Friendly World Cup 2012 Review by JKisthe1 and Forca Inter

So, after a 3 week marathon in the end the Friendly World Cup had one last surprise to spring. With James-Fitz AWOL and JK needing a 15 point hit, it was the duo of Menly and Catmac, representing Chile, who stormed to a stunning win to take the title. The difference between the 2 teams ended up being the aforementioned 15 points that JK dropped. Had James_Fitz been present, that gap at the start may have been bigger, but the Swiss would have had more men in play. But Chile can deservedly claim the title, having beaten the 2 favourites, Brazil and Switzerland in the final 2 rounds. Credit is also due to USA duo of Gargamel and Goldstonemr who despite predictions that they wouldn’t get out of the group, stormed to the semis and looked on course for an upset until Ozil’s late intervention saved the Swiss (and put pay to Brazil). A great time was had by all and I’m sure all those involved will join me in thanking the council (I had nothing to do with this particular tournament) for their efforts. But what would a tournament be without some awards.

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End of Euro Update

First off, a big round of applause for Italy (Parm and Milanista) who won Euro 2012 and for Chile (Menly Men and Catmac) who won the Friendly World Cup!!! Italy avenged their gameweek 2 defeat to Croatia (Tommytour and Super Dunny) and won the final by a score of 109-92. Chile defeated Switzerland (James_Fitz and JKisthe1) by a score of 85-70. We will have more details of how these match-ups played out later but just wanted to congratulate the winners in the meantime. The winners should check the Super Cups tab under international for details about that.

Secondly we want to thank all of you for participating. We know we had a great time and we hope you did as well. We also hope you all enjoyed the 2v2 format as something a bit different and more interesting. If you have any feedback about either of the competitions please either leave a comment or use the contact us tab at the top of the page to let us know as we appreciate any feedback or thoughts you have for us.

Thank you to everyone who has followed the site. This is important as you will receive email notification of new posts which will ensure that you don’t miss when we open registration. While we have not finalized our plans yet, we are tentatively planning on opening registration within about a week or so after the FPL game opens. In the meantime, stay tuned for a finals round up and the the Euro 2012 Order of Extreme Valor award and perhaps a few other articles along the way.

We are still be looking for a few more contributors so if you are even remotely interested, please drop us a message under the contact us tab.

One last request: If you can give us some feedback on the 5th league that would be very helpful as we want to try to pick 20 teams that everyone wants/agrees on.

Thanks once again to everyone who participated in Euro 2012 and the Friendly World Cup! We hope you’ll tackle our competitions for the 2012-2013 FPL season with even more enthusiasm and excitement.

Order of Extreme Valour – FFS Friendly World Cup – Matchday 6 Award

Order of Extreme Valour – FFS Friendly World Cup – Matchday 6 Award

It’s been thrilling, it’s been long, it’s been emotional. And that’s just the valour awards, forget the tournament. Both the fantasy and real Euros finished with a bang as Spain destroyed Italy in a performance which yours truly never saw coming. And so here we come to our final award. No more copying and pasting all your teams into my spreadsheet and watching my computer hang. No more scouring through Drobnys and Fortounises looking for that elusive captaincy that separates the ballsy from the downright insane. And no more attempting to keep a straight face as I attempt to convince you that Richard Dunne could perform acts of valour against Spain.

I judged the award by the rules posted here. http://uefaffs.weebly.com/7/post/2012/06/the-order-of-extreme-valour.html
To recap:

A “successful gamble” is defined as a single player choice that returns an unexpectedly high number of points. The awards will be given on these criteria:
– Underappreciation
– Overachievement
– Underdog team
– Captaincy

Differentials were thin on the ground as expected and there could only be one winner. Since Italy got steamrollered and no other differential picked up significant points, honourable mentions are hard to come by, but I will give a few shout-outs to those who gamely tried Italian differentials. The expensive De Rossi had Emperikal, Archie and Menly as backers. Marchisio was owned by Canadian Football, Bal4Tom and Eoin. And Montolivo was owned by Shipstontrev, Optimus and Djerbil. A couple even managed to get a point out of an Italian who didn’t start – Balzaretti came on to nudge the score up a bit for Goldstonemr, Gargamel and Shipstontrev.

And now for the winner:
– The winner came off the bench and was a true differential throughout the tournament. If you’d asked people before the tournmaent whether Torres would win the Golden Boot, they’d have laughed at you. Gargamel and Goldstonemr reaped rich reward from Torres (8 points) for a goal and assist in just 15 minutes. Even more to their credit, they were both in the same team in the Friendly World Cup. The Torres bandwagon starts rolling, and we’ve still got 47 days til the start of the season. Yep, I’m counting.

As the awards close, I’d like to thank everyone on FFS for making this a whole lot of fun. We’ve had our highs, we’ve had our lows, and our Negredos. I’m taking a break from fantasy for a little while now, so I’ll become an occasional poster until the action hots up again.

This is the Jolminator signing off. But you know… I’ll be back.

Order of Extreme Valour – FFS Friendly World Cup – Matchday 4 Award -Isacki

(READ THIS FIRST: THIS IS THE AWARD FOR PLAYERS OF FFS FRIENDLY WORLD CUP ONLY AND DOES NOT INCLUDE PEOPLE FROM THE EURO CUP! THERE HAS BEEN A SEPARATE AWARD FOR THAT. THANK YOU.)

The quarter-finals were a time for heroes. Heroes at the front and back. Not to forget those in the middle, too, as you’ll see. The 4 quarter-finals produced 4 clean sheets and 9 goals, though this doesn’t tell the whole story as 6 goals were in one crazy game. It was the surprise goalscorers for the big guns that decided this award.

I judged the award by the rules posted here. http://uefaffs.weebly.com/7/po…..alour.html

To recap:

A “successful gamble” is defined as a single player choice that returns an unexpectedly high number of points. The awards will be given on these criteria:
– Underappreciation
– Overachievement
– Underdog team
– Captaincy

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My take on the final and why I back Italy against Spain

Like many fans I was left thinking “WHY??” after just seeing Italy frustrate Germany and get two goals, each seemingly from nowhere. Everyone knew it would be important to mark Pirlo. It looked like the Germans had tried, from the start at least. And Italy were playing one of the top two sides in the world. How did Italy not only get the ball in the net, but create so many one-on-one opportunities that they should have scored at least 4? Here’s my thoughts.

Italy are very difficult to beat because they play a completely different system from virtually every other side in the competition – that is, variants of 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 and 4-4-2. They are regarded as playing a diamond midfield with two strikers – with Pirlo at the bottom of the diamond and Montolivo at the top, in the hole. Pirlo is the deep-lying playmaker: he sits behind the three midfielders and pulls the strings with the long balls out to the diagonals we always see.

* This is the first reason why it is very hard to play against Italy’s unique approach. Everyone wants to mark Pirlo, but at what cost? You must ask either your striker or man in the hole to mark him, in which case he has already restricted your attacking threat, or you must bring your defensive midfielders out of position in which case space opens up behind them – and we saw acres of space between the German midfield and defence tonight. It is because he is so deep that he is so hard to mark.

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The End Is Nigh

All good things must come to an end.  As the Euro draws towards a close, hopefully the UEFA Council has succeeded in making the competition both more enjoyable and interesting for all of you.

Even though for all our hardwork, there must have surely been a few low points on the journey. Have fun picking them out.