FIFA 23 Juventus: Italian giants set for return next season

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FIFA 23 is not far away, with our first look at the game rumoured to arrive very soon.

With licenses swapping between games like a hot prospect in the transfer market, we can expect some big names to return in this year's game.

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With that in mind, we've got the latest on a rumour that suggests that Juventus could finally be returning to FIFA.

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Latest - Konami confirmation

Juventus and eFootball's exclusive license deal is coming to an end, meaning Italy's Old Lady will now be available to be officially licensed in other games such as Football Manager and FIFA.

Juventus' inclusion in eFootball was a big draw for many players and the fact they are no longer exclusive to the game represents a big blow for Konami.

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END OF AN ERA - The Piemonte Calcio reign is over

Whilst this is disappointing for eFootball moving forward, fans can breathe a sigh of relief that Juventus won't actually be departing the game.

According to Konami's statement, Juventus will remain in eFootball on both console and mobile versions.

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Juventus set for FIFA 23 Return

According to DonkTrading on Twitter - who has recently been sharing a host of FIFA 23 news - Juventus are set for a return to FIFA 23 following the expiry of their exclusive deal with eFootball.

As mentioned before, a number of licenses are set to switch in FIFA 23, with another Italian giant - AC Milan - signing up with Konami.

The return of Juventus could leave Italian football in a weird place in FIFA 23, with a fair mix of licensed and un-licensed sides.

Either way, the return of Italy's Old Lady will be a huge boost for FIFA 23, with the Italian giants being a great miss for many years.

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RIPiemonte

Ever since their departure from FIFA, Italian giants Juventus have been known as Piemonte Calcio, with unlicensed kits and stadiums making one of Europe's biggest sides feel completely inauthentic.

Whilst Juve's return will see many fans rejoice, there are still many sacrifices set to be made.

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HORRIFIC - No more vile generic kits for the Old Lady

EA's exclusive partnership with AC Milan is ending this summer, with the Italian giants jumping ship to Konami, just like several other top Serie A clubs.

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Napoli will also make the switch next season and won't have their licensed badge, kit, or name in FIFA 23, although it is yet to be confirmed what they will be called.

Could these exclusive license deals have a detrimental effect on the final product and the consumer overall? Only time will tell.

One in, one out

eFootball has wasted no time in snapping up their newest license, with Serie A side AC Monza announced.

Monza becomes the latest Italian club to make the move to eFootball, following in the footsteps of clubs like Juventus and AC Milan.

Monza were promoted from Serie B this season to Italy's top division, and eFootball acted fast in order to secure an exclusive deal with the club.

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It remains to be seen how this will affect the club's status in FIFA 23, but we'd expect unlicensed kits and names to feature for AC Monza.