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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 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 After displaying the game's load screen screen, EA Sports logo and licensing information there's an animated sequence that showcases the game's action
FIFA 2001 Windows FIFA(5)
FIFA 2001 PlayStation A goal is scored. Quite a neat piece of play by the AI who tackled the keeper. Cue celebrations and action replays

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

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Absolute Playstation PlayStation 2001 96 out of 100 96
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation 2 Apr 26, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2000 89 out of 100 89
GameZone PlayStation 2 Jan 15, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Nov, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Nov 16, 2000 16 out of 20 80
PSM PlayStation 2 Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Dec 05, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Dec 06, 2000 16 out of 20 80


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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 (2196) and Grant McLellan (544)