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Winners of FIFA 10 and The Manager Contest Announced


Sorry for not posting this on Saturday, but it’s been a busy weekend preparing for my trip to Las Vegas this week to attend a search marketing conference. Nevertheless, drumroll please, here are the winners of the copies of FIFA 10 and The Manager book by Barney Ronay:

  • FIFA 10 winner: Bernard Cahill
  • FIFA 10 winner: Peter Edmiston
  • FIFA 10 winner: Marc Shepherd
  • The Manager winner: Dave Griffiths

Congratulations to each one of you. Your winning prize will be mailed today.

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  1. Dave G

    November 10, 2009 at 8:19 am

    I agree that everyone does it….except perhaps Robbie Keane, who seems to try and stay on his feet more than any other striker I have ever seen.
    As a Man Utd fan it pissed me off to see Cashley Cole flop over like a salmon on the deck after Fletcher had won the ball…soft decision there, but I have seen plenty of decisions over the years go our way thanks to CRonaldo flipping and flopping and also it seems Berba is prone to it as well….so it all comes out in the wash and evens off, the only difference last night was that Ngog mistimed his dive 😉 LOL
    If you ARE going to dive, make sure you TIME it right
    Example: Darren Bent…
    Perhaps someone should send Ngog a video of Bent’s correct dive this weekend for Sunderland against Spurs.

  2. Gaz

    November 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    You’re right, mate. He would have been brought down anyway.

    So why not just play until you are brought down? I know, I know… all the good strikers know when to play the foul and he’s only doing what everyone else does.

    But it’s still a disgrace.

  3. John

    November 9, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Ngog is a disgrace. Would like to see the Liverpool supporters defend that one…

    • Matthew N

      November 9, 2009 at 8:29 pm

      I look at this in three different ways as a Liverpool supporter:

      1) I absolutely hate diving and all that goes with it, BUT I’ve never seen Ngog simulate or anything like this before, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Also, he was in a really great position to put a ball to the far post for a tap in (although that is obviously not as much of a ‘sure thing’ as Stevie G from the penalty spot).

      2) Even if Ngog didn’t dive, he would have been fouled. That was a poor challenge with the boots up. A more experienced striker would have allowed contact to take him to the ground rather than simply falling (also, falling instead of trying to make a hurdle or play through the challenge is less risk of injury).

      3) Everyone else dives, so why should I be surprised (or angered) when our own players do it? Maybe I’m cynical, but when I’m watching a game I assume that at least half of the free kicks given are dives most of the time. Back when I played, I did everything I could to not fall down and I played the ball and tried to keep possession no matter what. I didn’t just belly flop onto the grass whenever someone nicked me with their foot. Unfortunately, this is not how football is played at the highest level.

      All of these points of view kind of conflict with each others. At this point, I’ve just decided to accept the draw but it isn’t something I’m proud of or happy with (though I wouldn’t be proud/happy of any draw with Brum). I’d be perfectly fine with suspensions and fines for simulation, but they sure as hell better do it with every single player in every single instance (which will never happen).

      Short version: I hate diving but I think that even if he didn’t dive that he would have been fouled anyways. Maybe I’m wrong, and maybe the fact that I’m a LFC supporter clouds my judgment, but I don’t fault Mr. Ngog too much… Rooney, Drogba, RVP, they all would have done the same thing.

  4. Martin

    November 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Disappointed that I didn’t win, but I really liked this giveaway. Keep em up 🙂

  5. J

    November 9, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    dislike 🙁

  6. Rob

    November 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Ahh, was it first come first serve basically that decided who won?

    • The Gaffer

      November 9, 2009 at 12:20 pm

      Nope, winners were picked out of a hat at random.

      The Gaffer

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