Erling Haaland, the Norwegian star of Manchester City, is the cover star of EA Sports FC 24the Electronic Arts football simulator that after 25 years changes its name, and many other things, by leaving behind the license of the FIFA. Many came before him (almost as many as the multitude of footballers who star in the Ultimate Edition card this year), and below we review all these idols of the masses.
FIFA International Soccer (FIFA 94)
The first video game in the long-running saga, FIFA International Soccer, arrived in 1993 for the Mega Drive and the following year on many other platforms. The European edition showed on the box David Platt and Piotr Świerczewski.
FIFA Soccer 95
FIFA Soccer 95 It arrived in 1994 exclusively for Mega Drive. The card showed Erik ThorstvedtTottenham Hotspur goalkeeper.
FIFA Soccer 96
Electronic Arts public FIFA 96 on a wide range of computers, consoles and laptops. The European version had on its cover Ioan Ovidiu Sabau and Jason McAteerwhile the American replaces the first by Ronald de Boer.
The fourth installment of the football simulator, FIFA 97, was released again on two generations of consoles (the first in 3D for PlayStation and Saturn), Game Boy and PC. The star on its card is david ginola of Newcastle United, replaced by Bebeto outside of Europe.
FIFA: Road to the 98 World Cup
FIFA 98 it had a lot of covers depending on which country it was bought in. Ral González it appeared in the USAand the Portuguese, David Beckham in the United Kingdom, David Ginola in the French, Paolo Maldini in Italy, Andreas Müller in Germany, and finally Roy Lassiter in the United States, Mexico and Brazil.
Fernando Morientes I picked up the baton from Ral in FIFA 99, at least in the USAedition of the video game, which was released on PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and computers. Again, the footballer on the cover is different depending on the country: United States (Kasey Keller), Fabien Barthez (France), Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan), Olaf Thon (Germany), Rui Costa (Portugal), Christian Vieri (Italy), Ahn Jung-hwan South Korea) and Dennis Bergkamp (rest of the world).
Leaving Nintendo 64 aside to come out on Game Boy Color (in addition to PC and PlayStation), in the USAedition of FIFA 2000 we meet the now coach Pep Guardiola on the card. In this edition there were even more variations: Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan), Sol Campbell (United Kingdom), Vincenzo Montella (Italy), Emmanuel Petit (France), Jaap Stam (Netherlands), Vassilios Tsiartas (Greece), Mehmet Scholl (Germany), Simo (Portugal), Eddie Pope (United States), Ra (Brazil), Pr Zetterberg (Sweden), Đovani Roso (Israel), Kim Byung-ji (South Korea) and Kiatisuk Senamuang (Thailand).
Gaizka Mendieta starred on the cover of FIFA 2001 (PC, PS2 and PlayStation) in USA. In the other nations were Edgar Davids (Netherlands), Paul Scholes (UK), Gheorghe Hagi (Romania), Ben Olsen (USA), Ricardo S Pinto (Portugal), Filippo Inzaghi (Italy), Lothar Matthus (Germany), Thierry Henry (France), Leonardo (Brazil), Shimon Gershon (Israel) and Ko Jong-soo (South Korea).
FIFA Football 2002
The Real Madrid goalkeeper Ker Casillaswith his National Team kit, was the cover star of FIFA Football 2002, which added a version for Nintendo GameCube. In the rest of the world they were: Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan), Thierry Henry (France, United Kingdom and United States), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Nuno Gomes (Portugal), Francesco Totti (Italy); Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands), İlhan Mansız (Turkey), Gerald Asamoah (Germany), Lampros Choutos (Greece), Hong Myung-bo (South Korea), Sibusiso Zuma (South Africa and Denmark); Nawaf Al-Temyat (Saudi Arabia), Tomasz Radzinski (United States), Roberto Carlos (Brazil), Tomasz Frankowski (Poland) and Haim Revivo (Israel).
FIFA Football 2003
From the edition published in 2002, the covers were temporarily internationalized. In FIFA Football 2003which reached a multitude of platforms and even the mobile phones of the moment, were Roberto Carlos, Ryan Giggs and Edgar Davids; however, the United States had its own card with Landon Donovan.
FIFA Football 2004
Thierry Henry, Alessandro Del Piero and Ronaldinho occupied the covers of all editions of FIFA Football 2004.
FIFA Football 2005
FIFA Football 2005the last to be published for the original PlayStation, featured on its cover with Fernando Morientes, Patrick Vieira and Andriy Shevchenkoalthough in North America Vieira was replaced by Oswaldo Sánchez.
One of the great turnarounds of the saga, FIFA 06had to Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho on the covers of the whole world except for North America, where the Brazilian was joined by Omar Bravo and Freddy Ad.
Regional differences returned with FIFA 07. Yes ok Ronaldinho appeared in almost all the European ones, in USA he was accompanied by David Villa, by Lukas Podolski in Germany and by Juninho Pernambucano in France; the international edition showed the Brazilian and Wayne Rooney. In North America, the cover featured Landon Donovan and Francisco Fonseca, and in South Korea Kim Nam-il.
there was still Ronaldinho for a while. In FIFA 08 was accompanied by Sergio Ramos in USA, by Rooney in the international edition, by Miroslav Klose in Germany, by Euzebiusz Smolarek in Poland, and in North America, by Jozy Altidore and Guillermo Ochoa.
FIFA 09 had Wayne Rooney and Higuan on the cover of our pas. Although in USA we said goodbye to Ronaldinho, it was not like that in the rest of the world: on the international card he was accompanied by Rooney, by Petr Čech in the Czech Republic, by Kevin Kuranyi in Germany, by Balzs Dzsudzsk in Hungary, by Daniele De Rossi in Italy, and in North America, by Maurice Edu and Guillermo Ochoa.
Xavi Hernndez and Karim Benzem occupied the USAcovers of FIFA 10. On this occasion there were many regional albums in: United Kingdom (Theo Walcott, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney), Australia (Wayne Rooney and Tim Cahill), Austria (Wayne Rooney and Andreas Ivanschitz), Hungary (Wayne Rooney and Balzs Dzsudzsk), Poland (Rooney and Robert Lewandowski), Italy (Ronaldinho and Giorgio Chiellini), France (Karim Benzema, Steve Mandanda and Guillaume Hoarau), Germany (Wayne Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger), Portugal (Frank Lampard and Simo), North America (Frank Lampard, Sacha Kljestan and Cuauhtmoc Blanco) and Russia (Sergei Semak).
Andrs Iniesta and Kak They are the footballers that appeared in the box FIFA 11 in USA. The Brazilian repeated on covers around the world, appearing with Rooney (UK, Ireland and Australia), zil and Ren Adler (Germany), Tim Cahill (Australia), Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland) and Sergei Semak (Russia).
In USA, Gerard Piqu and Xabi Alonso were cover in FIFA 12. Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere did the same in the UK and Ireland; Landon Donovan and Rafael Márquez in North America; Lukas Podolski and Mats Hummels in Germany; Jakub Błaszczykowski in Poland; and Kak and Vasili Berezutski in Russia.
Lionel Messi and Roberto Soldado are the visible faces of FIFA 13 in USA. The Argentine repeated on international covers, being accompanied by Joe Hart and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the United Kingdom; Jakub Błaszczykowski appeared in the Polish.
As already happened with Ronaldinho, Messi He was on the covers of the football simulator for years. In the USAof FIFA 14 appeared solo, as well as in the international version. However, he was accompanied by other stars depending on the country: Javier Hernndez (North America), Stephan El Shaarawy (Italy), Arturo Vidal and Radamel Falcao (Argentina, Chile, Panama, Venezuela), Gareth Bale (United Kingdom and Ireland), Michal Kadlec (Czech Republic), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Balzs Dzsudzsk (Hungary), Xherdan Shaqiri ( Switzerland), David Alaba (Austria), Tim Cahill (Australia), Maya Yoshida and Makoto Hasebe (Japan), Mustafa Al-Bassas (Middle East).
The move of Electronic Arts with the Argentine is repeated in USA and in the rest of the world with FIFA 15. In other countries they join Messi: Eden Hazard (United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands) Gonzalo Higuan (Italy), Clint Dempsey (United States), Tim Cahill (Australia), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), David Alaba (Austria), Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland), Javier Hernández (Mexico), Arturo Vidal (South America), Michal Kadlec (Czech Republic), Arda Tu Ran (Turkey), Atsuto Uchida (Japan) and Yahya Al-Shehri (Arabian Peninsula).
Again, Messi starred on the cover of FIFA 16 in USA and in the rest of the world, due to particularities in other countries, where he was accompanied by Jordan Henderson (United Kingdom and Ireland), Shinji Kagawa (Japan), David Alaba (Austria), Oscar (Brazil), Antoine Griezmann (France), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Yann Sommer (Switzerland), Juan Cuadrado (Latin America), Marco Fabin (Mexico), Steph Catley and Tim Cahill (Australia), Alex More gan (United States), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Mauro Icardi (Italy), Arkadiusz Milik (Poland), Arda Turan (Turkey), Omar Hawsawi (Middle East) and Sebastian Giovinco (United States).
Electronic Arts organized a popular vote to choose the cover star of FIFA 17. Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund was the winner against Anthony Martial, Eden Hazard and James Rodrguez.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the cover star of the saga with FIFA 18. In this version there were several editions with the Portuguese footballer appearing in a different way. In addition, there was a Icon Edition starring the other Ronaldo, Nazrio.
The Portuguese repeated again in all editions of FIFA 19although in the Champions Edition of the simulator Cristiano Ronaldo was accompanied by Neymar Jr.
FIFA 20 It was distributed in three international editions. The standard had Eden Hazardthe Champions Edition with Virgil van Dijkand lastly, Zinedine Zidane appeared in the Ultimate Edition.
The Paris Saint-Germain player, Kylian Mbappwas the cover star of FIFA 21 in its three editions: Standard, Champions and Ultimate.
The French footballer who was almost a Real Madrid player repeated with FIFA 22: mbapp appeared in the standard edition and in the Ultimate.
For the first time, FIFA 23 had a soccer player on its cover, although only in the Ultimate Edition. In the standard edition appears mbappwhile in the most complete version of the game he is accompanied by sam kerr, from Chelsea. The standard Australasian version shows only the Australian athlete.
EA Sports FC 24
EA Sports FC 24, which is what the Electronic Arts soccer game will be called from now on, has two covers. The standard edition shows Erling Haaland from Manchester City. The Ultimate Edition takes a very different approach from previous years: it features dozens of soccer players, men and women, with the modeling they have in the game.