EA Sports have announced all the existing, brand new and returning FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Icons for this years installment. Below is the video we did discussing every new addition and returning icons that will be made available in the game when it lands at the end of this month.
Don’t forget the demo will also be arriving in the next week so those of you who never got access to the early beta testing version then this will be your chance to try out the game for the first time. Let us know in the comments box below which ones you are happy with and which legends of the sport you hope to see be added in the future.
FIFA 19 brings an entirely new layer of authenticity to Spain's LaLiga, providing a deeper and more immersive experience in many of the game's features, from Career mode to Kick-Off. Thanks to 16 new stadiums and an extensive set of player head scans, FIFA 19 is the perfect way to play LaLiga.
Defend Your Turf
16 brand new stadiums have been added to allow more Spanish clubs to play on home turf in FIFA 19. Pick your favorite LaLiga club and play in their stadium in Career and Kick-Off modes or add the item to your FUT club to claim one as your own in Ultimate Team.
Here are all 19 available stadiums:
o Estadio Mestalla (Valencia)
o Estadio ABANCA-Riazor (Deportivo La Coruña)
o Estadio Benito Villamarín (Real Betis)
o Estadio La Rosaleda (Málaga)
o Estadio San Mamés (Athletic Bilbao)
o Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán (Sevilla)
o Coliseum Alfonso Pérez (Getafe)
o Estadio de Gran Canaria (UD Las Palmas)
o Estadio de la Cerámica (Villareal)
o RCDE Stadium (Espanyol)
o Estadio de Balaídos (Celta Vigo)
o Municipal de Ipurua (Eibar)
o Estadio Ciutat de València (Levante)
o Estadio de Anoeta (Real Sociedad)
o Municipal de Butarque (Leganés)
o Estadio de Mendizorrotza (Alavés)
o Estadio de Montilivi (Girona)
o Santiago Bernabéu (Real Madrid)
o Wanda Metropolitano (Atlético Madrid)
Whether you’re watching slow-motion highlights or running straight towards the camera for a signature celebration, more LaLiga players will be instantly recognizable during matches thanks to over 200 new player head scans. You’ll never be taken out of the match experience.
Just Like TV
The impressive LaLiga broadcast package from FIFA 18 is back, featuring authentic team lineup shots, scoreboards, and more. Every graphic overlay is crisp and organized, so that you can get all the information you need without having your screen get cluttered before or during matches.
Whether you want to lead your favorite Spanish club to the title or you just want your FUT club to play in a famous stadium, FIFA 19 is the definitive, most comprehensive LaLiga gaming experience.
FIFA 19 is available for pre-order for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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EA Sports have improved the FIFA franchise this season by obtaining a number of licences ahead of the release of FIFA 19. In the UK, the game is due to hit shops and online retailers on September 25th and as always, there are plenty of new features and quirks for players to look forward to.
FIFA 19 Features
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It’s always an exciting time for gamers and many have already pre-ordered their copy of the much-anticipated release. EA have been busy snapping up various rights over the past 12 months and they have managed to obtain the official rights for Serie A, which will coincide with the arrival of the mercurial Cristiano Ronaldo. The majority of teams were featured in previous additions of the game but they will now be accessible in career mode where a number of bonuses will await.
Serie A looks extremely competitive once again this season and following a fascinating title race last year, gamers will undoubtedly be excited that the likes of Napoli, Torino, Roma and Juventus will all be available with the highest level of authenticity. Badges, crests and official match-day balls will also be included in the game.
UEFA had a long-standing agreement with Konami and PES but this has expired over the summer and as a result, FIFA 19 will now include Europe’s premier club competition. After signing the lucrative deal, EA Sports were keen to show off their latest acquisition and the Champions League has featured heavily on the early demos. It will allow players to steer their favourite team through the competition, carefully negotiating the group stage before taking on some of Europe’s most decorated clubs during the knockout rounds.
The Europa League will also be available for the first time and will also be part of FIFA Ultimate Team this season. Despite playing second fiddle to the Champions League, the competition is always extremely competitive with clubs such as AC Milan, Arsenal and Chelsea all featuring this year with the latter chalked up as the 6/1 favourites in the Europa League betting. Players will be able to guide their favourite teams through the group stage and negotiate the choppy waters of the two-legged knock-out games.
FIFA 19 New Stadiums
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La Liga stadiums will also feature in the new game with 19 realistic venues included on FIFA 19 whilst over 200 new players from the Spanish top flight will also be incorporated. They were unable to secure the rights to the Nou Camp although talks will continue to take place throughout the season. The stadia will include club flags and banners complete with realistic pre-match atmosphere.
FIFA release day is always a significant date and sports fans and gamers will be counting down the hours until they can get their hands on the latest copy of the much-heralded game. It will be available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, X-Box One and PC.
The addition of Champions League, Europa League, La Liga and Serie A rights looks to be real coup for EA and both FIFA 19 and its gamers will undoubtedly benefit from the inclusion of these prestigious competitions.
La Liga is one of the most exciting football leagues on the planet and lots of world-class youngsters ply their trade on Spain’s biggest stage on a weekly basis. FIFA 18 players will be familiar with most of La Liga’s young prospects but there are a few relatively unknown quantities around.
Everybody wants to sign Lionel Messi but there is more to gaming than controlling the top teams. Instead, it is arguably more rewarding – especially in career mode as you look to take a fairly average club to the top of the league table. We look at a few of the league’s brightest stars to sign on career mode…
Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)
Known mainly for his athleticism and control of his penalty area, Kepa is not your regular goalkeeper. Standing at just over 6 feet tall, he is much shorter than the likes of David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois. However, his 79 rating leaves scope for improvement and he is a decent, young option at an affordable price.
Kepa has been making strides in La Liga in recent times, notching eight clean sheets in 23 La Liga outings last season. Touted as a future Real Madrid goalkeeper, he can be the face of your FIFA squad for the best part of a decade.
Theo Hernandez (Real Madrid)
As with most Real Madrid starlets, you will have to pay through the roof to sign Hernandez – although a loan deal is not out of the question. The former Atletico Madrid man is one of La Liga’s top prospects and he will rank highly as one of the most gifted young defenders on FIFA 19.
Speed, strength and power are three traits needed to succeed as a defender on FIFA and the Real man ticks all of those boxes. Don’t miss out, Hernandez could be world football’s next big defensive star. He could be the face of Real Madrid’s defence for the rest of his professional career.
Carlos Soler (Valencia)
Soler is rated 78 on the current FIFA and his rating should top 80 on the next version of the game. The Valencia man notched one goal and four assists in La Liga last campaign and this could be his time to shine on the big stage.
Valencia, 2/1 for a top-four finish in La Liga betting odds with bet365, will be confident of a successful campaign and Soler will be central to their chances. The 21-year-old is well worth targeting on FIFA games and he is only going to improve as he earns more game time at the Mestalla Stadium.
Javier Ontiveros (Malaga)
Rated just 71 on the latest edition of the game, Ontiveros has the potential to flourish into a top class winger. Unlike most wide men, he isn’t blessed with blistering pace but the Malaga youngster is one of the trickiest and most skilful players outside of La Liga’s top three clubs.
His vision and creativity are two of his greatest traits and he is well worth signing on career mode. One for the future, Ontiveros can provide assist after assist for your FIFA side and he can adapt to a number of different formations and systems.
Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker hopes to have his future resolved before Brazil begin their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on Sunday.
Alisson, 25, has been strongly linked with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea in recent months, though Roma have insisted he is not for sale.
Speaking after Brazil 3-0 victory over Austria on Sunday evening, Alisson wants to make a decision before the weekend otherwise it will have to wait until after the World Cup.
“There are options that we are working on, together with Roma and with respect for my club,” he told Globoesporte. “We’ll see if something happens during this week.
“I believe that it will all be resolved before the start of the World Cup, or at least that is what I hope. To be honest, I’ve left it all in the hands of my agents. If it doesn’t get resolved before our first game [of the World Cup], then we’ll talk about it after because during it, my mind is only going to be 100 percent focused on Brazil.”
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— Alisson Becker (@Alissonbecker) June 10, 2018
Despite the transfer speculation, Alisson could yet sign a contract extension with Roma.
Taffarel, Brazil’s goalkeeping coach, says Alisson is more than happy to remain in Rome next season, and he would also be delighted if he does not switch clubs.
“He’s a goalkeeper who gives you tranquillity and I’m truly delighted about him. I’d say his greatest strength, other than his technical ability, is that he’s very relaxed, very intelligent with the way he plays — he’s mentally very strong,” Taffarel told Italy’s Radio Stereo. “He’s very happy at Roma — truly very, very happy. The voices about him moving are only rumours. If he stays at Roma, I’d be very happy.
“I don’t really like making lists of who is the best, but as far as I’m concerned, he’s one of the best in the world, together with [Manuel] Neuer, who I’ve always liked and is getting back now, and [David] De Gea, [Thibaut] Courtois.”
Roberto Mancini is the new coach of the Italy national team, the Italian Football Federation announced on Monday.
The move comes one day after Mancini agreed to terminate his contract as manager of Zenit St Petersburg, which paved the way for him to negotiate his Italy deal.
Mancini reportedly signed a two-year deal, though the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) did not give any details about his contract in announcing his appointment. He will be presented at a news conference on Tuesday.
The 53-year-old former Manchester City and Inter Milan manager failed to lead Zenit to a Champions League qualification spot for next season.
With Italy, Mancini will replace Giampiero Ventura, who was sacked in November after the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.
Roberto #Mancini has signed as the new #Italy Coach! ????????????
The @FIGC has reached an agreement with Mancini to start in the role and there will be an official presentation tomorrow at 12:00 CEST in #Coverciano.#VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/xp9v22Vx5A
— Italy (@azzurri) May 14, 2018
As well as Mancini, Carlo Ancelotti, Claudio Ranieri and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte had been linked with the position, which had been held by caretaker manager Luigi Di Biagio, the coach of Italy’s under-21 side.
Mancini, who won 36 caps for Italy as a player, led City to the Premier League title in 2011-12 after three Serie A title wins with Inter.
Since leaving the Etihad in 2013 he has managed Galatasaray and Inter again before being appointed Zenit boss last June.
Paris Saint-Germain have appointed Thomas Tuchel as their new coach, replacing Unai Emery after two years at the helm, the French champions announced on Monday.
Tuchel was most recently the coach at Borussia Dortmund but parted ways in May 2017 amid reported disagreements with the club hierarchy, despite guiding the club to the DFB Pokal title three days earlier. He signed a two-year contract with PSG.
The 44-year-old has been linked to the job for weeks, as sources told ESPN FC in March that owner Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani decided upon Tuchel as Emery’s replacement because he can speak French fluently and has always preferred an attacking style of play.
Emery led PSG to the Ligue 1 title and both French cups this season, but the domestic clean sweep was not enough to renew his expiring contract after consecutive Champions League round-of-16 exits at the hands of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Tuchel, who replaced Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at both Mainz in 2009 and Dortmund in 2015, said he was delighted to have been handed the task of continuing PSG’s domination of French football and succeeding where Emery failed in Europe.
“It is with much joy, pride and ambition that I am joining this big club, PSG,” Tuchel said. “I cannot wait to start working with all these great players who are all amongst the best in the world.
“With my coaching staff, we will do everything we can to help the team reach success, including on the international scene. PSG has enormous potential and it is by so far the most exciting proposition in football. I am also impatient to get to know Parc des Princes, a famous European stadium and one that boasts an incredible atmosphere.”
Paris Saint-Germain are delighted to announce that Thomas Tuchel will be the new first-team coach next season !
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— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) May 14, 2018
Tuchel, who started his coaching career with Augsburg’s reserves before taking over Mainz, turned down an offer to replace Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich this summer. Tuchel’s debut will be the International Champions Cup clash against Bayern in Klagenfurt, Austria, this summer.
He was chosen by PSG over a list of candidates reported to have included Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino — a former PSG captain as a player — and Andre Villas-Boas.
The new coach is reported to have met already with PSG superstar Neymar and is expected to make significant changes to the squad before next campaign, as well as potentially move the team’s tactics away from the possession-based 4-3-3 that has become familiar in Paris.
His major task will be to manage a dressing room full of high-profile personalities while working within a well-defined club hierarchy, but captain Thiago Silva said on Sunday that he thinks Tuchel is up to the task.
“He is a coach a little from our school,” Silva said at the Ligue 1 awards in Paris. “He is German but with a Brazilian way of thinking about the game. That will help us plenty.
“He likes plenty of order? In the world of football, a bit of order is necessary. If he arrives with the mentality that many have spoken about, he will add a lot.”
PSG Chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi hailed Tuchel’s arrival and firmly stated his belief that the German will prove to be a shrewd appointment.
“I am very happy to welcome Thomas as the new coach of PSG,” the Qatari supremo said. “Thomas is one of the best and most competitive European coaches to have emerged over the last few seasons. He abides by very strong principles of playing spectacular and clinical football that has always been the foundation of German football, especially on the international scene.
“His competitive spirit, his preference for attacking football and his strong character are in line with what we have always wanted for PSG — this style that our loyal supporters have always demanded and admired.”
Emery succeeded Laurent Blanc at PSG in June 2016 after spending parts of four seasons coaching Sevilla, but the Champions League failures convinced the club hierarchy that he was not worthy of an extension on his two-year contract.
The 46-year-old had been expected for weeks to leave the club following the season, though it was not until late last month that he acknowledged having met with Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Antero Henrique to finalise his departure.
“If the new coach needs something from me, I can offer my opinion,” Emery said at the time. “PSG’s project is very solid, and it will continue to grow and add major players. The next coach, whoever it is, will find a big club, with big opportunities — I am there to offer some help.”
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.
Benjamin Mendy hasn’t started a game since knee surgery in September
The exciting wingback insists he will be in peak condition for Russia 2018
Messrs Digne, Hernandez and Kurzawa provide competition to Mendy
Benjamin Mendy has insisted he will be in in perfect condition – physically and mentally – to represent France at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
The 23-year-old left-wingback underwent knee ligament surgery in September, but made his second, short substitute appearance since recovering in Manchester City’s 0-0 draw at home to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
After saying he “felt something amazing” – a referral to the City fans’ support – he added: “I’ll do like everyone else and try to get as much playing time as possible.
“We’ll see when the [squad] list comes out. Physically and mentally, I’m at full power and I’m ready to go to Russia.”
Mendy has only won four caps for France, but did appear to have made a spot in their side his own. In his absence, Lucas Digne, Lucas Hernandez and Layvin Kurzawa have patrolled the left side of Les Bleus’ defence.
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This is the cheapest solution to use your FUT coins in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team to gain the prime icon Gheorghe Hagi in the squad building challenge. Easily the most decorated Romanian footballer of all time, Hagi is a very lucrative player to acquire into any team. Check out the full HD video guide below that showcases the cheapest way to get the card.
Now there are a few SBC’s to get through and they are the following:
Brescia & FC Barcelona
84 rated team
85 rated team
86 rated team
87 rated team
It goes without saying that the 87 rated is by far the most expensive and will cost close to 235K to complete. The rest are relatively easy and it is best to do these over time especially when there are market crashes in FUT. This is when you should snipe the most expensive players at the best times.
In total it should cost you around 650,000 coins which is by far the cheapest you’re going to find. Look out for more icon SBCs and general FIFA 18 gameplay tips by subscribing to the official YouTube channel to stay right up to date on all video publications.
Arsene Wenger will have “no shortage of offers” for new jobs and is already taking calls from interested clubs, former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein told Sky Sports.
Dein, who hired Wenger in 1996 when he was an unknown figure in England, also said that he debated with his old friend last season about whether he should stay on, and predicted that the 68-year-old will find life away from football “like a bereavement.”
Wenger announced on Friday that he will quit at the end of the season despite being handed a new two-year deal last summer, with Arsenal limping toward their worst Premier Leauge finish of his 22-year reign.
“He will have no shortage of offers. I personally had calls from various people yesterday, asking to speak to him,” Dein said. “So he won’t be short of offers from clubs, if he wants the job.
“He’s going to be 69 in October, but he keeps himself extraordinarily fit. He is the same weight as when I met him, 75 kilos. He keeps himself so fit. He’s got a very active mind, such a knowledge of the game.
“And over the last few years, he has been approached by some of the biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, the England national team wanted him at one stage.”
Dein added that he was not surprised by the announcement and that he has had plenty of discussions with Wenger about whether it was time to step down.
“It’s been coming. At the end of last season I was discussing with him, ‘Arsene, what do you want to do? Are you going to stay? Are you going to leave?’ He was a bit undecided,” Dein said.
“In the end, I said, ‘Arsene, do you know what your problem is?’ He said, ‘What’s that?’ I said, ‘You love the club too much.’ He’s so attached to it. So loyal, so dedicated. He felt responsible for the players coming through.
“That was an option for him, undoubtedly. I was weighing up, ‘If you leave now, this is the situation. If you go on, you roll the dice another year or two, what’s going to happen?’
“He made his own mind up and decided to stay. I felt the last couple of weeks, it has been getting more difficult for him, particularly with the team results. I though that, on a personal level, it was unlikely that he was going to stay after the end of the season.”
Wenger admitted on Sunday that life away from Arsenal will be difficult for him and Dein said he went through a similar challenge after leaving the club in 2007.
“It’s going to be tough initially,” Dein said. “As I found myself, it’s a way of life. He’s the first one at the club, the last one to leave. It will be difficult.
“It is rather like a bereavement and the various stages, the first one is denial and finally you get to acceptance and you move on. He has to have a good holiday and decide what he wants to do next.”
Dein also paid a glowing tribute to Wenger’s contributions for the club and hailed him as Arsenal’s greatest ever manager.
“His legacy will be for global football. His style of play, the way he has conducted himself, his integrity, his honesty. The way he has handled players. What he has done for the club is immeasurable,” Dein said.
“He will go down in history as the greatest Arsenal manager ever. We’ve built a fantastic training ground, sensational stadium. It was back on the Invincible team in 2003-04 that we managed to get financing for the stadium.”
Mattias is ESPN FC’s Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.
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