In the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday, Oman pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the history of Asian beach soccer, according to Runme. In doing so, the Omanis clinched one of the three tickets on offer for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015, more details on Runeme.com.
Skippered by the excellent Hani Al Dhabit, Oman cruised through the group phase and showed no little steel in the knockout stages, holding their nerve to see off the fancied Japanese in the showpiece match. FIFA.com looks back at the 2015 AFC Beach Soccer Championship, which saw 15 nations from across Asia do battle on Katara Beach.
Oman, who will be joined in Portugal by Japan and Iran – the same trio that represented Asia at Ravenna 2011 – went unbeaten throughout the competition and racked up an impressive 32 goals in the process, with Ghaith Sebeit and Yahya Al Araimi scoring seven apiece. Goalkeeper Haitham Showan also made a valuable contribution, denying Japanese front-man Takasuke Goto in the final shoot-out to seal the title for his side.
The Omanis’ campaign began with emphatic group-phase wins over Bahrain, Laos and hosts Qatar. Then came a 7-2 defeat of China PR in the quarter-finals, followed by a hard-fought 5-4 extra-time win over Lebanon, the prelude to their 3-2 shoot-out success against the Japanese, which came after the two sides had drawn 1-1 in normal time.
The other qualifiers
Finalists for the seventh time and coached by the Brazilian Marcelo Mendes, Japan had high hopes of claiming their third Asian crown. They reckoned without Oman’s solid rearguard, however, and had to settle for second best, despite raining in 23 shots on goal.
The Japanese began their march to the final with wins over Group B rivals Kuwait, Vietnam and China PR. The Samurai Blue saw off Bahrain in the last eight before ending reigning champions Iran’s title defence with a 5-4 victory in the semis.
The Iranians gained some consolation by beating tournament revelations Lebanon 8-3 in the match for third place. Taking part in the continental finals for the only second time, the Lebanese were no match for the 2013 champions, who had earlier edged them 3-2 in the group phase. Iran also beat Thailand 8-1 in the first round, and went on to put six past the United Arab Emirates in the quarters before going down to the Japanese.
The key players
Aside from the front pairing formed by Ghaith Sebeit and Yahya Al Araimi and goalkeeper Haitham Showan, who was in superlative form in both the semi and the final, Oman were also indebted to captain Hani Al Dhabit, who came up with some crucial goals, among them the opener in the final.
Playing a no less valuable role for Japan was their skipper Ozu Moreira, who was named player of the tournament after helping himself to eight goals, the same number as his team-mate Takasuke Goto. Together the duo accounted for over half of their side’s goal tally.
Iran’s Seyed Peyman Hosseini was named best goalkeeper thanks to his decisive stops, which proved crucial to their safe passage to Portugal 2015. Forward Mohammad Ahmadzadeh also earned a share of the limelight with seven goals, four of them coming in Iran’s meeting with Lebanon.
According to Runeme, there is a football match between D.C. United and Los Angeles Galaxy this Saturday. The Galaxy is undermanned because MLS decided to ignore FIFA’s international schedule. More news on Runeme.com.
While most leagues around the world are on break this weekend, avoiding conflicts with European Championship qualifiers and official friendlies, MLS planned a full slate of matches for all 20 clubs.
More than 50 MLS players are on international assignment, absences that impact rosters to varying degrees.
During a FIFA week in early September, half the league is off. A month later, there are three matches, although another three are scheduled immediately afterward.
Like last fall, the league will respect a FIFA window in November and take an extended break in the middle of the playoffs — a wise call as the United States and other CONCACAF countries engage in 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
A league running from spring to fall, MLS cannot avoid conflicts with confederation championships in the summer: This year, Copa America (June 11-July 4) will have a minor impact but the CONCACAF Gold Cup (July 7-26) will hurt most clubs to differing extents. (Many MLS players come from CONCACAF countries, such as the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica and Guatemala.)
Often a vocal critic of MLS headquarters, Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena took the current conflict in stride.
“That’s all part of it; we understand it,” he said. “We were prepared for it. It’s probably not the best thing for MLS, but as a league, we’re not yet positioned to not play during all the FIFA dates.”
United is seeking to rebound from a 2-0 defeat to the Red Bulls last Sunday, a sour performance that left Olsen spitting mad immediately afterward.
“We’ve had a great week of preparation,” captain Bobby Boswell said. “It’s been an edgy attitude because we were unhappy about what happened in New York. Everyone is aware of how dangerous L.A. is, even without Keane and Zardes.”
Original article: The FIFA 15 servers just went down today right at the moment EA Sports delivered the TOTW for March 25. Players are reporting EA server problems right now with the most popular football game on PS4, Xbox One, and older consoles, even though no official statement has been released at the time of writing.
If you checked to see if EA’s servers are down today, then you would notice the Ultimate Team server status isn’t looking too good. Reports have arrived on the likes of website DownToday.co.uk, as well as Twitter with hundreds complaining about connection issues every few minutes.
One Product Reviews reader mentions, “I can’t get on my FIFA game, there was a problem with online squad”. Another states, “There must be FIFA 15 maintenance again, but after looking on official channels nothing is listed for 25th of March”. We have taken a look at the official Twitter accounts for EA and FIFA 15, although there isn’t any planned EA server maintenance, so it looks like the servers went down without any pre-planning. Chances are they will return pretty quickly, as long as this isn’t any type of DDoS.
FIFA Team of the Week 28 – You can see the new TOTW within the image above that EA published moments ago. There’s a free untradeable 15K pack available right now for everyone and Mega 35K packs at the Store, although they have a limit of 5.
Are you seeing EA servers down right now and if so, what games are you playing? We just tried to connect with FIFA 15, but cannot access FUT at this time. This article will be updated if EA leave a status update, so for now leave your comments and location problems are being experienced in below.
Australia welcome back captain Mile Jedinak as the Socceroos face undefeated China PR in the AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals on Thursday, with Korea Republic and Uzbekistan also squaring off for a semi-final berth. For AFC Asian Cup,of course, you can also take part with FIFA 15 coins to play in FIFA 15.
Jedinak returns for the Socceroos after injuring an ankle in the tournament’s opening fixture, while talisman Tim Cahill and forwards Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie are also expected to start. Australia boss Ange Postecoglou rested the trio for Saturday’s 1-0 final Group A loss to South Korea but the coach cannot take any risks against the Chinese with a last-four spot up for grabs.
Postecoglou is also expected to replace suspended centre-back Matthew Spiranovic with K-League defender Alex Wilkinson for the match in Brisbane. China boss Alain Perrin will wait to the last minute to see if his inspirational skipper, Zheng Zhi, is fit after the midfielder injured his back in Sunday’s win over Korea DPR. The 34-year-old captain is crucial to China’s bid for a first-ever Asian Cup title as they look for a fourth consecutive victory Down Under.
Former Portsmouth boss Perrin believes the Aussies are the favourites, however, because they are at home and have had more time to prepare. “We have one day less recovery time than Australia,” said the Frenchman. The winner could meet defending champions Japan in the semis on Tuesday, with Samurai Blue tackling United Arab Emirates on Friday.
Mirallas appeared to ignore his team-mates when he picked up the ball to take a penalty instead of spot-kick expert Leighton Baines just before half-time at Goodison Park. And the winger’s risky decision backfired as his penalty hit a post and he was then taken off by Everton manager Roberto Martinez moments later at half-time. And you can’t ignore oueself team with FIFA 15 coins to play with our best friends in FIFA 15.
Mirallas’s actions, which came just days after he was linked with a potential move to Tottenham or German side Borussia Dortmund, will be interpreted as a selfish attempt to seize the spotlight. But more significantly, his miss means Martinez’s troubled team are now without a win in their last eight matches in all competitions and sit only four points above the Premier League relegation zone.
With a scene from Sylvester Stallone’s new Rocky movie being filmed at half-time, both Everton and Albion were sorely lacking a knockout punch in a dour encounter. Unsurprisingly given their recent struggles, Martinez’s men looked short of confidence and when Baines had their first shot, the left-back was unable to get enough power behind it to trouble Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster.
It was a huge blunder by the Belgian and Martinez appeared to waste little time laying down the law to his rebellious star as he hauled off Mirallas at half-time and sent on Bryan Oviedo in his place. The controversy could have destabilised Everton, but they pushed hard in the second half and Lukaku’s shot was blocked when the burly striker tried to bulldoze his way through.
EA has now released the TOTY midfielders into FIFA 15 Ultimate Team and you can grab them now from Gold packs if you are lucky enough. Next up, is the FIFA 15 TOTY strikers release time for Ronaldo and Messi. And you can play with Ronaldo or Messi with some FIFA 15 coins in FIFA 15.
We hope you have saved up your coins since launch, as you are going to need millions if you plan to get hold of Ronaldo or Messi on Friday. Once again, we can tell you that the FIFA 15 TOTY strikers release time for UK is 6pm on Friday January 16 – the same time when the midfielders will disappear.
For Pacific Time, that is 10am PST or 1pm Eastern Time for FIFA fans over in the US. We have to apologise firstly, as we thought Robben would be released yesterday with the midfielders. In actual fact though, EA are going to put him in the strikers pot so you will be able to pick up all three tomorrow starting at 6pm GMT.
How lucky are you feeling though? We already told you about the ‘world’s first’ Iniesta in a pack live reaction, as one lucky YouTuber managed to pick out Iniesta’s amazing 95 TOTY card within hours of EA launching. Hopefully some of you will get lucky with Ronaldo TOTY or Messi TOTY for FIFA 15 too. Let us know how your luck has gone so far with opening packs and how much coins you’ve spent.
All football fans are currently celebrating the reveal of the winner of the Ballon d’Or award and the of the ideal team of the year and those who are also playing FIFA 15 with FIFA 15 coins can at the moment pick up the special packs that EA Sports is putting together in order to show off its own Team of the Year line-up for the Ultimate Team mode.
Manuel Neuer, the much lauded goalkeeper of Bayern, is the first player that all gamers will notice in the top eleven created by the development studio. His defensive line is made up of four players, each of them a solid performer during the past year: David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Philip Lahm and Sergio Ramos, with a mix of tackling power and offensive bursts.
In midfield the three players that need to create phases and deliver passes are: Angel Di Maria, Kroos and Andres Iniesta. The attack was already confirmed as involving Cristiano Ronaldo, who managed to win the Ballon d’Or, and Lionel Messi and the pair is joined by a surprise pick: Robben.
FIFA 15 are already discussing the merits of all the players involved, who are being made avaialble starting with the goalkeeper and the defenders.
FIFA relies on the popularity of Ultimate Team
Since the Ultimate Team for the football sim series was introduced it has attracted a solid number of active players, some of which are willing to spend real world money in order to give their own team a boost and make them more competitive in the long term. This has created a good and constant new revenue stream for Electronic Arts.
The launch of the Team of the Year for Ultimate Team is designed as a big event around which the community can coagulate, discussing the picks made and how each of the players can be used to boost a player first eleven. EA Sports is at the moment also working on a full patch for FIFA 15, which will reflect all the transfers that take place in the January window in the big championships.
We are excited about the upcoming FIFA 15 January transfer update as anyone else, but one potential transfer that could be happening this Summer has become the talk on social media overnight. But if we have some FIFA 15 coins to play, then we can the talk on social media overnight.
Messi to Chelsea is what everyone is talking about at the moment, after Lionel Messi ‘followed’ the official Chelsea FC instagram page as well as several Chelsea players hours ago.
As you can imagine, Chelsea fans have gone into social overdrive on this, taking this as a confirmation that he will be leaving Barcelona to join the London club – if you can believe that.
Reports elsewhere suggest that the club are willing to pay ￡250m to make it happen, but even then we still don’t see Messi ever leaving Barcelona. FIFA 15 players love to keep an eye on transfer activity in January and the upcoming Summer, but we think this is one prediction that sadly will never come true.
It’s also worth pointing out that Messi also follows Manchester City on Instagram as well, but this appears to be a classic case of a rumor catching alight and all hell breaking lose.
Fans have already started to dream of seeing Lionel Messi in a Chelsea shirt, but are you more realistic in believing that this move will never happen?
It is a very exciting time for FIFA 15 players at the moment, as we are counting down the days until EA makes preparations for the highly anticipated FIFA 15 January upgrades. So come our web to buy FIFA 15 coins to fight for yourself honor.
The developer will upgrade the players that they deem to be worthy of improvement, just like they do every year and following on from events that transpire in the real European Transfer window.
We have already spoke about some possible transfer targets that could take place next month, but now it is time to talk about specific player upgrades that EA could look at, based on performance so far.
Two of the standout candidates are Manchester City FC striker Sergio Aguero and his fellow Argentine striker Carlos Tevez. Both strikers have been in fantastic form lately, with Juventus player Tevez especially almost certain to get an upgrade from EA considering that he has already had two in-form cards.
Most FIFA 15 players will tell you that two inform cards for a single player at this stage of the season is very impressive indeed. It is also a clear-cut sign that the player is due for an upgrade and so at the end of January we should see Tevez with a brand new rating.
We have included two images here, showing the existing default ratings for Tevez and Aguero, plus their new predicted ratings should EA upgrade them officially. The new ratings which you see move Tevez to an 86 and Aguero to an 87, with the stats shown actually reflecting current in-form ratings.
We wouldn’t have any arguments if Tevez and Aguero are officially upgraded by EA, but is there an argument that Tevez should be upgraded to an 87 permanently or is this too high?
The practices have proved that successful organization tactics and flexible usage of tactics will be the key factors to the success of competitions. You should adopt the good points and avoid the shortcomings. Today I will analyze FIFA 15 tactic. And as a player, when you have enough FIFA 15 coins, then you can ecperience the tactic that you will learn following.
Build Up Play
Speed: The speed of the offensive organization, it means the speed of the scattered formation when you score a goal. The larger the value you set, the faster the players can press forward. Correspondingly, the passing points become fewer. The advantage is that you will be faced with the counterattack of opponents.
Passing: It will influence the passing distance and teammate support. Passing and speed setting are complemented each other in the organization attacking. The larger the value set is, the teammates in a certain range will choose to position and be far away from the player with the ball. While the larger the value set is, the teammate in a certain range will make a corresponding cooperation and get close to the player with the ball.
Positioning: In the court, players will own movement freedom in the first two-third court. The attacking range is from your back field to the halftime of foes.
Passing: passing option and the risk of supply. It will control the will of pursuing the fighting chance. It includes the offside risk of driving forward; the displaced risk of pursuing fighting chance. The large the set value is, the stronger the assistant ability your teammates will be such as driving forward, running spaces, vice versa.
Crossing: the cross tendency and frequency, it can be understood with easy ball from foot to foot and cross.
Shooting: shooting tendency and frequency, it can be understood with the will of driving forward shooting. But if the set value is large and you press the defense line of foes for a long time, the opponents will steal the ball a wave after a wave.
Positioning: It will influence the movement freedom in the final third of match.
Pressure: It determines the pressure location (the higher the value is, the earlier it will start.). If the value is big, Baecelona will steal the ball fiercely. If the value is small, it will be a purely defensive attacking.
Aggression: It will influence the enthusiasm of ball-controlling player. If the value is big, it will fall into the crowed tackling and the defensive line will be empty. If the value is small, it will be the stable defense. But if the pressure to player with the ball is not so sufficient, it will get into long shot and subtle assists.
Team Width: It will influence the player numbers moving towards field sides. If the value is small, the formation will shrink. The middle field will dense. But if the middle field defense is intensive, it is easy for the opponents to launch attacks from the sideways.
Defender Line: It will influence the defense shape and tactics.