Best Football Video Games for Quiet Game Nights

After all the championships, cups and tournaments are over, there is a time when football players rest and football fans are at a loss of things to do. Those few nights of low football action featuring a few friendly games and lower-league teams could even leave you reluctant to check out the NetBet sport section. That is why we have attempted to find a solution that will keep your love of football burning at all times.

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Some may choose to spend this time relaxing, reading a book or simply catching up with friends and family. Those that insist on having a part of their daily routine dedicated to ‘the beautiful game’ are sure to find a solution in the following list of the best football-themed video games.

PES 6

The 6th version of the Pro Evolution Soccer video game series was the ultimate video gaming experience for football lovers. It provided highly realistic graphics, a pure yet engaging gameplay and an overall sense of belonging on the field along with your selected teammates.

Although each of the releases ranging from PES 4 to PES 6 have been miraculous, the final of the three seems to have accumulated all the advantages and eliminated most drawbacks.

Football Manager 14

The FM 14 version provides amateurs wishing to become football managers with a unique and utterly realistic experience. You get to employ all your managerial skills, including the ability to shout during the actual game, while the customization options are able to fit almost any fan’s expectations. Choose your league or have it added to your database based on your preference and get down to managing.

FIFA 09

The revolutionary air that this game brought to the football video gaming industry has marked its place among the ‘forever great’. There is a rather wide selection of licensed leagues and players to satiate anyone’s appetite, while the overall quality makes sure you are properly immersed into the world to make the right gameplay moves and decisions.

New Star Soccer

Released in 2012, it is a mobile video game with a football-related thematic. It is suitable for both iOS and Android operative systems and allows the most loyal fans to be able to get in touch with the game even when they are on the go.

It is as addictive and swipe-functional as Angry Birds in order to allow the player to concentrate on their tactics rather than the actual commands. Still, there are quite enough options to select from in order to construct the winning gameplan.

PES 16

Konami took up the challenge and proved themselves worthy of the name in the video gaming industry by taking their football digital reality and making it work for PS4 and Xbox One. Running on these platforms since 2015, it is hardly up for debate if there is any other game that would capture the thrill, energy, dedication, strategy and tactical presence of the footballers on the pitch as well as it does.

Will the FA abstain in FIFA vote?

David Bernstein’s admission that “there are three choices” in the upcoming two horse race in the FIFA presidential elections is the most welcome noise I’ve heard coming out of the FA for some time now. To abstain would send a clear message of no confidence in both Sepp Blatter and Mohamed Bin Hammam, and FIFA in general.

I’ve heard it said in the media this week that Blatter is the lesser of the two evils, should this really be a justification to vote for him though?

And what of his opponent, Mohamed Bin Hammam? Well he is the president of the Asian Football Confederation and is from Qatar, he is also the man behind the 2022 Qatar world cup bid, the very same bid that was accused of alledgedly paying two FIFA executives 1.5 million US dollars each to vote for it.

Some choice hey!

By not voting the FA would obviously risk getting pushed further out into the FIFA wilderness, but again, that is no justification for taking part in it.

The feeling within football is that Blatter’s announcement that (if re-elected) he will stand down in 2015, is his part of a deal with Michel Platini to allow Blatter a clear run now and the same favour returned to Platini in 4 years time. Yet another FIFA carve up.

For too long FIFA have got away with this kind of thing. It has to stop and if the FA have to take the stand, then so be it.

Surely Platini himself can’t be happy with the way FIFA do their business, I would have to imagine that if Platini does get the job in 2015 there will be massive changes.

But Platini is guilty along with all the others, he obviously sits there quietly and lets Blatter and his cronies continue to make a mockery of football in order to protect his own position. An absolute disgrace in my opinion.

Why should the FA do the same? The FA could show some real leadership here and make a stance against FIFA, if it damages us short term, then so be it, it’s a short term medicine worth taking.

We can’t just keep playing ball with FIFA for fear of being left out in the cold. If the FA think it stinks, then it’s time to say so.

FA receive 2018 bid boost

And from Jack Warner of all people as well. Warner, is widly regarded to not be the biggest fan of English football, so when an endorsement like that comes from him you must be doing something right.

He said that the FA had handled the Triesman affair properly by getting his immeadiate resignation.

Warner has previously warned England that their bid was falling behind others during a time in which the bid team seemed to be involved in a string of internal arguments and public resignations.

This latest statement from Warner must send out a clear message to the FA that they still have a great chance of pulling off, winning the race for 2018.

If you didn’t know better, he might give you the idea that he actually wants us to win!

In a further boost to the FA’s chances, Australia pulled out of the 2018 race, to instead concentrate on 2022. Apparently the FFA (Football Federation Australia) believe that Fifa want the 2018 tournament to be held in Europe.

It’s amazing how these things arise, the smoke signals out of Fifa must be visable for miles. What chance that the USA might now follow suit?

You would have to imagine the Aussies are well pleased at learning this news at this late stage of the bidding process!

Commom Sense and FIFA

Common Sense, it’s not often you get the chance to use these words in the same sentence as the acronym FIFA.

It’s also not often that you get a decision made by a footballing body that is that bad, that even Sepp Blatter and FIFA are embarrassed by it.

The decision made by The Confederation of African Football (Caf) to ban Togo from the next two Africa Cup of Nations for government interference was such a decision.

There is FIFA rules which state that governments shouldn’t interfere in a countries footballing matters, and that if they do that country can be punished.

But surely in Togo’s case, it was exceptional circumstances. What was the Togolese government supposed to do? After having their team bus shot at in an ambush, they had no option but to withdraw their team from the tournament.

The decision to then ban Togo from the next two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments looked very harsh to the outside world, a view not lost (surprisingly) on Sepp Blatter and FIFA.

Seeing that the dispute between Togo and Caf was heading towards the Court of Arbitration of Sport, FIFA decided to intervene, with Sepp Blatter personaly mediating between the two parties.

As a result of Blatters intervention, Issa Hayatou, the president of Caf has now agreed to ask his executive committee to lift the sanctions imposed on Togo in exchange for the Togolese admitting they broke the rules.

Blatter obviously pleased with himself said “This shows that we can solve internal disputes within the football family for the benefit of all those who are involved in our game, and in particular for the players”.

The Caf executive meet on 15th May to apparently ratify the decision, given the nature of African football and it’s politics, it might be just a touch premature to say this matter is definately sorted, so watch this space!