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FIFA 17 News Roundup #31

This week FIFA Ultimate Team turns 8 years and to celebrate this important milestone EA Sports prepared a full week of entertainment with the FUT Birthday Squad, new SBCs and more.

FUT Birthday Squad

Turn back time and celebrate the history of FUT with the FUT Birthday Squad! Featuring 23 current players who were fan favorites in previous versions, each FUT Birthday Squad member has upgraded ratings reminiscent of their past FUT item and a brand-new item type. 

Brand New Premium SBCs

Introducing brand new SBC Premium Items for the first time in FUT! Three FUT favourites get an extra special Premium SBC version! Released as individual SBCs and available for the duration of the event, these unique items will be upgraded  even more than their FUT Birthday Squad version.

Daily Birthday SBCs

Playing FUT every day could be very rewarding during FUT Birthday! Come back every day to complete a new Daily FUT Birthday SBC. In addition to the regular rewards you get for completing the SBC, you will become eligible for additional tiered rewards if you complete 3 or more Daily Birthday SBCs. The more Daily Birthday SBCs you complete, the higher your reward! The extra rewards will be distributed after the event ends and before April 14th, but will still include a chance to receive FUT Birthday Squad items.

  • Exactly 3 Daily Birthday SBCs completed – Mega Pack 
  • Exactly 4 Daily Birthday SBCs completed – Prime Player Pack
  • Exactly 5 Daily Birthday SBCs completed – Rare Players Pack 
  • Exactly 6 Daily Birthday SBCs completed – Rare Mega Pack
  • Exactly 7 Daily Birthday SBCs completed – Jumbo Rare Players Pack
  • Exactly 8 Daily Birthday SBCs completed – Ultimate Pack

The extra Daily Birthday SBC rewards are untradeable and do not stack. Completing three or more of these SBCs will also reward a unique SBC Kit.

 

Daily Web and Companion App Rewards

Also make sure you log-in the Web and Companion Apps to receive daily rewards for the duration of FUT Birthday.

Below you can view this week’s SBCs in FIFA 17 including theFUT Birthday SBCs and the new Premier League POTM:

Marquee Matchups

Premier League POTM

TOTW 28 Guarantee

TOTW Tradeable

82+ Rated Guarantee

David Luiz

Fernando Torres

Stephan El Shaarawy

Beside FUT Birthday squad, TOTW 28 was also released featuring some insane inform players like Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar:

Starting XI

  • GK: Danijel Subašić – AS Monaco (France) – Croatia
  • RB: Łukasz Piszczek –  Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – Poland
  • RB: Gabriel Mercado – Sevilla FC (Spain) – Argentina
  • CB: Michael Keane -Burnley (England) – England
  • CM: Marco Verratti -Paris Saint-Germain (France) – Italy
  • CM: Thiago Alcântara -Bayern München (Germany) – Spain
  • LM: André Schürrle –  Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – Germany
  • CAM: Lukas Podolski –  Galatasaray (Turkey) – Germany
  • LM: Emil Forsberg –  RB Leipzig (Germany) – Sweden
  • ST: Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid (Spain) – Portugal
  • LW: Neymar – FC Barcelona (Spain) – Brazil

Substitutes

  • GK: Stefanos Kapino –  Olympiacos CFP (Greece) – Greece
  • RB: Birkir Már Sævarsson – Hammarby IF (Sweden) – Iceland
  • CM: Vladimír Darida– Hertha BSC (Germany) – Czech Republic
  • CAM: Christian Pulisic  Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – United States
  • RW: Carlos Vela – Real Sociedad (Spain) – Mexico
  • ST: Clint Dempsey– Seattle Sounders (United States) – United States
  • ST:  Cenk Tosun – Beşiktaş (Turkey) – Turkey

Reserves

  • RM: Yuya Kubo – AA Gent (Belgium) – Japan
  • CAM: Kevin Molino – Minnesota United FC (United States) – Trinidad and Tobago
  • ST: Quique–  UD Almería (Spain) – Spain
  • ST: Spas Delev – Pogoń Szczecin (Poland) – Bulgaria
  • ST: Brendon Santalab – Western Sydney Wanderers (Australia) – Australia

These in-forms are available in packs from March 29th – April 5th – ! You can view this TOTW in more details on FUTHead or EASports.

For FUT Birthday, EA Sports also prepared a dedicated single player tournament with a prize of 5000 coins:

Birthday Show Off

Squad Requirements
5 stars team rating

Rewards
5000 Coins

Difficulty
Professional

Tournament Schedule
Begins: 31/03/2017 – Ends: 7/04/2017

Update 5 for FIFA Mobile was released a few days ago introducing Daily Activities to the game and addresses a number of gameplay bugs. Continue reading below to get the complete rundown:

  • New App Icon and Splash Screen, featuring Chelsea FC’s Eden Hazard!
    • Eden Hazard is the new face of FIFA Mobile. You will notice the App Icon and Splash Screen have both been updated to feature the Chelsea Player.
  • Daily Activities
    • Each day EA will feature a set of goals to complete. Completing all the Daily Activities will earn you an extra reward.
  • Gameplay Updates
    • The AI logic was improved to make sure that player’s with better stats do better on the pitch. 
  • Improved the logic that determines which player starts with the ball in each possession of Attack Mode so that it aligns better with the Formation and Tactic used in that turn.
  • Tuned possessions in Attack Mode so that there is a greater difference in quality between Normal and High scoring possessions.
  • Added a visual indicator that breaks down the type of quality possessions you and your opponent will have in Attack Mode.
  • Removed Counter Attacks from triggering during stoppage time.
  • Revised the tuning for chips shots to make them more responsive.
  • Removed the camera pan before each penalty kick.
  • Added recommended team ratings for Seasons Mode.
  • Added Auto Login. You will no longer need to select your account each time you boot up the game.
  • Addressed fouls not being called in certain situations.
  • Addressed an issue causing AI to sometimes cross the ball to nobody.
  • Decreased the likelihood of an AI teammate running in front of a shot.
  • Improved the responsiveness of swipe gesture controls.
  • Other stability and polish improvement to make FIFA Mobile a better experience.
 

To celebrate Chelsea FC’s Eden Hazard as the new face of FIFA Mobile, EA Sports launched a new and unique in-game Program that gives everyone the opportunity to earn a 100-OVR Eden Hazard Player Item.

The best part of all, you can unlock and upgrade Hazard in one of three positions. Participate in the Program and work your way towards having a 100-OVR ST, CAM, or LF Hazard on your squad.

How the Program Works

The core of this program is using Positional, Match, and Training Tokens to complete 10 different Plans. From now and running through the summer, we will have a series of Live Events and Pack offers available that reward you with the Tokens needed to unlock your first Eden Hazard Player item and eventually completing the rest of the Program.

Following that, there are nine (9) more levels of upgrade Plans that gradually unlock better versions of Hazard. Each later Plan requires the earlier Item you’ve unlocked as well as a set number of Positional, Training, and Match Tokens. As always, make sure to check in-game for the exact number of Tokens each Plan requires. After completing all 10 Plans, you will have a 100-OVR Eden Hazard on your team.

If you want to unlock the CAM Hazard, you will need a specific number of CAM Positional Tokens (while the ST Hazard requires ST Positional Tokens and the LF Hazard needs LF Positional Tokens). However, we have a Plan available that allows you to trade in Positional Tokens to earn a Hazard Token. Hazard Tokens serve as a wildcard Token that takes the place of a specific Positional Token.

As your Hazard’s OVR improves, so will the boosts he offers to others on your team. The higher his OVR is, the better the reward for the rest of your squad. Additionally, you are not locked into completing only one version of Hazard. If you want, you are able to unlock multiple positions (eg. Hazard at CAM and ST). However, Joker Tokens will not work in completing any of the Plans available in this Program.

Please be aware that for this Program, all versions of Hazard are untradeable.

EA built this program to last a few months, so don’t stress if that you don’t reach 100-OVR in the first few weeks. As mentioned before, there will be a variety of Live Events and Pack offers available over the course of the spring and summer months that will give you the opportunity to earn the necessary Tokens to upgrade your Hazard Player Item.

The latest TOTW has been released in FIFA Mobile as well:

  • GK: Danijel Subašić – AS Monaco (France) – Croatia
    • Subašić had a clean sheet as Croatia held on to beat Ukraine 1-0.
  • LB: Jonas Hector – 1. FC Köln (Germany) – Germany
    • Hector was solid in Germany’s 1-4 over Azerbaijan.
  • CB: Michael Keane – Burnley (England) – England
    • Keane was solid in defense for England as they beat Lithuania 2-0.
  • RB: Gabriel Mercado – Sevilla FC (Spain) – Argentina
    • Mercado helped Argentina beat Chile 1-0.
  • LM: Emil Forsberg – RB Leipzig (Germany) – Sweden
    • Forsberg scored twice for Sweden as they beat Belarus 4-0.
  • LM: André Schürrle – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – Germany
    • Schürrle scored twice as Germany beat Azerbaijan 1-4.
  • CAM: Christian Pulisic – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – United States
    • Pulisic had a goal and two assists in the US’ 6-0 win over Honduras
  • CM: Vladimír Darida – Hertha BSC (Germany) – Czech Republic
    • Darida scored two goals for the Czech Republic as they crushed San Marino 0-6.
  • CM: Thiago – Bayern München (Germany) – Spain
    • Thiago helped Spain beat Israel 4-1.
  • ST: Clint Dempsey – Seattle Sounders (MLS) – United States
    • Dempsey had a hattrick as the US beat Honduras 6-0.
  • ST: Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid (Spain) – Portugal
    • Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Hungary

Manu Triguero, Taison, Skrtel, Feghouli and Kramaricare are the latest Impact Players in FIFA Mobile.

EA Sports is launching a new project called EA SPORTS™ The Pitch. This Friday the brand-new EA SPORTS™ The Pitch YouTube channel, launched with the inaugural episode of The Pitch. Get an exclusive look inside the world of EA SPORTS™ FIFA, from interviews with the most prominent figures within the EA SPORTS™ FIFA community to the latest news from the EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Championship Series, The Pitch will deliver FIFA fun and excitement for everyone.

That’s all from us for this week, see you as usual next weekend. Have a great week folks!

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