This is a patch that does two things!
Firstly, it’s a ROSTER UPDATE featuring accurate starting line-ups (as of 10/10/08) for 19 different leagues and…
Secondly, it’s a TACTICAL UPDATE for EVERY team in the game (no exceptions!).
The ROSTER UPDATE covers every club in the Barclays Premiership, Premiera Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga 1, Ligue 1, Eredivisie, Portuguesa Liga, Scottish Premier, Allsvenskan, SAS ligaen, Tippeligaen, Austrian Bundesliga, AXPO Super league, Belgian Pro League, Ceska Liga, Liga do Brasil, Coca Cola Championship and Major League Soccer as well Olympiakos, Panathinaikos, AEK Athens, PAOK Salonika, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Besiktas, Kayserispor, Boca Juniors, River Plate and Corinthians. ALL International sides have been updated too and feature accurate starting line-ups (great news for the Netherlands).
Most importantly, EVERY club in FIFA 09 has been updated with NEW OFFENSIVE and DEFENSIVE STRATEGIES improving the realism and overall feel of the game.
+ Full backs take up much tighter positions providing cover for their centre-backs. Not only is this more realistic but scoring is made more difficult as a result.
+ Centre backs now play as a pairing supporting each other in their defensive responsibilities.
+ Attackers make cross-over runs taking defenders with them and creating space for teammates on the ball to run into and exploit.
+ Wide players attack the back post with greater regularity and also run into the `channel’ with greater frequency making them a more active part of every attack.
+ Defenders play higher up the pitch and press any player in possession more frequently instead of backing-off and needlessly conceding territory to an opposition with no players in an attacking position. This makes a big difference to the feel of the game and rewards rapid counter attacks!
+ The `hole’ in front of the defence has been reduced meaning defences get tight on anyone in a threatening position. This plays out really well and forces counter attacking sides on a fast break to quickly exploit any spaces in a defence before they’re filled or be forced to spread the play wide in search of space around the penalty box. Very true to life!
+ Furthermore, as a result of better positioning defenders now head high balls clear with greater frequency instead of unrealistically chesting it all of the time. This makes winning the `second ball’ a key part of an attack and increases the role of midfielders in the game too!