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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is getting closer – 88 days to go!

In less than three months – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup kicks off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium as the hosts take on Saudi Arabia.

That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown. Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from the history of the tournament each day.

88 – “Show the whole world that you’re better than Messi! Show them that you can decide the match.” With these words, Germany coach Joachim Low sent Mario Gotze – a player who had yet to convince at the tournament – into the 2014 World Cup Final against Argentina in the 88th minute. The scores were still locked at 0-0 as the man they call Super Mario replaced newly crowned World Cup record goalscorer Miroslav Klose at the Estadio Maracana. Low’s words clearly had the desired effect, as just 25 minutes later it was Gotze who fired the Germans to their fourth World Cup title.

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Fiorentina captain Davide Astori dies at 31; Serie A games postponed – fifa15guide.net

Serie A commissioner Giovanni Malago speaks on the decision to postpone Sunday’s Serie A and Serie B matches following the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.

Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori has died at the age of 31, and all of Sunday’s Serie A games have been postponed.

Fiorentina confirmed the news on Sunday morning in a statement posted on the club’s official website, with multiple outlets in Italy reporting the defender died of cardiac arrest in his hotel room before the game against Udinese.

“The belief is that the player died of a cardiac arrest by natural causes,” Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo said. “It is strange that such a thing should happen to a professional who is so closely monitored without there being any warning signs.”

Astori’s body was taken to the Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital for an autopsy.


“A profoundly shocked Fiorentina are compelled to announce that their captain Davide Astori, who was struck by an unexpected sudden illness, has passed away,” the team said in a statement. “In this terrible and delicate situation, and in particular out of respect for his family, we appeal for everybody to show sensitivity.”

Genoa’s game with Cagliari, which was due to kick off at 12:30 p.m. local time, was postponed when the players were informed of the news during their warm-up routines. They were visibly shaken as they left the field. After an announcement was made at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris explaining the postponement, fans applauded as a picture of Astori appeared on the big screens inside the stadium. 

Torino subsequently announced that their fixture with Crotone would not go ahead before the Lega Serie A confirmed that all of the weekend’s remaining fixtures, including the Milan city derby on Sunday evening, had been postponed.

A statement from the league read: “Shocked by this tragic news, all of the family of the Lega Serie A warmly unites around the family of Davide Astori and Fiorentina. All of today’s games are postponed due to mourning. Ciao Davide.”


Fiorentina’s league rivals have been sending their condolences.

“AS Roma share the pain the football world is feeling for the loss of Davide Astori. Shocked by this tragic news, the directors, players and all staff of the club affectionately stand by his family through their pain,” wrote Roma in a tweet. 


“Today there are no colours, but just profound pain. Juventus express their own condolences to the family and to Fiorentina for the loss of Davide Astori,” wrote Juventus.


Astori began his career at AC Milan but never played a Serie A match before moving to Cagliari. He spent six years in Sardinia and made his national team debut before being sent out on loan to Roma in 2014.


In 2015, he joined Fiorentina on loan, with the club taking up their obligation to buy, and the defender rose to captain the side this season. He played 25 times for his club in 2017-18.

After representing Italy Under-18s, Astori played 14 times at senior level. His debut in March 2011 in a 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Kiev was eventful — he was introduced as a first-half substitute before being sent off with 15 minutes remaining after receiving two yellow cards.

Astori scored his only international goal in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup third-place playoff against Uruguay in Salvador, giving Italy a first-half lead in a match which finished 2-2. The Azzurri won the contest on penalties.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

Foundry Spotlight: In the Shadow of MIDAS: Part 1 on fifa15guide

Foundry Spotlight: In the Shadow of MIDAS: Part 1 on fifa15guide

The Foundry is a special program within Star Trek Online that allows users to make their own episodes, playable by other Captains within STO. To access it, open your Mission Journal, and select “Foundry,” at the top. Every now and then, we like to spotlight a particularly interesting or unique mission for all of you to experience. This time, we’re spotlighting “In the Shadow of MIDAS: Part 1” by GreenDragoon.

In the Shadow of MIDAS returns Starfleet Captains to the MIDAS array, the deep space communication array responsible for sending messages to Voyager on its long journey home. These messages were sent via wormhole, but Starfleet scientists have managed to open the wormhole enough to send two starships through. They haven’t returned, and it’s up to your Captain to figure out the mystery of their fate.

In the Shadow of MIDAS is a three part episode (And the third part isn't out yet – hurry up on that, Green, I need to know what happens!), so keep in mind that this is only the first part, and it does end on a cliffhanger. It’s a fantastic mission, full of great characters and environments. You can access it in the “Spotlight” section of the Foundry tab, in the Mission Journal. See you in game, Captains.

 

Mike Fatum

Community Manager

Star Trek Online

Foundry Spotlight: In the Shadow of MIDAS: Part 1 on fifa15guide

PC Patch Notes for 2/22/18 – fifa15guide.net

PC Patch Notes for 2/22/18 - fifa15guide.netGeneral:

  •  Added the D.O.M.I.N.O. console to the "Allied Dogfighters" console set.
    • Also added a new 4 piece Bonus to the set.
    • The 3 piece Bonus from the "Allied Dogfighters" console set now also affects the cooldown of the D.O.M.I.N.O. console.
  • The Andorian Wing Cannons can now be equipped on any Andorian Escort. 
  • Foundry:
    • The Lethean and Dewan escorts and the Lukari science ship show up correctly in the Foundry costume editor. 
  • Resolved an issue that could cause windows on the new T6 Andorian ships to sometimes float above the ships.
  • Dewan and Lethean Wing Torpedo Platforms now display the correct allegiance when targeted.
  • Resolved an issue that caused the "Promise of Ferocity" starship trait to display as "Promise of Ferocity – Lockout" in some places.

EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Goals of the Month — January 2018 – fifa15guide.net

Posted February 5th at 3:30pm.

The EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Goals of the Month compilation highlights the best goals selected from that month’s Goals of the Week videos. While there were plenty of excellent strikes to choose from, a few stood out above the rest. 

El Tornado Master: Parch98, Antoine Griezmann

El Tornado is the definition of “easy to learn, hard to master” in regard to skill moves. The actual game mechanics behind the move are relatively simple. But first, you have to have a player capable of doing the move in-game. French winger/forward Griezmann is one of those players, and he executed El Tornado perfectly in scoring this goal by fooling two defenders and opening a ton of space for himself. On top of that, he takes a first-time volley to fire the ball over the rest of the defense and in the corner of the net, beyond the reach of the goalkeeper. 

 

Skiller Award: Dautze9, Paul Pogba

There are so many ways to implement skills into your FIFA 18 game that it’s hard to objectively say what type of skill is better or more impressive. This month’s top skillful goal is based on Pogba’s remarkable close control of the ball. He uses four different skill moves to beat four different defenders, most of them inside the box. The most impressive of those moves is the very first one Pogba uses as the ball is passed to him; he deploys excellent control with his first touch to roll the ball away from the incoming slide tackle. After deceiving every last defender, Pogba smashes the ball past the helpless goalkeeper once opening up a huge pocket of space right in front of goal. 

 

Set Piece Specialist: RCastelo, Dani Alves

Rarely does a free kick goal get scored in FIFA 18 that is truly breathtaking in its execution. We mostly see short-range curlers over the wall that take a lucky deflection or trick the goalkeeper into moving the wrong way. So any long-range free kick is impressive, but this one scored by Alves is sensational. Taking a page out of another famous fullback’s notebook, Alves pulled off an amazing version of Roberto Carlos’ “banana” kick with the outside of his boot. As Alves strikes the ball, it curls wide of the wall and appears to soar out of bounds. But as it approaches the goal line, it spins itself back towards goal and squeaks into the top corner as the goalkeeper makes a futile dive for it. 

 

Cheekiest Finisher: Donato Moramarco, Leonardo Bonucci

You won’t see tons of goals from center backs on these lists, because they’re usually towering headers from set pieces or scrappy goalmouth scrambles that aren’t particularly interesting or unique. But Bonucci makes it for his absolutely audacious finish that is even more impressive considering his position. The buildup is simple: it’s a corner kick. The taker aims it short, just outside the the six-yard box. Bonucci drifts away from his marker towards the flight of the ball, moving away from goal. It appears that he’s mis-timed his run, but as the delivery comes in he kicks his foot out and behind, punching the ball into the net with the bottom of his boot. It doesn’t get much cheekier than that. 

 

Epic Volley Award: RPWPA, Kevin De Bruyne

Everything about this goal is pretty much perfect. The initial ball forward is headed expertly by Alexis Sanchez to De Bruyne, who volleys in a rocket from about 35 yards out. The ball thunders into the bottom of the crossbar and, at first, looks like it might not have crossed the line. But upon closer inspection, the ball crossed the line completely to finish off a terrific effort from every player involved. 

 


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FIFA 18 Goals of the Month December 2017 – EA SPORTS – Official Site on fifa15guide

Posted January 11th at 12:00am.

The EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Goals of the Month compilation highlights the best goals that were selected in that month’s Goals of the Week videos. While there were plenty of excellent strikes to choose from, a few stood out above the rest. 

 

December 2017 had goals that provided a fresh look at El Tornado, as well as a few mazy, dribbling runs that produced finishes almost as exciting and inventive. The selections below earned their place at the very top by being as fresh, creative, and impressive as possible. 

El Tornado Master: Marc-Andre Dachs, Cristiano Ronaldo

Since El Tornado was released along with FIFA 18, players have been utilizing the new skill move in some incredible and inventive ways. This month’s best submission featured the master of the move. Ronaldo uses El Tornado and a subsequent touch to open a huge chunk of space in front of himself, then strikes the ball with a scissor kick near the edge of the box for a finish even more extraordinary than the moves he used to create the chance. 

 

 

Skiller Award: Jonny Howson, Raheem Sterling

For the second month in a row, a player has used Manchester City winger Sterling to produce the most technically notable goal. Sterling makes use of a nice variety of the skill moves at his disposal, beating a total of five defenders on route to a solid close-range finish past the goalkeeper. 

 

 

Set Piece Specialist: Hardik Tara, Cristiano Ronaldo

The only free kick to be included in this month’s selections, Ronaldo simply produces a clean, swerving finish from the set piece a few yards outside the penalty box. While relatively simple compared to some goals on the list, this free kick gets the nod simply because such goals are not easily scored in FIFA 18. 

 

 

Like Riding A Bike: NathanArmy2003, Isco

After a solid delivery from teammate Gareth Bale, Isco produces a fine bicycle kick (always a crowd pleaser) at the tightest of angles that takes advantage of the goalkeeper’s poor positioning and drops the ball perfectly into the corner of the net. 

 

 

Epic Volley Award: Porcupine, Toni Kroos

Many of this month’s goals were selected based on the epic quality of the buildup or chance creation, not purely because of how they were finished. But this one-time volley from Toni Kroos was not only inch-perfect — it was from a distance few players can score from consistently. After solid if uninspired attacking from his teammates, the goalkeeper pushes the shot away only for it to deflect off a defender’s head and loop out of the box and right to Kroos with plenty of space in front of him. Without taking any extra touches, Kroos produces a left-footed volley that soars majestically over defenders right into the upper left corner of the net, far from the goalkeeper’s reach. 

 


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Premium Membership Revamp Now Live on fifa15guide

We’ve overhauled the Premium Membership system with better rewards.

The new Premium Membership system is now available! Our overall goals with the revamp were to remove complexity, improve the overall baseline rewards, and ensure that they all feel like strong bonuses to gameplay—not blockers to enjoying the game if you don’t have Premium.

We’re also giving everyone a chance to try out the new system with 7 days of FREE Premium Membership time from the 2nd Anniversary Festival Gift, available for free from the Hongmoon Store. Head over to the 2nd Anniversary Festival Overview article for more info.

You’ll of course want to head over to the new Premium Membership page for an overview of the new system, but below we’ll cover a few of the highlights.

 

Goodbye Premium Ranks

The Premium Rank and Point system is gone, and instead when you’re a Premium Member you’ll get all the same great benefits as if you were at the maximum tier of the previous system. No additional purchases are required—all the maximum bonuses are baseline now.

For those of you who ranked up your Premium Tiers, you’ve been provided additional days of free Premium Membership based on the below table.

Rank Achieved

Free Premium Days

1

0

2

1

3

2

4

3

5

4

6

8

7

13

8

20

9

30

10

60

Goodbye Chi Recovery Benefit

Having Premium for the improved Chi recovery rate really didn’t make much of a difference, so it was already on the chopping block, but when reviewing our goals of how we’re revamping the system it was further cemented that this was something that didn’t belong in Premium.

This is one of two bonuses we’ve removed from the system, everything else is otherwise an addition or improvement.

Showroom for Everyone

The second bonus we’ve removed is the Showroom (previously called the Wardrobe). This is now a baseline feature available to all players. We want those who have Premium to enjoy the benefits it provides because it adds to the game experience, and not because they feel forced to have it to be able to do basic things like manage their inventory space.

Earn Hongmoon Coin

With Premium Membership you’ll now earn 15 Hongmoon Coins every day just for logging in. There’s a little bit of “vacation protection” built in too, and you can accrue up to 45 Hongmoon Coins (three days’ worth) before needing to log in and collect it—any accrued Hongmoon Coin will need to be picked up within 30 days or it’ll reset the next time you log in.

Daily Premium Cache

Every day Premium Members will be able to purchase a chest from the Hongmoon Store for 30 Hongmoon Coins. It’ll always contain Fortune Potions, a Rare Element, Solar Energy, and Excellent Hongmoon XP Charm; as well as a chance at some rarer items, like a Sacred Oil, Gem Powder, or Legendary Jewel—or just a big sack of gold.

 

We hope you enjoy these improvements to the Premium Membership system! Head on over to the new Premium Membership page to see all the benefits, and the FAQ.

Customize Select Cosmetics in the Tailor Shop – fifa15guide.net

Create your own look with an array of colors and patterns to choose from.

Blade & Soul’s 2nd Anniversary update introduces a new system that allows you to tailor the look of select costumes and adornments to fit your own personal style. 

Flaunt Your Style

Choose a new color and pattern on some of your favorite cosmetics to create a whole new look that will make you stand out from the crowd. Cosmetics that are customizable will have a costume symbol on the top left corner of their item icon.

To begin designing the new look of your garment, press CTRL + C or left click on an eligible cosmetic from your inventory and select the Tailor Shop option to enter the Tailor Shop. From this screen, you’ll be able to preview all the cosmetics that can be customized, with more to come as they are developed for this new feature.

Select a cosmetic that you own and change the color and pattern to your heart’s content – even hair color is customizable on head adornments! Once you have your design made to your liking, you’ll be able to finalize the changes with gold and Chromatic Thread that can be found in the Hongmoon Store for 40 NCoin/Hongmoon Coin.

Tailoring your Cosmetics

A cosmetic will require an unlocking fee of Chromatic Thread in order for it to become a Custom garment. Costumes will require 10 Chromatic Threads and adornments will require 3 Chromatic Threads. Once the cosmetic has become Custom, the costume symbol will illuminate, indicating that it’s ready to be designed. This process can occur prior to designing your new look by left clicking the item and selecting Tailoring or at the end of the design process.

Keep in mind that once a cosmetic has been altered into a custom piece, it can no longer be traded, regardless of its properties before customization. If later down the road you’d like to change the look again, you’ll only have to pay the fee of 1 gold and 1 Chromatic Thread for each section changed; and if you’d like to have the original outfit back, you can revert it back for 20 gold.

Fashionistas Around the Earthen Realm

If you’d like to try out the new system but don’t have the cosmetic you want, don’t worry! The clothing merchants located throughout the Earthen Realm will be able to assist you. They have a selection of some of the customizable clothing in their wares to trade with for Chromatic Thread – including the snuggly Dreamland set.

fifa15guide – 2nd Anniversary Item & Systems Changes

The 2nd anniversary event isn’t just about a party, there are also great changes coming to Blade & Soul!

The 2nd anniversary event isn’t just about a party, there are also great item and systems changes coming to Blade & Soul! In addition to the changes below, you’ll be able to purchase Obsidian Gems for Solar Energy in the Dragon Express, we’ve increased the drop rate of Transcendence Engines in Irontech Forge, and overall are reducing Baleful/Seraph weapon upgrade costs by reducing the amount of Transformation Stones needed (for Stage 6-7) and removing the need for Premium Transformation Stones but offsetting by increasing the amount of standard Transformation Stones needed (for Stage 8-12).

As always you’ll want to check out the full patch notes when the update is released.

Daily Challenge Quest Choices

You can now choose from 9 quests to complete for the Daily Challenge. You can complete any 3 to earn the Daily Challenge Reward.

3v3 Tag Match Rating Changes

In this update we’re changing the 3v3 Tag Match team ratings to better account for differences in the individual player ratings, and end matches with a more representative win/loss change. We’ll be continuing to monitor ratings changes and appreciate your feedback on how we could do more to create competition that is fair and balanced.

Draken Legendary Accessory Upgrades

Draken Legendary accessory tokens (Lord of the Flame’s Horns, Zakhan’s Claw, Acrimor’s Wing, and Hand of Xanos) are being removed, and can be exchanged via the Antiques UI to a new item: Draken Core. You can then use 200 Draken Cores to purchase a Stage 1 Oath Necklace, Destiny Ring, Eternity Belt, Divine Dragon Bracelet Chest, or Tiger Bracelet Chest from the Dragon Express. Places you normally would have received the Draken Legendary accessory tokens will be replaced with Draken Core.

In addition, Stage 10 Legendary Accessories can now be salvaged to receive a Red Dragon Crux or Blue Dragon Crux. A Dragon Crux can be used to upgrade the seed item for the next generation of Legendary Accessory to Stage 1, greatly reducing the overall cost. This change allows you to recuperate some of the resources you’ve put into a Legendary Accessory, and applying it toward the next generation.

Legendary Jewel/Element Alternate Cost

In addition to the existing 20 Gold option, you’ll be able to purchase a Legendary Jewel or Legendary Element from the Dragon Express for 10 Gold, 30 Soulstone Crystals, and 15 Sacred Crystals.

Crafting System Update

This update will also reduce crafting costs across multiple Guilds—such as reduced costs for Brilliant Keys, Void Fragments and Ascendance Stones, and Silver Cauldron’s tradable potion chests—as well as providing Guild Supplies when crafting Normal recipes, and a random amount of Lucky Guild Boxes when crafting Trade or Masterwork recipes. New recipes are also being added; including new Earthseer charms, Forgekeeper Phantom Weapon Chests, Acquired Taste Meat Dumplings, and more.

 

Stay tuned for the full patch notes for all the specific changes.

The Week in Quotes on fifa15guide

“There will be no rest tonight. Anyone who gets home before five in the morning gets fined.”
Real Betis right winger Joaquin talks about his expectations to party after his club’s 5-3 win at the Sanchez Pizjuan against rivals Sevilla

“My wife told me that if I score a hat-trick this year I get a dog, so I was trying to get the penalty.”
Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj, who scored a brace in his club’s 4-2 win over Arsenal, tells BT Sport about a motivation for wanting to score a hat-trick against the FA Cup holders

“I will always play my heart out and hope to continue to grow (as a player).”
Kazuyoshi Miura, who turns 51 next month, speaks with Kyodo news agency after signing a new contract with Japanese second division club Yokohama FC

“Messi understands everything. It’s a shame that they compare him with anyone else. Messi masters everything: the space, the time, where his team-mate is and his opponent. Before he used to unbalance teams with ability and his strength. Now he does it naturally: he draws you in. He sees he has a marker and he knows that the marker is afraid, waits for another to come and then he waits for just the right moment to pass it. I saw that with LeBron James. He draws you in until he has someone free. We have worked on this since we were kids, to know where the space is and where the free man is. Even Ter Stegen knows it.”
Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi talks with El Pais about Lionel Messi’s qualities

“Zinedine Zidane isn’t a player at Real Madrid anymore. That Zidane no longer exists. Now it’s down to Zinedine Zidane the coach to carve out a career. I’m not protected by what I’ve done as a player at this club. I know that one day it [the coach’s job] will come to an end at Real Madrid, so I make the most of it and I do everything I can to be successful. I say to myself, ‘if I’ve got ten days left here, then I’m going to live those ten days to the max; if it’s six months, I’ll live those six months to the max’. I don’t think beyond that. I know I won’t stay [in the job] for ten years.”
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane speaks with France Football about his future at the club

“From a motivational side, you get to that point in your career where you’re starting to feel ready for a new challenge, and the stars sort of aligned in some ways that some opportunities were presented in front of us… They were very good opportunities. I had some tough decisions to make and that led towards keeping a future here in Canada. I’d always sort of talked about moving into the men’s game, and one of those opportunities came up, and a pretty prestigious opportunity came up on the women’s side. That was a big decision, as well. It’s been a crazy two months for us… [but] I felt I was ready for a new challenge, and this is where it’s ended up. I’m bloody excited.”
John Herdman speaks in a one-on-one interview with Sportsnet after being announced as the new head coach of the Canadian men’s national team after spending over six years in charge of the women’s national team in the same country

“There was a lack of sleep, lack of eating, lack of drinking, it was probably the worst 48 hours you could wish for to prepare for a game like that. It went against all research for the performance we put in against Germany, but that’s how special that group of people was, that’s mental toughness.”
England defender Laura Bassett speaks with These Football Times about her experience of scoring an own goal in the semi-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and turning around to eventually defeat Germany in the match for third place

“I missed the adrenaline before playing, the butterflies when you are about to go on the pitch. When you’re in the tunnel of La Bombonera, the emotion and adrenaline all over your body, that is what I missed most.”
Carlos Tevez speaks with the press after completing his return to Boca Juniors

“Pep Guardiola said to me that we played better than most of the Premier League teams that come to Man City.”
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson speaks after his Championship side’s narrow 2-1 defeat by Premier League leaders Manchester City in the League Cup

“Personally, I always think that players like Diego Forlan are fantastic. He was the complete striker, and that’s extremely important these days. [Robert] Lewandowski, for example, has something special, a little bit of everything and a whole host of strengths. You constantly need to keep adapting, as you could be facing three, four or even five at the back. That means you always have to play a little differently, and having many different qualities makes you more unpredictable. Aerial ability and a solid right foot aren’t enough anymore.”
Speaking in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com, FIFA World Cup™ all-time top scorer Miroslav Klose talks about what he thinks makes the complete forward in the modern game

“Brazilian Ronaldo. His ability, his all-round game was incredible. He had everything: pace, power, finishing, skills, passing. I didn’t get to watch a lot of him of TV growing up but when I’ve watched YouTube and highlights of clips from the past, I’d have loved to have played alongside him.”
England and Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane speaks with ESPN Brasil about the striker he would have loved to partner with

“If I could compare myself to any footballer it would be PSG star Neymar. He scores goals, man. I’m glad to see that he’s happy now [after joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona]. Neymar is my favourite player – he’s my boy.”
Point guard for National Basketball Association club Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving likens himself to Neymar, speaking with Sportsmail

New Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal uses a metaphor when asked to give any transfer updates at the club