Despite being considered one of the best leagues in the world, it looks like the Brazilian league will skip the next entry in the FIFA series, FIFA 15. This is a change that will definately disappoint fans, especially Brazilian, considering the fact it was always featured in recent FIFA titles.
An EA Sports representive has confirmed that the Brazilian league won't be featured in FIFA 15 in any form, which means that Brazilian clubs, player's names, and even club crests, won't be included in the game. Fortunately, the Brazilian national team and all of its players will make an appearance in the game. In addition, every Brazilian player that plays in any licensed club will also be present.
Although it didn't into details, EA has stated that the decision was made due to changes in the way players are licensed in Brazil domestic leagues. Although EA blames licensing issues, Santos FC of SÃ£o Paulo has already said that they had a contract with EA Sports to appear in FIFA until 2018, and that EA hasn't contacted the club about any licensing problems.
"Today, we want to inform you that due to some changes in the ways players are licensed in Brazil domestic leagues, we were unable to reach an agreement with the Brazilian rights holders for their inclusion in FIFA 15," EA said.
"While this is unfortunate news for many of our fans, we were able to retain the Brazil National Team in FIFA 15 as well as the Brazilian stars that play in other top leagues around the world. Thanks for your understanding as we continue to keep the lines of communication open with the Brazilian rights holders."
The previous title in the series, FIFA 14, featured 19 Brazilian football clubs, including clubs such as Palmeiras, Santos, and SÃ£o Paulo. FIFA 15 will be available on the 23rd of September in North America and on the 26th of September in Europe.
Source: EA Sports