FIFA 17: EA Sports reveals players ranked 31-50 in upcoming game, leaks key player stats

IT’S official.

EA Sports’ tease for the upcoming FIFA 17 release has gone up another gear with the players ranked 50-31 in the game released, while a group of high profile stars have revealed their ratings after a playful promo where they guess their ratings before grading their own colleagues.

With dozens of leaks emerging in recent weeks tipping what players would be scored, gamers now have some firmer confirmation about some of their favourite players.

For example, Premier League fans now know Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez comes in with an 87, alongside Manchester City’s David Silva, while Euro 2016 sensation Dimitri Payet is a point behind.

Alexis Sanchez.

David Silva.

The official release comes after a promotional tease featuring the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Marco Reus, David Luiz, Patrice Evra, Gianluigi Buffon, James Rodriguez, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller, amongst others.

“I don’t think I’ve actually ever seen Harry Kane defend, so he’s going to have to be in the minuses,” quipped Alli as he assesses his teammates’ value.

Bayern Munich players.

Manchester United’s young stars.

Spurs starlets.

Dimitri Payet.

“As you can see the hairline is struggling a bit, so colour that in,” Kane retorts as he looks at the midfielder’s player card.

Buffon’s verdict?

“I should be higher, because I’m the oldest, and we should respect the elderly.”

FULL LIST, 31-50

50. Blaise Matuidi (CDM 86)

49. Marcelo (LB 86)

48. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST 86)

47. Dimitri Payet (LM 86)

46. Arjen Robben (RM 87)

45. James Rodríguez (CAM 87)

44. David Silva (LM 87)

43. Karim Benzema (ST 87)

42. Arturo Vidal (CM 87)

41. Sergio Busquets (CDM 87)

40. Samir Handanovič (GK 87)

39. Mats Hummels (CB 87)

38. Thomas Müller (CF 87)

37. Angel Di María (RW 87)

36. Alexis Sánchez (LW 87)

35. Ivan Rakitić (CM 87)

34. Jan Oblak (GK 87)

33. Leonardo Bonucci (CB 87)

32. David Alaba (LB 87)

31. Hugo Lloris (GK 88)

Hugo Lloris.


Jerome Boateng: 90

Manuel Neuer: 92

Harry Kane: 84

Dele Alli: 80

Layvin Kurzawa: 81

David Luiz: 84

Gianluigi Buffon: 88

Paulo Dybala: 85

Patrice Evra: 82

Giorgio Chiellini: 88

Marco Reus: 88

fifa15books – Manchester United want to keep Marcos Rojo at Old Trafford – agent

ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti discusses the latest transfer rumours, including Jose Mourinho’s plans for the Man United back line.

Manchester United want Marcos Rojo to stay despite suggestions that Spanish club Valencia could sign him, the player’s agent has said.

Argentina defender Rojo has not featured in United’s three Premier League games this season but came on as a substitute in the Community Shield win over Leicester earlier this month.

Agent Carlos Goncalves told SportWitness: “Manchester United rejected several offers from England and from abroad to sell the player. Manchester United want him to stay.”

Moving a fringe defender off the books would give United more scope to bring in another new face.

Phil Jones is another defender struggling for game time at United, although a source has told ESPN FC the Englishman is someone who they would be happy to keep.

Matteo Darmian is also out of favour, with Antonio Valencia having started regularly at right-back this season.

Arindam is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Follow him @ARejSport

Manchester City outcast Joe Hart a transfer target for Torino on fifa15books

ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti assesses the possibility of Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart to join italian side Torino.
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Joe Hart is a transfer target for Torino after he was once again on Manchester City’s bench at the weekend, the Serie A side’s director of sport has confirmed.

Hart, 29, has been told he can leave the Etihad Stadium this summer by new coach Pep Guardiola and has made just one appearance so far this season.

Torino are keen on the England international with new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic unconvinced by any of the goalkeepers currently on their books. Mihajlovic’s assistant coach Attilio Lombardo, who was Roberto Mancini’s assistant at City, is reported to be behind Torino’s approach for Hart.

“We’re working on it, but if it isn’t going to be Hart then we will keep on working for somebody else, even if there are only a few days to go until the market closes,” Gianluca Patrachi told Sky Sport Italia.

City signed Claudio Bravo from Barcelona last week and Willy Caballero has started all of the club’s Premier League games so far under Guardiola, most recently Sunday’s 3-1 home win over West Ham United.

Hart was given what appeared to be a send-off by the City fans at the end of their 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest in the second leg of their Champions League playoff, with City having won the first leg 5-0.

His chances of joining another Premier League club appeared to diminish last week when Everton manager Ronald Koeman insisted he had “no interest” in a deal.

But Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is relaxed about the prospect of Hart joining him at Anfield. He told Sky Sports: “I think speculation is part of being at a big club like Liverpool. I think every day another player gets linked and that’s not going to change, so I’m used to that.

Hart has been City’s first-choice goalkeeper throughout the most successful period in the club’s history with two Premier League titles, two League Cup triumphs and one FA Cup victory.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

Barcelona: Lionel Messi has sore hamstring but will make Argentina trip –

ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno explains why he believes Lionel Messi will improve on last season.

Lionel Messi may be a doubt for Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers next week after Barcelona confirmed on Monday that their star has a sore left hamstring.

The 29-year-old underwent tests at Barca’s training ground on Monday after he ended Sunday’s 1-0 La Liga win against Athletic Bilbao in discomfort.

However, the Blaugrana remain happy for the player to travel to South America and link up with Edgardo Bauza’s squad.

Argentina, currently third in the CONMEBOL qualification group, host Uruguay on Sept. 2 before facing Venezuela away on Sept. 7 and Messi is to make his much-anticipated return for these matches.

Barcelona said in a statement: “Tests conducted today have confirmed that Lionel Messi has a sore left adductor muscle. Both the Medical Services of FC Barcelona and the AFA have agreed on this report.

“The player will travel to Argentina to join the national team and the evolution of the discomfort will decide his availability to play in the games scheduled.”

The Argentina federation (AFA) has not yet commented on their plans nor the nature of the injury. 

On Monday, AFA announced that Sergio Aguero and Javier Pastore were both injured and will not play in either qualifier.

Messi, 29, called it quits on his national team after missing a penalty in the shootout defeat to Chile in this summer’s Copa America Centenario final — the third consecutive loss for Argentina in a major final.

However, newly named Argentina coach Bauza had persuaded Messi to return to the squad in time for the September qualifying.

Argentina face Luis Suarez’s Uruguay in Mendoza on Sept. 2 and travel to Merida five days later to take on Venezuela.

After six matches in South American qualifying, Messi and his teammates sit third in the standings behind leaders Uruguay and Ecuador.

The top four teams will qualify automatically for the World Cup in Russia in 2018, while the fifth placed team will go into a playoff match.

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.

FIFA 17 release date and new features

EA unveiled a new action-filled video for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC game during the Gamescom 2016 expo in Germany

With just over a month to go until FIFA 17 is hits the shops, EA sports has released a brand new gameplay trailer.

EA unveiled the new action-filled video during the Gamescom 2016 expo in Germany earlier in August.

FIFA 17 release date and new features

The new trailer shows off the new Frostbite Engine (the same one used in the Battlefield series) as well as showcasing many of the new kits, transfers, celebrations, skill moves and newly-modeled players.

EA has also announced the many new features and additions to this year’s installment, which is released on the PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 29.

The Career and Pro Clubs modes in particular have seen an overhaul.

David Rutter, Electronic Arts GM and Executive Producer, said: “This is a revolutionary season for EA SPORTS FIFA.

“In June we revealed a new game engine, a deep set of gameplay features and mechanics, and the introduction of an immersive, narrative-driven mode in FIFA 17 The Journey.

“The response from fans was amazing, and now to announce what will be the biggest season yet in FIFA Ultimate Team and introduce innovation in the most popular modes across the game – we can’t wait for people to play.”

Here is a roundup of the new changes.

EA have promised that the Career Mode in FIFA 17 adds a lot more depth to the game.

Clubs now give you objectives which you must try and fulfil, based on the board’s priorities.

These depend on the team, with the categories being domestic success, continental success, brand exposure, financial and youth development.

Promote youth players, return to the top division, expand your club’s brand in Asia, sign world class players – these are just some examples of the objectives you can expect in Career Mode in FIFA 17.

The financial system has also been overhauled.

You’ll now be able to see a detailed breakdown of your income from transfers, loans, match-day revenue, media and merchandising, while your outgoings on player and scout wages, youth facilities, stadium maintenance and travel will also be visible to you in the Finances menu.

Managers are also now brought to life on the touchline, and you will be able to see them roam the technical area.

The Japan J1 League also joins the list of leagues in which you’ll be able to compete in Career Mode.

Elsewhere, if you want a better idea of what the game will contain, a FIFA 17 teaser video has been released by EA Sports, promising new ways to finish in front of goal.

Fronted by Manchester United and France forward Anthony Martial, the video shows the new “driven finish” mechanic, which allows you to keep shots low in any circumstance.

Not only will you be able to drill finesse shots in to the bottom corner and volley downwards, you’ll even be able to place headers towards the ground to wrong-foot the goalkeeper.

There are also more options for quick counter attacks, with threaded through-passes that allow curled outside-of-the-boot kicks to wrong-foot defenders.

How many of these new techniques will be for advanced players only remains to be seen.

Revealed during games online demo

THE FIFA 17 release date is weeks away and rivals PES 2017 will host their demo next week, but for now beta testers have leaked Liverpool’s player ratings

FIFA 17 is released in less than a month and as we gear up for the latest outing of the EA Sports series, the games developers are currently allowing a select group of players access to the game early.

revealed during games online demo
revealed during games online demo

These special individuals will be playing the games closed beta. A sort of demo that allows EA to gather as much data as possible to help them iron out any big issues or bugs before the game is released to the wider public.

However it also means that one or two people are able to leak the games official player ratings well before the game his shop shelves in September.

And while these stats won’t necessarily go unchanged before the game launches, it does provide a fairly decent framework for understanding roughly how highly rated some players will be.

In this case, we’re looking at Liverpool’s stats and you can take a closer look using the gallery below.

While certainly not a bad squad by any stretch of the imagination, Liverpool don’t have any stand out star players in the team.

In fact, their highest rated player is Phillip Courtino on 84 and by comparrison, the underwhelming Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is rated 86.

That being said England striker Daniel Sturridge, absent for most of last season, is rated a decent 83, while Firmino is just behind on 82.
Last week EA Sports revealed a stonking new trailer and you can watch it below.

“FOOTBALL IS BACK and it’s Powered by Frostbite! See new signings, skill moves, celebrations, and Own Every Moment with FIFA 17 gameplay,” reads the trailers description.

The new trailer was released during the EA Gamescom live stream, along with plenty of new details about the game.

Primarily this gave plenty of new information about how the revamped FUT mode has changed since FIFA 16 and all new changes can be seen just below.

In addition plenty of details was also shared about the games new FIFA mobile app which EA say will feature: “Attack Mode, daily live content, a fresh approach to squad building, and online leagues to compete against players worldwide.”

We’ve lost count of exactly how many new features and improvements EA Sports have made to the game this year.

But in short, this year EA Sports are going big.

The famous developers are promising to take a “major leap forward” for the ever popular FIFA series.

So far the team have already introduced one significant change by using DICE’s Frostbite engine to give the game that added sense of fidelity.

But there’s also been major changes to the main game.

Last night EA Sports revealed what is set to change for the FIFA 17 Legends and FUT modes, but prior to that they’d also showed fans how they’d completely rewritten how the game plays.

There’s been a set-piece rewrite, new options in attack, a series of changes to improve movement off the ball and most recently an overhaul of the FIFA physical play mechanics.

fifa15books | Patrick Vieira: Arsenal still missing physicality and personality

ESPN FC’s Paul Mariner says Arsenal’s issues do not revolve around new defender Rob Holding, but rather their lack of strikers.

Patrick Vieira has told The Times that Arsenal should reinforce the squad to address the longstanding lack of physical presence and leadership in the team.

Vieira, who won the Premier League three times during his nine years with Arsenal, said he respects Arsene Wenger’s refusal to overpay for players and believes they are capable of winning the title this season.

Even so, the Frenchman, now in charge of New York City FC in MLS, warned that the current squad is missing the qualities of the 2003-04 “Invincibles,” who finished top without losing a league game.

He said: “We had [Dennis] Bergkamp, who had the flair; Thierry Henry who could finish and had so much power; athletic players with the physical aspect like Sol Campbell; and some really strong personalities with [Jens] Lehmann or the back four.

“This Arsenal Invincibles was quite like the French national team when we won the World Cup in ’98, when we had physical players, players with flair, players with pace.

“I enjoy watching Arsenal play now. They play some of the best football in the league. But they’re missing the physical presence, the personality. In our generation we had some fantastic players with the ball but the majority of the players were quite physically strong.

“This last five or six years, Arsenal went more with this type of mobile, technical players who are completely different.”

Patrick Vieira won the Premier League title with Arsenal in 1997-98, 2001-02 and 2003-04.

Wenger has come under fire for his failure to invest in recent times, with Granit Xhaka still the only big-money signing to arrive this summer.

Petr Cech was the only significant arrival ahead of the 2015-16 campaign, with Mohamed Elneny joining in January from Basel.

Wenger, though, has criticised the current focus on expensive signings, sarcastically saying he is sorry that summer arrival Rob Holding “didn’t cost £55 million,” and Vieira has some sympathy with his former boss.

“You can spend as much as you want, I don’t believe that will guarantee the titles, but the better players you have the better chance you have,” he said.

“The fans expect Arsene to bring more players in but if the player’s not worth the valuation, he doesn’t want to spend the money. In one way, I respect that because in the world we live in there’s a lot of pressure to bring in players. He’s being really brave not bringing in players who don’t fit the system he wants to play or aren’t of the value he seeks.

“I quite admire that in the world where some clubs have so much money, they buy players for £40m who are worth £10m. But the other side is that the team is not as good as it used to be. You need to reinforce the team but he’s training every day with the players and may believe they can do it.

“I still believe they’re going to be in these five teams who can win the title.”

Vieira has previously expressed disappointment that Wenger did not offer him the chance to coach at the club when he retired and said it was “a little bit disappointing” that more former Arsenal players have not been offered jobs on the staff.

Steve Bould is Wenger’s assistant, while Thierry Henry had a role with the under-18 side before leaving this summer in favour of his TV punditry work, but Vieira feels the club’s former players are underrepresented at the Emirates Stadium.

“Players want to do it and, not having the opportunity, they feel disappointed,” he said. “The perfect example is Ajax when you see all the old players working for the club. The door’s always open for them. That’s nice. But Arsenal don’t do it and I don’t know the reason.

“Arsenal are the first team — with Manchester City of course — that I watch. I’m still a big fan of Arsenal.”

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Neymar to make Barcelona return after international break – reports –

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Neymar will miss Barcelona’s game with Athletic Bilbao this weekend and won’t return to Spain until after the international break at the beginning of September, according to multiple reports in the Spanish media.

After scoring the winning penalty against Germany to secure an Olympic Gold medal for Brazil on Saturday, the 24-year-old had been expected back in training for his club side on Wednesday.

However, both Sport and Mundo Deportivo claim Luis Enrique has given the forward permission to remain in Brazil until September.

Barca’s second league game of the new campaign against Athletic on Sunday is followed by the first round of international fixtures of the season.

Brazil will play World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia during that time and Neymar would join up with his country next week.

Luis Enrique, therefore, has decided it is best to allow the former Santos forward to remain in his homeland in order to avoid an excess of flights between South America and Europe.

Instead, he will return to Catalonia ahead of the game against Alaves at Camp Nou on Sep. 10.

Midfielder Rafinha, who was also part of Brazil’s Olympic success, will return to training with Barca this week.

Meanwhile, following Brazil’s Olympic victory Neymar stood down as captain of the national side. 

He said: “It was an honour to be captain, but from today I stop being captain. I will send a message to [senior coach] Tite that, from now, he can look for another captain.”

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.

Elex gamescom 2016 gameplay emerged online on fifa15books

With gamescom in full bloom in Cologne, Germany, the fair would be incomplete without Elex, one of the most anticipated games from German developer Piranha Bytes. Fortunately, the next action RPG from the creators of the Gothic and Risen series did make an appearance at the event. A 9-minute long gameplay footage emerged online, showing off exploration of the post-apocalyptic world that combines science fiction with elements of fantasy, as well as combat with both melee weapons and futuristic guns.

Having invented a unique universe like this, the developers could come up with interesting combat tactics, such as using a jet pack to leap above an enemy and smash them with a sword using the impetus of the fall. Or how about a combination of chainsaw with a sword?

Settin all of that aside, Elex still appears to have the immersive atmosphere unique to Piranha Bytes