Saturday, January 22, 2011

Welcome to Season 3!

(So a Mexican, Brazilian and American walk onto a soccer pitch...)

Season 3 is upon us.  The League has been reset.  Everyone who selected a team in the previous thread has been sent a PM from me (esomedina) on how to join the League again.  

The only major change to this season is that we are having a playoff at the end of the season to determine the winner.  When I set this up it did not give me the option to set the number of teams eligible for the playoff.  So, we'll see how this works out.  

Hopefully we can get through our 20 or so games each in a short period of time.  

In the meantime to kick off the season, post a short summary/reason why you picked the team you are using in Season 3.  

59 comments:

  1. I chose Manchester City because I want to attempt to frustrate the hell out of everyone I play lol. I'm sticking to their 4-2-3-1 formation which I modified and saves as a 4-5-1 for some reason. Four Defenders and two Holding Midfielders. Simply put I want to try a different style of play I'm not particularly used to. I'm not real familiar with the team and their players so this will be a learning experience this go round.

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  2. I chose Tottenham this season as they are my favorite team. I support a few teams but this is my favorite.

    I started playing in the middle of season one and chose Everton from the remaining 2 teams that were available. I grew to like them as well. I actually learned a lot about them playing as them so don't be surprised if you start diggin' the team that you chose (if they are not already your favorite).

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  3. Chose Chelsea.....As Man Utd was already taken :p and I wanst choosing damn West Ham again even though I like Barrera. So we will see how this turns out. Looking to get a few league games in today.

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  4. The prospects of me getting online today are slim as its Championship weekend in the NFL. Hope to be celebrating a Bears victory!

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  5. Boo NFL!! three Cheers for REAL FOOTBALL! lol

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  6. @iYune, just pick a team from the remaining that are available from the previous thread. I'll send an invite to the League tonight or tomorrow with the new password.

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  7. Anyone know if the new transfers will take place for our season?

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  8. Nope. The new transfers won't show up until EA releases the Transfers roster update sometime in early February.

    Sucks because Dzeko on Man City would be nice.

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  9. What are all of those updates that I'm always asked if I wanna download? When I joined this time it asked if I wanted to download the roster update. Of course I said yes.

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  10. I had a choice to make from the list of teams given to me and chose Stoke City. I chose them not through any liking to them but as its the City that I work in. I have already started my campaign playing five games onto the games. I was beaten comfortably at Sunderland 5-0 although 3 of them goals came in the last 5 min of play and the connection was a touch jumpy in both Sunderland games the second where i snatched an undeserved 3-3 draw. My third game was a home game against Liverpool where I conceeded a late equaliser although Liverpool will feel hard done to not taking three points as they dominated the game. Game 4 was a 1-1 draw with Chelsea who took the lead on 85 minutes and were already celebrating a victory when Kenwyne Jones popped up with a last minute equaliser ;. I then went to Chelsea and despite being under pressure took thelead with a disputed penalty. In the second half i created many chances and sealed my first win through Ricardo Fuller. Im not going to appologise for my style of play anybody who knows the EPL know that Stoke are a rough and tumble team who like to tackle and there is no way im going to sit off men and let them pass there way through me and take a pat on the back after a 5-0 thrashing. Im rough and tumble with Stoke and if your playing me expect a battle for your points you will be constantly pressured and its up to you with the more skillful and faster teams to dictate the pace of the game :)

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  11. iYune,

    Send me an email to esomedina@gmail.com for the password and League info since I won't be able to get on the PS3 until later tonight when I get home from work.

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  12. Chelsea Daz,

    Good to see you get 5 games in last night. As for your style of play, feel free to play as you want. You played high pressure with Chelsea last season so you using it with Stoke isn't much of a surprise.

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  13. No one says you have to apologize Daz I was just saying you were lucky in our games to not get a red card. If I would have dont that with West Ham I would have gotten a Red card. I swear I hate slide tackling cuz I have horrible luck with it. I always get red carded.

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  14. I just beat RedDevil 2-0 in both games. :)

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  15. i chose Fullham. had Wigan (1st) and Tottenham (2nd) in previous seasons, so I figured I'll try them out. I'm not too familiar with the players other than Andrew Johnson and Demsey so I'm not sure how well I'll do with them, but that's part of the fun.

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  16. When Monarchos159 had Fulham he was always doing tricks with the players so I branded him Cutesy Feet. Try it out lol

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  17. Going to try to get on in a little bit. I need to give my brain a rest. Today is one of the worst days of my life. Some of you know that I work for for the police department here in St.Petersburg, FL. So if some of you been watching the news you know that we had two officers shot and killed here today. It's not something that you think will happen in your jurisdiction and to one of your officers. It's been almost 31 years that we've had an officer killed in the line of duty. The whole day has been like a very, very bad dream.

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  18. sorry to hear that ballgame. hope some FIFA with fellow leaguers will cheer you up.

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  19. My condolences to the families of the officers killed in St. Pete.

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  20. i chose Man U, because I am terrible and I wanted a good team. LOL

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  21. Leo Law enforcement chaps dont get enough respect here in the states. They are always taken for granted and neglected. I really hope that whatever the situation is that justice can be found for the department the officers and most of all the respective Families.

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  22. This is going to a tough season for me! I thought Aston Villa would be better than they are, but they lack power up top terribly. They are okay defensively, but horrible in the final third. I need Bent ASAP! Funny the the two games I lost to Sunderland were to goals by Bent. I completely understand the pain of the other players using teams in previous seasons that they were not comfortable with. I am alfeady wanting to finish this season! LOL!

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  23. Leo or Crystian,

    Can you send the invite info to iYune? Just send the same info I PM'ed each of you. I didn't get a chance to do it last night.

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  24. Sure Ill do it when I get home tomorrow. What happened to you man I was waiting for a response to play a league game but its like no one was home :p

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  25. I played one CM game but kept pausing and stepping away to tend to my daughter. Next thing I know I'm sleeping on the couch with the game still on pause lol.

    Won't be on tonight as I intend to watch the State of the Union address.

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  26. Thanks guys. I played a little last night but only for a little bit. I put it on Amateur and tried to crush everyone . I turned it off to take a shower and was going to come back and try to play some more. Funny how the mind works. The moment I stopped playing, my mind turned to the days' events. I just kinda shut down and went to bed.

    I'll be on in a little bit. I'll send the invite if I see that IYune is not in yet.

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  27. Ill be on for a while today but will be off at 1pm to watch the Man U game I missed yesterday :P

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  28. im getting on here shortly and also was on a bit already. Played one against Atom that ended in a 0-0 Draw. But Man I was pouring on the the pressure. Anelka was knocking on the door and so did Malouda and Drogba a couple of times. So close but I either sent it inches wide or hit the post. Good Game Atom as you can close a few times too with RVP and some dangerous passes we just a bit too far for Arshavin to get to at time. Man if that was a "LIVE" game it would have been an edge of your seat kind of game!

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  29. * I am getting really frustrated about the squad rosters. There HAS to be a way to set the line up to cross over to league play. I've gone to MY FIFA > TEAM MANAGEMENT > SQUAD and it is the team that I want. But when I go to play a league game, it defaults to another line up.

    ** Also I noticed that one of my wrists started to hurt .....being new to gaming...is this normal?

    *** Just so you all know...like last season, I don't want to play back to back games against the same team unless I have to.

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  30. Crystian,

    Good game last night! Sorry if I seem short in my messages, it is because I can't type that much with my controller. Do you have a keyboard hooked up to your PS3?

    This is going to be a long season for Villa. they are so not my team. I cannot seem to get things going with them at all, still fun regardless. I am able to defend, move the ball around the midfield and then I get the ball up to Carew and Abonglahor who could not hit a barn door. LOL! they are frustrating beyond belief! Now I know why they paid 24 mil for Bent! I am shocked that they have them rated as a 4.5 star team, they sure do not feel like it, aside from Ashley Young and Petrov.

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  31. @ Leo yes its normal if you are hitting the Game hard and playing a lot and then get tense a lot like during league matches or tough CM matches that will happen. It happens to me a lot.

    @ Josh No no keyboard I just use the controller. I hate typing in it like that but sometimes I have to just get it out or I will forget about it later. lol. I was going to say freaking Abonglahor is freaking fast if you can feed it to him like you were bu instead feed a lob through ball just out of the reach of the Keep then you should find more goals

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  32. Damn, you type a lot with the controller! I don't have the patience! LOL!

    Yeah, I tried the lob through with Abonglahor, the guy has no touch. He can beat a player with speed but quickly loses the ball once he has it. The other problem is Carew. He is too damn slow! Trust me, I know how to play FIFA, I have been playing this game since the beginning. I love to use different teams constantly, that way I can weed out the teams that don't suit me and figure out the ones that do. Let's just say that I would have thrown Villa into do not work group. I don't love or don't hate them, they just are not for me. I play a certain way and move the ball how I like to move it, therefor certain teams suit that style of play. I am sure I will figure them out a bit more eventually.

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  33. Yeah Manchester United is my favorite team because they suite my style of play. Speaking of which I thought Chelsea would fit my style of play better but so far they do not. And I think you and I have the same style of play. I too have been playing FIFA since pretty much its inception into the world. And I didnt think that Abonglahor was that terrible with his ball control and passing but you would know better than I since I dont use Villa. That is what drove me insane about using West Ham Last season freaking Cole was utter shite and could NEVER finish any chances that Barrera or Noble or Parker would dish out for him.

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  34. I am going to grind it out, but I never have lost so many games on the trot before. I play online, against friends, etc and never get beat like I have now. I am not a sore loser at all, unless the person cheats to beat me (which never happens here) and I am definitely not taking anything away from the players in this league, you are all quality. This is a slight problem with getting stuck in a league with a team you are not so comfy with. Some people might LOVE playing with Villa, all the power to them. They must fit their style of play. Luckily we do not have a huge amount of players in the league so it won't take long to finish it up. I really like the EPL format, but we are so limited in the teams we use. Like I said, I have a ton of other teams I use from various leagues and I am actually better with some of them than I am with Manchester United. I play well with United because they are and have been my club for a bit more than 20 years, so passion kicks in.

    Champions League anyone?

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  35. I like the Epl format. I like the amount of teams leading to a short season. I like everyone playing as differnt teams. I dont really know much about teams in other leagues so id be hesitent playing in another type of league.

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  36. I like the Idea of a Champions league but I dont think there would be huge support for it. I think Eso is already peeked at Participation with this league and the VPro Club. Which So am I. I can barely find time to get on anymore with all the things going on and barely find time to work on my VPro Accomplishments :p

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  37. Man....I HATE typing on the PS3 controller.

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  38. I just played an interesting game against Villa(Josh). Villa's defense was faster and better than Defoe and Van Der Vaart. I know that Josh is good but he made those defenders
    a lot better .
    There was NO WAY that Villa's defense is faster than Defoe and RdV. There was NO WAY that that defender shoulda have caught up to Defoe on his first breakaway. I don't understand it. It was un-natural. Like they moved 10 yards in one press of the sprint button. You did run right through my defense though.

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  39. Okay, I understand about the Champions League idea.

    Leo, now you see what I was talking about with Villa. Great defense and decent midfield with no finish.

    I lost a frustrating match to ChelseaDaz. I fought hard and earned a 2-2 draw to accidentally hit the wrong button on a goal kick in the 90th minute. My keeper chipped a 5 yard pass to the the feet of his striker and of course he had to finish on the open net. Should of been a draw, but it was my error.

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  40. To be honest Who are the Defenders and look at their Stats. I know Defoe and Van Der Vaart are not all that quick I think Defoe has a Sprint speed of 80something and accelerations of maybe High 70s to mid 80s RvD is even worse. Mid 70 Acceleration and Speed. Van Der Vaart isnt that quick. And if you are not running in a straight line down field you never get max speed. Dont know if anyone has noticed it before even if you are running in a straight line but at an angle cutting in to the center of the field the player always runs slower than Max. I dont get it either but thats how the game plays. Frustrates the hell outta me too.

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  41. I just wait while playing defense, never commit to a challenge to early. You can stop the quickest striker with patience.

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  42. Sorry for not getting on recently. Been a busy week at home. I'm going to try and get on tonight so if you see me on send an invite if I dont send one first.

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  43. Wow! Just checked the Standings. Ballgame won a game this early??? You've come a long way Leo! I can't be too shocked since you beat me once last season.

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  44. Yep I do that alot to I keep telling you Leo Jockeying works wonders once you learn to use it right. Like I said I wish you guye could have watched My match against Josh We both used our Defensive players like nobodies business. I mean I think it was easily as hard to break through each others Defense and to put good quality crosses into the box for both of us.

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  45. Yeah, that was a battle. It was such a shame for to concede such a late goal.

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  46. You guys should check this site out:

    http://www.zonalmarking.net/

    Let me know what you think. It is a daily read for me.

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  47. Hmm.. Does the site update every day? I had a look and the latest article was from 2 days ago.

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  48. No, not daily. They just cover recent matches. I should have phrased that differently.

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  49. Oh I understand now. :) Looks nice anyway.

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  50. Yeah, if you like to read about tactics. I read too many news sites but have a strong liking towards tactics, so this fits that bill. Well written and to the point.

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  51. That Zonal Marking site really helps if you actually watched the match. I've learned a lot from their reviews of Arsenal and the early ESPN 2 games, understanding why the players did what they did.

    Maybe EA could get those guys to help code the AI better for FIFA 12? Still have no idea why if I'm running up the wing does the ST decide to run along with me instead of running towards the center for the cross. Or why defenders stop and watch lobbed through balls pass over their head like a child watching a balloon fly over.

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  52. @Martin.
    Yes...I won my first match but lost ever since. And thanks - I DO feel that I've come a long way. Tottenham helps.

    @Crystian
    Defoe IS fast. VdV not so much but finds the open shot. What I was talking about last night with Villa's defense closing in so fast - I've never seen before. Almost looked magic.

    @ Ilhami
    Sorry that I could not play last night. I had to get up early this morning and quite frankly, did not intend on being on that late.

    We had the officers funeral today and had to get up early. Not sure if anyone here has ever been a part of one but it was one of the hardest things I ever had to do and pray that we never have to do it again.

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  53. Never been part of an Officers Funeral precession. But I have been part of a few Fallen brothers in Arms along with a few High Ranking guys Funeral precession. Not the most fun thing in the world I know. Trust me Leo I know where you are coming from.

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  54. Thanks Crystian. I figured that you may have had the unfortunate experience.

    @Martin
    I think that if the AI striker ran where he should - we'd score tons of goals and it would be no fun. And if our AI defense marked like a shadow then the opposition would never score unless it was one on one. Again. No fun. So the game has to "cheat".

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  55. cheat? no. I say just make Rookie or "mental" mistakes. The AI as programed tries to be as Human as possible but thing is that they really screw it up sometimes lol. Even professionals dont make THAT many mistakes.

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  56. I have been to a funeral before and yeah it's saddening.

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