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McBloggin is your weekly source of football news on the SM Forum. Sinny and myself ©arbon will provide you with questions to discuss, young talents to buy, stories within the football world and (hopefully) some funny moments to give you an enjoyable read. WE WANT DISCUSSION! So express your views on anything within the articles.

McBloggin's Premiership Goal Of The Week


A cracking strike from Sunderland's Steed Malbranque against Hull City.

English Barclays Premiership Results


Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool - Van Persie (24), Keane (42)

Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Stoke City - McCarthy (9 Pen), Roberts (18), McCarthy (27)

Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Portsmouth - Taylor (1), Gardner (3), Crouch (20)

Everton 0-0 Chelsea

Fulham 3-0 Middlesbrough - Bullard (41), Murphy (56 Pen), Dempsey (59)

Hull City 1-4 Sunderland - Malbranque (10), Barmby (19), Zayatte (78 O.G), Jones (84), Cisse (90)

Newcastle United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur - N'Zogbia (12), Modric (29), Duff (90),

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Manchester City - Moore (69), Carson (86 O.G), Bednar (90)

West Ham United 0-1 Aston Villa - Neill (79 O.G)

Coca Cola Championship Results


Birmingham City 1-3 Reading - N Hunt (13), Phillips (60), Doyle (66), Cisse (82)

Barnsley 2-0 Plymouth Argyle - De Silva (37), Campbell-Ryce (90 Pen)

Blackpool 1-1 Swansea City - Scotland (67), Gow (74)

Bristol City 1-2 Burnley - Maynard (52 Pen), Paterson (57), Thompson (77)

Cardiff City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday - Johnson (49), Chopra (65 Pen)

Coventry City 2-2 Ipswich Town - Morrison (1), Lisbie (12), Eastwood (56), Lisbie (65)

Derby County 1-0 Watford - Hulse (83)

Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers - Collins (81)

Norwich City 1-0 Charlton Athletic - Lita (60)

Queens Park Rangers 3-2 Preston North End - Helguson (16), Sedgwick (28), Helguson (34), Davidson (60 Pen), Blackstock (86)

Southampton 0-2 Nottingham Forest - Morgan (42), Garner (75)

Sheffield United 2-2 Crystal Palace - Dyer (41), McCarthy (47), Beattie (88 Pen), Carle (90)

Coca Cola League 1 Results


Cheltenham Town 0-0 Walsall

Colchester United 0-0 Shorpe United

Huddersfield Town 2-0 Hereford United - Clarke (70), Roberts (77)

Leicester City 4-0 Peterborough United - Morgan (6 O.G), Fryatt (38), King (70), Howard (90)

Millwall 0-0 Crewe Alexandra

Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 Leeds United - O'Hanlon (11), Wilbraham (17), Snodgrass (49), Wilbraham (55)

Northampton Town 1-0 Carlisle United - Crowe (63)

Oldham Athletic 1-1 Leyton Orient - Liddell (34 Pen), Demetriou (72)

Stockport County 3-1 Bristol Rovers - Davies (27), Disley (41), Davies (45), Davies (90)

Swindon Town 2-3 Yeovil Town - Alcock (10), Peltier (28), Timlin (45), Ifil (72 O.G), McGovern (77)

Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Brighton And Hove Albion - Kay (90)

Coca Cola League 2 Results


Accrington Stanley 1-3 Rotherham United - Burchill (6 Pen), Burchill (11), Procter (33), Broughton (88)

Aldershot Town 2-2 Grimsby Town - Kalala (2), Hegarty (39), Davies (49 Pen), Davies (75 Pen)

Bournemouth 2-0 Bury - Igoe (39), Partington (44)

Bradford City 0-0 Chester City

Darlington 2-2 Barnet FC - Hatch (8), O'Flynn (19), Hatch (25), Yakubu (76)

Exeter City 4-1 Rochdale - Basham (16), Basham (31 Pen), McAllister (84), McAllister (87), Keltie (90 Pen)

Gillingham 1-1 Brentford - MacDonald (28), Jackson (60)

Luton Town 1-1 Morecambe - Spillane (51), Carlton (57)

Macclesfield Town 0-4 Dagenham & Redbridge - Benson (4), Taiwo (7), Benson (19), Saunders (48)

Notts County 0-1 Lincoln City - Patulea (32)

Port Vale 0-1 Chesterfield - Downes (54)

Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers - Harrold (55)

Blue Square Premier Results


Altrincham 1-3 Burton Albion - Pearson (40), Johnson (56), Pearson (65 Pen), McGrath (86)

Cambridge United 4-0 Salisbury City - Willmott (24), Rendell (50), Holroyd (62), Pitt (63)

Crawley Town 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers - Malcolm (30), Malcolm (71)

Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Kettering - Potter (29), Seddon (32 Pen)

Grays Athletic 2-1 Barrow - Walker (26), Cogan (41), Cogan (56)

Lewes 0-2 Woking - Domoraud (42), Domoraud (71)

Mansfield Town 2-1 Weymouth - Beavon (Pen 20), Ahmed (58), D'Laryea (90)

Oxford United 1-1 Stevenage Borough - Bridges (27), Constable (43)

Rushden & Diamonds 2-1 Northwich Victoria - Crowell (15), Smith (67), Tomlin (70)

Torquay United 4-1 Histon - D'Sane (7), D'Sane (22), Wright (49), Wroe (62), Sills (85)

Wrexham 5-0 Eastbourne Borough - Williams (44) Louis (47), Williams (65), Taylor (90), Williams (90)

York City 3-1 Ebbsfleet United - Gash (26), Smith (60), Brodie (69), Sodje (77)

From 2005-2008 - Presented By Sinny

From 2005 when SM started, it was nothing than just a site that had just begun its road to the best Football Management game online. In November 2005, SM was just a site that provided minimal features as to what it has now. From basic improvements involving the transfer system to the main game itself, McBloggin takes a look at how the old look and version of the site really was in 2005 and how it has improved now.

When you log on, you get a very well designed ‘My Home’ screen where all you have to do is select a club that you manage and set up tactics etc. Back in 2005, the layout was completely different. A team would be selected automatically and it provided all the info on ‘My Home’ that you get on the basic Club Overview. On the left hand side of the site, there was the basic information on your club like the name, Setup name, recent form and cash balance etc. Over the years, the layout has completely changed for the better, with improved placings of the messages, club selection and the current activity on SM altogether.

The newspaper is one of the most changed features since the opening of SM. From match results to rumours, from best rated players to transfers, the most significant change came in early 2008 when managers were able to post match reports, players for sale or on loan or manager arrivals. Further plans to improve the newspaper are being worked on, giving the chance to offer managers interviews after a match, with a set of options to pick from.. A setup main feed, which also includes the articles from manager from above (include match reports)) has been linked into the Club Overview for managers to view the latest information happening within each setup which includes risers, decreasers, news bulletins and transfer news.

The Tactics screen is now more revolutionised since 2005. The new Tactics screen was introduced in late 2007, after being tested and then being implemented, it became an instant hit with SM users. The new interactive page, was developed to allow managers to drop players into positions, which makes it a whole lot easier than the traditional page, which you had to click on the tab, and select which position they play in. There are 5 tabs on the interactive tactics page, Match Day Squad, Formation, Substitutions, Team Style and Player Assignment, that have been kept the same (except the Formations (new Formations added) since 2005. There is an option of the Traditional page tactics but on whichever page, just don't forget to click save changes or fail to lose your changes to your side!

The Club Overview used to look like the most basic page for a football management game. The page that contained just the League, Cup and Shield History, links to all the other pages, Transfer History and the club's basic information has now turned into a well formed page. With links to all the pages, the Club Overview now contains Club Messages with a scroll bar, results and fixtures with a scroll bar, home and away kit and the Club's basic information. Mostly recognisable is the Setup News Feed that was fit in just a couple of months ago, which contains information of the setups recent activities. The Transfers In & Out also have been implemented, with just a click away from finding out who has been signed/sold if you take over the reigns at a club.

Semir Stilic - 'Clever' - Presented By ©arbon



The Basics

I present you with Semir Stilic a 21 year old Bosnian attacking midfielder currently playing for Lech Poznan in Poland. He was born in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia during 1987 and is currently 1.83m in height.

International Scene - U19, U21 and Senior

During the 2005/2006 UEFA European U19 Qualifying Section, Stilic started all three of Bosnia and Herzegovina's games. The first came against Croatia on the 3rd October 2005. He played the full 90 minutes, but he could not prevent Croatia winning 0-5. Two days later, Bosnia and Herzegovina faced Bulgaria, Stilic again played the full 90 but couldn't prevent his side losing their second consecutive game, this time 0-2. Bosnia and Herzegovina's final group game came against Iceland on the 7th October 2005, the final result was again a bad one: Iceland inning 0-2, and Stilic being sent off in the 52nd minute. Overall a poor showing from Bosnia and Herzegovina who are always generally poor at lower age levels internationally, yet a very good side at senior level.

Stilic started five of Bosnia and Herzegovina's eight matches within the 2007/2009 UEFA European U21 Qualifying Section, where again poor results were on show. They started brightly however with a 4-0 win against Malta on the 8th September 2007, with Stilic playing the whole match. This was probably Bosnia and Herzegovina's best performance. Three days later Romania were the opponents and they went on to win 0-3, Stilic played the whole match however, but picked up a booking in the 37th minute. On the 12th October 2007 Bosnia and Herzegovina faced their toughest challenge yet, with France on the agenda. It turned out nothing unusual happened with France winning comfortably 0-4. Stilic played 70 minutes before being replaced by Ozren Peric. Bosnia and Herzegovina's next match came against Wales on the 17th November 2007, again 0-4 was the final scoreline, and Stilic played 60 minutes before being replaced by Ozren Peric for the second consecutive match. In what turned out to be Stilic's last appearance of the qualifying group, Malta produced a big shock, beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-2 on the 20th November 2007, capping off an awful run of form. Stilic played the full match. He didn't feature in any of Bosnia and Herzegovina's final three group games against Romania, France and Wales.

Stilic has already been capped twice for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior Team. It is an exciting time for the country in question, with players such as Ibisevic, Dzeko, Misimovic and Salihovic all in cracking form at the moment at club level, all playing their trade in Germany. Adding Stilic to the mix and his exceptional playmaking qualities, you have a very dangerous offensive unit that could trouble the likes of Italy, Spain and England quite easily.

Domestic Scene

FK Zeljeznicar were the club who guided Stilic through their youth system and into the world of first team football during the years 2005-2008. Altogether Stilic made 63 apps, scoring 19 goals for their first team. Thanks to his supurb form, Lech Poznan of Poland expressed their interest and he signed a four year contract with them on the 11th June 2008. This season in the Polish Ekstraklasa he has started 15 out of a possible 17 games for Lech Poznan, appearing as a substitute twice, playing a total amount of 1287 mins, scoring five goals, gaining eight assists and collecting 2 yellow cards. he has usually played as one of the two playmakers in a 4-3-2-1 formation.


Team Of The Moment - Lech Poznan

Goal Log - Polish Ekstraklasa

Jagiellonia Bialystok 0-3 Lech Poznan - 39th minute penalty - 17th August 2008

Lech Poznan 3-1 Odra Wodzislaw - 49th minute - 31st October 2008

Lechia Gdansk 0-3 Lech Poznan - 54th and 73rd minutes - 9th November 2008

Odra Wodzislaw 0-1 Lech Poznan - 22nd minute - 30th November 2008

European Scene

After starting all six of Lech Poznan's first, second and third round qualifying matches in the Uefa Cup against Khazar Lenkoran, Grasshoppers and Austria Vienna respectively, Poznan faced Feyenoord, Nancy, Deportivo La Coruna and CSKA Moscow in the group stage. They were by far the favourites to finish last but pushed well above their weight, leading to themselves going through in third place behind group favourites CSKA Moscow and experienced European contenders Deportivo La Coruna. Their first match came against Nancy of France, which ended 2-2, with Stilic playing the full 90 minutes and scoring a goal in the 22nd minute. Next up were CSKA Moscow, the result wasn't suprising with CSKA winning 2-1, but Stilic scored in the 66th minute to set up a nervous second half, and also played the full match. Deportivo La Coruna, once a force in the UEFA Champions League were welcomed to Poland for Poznan's third game. Stilic played the full 90 minutes again but couldn't inspire Poznan to win, with the final scoreline at 1-1. Stilic picked up a booking in the 60th minute Poznan's final group game came against Holland side Feyenoord, they picked up their first win by 1 goal to nil, and booked a place in the last 32, whilst Feyenoord finished bottom. Stilic played 71 minutes before he was replaced by Tomasz Bandrowski. Altogether, Stilic made four starts, played 341 minutes, scored two goals and picked up one yellow card.

Comparisons and Links

Stilic has been compared to Luka Modric for his passing and creativity. He is also unselfish in front of goal much like the Croatian sensation. Arsenal, WBA, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Fulham, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb, Eintracht Frankfurt and Trabzonspor have all been linked with a move for the playmaker.

SM Stuff

Yes, he is on the DB

Name - Semir Stilic

Nationality - Bosnian

Age - 21

Club - Lech Poznan

Position - AM

Foot - Both

Rating - 84 (+2 Last Change)

Value - £4,097,000

Five Questions With No Answer...YET - Presented by ©arbon

Where will Aiden McGeady end up in January? - The mood between Celtic manager Gordon Strachan and McGeady is at an all time low, after the latter was docked two weeks wages and suspended for Celtic's next two games. Will he stay or will he go?

Will David Beckham's loan move to Milan be worthwhile? - After joining Serie A giants AC Milan for the time whilst the MLS break is in action, will Beckham get a starting role, or will it just turn out to be a superstar trying to stay in the eye of England boss Fabio Capello?

When will Dimitar Berbatov be seen as second choice to Carlos Tevez? - The Bulgarian has hardly hit full potential or even full pace since his arrival at Old Trafford. After all of the crucial goals Tevez hit last season, why has he been overlooked in recent weeks?

Should Mark Hughes be sacked, or should he be given time? - Manchester City's performances are not exactly 'brilliant' at the moment, probably down to an over-reliance on Robinho, but should the gaffer be made to pay the price of failure so early in the season?

Will the success of Hoffenheim last? - The German club who have risen from the fifth division in 2000 to top of the Bundesliga going into the winter break in 2008 have definately been the suprise of the entire European season so far, but the big question is: Will it last or will Ibisevic and co fall apart?


Ibisevic - Star so far, will Hoffenheim continue their supurb form next year?

McBloggin Spot - Presented By ©arbon

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


Ortega - Great player and willing to tackle his problem.

He Said What?! - Presented By ©arbon

"And I'm sure I'll be linked with a move to join him in January." - Kevin Nolan, and his confident words that his former boss Sam Allardyce will show interest in signing him in the January transfer window. Is he going to be a part of the Allardyce puzzle? (Eurosport)

"An exceptional player, who has a great future." - Ramon Calderon on his latest big money signing in Lassana Diarra. When he says great he means rubbish, and by future he means short term. How the hell, will he replace Fernando Gago and Guti in the midfield. I just hope he proves me wrong. (Eurosport)

"I love England and it would be fantastic to win something with the national team. We're playing really well as a team and Capello is the right man to help us win things." - Wayne Rooney giving a really positive assessment of the England team right now, and how Fabio Capello has turned their fortunes around. Will it last though? (Eurosport)

"We put forward a number of alternatives which were not accepted." - Uruguayan FA President Jose Luis Corbo on why the league season has been indefinitely suspended in Uruguay, mainly because of problems with police and fan riots. Will the fan hooliganism effect ever leave South America? (ESPN)

"He didn't swing an elbow but he gave the referee no chance. He was correct to produce the red card." - Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Nemanja Vidic's harsh sending off against LDU Quito of Ecuador during their 1-0 win in the World Club Cup Final in Yokohama, Japan. Did he swing his elbow or didn't he?, only Vidic will ever know (Eurosport)

McBloggin Kodak Moment - Presented By Sinny


Antonio Cassano showing the world that Roma shorts are made to come off.

We will be back next week!

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tbh mate, im glad you just posted then, becuase i just read all of this through... and its GREAT!

Very intrested in this... looks good and extremely well presented IMO. Would like too point out the great result for Yeovil there aswell ;)

Who is in the top pic... the person? :D

Looking forward too next weeks :)

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Thanks for the interest :)

Brilliant post' date=' better then a lot of the rubbish threads on this forum, proves how the good forumers who spend time doing excellent stuff get ignored :)

Thanks a lot B)[/quote']

You must be kidding mate , I've just finished reading it :rolleyes: , lol great post and idea ;)

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tbh mate' date=' im glad you just posted then, becuase i just read all of this through... and its GREAT!

Very intrested in this... looks good and extremely well presented IMO. Would like too point out the great result for Yeovil there aswell ;)

Who is in the top pic... the person? :D

Looking forward too next weeks :)[/quote']


Thanks for the positive comments :)

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Was just about to do a thread on Štilić' date=' due to the interest from Atlético, Arsenal, Fulham and a few other clubs. But after searching I found this lol. Believe it or not, but I've known about him since mid 07 when he was stupidly over-rated in CM08. :eek:[/quote']

Signing for Celtic, and McBloggin has been weird over the past weeks due to Christmas, coursework and my birthday so if it isn't up it is my fault, I have been very busy.

EDIT: We will be working very hard to get McBloggin up by Monday for this weekends edition

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