FIFA 08, NBA 08 covered

Altidore, Ochoa named to grace North American boxes of EA's soccer sim; Amare Stoudemire to front Sony's PlayStation b-baller for a second time.

In May, Electronic Arts revealed that Ronaldinho would be the international cover athlete for FIFA 08. The publisher also announced that in soccer-mad Europe, many territories would see their own local stars join the Brazilian-born FC Barcelona striker on the game's box. Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos would be FIFA 08's cover player in Spain, Miroslav Klose in Germany, Andreas Ivanschitz in Austria, Tranquillo Barnetta in Switzerland, and Florent Malouda and Franck Ribéry in France.

Altidore, Ronaldinho, and Ochoa wage a triple attack on soccer fans' wallets.

Though the British cover athlete for the game is yet to be announced, today EA announced who will grace the North American packaging of FIFA 08 when it arrives later this year. New York Red Bulls striker Josmer "Jozy" Altidore and Mexican-born Club América goalie Guillermo Ochoa will flank Ronaldinho on the game's cover in all territories north of the Panama Canal. The move makes the 17-year-old Altidore the second-youngest athlete ever to appear an EA Sports game cover, after the then-16-year-old DC United midfielder Freddy Adu was chosen to be on FIFA 06's box.

In other sports game news, Sony Computer Entertainment America has selected Amare Stoudemire as the cover athlete for NBA 08. It will be the second time the Phoenix Suns power forward--who also participated in the 2006 All-Star Game and 2004 Athens Olympics--has been on the cover of an SCEA basketball sim, after NBA 06 two years ago. NBA 08 will ship for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable in October.

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billybee360
billybee360

ronaldinho again they should get somebody who actually played good last year

BrazilianThing
BrazilianThing

Fifa gameplay is too fast and very straight foward like the Premier league, PES is more relaxed with more freedom, ball movements and more realistic abilities to dribble like the Brazilian league. However, Fifa has more options for single game play, more choices for entertainment and a bomb a s s management mode, PES on the other hand, gets kind of boring if you dont have anybody else to play with...thats why they are both cool, if you are a REAL futebol/football/soccer fan, BUY THEM BOTH and stop offending the sport's games!!!!!! Vai Brasil! treis a zero na Argentina!!!!! woooohoooooooo!

dev_ron
dev_ron

i know he is a gr8 soccer player (ronaldinho), but i just don't want him to see on the cover again. my bad

Mamalykhan
Mamalykhan

Who in the hell cares about the cover even if they put a donkey I wouldn't care

owity
owity

Hey i jus hope they dont dissappoint us by bringing back lousy changes i.e by tryin 2 replicate Pro Evo, they should be UNIQUE, coz the aint EA GAMES 4 nothin!!!!

Keith4Chelski
Keith4Chelski

The British cover will probably have Gerrard and John Terry/Rooney i couldnt care less but buying a game that has Rooney on the cover of it makes me feel sick oow well i can always get a huge plaster to cover his ugly mush.

GTAfan88
GTAfan88

i just dont care bout the cover, i just want some tricks actual tricks i mean futbol has evolved and another thing i hope you can actually create your pleayer and if you have 80 of speed he should be fast an not slow like in 07 and hope the cp doesn't have coordination problem with the ball that thing mess up 07 cp....

bullet53
bullet53

memo ochoa is a really good goalie but doesnt really deserve the place in the cover,,, im mean....compare him with buffon...and i would love to see rooney on the cover.

lonsdale1472
lonsdale1472

who cares about the cover its about the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

akabaloo
akabaloo

@ macca2222 hey put the players on the cover that are originally from that part of the country. The reason why A player from Mexico is on the cover is because the game is aimed at a North American audience. Personally I'd rather have someone like Clint Dempsey, Taylor Tellman, or Jimmy Conrad on the cover. Jozy will have plenty of time to get on there later

whacker40
whacker40

different players for each country? doesn't sound like it will be that interesting.

macca2222
macca2222

why dont they let Americans have more real footballers on their cover...Lampard maybe, Drogba or Kaka' i'm keeping in mind that the american and mexican players on the cover are both good but they definently wouldn't be in the league of those guys and on the topics of Americans trying to patent the name "football" for NFL.......... what part of your body do you use again??? oh thats right YOUR FOOT hence the name FOOTball

Her0
Her0

I really can't wait to kick off first football (soccer) game on PS3 since releasing console last year. Btw, the cover seems ugly, theres a better picture for Ronaldinho instead of this one. hes gonna scare us :P

Kayim
Kayim

@Boobush: Actually, I think it's the fourth mexican in a row. 2005: Oswaldo Sanchez 2006: Omar "putete" Bravo 2007: Kikin Fonseca 2008: Memo Ochoa And it isnt surprising as I think it's the most played game/sport in Mexico (on any gaming plataform and in real life), so expect more mexicans to make it to FIFA's covers...Castillo or Guardado are up next I guess. Soccer, Football, Futbol, Futebol, Fussball, calzio, kick-the-round-thingie... call it what you like, it's still the same sport. Love it, hate it or ignore it. NO IN-BETWEEN POINTS!! j/k

buckster989
buckster989

who the hell are the other 2 players never heard of them

CarlosValmer
CarlosValmer

Actually soccer is the most popular sport. It goes all around the world. I mean, you dont see the NFL WORLD CUP do you?

French023
French023

why does everytime soccer or football whatever you want to call it comes up people from europe go crazy bashing americans, what they do,and there sports? In all the madden forums and comment things like this do you see us going "this is the real football not some pu55y sport where all you do is kick things" no you dont. just because soccer isnt the most popular sport here doesnt mean we dont have the right to play the games and doesnt give you the right to bash our country

THEdjnme
THEdjnme

Ratboys...try playing it on a harder setting and then tell me that or better still play it online or even with a friend. Unless the other player is terrible you'll have a hard time scoring or even getting past the defence. Don't believe me ...? Got a 360 with pro?......then send me a game invite my gamertag is DJ NME. I'll show you why it's all about Pro. And everyone listen to rulo_reznor....the rest of the world can't be getting it wrong......IT IS FOOTBALL.....anyway american football is just a pu55y version of rugby.

gio_milanfan
gio_milanfan

Let the americans hold onto THEIR football. the rest of the WORLD has got a different, and in my opinion better, football. deffo kaka needed to be on a cover. deffo not c.ron. or l.ron.

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

i love football (as it is called in the resto of the world)

ocdog45
ocdog45

NBA 08 IS THE SHOW GAME RIGHT...WACK!

karrot_07
karrot_07

Haha Winning Eleven even beat FIFA 08 on the cover. I'll take C. Ronaldo over Ronaldinho thank you

Bauers-Twin
Bauers-Twin

i kinda liked Adu on the cover a few years ago..but then again who cares about the cover?

tchiganin
tchiganin

Dude RONALDO should be on the cover, no not C. Ronaldo

vaguira
vaguira

and what's with FIFA for wii? wonder how could they make it enjoyable....c. ronaldo should be on the cover

xtiansk8
xtiansk8

heh... im mexican,so heck yeah!! Ochoa!! im also tired of ronaldinho... PS guys, don't get confused... NBA 08 = SCEA NBA LIVE 08 = EA SPORTS NBA 08 = Amare NBA LIVE 08 = Gilbert

SocaWarrior
SocaWarrior

I'm kinda of tired of seeing Ronaldinho on the cover of Fifa games..

azizrulez
azizrulez

the cover FIFA is total crap, ronaldinho has been off his game for more than a year now, i wouldve gone with KAKA and ronaldo,last season belonged to these awesomely gifted players,they deserved the cover in my opinion, not to mention their easier on the eyes as well, ronaldinho's teeth gives me seizures

boobush
boobush

This is the second time a Mexican goalie is in the North American cover and the third Mexican in a row.

pco_rainmaster
pco_rainmaster

i thought Gilber Arenas will be the cover of the NBA?

chrth
chrth

Answering some of the questions (all quoted info from Wiki, so consider the source): "While it is widely believed that the word "football" (or "foot ball") originated in reference to the action of a foot kicking a ball, there is a rival explanation, which has it that football originally referred to a variety of games in medieval Europe, which were played on foot. These games were usually played by peasants, as opposed to the horse-riding sports often played by aristocrats. While there is no conclusive evidence for this explanation, the word football has always implied a variety of games played on foot, not just those that involved kicking a ball. In some cases, the word football has even been applied to games which have specifically outlawed kicking the ball." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football Football itself evolved along several lines, with rugby and football/soccer appearing to be the core two. There were countless variations in the 19th century, and that's pretty much the impetus to form all the various associations to codify the rules. American football came off of Rugby, as did Canadian and Australian Rules Football. However, the famous 'Rutgers-Princeton first-ever college football game' was actually based off of soccer rules, not rugby. In short: the confluence and divergence of football (Amer/Can/Aus), soccer, and rugby was not linear or planned; there was a lot of chaos and interchangeability among the branches until organizations like the FIFA were established. It should be expected that terminology confusion and conflict would evolve in such a situation. EDIT: I want to add that the Wiki article I listed above is really well-done and anyone interested in the earlier history of football (and its various forms) should give it a read.

arsy130
arsy130

This is BS i want the German version !!!!

ratboys
ratboys

Hey THEdjnme! You're saying that pro evolution needs skill?? Last time I've played it I could pass right through the defenders, I mean it's a one-man game not to say that the keepers A.I. is really weak.

THEdjnme
THEdjnme

who cares FIFA is rubbish....it's for people that can't play a REAL football game that requires skill like Pro.

Evo310whp
Evo310whp

I am so freaking sick of seeing that overrated ronaldinho on fifa's covers my god put someone else on there that actually deserves it. Van Nistelrooy, Lukas Podolski, Klose, Luca Toni, KAKA, Rooney, Schweinsteiger, C. Ronaldo, Messi to name some. This fifa better be good the last one sucked really bad. EA sports need to start putting out some good soccer games

miiiguel
miiiguel

mattkorn: I think the issue here is between the word "soccer" and "football", not futebal or whatever.

omfg_its_dally
omfg_its_dally

Whats up with the orgy on the cover of that soccer game?

DukeNukeForever
DukeNukeForever

Manchester United F.C. (FOOTBALL CLUB) Chelsea F.C. (FOOTBALL CLUB) Arsenal F.C. (FOOTBALL CLUB) Liverpool F.C. (FOOTBALL CLUB)

mattkorn
mattkorn

now if my memory serves me right, england established the games rules back in the day and we had this organisation called the Football Association to govern it so why should it be called futbol? isn't that the spanish spelling? i don't think the spanish did it first? im guessing it maybe gerrard, hes a better player than lampard anyway

carddude
carddude

LOL! The front cover looks like a orgy party. I wont buy it for the cover.

Khoo1992
Khoo1992

Can EA stop putting Ronaldinnho on FIFA cover? I know he is good but I'm bored

miiiguel
miiiguel

By the way, I'm portuguese, but I think that french dude Henry is waaaay better than Cristiano Ronaldo. Damn!, that frenchy looks like a panther running, full of grace and power! kingyotoX: I think you got your answer by now. -20 seems to be the limit for how bad a statement can be.

miiiguel
miiiguel

gandalf_storm: in what way FIFA07 was a "cut-down" version ? cypher50: don't take me wrong, but Europe's footbal is played with the feet, so it makes sense to be "foot...ball", America's "footbal" is mainly played with the hands (I think...), so we kinda find it funny, that's all...

heroofwinds1
heroofwinds1

I only hope that the wii controls are good and will give fifa a new feeling and i do not care about the cover of the box.

Freestyle_20
Freestyle_20

cover don't matter WAT MATTERS IS THE GAME !

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

who care about what picture is on the box, i`m more interested in knowing if the 360 version is going to be the "full" fifa experience or the cut down version we got last year