Independent Fantasy Football: Pick your team to take you to the World Cup Finals

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When the new league season opens on August 9th a vast array of footballing talent will be on parade for the first time.

Arsenal and Chelsea have been the busiest clubs in the overseas market, with Marc Overmars the most expensive recruit. The two London clubs can be expected to mount a strong challenge. Liverpool and Newcastle United will also be fighting for the title.

However, Alex Ferguson's men will again be the team to beat. With the signings of Teddy Sheringham and Celio Silva from Brazil they are again the bookmakers' favourites to win the title.

Can you keep up with the changes? The Independent and Independent on Sunday are giving you the chance. With a budget of pounds 40 million, can you come up with a team to top them all in the Premiership this season?

HOW TO ENTER.

Firstly you will need to pick your team formation, of course there's your goalkeeper plus you have a choice of four formations for the others in your team.

FORMATION A. 4-4-2

4 Defenders, 4 Midfielders, 2 Strikers

FORMATION B. 4-3-3

4 Defenders, 3 Midfielders, 3 Strikers

FORMATION C. 5-3-2

5 Defenders, 3 Midfielders, 2 Strikers

FORMATION D. 3-5-2

3 Defenders, 5 Midfielders, 2 Strikers

Once you have chosen your formation and team name pick your team of 11 players and 1 manager from the list below. Players can only play in the positions that they are listed under and their total value must not go over pounds 40million. Having made a note of your team dial our registration hotline. Please try to use a tone telephone - one which makes tone noises when you dial, although pulse telephones can be used to register your team.

THE ULTIMATE PRIZE

The overall winner, the manager who at the end of the season accrues more points than any other will win a trip to the 1998 World Cup in France. With a companion, they will see all the action of a quarter-final and semi-final of their choice, plus the final. In addition, the highest scoring team each month will win a pair of tickets to one of England's home internationals at Wembley.

Register today, call:

UK 0930-525-260 (tone)

UK 0930-525-259 (pulse)

Republic of Ireland: 1550 131 659

UK calls cost 50p per minute at all times.

Republic of Ireland (tone only) calls cost 58p per minute including VAT at all times. Maximum call length 6.5 minutes.

Every time one of your players score you get four points. There are four points for a keeper or a defender every time their team keeps a clean sheet. If a player scores the winning goal, i.e.: if there is a one goal difference in the scoreline, the player scoring the final goal for the winning team is awarded 1 bonus point awarded in addition to standard goal related points. Each successful Assist, a pass judged by our experts to lead directly to a goal, will give a player 3 points. The opinion of our experts on the matter is final. Each player selected and starting a game will be awarded one point.

If a player is given a Yellow Card they lose 1 point, if a player is given a Red Card they lose 3 points. Own goals, either scored or conceded, do not count.

The Premiership Manager that you choose will be awarded 3 points if their real-life team wins, 1 point is awarded if they draw and no points are given if they lose.

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GOALKEEPERS

300 Seaman Ars 4.0

303 Lukic Ars 1.0

304 Manninger Ars 3.0

305 Bosnich AV 4.0

306 Oakes AV 1.5

307 Watson Bar 1.0

308 Lesse Bar 1.0

309 Flowers Bla 5.2

330 Filan Bla 1.5

333 Branagan Bol 1.2

334 De Goey Che 1.0

335 Grodas Che 1.0

336 Ogrizovic Cov 2.2

337 Hedman Cov 1.0

338 Nash CP 1.0

339 Day CP 1.0

340 Poom Der 1.2

343 Hoult Der 1.6

344 Southall Eve 3.0

345 Gerrard Eve 1.5

346 Martyn Lee 3.3

347 Beeney Lee 1.2

348 Keller Lei 2.5

349 Poole Lei 1.5

350 James Liv 3.5

353 Warner Liv 1.0

354 Schmeichel Man 5.5

355 Van Der Gouw Man 1.2

356 Given New 2.5

357 Hislop New 2.5

358 Pressman SW 3.0

359 Taylor Sou 1.8

360 Beasant Sou 1.0

363 Walker Tot 3.4

364 Bardsen Tot 1.0

365 Miklosko WH 1.5

366 Sullivan Wim 2.7

DEFENDERS

400 Dixon Ars 2.5

403 Upson Ars 2.0

404 Petit Ars 4.2

405 Grimendi Ars 2.7

406 Winterburn Ars 2.5

407 Bould Ars 2.5

408 Adams Ars 4.5

409 Keown Ars 4.5

430 Staunton AV 3.0

433 Southgate AV 5.2

434 Ehiogu AV 3.0

435 Nelson AV 1.2

436 Wright AV 3.0

437 Scimeca AV 2.2

438 Grayson AV 2.2

439 Moses Bar 1.5

440 Appleby Bar 2.0

443 Thompson Bar 1.0

444 Krizan Bar 1.0

445 Berg Bla 3.4

446 Le Saux Bla 5.0

447 Coleman Bla 3.0

448 Hendry Bla 4.4

449 Kenna Bla 1.9

450 Henchoz Bla 2.0

453 Valery Bla 3.0

454 Andersson Bla 2.5

455 Cox Bol 2.5

456 Elliot Bol 3.0

457 Fairclough Bol 2.0

458 Taggart Bol 2.5

459 Bergsson Bol 1.5

460 Duberry Chel 3.0

463 Petrescu Che 3.0

464 Lambourde Che 3.0

465 Leboeuf Che 5.0

466 Sinclair Che 2.5

467 Daish Cov 2.7

468 Shaw Cov 2.2

469 Burrows Cov 2.2

470 Haworth Cov 1.5

473 Edworthy CP 1.5

474 Gordon CP 2.0

475 Muscat CP 1.0

476 Tuttle CP 2.0

477 Linighan CP 2.0

478 Roberts CP 3.0

479 Hreidresson CP 1.0

480 Stimac Der 3.3

483 C Powell Der 1.8

484 Laursen Der 1.5

485 Eranio Der 2.5

486 Phelan Eve 1.9

487 Short Eve 3.0

488 Watson Eve 2.7

489 Unsworth Eve 3.0

490 Hinchcliffe Eve 3.5

493 Bilic Eve 4.0

494 Kelly Lee 3.6

495 Wetherall Lee 2.5

496 Molenaar Lee 2.5

497 Dorigo Lee 1.2

498 Robertson Lee 2.5

499 Walsh Lei 2.2

500 Whitlow Lei 1.2

503 Elliott Lei 1.2

504 Watts Lei 1.6

505 Wright Liv 3.0

506 Ruddock Liv 3.0

507 Harkness Liv 1.2

508 Kvarme Liv 2.5

509 Bjornebye Liv 2.5

530 Matteo Liv 3.0

533 McAteer Liv 3.7

534 G Neville Man 4.2

535 P Neville Man 4.2

536 Irwin Man 2.5

537 Pallister Man 3.0

538 May Man 3.5

539 Johnsen Man 3.5

540 Silva Man 3.5

543 Albert New 4.1

544 Howey New 3.7

545 Peacock New 3.0

546 Barton New 3.3

547 Beresford New 2.2

548 Blondeau SW 2.2

549 Nolan SW 1.9

550 Atherton SW 1.9

553 Walker SW 2.5

554 Stefanovic SW 1.6

555 Newsome SW 1.5

556 Monkou Sou 1.7

557 Dodd Sou 2.5

558 Benali Sou 1.5

559 Van Gobbel Sou 1.5

560 Lundekvam Sou 1.2

563 Scales Tot 3.4

564 Campbell Tot 4.0

565 Calderwood Tot 2.9

566 Austin Tot 2.2

567 Edinburgh Tot 1.6

568 Carr Tot 1.2

569 Mabbutt Tot 1.5

570 Dicks WH 3.5

573 Rieper WH 2.7

574 Hall WH 3.0

575 Potts WH 1.5

576 Ferdinand WH 2.5

577 Impey WH 2.2

578 Turner WH 2.0

579 Perry Wim 4.0

580 Cunningham Wim 1.5

583 Thatcher Wim 2.0

584 McAllister Wim 1.5

585 Kimble Wim 1.5

MIDFIELD

600 Platt Ars 2.5

603 Parlour Ars 2.4

605 Vieira Ars 4.5

606 Overmars Ars 6.0

607 M Rodriguez Ars 2.0

608 Taylor AV 1.9

609 Townsend AV 3.2

630 Draper AV 4.1

633 Marcelle Bar 2.0

634 Bullock Bar 1.2

635 Redfearn Bar 1.5

636 Eaden Bar 1.2

637 Tinkler Bar 1.0

638 Donis Bla 3.0

639 Wilcox Bla 3.0

640 McKinlay Bla 2.2

643 Sherwood Bla 3.4

644 Flitcroft Bla 3.0

645 Frandsen Bol 1.5

646 Thompson Bol 2.8

647 Pollock Bol 1.2

648 Sellars Bol 1.5

649 Gullitt Che 4.4

650 Di Matteo Che 5.0

653 Wise Che 3.7

654 Newton Che 2.4

655 P Hughes Che 1.0

656 Babeyaro Che 3.0

657 Telfer Cov 1.8

658 Richardson Cov 2.4

659 McAllister Cov 3.0

660 Salako Cov 2.4

663 Johansen Cov 2.0

664 Simpson Der 1.2

665 Asanovic Der 3.0

666 D Powell Der 1.2

667 Van Der Laan Der 1.6

668 Dailly Der 1.2

669 Hunt Der 2.0

670 Parkinson Eve 1.8

673 Grant Eve 2.2

674 Farrelly Eve 2.0

675 Stuart Eve 2.5

676 Speed Eve 2.7

677 Bowyer Lee 3.0

678 Wallace Lee 1.8

679 Sharpe Lee 3.5

680 Ribeiro Lee 1.5

683 Haaland Lee 2.5

684 Parker Lei 2.5

685 Taylor Lei 1.6

686 Izzett Lei 2.1

687 Lennon Lei 3.2

688 Guppy Lei 1.7

689 Barnes Liv 3.0

690 Redknapp Liv 5.2

693 McManaman Liv 5.9

694 Thomas Liv 3.0

695 Leonhardsen Liv 4.0

696 Giggs Man 7.4

697 Beckham Man 7.0

698 Keane Man 7.0

699 Butt Man 7.0

700 Poborski Man 3.5

703 Lee New 3.6

704 Batty New 3.8

705 Gillespie New 2.5

706 Beardsley New 2.0

707 Ketsbara New 2.0

708 Blinker SW 2.5

709 Hyde SW 1.8

730 Whittingham SW 1.7

733 Carbone SW 3.0

734 Magilton Sou 2.4

735 Slater Sou 1.5

736 Oakley Sou 1.2

737 Anderton Tot 6.0

738 Fox Tot 3.5

739 Howells Tot 3.2

740 Ginola Tot 3.5

743 Sinton Tot 3.0

744 Nielsen Tot 2.5

745 Williamson WH 2.0

746 Hughes WH 2.0

747 Moncur WH 2.5

748 Bishop WH 2.5

749 Berkovic WH 2.5

750 Lomas WH 3.0

753 Jones Wim 2.8

754 Earle Wim 3.1

755 Ardley Wim 2.0

756 Fear Wim 2.0

757 Hughes Wim 2.0

STRIKERS

800 Bergkamp Ars 7.5

803 Wright Ars 7.2

804 Boamorte Per Ars 2.0

805 Yorke AV 6.7

806 Joachim AV 2.4

807 Collymore AV 8.1

808 Wilkinson Bar 1.2

809 Hendrie Bar 1.5

830 Hristov Bar 1.5

833 Sutton Bla 4.5

834 Gallacher Bla 3.0

835 Dahlin Bla 4.0

836 McGinlay Bol 2.2

837 Blake Bol 2.7

838 Zola Che 9.0

839 Vialli Che 3.5

840 M Hughes Che 4.4

843 Tore Andre Flo Che 3.0

844 Dublin Cov 3.5

845 Whelan Cov 3.0

846 Huckerby Cov 3.5

847 Soltvedt Cov 1.5

848 Lightbourne Cov 1.5

849 Dyer Cry 2.0

850 Freedman Cry 2.0

853 Ndah Cry 1.0

854 Shipperley Cry 2.0

855 Ward Der 2.5

856 Sturridge Der 5.0

857 Wanchope Der 3.0

858 Ferguson Eve 6.5

859 Barmby Eve 4.5

860 Deane Lee 3.0

863 Lilley Lee 1.5

864 Hasslebank Lee 3.0

865 Claridge Lei 3.5

866 Heskey Lei 5.5

867 Fowler Liv 9.5

868 Berger Liv 4.0

869 Owen Liv 2.5

870 Scholes Man 6.0

873 Cole Man 6.2

874 Solskjaer Man 7.0

875 Sheringham Man 5.0

876 Nevland Man 2.0

877 Shearer New 10.0

878 Asprilla New 7.4

879 Ferdinand New 5.0

880 Tomasson New 4.0

883 Gudjonsson New 2.0

884 Humphreys She 2.5

885 Booth She 3.5

886 Hirst She 3.5

887 Le Tissier Sou 7.0

888 Evans Sou 1.5

889 Ostenstad Sou 3.2

890 Armstrong Tot 5.9

893 Iversen Tot 4.0

894 Hartson WH 5.0

895 Kitson WH 3.5

896 Holdsworth Wim 3.5

897 Ekoku Wim 4.0

898 Gayle Wim 4.0

899 Euell Wim 1.5

MANAGERS

900 Wenger Ars 7.5

903 Little AV 5.0

904 Wilson Bar 2.0

905 Hodgson Bla 5.0

906 Todd Bol 2.5

907 Gullitt Che 4.5

908 Strachan Cov 3.0

909 Coppell Cry 2.0

930 Smith Der 2.0

933 Kendall Eve 2.5

934 Graham Lee 3.5

935 O'Neill Lei 4.5

936 Evans Liv 7.0

937 Ferguson Man 9.0

938 Dalglish New 7.0

939 Pleat She 4.0

940 Jones Sou 2.5

943 Francis Tot 4.5

944 Redknapp WH 3.3

945 Kinnear Wim 4.5

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Only entries made on the Independent/Independent on Sunday Fantasy Football official registration phonelines will be valid

2. For your Fantasy Football team selection you may only use the players published in the official lists in the Independent/Independent on Sunday.

3. Entries must comprise of 11 players and one manager. The players must consist of a goalkeeper plus one of the four team formations listed. The total cost of the team, including the manager, must not exceed pounds 40 million.

4. FA Carling Premiership footballers have been assigned a fictional transfer value by our experts which represent current ability. There will be no correspondence relating to players or their fictional value.

5. Independent Fantasy Football results are calculated on all matches in the FA Carling Premiership. Points are awarded according to the scoring system described in. How to Score.

6. In the event that a goalkeeper or a defender is substituted, the player substituted and the substitute are both deemed to have played in the match in question. Therefore, if there is a clean sheet both players shall be credited.

7. The Independent and Independent on Sunday overall prize of a trip to the World Cup in France will go to the team manager whose total score exceeds that of any other manager. If there is a tie, a simple draw will take place.

8. One pair of tickets to see England play at Wembley will be awarded to the manager whose team's points exceed that of any other manager on a monthly basis, each month running between the dates specified below. In the event of a tie a simple draw will take place. The monthly games shall run: Month 1: 09/08/97 to 07/09/97 Month 2: 08/09/97 to 05/10/97 Month 3: 06/10/97 to 02/11/97 Month 4: 03/11/97 to 30/11/97 Month 5: 01/12/97 to 28/12/97 Month 6: 29/12/97 to 25/01/98 Month 7: 26/01/98 to 22/02/98 Month 8: 23/02/98 to 22/03/98 Month 9: 23/03/98 to 19/04/98 Month 10: 20/04/98 to 10/05/98.

9. Only FA Carling Premiership matches apply. If a player is transferred out of the Premier Division or is unable to play for any other reason, that player will not score within this game from that point on until he resumes playing in the Premier League.

10. All points scored during all Premiership matches count towards the team managers total score for the season and the final top prize. No cup or International matches count

11. Team selections once made, cannot be altered until such time as a transfer list may be published in connection with Fantasy Football. There is no limit to number of entries any person or household may make by individual entry. One PIN claim number will be issued for each valid team registration. You must keep your PIN claim number safe.

12. Closing date for telephone entries is midnight on 20th August, 1997.

13. The competition is open to residents of the UK and Republic of Ireland only. Entrants under 18 must be able to provide written permission from parent or guardian if requested and ask permission from the person who pays the telephone charges before phoning their entry.

14. Inaudible, incomplete, incorrect or those entries considered obscene will not be accepted. Independent/Independent on Sunday are not responsible for entries lost or delayed in transfer. Proof of magnetic transcript not accepted as proof of entry.

15. Employees of Newspaper Publishing, Europrint Promotions Ltd, TIM, agents and families are not allowed to enter. Normal Mirror Group rules apply.

16. Calls cost 50p per minute at all times. Entries made by pay phone will cost approximately double that of a normal phone. Your call should not last more than 6.5 minutes. Make sure your team selection is correct before dialling so that your call is for the minimum duration. Republic of Ireland calls will cost 58p per minute including VAT at all times.

17. The Independent/Independent on Sunday reserve the right to stop the game at any time and change the conditions. The editor's decisions are final in all matters relating to the game. No correspondence, either in writing or by telephone, will be entered into. No refunds will be made.

18. You may receive future offers or information from Newspaper Publishing Plc or approved companies. If you do not wish to receive these please write to: Independent Fantasy Football, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.

19. Should you have any difficulty registering your team please call our helpline on 0990 800 243. Please note before you ring the helpline the most common problem encountered is that of managers going over budget.

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