Jump to content
IGNORED

League Two - Official Dressing Room


 Share

Recommended Posts

I face off against SuperstarBeeJay on Thursday and it will be a step into the unknown for me. I will be using semi-assisted shooting for the 1st time on Fifa 09, not looking forward to it at all as it will be the 1st time I haven't been fully manual.

.

I'll be very happy to come away with a single point I think.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hélder Postiga dropped by boss!

Yannick Djaló set to step up.

helder.jpg

As Sporting CP prepare for their opening League Two fixtures against Fulham, manager Craig Constable has shaken up his squad by benching one of his side's top goalscorers, Hélder Postiga. Postiga, who is well regarded amongst his team mates as a consistent performer and finisher, has greeted the manager's decision with bemusement.

"I didn't see this coming. Having scored so many goals over the last two seasons, it's surprising to suddenly be on the bench. I have faith in the manager, but I'm the best option to partner Liédson up front. I don't think Yannick can cut it, frankly.

Los Leões have been tipped by many to challenge for promotion this season, and are regarded by none other than Chris Kamara to have the best chance of winning the championship. It has been reported in this season's preparations, however, that Sporting have lacked a touch of pace. Constable is known to have been testing new formations and making changes to the playing staff to rectify this. He spoke of his refinements, and had something to say about Djaló's opportunity to start for Sporting this season.

"It's all about shaking things up this season. We've reached a point where everyone is catching us up in terms of pace and defensive quality. The end of last season showed that we can't just lump it down the wing and run anymore. That's why I've been tinkering with the midfield and strikers, to give us more options. I've decided to start Yannick. He gives us that extra injection of pace, and his positioning and movement has been sublime in our friendlies. He's got a lovely right boot, and I can rely on him in front of goal."

Djaló hasn't seen first team football for two years, and the Sporting manager will be hoping he can make a big impression on Fulham this week.

yannick.jpg

Yannick Djaló celebrates his second goal against Fenerbeejay last night

Link to comment
Share on other sites

yannick.jpg

Yannick Djaló celebrates his second goal against Fenerbeejay last night

In a 3-1 win I will add. he's certainly got a good right boot on him and decent movement.

Thanks for letting us all in on this by the way. :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was bored :).

His movement was spectacular, Bazza. That little off-the-ball run before slotting Liédson through for the second goal was a beauty. You didn't know what hit you until the third replay :(.

Edit - Where's Billy Brown, anyway? Get a note up, sonny! I wanna get my first six points quickly :).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was bored :(.

His movement was spectacular, Bazza. That little off-the-ball run before slotting Liédson through for the second goal was a beauty. You didn't know what hit you until the third replay :).

:)

I was reeling for minutes. I got complacent and got punished. You played your ace card in a friendly which is quite frankly poor management.

[iraqi defence minister]I have a super formation and line-up which will destroy all who dare to challenge me. We will crush the infidels on every pitch in every land.[/iraqi defence minister]

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I could have cried last night when I had a few games with Holland as a warm up for my world cup match tonight. I was passing the ball around, creating chances at will, players were making great runs etc. It was a joy.

I switched back to Fenerbeejay with the same formation and tactics and everything was going wrong. Passes dropping short, players losing the ball at every turn. Players stopping their runs and letting attackers run straight past them.

I know Holland are better than Fenerbahce but seriously, the gap in performance is shocking. The first game of the season is tonight and I think it's gonna take me another few weeks to sort them out. Things are improving slowly but a lot of the tactics and formations I am experimenting with just aren't working.

The stupid thing is that I felt this way about Holland when I started with them. There must be a huge learning surve in understanding how the players play, what they do well and what they don't. I did almost score a 20 yard overhead kick last night. It wasn't my intention at all but it almost worked and clattered the bar.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I could have cried last night when I had a few games with Holland as a warm up for my world cup match tonight. I was passing the ball around, creating chances at will, players were making great runs etc. It was a joy.

I switched back to Fenerbeejay with the same formation and tactics and everything was going wrong. Passes dropping short, players losing the ball at every turn. Players stopping their runs and letting attackers run straight past them.

I know Holland are better than Fenerbahce but seriously, the gap in performance is shocking. The first game of the season is tonight and I think it's gonna take me another few weeks to sort them out. Things are improving slowly but a lot of the tactics and formations I am experimenting with just aren't working.

The stupid thing is that I felt this way about Holland when I started with them. There must be a huge learning surve in understanding how the players play, what they do well and what they don't. I did almost score a 20 yard overhead kick last night. It wasn't my intention at all but it almost worked and clattered the bar.

Aye, tell me about it. Dropping back down to Sporting has seen me popping it around the back four and defensive midfielder much more. No one from midfield is anywhere near as good, positionally, and of course if I make a long pass along the floor to a winger, it's going to fall short. I suppose I've just got to practice and practice, seeing as none of my players have any specialist skills. Get back used to when they're going to drop and what I have to do to get a good chance of creating something up front.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've been spending more time with different formations ahead of my first league games. One thing I'll not be doing is playing 3 across the back like I did against an Arsenal random last night!

The advantage of getting Besiktas again is that I know who fits in where, despite them having no superstars, so there aint too much experimentation required.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sure are. I'm playing donnie in the WC at 8:15 so should be available from about 8:40 onwards. Drop me an invite when you're ready.

Sound...have to get the baby bathed, so may be slightly late.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Why, when you set the through ball control to manual, does the game always chose to swap to the wrong player when you do a lobbed through ball? You see someone in space, play the ball through perfectly and the player you want to run on to the ball stands still while someone from the other side of the pitch comes flying across to pick it up. grrrrrrr.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

That never happens to me. How many notches is your Auto-Switching set to? Either that's the problem, or you're making mental through balls when a long-ball or cross will do. Or Fifa hates you.

It was set to 1 notch. I moved it up a couple and it helped a little but still had the same issue. I've just re-read the manual and realised that I have made a massive tactical error and got one of the sliders the wrong way around. I've also been doing 1 2s wrong.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

l2nborder.jpg

League Two Title Favourites Prepare for Kick Off

Fierce rivals Sporting Clube de Heretic and Fenerbeejay are set to kick off their respective league campaigns tonight, after Yiggy and Razzle only managed two points a piece on Monday. Both teams have been tipped to have successful seasons by pundits, and top spot is open for two sides wanting a strong start.

Fenerbeejay start their campaign against Bradigor's Getafe tonight, and League 2 News nabbed a quick word with Superstar 'Bazza' Beejay before his World Cup quarter-final against Donnie Darko, and asked him how he felt about his opening games, and how he felt about his title-chasing compadre.

"I don't feel too bad. My boys have had a decent run out tonight and we're on to yet another formation/tactical combo that seems to be working well right now. We don't play to the opposition. We play how we play and let them chase us."

When asked if he had a message for Hereticboy, the Fenerbeejay manager simply said "Good luck. You'll need it."

Sporting are set to play Billy Brown's Fulham after tonight's BAP matches. This fixture last season saw a win and a draw for Heretic's side, and he is confident that his side can earn a repeat of those results, if not more.

"We're looking good so far, we've changed some personnel and we've tried some new tactics out. We're prepared for this game, and if we play to our potential, we can get 6 points tonight."

The MVP of last season's Conference also had a few words to say about the Fenerbahçe manager.

"He's a decent manager. His side played some good football last season, but ultimately couldn't do the business when it mattered. It'll be the same story this season, I reckon. He doesn't have it in him to take it to the next level."

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Superstarbeejay 3-1 bradigor

Score doesn't reflect the game (same story in both). I dominated the play overall but as usual I failed to take my chances. In the 1st half I was literally camped in the Fenebache half but just couldn't find the net. Second half was barely 10 minutes in when Getafe were punished for not being clinical enough. I cam back into it when all the industry paid off via a deflected goal from 20 yards. Fenerbache though showed that extra class up front when Guiza headed home a corner and then wrapped it up with an offside goal in injury time.

bradigor 0-2 Superstarbeejay

Again, happy with my build up play but defensive mistakes ruined the gameplan. The leftback went missing to allow Fenerbache take a 1-0 lead, that was quickly doubled after a decent run into the box. Getafe pushed and pushed but the Turkish defense held firm and kept the Spaniards at bay.

Shame I didn't pick up a point, probably deserved that, but plenty of positives to take. Good luck for the rest of the season matey. :lol:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Fenerbeejay send clear message to rivals as they storm to the top of the table

340x.jpg

Fenerbeejay 3 - 1 bradigor Biscans

bradigor Biscans 0 - 2 Fenerbeejay

Fenerbeejay's poor pre-season form prompted them to take a defensive stance from the start.

Fenerbeejay coach, superstarbeejay:

"when times are hard you have to keep things tight at the back and hope to take your chances up front. Tonight we got lucky and stole the points. Bradigor must be gutted to have had so much possession with little finish and in the end had to rely on a deflected shot to put the pressure on in the second game. Guiza is a great clinical striker and tonight he made the difference for us in both games."

"We are in no way happy with the performance but at the end of the day results put you at the top or bottom of the league and tonight we got the result. I hope we can settle over the coming weeks and play some better football but 6 points makes me a happy man."

Time will tell if Fenerbeejay's defensive tactics will prove sufficient this season but no-one will be moaning at the club if they can maintain top spot until the end of the season. The second game tonight saw only 5 shots on target from both sides with just the 2 from Fenerbeejay. Scoring 3 from 2 shots on target is clinical finishing to say the least.

As for the Biscan's, they'll be ruing their inability to score the much needed goals which could have changed both games. Time will tell if they have enough up front to avoid the same fate as last season.

Good luck with the rest of the season. You were genuinely very unlucky to not get at least a point tonight.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hélder Hits Back!

postiga600.jpg

Postiga celebrates his 81st minute winner at Craven Cottage

Hélder Postiga tonight hit back at his manager's decision to bench the striker, by netting 3 goals in Sporting's two opening games. Including a late winner away from home.

10.gifFulham (Billy Brown) 0 - 1 Sporting CP (hereticboy) 128.gif

Sporting CP scorers:

Hélder Postiga 81

Team avg rating: 6.33

This was a very tight game that was won late with one of very few proper scoring chances for Sporting. The game opened with a few chances for Fulham, albeit chances from outside of the area. I lost the ball a lot passing to my midfield and Billy quickly broke. There were 3 or 4 chances early on that came from my passes from defence being intercepted. Sporting started to come into it towards the end of the first half but couldn't really produce anything worth writing home about. Half time came and Yannick Djaló made way for Hélder Postiga, and Liédson was pushed further up. This changed my attacking outlook and I managed to create a lot more and pass the ball around nicely. Fulham had the odd break that came close to a chance, but my defenders generally managed to block a pass or make the tackle just in time. One chance saw Andrew Johnson run into the box, only for Anderson Polga to slide in at the very last second to deny a shot.

I started putting more pressure on around the 65th minute, making nice passing moves and getting plenty of crosses into the box in hope of getting a lucky bounce or header. I started getting nervous and had the feeling that if I didn't score, Billy would nick one at the other end. My fears were calmed though, as I eventually turned pressure into a goal on the 81st minute. A passing move across the midfield saw the ball passed inside then back to the wing for Izmailov to carry towards the side of the box. The winger changed lanes, and patiently waited for Postiga to make a run into the box. I played it on the floor to Postiga on the edge of the 6 yard area, and slotted it past the keeper with a cool finish. I immediately went defensive, got my long balls out, and managed to keep the clean sheet.

128.gifSporting CP (hereticboy) 3 - 0 Fulham (Billy Brown) 10.gif

Sporting CP scorers:

Hélder Postiga 30, 64

Tonel 79

Team avg rating: 7

This game was much less tense than the first, and I managed to put a few more away to keep the pressure off. This time I managed to start on the front foot and put on some early pressure. Eventually I nabbed a goal on 30 minutes through the man Postiga. I can't remember either of his goals from this game, I'm afraid. In fact, all I remember about this game is that I managed to get some nice passing moves done. I played in a much more confident manner and I think it showed. There were some really nice passes in there. Anyway, Postiga put me two up on 64 minutes, and Tonel nodded one over Schwarzer from a corner on 79.

tonel600.jpg

Tonel loves it

Cheers for the games, mate. You were hard done by in that first one. So much so that my goal brought a proper cheer. That's how close that match was :lol:.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Interesting start with only 2 team getting maximum points so far and a few points shared elsewhere.

Besiktalsleep hope to hit the ground running against West Ham on Sunday night after a mixed bag of results pre season, albeit against mostly Premier and Championship opposition. (Don't talk to me about fucking randoms :( )

The Black Eagles fanatical support are hopeful that the success of last season continues, their only demand being victory over their hated Istanbul rivals, Fenerbeejay :P

The first team remains mostly unchanged from their Ryman League win and narrow Intertoto Cup defeat and the players are hoping for instant revenge over Hammers new boss Dave Bamber who moved from Hertha to Upton Park in the close season

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Scratch 5 - ASM FC 1

Awful start to the season. I was never really in this one, looked like the Blucerchiati were still on their summer holidays. Scratch took all of his chances extremely well, and scored two cracking free kicks, and he well deserved the full 3 points.

ASM FC 3 - Scratch 2

Much better performance in the second match. Decided to go with a slightly different system and it made all the difference. Scratch took the early advantage, but I managed to get my self back in to the game, and went on to grab the winner in the 85 minute. The final few minutes of the game were frantic, with Scratch pushing on to get the equaliser, and he was unlucky not to come away with a point.

Cheers for the games Scratch, very enjoyable as always.

Sampdoria_Antonio_Cassano_669718.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Cheers for the games, mate. You were hard done by in that first one. So much so that my goal brought a proper cheer. That's how close that match was :(.

Yeah, that first game was a tense one, alright. I felt a bit hard done by after creating some relatively decent chances early on and hitting the post later on, but the truth is that I find you an absolute nightmare to play against when you're on your game. When you're spraying it around the park and building a move I find it nigh on impossible to get anywhere near you. So, in that respect, I'm not really surprised that I came away empty handed from our games.

The second one was a little tighter than 3-0 would suggest I think, but you were clearly good value for the win. When Banres was brought down outside the box at 1-0* with what was looking like a rare clear-cut chance I knew it wasn't to be my night; plus I'm terrible at free kicks!

Anyway, very well played and congrats on the six points. I have no doubt that you'll be pushing hard for promotion again this year.

* Just to be clear, I'm not accusing you of unsporting play here. Just one of those things.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Interesting start with only 2 team getting maximum points so far and a few points shared elsewhere.

Besiktalsleep hope to hit the ground running against West Ham on Sunday night after a mixed bag of results pre season, albeit against mostly Premier and Championship opposition. (Don't talk to me about fucking randoms <_< )

The Black Eagles fanatical support are hopeful that the success of last season continues, their only demand being victory over their hated Istanbul rivals, Fenerbeejay :wub:

The first team remains mostly unchanged from their Ryman League win and narrow Intertoto Cup defeat and the players are hoping for instant revenge over Hammers new boss Dave Bamber who moved from Hertha to Upton Park in the close season

Quite honestly, I don't expect to see too many 6 pointers this season. It should be an incredibly close league and I think the difference between the top and bottom won't be as big as some of the other leagues. The main reason for this is that I see that most of the better players in the league have got the worse teams. I'm not sure how much affect the quality of the team has it this level but this is how I'd rank the teams:

Bordeaux

Sampdoria

Marseille

1899

Fenerbahce

West ham

Getafe

Sporting

genoa

besiktas

fulham

Ajax

If you go from bottom to top, Siread and Billy both proved themselves in the conference last season. Al won the rymans, Razzle finished 2nd in the ryman’s too. Heretic walked away with the conference last season. I wouldn’t say those 5 are clearly the best 5 players but they certainly have a better history than most of the guys above them. Yiggy and ASM both couldn’t do the business in this league last year (albeit with a generally higher quality of opposition sides) and have the same teams. Slotter narrowly avoided relegation last season but has a much better side this season.

I can see points being taken off each other all over the table.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

749.gifscratch (5 - 1) ASM 76.gif

scratch FC scorers: C. Obasi 9, 23 S. Salihovic 37, 77 V. Ibisevic 70

Scoreline here very flattering, game felt close to me and only real difference was most of my shot’s on target went in, ASM very unlucky in front of goal.

I think I’ve probably only scored two free kicks in total on FIFA09 before this match so a slight surprise to score two in one match.

Match stats

scratch FC	-	Sampdoria
10 Shots 8
8 On target 2
49 Possession 51
19 Tackles 22
1 Fouls 6
0 Yellow cards 2
0 Red cards 0

80% Shot acc 25%
70% Passing acc 73%

76.gifASM (3 - 2) scratch 749.gif

scratch FC scorers: V. Ibisevic 27, 62

The change of formation/tactics paid off for Sampdoria in this second match. Hoffenheim under much more pressure, I took the lead but ASM replied almost immediately. When I got it back to 2-2 with 30mins left I was hoping to hold out for a draw as ASM was creating the better chances – no complaints with the late winner, ASM deserved to take full points here.

Match stats

Sampdoria	-	scratch FC
10 Shots 5
8 On target 6
52 Possession 48
20 Tackles 29
0 Fouls 1
0 Yellow cards 0
0 Red cards 0

50% Shot acc 75%
78% Passing acc 71%

Running stats

Top goal scorers

3 - V. Ibisevic

2 - S. Salihovic

2 - C. Obasi

CFTG ASM, good luck with the rest of your season.

Not a bad start to the season, I know I’m going to score goals with Hoffenheim, unfortunately as I learnt last season they are very poor in defence and I’m having to sit very deep due too the lack of pace at the back.

I never got near Craig last season and he’s hammered me in any friendly matches we’ve played so really looking forward to this weeks fixtures.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Use of this website is subject to our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Guidelines.