Written by Vedran Ćavara
Seemingly back from the dead, I’ve returned to you my fellow Croatians! I’ve been a busy boy with work, school and other projects, but expect more pieces from me this fall and winter!
If you are a soccer fan, you surely have tried the EA Sports offering FIFA. Whether you have played the World Cup version, any of the yearly editions, or just picked up the controller and played a few games with friends, you surely have enjoyed the game.
The game features modes such as “Ultimate Team”, Seasons, a career mode that you can play as either a player or manager, or create your own vital professional player and watch him compete against others online, join a club and win trophies.
The game also features modes where you can choose from any of the 20+ leagues and International teams to represent during gameplay.
So what does this all have to do with this site, the Croatian community or Croatia itself? Well, it’s quite simple. Though Croatian players are featured prominently throughout the entire game, our National team is gone.
Yes, you heard it right, the Croatian National team is not available to play with.
Let’s put his in proper context; the Vatreni have been in every other edition of the this game for at least the last ten years, going back to FIFA World up 2002 in Japan and Korea.
Where other countries such as India and North Korea are featured prominently, the world’s #11 team, at least according to FIFA rankings is gone. Croatia is by far one of the most popular teams in the game and they have gone by the wayside.
Why has this happened? I think it simply boils down to one thing-MONEY! My estimation is that the licensing fees between EA Sports and the HNS were never agreed upon, thus Croatia is gone. This has left a lot of fans disappointed and angry, Croatians and fans alike worldwide.
This issue needs to be resolved quickly and swiftly, surely before FIFA 14. However, if the two sides do agree within a few weeks or months, those of us that play via XBoX Live or Playstation Network can surely expect a downloadable patch for the game, which hopefully will once again make us all happy.
HNS, EA Sports, we are eagerly waiting!