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Genre: Sports - Football / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2008-10-03 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      13.04.2011 15:38

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      A truly great football game that you must play!

      The FIFA's seem to be getting too the same now, not a lot of new features. I've noticed that a lot of the changes between the versions have only been the players updated. FIFA 09 has most of the features that 11 has to be honest. The graphics are more or less the same, only the player's that have changed team are the noticeable difference apart from a few minor things.
      This game can be bought quite cheap, and it's great. The controls and tricks that you can do are great and some nice fly kicks/ over head kicks can be done easily with improved controls. You can change views and more. While your match is loading, you get to play a little practice match, you vs the goalie. The cups are fun to play and the leagues are really fun. Signing players like Messi for small teams are funny and going on to win the champions league with them are just one of the fun things that you can do. Background music is good, and the realistic custscenes by fouls, etc add more realism to the game. You are immersed into the world of football playing this game. Sign all your dream players for your local team and take over the world of football!
      Online is great and you can play 11 a side matches, each player being a single player. Or you can do 1 real life person a team. There are cups, leagues online to join and lot's of leaderboards and fun to do. The fun never ends in FIFA 09 and if your a football fan, you HAVE to get this game.
      There are also other awesome features such as submitting your best clips into the EA website where everyone can see them.

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      20.10.2010 00:50
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      Got a few friends that dont own FIFA 08, pick this up so you can play Be a Pro with them.

      I get kinda of sick of these football games coming out every year, yet for some reason, i tend to buy them all in the end.

      FIFA 09 does bring some improvements to the FIFA series, for a start, there is a offline Be a Pro mode that supports multiplayer, FIFA 08 only had offline single player and online multiplayer.

      The graphics have a very slight improvement, but not much to comment on really, as usual.

      Compared to the PES series, i feel FIFA is a more realistic football game, designed to give the player a feel of what it's really like to be a football player (more so in the Be a Pro mode). PES tends to scrap some of the realism and instead try to make the game more fun to play, unfortunately i don't feel they succeeded at that, i think FIFA is far more fun to play than PES.

      Changes to the clubs are slight, certain things have changed such as Drogba is no longer a main team member at Chelsea ect.

      The controls have also been livened up a bit, the response times seem to be slightly quicker and less frustrating than FIFA 08.

      It's very hard to write a review on a game which basically has no improvements on the previous release, i've pretty much covered all that the game changes. Probably the main thing in the game is the offline Be a Pro mode.

      I think this sequel is worth buying just so you can play with your mates in the offline Be a Pro mode, the mode really livens up career mode for me, but thats the only reason i can think of that would make anyone buy this game if they already own FIFA 08.

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      04.05.2010 22:48
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      A game that swayed me from PES to FIFA

      I recently reviewed FIFA 10, as the best footballing game of this era. I thought it only fair to really state how this was done, how it evolved.

      Fifa 09 provided the world with a view, a snapshot into the development that became fifa 10. The game gave us everything, but in a slightly less refined and flawed way. The lob button was a sure fire way to lose possession in this game. However the passing and fluidity of the match engine was like something FIFA had failed to do for years.

      The Manager Mode was full of bugs but still gave the most realistic and authentic Managing experience football games could offer.

      The online mode was the best yet, with good lobbying systems and the addition of ultimate team gave the game DLC that was worthwhile and a new lease of life. It proved so successful that it was included into FIFA 10.

      This for me, was the game that swayed me to FIFA over PES, the vastly improved match engine was a breath of fresh air that let me know that FIFA was taking itself seriously.

      Finally, if you're on a budget this game can be picked up so cheaply now, just a couple of quid, and provides an excellent footballing game. Really worth playing. And worth 4 stars.

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      09.03.2010 12:41
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      A very good football game

      FIFA 09 was released in October 2008 but I bought my copy for £4.14 two weeks ago. I love football games but i've been loyal to Pro Evo for a few years now yet when I saw this on Amazon Marketplace I thought I'd spend a few Dooyoo points.

      So how does it compare? It's good but different in style with which I am now accustomed - It's a bit too realistic for me (which you will either love or hate); I enjoy the fast paced action of Pro Evo 2008 (2009 on its way - as i'm a tight git I buy games when they are cheap!) and this game is a bit slow (like watching Italian football) you have to keep the ball and pass it from side to side until an opening appears and in this aspect I suppose its very much like real football where you cant pick up a ball with your left back and sprint past 4 players but I enjoy feeling like I'm a fantastic player.

      Other negatives are how hard it is to defend - you'll find yourself getting turned all the time if you try to jump in and win the ball, again you must be patient like in real life but this can get frustrating and feel like an age has passed.

      Some passing and shooting takes a long time to work from when you push the button making you pass to someone who is now offside. Crossing is very difficult to master (slowly getting there) so if you like to pick up football games fast this might annoy you.

      When you are trying to switch players you might end up as the left back even though a center back is closer to the ball and in a better position (but this happens in most football games I've played) and a player may often be facing the wrong way making it worthless turning into them as they will never turn aroudn in time (the turning is very slow)

      The songs soon get annoying too.

      On the positive side the games has tonnes of features and games modes; leagues, tournaments, online, manager type modes and even a mode where you can play as one player for four seasons and master his position.

      The depth of tactics is astonishing and you can edit teams/ players and even create your own. there is also lots of camera position options so you can find the best one that suits you.
      There is also a section which gives you live updates of football in real life with league information, top scorers etc.

      When you have the ball its great fun attacking as a lot of the players actually get forward so you will have some one to pass too, also the passing looks great with the players range of flicks and crosses always looking different. Shooting too is always fun to do and watch again on the replay.

      The dribbling skills are great (when you can remeber how to execute them) and it's a great element to try and master. And I love the way the ref often plays on when there has been a fail of you / them have an advantage. The commentating is also very good.

      A good game if you like a slower more realistic experience (pro evo if you dont) but a game you can enjoy either way.

      Tony

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        18.01.2010 15:00
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        A game that is lots of fun. Well worth what you'll pay & you won't regret the purchase.

        OK, so if you're reading this, I'll take it your like me. Rather than pay between £20 & £40 for the newest FIFA game, you bought a cheap copy (mine cost £2.98 preowned from gamestation) of last years FIFA!

        I love football games. They are the game that I play the most on my games consoles. I have FIFA 07 on XBox 360 & FIFA 08 & 09 on my PS3. I'm such a cheapskate that I payed less than £5 for both 08 & 09 on PS3. What can I say. I like cheap games & I like using the money I save on other things. I can however spend hour after hour on a sports game, especially a football game.

        FIFA 09 came out in November 2008 & has since been superseeded by the 2010 version. It is still however a more than decent football game. Basically, you play football. You select which player you want to take control of & by dribbling or passing to other players aim to score a goal. There are loads of teams on this game. Spanish, Italian, French, Australian, American, International & Every English League team from the Premier League right down to Coca Cola League 2. Good eh?

        I think that the game is easy to pick up. Basic controls make moving the ball around the pitch easy to get used to & quick to get good at. There are lots of different game modes including a manager mode, arena practice mode & quick play.

        There are good online options too. You can play one against one or you can play 10 against 10 where every player on the pitch with the exception of the goalies & the refs are a real person somewhere in the world. Cool eh? Plus - online gaming on PS3 is FREE! I always have to mention that to stick the boot into tight Microsoft.

        For those who have played 08 there are some improvements. A power bar for passing as well as shooting makes passing more accurate. Goalies are better in this game & save more shots & are less prone to David James or Jens Lehman style mistakes. Also some of the teams seem to by dirtier than others & really put the boot in. Quite interesting & in some ways like real life.

        There are a few slight niggles. There is a slight delay between pressing shoot or pass & the action actually happening as your player gets the ball onto their feet. Sometimes the computer really seems to have it in for you & your players lose all ability to shoot while the computer scores from 45 yards with a League 2 player! The other niggle is new to this one & I didn't fing this with 08. You seem to hit the post far more often than in real life. Yes, I do expect to hit the post sometimes. I don't expect it to happen in every game because it doesn't happen in every game in real life & for it to happen 4 times in one game is taking the mick & the computer bordering on trying to cheat you out of the win. I do still prefer this to 08 though.

        So, the main question. Is it any fun to play? Absolutely. I haven't played 10 so I can't say if it's better. I have played Pro Evo 10 & to be fair wouldn't want to pay the extra £25-£35 for this years edition of that. I would say that if you like football games & haven't got one, then you will definitely get your money's worth out of this game. Hours of fun to be had in solo, with friends on your PS3 or with opponents over the internet.

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          23.12.2009 19:12
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          A fun game

          What else can be said about the FIFA franchise? It is a juggernaut, and although it has lost steam recently with the success of the PES games, it is still the most popular football game going. I am generally very skeptical of the FIFA games because, aside from a roster change, they rarely seem to add much that warrants shelling out another £35. This is mostly true here, but at least they've made SOME effort to differentiate themselves from FIFA 08.

          The pace has been ratcheted up a lot this year, and everything feels a lot more fluid, both with regard to the animations and the controls too. Visually, though, virtually nothing has changed, because, after all, it's not exactly a taxing game to make graphically, although I am still disappointed that the crowd don't look as great as they should. Given how little detail is needed to render the pitch and players, it shouldn't be hard to devote the rest of the time to a crowd that doesn't look like cardboard!

          What really entices me about FIFA, though, is the multiplayer, and this is admittedly quite the hoot online, particularly if you hook up with other players and go for a 10 v 10 online match. The problems present in real football will persist, such as one player trying to hog the ball, but then even this is more amusing than it is frustrating, really.

          There are other modes, like Manager Mode, although to be honest I haven't put much time into it. It largely seems like a dispassionate rotation of matches without anything substantial added in between. Also, I find playing with the computer a bit annoying in general as the AI is sometimes prone to making ridiculous mistakes, whereas at least when online you know that some sentient being is in control.

          With FIFA 10 recently hitting stores, there's probably not much point grabbing this now, but it has dropped in price CONSIDERABLY recently as a result.

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          30.10.2009 16:30
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          A good game which gives you the chance to plays as your favourite team.

          Fifa 09 is another addition game in the series and promised to be something special. Especially when put onto the Playstation 3. So there are a number of solid reasons as to why this game is extremely good.

          When you have got the game loaded you will find yourself in an arena area taking control of Ronaldinho at the centre circle with the ball facing a goalkeeper. This arena allows you to get used to the controls by doing various things, practicing tricks and trying shots. Quite a clever intro into the game really. Helpful if you want a quick mess about to pick up a few tricsk before heading into the game. You can change the player though so don't worry, form the options!!

          From here you can skip through to the main menu which gives you the different game modes as well as options for set up.

          The game oprtions include:

          Be a pro, here you select a player or create your own. This is definately a good feature as you can make yourself! Thumbs up, unless of course you want to be a goalkeeper then your not aloud to do this, you must be an outfield player. This displeased me somewhat, as its the position i play!!! I would like to see this changed in future games.
          After selecting or creating yourself you have to work you way through the ranks to become a Pro!

          Manager mode, gives you the option to select a team and can manage them for upto 12+ seasons. Good idea.

          Tournaments - Here you can compete in tournaments or create your own.
          Such as the Fa cup etc. You can choose what teams play aswell.

          Now onto the actual game play. The graphics are awesome, very good physics of the ball and player movements too. Even the goalkeepers act like real people. They can be a little hit and miss at times though with some sketchy play. As in they have poor reactionsor knowledge of where the ball is.
          Commentry is also much better, being spot on with advancements in the game, although it can get very repetative.
          There are loads of leagues, too many to mention but in the english leagues it goes from the premiership down to the conference. So just a few teams, and thats not including the rest of the world.

          Overall a brilliant football game which is accurate and looks great. Its fun to play be it 1 or 2 players.

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          27.09.2009 13:12
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          Must buy for all football fans with a game console.

          When you put football and PS3 in one sentence one thing springs to the front of my mind FIFA 09. There are so many aspects of this game that makes this game the best of the FIFA series.

          When you start up FIFA 09 you sart with choosing your favourite team and then you start by going into the arena with Ronaldinho of AC Milan. You can get use to the controls by shooting in the arena against a goalkeeper or you can skip to the main menu.

          When on the main menu you have options to choose from including game modes, settings and kick off. When you go onto game modes you can select from "Be a Pro", "Manager Mode", "Create a Tournament" and "Tounament Mode".

          In "Manager mode" you select a eam you want to play as for up to 15 seasons which will take quite a while.

          In "Be a Pro" you select either a player from any league in the game or you create a player to play for any club on this game. You then have to work your way up the ranks to try and captain england to glory or your chosen nation.

          In both tournaments modes you select a team you want to play as and you play in either a competition .eg. FA Cup or you create one for yourself where you choose which teams go in your created cup.

          There are also other new features like "Adidas Live Season" where in real life the players .eg. Wayne Rooney say Rooney scores 2 goals at the weekend his rating will go up so if you play a exibition match in kick off mode his rating will have gone up instead of being the same week in week out.

          I have also wrote a review on FIFA 09 Ultimate team which is a additional content for around £7. Please see that review.

          I can't wait for FIFA 10 to come out its only less than one week away i will be doing a review on that game when it comes out next friday. So overall in my opinion this is one of the greatest games FIFA have produced. Also the graphics are imense they really are amazing with a HD TV.

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          27.09.2009 10:19
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          Great game, go play it

          Fifa 09 is top quality and probably the best football sim that is around. The PS3 version i have owned for around 3 months and have been very impressed with the game. Im just not that good at it at all.

          *About FIFA 09*

          The FIFA series is produced by EASports and there is a new one released for every season, usually around October time. So as i write this review FIFA 10 will be due for release if not already released.
          There are a wide range of leagues to choose and play in and all player names are real.

          *My Experiences*

          I would have to say this is the most realistic of all football sims i have ever played. I haven't played its direct competitor "Pro Evolution" in a while so can't really compare the two. I really like the "Be A Pro" mode where you control just one player and try and do your part for the team. It's a great outlet for when you get sick of regular playing. The graphics are really good and the player close up and reactions and excellent. There is not really that much to dislike the game other than i am rubbish at it. You have to really work out how to play the game instead of just bombing down the wings like it try to do.

          The online play is well set up although i don't really understand the levelling system that well. I have never played more than 1 vs 1 online but there are many options upto 10 vs 10 online.

          If you can i would highly suggest you play on HD as there is a noticable difference.

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          02.09.2009 23:58
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          Takes the title this season

          This is the game which finally puts the challenge of ISS Pro to sleep, or at least for now it does. There were several continuing problems and glitches with the fifa series but happily these have all been ironed out, one by one. There are many new features in this game including management mode which allows you to buy and sell players, as well as improving the standard of your current team by investing more money into a better standard of coaches. In addition to this, we also have the 10 vs 10 online mode, which allows each of the 10 people playing on each side to one person for the duration of the match. However as good as these features are, it is the gameplay and graphics in which this game really shines. The graphics are clearly superior to Pro Evo both stadiums really very realistic and thanks to the engine, many players are easy to recognise. It also ups the ante on Pro Evo by providing more life like characters as opposed to the slightly cartoonish detail of Pro Evo. The gameplay is slick and smooth, tackling is about timing, and passing and shooting take practice.

          There are a few gripes notably the AI of goalkeepers at times, the turning could be sharper and the referees could be a little more consistent in their decision making. However these are minor issues and do not diminish for a very polished game. This deservedly wins the title of best football game. ISS Pro has it's work cut out that's for sure.

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            02.09.2009 12:56

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            The best football game out there

            I have previously always tended to buy the Pro Evolution series of football games as they tend to offer better playability, however after issues particularly with online lag on Pro Evo 08 I decided to give Fifa 09 a try.

            I was very impressed, the gameplay & realisim were very good, being responsive & very smooth. The graphics are very impressive with the level of detail on the player's outstanding. Also there was no visible lag in the online play, which has always been a big negative with such games in the past. The management mode allows you to play the game slightly differently & is definetly worth checking out.

            The Fifa series also has the rights to the team names & kits as well as the official leagues which add to the realism of the game. The online mode is superb and offers a number of different options. The only annoying thing being when players quit the game when they are loosing, obviously this is no fault of the game itself. Also there could have been a choice of more stadiums available from the premiership in the game.

            Overall I would say that if you're looking for a relistic football game which offers relaism & great gameplay, you don't really need to look any further than Fifa 09, you'll have loads of fun with it!

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            01.09.2009 13:16

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            great game, best football game out so far

            i got Fifa 09 for my birthday, and pro evo for christmas, there is one big difference but one that has been part of pro evo for a long time , this is a lack of right to use players names, This is a big disappointment.
            Fifa 09 has all the names and somehow made a large gap between pro evo and itself, this is, in my mind they have never been this seperated.
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            the game play for fifa is great , it has many different modes, one of them is be a pro, were you develop your own player, this i a pretty good feature.
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            the graphics are miles better then pro evo, it is literally high definition and the diferent camera modes enhance you in the gameplay.
            Players
            the players are realistic more than ever, and so are the transfer fees to buy them, e.g. cristiano ronaldo, over 50 million definately right.

            in my thoughts i would buy it but since 2010 is out soon then it might not be worth it because im sure that will be much better as well.

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            28.08.2009 17:16
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            Football fans love this game

            My favorite game so far of the year has been this one and what a brilliant game it is! Fifa 2009 really does make you relive all the excitement that happens in a football match. Their is just so much realism in the game with scoring goals, formations and how you to take free kicks. Of course the addition of doing a whole load of new skills has only made the game a lot better.

            I just want to say this game does though have a few problems that should have never happened. When I go online and try to play with a opponent one glitch is both screens freeze at team selection. It keeps happening and only works at certain times. This problem never happened to me before but it seems like the glitch has got worse.

            The other glitch in the game has been opponents scoring goals from the half way line. Surely this only ruins the game and you see a few people doing this online to score cheap goals past you.When you look at the game play you can enjoy the thrills of this game easily. You can score goals from different methods and really feel the game more.

            I dislike the fact the crowd has not much involvement in the game. They need to have more louder fans and also 3d fans! We still look at 2d fans in a Ps3 game! The best bits I love about the Fifa game are the ways you can control the ball and change formation.

            Oh and hopefully next year they can edit the general manager mode in the game a little to. Everything else in the game is fantastic and Fifa 2009 remains top football game until October when Fifa 2010 comes out!

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            18.08.2009 21:24
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            How can it improve?

            I have always been a huge fan of Pro Evo and in many ways I still am, but due to all my mates having converted to the dark side that is Fifa, I thought it would be best if I purchased this game as well so I could them give them a good old school beating whenever we played Fifa. Hence this review is about my experience and a few comparisons with Pro Evo 09.

            The first thing I realized is how polished the menus are. I know EA sports seem to always take pride in their menus, and the problem they used to have is that they made the game look amazing, but the playability was lacking. In recent years they have turned it around and it is good they have still kept the cool menus and music.

            Their are now two main different modes of play. Normal team mode that has been around since the beginning and also Be A Pro mode which I will go into a bit later. So everyone knows how the team mode works right. For those of you that don't basically you control the whole team, and namely the player that is on the ball at the time. The playability is awesome and very realistic with year upon year there being more control over the players. Of course some teams are better than others, and other players are simply amazing. People like Kaka and Ronaldo are a joy to dribble with.

            Now Be A Pro mode was introduced in the previous version. Here you only control a specific player that you choose. It can be any player you want and you then get marked on your performance in that position. It can be challenging and fun but requires a lot of patience as you don't get a lot of time on the ball, so I tend to stray from this mode of play.

            The celebrations are great, with the option to control your own celebrations now. On online mode this is awesome as the best and most annoying celebration is the robot. So just do the robot when you score and with it being a long routine it must annoy the opponnent like mad. It just adds that bit of insult to injury.

            As just mentioned above there is an online mode, which is pretty good and EA Sports always has solid servers, so the gameplay is smooth and you can play opponents from literally anywhere and in many different modes and style. It is great to try and improve your ranking and just generally improve you game playing against different people.

            Overall this is a great game, and is better than Pro this year, but I just struggle to see where these football games can go in the future, unless it can be made more interactive with some sort of feature using the Wii Style remotes, but that will lose its control over the team. It really is something that I am interested to see in the future and see these football games push on to the next level.

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            31.07.2009 21:48
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            becoming a fast favourite, for the boys and girls in the house!

            I love football, and as a girl, do pretty well for myself...I know the offside rule (and can make a reasonable 'interfering with play' argument with the best of them)

            But I suck at football games. I dont know why...actually i do...I keep forgetting to swap players! my goalkeeper does nothing when a shot goes at him, cos the midfielder over on the right is running round in circles while I try to figure out what button to press.

            I get very confused very easily, so my other half decided that I would learn. I sat through the training academy, worked out that while X is shoot in every game in the world, it is not the case with football, X is the most popular button, and football works well as a passing game. Therefore X is pass.

            Im clever!

            moving on, I dscovered that the ingenious thing about this game is that I can be one player if I want. The Be a Pro mode means that I can focus on being a midfielder (albeit a striking one, like to score the goals!) and trust the other players to do their bit too.

            It give you a score based on the success rate and accuracy of your passes, movement, positioning, and even when you ask for the ball, it rates you based on whether that was a good call. I started on the very basic level and didnt score a goal in 10 matches (although the team was doing ok!)

            Then, I got it! I got the bug. this is a game that you can play for 5 hours and think that you have only just put the console on. Then you realise that you have played through a whole season and the sun is rising!

            I have played a few matches, and have to say that I love the commentaters, andy gray and martin tyler are great. They actually take the mick out of me when I do something silly, and their comments are really relevant to what is happening! This adds an atmosphere to the game, which makes it all the more pleasing to play.

            The online mode also means that your players get better or worse depending on real life updates and that is supreme!

            I have really only played the be a pro mode, so cannot comment on the rest (having been hammered 10-0 by said other half in my only competitive match) but I am making progress have to say that this is becoming one of my fave games!

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          Powered by the third generation of the EA Sports football engine, FIFA 09 features more than 250 core gameplay additions and enhancements that deliver the most responsive, intelligent and realistic action ever for the series. Enjoy turning defenders with more controlled dribbling and ball control, snapping off precision shots with improved first-time shooting mechanics and firing beautifully timed passes with greater accuracy, placing the ball exactly where you want it.