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  1. Re: Gold Championship 53/Match Reports/Transfers.

    Arsenal fans celebrate 7 Trophies in 2 seasons

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    As season 15 comes to an end in GC53, Arsenal have managed to wrap up their most successful season finishing with 4 trophies on top of last seasons 3.

    Last season

    Arsenal managed to win:

    SMFA Shield

    English Cup

    English Charity Shield

    Were runners up in:

    English Shield

    English Division 1

    This season

    Arsenal managed to win:

    SMFA Champions Cup

    SMFA Super Cup

    English Cup

    English Shield

    Were runners up in:

    English Division 1

    English Charity Shield

    Report

    Arsenal had a poor start to the season which saw them lose 4-1 on penalties to Everton in the English Charity Shield Final at Wembley at a 1-1 draw after extra time.

    However Arsenal had an immediate opportunity for revenge over their English rivals as they met again days later, this time in Monaco at Louis II for the SMFA Super Cup Final. Again the game was too even to call and after a goaless 0-0 draw the game went to penalties again, but this time Arsenal took the advantage and won 4-3.

    Arsenal continued to dominate abroad after climbing out of their SMFA Champions Cup group of River Plate, Chievo Verona and Hannover 96. They then went on to knock out Brazilian side Atlético Paranaense, Real Madrid and Juventus before meeting Scottish powerhouse Rangers in the final in Italy at the Stadio San Paolo. Goals from Isco, Nasri (2) and Van Persie (2) gave Arsenal a 5-1 commanding win.

    As holders Arsenal went into the English Cup strong, beating Torquay United, Norwich City, Everton, Aston Villa and Manchester United before meeting London rivals Fulham in the Final. 3 goals from Van Persie and a penalty from Tevez gave Arsenal a 4-2 victory and enabled them to hold onot the English Cup for the 3rd season in a row.

    After coming runners up in last seasons English Shield Arsenal wanted to go one further this season and reached the final by beating Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Shorpe United, Swansea City and Derby County. In the final Arsenal came up against Newcastle United but 2 goals from Van Persie gave Arsenal a 2-0 victory.

    Arsenal couldnt manage to catch English Division 1 winners Newcastle United who finished 11 points above the gunners.

    Arsenal Player of the season:

    Ivory Coast forward Seydou Doumbia finally got his chance to show what he can do when given playing time for the gunners, with Tevez and Van Persie busy in other competitions meant Doumbia could step up in the league which he did and managed to finish as the leagues top scorer with 20 goals in 24 games, also providing 8 assists and 4 man of the match performances.

    Transfers

    Arsenal managed 2 exciting signings at the end of the season with 22 year old Spanish attacking midfielder Isco joining from FC Porto for 20 million and proven striker Sergio Aguero moving across London from Chelsea in a deal which saw Cesc Fabregas move the other way. 2 other big departures were Song and Sagna.

  2. Re: Gold Championship 114 Transfer news and discussion

    FC Porto Manager moves to Man United

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    Breaking news this morning that English born AJ Manager has returned home to manage Manchester United. After many successful years in Portugal with FC Porto there were rumors that the manager was looking for a new challenge and as a result was offered the Manchester United role.

    The new manager takes charge today at home against Bolton in the league before travelling away for a tough encounter with Liverpool in the 4th round of the English Cup on monday night. The new managers priority is a top 4 league finish.

    Manager History:

    FC Porto

    Games - 506

    Total Trophies - 23

    League Champions - 3

    Portuguese Cups - 7

    Portuguese Shields - 8

    Charity Shields - 5

    AJ Manager leaves FC Porto currently 1st of the Portuguese League after 26 games with 70 points, 26 above 2nd placed Sporting CP. The club is also still in the Portuguese Cup and the SMFA Champions Cup quarter final.

  3. Re: Gold Championship 152 Discussion Thread

    Hayes and Yeading Secure 2nd Promotion in a row

    After gaining promotion to English Division 4 last season as Play off winners' date=' Hayes and Yeading made it 2 out of 2 after being promoted for the 2nd season running thi time as Division 4 champions!

    League Stats:

    P 46

    W 31

    D 8

    L 7

    GF 140

    GA 45

    GD 95

    Pts 101

    Players:

    ABOUBAKAR, Vincent

    Joined this season for a club record 5.6 million and proved his worth by being crowned as the leagues best player and top goal scorer with 30 goals in 37 games, also providing 16 assists!

    LÉO, Artur

    19 year old Brazilian attacking midfielder Artur Leo who joined the club for 548k last season was the leagues top goal provider with 27 assists in 37 games in Division 4 adding to the 16 from Diviosn 5 last season.

    INGS, Danny

    Who joined Hayes and Yeading for a bargain price of 1.6 million last season was second in the assist rankings with 20 in 36 games also scoring 8

    BOKILA, Jeremy

    Fan favorite Jeremy Bokila deserves a mention scoring 19 goals in 19 games and assisting 11 after recovering from injury.

    AUSTIN, Charlie

    Charlie Austin also deserves a mention in his first season with 13 goals in 20 games

    Next

    3rd promotion to the Championship?...may take more than one season

    Players....a lot of interest in players such as ABOUBAKAR, Vincent cany Hayes and Yeading hold on to him or will a big money offer be too hard to turn down

    Another Season...Another Promotion for Hayes and Yeading

    For the 3rd season in a row West London club Hayes and Yeading have managed promotion...this time into English Division 2.

    Hayes and Yeading were crowned Division 3 champions, finishing the season on 94 points (11 points higher than second placed Huddersfield Town). Of their 46 games they won 28, drew 10 and lost 8 and managed to score 134 goals.

    Players worth a mention

    19 year old striker Divock Origi managed 23 goals and 6 assists in 21 games

    Jeremy Bokila managed 19 goals and 13 assists in 38 games

    Charlie Austin managed 15 goals and 5 assists in 20 games

    Blerim Dzemali managed 4 goals and 29 assits in 24 games

    Transfers

    Out - Asamoah Gyan could be on his way out of West London after becoming frustrated with having to constantly fight for a starting position in the team with the likes of Origi and Austin in such good form.

    Out - Blerim Dzemali who only joined the club this season from Liverpool for 5.6 million has attracted a lot of interest from abroad after becoming an assist machine for Hayes and Yeading this season with 29 and a solid bid could be accepted by the club.

    Out - Players departed this season include Vincent Aboubakar (FC Lorient 9 million), Danny Ings (Burnley 6.4 million), Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland 5 million), Stefan Mitrovic (FC Freiburg 5.9 million), Stoppila Sunzu (Sochaux 5 million) and Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest 6.2 million)

    In - Players in this season include Blerim Dzamali (Liverpool 5.6 million), Carles Gil (Getafe 4.5 million), Divock Origi (Lille 5.1 million), Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge 3.1 million), Josh McEachran (FC Porto 3.1 million), Emanuel Insua (Free Agent 2.4 million), Frank Acheampong (RSC Anderlecht 4 million), Jordan Cousins (Free Agent 1.9 million), and Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient 2.8 million).

    In - Players for next season

    23 year old, Ghana attacking midfielder/forward Jordan Ayew

    joins from Olympique Marseille for 6.1 million and is likely to start as a winger in the team in Division 2, depending on the departure of fellow country man Gyan.

    20 year old German midfielder Emre Can, who can also play as left back joins from Bayer Leverkusen for 7.1 million to either play alongside Dzamali or replace him if he leaves the club.

    24 year old Columbian winger Carlos Carbonero who joins as a free agent for a fee of 2.3 million who will add options on the wings.

    With limited funds Hayes and Yeading are only likely to make further signings from money coming in from departing players

  4. Re: Gold Championship 17 - Setup News

    Ivory Coast forward fires Reading to highest league finish

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    Seydou Doumbia English Division 1 top scorer

    Ivory Coast forward Seydou Doumbia celebrated his 3rd season at Reading with an outstanding 32 goals in 34 games for the Royals, 12 more than Falcao, helping them to their highest league finish of 3rd, just 2 points behind league champions Wolves. Lukaku also managed 17 goals in 27 games and Dries Mertens 10 in 25 games.

    Transfers:

    Departures: Reading accepted some big cash bids last season with players such as Anderson Hernanes (25 million) , Glen Johnson (20million), Phil Jagielka (15 million) and Lacina Traore (20 million) all leaving the club.

    Arrivals: The money recieved was reinvested in players such as Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Steven Caulker, Radja Nainggolan and Micah Richards.

    Next: With Reading having a place in next season Champions League the manager has already managed to sign a number of players to add strength to his squad:

    Goalkeeper: David Ospina (7.7 million)

    Defender: Serge Aurier (22.3 million)

    Defender/midfielder: Muhamed Besic (1.4 million + Oboabona)

    Midfielder: Ander Herrrera (15 million)

    Likely lineup for season 16

    Leno

    Aurier Richards Benatia Mangala

    Cerci Hazard Matuidi Mertens

    Doumbia Lukaku

  5. Re: Gold Championship 69 Match Reports/News/Transfers Thread

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    Breaking News From Madrid

    Reports from Spain this morning bring news of a new manager appointed at Real Madrid in the form of the ex APOEL manager. Real Madrid officials have issued a statement saying they made a formal offer to the manager of Cyprus based APOEL after the departure of the previous manager which has been accepted and the new manager will jump straight into todays game at home against Lavente.

    The new Madrid boss spoke to the media and said "The offer came as a complete supprise and was a very quick decision to accept. Although I've had 12 great seasons with APOEL and want to thank the players, owners and fans, I look forward to taking charge of one of the biggest teams in the world. I wish APOEL all the best and I'm sure will meet them some day in the Champions League."

    Manager History:

    APOEL

    Seasons - 12

    Games - 548

    Greek League Winner - 4

    Greek Cup Winner - 1

    Greek Shield Winner - 5

    Greek Charity Shield Winner - 4

    SMFA Champions Shield Winner - 2

    SMFA Super Cup Winner - 1

    APOEL currently sit top of the greek league after 24 games on 63 points, 26 points above second placed Olympiacos.

    Real Madrid as it stands:

    Real Madrid currently sit 4th in the Spanish League, 11 points behind 1st placed Barcelona. It is reported the aim for the season is simple to ensure Champions League football next season and finish as high as possible in the league.

    The new manager has already said he expects to be busy in the transfer market with players likely to move in and out of Madrid

  6. Re: It's Here Gold Championship 200! (Thread)

    Brentford Promoted to Championship

    Brentford Left it until the last day of the season to be crowned English Division 3 champions. The day started with both Brentford and Bournemouth already promoted to Division 2 next season but the number 1 spot was still up for grabs with Brentford on 91 points and Bournemouth on 90 points however a 5-3 win against Bradford City and a 2-1 loss for Bournemouth against south coast rivals Portsmouth meant Brentford finished top of the league by 4 points.

    Stand Out Players:

    Asamoah Gyan

    who joined Brentford for 6.6 million towards the end of last season had a standout first full season with Brentford being named as the leagues best player with 13 man of the match displays and recieving the golden boot for 24goals in 34 games also managing 13 assists.

    Danny Ings

    Who like Gyan joined Brentford towards the end of last season for a bargain price of 1.6 million pushed Gyan for the golden boot all season with 1 less goal at 23 in 37 games for the Bees but provided 1 more assist with 14 and picking up 10 man of the macth performances.

    Bobley Anderson 13 goals and Berahino 12 goals also worth a mention.

    Ravel Morrision

    Topped the league assists with 20 in 39 games with Adam Lallana mananging 11 in his first full season at the club.

    Defenders Godfrey Oboabona, Kyle Bartley, Kenneth Omeruo and Stoppila Sunzu also worth a mention for solid performances at the back.

    Next

    Brentford now look to strengthen in some areas for the Championship but may have to sell some star players to fund any transfer bids

  7. Re: Gold Championship 152 Discussion Thread

    Hayes and Yeading Secure 2nd Promotion in a row

    After gaining promotion to English Division 4 last season as Play off winners, Hayes and Yeading made it 2 out of 2 after being promoted for the 2nd season running thi time as Division 4 champions!

    League Stats:

    P 46

    W 31

    D 8

    L 7

    GF 140

    GA 45

    GD 95

    Pts 101

    Players:

    ABOUBAKAR, Vincent

    Joined this season for a club record 5.6 million and proved his worth by being crowned as the leagues best player and top goal scorer with 30 goals in 37 games, also providing 16 assists!

    LÉO, Artur

    19 year old Brazilian attacking midfielder Artur Leo who joined the club for 548k last season was the leagues top goal provider with 27 assists in 37 games in Division 4 adding to the 16 from Diviosn 5 last season.

    INGS, Danny

    Who joined Hayes and Yeading for a bargain price of 1.6 million last season was second in the assist rankings with 20 in 36 games also scoring 8

    BOKILA, Jeremy

    Fan favorite Jeremy Bokila deserves a mention scoring 19 goals in 19 games and assisting 11 after recovering from injury.

    AUSTIN, Charlie

    Charlie Austin also deserves a mention in his first season with 13 goals in 20 games

    Next

    3rd promotion to the Championship?...may take more than one season

    Players....a lot of interest in players such as ABOUBAKAR, Vincent cany Hayes and Yeading hold on to him or will a big money offer be too hard to turn down

  8. Re: GC 400: official forum thread

    AFC Bournemouth English Shield Winners

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    AFC Bournemouth have tonight won the English Shield final against northern giants Newcastle!

    Bournemouth who gained their place in the final after knocking out Brighton, Port Vale, Luton Town, West Ham, Aston Villa and Leicester went into the game on a poor run of form after losing their last 2 league games without scoring a single goal. The south coast team struck first today though when 27 year old Charlie Daniels beat Tim Krul on 11 minutes scoring the only goal of the game.

    Outstanding performances from the likes new signing Andre-pierre Gignac and goalkeeper Lee Camp proved enough for Bournemouth to edge the win after a very even game.

    Whats Next?

    The Bournemouth manager hopes that tonights victory will put the team back on track after a dissapointing run in the league where they sit 15th and 8 points behind the playoff places.

    The manager is also looking to make new signings to help push up the table having already signed French forward Andre-pierre Gignac for 5.6 million from Marseille and defenders Liam Rosenior, 2.8 million from Hull and Joel Ward, 3.4 million from Crystal Palace

  9. Re: Gold Championship 300

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    QPR Qualify For SMFA Football

    After finishing 12th in the league in season 1, QPR manage a top 5 finish in season 2 qualifying for next seasons SMFA Shield! With 20 wins, 10 draws and 8 loses the West London team finished the season on 70 points, 6 behind 4th place Tottenham and 6 above 6th placed Southampton.

    Season 2 Transfers

    Out:

    Season 2 saw 17 players leave Loftus Road including German defender Robert Huth who left for Spanish club Espanyol yesterday for 10 million.

    In:

    12 players joined QPR including:

    Experienced English defender Phil Jagielka (8.4 million from Everton)

    Brazilian attacking midfielder Alex Teixiera (11.1 million from Zenit)

    Ex Chelsea attacker Salomon Kalou (8.5 million from Lille)

    Promising 21 year old Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi (12.2 million from Feyenoord)

    Colombian attacker Adrian Ramos (6.4 million from Hertha Berlin)

    Brazilian full back Goncalves Ismaily (5.7 million from Shakhtar Donetsk)

    Player of the season

    Loic Remy

    QPR player of the season 2 seasons running with another outstanding display for his team.

    Goals: Remy managed to score 23 goals in 31 games in season 2 for QPR just 5 goals short of the league top scorer Robin Van Persie

    Assists: As well as 23 goals Remy assisted 11 goals in his 31 games

    Man of the match 8 times

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    Remy Leads QPR to 5th in the league

    Also worth a mention:

    Forwards

    Papiss Cisse Leading the attack with Remy scoring 15 and assisting 5 in 33 games.

    Mame Diouf Although kept out of the first team by Cisse and Remy Diouf still managed 5 goals and 4 assists in only 11 games

    Midfielders:

    Lucas Fernando and Esteban Granero played the role of defensive midfield with ease and also managed 7 goals and 19 assists between them.

    Douglas Costa The Brazilian attacking midfielder managed 6 goals and 13 assists in 22 games

    Defenders

    M'Bia, Bedimo, Jagielka, Martins Indi and captain Ashley Williams all had outstanding seasons in defence for QPR and are the main reason for the teams 5th place finish.

    What next?

    A number of QPR players are attracting interest from big teams but the manager hopes to hold on to most of his players with SMFA football next season.

    QPR managed to get to the English Shield Quarter Final before losing to Tottenham 3-1 but were knocked out in Round 1 of the English Cup by supprise giant killers Brantree Town 2-0.

    The manager has said ' a couple of players may leave and we will obviously look to replace them and also bring in a few more squad players to add depth to hopefully push for a repeat of this season and better our cup performance.'

  10. Re: Another new design...

    Having quite a few issues with the new web layout. Currently unable to change my tactics/lineup or make any transfer bids as well as little issues like not being able to delete messages for example. Is anyone having these same problems and aware of when these sort of things should be working correctly?

  11. Re: .:The Official Thread Of GC 175:.

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    Newcastle United News

    After a poor start to the season which saw Newcastle bottom of the league after 3 games brought in a change of management who led the Magpies to a 9th place finish in the league, the English Shield quarter final, and 4th round of the English Cup. However the team failed to get out of their SMFA Cup group, coming bottom under 3 teams they really should have dealt with!

    The Newcastle manager is said to be pleased with his teams performance throughout the season and hopes now to have the foundations to build on and push in all competitions next season.

    'The team has taken a while to gel together and regain confidence which cost us in the early stages of the season' said the manager. 'A number of players left us at the begining of my management including the likes of promising midfielder Christian Erikson who moved to Manchester city on a deal including Dzeko heading to Newcastle, however we have also added a number of promising players such as Leighton Baines, Kolo Toure, Mame Diouf and Sebastian Rode to name a few'.

    Player of the season:

    Demba Ba

    The Newcastle forward managed to score 13 goals in 24 games for the Magpies last season also providing 4 assists and be awarded 5 man of the match performances.

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    Forwards Papiss Cisse and new boy Edin Dzeko also managed 11 goals each and provided attacking options for the manager.

    Newcastle's midfield was their strong point with the likes of Cabaye, Douglas Costa, Lacazette, Teixeira, De Jong and Rakitic all performing well and giving the manager selection headaches.

    An area that saw improvement over the season was the defence with the likes of Leighton Baines, Kolo Toure and Vurnon Anita coming in.

    What next?

    The newcatle manager is likely to be fairly quiet in the transfer window, concentrating on the players he already has but theres a chance of a bit of movement in and out of the squad.

    Aiming for higher than 9th next season and challenging to go further in the cup/shield.

  12. Re: Gold Championship 17 - Setup News

    Reading - English Cup Winners

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    Reading 2 - 0 Manchester United

    After crashing out of Europe Reading put their concentration on the English Cup and outclassed Manchester United last tuesday night at Wembley to win 2-0.

    A 90,000 strong crowd were drawn to Wembley to watch the English Cup Final last week and were entertained to an epic game of football between the two sides. Lukaku who joined Reading this season from AC Milan gave a man of the match performance for the Royals and put fear into the Manchester defence who just couldnt deal with the promissing Belgium striker, he stuck away a penalty and got an assist to the second goal which Carlos Vela put away putting the game out of reach for United after just 15 minutes.

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    Lukaku Leading Reading to Cup Victory

    Readings road to the final:

    Round 1 - Bye

    Round 2 - Reading 3 -1 Ipswich Town (A.Traore, C.Xavier, L.Traore)

    Round 3 - Reading 2 - 1 Forest Green Rovers (L.Traore 2)

    Round 4 - Reading 3 - 2 Birmingham City (Gervinho 2, Doumbia)

    Quarter Final - Reading 4 - 3 Huddersfield Town (Vela, Dixon OG, Guarin, Lukaku)

    Semi Final - Reading 2 - 0 Wolves (L.Gustavo, Lukaku)

    Reading also managed a 7th place finish in the league, 6 places higher than last season.

  13. Re: Gold Championship 300

    QPR top of the league 3 games in!

    A 2-1 away win to Aston Villa, a 0-0 draw with Southampton and a 4-1 win at home to Blackburn sees QPR top of the league after 3 games! The manager hopes his team can keep up their current form tomorrow night when they play at home against Dagenham and Redbridge in the English Shield which will see the QPR B team given their opportunity to push for first team football.

    Transfers:

    After the sale of 5 players, including Jamie Mackie and Alejandro Faurlin QPR managed to raise the funds to bring in their 3rd Brazilian player in the form of attacking midfielder Douglas Costa who joined for a fee of 11.1 million from Shakhtar Donetsk. Costa is expected to make his debut in the cup game tomorrow night.

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    New boy - Douglas Costa

    QPR also are reported be in advanced talks to sign Brazilian left back Goncalves Ismaily also from Shakhtar Donetsk and have also managed to sign Spanish defender Marc Bartra on loan from Barcelona.

  14. Re: Gold Championship 169

    Modena - New Boys in Italian Division 1

    After completing a 1 season contract in Spain with Atlectico Madrid which saw them finish 5th in the league, AJ Manager returned to his previous Italian Division 2 club Modena who had booked themselves a place in the play offs.

    For the returning manager in was 3rd time lucky having failing in the playoffs in 2 previous seasons, Modena managed a 4-1 win against Spezia in the semi final before beating Chievo Verona tonight 3-1 to book a place in next seasons Italian footballs top flight, joining Division 2 champions Novara and Torino.

    The manager now looks to build a relegation beating squad!

  15. Re: Gold Championship 300

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    QPR NEWS

    QPR managed a 12th place finish in the league in their first season under their new manager, a higher position then everyone had thought! The early season saw a lot of changes at Loftus Road with players like Barton, Samba, Zamora, Park, Bosingwa and Ferdinand all leaving the club with little faith for any success in west London.

    The new QPR boss managed to bring in some big names in the transfer market:

    In defence:

    Ashley Williams joined as new club captain for 10 million from Swansea, German defender Robert Huth joined from Stoke for 7.3 million, left back Henry Bedimo joined from French side Montpellier for 7 million, and Curtis Davies joined from Birmingham for 6.1 million.

    In midfield:

    Promising Brazilian 21 year old defensive midfielder Lucas Fernando joined from Gremio for 11 million and Spanish winger Manuel Nolito joined from Benfica for 13 million.

    In attack:

    3 Senegal forwards joined the club in the form of Dame N'Doye for 4.4 million from Lokomotiv moskva, ex Manchester United forward Mame Diouf joined from Hanover for 7.8 million and Paptiss Cisse joined for club transfer record of 16.5 million from Newcatle after a lot of confussion in the deal with it first being reversed by the SMFA under previous management.

    Stand out Players:

    Stand out players of the season were:

    Loic Remy

    The French attacker stayed with QPR after persuasion from the the new manager and netted 14 times in 31 games, also creating 6 assists and being awarded 3 man of the match performances.

    Manuel Nolito

    the Spanish winger tore up defences and with his creative passes assisted 6 goals and manged to find the net 5 times himself in 25 appearances

    Paptiss Cisse

    After finally joining QPR the forward score 4 and assisted 3 in 9 games...high hopes for a full season with the club.

    Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, defenders Ashley Williams, Bedimo, M'bia, Huth, Midfielders Fernando, Granero, Taarabt and forward Dame N'Doye all deserve praise for QPRs Premier League survival with outstanding performances.

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    With a very limited transfer budget at the close of season it looks like QPR will need to sell to buy before the new season.

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    Loic Remy Sticks with QPR and is named their player of the season scoring 14 and assisting 6 in 31 games!

  16. Re: Gold Championship 17 - Setup News

    3rd Time not Lucky for Reading!

    SMFA Shield winners of the last 2 seasons, Reading crashed out of the competition in the quarter finals last night after a 5-4 aggregate loss to Lyon. Reading were once again showing good form in Europe knocking out French side AS Saint-Etiene, Turkish side Besiktas and Greek side Olympiacos to reach the quarter finals, however French giants Lyon proved too much for the Berkshire club.

    After a 2-2 draw at the Madejski, Reading got an early advantage in Lyon when they were awarded a penalty in the 3rd minute which Ivory Coast forward Lacina Traore put into the back of the net. It only took the French team 2 minutes to respond with a Jaroslav Plasil goal and a minute later a Mohamed Fofana goal. The wind was well and truely out of Reading's sails and they conceded again in the 29th minute to a Claudio Pizzaro goal. Nikica Jelavic managed to get one back for the Royals in the 74th minute openning the opportunity of an away goals win with just 1 more goal! But Reading failed to find the net!

    Final Score Lyon 3 - 2 Reading (5-4 on aggregate)

    What next?

    After finishing a dissapointing 13th in the league last season, Reading currently sit 7th and play away to 8th place Everton today before a home game against Forest Green Rovers in the 3rd round of the English Cup on monday night.

  17. Re: It's Here Gold Championship 200! (Thread)

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    New Manager in Division 3

    This afternoon Brentford football club have announced the apointment of AJ Manager as their new manager for next season. After a disappointing finish to a season that had many thinking Brentford could reach the playoffs a change was needed at the club. That change has come in the form of AJ Manager, who leaves France this afternoon after a successful season with Montpellier in Division 1 that saw them finish 3rd in the league behind Marseille and PSG. It is reported that the manager was after a new challenge, one hes sure to get in the English 3rd tier.

  18. Re: .:The Official Thread Of GC 175:.

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    New Boss at Newcastle

    After 3 league defeats and 1 champions cup defeat already this season something had to change at Newcastle and that change has come in the form of a new manager, who joins Newcastle from the manager position at Reading who he finished 9th in the league with last season.

    The manager is said to be sad to leave Reading but feels a new challenge with a great club like Newcastle is too hard to turn down.

    Newcastle currently sit in the relegation zone in the league and 2nd from bottom in a SMFA Cup group which they are favorites to win.

    With some decent talent in the team the new manager hopes to improve his teams poor start to the season and possibly add one or two new players to the squad.

    The new boss's first test will be on monday night in the 2nd round of the English Shield against Millwall before travelling away to Manchester United in the league.

  19. Re: Gold Championship 53/Match Reports/Transfers.

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    Things heating up in the top 4

    With only 5 games left in the season and only 1 point seperating the top 3 teams in the English top flight things really heated up yesterday when Arsenal travelled to Old Trafford to take on fierce rivals Manchester United.

    The game turned out to be one of the games of the season with both teams and managers giving it their all to continue the dream of that number 1 spot in the league.

    Result:

    Manchester United 6 - 8 Arsenal

    Both teams started the game at full speed and it took just 2 minutes for Manchester United to go 1-0 up through a CABAYE free kick. Arsenal responded instantly and on the stroke of 4 minutes made it 1-1 through a CESC FABREGAS free kick. The game stayed equal until Arsenal's Brazilian defender DEDE gave away a penalty after a badly timed challenge 27 minutes in which Aleksandr KERZHAKOV smashed into the top corner for United giving them the advantage again. 4 minutes later and a panicing Arsenal defence gave away another free kick in a dangerous postion which CABAYE put into the back on the net again putting united 3-1 up. Arsenal clawed one back through SOW before half time, making the half time score 3-2 to UNited.

    The second half began in Arsenals hands and 5 minutes in SOW vollied in his 2nd of the game making it 3-3. 3 minutes later and United responded through a FORLÁN strike. Arsenal were quick on the counter attack and THEO WALCOTT curled one in to make it 4-4. It was quiet for 7 whole minutes before Arsenal scored another 3 goals in 3 minutes through VAN PERSIE, SOW and BARRY putting Arsenal 7-4 up and surely out of sight....but no ROONEY got 1 back for United just 2 minutes later and another 5 minutes later TOURE put United back in the game and made the score 7-6 to Arsenal. With both teams dead on their feet PAPISS CISSE managed Arsenals 8th goal before Brazilian defender DEDE was sent off for Arsenal. Final Score 8-6 to the Gunners!

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    Arsenal Striker MOUSSA SOW scores his hatrick against United in amazing encounter

    With 5 games left and the point gap so close at the top of the league anything could happen...could more encounters like this be on the cards??? lets hope so!

  20. Re: Gold Championship 93 match and Transfer reports

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    What Next?

    As well as winning the English Cup Arsenal managed a 4th place finish in the league which was one better than last season and guarantees SMFA Cup football next season. With poor performances in the English Shield (knocked out by Portsmouth in round 2) and the SMFA Shield (knocked out by Marseille in round 2) the Arsenal boss hopes to be able to compete in all competitions and the league.

    With additions to the squad this season such as:

    TOURÉ, Yayá

    BEN ARFA

    GARAY

    DAMIÃO, Leandro

    COSTA, Douglas

    SESSÈGNON, Stéphane

    SUÁREZ, Mario

    to name a view Arsenal wont be looking to be too active in the transfer window unless a big deal becomes available.

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    Arsenal midfield general Yaya Toure

    Potential starting line up for Arsenal next season:

    DE GEA

    PEREIRA, RAMI, MERTESACKER, ADRIANO

    CAZORLA, TOURE, WILSHERE, MATA

    BENZEMA, HIGUAÍN

  21. Re: Gold Championship 93 match and Transfer reports

    Arsenal English Cup Winners

    Arsenal topped off a resonable 4th season under their current manager with victory over Manchester United in the English Cup.

    Arsenal managed to avoid the big guns on route to the final with victories over Wycombe, Peterborough, Aston Villa, Fulham and West Brom to book themselves as one of the last 2 teams in the competition.

    The Final

    Tuesday the 7th of May

    Wembly Stadium (86,232)

    Arsenal:

    D DE GEA

    J PEREIRA

    C ADRIANO

    P MERTESACKER

    A RAMI

    Y TOURÉ ©

    S CAZORLA

    A SONG

    K BENZEMA

    G HIGUAÍN

    J MATA

    Manchester United:

    MANDANDA

    T CHANDLER

    D KOMBAROV

    R ALBIOL

    G CHIELLINI ©

    L FERNANDINHO

    M MARIN

    M VELOSO

    A GYAN

    A DIAMANTI

    A GUARDADO

    1st HalfThe game started off nervously for both teams, both trying to probe for a weakness in their opponents denfensive line. It wasnt until the 34th minute that the game saw its real first chance on goal when Arsenal right back João PEREIRA played a long ball to HIGUAÍN only for his shot to go inches wide. United player Dmitri KOMBAROV expressed his frustration with a late challenge on BENZEMA, resulting in a yellow card and a free kick to the gunners which was whiped in by HIGUAÍN only for MERTESACKER to head over.

    In the 40th minute United caught Arsenal out with a quick counter attack, Raúl ALBIOL Knocked a ball into GYAN who cleverly headed it over the defence and placed the ball into the bottom corner putting United 1-0 up at half time.

    2nd Half

    The 2nd half started as the first had ended with United on the attack. VELOSO, DIAMANTI and GYAN all coming close for the Manchester club. With half an hour to go both managers decided to make changes to their teams; Arsenal WALCOTT and PODOLSKI came on for PEREIRA and SONG, and United legend SCHOLES came on for FERNANDINHO.

    Arsenal looked more attacking and with fresh legs on started causing United problems. On the 70th minute mark MATA made a cheeky run through Uniteds midfield and layed the ball to BENZEMA only for the French striker to put Arsenal level on 1-1. 8 minutes later Arsenal took the lead through a wonder strike from substitute PODOLSKI. Though United rsponded within a minute when KOMBAROV chipped the ball over the Arsenal keeper who wasnt on his line making it 2-2. Both teams fought hard but neither could land the winning blow with the game ending 2-2 after extra time.

    Penalties:

    Arsenal 0

    BENZEMA - misses, saved by MANDANDA

    United 1

    QUINTERO - Scores

    Arsenal 1

    HIGUAÍN - scores

    United 2

    MARIN - scores

    Arsenal 2

    WALCOTT - scores

    United 2

    DIAMANTI - misses, saved by DE GEA

    Arsenal 3

    CAZORLA - scores

    United 3

    GUARDADO - scores

    Arsenal 4

    PODOLSKI - scores

    United 3

    SCHOLES - misses and smashes the ball over the cross bar

    Final score:

    ARSENAL 2 - 2 Manchester United (4-3 after penalties)

  22. Re: Gold Championship 17 - Setup News

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    READING SMFA SHIELD CHAMPIONS AGAIN!

    Reading fc were crowned SMFA Shield champions tonight for the 2nd time in 3seasons!

    After a poor performance defending the Shield last season the Reading manager wanted to make his team a force in Europe again and made it his number one priority for the season.

    Round 1 Reading 5 - 4 Fluminense (after 2 legs)Reading went striaght into the competition all guns blazing, travelling to Brazil to see off Fluminense 3-0 in the 1st leg thanks to goals from Matias Suarez and 2 penalties from Artis Aduriz. The 2nd leg was a different affair with Reading losing to the Brazilians 4-2 but 2 more goals from Aduriz was enough to ensure Reading won 5-4 on aggregate.

    Round 2 Reading 5 - 1 Napoli (after 2 legs)

    Round 2 saw Reading drawn against Italian side Napoli. Reading continued the all guns blazing approach and won the 1st leg at home 2-0 thanks to goals from Derdiyok and Hernanes. Reading went on to dominate in Italy and won 3-1 thanks to goals from Derdiyok, Gervinho and Maicon.

    Round 3 Reading 5 - 1 Bordeaux (after 2 legs)

    The 3rd round saw Reading travel away to France and Bordeaux for the 1st leg which they won 3-1 through goals from Hernanes, Xavier and Hangeland. A familiar story and another win for Reading at home with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Guarin and Varela.

    Quarter Final Reading 4 - 2 Chicago Fire (after 2 legs)

    With Reading reaching the quater finals relatively unchallenged posed a threat for Reading in the form of being over confident. The 1st leg of the quarter final was a sobering experience for reading as they lost 2-1 to Chicago Fire. The 2nd leg saw a complete new approach by reading with a returned hunger which paid off as the Berkshire side won the game 3-0 through goals from Matias Suarez and new boys Danny Welbeck and Alain Traore putting Reading through 4-2 on aggregate.

    Semi Final Reading 8 - 5 Internazionale (after 2 legs)

    The semi final saw Reading face Italian giants Internazionale. The first leg was away but Reading played like at home and won the game 4-2 with Gervinho, Derdiyok (2) and Benatia getting on the score sheet for the Royals. The 2nd leg was a close encounter at the Madejski Stadium with both teams giving their all but Reading had the edge and goals from Aogo, Jelavic and Welbeck (2) were enough to see Reading win ther game 4-3 and go through to the final 8-5 on aggregate.

    The Final

    Reading 3 - 1 AC Milan

    The final saw Reading face another Italian Giant in AC Milan and found themselves the underdogs with AC Milan favorites to take the Shield home. The stadium drawn for the Final was the 52,000 capacity Hampden Park in Scotland, home to Queens Park.

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    Reading Line up: Kameni, Eboue, Aogo, Benatia, Shawcross, Parker, Noboa, Welbeck, Guarin, Gervinho, Gyan

    AC Milan line up: Rafael, Ignjovski, Angel, Lovren, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dzagoev, Kaka, Diarra, Damiao, Pazzini, Lamela

    1st half

    The first 20 minutes of the game saw AC Milan dominating in every area of the pitch with shot after shot from Brazilians Kaka and Damiao as well as Pizzini and Lamela but the Reading number 1 Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni stood firm deflecting every attack.

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    After 24 minutes of what can only be called a siege, Reading broke and a great through ball from Columbian Fredy Guarin met Reading forward Asamoah Gyan who placed the ball into the back of the net putting the Royals 1-0 up to everyones supprise. Both teams pushed hard and 10 minutes later on 34 minutes came AC Milans response when Brazilian Kaka put a ball into the box for Lass Diarra to smash into the top corner putting both teams level at half time.

    2nd half

    The second half saw both teams make changes with Reading bring on Alain Traore, Derdiyok and Jelavic for Gervinho, Gyan and Noboa and Milan bringing on Candreva and Luuk De Jong for Angel and Damiao. The start of the second half contiued as the 1st half had finished with both teams equal in possession, shots and even throw ins. 63 minutes in and Reading finaly broke Milan down when Scott Parker puts a ball through to Alain Traore who passes the ball past the Milan keeper with ease and putting Reading back into the lead. Milan tryed everything in response but this time to no avail with the Royals holding firm all over the pitch now. 5 minutes from time saw reading seal the win when a great pass in the box from Alain Traore is taped in by Jelavic. Job done!

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    Star man Asamoah Gyan puts Reading 1-0 up

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    Reading new boy Alain Traore puts the Royals 2-1 up and sets up the 3rd

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    Jelavic Seals Readings 3-1 victory

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