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LANDON DONOVAN NAMED COVER ATHLETE FOR EA SPORTS FIFA SOCCER 11

LA Galaxy Star Joins Real Madrid’s Kaka and Arsenal’s Carlos Vela on Cover

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 11, 2010 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that Los Angeles Galaxy star Landon Donovan has been chosen for the cover of EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 11. The 28-year-old American soccer hero will join Real Madrid’s Kaka and Arsenal’s Carlos Vela on the front cover of FIFA Soccer 11 in the United States and Canada when it is available in retail stores September 28.

Donovan started for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaTM, scoring three goals in four matches, including a thrilling injury time goal in a 1–0 win over Algeria, leading the USA to win their group for the first time since 1930. Donovan also enjoyed an outstanding 2009 campaign, winning Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player award for the first time and MLS Goal of the Year 2009 while leading the Galaxy to the MLS Cup. This season Donovan has scored 5 goals and 11 assists in 13 games for LA.

Donovan is appearing on the cover of the most popular* sports video game franchise in the world for the third time. He was also on the cover of FIFA Soccer 2003 and FIFA Soccer 07 in North America. This is the first appearance for Kaka and Vela.

“Landon is the most recognizable, popular and accomplished soccer player in the United States and he was at his best with the world watching during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™,” said Matt Bilbey, Vice President of Soccer, EA SPORTS. “After his FIFA World Cup™ performance and the season he had with the Galaxy last year we felt he belonged back on the cover of FIFA Soccer 11.”

Vela, an attacking forward, played on Mexico’s national team that advanced to the round of 16 at the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. He scored two goals and two assists in 20 appearances last season with Arsenal. Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, or better known as Kaka, is one of the finest football players of this generation, having won the Golden Ball and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2007. During the 2009-2010 season, Kaka scored 8 goals in 22 appearances for Real Madrid.

Building on FIFA Soccer 10 gameplay that won 50 sports game of the year awards, FIFA Soccer 11 reinvents player authenticity – on and off the ball – for every position on the pitch. All-new Personality+ sees individual abilities reflected in game, allowing clear differentiation for every player. FIFA 11 also introduces new Pro Passing, where pass accuracy is determined by a gamer’s ability on the control pad, and player skill, situation and urgency on the pitch, and 360° Fight For Possession, which delivers true freedom in man-to-man interactions, transforming physical play from individual lateral jostling to full 360° collisions involving multiple players.

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# 1 The Visualizer @ 08/11/10 04:50 PM
funny how they got Donovan in his US kit to try to capitalize on whatever hype is left from the World Cup run
 
# 2 Lecrae @ 08/11/10 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by The Visualizer
funny how they got Donovan in his US kit to try to capitalize on whatever hype is left from the World Cup run
This. Vela and Kaka are wearing their club kits while Donovan is wearing a national one, sure the casual fan might not notice it but I think either they all should have had national kits or club kits.
 
# 3 Orange Juice @ 08/11/10 05:27 PM
Well its better than Sacha Kljestan and Cuauhtemoc Blanco on the cover.
 
# 4 Matt10 @ 08/11/10 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by The Visualizer
funny how they got Donovan in his US kit to try to capitalize on whatever hype is left from the World Cup run
Seriously, so what. The World Cup was a success, let's milk it as much as we can - and Donovan deserves the recognition, it's easy to see it as marketing - but there's some merit to it, don't you think?

 
# 5 rckabillyRaider @ 08/11/10 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by The Visualizer
funny how they got Donovan in his US kit to try to capitalize on whatever hype is left from the World Cup run
totally a marketing move but I would definitely have preferred to see him in his blue, white and gold.
 
# 6 Ermolli @ 08/11/10 07:46 PM
So this is the cover for North America. Iniesta and Kaka are or the European version if someone didn't know. However I don't understand why Vela is in the cover.
 
# 7 rckabillyRaider @ 08/11/10 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Ermolli
So this is the cover for North America. Iniesta and Kaka are or the European version if someone didn't know. However I don't understand why Vela is in the cover.
Probably for the big Mexican population? Though I would have went with Chicharito instead of Vela
 
# 8 Ermolli @ 08/11/10 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by rckabillyRaider
Probably for the big Mexican population? Though I would have went with Chicharito instead of Vela
I know that there a lot of Mexican consumers but I meant why Vela instead od Chicharito for example.
 
# 9 rckabillyRaider @ 08/11/10 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Ermolli
I know that there a lot of Mexican consumers but I meant why Vela instead od Chicharito for example.
Ahhh, got ya. That's exactly what I'm thinking
 
# 10 The Visualizer @ 08/11/10 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Ermolli
I know that there a lot of Mexican consumers but I meant why Vela instead od Chicharito for example.
same reason Kljestan was on last year's, which is no reason at all
 
# 11 Qb @ 08/12/10 09:17 AM
Behold the mighty Vela! At least Acid will be happy.
 
# 12 cheesesteak @ 08/14/10 11:20 PM
Couldn't they have got a more flattering pic of Kaka?
 
# 13 reo @ 08/15/10 08:14 AM
This is the preorder cover Steve.

 

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