FIFA 2001

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FIFA 2001 comes back to the series' fast-paced roots. The gameplay is balanced differently to previous versions, and includes online play as an option.

It includes 17 leagues from around the world in addition to over 50 national teams. Exhibition, Tournament, League, Cup, Season, and Training modes are available to play, ranging from simple round-robin competition to simple knock-outs to combinations of the two, and the player rosters are as up-to-date as possible.


FIFA 2001 PlayStation Half time is one of the few times the stadium is on view
FIFA 2001 PlayStation Changing the way the team plays. Each of the options in the list can be changed via the left/right controls
FIFA 2001 PlayStation The players take to the field. There's no flash stadium fly-by just the players names and commentators discussing the upcoming game
FIFA 2001 PlayStation The game's main menu
The Inside EA Sports option just contains the game's credits and a video montage of other EA games

Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA 2001: World Championship" -- PS2 Japanese Title
  • "FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer" -- PS2 Title

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User Reviews

Pixel City, if you don't find an excellent soccer game! PlayStation 2 Fake Spam (94)

Critic Reviews

IGN PlayStation 2 Nov 28, 2000 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot PlayStation Jun 07, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2000 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Nov, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Power Unlimited PlayStation 2 Feb, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PlayFrance PlayStation 2 Apr 08, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Dec, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Super Play PlayStation Jan, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Super Play PlayStation 2 Jan, 2001 5 out of 10 50


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EA Cover Curse

Ben Olsen (featured on the cover of the US PS2 version) suffered the curse by breaking his ankle and missing the entire following season.

Missing Sponsors

While it was the first in the series to include real and unique kits, some teams did not carry shirt sponsors. The reason? They were sponsored by rival companies such as Eidos (Manchester City) or Infogrames (Olympique Lyon).

Scratch and Sniff

The Playstation CD reads: "Smell the pitch - Scratch and sniff". This refers to olfactory rubber on the media which smells like grass.

Information also contributed by Dudujones, Luis Silva.
Contributed to by Andrew Hartnett (2210) and Grant McLellan (544)