27 Sep 2021 12:24 PM +00:00

eFootball 2022 Licenses: Konami loses out again as EA claim rights to Serie A

eFootball 2022 is officially arriving this week!

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So, we're bringing you all the details on the eFootball licenses below, along with how you can get exclusive bonuses when you purchase the Pre Order bundle.

Latest - Enjoy in-game bonuses with the Pre Order bundle

The eFootball 2022 Premium Player Pack Pre Order bundle is now available to buy.

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The Premium Player Pack Pre Order bundle costs £32.99 / $45 and is available on all major consoles.

If you order the Premium Player Pack via Pes 2021 or PES 2021 LITE, you'll receive 10% off the overall cost.

The Premium Player Pack includes the following bonuses:

  • Two extra Chance Deals (eight rather than six)
  • 2,800 eFootball coins (in-game currency)
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MLS player licences secured

Konami has revealed that 11 MLS players have been signed up as eFootball ambassadors!

Youn can watch the official eFootball MLS trailer below:

It must be noted that there is no mention of any teams being licensed in the trailer.

Whatever the agreement entails, it looks as though the MLS players themselves will be included in the game on a 'multiyear video game agreement'.

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Konami lose Serie A rights to EA

The exclusive rights to the Serie A have been secured by EA for FIFA 22.

This means the Serie A will NOT be in eFootball 2022.

Of course, this does not mean that EA will have the licenses to all the Serie A teams, with the following clubs exclusive to eFootball 2022:

  • Juventus
  • Lazio
  • AS Roma
  • Atalanta
  • Napoli
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On top of this, it looks like eFootball has also lost the exclusive rights to River Plate and Boca Juniors.

Current eFootball licensed clubs

As we understand, the partnerships in place between Konami and certain clubs for PES 2022 will remain in place for the introduction of eFootball.

Konami has shown that Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester United, Arsenal, Corinthians, Flamengo, Sao Paulo and River Plate will all feature when the game launches.

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However, only a few clubs will be available via "Local Match" at launch for eFootball - which will essentially go live in Demo form.

The nine clubs confirmed so far are:

  • Barcelona
  • Bayern Munich
  • Juventus
  • Manchester United
  • Arsenal
  • Corinthians
  • Flamengo
  • Sao Paulo
  • River Plate
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PES 2021 Partner Clubs

  • Barcelona (stadium exclusive)
  • Bayern Munich (stadium exclusive)
  • Juventus (exclusive)
  • Manchester United
  • Arsenal
  • Schalke
  • Roma (exclusive)
  • Lazio (stadium exclusive)
  • Napoli (*NEW*)
  • Celtic (stadium exclusive)
  • Rangers (stadium exclusive)
  • Zenit St Petersburg (exclusive)
  • River Plate (exclusive)
  • Boca Juniors (exclusive)
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Neymar becomes eFootball ambassador

The official eFootball Twitter account, has announced that Neymar Jr has become the newest ambassador for the eFootball series.

This also means that Konami has secured the full rights to Neymar Jr in eFootball.

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EA Sports has secured a partnership with Paris Saint Germain until 2024, which means that they will have the full license to the players, kits, badges, team name etc.

However, with Neymar becoming an eFootball ambassador, we could see Konami change its Cover Star strategy.

We believe that Neymar is now the front-runner to become the eFootball Cover Star, given the global scale of his fame, along with the exciting style of football he plays for European giants PSG.

Atalanta sign exclusive partnership

Konami announced it has signed a long-term, exclusive partnership agreement with Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio (Atalanta), the top-tier Italian football club that recently finished the season in third place.

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PES PARTNER: Atalanta signs exclusive deal with Konami

As “Official Video Game Partner”, Konami has secured exclusive rights to the use of the Atalanta license, including team name, crest and kits, within real-time football simulation games, starting with the 2021/22 football season.

This exclusive deal means that FIFA 22 will no longer include the official Atalanta team name, crest, kits and player names.

Napoli join the party

Napoli joins the franchise as an official partner, in a licensing agreement that will become exclusive for the 2022/23 season.

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FOUR HORSEMEN - Napoli join fellow Italian clubs Juventus, Roma and Lazio as a PES partner club

Konami has also secured naming rights for Napoli's training centre, which will feature a brand new gaming area for players and guests.

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Potential new Club licences for eFootball

This is where things get tricky, with EA Sports and FIFA having a lot of clubs and leagues tied up already.

If Konami is looking to bring brand new clubs to the franchise, it looks as if the best bet could be another German club - especially as there wasn't even a German league on PES 2021.

Borussia Dortmund would be the tempting one, but they have a close relationship with EA, and have burned bridges with Konami after dropping out of PES 2019 at the last minute.

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SIDE EXIT - This screenshot was the closest Borussia Dortmund got to being on PES 2019, before backing out

Therefore, could Konami do a smart deal with Red Bull, that would get them the licences to their various clubs - RB Leipzig, RB Salzburg and possibly event New York Red Bulls.

Trying to get one of their partner clubs on a more exclusive basis is another route they could go down, with Celtic, Rangers, Monaco and Lazio all possible options.

Leagues & Tournaments

The clubs are actually just the crowning glory when it comes to licences, as it's not worth a lot unless you have the league to go with it.

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On an international level, Konami does brilliantly, currently holding the EURO 2020 licence - but it remains to be seen if the summer tournament will make it on to eFootball.

Whether they could replace it with the Champions League and Europa League is a firm no, after EA signed a multi-year extension with UEFA earlier this year.

PES 2021 Licensed Leagues & Tournaments

  • UEFA Euro 2020
  • Italian Serie A (except for AC Milan and Inter Milan)
  • Italian Serie B (except for Brescia) (exclusive)
  • French Ligue 1
  • French Ligue 2
  • Portuguese Liga NOS
  • Turkish Super Lig
  • Russian Premier League (exclusive)
  • Dutch Eredivisie
  • Belgian Pro League
  • Danish Superliga
  • Scottish Premiership
  • Swiss Super League
  • Brazilian Brasileirao Assai (except for Palmeiras) (exclusive)
  • Brazilian Brasilieirao Serie B (exclusive)
  • Argentine Primera Division
  • Chilean Primera Division (exclusive)
  • Colombian Categoría Primera A (exclusive)
  • Chinese Super League
  • Thai League (exclusive)
  • AFC Champions League (exclusive)
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Potential new League licences for eFootball

Perhaps what's even tougher is for Konami to pick up a new league licence for eFootball.

With the Bundesliga, Premier League and La Liga all tied up with EA - Konami has limited options.

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France's Ligue 1 seems to play both sides, with the division licenced on both FIFA and eFootball - so perhaps a licencing war could be sparked.

The Scottish Championship seems to be of declining interest to EA, and although not a massive league, it would ruffle enough feathers if Konami could secure it exclusively.

Watch this space, however, and we will update this page as soon as any new clubs, licences or stadiums are announced.