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Asian vote for FIFA post casts soccer in bad light - The Associated Press
Even with just 46 voters and two candidates to choose from, it still made a hash of an election that culminated in a ballot last week to fill an Asian seat on the powerful executive committee of FIFA, which for better or worse oversees the most popular...
South Africa ready for Confed Cup, says FIFA - AFP
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) — With one month until the kick-off of the FIFA Confederations Cup, organisers said Thursday that South Africa was ready to host the event, seen as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup next year. "We approach the tournament with...
World Anti-Doping Agency seeks talks with FIFA chief on doping - The Canadian Press
ATHENS, Greece — A senior official from the World Anti-Doping Agency said it had invited Sepp Blatter, the head of world football's governing body FIFA, for talks following a public dispute over doping test rules. WADA director general David Howman...
Atlante reaches FIFA Club World Cup after scoreless draw on Tuesday - The Canadian Press
CANCUN, Mexico — Atlante advanced to the FIFA Club World Cup after a scoreless draw Tuesday against fellow Mexican club Cruz Azul in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final. The Club World Cup is set for December in Abu Dhabi,...
Toeing the line: FIFA force SFA to scrap bid for new goal technology - Daily Mail
By John Greechan Last updated at 1:07 AM on 15th May 2009 SFA chief executive Gordon Smith has revealed that his bid to have goal-line technology introduced has been scuppered - by FIFA. In the wake of Rangers' controversial disallowed 'goal' against...
FIFA satisfied with stadium turf in Nigeria's Ogun State - Xinhua
LAGOS, May 14 (Xinhua) -- The team leader of Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) John Schumacher has expressed satisfaction with some of the facilities put in place by the southwest Nigeria's Ogun State government for the hosting...
Manuel Jose takes over as Angola coach - FIFA World Cup 2010 - ESPN
Portuguese coach Manuel Jose has agreed to take over as coach of Angola, who will host the African Nations Cup finals next January. Jose, who on Sunday announced he was leaving Egyptian club Al Ahli, had agreed terms but still had to sign a contract,...
Fifa wants more local sponsors - The Times
The world football body Fifa said it was looking for more local corporate sponsors to boost the marketing of the 2010 World Cup to be held in South Africa. "We currently have two national corporate supporters from South Africa, we are still looking for...
Bin Hammam retains FIFA Exco seat - Iran Sports Press
KUALA LUMPUR: Mohamed Bin Hammam retained his seat on the FIFA Executive Committee after defeating Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa during the 23rd AFC Congress on Friday. Qatari Bin Hammam, the AFC President, earned a 23-21 decision over...
FIFA 09 Ultimate Team Update Announced - Electronic Theatre
Electronic Arts Inc. today announced the development of a unique, downloadable game mode called FIFA 09 Ultimate Team that will deliver a strategic new online experience to the award-winning EA SPORTS FIFA 09 on the PLAYSTATION3 and Xbox360....


FIFA 07, also known as FIFA Football 07 and FIFA Soccer 07, is the 2007 edition of the Electronic Arts' series of soccer simulator video games. Developed by EA Canada, it is published by Electronic Arts. The game was released on September 29, 2006 in Europe, and October 3, 2006 in the United States on GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS and Xbox. It was the last game in the FIFA series to be released for the GameCube, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance, and the first to be released for the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 version of the game was released on October 27, 2006 in Europe, and in the United States on October 31, 2006. The next-generation graphics and physics engine used in the Xbox 360 version will be exclusive to the console for a period of 12 months. The tagline for the game is "This is the season".

There are seven different covers of FIFA 07, each with a different player, depending on which region the game is sold in. Ronaldinho (AC Milan) graced the cover of all the games and was joined by Landon Donovan (FC Bayern Munich) and Francisco Fonseca (UNAL Tigres) in the United States, Canada and Mexico, Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) in the UK, Australia and the Benelux, Lukas Podolski (Bayern Munich) in Germany, David Villa (Valencia) in Spain, Kaká (AC Milan) in Italy, Juninho (Olympique Lyonnais) in France, Tranquillo Barnetta (Bayer Leverkusen) in Switzerland and Kim Nam-Il (Suwon Samsung Bluewings) in South Korea.

There are a total of 27 leagues available in FIFA 07. There is also an International league that features national football teams, and a Rest of World league that includes other notable clubs from around the world.

FIFA 07 has 14 clubs in its "Rest of World" division. This league is not available in the Nintendo DS console version or the Xbox 360 version.

FIFA 07 has 43 teams in its international division. Some of the more notable exclusions are the Netherlands (who made it into the round of 16 in the 2006 World Cup) and Japan (who made it into the round of 16 in the 2002 World Cup, but whose licensing rights currently belong to Konami.) The following international teams are playable in the current generation consoles.

Electronic Arts developed a new sports engine for the Xbox 360-version of FIFA 07. This meant not only improved graphics and better controls, but the physics and control were also improved. The game collects more data from the matches than previous version, and thus is able to give a "man of the match"-award. The commentary in English is provided by Martin Tyler and Andy Gray and the commentary in Mexican Spanish is provided by Enrique Bermudez and Ricardo Pelaez.

Extra features include up-to-the-minute real-world game results via real-time, weekly podcasts and news ticker, detailed football stats, information and real-world news available in five languages. Via Xbox Live, players will receive automatic transfer updates. While online, FIFA 07 will enable four friends to play together on one console against four of their rivals that share another console. Manager Mode features an all-new player evolution system that enables the player to develop his or her own players, and a Challenge mode offers a total of 85 scenarios. Each player in the game will be unique, even have dynamic clothes, and the game will have fully customizable characters. Finally, the Xbox 360-version will offer a mini-game while the game loads, dropping the player in a one on one face off against the goal keeper on a practice pitch there is also very limited leagues on the Xbox 360 compared to the other consoles.

EA cut all but seven leagues from the Xbox 360-version of the game - one of which contained only one team (Juventus). According to producer Jean-Charles Gaudechon, this is because the new game engine took so long to develop that EA was not able to implement everything.

A FIFA 07 demo was made available on Xbox Live Marketplace on October 6, 2006.

FIFA 07 is also included in the Championship Gaming Series and the World Cyber Games.

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FIFA (series)

FIFA, also known as FIFA Football or FIFA Soccer, is a series of football video games, released annually by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports label. While there was no major competition when EA released the first titles in their Madden NFL and NHL series, football video games such as Sensible Soccer, Kick Off and Matchday Soccer had been developed since the late eighties and were already competitive in the games market when EA announced a football game as the next addition to their EA Sports label.

When the series began in late 1993 it was notable for being the first to have an official licence from FIFA, the world governing body of football. The latest installments in the series contain many exclusively-licenced leagues and teams from around the world, including the English Premier League and Football League, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Liga, the Australian A-League and US Major League Soccer, allowing the use of real leagues, clubs, and player names and likenesses within the games.

The main series has been complemented by additional installments based on single major tournaments, such as the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship, and UEFA Champions League, as well as a series of football management titles.

The key points of EA's early advertising campaigns were the isometric view of the pitch, an innovation when other games used either top down, side scrolling or bird's eye views, as well as detailed graphics and animations, and of course the FIFA endorsement. It was shipped for Christmas 1993, named FIFA International Soccer, and was released for most of the popular console and computer platforms of the time.

While FIFA 95 did not add much other than the ability to play with club teams, FIFA 96 pushed the boundaries. For the first time with real player names by obtaining the FIFPro license, the PlayStation, PC, 32X and Sega Saturn versions used EA's "Virtual Stadium" engine, with 2D sprite players moving around a real-time 3D stadium. FIFA 97 improved on this with polygonal models for players and added an indoor football mode, but an early pinnacle was reached with FIFA 98: Road to World Cup. This version featured much improved graphics, a complete World Cup with qualifying rounds (including all national teams) and refined gameplay. Months later, World Cup 98, EA's first officially-licensed tournament game, gave each team a unique kit and broke a sequence of poor tournament-based video games started by US Gold's World Cup Carnival in 1986 and continued until Gremlin Interactive's Euro 96.

FIFA games have been met with some criticism, such as for the minimal improvements each title features over its predecessor. As the console market expanded, FIFA was challenged directly by other titles such as Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer (known as Winning Eleven in Japan and the US). Both FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer have a large following but FIFA enjoys a higher volume of sales.

FIFA is the only video game series to be published on the same console platform (in this case the original Sony PlayStation) for ten successive years (FIFA Soccer 96 published in 1995, through to FIFA Football 2005 published in 2004). EA's Madden NFL series appeared on the PlayStation for nine straight years.

Known as EA Soccer during development and sometimes subsequently also known as FIFA '94, the first game in the series was released in the weeks leading up to Christmas 1993. This greatly hyped football title broke with traditional 16-bit era games by presenting an isometric view rather than the more usual top-down view (Kick Off), side view (European Club Soccer), or bird's-eye view (Sensible Soccer). It only includes national teams, and real player names are not used. A notorious bug allows the player to score directly from an opposing goal kick by standing in front of the goalkeeper so that the ball rebounds off him into the net. The Sega Mega CD version includes some features used in the next title, and is a highly polished version of the original. The game on the 3DO console spotted pseudo-3D cameras and it was the most graphically advanced version.

Using the same engine with only minor retouches, FIFA 95 introduced club teams to the series within eight national leagues: Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, France, Netherlands and USA. Most of the leagues had their team lineup based on the 1993-94 season, and the teams, although recognisably real, all still had fictitious players, many of them even returning from the previous game. The USA League consists of teams and players from the A-League, the country's second division - subsequent editions would feature "artificial" division one leagues, a feature not corrected until the 2000 edition, when Major League Soccer was included for the first time. In addition, the Brazilian league contained only teams from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, with the exception of Internacional, from Porto Alegre.

This is the first FIFA game to feature real-time 3D graphics on the Sega Saturn, PlayStation, 32X, and PC versions, using technology called "Virtual Stadium". It is also the first in the series to present players with real player names and positions, with ranking, transfer and team customisation tools. The SNES and Mega Drive versions use an updated version of FIFA 95's engine with new teams and graphics. It is also the first "FIFA" game to contain a player/ team editor.

The biggest change in FIFA '97 was the inclusion of 6-a-side indoor soccer mode and polygonal players, with motion capture provided by David Ginola. The game features a much higher number of playable leagues from England, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and even features the Malaysian league. The gameplay on the PC and 32-bit consoles, however, leaves a lot to be desired and is very sluggish. These versions also feature commentary by John Motson, partnered by Andy Gray, with Des Lynam introducing the matches.

This game marked the start of an upward trend in the series. It boasted a refined graphics engine, team and player customisation options, 16 stadiums, improved artificial intelligence, a "Road to World Cup" mode with all FIFA-registered national teams, and a licensed soundtrack featuring popular musical artists of the time. The most ambitious of the series up to that point, it features many accurate team rosters even with reserves for national call up when playing in the round robin qualification modes. FIFA 98 was the first of the series to feature a licenced soundtrack, with "Song 2" by Blur used as the intro track for the game. It is the last FIFA game to be released on the 16-bit consoles that the series had originated on.

While the indoor mode was no longer featured, the gameplay's fluidity and responsiveness was increased. The increasing number of websites dedicated to the game and a larger number of leagues (which came to be a problem when the owners of the rights to the Portuguese League tried to pull the game from the shelves locally) ensured good sales. Graphically, it is a major improvement over FIFA '98, with the inclusion of basic facial animations and different players' heights as well as certain other cosmetic features such as improved kits and emblems, although they are unlicensed. Gamers may also create their own custom cups and leagues and select the teams they wish to participate. Another new features was the ability to manually change the referee's strictness, allowing major injuries and fouls to go un-noticed.

FIFA 99 also features an elite league called the "European Dream League" in which 20 top teams from across Europe battle it out in a league format.

Gameplay is fast, simple, and has a clear arcade feeling which failed to keep hardcore fans happy, especially with rival games such as International Superstar Soccer gaining in reputation. A new set piece system was introduced, whereby pressing a certain key results in a cross to a particular teammate. This system was used until the 2002 edition. It also features a passing indicator, whose colour, like a traffic light, varies depending on the direction of the pass and potential obstacles - red means a certain wrong pass, yellow means there is a 50/50 chance of success, and green indicates that possession will most probably not be lost in the course of the pass. For the first time, U.S. Major League Soccer (with licensed kits, a first on the mainstream series - World Cup 98 made use of licensed kits also) and Turkish Premier League are included. The game also features a special team block with classic squads, club teams and national teams, ranging from world famous lineups such as Real Madrid of the 1950s and Brazil of 1970, to less well-known teams such as IFK Gothenburg of the 1980s.

Robbie Williams provided the title song with It's Only Us, which was also featured on the first and only FIFA soundtrack CD, released by EMI. He allegedly did this on the condition that the football team he supports, Port Vale, was included in the game, which it was, as a special feature team.

A Nintendo 64 beta version of FIFA 2000 exists though the game was not officially released for this platform.

This title had a new graphics engine which allows each team to have its own detailed kit, and for some players, their own unique faces. Doing away with ordinary coloured pennants as club emblems, the license includes official club emblems for the first time, although certain leagues, like the Dutch league, are unlicensed. Slightly tweakable physics made the game a modding favorite for its fan community. The game also includes the entire Austrian Bundesliga as a playable league for the first time. A "hack" feature is included, where the player can press R1 to attempt an intentional foul, such a high sliding tackle. This title was the first game of the series with a power bar for shooting.

A Nintendo 64 beta version of FIFA 2001 developed by THQ exists, though the game was not officially released for this platform.

Power bars for passes were introduced, and dribbling reduced in order to attain a higher challenge level. The power bar can also be customised to suit the gamer's preference. The game also includes club emblems for many more European clubs as well as for major Dutch clubs such as PSV Eindhoven, Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord, although there was still no official Dutch league. A card reward system licensed from Panini was also introduced where, after winning a particular competition, a star player card is unlocked. There is also a bonus game with the nations that had automatically qualified for the 2002 World Cup (France, Japan and South Korea), in which the player tries to improve the FIFA ranking of their chosen team by participating in international friendlies.

Many of the international teams in the game are not licensed (some of them down to the players' names like the Netherlands, as well as smaller countries such as Latvia, who were only given numbers as player names.

FIFA 2003 features completely new gameplay from the previous titles. EA revamped the outdated DirectX 7 graphics used in FIFA 2001 and 2002, and introduced new graphics featuring more detailed stadia, players, and kits. An Elite League composed of the best European teams is also included.

While not adding much to the game engine, the biggest new inclusion in FIFA 2004 is secondary divisions, which allow the player to take lower ranked teams into the top leagues and competitions. A new gameplay feature dubbed "off the ball" was introduced, which is the ability to simultaneously control two players, in order, for example, to move a second player into the box in anticipation of a pass. The online mode was touted as the main feature. Another key feature is "Football Fusion", which allows owners of both FIFA 2004 and Total Club Manager 2004 to play games from TCM in FIFA 2004. This is also the first FIFA game to feature Latin American club teams aside from those of the Brazilian League; there are four from Mexico (America, Toluca, Monterrey and UNAM; a fifth team, Tigres, is present only in the Game Boy Advance version) and two from Argentina (Boca Juniors and River Plate). The title sequence, featuring Ronaldinho and Ryan Giggs, was filmed at St James' Park, the home grounds of Newcastle United.

FIFA 2005 was released much earlier than the usual late October date to obtain a head start over Pro Evolution Soccer 4 and avoid clashing with EA Sports' own FIFA Street. The game features the return of the create-a-player mode, as well as an improved Career mode. The biggest difference compared to previous titles in the series is the inclusion of first-touch gameplay which provides gamers with the ability to perform "real-life" tricks and passes. It is also the first version to feature the full Mexican League. The game has no opening video, but its soundtrack is headlined by British DJ Paul Oakenfold, who composed the FIFA Theme especially for the game, using some sounds from the game such as crowd noises and commentary. This was the last Playstation 1 title released in the US. The game also features authentic crowd chants edited by producer Dan Motut.

FIFA's developers made a complete overhaul of the game engine for the 2006 installment of the game, claiming a dramatic increase in the control of play, having rewritten more than half the game's code. In addition to a renovation of the engine, which discards the "off the ball" system, the developers boasted a significantly more involved Career mode and the introduction of "team chemistry" which determines how well team members play together. This installment breaks with the long tradition of commentary from Match of the Day's John Motson and (more recently) Ally McCoist, who are replaced by ITV's Clive Tyldesley and Sky pundit Andy Gray, who had already worked in the series as guest commentator.

The main differences from the previous game are a new "Interactive Leagues" function, new stadiums such as the new Wembley Stadium and Emirates Stadium, and the ability to create custom teams and Turkcell Super Lig is returned after seven years of absence from the series. The game's front-end and graphics engine remain largely the same. The Xbox 360 version uses a completely new game engine which was created from scratch for the system. This version also features a much reduced team line-up, completely removing all lower division teams and focusing on the four main European leagues, plus the Mexican Clausura and national teams.

FIFA 08 introduced a major new game mode called "Be A Pro", in which the player controls only a single player on the field. This version also introduced a more fleshed out club section including the Eircom League of Ireland, and the Hyundai A-League of Austrailia, for the first time. Unlike Fifa 06 and 07 however, Fifa 08 does not include any memorable moments or season highlights.

The debut version for the Wii introduced motion controls for shooting, as well as three mini-games that make use of the Wii Remote.

The newest addition to the series, FIFA 09 was released on October 3, 2008 in Europe and October 14, 2008 in North America. It features a revamped collision system and an option for 10 versus 10 "Be A Pro" online matches, and the new "Adidas Live Season" feature, which updates all the players' stats in a particular league based on the player's form in real life. Although the feature is activated through microtransactions, gamers have access to one free league of their choice from the moment they activate the service to the end of the 2008-2009 season.

Online play has also been improved in FIFA 09, with a feature called "FIFA 09 Clubs" allowing players to form or join clubs and field their strongest team online. The game has met with generally positive reception from reviewers.

Clive Tyldesley and Andy Gray provide the commentary in the English version again. However in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, Tyldesley is replaced by Martin Tyler. For the first time, users can also purchase extra commentator voices in different languages from the PSN store (PlayStation 3) and Xbox Live Marketplace (Xbox 360). Another option for the english language being Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend.

Similarly to their FIFA World Cup games above, in 2000 EA began releasing a series of licensed games to tie in with the UEFA European Championship tournaments.

In 2005 EA introduced FIFA Street, a street soccer based spin-off franchise.

Since 1997 EA Sports have regularly released football management games, most of which have made use of their FIFA or F.A Premier League licenses in their titles. The majority of these games were developed by EA themselves, though some have been developed by third parties such as Krisalis Software and Bright Future GmbH.

Licenced music tracks were first used in the FIFA series with the release of FIFA '98: Road To World Cup, and have been used in every title since. The series has featured main themes from such successful acts as Kings of Leon, Bloc Party, Blur, Fatboy Slim, Robbie Williams, Moby, and Gorillaz, and each game also contains a selection of tracks from contemporary album releases of the time.

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FIFA 08 (FIFA Soccer 08 in North America) is the next to latest installment of Electronic Arts' series of football video games. Developed by EA Canada, it is published by Electronic Arts worldwide under the EA Sports label. It was released on all popular gaming formats in September 2007 in Europe and Australasia, and in October 2007 in North America. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game feature an improved game engine with superior graphics and different commentators, and are dubbed "next-generation" by Electronic Arts. On all other platforms - including the PC - the game utilizes an older engine. The Nintendo DS version features fewer teams, stadiums, game modes and kits due to the limitations of the machine's storage medium. Commentary comes from Sky Sports' Martin Tyler and Andy Gray on next generation consoles; however, ITV Sports' Clive Tyldesley partners Gray on current generation consoles, and the P.C. version of the game.

The tagline for the game is "Can You FIFA 08?". The theme song is "Sketches (20 Something Life)" by La Rocca, from the album The Truth.

New features that were not in FIFA 07 include Be A Pro mode, where the player plays as only one player (the player can be changed) throughout the entire match. However, this mode is not available for goalkeepers.

New Features for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 include cooperative online play and a change of controls which features the right stick as a way of selecting which player to be on defense. However, this control setting can be changed back to the FIFA 07 configuration as well as other preset control configurations. In addition, the online mode has a new addition with interactive leagues, where players choose a league, a team, and play against real-life opponents. While not an entirely new feature, FIFA 08 includes new trick moves which can be used by using the right analog stick which were for the most part, absent in FIFA 07. In general, the speed of game also has decreased in FIFA 08.

FIFA 08 includes 621 licensed teams, 30 leagues (including all 27 leagues from FIFA 07), and more than 15,000 players. Out of the 621 teams that comprise the game, 29 appear unlicensed, 13 of them being national teams.

FIFA 08 has 43 teams in its international division. The most notable exclusion is Japan (who made it into the round of 16 in the 2002 World Cup, but whose licensing rights currently belong to Konami). The following international teams are playable in the current generation consoles. But not all the teams are fully licensed e.g. Holland and Russia.

1 - new in FIFA 08 2 - contains fictitious players 3 - without national federation's crest included in game, and without branded kits 4 - with an Adidas Libero generic kit badgeless 5 - league isn't completely licensed. Cagliari Calcio, Genoa C.F.C. and S.S.C. Napoli feature unlicensed team names, badges and kits. 6 - league isn't completely licensed. América Futebol Clube (RN), Fluminense F.C. and S.C. Internacional feature unlicensed team names, badges and kits. 7 - league isn't completely licensed. Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski, Korona Kielce and Lech Poznań feature unlicensed team names, badges and kits. 8 - league isn't completely licensed. AIK, Djurgårdens IF, Hammarby IF and IFK Göteborg feature unlicensed team names, badges and kits. 9 - SC Rheindorf Altach and SK Sturm Graz appear without licensed badges, but with licensed team names and kits. All other teams in league are fully licensed. 10 - Vitória S.C. (Vitória de Guimarães) appears without licensed badge, but with licensed team name and kits. All other teams in league are fully licensed.

FIFA 08 also includes licenced stadia from many of the featured leagues, as well as international stadiums.

All of these stadiums are available in exhange for challenge points in the "Fan Shop". When purchasing them you will play in them empty in practice mode. In some packs and on its own, the now demolished Highbury Stadium, formerly of Arsenal is available, for practice mode only. Generic grass stand-less areas "Rural Area" and "Suburb Area" are available for free.

1- First time included in FIFA series ² - Can be unlocked in the Fan Shop, does not appear on Xbox 360 ³ - New to the PlayStation 2 and other consoles except Xbox 360 4- Old Trafford does not have the new quadrants, except in Xbox 360and PS3versions 5- Does not appear in the Xbox 360and PS3versions Stadia in Bold, are used as the country's national ground.

The Manager Mode on 08 has little enhancements from its predecessor, however, some of the new features include the chance to schedule training on certain dates, via the manager's calendar, and the option to play up to four pre-season friendlies.

EA Sports officially announced FIFA 08's soundtrack on September 11, 2007.

The game was well-received garnering an average of 81.5 on both next-generation consoles (Xbox 360 and PS3) because of its refreshing new game mechanics which broke out from the series' criticised past record of not making much of an effort to innovate, instead adding what were often described by critics as 'gimmicks'.

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