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Football Manager 2010 Patch 10.2 Good Free Players
GK : Sebastian Viera*, Antonio Doblas, Lars Stubhaug, Andreas Lengfeld, Jurgen Macho, David Gonzalez, Pablo Cavallero, Ian Walker, Henk Timmer
DR : Abubakari Yakubu*, Ze Maria, Lauren, Bafode Diakhaby, Godwin Antwi, Moritz Volz, Walid Regragui, Ferdinand Coly, Theo Lucius
DL : Michael Ball*, Olivier Bernard, Vratislav Gresko
DC : Iliashu Shilla*, Jorge Guagua, Jorge Andrade, Sol Campbell, Glauber, Bakary Soro, Roque Junior, Samuel Kuffour, Dejan Stefanovic, Ivan Helguera, Lucien Mettomo, Mehmet Polat, Izzy Iriekpen
DMC : Emerson*, Sebastian Nayar, Brahim Hemdani, Johan Vogel, Fabio Santos, Ivan Campo, Seyfo Soley, Pape Diop, Amaral, Edgar Davids
MC : Julien Brellier*, Abderrahman Kabous, Mathias Cardacio, Beto, Inigo Idiakez, Gareth Williams, Lee Sawyer
AMC : Camel Meriem*, Sylvain Wiltord, Mustapha Hadji, David Noble, Bonaventure Kalou
MR/AMR : Hamed Namouchi*, Elliot Grandin, Felix Dja Ettien, Andy van der Meyde, Pius Ikedia, Zaki, Jorge Soto, Rohan Ricketts
ML/AML : Denilson*, Nicolae Mitea, Marco Ingrao, Khalilou Fadiga, Rudolf Skacel, Kiki Musampa, Alex Perez, Neil McCann
ST : Ebi Smolarek*, Goran Ljubojevic, Trípodi Mariano, Marlon King, Santos, Ivan Kaviedes, Michael Mifsud, Serhat Akin, Amoroso, Mark Viduka, Willy Topp, Christian Vieri, Carsten Jancker

* I believe the player is the best option for the position

OFFICIAL: Gabriel Obertan Joins Manchester United
Manchester United have secured the services of promising Girondins de Bordeaux winger Gabriel Obertan on a four year deal after the French 20-year-old agreed personal terms and passed his medical.

Obertan becomes Sir Alex Ferguson's third summer signing, and the iron-willed Scot has claimed that the burgeoning forward is a player who he has been scouting for a number of years.

The player, who has received international caps at Under-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, and U-21 level, also expressed his delight at sealing a move to the Premier League champions.

Regarding the coup, Ferguson told the club's official website, "Gabriel is a player we have tracked for a few years now, but because of his educational programme our efforts to get him here have always been delayed.

"We are delighted to get him now as he is an exciting prospect. We like to get young players and develop them, and we will see that in Gabriel over the next two years," he said.

Obertan added, "I am very happy to join Manchester United. This is a big opportunity for me to play at such a great club. I am very excited to be here and I look forward to proving what I can do."

Obertan, however, has joined the Old Trafford outfit with a slight injury, and will therefore be omitted from the club's immediate pre-season preparations. His transfer fee is yet to be disclosed. Profile: Michael Owen

Explosive Start

Michael Owen’s footballing story began when he was just 13 and signed schoolboy forms with English giants Liverpool.

The striker’s progress through the youth ranks was rapid and he won the FA Youth Cup in 1996 – scoring a hat-trick in the final - before coming off the substitutes’ bench and netting in his first-team debut in a Premier League game against Wimbledon in 1997 as a 17-year-old.

From then he never looked back and became a regular for the Merseyside outfit from the 1997-98 season onwards after he seized his opportunity after an injury to Anfield legend Robbie Fowler.

Amazingly, he bagged 23 goals in his first full season - 18 of which were in the league – allowing him to share the Premier League’s golden boot award with Chris Sutton and Dion Dublin.

He identically matched that goals tally the next year, managing to do so despite playing less games, and tied for the golden boot with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dwight Yorke in what was Manchester United’s famous treble season.

After an injury-hit 1999-2000 season saw him restricted to 11 league goals, he enjoyed the best spell of his career to date during the three seasons from 2000-2003.

In those campaigns he scored a sensational 80 goals as he helped Liverpool to the Uefa Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. Famously, in the 2001 FA Cup final against Arsenal, he single-handedly turned what was looking like a certain defeat into a 2-1 win for the Reds with two late goals at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Individually, he landed the famous Ballon d’Or award in 2001 as he was rewarded for the fine goal-scoring form, becoming the first Englishman to do so in 20 years.

What turned out to be his final season for Liverpool was one hit as injury problems returned again, but he still netted 19 times at a ratio of a goal every two games.

A Year In Madrid

Gerard Houllier's sacking at Liverpool and the arrival of Rafael Benitez as manager caused questions over his future and in the summer of 2004, Spanish giants Real Madrid snared the player for a cut-price fee of £8 million plus Antonio Nunez.

The move to Spain did not really work out as Owen was used primarily as a substitute and struggled to make inroads into the first-team despite some decent form and support from Los Blancos’ fans.

Indeed, after making just 15 starts Owen still managed 18 goals and had the best goals per minutes played ratio in La Liga that season.

However, after his lack of first team action, combined with the arrival of Robinho at the Bernabeu, he returned to England with Newcastle United in a £16 million move and arrived at St. James’ Park to huge fanfare and a big-money four-year contract.

Decline With Newcastle

Owen spent the entirety of that contract in the north East, but they turned out to be disastrous for both him and the club as the talented striker struggled to re-produce anywhere near the form of his Liverpool days.

His first two seasons saw the worst injury problems of his career strike and he made just 14 appearances over that period.

Fitness did return for Owen over the next two years and he featured 62 times – becoming team captain as the Geordies attempted to halt a decline that had seen them fall from Champions League participants under Sir Bobby Robson to Premier League strugglers after a string of managerial changes.

He only managed 23 goals in those two years, though, and was unable to prevent the club from dropping out of the Premier League under former team-mate Alan Shearer after a disastrous 2008-09 campaign both on and off the pitch.

International Stardom

With his great early successes at club level, international recognition followed instantly and to date Owen has racked up an impressive 89 caps for England. He has scored 40 goals so far, which places him fourth in the list of all-time goal-scorers for his country.

The defining moment of Owen’s career came in the 1998 World Cup when, as an 18-year-old, he scored ‘that’ goal against Argentina – an outstanding solo run which saw him leave experienced Argentinean defenders for dead before smashing the ball into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Even though England went on to lose on penalties, individual stardom was Owen’s and he became an integral member of the nation’s attack over the next decade.

He scored important goals in the 2002 World Cup as well as in Euro 2000 and Euro 2004 – making him the first Englishman to score in four different major international tournaments.

Although his overall goals tally is not yet top of the charts, he does hold the record for the most competitive England goals scored (26). He has also captained his country on seven occasions.

The 2006 World Cup was a low point for Owen. After failing to score in the first two group games, he went down injured in the early stages of the game against Sweden. It was found he had torn his cruciate knee ligament and he went on to miss the rest of the tournament and nine months of club action.

As his form declined and injury troubles continued, Owen found himself consistently left out of the England squad for the first time under new manager Fabio Capello. To date, he has still been unable to force his way back into the squad and his last international goals came in September 2007.

Comeback King?

But all that may change. With Owen being snubbed by the likes of modest Blackburn Rovers, and at one stage seemingly destined for Hull City, a knight in shining armour has appeared to rescue a career in distress.

Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United have taken the gamble, offering what is apparently a largely incentive-based contract to Owen in the hope that he can stay fit and rediscover the net. A base wage of 50,000 pounds a week is said to be heavily augmented by clauses, so even though he's cut his basic salary in half, he has both the opportunity to make more money, and salvage his reputation, too.

Whether he will be re-called to the England set-up with the South Africa World Cup looming will depend hugely on how successful this move to Manchester United proves to be. As such, the year ahead is huge in the career of Michael Owen.


Name: Michael James Owen

Born: December 14 1979 (Chester, England).

Club History: Liverpool (1996-2004), Real Madrid (2004-2005), Newcastle United (2004-2009), … (2009 -).

Senior Club Honours:

FA Cup (1) 2004
Uefa Cup (1) 2001
League Cup (2) 2001, 2003
European Super Cup (1) 2001
FA Community Shield (1) 2001

Individual Honours:

Ballon d’Or winner (1) 2001
PFA Young Player of the Year (1) 1998
Premier League Golden Boot (2) 1998, 1999 *
BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1) 1998

*Shared award on both occasions.

Did you know? Pele selected Michael Owen in his list of the 100 greatest living footballers in 2004, when the Brazilian legend marked FIFA’s centenary year by making his nominations. Six other English players were chosen.

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OFFICIAL: Michael Owen Joins Manchester United
Michael Owen has signed for Manchester United, completing a move that even a couple of days ago would have been laughed at as being too far-fetched for serious consideration. He has signed a two-year contract.

The Red Devils have confirmed the striker's capture on their official website, and Owen is clearly delighted to have completed such sensational move, saying, "I had just begun to talk to other clubs when out of the blue Sir Alex phoned me on Wednesday afternoon, invited me to have breakfast with him the next morning during which he told me that he wanted to sign me. I agreed without a moment's thought.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I intend to seize it with both hands.

"I am now looking forward to being a Manchester United player and I am fortunate that I already know so many of the players here. I missed pre-season last year and am pleased that I will be starting at Carrington from day one.

"I want to thank Sir Alex for the faith he has shown in me and I give him my assurance that I will repay him with my goals and performances."

United manager Alex Ferguson was also pleased to have reinforced his forward line, depleted by the recent departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and the imminent exit of Carlos Tevez, stating, "Michael is a world class forward with a proven goalscoring record at the highest level and that has never been in question.

"Coming to Manchester United with the expectations that we have is something that Michael will relish."

Owen will now link up with friends and former England colleagues Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand, as he looks to put himself back in the frame for Fabio Capello's England squad with the World Cup only a year away.

source : goal

Report: Michael Owen Agrees Personal Terms With Manchester United
Various reports have today confirmed that Michael Owen, Newcastle United and Real Madrid's former diminutive goal poacher, is currently undergoing a medical at Manchester United as personal terms have already been struck.

Sir Alex Ferguson has extended Owen an olive branch after it was widely expected that the former England international's career was on the decline due to a series of injury-ravaged spells.

According to a report in The Sun, Ferguson expressed an interest in Owen, who was the subject of a marketing brochure offered to multiple clubs, on Tuesday. The tabloid claims United are offering the 29-year-old £50,000 per week, which also includes bonuses for appearances and goals. Other reports, though, intimate that the deal will be no greater than a play-as-you-play contract.

Prior to United's interest, Owen had only been linked with more modest clubs such as Hull City and Stoke City; both of whom had been competing in England's Championship (level two) the season before last.

One source "close to Owen" is reported to have told The Sun, "It's incredible that one day Michael was contemplating a move to Hull and now Manchester United have come in.

"This is just the boost he needed and now he is hoping that everything can be agreed."

Manchester United are yet to release an official comment regarding the situation.

source : goal Profile: Luis Antonio Valencia
His full name is Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera. His nickname is Toño Maravilla. He is Manchester United's latest capture.

Steve Bruce – one of Sir Alex Ferguson's more successful managerial proteges – recently fostered in a productive period in Wigan Athletic's history, before moving onto his new role at Sunderland. However, it was actually Paul Jewell who first brought the impressive Valencia to England at the start of the 2006-07 season – although Bruce was already an admirer and thus delighted to inherit the player. He quickly found his feet on the pitch, despite his youth and the language barrier, helping to keep Wigan in the top-flight.

The Latics started the 08/09 season well and, despite the departures of such big guns as Wilson Palacios and Emile Heskey in January, as well as the capitulation of Amr Zaki, finished in a comfortable eleventh place.

Now, though, Bruce is gone and new gaffer Roberto Martinez never really had much of a hope of holding onto his remaining key man, Valencia; the squad has been stripped for spare parts somewhat.

Manchester United were very quick to turn to the winger, who'd been linked with Old Trafford long before Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Real Madrid was a foregone conclusion. In fact, United reportedly had scouts watching him throughout the whole of last season. Real Madrid were also prepared to splash the cash, while Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur had been mentioned at various times.

Valencia was a youth player with Caribe Junior and El Nacional in his Ecuadorian homeland before progressing to the senior team of the latter outfit, a military-owned club. 20 goals in 84 league games across five years saw him established as one of his country's hottest young talents.

Villarreal were the first European side to take the bait, signing him along with Argentine goalkeeper Mariano Barbosa in 2005. His time at El Madrigal was a non-starter, though; the Yellow Submarine gave him just two run-outs during his stay, farming him out first to Recreativo Huelva.

He did, at least, get to play in yellow, for Ecuador, during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where he was one of the most impressive performers on show. In fact, he was in the running for FIFA's young player of the tournament gong alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, who was being berated for his part in the sending off of England's Wayne Rooney. The hosts' Lukas Podolski was the youngster crowned in the end.

Still, Valencia had shown an immense amount of promise and signed for Wigan on loan, staying for a season and a half before the Latics made his deal permanent in January 2008.

In May 2008, Valencia scored an impressive double to down Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park. Interestingly, one of his most impressive performances came against United at Old Trafford; in January 2009 he ran riot on the right, earning plaudits despite an eventual 1-0 defeat.

Despite all this promise – and the timing of the transfer – one would have to work very hard to dub the now 23-year-old a direct replacement for CR7. For a start, comparing anyone to the last Ballon d'Or winner is folly. More crucial, though, is the fact that Valencia is simply not a born goalscorer, unlike the Portuguese powerhouse.

Still, many have high hopes that Valencia's capture can at least help to ease the burden of Ronaldo's departure, even if he doesn't turn out to be the heir apparent. He's direct, very quick and a fine dribbler, although for better or worse he lacks some of Cristiano's patented on-the-ball razzmatazz.

Even so, Valencia's physical stature will mean that United still have a tangible presence on the right. He's built solidly enough and stands a shade under 6ft tall – just a tad smaller than the departing Ronaldo. Former gaffer Bruce, though, previously outlined some more aspects of his game to get excited about, for those not familiar with his style of play.

"He has pace, trickery, he is as strong as an ox and has a great work ethic," he said after securing said permanent deal. More recently, he gushed, "Valencia is a dying breed: he's direct, quick and goes past players; he has the ability to dribble. He has an exceptional future."

Sounds great on paper, yet he's not everyone's cup of tea. He's a real source of energy and, with Wigan, he was able to pick up the ball and take the pressure off his own rearguard by giving back-pedalling defenders a headache, drawing them like flies to a lantern and creating gaps elsewhere. He'll hit the byline with alarming frequency, too. Still, at £16 million he's no bargain and a tangible end product will be expected at the Theatre of Dreams. Seven goals in 83 Wigan appearances won't whet too many appetites.

Subsequently, although more attacking signings could yet be made this summer, Valencia may provide balance more than anything else, with Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov forming a more obvious striking partnership. That's for Ferguson to decide in the coming weeks and months.

For the time being, Valencia has passed his initial tests. Signing for United despite interest from Madrid – before Cristiano has even left the building – is a good first impression. Furthermore, his mature first utterances are sure to inspire confidence in Fergie's judgement.

"It was Paul Jewell who first took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity to play in England," Valencia said. "Chris Hutchings and Steve Bruce helped me to progress and it is a shame I won't get the chance to work with Roberto, because he is a great young manager and I'm sure his style of football would have suited me.

"I am happy that the club has benefited from the move financially, because I owe them such a lot. I just hope the fans at Wigan can understand that I am an ambitious guy."

It's just as well he is, because pie-in-the-sky daydreams are cast-iron expectations for Manchester United.

Greg Ptolomey,

United sign Valencia
Manchester United is delighted to announce it has completed the signing of Antonio Valencia from Wigan Athletic on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old Ecuador international has played 34 times for his country, scoring four goals.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Antonio is a player we have admired for some time now, having spent the last two years in the Premier League with Wigan. I am sure his pace and ability will make a significant contribution to the team.”

Antonio Valencia said: “Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me. I have enjoyed my time at Wigan, but I am thrilled to have the chance to challenge for the biggest honours in club football here.

“Playing in front of 76,000 fans alongside players like Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs will be an amazing experience. I can’t wait to get started.”

source : manutd

Manchester United ready to snatch Klaas Jan Huntelaar
Sir Alex Ferguson is still trying to spend the money the club have received from selling Ronaldo and numerous attacking players are linked with the move to Old Trafford. The Scottish manager wants one winger as a replacement for Ronnie but he is also keen on signing a true marksman like Van Nilsterooy used to be. Berbatov has failed to live up to the expectations, and the boss has reignited his interest in Klaas Jan Huntelaar. The Dutch striker should be available for £15 million after being deemed surplus to requirements at Real.

Manchester United haven’t had a ruthless striker ever since Van Nilsterooy left the club, but Huntelaar looks like the prefect replacement for his compatriot. The ‘Hunter’ earned his reputation as a ruthless finisher while at Ajax, where he scored 113 goals in 136 appearances. The player is very dangerous both in the air and on the ground and he scores goals with either foot. He understands the game really well and is always in the right time at the right place. I am sure he would be a great asset for Alex Ferguson’s side since United have no problems creating chances but they need a player like Huntelaar to turn them into goals. He showed he was ready for the big stage while at Real, where he scored 8 goals in 20 appearances even though mostly used as a substitute.

Sir Alex has been keeping tabs on the player for quite a while and this seems like the perfect moment to sign him as he is available at a knock-down price. Huntelaar is worth much more than Real are asking for him and Ferguson would be a fool not to snatch him. The 25-year-old striker is in the best footballing years and he looks ready to make the step to the big stage. The Hunter would have no problems fitting in since he is fluent in English and will not need a lot of time to adapt to the new surroundings. This transfer is likely to be realized very soon and Real will definitely regret for not giving him the right chance.

source : soccerpie

Manchester United lead the chase for Javier Pastore
Following newspaper reports earlier this week that Manchester United were interested in two of world footballs up and coming talents in Dutch starlet Luc Castaignos and Brazilian Douglas Costa, today The Sun claim "Manchester are leading the chase for Argentine teenager Javier Pastore."

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has been in impressive form in the Argentinean Clausura and is one of the key reasons why Huracan are challenging near the top of the table.

The Sun also points out that Pastore has also been linked with AC Milan and Barcelona. Manchester United were linked with Pastore in April when his agent claimed he had turned down a 10 million euro move to Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson may however be reticent over signing Pastore as he has complex ownership, similar to Carlos Tevez. Throughout the 2008/2009 season, Pastore has been in fine form, scoring eight goals and providing two assists in 27 games.

Scouts in Argentina describe Pastore "as a playmaker who is a complete young player with good potential. He has good technique and creativity and can play through the middle or on either flank."

Last week Javier Pastore was chosen as an IMScouting Player to Watch, a full report on “Argentina’s next number 10,” including video evidence, can be seen here.

Source : IMScouting


Would love to see him play for United, he could be our next number 7 ^^

Latics confirm United Valencia bids

It was reported at the weekend that the Premier League champions and Real Madrid had bid in excess of £16million for the Ecuador international.

Real - who have had a world-record £80m bid for United's Cristiano Ronaldo accepted - have since stated that they have not shown an interest in Valencia since January.

However, Whelan has declared that United have been in contact with DW Stadium officials for the past two to three months and that they have also submitted initial offers.

He told Sky Sports News when asked about Valencia: "They (United) have been in touch with us and we will be starting negotiations very shortly, I would imagine.

"United have been in touch with us over Antonio for the last two or three months, expressing an interest and actually putting cash offers on the table.

"Those things have got to be picked up now. I think they were waiting to see if Ronaldo actually went to Real, which has happened."

He added: "Things will develop over the next seven to 14 days.

"The master, which is Sir Alex, he makes his moves when he is ready. He has strong interest in Antonio, there is no question in that.

"He had him watched practically every, single match last year. He has got a very strong interest in him. We are just sat on the fence now."

Whelan, though, is adamant that Wigan are not eager to cash in on Valencia.

"We are not desperate to sell Antonio, I'm telling you. If I can keep that lad, I'm going to keep him. He is one brilliant player," added Whelan.

"So there is no pressure on me, or our football club to sell him. If Man United don't want to make a (written) offer, I'll be delighted and we will have him in our team next season."

But the Wigan chairman admits that he will not stand in the 23-year-old's way if he expresses a desire to move to Old Trafford and the club's asking price is met.

He said: "What is difficult is to stop a lad like Antonio Valencia, who has got ambition. It is difficult to stop a footballer, who wants to get to the very, very top of the ladder.

"I would never stand in the way of a footballer who can go to bigger and better clubs, and you can't get bigger and better than Man United.

"If Antonio Valencia says to me, 'chairman, I want to go to Manchester United' and we get the right fee, the deal will be done."

source : teamtalk

Looks like Valencia will be our first signing this season.
Waiting for our next signing, hopes it would be Benzema.


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