FIFA 20 career mode: New features and possible highest potential players

27 Aug

Every year upon the new release of the latest version of FIFA by EA Sports, players around the world wait to see if there have been any changes made to Career Mode.

It is an area EA have come under a lot of criticism for in recent years, as no major alterations had been made recently even though it was in need of a major face-lift.

At first glance, it appears this year, prayers have been answered and new content is coming – but what are these announced new features?

Career mode will once again give you the choice between a player led career or one as a manager.
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It seems that EA Sports and the team working on Career Mode for FIFA 20, have identified the community had grown frustrated with the lack of thought given to improving the mode.

The introduction of new user-led press conferences and player conversations, are one of many ways they hope to make it stand out next to the likes of Football Manager.

Press Conferences and Player Conversations

This feature is something that has been in the game since FIFA 18, but only within the Journey game mode based around fictional footballer Alex Hunter – where you as a player were actively involved in life decisions, forming Hunter’s personality which affected the type of player he was.

However, the feature has been reimagined for Career Mode to add to the build up to a game, as well as post-match.

It seems, looking at EA Sports’ ‘pitch notes’ surrounding the new features, a manager will be able to actively answer questions in press conferences using pre-set emotional responses such as praise, criticise or motivate, which will trigger an answer within the game mechanics.

Another feature is the importance of player morale – which will be heavily linked to the response you give in a press conference. So far EA Sports can’t be faulted for their authentic approach.

FIFA have promised fans this feature will always feel dynamic and authentic, with the addition of pushy journalists who will implement questions that attempt to provoke certain situations based upon results, goals and form of players and the overall team.

An example of a Press Conference as a manager in FIFA 20 Career Mode
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EA SPORTS on the new Press Conferance game mechanic:

‘Our vision was to breathe new life into manager career mode by building up a variation of ever-changing stories that would surface through pre and post match interviews.

‘They aren’t just there to mimic authenticity, but built based off of player progress and result in influencing player morale as well as the standing of the manager in that team.’

The role of player conversations will act in a fashion allowing FIFA gamers to witness on-screen conversations, mainly between a manager and player or a captain to a fellow teammate, in a text style format as if you were reading your club’s WhatsApp group messages.

This feature will allow you to select a response out of three options again each emphasising a different emotion, which will effect morale of that player.

It is safe to say we all wish we were receiving texts from the Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on a regular basis and his English seems pretty good too
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Player Morale System

As briefly mentioned above, this new feature is the best of the additions EA Sports have added to the FIFA 20 Career Mode experience, as it is the tool that drives everything else.

Morale within Career Mode is going to be a vicious circle for gamers, as everything you do affects a player and team’s morale and then the overall morale will consequently affect everything that happens on the pitch and in press conferences.

In reality this is reflective of what it must be like as a manager in modern day football or any sport, where man management is key to success and being labelled as one of the best in your role.

A player’s morale will be influenced by factors such as: playing time, wage demands, performance and how well the team is doing.

We have seen numerous examples of morale dips in recent times, when you look at Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale as well as on-loan Barcelona man Philippe Coutinho, who have both been at the centre of transfer saga’s over the summer, due to being unhappy at their club.

Whereas, on the flip side, you have players such as Raheem Sterling or Virgil van Dijk whose morale seemed through the roof coming into this season after impressive campaigns and silverware in 2018/19.

Manager Customisation

From player faces, to kits, badges and stadiums alike, the FIFA community and its content creators have been pleading with EA for a few years, trying to implement more features within the game that allow you to customise and alter items, and provide a platform for creativity.

Until now, that has only really been possible when designing a pro-player in the game mode of Pro Clubs, or when choosing a player Career Mode – never before have you been able to customise a manager.

FIFA 20 will see the introduction of female managers to the game with in-game styles to chose from
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What would you look like as a manager? Would you be rocking a club tracksuit, tailored suit, or perhaps strive to look like a 1990s boy-band reject – all these styles are available to choose from as seen above.

Adding to outfit choice, when deciding on a manager career mode you will be able to customise aesthetic components such as height, build, bone structure, skin colour, eye shape, hairstyle all the way to how big your nostrils are.

Just some of the physical features and hair styles to chose from in FIFA 20, including props such as hats
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Dynamic Player Potential

This is the last of the main features to discuss, which EA have spent time perfecting for Career Mode ahead of the launch of FIFA 20 in September.

FIFA player potential has always been one of the most intriguing aspects of Career Mode, judging players future growth in terms of their overall rating, in the seasons ahead of the current one.

For example if a striker scored 20 plus goals in a season, you would expect his rating to go up for the next season, much like how FIFA Ultimate team works.

However where career mode is unique, is that players overall rating can fall if they are playing poorly, as well as age plays an impact as they experience a decline in certain attributes in game.

So with the added bonus of extreme morale fluctuation this year, player growth potential could be very different per career mode that is played, as different decisions within the season will alter how far a player will rise or fall.

Jadon Sancho could have the highest potential rating in FIFA 20
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FIFA 19 Highest potential players

Here is the highest possible rated starting XI of young players on FIFA 19, with the highest potential growth on the current game, it has an average age of 20 so they will be around for a long while yet.

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan (20)

Base Rating: 82

Potential Rating: 93

Growth: 11

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool (20)

Base Rating: 78

Potential Rating: 88

Growth: 10

Trent Alexander-Arnold is quickly developing into one of the best right-backs on the planet
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CB: Matthijs De Ligt – Juventus (20)

Base Rating: 80

Potential Rating: 91

Growth: 11

CB: Dayot Upamecano – RB Leipzig (20)

Base Rating: 76

Potential Rating: 88

Growth: 12

LB: Ryan Sessegnon – Tottenham (19)

Base Rating: 75

Potential Rating: 88

Growth: 13

Sessegnon is widely rated as one of the finest young players in world football
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CM: Arthur – Barcelona (23)

Base Rating: 82

Potential Rating: 90

Growth: 8

CM: Ezequiel Barco – Atlanta United (20)

Base Rating: 74

Potential Rating: 89

Growth: 15

RW: Kylian Mbappe – PSG (20)

Base Rating: 87

Potential Rating: 95

Growth: 8

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CF: Marcus Rashford – Manchester United (21)

Base Rating: 81

Potential Rating: 89

Growth: 8

LW: Vinicius Junior – Real Madrid (19)

Base Rating: 77

Potential Rating: 92

Growth: 15

Vinicius Junior is set to rival Eden Hazard for a starting place at Real Madrid
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ST: Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City (22)

Base Rating: 83

Potential Rating: 92

Growth: 9

Looking at the team from FIFA 19, and thinking ahead to what it will be on the fast approaching new game that releases next month, there are unlikely to be too many changes to a starting XI which already boasts some of the best young talent in world football.

A few players that could have an impact are the likes of English forward Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix and Barcelona new boy Frenkie De Jong.

Sancho signed a new lucrative contract with German side Borussia Dortmund, doubling his wages and keeping him at the club for the foreseeable future.

FIFA 20: Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish to be among new Icons? Gamers speculate over the identity of mysterious silhouettes

23 Aug

After EA Sports’ most recent reveal of Hugo Sanchez as an icon in FIFA 20 Ultimate Team, the gaming community eagerly await news of further legends who will be added to the game.

The former Real Madrid and Mexico striker was announced as being in the game on August 21, becoming the ninth icon to be confirmed for the September release.

Sanchez joins another Madrid legend, Zinedine Zidane, ex-Chelsea forward Didier Drogba, and former Liverpool duo John Barnes and Ian Rush, as new additions to a pool of former players known in the game as Icons.

EA Sports have confirmed that a total of 15 new faces will be added to the Ultimate Team game mode, but with only nine being revealed so far, who are the other six?

The public remain uncertain over who they will be, and the FIFA community has been involved in a game of ‘Guess Who’ across social media.

What are we hoping for?

A whole host of names have been thrown into the mix, with people trying to work out the players based on their hair style and face shapes seen in the silhouettes below.

Nonetheless, it remains all open to interpretation.

For example, David Beckham is a legend fans are dying to see added this year, and with his track record of hairstyles (most of them dodgy), any of the below players could be the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star.

Numbers 6,7 and 8 have already been revealed by EA Sports as Ian Rush (Welsh), Hugo Sanchez (Mexican) and John Barnes (English) in that order

But what other players are being speculated to appear, based on the silhouettes? talkSPORT take a look below…


No 1. Kaka (Brazil)

Kaka was part of a truly superb AC Milan side
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Up there with one of the most talented players in recent years, the former AC Milan midfielder is at the top of a lengthy wish list from the FIFA community – and why wouldn’t you want him in your team?

Between 2003-2009, the Brazilian flourished at the heart of a Serie A side that was, arguably, the most talented in decades.

Kaka was surrounded by quality such as Paulo Maldini, Cafu, Japp Stam, Hernan Crespo, Andriy Shevchenko… the list goes on.

In his prime he was like any other Brazilian attacking midfielder: full of flair, tricks and flicks as well as having the ability to win games on his own with some outrageous goals.

He would be a huge name to enter the platform on FIFA 20, with the possibility of linking him up with fellow Brazilians past and present a tasty prospect.

But Kaka would surely come with a hefty price tag on the Ultimate Team marketplace.

Name: Kaka

Born: April, 1982

Clubs: Sao Paulo, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Orlando City

Key Stat: Kaka scored a total of 208 goals in his career that spanned a total of 654 games, but was plagued with injuries when he joined Real Madrid

Club Honours: Ballon d’Or winner 2007, FIFA World Cup 2002 and Champions League 2006/07 (AC Milan)

Iconic Moment: In his breakthrough season in Italy, Kaka scored 10 goals in 30 games for Milan, as well as picking up vital assists throughout that season, none more important than his cross to Andriy Shevchenko for what would be a title deciding goal

No 2. Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)

Zambrotta helped Italy win the World Cup in 2006
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An Italian defender who has played for three of the biggest teams in Europe – AC Milan, Barcelona and Juventus.

He predominantly featured as a right-back for all three sides but did have some spells on the other side of the defence as well as a cameo as a right midfielder.

If this rumour of Zambrotta’s entry is to come true, he will join a multitude of Italian defenders on FIFA such as Paulo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta and Franco Baresi.

He made a total of 361 appearances in Serie A starting in 1998 with Bari, before moving to Juventus in 2000 and then on to Milan in 2009.

There were only two options for Icons at right back in FIFA 19 – Javier Zanetti and Carlos Puyol – so Zambrotta will be a welcome addition to add more diversity in that area of the pitch.

Name: Gianluca Zambrotta

Born: February, 1977

Clubs: SSC Bari, Juventus, Barcelona and AC Milan

Key Stat: In the 1998/99 season Zambrotta was used as a left midfielder at SSC Bari, and scored the opening goals at the San Siro in a 3-2 victory against Inter Milan, in a suprise start to the Serie A campaign

Club Honours: 1x World Cup winner (2006), 1x Spanish Super Cup, 3x Serie A titles

Iconic Moment: In the 2006 World Cup quarter-final tie against Ukraine, Zambrotta scored the opening goal with a long range left footed strike after just six minutes. He then made a goal-line clearance at 2-0 before being moved to left midfield by manager Marcello Lippi; Zambrotta then set up Luca Toni for his second goal of the game to seal a 3-0 win for Italy

No 3. Michael Essien (Ghana)

Essien became a cult hero at Stamford Bridge for his brilliant performances and long-range goals
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The Ghanaian midfield boss joined Chelsea from French side Lyon at the end of the 2004/05 season after an impressive domestic campaign and a good run in that season’s Champions League.

Essien was brought to the club by the ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho for a large sum of £30m and spent six years with the Premier League side before being loaned to Real Madrid for a single season in 2012/13.

In the January 2014 window Essien found himself swapping the Bridge for the San Siro as he left Chelsea for AC Milan on a free transfer.

Playing in the heart of midfield, Essien would be the perfect option for any Ultimate Team with his main attributes being winning back the ball with a high interception rate, paired with brute strength and ability that make him hard to dislodge of the ball when starting attacks.

Essien also packed a punch when it came to long shots, scoring a few screamers in his career and will be sure to do so in your team – if you can afford him.

Name: Michael Essien

Born: December, 1982

Clubs: Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan

Key Stat: Essien made 168 Premier League appearances in his career with Chelsea, scoring 17 goals from midfield

Club Honours: 2x Premier League titles, 3x FA Cup winner, 2x Ligue 1 titles and 1x Champions League winner (2012)

Iconic Moment: In his final season with Lyon, Essien was voted the Ligue 1 Players’ Player of the Year and named Ligue 1 Player of the Year in the same season. He helped Lyon to a fourth consecutive deomestic title as well as reaching the Champions League quarter-finals. He was shortlisted for World Player of the Year and attracted the attention of Chelsea.

No 4. Garrincha (Brazil)

Few players are held in such high esteem as Garrincha
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Nicknamed ‘the Little Bird’, Manuel Francisco dos Santos, better known as Garrincha, was way ahead of his time when it came to being a talented right winger.

He was an integral part of Brazil’s 1958 and 1962 World Cup winning sides, with Garrincha inspiring Brazil to victory at the latter tournament after Pele got injured.

He is another Brazilian legend that spent the majority of his time in his homeland, playing for Botafogo as he made 238 appearances for the side from Rio, scoring 84 goals.

Everything about Garrincha’s style of play suggests he will be the perfect player for the FIFA franchise; he will be scary to play against whilst having a huge price tag just like Brazilian icons such as Ronaldo, Pele and Ronaldinho.

These sort of players, like current PSG forward Neymar, add a fun dynamic to the game letting players express themselves with complex skill runs and compilation goals. Please, EA Sports, get this one over the line!

Name: Garrincha

Born: October, 1933

Clubs: Botafogo

Key Stat: Garrincha was practically a late bloomer and at Botafogo he made a relatively low 238 appearances while scoring 84 goals, with the forward not making it at any level in football until his early 20s

Club Honours: 2x FIFA World Cup winner (1958 and 1962), 1x FIFA Word Cup Golden Boot and 1x Ballon d’Or (1962)

Iconic Moment: He was born with a crooked spine, warped knees and a left leg a few inches shorter than his right, but many say that is what made him the player he was.

No 5. Pep Guardiola (Spain)

Guardiola lived the dream by playing for, captaining and then managing Barcelona
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Careers do not get much better than Guardiola’s.

A fine central midfielder in his playing days as well as having the potential to go down in history as the most successful manager in world football.

Guardiola is well on his way to achieving it, with the FIFA community hinting that EA Sports may add Guardiola into their game’s database as a player – rather than just a manager.

He would join the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Felipe Inzaghi, Gennaro Gattuso and incoming Icon Zinedine Zidane as current managers in FIFA 19, who also have playable Icon cards.

The Spaniard was a graduate of La Masia, the Catalan club’s academy set up, and moved into the first team in 1992.

Guardiola made 382 appearances as a deep lying central midfielder for Barca, scoring 11 times. Pep was the type of midfielder he would look for today in his Manchester City squad.

Much like some of the already announced Icon additions this year, it will be interesting to see how EA Sports manage to capture Guardiola’s style in game as, on the face of things, he is not one normally associated with the common FIFA player – but that could change depending on the game dynamics of FIFA 20.

Name: Pep Guardiola

Born: January, 1971

Clubs: Barcelona B, FC Barcelona, Brescia and Roma

Key Stat: Pep made 382 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions and was brought into the first team from the academy by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, who turned him from a box to box midfielder to a deep lying playmaker

Club Honours: 6x La Liga titles, 1x European Cup and 1x Olympic Gold Medal (Spain U23’s)

Iconic Moment: Guardiola started the 1992 European Cup final, when Barcelona beat Sampdoria to finally get their hands on European football’s biggest prize.

No 9. Kenny Dalglish (Scottish)

King Kenny is a legendary figure in British football
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All hail King Kenny of the Kop! The Anfield legend is one of the most successful players in British football – and he wasn’t too bad as a manager either.

If Dalglish was to be made an Icon in FIFA 20, he would be the ONLY Scottish legend in the game, a more than deserved title.

He played predominantly as a centre forward or second striker, with a brief spell out on the right wing.

In a club career with Celtic and Liverpool that took in more than 800 matches, Dalglish scored an excellent 336 goals.

The Scotsman was agile on the ball and known for his elaborate link up play throughout the 1970/80s, as well as being decisive in front of goal, playing 102 times for his country and scoring 30 goals.

He has the potential to be a popular player on FIFA 20, due to the fact he was known for being two footed, so he should get a five star weak-foot, an attribute very popular with the professional eSport players.

Name: Kenny Dalglish

Born: March, 1951

Clubs: Celtic and Liverpool

Key Stat: In his time as player/manager at Liverpool from 1985 to 1991, Dalglish won a total of nine trophies as the Reds continued to dominate English football.

Club Honours: 8x English titles, 2x FA Cups, 4x English League Cups, 3x European Cups and 4x Scottish titles

Iconic Moment: He was signed for Liverpool to replace the departing Kevin Keegan and by the end of his first season had played 62 times in all competitons and scored 31 goals. He followed this with 21 league goals the next season and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award.

Nothing has been confirmed yet, and you will have to take the above rumours with a pinch of salt, but fans are hoping one or two of these players are confirmed by EA Sports soon.

Imagine getting to try a front three of Garrincha, Dalglish and Kaka, while the brilliant Michael Essien roams behind in midfield.

Hopefully this dream will become a reality next month when the game is released, but who will be your first purchase of the year?

FIFA 20 news: All the icons announced so far as EA Sports unveil Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez

22 Aug

Ahead of the launch of FIFA 20 in September, EA Sports have been taking to Twitter to release small pockets of information to get gamers excited – including new Icons.

Anyone who plays FIFA Ultimate Team, will know Icons are a massive part of the game mode, being one of the most popular but more expensive card types to obtain as they link to every player on the database, helping you reach a maximum chemistry of 100.

EA Sports have already announced the addition of ‘the Bundesliga experience’ to FIFA 20, adding in detailed features from 13 stadiums and all the teams have had a revamp in terms of player faces and appearances to improve accuracy in the game.

With all the excitement building towards the release of the new game next month, EA have named another legendary player joining the franchise – goalscoring Mexican maestro Hugo Sanchez.

Sanchez is one of the most prolific past strikers in LaLiga history, scoring aplenty in Madrid – for both Real and Atletico.

He is one of a small few to make the shocking move between big rivals in the capital of Spain, scoring 58 times in 120 appearances for Atletico, and a staggering 189 goals in 251 appearances for Los Galacticos, between 1985 and 1992.

Once again, EA Sports announced the news via their social media account on Twitter, showing all three variations of the player that will available which are his baby version, mid-tier and Prime Icon – but as seen below no overall ratings have been released yet.

Sanchez isn’t the first new Icon to be announced ahead of the the launch of FIFA 20 in September, but who else had made the cut so far to be included in this exclusive club?

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba is one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players, mostly remembered for his goals in the 2012 Champions League final

The Ivorian striker will bring pace, power and finesse to FIFA 20 and is already a frontrunner to be one of the most popular players for both FIFA eSport stars and casual players.

On FIFA 19, pace and strength were one of the best combinations with attacking players, and Drogba fits this role perfectly.

He is deadly inside and outside of the penalty box, in the air or from a direct set piece – there is nothing he can’t do.

Name: Didier Drogba

Born: March, 1978

Clubs: Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray, Montreal Impact

Key Stat: Scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for Chelsea

Club Honours: 4x Premier League titles, 4x FA Cups, 3x League Cups and 2x African Footballer of the Year

Iconic Moment: A last minute equaliser against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final, before scoring the decisive spot kick to win the game after extra time

Andrea Pirlo

Chelsea target Andrea Pirlo will finalise his move to New York City this week
Andrea Pirlo could go down as Italy’s greatest midfielder

Perhaps the classiest man to ever grace a football pitch, as well as one of the most talented midfielders when it came to deep-passing play and controlling a game.

However, it may come as a surprise that Pirlo, like many existing Icons on FIFA, may not be very popular in the game as he is lacking some key attributes.

As mentioned above Drogba will be highly popular due to his bully-like play style whereas Pirlo isn’t very physical, and doesn’t have the pace or mobility some players will want in the midfield.

There is no doubt that he will offer some of the best passing stats in the game as well as being adequate for any set piece situation – it remains to be seen how much of an impact Pirlo could make on this years FIFA players.

Name: Andrea Pirlo

Born: May, 1979

Clubs: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus and New York City F.C

Key Stat: 493 appearances in Serie A and 116 appearances for Italy

Club Honours: 3x Footballer of the Year, 1x World Cup (2006), 6x Italian titles and 2x Champions League wins

Iconic Moment: Pirlo was a starter in the 2006 World Cup final, and went on to score the opening penalty in a shoot-out which Italy went on to win 5-3

Zinedine Zidane

Zidane became the most expensive player in world football when he signed for Real Madrid in 2001 and is considered a club legend

One of the most anticipated players to be put into FIFA Ultimate Team since Icons were added to the game mode, Zizou will be one of the most used cards by professional players at eSports events, and those who can afford him outside of that.

He will no doubt be one of the highest rated players in the game, rivalling the prime version of Maradona and Pele who are 97 and 98 rated respectively.

The current Real Madrid boss was regarded as one of the best, a world-record signing when he moved from Juventus to Real Madrid for £48million in 2001, and is now in his second spell as manager in the Spanish capital.

He will add strength, clinical finishing, long range shooting as well as flair dribbling amongst a plethora of attributes in FIFA 20, and is the definition of a complete midfielder along with Ruud Gullit, Michael Ballack and Lothar Matthaus who already exist on the game.

Name: Zinedine Zidane

Born: June, 1972

Clubs: Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid

Key Stat: Zizou made 100 or more appearances in Ligue 1, Serie A and La Liga and contrubuted to 157 goals in just over 400 games in that time from midfield
Honours: 3x FIFA Ballon d’Or, 1x World Cup (1998) and 1x Champions League

Iconic Moment: It might just be his most memorable goal for Madrid and his whole career as Zidane scored a volley from the edge of the box against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League final in 2002 where he also picked up the man of the match award for a masterclass in midfield

Ian Wright

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Ian Wright is a club legend at Arsenal, and one of the greatest English strikers to ever grace the Premier League

Yet another English striker is being added to the Icon list for FIFA 20, in the form of ex-Arsenal front man, Ian Wright.

Wright joins the likes of Micheal Owen, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker in the game but will offer a more direct threat.

For Arsenal fans, he is a certainty to be in a dream Ultimate team, possibly alongside Thierry Henry, with Wright scoring 113 goals in 213 Premier League appearances across spells with Arsenal and Crystal Palace.

‘Wrighty’ is one of 28 players to make it into the Premier League 100-goal club, ranked joint-19th with former Everton and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

Name: Ian Wright

Born: November, 1963

Clubs: Crystal Palace and Arsenal

Key Stat: In 280 appearances Wright scored 158 goals, and has one of the best returns in English football history

Club Honours: 1x Premier League title, 2x FA Cups, 1x PL Top Scorer (29 goals 1991/92)

Iconic Moment: Wright came on as a substitute in the FA Cup final against Manchester United in 1990, when he came onto the ptich Arsenal were 2-1 down, Wright scored twice to take the game to a replay as it ended 3-3

Ronald Koeman

Koeman is set to be the only one of his kind on the game as a defender from the Netherlands, with Frank De Boer being removed from the game in FIFA 18.

The Dutchman will join the likes of Johan Cruyff, Frank Rijkard, Ruud Gullit, Edwin Van Der Sar, Clarence Seedorf and many more Dutch Icons on FIFA 20 – establishing the quality of the footballing nation.

As much as he was a central defender, Koeman was always a threat from set pieces, especially direct free-kicks during his time with Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven.

He will most likely be a popular pick with players across the FIFA Ultimate Team platform, especially if one of his three card variants is released as a defensive midfielder, as Koeman had spells in several positions.

This will mean it is easier to utilise his shooting ability from range in game, pairing it with his defensive attributes when the game is released in September.

Koeman scored a stunning 239 career goals
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Carlos Alberto Torres

To most football fans, especially in younger generations, the name Carlos Alberto Torres may not mean a lot – but what if you were to learn he’s one of the best Brazilian defenders of all time.

Why you may have never heard of Carlos Alberto is due to him playing almost the entirety of his football in his home nation of Brazil.

He was apart of the Santos side that included Pele and Garrincha in 1966 and linked up with Pele in the USA in 1977 at New York Cosmos, helping them to obtain back to back NASL titles in 1977 and 1978.

Currently on FIFA 19, there is only one fellow Brazilian defender which is full-back Roberto Carlos, other Brazilian Icons include Pele, Ronaldo, Socrates, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo.

Name: Carlos Alberto Torres

Born: July, 1944

Clubs: Fluminense, Santos, Flamengo and New York Cosmos

Key Stat: Carlos Alberto returned to Fluminense in 1974 and went on to move again to rival side Flamengo in 1976, which was a huge move when it comes to the culture of Brazilian football

Club Honours: 1x World Cup (1970), 4x Paulista Championship (Santos) and 4x NASL Soccer Bowl Championships

Iconic Moment: Alberto was left out of the 22-man squad for the 1966 World Cup squad, but once they were knocked out in the group stages, incoming manager Joao Saldanha promoted Alberto to captain of Brazil – they won the next World Cup in 1970

Ian Rush and John Barnes

John Barnes made 314 appearances for Liverpool in a ten year spell between 1987 and 1997 scoring 87 goals along the way as well as making 233 appearances for Watford and scoring a further 65 goals with the Hornets.

Barnes has every chance of being a very popular option on FIFA 20 as he was known for his powerful play down the left wing, with very quick feet and a cultured finish when given the opportunity.

Some of the most popular wingers on FIFA 19 especially with the professional FIFA players, had these attributes such as Kylian Mbappe’s Team of the Year card, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo. Barnes could be the breakthrough icon in that position people have been waiting for.

Name: John Barnes

Born: November, 1963

Clubs: Liverpool and Watford

Key Stat: Alex Ferguson rejected the chance sign Barnes when he left Watford, backing Jesper Olsen instead – Ferguson later revealed in his autobiography that he regreted not signing Barnes after how well he did at Liverpool, helping them dominate english football for another three years.

Club Honours: 2x First Division title, 2x FA Cups, 1x PFA Player of the Year and 2x FWA Player of the Year

Iconic Moment: In his debut season at Anfield, Barnes scored 15 goals which saw him claim the PFA Player of the Year award as well as a league winners medal also having success in music as ‘The Anfield Rap’ reached no.3 in the UK Music charts

As mentioned above, Ian Rush is to be the second Welsh icon to grace the FIFA franchise when the game launches next month, and he will be another viable option up-front.

The striker is known for his time at Liverpool, where he had three spells. The first for six years from 1980/86 where he scored 109 goals in 182 games before moving to Juventus where he played a disappointing 29 times in two years, before returning on loan to Liverpool where he scored another 30 goals.

In 1988 he rejoined the Reds on a permanent deal where he linked up with the above mentioned John Barnes, making a further 245 appearances for Liverpool and netting another 90 times.

For the most part of his goalscoring career, Rush was a poacher, getting most of his strikes in and around the six-yard box – which is why I don’t see him being a big hit on FIFA 20.

Gamer’s want to use players who are expressive on the ball, skilful when dribbling and despite being a prolific striker – Rush just doesn’t fit this algorithm in a term described by the FIFA community as ‘meta’ otherwise meaning ‘end game’ in the eSports world.

Name: Ian Rush

Born: October, 1961

Clubs: Liverpool and Juventus

Key Stat: Scored 229 goals in 469 goals for Liverpool, coming third in a survey of 100 players who shook the Kop

Club Honours: 5x First Division titles, 2x European Cups and 1x PFA Young Player of the Year

Iconic Moment: In the 1986 Cup final, Liverpool found themselves 1-0 down to Everton but after the break Ian Rush netted twice as Liverpool went on to win the final 3-1, it was the first Merseyside derby in the competitions history – Rush was also named Man of the Match

With a little over a month until FIFA 20 is set to release, EA Sports will continue to leak content coming to their new game, including the names of more confirmed Icons, with the FIFA community crying out for some big names to be announced in the coming weeks.

Whether it will be Garincha, Kenny Dalglish, Xavi, David Beckham or Ashley Cole, the list goes on – but who do you think will make the grade for FIFA 20?

Tips on how to become a better FIFA player by eWorld Cup champion Mohammed ‘MoAuba’ Harkous

20 Aug

In August, Mohammed ‘MoAuba’ Harkous won the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup by beating Saudi Arabia’s reigning champion Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary 3-2 in a thrilling final.

The German outperformed 31 other players at the event at London’s O2 Arena and took home the top prize, a whopping $250,000 (£205,600).

MoAuba got his hands on the eWorld Cup at the beginning of August
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To some, it’s inconceivable one could make such money from playing a computer game, but eSPORTS has exploded in recent years.

talkSPORT.com caught up with MoAuba to discuss winning the biggest FIFA tournament possible and he gave us a valuable tip to become a better player.

So, how does it feel to be the best FIFA player in the world?

I’m fine now that I know it is real! At first, I thought I was dreaming so I’m really happy.

The question we’re all wondering: how did you get so good at playing FIFA?

I played a lot against my older brother and he was always better. For like, ten years from FIFA 2004-2014, he was always better and would beat me. That made me want to get better and play it a lot, just that competition in the family. And then I got better and better and eventually started to beat him at around 15 years old. After, I started my eSPORTS FIFA career at FIFA 16.

What was the key to winning this eWorld Cup?

I think I’m one of the most experienced professional players because I had qualified for every tournament in the past two years and I also did well in the tournaments. In the previous two World Cups I lost in the semi-finals, so I was always close to getting the trophy but something was missing. Maybe I was too nervous or something, but this year was perfect and I was really relaxed or calm.

While the changes range from subtle to bold in FIFA titles, how hard is it for you to adapt quickly and stay a strong player?

I think I’m famous for adapting to the new games and understanding the new features. When I started playing FIFA 20, shooting was probably the hardest thing. I try everything in the game to find what’s wrong in the game to find advantages against opponents.

Finally, what’s the one tip you’d give anyone looking to become a better FIFA player?

With the new features, it would be the timed finish and the goalkeeper movement. It’s easy to make and it’s a game-changer when you want to score goals and save the ball one-on-one. Just practice.

FIFA 20 is out on September 27 and is available to pre-order now.