EA Sports have confirmed the release of the latest round of winter transfers on FIFA 15 with the highlight being Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado joining up with his new side Chelsea.
Cuadrado moved to Chelsea on transfer deadline day from Fiorentina with Mohamed Salah going the other way on loan, another deal that has been confirmed.
Fans will be thrilled to finally get to play with Cuadrado who brings five star skills to the already impressive line-up that Chelsea possess.
Heâ€™s also got plenty of pace and itâ€™s likely that many players will use him on the right wing in place of Willian although he could even play at right-back if you were feeling particularly adventurous.
Andre Schurrleâ€™s move from the Blues to Wolfsburg is also in there as are a number of deals completed on transfer deadline day.
These include Sebastian Giovincoâ€™s move to Toronto from Italian champions Juventus after his contract with the Turin giants was terminated early.
Also on the list are Robert Huthâ€™s loan from Stoke to Leicester, Yann Mâ€™Vilaâ€™s return to Rubin Kazan, Darren Fletcherâ€™s transfer from Manchester United to West Brom and Davide Santonâ€™s loan back to Inter Milan from Newcastle United.
ZURICH (AP) â€” West Ham escaped being thrown out of the FA Cup after FIFA only fined the Premier League club on Wednesday for playing Senegal forward Diafra Sakho when he was deemed unavailable for the African Cup of Nations because of injury.
Sakho withdrew from Senegal’s squad before the African tournament began on Jan. 17, citing a back injury, but came on as a substitute for West Ham in its FA Cup fourth-round match against Bristol City on Jan. 25. He scored the winner in a 1-0 victory.
FIFA reprimanded Sakho and fined West Ham 100,000 Swiss francs ($108,000) â€” although the punishment could have been more severe for the English club.
The world governing body said West Ham had breached a regulation on releasing players for international duty, but wasn’t found to have violated a provision that would have led to the club having to forfeit the match.
“The question of further sanctions to be possibly imposed needs now to be dealt with by the entity responsible for the relevant competition, i.e. The FA, in application of its regulations,” FIFA said.
The FA said that Sakho was eligible to play in the match under its rules.
Bristol City said it is disappointed with FIFA ruling’s and is “considering its options.”
The Senegal Football Association complained to FIFA that West Ham said Sakho was “prevented from playing and traveling by plane” because of his back injury.
Senegal finished third in Group C at the African Cup and failed to advance to the quarterfinals.
“We have not breached any rules or regulations whatsoever,” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said last week. “I am extremely disappointed in Senegal’s reaction.”
We have just hours to go until the January transfer window shuts on Monday evening. Compared to other years there has not been much activity, but the big talking point at the moment seems to be revolving around Juan Cuadradoâ€™s transfer to Chelsea FC.
The highly rated midfielder is rumored to be on his way to London, but only if current midfielder Andre Schurrle moves to German side Wolfsburg.
Assuming the move does go through, we can give FIFA 15 gamers an exact heads-up on the type of player that Chelsea has just bought or could buy in the Summer if the move this week doesnâ€™t go through.
At the moment, Cuadrado is rated an 83 in the game by default. He hasnâ€™t received any in-form cards yet during the season, but he is one of the handful of players that possesses 5-star skill moves in the game which is always nice of course.
Weâ€™ve picked out a brief, but very useful Juan Cuadrado FIFA 15 review for you to check out. If he does make the move to Chelsea then this will definitely serve you well.
This guy has blistering pace, so would you like to see him in Chelsea colors on FIFA 15? Let us know your last minute expectations for the ongoing transfers.
With FIFA 15 launching worldwide this week, many of you will be looking for those high potential players that could make or break your managerial career in Career Mode.
Career Mode is back this year in full effect, with the Global Transfer Market taking on a bit more of a refined look.
If you played last year, you will be able to select for your scouting group to be some of the best in the business and you will have four scouts at your disposal from the start, with a full list of pre-scouted targets to launch inquiries in to and scout further.
You are also able to search by last name again, like in iterations prior to FIFA 14, which allows you to find that individual player you want to add to your team, rather than having to flip through the list of players on each team.
In this article, youâ€™ll find a list of playersâ€”all rated around 75 or below, with some exceptionsâ€”who have high potential ratings (84 or above), who, if you buy them quickly (usually within the first season or so), could take your club to the next level in the span of a few seasons. They are all under the age of 21 at the time of the publishing of this article.
The ratings shown are provided by SOFIFA and tabulated through computer simulation. So, if you heavily favor a player or really just find them easy to play with and put them in your squad week-in and week-out, they will grow beyond the potential rating shown here.
Some video games have all the luck.
In this case the popular FIFA franchise has captured one of the most popular hit tunes in recent years for their FIFA 15 video game. None other than fan favorites Bruno Mars and Mark Ronsonâ€™s â€œUptown Funkâ€ has been added to the game.
This hit tune debuted in November 2014 and has dominated the charts in the US and abroad. People have been dancing to it almost nonstop for three months now and the popularity of Mars and Ronson has skyrocketed even more. Having the song included in the video game gives the game a modern and upbeat flavor.
This comes in the form of a FIFA 15 gamer who included the tune in a celebration sequence of the game.
This video is a riot. It features players dancing to the popular song that has ruled for five weeks straight at the top of the charts. Actually two game players have added the song to their celebratory videos. The game features soccer players and once a goal is made there is a celebratory dance and the â€˜Uptown Funkâ€™ song highlights the revelry.
In addition, the new stellar roster of players for the FIFA 15 game is extraordinary. This advances the video game to new heights and allows for players to feel like theyâ€™re right in the middle of the top soccer action.
EA knows what itâ€™s doing by ramping up the surprises to the FIFA 15 game and that means extra fun for all around as well as increased revenue. No mention of how much the company has to pay to license the names and images of the top players but itâ€™s a good bet itâ€™s well worth the money. This FIFA 15 Team Of The Week aka TOTW has the worldâ€™s top soccer players and the game works like a real game. Good graphics and gameplay, sound, and lots of extras for that big stadium event feel.
The roster of worldwide soccer pros shows that EA knows what the fans want. To see the top stars participating in the game is an acknowledgment to the game franchise. This should bring in new blood to the game and the online action should be something to behold to say the least. Just think of the big tournaments televised and fans going at it like the real pros. Could be stadium filling adventure like many of the top multiplayer video games.
FIFA Ultimate Team assembles the best players from international and club competitions around the world and this week we see the likes of Santi Cazorla and Diego Costa making the cut.
The collection of players from around the world are available to challenge online in FIFA Ultimate Team.
Representing the Premier League were Chelsea’s Costa and Arsenal’s Cazorla, who both played big parts in their team’s weekend victories.
On Saturday, Chelsea defeated Swansea City 5-0 with the Spanish international scoring two goals and assisting on another.
It kept The Blues top of the Premier League, maintaining a decent cushion of five points over title rivals Manchester City.
Sunday saw Cazorla shine for the Gunners firing in a goal and providing an assist for Arsenal as they took care of City 2-0.
The full Starting FIFA TOTW XI
GK: Przemys?aw Tyto? â€“ Elche CF (Spain)
CB (LB): Jefferson â€“ Sporting CP (Portugal)
CB: Karim Rekik â€“ PSV (The Netherlands)
CB (RB): Adam Matthews â€“ Celtic (Scotland)
LM (CM): Santi Cazorla â€“ Arsenal (England)
CM: Ivan Rakiti? â€“ FC Barcelona (Spain)
CM: Paul Pogba â€“ Juventus (Italy)
RM: Eduardo Salvio â€“ SL Benfica (Portugal)
CAM (CM): Parejo â€“ Valencia CF (Spain)
ST: Diego Costa â€“ Chelsea FC (England)
ST: Lucas Barrios â€“ Montpellier HSC (France)
Substitutes & Reserves
GK: Cirilo Saucedo â€“ Tijuana (Mexico)
LB: Ben Coker â€“ Southend United (England)
LM: Thomas Matton â€“ KV Kortrijk (Belgium)
LM: Eljero Elia â€“ Southampton (England)
LW: Dwight Gayle â€“ Crystal Palace (England)
ST: Borja BastÃ³n â€“ Real Zaragoza (Spain)
ST: Diego ChÃ¡ves â€“ CD Palestino (Chile)
EA Sports has revealed the box art for FIFA 15, announcing that Argentina and FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi will be the global cover athlete.
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For each regional version of the title, other players from those areas or leagues will be added to the cover alongside Messi to appeal to consumers in that region. Those athletes have not yet been announced, but the solo Messi art can be seen in the image above.
FIFA 15 is set for release on September 23 in North America, September 25 in Europe and September 26 in the UK.
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“This is Messi’s fourth appearance on a FIFA cover after featuring on FIFA Street, FIFA 13, and FIFA 14,” EA Sports posted on its website. “In that time, Messi has set the record for most goals in a year (91) and marked a milestone as the only player to receive the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times.
“Messi was originally announced as an EA Sports Football Ambassador in November 2011, a partnership that has not only put him on the cover of multiple FIFA titles but also brought a new street football pitch to Barcelona thanks to the Messi foundation and EA Sports.”
The regional cover athletes for the major markets around the globe should be revealed over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for that news. The North American version of FIFA 14 featured Manchester United and Mexico’s Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.
EA Sports is cracking down on FIFA 14 cheaters in a big way with FIFA 15 ahead, targeting those in particular who manipulate the Ultimate Team coin system and ruin the experience for others.
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In a post on the EA’s FIFA website, the developers outlined the types of cheating that goes on in-game, and explained at length what they intend to do to stop the exploiting the system.
“Although they are a minority amongst FIFA fans, cheaters disrupt the gameplay experience and enjoyment for honest FIFA fans in a number of ways,” the post states. “These include things like overloading servers, phishing and compromising other player accounts, and participating in the unauthorized exchange of virtual currency. It’s time for us to draw a clear and strong line against cheaters who negatively impact the FIFA experience for our millions of players online.”
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Some cheaters employ bots to automatically purchase items on the Ultimate Team Transfer Market and farm coins intended for sale, often in return for real money on coin exchange websites. EA shut down the transfer market to investigate the bot activity and its effects, and determined that they can make four times as many searches as all of the FUT human players combined.
With the major European football leagues well under way for the 2014-15 season and FIFA 15’s release date approaching, EA Sports has begun to announce the player ratings in the upcoming title.
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The developers are releasing the top 50 players according to their ratings, which began with those ranked 50 to 41 and moved on to the next set yesterday. Today EA Sports moves on to the next 10 players, who are all 86 overall.
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I have a bit of an issue with the way players are rated in the FIFA series, which you can read on the initial rankings post, but here are the newly announced players ranked 30 to 21 regardless:
86 Overall: Neymar, Mats Hummels, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney, Yaya Toure, Xavi
A packed tier, with all 10 players in today’s reveal falling within the same rating, but mostly a fair one across the board. If there were to be changes, I would likely rate Muller and Aguero higher for their unorthodox effectiveness and ruthlessly clinical nature, respectively. Di Maria and Yaya Toure had great seasons, as well, and bumping any of those players to 87 is pretty justifiable.
Xavi’s age has seen his generational talents decline, while Rooney is touch and go in some areas of his game. I’m surprised Neymar isn’t higher given the hype around the Brazilian prodigy, but I think this rating is accurate–he wasn’t overly convincing for Barcelona last season. I’m not sure Ozil deserves to be higher than Fabregas (who is, again, rated too lowly at just an 84), but Hummels is probably in the right place. Check back for more player ratings as they come from EA Sports leading up to the game’s September 23 North America release date.
Grand Theft Auto V is back at the summit of the UK’s all-format charts, recording its fifth week at number one.
It follows the sandbox crime thriller being named the UK’s best-selling game since records began weeks earlier.
Biggest chart rivals Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare dropped to second, suffering a 61 percent reduction in sales, while FIFA 15 came in third after seeing a 51 percent decline in sales.
Activision also saw Bungie’s newest franchise Destiny grabbed a place in the top ten, coming in at no.9.
Far Cry 4, The Crew and Assassin’s Creed Unity occupy four, five and six.
The Assassin’s Creed series meanwhile have three entries in the top 20, with Assassin’s Creed Black Flag in 11 and Assassin’s Creed Rogue in 20.
Many of the top selling games saw fewer sales following Christmas and faced almost no competition from new entrants.
Nintendo’s Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, launched on December 21, fell to 40 after debuting at 16 in the charts.