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wato20
14-02-13, 05:10 PM
Over 35's Wanted.

Life begins at 40..

But the footballer's career begins to go downhill after 35.

But an Arab Business Man, with a wedge of cash is prepared to show that age is no restriction.

https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTJbC9f5du8_arCGu_urJb-9G8tFUGhv-kLqzwPYGb2vbrOMEg9aA

He has bought out a Team in the Spanish Division 2. And Named Them….

"The Over 35's"

And as Manager I am allowed to offer ridiculous contracts to any player aged 35 or over.

And I have 3 seasons to Qualify for the Champions League.
5 Seasons to win the Spanish Title.
And 7 Seasons to win the Champions League.

I am not allowed to ever play anyone under the age of 35.

I will be using the latest update.

So, please name your favourite players who are currently over 35 years old.

I need 3 goalkeepers.
8 defenders
8 midfielders
and 5 attackers.


Please Start naming away.

YOU CAN ONLY NAME 1 PLAYER AT A TIME. THEN SOMEONE ELSE MUST NAME SOMEONE BEFORE YOU GO AGAIN.

I'll make a start..

Midfielder - Ryan Giggs.



SQUAD SO FAR:


GOALKEEPER : SHAY GIVEN
GOALKEEPER : GIANLUIGI BUFFON
GOALKEEPER : BRAD FRIEDEL

DEFENDER: JAVIER ZANETTI
DEFENDER: ALESSANDRO NESTA
DEFENDER: JAMIE CARRAGHER
DEFENDER: GIANLUCA ZAMBROTTA
DEFENDER: WILLIAM GALLAS
DEFENDER: OLOF MELLBERG
DEFENDER: PHIL NEVILLE
DEFENDER: MICHAL ŻEWLAKOW


MIDFIELDER: RYAN GIGGS
MIDFIELDER: DAVID BECKHAM
MIDFIELDER: AHMED HASSAN
MIDFIELDER: MARK VAN BOMMEL
MIDFIELDER: RIVALDO
MIDFIELDER: PAUL SCHOLES
MIDFIELDER: ALYAKSANDR KULCHY
MIDFIELDER: JUAN ROMAN RIQUELME

ATTACKER: ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO
ATTACKER: FRANCESCO TOTTI
ATTACKER: EMILE IVANHOE HESKEY
ATTACKER: RAUL GONZALEZ
ATTACKER: THIERRY HENRY
ATTACKER: ANTONIO DI NATALIE

Coys
14-02-13, 05:14 PM
Zanetti

Dermotron
14-02-13, 05:15 PM
Shay Given

technoir
14-02-13, 05:15 PM
Beckham

Coys
14-02-13, 05:16 PM
Read the rules Derm :D

Dermotron
14-02-13, 05:17 PM
Ahmed Hasan


Zanetti was duplicate so just as well

wato20
14-02-13, 05:17 PM
Del Piero

technoir
14-02-13, 05:20 PM
Van Bommel

wato20
14-02-13, 05:20 PM
Juan Sebastian Veron - Is he on the latest update....

technoir
14-02-13, 05:21 PM
Totti :D

Coys
14-02-13, 05:21 PM
Scholes

AMC
14-02-13, 05:24 PM
Heskey :ok:

wato20
14-02-13, 05:25 PM
Alessandro Nesta

Dermotron
14-02-13, 05:28 PM
Aleksandr Kulchiy

technoir
14-02-13, 05:29 PM
Raul

wato20
14-02-13, 05:33 PM
Gianluigi Buffon

Dermotron
14-02-13, 05:35 PM
Jamie Carragher

Coys
14-02-13, 05:38 PM
Brad Friedel

Mark
14-02-13, 05:39 PM
Riquelme :D

Coys
14-02-13, 05:50 PM
William Gallas

technoir
14-02-13, 05:52 PM
Zambrotta

Coys
14-02-13, 06:03 PM
Di Natale

Mick
14-02-13, 06:10 PM
Thierry Henry :)

Baron Zbimg
14-02-13, 06:13 PM
Di Natale

wato20
14-02-13, 06:54 PM
olof mellberg

Baron Zbimg
14-02-13, 07:06 PM
oh oh di natale is already taken so Luca Toni

ebfatz
14-02-13, 07:10 PM
Lets give Phil Neville another crack at the big time!

technoir
14-02-13, 07:11 PM
Michal Zewlakow

Liam
14-02-13, 07:46 PM
Edgar Davids

Mark
14-02-13, 07:54 PM
Rivaldo :D

ebfatz
14-02-13, 08:35 PM
Gotta be the quickest signup to a thread in forum history!!

Dzmitry
14-02-13, 09:23 PM
Mario Yepes

Mark
14-02-13, 09:25 PM
Rory Delap, you need someone who can throw a ball :ok:

Coys
14-02-13, 09:31 PM
Guys check the OP, only 2 defenders needed for quite some time now

ebfatz
14-02-13, 09:55 PM
Neville is one.
Don't know who the guy after him is but if he's not a defender it's Yepes.

ebfatz
14-02-13, 09:56 PM
There's also 6 attackers been picked.

Kingsley
14-02-13, 10:11 PM
How about really old and go for Schiavi. Must be abou 100 by now and still playing

Bern
14-02-13, 10:14 PM
Ryan Nelson would work.

Even though he is really retired now and managing in Toronto. But in the September update he was with QPR.

This should be an interesting story. I guess 90% of this squad will retire after the first season?

technoir
15-02-13, 09:12 AM
Zewlakow is defender ;] so all picked

wato20
15-02-13, 10:23 AM
I needed a midfielder, after I checked all the players in the game, and Juan Sebastian Veron must have retired.

So I will be getting Rivaldo. EVEN though he is 40... :eek:

I didnt want to be taking anyone who is a player/manager so that rules Davids out....

I was gona start this with the new update. But since the squad was filled so quickly. I may use the last update.

I will be making a start on this on Sunday.

I will pick a starting 11 and a tactic to suit.

But anyone can suggest changes on here.

Also if any player retires, I will need to sign a replacement.
I will have a shortlist of possible players, and we can vote for who we sign.

Mick
15-02-13, 10:53 AM
Replacement for Veron = Juninho Pernambucano

technoir
15-02-13, 12:30 PM
Deco is also good :p

wato20
15-02-13, 12:31 PM
TEST IMAGE 1.

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/2379/giggso.png

Cam F
15-02-13, 12:35 PM
If your using the last update how about the legend that is David Weir? if he is available on a free & for a fee David Beckham.

AMC
15-02-13, 12:48 PM
Squads sorted now ain't it? Think Weir's retired anyway.

wato20
15-02-13, 01:08 PM
Yes. The Squad is Done now...

Coys
15-02-13, 02:55 PM
I thought you were going to do this on the new update, so a couple of the players we have mentioned may be 34 on the september one

AMC
15-02-13, 03:09 PM
I thought that but then realised people who have turned 35 since start of the season like Carragher will be 34 at the start of the season using either the Sept or March update regardless.

wato20
15-02-13, 03:13 PM
I was talking about in real life anyway....

As I knew some wud be 34 in game and 35 now...

ZanSnake
15-02-13, 04:50 PM
Rivaldo

Coys
15-02-13, 04:52 PM
:slap:

Redknapp69
15-02-13, 08:40 PM
Nice story - will keep an eye for this

merkezekrem
15-02-13, 09:51 PM
You should have managed Deportivo :)

Dzmitry
16-02-13, 12:45 AM
You should have managed Deportivo :)

Or Milan/Lazio :D

wato20
19-02-13, 11:25 AM
TEAM & 1st STARTING 11.

So, with all the Billions in the Bank from Sheik Arab Mon Dieu.
We managed to sign all the players we were going for.
They all leapt at the chance to join a team in Sunny Spain.

Many players also said they were pleased to be joining a side with other players over 35.
Players who were honest and hard working.

http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/3500/teampc.jpg


My starting XI was a tough choice.

I wanted to be attacking, and we didnt have any quality full backs.
No offence Phil Neville. Apart from Zambrotta, and no cover for injuries.

So, I went with 3 Centre Backs.
Mellburg, Nesta and Gallas.

Leaving Jamie Carragher on the bench for his all round defensive cover.

This left Zambrotta, Phil Neville and Zewlakow out of the match day squad.


The 8th Defender in the Squad, was Javier Zanetti. He is actually a DM RLC.

I have gone with 4 midfielders across the middle of the park.

And so Zanetti is the Defensively minded central Midfielder.

Leaving Mark Van Bommel on the bench and Kulchiy out of the match day squad.

I then have :
Giggs on the left.
Beckham on the right.
And Scholes in the middle, being the playmaker.

This is leaving Rivaldo and Riquelme on the bench, with Hassan left out of the match day squad.


There were then 6 Attackers for 3 positions.

I cannot believe that not one of them was an out and out striker.
They are all Forwards.

So, I had to play 1 behind a front 2.

That one man, had to be, Francesco Totti.

Leaving Del Piero on the Bench.

The two up top, to start with.

Would be. Thierry Henry and Raul.

Leaving Antonio Di Natalie on the Bench.

And poor old Emile Ivanhoe Heskey out of the match day squad.

But he could play down the line, as each player will play.
And with the squad being old, people could retire at any time.
Get injured or become tired during the season.

But maybe the most important change to players each week, will be that the worse performer from the Starting 11 will be dropped from the team.

I want you to tell me Who I shud replace them with?

If there are several players with a joint poor average rating from the match, then we will all look at the stats and vote for the person you think needs to be dropped, and who in the squad should replace him..

And if we dont win a game. The Tactics The Over 35's are playing will also be up for discussion.


http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/9899/tactq.jpg

Baron Zbimg
19-02-13, 11:47 AM
Wow this team would have been awesome in 2000!

Nice start, looking forward to this, although you broke my heart leaving Alex Del Piero out of the starting XI.

Mark
19-02-13, 12:13 PM
We'll vote him in, Baron! :ok:

wato20
19-02-13, 12:34 PM
1st GAME

Away at Las Palmas.

But we made it look rather easy.
A comfortable 2-0 half time lead.

Leading to a 3-0 away win to get things started.


http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/6941/match1c.jpg


But actually the game was pretty tight.

We had 5 shots on target, which was only 1 more than Las Palmas and so the 3-0 score line was harsh on them.
We did have 10 shots overall though, 4 more than them.


http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/2180/stat1m.jpg


Here are the PLAYER RATINGS:

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/1240/rate1.jpg

So 5 players are safe for next week.

Buffon in net did nothing wrong.
Olof Mellburg stood out at the back.
Ryan Giggs was man of the match with a 10. Helped by a goal and an assist.
Paul Scholes controlled the midfield with 51 passes.
And Raul scored a goal and had a great pass completion rate.


6 players are not safe.

They are:

William Gallas - Central Defender - Top tackler with 6 completed from 9 attempted tackles.
Alessandro Nesta - Central Defender - Plenty of precise passing.
Javier Zanetti - Defensive Midfielder - The captain, scored a goal, had great pass completion also and deserved a better rating.
David Beckham - Right Midfield - was ok. Had plenty of the ball but didnt do much in possession.
Francesco Totti - Attacking Midfielder / Forward Centre - Amazing pass completion rate, deserved a better rating.
Thierry Henry - Forward - Was poor in possession, giving the ball away frequently.


So our Next game is Recreativo at Home. In 6 days time.
There were no injuries to the team.
http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/606/nextov.jpg

Please help me to choose one of the 6 above players to drop and who to replace them with.

AMC
19-02-13, 12:52 PM
Drop Henry for Heskey! Only joking for Di Natale :D

Baron Zbimg
19-02-13, 12:53 PM
This is fun. Totti completing 34 out of 35 passes from the attacking midfielder position would be crazy in real life, maybe he didn't try to play forward though.
I vote for Henry to be dropped.
And of course Alex to replace him.

wato20
19-02-13, 01:15 PM
2 for Henry to be dropped.

1 each for Del P and Di Nat to replace him.

Deadline will be 6pm 2nite.

I'm thinking I will try and do 1 match per evening...

Baron Zbimg
19-02-13, 01:24 PM
1 per day would be great. It will depend on the number of votes you get I suppose.

kuy
19-02-13, 01:45 PM
Got to be Henry out, Del Piero in!

Mark
19-02-13, 01:49 PM
Heskey in for Henry, brawn over brain :lol:

Baz
19-02-13, 02:33 PM
Henry out obviously, and need something a bit different up top so I agree with Mark, get Heskey in :lol:

ZanSnake
19-02-13, 02:46 PM
henry for heskey!

HESKEY TIME!!!!?

Coys
19-02-13, 02:54 PM
HESKEY TIMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

AMC
19-02-13, 03:05 PM
Ah go on then, HESKEY TIME!

Coys
19-02-13, 03:10 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWP-z4O8Ddo

ebfatz
19-02-13, 04:49 PM
I will go against the masses and choose lowest rating coupled with lowest condition so it's

Totti out
Riquelme in

for me.

wato20
19-02-13, 07:22 PM
Heskey for Henry it is then................................

Baron Zbimg
19-02-13, 09:34 PM
Oh my, fortunately Heskey picked in front of Del Piero didn't happen at Juventus ...

CMAdventurer
19-02-13, 11:50 PM
Great start to the story and a very interesting idea! I'll be hoping to get involved with this too. :ok:

Redknapp69
20-02-13, 01:30 AM
Soz I'm a bit late but I would have gone for Del Piero in for Henry

Keep the beast that is Heskey for later :)

Love that clip as well Coys!

wato20
20-02-13, 10:52 AM
GAME 2:

At Home to Recreativo

And, no one cud have forseen this.
I was in shock.

Emile Heskey, took just 3 Minutes to score on his debut.

A wonderful assist from Ryan Giggs.

Raul then doubled the lead midway through the half, and at 2-0 at half time

it looked like another 3 points.

But that wasnt the end of the surprises.

5 minutes into the 2nd half.
Heskey grabbed his 2nd of the game to show it was no fluke.

Thierry Henry was smiling from the bench as the crowd chanted Heskey's name.

3 substitutions were made.
Beckham off for Riquelme
Nesta off for Carragher
And Del Piero on for Totti.



There was to be a final goal.
3 minutes from time.

Emile Heskey completed his debut with a hat-trick to the delight of the home crowd.

He was also voted man of the match.

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/7159/match1e.jpg



It was a well deserved victoy with Recreativo not really turning up.

They only had 1 shot on target to our 9.

Although 4-0 was maybe a bit hard on them with us having 11 shots to their 5.

http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/8829/stat1ck.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/8412/rate1q.jpg

So again 5 players are safe for next week.


Olof Mellburg stood out at the back again.
William Gallas put in a shift as well, getting 3 key tackles in.
Ryan Giggs was exceptional again, getting a 10 rating with 2 assists. They were from a total of 3 key passes from his total of 53.
Emile Heskey was the beast upfront, scoring a hat-trick but also being good in possession of the ball.
And Raul scored a goal and was involved in 4 shots.


6 players are not safe.

They are:

Gianluigi Buffon - Goalkeeper - He didnt really do anything wrong but didnt have an oppertunity to stand out. Clean sheet though.
Alessandro Nesta - Central Defender - Not involved in the game much, but had a high pass completion rate.
Javier Zanetti - Defensive Midfielder - The captain, had great pass completion and was heavily involved in play.
David Beckham - Right Midfield - Didnt get on the ball much and struggled when he did.
Paul Scholes - Central Midfield - Kept the game ticking over in midfield. Had the highest number of passes and completed passes in the side.
Francesco Totti - Attacking Midfielder / Forward Centre - Had an off day. Wasnt involved in the play as much as he'd have liked.

So one of these must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.


Next up in around 2 weeks is Real Madrid B.
We have no injury or fitness concerns.

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/7763/nextna.jpg


Please help me to choose one of the 6 above players to drop and who to replace them with.

AMC
20-02-13, 10:56 AM
HESKEY!

I'd drop Totti for Riquelme.

big JT
20-02-13, 12:02 PM
Beckham out Riquelme in

Mark
20-02-13, 12:11 PM
Never doubt the beast that is Heskey :D

I'm voting Riquelme in for Totti as well.

Baron Zbimg
20-02-13, 12:57 PM
Wow!

Beckham out, Zambrotta in.

Redknapp69
20-02-13, 01:57 PM
Becks out for me

kuy
20-02-13, 02:06 PM
Got to be Becks out, two (relative) failures in a row now. You don't really have any other right wingers in the squad except Hassan, so I'll say Hassan in

wato20
20-02-13, 05:53 PM
deadline is at 10:30pm tonight.

Currently 4 votes for Beckham to be Dropped
And 2 Votes for Totti to be dropped.

And 3 Votes for Riquelme to come in.
1 for Hassan
And 1 for Zambrotta.

ebfatz
20-02-13, 06:01 PM
Totti is clearly living off his illustrious name and not pulling his weight.

Totti out
Riquelme in

wato20
21-02-13, 10:50 AM
GAME 3:

At Home to Real Madrid B

And, it was a straight forward stroll in the park.

Real Madrid B just rolled over for us.

Giggs made it 1-0 in the 13th Minute.
Heskey then made it 2-0.

Riquelme, who replaced David Beckham for this game, was on the scoresheet too.

And Raul continued his record of scoring in every game to make it 4-0 before half time.

Francesco Totti scored his first goal for the club midway through the 2nd half to make it 5-0.


Then 1 substitution was made.
Del Piero on for Totti.


http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/7469/73895070.jpg



It was a well deserved victoy and could have been a couple more if we'd pushed on.

They only had 1 shot to our 9.

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/7169/28061606.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/2784/41020264.jpg

So this time 6 players are safe for next week.

Gianluigi Buffon - Had very little to do, only touching the ball 4 times, but did it well.
Juan Roman Riquelme - Starting on the right in-place of Beckham, produced a great performance with a goal and 2 assists.
Ryan Giggs was exceptional again, getting his 3rd 10 rating with 2 assists and a goal.
Francesco Totti scored a goal and had a great pass completion.
Emile Heskey was again top notch, scoring and getting an assist.
And Raul scored a goal for the 3rd game running.


5 players are not safe.

They are:

Olof Mellburg - Central Defender - despite 38 of 39 passes being completed and not really doing anything wrong, he scored the lowest rating, a 6.
William Gallas - Central Defender - was heavily involved with 66 passes in the game. Amazingly 65 of these were completed.
Alessandro Nesta - Central Defender - Won tackles and key headers.
Javier Zanetti - Defensive Midfielder - The captain, heavily involved without standing out.
Paul Scholes - Central Midfield - Kept the game ticking over in midfield. Completed 48 of 49 passes.

So one of these must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.


Next up in 5 days is Xerez.
We have no injury or fitness concerns.

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/6417/65832258.jpg


Please help me to choose one of the 5 lowest ranked players to drop and who to replace them with from the squad.

Mark
21-02-13, 11:23 AM
Carragher in for Mellberg

BobMem
21-02-13, 11:43 AM
Would love to see my old favourite Van Bommel get a run out. Any captain who only gets a 7 in a 5-0 win should be dropped, so my vote is Zanetti!

Dzmitry
21-02-13, 12:10 PM
Carragher for Mellberg

Patinoz
21-02-13, 12:39 PM
In what universe is 77% pass completion great??

wato20
21-02-13, 12:46 PM
Well..

Totti was the best of the 3 attacking players..
So i'd say pretty great for a forward.

ebfatz
21-02-13, 01:06 PM
Zewlakow for Mellberg.

He'll have to get a game sometime!!

AMC
21-02-13, 02:00 PM
Carragher in for Mellberg

Agreed

Baron Zbimg
21-02-13, 03:03 PM
You have to wonder how the game comes up with these ratings. How in the world do Gallas and Nesta only have 7 ?

Mellberg was good the first two games, so I'd drop Zanetti for Van Bommel, this team needs some red cards, it's too easy right now ...

wato20
21-02-13, 03:17 PM
I thought this team would be good in this division, but i didnt think it would do so well with 3 games gone.
But it is a long season....

wato20
21-02-13, 05:03 PM
Current Votes are thus:

2 for Zanetti Out to be replaced by Van Bommel

3 for Mellberg Out to be replaced by Carragher

1 for Mellberg Out to be replaced by Zewlakow


Deadline is 10pm 2nite......

Redknapp69
21-02-13, 08:33 PM
Just 'cos I'm in the Kop - Carra for Mellberg!

wato20
22-02-13, 10:39 AM
GAME 4:

Away to Xerez

And it wasnt like the other games...

Emile Heskey did score early on, in the 14th minute.

Then despite numerous chances during the rest of the half, we couldnt get that 2nd goal.

Into the 2nd Half, Xerez pushed back, and had a few attempts themselves.

We made 1 substitution - Di Natale on for Raul.

And the clock ran down and the game ended. 0-1.

http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/997/68865793.jpg



It was a hard fought but well deserved victory.

We had 9 shots on target to their 2.
In previous games we'd have scored more goals.
But with them having 7 shots against us, they were maybe unlucky not to score.

http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/8747/30947009.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/9070/15108097.jpg

So 9 players are safe for next week.

Gianluigi Buffon Played well, keeping another clean sheet and making a key tackle.
William Gallas Won 2 key tackles.
Alessandro Nesta Had a great game, keeping the ball and winning several key tackles and headers.
Juan Roman Riquelme - Was not as influential as his last game, and wasnt great when in possession.
Ryan Giggs had his first off day but still had a heavy influence on the game.
Javier Zanetti The captain, had a 100% pass completion record. Nice. But wasnt very influential.
Paul Scholes Attempted the most passes in the team. Put 4 key passes through.
Francesco Totti had the highest completed passes and put 3 key passes through.
Emile Heskey Again on the scoresheet and won 7 of 9 headers with 3 being key.



2 players are not safe.

They are:

Jamie Carragher - Central Defender - Was the least involved player on the pitch, with the lowest number of attempted passes. Attempting 1 tackle and not winning his header.
Raul - Attacker - Had an off day with his first game without a goal. Had a poor pass completion rate, and only 33% of shots on target.


So one of these must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.


Next up in 7 days is Murcia at Home.
We have no injury or fitness concerns.

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/4544/16187899.jpg


Please help me to choose one of the 2 lowest ranked players to drop and who to replace them with from the squad.

Baron Zbimg
22-02-13, 11:05 AM
Let's give Carragher one more game.
Del Piero in for Raul !!!

Redknapp69
22-02-13, 11:07 AM
Del Piero for Raul

Dermotron
22-02-13, 11:17 AM
Del Piero for Raul

Dzmitry
22-02-13, 12:53 PM
Del Piero for Raul

Mark
22-02-13, 12:56 PM
Yeah first thought for me was Del Piero in for Raul - Time he had a run out :ok:

PS, Heskey is beasting it up :D

BobMem
22-02-13, 03:26 PM
I assume this is Geoff Heskey or Wayne Heskey? There's no way that's Emily Heskey scoring all those goals?!
Hardly seems worth my vote but as a natural tinker man I'd say reverse the Carragher/Mellberg swap :)

technoir
22-02-13, 04:09 PM
Zewlakow for Carragher
Del Piero for Raul

wato20
22-02-13, 04:14 PM
Only 1 change per week.. But I'm glad u want changes!!

AMC
22-02-13, 04:47 PM
Another one for Del Piero for Raul, Heskey's a ledge and should never be dropped!

technoir
22-02-13, 08:39 PM
Only 1 change per week.. But I'm glad u want changes!!

So the first one ; d

ebfatz
22-02-13, 09:23 PM
I'll go with the masses!

ZanSnake
23-02-13, 08:54 PM
Should change the team name to 'HESKEY TIME' :D

Heskey finally found his shooting boots then :lol:

wato20
25-02-13, 12:29 PM
GAME 5:

At Home to Murcia

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/93/Real_Murcia_CF_logo.svg/150px-Real_Murcia_CF_logo.svg.png

And Del Piero was in for Raul.

And it was similar to the last game.

Early dominance.

But this time, it was 0-0 approaching half time despite the fact we'd been looking like scoring from the start.

Then in the last minute of the half, Jamie Carragher popped up with his first goal for the club.

1-0 at Half time.

Into the 2nd Half, it was much the same with us in total control, but no sign of the 2nd goal.
And we actually stopped shooting.


I made 3 substitutions -
Van Bommel on for Zanetti.
David Beckham on for Riquelme.
Di Natale on for Del Piero.

And the clock ran down and in the last minute we finally got the 2nd goal we deserved.

Substitute Di Natale scoring his first goal for the club.

http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/4613/33111581.jpg



So, it was an easy, well deserved victory, to make it 5 wins from 5.
And we still havent conceded a goal.

We had 9 shots on target to their 1.


http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/3839/43943524.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/9132/86857924.jpg

So 6 players are safe for next week.

Jamie Carragher Scored a goal and won key headers and tackles.
Juan Roman Riquelme - Got the assist for the first goal, but wasn't outstanding.
Javier Zanetti The captain, won all his tackles and had a decent pass completion record although wasn't very involved.
Francesco Totti Two Key Passes, an Assist and a great passing record.
Emile Heskey No goal and not great on the ball, but won 3 key headers.
Del Piero Didn't stand out but didn't do anything wrong.


5 players are not safe.

They are:

Gianluigi Buffon Did nothing wrong, but little to do. Another clean sheet.
William Gallas Won a key tackle but very little to do.
Alessandro Nesta Kept the ball very well and won 3 of his 4 tackles.
Ryan Giggs Wasn't as consistent with the ball but still managed 4 key passes.
Paul Scholes Kept the ball well and the tempo of the game ran through him with the most passes in the team.



So one of these must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.

The Table looks like this:

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/4899/64409061.jpg



Next up in 7 days is Elche at Away.
We have no injury or fitness concerns.

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/7159/94225744.jpg


Please help me to choose one of the 5 lowest ranked players to drop and who to replace them with from the squad.

AMC
25-02-13, 12:32 PM
Tough one but Mellberg for Gallas for me.

Dermotron
25-02-13, 12:42 PM
Kulichy for Scholes

Baron Zbimg
25-02-13, 01:01 PM
Mellberg for Gallas ...

kuy
25-02-13, 01:10 PM
Mellberg in for Gallas

herenius
25-02-13, 01:15 PM
Beckham in for Scholes.

Mark
25-02-13, 01:22 PM
Do we have to vote for one change or can we also just say stick with the same team? If we can, then I say unchanged :)

technoir
25-02-13, 01:30 PM
Never change the winning team :ok:

You wil finish top 1 anyways D:

wato20
25-02-13, 01:35 PM
Hmm.. I thought the idea was to change someone each game...

But i see ur point.

I guess if the votes go that way, then fair enough..

Kingsley
25-02-13, 02:14 PM
Van Bommel for Scholes. Lets see if we can keep the clean sheet once van B. gets his inevitable red card.

merkezekrem
25-02-13, 02:15 PM
yeah, let's see the Bommel way!

wato20
25-02-13, 04:44 PM
its tight.

Deadline at 10pm.

3 votes for Mellburg for Gallas
2 votes for Van Bommel in for Scholes
2 Votes for KEEPING the SAME TEAM.
1 Vote for Beckham for Scholes
1 Vote for Kulichy for Scholes

Hmm....

if level, then I will have the deciding Vote. Nice..

Coys
25-02-13, 04:46 PM
Heskey is going to go down in history at this rate!

I say we give Beckham another chance :ok:

In for Scholsey

Baron Zbimg
25-02-13, 05:19 PM
Wato, there seems to be a majority for Scholes out, though Mellberg for Gallas is in the lead. Shouldn't you replace Scholes it it stays that way ?

wato20
25-02-13, 05:49 PM
Maybe...

I'll have a count up around 10pm

Redknapp69
25-02-13, 06:44 PM
I would keep same team but I would change Scholes

Done nothing wrong but sounds like not really shining either

ebfatz
25-02-13, 10:31 PM
Gallas did nothing.
Mellberg in for him.

wato20
26-02-13, 10:55 AM
GAME 6:

Away to Elche

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/47/Elche_cf_200px.png/180px-Elche_cf_200px.png

And Mellberg was in for Gallas.

And it didnt go as I would have liked..

In fact it was the worst performance of the season.

We even conceded the first goal of my reign.

And they even scored first, in the 29th Minute.

Heskey equalised very quickly.

1-1 at Half time.

Into the 2nd Half, it wasn't much better.

We couldnt break them down.

I made 1 substitution -
Thierry Henry replacing the tired Totti.


And the clock ran down and so it finished 1-1.

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/1771/93842721.jpg



It was a tough game, and we had less shots on goal than the opposition.

It was pretty even on all stats.

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/2700/99590348.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/7464/52055471.jpg

Despite the draw, 9 players are safe for next week.

Gianluigi Buffon Had a quiet game but lost his clean sheet record.
Jamie Carragher Won 11 of 12 tackles at the back.
Olof Mellburg Shocking pass completion but won tackles and headers.
Juan Roman Riquelme Not great on the ball and not influential on the game.
Javier Zanetti The captain, not great with the ball, but saw quite a bit of it.
Paul Scholes Most attempted and completed passes.
Francesco Totti Great pass completion record but couldn't influence play.
Emile Heskey Another goal and dominant in the air.
Del Piero Involved in play and got the assist.


2 players are not safe.

They are:

Alessandro Nesta Was poor at the back.
Ryan Giggs Couldn't influence play as much as he would have liked.


So one of these must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.

This is the Squad's average ratings...:

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/2687/84096168.jpg



Next up in 3 days is Numancia Away.
We have no injury or fitness concerns.

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/4859/30836823.jpg


Please help me to choose one of the 2 lowest ranked players to drop and who to replace them with from the squad.

For Nesta - the replacements could be:

Gallas, Neville or Zewlakow.

For Giggs - the replacements could be:

Beckham, Hassan, Henry, Di Natale, Raul or Rivaldo.

Kingsley
26-02-13, 11:01 AM
Got to be Giggs to go. Both players have had 2 poor games in a row, but I think that Nesta was unlucky last time around.

Hassan hasn't had a game yet, so lets see what he can do. Not the best on paper, but then again, neither is Heskey.

Baron Zbimg
26-02-13, 11:32 AM
I'm gonna vote for Rivaldo for Giggs.

Just a question : How Does Nesta get a 6 in this game ? 3 tackles won out of 4, including 2 key tackles, 1 header, 1 key header. His pass completion is poor and he wasn't much involved, but sometimes the ratings don't seem to fit the real performance of the players.

Dzmitry
26-02-13, 11:50 AM
Di Natale for Giggs

Mark
26-02-13, 12:13 PM
Shouldn't have changed a winning team :armsfoldedlikeitoldyouso:

I'll go for Rivaldo wide left for Giggs :ok:

AMC
26-02-13, 12:33 PM
Rivaldo for Giggs as well for me.

kuy
26-02-13, 01:20 PM
Giggs has played well (second-highest average rating) so I'm giving him a chance and saying Neville in for Nesta.

P.S. I think telling us who the possible replacements are is a good idea :ok:

merkezekrem
26-02-13, 01:28 PM
Giggs needs a rest so Hassan for Giggs (Rivaldo is a cheating cnut)

herenius
26-02-13, 05:44 PM
Rivaldo for Giggs

BobMem
26-02-13, 09:48 PM
Neville alongside Carragher, what's not to like?!

Nesta --> Neville

ebfatz
26-02-13, 10:34 PM
Neville or Hassan to make their debut? Tough one!

Both the departing plyers ended on the same condition
so...............

I think Hassan will do more so Hassan for Giggs

:ok:

Redknapp69
27-02-13, 02:47 AM
Giggs is your star performer (apart from the Legend that is Heskey!)

Giggs has to be given another chance

Controversial but my choice (not one of your options) would be to replace Zanetti - he's not doing the DM role well enough by looks if it

wato20
27-02-13, 11:01 AM
GAME 7:

Away to Numancia

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/d5/Cd_numancia_200px.png/150px-Cd_numancia_200px.png

And Rivaldo was in for Giggs.

And it was a much better performance than the last game...

Although that wasn't difficult.

We started brightly, creating several chances before Paul Scholes stuck a fierce drive into the bottom corner in the 12th minute.

The Over 35's continued to create chances, but couldnt take one.

0-1 at Half time.

Into the 2nd Half, it continued as it left off, with us creating chances.
But again failing to take any to double the lead and put Numancia to bed.



2 substitutions were made -
William Gallas replacing Alessandro Nesta .
& Di Natale coming on for Del Piero.

Lucky Numancia didn't threaten.

The clock ran down and it finished 0-1.

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/2627/45200998.jpg


It was a dominant performance.

Numancia had 4 shots but failed to hit the target.

The Over 35's Shots on target ratio was poor with less than 50% of the 19 shots hitting the target.

http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/5278/40541930.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/6908/57114804.jpg

Only 4 players are safe for next week.


Olof Mellburg Colossus at the back with a man of the match performance, winning 4 key tackles and 3 key headers.
Juan Roman Riquelme A steady performance with 2 key passes.
Paul Scholes Kept the ball moving nicely. Had 5 shots.
Emile Heskey Just 1 shot, lost several headers. Not sure why he got an 8.


So 7 players are not safe.

They are:

Gianluigi Buffon Had very little to do, but kept a clean sheet.
Jamie Carragher Good pass completion record and won tackles and headers.
Alessandro Nesta Little involvement in the game.
Javier Zanetti The captain, attempted the most passes and had the highest completed passes.
Rivaldo Got the goal assist on his debut.
Francesco Totti Heavily involved linking up the play. 7 shots only 3 on target.
Del Piero Very little involvement in the game.


So one of these must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.


Ryan Giggs will not be available for Selection though.
He was injured during training.
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/9663/67485408.jpg



This is the Squad's goal scoring record...:
http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/2694/88252707.jpg



Next up in 7 days is Villarreal Away. Our 3rd away game in a row.
We DO have an injury to Ryan Giggs...

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/9568/81240919.jpg


Please help me to choose one of the 7 lowest ranked players to drop and who to replace them with from the squad.


For Nesta or Carragher - the replacements could be:

Gallas, Neville or Zewlakow.

For Javier Zanetti - the replacement could be:

Mark Van Bommel, Kulchiy or Phil Neville.

For Rivaldo - the replacements could be:

Beckham, Hassan, Henry, Di Natale or Raul.

For Totti - the replacements could be:

Hassan, Henry, Di Natale or Raul.

For Del Piero - the replacements could be:

Henry, Di Natale or Raul.

AMC
27-02-13, 11:08 AM
Henry for Del Piero.

Baron Zbimg
27-02-13, 11:21 AM
Di Natale for Del Piero ...

Kingsley
27-02-13, 11:28 AM
Got to be Nesta out for me. That is 3 games running he has been in the frame.

If we are going to win ugly, there can only be 1 replacement ........... Phil Neville

Dermotron
27-02-13, 11:53 AM
Kulchiy for Rivaldo

Over 100 Belarus caps, man is a legend in his own underpants

mrmattyrobbo
27-02-13, 12:50 PM
Robbie Keane

wato20
27-02-13, 12:59 PM
I will look to make a signing or two at the end of the season..

Robbie Keane however is only 32 years old and so not in the squad.

herenius
27-02-13, 01:11 PM
Henry for Del Piero.

merkezekrem
27-02-13, 01:30 PM
Raul for Del Piero

BobMem
27-02-13, 04:22 PM
Henry for Del Piero

Baron Zbimg
27-02-13, 05:30 PM
Oh my I hate Henry, please don't do this ...

Dzmitry
27-02-13, 05:53 PM
Kulchiy for Zanetti

ebfatz
27-02-13, 05:53 PM
Totti can't have that many shots and not score! Not good enough.

Totti out, Hassan in.

Redknapp69
28-02-13, 01:59 AM
Del Piero out

wato20
28-02-13, 11:39 AM
GAME 8:

Away to Villarreal

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/70/Villarreal_CF_logo.svg/150px-Villarreal_CF_logo.svg.png

And Henry was in for Del Piero.

And the match started very slowly....

There were very few chances early on.

The Over 35's began to show a bit of intent.

And broke the deadlock with the last kick of the 1st half.

Rivaldo scoring his first goal for the club.

0-1 at Half time.

Into the 2nd Half, it continued as it left off, with us creating chances.
And Francesco Totti made it 2- after 49 minutes.

The Gas went off the pedal as the Over 35's looked to stay steady and see out the game.

But in the 71st minute, Villarreal stuck back.
1-2.


3 substitutions were made -
William Gallas replacing Alessandro Nesta .
Van Bommel replacing Zanetti.
& Raul coming on for Heskey.

Villarreal attacked again.

Mellburg pushed someone in the area.

Penalty to Villarreal.

Cavenaghi equalized from the spot. 2-2. With 9 minutes to go.

We had one last attack.
It was the 90th minute.
Riquelme floats a ball into the box looking for Raul.
He strikes it and the ball flies into the back of the net.

Goal Disallowed. He was offside.


http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/669/40945759.jpg


It was a terrible performance.

Villarreal were the better team by a long way.

The Over 35's scored from 2 of 4 shots, while Villarreal needed 13 shots for their 2 goals.

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/4696/61262288.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/1338/48817520.jpg

Only 3 players are safe for next week.

Gianluigi Buffon Made several shots. Although his passing was poor.
Jamie Carragher Was man of the match with 4 key tackles.
Alessandro Nesta Looked only ok in his stats, winning 2 key headers.


So 8 players are not safe.

They are:

Olof Mellburg 16 of 19 completed passes, but didnt do enough at the back.
Javier Zanetti The captain, had his worst game. Getting a 6 rating, being very ineffectual.
Rivaldo Despite getting a goal, didn't shine when on the ball.
Paul Scholes An assist but not great with the ball.
Juan Roman Riquelme Didn't get involved enough.
Francesco Totti With a goal and an assist maybe unlucky only to get a 7.
Emile Heskey Was barely involved in play with just 17 passes.
Thierry Henry Not involved enough and no shots.


So one of these must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.

Emile Heskey was praised in the Media this week
http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/6376/65713752.jpg



This is the Squad's Assist record...:
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/3528/75298523.jpg



Next up in 4 days, is Ponferradina at Home.
Ryan Giggs is out injured...

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/8844/25908281.jpg


Please help me to choose one of the 8 lowest ranked players to drop and who to replace them with from the squad.


For Mellburg - the replacements could be:

Gallas, Neville or Zewlakow.

For Javier Zanetti - the replacement could be:

Mark Van Bommel, Kulchiy or Phil Neville.

For Rivaldo or Riquelme - the replacements could be:

Zambrotta, Beckham, Hassan, Del Piero, Di Natale or Raul.

For Scholes - the replacements could be:

Beckham or Hassan

For Totti - the replacements could be:

Hassan, Del Piero, Di Natale or Raul.

For Henry or Heskey - the replacements could be:

Del Piero, Di Natale or Raul.

Baron Zbimg
28-02-13, 11:53 AM
Zanetti is the logical answer but I'm asking for a chance for Di Natale.
Di Natale for Henry.

ebfatz
28-02-13, 11:53 AM
It's Neville time! More English influence!

Zanetti out, Neville in.

kuy
28-02-13, 12:13 PM
I'm with Eb - Heskey's been a beast so it's time to see what Phil Neville can do. Zanetti out, Neville in!

Mark
28-02-13, 12:38 PM
van bommel for Zanetti for me!

No shame in drawing to Villarreal btw!

Dermotron
28-02-13, 01:02 PM
Kulchiy for Riquleme

herenius
28-02-13, 01:20 PM
Raul in for Henry

AMC
28-02-13, 01:42 PM
Neville for Zanetti, disappointing performance.

Kingsley
28-02-13, 03:21 PM
Zanetti must go for getting a 6. I would put Van Bommell in

Redknapp69
28-02-13, 07:27 PM
Zanetti out - he's been poor for a few games now
I don't think DM is his best position - he's a beast at RB

Some proper steel in there to replace him - Van Bommell

wato20
01-03-13, 11:07 AM
GAME 9:

Home to SD Ponferradina

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/0b/SD_Ponferradina_logo.svg/150px-SD_Ponferradina_logo.svg.png

Van Bommel was in for Zanetti.

And the Over 35's found their rhythm again....

Starting the game brightly, on the attack, creating chances.

Big Emile Heskey opened the scoring in the 22nd minute.

Soon after it was 2-0 when Henry smashed one home.

Heskey again found the net to make it 3-0 before half time.


Into the 2nd Half, Ponferradina hit back with a goal to make it 3-1.
But it only took 2 minutes for the Over 35's to restore the 3 goal advantage with Totti getting on the score-sheet for the 2nd game in a row.

3 substitutions were made -
Beckham on for Scholes.
Del Piero replacing Rivaldo.
& Di Natale coming on for Heskey.


Del Piero found the net to make it 5-1 with just over 10 minutes to go.

http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/9589/58305503.jpg


It was a big win, but we still played within ourselves.

Having just 10 shots.

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/4489/49498219.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/1568/63342439.jpg

So 9 players played well and are safe for next week.

Jamie Carragher Won 4 key headers and 2 key tackles, making him our best defender on the day.
Olof Mellburg Wasn't involved much but won key headers and tackles too.
Alessandro Nesta Didn't put a foot wrong with great pass completion and winning 4 key tackles.
Mark Van Bommel Played well on his first start for the club, completing the most passes, with 3 key passes too leading to 1 assist.
Rivaldo 2 Assists for the oldest man on the pitch.
Paul Scholes Wasn't greatly involved but had 3 key passes leading to 1 assist.
Francesco Totti A Goal and an Assist with great ball retention.
Emile Heskey Two goals giving him the Man of the Match.
Thierry Henry Heavily involved in play. Getting 1 goal from the one shot he had.


So 2 players are not safe.

They are:

Gianluigi Buffon Had little to do, but didnt seem to do much wrong.
Juan Roman Riquelme Had an off day after some good appearances lately. Not involved in play with just 15 completed passes in 90 minutes.


So one of these must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.



Olof Mellburg was injured in training this week, and so a replacement for him is also required.
http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/4462/42567388.jpg


The Table...:

Its Very tight, with 5th just 2 points behind The Over 35's in 1st place.
http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/8629/30692905.jpg



Next up in 6 days, is Huesca Away.
Ryan Giggs is out injured... As is Olof Mellburg

http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/6730/61559987.jpg


Please help me to choose one of the 2 lowest ranked players to drop and who to replace them with from the squad.

And also a defender to replace the injured Mellburg.

So 2 Choices this week please.


For Buffon - the replacements could be:

Given or Friedel


For Mellburg - the replacements could be:

Gallas, Neville or Zewlakow.


For Riquelme - the replacements could be:

Zambrotta, Beckham, Hassan, Del Piero, Di Natale or Raul.

Baron Zbimg
01-03-13, 11:10 AM
Gallas for Mellberg
Zambrotta for Riquelme

AMC
01-03-13, 11:17 AM
Agree with the above changes, great win!

ebfatz
01-03-13, 11:42 AM
Given for Buffon
Neville for Mellburg.

I WILL get Neville a game!!

Kingsley
01-03-13, 12:02 PM
Neville for Melberg

Hassan for Riquelme.

Huesca aren't in the top half. Lets give them a thrashing.

Mark
01-03-13, 12:08 PM
Keep Buffon and Riquelme in. Swap Gallas for the injured Olof.

Dzmitry
01-03-13, 12:26 PM
Neville -> Mellberg
Hassan -> Riquelme

Redknapp69
01-03-13, 01:27 PM
Keep Buffon

Gallas and Becks in

BobMem
01-03-13, 03:29 PM
Neville and Given in, lets make this a premier league all-stars team :)

herenius
01-03-13, 05:02 PM
Gallas for Mellberg.

Beckham for Riquelme.

kuy
02-03-13, 12:27 PM
Zambrotta and Neville in for Mellberg and Riquelme

Coys
02-03-13, 04:21 PM
Give Friedel a chance!

wato20
04-03-13, 12:07 PM
GAME 10:

Away to Huesca

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/11/Sd_huesca.png/150px-Sd_huesca.png

Gallas was in for Mellburg
And Beckham was in for Riquelme.


The Over 35's were by far the better side again

Starting the game brightly.

But the opening goal didnt come.

0-0 at half time.

Into the 2nd Half, the Over 35's were attacking again, and Huesca offered very little.

Disaster struck in the 70th minute. The Over 35's were down to 10 men.
It was a harsh sending off. Rivaldo didnt get a free-kick, he was furious with the Referee, and he sent him off.

2 substitutions were made -
Riquelme on for Scholes.
& Raul coming on for Totti.

And I moved Raul to the left wing to cover Rivaldo's sending off.


The time was running out.

But in the 87th minute.

Emile Heskey won a header to flick the ball on for Raul.
He raced onto it and smashed it into the back of the net.

0-1 with 3 minutes to go.

That is how it ended.

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/2406/35186619.jpg


It was an important win, after being the better side, anything but 3 points would have been a wasted opportunity

But only hitting the target 50% of the time is a slight worry, but Huesca didn't even hit the target...

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/6961/32493366.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/5468/67994584.jpg

So 8 players played well and are safe for next week.

Gianluigi Buffon Very little to do, but didnt do anything wrong.
William Gallas Good Pass percentage and won 6 of 7 tackles.
Alessandro Nesta 29 of 31 passes completed and won 100% of headers and tackles.
Mark Van Bommel Kept the game ticking over in the middle but didn't stand out.
David Beckham Heavily involved in play without standing out.
Paul Scholes An Average game for him, but did ok.
Francesco Totti Very quiet and didnt do a lot.
Emile Heskey Man of the match with his assist.


So 3 players are not safe.

They are:

Jamie Carragher Didnt do anything wrong, won his header and tackle, surprising he only got a 6 rating.
Rivaldo Sent off - so needs replacing anyway - Wasn't doing much before his dismissal either.
Thierry Henry Wasn't great with the ball, but again a 6 rating seems harsh.

So one of these must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.



Next up in 8 days, is Sporting Gijon at Home.
Ryan Giggs is back in Full Training and available for Selection...
Olof Mellburg is Injured and Rivaldo is suspended

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/4734/67046129.jpg


Please help me to choose one of the 2 lowest ranked players to drop and who to replace them with from the squad.

And also a midfielder to replace the suspended Rivaldo

So 2 Choices this week please.


For Carragher - the replacements could be:

Neville, Zewlakow, Zambrotta or Zanetti


For Rivaldo - the replacements could be:

Zambrotta, Giggs, Hassan, Del Piero, Di Natale or Raul.

For Henry - the replacements could be:

Del Piero, Di Natale or Raul.

Baron Zbimg
04-03-13, 12:13 PM
Giggs for Rivaldo
Di Natale for Henry

merkezekrem
04-03-13, 12:14 PM
Giggs for Rivaldo

Kingsley
04-03-13, 01:04 PM
After getting the goal it has to be Raul for Rivaldo.


It should be Heskey out ...... Hitting the target with 1 out of 4 ....... shocking

herenius
04-03-13, 02:21 PM
Neville for Carragher.

Giggs for Rivaldo.

Mark
04-03-13, 03:29 PM
Was going to say Giggs for Rivaldo but I agree that it should be Raul.

ebfatz
04-03-13, 05:12 PM
Giggs for Rivaldo

Neville for Carragher

AMC
04-03-13, 08:10 PM
Giggs for Rivaldo

Neville for Carragher

Agreed.

kuy
04-03-13, 11:59 PM
Giggs for Rivaldo, Zambrotta for Carragher

Redknapp69
05-03-13, 02:31 AM
Giggs for Rivaldo and Raul for Henry

Leave Carra alone - he's been a rock! :)

wato20
05-03-13, 11:29 AM
GAME 11:

Home to Sporting Gijon

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/48/Real_Sporting_de_Gijon.svg/150px-Real_Sporting_de_Gijon.svg.png

Neville was in for Carragher
& Giggs was in for the Suspended Rivaldo.


The game was not a classic.....

But it had plenty of incidents..

Even though the first half was very quiet until the 45th minute.

In that minute, we had a player sent off, but it was just as the Over 35's were given a penalty.

It was a dubious penalty decision, as the corner came in, it looked as if Phil Neville fouled their player, but the referee pointed to the spot.
In the melee that followed, Paul Scholes punched their man, and received a red card.

Luckily Ryan Giggs slotted home the penalty. 1-0 at Half time.

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/446/21952994.png


The 2nd Half was a quiet one with the Over 35's ahead and down to 10 men, so not taking any chances and just keeping the ball.

2 substitutions were made -
Raul on for Heskey
& 10 minutes later Del Piero coming on for Giggs.


The Over 35's waiting until the last minute to make the game secure.
Raul latching on to a Del Piero through ball and firing home.

http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/2025/82810597.jpg


Not a lot happened in the game...

Just 5 shots on target in total, and just 1 of those coming from the opposition.

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/6595/53151648.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/3970/92997628.jpg

So 10 players played well and are safe for next week.

Gianluigi Buffon More involved than normal and played well.
Phil Neville Great 1st start and capped it off with an assist.
William Gallas Solid performance, man of the match, winning 4 key headers.
Alessandro Nesta Solid performance too, winning 3 key headers.
Mark Van Bommel Heavily involved, attempted 56 passes.
Ryan Giggs Not one of his better games, but took the penalty to open the scoring.
David Beckham Always involved but didnt stand out.
Francesco Totti Involved in the build up play with 43 of 46 passes finding their man.
Emile Heskey Not greatly involved but still managed an 8 rating.
Thierry Henry didn't show much upfront.


So Just the 1 player is not safe.

Paul Scholes He was so bad, not involved much in the 1st half and his frustration came out with a punch and a red card.

So he will be dropped for the next game..... Who replaces him? You Decide.



Scholes was banned for a further 8 matches, so 9 in total, oh dear.....
http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/7425/71440555.jpg




Next up in 7 days, is Mirandes at Home.
Paul Scholes is Suspended

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/2742/98686482.jpg


Please help me to choose someone from the squad to replace Paul Scholes.


For Scholes - the replacements could be:

Zanetti, Kulchiy, Hassan, Riquelme or Rivlado

kuy
05-03-13, 11:36 AM
Hang on, so Phil Neville fouled their player and WE get a penalty?! Glad to see Del Piero has brought over some of that old Juventus magic... ;)

For me we need two non-attacking midfielders if we're only playing three at the back, and Zanetti has had his chance, so I'll say Kulchiy in for Scholes

Kingsley
05-03-13, 11:49 AM
What does Raul have to do to get a game. That is 2 in a row off the bench (when did Heskey last score ?)

As it has to be the ginger whinger that goes, Hassan to replace him.

Mark
05-03-13, 11:51 AM
I'll say Hassan for the pillock that is Scholes.

Dzmitry
05-03-13, 12:56 PM
Kulchiy -> Scholes

AMC
05-03-13, 02:31 PM
Scholes you idiot! Zanetti back in for him.

Baron Zbimg
05-03-13, 03:30 PM
Henry definitely needs to leave his place to Raul, Del Piero or Di Natale also.
But in the meantime, Hassan for Scholes.

wato20
05-03-13, 03:52 PM
Will Hassan finally make his debut......

Baron Zbimg
05-03-13, 04:22 PM
Would you list us all the players who have yet to start/get a game ?

wato20
05-03-13, 04:30 PM
Players yet to start:

GK:
Brad Friedel
Shay Given

DEFENDERS:
Zewlakow
Zambrotta

MIDFIELDERS:
Kulchiy
Hassan

ATTACKERS:
Di Natale - He has come off the bench 2 or 3 times though.



I will do a screenshot of appearances after the next game. Game 12.

ebfatz
05-03-13, 07:53 PM
Hang on, so Phil Neville fouled their player and WE get a penalty?! Glad to see Del Piero has brought over some of that old Juventus magic... ;)

For me we need two non-attacking midfielders if we're only playing three at the back, and Zanetti has had his chance, so I'll say Kulchiy in for Scholes

That's why Neville should have been in earlier. He's magic.
Neither Kulchiy nor Hassan have started but I'll push for Hassan in the forward line later so Kulchiy to come in.

merkezekrem
05-03-13, 10:33 PM
Get the old Beşiktaş legend Hassan a game ffs!

Redknapp69
06-03-13, 01:57 AM
Seems like Hassan is the no.1 choice so I won't argue

wato20
06-03-13, 12:11 PM
GAME 12:

At Home to Mirandes

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b8/CD_Mirand%C3%A9s_logo.svg/150px-CD_Mirand%C3%A9s_logo.svg.png

And Hassan was in for the Suspended Paul Scholes

The Game started brightly

There were a few chances early on.

But no early goal.

There was a lull in the action.

But in the 38th Minute, Francesco Totti ran on to a lobbed pass from Mark Van Bommel and rouned the keeper to finish in Style.

1-0 at Half time.

The Start of the 2nd half was quiet.

There was no action at all for 15 minutes and so 2 substitutions were made.

Raul on for the disappointing Heskey
and Di Natale on for Totti.

Shortly after, Beckham was brought down for a freekick 20 yards from goal.
He dusted himself off, before bending the ball into the top corner to make it 2-0 and the game surely safe.

A final substitutions was made -
Riquelme replacing David Beckham


The clock was ticking down, but there was time for one more goal.
It was the 90th minute.
Raul crossing the ball for Di Natale to head home.


http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/5870/72539755.jpg


It was a decent performance.

With the Over 35's never really needing to get out of 2nd gear.

Again though, just 50% of shots were on target.

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/5268/49852820.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/1792/37576582.jpg

So 10 players played well and are safe for next week.

Gianluigi Buffon More involved than normal and played well.
Phil Neville Another good strong performance at the back.
William Gallas Didnt do anything wrong but didnt have much to do.
Alessandro Nesta Again didnt do anything wrong but barely had to defend.
Mark Van Bommel Completed the most passes in the team.
Ahmed Hassan A steady debut.
Ryan Giggs Was unconvincing on the ball.
David Beckham Man of the match, with a goal and good pass completion.
Francesco Totti Good performance with a goal too.
Thierry Henry Didnt do a lot but somehow pulled out an 8.


So 1 player stood out as having a bad game.

It is:

Emile Heskey Barely involved in play and had no shots before being replaced.

So he must be dropped for the next game..... Who replaces him? You Decide.


This is the Squad's Appearance Record...:
http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/3875/65268380.jpg
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/2535/99973297.jpg

5 Players are yet to play.
While Only 3 players are Ever Presents. Buffon, Nesta & Totti.



Next up in 3 days, is Lugo at Home.
Paul Scholes is Suspended...

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/9743/65937260.jpg


Please help me to choose someone from the squad to replace Emile Heskey




For Heskey - the replacements could be:

Del Piero, Di Natale or Raul.

Mark
06-03-13, 12:14 PM
Got to be Raul, high time he got a start after an assist and 2 goals from the bench :ok:

merkezekrem
06-03-13, 12:17 PM
Raul!

Kingsley
06-03-13, 12:26 PM
Thank **** we are rid of that donkey.

Must be Raul

Baron Zbimg
06-03-13, 12:28 PM
Tough to see Heskey dropped after one poor game.

Di Natale in!

BobMem
06-03-13, 02:03 PM
Gotta be Raul in for Heskey.
And then dropped next week when we realise he should be called Ole Gunnar Raul

herenius
06-03-13, 02:11 PM
first though choice for me...2 goals scored by Di Natale as a substitute only, deserve a first chance in a starting lineup, but Raul's 5 goals and an assist in only 4 matches as a starter...hmm

Raul in for Heskey ;)

wato20
06-03-13, 02:15 PM
Looking at the stats, Henry needs dropping asap.

ebfatz
06-03-13, 05:10 PM
I'll go Raul with the masses!

All much of a muchness for the possible three coming in.

Redknapp69
06-03-13, 06:22 PM
Raul

kuy
06-03-13, 11:13 PM
As much as I love Raul, I'm saying Di Natale - two goals from the bench, deserves to show what he can do from the start

wato20
07-03-13, 11:01 AM
GAME 13:

At Home to Lugo

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/09/CD_Lugo_logo.svg/150px-CD_Lugo_logo.svg.png

Raul was in for Emile Heskey

The Game started brightly

And after just 16 minutes, the over 35's took the lead as Raul supplied Theirry Henry with a great chance which he took.

The Over 35's went for the 2nd goal, but came unstuck in the 35th minute, as Lugo suprisingly scored a goal to level the game.


1-1 at Half time.

The Over 35's went looking for a 2nd goal in the 2nd half.

And it came in the 64th minute as Giggs crossed to find Totti unmarked in the area, who calmly slotted the ball into the corner.

2 substitutions were made.

Di Natale on for Raul,
and Del Piero replacing Giggs.


The clock ran down.

http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/723/68023081.jpg


It was a decent performance.

And the win was deserved.

http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/120/74208419.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/7539/47839060.jpg

So 9 players played well and are safe for next week.

Gianluigi Buffon Didn't have much to do.
Phil Neville A Great pass completion record and won all 3 of his tackles. Deserved better than a 6.
Mark Van Bommel Kept the game ticking over in the middle and attempting 7 tackles.
Ahmed Hassan Didn't have the best of games with just 19 completed passes.
Ryan Giggs 33 Completed passes and an assist.
David Beckham 2 key passes but wasn't great on the ball.
Francesco Totti A goal but didnt get involved.
Raul An Assist, 3 shots on target, but didnt get the goal his performance deserved.
Thierry Henry Heavily involved in play, scored a goal. Man of the Match.


So 2 players had a bad game.

They are:

William Gallas Great Pass completion record from 41 passes and won his 1 tackle he went for. A harsh 5 rating.
Alessandro Nesta 24 of 26 passes completed, won 3 of 4 tackles.

So One Player must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.


The League Table...:
http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/4682/68881918.jpg



Next up in 4 days, is Guadalarjara Away.
Paul Scholes is Suspended...

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/9065/58754779.jpg


Please help me to choose someone from the squad to replace one of the 2 lowest ranked players.




For Nesta or Gallas - the replacements could be:

Mellberg, Zambrotta, Zanetti, Carragher or Zewlakow.

ebfatz
07-03-13, 11:53 AM
For a 5 drop them both!! Fine their asses as well!

Zewlakow and Mellberg in.

Nesta for Zewlakow is first choice if defo 1 change!

herenius
07-03-13, 12:02 PM
Zambrotta in for Gallas.

Kingsley
07-03-13, 01:03 PM
Melberg for Gallas

merkezekrem
07-03-13, 01:11 PM
Gallas out, Carragher in

Redknapp69
07-03-13, 08:08 PM
Gallas out, Carragher in

+1 :)

BobMem
07-03-13, 09:13 PM
Nesta out for Zewlakow

kuy
07-03-13, 10:26 PM
It's probably more to do with the positions they're in, but I rate Nesta's three tackles over Gallas's better passing game, so I say Gallas out. I would say Zambrotta but I don't reckon centre-half is his position, so time to give Zewlakow a chance!

AMC
07-03-13, 10:32 PM
Carragher for Gallas :ok:

technoir
08-03-13, 09:01 AM
Zewlakow for Gallas

wato20
08-03-13, 11:34 AM
GAME 14:

Away to Guadalajara

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/13/CD_Guadalajara_logo.svg/180px-CD_Guadalajara_logo.svg.png

Zewlakow was in for Nesta

The Game started brightly

And there was a goall after just 8 minutes.

David Beckham swung in the corner and it was met by Raul to fire home.

The Over 35's continued to attack as half time approached.

Raul controlled the ball and found Henry in space in the area, and he did the rest.
0-2 on 42 minutes.

Then 0-2 at Half time.

The Over 35's continued to attack after the break.

Zanetti came on for the tired Van Bommel.

There was a lull in the action.

2 more substitutions were made.

Riquelme on for Hassan,
and Di Natale replacing Henry.


The clock ticked down.

http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/2176/56331996.jpg


It was a comfortable performance.

The win was well deserved.

http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/8500/13998327.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/921/68910222.jpg

So 9 players played well and are safe for next week.

Gianluigi Buffon Did what he had to do well.
Michal Zewlakow In his first start, kept the ball well and won 3 key headers.
Mark Van Bommel Not greatly involved but did ok.
Ahmed Hassan 25 of 33 passes completed. Won 6 of 9 headers.
Ryan Giggs Very poor on the ball, but did managed key passes and tackles.
David Beckham Decent with the ball and an assist.
Francesco Totti An average performance.
Raul An Assist and a Goal, deserving Man of the Match.
Thierry Henry Involved in play and scored a goal.


So 2 players had a bad game.

They are:

Phil Neville Good on the ball but lost both of his tackles.
William Gallas Good with the ball and won key headers and tackles. A harsh 6 rating.


So One Player must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.




Next up in 7 days, is Racing Santander at home.
Paul Scholes is Suspended...
We have no fitness issues.


http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/7876/67340943.jpg


Please help me to choose someone from the squad to replace one of the 2 lowest ranked players.


For Neville or Gallas - the replacements could be:

Mellberg, Zambrotta, Zanetti, Carragher or Nesta.

AMC
08-03-13, 11:43 AM
Carragher for Neville.

ebfatz
08-03-13, 11:50 AM
Carragher for Gallas.

Baron Zbimg
08-03-13, 11:56 AM
Nesta for Neville

Kingsley
08-03-13, 11:59 AM
Mellberg for The Nevmeister

herenius
08-03-13, 12:02 PM
Zambrotta for Neville.

Redknapp69
08-03-13, 12:52 PM
I love Carra but Nesta has to be in team

In place of Neville

Mark
08-03-13, 01:00 PM
Carra!

BobMem
08-03-13, 02:27 PM
Zambrotta for Neville.

+1.

Dzmitry
08-03-13, 10:40 PM
Carragher for Neville

wato20
11-03-13, 11:28 AM
GAME 15:

At Home to Racing Santander

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f5/Racing_de_Santander_logo.svg/150px-Racing_de_Santander_logo.svg.png

Nesta was in for Neville

The Game started brightly

And there was a goal after just 4 minutes.

With Ryan Giggs beating a man, and then playing a ball into the area for Raul.
He did the rest to put the Over 35's 1-0 up.

It didnt take long for Raul to put them 2-0 up either.
In the 29th minute, Totti found Raul in space who then fired into the corner.

2-0 at half time.

Despite the Over 35's dominance, after 51 minutes, Racing Santander found a way back into the game.
2-1.

2 substitutions were made:
Del Piero on for Giggs.
Di Natale on for Raul.

Di Natale had a goal disallowed.


Riquelme came on to replace David Beckham.

The clock was running down.

The Over 35's continued to attack.

Ahmed Hassan found Totti in the area and he headed home to confirm the 3 points.

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/4058/49011744.jpg


It was a game of many chances.

Not just for the Over 35's, who had 16 shots, but also the opposition who had 8 shots.

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/2704/58753133.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/3120/29214622.jpg

So 8 players played well and are safe for next week.

Gianluigi Buffon Saved 5 shots.
Michal Zewlakow Won 5 of 6 tackles and both of his headers.
William Gallas Won 5 of 6 tackles, 2 key, and won his header.
Ryan Giggs Great on the ball, 4 key passes and an assist. Man of the Match.
David Beckham Did well when in possession.
Francesco Totti A goal and assist. With a 10 rating.
Raul 2 goals and amazing with the ball.
Thierry Henry Pretty good when in possession and 3 shots.


So 3 players had a bad game.

They are:

Michal Zewlakow Didnt really do anything wrong.
Mark Van Bommel Wasn't bad, but didnt do much with the ball.
Ahmed Hassan Saw quite a bit of the ball, but didnt do much when in possession, despite an assist.



So One Player must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.


The Squad's Average Ratings:
http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/4802/92013704.jpg

Heskey and Mellberg will feel like they should be in the starting 11.




Next up in 8 days, is Sabadell Away.
Paul Scholes is Suspended...
We have no fitness issues.


http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/1308/87021212.jpg


Please help me to choose someone from the squad to replace one of the 3 lowest ranked players.


For Zewlakow - the replacements could be:

Mellberg, Zambrotta, Zanetti, Carragher or Neville.

For Van Bommel - the replacements could be:

Neville, Zanetti or Kulchiy

For Hassan - the replacements could be:

Rivaldo, Riquelme or Henry

Mark
11-03-13, 11:36 AM
Let's give Kuchiy a run out for van Bommel!

Baron Zbimg
11-03-13, 11:52 AM
Riquelme in for Hassan

Kingsley
11-03-13, 12:01 PM
Let's give Kuchiy a run out for van Bommel!

Seconded.

merkezekrem
11-03-13, 01:22 PM
I think Van Bommel had a great game so Riquelme for Hassan

kuy
11-03-13, 02:10 PM
Let's give Kuchiy a run out for van Bommel!

Thirded!

herenius
11-03-13, 02:42 PM
Riquelme for Hassan :)

AMC
11-03-13, 08:09 PM
Zanetti for Van Bommel but it looks like it's already decided.

Dzmitry
11-03-13, 09:42 PM
Let's give Kuchiy a run out for van Bommel!

4 times now

ebfatz
11-03-13, 09:48 PM
5th'ed

Kulchiy in.

Redknapp69
11-03-13, 10:00 PM
Yep - Kulchiy in

Gotta give everyone a chance in the squad - it's not like you're getting beat at the mo so we can rotate nicely :)

wato20
12-03-13, 10:57 AM
GAME 16:

Away at Sabadell

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/77/CE_Sabadell_FC_logo.svg/180px-CE_Sabadell_FC_logo.svg.png

Kulchiy was in for Van Bommel

And it looked like a masterstroke

Kulchiy scored just 5 minutes into his debut to put the Over 35's 1-0 up.

It was then quiet for 30 minutes.
But then it all went wrong.

Sabadell scored the equaliser on 37 minutes.

And then took the lead on 39 minutes.

The Over 35's attacked back.
And in the last minute of the half, Giggs was through on goal, but the keeper took him down.

Penalty and a red card to their keeper.

Giggs stepped up and calmly slotted it home.

2-2 at half time.

The Over 35's went in search of the winner, but nothing came.

2 substitutions were made:
Riquelme on for Hassan
& Del Piero on for Totti.

Minutes later, Henry was injured.

Heskey came on to replace him.

The clock was running down.
The game ended 2-2.


http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/8303/44407411.jpg


It was a tougher game than I expected.

But with the Over 35's hitting the target less than 50% of the time is not good enough.

http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/2954/66717265.jpg


The Player Ratings were thus:
http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/7602/47247936.jpg

So 8 players played well and are safe for next week.


Alessandro Nesta Saw little of the ball but didnt do much wrong.
William Gallas Saw little of the ball and won 5 of 6 tackles, but only 1 of 5 headers.
Michal Zewlakow Was great on the ball and won 2 key headers.
Aleksandr Kulchiy A great debut, good with the ball and a goal.
Ryan Giggs Not great in possession but scored the penalty.
David Beckham Average on the ball.
Raul Barley touched the ball, just 13 attempted passes all game.
Thierry Henry No shots and was injured.


So 3 players had a bad game.

They are:

Gianluigi Buffon Saved just 2 of 4 shots on target.
Ahmed Hassan Just average on the ball.
Francesco Totti No Key passes and just 25% shooting accuracy.


So One Player must be dropped for the next game..... Who? You Decide.


And Henry is injured and so needs replacing:
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/9537/90766014.jpg



Next up in 6 days, is Hercules at Home.
Paul Scholes is Suspended...
Henry is injured


http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/8889/86482848.jpg


Please help me to choose someone from the squad to replace one of the 3 lowest ranked players.

And Someone to replace the Injured Henry.

SO 2 SELECTIONS THIS WEEK.

For Buffon - the replacements could be:

Friedel or Given

For Hassan - the replacements could be:

Zanetti, Van Bommel, Rivaldo or Riquelme

For Totti - the replacements could be:

Rivaldo, Riquelme, Del Piero, Heskey or Di Natale

For Henry - the replacements could be:

Del Piero, Heskey or Di Natale

Baron Zbimg
12-03-13, 11:02 AM
Di Natale for Henry
Riquelme for Hassan

Mark
12-03-13, 11:06 AM
What a disappointment, we should have the class to beat 10 men in a full half.

Riquelme for Hassan
Di Natala for Henry

EDIT: Same as the Baron indeed!

kuy
12-03-13, 12:11 PM
Totti out for Rivaldo, Henry out for Di Natale

herenius
12-03-13, 12:35 PM
Riquelme for Hassan
Di Natale for Henry :)

Kingsley
12-03-13, 01:11 PM
Given for Buffon
Del Pietro for Henry

ebfatz
12-03-13, 01:25 PM
Given for Buffon
Del Pietro for Henry

Close.
Di Natale for Henry for me!

merkezekrem
12-03-13, 01:26 PM
Given for Buffon for sure!

BobMem
12-03-13, 01:44 PM
Get rid of Buffoon and Henry, bring back the goalscoring hero Heskey and Friedel.

Dzmitry
12-03-13, 03:38 PM
Henry and Buffon out, Heskey and Given in

AMC
12-03-13, 07:25 PM
Henry and Buffon out, Heskey and Given in

:ok:

Redknapp69
12-03-13, 07:30 PM
Natale for Henry

Lets give other squad players a start as well so Friedel for Buffon