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It's been on the cards for a while but EA Sports have officially confirmed that Serie A will be back in its proper form for FIFA 19.
A few months back, Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, via Calcio Finanza, reported that EA were able to obtain the official licenses for Serie A, Serie B and the Coppa Italia after a couple of years without it.
La corsa per lo Scudetto è iniziata: vivi la Serie A TIM in FIFA 19! @EASPORTSFIFA https://t.co/U5NMgw2AHP#FIFA19 #SerieATIM pic.twitter.com/ZjubI7w5LI
- Lega Serie A (@SerieA) August 20, 2018
Though EA did not lose the league entirely and it still had the actual players and kits for our playing pleasure, it just wasn't the same.
The Italian top flight was previously called 'Calcio A' on FIFA 18 and FIFA 17, but through acquiring the full rights, match graphics, official branding and Coppa di Campione d'Italia trophy, it will put Serie A on par with La Liga, the Premier League and Bundesliga in terms of realism when September rolls around.
Looking good, @Cristiano! https://t.co/SlHFk2pkNb #FIFA19 @EASPORTSFIFA pic.twitter.com/vIFwtW0zF2
- JuventusFC (@juventusfc) August 20, 2018
With the big-money arrival of cover star and global machine Cristiano Ronaldo to champions Juventus, the deal between EA and Serie A has worked an absolute treat and we can look forward to tearing it up with him in Bianconeri colours on the game.
EA's announcement comes mere days after it was revealed that they have made major changes to La Liga on the game - with 16 new stadiums (apart from the Nou Camp) and over 200 player faces added.
#FIFA19 + #LaLigaSantander = :fire:
:raised_hands: @EASPORTSFIFA :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/LFu2EmJGDb
- LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) August 17, 2018
Yet, it's evident that the biggest licence capture is of course the addition of the Champions League and Europa League in every game mode after Konami's agreement came to an end.
The new BETA release provides us with he full Champions League experience and comes with new commentators - former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon and legendary BT Sport commentator Derek Rae have officially been brought in to cover the biggest competition in world football.
Martin Tyler and Alan Smith, FIFA's regular pairing, are still expected to be part of the game but at least we'll get a bit of a break from Tyler complimenting Smith's heading ability.
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