collectionfifatips – Juventus keeper Wojciech Szczesny: I never improved while at Arsenal

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes he failed to develop at the Emirates because of less sophisticated coaching in the Premier League.

Szczesny, who joined defending Serie A champs Juventus from Roma in the summer, spent the majority of his career at Arsenal before being loaned to the Giallorossi in 2015.

At Roma, he became the club’s No. 1 keeper under manager Luciano Spalletti. And the 27-year-old Poland international told The Independent there is a stark difference between the level of coaching in the Prem and Serie A.

“I think in general, the coaches in Italy are much more tactical, that’s just how the league works,” Szczesny said. “Whether it was [Luciano] Spalletti at Roma or Max Allegri here, the preparation for the game is different to what I was used to in England.

Wojciech Szczesny was loaned out by Arsenal in the summer of 2015.

“You work on the shape of the team for a particular match all week. At Arsenal you’d just prepare physically for it but here you watch film analysing a specific opponent before the game and afterwards we’ll watch again to see what worked and what didn’t.

“I enjoyed working with some great coaches at Arsenal, Roma and here, but the goalkeeping school in Italy is very different, it’s very technical and pays more attention to the details.

“It’s really made a difference for me because I started playing at a very young age with Arsenal and as you play you gain experience and that’s how you grow.

“But, honestly, I couldn’t say from a technical standpoint that I improved in any way from when I became first-choice at Arsenal until the day I left for Roma.

“However, in the two-and-a-half years since I came to Italy, I’ve improved massively which is thanks to the coaches and the way they work. It’s not about improving when you play, it’s every day in training you have to work on every aspect of your game and that’s something I’ve really enjoyed.”

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Jose Mourinho: I may tell truth about 2008 Barcelona link one day on collectionfifatips

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he will “one day tell the truth” about his potential move to Barcelona that fell through in 2008.

In 2013, former Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed that Mourinho had wanted to coach the club after leaving Chelsea.

He emerged as a possible replacement for Frank Rijkaard but instead joined Inter Milan after Barca decided Pep Guardiola was better suited to the job.

And speaking to Telefoot, he said: “Maybe one day I’ll be able to reveal the truth. No, no [not today].

“These are things in my career which I prefer to keep to myself. Maybe I will reveal them one day, when I will be old, old, old. Maybe.”

In 2013, Laporta said Mourinho “wanted to come to Barcelona, but it wasn’t possible because we had decided to sign Guardiola as coach.”

Mourinho had worked at the Camp Nou from 1996 to 2000 as part of the staff under Bobby Robson and then Louis van Gaal.

While Mourinho remained coy about Barcelona, he opened up about his departure from Real Madrid in 2013 after three years at the club.

Jose Mourinho is currently working as Manchester United manager.

“It was my decision. My decision,” he said. “My daughter was going to study in London and at that moment, we thought it was very important to have the family united.

“For me it’s very important to be happy. My best results in football came when I was happy. At that moment — in my third year at Madrid — I wasn’t happy.

“If you win, you are a great coach. He [Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane] has won and he will continue to win. I think that he will win the title as the best coach in the world because he deserves it.”

The Portuguese spoke further about his career, expressing his pride at winning the Champions League with Porto and Inter in 2004 and 2010 respectively.

“There are some magnificent things, but also some controversies. That is part of a career,” he said. “Winning in Europe with a club from your country [with Porto] — I think it’s special because you go into the history of the club, but also of the country.

“Inter became something very special because it was a relation of love. The group were an old group and it was maybe the final opportunity for this generation. We won for the Moratti family and all the Interisti, giving them an incredible joy.

“I know that when I went to Madrid, it was not the right time to go there, but it was the moment I wanted to go, when Barcelona were at their strongest. I knew it was a difficult time to come to Manchester United too, but this is me.”

ESPN FC’s Italy correspondent Ben Gladwell contributed to this report.

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collectionfifatips | Columbus Crew SC exploring relocation to Austin, TX – sources

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The investor/operator of the Columbus Crew SC is considering relocating the team to Austin, Texas unless the city of Columbus can come up with a plan for a new downtown stadium, sources confirmed to ESPN FC. was the first to tweet the news, while the Columbus Dispatch was first to publish the details.

Anthony Precourt, the CEO of Precourt Sports Ventures, and the chairman of Crew SC has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday, at which he plans to discuss his plans. has learned that Precourt intends to explore concurrent paths towards a stadium in each market. Precourt has been frustrated at the team’s inability to increase revenue streams in terms of overall attendance, sponsorship, and season tickets. With one week to go in the regular season, the Crew’s attendance ranks 20th out of 22 teams.

Precourt has also grown weary of playing games at aging MAPFRE Stadium, a no-frills venue which opened in 1999 as the first-in-the-league soccer specific stadium. Precourt purchased the team from previous owners Hunt Sports Group in 2013. But according to the Dispatch, the purchase agreement contained a promise to keep the team in Columbus for at least 10 years. Critically, it included an out clause in case Precourt wanted to move the team to Austin.

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Columbus Crew SC is considering relocating the team to Austin, Texas.

One source told the Dispatch that a deal to host home games at the University of Texas is “all but done” for 2019. The Dispatch also reported that Precourt paid a premium price of $68 million for the team in 2013 because he intended to move it.

Both the Dispatch and reported that a consortium of local businessmen have been trying to aid the Crew in its search for a stadium site, as well as buy the team. Alex Fischer, the president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, a group of 60 Columbus business leaders and CEOs, told that Precourt had rejected all offers to sell even a partial stake to local investors.

“We met with ownership a month ago to discuss their stadium study and plans and ideas for a new stadium in Columbus,” Fischer told “Those conversations turned up the fact that ownership had been in extensive conversations over the last number of months with leaders in Austin about a possible new stadium and moving the team there.”

The possible move to Austin would involve playing in a temporary stadium for two seasons until a stadium is completed in around 2021.

“It’s a real disappointment for our players and our fans to have this news coming out on the eve of the playoffs,” said Fischer. “But I guess owners have to make the decisions they have to make.”

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.

collectionfifatips | Melting Pot Week One Rewards

collectionfifatips | Melting Pot Week One Rewards

Each week we’ll roll out new rewards for the Featured Episode “Melting Pot”. The first weeks reward is the Preeminent Core.

In addition, the first completion of this mission on an account this week will grant a Featured Episode Weekly Reward Box. This box gives your choice of an Enhanced Universal Tech Upgrade or a Captain Specialization Point Box, which gives the character who opens it a Specialization Point. The Weekly Reward Box, Tech Upgrade, and Specialization Point Box are all Bound to Account, and may be freely traded between your characters. The Specialization Point Box requires the opening character to be level 50 or above.

The Preeminent Cores are of Tzenkethi design and therefore are specifically designed to be able to deliver shield power with extreme efficiency. Furthermore, this core comes with a special capacitor that activates additional power reserves when used while the user’s shields are offline.

The Preeminent Core counts towards the Incontrovertible Defenses set. Collect and equip pieces from this set to unlock powerful set bonuses:

Incontrovertible Defenses

Carapacial Resistances (2 piece)

This 2 piece bonus provides:

  • + Kinetic Damage Resistance Rating

Inundated Shielding (3 piece)

This 3 piece bonus provides:

  • +Tetryon Damage
  • +Maximum Shield Capacity

Counter-Balanced Munitions (3 piece)

This 4 piece bonus provides:

  • +Flight Turn Rate
  • Activating a Cannon Bridge Officer ability applies:
    • +Shield Power for a short duration

Next week we’ll reveal week two’s reward for “Melting Pot”

Matthew “CulturedSoup” Campbell

Systems Designer

Star Trek Online

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collectionfifatips – PC Patch Notes for 10/4/17

collectionfifatips - PC Patch Notes for 10/4/17


  • Resolved an issue that would cause an occasional game server crash on Earth Spacedock.
  • Resolved an issue that caused the Tzenkethi Shuk-din Escort to appear larger than intended in system space.
    • Existing Tzenkethi Shuk-din Escorts will automatically be returned to the correct size.

Known Issues:

  • Some cutscenes may be missing objects.
  • Explosions from Tzenkethi Shuttles can cause damage to the inhibitors in Dranuur Beach Assault.
  • Tzenkethi critters in Dranuur Beach Assault do not always aggro appropriately.
  • Some FX do not play properly when powerboarding around the Lukari Colony Fleet Holding.


PC Patch Notes for 10/5/17 –

PC Patch Notes for 10/5/17 -


  • Resolved an issue that could cause a crash when transferring to maps while queued for a PvE match.
  • Resolved an issue where contributing to the Colony Fleet Holding projects through the Coffer system would display the incorrect amount of resources contributed.
    • This was just a display issue with the UI.
    • For more details, please visit this forum post:
  • Resolved an issue where explosions from Tzenkethi Shuttles could cause damage to the inhibitors in Dranuur Beach Assault.
  • Resolved an issue that caused players to be unable to make Miracle Worker Specialization Qualifications until 22 points had been spent in the Miracle Worker Specialization.
    • That option is now correctly available after spending 10 points in the Miracle Worker Specialization. 
  • The Singularity Core reward from Melting Pot will now be available to obtain when replaying the episode.
  • Resolved an issue where the new Tzenkethi items in the Lobi store could lose mods when Upgraded.
    • This will retroactively fix these items already in this state.

Known Issues:

  • Some cutscenes may be missing objects.
  • Tzenkethi critters in Dranuur Beach Assault do not always aggro appropriately.
  • Some FX do not play properly when powerboarding around the Lukari Colony Fleet Holding.


Dranuur Colony Special Fleet Holding Unlocks! –

Dranuur Colony Special Fleet Holding Unlocks! -
Dranuur Colony Special Fleet Holding Unlocks! -


Following the events of “Mirrors and Smoke”, the Lukari and Kentari began efforts to work together. The culmination of this effort is the Dranuur Colony in the Alpha Quadrant. With Season 14: Emergence, Dranuur Colony will become available as a new 5-tier joint Lukari-Kentari-themed Fleet Holding, available to all Fleets in Star Trek Online.

Dranuur Colony will also feature many unlockable projects to improve both its visual appearance, as well as many standard conveniences for Captains at the colony. Fleets can also unlock inter-fleet shuttle capabilities that will allow for quick and easy access to Dranuur Colony.

Below is a list of special unlocks for this Fleet Holding. Each unlock will be available for approximately two weeks.

Project 1 – Colony Beautification – Planters

Completing this project will add more plant life to the colony, beautifying various staircases and halls. (Planters will be available at launch).

The Dranuur Colony is an exotic new Fleet Holding, and we look forward to your fleets making it your own!!

See you in game!

Ryon “Melange” Levitt
Staff Content Designer
Cryptic Studios


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PC Patch Notes for 10/6/17 on collectionfifatips

PC Patch Notes for 10/6/17 on collectionfifatips


  • Resolved an issue where Full Impulse would cause power levels to drop immediately of the player did not have the Miracle Worker Simplified Plumbing skill active.
    • Full Impulse will now act as it used to prior to Season 14.
  • Resolved an issue that could cause the Experimental Proton Charge to fail to deal damage in some cases. 

Known Issues:

  • Some cutscenes may be missing objects.
  • Tzenkethi critters in Dranuur Beach Assault do not always aggro appropriately.
  • Some FX do not play properly when powerboarding around the Lukari Colony Fleet Holding.


collectionfifatips | Vega: Scoring here at India 2017 is extraordinary

  • Anibal Vega turned Paraguay’s match with New Zealand on its head with a three-minute brace
  • It was his first appearance at India 2017, having missed the opening game against Mali
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is the young striker’s role model

As the half-time whistle of the Group B clash between Paraguay and New Zealand rang out in Navi Mumbai’s Dr. DY Patil Stadium, the South American players trudged back to the changing rooms with their heads bowed after two own goals by their captain Alexis Duarte had given the Oceania side a 2-1 lead.

The resilient Paraguayans managed to turn things around in the second half, however, securing a 4-2 victory that sends them through to the knockout stages of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. Their hero of the hour was half-time substitute Anibal Vega, who pounced twice within three minutes for a sensational double that rescued his team and gave his coach a not unpleasant selection headache ahead of their next match.

Once the celebrations in the dressing room had died down, the clinical super sub took a few minutes to discuss the entertaining encounter with “Yes, it was a tough match,” he said. “At half-time, our coach asked us to keep our composure and get our focus back. When he told me to get ready, he just gave me some simple instructions: ‘Don’t rush things, and play your usual game. Keep calm and use your touches wisely in their half’.”

Aiming high
Smiling broadly, he recalled his timely brace. “It was absolutely fantastic to score twice in such a short space of time,” he said. “I did something similar with Palmeiras’ youth team – I scored the goals in pretty much the same way. But doing it here, at this level, is really quite extraordinary.”

Vega has signed a professional contract with the Brazilian club, and he has ambitions of climbing as high as possible up the football ladder. “It’s always good to think about the future. All players want to improve, technically speaking, so they can contribute to their national team.”

When asked about current players he admires, the Paraguayan forward had no hesitation when responding. “Cristiano Ronaldo is my role model,” he said. “In my opinion, he’s a complete player, and the best in the world. I hope I can reach his level one day.”

Vega did not take part in his country’s opening victory over Mali, and had to wait until the second period of their follow-up fixture to show what he could do. Now that qualification for the next round has been secured courtesy of his memorable cameo appearance, Paraguay coach Gustavo Morinigo may well provide him with an extended run in the team.

Vega, meanwhile, preferred to conclude the interview on a level-headed note: “There’s still a long road ahead of us. We came here to compete. It’s just the first step and we want more. For that, we’ll need to keep working hard to achieve our goals.”

To the sound of laughter and Paraguayan music, Vega returned to the team bus, where the temporary party was set to continue, with the ecstatic super sub at the heart of the celebrations. 

High-flying Kerr hits rarefied air on collectionfifatips

  • Sam Kerr is the first Australian to be nominated for The Best
  • Kerr hails from a famous sporting family
  • Kerr said she “learnt a lot” off reigning Women’s Player of the Year Carli Lloyd

Sam Kerr has always been a bit special.

At 15, she became the youngest Australian female international footballer for well over a decade. A few months prior, the then high school student had become the youngest player to debut and score in the Australian W-League.

Such was Kerr’s meteoric rise, few knew the name of the swaggering, fearless teenager when she first donned national team colours. Most referred to her as ‘Daniel Kerr’s sister’, name-checking her older brother, a high-profile Australian Rules football star.

But Sam Kerr started carving out her own niche, and the landmark achievements have been coming ever since for this dynamic attacker.

Kerr completed her most recent W-League campaign as the competition’s player of the year, but it is in the rarefied air of USA’s NWSL where the Aussie has really impressed. Now in her fifth NWSL season, Kerr sits atop the league’s all-time goalscoring list. Her 16-goal haul in 2017 also equalled Kim Little’s record single-season tally.

With that kind of form it is little wonder that Kerr was shortlisted for this year’s The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award – the first Australian to be nominated for an individual FIFA global award. Kerr, and the Matildas, are suddenly hugely prominent in the Australian sporting zeitgeist. 

“Those kind of things can be hit or miss, and although a few people had mentioned it to me I wasn’t getting too caught up in the idea, and it was a nice surprise,” Kerr told about her mindset prior to the awards shortlist being announced. “It is a massive honour of course.”

Kerr has previously played alongside two of her fellow The Best nominees, having suited up with reigning world player of the year Carli Lloyd at Western New York Flash, as well as Jodie Taylor when the England striker featured for Sydney FC.

“I really enjoyed playing with Carli at Flash. She took me under her wing and I’m still good friends with her, and we chat all the time. I learnt a lot off Carli in terms of her training regime, that includes taking care of your body.”

Kerr, however, revealed injury nearly ended her career. Eight months out with a knee injury was followed by a further eight-month absence with a foot injury.

“I always say the foot injury not only changed my football career, but changed my life. I nearly gave up on the game. Injuries like that have forced me to become a better professional.”

From the beach to the bright lights
Kerr grew up on the beach in sleepy Fremantle on the Western Australia coast, where playing sport was a way of life.

A dazzling turn of pace, a remarkable vertical leap and innate game sense marks out Kerr as a danger to any defence. Then there is her back-flipping goal celebration which offers further tangible evidence of a rare natural athletic ability, just in case there was any doubt.

“I had no choice but to pick up sport. I played every sport under the sun when I was kid. It sounds bad, but if you are not good at sport in our family you would get a little bit bullied,” laughs Kerr.

When it comes to pinpointing her favourite male player, Kerr is unhesitating in her answer: Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I just love him, he is a goalscorer, entertaining and a game-winner. I strive to be like him in being someone your team-mates can always rely on. I feel I am a little bit like him, being a bit of a fire-cracker.”

So has Kerr thought about the possibility of sharing the red carpet with the Portugal and Real Madrid star next month in London? “I would be lying if I said no,” said Kerr with a cheeky chuckle.

Regardless of whether a trip to London next month is forthcoming, the dynamics in the Kerr household have surely now changed leaving Daniel Kerr as ‘Sam Kerr’s brother’.

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