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As some of you may know I am a keen supporter of Chelsea FC and I am so happy that they have won the FA Cup against Liverpool. There were a couple of controversial decisions but it is fair to say that Chelsea dominated so deserved the win.  Goals from Ramires and Drogba were enough to see out threats from Liverpool, even after Carroll lead a fightback.

Hopefully this season will end on an even bigger high if we can beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final May 19th. I cannot wait for that day! I also hope that Roberto di Matteo can have the full time job.

FIFA 12 Ultimate Team ‘Team of the Week’ January 4-11

FIFA 12 Ultimate Team – Team of the Week January 4-11

The first 2012 TOTW is out and the players are all better than ever! You can find these in-form players from 6pm GMT on 4 January until 6pm 11 January. You can also view the team in the FUT Web App, or play this squad with your own team in-game.

GK: Mignolet, Sunderland – 74>74

CB: Koscielny, Arsenal – 78>82

CB: Hanley, Blackburn Rovers- 68>73

CB: Distin, Everton – 77>82

CM: Cattermole, Sunderland – 75>81

CAM: Ireland, Aston Villa – 77>82

CM: Ramires, Chelsea – 79>82

RW: Dyer, Swansea – 73>74

ST: Crouch, Stoke – 79>82

ST: Yakubu, Blackburn – 73>82

LW: Bellamy, Liverpool – 79>83


GK: Bunn, Blackburn Rovers – 65>72

CB: Mulgrew, Celtic – 70>74

CM: Sparrow, Brighton and Hove Albion – 65>74

CM: Powell, Crewe Alexandra – 52>61

ST: Daly, Dundee United – 70>73

ST: Berisha, Brisbane Roar – 63>64

ST: Vaz Te, Barnsley – 63>64

About – The highest rated player here is Craig Bellamy of Liverpool with an increased rating of 83. Because of the Christmas break around most of the world, the starting XI is made up of 100% Premier League players.

Happy Hour – Likely to be on Friday or Monday at 7-8pm

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Does Anybody Want To Win The Premier League?

A shocking weekend in the Barclay’s Premier League after the top four teams all failed to win their matches raises the question if anybody actually wants to win the title this year? Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all suffered surprise defeats while Tottenham were held to a draw in matches they were guaranteed to win.

Manchester United lost at home to Blackburn 2-3. To make things worse this match was played on Sir Alex Ferguson’s 70th birthday meaning his party celebrations were brought to an abrupt end. Blackburn took the lead after a Yakubu scored a 16th minute penalty and later doubled his tally by thrashing through the defence. Blackburn had a lot of defending to do but could not keep Berbatov out as he scored with a header and again to bring things equal. Youngster Grant Hanley then shocked the world as he scored the winner to send the champions home.

Tottenham drew away at Swansea after Van der Vaart took the lead in the first half. Swansea showed persistence and were even quite dominant throughout the next half hour so they deserved the goal when winger Scott Sinclair blasted in the equaliser.

I hate to say that Chelsea lost at Stamford Bridge to Aston Villa. A bright start led to a Drogba goal but Chelsea’s defence has to be blamed for the defeat. Aston Villa scored one plus to more in the last ten minutes to win the game 1-3.

Finally, Manchester City played Sunderland and were expected to pass their rivals to make it to the top of the table. However, frustration and a lack of concentration meant that nobody was able to score apart from the Sunderland striker JiDong-Won who scored with 10 seconds of play remaining.

What a shocking few days! Who would have ever thought this would happen?! Anyway, most of the clubs are playing again within the next few day and will be hoping to make up for the weekend’s mistakes. Don’t let us down again Chelsea.

FIFA 12 Ultimate Team ‘Team of the Week’ 28 December – 4 January

FIFA 12 Ultimate Team – Team of the Week 28 December – 4 January

Stuffed with talent, you can find these in-form players from 6pm GMT on 28 December until 6pm 4 January. You can also view the team in the FUT Web App, or play this squad with your own team in-game.

GK: Sirigu, PSG – 79>84

CB: Samba, Blackburn Rovers – 79>83

CB: Coloccini, Newcastle United – 79>82

CB: Dunne, Aston Villa – 78>81

LB: Nagatomo, Inter Milan – 76>81

LM: Park, Manchester United – 82>84

LM: Rodríguez, Liverpool – 78>80

LM: Álvarez, Inter Milan – 78>82

ST: Barda, Racing Genk – 74>78

ST: Ljubijankič, AA Gent – 71>74

ST: Berbatov, Manchester United – 82>86


GK: Stockdale, Fulham – 73>74

CB: McAuley, West Brom – 69>73

LM: Daniel, Wellington Phoenix – 58>63

LM: Barbosa, Évian Thonon Gaillard FC – 66>72

ST: Guly, Southampton – 67>73

ST: Samaras, Celtic – 68>74

RW: Phillips, Blackpool – 69>74

About – The highest rated player here is Berbatov of Manchester United with a rating of 86. Even though he has mainly been used as a substitute this season, he found his feet on Boxing Day scoring a hat-trick against Wigan during a 5-0 thrashing. He is one of six Barclay’s Premier League players to make the team this week. Impressive?

Happy Hour – Likely to be on Saturday or Monday at 7-8pm

FIFA 12 Ultimate Team ‘Team of the Week’ December 21 – 28

FIFA 12 Ultimate Team – Team of the Week 21-28 December

GK: Júlio César, Inter – 85 > 86

CB: Thiago Silva, AC Milan – 87 > 88

CB: Vitorino Hilton, Montpellier HSC – 74 > 74

RB: Micah Richards, Manchester City – 80 > 83

CAM: Pablo Aimar, SL Benfica – 83 > 85

CAM: Raúl, Schalke – 81 > 84

CM: Michael Carrick, Manchester United – 82 > 83

RM: Bryan Ruiz, Fulham – 82 > 84

RW: Mathieu Valbuena, Marseille – 81 > 83

ST: Roberto Soldado, Valencia CF – 82 > 84

LW: Antoine Griezmann, Real Sociedad – 76 > 80


GK: Mohamed Amsif, FC Augsberg – 61 > 64

CB: Philipp Wollscheid, FC Nurnberg – 73 > 74

LB: Emiliano Insua, Sporting CP – 74 > 74

CM: Florent Balmont, Lille OSC – 78 > 80

RM: Guillaume Gillet, Anderlecht – 69 > 74

ST: Jordan Rhodes, Huddersfield Town – 66 > 74

ST: John Guidetti, Feyenoord – 68 > 73

About – Highest rated player here is the AC Milan centre back Thiago Silva with an increased rating of 88. He had a superb performance at the weekend and is one of three Brazilians to make this weeks starting XI. There are also two Spaniards and two English people, including Michael Carrick.

Happy Hour – Saturday 24th 7-8pm UK Time

Super Frank Lampard Leads Chelsea to 2-1 Victory Over Man City

After a quick second minute goal from Balotelli Chelsea made a fantastic comeback to beat their opponents and current leaders Manchester City. A superb first half finish from Meireles after a Daniel Sturridge run down the wing opened the game up for all. Chelsea kept pushing on City’s doors and it was too much for Clichy who was deservedly shown a red after taking down Ramires. The Blues now had thirty minutes to make a breakthrough and this came from substitute Lampard’s spot kick. His neat finish came after Lescott blocked a shot in the area with his hands.

This match was a must win for Chelsea if they looked to keep their title chances alive. Manager Andre Villas-Boas said before the game ‘that either we continue to challenge for the Premier League if we win or if we draw, or the Premier League becomes extremely difficult if we lose’. He certainly proved a point today and narrowed the points gap with the leaders.

I thought that it was going to be ‘another one of those days’ when Balotelli scored the opener in less than two minutes. Aguero must take credit with a turn that left John Terry trailing and a sublime pass with the outside of his foot right into the path of Balotelli. The young Italian may be turbulent elsewhere, but in the penalty area he is calmness personified, as he proved by dismissing the attentions of Branislav Ivanovic to round Petr Cech to score.

Mancini’s side were dominating for the first 20 minutes, but the blues showed a lot of spirit in attempting the almost impossible comeback. Eleven minutes before the break Meireles scored a volley provided from the hard working Sturridge. Former Manchester City player Sturridge was one of Chelsea’s leading lights on a stormy evening and he was only just off target with a rising drive a minute after the restart from Juan Mata’s free-kick.

After half time the game became slightly scrappy with fowls being made all over the place. Yaya Toure was lucky to escape without a booking after a couple of clumsy lunges. Clichy’s sending off came when trying to steal the bool from Ramires. This was a definite foul so referee Clattenburg did the right thing in showing him red. With forty minutes remaining and the arrival of substitute Frank Lampard, something seemed right to set in the script.

A poor attempt to block Sturridge’s shot with his hands led to Chelsea being awarded a penalty. Lampard must have been feeling the pressure is he stood up to take what was to be a massive goal. He once again proved that he deserves a place in the Chelsea squad and later spoke about the game: ‘Some of the football they [Man City] played showed we needed to win to stay in the title race. Ten points is a big gap and luckily we’ve closed that. I had a feeling in the second half that it was going to be our night. You’ve got to be big enough to stand up and take penalties and I was very relieved when it hit the back of the net.”

Chelsea ended City’s unbeaten spell which came to an end after 15 games. Mancini and his players must now regroup ahead of Sunday’s meeting with the improving Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea’s apparent ‘crisis’ a distant memory, and the Premier League title race back to a five-horse race having been regarded in some quarters only recently as a one-horse race. Happy days. I give Villas-Boas and the whole squad much praise and look forward for the next games.


Real Madrid FC 1 – 3 FC Barcelona (Real x Barca)


Amazing comeback from Barcelona, but should Lionel Messi have been sent off? Who knows, but it is certain that this was an impressive game with 4 goals.

Originally posted on The Bogus Pundit:

Expect a biased blog post my dear readers. I’m just so happy that Barca won.

I expected a great much and el clasico gave me what I was looking for. I woke up early in the morning just to see the red and blue conquer the men in white, and maybe, see my icon Lionel Messi finish a goal once again.

Perhaps the only positive minute for Real was the first minute. They started the match with a goal, well, it was because of the carelessness of the goalie anyway. Still, a good thing that Real capitalized on it. I became shocked because an early goal was given right away. That time I was thinking if Barca had anything to get the goal back as soon as possible.

So the match went on and the possession by possession game of Barca prevail. Real had some lapses that lead to some goal. Ronaldo…

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10 Cunning Ways to Make Money on FIFA 12 Ultimate Team

If you have ever come to a standstill in developing your Ultimate Team because of a lack of coins, this is the site for you.  Read on and learn all the secrets of gaining a lot of money. Never let your FIFA experience be hindered again!

1. PRESENTS – In case you have not heard, EA are giving away daily presents in the lead up to christmas. You just have to login to the FUT Web App to be welcomed with your gift of free packs, coins or bid tokens. This is not a way to make coins forever, but it is certainly useful if you did not know about these presents before.

2. BUYING GOLD PLAYERS CHEAP – Buying gold players for 300 coins or less means that there is always a profit to be made. Try to sell these players with a start price of 350 but do not worry if you cannot. The quick sell price of gold players is a minimum of 300 coins, so you will never lose money.

3. 59th MINUTE TECHNIQUE – When searching for players, go all the way along to the 59th minute and keeping flicking around the pages. By doing this every now and then you may get lucky and pick up a bargain where the seller does not know the value of his/her player. I once saw an in form Lionel Messi going for 15k buy now on the 59th minute but it was sold by the time I tried to buy it.

4. SELLING SILVER PLAYERS – Do not quick sell any silver players as they may go for more than you think. Many sell will sell for well over 10,000 coins because a lot of people look to create silver teams with the best silver players. Some rare Brazilians will even go for 50,000!

5. PRICE FIXING – This doesn’t always work but from time to time it will. To do this you must buy loads of one player and sell him at an inflated price. People will hopefully see that that the player’s price has gone up so will have to buy them for a higher price. If this works successfully there is a massive profit margin to be made. The technique works best if you find other Ultimate Team players to collaborate with.

6. BUYING DEVELOPMENT CARDS – Contract cards sell for a lot so when bought for an under value price they can sell for even more. For example, the price for gold contract cards may be 300 on one day but 750 on another. You should always buy now when the price is low and wait for it to increase before selling. Remember to always check what the selling price is so that you do not lose coins. This is the same for all development cards and works best with squad fitness.

7. DISCARDING INFORM PLAYERS – All inform players discard for a lot. You can discard inform gold players for more than 9000 coins so try and buy them cheap and discard them for a profit. It is surprising how many people don’t know about this yet.

8. TRADE OFFERS – Some people selling players worth a large value may be excited about the prospect of trading one player for three plus some coins. They do not realise that the card could go for a lot more so sometimes accept offers. To do this successfully, buy three cheap shiny gold players  with a rating of 80+ and offer them for the player/s you want.

9. BRONZE PLAYERS – Check their value before discarding or selling. Players with good pace or skill will sell for 10k when people want to make a bronze team. This is similar to no4: Selling Silver Players.

10. STADIUMS AND MORE – You can discard gold shiny stadiums and position cards for over 250 coins, so try and pick them up for 250 coins or less.

NOTE: Sites that say they will give you 100,000 coins for free are fake! Do not apply to them because you will probably end up with your account being deactivated.

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England vs Sweeden 15/11/11

Venue: Wembley  Date: Tuesday 15 November  Kick-off: 20:00 GMT  Coverage: ITV, BBC Sport Website, BBC Radio 5 live

After an impressive victory over Spain last weekend, everybody is wondering if England can keep up their good form when they meet Swede at Wembley tonight. England have not beaten Sweden in twelve matches since 1968, but manager Fabio Capello will be hoping that this can soon change.

He, however, is mindful that Sweden will still provide another stern test and said the following: ‘It is a little country with a small population but it’s always difficult to beat Sweden.’

Capello added that ‘They are really good and play in a very organised way. Everybody knows what they need to do in every moment of the game.’

The England squad is going to be very different tonight, and the question is will England still play defensively? With less to fear from Sweden than Spain, the real test may come from striking the right balance between continuing their solidity while offering a more attacking threat.

Injured Danny Welbeck and Phil Jagielka are out, which means Daniel Sturridge may be handed his first full debut. John Terry is expected to return to captain and Cahill, Zamora and Walker will all play.


England’s Tactics

England beat Spain 1-0

Frank Lampard scored the only goal as England beat reigning World Cup and European champions Spain.








Wearing the captain’s armband, Lampard led his side to a thrilling victory with a simple 49th minute head in after Darren Bent had struck the woodwork.

The world champions dominated possession throughout but were unable to finish their superiority. There were very little chances until David Villa’s volley was frustratingly blocked by the post late on. Substitute Cesc Fabregas also wasted a chance by firing wide from ten yards out shortly after

England’s team was missing key players such as John Terry and Wayne Rooney so Fabio Capello took a large risk in selecting some younger players. He announced that he is “very happy because we have found some youngsters who can play with the seniors” and this was certainly true  – they played brilliantly.

In particular, central defender Phil Jagielka and Man of the Match Scott Parker proved to be tireless in never letting the Spanish through. They halted the creative midfield of Silva, Xavi and Iniesta as well as exploiting good offensive plays. It seems amazing that the Spaniards were unable to trouble Joe Hart, even with 65% of possession.

That is certainly one key area England will need to work on if they plan to perform in the Euro 2012; retaining possession. However, the attacking style adopted seemed very impressive and I am sure that everybody will settle for a win.

England’s next match is against Sweden on Tuesday and it has been revealed that John Terry will return to the starting line up as well as Cahill, Sturridge, Zamora and Walker. I hope I can look forward to celebrating another England win.