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Fancy rolling back the years with Eric Cantona or Xavi? EA Sports reveal the 11 new icons in FIFA 21

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EA Sports have announced the 11 new legendary players that will grace FIFA 21’s Ultimate Team mode, allowing players to incorporate the likes of Eric Cantona, Xavi and Fernando Torres into their squads.

Fans will be able to get their hands on the next instalment of the FIFA series on October 6, which will feature over 100 ‘Icons’ for the first time ever.

Along with Cantona, Xavi and Torres, gamers will also be given the chance to add Nemanja Matic and Ashley Cole into their teams on Ultimate Team (FUT).

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has been added into FIFA 21's Ultimate Team mode

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has been added into FIFA 21's Ultimate Team mode

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has been added into FIFA 21’s Ultimate Team mode

EA Sports announced 11 new 'Icons' that will be incorporated into FIFA 21 – released on Oct 6

EA Sports announced 11 new 'Icons' that will be incorporated into FIFA 21 – released on Oct 6

EA Sports announced 11 new ‘Icons’ that will be incorporated into FIFA 21 – released on Oct 6

Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas has been added to the popular game series for the first time ever, while German duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm make their returns.

Samuel Eto’o and Petr Cech complete the star-studded line-up added to FUT for this year’s title.

Icon cards have become a staple in FUT and are some of the rarest items to be acquired in the game mode.

FIFA 20 saw the addition of Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola and Didier Drogba as icons, while fans are also able to include Pele, Diego Maradona and Paolo Maldini into their teams – if they are lucky enough.

Fans will also be able to put Fernando Torres into their team, who is now an icon in the game

Fans will also be able to put Fernando Torres into their team, who is now an icon in the game

Fans will also be able to put Fernando Torres into their team, who is now an icon in the game

Barcelona legend Xavi also makes his return to the game following his retirement in 2019

Barcelona legend Xavi also makes his return to the game following his retirement in 2019

Barcelona legend Xavi also makes his return to the game following his retirement in 2019

Following the announcement of the new icons last week, EA Sports stated: ‘Create your dream squad as a combination of today’s superstars and footballing giants of the past like Eric Cantona, Xavi, and Philipp Lahm joining Pele, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Ronaldo Nazario, Zinedine Zidane and more to make up the prestigious FUT 100.’

Along with the announcement of the new icons, EA also confirmed that they will be making the game ‘less toxic’ for players going forward. 

Goal celebrations such as the ‘Shush’ and ‘A-OK’ will be removed while the amount of time allocated to celebrate goals has also been reduced.

Explaining the recent removal and reductions, producer Sam Rivera told SPORTbible: ‘There are people who play a lot of matches in the weekend and they need to complete 30 matches in a certain amount of time.

Serbian legend Nemanja Matic will also be made available in FUT from October 6

Serbian legend Nemanja Matic will also be made available in FUT from October 6

Serbian legend Nemanja Matic will also be made available in FUT from October 6

Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskas has been added to the game for the first time ever

Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskas has been added to the game for the first time ever

Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskas has been added to the game for the first time ever

‘We really felt like there were instances where if we’re giving you an experience, it has to be smooth and it has to be to the point. I just want to come here and play; that’s what the game is for.

‘The game flow is so important and we need to keep it as short as possible. I play a lot of FIFA and for years I’ve felt we needed to trim this animation down so you don’t have 15 seconds of celebration plus ten replays.

‘We’re now at a point where you have time to celebrate, which is part of football and that’s what we want, and then you watch one replay of the goal and you’re back into play.

‘It’s a change the hardcore community are going to appreciate a lot.’ 

FIFA 21 ULTIMATE TEAM ICONS 

Eric Cantona (New)

Petr Cech (New)

Ashley Cole (New)

Samuel Eto’o (New)

Phillip Lahm (New)

Ferenc Puskas (New)

Bastian Schweinsteiger (New)

Davor Suker (New)

Fernando Torres (New)

Nemanja Vidic (New)

Xavi (New)

Pele 98 CAM

Maradona 97 CAM

Ronaldo 96 ST

Cruyff 94 CF

Ronaldinho 94 LW

Yashin 94 GK

Maldini 94 CB

Eusebio 93 CF

Baggio 93 CAM

Best 93 RW

Baresi 93 CB

Henry 93 ST

Gullit 93 CF

Matthaus 93 CM

Rivaldo 92 LW

Raúl 92 CF

Cannavaro 92 CB

Butragueno 92 ST

Lineker 92 ST

Figo 92 RW

Moore 92 CB

Stoichkov 92 ST

Van Nistelrooy 92 ST

Schmeichel 92 GK

Puyol 92 CB

Del Piero 92 CF

Bergkamp 92 CF

Zanetti 92 RB 

Nesta 92 CB

Hierro 91 CB

Nedved 91 LM

Scholes 91 CM

Socrates 91 CAM

Trezeguet 91 ST

Seedorf 91 CAM

Gerrard 91 CM

Ballack 91 CM

Viera 91 CM

Roberto Carlos 91 LB

Owen 91 ST

Van Der Sar 91 GK

Kluivert 91 ST

Pires 91 LM

Shevchenko 91 ST

Shearer 91 ST

Desailly 91 CB

Blanc 91 CB

Laudrup 91 CAM

Lehmann 90 GK

Lampard 90 CM

Makélélé 90 CDM

Veron 90 CM

Zola 90 CF

Ferdinand 90 CB

Deco 90 CM

Inzaghi 90 ST

Overmars 90 LM

Larsson 90 ST

Petit 90 CDM

Hernandez 90 ST

Rui Costa 90 CAM

Rijkaard 90 CDM

Litmanen 90 CAM

Crespo 90 ST

Gattuso 89 CDM

Campbell 89 CB

Nakata 88 CAM

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From Tranmere to Madrid! Former Rovers youngster Marvin Park makes his Real debut

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It may have been an underwhelming season opener for Real Madrid, but Los Blancos‘ goalless draw with Real Sociedad won’t be forgotten in a long time for Marvin Park, as the youngster made his Madrid debut.

The 20-year-old academy product came off the bench to replace Rodrygo with 20 minutes remaining as Zinedine Zidane‘s side looked to break the deadlock at the Reale Seguros Stadium.

Park’s senior appearance caps a remarkable journey in which the Spanish youngster came through the ranks of a number of clubs before finding a home at Real Madrid, including Tranmere Rovers.

Former Tranmere Rovers academy player Marvin Park (R) has made his debut for Real Madrid

Former Tranmere Rovers academy player Marvin Park (R) has made his debut for Real Madrid

The 20-year-old Spaniard was introduced by Zinedine Zidane with 20 minutes remaining

The 20-year-old Spaniard was introduced by Zinedine Zidane with 20 minutes remaining

The midfielder joined Rovers’ youth academy as a nine-year-old in 2009, and spent three years in the North West before returning to Spain and playing for Ciutat de Palma. 

He then went onto develop at La Salle and Jonquet Penya Arrabal before Madrid snapped up the youngster in 2016, and Park has flourished at Los Blancos ever since. 

Park, who has represented Spain at U19 level, was born in Spain to a Nigerian father and South Korean mother, and barring his stint in England with Tranmere, has spent his life in Spain. 

The 20-year-old was unable to make the difference for Zidane’s side, though, with Madrid’s title defence getting off to a steady start with a point at Sociedad. 

Los Blancos had a mixed 2019-20 campaign, winning LaLiga ahead of arch rivals Barcelona, but they crashed out of the Champions League to Manchester City in the Round of 16. 

Park was unable to break the deadlock as Madrid drew 0-0 with Real Sociedad on Sunday

Park was unable to break the deadlock as Madrid drew 0-0 with Real Sociedad on Sunday

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Angry words between Kieran Gibbs and Seamus Coleman caught on camera

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There weren’t many cool heads as Kieran Gibbs received a red card in Everton‘s thrashing of West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon. 

Gibbs was sent off after catching James Rodriguez with a raised arm, and then had an angry exchange of words with Seamus Coleman as he was walking off the pitch.

‘I’ll f****** do it again,’ said Gibbs, walking past a group of Everton players, and the Toffees captain took exception.  

Kieran Gibbs received a red card for violent conduct in West Brom's defeat to Everton

Kieran Gibbs received a red card for violent conduct in West Brom’s defeat to Everton

‘No you won’t do it again,’ Coleman retorted. ‘Who are you talking to, you’ll do it again? Hard man… f****** hard man.’

It all started when there was controversy as Rodriguez gave Gibbs a shove by the touchline with the Albion defender reacting by catching him in the cheek with a raised arm.

Rodriguez milked it with a roll and clutch of the face and Gibbs was dismissed.

As he left the pitch, Gibbs had a heated exchange with Everton captain Seamus Coleman

As he left the pitch, Gibbs had a heated exchange with Everton captain Seamus Coleman

Gibbs had received a shove from James Rodriguez, and responded by raising his arm

Gibbs had received a shove from James Rodriguez, and responded by raising his arm

Bilic argued with Dean when they walked off and was given a red card himself, but later admitted his player ‘had given the referee no choice’ and said Gibbs would have been better falling to the ground himself. 

Everton ended up winning the game 5-2, leaving the Baggies rooted to the bottom of the table having conceded eight goals in their first two games back in the Premier League. 

Meanwhile Everton spent the night at the top of the table, but have now been leapfrogged by Leicester City after their own big win on Sunday. 

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Dean Smith thinks Aston Villa’s last-gasp survival last season was divine intervention

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Dean Smith believes divine intervention may have kept Aston Villa in the Premier League as he reflected on the lucky escape they had against Monday night’s opponents Sheffield United.

When the sides met at Villa Park in June, the Blades were denied a goal because Hawk-Eye failed to spot that Oliver Norwood’s free-kick had been carried over the goal-line by Orjan Nyland. 

As a result, referee Michael Oliver received no alert to his watch or earpiece. The game ended 0-0 and Villa eventually stayed up by a point.

Dean Smith led Aston Villa to narrow Premier League survival last season on the final day

Dean Smith led Aston Villa to narrow Premier League survival last season on the final day

Dean Smith led Aston Villa to narrow Premier League survival last season on the final day

Villa face Sheffield United on Monday, bringing back memories of their June clash last term

Villa face Sheffield United on Monday, bringing back memories of their June clash last term

Villa face Sheffield United on Monday, bringing back memories of their June clash last term 

VAR failed to spot that Orjan Nyland had carried the ball over the line, costing the Blades a win

VAR failed to spot that Orjan Nyland had carried the ball over the line, costing the Blades a win

VAR failed to spot that Orjan Nyland had carried the ball over the line, costing the Blades a win

Smith’s father Ron, a lifelong fan who worked as a steward at Villa Park, died in May aged 79 after contracting Covid-19, and the Villa boss revealed: ‘I am not really one for religion or anything like that but my dad had just passed away. 

‘His old steward’s jacket was in the Holte End and he had a thing about watches. So maybe he just wanted to play a bit of a trick that day.

‘It is one of those one in a million things. It had never failed before. People can say what they want about the goal but we stayed up on merit and there were many goals chalked off which shouldn’t have been. 

‘VAR was certainly contentious for Villa last season.’

Smith's father had just passed from COVID-19 and the Villa boss believes he helped them out

Smith's father had just passed from COVID-19 and the Villa boss believes he helped them out

Smith’s father had just passed from COVID-19 and the Villa boss believes he helped them out 

Since avoiding relegation, Villa have brought in four players and tied captain Jack Grealish to a new five-year contract.

One of the arrivals, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, is expected to make his debut on Monday night after joining the club from Arsenal for an initial £16million.  

‘He’s a player who finished the season really well with Arsenal,’ Smith said. 

‘He wanted a fresh challenge and we’ve got a situation where Tom Heaton isn’t fit for the start of the season.’

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