Match Attax 09/10

Playgrounds all around the country are buzzing at the moment with excited boy’s chattering about the big news of the week, the new Match Attax cards are finally here!

For parents of young boys between the ages of approximately 6 – 14 these cards are all your going to here about for the imminent future. With the planned media blitz starting this week, you’ll no doubt be sent on endless errands to pick up the latest magazine or newspaper carrying free promotional cards.

Just like last season there are a few prized cards which will be available only in limited quantities.These cards are the like holy grail for young boys, and like Indiana Jones they will set out on a quest to find them, stopping at nothing till them get them in their mitts.

This year the most wanted cards are going to be

  • Rio Ferdinand           –     Card can be found in the Collectors guide
  • Tim Cahill                   –    Card can be found in the Starter pack
  • Frank Lampard         –    Card can be found in the Tin
  • Javier Mascherano  –     Card can be found hidden in plain old Match Attax packets
  • Shay Given                 –     Card can be found hidden in plain old Match Attax packets
  • Van Persie                  –     Given away in Match of the Day magazine 13.10.09
  • Kolo Toure                 –      Limited number available in packets given free by Match Magazine 20.10.09
  • John Carew              –      Kick Magazine 11.11.09

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A new feature for Match Attax this season is Live player ratings. There are 25 players in the collection who’s cards stats change weekly dependant on their real performance on the field. Every Wednesday the Match Attax website will be updated to show the new ratings, ready for school ground matches Thursday morning.


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Also new are i-cards. These special cards enable you to enter a code online and add this player to your virtual team. With your team you can then take on your friends from your computer, competing in matches and cups with other online players. Their are 40 i-cards to find hidden in your packets.


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If your unsure how to play the game here’s a quick roundup of the rules. Every player is rated out of 100 in defence and attack on their cards. You need 14 player cards to start playing the game, which is your starting 11 plus 3 subs.

In your Match Attax album you will find your playing pitch, complete with subs bench. Each player must be situated in their correct position on the playing pitch, just like the real game. After deciding who goes first by flipping a coin, You choose a player card and state whether you want to defend or attack, your friend then has to choose the opposite option from his cards.

At the same time you then turn your chosen cards over, Whoever has the best statistics based on your card ratings either scores or saves the goal. The winner of the previous card draw gets first pick next go. And basically that’s the rules of the game, simples as a certain TV meerkat would say.


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Match Attax are also embarking on a uk tour  over the half term holidays of various toy shops up and down the country. So check out the website for dates and venues, and meet other players in your area for swapping and matches.

Match Attax is always tremendously popular, so you’ll need to be quick to pick to pick up the magazines with limited editions and free packets as they will be flying off the shelves as I write!

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