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EA Sports FIFA Soccer 09 Pack Covers Around The World

September 26, 2008

GLOBAL ICONS RIBERY, DE ROSSI, KURANYI, CECH AND OTHERS JOIN ROONEY AND RONALDINHO ON EA SPORTS FIFA SOCCER 09 PACK COVERS AROUND THE WORLD

Electronic Arts Inc. today unveiled its world-wide lineup of cover athletes for EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 09. Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and AC Milan superstar Ronaldinho will be the face of FIFA Soccer 09 worldwide on each available platform— the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360®™ video game and entertainment system, Wii™ home video game system, PC, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo DS™, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and mobile.

Rooney and Ronaldinho will also appear as customized Mii™ characters exclusively for the Wii™ in FIFA Soccer 09 All-Play. EA SPORTS has created unique versions of each athlete and other cover stars, which will all be playable in-game.

FIFA Soccer 09 marks the fourth year (2006-09) the 22-year-old Rooney has been featured on the cover of the FIFA franchise while the 28-year-old Ronaldinho appears on the FIFA cover for the fifth time (2004/06/07/08/09).

“It is a great honor for me to be part of the FIFA franchise again. Having my own Mii character in the game is just fantastic. Playing with it on the pitch and shooting outrageous goals by simply shaking the controller is football on a new level”, said Ronaldinho.

The two soccer greats will be joined by numerous stars from all over the world on regional packaging, including Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema in France, Daniele De Rossi in Italy, Kevin Kuranyi in Germany, Petr Cech in the Czech Republic and Maurice Edu and Guillermo Ochoa in North America.

Full list of pack athletes:

UK Wayne Rooney Ronaldinho

North America Maurice Edu + Guillermo Ochoa Ronaldinho

Mexico Guillermo Ochoa Ronaldinho

France Franck Ribery Karim Benzema

Italy Daniele De Rossi Ronaldinho

Spain Gonzalo Higuan David Silva

Germany Kevin Kuranyi Ronaldinho

Switzerland Tranquillo Barnetta Ronaldinho

Czech Republic Petr Cech Ronaldinho

Hungary Balzs Dzsudzsk Ronaldinho

Ireland Richard Dunne Ronaldinho

Portugal Ricardo Quaresma Ronaldinho

Global Wayne Rooney Ronaldinho

This year FIFA Soccer 09 delivers unique, platform-specific experiences that take advantage of the hardware specifications of each available platform. A fully playable demo of FIFA Soccer 09 for the PLAYSTATION3 is available for download at the PLAYSTATION Store, for the Xbox 360 on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace and for the PC at www.FIFA09.ea.com,  Football World www.easportsfootball.com  and the EA Store™ (eastore.ea.com). Play as Chelsea, AC Milan, Schalke 04, Olympique de Marseille, Real Madrid or Toronto FC (MLS) and discover a football experience that matches the complexity, finesse and beauty of the real-world game before it ships to stores world wide in October.

To learn more about FIFA Soccer 09 visit www.FIFA09.ea.com

Developed in Burnaby, B.C., by EA Canada, FIFA Soccer 09 is localized into 17 languages and sold in 37 countries–-it is the most popular EA SPORTS franchise globally. FIFA Soccer 09 is rated “E” for everyone by ESRB and 3+ by PEGI.

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