Prospect With Great Ability

    5. Daniel - Middlesbrough - Rep 97 - In my opinion the weakest of the five teams mentioned here, no players of any note to get excited about. Backup in every position, but could do with another centre back. A very well organised side with suitable cover, but with no special threat. David Wheater, Phil Jagielka and Luke Young are good English players though, and should provide an excellent defense.
    Waste Of Space - Ahmed Hossam Mido - CF - Aged 25 - Rated 86. I really don't know what all the fuss is about with Mido, he really does not impress me at all. I find him clumsy, a rubbish finisher and a difficult player for the manager to control. Just get rid, and buy someone worthwhile.
    Money Eater - Mendes Sylvinho - LB - Aged 34 - Rated 88. This player is on £22,000 a turn, and is worth it, as he is one of the best players in the Middlesbrough squad whilst adding priceless experience.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Wheater - CB - Aged 21 - Rated 88. Middlesbrough's chairman values the young centre back at £10,700,000. His displays for such a young player, prove why.
    Youth Squad - From what I can see, three young prospects are located in the Middlesbrough youth squad: Lee Cattermole, Andrew Taylor and Adam Johnson. Cattermole is a hard working centre midfielder who is first choice as one of the two centre midfielders for the U21 England team. Taylor is a left back, who like Cattermole has represented England at U21 level. Finally, Johnson is a winger, who like the other two has represented England at U21 level, scoring 1 goal.

    New Technical Director On Board

    After hearing that Tom Sinar had left Liverpool by mutual consent, because of being sued for fraud allegations, WBA decided to replace outgoing technical director Dan Ashworth with none other than Tom Sinar. He will now handle transfer matters within the club, after agreeing with chairman Jeremy Peace to a 1 year contract. Tom is already hard at work, finding suitable, young players on the transfer market, his speciality. We spoke to Tom yesterday, here is what he had to say:

    How do you feel about becoming the new technical director of WBA?

    To be part of a club like West Brom, who will continue to improve is great for me

    The aim for a finish of around 15th is acceptable for manager Joe Charley, where do you beleive WBA will finish?

    I believe that WBA can finish around mid-table, perhaps better if they set the right tactics and one step wrong can be all the matter in the likes of this division, so it's hard to say, but I'd go with mid-table.

    You have any favourite players within the club? or do you feel every player is worth his weight in gold?


    Well, no-one is to favour in any team in particular, but every player will be vital to WBA this season and I believe it should be Kombarov to be the main man for WBA this season.

    What do you make of the signings in pre season?

    They look good so far, the standards of these signings show that WBA are improving as a team.

    Would you like to see any areas strengthened before the start of the season?

    Yes, despite the quality of the wingers, I personally reckon WBA need more as both quantity and quality counts in this division, would like to see a new striker or 2, despite new loan signings, they might be called back, so it's close to have a watchful eye on them or sign a striker.

    You are known to be particularly strong in the transfer negotiations area, do you feel you provide a transfer service that no other club can compete with?

    Well yes, but the level of the club size is what matters, so negotiations may be harder, but all in all, it's negotiating what I do best.

    You have been linked with taking over the manager reigns at WBA at the end of the season, is there any truth in this rumour?

    No, not at all, Joe is doing a fantastic job here and I do not wish to take up another job in the league.

    Opening Five Fixtures

    26th July 2008 -


    Manchester United (A) -


    Tough opening match, I don't expect anything more than a draw. I would be happy if we managed a goal.


    30th July 2008 -


    West Ham United (H) -


    First home match of the season, lets give the fans something to cheer about. We need to win these games to stay up.

    2nd August 2008 -


    Crystal


    Palace (H) -


    A must win game against an old team. I really want to beat these, as their transfer activity is buy old, quite highly rated players. It isn't right, buy young!

    6th August 2008 -


    Newcastle United (A) -


    If we can keep Jose Sand quiet, a victory is not out of the question. I would be happy with a draw though.

    9th August 2008 -


    Bolton Wanderers (H) -


    Definately beatable opposition here, three points is a must.




    Crystal Palace's Transfer Dealings Are Just Too... Old

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    WBA Last Season Review


    In manager Joe Charley's first season in charge of WBA, they achieved promotion to the 'big time', division 1. WBA won the league by a 3 point margin over a very strong Crystal Palace side. Being 3 points clear with just 3 games to go, left WBA in a very strong position, a comfortable 0-3 win over Norwich City maintained the gap over Crystal Palace, who also won. However, WBA then lost their penultimate game 1-0 to Shorpe United, thanks to a goal from Ivan Kaviedes, and remained top only on goal difference going into the last round of matches, as Crystal Palace won again. WBA's most important match of the season was next against a poor Coventry City side, a win was needed at all costs. WBA took the lead through star loanee Antonio Da Silva, his 3rd goal in 3 matches from the left wing. However, much to the frustration of Joe Charley, Coventry equalised just before half time. Tensions rose as the final wistle edged nearer, but Kiril Kombarov scored the winner for WBA in the 76th minute, handing the title to WBA. This capped off a wonderful season, where The Baggies' amazingly never achieved to win more than 4 matches in a row. Overall, in the league, WBA played 38 matches, won 20, drew 12 and lost 6. They scored the 3rd most goals, 77 and conceded the least, 39. The goal difference of 38 was also the best in the division. WBA failed to make much progress in either cup competition, although a 3-0 beating of a full strength Arsenal side was rather special, the result of the season in my opinion.

    Player Mentions and Manager Mention

    My promotion could not have been achieved without Tom Sinar (Ex-Liverpool manager, stupid SM, and Division 1 champion), who was very helpful in the transfer market and on the loaning front. Jermaine Jones and Javier Yacuzzi (Now at Bayer Leverkusen and Falkirk respectively) were very helpful whilst on loan from Liverpool at the time. Jones made 7 starts, scoring 1 goal and picking up 1 man of the match award. Yacuzzi made 9 starts, scoring 2 goals and gaining 1 assist. Tom also had a part in bringing Dario Bottinelli to the club, who was an excellent signing. Elsewhere, Antonio Da Silva was another loanee who entered the Hawthorns for the final 5 games of the season, he turned out to be an exceptional signing, scoring 3 goals, picking up 2 assists and turning out an average rating of 7.60, from the left wing.




    Bottinelli Had An Excellent First Season

    However 19 year old Giovani Dos Santos was the driving force behind WBA's excellent success, playing as the lone striker in WBA's usual 4-5-1 formation, he fired in 15 goals in 23 appearances, created another 14 goals and gained 5 man of the match awards. A supurb season for the youngster, who has now moved to Roma for £11.2m, a deserved move, and I wish him well at his new club. Now to praise a permanent Baggies player, Kiril Kombarov. What a first season this player has had after moving to the Midlands from Russian outfit Dinamo Moscow for £5.6m, a bargain. Kombarov was outstanding, scoring 5 goals in 26 appearances, creating 8 goals and picking up 4 man of the match awards. His first spell was in the centre of midfield, where in my opinion he was more consistent, but never sensational. However, a switch to the right of midfield, brought a new dimension to his game, the consistency went slightly downhill, but the ratings of 9 and 10 occured more frequently. The final game of the season, WBA's most crucial one, as it determined who would win the Division 2 crown, was Kombarov's moment to shine and he turned in a performance of brilliance. Not only did Kombarov score the winner in the 1-2 victory, but he also picked up the man of the match award. Capping of a sensational season for the Russian, Albion's most important signing of the season. This left me no choice but to give him the WBA Player of the Season award, with an average of 7.62 who can argue.


    WBA Season Preview


    I truly beleive that I can keep WBA away from the drop zone this season, although in my opinion a finish no higher than 15th will be the outcome. I will be pleased if I can achieve higher, but I doubt it as I am struggling for quality defensive players at the moment. On the other hand, the midfield and attack is Division 1 quality. Kiril Kombarov, who is struggling with his English so has to speak his native language, had this to say on the upcoming season in the top flight:


    "мы надеемся, этот сезон будет бежать согласно плану, и не убегать от нас, поскольку это почти длилось сезон. Я буду стремиться создавать и выиграть от правого крыла, хотя будет более трудное, поскольку уровень оппозиции намного выше теперь, мы находимся в первом разделении. Единственной командой, которой я немного боялся, был Ливерпуль, но теперь Тому Синару предъявили иск за утверждения мошенничества, он больше не менеджер, и команда не должна быть столь же сенсационной, поскольку это был прошлый сезон, когда они выиграли лигу милей страны".


    (Hopefully this season will run according to plan, and not slip away from us as it almost did last season. I will be aiming to create and score from the right wing, although it will be more difficult as the level of opposition is much higher now we are in the first division. The only team I was slightly scared of was Liverpool, but now Tom Sinar has been sued for fraud allegations, he is no longer manager, and the team should not be as sensational as it was last season when they won the league by a country mile). Competitive yet positive words there from the new captain, if the squad will look up to anybody it is Kiril.


    Transfer News


    With the top flight looming large, squad quality and depth has been strengthened by Joe Charley over the course of pre season. The three biggest moves came on the loaning front, with young Scottish sensation and left winger, Charlie Adam, young up and coming German striker Aaron Hunt and veteran Serbian centre forward Savo Milosevic all joining the Baggies on loan from PSV Eindhoven. Many thanks to forum regular Nick Justice for agreeing to loan me the trio of players for the upcoming season. I wish him lots of luck for the season in Holland & Belgium, and I hope you retain your league title. All three of the players add quality to the attacking threat. WBA are not just a loaning club though, manager Joe Charley has made three permanent signings to bolster his squad. First to arrive was 23 year old full back, Kirk Broadfoot, for £6.9m. The young Scottish player is an excellent signing for the Baggies, as he has a bright future, young age and has featured regularly for Rangers. Next to switch to the Midlands club was Estonian winger, occasional forward, Ats Purje, for £3.2m from Finnish side Inter Turku. Purje is tipped to be an exciting prospect for Estonia, having made 8 appearances for the National side already, despite being only 22 years of age. A gamble that could pay dividends for WBA. The biggest permanent transfer deal was completed in the early hours of this morning though, with wing wizard Julio Cesar joining for £7m from Ben Reado's AEK Athens. 28 year old Cesar provides added depth to the right and left flanks in WBA's squad. Two confirmed exits so far, with 21 year old right back, Jared Hodgkiss, moving to The New Saints on loan for the season, and a shock move for Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian was deemed surplus to requirements for the upcoming season, and was sold to Marseille for a cool £6m.




    Just Three Of The New Faces To Arrive: Aaron Hunt, Charlie Adam and Julio Cesar (Right In Right Picture)


    Transfer Speculation


    The Baggies have been strongly linked with a move for 32 year old centre back Stjepen Tomas of Stuttgart. There have been negotiations between the two clubs, and Tomas should move at the beginning of August, with incosistent centre back Diego Ordaz heading to Germany, in a straight swap deal. There have also been strong rumours linking WBA with moves for Figueirense duo Cristiano Asprilla and Roberto Diogo Roque. The former is a 27 year old centre back who would provide depth to the weakest part of WBA's team, centre back. Diogo Roque is an exciting young talent, who plays in the centre of midfield. He is only 21 years of age. Mystery players from the Czech Republic, Germany and Turkey are all said to be on their way to the Midlands, as part of a three way mega deal. Sherjill MacDonald is rumoured to be heading to Brazil as part of a player exchange deal for Asprilla, whilst a cash deal has supposed to have been agreed for Diogo Roque. The duo have told English newspaper The Guardian that they are "hopeful" of a move to England in the near future. Meanwhile, wantaway striker Sherjill MacDonald has been linked with a £1.4m move to Serbian side Vozdovac, although the move to Brazil seems more likely to happen. However, MacDonald has been quoted as saying "I am ready to move to Turkish side Kayserispor in the near future".




    Stjepan Tomas Is Set To Move Soon

    Talking Tactics, Starting 11s and Forumer Managed Teams

    Tactics are crucial whilst in the top flight, so manager Joe Charley may adopt a slightly more defensive approach for WBA's first season back in the big time. Very attacking tactics worked wonders for the Baggies last season, but the level of opposition moves up a notch in the 1st Division, so defensive tactics will be used more often than last season. The counter attack is set to be used thoroughly throughout, with a playmaker set to dominate procedings in the middle of the park. However, weaker opposition of lower or the same class will be ambushed by no nonsense attacking tactics.

    Here are 5 possible starting 11s for the upcoming season:
    1. 4-5-1 - My favourite formation to use, looks defensive but brings an attacking edge also, as proven last season. Still, it does not leak to many goals either: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic/Hunt.
    2. 4-4-2 - If the opposition is of a lower standard, the attacking midfielder makes way for another out an out striker, for a more attacking approach. Solid, but sometimes to basic: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Milosevic, Hunt.
    3. 4-3-3 Wingers - This formation is very useful, because it allows WBA to use their wingers in their prefered role. A defensive midfield player would be needed to make the formation work perfectly, but Greening would fill that gap to the best of his ability: Barovero, Broadfoot, Cesar, Ordaz, Robinson, Greening, Teixeira, Koren, Sambueza, Julio Cesar ©, Milosevic/Hunt.
    4. 5-2-3 - This formation is one that would be used against a team with three at the back. It is a very attacking formation, which would be a gamble to use, but it could pay off against some teams who beleive they can beat the mighty WBA, whilst playing only three defenders: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Adam, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Hunt, Milosevic, Julio Cesar/Bednar.
    5. 3-4-1-2 - Playing three at the back, is a risk, but with other teams, I have found this formation to be very succesful in the attacking area, usualy scoring more goals than you concede: Barovero, Broadfoot, Ordaz, Robinson, Kombarov ©, Teixeira/Greening, Koren, Adam/Julio Cesar, Bottinelli, Milosevic, Hunt.



    Milosevic Will Be Relied Upon To Score The Goals This Season In All Formations

    Now onto the five teams, managed by forumers who could be stealing points from WBA this season:

    1. Gunnersaurus Rex - Arsenal - Rep 131 - Very good side here, which is why I have predicted them a high finish in the league. WBA are going to be in for two very tough matcches against the Gunners. Their best player, comes in the form of midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. What a player the young Spaniard is, if he plays well the team will follow.
    Waste Of Space - Jens Lehmann - G - Aged 38 - Rated 90. Sell him and get some money while you can, as he is old, makes mistakes and will retire soon.
    Money Eater - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. This guy is on £76,000 a turn, definately worth it though.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Cesc Fabregas - CM - Aged 21 - Rated 95. Arsenal's chairman values the midfielder at £40,630,000, I can see why.
    Youth Squad - Only Nacer Barazite and Enrique Esqueda interest me. The others are still to impress me yet.

    2. Dan Payne - Aston Villa - Rep 163 - Dan has a good side in Aston Villa, with a few 90+ rated players mixed with high 80 rated players. Gareth Barry is their best player, and surely their captain for the upcoming season. The young talents of Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Craig Gardner glisten the squad as well.
    Waste Of Space - Didier Agathe - RM/RB - Aged 32 - Rated 77. Why Dan is this player in your squad, sell him because he is dragging your squad average rating down, he is old and is rated very low.
    Money Eater - John Carew - CF - Aged 28 - Rated 90. This player is on £45,000 a turn, I ask questions why he is on more than Gareth Barry. He is relied upon to score the goals, if he does that it is £45,000 going to a player who deserves it.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ashley Young - W/F - Aged 23 - Rated 90. Aston Villa's chairman values the winger at £14,480,000, with the future he has, a hefty price tag is needed.
    Youth Squad - Fernando Forestieri is an impressive member of Aston Villa's glorious 3 man youth squad. He has impressed at U17 and U19 level for Italy. The other two members of the squad, Sam Williams and Stephen O'Halloran are unknown to me.




    Didier Agathe Must Be Sold


    3. Kevin Doyle - Blackburn Rovers - Rep 137 - A good starting 11 is Blackburn's strong point, however their squad does lack depth on the wings and at full back. A 90+ defender is needed badly. Blackburn have a magnificant strike force however, with Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy providing a world class partnership. Dentinho and Jorge Hernandez are two very good young players that shine in the squad.
    Waste Of Space - Mateo Rigters - F/AM - Aged 24 - Rated 83. From what I have seen of this player, he has no future in English football, and is not a good player to have in any squad at the moment. He does not score very often, making him an average striker.
    Money Eater - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. This player is on £44,500 a turn, for such a good player, that is low in my opinion. Very good winger for a reasonable wage, Blackburn have a supurb coup there.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Bentley - RM/AM - Aged 23 - Rated 91. Blackburn's chairman values the winger at £17,170,000, a little more than what Arsene Wenger thought he was worth.
    Youth Squad - Only 21 year old left winger, Sergio Peter and the two players I have mentioned in the senior squad impress me. The rest of the youth squad is unknown to me.

    4. Louis Mattis - Everton - Rep 77 - I was suprised when I looked at this squad, supurb. The midfield is very strong, with players such as Quaresma, Cahill and Valdivia shining bright. As for the strikers, well Kiessling, Benitez and Yakubu are all excellent players, with the young centre forward Sergei Samodin providing some more depth and young spark. On the other hand, both of the full back areas are weak, and the right wing needs a suitable reserve.
    Waste Of Space - Jackie McNamara - RB/LB - Aged 34 - Rated 85. The worst player in the senior squad by a long way, he needs to be sold, with another right back brought in to replace. He is way past his best, and is worth over £1 million, so get some money while you can Louis.
    Money Eater - Tim Howard and Aiyegbeni Yakubu - G and CF - Aged 29 and 25 - Rated 90 and 91. Both of these players are on £59,850 a turn, but both are crucial to Everton's success. Howard is an excellent goalkeeper, whilst Yakubu is relied upon to score the goals. Both deserve a good wage.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - Ricardo Quaresma - W - Aged 24 - Rated 93. Everton's chairman values the winger at £28,290,000, this is not suprising as he has speed, trickery and a good finish.
    Youth Squad - One player sticks out in the youth squad, Adrian Aldrete. He is good enough to act as the backup for Stewart Downing on the left of midfield, he has already made 4 appearances for the Mexican National team. None of the other youth squad members, even touch this 20 year old's ability.




    Aldrete - Future Prospect With Great Ability

    5. Daniel - Middlesbrough - Rep 97 - In my opinion the weakest of the five teams mentioned here, no players of any note to get excited about. Backup in every position, but could do with another centre back. A very well organised side with suitable cover, but with no special threat. David Wheater, Phil Jagielka and Luke Young are good English players though, and should provide an excellent defense.
    Waste Of Space - Ahmed Hossam Mido - CF - Aged 25 - Rated 86. I really don't know what all the fuss is about with Mido, he really does not impress me at all. I find him clumsy, a rubbish finisher and a difficult player for the manager to control. Just get rid, and buy someone worthwhile.
    Money Eater - Mendes Sylvinho - LB - Aged 34 - Rated 88. This player is on £22,000 a turn, and is worth it, as he is one of the best players in the Middlesbrough squad whilst adding priceless experience.
    Chairman's Prized Possession - David Wheater - CB - Aged 21 - Rated 88. Middlesbrough's chairman values the young centre back at £10,700,000. His displays for such a young player, prove why.
    Youth Squad - From what I can see, three young prospects are located in the Middlesbrough youth squad: Lee Cattermole, Andrew Taylor and Adam Johnson. Cattermole is a hard working centre midfielder who is first choice as one of the two centre midfielders for the U21 England team. Taylor is a left back, who like Cattermole has represented England at U21 level. Finally, Johnson is a winger, who like the other two has represented England at U21 level, scoring 1 goal.

    New Technical Director On Board

    After hearing that Tom Sinar had left Liverpool by mutual consent, because of being sued for fraud allegations, WBA decided to replace outgoing technical director Dan Ashworth with none other than Tom Sinar. He will now handle transfer matters within the club, after agreeing with chairman Jeremy Peace to a 1 year contract. Tom is already hard at work, finding suitable, young players on the transfer market, his speciality. We spoke to Tom yesterday, here is what he had to say:

    How do you feel about becoming the new technical director of WBA?

    To be part of a club like West Brom, who will continue to improve is great for me

    The aim for a finish of around 15th is acceptable for manager Joe Charley, where do you beleive WBA will finish?

    I believe that WBA can finish around mid-table, perhaps better if they set the right tactics and one step wrong can be all the matter in the likes of this division, so it's hard to say, but I'd go with mid-table.

    You have any favourite players within the club? or do you feel every player is worth his weight in gold?


    Well, no-one is to favour in any team in particular, but every player will be vital to WBA this season and I believe it should be Kombarov to be the main man for WBA this season.

    What do you make of the signings in pre season?

    They look good so far, the standards of these signings show that WBA are improving as a team.

    Would you like to see any areas strengthened before the start of the season?

    Yes, despite the quality of the wingers, I personally reckon WBA need more as both quantity and quality counts in this division, would like to see a new striker or 2, despite new loan signings, they might be called back, so it's close to have a watchful eye on them or sign a striker.

    You are known to be particularly strong in the transfer negotiations area, do you feel you provide a transfer service that no other club can compete with?

    Well yes, but the level of the club size is what matters, so negotiations may be harder, but all in all, it's negotiating what I do best.

    You have been linked with taking over the manager reigns at WBA at the end of the season, is there any truth in this rumour?

    No, not at all, Joe is doing a fantastic job here and I do not wish to take up another job in the league.

    Opening Five Fixtures

    26th July 2008 -


    Manchester United (A) -


    Tough opening match, I don't expect anything more than a draw. I would be happy if we managed a goal.


    30th July 2008 -


    West Ham United (H) -


    First home match of the season, lets give the fans something to cheer about. We need to win these games to stay up.

    2nd August 2008 -


    Crystal


    Palace (H) -


    A must win game against an old team. I really want to beat these, as their transfer activity is buy old, quite highly rated players. It isn't right, buy young!

    6th August 2008 -


    Newcastle United (A) -


    If we can keep Jose Sand quiet, a victory is not out of the question. I would be happy with a draw though.

    9th August 2008 -


    Bolton Wanderers (H) -


    Definately beatable opposition here, three points is a must.




    Crystal Palace's Transfer Dealings Are Just Too... Old

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    Juan Forlín
    #1 Juan Forlín could well turn out to be an incredible talent, he is currently on loan to Real Madrid Castilla for 2 seasons, Real Madrid's youth team, if you like. He came to prominence in the Boca Juniors youth academy. He is a defender and has represented Argentina at U20 level. If he is given his chance at Real Madrid Castilla, and plays to the best of his ability, a permanent move may be on the cards. He is currently waiting to receive his Italian passport, then he can officially play for Real.
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    Btw... I found him... so gimme some credit guys.
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    Btw... I found him... so gimme some credit guys.
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    Ebwelle

    What an outstanding talent we have here, and he is only 12 years of age (apparently...you know the farce with African passports, often false), born on the 28th September 1995. Alain Richard Ebwelle should be an absolute gem for his country, Cameroon when he is older. He is rated better than Samuel Eto'o and is being compared to the Ronaldo of old (the now injured, overweight one), and I am not suprised judging by the following clip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isuB3cuMsMM


    He is specifically noted for his dribbling, technique and his deadly speed, that obliterated Real Madrid's defence in the above clip. No suprise he is a striker/winger then. He currently plays for Barcelona's Infantil B team, he was spotted by Barca scouts whilst participating in a tournament on the Canary Islands.


    Watch out for this guy in the future SM, he looks like an ace prospect.


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    Ebwelle

    What an outstanding talent we have here, and he is only 12 years of age (apparently...you know the farce with African passports, often false), born on the 28th September 1995. Alain Richard Ebwelle should be an absolute gem for his country, Cameroon when he is older. He is rated better than Samuel Eto'o and is being compared to the Ronaldo of old (the now injured, overweight one), and I am not suprised judging by the following clip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isuB3cuMsMM


    He is specifically noted for his dribbling, technique and his deadly speed, that obliterated Real Madrid's defence in the above clip. No suprise he is a striker/winger then. He currently plays for Barcelona's Infantil B team, he was spotted by Barca scouts whilst participating in a tournament on the Canary Islands.


    Watch out for this guy in the future SM, he looks like an ace prospect.


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    Ebwelle

    What an outstanding talent we have here, and he is only 12 years of age (apparently...you know the farce with African passports, often false), born on the 28th September 1995. Alain Richard Ebwelle should be an absolute gem for his country, Cameroon when he is older. He is rated better than Samuel Eto'o and is being compared to the Ronaldo of old (the now injured, overweight one), and I am not suprised judging by the following clip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isuB3cuMsMM


    He is specifically noted for his dribbling, technique and his deadly speed, that obliterated Real Madrid's defence in the above clip. No suprise he is a striker/winger then. He currently plays for Barcelona's Infantil B team, he was spotted by Barca scouts whilst participating in a tournament on the Canary Islands.


    Watch out for this guy in the future SM, he looks like an ace prospect.


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    Jefferson Pinto
    #95 I am back, and with an Ecuadorian who has the ability to turn Ecuadorian football's future, a lot brighter. Jefferson Pinto is an 18 year old defensive midfielder, currently playing in his native country of Ecuador with Emelec. He was born on the 23rd March 1990 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and is 1.74m in height. The first glimpse of this tremendous talent, was back in 2005, when he appeared for the Ecuador U15 team at the South American U15 Championship. He started 3 of Ecuador's 4 games against Brazil, Colombia and Paraguay. Although, due to his battling, aggressive nature, he missed Ecuador's game against Uruguay through suspension, after picking up 2 yellow cards beforehand. Ecuador had a bitterly poor tournament scoring just 2 goals, and conceding an incredible 15, in only 4 games. However, just last year Ecuador returned to the international scene, in the South American U17 Championship, with Pinto once again the main figurehead in the squad. Pinto started all 4 of Ecuador's group stage matches against Bolivia (0-1 loss), Chile (1-0 win), Peru (0-0 draw) and Brazil (5-4 win), as you can see from these results, Ecuador were a much better team this time around. Ecuador made it through to the final stage, but had to play their first match, against Coloumbia without Pinto, as he had collected 2 yellow cards in the group stage matches, against Bolivia and Brazil. Ecuador struggled without him, and lost to Colombia 1-2. Pinto was back for the next game against Venezuela, but could not stop his team losing 0-1. Next up were Argentina, Ecuador battled, but lost 0-2, with Pinto getting sent off in the process. His dicipline, coming under fire again. Pinto was suspended for Ecuador's 4th game against Peru, a 2-2 draw. He returned for the final match against Brazil, and once again the goals flew in, a final scoreline of 2-5 to Brazil, the result. Pinto picked up a yellow card in the match. Domestically, Pinto plays for Emelec, the club who has developed him through their youth system for his professional career. He was moved to the first team at the tender age of 16 in 2006, and has so far made 7 appearances, scoring 1 goal, and what a goal. It came against Universidad Catolica, a stunning 30 yard strike. Recently, Pinto was called up to the senior Ecuador National Team squad, for the friendly against Haiti. Should this supurb talent continue to blossom, we could see the new South American Claude Makelele.
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    Been busy... with coursework lately... so I will be continuing my scouting on Monday... with Jefferson Pinto
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    Benfica - Week 1 - Review




    The Transfers
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    The mainly bussiness week,the first, has resulted in the signings of 11 players overall, and 12 leaving Benfica. The most notable signing was one of Tommaso Rocchi. Toggs was more than happy to let Cardozo leave in the deal, and along with Rocchi, 7M into the funds at Benfica. Toggs was overwhelmed at the deal saying he never approached Rocchi and was surprised to get such a great offer, with him in it. Rocchi had shown he'd settled in quickly with life in Portugal after scoring twice in yesterdays win against Al-Ahly.
    Arguably the most prospectful signing of them all, Spanish startlet Alberto Zapater joined the forces at Benfica. Toggs was also estatic with this signing. He was sad to see leave to be club capatin Petit and youngster Di Maria in the deal but seems happy that Zapater will make up for what Benfica have lost.
    Craig Gordon joined from Sunderland. Toggs hopes that Gordon can stop the goals from flying in at Benfica. Gordon was more than happy to comer to the warmer climate Portugal, saying it was both a big change of setting and style of football than his days in England and Scotland. Out of favour Quim left in the deal, who Toggs was never keen of, along with Edcarlos and 5M.
    Diego Rincon also joined Benfica from 'unavaliable to manage' Corinthians. Toggs was happy he lured Diego to join Benfica, and thinks the Brazillian will be a great asset to Benfica, despite mysteriously being left out of Saturday's side, his place beaten to by depaturing Rodriguez.
    The last signing i would like to mention is Gonul Gokhan. The 26 year old joined from Turkish outfit Fenerbahce for a fee of 4M, Makaulala and Adu. Gokhan, who has risen 18 ratings in the ladt two reviews of Turkey, was estatic with the move and says he wants to show his talents on a greater stage, and that it was possible to do so at Benfica. Toggs was pleased with the deal saying thrre was alot after him, and alot will be on his side in the future to continue doing well. Im happy we lured him to Benfica.


    That list though will change in the morning...

    Toggs has agreed a deal with league rivals FC Porto that sees Rodriguez head to the Dragao. Toggs discussed the deal thorughly with FC Porto manager Carbon, before agreeing a deal that sees Marek Cech and Ernasto Farias join Benfica. He said:


    Cech (Above) and Farias (Below) are set to join Benfica
    The deal also sees 1M added to the Benfica Transfer account.
    The Results
    To this moment, Benfica have played two matches, one a friendly and one in the Medditeranian League.
    Toggs wasnt relishing the hostile atmosphere as they headed to Russia to play Luke's (Deveeny's) Zenit St Petersburg in which was described by The Sun, 'A Competitive game of Non Competitive football.'
    Benfica were pressed by Zenit the opening quarter of an hour, Gordon tested as they dominated possesion in the middle of the park. Before after 17 Minutes, Rocchi fired home to give Benfica an early lead, and Rocchi opened his account at Benfica, despite it not actually going into the books. Toggs;es style of football never looked back then, as they attacked with force, creating many chances as they went into half-time.
    After the half-time break theyre wasnt no looking back, despite Zenit hitting Benfica on the ciunter resentlessly, a mistake at the back left MoM Perriera through with an easy finish. It left Benfica keeping possesion until the game came to a close. Toggs happy with the teams performance.


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    Then came the first match of the season. It came against Al-Ahly, and quite a test for Toggs.
    Al-Ahly, with there transformed squad never really got a foot in on the game, and Benfica took the lead after 19 Minutes thorugh favoured Rodriguez, whom started the game ahea dof Rincon. That lead was soon doubled as Rocchi's long range attempt creeped under the keeper and into the net. It stayed that way until half-time.
    They came back out and Al-Ahly were on the back foot from the go. Zapater and Gokhan both with chances that Pinto in the Al-Ahly goal. All was over as Rocchi headed home his 2nd and Benfica 3rd after 53 Minutes. Jamie Calistron got Al-Ahly a late constallation but it was never going to be enough to salvage anything from the game.


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