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Osorio and Toronto FC ready to make history on collectionfifatips

  • Toronto FC hoping to win first CONCACAF Champions League title
  • Canadian club face Mexican giants Chivas Guadalajara in the final
  • Osorio: The first leg is going to be key​

Most youngsters growing up in Canada usually have aspirations to be an ice hockey star or reach the podium at the Winter Olympics. For Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio, his dreams led to a career in football – a sport close to his South American roots.

“It’s a huge part of who I am. I grew up in Toronto, but in my household, it was a very Colombian culture,” Osorio said in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com. “In Colombia, football is the big sport, and it was my dad’s favourite sport. He passed that on to me and my brothers and we grew up to love the game. I believe my Colombian roots have helped me get to where I am now.”

A proud Canadian, who has made 20 international appearances for the North American nation, Osorio is happy to share his favourite Colombian footballing moment. “It was at the last World Cup, James [Rodriguez]’s goal against Uruguay in the Round of 16 and Colombia making the quarter-finals for the first time. That was huge.”

Looking to make history
Osorio can relate to scoring an important goal on the big stage. Last Tuesday in the Estadio Azteca, his early strike against Mexican giants Club America was a key moment in securing Toronto FC’s place in this year’s CONCACAF Champions League final, as they won the semi-final clash 4-2 on aggregate. The result puts the Major League Soccer (MLS) club within touching distance of the region’s top club prize and claiming CONCACAF’s berth at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018. “It was amazing [to score] and an honour to play in that stadium, to represent my city and everything, and to play in such a big game,” Osorio said. “More than anything, I was just happy about what [the goal] meant in the actual game.”

Toronto FC’s journey to the two-legged final is the latest chapter in what has been a highly successful period for the Canadian outfit. They earned their CONCACAF Champions League spot by successfully defending their Canadian Championship title before claiming their first-ever MLS Supporters’ Shield (regular season champions) and MLS Cup titles in late 2017.

The focus now is on ending the dominance of Mexican clubs in the CONCACAF Champions League, having already upset the odds by eliminating the Liga MX duo of Tigres UANL and Club America. Standing in Toronto FC’s way of an historic first title is Club Deportivo (Chivas) Guadalajara, with the first leg taking place in Toronto this Tuesday 17 April before the decisive leg is played in Guadalajara on Wednesday 25 April.

Osorio believes the game plan that successfully guided the Reds past Tigres and America will be key to overcoming Chivas in the final. “Our belief is that we can play with them,” Osorio said. “In those four games, we didn’t just sit back and defend a lot. What we did was attack them. Similar to the other series, the first game is going to be key. We need to give ourselves an advantage before going back to Mexico, so that’s a huge key. If we put all our focus into the first leg, we’ll be in good shape.”

Did you know?

  • Only Mexican clubs have won the CONCACAF Champions League title since the competition’s formation in 2008
  • Monterrey is the most successful CONCACAF Champions League side with three titles, while Club America is the most successful club in the region with seven CONCACAF titles
  • Real Salt Lake (2011) and Montreal Impact (2015) are the only other MLS clubs to have reached the final
  • Osorio is one six players to lead the competition’s scoring charts with three goals​

December dreams
Should Toronto FC realise their goal of a regional crown later this month, a ticket to the United Arab Emirates and this year’s Club World Cup would also be secured by the Reds. Though his main thoughts are on the final, Osorio appreciates the potential of his side being the first from Canada and MLS to appear in the world club finals.

“I think it’s every footballers dream to play on the biggest stage,” he said. “The Club World Cup means you are representing your club and your continent, and that you are playing for a trophy that means you are the best in the world. It’s biggest tournament in club soccer, so that would definitely be a dream come true.”

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FIFA 18 Marc Overmars Icon SBC Cheapest Solution – collectionfifatips.com

So here is another FIFA 18 prime icon squad building challenge and the player that we’re helping you to get at the cheapest price is Marc Overmars. This is the cheapest solution where you will save thousands of coins by doing it the cheap way. You’ll need around 380K coins on Xbox and around 400K for PlayStation in your club and you can watch the full HD video guide below.

The following SBC’s are the ones that you will need to complete in-order to get the untradeable Overmars special Icon.

  • Eredivisie
  • Arsenal
  • FC Barcelona
  • 83 rated team
  • 84 rated team
  • 85 rated team
  • 86 rated team

The cheapest SBC will be the Eredivisie whilst the 86 rated team will be by far the most expensive but copying the exact players that i submit you’ll end up saving loads and getting the player for a bargain price.

As for Overmars, i actually have it in my team and it’s a fantastic card! Some icon cards are not that great but this one if very good and even if you do not get along with it and don’t quite fancy it then you can still submit it into other icon SBC’s to acquire another icon down the line.

The stand out attribute is by far the 95 pace which is frightening and i can tell you that he is lightning fast and is great on the left wing. Make sure to subscribe to the official YouTube channel to stay up to date and see when all the new videos are uploaded to the channel. More FIFA 18 tips to come on the website soon so check back periodically as the site is updated.

Pep Guardiola plays down tunnel row, accepts Fabian Delph red card on collectionfifatips

Pep Guardiola says he can’t fault his players intentions on the pitch after 10-man Manchester City were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side Wigan.

WIGAN — Pep Guardiola played down his row with Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook and congratulated the League One side after their shock FA Cup victory in the fifth round.

Will Grigg’s 79th-minute strike stunned City for the third straight meeting in the FA Cup after the 2013 final and 2014 quarterfinals — and ended City’s hopes of a clean sweep of four trophies this season.

The game changed when Fabian Delph was controversially sent off after referee Anthony Taylor looked like he was going to give him a yellow card.

Guardiola said after the game that he agreed with the red card, even though at the time of the dismissal the decision sparked a heated exchange between the two benches which continued in the dressing room at half-time.

“It’s a red card. It’s an unnecessary action,” Guardiola told a news conference. “The referee decides what he decides. It can be a red card.”

Asked about the row with the Wigan coaches, he said: “You want to ask me about football, ask me about football. Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague. It was just, ‘Stay in your position,’ that’s all.”

With the dream of the quadruple gone, City will now turn their attention to the Carabao Cup, in which they will face Arsenal in the final on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola and counterpart Paul Cook got into an argument on Monday that continued down the tunnel.

But despite a busy fixture slate ahead, Guardiola insisted that “we wanted to go through.”

“Congratulations to Wigan for their victory,” he said. “The way we played it didn’t influence us too much. We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost.

“They made some mistakes in general. We knew it would be complicated. We did it quite well, especially in the second half. One mistake and we conceded and we go out.”

There were also ugly scenes at the full-time whistle. Home fans invaded the pitch in celebration but it prompted angry exchanges with away supporters and advertising hoardings appeared to be thrown.

There was also an incident involving Sergio Aguero, who appeared to be involved in an altercation with a fan.

Cook refused to be drawn on any controversy and instead focused on an incredible victory for his team.

“We knew a lot of things had to go right on the night, they play at such an elite level. We had to dig in and the lads did that in abundance,” he said. “The sending off has had a massive influence on the game but of course we’ve managed to win.

“But we should speak about the game. I felt at the time it was a straight red and I don’t think Pep and his bench though it was. There’s obviously a disagreement there but that’s football.”

Jonathan is ESPN FC’s Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.

Monster Hunter World Touts 5M Units Shipped at Launch – collectionfifatips.com

It would appear that there are a lot of people excited for the latest in the venerable monster hunting franchise. Capcom has proudly announced 5 million Monster Hunter World units have shipped around the world over the game’s launch weekend, breaking new ground for the franchise.

Monster Hunter World Touts 5M Units Shipped at Launch - collectionfifatips.com

While the announcement doesn’t specify exactly how many of those shipped units have translated into sales, the number still represents the largest amount the Monster Hunter series has released in the first three days of launch. The numbers include both physical and digital copies of the game and take into account the fact that World is the first Monster Hunter title to have a simultaneous worldwide release.

To keep up the momentum, Capcom has restated intention to support Monster Hunter World’s release with free updates, starting with a Spring update that will add the Deviljho to the monster lineup. The game will also be kicking off an esports competition this Spring around Japan to determine the best hunter in the country, along with plans for a Hollywood film and the opening of a Monster Hunter: The Real attraction at Universal Studios in Japan.

The game will also continue to release cross-promotional events in-game as well, with the first half of a Horizon Zero Dawn crossover event happening now, a Megaman crossover event due soon, and a recently announced Street Fighter V event where players can make their hunters look like Ryu and Sakura. A trailer for that event can be seen below.

Our Thoughts

Yes, yes, we know units shipped doesn’t exactly equate to units sold. That said, the impact of Monster Hunter World’s big weekend launch is not exactly hard to miss for anyone with a Twitter feed dedicated to gaming. While it’s a shame that PC players weren’t able to get into the hullabaloo at the same time, we expect that once that version is ready things will explode for World once again.

Sources: press release, Capcom Unity website, Monster Hunter World website

collectionfifatips | Fans Petition Epic Games to Keep Paragon Alive

After the announcement this past weekend that Paragon would be sunsetted, one fan has taken it upon themselves to issue a Paragon petition beseeching Epic Games to reconsider the move.

collectionfifatips | Fans Petition Epic Games to Keep Paragon Alive

The petition specifies that Epic Games doesn’t even need to support the MOBA with new updates or content, but simply asks to keep its server lights on.

“I put forward the idea that Epic keep the servers for Paragon open even if they leave the game as it is right now I would be more than happy,” reads the petition. “All I want is to come home and be able to turn on Paragon and play with my friends, what am I going to do now?”

As of this writing, the petition currently has over 20k signatures. Meanwhile over on the Paragon subreddit, fans have made additional suggestions such as handing development over or even making the game open source.

Our Thoughts

It does seem like the decision to axe Paragon came pretty swiftly, particularly since it came roughly a week after Epic Games considered the matter. While it doesn’t seem unreasonable to keep Paragon’s servers operational, we also have to assume that 20k people isn’t quite enough of a response for Epic to change course. Do you think Paragon should be let go or is keeping the servers online a fair request? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: Change.org via MMORPG.com

FUT 18 Mauro Icardi (86) IF Player Review on collectionfifatips

Here’s another FIFA 18 Ultimate Team player review and this time we’re taking a look at first IF (in-form) Mauro Icardi 86 rated card. Check out the full HD video below or read on to see what score we gave it.

The great thing about this card is the attacking position as the Argentinian is not blessed with lightning quick pace so he relies on getting his positioning right in the final third and boy does he get it right! Whether it’s a drop of the shoulder or getting goal-side of the defenders this card is perfect for getting you goals and lots of them.

His shooting ability is incredible with his overall stats being 80 pace, 78 dribbling, 28 defence, 72 physical, 65 passing and a whopping 87 shooting which is incredibly overpowered.

If you get the chance to shoot then it’s literally in the back of the opponents net every time and that’s exactly what you want from a striker. As for his heading which is his second biggest strength, that’s at an impressive 90 in-game stats and 94 jumping. His specialtie is poacher and he has the power header trait.

If you’re building an Italian Calcio A squad or even if you aren’t you can glitch him on at half time, then this card is an absolute must! Considering he’s going in the transfer market for around 50K coins as well it’s an absolute steal. The price of the IF will drop as Icardi gets more throughout the season as well.

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LA Galaxy decline option on Jermaine Jones; Mike Grella, Red Bulls split – collectionfifatips.com

Following Michael Bradley’s comments aimed at Columbus, the FC guys evaluate if the midfielder’s words hold any weight.

The Los Angeles Galaxy declined their option on former United States midfielder Jermaine Jones on the final day for MLS’ non-playoff teams to make contract option decisions.

Jones, 36, made 20 appearances for the Galaxy this season but failed to help LA to a postseason spot in the Western Conference. 

In all, Los Angeles declined their option on 13 players, leaving just 13 of their 30 roster spots for 2018 currently filled, including those players who were out of contract.

Also among those who had their option declined was New York Red Bulls midfielder Mike Grella.

Grella, 30, endured an injury-plagued campaign with the Red Bulls in 2017, featuring in only eight matches.

Jermaine Jones
Jermaine Jones appeared in 20 matches for the Galaxy this season.

The Vancouver Whitecaps parted ways with midfielders Matias Laba and Christian Bolanos.

Laba, a former Argentina youth international, saw his season end prematurely after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in early August.

While Bolanos, a Costa Rica international, was let go after providing seven assists for the Whitecaps last term.

Every MLS team except the four currently playing in the conference finals had until Monday to make their decisions on player options. 

The deadline for the two conference runners-up will be Dec. 1. And the deadline for the MLS Cup finalists will be Dec. 10.

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

collectionfifatips | Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski dreams of LA move – wife

Bayern Munich’s Jupp Heynckes has insisted that although the players want him to stay, he is still only staying until June.

Robert Lewandowski hopes to play for a Los Angeles-based club before he retires, his wife has told Business Insider. 

Lewandowski, 29, is under contract at Bayern until 2021 and his wife, Anna Lewandowska, has indicated that the Poland international is keen on a future move to Major League Soccer, where LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC would be potential options.

Asked about her husband’s plans for later in his career, Lewandowska, who has represented Poland in traditional karate and is a nutrition specialist, said: “I think that we will spend some time in the United States.

“We dream of Los Angeles, and we would love to develop our brand there.”

Anna Lewandowska said she and her husband are keen to establish the Lewandowski brand in the United States.

She added: “We hope that Robert will end his professional career at a Los Angeles-based club. We can already say that this would be our dream.

“Our goal is to build a strong, honest and stable brand under the name ‘The Lewandowskis.’ We want to create a third brand, and this time together.

“We are aware of our strengths and we know we can not only use it for business but also good things like education and social welfare.

“The time for a Lewandowski brand is now.”

Lewandowski has been linked with Real Madrid regularly in recent years amid his complaints about his club’s reluctance to compete with Europe’s top sides in the transfer market.

However, Bayern have rejected Lewandowski’s advice and in the summer warned potential suitors against making a move for the striker.

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.

collectionfifatips – Russia 2018 stadium progress: October 2017

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Every month FIFA.com provides readers with a breakdown of how progress is going on the construction and renovation of the stadiums at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Here is October’s update on the tournament’s future venues.

The four stadiums that hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 during the summer (Spartak Stadium, Kazan Arena, Saint Petersburg Stadium and Fisht Stadium) are ready to welcome fans at Russia 2018. Three of them are already hosting the home games of prominent Russian Premier League clubs in Moscow, Kazan and Saint Petersburg.

The World Cup’s showpiece arena is on the verge of its grand re-opening since reconstruction began – Russia will face Argentina at the Luzhniki Stadium on 11 November. It will be one of the last opportunities for both national teams to get a run-out before the Final Draw of the World Cup on 1 December.

In October, the grass at the Mordovia Arena finally began to sprout. Also in Saransk, work has begun on the roof’s membrane covering, the venue’s facilities are being furnished, the territory around the stadium is being redeveloped and lifts are being installed.

The internal facilities of the Kaliningrad Stadium are steadily being fitted out as well. Progress is well under way putting the seats in, temporary structures are being built and pitch specialists continue to carefully maintain the playing surface.  

Elsewhere, the playing surface at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is now complete, after almost 48,000 kilometres of artificial blades of grass were sewn into the pitch. This is almost 8,000 kilometres longer than the Earth’s equator. The stadium’s roof is being finished off and the facilities furnished.

Work continues on the foundations of the football pitch at the Samara Arena: the layer of sand and gravel has been laid and the drainage system is already half-installed. The venue’s temporary fencing has been replaced by permanent structures. Around the stadium, asphalt is being poured on the roads, pedestrian walkways are being erected and greenery planted as part of redevelopment efforts.

The redevelopment of the territory surrounding the Ekaterinburg Arena has also been finished, reports the contractor in charge of the venue’s reconstruction. More than 150 trees and nearly 2,000 shrubs have been planted, while 180 m2 of rockworks and 340 m2 of long-lasting flower beds have been laid. The temporary and permanent entrances to the stadium have been constructed. Still ongoing in Ekaterinburg is the installation of the lighting system, which should be ready in November.  

Around 30 per cent of the seating at the Rostov Arena is already in place, as work continues on the multi-media façade, suspended ceilings, ceramic tiling, lifts and escalators, roads, pedestrian walkways, paths and open spaces. The deputy governor of the Rostov Region, Sergei Sidash, confirmed that construction on the stadium is 90 per cent complete.

At the Volgograd Arena, they are preparing to insert artificial fibres into the football pitch along with frequent cutting, watering and fertilising of the existing turf. Progress is being made on numerous other fronts at the stadium’s construction site, such as decorating the facilities, lifting the roof into place, redeveloping the surrounding areas, putting in toilets and other sanitary equipment, installing sewage and plumbing fixtures and finally, building communications, heating and ventilation systems.

FIFA 18 Financial Takeover Tutorial – collectionfifatips.com

So i cover this tutorial every single year as it’s highly requested by fans and readers alike. If you’ve been wondering how to activate the FIFA 18 Financial Takeover feature in Career Mode then look no further.

This involves a billionaire taking over control of your football club in manager career and injecting a big sum of cash into your team so you have the financial capacity to challenge other teams at the top of your league. Check out the full HD video tutorial below to learn more.

So from the main menu head over to the customise tab, from there you need to go into the EASFC catalogue. In the catalogue press RB on Xbox or R1 on PlayStation to change and go into the career tab. Now there are three different levels that you can unlock, there’s level 10, level 25 and 35.

Simply press on it and then select redeem now option and it’s now owned by you. Note though and the description even says that this item can only be redeemed once per season. So only unlock this once per season and then move onto the other two. Once all three are unlocked then there will be no more so make them count.

You can only use one per team as well so make sure when you are using this feature that it’s definitely the club that you want to play with on Career Mode. For more FIFA 18 tutorials and tips head over to our official YouTube channel and hit the subscribe button to stay right up to date on all video publications.

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