Football games as we know them are about to change massively.
In case you didn’t know, FIFA 23 is the last version of the game under its current banner, with EA Sports ending their 30-year partnership with the football governing body. From next season, EA Sports FC will be the company’s flagship football game, while there are reports of FIFA handing their gaming rights to another company.
That date is creeping ever closer so let’s take a trip down memory lane and 30 wonderful years of EA Sports FIFA, particularly its covers.
Since the series debuted in 1993 with FIFA International Soccer, a grand total of 38 players have been given the honour of being a FIFA cover star on the UK version of the game. Expanding it across the globe, that number only gets higher, with countries often getting a region-specific player for their FIFA in the earlier years.
But bringing things a bit closer to home, can you name the 38 different players to have been a FIFA cover star in either a UK exclusive or the general European version?
And we’re not just talking about the standard editions. For the more recent versions split into Standard, Champions and Ultimate, we want all three players.
You’ll probably get the most recent versions, and we’ve also given you a helping hand with either the nationality or club team included for each player (whichever kit they are wearing).
But as the years roll back, the most dedicated of FIFA fans will shine.
Remember, Googling is dishonourable and pay close attention to your spelling…