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Title: EFL first ever newsletter

  • Welcome to EFLs very first newsletter. Hopefully
    this will be the first of many and be produced
    every month or so with the sole aim of giving all
    our members some quality reading time.

A Message From The Admin Team
  • The final World Leagues season on Fifa 10 has
    come to a close and firstly I would like to thank
    all managers who finished off all of their 38
    games in the World Leagues.
  • It was always going to be a difficult season with
    the holiday period in full swing. Some people
    chose to play games in advance and some opted
    playing all their games in the last couple of
  • We still finished with only 33 members out of
    100 finishing all their games and then another 40
    50 restricted by inactive members not being
  • We have had our ups and downs in the league this
    season with the introduction of the formation
    rule and the majority of members have adhered to
  • In the last few months we have introduced the
    Ladder system, the Turbo Star Leagues and we are
    still running the Top 16, Bottom 16, European and
    Europa League, the FA Cup and the World Cup
    Series - so a pretty successful run in all the
    leagues and cups.
  • Id say since the start of the World Leagues in
    July we have played approx 4000 games of Fifa and
    reported them through EFL so a pretty impressive
    well done to all.

A Message From The Admin Team
  • New for Season 9
  • - ---Fifa 11 - where the football will take
    another new dimension. Hopefully lets put Fifa
    10 in the cupboard and enjoy the new passing
    system where pass accuracy is determined by a
    gamers ability on the control pad and player
    skill. ---- An Automated Transfer system will be
    coming into effect in the next 1-2 weeks where
    instead of signing up in a topic, you will click
    on the system and apply for teams. At the time of
    draw, the site will tell the mod whether or not
    the person applying is eligible or not. I.e. have
    they played enough games/ have they had any
    warning/ missed deadlines.
  • - ---A New FA Cup where you use your league team
    and not a random English or Scottish side.
  • - ---And last but not least, there is a
    secret group planning for a new look front page
    for EFL where the forums are not the homepage. It
    will make easier navigation for new members and
    make browsing simpler for everyone. So again,
    thanks to all our members and a special thanks to
    Haydn for giving us this site. Also, every member
    of our staffing team needs a huge pat on the back
    for the efforts they go to every day.
  • All the best, Stubri and Lukus

World League 1 Round-up By EFL Noodles EFL
  • Season 8 has come to a close and its
    also the final season on the Fifa 10 game.
  • I think division 1 has had some good
    seasons and we have seen ukpyro shine on Fifa 10
    in the last two seasons at EFL.
  • I would like to say thank you to all the
    members who got their games completed on time. I
    also hope you enjoyed this season at EFL in
    division 1. I also want to tell you all I will
    not be your division 1 mod next season and will
    be replaced with Tw1nblad3.
  • I wish you all the best of luck in
    division 1 next season and I think tw1n will do a
    good job here and add something fresh into this
  • So here it is - my final report in
    division 1. TOP 5 - UKPYRO,DUREX
  • Well its congratulations to ukpyro. He's done
    it again, winning division 1 for the 2nd time on
    the trot. Only getting beat twice all season was
    fantastic. Also Mamadou Niang was the top goal
    scorer again for Marseille, picking up another
    golden boot award.
  • Durex should be very pleased of getting
    runner up. He did very well with Olympiacos CFP.
    He has certainly shown that its not always about
    the team you use. Hell probably be up there
    again for Fifa 11 and possibly with a new team if
    he gets lucky in the window.
  • Dangerfourpence - You always see him at
    the top but Sao Paulo has not been the right team
    for DFP. But saying that DFP was the only member
    who beat ukpyro twice this season. Dfp will be
    looking in the next transfer window for another
    team to challenge ukpyro next season.

World League 1 continued...
  • Foofan88 never got to grips with Chelsea
    and I guess like most members here I thought he
    would of been challenging for the title this
    season but it was not to be. Foofan also got his
    Chelsea player, Bosingwa ,top of the card list, I
    think foofan will be looking forward to getting
    Man City back next season.
  • Jameschh90 has done well this season
    again with his team Besiktas and got into a top
    five finish. He always seems to be near the top
    of the table, no matter what team.
  • Well done to the top 5 managers. League
    place Sixth to Tenth - N1cl4s, Jay 360 UK,
    jc121united, Wonderkiid shep and Dr Dopefish...
  • N1cl4s has had a good season with Porto and will
    be pleased it was better than last year. He had
    a very difficult start but managed to pick up the
    points at vital times and steered his way into
  • Jay has done well finishing 7th. I think
    thats the highest Jay has been in division 1 so
    no doubt will be very pleased to end Fifa 10 on
    an high.
  • I think jc will be pleased this season
    and would of enjoyed playing with Real Madrid
    this season as well. After enjoying promotion
    from Division 2 last year, this is a good
    achievement. Will he do better with Bayern next
  • Wonderkiid shep has done well with
    Birmingham City. He was my tip to go down lol!
    His striker did well -Cameron Jerome - just
    missed out on the Golden Boot award by two goals.

World League 1 continued...
  • Dr Dopefish - even though it was a top
    ten finish I dont think he had a good season
    with Everton. No doubt will be looking forward to
    getting Arsenal back for next season.
  • Well done guys for getting in the top
    ten finish this season.
  • League places eleventh to fifteenth - Coke For
    Kids, lukus kytovski, ElGuajeVilla07, Futureheads
    and TheWilll ...
  • The league places from 11 to 14 were very tight
    and only a point or goal difference separated you
    four - Coke, Lukus, Villa and Future.
  • Well done to Future on staying up with a
    3.5 star team.
  • Also Lukus had a nice league postion
    staying away from relegation this season. I think
    Lukus will be looking forward to playing with
    Tottenham next season and may do very well with
  • Congratulations go to TheWilll - I
    thought you was doomed mate and you were on your
    way down to division 2 but you surprised me. You
    were sat at the bottom of the table and you
    pulled yourself out of it. Well done for getting
    to 15th in the table.

World League 1 continued...
  • League places sixteenth to twentieth-
    HeffiHeflomp, Qwerty MK2, Androoooos, Cyclonia,
  • Well done to heffiheflomp and qwerty for staying
    up this season. You have another chance to stay
    in the big boys division lol! Them final results
    played a big part for you both.
  • So, we come to our bottom three who will be
    relegated into division 2. Well it will be two
    members... As one is no longer with us.
  • Androoooos and Cyclonia, you both had a difficult
    season - good luck in division 2 lads. I hope it
    is not for long before your return back to
    division 1. EFL Noodles EFL signing out...

World League 2 Round-Up By Revertive Sky
  • Well that's your lot the final WL season
    on FIFA 10 is over here's my take on things in
  • Champions English slayer9 is this seasons
    champion having lead Glasgow Rangers to the
    title. Solid since he's taken over, he fully
    deserves the title and I wish him well up in WL1.
    Winning the league with a 3.5 star side is some
    feat considering the teams others had around him.
    Keep it up and well done!
  • Runner Up Markos6969,is this seasons runner up
    but he pushed slayer all the way having been top
    for long periods and he may feel disappointed to
    end up with the silver medal. But I'm sure before
    the season started, the goal for Markos would
    have been promotion and he's achieved this,
    finishing a comfortable 16 points ahead of 3rd
    placed Novaks.

World League 2 Continued...
  • Play-Offs The play-offs were decided a few days
    ago when Bordeaux battled from 2-0 down too beat
    Barcelona 2-3 and cement the final spot
  • Novaks finished 3rd and has been solid
    all season, never slipping outside of the
    play-offs he's played some good football and
    fully deserves another shot at promotion.
  • Jembo eventually finished 4th and
    although he could perhaps have been 3rd if it
    wasn't for a broken disk -he's rise to the
    play-offs from 19th is brilliant and he'll fancy
    his chances now as well. Revskic eventually
    finished 5th. I've been pleased with how things
    went since I came to Bordeaux and the play-offs
    were the goal before the season started. I've
    achieved that and feel I can perhaps cause an
    upset in the play-offs - you have too be
    optimistic now!
  • iS N U Fx finished 6th - after a rocky
    opening part of the season he showed his class in
    the second part of the season and he's played
    some great stuff with Parma and will be perhaps
    looking for one final swan song before they
    perhaps part way in the close season.
  • I wish everyone well in the play-offs.

World League 2 Continued...
  • Relegation As with every season people have too
    be relegated and this season was no different,
    so.... fcbarcelona and FC Twente were confirmed
    as relegated after deadline day. Unplayed games
    being the factor in the Dutch sides demise this
    term. Major J Doe ended up in 19th but not for
    lack of trying and commitment to the cause this
    term. Win, lose or draw, Major has plenty of
    positives to say and he's been a credit too WL2 -
    I wish him well next term as he attempts too plot
    a way back up. Docgmfc gets the wooden spoon
    this term, but again his activity, (even though
    most weeks its ended in defeat), is commendable.
    A lot of folks would have quit in those sort of
    positions. Docs a good player and he'll feel he
    can do a good job next term and perhaps bounce
    straight back. Final Round Up For the rest of
    you its been a pleasure moderating this
    division. I feel I've got too know a lot of you
    and I thank you for your time and patience
    throughout what at times has been a tough season
    with dropouts. For those that finished mid-table
    I wish you well as you once again attempt too
    improve your positions when FIFA 11
    arrives. After a lot of thought I will be
    moderating WL2 again next season, so you can look
    forward to my rambling reviews every Tuesday
    Morning. Thanks for a great season. Regards Rev

World League Division 4 Round-up By ukpyro
  • Manager Karimovich Position
    1st Biggest Win Dortmund 9 - 0 Lazio Biggest
    Defeat Dortmund 1 - 4 Portsmouth Top Scorer
    Lucas Barrios - 50 goals Season Summary After a
    poor start to the season, Karimovich acquired a
    strong Dortmund team and never looked back. In
    the space of a week he moved from relegation
    candidate to title contender. The Player of the
    Season and Division 4 champion will now try to
    secure for the first time ever on EFL - Three
    consecutive promotions.
  • Manager GRIMBO84 Position
    2nd Biggest Win Rennes 1-7 Portsmouth Biggest
    Defeat Portsmouth 1-3 Rennes Top Scorer John
    Utaka - 49 goals Season Summary GRIMBO84 showed
    his ability right from the off, winning all his
    games in the first week and rarely dropping
    points thereafter. He achieved his aim of
    automatic promotion although he may still be
    disappointed on missing out on the title by just
    three points. Surprisingly wasn't even in the top
    3 of the player of the season awards /
  • Manager Crash151
  • Position 3rd Biggest Win Burnley 0 -
    8 Fulham Biggest Defeat Portsmouth 5-1 Fulham
    Top Scorer Clint Dempsey - 57 goals Season
    Summary Had a great start to the season but
    Karimovich's miraculous upturn in form means he
    has to settle for a playoff spot. He and Grimbo
    had a great battle for the second automatic
    promotion spot but his own prediction that his
    form would drop towards the end of the season
    came true. Can still be proud of making Dempsey
    the top scorer in division 4 and for almost
    making him the mvp in the Dream Eleven.

World League 4 Continued...
  • Manager o0 mackenzie 0o Position
    4th Biggest Win St Etienne 9 - 0 Lazio Biggest
    Defeat Hannover 96 4 - 1 St Etienne Top Scorer
    Boubacar Sanogo - 39 goals Season Summary o0
    mackenzie 0o had a very good debut season on EFL
    even leading the league for a while although by
    the virtue of having played more games. Has just
    got back from holiday moving house so will need
    to quickly find his form for the play-offs.
  • Manager Tw1nblad3 Position 5th Biggest Win
    Sunderland 1 - 6 Sevilla Biggest Defeat Rennes
    1 - 7 Portsmouth Top Scorer Luis Fabiano - 21
    goals Season Summary After last season where he
    missed out on promotion on the last day of the
    season he will surely just be happy to be in the
    play-offs. Having taken over one of the best 4.5
    teams in Sevilla, he will be a force to be
    reckoned with. Manager Harryn9000 Position
    6th Biggest Win Stockport County 1 - 6
    Liverpool Biggest Defeat Sunderland 1 - 7
    Frankfurt Top Scorer Steven Gerrard - 14
    goals Season Summary Flirted with automatic
    promotion for a while but ended up with a well
    deserved play-off spot. Season couldn't really
    gone much better for Harry as he got the finish
    he was probably aiming for as well as his
    favourite team Liverpool. .

World League 4 Continued...
  • Manager i hate worsties Position
    7th Biggest Win Hannover 96 8 - 1 Sunderland
    Biggest Defeat Burnley 5 - 2 Hannover 96 Top
    Scorer Arouna Kone - 31 goals Season Summary
    Has been one of the more consistent members in
    division 4 as he hovered in and out of the
    play-off spots. But ultimately his season ends in
    disappointment, perhaps if he had been able to
    play Twin, then things would have turned out
    differently. Manager X1 Raziel Position
    8th Biggest Win Sunderland 1 - 7 Frankfurt
    Biggest Defeat Frankfurt 1 - 4 Dortmund Top
    Scorer loannis Amanatidis / Halil Altintop 23
    goals Season Summary After a few initial
    problems Raziel has settled in well, with his
    first campaign fairly successful. His games seem
    to be very tense affairs as he rarely beats his
    opponent by several goals but on the flipside
    when he loses it also usually only by the one or
    two goals.
  • Manager Aimagpie Position
    9th Biggest Win Blackburn Rovers 0 - 6
    PSV Biggest Defeat Rennes 5 - 1 PSV Top Scorer
    Ola Toivonen - 30 goals Season Summary Much
    was expected of Aimagpie but he was only able to
    deliver a mediocre season. After spending much of
    the campaign in the bottom half of the table
    (perhaps due the pressure of pre season
    predictions) Aimagpie finally find some form and
    managed to propel himself up the table.

World League 4 Continued...
  • Manager farazfareed Position 10th Biggest
    Win Burnley 1 - 4 Blackburn Rovers Biggest
    Defeat Blackburn Rovers 0 - 6 PSV Top Scorer
    Jason Roberts - 25 goals Season Summary
    farazfareed failed to prove his critics wrong,
    who said that his success last season was only
    due to his extreme custom formation. He still
    remains a controversial figure and will be one of
    the players to watch out for in division 4 next

World League 5 Round-Up By Tw1nblad3
  • End of Season Report Firstly, before I
    get on with the congratulations and the report I
    have to comment on how unsatisfied I was with the
    efforts of the majority of members in completing
    their games. I had to sim 63 matches this
    afternoon which is unacceptable.
  • A vast number of you will lose your
    spots as a result, whereas some will get
    warnings. If you wish to remain in EFL you need
    to improve.
  • Now, on to the fun stuff. Automatic
    Promotion Congratulations to Real Zaragoza
    (vinny gills fc) for a fantastic debut season in
    Division 5 as the Spanish outfit strolled to
    promotion with a massive 99 points, a clear 18
    points ahead of second placed Catania (hafidovic)
    who will join him in Division 4 next season after
    comfortably sealing the second automatic spot.
  • So impressive was vinny's win that he
    scored a massive 162 goals (58 more than anyone
  • Well Done to you both, but especially to

World League 5 Continued...
  • Play Offs Stoke City (shadows309) - 73
    points, Mallorca (Iss9m) - 71 points, Atalanta
    (bacroon) - 68 points and AZ Alkmaar (WeeshLoL) -
    66 points have secured the spots and a chance to
    reach Division 4. Congratulations go to Iss9m for
    being the second manager to breach the 100 goals
    barrier and also to shadows309 as he had the best
    defence in Division 5.
  • In the play-offs Stoke City will play AZ
    Alkmaar and Mallorca will face off against
    Atalanta. Good Luck to all involved. Mentions
    need to go out to both Toulouse (CFC Reborn 2010)
    and Porto Algere (o just touch it) who just
    missed out on a play off spot. Wooden
    Spoon Commisirations/Congratulations whichever
    you want to give for AEK Athens (T Wreks80) who
    finished in the lowest spot on the EFL pyramid.
    The resident bottom spot holder Hertha Berlin
    (stanleyen) managed to avoid the accolade in the
    end and finish 18th overall.

World League 5 Continued...
  • Top Scorer Given that his team smashed 164
    goals, it was no surprise that Lafita of Real
    Zaragoza would top the scoring charts with 84
    goals, followed not so closely by Andre-Pierre
    Gignac (Toulouse) with 47 goals and his team mate
    Humberton Suazo with 45 goals.
  • A total of 145 players scored throughout
    this season. Dirty Boys Award A total of 84
    players were carded this season but none could
    stop Daniel Congre (Toulouse) from being crowned
    the bad boy with 2 reds and 1 yellow this season.
  • He was closely followed by (and losing
    out by 1 yellow) Gianpaolo Bellini of Atalanta.

Clubs Update By Harryn9000
  • Well after another eventful season in
    clubs, we are now trying to prepare for season 9
    by introducing a cup to the club leagues for the
    first time.
  • This will continue into season 9 itself.
  • The main problem with clubs is that new
    teams dont stay active which causes a lot of
    hassle for myself.
  • You are not welcome to the league if you
    cannot fulfil your fixtures in time and I feel
    too many sides have left the league for rubbish
    reason, which creates lot of extra work for me.
  • We are always looking for extra teams to
    join the league, so please, join up with some
    mates and get into the league. We can be flexible
    with the fixture times to suit your needs.
  • Hopefully season 9 will be a lot better
    than last season.

EFL Like A Comfy Pair Of Slippers... By Mgooo
  • Ive been asked to put together a few
    words relating to my experience as a member of
    EFL and how it has evolved. I used to be part of
    the old Fifa singles site that the likes of DFP,
    Rev, Haydn, KWhitehammer, AIMagpie, El Guage and
    JC121 were all part of (amongst others). It was
    quite early days but I thought it suited my
    gaming situation perfectly. A few games a week
    and a bunch of approachable, fun, competitive
    Fifa players with the odd nut thrown in for good
    measure but I thought, this cant really get any
  • How wrong I was. Small additions to the site
    like links to top goal scorer charts, manager of
    the week reports, chat window and a rankings
    table were huge steps for a community based
    site. There were only 2 full leagues running plus
    several other cup comps and it was an achievement
    if 50 of matches were played each week.
  • It was a sad day when I had to leave due to
    work/living situation.
  • I visited the old site now and again and it
    seemed to have died a death and accepted that
    such a site could never exist and flourish. Fast
    forward a short 8 months and I stumbled upon the
    behemoth that is EFL.

EFL Like A Comfy Pair Of Slippers Continued...
  • It was a bit intimidating at first as I
    hadnt done much internet community stuff for a
    while and it took a few goes to find the right
    place to sign up. Once that was done, everyone
    was extremely helpful and it was pretty straight
    forward knowing what I had to do next. Then I
    noticed a familiar nameis that Haydn from the
    old site? Then DFP and Rev appeared, it was like
    putting on an old pair of worn but comfy
    slippers. I couldnt believe how professional and
    expansive the site was. The waiting league was a
    nice introduction and had some fun games against
    Jakey, Razordragon and Karimovitch but the Ladder
    is a big improvement for new members to get games
  • Its been a very steep learning curve on the
    gaming front as I only bought Fifa10 back in
    March but have enjoyed every minute of it (apart
    from the odd private hissy fit!!)
  • The World League set up is excellent and there
    have been some really innovative ideas for the
    other comps which I think LMS is one of my
  • There are naturally ups and downs on the site
    and I think the mods do a very good job with
    handling the various issues. But the future looks
    very exciting with Fifa 11 just round the corner
    and with potential improvements to the site.

EFL Like A Comfy Pair Of Slippers Continued...
  • Looking at the site with a critical
    eye- Good- Plenty of comps so you can make
    the gaming side as active as you want it to be.
    Chat window Rankings News bar Potential
    improvements- A calendar showing what comps
    are upcoming plus sign up dates... etc (even
    birthdays) Maybe a more simplistic method for
    new members to join up Form guides in the
    leagues (Coloured player names who have best /
    worst form i.e. last 5 games) Maybe a one stop
    link to requirements for entering all the
    competitions I think its a real achievement
    that a group of strangers of varying ages and
    characters can create and maintain an environment
    like this. And I think every member should give
    themselves a big pat on the back especially those
    who find the time to get involved with the site
    who have plenty of challenges with real life. I
    dont know what the future holds for EFL but I
    think it will go from strength to strength with
    the willing and creative minds that are involved.
  • See you on the pitch.

Spotlight On...Lukus Kytovski By Tw1nblad3
  • 1) Firstly, lets get the nice bits out of
    the way first, tell us a little about yourself.
    What's your name and where are you from? OK,
    well I'm Luke Kyte and from Canterbury, Kent. I'm
    just about to head into my final year at Christ
    Church University, which I've found out recently
    Jameschh90 also attends! I'm studying journalism
    and you may have seen bits and bobs from me in
    The Guardian, The Independent and local papers
    such as the Kent Messenger. 2) Obviously, being
    as EFL is a Fifa based league we better ask some
    questions on this first. So, how did you hear
    about EFL? and when did you sign up? Well
    strangely enough, I'm now joint admin but have
    not even been here a year. I joined In Nov 2009
    and found the site on Google. I signed up to a
    couple of sites at first to try and get a feel
    for them, but stuck with EFL as it seemed the
    best managed.

Spotlight On...Lukus Kytovski
  • 3) What is your best memory about being
    part of EFL? Are there any standout results,
    comical moments or people? Even though I hated
    them at the time, my first team will always be my
    favourite and that was Sporting Lisbon. Liedson
    up front was fantastic for me (not as good as
    Gomez this season though!). I joined EFL in
    division 1 and was relegated because of simmed
    games from other players which was a bit of a
    kick in the teeth when I had just played 38
    matches in the space of two weeks! Obviously some
    good memories were joining the moderating team
    and setting up many of the tournaments that are
    still in place today. I've loved life as an
    admin on this site and I do generally try to help
    as many people as I can...maybe I'm too soft at
    times! Comical moments? I wouldn't say there's
    any 'wet yourself laughing' times...but the
    chatbox can be pretty funny. The whole PGL vs.
    EFL scandal was also amusing because of the
    concept behind it all and also tracking down
    certain unknown identities has been fun. Time to
    time I still try and work out who they are... 4)
    As a real life football fan, who do you
    support? Liverpool...Awful season last year and
    not an amazing start this time around. The new
    manager needs time though. Outside of them I have
    a soft spot for West Ham and their arch rivals
    Millwall!!! Basically, one of my best friends is
    an avid Hammers fan, so I've been to the Boleyn a
    number of times...and my Granddad is from the
    East-end..a Millwall boy.

Spotlight On...Lukus Kytovski
  • 5) Tell us something interesting about
    yourself, something away from Fifa/EFL. Well I
    actually play chess competitively! I can see the
    eyes rolling now..but it's just something I've
    enjoyed since an early age. I was taught when I
    was around 8-years-old and soon joined a local
    club. I dropped the game for a few years at the
    start of Uni but I've just got back into it and
    been asked to represent Kent in the county
    Championships so that will be exciting. The
    strange thing is, I'm anything but a geek - who
    is the stereo-typical chess playing type! 6)
    Apart from Fifa, what other games do you enjoy
    playing? Well I used to be heavily into the COD
    series and was a moderator on a site called Enemy
    Down...similar to EFL but with many more games
    and it was about clans than individual players. I
    even went to an iseries if anyone knows them?
    Apart from that, I just pick up decent looking
    games in the shop. Looking forward to the new F1
    game out this month as the trailers look
    amazing! 7) As the new Premier League season has
    started, who's your tip to win? Chelsea. Will be
    good to see how Rooney reacts to all the media
    surrounding him at present but I don't think Utd
    will do enough to remove Chelseas crown.
    Hopefully City and Liverpool take the other two
    top four spots... .

Spotlight On...Lukus Kytovski
  • 8) You have recently been given the keys to the
    office at EFL with Stubri, what plans do you have
    to build on the success that Haydn has put in
    place, or will you keep it the same? I do have
    these ideas of making EFL bigger and better in
    the back of my mind but that will take plenty of
    time. The thing is, although Haydn is not
    directly involved in member issues anymore, he
    remains very vocal behind the scenes and every
    week there is another fantastic idea coded and
    implemented. There are a few little changes that
    will be happening over the course of
    September/October and hopefully there will be a
    very major change coming soon to the site. 9)
    Fifa 11 is due out shortly, which of the
    improvements are you looking forward to most? I
    like the idea of making passing harder and
    getting people to actually play football to
    create goals. I know not every glitch can be
    unavoided but some certainly need to go. 10)
    Finally, some random questions to get an insight
    into Lukus? Favourite Food? I love Mexican and
    Chinese. Favourite Drink? St Hellion's blueberry
    cider. JD also goes down nicely. Favourite Film?
    This year Inception. Also a massive fan of Dark
    Knight. Favourite Music? I can listen to most
    stuff in the charts. Eminem if I had to pick.
    Play any sports? Yes lots...Football for Uni,
    tennis, golf, snooker, squash and chess.

Spotlight On...Haydn1732 By Tw1nblad3
  • 1) Firstly, lets get the nice bits out of the
    way first, tell us a little about yourself.
    What's your name and where are you from? My name
    is Mattias and I'm from Halmstad in Sweden. It's
    a town in the southwest near the sea, and we have
    the most beautiful beach in Sweden, Tylösand.
    When I describe Halmstad for a foreigner I
    usually say it's where Roxette comes from and
    that it's located between Gothenburg and
    Malmö. 2) Obviously, being as EFL is a Fifa
    based league we better ask some questions on this
    first. So, how did you hear about EFL? and when
    did you sign up? The details of this question is
    in another topic, but in short version, I was a
    part of another site which JamieLee was running
    (nowadays ElGuaje here at EFL). DFP was there as
    well. ElGuajes site (FifaMasters!) became dead
    and I got a pm from him to join EFL. This was in
    March 2009.

Spotlight On...Haydn1732
  • 3) What is your best memory about being
    part of EFL? Are there any standout results,
    comical moments or people?
  • - Championship Season 1 - with a record
    of 22-1-0 and DFP had 22-0-1 if I remember
    correct, it was without doubt my biggest
    achievement on EFL. Cisse's header which meant
    1-0 (final result) in the most important game for
    the title, is still the nicest goal I've done on
    Fifa. I'm not sure I deserved to win against DFP
    in that match (Reading v Derby), but I was very
    happy about it. - Winning the 1st World Cup as
    Ecuador. I was qualified from the group with
    awful results and as the very final team to make
    it. Then in the cup play I played really good,
    beating HollywoodHitman in the final in a very
    good game. - Ackba's celebration topic when he
    won the 1st Guessing Competition Title. It was so
    funny I still laugh when I think of it. - EFL's
    first really hot topic/discussion -
    HollywoodHitman v DFP. Hitman was a fantastic
    character, everyone was annoyed with him, but
    somehow he is a EFL-legend with his Norwich. -
    Antix fantastic enthusiasm about Fifa and EFL. I
    told Antix (now Coke for Kids) in the chat the
    other day that I probably wouldn't have taken
    over EFL if it weren't for him. It may sound
    strange, but a site like this would never survive
    without this kind of people. Antix is so
    competitive and active and at that time he was
    very important member of EFL's future. (You still
    are Antix, but the site was smaller back then.)

Spotlight On...Haydn1732
  • 4) As a real life football fan, who do you
    support? Arsenal! Probably because of Fredrik
    Ljungberg from the start. He was a neighbour of
    mine when I was a child and we played football
    together on the local field. Halmstad! Well, my
    home town. Sweden champions in 1997 and 2000 (two
    more gold titles before "my time"), but since
    then a typical middle table team. The team
    Ljungberg played for before he moved to Arsenal.
    Also, my cousin was the main goalkeeper in
    Halmstad for many years (among the two titles in
    1997 and 2000). He played 4 times for the
    national A-team as well. 5) Tell us something
    interesting about yourself, something away from
    Fifa/EFL. Interesting...well I have studied over
    10 years of higher educational musical studies in
    three different countries (Sweden, Finland and
    Norway), piano playing and pedagogic. I have been
    with a well-known Norwegian singer touring around
    whole Norway 3 times (always at Christmas
    time..), and I have concerts every now and then.
    Mostly to accompany other artists or
    children. Since I took over EFL I have actually
    practiced much less (and earned considerable less
    money), and this gives me tremendous amount of
    bad conscious. Playing piano is an enormous
    passion, and it's a part of earning my living. I
    spend extremely much time at something that don't
    give me a nickel, actually on the contrary - in
    order to learn and constantly develop my coding
    abilities I have bought several books. Some of
    them I have been able to take money from
    donations, but I'm still quite much money behind
    (therefore my 5 star donation level). EFL is a
    passion, but this is a very difficult mental
    aspect to cope for me. In the end I do this to
    make other people happy, so when people are
    calling each other abusive things etc. I just
    lose motivation. It usually comes back fast
    though. (Oops, I went off-topic there...sorry).

Spotlight On...Haydn1732
  • 6) Apart from Fifa, what other games do you
    enjoy playing? I bought my XBOX in August 2008.
    I have never owned a console before. Around 2005
    I played GTA San Andreas on my PC. It was like a
    new world for me. I hadn't played any computer
    game since the Grand Old Days with Commodore (I
    had Vic-20, C-64 and Amiga 500, fantastic
    machines!) This was an enormous experience for
    me, and when I heard about GTA 4 was only being
    released on PS3 and XBOX360 I just had to get a
    console. I had no idea about any of them, but I
    asked a friend of mine, and he advised me to get
    an XBOX. I bought it, played GTA4 (a great
    game!), and then I really didn't know what to do
    with the console. However, I bought some games
    and which I played some of them. Finally I bought
    this UERO 2008 and I was sooo impressed.
    (Sensible soccer was the last soccer game I
    played..for those that was around at that time.)
    I loved it, and since Fifa 09 was released I
    haven't really played much other games. 7) As
    the new Premier League season has started, who's
    your tip to win?
  • Chelsea looks so strong. I think City are too
    inconsistent and probably Arsenal too. But I must
    say, this start of the season feels much better
    than the last ones.

Spotlight On...Haydn1732
  • 8) When you took charge at EFL what were
    your visions for the site? Did you ever imagine
    it would grow to the size it has now? I knew no
    web-programming at all when I took over the site,
    so I really didn't have a clear vision. But the
    idea of an automatic league system was in the
    back of my head. However, I wasn't close to
    imagine that many coded features and pages that
    it is right now! But as I say every now and then
    this is only the beginning... I think EFL are in
    some kind cross-road right now. It has been the
    same size of members for a while, but the
    attitude and sportsmanship haven't really
    improved much. Should EFL be generally tougher?
    For example, a member says something abusive or
    disrespectful, should it be zero-tolerance? There
    are a lot of childish "hiding-behind-internet"
    attitude going on. If the same people would meet
    face to face the way people treat each other
    would most likely not be that bad. Also, the ever
    lasting question about formations, I must say
    personally I lose the joy when someone appears to
    have 7-10 defenders and is so deep with his team
    that even Inter at Nou Camp would be jealous.

Spotlight On...Haydn1732
  • 9) You have recently given up the keys to
    the office at EFL to Stubri and Lukus, what made
    you come to the decision to step down? Well, it
    could be time to reveal this story I guess. Here
    are details only 4 people know besides myself my
    girlfriend, another (real life) friend and
    Stubri/Lukus. Ok, here we go I'm not sure how
    many people realize how much work I have put down
    in this site. The time before I stepped down
    (that expression feels strange, I don't feel I
    have stepped down really) was very, very hectic.
    I was the one and only admin, I ran the site,
    booted people, was basically in charge of
    everything. There was not one single post or
    match report/additional comment I didn't read. In
    addition to this I was coding like usual like a
    maniac. I was also playing like an active
    member. Eventually, it became too much. I didn't
    enjoy myself, and it simply took all my available
    time. It became difficult for my family, and my
    bad conscious became stronger and stronger. When
    in further addition to this some members showed
    really bad sportsmanship and treated myself and
    other members completely without respect, it
    became worse. But then it happened - the PGL
    attack. I have never been treated that bad in my
    whole life. I still have all the mail history
    from these guys, and the way they attacked me - a
    single person that is just a passionate Fifa
    player and wants to build a community/site for
    others to enjoy, was so bad I would never wished
    my worst enemy this treatment (although I'm not
    sure I have any - not in the real life anyway).
    These are now the same guys I receive XBL-pm's
    from that wants to have their account activated
    on EFL. There are not many persons that are
    life-time banned on EFL, but these guys are.

Spotlight On...Haydn1732
  • Anyway, I thought I was strong during
    this attack, but at the end of it, when things
    began to calm down, I sort of collapsed. The
    situation was so bad that it was only one way to
    go, and I took my decision, which was going to
    make the PGL guys more than happy, but that
    didn't bother me so much. They have never really
    bothered me, just how they treated EFL. The
    decision was taken - EFL was going to shut
    down. The questions was how. I had two different
    strategies in mind A) Pull the plug the next
    morning without notice to anyone. B) Announce it
    and let the season finish. Then pull the
    plug. Option A felt really bad, I felt I owed
    all the passionate EFL members more than just
    pulling the plug, but at the same time it would
    be the easiest option for me in my current
    situation. Option B however, would be difficult.
    I knew several people would like to take over the
    site, but the only way that could happen is that
    I would hand over EFL the way it was before all
    coding I had done without league tables, cup
    brackets, Your Page...just a forum. The reason
    for this is that my system is far from
    bulletproof. There are so many bugs and clumsy
    coding that it's not an option to hand it over in
    this state. This could seem egoistic, but I hope
    it's not. It's some kind of bizarre pride I
    think. Nevertheless, that won't change.

Spotlight On...Haydn1732
  • Let's continue the story. I had taken the
    decision, but phoned one of my best friends to
    talk about it before doing anything. He suggested
    that someone else could run the site, and I could
    be in the background. I could still code and
    develop the site, but someone else could do all
    that other work (which is MASSIVE!). I couldn't
    believe I didn't think about this myself, it
    seemed like a mature way of handling it. I asked
    myself who could take it over, and I think I
    thought about 0.2 seconds before getting Stubri's
    name in my brain. It was the most easy option. I
    talked to him, he accepted and he continued to
    persuade me not to close down the site. But he
    thought he need a second admin. Good idea, and
    Lukus was very soon an obvious choice. The way
    Stubri and Lukus helped me and organize this was
    amazing. If it weren't for those two guys, EFL
    would not be online today. It's that easy. Since
    then they have run the site in a fantastic
    manner, and I'm so happy they still are admins.
    Again, they are doing an incredible job, and
    deserve so much credit for it. Thanks guys. I
    hope that answers your question. I have now a
    completely different approach to the site. When I
    have time, I spend the same amount of it to
    develop the site (and that is much yes). But for
    a couple of weeks ago we moved, and there was no
    problem for me being away during that time. This
    could never have happened before.

Spotlight On...Haydn1732
  • 10) Fifa 11 is due out shortly, which of
    the improvements are you looking forward to
    most? This is a little bit embarrassing, but I
    haven't actually checked it out properly. I just
    love Fifa so much, and I think it's the greatest
    game I played. I think Fifa 11 will be even
    better, and I hope the game play will make these
    custom formations more vulnerable. 11) Finally,
    some random questions to get an insight into
    Haydn? Favourite Food? My girlfriends! She's an
    amazing cook! Favourite Drink? I love Brandy,
    beer and coffee (maybe not at the same
    time...) Favourite Film? Oh, there's so many...
    The Godfather trilogy, The Shawshank Redemption,
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and City
    Slickers! Favourite Music? Well, the composers
    that lie closest to my heart are Chopin, Bach,
    Mozart and Schumann. In Jazz there's the
    marvellous Bill Evans. I should mention someone
    alive as well, so then there's the most charming,
    creative and original band from Halmstad, Sweden
    Paintbox(MySpace link) Play any sports? Played
    Football all my life, but my Achilles on both
    feet are unfortunately simple too damaged. I have
    started to bicycle though!

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