FIFA Mobile Gets New Season With Better Graphics, Team Chemistry System, Head to Head Multiplayer Mode


FIFA Mobile, one of the popular mobile games by EA Sports, has been updated on Android and iOS with a new season. The new update brings a list of much-awaited tweaks, including a “Head to Head” multiplayer mode as well as a new Team Chemistry system that boosts your starting lineup when you select players from the same real-world club, league, or nationality. Also, there is an upgraded gameplay engine that is touted to deliver a more realistic and responsive experience. EA has also made player likenesses look better than ever with a fresh set of star heads, authentic boots, and signature goal celebrations.

The new season of FIFA Mobile has an all-new gameplay engine that brings a “dramatically overhauled” animation system and artificial intelligence (AI) controlled players who play much more intelligently and realistically on both sides over the previous version. There are also better-looking players with authentic faces of many of the global football stars. EA has also uplifted the animation fidelity. This is claimed to help deliver an experience “with more passion and fluidity than any other football game available on mobile devices”.

Further, there are improvements on the part of celebrations as well. The company says that between dabs, backflips, and other moves, goal celebrations throughout the gameplay are authentic. Detailing is also there when it comes to visuals, such as the dresses and boots of the players. Moreover, off the pitch scenes, menus, and player items have been redesigned from the scratch to make FIFA Mobile an interesting game for the existing FIFA fans.

FIFA Mobile has also received a new Team Chemistry system that is designed to boost your starting lineup when you include players from the same real-world team, league, or country. You can experience the new addition and be able to build a team of strong contenders once you pick a few players from a popular real-world team.

If the new Team Chemistry system is not something that persuades you to install the latest FIFA Mobile on your Android or iOS device, EA has offered a real-time Head to Head multiplayer mode. This means you can play a tournament with competitors around the globe in a real time. You can also opt for the Amateur and Pro Divisions to play a match against an AI Trainer to improve your skills on the pitch.

EA has provided a list of minimum specs requirements for the Head to Head mode. There are models such as the iPhone 6 and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, Samsung Galaxy S6 and later, Galaxy Note 5 and later, Google Pixel and later, and OnePlus 3T and later among other devices in the list of recommended devices. Furthermore, the company points out that devices based on Snapdragon 2xx, Snapdragon 400 and 410, and Snapdragon 600 don’t meet the minimum specs.

 



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‘Why Not?’ FIFA Boss Says 48 Teams ‘Feasible’ For Qatar World Cup


FIFA president Gianni Infantino said expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams was “feasible” on Wednesday, as hosts Qatar pledged to come to a decision in the early part of next year. Infantino said “Why not?” bring forward the expansion from 32 teams to 48, which is currently due at the 2026 tournament in the United States, Canada and Mexico. “We have decided… to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup final tournaments from 32 to 48,” Infantino told the Asian Football Confederation’s annual congress in Kuala Lumpur. “It will happen in 2026. Will it happen in 2022? You know me. It is possible. It is possible. Why not?” he added.

Infantino said an expanded tournament would see Asia’s allocation rise from 4.5 places to 8.5, raising cheers from the delegates assembled at a luxury hotel in the Malaysian capital.

“You will have (a bigger) chance. It is possible. It is feasible. We are discussing with our Qatari friends. We are discussing with many other friends in the region. We hope we have it happen. We always have to try,” he said. 

Accommodating another 16 teams would vastly complicate Qatar’s task in preparing for the World Cup, which was awarded to the tiny desert state in 2010.

Qatar has also been involved in a stand-off with neighbours Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, who have cut off diplomatic relations and imposed a blockade on the resource-rich country, accusing it of endorsing terror activities.

Hassan al-Thawadi, head of the 2022 organising body, told AFP that Qatar was studying the 48 teams proposal and would make a decision before qualifying gets under way.

“We are still looking at the feasibility studies and we will be in a better position to provide a feedback in the future,” he said.

“But it will be decided before the qualifications… sometime in the first quarter of next year.”

He added that preparations remained on track despite the blockade, and that the budget of $200 billion for the entire infrastructure, including metro and expressway, has not been affected.

“We are very happy and excited with the progress. It is on track. By 2020-2021 all our (eight) stadiums will be ready,” al-Thawadi said.

“This is the first World Cup in the Middle East and is a perfect opportunity to bring people together and contribute to the process of healing,” he added.

Ahead of FIFA’s presidential election next year, Infantino said 180 out of the 211 federations had given him their support.

“You know there is an election coming. I have announced I will be a (presidential) candidate. I have received over 180 letters of support,” he said.

“And when it comes to Asia, only a couple are missing.”



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FIFA Put Plans For Lucrative New Club World Cup, Nations League On Hold


The delay will be seen as a way of appeasing the likes of the World Leagues Forum, a grouping of professional leagues, which sent a letter to Infantino demanding that no final decision be taken in Kigali and lamenting the lack of any consultation.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has also been critical of the plans, and reports this week suggested delegates from European football’s governing body could walk out if their views were not heeded in Kigali.

“I am happy to have contributed to peace in the world today if some were seeing it so dramatic,” Infantino remarked.

“Everyone agrees the Club World Cup needs to be revamped, everyone in the world.

“There are some who have different interests. We were not going to decide today how to revamp them, there are different options on the table.

“FIFA’s duty is to organise competitions, so I don’t understand why we cannot talk about them.”

Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup by boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format, 12 of them European. Currently, the competition, which elicits little interest outside of Latin America, is played every year in December.

The 48-year-old indicated that it would be better for FIFA to organise a tournament that redistributes money around the game than for top European clubs to regularly travel abroad to take part in money-spinning friendly matches.

“Everyone is happy to go around the world and try to cash in as much as possible. The only organisation in the world of football which is doing solidarity and development all over the world is FIFA,” he said.

“There is certainly space for these games, interesting club games, without adding to the international match calendar.”

His other project is to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the global Nations League, a sort of mini-World Cup with eight national teams competing. UEFA recently launched its own European Nations League.

Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan, backed by Saudi Arabia among others. 

That money, he promises, will be redistributed to clubs and continental federations.



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Champions France Defied Poor Stats At World Cup, Says FIFA Report


“France did not rely on ball possession but rather focused on getting into the opposition’s half as fast as they could. And they had the players to do just that.”

“The successful teams had a distinct way of playing based on their players and coaching philosophy,” Parreira, who led Brazil to victory in the 1994 tournament, said of the four semi-finalists. “They had a game plan and believed in it.”

The report also said that the World Cup was short of classic playmakers, but the two who caught the eye both reached the final.

“We saw less of the so-called playmakers at this World Cup, perhaps as a result of the way teams played,” the report said. “However, there were still some outstanding individuals in this area, Paul Pogba of France excelled, but Luka Modric stole the show.”

“Playmakers can impose themselves on games, speed up or slow down the tempo, switch play, create and make things happen,” Parreira.

For many teams turning possession or passes into victories was a struggle.

“The team with the most average ball possession per match, Spain (69%), failed to progress from the round of 16,” pointed out the report. 

Possession losing importance

Germany, whose title defence ended in the group stage, were second in possession followed by Argentina, eliminated in the last 16, and another team that played only three matches, Saudi Arabia.

Spain also completed the most total passes in the tournament (804) in just four matches, followed by two teams who played only three times: Germany(668) and Saudi Arabia (613). France completed just 460 in their seven games. 

Germany (84%) and Spain (81%) were the only two sides to complete better than four-fifths of their passes. France completed 70 per cent.

“Serbia were the hardest-running team at the tournament, covering an average of 113 km per game,” said the report. “By contrast, France were 28th in this respect, averaging 101 km per match.” 

Russia scored a goal from every 4.5 shots, France were second with a goal from every six attempts followed by Colombia with one from every 6.5. Germany had by far the worst conversion rate, scoring just two goals despite 72 shots.

The report added: “Shooting efficiency from outside the penalty area improved dramatically: the average strike rate was a goal per 29 long-range attempts, compared to one in 42 at Brazil 2014.”

But it also said that the way defences were organised limited long-range shots and the number from outside the area has dropped 32 per cent since the 2010 World Cup. In all, 15 teams did not score from outside the area.

“Teams at this World Cup were more compact in defence,” said the report. “The amount of space available has been dramatically reduced, making it challenging to find openings.”

Yet, Parreira insisted “there was an attacking mentality”.

“The attackers looked very sharp: they created good opportunities and took them! The midfielders got forward in support and chipped in with goals.”



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FIFA 19 PS4 Bundle Up for Pre-Order in India: Price, Release Date, and More


Much like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Spider-Man PS4, FIFA 19 gets a PS4 bundle. Released internationally alongside the game last month, India gets it now.This includes a 1TB PS4 Slim and a disc copy of FIFA 19 and a FIFA Ultimate Team code for one rare gold player pack and three icon loan items for five games. The FIFA 19 PS4 bundle India price is Rs. 36,490. There’s no exact FIFA 19 PS4 bundle release date as Sony doesn’t usually mention exact hardware bundle releases although local retailers speaking to Gadgets 360 on the condition of anonymity have confirmed it will be available by the end of this week or early next week at the very latest.

And if you already own a PS4, the physical version of FIFA 19 Champions Edition on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One price is Rs. 5,999 ($80 in the US) while digitally it costs Rs. Rs. 4,499 on PS4, and Rs. 4,800 on Xbox One. Meanwhile, FIFA 19 standard edition price is Rs. 3,999 on PS4 and Xbox One with the Nintendo Switch, PS3, and Xbox 360 variants available for Rs. 3,999 ($60 in the US).

In a welcome turn of events, Amazon India – EA’s official exclusive retail partner for the country had been shipped out orders of FIFA 19 Champions Edition and standard edition on time. This wasn’t the case for FIFA 16FIFA 17, or FIFA 18.

Here’s what the FIFA 19 Champions Edition comes with.

FIFA 19 Champions Edition

  • Up to 20 Jumbo Premium Packs: one per week for 20 weeks
  • UEFA Champions League player item: choose one of five guaranteed 80-83 rated players
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. loan items – seven FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT kits – designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

 


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Cristiano Ronaldo Turns To Juventus Challenge After FIFA Best Player Snub


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri had backed Ronaldo – who has scored three goals in his last two league games – for the award, as he led the way in the Champions League with 15 goals to help Real to a third straight title.

“With no offence to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it,” said Allegri.

The Italian champions face a heavy week in Turin with three games in their Allianz Stadium in the space of seven days.

After Wednesday’s game against 18th-placed Bologna, who shocked Roma 2-0 at the weekend, Juventus play Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli in a top-of-the table clash on Saturday.

Juventus have had a perfect start to the season with five wins and 15 points – three points ahead of Napoli.

Allegri’s side also play Swiss club Young Boys in the Champions League a week on Tuesday, a game which Ronaldo will miss after his controversial sending off against Valencia in Spain.

Napoli host promoted Parma, before their trip to Turin, with an eye on their Champions League game against Liverpool in Naples.

“We won there (Juventus) last season and still finished second,” said Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne. 

“If we don’t win the midweek game with Parma, then the result with Juve is irrelevant, so we have to take it one at a time.”

Under-pressure Roma host promoted Frosinone looking for a boost after slipping to 14th with their weekend defeat in Bologna.

Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has reportedly been given a week to save his job, starting against the newcomers from outside Rome, before the city derby against Lazio at the weekend.

Frosinone are second from the bottom of the table with 12 goals conceded, including two to Juventus last weekend.

“At the end of the year when the points are counted the matches like the one in Frosinone you don’t remember immediately, but you know how important they were,” said Allegri.

Roma then host Czech club Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League next week, having lost their opener to holders Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan face a tough task against Fiorentina in the San Siro Tuesday with coach Luciano Spalletti serving a touchline ban for his over-exuberant goal celebration against Sampdoria.

Inter have been struggling but their last-gasp win against the Genoa side followed their come-from-behind 2-1 win in the Champions League against Tottenham. 

Spalletti’s side travel to the Netherlands to play PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League next week.

Fiorentina are third in the table five points adrift of Juventus, with Inter in ninth.



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FIFA 19 Release Date Broken Internationally


FIFA 19 Release Date Broken Internationally

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The FIFA 19 release date for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PS3, and Xbox 360 is September 28. Those purchasing the FIFA 19 Champions Edition can play it from September 25. However, if you reside in Turkey, Germany, or the UAE, you can play it right now. FIFA 19 has been made available early in these countries with avid gamers being able to get their hands on the game as of this Saturday. This isn’t the first time FIFA has had its release date broken. In fact, it’s a bit late this year compared to its past few entires.

FIFA 19 release date in India

With the UAE breaking date on FIFA 19, you can expect stock to show up in India soon enough. Several retailers speaking to Gadgets 360 have confirmed they would be getting the game early. Though how early is a point of contention since September 25 is the FIFA 19 Champions Edition release date and that’s just two days away. It won’t be cheap either with a minimum price of Rs. 4,500. That being said, sources in the supply chain tell us that Amazon India, EA’s exclusive retail partner in India, is set to buck its longstanding trend of releasing FIFA games late with FIFA 19 copies slated to reach buyers on the release date. It will be interesting to see if this is indeed the case. Be it FIFA 16FIFA 17, or FIFA 18, Amazon India doesn’t have the best track record with parallel imports beating the e-commerce giant to the punch year on year.

The FIFA 19 India price is Rs. 4,299 and the FIFA 19 Champions Edition price is Rs. 5,999. While it’s self-explanatory that the FIFA 19 standard version is just the game and that it, here’s what the FIFA 19 Champions Edition comes with.

FIFA 19 Champions Edition

  • Three days early access – play from September 25.
  • Up to 20 Jumbo Premium Packs: one per week for 20 weeks
  • UEFA Champions League player item: choose one of five guaranteed 80-83 rated players
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. loan items – seven FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT kits – designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

With Spider-Man, Forza Horizon 4, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider already on the store shelves and Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 yet to arrive, are you going to play FIFA 19 this year? Let us know in the comments.


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FIFA World Cup Success Has Given Paul Pogba A Boost: Jose Mourinho


Mourinho, though, thinks that Pogba’s success with France has given the midfielder an extra surge of energy.

“I think good results, and good performances, they make miracles,” said Mourinho at his press conference on Friday.

“And bad results and bad performances, they make you look more tired, more upset, more ugly, more everything.”

Mourinho’s remarks are likely to be welcomed by Pogba especially as the Portuguese had reportedly angered the 25-year-old last month when he implied Pogba played much better for France at the World Cup than he did for United last season as he was not surrounded by his entourage.

“Paul came back from the World Cup, and he was the last one to come because he played the final,” said Mourinho.

“But I think the happiness, the confidence, the self-esteem was what pushed him to play in our first match against Leicester almost without training and he played a very good match.

“It’s more about the moment and the momentum is very important — in both the positive and negative way.”

‘Difficult season’

Mourinho has indicated Pogba’s compatriot Anthony Martial, despite scoring against Young Boys in the Champions League this week, will drop to the bench against Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday to make way for Alexis Sanchez, who was an unused substitute on Wednesday.

Asked why he was dropping him to bring back the Chilean, the United manager replied Martial had played the whole game and Sanchez not taken part at all.

Mourinho’s side go into the weekend six points behind leaders Chelsea, having lost two of their opening five matches, at Brighton and at home to Tottenham.

However, with his side having won their past three matches in all competitions, Mourinho believes his team are showing they are better than they were last season, when they finished runners-up to Manchester City in the Premier League.

“I am optimistic, but it will be a difficult season, yes,” he said.

“I don’t change that because we won two matches in the Premier League.

“You see the level of the teams — you see Liverpool’s squad, Manchester City’s squad, Chelsea’s squad, Tottenham’s squad, and Arsenal are improving.

“I am not saying we are going to have more points than last season because last season we collected a very acceptable level of points. But I think we are going to be a better team.”



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Belgium, France Become First Joint Leaders In FIFA Rankings History


Belgium, who finished third in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, have joined world champions France as joint leaders of the FIFA world rankings released Thursday. It is the first time since the rankings were introduced in 1992 that the top spot has been shared. Roberto Martinez’s side moved up one place to top the ranking for the first time since 2015. In July this year, Didier Deschamps’ France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the final and lifted their second world title at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.

Belgium have notched up a pair of wins, including victory over Iceland in the inaugural Nations League competition to bring them level with the French, the team who beat them in the World Cup semi-finals.

The only other change in the top 10 sees Denmark drop below Spain into 10th place.

Germany, who fell from first to 15th place in August after their group stage exit from the World Cup, have moved up to 12th.

Outside of the top ten, two Nations League wins for Ukraine (29th, up six) over Czech Republic (47th, down three) and Slovakia (26th, unchanged) means that they are the month’s biggest movers, while Germany (12th, up three) have started to edge back towards a single-figure ranking after their World Cup debacle.

FIFA world rankings as of September 20

1. Belgium, France (1,729 pts), 3. Brazil (1,663), 4. Croatia (1,634), 5. Uruguay (1,632), 6. England (1,612), 7. Portugal (1,606), 8. Switzerland (1,598), 9. Spain (1,597), 10. Denmark (1,581).

 



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FIFA 19: Random Goal Celebration Option Added


EA Sports has added a ‘Random Celebration’ option to FIFA 19, players have spotted while playing the new demo that released last week. After you score a goal, you can trigger it by hitting the circle button on the PlayStation 4 or the B button on Xbox One.

It’s unclear if the limitation on possibilities has been removed as well. For now, it means you don’t have to remember a series of button combinations and then execute them perfectly during the few seconds after a goal. Instead, you can sit back and just press the new random celebration button in FIFA 19 to witness something you might have never seen before.

You can read about our first impressions of the FIFA 19 demo, which we felt was a familiar and fun experience owing to the gameplay being similar to FIFA 18 albeit with some interesting new optional introductions by way of ‘Timed Finishing’ that brings a risk vs reward system in addition to big tactical changes in the name of ‘Game Plans’ – which riffs on Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer – and ‘Dynamic Tactics’.

FIFA 19 is out September 28 on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Switch. You can avail three-day early access by purchasing special editions, and eight-day early access by signing up for EA’s subscription-based offerings EA or Origin Access.


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