Konami announced close cooperation with another team – Atalanta Bergamo. This is the fourth Italian club that has withdrawn the EA Sports license in order to sign an exclusive agreement with the Japanese company. Previously, it was done by Juventus Turin (now appearing in FIFA as Piemonte Calcio), AS Roma (i.e. Roma FC) and Napoli (this contract will not enter into force until the 2022/2023 season). As a result, “Elektroniki” will not be able to use any official branding elements, such as name, coat of arms or T-shirts. Players for these teams will keep their names and faces (covered by a different license). It has become almost an annual tradition for Italian clubs to leave FIFA. If this trend continues, in the coming years Serie A may begin to consist of only – or almost all – teams with fictitious names and coats of arms and without official jerseys.
Atalanta Bergamo is the next – after Juventus Turin, AS Roma and Napoli – football club for which FIFA has lost its license. Official names, coats of arms or T-shirts will soon be seen only in Pro Evolution Soccer.
It looks like FIFA's Serie A will soon be filled with completely imaginary teams. This is a problem that Konami has always faced (Pro Evolution Soccer has always been tight on licenses), and now – at least in the case of the top Italian league – things may turn around. This is a big blow for many native fans, because in recent years Italian clubs have been eagerly reaching for Polish footballers. Wojciech Szczęsny appears in Juventus Turin, and Piotr Zieliński in Napoli. In total, 13 compatriots ran on the fields of the Apennine Peninsula last season, and next year they will be joined by three more.
The first license that EA Sports lost to Konami was the one for Juventus Turin. It happened in July 2019. In the following year, AS Roma went over to the “Japanese side”. Recently, we learned about the transfer of Napoli, which will disappear in FIFA 23 (in FIFA 22 we will play it before). Last year, EA Sports also lost its license for the national teams of Portugal and Italy. The Italian second division, Serie B, has not been present in the series created in Canada for some time. EA Sports still has many more football licenses than Konami, but fans of the series are probably wondering whether the above trend will continue and whether it will not transfer. also for countries other than Italy.
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