May 14, 2021

Sports Legend

Kevin De Bruyne, Wilfried Zaha and Ryan Sessegnon at FIFA 19 launch


Kevin De Bruyne and Wilfried Zaha among big names at FIFA 19 global launch as Fulham ace Ryan Sessegnon teaches Arsenal legend Ian Wright a lesson on the new game

  • Footballers, musical artists and comedians are on the star guest list
  • De Bruyne will have plenty of time to play FIFA as he recovers from knee injury
  • Premier League stars such as Traore, Alderweireld and Maddison were in attendance
  • FIFA 19 is EA’s best release on PS4 and Xbox One, pushing consoles to the limit

EA Sports is throwing a party in London to celebrate the global launch of FIFA 19 with some of the biggest names in football and entertainment on the red carpet.

The game will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on September 28, but enthusiastic FIFA fans can play the game early for 10 hours if they shell out for Origin Access Premier.

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne will have plenty of time to play the game as he expected to be out for at least three months with a knee injury. The midfielder was present after playing an important role in EA’s FIFA 19 promotional content.

Kevin De Bruyne attended FIFA 19 global launch as he recovers from knee injury

Ian Wright was at the event but is not in FIFA 19, he will want to join Gerrard and Lineker as an icon

Ian Wright was at the event but is not in FIFA 19, he will want to join Gerrard and Lineker as an icon

Reading's David Meyler is an avid FIFA fan and regularly participates in the FUT Weekend League

Reading’s David Meyler is an avid FIFA fan and regularly participates in the FUT Weekend League

Wolverhampton Wanders' £ 18million summer signing Adama Traore was on the red carpet

Wolverhampton Wanders’ £ 18million summer signing Adama Traore was on the red carpet

English rapper and grime artist AJ Tracey is a huge FIFA fan and was invited by EA Sports

English rapper and grime artist AJ Tracey is a huge FIFA fan and was invited by EA Sports

Arsenal midfielder Leah Williamson was there, she played in a FIFA 18 celebrity tournament

Arsenal midfielder Leah Williamson was there, she played in a FIFA 18 celebrity tournament

De Bruyne appeared in a FIFA 19 commercial that saw some of the world’s elite soccer players start domestic campaigns due to disagreements with their final scores.

The midfielder is among the top 10 best players of the match with a total of 91, which also makes him the best player in the Premier League alongside Eden Hazard and David De Gea.

Manchester City are a business partner of EA Sports, but with the event taking place at Tabacco Dock in London, the rest of the Manchester City squad likely didn’t have time to make the trip from Manchester.

The event turned out to be a success and gave attendees a chance to get their first game experience as Ian Wright sat down with Fulham star Ryan Sessegnon for a match – only for the former Arsenal striker suggests he ‘couldn’t live’ with him on FIFA. Wright played as the Gunners and Sessengon stuck with Fulham as he comfortably beat the expert.

Comedian Jack Whitehall was also present at the red carpet event. The Arsenal fan has appeared in videos featuring FIFA Youtubers such as KSI, Miniminter and AnEsonGib.

English comedian and Arsenal fan Jack Whitehall was on hand for FIFA 19 launch

English comedian and Arsenal fan Jack Whitehall was on hand for FIFA 19 launch

Jamie Redknapp brought one of his sons to the FIFA 19 red carpet

Jamie Redknapp brought one of his sons to the FIFA 19 red carpet

Adebayo Akinfenwa is FIFA's strongest again despite worsening strength stats

Adebayo Akinfenwa is FIFA’s strongest again despite worsening strength stats

Rachel Stringer, presenter of Football Focus and ITV World of Sport, walked the red carpet

Rachel Stringer, presenter of Football Focus and ITV World of Sport, walked the red carpet

Rapper and comedian Michael Dapaah still wore a jacket at the launch party

Rapper and comedian Michael Dapaah still wore a jacket at the launch party

Besides De Bruyne, many other Premier League stars were also present with London clubs well represented.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld and midfielder Erik Lamela arrived together. The former will have words with EA as they downgraded their overall ranking by one for this year’s title.

Crystal Palace also had two players with Wilfried Zaha and Mamadou Sakho, but the duo decided to pose separately on the red carpet.

West Ham’s Michail Antonio and Fulham’s Sessegnon made an appearance while the £ 18million signing of James Maddison and Leicester City Wolves Adama Traore made the trip from the Midlands.

Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela posed on the red carpet together

Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela posed on the red carpet together

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha gave a thumbs up as he arrived at the launch party

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha gave a thumbs up as he arrived at the launch party

Zaha's Palace teammate Mamadou Sakho was also present but in a more casual outfit

Zaha’s Palace teammate Mamadou Sakho was also present but in a more casual outfit

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio posed before he could get his hands on FIFA 19

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio posed before he could get his hands on FIFA 19

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison showed off his tattoos on the red carpet

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison showed off his tattoos on the red carpet

Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon will be delighted to finally have a Gold card on Ultimate Team

Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon will be delighted to finally have a Gold card on Ultimate Team

FIFA 19 is shaping up to be one of the best versions of EA Sports, we believe it is the best version of FIFA we’ve seen on current consoles.

With exceptional graphics and a host of new animations, this is the smoothest and most realistic gaming experience we’ve seen in a soccer game.

A major novelty is the addition of full Champions League and Europa League licenses that bring full and authentic match experiences to the game, including official trophies and the iconic Champions League anthem.

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