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Retro Vault - Football special

FIFA, ISS 64, SWOS and World Cup Italia 90

Retro Vault is our regular weekly feature in which we dive into gaming's past and share five classic nuggets of retro nostalgia. If you want to catch up on previous Retro Vaults, check out the CVG Retro Vault archive.

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July 1993 - FIFA International Soccer UK packaging

The first FIFA International Soccer was released on July 15, 1993 and offered a unique isometric viewpoint rather than the usual side-scrolling or vertical-scrolling views offered in most football games at the time.

A shadow of the licensed beast it was to eventually become, FIFA had a grand total of 48 teams to choose from: all national teams, all with fake names.

Because real player names had yet to become a feature, the development team used their own names and those of friends and colleagues instead. Germany's striker Brian Plank, for example, was the game's programmer.

FIFA was an instant success, thanks in part to the huge critical acclaim it received in numerous magazines at the time. The recently-launched Edge described it in its third issue as "not so much a console football game as a Saturday afternoon big match simulator".

Of course, you already know what happened next. The upcoming FIFA 15 will be the 22nd annual instalment in a series that has sold well over 100 million copies worldwide.

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