EA games has teamed up with Lazygamer to support 2 local FIFA 2009 leagues. One each for the PS3 and Xbox 360, the first season has been kicked off with the previous FIFA regulars and future seasons are going to be open to the public.
Click through to see the first weeks wrap up and let me take this opportunity to say a big thank you to EA Games South Africa for supporting the community like this.
The opening week of the fourth season of the XBOX-360.co.za FIFA 09 League saw 15 matches being played with 33 goals being scored.
All eyes were on the top players from last season, with the top 3: Zeo143, JonasoZA and ZonkedMandable all continuing their participation and looking to maintain their positions at the top of the tree. The opening match of the season saw defending champion, Zeo143, going toe to toe with Stealthywaters. Stealthywaters started strongly, but wasted the early chances created, which gave Zeo143 the opportunity to reverse the momentum of the game and lay siege to the Stealthywaters goal, with Petr Cech in top form to keep out the opposition. Both teams failed to capitalise on their chances and the game ended goalless, the defending champion dropping points in the first game of the season.
JonasoZA’s first game saw him take on Nemanjas Bullet. In a fairly even match, JonasoZA took a win by 2 goals to one courtesy of the Arsenal connection, with both goal scorers being ex-Arsenal players. The opening goal came fairly early on, a period of attacking pressure saw Nemanjas Bullet win a corner which Iaqinta powered in with his head. The equaliser came fairly soon after when a neat passing move saw van Persie in a bit of space and he completed the move with a composed finish. The two teams went in level at half time, but it didn’t last long as a cutting move split the defence and Henry scored from a classic through ball. Both sides had chances to notch more but a combination of solid defence and poor finishing saw the match finish at two goals to one.
Stealthywaters faced off against MaxWills. After the two teams worked each other out the game started to open up. It was 0-0 until midway through the 1st half. After a few initial chances both ways Stealthywaters was awarded a corner. The ball was curved in and met by the head of Miera who had charged up for the corner. The ball nestled in the back of the net as the Stealthywaters fans went mad. Bras and panties littered the field as the players celebrated. Could they hold on? Maxwills came at Stealthywaters hard in the 2nd half and had the better half by far, having 3 or 4 clear cut chances but the Maxwills strikers could just not get past the Stealthywaters keeper. Chance after chance…balls flew wide. The children in the stands were crying, begging,pleading maxwills to score…but it was to no avail. The biggest culprits were Zlatan who hit the bar, and Afonso Alves who was true to life in missing an open goal. The Stealthywaters defence stood firm and walked away with a shaky 1 – 0 victory. The game could have gone either way.
Nemanja’s Bullet suffered the indignity of an own goal as Zeo143 hung on for a scrappy 1-1 draw in this match. The opening goal was scored when Luca Toni used his power to run onto a through ball and powered it past the keeper. There was then some wayward shooting from suboptimal angles. However, against the run of play Zeo found an equaliser from an unlikely source. A wicked ball across the middle found Materazzi caught under pressure and his wild clearance was slid into his own goal.
Nemanjas Bullet saw additional torment as fiekz79 managed a late smash and grab to steal all 3 points in this battle. The opening goal came from the head of Iaqinta. A whipped cross from Behrami was met by Iaqinta but the crossbar denied him. However, the ball bounced back onto his head and he nodded it in. With seconds ticking away fiekz79 managed to fashion an opening for Fernando Torres. He turned one defender before tucking the ball home with style from a tight angle. In injury time it got better for Torres as he took advantage of a sloppy piece of defence to score a late late winner.
Other results saw Zeo143 see off MaxWills 3-0, with a brace from Totti and a goal from Drogba; a win for Zeo143 by 1 goal to nil against JonasoZA courtesy of the big Ivorian Drogba, a 4-1 win for fiekz79 over JonasoZA which featured a Fernando Torres hattrick, meister20 powered to a 5-1 win over JonasoZA in his maiden match which saw Trezeguet rocket to the top of the goalscoring chart with five goals, Zeo143 managed 1-0 wins over seethroughme and TidyCPC respectively, nate360dogg beating Stealthywaters 1-0 ,Soda ZAR winning 2-0 against seethroughme as well as 3-1 against FajaZa
Last Updated: June 15, 2009