Sunday, November 27, 2011


You left this world too soon.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

team Selection

I've never really put together a team in Football Champions. Honestly, I have no idea where I'd start. Actually, scratch that, I would get a solid core up the middle. Give me me a top drawer centre back, midfielder, and a killer forward.

I figure this would be the place to go over any ideas/team formations I'd have when building a team. All the potential strategies and players to pick from will give more interaction between myself and....uhhh yeah, myself.

However, someone I know from prior sport card games (sup MLB Showdown) wrote a great piece on his website. It's worth the read, I promise.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2001/2002 English Rules

As the title of this post says, below is a link to the rules for the first year of English Football Champions Rules. Any questions, post a comment or shoot me an email.

2001/2002 English Rules.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Why have only one, when you can have 8?

(Which is as nearly as many cards as he had goals in the '99/2000 season)

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Partizan Legend.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Zidane it real?

I haven't searched for Football Champions cards in quite sometime. Blame it on the economy, lack of extra cash, nobody to play the game with, or the fact that some of the cards have sold for unreal amounts of money. Want to buy a French player foil not named Zidane, Henry, or Pires, better pull out at least $20 American Dollars.

Henry and Pires, hah, about $40.

Zizou? How about $250 American Dollars. I was willing to spend $40. Since the first auction of Zidane's 2001 card, another had sold for roughly the same amount. Unopened boxes sold for less than a third of that (if you could find them).

With all of that said, an auction has come up on Italy's Ebay for a "promo" Zidane.


Juve's team from that year was already loaded with talent, but add Zidane, best team ever in Football Champions.

However, I feel this could be a fake card. My reasons:

He's in his Juve shirt. I really want to believe back in late 2000 many Zidane cards were being printed (and holographed) to be included in the striped kits. But I can't. It's too good to be true, being able to play with Zizou and Del Piero both with the Bianconeri (and Davids too!).

Bottom of this card is all wrong. No card from this era of Football Champions ever listed a year. this is something that was reserved for the Showdown Sports games in America. Even though the card is being sold as a promo/prototype, the card set is wrong. Italian Base Set had 230 cards, Calciomercato had 100. Zidane would have been in the base, and unless the creators had something against Zambrotta and Zenoni, Zizou would have been behind both players.

Somehow, this card has made it Stateside with zero Football Champions collectors finding out? Apparently there was a Football Champions tournament and this card was won from the Italian Manager of FC (what??). I want to play in a Football Champions tournament. Many people probably don't still collect this game, but the few out there I know of are very compassionate and dedicated, even crazy (myself included).

Zidane's chart and point cost are completely wrong. I highly doubt Zidane would have been rated this low, unless everyone else in the game was going to be 5 and lower in all skill categories. Very much reminds of the 2001 Christian Viera Inter error card, which sells for a good amount. Or was Christian an early prototype that should have never made it to the public....hmm...nahhhh.

Either way, fake (read: cash grab) or not, it's a cool card of what could have been.
Shame it's probably fake.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Not Dead.

When I decided nearly 6 years ago to purchase some English Football Champions cards. Really, all I wanted was Spurs cards. I then found out the game was made in two other countries. My "must collect every card" phase turned on instantly. I started collecting and made a small dent in nearly every countries card sets. Later come to find each country had promotional cards...which I still am not sure how many are out there.

Fast forward to 2011, and I'm basically in the same place I've been for the last 3 years. Unable to find a place to purchase French and Italian cards (that will ship to United States). I check usually every few days for new stores that will ship/Ebay sellers in Italy that will ship to United States all to no avail.

And finally, I receive an email about a Zizou listing that will ship to United States. Not only that but the seller has a few other cards I'm very interested in. Much appreciated for the email tip!

If you come across this blog and have any cards or are interested in acquiring some cards, email me or post a comment. Chances are, if you post a comment I won't get to it for awhile, email might be the best route.