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So you got an Intel chipset and wondering whether FIFA 09 will work on it???

So you have an Intel chipset? You fear that FIFA 09 won’t work on it? You tried systemrequiremntslab.com to confirm your PC’s date with FIFA 09 and were turned down with the same red color marking the screen saying in bold letters – “FAIL”?

Well today I, for the first time, realized that systemrequiremntslab.com is not totally reliable. BEACUSE FIFA 09 WORKS ON INTEL!

Here is my PC’s configuration:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 @ 2.0 GHz
RAM : 1 GB DDR2
Chipset : Intel 82945G Express Chipset family

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium

And I didn’t use any modded drivers or software like 3D-Analyze or Swiftshader. Just download the latest drivers from Intel website and GAME ON.

Although it doesn’t play as FIFA 08 or EURO 2008, but on minimum settings, I was able to get a decent gameplay. Replays and free kicks are a bit choppy and players physique in the Tele camera looks like a deformed aliens’. But on the whole, a game you can enjoy playing.

So what are you waiting for?

LETS FIFA 09

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United agree $56 fee for Berbatov

Man Utd’s pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov looks set after the Red Devils reportedly agreed a US$56 fee with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Bulgarian has long been on United’s radar after his stunning first season with Spurs two seasons ago. United were reportedly close to clinching Berbatov’s signature last summer, before Spurs nipped in to secure his long term future at White Hart Lane.

However, there seems to be no such reprieve for the North London side this time around, with Berba’s agent confirming that his client had received a formal offer from Sir Alex Ferguson’s United and has expressed a wish to leave Spurs.

Despite stating publicly that Berbatov is not for sale, Spurs chief Juande Ramos has privately conceded defeat in his bid to keep the Bulgarian for next season, with Tottenham already swooping in for Espanyol forward Luis Garcia and eyeing Euro 2008 star Andrei Arshavin as another potential replacement.

According to the English broadsheet The Daily Telegraph, a fee of US$56 million, subject to performance-related add-ons, has been agreed by both parties.

Although still a hefty price tag, the fee is actually US$4 million lower than the original bounty placed on the player. Despite this decrease, the proposed fee is still considered as a coup for Tottenham, with the club having previously rejected United’s first offer of US$40 million.

Originally posted at espnstar.com


Manchester United: New Away Kit 08/09

New Away Kit

The all-new Manchester United’s away kit for the 2008-09. its really nice though I prefer the previous black one more. It gave the team more devilish look. Though better than Arsenal’s new offering anyway!

Goalie

And this is one for the goalie! Not bad at all…and it would be worn with black shorts

Though this got on the internet over amonth ago, I wonder why anyone did not put up the pictures on wordpress.


Transfer Rumours

Alex Ferguson

United’s Premier League and Champions League Double seemingly won’t stop Sir Alex Ferguson further strengthening his squad this summer – with German winger Bastian Schweinsteiger the latest player to be linked with a switch to Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old impressed during Germany’s march to the Euro 2008 final and, according to the Daily Star, is wanted by United and Chelsea for a fee of around £10million.

The UK press continue to link United with a host of European football’s top strikers with Lyon’s Karim Benzema, Ajax front man Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz all being discussed. Prices range from £15million up to £30m.

© manutd.com


Turkish Delight

Turkey have superbly transformed themselves from no-hopers to a team to watch out for in the UEFA Euro 2008. I had not anticipated Turkey to go beyond the group stages, a belief which I assume to had shared with millions of soccer fanatics worldwide. But not only the Turks have proved us wrong, they have done it in style. First they overcame the likely second-favorites Czech Republic of their group to cruise into quarter-finals, in what I believe to be one of the greatest comebacks I have ever seen in soccer. Then it was Croatia who bore the burnt of the Turks mighty confidence and self-belief. Croats probably deserved to be in their shoes right now, but they are heading back to their country after being knocked out following a gritty performance by Fatih Terim’s side. Kudos to them! Though heart will miss Slaven Bilić’s hip-attitude.

But Turkey’s real test comes on 25 June when they come across the mighty Germans in St. Jacob Park in Basel, who look detemined to earn the European glory. I don’t offer Turkey much odds on this one, but would be looking for an excellent semi-final. And enjoy the Turkish delight…or even Rote Grütze!


Die Another Day (Part 2)

Usually, my predictions and prayers are by and large wide off the mark. So of late, I had begun to make my guesses and prayers inverse to what I desired. This way I was positive that whatever I intimately wished could actually happen. So when I passionately wanted Manchester United to rout Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League Final in Moscow I prayed for the London-based club to win. They lost. Similarly, when I wanted Rajasthan Royals to win against Chennai Super Kings in the final of Indian Premier League, I prayed for a Chennai win. They also lost. This and a couple of more events in the past gave me the conviction that whatever I pray for does not come about.

So this time I prayed for the Italian national side to reign over the French in the ongoing Euro 2008 tournament. If everything had gone according to my innermost desires, Italians should have been packing their bags and heading back to enjoy the Italian sun. Imagine, the so-called world champions thrown out of Euro in the group stages. But as they say, nothing ever goes according to you when you don’t really want it to (If you haven’t heard or read this before, consider it mine). Italy thrashed France 2-0 and lived on to see another day. Maybe I wanted Italy to stay on extended vacation and have them seen off given by Spain in the quarters. But what if Italy prevailed in their quarter-final encounter? I would be sincerely praying for the Azzurris and intimately desire that “die another day” no longer remains an option to them after their clash with the Group D toppers.


Die Another Day

Romania's Adrian Mutu scores past Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during their group C Euro 2008 match at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich on June 13, 2008

I basically had no real loyalties when I sat down to watch Italy vs. Romania encounter that could have resulted in the world champions being ousted from the tournament, and I don’t know why but deep inside my heart I was hoping for a Romanian victory. I then realized that this was because of Fabio Grosso. Yeah, the same Italian defender whose diving capabilities got the Italians through the Round of 16 against Australia in 2006 World Cup, Germany. And the rest is history. I cried hoarsely with the Australians as they debated with the referee who awarded the would-be world champions an injury time penalty kick for a foul on Grosso by Lucas Neill in the box. Totti made no mistake and Italy sailed through on Australia’s expense. Who knows Australia might have won on the penalties!

So with this melancholy on my mind, I sat down to watch Italy going against the unpredictable Romania. Both the teams looked determined and created equal chances but failed to find the net. Italians though got unlucky when a header by Luca Toni, just before half time was judged to be offside. Pretty hrash but I am not complaining! Ten minutes after the restart, a free-kick by Romanian right-back Cosmin Contra from deep inside his own half, spelled disaster  for the Italians as Zambrotta’s header back to Buffon was intercepted by Adrian Mutu, who flicked the ball over Buffon with a clinical touch. I danced with the Romanian fans as they celebrated their lead over the world-champions. But it was too early as Italy counter-attacked with all their might. Rossi managed to head back a corner by Chiellini across the goal to allow Panucci to equalize.

The Romanians should have claimed victory after the Italian goal-hero Panucci was judged to have brought down the Daniel Nicalue just 10 minutes before full time. I gloated as my vision of Italy getting eliminated in the group stage was proving to be turning into reality. But Gianluigi Buffon had other plans. His penalty save spared Italy form being ousted from the tournament and their involvement in the tournament was still left hanging slender thread after the game ended 1-1, with a game to go against France which I believe Italy can win taking in account the lackluster performance by the French in the tournament until now. A Romanian victory on the Dutch would be too much to ask for if the latter have their way, which I think they certainly will have considering their recent form.

So all in all, it comes to this. The Netherland and Italy will qualify from the ‘Group of Death’ with French and Romanians heading home to enjoy the rest of summer. This means that Italy has really survived to die another  day and I would be sincerely praying that their coup de grâce is performed by Luis Aragonés’s men in the quarter-finals.