EA reveals the wide world of FIFA 13 cover athletes

by: Nathaniel -
Another weekend of exciting Barclays Premier League action has come and gone.  If you're sad that you'll have to wait a whole five days before the next round of games are shown on American TV, maybe you can find solace in EA Sports' announcement of the international football stars that will grace the various regional FIFA Soccer 13 box arts alongside Barca's mini-magician, Lionel Messi.

They are Joe Hart and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Man City and Arsenal, respectively) in the UK, Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, my nightmares) in France, Claudio Marchisio (Valencia) in Spain, David Alaba (Bayern Munich) in Austria, Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) in Australia, Jakub Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund) in Poland, and finally Balázs Dzsudzsák (Moscow Dynamo) in Hungary.

To learn more, follow the jump; also, you can visit EA Sports FIFA 13 on Facebook, Twitter, and easports.com.
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. ?? August 24, 2012 ?? Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today revealed its lineup of stars that will help launch EA SPORTS?? FIFA Soccer 13, winner of the prestigious E3 Game Critics award for ??Best Sports Game??. The world??s top player, Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, will appear on FIFA Soccer 13 covers around the world with nine other top players. The two-time FIFA Ballon d??Or winner will be joined by stars Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Hart in the United Kingdom, Karim Benzema in France, Roberto Soldado in Spain, Claudio Marchisio in Italy, and others all over the world to launch FIFA Soccer 13 on September 25 in North America and September 28 worldwide. The stars will grace the cover of FIFA Soccer 13 packaging, be integrated into marketing and advertising campaigns, and utilized in social media activities around the world.

??FIFA Soccer 13 will launch with the world??s best and most exciting player, Lionel Messi, on the cover all over the world, which is a perfect way to herald the launch of the best soccer game we have ever developed,?? said Matt Bilbey, Senior Vice President and GM of Football, EA SPORTS. ??FIFA Soccer 13 will deliver a game as unpredictable as Messi, and an experience that is completely connected to the heartbeat of the season.??

FIFA Soccer 13 captures the unpredictability of the real-world game, with no two matches ever the same. A new feature called EA SPORTS Football Club Match Day enables FIFA Soccer 13 and the real-world season to be completely connected for the world??s top leagues. EA SPORTS Football Club Match Day will drive real-world news ripped from the headlines around the world into FIFA Soccer 13. Real-world drama such as injuries, suspensions, team form, and media gossip will be reflected through in-game commentary and play out in-game. The game features breakthrough gameplay innovations such as FIFA 13 First Touch Control and the Player Impact Engine that create a true battle for possession across the entire pitch, and features like Complete Dribbling and Attacking Intelligence that deliver freedom and creativity in attack. FIFA Soccer 13 is Football's Social Network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world. The new game also features the largest gaming tournament in the world??the FIFA Interactive World Cup??which gives fans the opportunity to compete to be crowned as the best interactive footballer in the world and become a true FIFA World Champion.

A FIFA Soccer 13 demo for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, and PC, will launch around the world beginning September 11.
Full list of pack athletes:

Player Nationality Club
Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
Joe Hart England Manchester City
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain England Arsenal
Karim Benzema France  Real Madrid
Claudio Marchisio Italy Juventus
Roberto Soldado Spain Valencia
David Alaba Austria Bayern Munich
Tim Cahill Australia New York Red Bulls
Jakub Blaszczykowski Poland Borussia Dortmund
Balázs Dzsudzsák Hungary Moscow Dynamo

FIFA Soccer 13 will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with PlayStation Move support, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system with Kinect??, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Wii??, PC, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS??, and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and later this year on Nintendo WiiU??. The game will also be available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and later this year on Android. FIFA Soccer 13 is rated E for everyone by the ESRB and Pegi 3+.

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EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, SSX??, and Fight Night boxing. For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com.

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In fiscal 2012, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.1 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims??, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed??, Battlefield?? and Mass Effect??. 

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