Alamri, Saudi Arabia’s hero of the hour on fifa15guide

  • Abdulelah Alamri the hero as Saudi Arabia reach last 16
  • The Saudis equal their best ever performance on their eighth appearance in the competition
  • The centre-half is hungry for more: “We can win and go far”

No sooner had the first half of their final group match against USA come to an end than the entire Saudi Arabia squad assembled in the middle of the pitch. Trailing 1-0 at the time, the Saudis were on their way out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, a situation that they responded to by forming a huddle. Giving the team talks were goalkeeper Almin Albukhari and team captain Sami Alnaji, and they ended with the players all making a vow.

“We got together and said to ourselves that we had to play as a team, that we had to fight if we wanted to go further in the competition,” said Abdulelah Alamri, the man who would prove their hero in the second half, in conversation with FIFA.com.

Down to ten men following the dismissal of their leading central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, USA held on to their lead until 17 minutes from time, at which point Alamri rose unchallenged at the near post to power an unstoppable header past Jonathan Klinsmann and into the roof of the net.

“It’s the type of move we always practice in training,” said the No5, who expressed his gratitude for Alnaji’s pinpoint corner-kick.

 

Though they lost their opening match against Senegal, the Saudis turned in an excellent performance to defeat Ecuador. In then grabbing a draw against the Americans in Daejeon, they made up for what they might lack in star quality by playing to their strengths. In doing so, Saad Alshehri’s charges have equalled the country’s run to the last 16 at Colombia 2011, their best finish in their seven previous appearances in the competition.

“We’ve got great team spirit and we really work hard together on the pitch,” added their goal hero. “We’re a tight-knit unit and we’re pretty good on the break. It’s the style of play we’re most comfortable with because we’ve got some very fast players up front.”

The Saudis’ thorough preparations for Korea Republic 2017, which saw them play ten warm-up matches in all, and the positive approach of their young coach, Saad Al Shehri, are bearing fruit. “We shouldn’t be satisfied with just taking part or reaching the knockout stages,” Al Shehri told FIFA.com before the tournament got underway. “We’re going to instil a winning mindset in the players and convince them that they’re capable of beating anyone.”

His message seems to be getting through to the players. “The coach fills us with confidence. He makes us believe in ourselves,” said Alamri, who then expressed his gratitude for his side’s progress: “I want to thank God, the coaching staff and the doctor for helping us get through the last 16.”

Next up for the Green Falcons are Uruguay. Despite the pedigree of their next opponents, the Saudis’ man of the moment believes they have every chance: “I think the team’s going to get better with every game. Uruguay are a very good side but we really believe we can win and go far.”  

fifa15guide | A SANCTUARY FOR ALL!

A SANCTUARY FOR ALL!

The Founder’s Sanctuary is now live! Every hero deserves a break so this small area is a floating sanctuary from the troubles of the world. 

We were calling it the Kickstarter Area but that was too limited. It serves a variety of functions for lots of different players. People seem unclear on its purpose so here’s a quick Q&A. 

Q: WHO CAN JOIN THE MAP?

A: Anyone. You do not need to be a Founder, Kickstarter or Alpha Knight or anything special. Any player can go there.

Q: WHAT’S THERE?

A: This is the new home for the Alpha Knight Shop, Kickstarter Shops, Alpha Pirate Shop, and Closed Beta shops currently located on Melodia in Yulgar’s Inn (You can’t see them if you do not qualify). This will also be where the Kickstarter Design-A-Weapon Backers will be able to pick up their custom designed weapons. Anyone will also be able to tap on the Book of Credits which will load our credits page with Kickstarter Names on it.

These shops are Smart Shops and will not appear for you if you do not meet the requirements to open them. 

The Alpha Knight quests are STILL located on Melodia. 

Q: HOW DO I GET THERE?

A: Melodia in Yulgar’s Inn has buttons that will take you there or typing /join Sanctuary in your chat bar will work too.

Q: I’M A FOUNDER, WHAT DO I GET WHEN I GO THERE?

A: Nothing. The term “Founder” is a catch-all term for many, many players, from the two guys who paid $5000 to build their own areas in the game to our beloved Guardians all the way down normal players who just used a free code to get early access and a promotional item or two.

Q: I’M A GUARDIAN, ANYTHING FOR ME?

A: None of the Guardian gear has moved. All your stuff is still in Guardian Tower with more stuff coming around Lore as the game goes on. 

Q: I’M A NORMAL PLAYER. ANYTHING FOR ME?

A: You can look at the statues of our Weapon, NPC and Area Creation backers, view the book of credits or watch the pretty weapon spin on the dias. Otherwise, no. Nothing for a normal player to fight or buy.

Q: WHAT DO OPEN BETA TESTER’S GET?

A: Once we go live, we plan on coming up with some sort of reward for Open Beta testers. It might just be a badge but if it is a cosmetic item, you will also be able to get it here once we release it.

Q: I’M A WEAPON BACKER, WHAT DO I GET?!

A: FINALLY! You get your weapon, assuming you completed your weapon worksheet. If you haven’t had time to finish it yet, we will add your weapon when it’s done. 

When a Design-A-Weapon Backer enters the Founder’s Sanctuary, they will see THEIR WEAPON spinning on the dias. Tapping the weapon opens all the shops that you can access including a special shop with your creation in it! You cannot access anyone else’s weapon shops and they can’t access yours.

This is only the first step in delivering your weapons. No particle effects have been added yet. Requests for particle effects will be honored and they will be added in time and eventually you will still receive 10 codes so you can give “Friend Versions” (with no particle effect) to 10 friends. If you wanted the weapon obtainable in the game, we have yet to add it there but we will do as we progress.

Please Note: This is a COSMETIC ITEM so you can show off the weapon that you designed to the rest of the game. It doesn’t give you super powers or broken stats or anything. You probably already knew that considering we’ve talked about it, but I wrote that so everyone else will know too.

These weapons are some of the most creative and best looking items in AQ3D. It’s been a pleasure working with all of you to help bring your vision to life! Thank you. 

Q: CAN I GET THE BACK WEAPONS TOO?!

A: The Design-A-Weapon Kickstarter Backers were asked if they would like their weapon available to everyone or not.

Some of the backers wanted to keep their weapons unique. They were very generous in their support of the Kickstarter and if they want to make their item a One-Of-A-Kind masterpiece then that’s their right.

Other players said that they would like other players to be able to get their weapon and let us know around what level they wanted it introduced, if it should be a monster drop, purchased from an NPC or crafted and how difficult it should be to obtain. 

Each Design-A-Weapon Backer will also get 10 codes which they can share close friends. We will honor each of these requests as we continue to develop the game a deliver on our promises to the Kickstarters, but for now NONE of the weapons are available to the public. 

Q: WHY AM I NOT IN THE CREDITS?

A: Adding your name to the credits was a Kickstarter Stretch goal. If you’re not a Kickstarter, your name will not appear in the credits. If you even donated $1 to AQ3D’s Kickstarter your name should be on there but if there was a mistake, typo or your name isn’t there, please contact us through Kickstarter and we will put things right.

Q: HOW CAN I BECOME A KICKSTARTER?

A: Sorry but you missed your chance. Kickstarter is a website that runs crowd funding campaigns for various creative projects, including AQ3D. Our Kickstarter Campaign ended January 1st, 2016. The money that it raised went into developing the first 10 months of AQ3D. If you missed out or didn’t know about it back then, sorry. The clock doesn’t go backwards for most of us.

However, if you regret missing out, make sure to look out for when we Kickstart our NEXT game project, whatever that will be. We have no plans to start anything new, but AQ3D’s Kickstarter was such a success and so much fun that we WILL do it again when we do begin a new project.

fifa15guide | Benzema rips into Valbuena over ongoing sex-tape scandal

The Real Madrid forward is growing frustrated by his former team-mate’s ‘inventing’ amid an ongoing scandal involving the two

France outcast Karim Benzema has hit out at Mathieu Valbuena for continuing to tell lies, which are driving the Real Madrid star crazy.

Benzema has been in the international wilderness, not considered for Euro 2016 selection by coach Didier Deschamps, after being charged in connection with an alleged attempt to blackmail fellow France international Valbuena over a sex tape.

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As the scandal lingers on, Benzema – preparing for a second successive Champions League final with defending champions Madrid – is growing frustrated by the 32-year-old Lyon winger.

"There's really something wrong with him! …It's all part of his story," Benzema told L'Equipe . "When I hear him say that he's ready to play with me again. To hear him at the beginning, I'm a scum, I threatened him, I scared him, all you can invent … And now he wants to play with me!

"He said he would not have lodged a complaint if he knew I was involved in the story. For more than a year and a half I'm his worst enemy, a bad guy, a thug, I have to be punished, dragged in the mud, my name and that of my family, in the dirt."

Benzema continued: "It has been almost two years since I was forbidden to see my best friend [Karim Zenati], if not we go to prison, and he is quiet, but he must stop his crap, and I do not know why he keeps talking about me already.

"I am his enemy, I wanted to take money from him, he really has to stop inventing, it makes me mad to keep on lying! Sex tape, he just had to tell the truth about what really happened, and he would not have had all of>

fifa15guide | Icardi promises to play Champions League with Inter rather than leaving the club

The Argentine forward is coming off another strong personal season and used social media to pledge his future to the Italian side

Inter captain Mauro Icardi said he will play Champions League football with the Italian giants, despite another forgettable season in Milan.

Icardi has enjoyed another fine campaign at San Siro with 24 league goals, however, Inter continue to struggle following a fourth consecutive defeat.

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Following the sacking of Stefano Pioli – who replaced Frank de Boer in November – Inter suffered a shock 2-1 loss at home to Sassuolo, leaving the club in eighth position and set to miss out on European football.

However, Icardi used social media to pledge his commitment to Inter.


 

Champions ??  Si, la giocherò con questi Colori  perché è la Squadra che mi ha fatto crescere, perché è la squadra che mi ha fatto arrivare dove ho sempre sognato, perché è la squadra che mi ha dato la responsabilità di essere Capitano e rappresentarla con Orgoglio e Onore, SEMPRE, in momenti belli ma soprattutto in momenti brutti, per questo e per altrettanti motivi.. ma soprattutto perché è la Squadra che AMO!! #ForzaInter #SolaNonLaLascioMai #amala #MI9 

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"The Champions League? Yes, I'll play in it with these colours," the 24-year-old Argentine forward wrote on Instagram.

"Because this is the team which made me grow, because it's the team which took me to where I've always dreamed of, because it's the team which has given me the honour and responsibility of being captain, something I carry with pride ALWAYS.

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"In beautiful moments but above all in bad moments, for that and for other reasons but above all because this is the team that I LOVE!"

Inter are at Lazio on Sunday before closing out their season against Udinese on May 28.

As Cyle Larin keeps scoring fifa15guides, Orlando City draws closer to tough decision

The Canadian striker keeps generation transfer interest, and Orlando City coach Jason Kreis says the Lions won’t stand in the way of a transfer

ORLANDO, Fla — European interest in Canadian striker Cyle Larin continues to grow, with scouts coming to see him play, and at least two teams making recent offers for the services of the 22-year-old. As much as Larin is a centerpiece of Orlando City's current squad, the Lions wouldn't necessarily stand in the way of a transfer if the right deal came along.

Goal reported on Friday that a pair of transfer offers had been made for Larin, and while a move isn't imminent, it definitely sounds as though Orlando City isn't completely opposed to the possibility of selling its leading scorer under the right circumstances.

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"From my point of view it's a real balancing act," Orlando City coach Jason Kreis told Goal. "We don't want to be a club that's going to hold players back from opportunities, but we're also a club that is trying to identify ourselves. Trying to become a winning club, trying to show our fans that this matters to us, and we're not just here selling tickets and are out here to have fun. We're here to build something special, we're here to succeed and part of that is keeping your good players."

Larin has been Orlando City's leading scorer since his MLS rookie of the year season in 2015. He has scored 39 goals in 69 matches with the club, and is on an early pace for a career year.

Larin's young age, goal-scoring record and combination of size, strength and quickness has interest growing among European scouts, but that doesn't mean a transfer is taking place any time soon.

"From our point of view, I think that we have a player that has several more years left on his contract, who's doing well, that other clubs want, but so what? We want him too," Kreis said. "For us it's a situation where if everything were to fall in to place, and Cyle was to want to go, and we were to get the money we wanted, and et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, then it wouldn't be something that we're going to say absolutely no to. But I think that we are going to take a real dim view of doing anything too quickly."

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One key component of any potential transfer for Larin is the securing of a sizeable transfer fee, and sources tell Goal that the two most recent transfer offers put in for Larin were actually smaller than an offer Orlando City rejected a year earlier. Of course, those offers are likely to grow once the summer transfer window opens in July, especially if he keeps up his current goal-scoring rate.

For Larin's part, he isn't letting the transfer talk distract him from what has already been an outstanding season.

"If there's interest in me then I take it as a compliment because it means you're doing something right, but I'm not thinking about that," Larin told Goal after his goal-scoring effort in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City. "I let my agents deal with that stuff. I'm happy here, and I'm focused on winning with Orlando City."

MLS Wrap: Union on a roll

Larin has been a key figure in Orlando's turnaround this season, and he is currently just one goal behind league co-leaders Erick Torres and Nemanja Nikolic. What scouts are seeing is the same thing opponents are seeing, an impressive young striker who is rapidly improving, but already showing the qualities of a reliable goal-scorer.

"Obviously (Larin's) athletic and all that stuff, but what he does really well is in and around the box he's got really good movement," Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes told Goal. "Like that goal he scored (on Saturday), we showed I don't know how many clips of that movement (to our players) and he still finds it. A lot of guys do that and they're offside. His timing is good, but he also uses his athleticism in a really smart way and his movement in the box is fantastic."

How much longer Larin will stay in MLS remains to be seen, but as things stand now, sources tell Goal that there are no offers on the table anywhere close to being good enough to pry the striker away from an Orlando City team aiming to reach the MLS playoffs for the first time in club history.

Download the brand new dabblebet iPhone app – fifa15guide.net

Get the fast, fun and user friendly dabblebet experience plus fantastic promotions on the go courtesy of the new iOS app which is available now

More and more punters are now doing at least some of their betting via smartphone apps and the brand new dabblebet app   is the perfect companion for placing your wagers on the go.

It combines the crisp, clean designs that users have come to expect from the new sportsbook, plus the ability to place bets on a huge variety of sports and markets, all in a few taps of your iPhone. Download it now to try it out for yourself!

Not got a dabblebet account yet? The newly launched bookmaker are committed to putting together promotions that not only reward new customers but existing ones too and plenty of punters have already benefitted from the wide range of offers across multiple sports, but especially football.

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As a new customer you'll get a risk-free accumulator up to £25. Simply place a five-fold or more where each selection has odds of at least 1/2 (1.50)   and you'll get your stake back as a free bet if it loses. Full terms and conditions here .

This is ideal for a weekend of footballing action but the picks can be across multiple sports, as long as each leg meets the minimum odds requirement you'll be entitled to your stake back as a free bet by 4pm the day after the final selection has been settled.

The generousity doesn't stop there though; existing players can cash boosts of up to 25% when betting on the first/last goalscorer and correct score markets if both teams score in many top football matches. This applies to all games in the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League, as well as the other top four divisions in England and Scotland, including the play-offs. Full T&C's here .

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Simply opt in using the monthly code – at the moment this is "winmoremay" – and you'll automatically get a 25% cash boost added to your winnings. Considering these markets can often produce plenty of winners at double figures, that's a huge potential for extra returns. What's more, each game offers a boost of up to £100, so this promotion should suit most bankrolls. Why not try it out on one of the upcoming matches?

Like taking a chance on a relative longshot? The the "Dabble or Quits" offer is for you. Simply place a bet at 5/1 (6.0)   or bigger and if it loses, you have the opportunity to win your stake back on that bet with your next wager. These are also paid in cash, no free bets or rollover requirements; the money is yours to do with as you wish.

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As long as the second bet is for the same stake and to at least the same odds as the original one, you'll automatically qualify for this promotion. Once again this applies across multiple sports, not just football so if you're a punter willing to play the bigger prices, this promotion is definitely something to consider before placing your next wager at odds of 5/1 (6.0)   or bigger. Full T&C's here .

With the brand new iPhone app, users can get their bets on with dabblebet wherever they are and make even more use of the fantastic promotions regardless of whether or not you’re a new player or have had an account for a while.

Download the app now and see what all the fuss is about!

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Darksiders 3 Developer Explains The Game’s Combat And Enemies In This New Video on fifa15guide

Darksiders 3 Developer Explains The Game’s Combat And Enemies In This New Video on fifa15guide

Darksiders 3 was revealed recently, and everything we have seen and heard of it so far looks to be immensely exciting. And now, in a new video made with IGN, developer Gunfire Games’ president David Adams discusses what we know of the game so far a little more.

In this video, which you can see for yourself below, Adams discusses the game’s combat, its enemies, and the footage that we have seen of it so far. He also brings up the dramatic change in graphical direction in this game, noting that this was a deliberate decision. “We wanted to have a lot more contrast visually. A lot of the stuff in Darksiders is very brown, and dark, and dreary. We wanted to have areas that were more lush…we wanted to expand the palette of colours and stuff like that within the game.”

I cannot say I disagree with that decision at all. Darksiders 3 is due out next year on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

The Surge’s Launch Trailer Highlights Its Action Packed Gameplay on fifa15guide

The Surge’s Launch Trailer Highlights Its Action Packed Gameplay on fifa15guide

Deck 13 are best known for Lords of the Fallen, their 2014 take on the Dark Souls formula that failed to truly stand out- but they are back now wit The Surge, which is another take on the Dark Souls formula, but in a fresh, new, science fiction setting, and with multiple mechanical spins and twists to the formula that truly make this game intriguing in its own regard.

The new trailer for the game, that has come out ahead of its launch tomorrow, and which you can see for yourself below, showcases these twists and spins. The game’s combat is shown off in great detail, and Souls enthusiasts will already see how it seems to differ from the genre norms in many, many ways.

The Surge is due out tomorrow, on May 16, on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Make sure to stay tuned to GamingBolt for more coverage and information on the game, including our review.

fifa15guide – Phantom Dust HD Launches on Xbox One and Windows 10 Tomorrow For Free

fifa15guide - Phantom Dust HD Launches on Xbox One and Windows 10 Tomorrow For Free

What happened to Phantom Dust, which was meant to be a reboot of the cult classic Xbox game on the Xbox One, was a bit of a tragedy. Microsoft had since promised that a remaster of the original game would be coming out on the Xbox One and Windows 10, at the very least, and we had been promised that it may even come out ahead of E3 this year.

But with time passing by and us hearing nor seeing anything of the game, it was hard to figure out just when exactly the game might be available. The answer- tomorrow. The best part- it is absolutely free for everyone, no questions asked.

In an incredible move, Microsoft has announced that Phantom Dust HD, the remaster of the original game, will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10 tomorrow, for absolutely free, for everyone. That’s one way to win back some goodwill you may have lost among fans of the original game, at the very least.

Ghost Recon WIldlands’ Fallen Ghosts Expansion Release Date Confirmed on fifa15guide

Ghost Recon WIldlands’ Fallen Ghosts Expansion Release Date Confirmed on fifa15guide

Somehow, for some perverse reason, in a year full of great, incredible games like Horizon, Zelda, Nioh, and Persona 5, the highest selling game thus far is Ghost Recon: Wildlands. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with Wildlands in and of itself, per se. It’s a reasonably well made game that is good at what it does. It’s just… so bland, next to these other games that have been mentioned.

But hey, if you like it, you like it. And if you want more of it, the good news is, you don’t have long to wait. Ubisoft has announced that Fallen Ghosts, the next expansion for the game, will bring 15 new missions, four new bosses, a new character at level 30, and an increase of the level cap to 35, to the game. It will be available on May 30 for Season Pass holders, on June 6 for everyone else.

As with the game itself, it will be available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.