As GR outlined ahead of the World Cup, real player likenesses are a bigger deal than ever in the two main football games – and EA has just confirmed that more than 200 new ones are headed to FIFA 19 from the Spanish league alone.
The full list is still TBC, but Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao) is shown above, and on the back of a behind-closed-doors hands-on I can confirm Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, Jose Maria Gimenez, Saul, and Angel Correa are all in too. Also expect long-overdue proper likenesses for Sergio Asenjo (Villarael), Willian Jose (Real Socieded), and Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla), in addition to new Chelsea signings Kepa and Mateo Kovacic, both of whom spent last season in La Liga.
It’s not only a wealth of La Liga player faces getting added to the game. Also inbound are stadiums from all Spanish top flight clubs from the 2017/18 season other than Barcelona’s Camp Nou – the 25-time champions have an exclusive deal with Konami for Pro Evo.
There’s no word on promoted clubs Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid, although EA has a similar annual tie-in with the Premier League, and often adds player faces for teams elevated from the Championship in a post-release patch. Perhaps we’ll see the same for that trio’s stadia.
The full list of 16 new grounds is as follows. Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia aren’t on it as theirs were already in FIFA 18.
- Estadio ABANCA-Riazor (Deportivo La Coruña)
- Estadio Benito Villamarín (Real Betis)
- Estadio La Rosaleda (Málaga)
- Estadio San Mamés (Athletic Bilbao)
- Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán (Sevilla)
- Coliseum Alfonso Pérez (Getafe)
- Estadio de Gran Canaria (UD Las Palmas)
- Estadio de la Cerámica (Villareal)
- RCDE Stadium (Espanyol)
- Estadio de Balaídos (Celta Vigo)
- Municipal de Ipurua (Eibar)
- Estadio Ciutat de València (Levante)
- Estadio de Anoeta (Real Sociedad)
- Municipal de Butarque (Leganés)
- Estadio de Mendizorrotza (Alavés)
- Estadio de Montilivi (Girona)
If it is added post-release, Huesca’s ground will be one of the smallest official ones to ever appear in FIFA – with a capacity of 5,500. If it isn’t, Eibar and Girona should also offer compact, intimidating venues for career mode and FUT fixtures, with capacities of 7,083 and 9,200 respectively.
FIFA 19 is out for PS4, Xbox One and PC on 28 September. For additional reading, check out our look at 10 new Ultimate Team icons and division rivals mode.