I know the game aint out yet but who are you planning to do ml with ? I'm gona do one with arsenal of course and hopefully before your ml begins you get to choose who is in champions league and all that.
~Eric: Just adding a new title.
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May 14, 11 at 9:18pm
Well, I finished the 2008-2009 season with Benfica, completing a Domestic Double. I have sold and bought many players in the summer. Here is the STM rundown for Benfica:
Sulley Muntari - Portsmouth David Odonkor (Traded for Antonio Chapi) - Real Betis Vincent Kompany - Hamburg Sidnei - SC Internacional Vincent Enyeama - Hapoel Tel Aviv Steven Defour - Free Agents Sani Emmanuel - My People FC Reginaldo - Parma
[/b]Transfers OUT:[b][i][u] Shunsuke Nakamura - Olympiakos Antonio Chapi (Traded for David Odonkor) - Real Betis Konstantinos Katsouranis - Pro Evo United Andreas Ivanschitz - OGC Nice Bobby Convey - Celtic Jukka Raitala - Real Murcia Quim - contract expiration Leo - contract expiration Hameur Bouzza - contract termination Cho Jin Wha - contract termination
Manager Lanre Badmus Sr commented on the fantastic season he had in the Liga De Iberia PLUS:
"I can honestly say without a doubt that this was a superb season for Benfica. The team did what they needed to do to secure the Liga title and also did exceptionally well in capturing the PLUS Cup. Now we are in the European Champions League, this season can and only should get better."
Badmus also talked about all of the club's successful transfers:
"I do believe that no money was wasted. Every single one of these players are here because we know what they are capable of. They all acheived great success at their former clubs. They can become great over here also."
"I am extremely pleased about the signing of David Odonkor from Betis. We all saw what he did with Betis last year. He has great ability and is highly regarded as a rising star in world football. Odonkor is also a regular member of the German national team, so this move really benefited all parties involved. I was sad to let Chapi go, he's only a rookie. It had to be done. When we signed Sani Emmanuel, our forward line was becoming stacked. We had to let him go. I believe Odonkor has great potential to reach massive heights with Benfica."
"To all the Nakamura fans out there, sorry that I sold him to Olympiakos. I sold him because we wanted to get younger. Not that he was old, but the other attacking midfielders had to get a chance. Nakamura was holding them back from those chances. I wish that Nakamura and all the other players that left Benfica this summer have fantastic careers ahead."
May 11, 11 at 6:40pm
Benfica have officially clinched the Liga De Iberia PLUS title with 8 games left in the season. The Lisbon-based club became the first newly-promoted side to win a European top division with a 3-0 win away to Villarreal on Sunday night.
Benfica's superstar Paraguyan striker Oscar Cardozo opened the scoring on 31 minutes. Cardozo deftly slipped past two defenders before recieving the ball from Emmanuel Adebayor and slotting the ball past Villarreal keeper Sebastian Viera. Then, in the second half, there was more Benfica. This time, it was Adebayor who scored the goal on 51 minutes. The Togolese fan favorite headed the ball past Viera. Then came the title clincher on 72 minutes. Spanish rookie Antonio Chapi came on for Adebayor and made an immediate impact. Cardozo crossed the ball into the box, and an unmarked Chapi provided the icing on the cake. ESPN had a chance to catch up with manager Lanre Badmus Sr, Cardozo, Adebayor, Landon Donovan, and Freddy Adu at the Benfica Parade in downtown Lisbon.
ESPN: Congrats Benfica! Everyone at home was watching this special event, I'm sure. How does it feel to be crowned champs?
Badmus: It is a fantastic feeling to lift the league trophy after all the hard work.
Cardozo: I am very proud of how far this team has come in the past year.
Adebayor: I love this club and how they have ingnited my career.
Donovan: I never thought that I would be here today celebrating a big victory.
Adu: I just have to thank God for giving me this opportunity to be here tonight.
ESPN: Now a question specifically for Mr. Badmus. As a newly-promoted club, going into the Liga De Iberia PLUS was obviously going to be a huge challenge. Many people were writing you off. How did you respond?
Badmus: We just said, "To hell with those naysayers" and just continued the excellence that this club has always strived to achieve.
ESPN: Oscar and Emmanuel, this next question is for you two. After Mr. Badmus said that he was going to pair you both upfront at the start of the season, did you ever wonder how the other was going to have his fair share of the goals?
Cardozo: Yes. Emmanuel came on a free transfer after being sacked by Arsenal. That made me have thoughts about his work rate and his goalscoring ability. But I later realized that I was all wrong. He is the perfect strike partner and I really hope that Arsenal regret the decison to release him for years to come.
Adebayor: At first I thought that with the number of goals that he has scored, that he was just a selfish ballhog who liked to have the glory all to himself. I was wrong. He is a very great footballer and person, and I wouldn't have been any prouder to share the spotlight with anyone else. Oscar is a very selfless player and he especially proved that by assisting on Antonio's goal. I really like being his partner in crime and I hope that we will continue to do this for the next few years.
ESPN: Landon and Freddy, this one's all yours. As U.S. National Team stars, do you both feel that you have done your country proud by bringing home this title?
Donovan: Of course. The two of us are the first Americans to win a Europe top flight title, after all.
Adu: I have been very overwhelmed with the gratitude that we've both been getting from Americans here in Lisbon, all across Europe, and back home. I feel that we have put smiles on the faces of our soccer-loving countrymen.
ESPN: Mr. Badmus, with the league title all sewn up, you will be playing in the Champions League next season. How do you think your team will rise to the challenge?
Badmus: It is a sign that this club will only get better. We have an automatic berth in the 2009-2010 Champions League and I am very thrilled at this opportunity to be playing alongside the best in the world next season.
ESPN: And now that the league title is complete, you will now turn your attention to the PLUS Cup semifinal 2nd leg away to Real Madrid in a few weeks. Do you think your players will be nervous?
Badmus: I do believe that my players will be somewhat nervous, but that's okay. Real Madrid is a massive club, and being a Barca fan, I have the utmost respect for them. I expect my players to take no prisoners and attack them head on.
ESPN: Thank you for your time, guys. ESPN will be following you closely for the remainder of the season. Forca Benfica!
All: FORCA BENFICA!!!!!!
May 08, 11 at 1:39pm
Well what do you know, the updates came a month late. Well anyways, I'm just about to start the second half of the season. My most recent results include a 1-0 (3-2) knockout of Barcelona in the second round of the Iberia PLUS Cup and a 3-0 rout of rivals Porto - in the Dragao!
After the beating of Porto, it was time for transfers. Here are all the transfers that I have made, in and out:
[/b][/i][/u]Transfers IN[b] Landon Donovan (Traded for Javier Saviola) - from Real Zaragoza Arda Turan (Traded for Marc Zoro) - from Valenciennes Luka Modric (Traded for Matthew "Flop" Taylor) - from Valenciennes Andreas Ivanschitz (Traded for Alexis Sanchez) - from Panathinaikos Hameur Bouazza - from Fulham Gennaro Palmieri - ML Youth Antonio Chapi - ML Youth Javier Espinosa - ML Youth
[/b]Transfers OUT[b][i][u] Javier Saviola (Traded for Landon Donovan) - to Real Zaragoza Marc Zoro (Traded for Arda Turan) - to Valenciennes Matthew "Flop" Taylor (Traded for Luka Modric) - to Valenciennes Alexis Sanchez (Traded for Andreas Ivanschitz) - to Panathinaikos Andrei Arshavin - Contract Termination Yu Dabao - Contract Termination
Current transfer targets:
Carlos Sanchez (Valenciennes) Kim Chi Woo (Other)
Benfica manager Lanre Badmus Sr commented on all of the January Transfers he made:
"I do believe that we made very good buisness this month. All these players came here because this club believes in all of them as footballers. We were very stingy with the deals we were making. We wanted to make sure that every one of these trades and transfers were going to pay off for us."
Badmus also expressed his disappointment at one of the new aqcuisitions not being able to play right away...
"I am especially happy that we now have Landon Donovan as a part of our squad, but there is one unfortunate side effect - he can't play our next match away to Deportivo La Coruna. In what turned out to be his last game for Zaragoza, he was sent off. He is suspended for the next match. This frustrates me, as I was going to immediately put him in our plans for this game. I can tell you this: he will be able to make his Benfica debut next week away to Madrid."
The manager then shed a light on those that left the club, including three players in particular...
"The players that left, they left for a reason. They were not able to gain a consistent first team place. And that upsets me personally, as some of these players came at the end of last season, when we won the PLUS Division 2 title and were promoted to the Liga De Iberia PLUS. I ad high hopes for those players but they failed me. But three players, in my book, were total flops. If you don't know already, I had traded my own son away to Portsmouth for Matthew Taylor last January. I had really high expectations for this player, but he only scored once, had attitude issues, had poor discipline, and was just all around lazy. He was lucky I didn't terminate his contract. Instead, I sent him and Marc Zoro to Valenciennes in exchange for two very promising players - Luka [Modric] and Arda [Turan]. Now the second one is Andrei Arshavin, who had his contract terminated a few weeks ago. He too, had high expectations set out by myself and his teammates after being aqcuired in January of last year. He also failed. He would constantly disappear in moments when I needed him most. He just didn't do anything, really. The last is Yu Dabao. Don't get me wrong, he is a promising young talent. But like Andrei, he had his contract terminated in order to find more first-team opportunities. He was somewhat of a hit last season, as he scored five goals in all competitions, three in the league. But this season, he only played once. And with Antonio Chapi being brought in, he was destined not to play. So I spoke to Yu and we both agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect. I wish every single player that left Benfica this January the best in all of their future footballing endeavours."
Lastly, he told the press about his eagerness about these new players...
"I have held high hopes for every single player that I have bought. These players are no exception. I am very eager for these eight players to make their debuts, whenever they may occur. To be honest, I have never been more eager for a game as a manager."
Benfica are currently the league leaders on 52 points, twelve points ahead of both Barcelona and Real Madrid, who both have 40 points, but Barca holds second place thanks to a higher goal difference.
Mar 06, 11 at 9:51pm
Benfica has just defeated Zaragoza by a scoreline of 3-1. Benfica's goals were scored by Emmanuel Adebayor and Shunsuke Nakamura. Zaragoza's goal was scored by Diego Milito. The result pleased 64,800 Encarnados fans at the Estadio Da Luz while leaving 200 Zaragoza fans disappointed. We had a chance to catch up with Benfica manager Lanre Badmus, Sr at the end of the game.
Reporter: Great win today, Mr. Badmus. When you went a goal down, how did your players stay so positive?
Badmus: Well, when Diego Milito had struck first for Zaragoza, I knew that wasn't going to kill us. We have great attackers and that really showed today. We didn't keep our heads down and just stayed positive. That was our objective, to always stay positive. We did that today, and I'm very pleased with the overall performance.
Reporter: What can you say about the goals today, from both sides?
Badmus: The first goal by Milito, that was in part because our defenders weren't defending so great. Igor [Akinfeev] was left completely stranded, so it wasn't at all his fault that Sergio Garcia played in a great cross to Diego Milito. Now our first goal, which was scored by Emmanuel Adebayor, from a great cross by Freddy [Adu] into the box. Adebayor placed the perfect header past the Zaragoza goalkeeper to equalize. Those players really link up well. Our second goal from Shunsuke [Nakamura] was a long range strike. It was a fantastic goal from a fantastic player. Then our third goal, also scored by Shunsuke in the 90th minute, was the dagger in the hearts of the traveling La Romareda faithful. They were going for the equalizer and they were punished very ruthlessly. Alexis Sanchez played the perfect pass to our No. 10 who slotted it perfectly past the keeper to make it 3-1. I have to applaud Shunsuke for the contribution he has already made to our team since arriving from Celtic this past summer. 4 goals in 4 matches, what a bargain. There was a reason I gave him Rui Costa's number.
Reporter: Any one Zaragoza player that stood out to you in particular?
Badmus: Obviously, Diego Milito and Sergio Garcia played really well. But the Zaragoza player which stood out to me the most was their substitute, Landon Donovan. And I'm not just saying that because he's my fellow American, it's all out of honesty. He almost scored for them and he almost set up a goal from a great cross. Both chances really scared us. He truly is a great player and all of the Zaragoza fans should be proud of such an injection of skill into the match.
Reporter: How do you see your next match against Real Murcia panning out?
Badmus: I honestly believe that it could go either way. Both teams are doing very well this season.
Reporter: Considering the fact that Murcia are relegation favorites, they've won three of their first four matches, taking nine points. Do you see an upset in the making?
Badmus: Yes, an upset is possible. They've got a good striker in Baiano and a great link-up man in Ivan Alonso. And if they start Hernan Carini in that match, then he will certainly be hard to score on.
Reporter: Thank you for your time, Mr. Badmus. Again, congrats on the win, good luck in the next match.
Badmus: Thank you, sir. Have a great weekend.
More updates coming in April.
Feb 27, 11 at 10:19pm
Ok so here's what's going down for my Benfica ML. I'm in my second season with the team, ran away with the Division 2 title. Currently playing in Liga de Iberia PLUS (the name is because Sporting Lisbon and Porto were also promoted to La Liga with my team and random teams will come up from Division 2).
Benfica current squad 2008-2009 1. Igor Akinfeev (Russia) 2. Luis Filipe (Portugal) 3. Matthew Taylor (England) 4. Luisao (Brazil) 5. Leo (Brazil) 6. Amadeus Schwarz (Germany) 7. Oscar Cardozo (Paraguay) 8. Kostas Katsouranis (Greece) 9. Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo) 10. Shunsuke Nakamura (Japan) 11. Freddy Adu (United States) 12. Quim (Portugal) 13. Joseph Enakahire (Nigeria) 14. Maxi Pereira (Uruguay) 15. Bobby Convey (United States) 16. Fabio Coentrao (Portugal) 17. Cho Jin Wha (South Korea) 18. Andrei Arshavin (Russia) 19. Jukka Raitala (Finland) 20. Gareth Bale (Wales) 21. Alexis Sanchez (Chile) 22. Nelson Marcos (Portugal) 23. David Luiz (Brazil) 24. Per Cilian Skjelbred (Norway) 25. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Russia) 26. Tim Krul (Netherlands) 27. Yu Dabao (China) 28. Miguel Victor (Portugal) 30. Javier Saviola (Argentina) 32. Marco Zoro (Ivory Coast)
My lineup is like this:
DF: Nelson - Luisao (c) - Katsouranis - Bale
CMF: Skjelbred - Bilyaletdinov
AMF: Nakamura - Adu
CF: Adebayor - Oscar Cardozo
Current Transfer Targets: Landon Donovan (Zaragoza), Arda Turan (Valenciennes), Luka Modric (Valenciennes)
Currently first in the league after three rounds after cruising past Real Madrid in the season opener 4-0, walloping Espanyol 5-0, and mollywhopping Osasuna 6-0. About to take on Zaragoza. Please comment and give me pointers.
Forward: Orellano, C. Ronaldo, Schwarz, Giggs(reborn), Chapi
I released: Ronaldo(reborn) he was so good, he was already getting worse on a age of 20
Vurnon Anita, he was my best midfielder, but I wanted to give my other players a chance to play and he was losing his running speed
Aug 07, 09 at 3:27pm
I'm from Holland and I play Pes 2008 on the PSP. I am in 2016 mid-season. It's cool but I don't know wich player to buy because all the players are old. My English isn't perfect but I do my best ofcourse;)
Aug 01, 08 at 1:50pm
Actually my friend did most of the work on the teams. I have Stoke, Barnsley, Bristol City, Maccaibi Haifa, Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Al Ahly.
Aug 01, 08 at 1:31pm
Did you make Cardiff on yours? What other teams?
Aug 01, 08 at 1:30pm
Aston Villa stars get fine and put on transfer list.
Ramido Orellano and Lucas Leiva have been fined £5,000 each and have been put on the transfer list by Aston Villa. 27-year old Orellano is set to leave Villa for Juventus and 33-year old Lucas has been put on the transfer list also and will not take any part in Villa's further games.
After Villa's shaky start to the new season they finally picked them selves up when they hit newly promoted Cardiff City for seven.
Week 5 Aston Villa 7-0 Cardiff City
They got off to a flying start when Shimizu played a lovely ball through to Young who came in from the left and slotted home from a tight angle, after just 6 minutes.
They doubled the lead when Rolong's long ball caught the defence off guard and Young slotted past the keeper once more after 17 minutes.
Agbonlahor made it three with a direct header from a Young corner on 36 minutes.
In the second half the closest Cardiff got to scoring was when Danjou's long range effort clipped the bar.
But on 58 minutes Young completed his hattrick from the spot after Paolo Negro was shirt tugged at a corner.
Things got much worse for Cardiff when Danjou scored an own goal after Lucatelli missed his backpass.
Goalkeeper Rolong spooned a low free kick under the wall and into the bottom corner on 75 minutes to make it six.
Substitute Mark Van den berg couldn't help but shoot from 30 yards out and his shot flew into the bottom right hand corner to finish off the afternoon on 88 minutes.
Young 6' Young 17' Agbonlahor 36' Young 58' Danjou (OG) 63' Rolong 75' V.d.Berg 88'
Aston Villa sit just below mid-table with 5 points. Aston Villa Squad 2019
1. Carlos Rolong GK 2. Younes Kaboul CB 3. Anthony Vanden Borre CB 4. Vincent Kompany CB 5. Luke Duffy DM 6. Paolo Negro CB 7. Ashley Young WF 8. Yunar Sahafi CF 9. Ramido Orellano CF 10. Gabriel Agbonlahor CF 11. [Owned by Park Chu Young aka God - currently at Everton]SS 12. Gunnar Nielsen GK 13. 14. Lucas Leiva CM 15. 16. Cosmo Ettori AM 17. Kanaka Takahashi CF 18. Giorgio Palmieri CB 19. Lassana Diarra DM 20. Abou Diaby CM 21. Gio Dos Santos SS 22. Adel Taarabt RM 23. Mark Van den Berg CM 24. Stephen O'Halloran SB 25. Sami Hyypia CB 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. Paul Ruskin SB
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