Ronaldinho center stage on FIFA 07 cover

Seven soccer stars announced as regional cover athletes for EA's upcoming soccer game; licenses extended with Premier, Mexican leagues.

Wayne Rooney runs screaming from Ronaldinho's giant disembodied head.

Soccer's international flavor will once again be on display on the cover of Electronic Arts' FIFA 07. The publisher today announced that it has signed seven soccer stars to grace the cover of the upcoming sports game, which ships to stores on October 3.

Though the players on each cover will be determined by region, one athlete will be featured on all covers. Brazil's Ronaldinho, who plays professionally for FC Barcelona, will be featured as the center piece of each cover and will be flanked with local stars. Ronaldinho, who was featured on the cover of FIFA 06, is the two-time FIFA player of the year and apparently a big fan of EA's FIFA franchise.

In North America, LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan and Mexico's Francisco Fonseca will be featured alongside Ronaldinho on the cover. Similar honors go to Manchester United's Wayne Rooney in the UK (pictured), Bayern Munich's Lukas Podolski in Germany, Valencia's David Villa in Spain, and Olympique Lyonnais's Juninho Pernambucano in France.

EA also announced that it has extended its licensing deals with two professional soccer leagues. The publisher reached an agreement with the Premier League for an additional four years of licensing, extending the deal through the 2010-2011 season. EA also extended its partnership with the Mexican First Division League, but no terms were announced.

FIFA 07 is being released on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Advance, and PC. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's preview.

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alecskinner
alecskinner

ronaldinho is the worlds best player surely now he and rooney is great

nely_nelson
nely_nelson

Zidane should not be on the front cover.HE disgraced the world cup by head butting materazzi. sure Ronaldinho had a dissapointing world cup but he is still great.

mcmhango
mcmhango

ZIDANE SHOULD BE ON THE DAMN COVER NOT HORSY

ov3rdance
ov3rdance

EA. i want FA CUP not English cup...

ov3rdance
ov3rdance

How about jeff Demsey. he's score the only goal for the U.S. put him on the cover.

wasup321
wasup321

reyna shouldntt br on north america cover or landon donavon it should be the only american who has proved he can play outside the g ay little mls Fulham's very own brian mcbride he's the reason why italy didn't win every game yayyy for mcbride the only american who played in the world cup

wasup321
wasup321

gerrard whould be good too

wasup321
wasup321

HENRY is the best put him, no dinho again or that little punk rooney, i like the north american one. im glad they didnt put freddy adu, that over hyped little wimp. Why didnt they put micheal ballick on the german one ???? oh yeah ballack is a sellout ballack is a sellout ballack is a sellout ballack is a sellout ballack is a sellout ballack is a sellout ballack is a sellout

Paul028
Paul028

I agree with most of these comments. Rooney was not a good choice, i don't know why EA chose him, instead they should have Totti, Henry, or Cristiano Ronaldo. I thought that Ronaldinho was a good choice because he is one of the best players in the game of soccer. I was also thinking that maybe EA should try putting players that not everyone knows. Promoting other players then the "top dogs". But then again that may not appeal to everyone. Or maybe have more then just 2 or 3 players on the cover. Anyway, Ronaldinho was a good choice but Rooney was not.

xpurex
xpurex

After my opinion Cannavaro and C.Ronaldo deserves the front this year but it would be extremly good if they look at someone much better then wayne rooney...afcourse Henry i mean...he is a great french player and a legend. 3 world cups!

SocaWarrior
SocaWarrior

I would have liked to have Seen Titi on my cover. But hey, we everybody loves Ronaldinho... right?

Urdzinssss
Urdzinssss

He is probably the greatest player in the world right now,but i am whrealy disappointment because is is not fair-again RONALDINHO psc I dont think he is better than Fabio Cannavaro,David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldu,Zinadine Zidane,--->I can say only it's stupid in the FIFA 07 cover can be Fabio Cannavaro and David Beckham.

jayh1304
jayh1304

I cannot believe that buck teeth and fatty have got on the cover again! i really cannot believe it! EA have new people, better people and all

D-ice3000
D-ice3000

I think you're all forgetting that the cover will feature different soccer stars according to the area in which you live in (i.e. Wayne Rooney in England, Landon Donovan is the USA and Lukas Podolski in Germany, ect...), its not like Ronaldinho is the only one on the covers. SO STOP CRYING.....But if i had to pick one player for the cover itd be Cristianado Ronaldo, despite my hatred of him, he carried his team to the quarter finals of the world cup and played great on Manchester last season

El_Esbirro
El_Esbirro

Well...Barcelona did win the Champions league and he is Barcelona's top star...plus the FIFA series in recent years has concetrated on bringing the CLUB Soccer expierience to videogames, so it's fair that Ronaldhino is on the front cover. But he's not the only TOP NOTCH Soccer Player that's on the planet, and putting Ronaldhino again on the cover, gives out the impression that he's the only Soccer SUPERSTAR around...which is completely false. EA should make the game cover more for everybody, instead of a single star(the world cup gave us an example of TEAMWORK...ITALY played like a team and they are ALL CHAMPIONS)....i think that's the main point everyone is trying to make to the guys who pick the cover stars for the FIFA games. If the FIFA is about International Club Soccer Teams, make the cover with all the stars around the globe...that would be really great, and Nobody could possibly complain about that.

sigma8
sigma8

Zidane on the cover? Sure. But not for Fifa 07. Maybe put him on the cover of the next Tekken as a special playable character.

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

Ronaldinho is really good, but he seriously dissapointed last world cup

Fatality4u
Fatality4u

He is probably the greatest player in the world right now. It is about talent and respect, and he has both.

Volgin_1
Volgin_1

Ronoldinho is a great player on Barce. He has the most chemistry with that team. I think Henry should be on it.

Agent_of_Dread
Agent_of_Dread

why the hell is that tosser [ Ronaldinho ] on the cover again! he shouldn't have been on it once, he's a total wank and is one of the most overated footballers, and we don't need to see his buggrd face on another great game cover, EA need to get some new, better looking players

Weasel000
Weasel000

best for all is to put Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina, ex Juventus) on the first cover ... just 2 be right ;)

ov3rdance
ov3rdance

Zidane is retired, he is not in the game that why EA don't put in the cover. otherwise they will put him on the cover for sure. how about Gerrard and Robben.

benesperm2
benesperm2

I THin ryan giggs and c.ronaldo shell be on the front cover!

Crew_SK
Crew_SK

what sort of freaks are these? Why put the best players from the World Cup on a cover of a game with football clubs, and frankly, Ronaldinho was great when playing at Barcelona. Barcelona won the Champions League don't you think that is the reason why he should be on the cover? You can't play WORLD CUP in FIFA 07.

wenbin09
wenbin09

Ronaldinho mentioned that his poor form in the world cup was due to himself hammering on his ps2 playing fifa all night.. no wonder he will be on the cover.. lol...

RoboticZombie
RoboticZombie

"anvusp: What the heck? Ronaldinho AGAIN!? Put Zidane's headbutt on the cover!" agree.

BATISTAKING
BATISTAKING

comes him he presently the actor the best in the world

Hrasko
Hrasko

Hey, Ronaldinho IS good. At least on Barcelona. It is the brazilian tech's fault that he su**ed on world cup.

ymcop
ymcop

Zidane and Materazzi! What a cool idea!

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

Ronaldinho isnt that good anymore and Rooney isnt playing his best right now so why put those two on the cover. I would have been happy if Zidane and Materazzi were the front cover.

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Don't judge a (game) book by it's cover...lol. Anyway, we're gamers why should we care whose on the cover anyway..we don't have any "rights" or "say so" in the matter whatsoever. Trust me your life will become less stressful when you stop worrying about things you CAN'T control. Unless your life is already stress free and you have to find ways to create them.

Silly_Monkee
Silly_Monkee

anvusp "Put Zidane's headbutt on the cover! " HAHA :lol:

gungopea
gungopea

oh great crappy fifa will stop pro evo getting premiership teams fo more years now

andy_hal
andy_hal

ur all fecking cocks get a life its only a cover its not as if u hav 2 play as him froo da game or anything i jst shove the case on my shelf and put the disc in u neva hav 2 luk at the cover again n ronaldhino is a gay and he realy screwd up at world cup hes stil a decent player bt he shouldnt b on the cover twice

anvusp
anvusp

What the heck? Ronaldinho AGAIN!? Put Zidane's headbutt on the cover!

tgawn
tgawn

Football doesn't suck and who cares weather Ronaldinho is a fan of winning eleven its a good cover and why does everyone care aboutthe look on his face and why is it the people say Zidane is a d**khead for headbutting matterazzi??? he deserved it and Grozzo should have got one too (they are the d**kheads)

azizrulez
azizrulez

Man i cant believe it he totally screwed up at the world cup better put zidane on the front page

tribe81
tribe81

"HyperMetaDragon Well, here's an idea for the idiots there: put the winners of the World Cup on the cover. And if you don't know who that is, it's the ITALIANS!" Racist cheats shouldnt be on any cover, maybe if you like they should put all the players that are leaving the serie a on the cover of the next fifa game italian football is a joke...

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

Well, here's an idea for the idiots there: put the winners of the World Cup on the cover. And if you don't know who that is, it's the ITALIANS!

dark_link93
dark_link93

He sucks on the world stage, and people still love him? Come on, bring some new faces to the front cover.

ranjan_united
ranjan_united

why not show zidane head-butting materazzi as the front cover ?? :-)

henry2727
henry2727

Last year FIFA 06 had the same cover. Rooney can't play football he is a butcher. I hope EA take some new stuff into the game because it is getting very boring.

mithund
mithund

yeah, Zidane should have been on the cover. As a final tribute.

dexdi1
dexdi1

they should put cannavaro or zinedine zidane they really play well in the world cup

nxn666
nxn666

mexican league sucks