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FIFA 21 Festival of FUTball campaign cleverly adds Euro 2020 items

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FIFA 21 Festival of FUTball is EA’s cunning way of linking to the current Euro 2020 tournament despite rival PES 2021 having the official rights. Up until 16 July, it sees select FIFA 21 players receive in-game upgrades based on national team performances – a bit like FIFA 21 RTTF (Road To The Final) items, but specific to country-based competition. How does it all work? GR’s FIFA 21 Festival Of FUTball guide explains all.

FIFA 21 Festival of FUTball: what is Path To Glory?

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FIFA 21 Path To Glory is the system by which individual players upgrade, based on international performances. While there’s a clear hint at Euro 2020 here, the Copa America is also included – with Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez (Colombia) among those to receive a FIFA 21 PTG item. 

The way it works is that once an international team has amassed three wins, a player’s respective item earns a +2 updgrade. Eden Hazard, for instance, jumped from a 95 to 97 in terms of overall rating after Belgium notched their third win of Euro 2020. A fourth win earns another +1 upgrade, a fifth win yet another +1 upgrade, and a sixth win brings 5* weak foot and skill move upgrades.

14 players made up the initial release list. Along with Havertz, Griezmann and Sanchez you can nab Phil Foden (England), Serge Gnabry (Germany) and Vinicius Jr (Brazil). The full list, along with player ratings, can be found at the foot of this guide.

FIFA 21 Festival of FUTball: How much do cards cost?

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The earth. On PS4, as of Wednesday, June 30, Vinicius Jr’s 99 pace rating (and 95 OVR) makes him the most expensive FIFA 21 PTG card going, at 3.9 million coins. Roberto Firmino (Brazil), with an OVR of 97, is next at 2.1 million. Marcos Llorente (Spain) is the third most expensive card, at 1.32 million. Pricey for a right back.

The campaign’s best bargain is Denis Zakaria (Switzerland). He's unlikely to draw an upgrade, but even so his CDM card is monstrous: a 91 OVR, with individual attributes of 91 pace, 90 defending, and 93 physicality. You can nab it for 102,000 coins. 

At the other end of the scale are Alexandr Golovin (Russia) and Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay). The cheapest two cards in the campaign, they'll set you back 59,000 coins and 64,000 coins respectively.

How else can I get FIFA 21 Festival of FUTball items?

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Continuing a trend of this season, EA has unleashed additional Path To Glory cards that aren’t available on the transfer market, using time-limited Squad Building Challenges and in-game objectives.

As of Monday, June 14 two cards weree available through SBCs. Alessandro Florenzi (Italy) gets a position shift from RB to CDM, and an overall rating of 91. To earn him you need to submit three teams based around Ligue 1, Paris St-Germain and Italy, at a cost of around 369,000 coins – though significantly less if you have high-rated untradables to submit. 

Also on offer via the same route was Liverpool winger Diogo Jota (Portugal). His 90-OVR card boasts 92 pace and 92 dribbling, with one fewer puzzle to complete than Florenzi. You need to submit teams based on Liverpool and Portugal, at a rough cost of 305,000 coins.

Poignantly, the objectives-based item is Christian Eriksen (Denmark). His 91-rated item landed just a day before the Inter talisman collapsed during his country’s game against Finland, after suffering a cardiac arrest. Which makes discussion of a FIFA 21 card feel somewhat irrelevant. For the record, it requires the completion of four separate objectives groups, all pertaining to matches played in Squad Battles or Division Rivals. 

Additional later items included Jack Grealish (England) as an SBC reward, and Lucas Hernandez (France) in return for completing another set of objectives. 

FIFA 21 Festival of FUTBall: what else has changed?

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Quite rightly, the new campaign sees Weekend League rewards get an overhaul. Below is what you now earn following a succesful FUT Champions campaign:

Top 200: Ultimate TOTW Packs are replaced with a TOTS Pack containing 11 TOTS Players from English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish Leagues (the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, and Ligue 1) aka ‘EFIGS’, with a minimum OVR of 91 

Elite 3+: Pemium TOTW Packs are replaced with a TOTS Pack containing 3 TOTS Players from EFIGS Leagues with a minimum OVR of 91.

Gold 2+: TOTS Player Pick pack rewards will have a minimum OVR of 89. A minimum of 1 TOTS item will be from EFIGS leagues.

Silver 1 & Gold 3: TOTS Player Pick pack rewards will have a minimum OVR of 88.

Silver 2/3: TOTS Player Pick pack rewards will be capped at 89 OVR.

Silver 3+: All Red FUT Champions TOTW items are replaced with Red FUT Champions TOTS items from all leagues.

FIFA 21 Festival of FUTBall: is there a full Path To Glory cards list?

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There certainly is. As of Wednesday, June 30, the complete FIFA 21 Path To Glory cards list is as follows:

  • Eden Hazard (RW, Real Madrid/Belgium) - 97
  • Roberto Firmino (ST, Liverpool/Brazil) - 97
  • Marco Verratti (CM, Paris/Italy) - 96
  • Matthijs de Ligt (CB, Piemonte Calcio/Netherlands) - 96
  • Kai Havertz (ST, Chelsea/Germany) - 95
  • Antoine Griezmann (ST, Barcelona/Spain) - 95
  • Vinicius Jr (LW, Real Madrid/Brazil) - 95
  • Paul Pogba (CM, Manchester United/France) - 95
  • Georginio Wijnaldum (CM, Liverpool/Netherlands) - 95
  • Marcos Acuna (CM, Sevilla/Argentina) - 94
  • Marcos Llorente (RB, Atletico Madrid/Germany) - 94
  • Phil Foden (CAM, Manchester City/England) - 94
  • Josef Martinez (ST, Atalanta/Venezuela) - 94
  • Alexis Sanchez (RW, Inter/Chile) - 94
  • Eder Militao (CB, Real Madrid/Brazil) - 94
  • Serge Gnabry (LM, Bayern/Germany) - 93
  • Davinson Sanchez (CB, Tottenham/Colombia) - 93
  • Joao Felix (CF, Atletico Madrid/Portugal) - 93
  • Alvaro Morata (ST, Piemonte Calcio/Spain) - 93
  • Ben Chilwell (LB, Chelsea/England) - 93
  • Alessandro Florenzi (CDM, Paris SG/Italy) - 93 [SBC only]
  • Yusuf Yazici (ST, LOSC/Turkey) - 92
  • Thorgan Hazard (CF, Dortmund/Belgium) - 92
  • Leandro Paredes (RB, Paris SG/Argentina) - 92
  • Denis Zakaria (CDM, M'gladbach/Switzerland) - 91
  • Jack Grealish (LW, Aston Villa/England) - 91 [SBC only]
  • Christian Eriksen (CAM, Inter/Denmark) - 91 [Objectives only]
  • Ante Rebic (LW, Milan/Croatia) - 91
  • Diogo Jota (RW, Liverpool/Portugal) - 90 [SBC only]
  • Alexandr Golovin (RM, AS Monaco/Russia) - 90
  • Lucas Hernandez (CB, FC Bayern/France) - 90 [Objectives only]
  • Lukas Klostermann (CB, Leipzig/Germany) -  90
  • Nahitan Nandez (CM, Cagliari/Uruguay) - 90
  • Florian Wirtz (CAM, Leverkusen/Germany) - 70 [Objectives only]
  • Fabio Silva (ST, Wolves/Portugal) - 70 [Objectives only]

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