This is your chance to step onto the pitch and play with your heroes in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals! Electronic Arts today revealed the superstar players who will be featured on the front packs of the 2006 FIFA World Cup video game around the world. Designed to celebrate each country's top star, the cover athletes have been individually selected to represent their team, their nation and their loyal fans. Working in partnership with adidas, the only official branded sports apparel manufacturer for the real-world 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament, EA has been able to deliver customized covers for nearly a dozen countries.
"We are thrilled to have the world's top athletes representing 2006 FIFA World Cup in each of these countries," said Clive Downie, VP of Marketing, EA. "Game players around the globe are engaging in this phenomenal tournament by experiencing it for themselves through the video game."
"2006 FIFA World Cup lets players live out their greatest soccer fantasy of playing with their heroes. We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with EA and provide direct access to each of the superstars," said Thierry Weil, head of football sports marketing at adidas.
Demonstrating athletic excellence, undying determination and masterful skill, the line-up of players featured regionally on 2006 FIFA World Cup are true sports champions.
TEAM ATHLETE PACK AVAILABLE IN:
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China Zhi Zhen China
England Frank Lampard England
Germany Lukas Podolski Germany
Italy Alessandro Del Piero Italy
Mexico Jamie Lozano USA, Canada, Mexico
Portugal Simao Portugal
Netherlands Arjen Robben Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg
Switzerland Ricardo Cabanas Switzerland
Spain Xavi Spain
USA Claudio Reyna USA, Canada, Mexico
All other countries will feature the FIFA World Cup trophy and the Official Emblem.
Players step into the heart of the action as they play their favorite team or most loathed opponent. Featuring stunning visual representations of the world's superstar players, gamers experience the 12 official stadiums as they take their team from qualification to glory. In addition to taking control of one of 127 national teams, players will enjoy groundbreaking new play modes. Global Challenge tests even the biggest soccer fanatic by recreating classic moments in FIFA World Cup history with modern teams. True champions can challenge their friends in eight-way multiplayer matches and take advantage of tremendous in-game un-lockable content such as legendary players and exclusive licensed football apparel.