FIFA 14 will have 19 'authentic' Brazilian teams
EA Sports announced that it reached licensing agreements with 19 soccer clubs in Brazil today, and will be bringing those teams to FIFA 14 this year. FIFA 13 had 20 Brazilian teams, but not all of them were exactly “real.”
Unlike the English Premier League, Brazilian league team licenses are negotiated on a team-by-team basis. FIFA 14 will include 19 authentic teams, “meaning authentic kits, club name, crest and real players,” an EA representative told Joystiq.
“However, unlicensed clubs can still feature in-game under our FIFPro license which enables us to use real player name/likeness,” EA added. So of those 20 Brazilian teams in FIFA 13, a handful were unlicensed clubs. That means fully-licensed teams such as Internacional, Nautico and Ponte Preta in FIFA 14 were seen as I. Porto Alegre, N. Recife and P. Campinas in FIFA 13. “We call these clubs ‘art generic’ because an artist makes the kit/crest look very similar. Football fans know the difference,” EA said.
FIFA 14 will only include clubs from the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A league (the top league of three within Brazil’s professional soccer system) with the exception of Palmeiras, a popular team that was recently relegated to Serie B. EA does not have licensing agreements in place for use of team logos and kits for two Serie A teams that were in FIFA 13 and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, EC Bahia and SC Corinthians. The publisher is still in negotiations for “additional club and league licenses and will have more announcements to make.” FIFA 14 is due out in North America on September 24, and will also come to PS4 and Xbox One later this year.