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  1. Re: Gold Championship 19 Match Report and Transfer News St Johnstone win the league! St Johnstone have won the Scottish Division 2 title with one game in hand to fulfill manager Mat Mourinhos pre season prophecy. They have held off a strong Kilmarnock side closely challenged also by Dunfermline and a late charge by Hamilton, but in the end were too strong and now look forward to mixing it in the top flight. During the 4 quarters of the season, St Johnstones breakdown looks like this: 6-3-0, 1st quarter, F/A 20-9 3-3-3, 2nd quarter, F/A 18-13 7-1-1, 3rd quarter, F/A 20-4 6-1-1, 4th quarter, F/A 27-10 Mourinhos transfer dealings look to have come to fruition as the side now look full of promise. The recent Scottish Cup final win against Hibernian gave Mourinho valuable funds and he added some more promising youngsters, most notable being club record signing Tijani Belaid for 5.3 million. Tijani had a great start to his St Johnstone career notching up 2 goals in his 2 starts before suffering a cruel injury, ruling him out until mid January. Tijani Belaid The successful Scottish Cup run went like this: Round 2, St Johnstone 7 - 1 Rangers Quarters, St Johnstone 3 - 1 Livingston Semis, St Johnstone 7 - 0 Kilmarnock Finlal, St Johnstone 3 - 2 Hibernian Other notable signings were veteran goalkeeper Alberto Fontana, who is leading the way with an average of 8.64 in 14 appearances and young French winger Jonathan Biabiany hitting the back of the net 3 times and assisting 2 in his 9 appearances. Alberto Fontana and Jon Biabiany
  2. Hi, Did a search on this and found nothing. A red card is an automatic 3 match ban, while every 4? yellow cards incurs a 1 match ban? What happens if a player is on 2 yellow cards, then picks up 2 yellow cards (ie and 1 red) in a game, is he banned for 4 games or 3 games?
  3. Re: Gold Championship 21- News, Transfers & Match Reports Heerenveen keep the pressure on Heerenveen have continued to build on their solid start to the Dutch campaign, reaching both domestic cup semi finals and currently sitting in 2nd place in division 1, 2 points behind Groningen. Manager Mat Marshall had to send his scouts far and wide to look for possible recruits and after some initial problems, Marshall is now confident his boys can continue to put pressure on Feyenoord, Ajax and PSV, the latter currently sitting on 19 points, 9 behind Heerenveen. Fans at the Abe Lenstra Stadion have been treated to some wonderful attacking football recently, with the last 6 home fixtures producing 20 goals with just 3 conceded. The last game saw Heerenveen knock Feyenoord out of the Shield on penalties. Recent signing from Standard Liege Dieumerci Mbokani has been on absolute fire, and is looking to build up a strong partnership with veteran Gerald Sibon, keeping the likes of Aaron Hunt and Tarik Elyounoussi on the bench. Dieumerci Mbokani plays the crowd and Gerald Sibon after yet another goal It has taken some time for Marshall to understand the strengths and weaknesses of his players, some having been told to pack their bags and look for other clubs, others coming to the fore like Michal Svec and new boys David Abraham and Tijani Belaid. Marshall has been impressed with Svec and Belaid, still only 21, and Argentine youth international Abraham, 22. Coming in from Slavia Prague, Belaid has torn it up on either wing thus far, highlighting his versatility. Svec has made the holding midfield position his own, while former FC Basel defender Abraham has cemented his place in the centre of defence. Youngsters Michal Svec, Tijani Belaid and David Abraham With an average age of only 22, there is much improvement to come from Marshalls men. With the experienced trio of Gerald Sibon, Croatian international Danijel Pranjic and USA international Michael Bradley forming the basis of his team, Marshall is confident they can sustain their early form. "I honestly expected PSV, Ajax and Feyenoord to set the pace in this division. With my very limited finances I am content with the team I have built and the progress we are making. Hopefully we can get into one or even two of the cup finals and continue to surprise. I still expect Ajax and Feyenoord to move up the table but I am very surprised with PSV, who are extremely ordinary indeed."
  4. Re: Gold Championship 19 Match Report and Transfer News St Johnstone back to their best St Johnstone put the disappointment of the 2nd quarter of league fixtures behind them tonight to move into the semi finals of the Scottish Cup while also moving into the quarters of the Shield. St Johnstone recorded a healthy 6-3-0 in the first quarter of the season but slumped to a 3-3-3 record in the 2nd quarter. After a 5 match winning streak with a fantastic 19-4 differential, more special than the special one Mat Mourinho spoke to the press regarding his team. "For the first time this season I have so many players in top form it is hard to decide on my best 11. We are banging in the goals now and I think the 7-1 thrashing of Rangers has given my young team massive self belief. 5 wins on the trot is what we needed to get back on track and hunt down Kilmarnock." "The 2nd quarter of the season was not great, my rotation policy may have played its part as the team was far from settled, but I have learned from it and the players are fully behind my project. We are looking for a strong 3rd quarter to put us in a championship winning position. In other news, I have let Andy Jackson go and brought in more exciting young talent." "My South American scouts alerted me to Lihue Dario Prichoda who comes in from Racing. He is a fast winger who plays on the right side who will get his chance sooner rather than later. Central midfielder Patrick Funk moves here from Stuttgart who already has massive experience captaining the German under 17 side in their 2007 U-17 World Cup winning team. At only 18 years of age I am expecting big things from Patrick." Lihue Dario Prichoda and Patrick Funk Another recent addition that surprised many fans was the acquisition of 24 year old Brazilian Araújo Maykon. Mourinho was quick to give his impression of the tricky winger. "Maykon at 24 is older than many of my recent purchases, but he comes here with a hunger and desire to succeed. He is quick, tricky and will tear many defenders apart in this division, as he has shown in his 4 games thus far, grabbing a goal and setting up another 3. I expect him to put pressure on Kruse and Holland." Araújo Maykon signed from Belenenses Araújo Maykon was quick to praise Mat Mourinho and give his thoughts about Perth. "Mat Mourinho is fantastic. I had no hesitation in moving to this beautiful town once he showed interest in me. We have strong competition in this team but I am confident I can show my ability and own a starting jersey. It is important we do as well as possible in the cups, and soon we will be champions."
  5. Re: Portuguese league ratings.. Doesnt get much game time and when he is on tries to impress. Strong player with a strong shot. When Porto start to play better and he gets more time Im sure you will see him scoring.
  6. Re: Portuguese league ratings.. What has he done for Sporting this season apart from prance around and avoid challenges. When he actually starts games that is.
  7. Re: Portuguese league ratings.. Miguel Veloso is one of the most overrated players in Portugal. He has to drop to 90. He worries more about his hair than his performances on the pitch, pretty boy soft **** lamer. No chance of going to a team like Arsenal.
  8. Rated 90. Played ok for Germany in Euro 2008 but **** for Real Madrid and low in the pecking order behind Cannavaro, Pepe, and Heinze for the central defence position. Down, up or nowhere?
  9. Re: Gold Championship 19 Match Report and Transfer News St Johnstone 7 Rangers 1 St Johnstone put the disappointment of their recent league performances behind them with a crushing 7-1 defeat of Rangers at McDiarmid Park this evening in the 2nd round of the Scottish Cup. After slipping down to 3rd in the Scottish 2nd division after 3 draws and 1 defeat in their last 4 league games, the Perth outfit rode their luck throughout most of the match but restricted Rangers to mostly long distance efforts which rarely troubled keeper Hans Vonk. Speaking to the press, manager Mat Mourinho had nothing but praise for his chargers. "I thought my tactics were fantastic. This was a very special game as we know how important it is to do as well as possible in the cups to generate income. Rangers came here with a strong team and to beat them by 7-1 is just phenomenal." "They will probably complain about the 2 red cards but when Burke got sent off for that horror challenge we had them at 5-1. Beasley deserved his 2nd yellow which was obviously out of sheer frustration." "I will have to think seriously about my team for this Wednesdays game. Jody Morris has waited a long time to get on the pitch but after that performance he will definately start. There is a real competition for places in the starting 11 now, which is a great dilemma to have, as it is a luxury we have not been able to afford thus far." MOM Teixeira Gabriel Machado and Jody Morris Teixeira Gabriel Machado, a recent signing from Swiss side Grasshoppers, was surprised at Rangers mediocrity, adding "We expected more really. Im sure they will head back to Ibrox wondering what hit them. I was happy to get my first start for St Johnstone and score a couple but Im in full support of Mourinho, we have many great strikers here. In time we will be champions." Meanwhile much speculation has been surrounding McDiarmid park regarding Jennifer Hawkins. Special one Mourinho held a special Miss St Johnstone contest before the match, and it was a hands down win to the Aussie glamour. More news is expected shortly after Mourinho and Hawkins were seen holding hands and getting cosy in a recent screening of Mamma Mia. Jennifer Hawkins celebrates her win.
  10. Re: Gold Championship 19 Match Report and Transfer News St Johnstone welcome Queen of the South to McDiarmid park this evening and will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of Division 2. Manager Mat Mourinho has unveiled Chilean Marcelo Salas who arrives on loan from Olympiakos, and hopes he can strike up a deadly partnership with the on fire Davide Lanzafame. "First of all I would like to thank Camacho for his commitment to the team but to make room for Salas I had to let someone go. With the injury to Djordjevic it was important to get another striker in and I am delighted with Salas, he scores goals everywhere he goes". On loan strikers Marcelo Salas and Davide Lanzafame. Japanese playmaker Hiroki Kawano moves into the starting 11 in place of Camacho and is expected to build a solid partnership with Georges Mandjeck and Rocco Quinn. Mandjeck has started to hit some form as predicted by manager Mat Mourinho. "Georges is an animal. It has taken him a while to settle but now he is starting to boss games from his holding role. Even I would be scared to line up against him and I am sure his opponents dont look forward to meeting him on the pitch. I have instructed him to take out anyone who messes with Kawano." Japanese prodigy Hiroki Kawano and the 'animal' Georges Mandjeck. "I fully expect to smash Queen of the South tonight. They have some quality up front but I think my team is much stronger and I think we could see some goals. We've banged in 9 in the last 3 and we just cant slip up here with Kilmarnock so close behind us." When asked about his goalkeeper Hans Vonk, Mourinho was again full of praise. "I am delighted also with Hans, we picked him up from South Africa and his experience is invaluable with such a young squad. As with many of my players, they are starting to settle and we are seeing good, consistent results." Veteran goalkeeper Hans Vonk has kept 3 clean sheets in the last 4 games, conceding 1. Meanwhile Mourinhos off the pitch innovations are proving a winner with the fans. "Our cheerleaders are the most special I have ever seen. Beer sales are through the roof, and my complimentary pies are always gone come 10pm. Meanwhile, speculation has been bounding around Perth this week that former Miss World Jennifer Hawkins is about to join the St Johnstone Cheerleader squad, Mourinho was tight lipped. "Jen is a friend of mine, a special friend if you like, she has lucrative deals in Australia but when it comes down to money or Mourinho, we all know that the dinheiro comes in 2nd. I dont want to create any more speculation about the issue but there will be a new face in the cheerleader squad for the Livingston game and I am currently a bachelor and I need someone to help me with all these pies." Is Jennifer Hawkins on her way to McDiarmid Park for the more special than the special one? "I have introduced a new pie, as our attendances are now around 10,000 I realised I needed some diversity. The new pie is called the Justice pie and I am sure they will go down a treat." The Justice pie
  11. Re: Gold Championship 19 Match Report and Transfer News St Johnstone have crushed Morton 3-0 away from home to stay top of the Scottish 2nd division, preserving their 2 point lead over title favourites Kilmarnock. After 8 games Mourinhos men have a healthy 6-2-0 record and have won their last 3 with a differential of 9-1. The game was never in doubt after opening the scoring on 4 minutes with notable performances by Mandjeck, Rocco Quinn, veteran keeper Hans Vonk and Davide Lanzafame, who has now scored an impressive 9 goals in 8 games. Filip Djordjevic has sustained a chest injury which keeps him sidelined for 4 weeks, with young Andy Jackson set to come into the team after bagging a late goal on Wednesday night. Young Ransford Osei comes onto the bench and will be looking to get some game time.
  12. Re: Gold Championship 19 Match Report and Transfer News St Johnstone have surged to the top of the Scottish 2nd division with a 4-0 drubbing of Partick Thistle, sending them bottom in the process. Undefeated St Johnstone manager Mat Mourinho was pleased with the display: "It was a great performance from the whole team. Partick are rubbish. I am very happy for James Holland who grabed himself a brace and new boy Robbie Kruse did well." "There are better things to come from my team, to overtake Kilmarnock and go top will fill my boys with self belief and confidence." "I know it is a massive challenge as their squad man for man is superior but we are going to fight all the way." Next up is Greenock Morton and Mourinho is confident ahead of the clash. "Its going to be a win for us, no doubt. They are an average team and we are much stronger, anything other than a win will be a failure. We want to consolidate our position at the top and put pressure on Kilmarnock."
  13. Re: Gold Championship 19 Match Report and Transfer News Racist not. Just dont like frogs of the French variety. I am 25% French myself. If anyone takes Mat Mourinho seriously I have grave concerns about their mental health. Nobody bags my cousin Jose like you do.
  14. Re: Gold Championship 19 Match Report and Transfer News Justice runs again More special than the special one Mat Mourinho has laughed at Nick Justice swerving away from the scheduled friendly with his St Johnstone team. "What a clown. As if PSG are going anywhere. I never liked French frogs and there is no chance anyone from Paris is coming to Perth. Boo hoo to you Justice, Im sure the Colchester fans are organising a party to celebrate your resignation after only 3 weeks." "Where is the loyalty." PSG supporters have rallied outside their home ground to protest against the appointment of Justice as they feel he will be lucky to see out the month before he leaves for apparently greener pastures.
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