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Monthly Recap – February 2014

Hey guys! It’s time for another Monthly Recap. Let’s look back at what happened during an exciting February.

Achievements

New Admins

FRA: arsenal0619.

CA: girl8888, kodaky

RA: -ar-, telepizza

LA: titi3699, michnej

Forum milestones

6000 posts: powdersnow

5000 posts: play42

3000 posts: -.number88.-, gamer0009

500 posts: eletro_power.

We apologise if your achievement has been missed out. If you would like to see your achievement here, do inform us and the relevant information will be edited in immediately.

Seasons

  1. Fast.hands
  2. Dianapo87
  3. Diegoroberto01
  4. Jestem_ninja
  5. Kjhg1234
  6. ahlywe

It was fast.hands who won in February, beating off stiff competition from dianapo87 and diegorobero01.

User Rankings

  1. –blazingstar-
  2. _aleksandra_
  3. Eletro_power.
  4. Atmosphere.
  5. Electro_italy
  6. Skryld0ll
  7. The_stranger
  8. Bennaidu
  9. Importival_lee
  10. –ar-

-blazingstar- and _aleksandra_ both retained their spots in the top two of the user rankings.

Country Rankings

  1. Brazil 
  2. Poland
  3. United States
  4. Italy
  5. Argentina
  6. Romania
  7. Turkey
  8. Colombia
  9. Mexico
  10. Peru

This month we saw a new face at the top of the country rankings, with Brazil finally managing to overtake Poland and take the pole position. Argentina rose three rungs, while Peru managed to sneak into the top 10.

Clan Rankings

  1. Alexander the Great
  2. Bharat Legends
  3. Robines
  4. LKS ZUL
  5. The whole World
  6. League of Legends
  7. PERU-PS AMATEUR
  8. Perpetuum Mobile
  9. Top Players
  10. Dream Golden

Alexander the Great leapt from fourth place last month to top the clan rankings in February. Bharat Legends settled for second spot while Robines retained their third spot.

FIFA Country Rankings

  1. Spain (-)
  2. Germany (-)
  3. Argentina (-)
  4. Portugal (+1)
  5. Colombia (-1)
  6. Switzerland (+2)
  7. Uruguay (-1)
  8. Italy (-1)
  9. Brazil (+1)
  10. Netherlands (-1)
  11. Belgium (-)
  12. Greece (-)
  13. United States (+1)
  14. Chile (+1)
  15. England (-2)

This month we saw more activity in the FIFA country rankings, although the top three of Spain, Germany and Argentina retained their positions. Portugal overtook Colombia for fourth spot, while Switzerland amazingly climbed to sixth spot, above the likes of Uruguay, Italy and Brazil.

PS News

Exciting 3 Day Pass released

Do you feel like going on a Power Soccer marathon? Feel like playing this game for hours straight? Then the 3 Day Pass is for you. Costing only 5 tokens, this Pass gives you Club Membership and the Skill Package for 72 hours. Also, you can join club member-only tournaments which extend beyond these three days.

Romanian Patriots win Clan Arena

Most Valuable Player dragosh1993 led his clan Romanian Patriots to the Clan Arena title, beating TVST and Goal Makers. He went through eight tedious and testing rounds, knocking out a massive 216 other users in the process. All members of Romanian Patriots have now won three permanent customable items, the Marseille Roulette dribble, the Playoff beard facial hair and the National Acrobat goal celebration. Congratulations Romanian Patriots!

Power Soccer Olympic Relay

Team up with one other user from your country and join the newy-launched Power Soccer Olympic Relay! Components of this race include the Olympic Flame tournament and Shootout cups, among others.

Goal of the Month (January) Winners

Pmystic60’s wonder goal beats 80 other participants and wins him the January Goal of the Month contest.

Tour of India begins

India, one of only 16 countries to have their own local tournament, sees the Tour of India kick off.

That’s all for February. Let’s look forward to an amazing March!

 

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Just months to go – World Cup 2014

The FIFA World Cup 2014 kicks off in just over six months in Brazil! Thirty-two countries have booked their flights to Brazil next year after rounds of qualifying. Today we look at the qualifying system which 32 countries have braved through to achieve a spot in the World Cup.

The European continent was allocated 13 spots, the most of any continental federation. The countries were split into nine groups. The nine winners of these groups automatically booked their berth in the World Cup. The runner-ups had to go through another round of qualifying while those that finished below second had to wait another four years for their next shot at the World Cup finals.

In Group A, Belgium topped a group containing Croatia, Serbia, Scotland, Wales and Macedonia. A Belgian team led by young starlets from top European leagues took the group by storm, taking 26 points out of a possible 30. Croatia finished second with 17 points and Serbia’s strong defence could not hold their fellow European teams and they were third with 14 points. Wales led by the world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale and the in-form Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey could only finish second from bottom.

In Group B, Italy took top spot while Denmark finished second. However as they were the worst-performing runners-up they failed to reach the second qualifying round. In Group C, Germany swept the group with 28 out of 30 possible points as Sweden finished second with 20. In Group D, Netherlands equalled Germany’s record of 28 points and took the direct route to Brazil and Romania finished behind. Switzerland excelled in Group E with underdogs Iceland, Slovenia, Norway, Albania and Cyprus while Iceland took second. Russia and Portugal tussled it out in Group F but the Russians eventually took top spot while the Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portuguese team finished second with 21 points just a single point behind Russia.

In Group G the fight for top spot was even more intense! Both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece finished with 25 points but it was the Bosnians with Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko who took top spot. In Group H, England fought off stiff competition from second-placed Ukraine to snatch top spot. Last but not least, in Group I, defending World Cup champions Spain took top spot and France finished second.

Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Iceland, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine and France were then placed in the second qualifying round. Each team was to be drawn against another and the winner would progress to the World Cup. In probably the most high-key of these matches saw Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic square nose-to-nose with Portuguese and Real Madrid mega-star Cristiano Ronaldo, meaning either one of these star strikers would miss out on World Cup action. Eventually Ronaldo sent Portugal to Brazil with his many goals, along with France after a great comeback against Ukraine from being 0-2 down in the first leg to win 3-2, Greece who breezed past Romania and Croatia, who stopped Iceland’s fairytale run and dream of becoming the smallest country ever to qualify for the finals.

In Asia, the top ten teams from three qualifying rounds were split into two groups. Iran, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Qatar and Lebanon were in one group while Japan, Australia, Jordan, Oman and Iraq were in another. In Group A Iran qualified as group winners for the first time since the 2006 edition while South Korea also qualified as runners-up, albeit doing so less convincingly than expected. Uzbekistan finished third, level with South Korea on points but with an inferior goal difference. In Group B Japan took top spot as the first country to qualify for the tournament behind automatic entrants and hosts Brazil, while Australia finished second. Jordan played-off with Uzbekistan for a spot in the AFC-CONMEBOL play-off and the Jordanians beat Uzbekistan on penalties to finish fifth in the AFC qualifications.

In Africa, 52 teams were reduced to just ten after two rounds of qualifying. The ten teams were then matched up against each other with the five winners booking their places at next summer’s World Cup. Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria qualified. Ghana qualified by thumping Egypt 7-3 on aggregate, including a 6-1 thrashing in the first leg.

A US player comforts his Panama counterpart as they narrowly miss out on a World Cup play-off berth by 90 seconds.

Meanwhile in CONCACAF, 35 North American teams were reduced to just six by the time the fourth round of qualifications came knocking. Three of the six teams won a berth at the World Cup while the fourth-placed team had to endure yet another play-off round. The three teams were the United States, who topped the six-team group, Costa Rica and Honduras. There was plenty of late drama on the final day of matches. Mexico, who had lost to Costa Rica were on the brink of missing out on World Cup action as Panama were leading 2-1 against a United States team who had already topped the group. Many thought that the United States would lower the tempo and let Panama win and deny huge rivals Mexico qualification. However, two late goals from Zusi and Johannsson ensured that Panama lost at home and Mexico booked a play-off berth against the Oceanian champions.

Argentina quaifies for the World Cup in neighbouring Brazil.

In CONMEBOL, the South American continent, nine teams squared off in a round-robin league format. Brazil, as hosts, did not participate in the qualifying competition as they had already automatically qualified according to FIFA guidelines that the World Cup host should automatically be entered into a World Cup. Argentina, led by the superstar strike force including Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria, Ezequiel Lavezzi and others, topped the group. Colombia, led by star striker Radamel Falcao finished second. Chile, spurred by Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanchez, finished third. Ecuador, despite having to endure a sad period in the middle of the qualifying competition when striker Christian Benitez passed away due to a cardiac arrest, finished fourth and took the last straight South American spot at the finals. The Ecuadorian Football Association later announced that Benitez’s number 11 will be retired from the squad. Uruguay, despite boasting a forward line of the CONMEBOL qualifiation’s top scorer and Liverpool sensation Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan, Cristian Rodriguez and Paris St. Germain strker Edinson Cavani, could only finish fifth and had to face Jordan to qualify. Despite strong nationwide interest from the Jordanians, the Uruguayans proved too much for Jordan as they thrashed them 5-0 in the first leg before a goal-less display in the second leg saw Uruguay through.

In Oceania, the only continent not to have an automatic World Cup berth, the 2012 Oceanian Nations Cup was used as a second-round qualifier. Tahiti, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and New Zealand were drawn into a group. The New Zealanders, traditional Oceanian powerhouses, took the group by storm and won all 18 points at stake. Unfortunately, they lost 3-9 on aggregate to Mexico and the Mexicans with Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez took the last spot at Brazil.

It is just months now from the World Cup. Who will have their hands on the trophy?.

Let us wait and watch.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2013 in Real life football, Tournaments & Cups

 

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Confederations Cup Report and Final preview: Brazil vs Spain

Group A

The Confederations Cup kicked off with a dazzling display of football from the hosts Brazil against Asian champions Japan. The Brazilians won comfortably, with a three-goal cushion. Neymar, the clear fans’ favourite, had opened the scoring with a sizzling volley. Paulinho and Jo later added gloss to the scoreline. The second match of Group A saw Italy take on Mexico. A late Mario Balotelli strike allowed Italy to sneak through with all three points.

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Marcelo of Brazil competes with Gerardo Torrado of Mexico during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 19, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

In the next match, the hosts took centre stage again. Once again, the £51 million Neymar almost single-handedly destroyed Mexico. The Barcelona player scored first, before a memorable flick through two Mexican defenders and a perfect cross for Jo to double the lead. It was goals galore next as Italy came from two goals down against Japan to win 4-3. Seven different players from both team got onto the scoresheet and it was Sebastien Giovinco’s goal four minutes from time that sent Italy into the semi-finals.

Brazil and Italy then squared off, with the winner topping the group and avoiding world and European champions Spain in the semi-finals. It was goalless for most of the first half, until substitute Dante’s header saw Brazil go 1-0 up. Controversey then reigned. As an Italian attack became dangerous, two Italians went down in the box, when referee Ravshan Irmatov blew his whistle. The Brazilian defence came to a standstill, with their players preparing to protest against an imminent penalty. Giorgio Chiellini then bundled the ball into the back of the net and Irmatov later gave the goal, much to the fury of the Brazilians. The score was then brought back to 3-2 in the Brazilians’ favour. The hosts still prevailed in a 4-2 win, with Fred scoring a brace.

In the last match of Group A, Mexico and Japan had nothing but pride left to play for. Chicharito’s brace let the North American champions get three points despite Okazaki’s late strike.

 


Group B

Over in Group B, Spanish dominance over Uruguay did not translate into goals as Spain edged out the South American champions 2-1, with a late Luis Suarez stunner unable to draw level. Tahiti began their fairytale competition against Nigeria and lost 6-1, with Johnathan Tehau scoring Tahiti’s solitary goal, a goal which would prove to be the Oceanian champions’ first, last and only goal in this tournament. They were later handed an even harsher reality check when a second-string Spain side put ten goals into their net without reply, with Fernando Torres scoring four times.

In a game seemed like a decider for second-place, Uruguay beat Nigeria 2-1, including a sweet Diego Forlan strike. A 3-0 defeat for Nigeria at the hands of Spain included two Jordi Alba goals and a perfectly-timed Torres diving header. Uruguay then needed to beat Tahiti, and they did so with a 8-0 win, including four from Abel Hernandez, to qualify for the next round.


Semi-finals

The first semi-final saw a repeat of the 1950 World Cup final, but this time Brazil emerged victorious with a 2-1 win over Uruguay. A late, late goal from Paulinho sent the Brazilians into the final. The other semi-final pit the two finalists of Euro 2012, Spain and Italy. Spain put up a surprising lacklustre performance, lacking creativity in attack with passes being intercepted by a sharp Italian defence. Striker Torres had to drop deeper to support the midfield, leaving Spain with no forwards and having to rely on overlapping runs from wing-backs Alba and Alvaro Arbeloa.

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 27: The Italy players show their dejection during a penalty shootout during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Semi Final match between Spain and Italy at Castelao on June 27, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/Getty Images)

The game ended nil-nil and the dreaded penalty shoot-outs were inevitable. It then boiled down to sudden death, Leonardo Bonucci sent his spot-kick sprawling high into stands. When Jesus Navas put his penalty beyond Gianluigi Buffon’s reach, Spain had set up an extremely mouth-watering final between possibly two of the best teams in the world. Brazil vs Spain awaits.

Final Preview: Brazil vs Spain

The final has been touted as a battle between former and current world champions. Both teams rely on overlapping full-backs. Spain on Alba and Arbeloa and Brazil on Marcelo and Dani Alves. Both also have a pivotal player they cannot afford to lose. Brazil needs Neymar to shine for the Brazilian tactics to work, and similarly, the presence of Andres Iniesta and Xavi cannot be missed in midfield.

Oscar’s sharp passing, along with Hulk’s body power could also aid Brazil. Fernando Torres, once in the right gear, could show glimpses of the world’s most feared striker he was years ago. Spain’s tiki-taka passing would go up against Brazil’s technical and direct approach.

Other views of PS 13   VS   Other views of PS 14

This final could also see many interesting head-to-head clashes, with Neymar expected to go up against the likes Thiago Silva and David Luiz. Vicente del Bosque would be in a dilemma whether to start Pedro, Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata, Jesus Navas or David Silva, all who have put in decent performances in the winger roles. Also, Javi Martinez has proven in the last match against Italy that he can play in a fairly advanced role.

Also, could this tournament herald the beginning of a 4-1-4-1 era? Brazil introduced 4-2-4 to the world when they won world cups in the Pele era. Spain showed the world how to dominate using a flexible 4-2-3-1 formation in South Africa. Both teams have favoured the use of a 4-1-4-1 formation, which allows more width in attack without compromising too much of defence.

Remember, Brazil vs Spain on the 30th of June. Who do you think will steal it?

-Teachersgang (RA)

 

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2013 Confederations Cup Preview

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It’s just a few days more to the start of the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. Do you know what to expect in this upcoming tournament?

The prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will kick off in the form of the 2013 Confederations Cup, where the best of every continential federation comes together for glory. In Group A, we have hosts Brazil, Asian champions Japan, North American champions Mexico and Euro runners-up Italy. Italy were invited for the tournament only because Spain, winners of the Euro Championship, had qualified for this tournament by winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. In Group B, world champions Spain will take on South American champions Uruguay, Oceanian champions Tahiti and African champions Nigeria.

The squads

Brazil’s 23-man squad includes the highly experienced Julio Cesar, Dani Alves and captain Thiago Silva. Their squad also includes Chelsea’s David Luiz and Oscar and Barcelona’s new signing and probably the world’s hottest prospect, Neymar. He, will, be Brazil’s star player and target man throughout the tournament.

Japan, led by Italian Alberto Zaccheroni, has Yasuhito Endo, capped 129 times for his country. The squad also includes Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa and CSKA Moscow’s Keisuke Honda, who starred in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Stuttgart’s Shinji Okazaki is the squad’s top scorer, with 33 goals in 63 appearances.

Jose Manuel de la Torre has picked Gerardo Torradol, the midfielder capped 139 times for Mexico and United’s Javier Hernandez, among others. The young Mallorca striker Giovani dos Santos, should also be someone to look out for. Mexico has only won once, against Jamaica, in nine games this year, drawing the other eight.

Capped 98 times, Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo is set to hit a centenary of caps come the tournament. Cesare Prandelli has picked his strongest squad, such as Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi, Giorgi Chiellini, and the on-form Mario Balotelli.

Spain are favourites to lift this trophy. Their squad only includes players from top clubs in Spain, England and Germany, three of the best leagues in Europe. Only four strikers have been picked though, including Fernando Torres, David Villa, Pedro and Robert Soldado. Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Negredo have been unfortunately dropped from this squad.

Uruguay can boast the lethal attacking line of Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, the latter two being the hottest strikers in the transfer market. The trio have 77 international goals between them and will pose a threat to any defence.

Tahiti’s participation in this tournament has been a surprise. Since Australia left Oceania for Asia, New Zealand has always been Oceania’s powerhouse. However, Tahiti won the Oceanian Cup, bringing them face to face with big boys Spain, Uruguay and Nigeria, and the likes of Brazil should they progress. Coach Eddy Etaeta has picked the uncapped Marama Vahirua, also the only player playing outside of Tahiti.

Their most-capped player is Xavier Samin, with only 28 appearances. Nigeria has picked five uncapped players, Mohammed Gambo, Anthony Ujah, Michel Babatunde, Emeka Eze and Francis Benjamin. On the other hand, they have Vincent Enyeama, John Obi Mikel, Uwa Elderson Echiejile, Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo. The Nigerian squad share only 19 goals between the 23 players.

The Stadiums

Most of the stadiums allocated for this tournament are located on Brazil’s eastern coast. They are at Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and most famously the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. It hosted close to 200,000 spectators for the 1950 FIFA World Cup final, although after renovation works were completed it can only hold about 79,000. The Maracana is scheduled to host the Confederations Cup final.

Maracana internal view april 2013.jpg

Which country would you support for the Confederations Cup? Would you be a patriot and don the colours of your home country (if they qualified for this tournament), support the favorites, or cheer on the underdogs?

~Teachersgang (RA)

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in Real life football

 

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99er Cup: Edition 24

The 99er cup is a special event that comes around every month, this time, it’s edition 24.

Edition 24 brings both joy and anxiety to all 99ers out there; the thought of who will win, and what lengths they will go to achieve this. Kel_leo is one of the favorites for winning the last edition of the 99er cup, edition 23, and so are the members of the Top 10, such as Shomuzzy and also Mariokpo95.

I asked some of you members of the Power Soccer community, before the cup happened, who you think will win. Here’s what you guys said..

drogba921: Who do you think will win the 99er cup?

ifeany1: I would say me

electric_power: Depends who plays, but whoop, andrei or dem_baba_dem if they play.

blackandyellowkhalifa: ooh..tough one. Im gonna go with ifeany1

michaelblake: going to say either troy, e_p or h_m.

troy43polamalu: whoopa

radicalguy44: whoop

jefco: i assume whoop will.

It looks like whoopdattrick is the favorite to win, and according to the Power Soccer Facebook Page, He’s going to be there.

Who do you think will win? Comment below, and then, see the results article coming on sunday!

-Drogba921 (RA)

The 99er cup is open to all players who are level 99, just make sure you are in the gamerooms at 8pm CET on Saturday.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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