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The new FIFA Ultimate Team ICONS and Heroes in FIFA 22
By Declan Barry - 23rd Sep 2021Games
There's even more legendary players from the past in FUT this year
From the likes of David Beckham to Pelé, over 100 of the world's greatest ever players are ICONS in FIFA Ultimate Team. Four new classic players are joining the roster for FIFA 22, bringing their famous play style to the game with their debut white and gold ICON cards.
For those looking to get into FIFA Ultimate Team for the first time, you'll be tasked to build a squad by using players' clubs, leagues, and nations to connect players that play in the same area of the pitch together. The more they have in common, the stronger this link will be!
ICON cards can connect to any player thanks to a special ability that grants them chemistry, making them a highly sort after asset when building a dream starting XI.
New to FIFA 22, Heroes cards are similar to ICONS by being based on past players of the game. However, unlike ICONS, they cannot connect with every player, instead, they have a designated league based on the most unforgettable moments in their careers. Of course, they will still gain chemistry with players of the same nation regardless of their league too!
After exploding onto the scene as a teenager playing for his boyhood club, the world woke up to a new English superstar. Rooney would play for one of the biggest and most storied teams in English football, scoring a hat-trick on his debut in the UEFA Champions League. Easy. Wayne Rooney was a pure goalscorer, of all kinds of goals. A world class playmaker and team player, he would muck in wherever he was needed. Rooney won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, an FA Cup, a UEFA Champions League, a UEFA Europa League and a FIFA Club World Cup. He ended his playing career as his club and England’s leading scorer. He would’ve become ICON in any era.
ROBIN VAN PERSIE
In Robin van Persie’s long career, he was known world over as a deadshot number 9 with highly refined technical ability - which saw him score some incredible goals. Van Persie started his career with his boyhood club Feyenoord. North London would be his next destination, linking up with fellow ICON Thierry Henry to devastating effect. A Premier League classic goal against Charlton saw his legacy light up. But his last two years in North London saw van Persie become the player he dared to be. In the 2010-2011 season, he scored 18 goals. A career high. The next season, he hit an unprecedented 30 goals in 38 games. A move to the North of England followed - where van Persie would win the Premier League title in dramatic fashion. A stint at Fenerbahce for three seasons followed, before a return to Feyenoord, where van Persie’s storied career began.
The most successful goalkeeper in Real Madrid’s grand history, the story of ‘’San Iker’’ is a classic football fable. A lifelong fan, he joined Real’s youth team in 90-91 and rose through the ranks. Casillas was an integral part of some of Madrid’s greatest ever sides, regularly pulling off extraordinary saves that would rival the exploits of Madrid’s attackers. Eventually, Casillas would rise as Real Madrid’s captain, leading them to La Decima, the feat he described as ‘’bigger than the FIFA World Cup’’. In an amazing 25 years at Madrid, Casillas won three UEFA Champions Leagues, three FIFA World Club Cups, two UEFA European Super Cups, five LaLiga trophies, two Copa del Rey and four Spanish Super Cups. There will only be one Iker Casillas.
A key cog in some of Brazil and Europe’s greatest sides, Cafu’s attacking play down the right of the defence made him a legend of the game and inspired all his sides to triumph. Playing in Brazil, he won an incredible 11 domestic titles in just four years. After a stint in LaLiga, his time at AC Milan from the 2003-2004 season would bring him a Serie A title, and a famous UEFA Champions League title in 2006-07. There, he forged iconic partnerships with players like Maldini and Costacurta in a feared defensive backline. Cafu has the honour of being Brazil’s most-capped player with 142 appearances for the Seleccao, in addition to being the only player to appear in the final of three FIFA World Cups - winning two of them in 1994 and 2002. A truly unique set of honours, for a truly unique ICON.
Source: EA Sports
DAVID GINOLA - LIGUE 1 UBER EATS (89 Rated - LM)
An entertainer and a competitor, David Ginola made a name playing for some of Europe’s biggest sides in the 90’s. Part of a flair-packed, gifted Paris Saint-Germain side, Ginola experienced many high points under the lights of the Parc des Princes. But his thunderbolt strike against Real Madrid in the 1993 UEFA Champions League put him on the map of the global game.
JÜRGEN KOHLER - BUNDESLIGA (89 Rated - CB)
Jürgen Kohler is regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation. With domestic titles in Germany and Italy playing for some of the biggest clubs, it was the 1997 UEFA Champions League final triumph with Borussia Dortmund that etched his name into history. His semi-final performance was one of towering bravery and leadership. It gave his team the belief they needed to go forward and win the Big Ears trophy.
FERNANDO MORIENTES - LALIGA SANTANDER (89 Rated - ST)
A true target man, Morientes certainly knew where the back of the net was. A regular on the scoresheet for both club and country, among his 100 goals for Real Madrid was the opener in the 2000 UEFA Champions League final - a trademark back post header that sent Los Blancos on their way to their eighth European title. The stuff heroes are made of.
ABEDI PELÉ - LIGUE 1 UBER EATS (89 Rated - CAM)
Ghana's finest-ever player was given the nickname ''Pelé'' after the Brazilian icon. Playing for OM in the 90's, he was known as one of the best playmakers of his generation. He would prove this in the 1993 UEFA Champions League final, where he assisted in the winning goal, immortalising himself in Marseille - and in football history.
MARIO GOMEZ - BUNDESLIGA (88 Rated - ST)
With over 200 goals in the Bundesliga for some of its biggest clubs, the fearsome striking of Mario Gomez at his peak was known all over the world. But he was always remembered most fondly at home. Particularly setting up the legendary goal that would bring VfB Stuttgart their third Bundesliga title, certifying his status as a club and FUT Hero.
DIEGO MILITO - SERIE A (88 Rated - ST)
The Argentine marksman flew under the radar for years despite scoring over 50 goals in just over 100 appearances in LaLiga. After joining Inter, though, the world woke up to his goalscoring talents. His two goals in the UEFA Champions League final of 2010 is viewed as a classic striker's performance. In an era where ''pure'' strikers are hard to come by, Milito's two-goal salvo is fondly remembered as a masterclass of a changing art. Diego Milito is more than deserving of his FUT Hero badge.
ANTONIO DI NATALE - SERIE A (88 Rated - ST)
Antonio Di Natale, in his pomp, was known all over Europe for a fearsome blend of speed, trickery and sharp finishing. 2010 might’ve been the moment it all came together for Di Natale. That year, he scored a fantastic hat-trick against Lecce leaving Udinese fans buzzing. Then, he followed up that feat with another hat-trick - this time against Napoli. Di Natale was the leader of a Udinese side who dared to dream.
IVÁN CÓRDOBA - SERIE A (87 Rated - CB)
The decorated Colombian Iván Córdoba led several domestic and European challenges for Inter with his diligent defensive work. A leader, warrior-type centre back, his style of play typified the robustness of Inter’s legendary treble-winning 2010 side. In 2008, against Reggina, in a hard-fought match which looked destined for a draw, it was Córdoba’s last minute winner that placed him in Nerazzurri folklore.
JOE COLE - PREMIER LEAGUE (87 Rated - RW)
Joe Cole is undoubtedly one of the most gifted players of his generation. A classic number 10, his trickery, vision and balance had defenders in England and in European football running scared. Part of a legendary Chelsea side, he was the creative fulcrum, scoring the winning goal to land Chelsea the Premier League title in 2006.
JORGE CAMPOS - LIGA BBVA MX (87 Rated - GK)
The 90s saw a string of top-class, hugely personable goalkeepers hailing from South America. Few are as memorable as Jorge Campos was. He played a high-risk game as a sweeper-keeper, regularly found outside his box, in colourful kits of his own making, and never caught off-guard. He held a clean sheet in the 2nd leg of his team's title-winning match in 1991. Just one of the moments that make Campos one of our FUT Heroes.
SAMI AL-JABER - MBS PRO LEAGUE (86 Rated - ST)
Sami Al-Jaber scored over 200 goals in a glittering career, and played for Saudi Arabia in four FIFA World Cups - in 1994, 1998, 2002 and finally in 2006. In 2006, his goal against Tunisia made him one of the only players to score in three FIFA World Cup tournaments. He is a national hero, and now, a FUT Hero.
ROBBIE KEANE - PREMIER LEAGUE (86 Rated - ST)
Robbie Keane scored over 120 Premier League goals for some of England's biggest teams. A striker who could cause trouble for any defence, teams prepared to play against him. His defining moment came as his constant harrying and haring drove Spurs to their last League Cup win in 2008.
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER - PREMIER LEAGUE (86 Rated - ST)
The baby-faced assassin and the scorer of a goal that would create history. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for much of his (playing) career was known as a dangerous super-sub striker. The kind of player who was always ready to apply the finishing blows to a fading opponent. His goal in the legendary UEFA Champions League final of 1999 is the greatest example of his poaching prowess.
FREDDIE LJUNGBERG - PREMIER LEAGUE (86 Rated - LM)
Freddie Ljungberg was a key part of the only team in Premier League history to go undefeated. His skill and technical play on the wing saw him spellbind fans in the Premier League. The FA Cup final of 2002 saw Ljungberg add his standout piece in a long highlights reel. Running at the Chelsea defence, he jinked past his opponents before slotting the ball in the top corner. Man on fire.
JERZY DUDEK - PREMIER LEAGUE (86 Rated - GK)
Jerzy Dudek was one of many heroes in Liverpool’s legendary 2005 UEFA Champions League triumph. If not the biggest of heroes. After conceding three goals in the first half, it’d be easy to give up. But, inspired by the performance of his teammates, once Liverpool had drawn level - Dudek knew he’d have to do his part. And that he did. An against-all-odds double save late in extra time from Andriy Shevchenko fed into the feeling that it was going to be Liverpool’s night. Then, his penalty save against Shevchenko (again) - solidified it. Jerzy Dudek was the difference between hope and glory.
ALEKSANDR MOSTOVOI - LALIGA SANTANDER (86 Rated - CAM)
Aleksandr Mostovoi was nicknamed ‘’El Zar’’ (The Tzar) by his enchanted fans at Celta Vigo where he made a name for himself across Europe as one of the continent’s premier playmaking talents. Driving Celta to an Intertoto Cup win and a Copa Del Rey final, Mostovoi’s exploits hit a peak in 2003 where two goals against Real Sociedad took Celta Vigo into the Champions League.
CLINT DEMPSEY - MLS (85 Rated - CAM)
Whether in MLS, the Premier League, or on the international stage, Dempsey left it all on the pitch - and very often in the goal too. The joint top scorer in USMNT history, Dempsey's return to North American football in Seattle saw him bag an impressive 47 league goals in 115 games - including a memorable hat trick in 2014.
TIM CAHILL - PREMIER LEAGUE (85 Rated - ST)
Tim Cahill was known all over the Premier League for his all-round chaos potential in the box. Especially dangerous with his heading technique, but Cahill had a wide range of finishes in his locker. Like the sublime overhead kick he scored in 2007. It's what FUT Heroes are made of.
LARS RICKEN - BUNDESLIGA (85 Rated - CAM)
A key cog in the all-conquering Borussia Dortmund side of the 90's, Ricken's goal in the 96-97 UEFA Champions League final came just after 16 seconds of being on the pitch. It remains the fastest goal scored by a substitute in UCL history. And arguably, Ricken's most important contribution to Borussia Dortmund.
Source: EA Sports
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