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Tuesday 8 July 2014
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What a World Cup it’s been, and to celebrate the Semi Finals we thought it was the perfect time for a sale! Whether you choose to buy 100 F/c or 3800 F/c, all of our packages will reward you with an EXTRA 20% free. This is a very limited offer, and will have to finish at 11.59pm (BST) tomorrow (9th July).

You may want to create an additional World Cup iTeam to take advantage of there only being 2 gamerounds left or you might want to start the brand new 14/15 Premier League season with more than just one. If an extra team isn’t your thing, then simply take advantage of the cheaper additional transfers.

Here are a few other reasons to stock up on your FiT Credits now…

F/c Rollover to English Premier League and UEFA Champions League 14/15 (EPL squads coming very soon)
Entry into FiT Credit Comps
Wager against your friends in H2H Challenges
Treat yourself to a Custom Pitch or a Premium Badge

A sale has to have a beginning and an end, and we appreciate that some of you may have topped up your credit balance very recently. If you have made a purchase within the last 48 hours, please email feedback@fantasyiteam.com, forwarding the relevant iTunes/Google Play receipt for the transaction, and we will be more than happy to credit you with the 20% bonus.

Best of luck for the rest of the tournament, and we hope to see you during 14/15.

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Wednesday 2 July 2014
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The favourites all went through, but boy, some of them made it very difficult for themselves. We have 2 days of rest before the first of 4 cracking games kicks off.

THE WINNERS

A huge well done to all our FiT Prize winners.

Drew Preece is our GR4 World Champion, very well played. 99 points was a massive score, and he just beat Artur Milewski on goals scored, as points were tied. Before Belgium kicked off, Drew couldn’t have dreamed of winning - but a super substitute performance from Lukaku and a composed assist and finish from De Bruyne, propelled him to top spot. We will be in touch soon to sort out your £250 Amazon Voucher.

Our other winners:

GR1 FiT Quiz - Currently in 1st - Jack Moreton - 3282 F/c

GR1 F/c Comp Challenge - 1st James Sweeney - 6580 F/c

GR1 F/c Comp Pro - 1st Paul Cain - 8243 F/c

The biggest winner for me? Football! The likes of Chile, Mexico, Nigeria, Algeria, Switzerland and the USA all played to their strengths and were so close to causing major upsets. Some of the games weren’t the most entertaining over 90 minutes, but extra time, and in some case penalties, gave us some edge of your seat football. We now have some mouth watering fixtures to look forward too:

France vs Germany - Friday 17:00 (BST)

Brazil vs Colombia - Friday 21:00 

Argentina vs Belgium - Saturday 17:00 

Netherlands vs Costa Rica - Saturday 21:00

Individually, there was one player that stood head and shoulders above the rest. The only thing I seemed to do right in this World Cup was to put him into my iTeam in Gameweek 1. James Rodriguez is the player of the tournament thus far. 3 starts and 1 sub appearance, and he’s assisted twice and scored 5, all of them pure quality. His first against Uruguay a contender for the the goal of the tournament.

A special mention has to go out to the Goalkeepers. There have been very few Robert Green moments, and the likes of Cesar, Ochoa, Navas, the sweeper Neuer and that ridiculous performance from Tim Howard, have all been top notch.

THE LOSERS

No losers for me this round. But, if I must, and purely for personal selfish reasons, they would be Duarte, Rojo and Djabou. The latter cost me 18 points, as I’d invested in 3 German defenders - in fairness though, Algeria thoroughly deserved something to cheer about after a great World Cup run. Then there was Rojo, a stupid, unnecessary booking, his 2nd of the tournament, has ruled him out of the Belgium game. Lastly, Daurte. As soon as unlimited transfers started we all looked for a bargain, and Duarte was the player who stood out. -3 points and a suspension vs the Netherlands

was our reward.

TEAM NEWS

Suspended for Gameround 5:

Oscar Duarte

Marcus Rojo

Luis Gustavo

This following data is collated by us here at FiT, we use the most reliable sources we can for this information, but we cannot guarantee it will be 100% accurate as sometimes countries and managers don’t give accurate information about their players.

Injuries:

Shkodran Mustafi

Anthony Vanden Borre

Nigel de Jong

Leroy Fer

Doubts:

Laurent Ciman

Mats Hummels - how do you get man flu in Brazil?

Mamadou Sakho

Thomas Vermaelen

Sergia Aguero - he makes Darren Anderton look healthy

Neymar - can’t train but should be ok to start

Lukas Podolski

Mousa Dembele

Fernandinho

Your GR5 transfers have now been allocated, and you shouldn’t rush out and use them. The best advice I can give you in this round is be patient! Wait until some of your players have been eliminated before doing anything, you can then take them out for players yet to play. It’s still going to take a lot of skill and an element of luck to get through the round with 11 players that are still involved, but the best managers make their own luck.

Best of - making your own luck in round 5,

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Wednesday 25 June 2014
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A month or so before the World Cup started we announced that every manager would be able to make unlimited transfers after the group stages. So, at just after 11am on Friday you will be able to buy and sell players without using up any transfer credits. The unlimited transfer period will end at precisely 4.50pm (British Summer time) on Saturday, 10 minutes before Brazil vs Chile kicks off.

We will also switch off the PlayerDAQ for the duration of unlimited transfers, freezing player values. You can then buy and sell players at will, just as if we were in Pre-Tournament mode. At just after 4.50pm Sat, you will receive 3 free transfers and 1 optional - these are your Gameround 4 transfers.

IMPORTANT: If you make transfers after 4.50pm on Saturday you will end up using some of your Gameround 4 transfer credits. If you’re unsure how close to the deadline you are, please use the in-app transfer clock, as will not be able to refund transfer credits if you make accidentally make iTeam changes after the 4.50pm deadline.

IMPORTANT: It can take up to 30 minutes for your transfers to refresh, so don’t panic if you can’t start making transfers at exactly 11am.

If you have any queries, ask below or email feedback@fantasyiteam.com


In regards to H2H’s and max iTeams, below are the changes that we will make in GR4 and GR5.

GR4 - 800k & another 5 iTeams.

GR5 - 1m & another 5 iTeams.


This is the transfer schedule for the rest of the tournament.

KNOCKOUT STAGE 1 - ROUND OF 16 (increase to max players of 4 per club)

UNLIMITED TRANSFERS from 11am June 27th, up until 4.50pm June 28th

Game Round 4 - 3 transfer credits with the option to buy a 4th

QUARTER FINAL - (increase to max players of 5 per club)

Game Round 5 - 3 transfer credits with the option to buy a 4th

SEMI FINAL (increase to max players of 6 per club)

Game Round 6 - 3 transfer credits with the option to buy a 4th

FINAL AND 3RD/4TH PLAYOFF (max 6 players per club)

Game Round 7 - 3 transfer credits with the option to buy a 4th


Best of luck.

Fantasy iTeam

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Sunday 22 June 2014
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What a gameround… how crazy was Group D? Costa Rica are through to the knockout stage with a game to spare, whilst England, along with either Italy or Uruguay, will head straight home after playing just 3 matches.

THE WINNERS

A huge well done to all our FiT Prize winners.

T. Weidner is our GR2 World Champion, very well played. 104 points was a massive score. 4 transfers were used to bring in Messi, Benzema, Muller and the disappointing Costa. Captain Robben and 3 Belgian defenders did the rest. We will be in touch soon to sort out your £250 Amazon Voucher.

Our other winners:

GR1 FiT Quiz - Currently in 1st - Andy Thompson - 3022 F/c

GR1 F/c Comp Challenge - 1st Mark Williamson - 5700 F/c

GR1 F/c Comp Pro - 1st JJ Cousins - 6930 F/c

For me, Chile, France and Costa Rica have been the stand out teams thus far. Argentina, Belgium, Colombia and the Netherlands have also all scored maximum points, but none have played brilliantly in both of their group games, with Colombia and the Netherlands struggling a little in the 2nd round. Argentina and Belgium haven’t really impressed me at all, but when you have Messi and Hazard, a moment of magic can easily make up for a poor team performance.

France looked to have the easiest group on paper, but credit to them, they haven’t taken anything for granted, and they’ve been ruthless - scoring 8 goals in just 2 games. Their final group game vs Ecuador should be a cracker, with Enner Valenica in great form and Sakho potentially out, they will need to stay focused.

Chile face the Netherlands to decide who tops the group. This should be an awesome encounter. RvP misses out through suspension, so Chile will really fancy their chances. Their performance vs Australia was electrifying, and then they made the World Champions look ordinary. Confidence is sky high. With the winner of this group potentially avoiding Brazil in the knockouts, this is probably the most important match of the gameround.

Then we have the mighty Costa Rica, who’d have thought it? They exposed Uruguay’s weaknesses and some thought it was a bit of a fluke. They then faced off against one the most disciplined European teams and once again, they exposed some more. They may have already qualified, but they haven’t topped the group, so don’t expect them to give England an easy time of it on Tuesday.

Individually, there were some top notch performances from Robben, Benzema, Enner Valencia, and James Rodriguez. Robben has had the most attempts on goal in the competition so far, and with RvP out, I expect him to be signed up by thousands, as soon as the new transfers arrive later today. Benzema tops the assist charts, and is also the joint top FiT points scorer - even with him missing a penalty. One player that should be worth your consideration is Alexis Sanchez - 2 assists, 1 goal, and if the Netherlands defend like they did against Australia, he could be in for a good round.

THE LOSERS

We’ve read and heard enough already, so I won’t bore you with any more negative England talk. FiT is a welcome distraction for us England supporters, and there will be plenty of time to dissect their World Cup performance after the tournament has ended. All I will say, is it would be nice to see the likes of Shaw, Barkley, Forster, Lallana and the Ox, given some proper gametime in the final group game.

If there’s anything worse than being English right now, it’s being Spanish. We’re used to failure, they’re not. 2 flat, uninspiring performances, and Spain will be on the way home after their final group game against Australia. Again, I hope some of the underused players get a chance - I’m sure the likes of Cazorla, Mata, Fabregas and Torres (joking), are more than capable of leading them to victory and salvaging a little pride.

TEAM NEWS

Suspended for Gameround 3:

Didier Zokora

Tim Cahill

Robin van Persie

Yohan Cabaye

Kostas Katsouranis

Sulley Muntari

Alexandre Song

This following data is collated by us here at FiT, we use the most reliable sources we can for this information, but we cannot guarantee it will be 100% accurate as sometimes countries and managers don’t give accurate information about their players.

Injuries:

Ivan Franjic

Fabio Contrao

Godfrey Oboabona

Bruno Martins Indi

Steve von Bergen

Xavi

Doubts:

Jerome Boateng

Diego Lugano

Mamadou Sakho

Carlos Bacca

Samuel Eto’o

Kostas Mitroglou

David De Gea

Daniele De Rossi

Victor Ibarbo

Victor Moses

Mark Bresciano

Thomas Vermaelen

Helder Postiga

Andre Almeida

Hugo Almeida

Your GR3 transfers will be with you at approximately 11.30am today.

Here’s our FiT tip for using your transfers - try and wait for the team line-ups before making your GR3 transfers. Some teams have already qualified, and with teams playing their 3rd game in 10 days and due to the hot conditions, we may see a lot of squad rotation.

IMPORTANT:

After gameround 3 you will receive unlimited transfers. This starts start at 11am on Friday 27th June, and will last until 4.50pm on Saturday 28th June. You will then receive your gameround 4 transfers. The PlayerDAQ will be frozen during the unlimited transfer period.

Best of luck in round 3.

Fantasy iTeam

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Wednesday 18 June 2014
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49 Goals, 47 assists, 47 Clean Sheets - and we’re only 7 days into the World Cup!

THE WINNERS

First up, our FiT Prize winners. A massive congratulations goes out to Gavin Rolston and his iTeam ‘Villa Champs’. A simply ridiculous score of 154 points was enough for Gavin to win the first World Cup 2014 Gameround prize. Well done, we will be in touch soon to sort out your £250 Amazon Voucher.

Our other winners:

GR1 FiT Quiz - Currently in 1st - Stephen Welch - 5030 F/c

GR1 F/c FREE COMP - 1st John Arne Riise - 500 F/c

GR1 F/c Comp Challenge - 1st John Arne Riise - 7580 F/c

GR1 F/c Comp Pro - 1st Benjamin Hoffman - 8558 F/c

Well done to all our other Quiz and Credit Comp winners.

The biggest winners of the round were the Dutch, with one of the best 2nd half performances I have ever witnessed. Daley Blind, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, racked up the FiT points and played every so well.

Individually, if it wasn’t for Brazil playing twice, then Thomas Muller, Karim Benzema and Arjen Robben would have been the top 3 attacking players. But, due to Brazil having a double gameweek, Neymar gate crashed the party with 14 points to go level with Robben. We also had a few players with that wonderful goal/cleansheet combo - Pablo Armero and Mats Hummels, who scored 14 points apiece. And finally, the endless supply of Mexico defenders registered back to back clean sheets in their double gameweek fixtures - 6 of their defenders and the outstanding GK, Ochoa, all managed 14 point hauls.

THE LOSERS

The biggest losers of the round were the Spanish. Expensive, expected to do well, but they let us down big time. Their defenders finished on -3, and superstars like Silva, Iniesta and Xavi, failed to register any attacking points. Next up, the Hondurans! This lot will struggle to arrange a friendly ever again - a sending off, a poor performance and some horrible tackling. Luckily, most of us had already avoided their players and piled on the French instead.

Individually, the big let downs for me were Lukaku, Ronaldo and Aguero. 3 players that were all struggling for fitness going into the tournament, and all 3 were below par. Hopefully, with a game now under their belts they will fair a lot better in round 2.

TEAM NEWS

Suspensions - A red card brings a mandatory one-game ban at the World Cup, but can be extended in the case of a sending-off for violent play.

Pepe

Maxi Pereira

Wilson Palacios

This data is collated by us here at FiT, we use the most reliable sources we can for this information, but we cannot guarantee it will be 100% accurate as sometimes clubs and managers don’t give accurate information about their players.

Injuries

Ivan Franjic

Fabio Contrao

Godfrey Oboabona

Doubts

Andre Almeida

Andrea Barzagli

Hashem Beikzadeh

Matt Besler

Mattia De Sciglio

Mats Hummels

Danijel Pranjic

Samuel Eto’o

Gianluigi Buffon

David De Gea

Daniele De Rossi

Luka Modric

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Yohan Cabaye

Arturo Vidal

Your GR2 transfers will be with you at around 11.30am today.

Here’s our FiT tip for using your transfers - try and find the next bandwagon (Spanish backlash) rather than joining the current one! If you sign Muller/RvP/Robben/Benzema, you’re probably not going to catch/overtake your rivals. Dare to be different?

Best of luck in round 2.

Fantasy iTeam

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