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FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer (Windows)

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Description

The millennium installment of EAs popular soccer franchise brings a new match engine, over 450 club teams and 40 national from all over the world and also allowing to make dream matches between some of the Worlds' finest teams ever, such as Man. Utd. 1968 and early 90s AC Milan. A team and player editor allows complete edition of the teams. Game modes include Friendly, Cup, League (all customizable) and Season.

Gameplay is faster than it's predecessor, and also featuring a new shielding mode, to protect the ball when alone in front and set pieces from corners, which allow the player to kick the ball accurately to a player in the area.

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FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer Windows Yes, there will be snow...
FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer Windows The Ball Is In The Goal
FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer Windows Old Rivals Germany & England

Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA2000国际足球联盟" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "FIFA 2000: Europa League Soccer" -- Japanese title
  • "FIFA 2000" -- European title

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User Reviews

The finest football game on the PC returns for another go Michael Joyeux (13) unrated
The Best So Far For Football Bilal Ibrar (41) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
FIFA 98 was better than this. Diamond Titan (59) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars

The Press Says

Jeuxvideo.com Nov 16, 1999 18 out of 20 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Unlimited Dec, 1999 8.9 out of 10 89
Svenska PC Gamer Nov, 1999 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1999 88 out of 100 88
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 1999 87 out of 100 87
Gamesmania Dec 30, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Just Games Retro Oct 18, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Spel för Alla Dec, 1999 7 out of 10 70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) May 05, 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

Brazilian partnership

In Brazil, Electronic Arts made a partnership with a non-profit organization called "Fundação Gol de Letra", created by local soccer stars Raí and Leonardo, to revert part of the profit from the game's sales to that organization. As a result of the partnership, Raí was also featured on the local version of the cover.

The "Fundação Gol de Letra" organization help poor children to learn how to read and write.

Portuguese version

Following the potential lawsuit Electronic Arts faced because of the unauthorized usage of the Portuguese league in FIFA 99, FIFA 2000 lacks any reference to Portuguese teams - not even the national team. As the game still had a localized box (this time, featuring Simão Sabrosa of Barcelona) and fearing the removal of local teams would harm sales, the box has a caption going "learn inside how to build the Portuguese championship", which in turn aren't more than instructions to the in-game editor.

Robbie Williams

To close the licensing deal of the title track (It's Only Us), Robbie Williams allegedly demanded EA to include Port Vale in the game. Port Vale, then in Division Two (third tier of professional football in England) is Williams' (who is also known as a big fan of the sport) childhood team and investor since February 2006, was included in the "rest of the world" league.

Robbie Williams himself was included as a player in one of the secret teams, as well as being featured on the game introduction and back cover, and his previous albums (Life Thru A Lens and I've Been Expecting You) were advertised in the last page of the manual.

Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 - Best Sports Game in 1999
Information also contributed by Emepol and Luis Silva

Related Web Sites

  • FIFA 2000 Online (The site for FIFA 2000 downloads, tips, replays, cheats and their own shootout game)
Matthew Bailey (1143) added FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer (Windows) on Mar 27, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Brolin Empey (700) and Grant McLellan (545)