Glasgow, United Kingdom (PressExposure) August 12, 2009 -- As the English and Scottish Premiership clubs prepare for the big kick off this weekend, fans up and down the country are rushing to finalise and enter their fantasy league teams.
Having formed their own league, the team at iomart hosting hit upon the idea of creating a Fantasy XI using players with names, no matter how tenuous, with links to the data centre and managed hosting industry. The rules were simple; using a 442 formation; players could be selected from any country and must have represented their clubs during the 2008/9 season.
Having quickly named four players, with the rather obvious colocation related choice of Kolo Toure, Manchester Cityâs recent Â£15M signing from Arsenal being the first name on the team sheet, the struggle began.
With a goalkeeper, 3 defenders, a midfielder and two forwards still to find, the team turned to Twitter and close contacts for advice, suggestions and help. Finally after two days of information âtransferâ activity, the All Star Fantasy Managed Hosting XI was complete.
Phil Worms, iomart Hosting Marketing Director, stated: âIt really was a game of two halves. We really struggled on the first day, but after a frank team talk, and a review of our tactics, we opted for a long punt on Twitter, and that turned our fortunes around on the second day. We have to say weâre over the moon with the final result.â
Phil added: âAlthough we are delighted with our first team, we are always looking for new players to add depth to the managed hosting squad and would be delighted to receive further Twitter suggestions @iomarthostingâ.
The final Managed Hosting Fantasy XI
Goalkeeper FranCISCO Casilla Cortes â Cadiz (CISCO)
Defence Rico MORACK â Hertha Berlin (Rack) KOLO Toure â Manchester City (Colocation) Fitz (data) HALL â Queens Park Rangers (Data Hall) SUN Jihai â Sheffield United (Sun)
Midfield George WEBB â AFC Bournemouth (web) Ryan GIGGS (Gbs) â Manchester United (Gigabits) Alan POWER â Hartlepool (Power) SERVER Djeparov â Pakhtakor (server)
Forwards Andrej KVAS* â NK Aluminij (KVA = Kilo Volt-Amps) Ian WATT â Queens Park (Watts)
Andy DRIVER â Heart of Midlothian (Driver)
Gary MEGSON (Mbs) â Bolton Wanderers (Megabits)