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Will Usain Bolt be added to FIFA 19? – football news

Not content with being the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt has turned his attentions to football.

Like Michael Jordan and Deion Sanders before him, he has decided to try his hand at a different discipline after reaching the top of his own sport.

Bolt trained with Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund before being given a trial by A-League side Central Coast Mariners, where he netted twice in his first start for the club.

He has not yet been offered a contract by the Australian club, but has been linked with a move to Europe by his eager agent.

The big question for many sports fans is if Bolt does get a professional deal, will he be added to FIFA 19?


Will Bolt be in FIFA 19 Career Mode?


The database for FIFA 19’s Career Mode and Online Seasons is updated on a regular basis, with player ratings, positions and potential ability regularly tweaked as the season goes on.

Some players even have their skill move and weak foot ratings changed by EA Sports, with fans of the game often petitioning the developers to make these changes following real-life developments.

As a result of this ongoing database development, players get added to the game after they sign for teams from any of the included leagues. This means that, if Bolt signs for Central Coast Mariners or any other team that is licensed in FIFA 19, he will be added quickly to the FIFA 19 database and then be available in Career Mode, Online Seasons and Kick Off modes.

Usually, the new additions to the database are young players who have been handed senior debuts at their clubs, but in previous FIFA games, players such as Carlos Tevez have been added or re-added after completing transfers to licensed teams.

However, Fox Sports Asia quoted an EA Sports source as claiming that if Bolt isn’t picked up by the Australian team “he might be included as a free agent” and “will also be the fastest player in the game”.


Will Bolt be added to FIFA Ultimate Team?


Unlike the other modes in FIFA 19, Ultimate Team is not as regularly updated with player upgrades or downgrades.

As a result, players will only get stats changes or ratings changes in January and February during the Winter Upgrade period. This happens after the close of the transfer window, with many players getting boosts in their ratings following impressive first halves of the season and other players being assigned to new clubs following January or deadline-day moves.

In the past, the Ultimate Team database was set at the start of the game, meaning that new players could not be added once the game was released. The only players that could be added were ones in the database, who had their own unique photos already.

However, FIFA 18 saw some new players added to FIFA Ultimate Team following the January transfer window, with 40 new names, including Yerry Mina, Giuseppe Rossi and Bacary Sagna introduced to the game after finding themselves new clubs.

Should Bolt sign with one of FIFA 19’s licensed teams, he will be added to Ultimate Team during this period, but gamers will not get a chance to use him until February at the earliest.

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Usain Bolt’s pace in FIFA 19


Bolt is the fastest human ever. He has won eight Olympic gold medals on the track and also holds the world records for both the 100 metres and the 200m. Both of these records came in 2009, but he can still run a sub-10 second 100m as he did in 2017.

As a result, he would be the fastest player in FIFA 19. At the moment, there are two players with a 96 pace rating in FIFA 19: Kylian Mbappe and Adama Traore. This is made up of a combination of their sprint speed and acceleration, with the overall score an average of the two statistics.

Bolt would definitely have a higher rating than this and may even have a 99 pace rating, which is usually only seen on Team of the Year or Team of the Season items, like Leon Bailey’s Bundesliga Team of the Season version last season.

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​Usain Bolt set to be added to FIFA 19 – football news

The world’s fastest man will grace FIFA 19 sooner or later with EA Sports confirming Usain Bolt will be added to the popular game.

After retiring from athletics in 2017, Bolt is attempting to become a professional footballer and is on trial with Australian club Central Coast Mariners.

The sprint king scored twice for the side in his first start in an exhibition match on Friday as he attracted the attention of potential European suitors. 

While the Mariners are coy on whether they’ll offer him a contract, EA confirmed that regardless, Bolt will be playable in FIFA 19 very soon. 

“If Usain is picked up by the Central Coast Mariners then he will automatically be included in the winter update or the next major update,” a source from EA told Fox Sports Asia. 

“But if he isn’t listed then he might be included as a free agent.

“Yes, he will also be the fastest player in the game.” 

Though his speed will no doubt be a big draw card, the 32-year-old’s football skills still leave a lot to be desired. 

Bolt himself admitted that though his footballing ability is getting better, there’s still plenty of work ahead as he looks to conquer the football pitch.

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“I’ve improved in every area,” Bolt told Fox Sports.

“I think my touch is a little bit better, my vision needs to improve a little bit more. I think running off the ball is where I’ve improved the most, I can see and move into space.

“But there’s a lot more to learn. I’ve just got to continue learning and getting better.”

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Maltese champions Valletta want Usain Bolt – football news

Central Coast Mariners trialist Usain Bolt has a two-year contract offer from Valletta, the Maltese champions confirmed.

Former sprint king and eight-time Olympic champion Bolt – on trial with Australian side the Mariners in his bid to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer – was linked with an unnamed European club following his two-goal haul on Friday.

Bolt scored twice in his first start against Macarthur South West United before the 32-year-old Jamaican’s agent Tony Rallis revealed a two-year deal was on the table.

Now Valletta, who were taken over by Abu Dhabi-based Sanban Group in September, want Bolt to spearhead their Champions League aspirations.

“A champion is always welcome and at Valletta FC we believe nothing is impossible,” Valletta managing director and CEO Ghasston Slimen told ESPN.

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Bolt – who retired from track and field in 2017 – has been training with A-League outfit the Mariners since August.

He previously spent time training with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, Mamelodi Sundowns and Stromsgodset 

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Usain Bolt’s goals: One lightning strike but his football future is still cloudy – football news

At half time of Usain Bolt’s second match for the Central Coast Mariners, this writer was penning an obituary for the Olympic champion’s chances of a professional football career in Australia.

While he was involved in a few ‘moments’ during the first 45, he looked like a tall, quick Sunday league footballer running around trying to make an impact.

In only the second minute, the sprinter was presented a golden chance to use his speed when a defensive slip up allowed him to be one-on-one with the Macarthur South West United goalkeeper.

When Bolt burst clear, you felt as if this was the moment whether he would announce himself as a potential professional footballer or not.

But the 32-year-old’s touch was too heavy and because he lacks perception of his surroundings, a defender closed him down from the blind side.

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It wasn’t until the 11th minute that Bolt completed his first pass. He then got kicked in the mid-section four minutes later, gave away a clumsy foul and slipped over trying to change direction.

He did manage to have a header on goal bounce just wide of the post after a pinpoint cross from Ross McCormack, but his first half was a comedy of errors that suggested he had absolutely no chance of making the grade as a professional Down Under.

Cue a half time chat with Mariners coach Mike Mulvey. And while it hasn’t been revealed what the English-born tactician said to Bolt, it’s clear he told the 195cm athlete to use his massive frame to his advantage.

Only two minutes after half time, Bolt won a free kick in the attacking midfield area by putting his body in between the defender and the ball.

And it was this advantage – plus McCormack’s deft through ball – that helped set up his first goal for a senior team.

After running on to McCormack’s pass, Bolt smartly pushed off the defender, creating enough space for him to advance forward and get a shot off.

The finish was actually quite decent, spearing into the near post after a low, hard shot off Bolt’s left boot.

It was a quality move by the Central Coast attack and Bolt should be commended for how well he set up and took his chance.

But this was the only passage of play in Bolt’s 72 minutes where he looked like a footballer – forget his second goal, which was a horrible defensive mix-up.

The Mariners’ opponent Macarthur South West United was a team of A-League hopefuls cobbled together for the purpose of this friendly, and it showed as they lacked cohesion and organisation in the 4-0 defeat.

Imagine if Bolt was coming up against Melbourne City, with the A-League’s best centre half in Bart Schenkeveld marking him, and the big frame of Rostyn Griffiths dropping back from midfield.

It’s very difficult to teach someone how to move off the ball and the nuances of a game they have never fully focused on throughout their life.

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The eight-time gold medallist should be commended for having a crack at becoming a footballer, and the Mariners have been smart to cash in on his marketability in the short term.

While Bolt believes he can make it in Gosford, he is still incredible long odds to be a success on the Australian domestic stage, even in the 12 months he says it will take to develop.

And Friday night doesn’t change anything, despite the single bolt from the blue.

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Bolt expects to know Mariners future after friendly – football news

Usain Bolt believes the Central Coast Mariners’ friendly on Friday is make or break and will lead to the A-League club deciding his future.

Bolt, 32, is a chance to start for the Mariners against Macarthur South West United as he looks to again stake his claim for a contract.

The Olympic great said it was likely he would know his future based on his performance, with the A-League season starting on October 19.

“This is going to be a big game. I think it will determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career so for me it’s a very important game,” Bolt told Mariners Media.

“I’m excited and I’m looking forward to proving myself. I’m just going to go out there, push myself and hopefully everything will work out, so that’s my focus.”

An eight-time Olympic gold medallist, sprinter Bolt arrived at the Mariners in August.

Bolt, a Manchester United fan, said he had made plenty of progress since arriving in Gosford.

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“I think my movements and my touch [have improved]. I think my touch is much better now,” he said.

“I’ve learned how to set my body, where to place the ball, get a ball near my feet. There’s a lot of things that I’ve learnt that I will be applying in the game.

“It should be much better and I have more time because I’m fitter now so I have more time on the field so that’s good.”

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Usain Bolt: I feel like I’m improving – football news

Usain Bolt feels like he is improving as the sprint king tries to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer with the Central Coast Mariners.

Olympic champion Bolt is on trial in Australia, where the 32-year-old former athlete is attempting to earn a contract at A-League side the Mariners.

Bolt made his debut for the Mariners last month and the Jamaican superstar appeared again on Tuesday – playing 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against North Shore Mariners.

The Mariners hopeful, who previously spent time training with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, Mamelodi Sundowns and Stromsgodset, is set for another opportunity to showcase his ability when Central Coast face Macarthur South West United on October 12.

“I’m definitely excited and if I get to start it will be a big thing for me,” Bolt said via the club’s official website. “It would show that the work that I’ve been putting in is really paying off and the coach has confidence in me – so that would be a big step for me.

“Playing 45 minutes for me [against North Shore] was good, in the last 10 minutes I started to get tired but I pushed through and that’s because of training.

“I feel like I’m improving. My touch is getting better, I’ve got a while to go but with more training and more dedication to my craft I will be fine.

“Getting more minutes in games is the aim. I think that’s the aim for any football player, you want to play as much as you can. For me, I am really looking forward to October 12th and like always, going out there and doing my best. Hopefully my best is good enough.

“For me to score, it would be a big thing. The Central Coast Mariners took a chance on me and the best way that I can pay them back is to score goals. If I could score a goal for this club, that would mean I am heading in the right direction and showing the club that their chance in me is paying off.

“It would take a lot of pressure off me, as an attacker it’s something that would be good but for me I am just going to work, push myself and hope everything comes together when it matters.”

Mariners head coach Mike Mulvey added: “Usain is progressing and that’s the main thing. From the outset, we said he needed time, we said we would give him 12 months if need be.

“A reasonable assumption would be that around January we should be judging where he’s at. We’re going to be ramping up our individual sessions with him over the next few weeks, so he will be given every opportunity.”

 

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Why not? ‘Phenomenal’ Bolt backed for A-League impact by Heskey – football news

Usain Bolt is a “phenomenal athlete” and would be a great addition for the A-League if he signs a deal with Central Coast Mariners, says former Newcastle Jets striker Emile Heskey.

The retired sprinter, who won eight Olympic gold medals during an iconic athletics career, is looking to move into football at the age of 32.

He has been given an opportunity to prove himself in Australia, with a training stint with the Gosford-based Mariners offering him a chance to earn a professional contract.

Bolt made his bow during a friendly contest back in August and Heskey, who spent two years in the A-League between 2012 and 2014, believes his signing would make sporting and commercial sense.

The ex-Liverpool and England forward told the Daily Star: “Why not?

“If I could be a sprinter, an over 40s sprinter, I’d try that.

“He’s a phenomenal athlete, isn’t he?

“If he feels that he can play football and he’s at a reasonable level, why not?

“It’s a great opportunity for him to play in a good league as well.

“I enjoyed my time in Australia, great memories and great people down there and they love their football. So yeah why not?

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“I think for the profile it’s great for the league.

“I’m guessing it’ll be watched all over the place now he’s down there because he brings so much of a fanbase to that footballing country.”

Bolt remains on trial with the Mariners at present, with the Manchester United supporter having made no secret of his desire to prove himself on the football field after stepping away from the running track.

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He can make it – Gotze backs Bolt’s football bid – football news

Mario Gotze believes Usain Bolt can succeed as a professional footballer after witnessing his development first-hand during the superstar athlete’s stint at Borussia Dortmund.

The eight-time Olympic champion is on trial with the Central Coast Mariners and is hoping to win a permanent contract with the A-League club over the next 12 months.

Gotze saw Bolt’s potential during a training stint at his Bundesliga club earlier this year, and thinks the 32-year-old sprint king can make the transition from athletics to football.

“I think [Bolt] can make it. I don’t really know the level of the Australian league and I don’t know the teams there,” Gotze told Omnisport.

“He is a sportsman and he has a lot of abilities that are important to be successful in football, too.”

Gotze, who scored the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, spoke fondly of Bolt’s time at Dortmund.

He also expressed his surprise at Bolt’s level of technique considering his lack of experience in the sport.

“It was very interesting to have Usain Bolt here. Just to meet him in person and to see an athlete from a different kind of sport come here to try to play soccer,” he said.

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“But he did quite well. I have to admit that I expected him to be worse.

“It was pretty nice that he was here. Especially because of what he reached in his sport. That’s phenomenal.”

Bolt’s next chance to impress the Mariners hierarchy will come in a friendly in Wollongong on October 6.

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Gotze backs Usain Bolt to be football success – football news

Mario Gotze believes Usain Bolt can succeed as a professional footballer after witnessing his development first-hand during the superstar athlete’s stint at Borussia Dortmund.

The eight-time Olympic champion is currently on trial with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners and is hoping to win a permanent contract with the A-League club over the next 12 months.

Gotze saw Bolt’s potential during a training stint at his Bundesliga club earlier this year, and thinks the 32-year-old sprint king can make the transition from athletics to football.

“I think [Bolt] can make it. I don’t really know the level of the Australian league and I don’t know the teams there,” Gotze told Omnisport.

“He is a sportsman and he has a lot of abilities that are important to be successful in football, too.”

Gotze, who scored the winning goal for Germany at the 2014 World Cup, spoke fondly of Bolt’s time at Dortmund

He also expressed his surprise at Bolt’s level of technique considering his lack of experience in the sport.

“It was very interesting to have Usain Bolt here. Just to meet him in person and to see an athlete from a different kind of sport come here to try to play soccer,” he said.

“But he did quite well. I have to admit that I expected him to be worse.

“It’s was pretty nice that he was here. Especially because of what he reached in his sport. That’s phenomenal.”

Bolt’s next chance to impress the Mariners hierarchy will come in a friendly in Wollongong on October 6.

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Full-back to the future? Del Bosque tips Bolt to shine as a defender – football news

Sprint king Usain Bolt has excellent potential as a footballer but may be best suited to playing in defence, according to Vicente del Bosque.

At 32, Bolt is attempting to embark on a new career after his success on the track, joining Australian side Central Coast Mariners on an “indefinite” trial.

The Jamaican made his debut for the A-League club in a friendly against Central Coast Select XI last month, coming off the bench to play on the wing in a 6-1 victory.

However, Del Bosque has suggested Bolt could prosper as a full-back, with the position offering him more space to utilise his blistering pace.

“With space, he could be a very good footballer,” the former Spain coach told the Olympic Channel.

“He could be a full-back that covers a lot of space, but it depends, because it’s not just about covering 100, or 60 or 70 metres of the pitch.

“It’s about doing it many times over and that requires stamina which I don’t know whether he has or not – although I’m sure he has prepared.

“Without a doubt as a full-back, with his back towards the crowd and the touchline, that’s where he would be most useful.”

Bolt has previously spent time training with Borussia Dortmund, Mamelodi Sundowns and Stromsgodset as he looks to hone his football skills.

The eight-time Olympic champion is aiming to make up for lost time, with Del Bosque suggesting the reigning world record holder at both 100 and 200metres needs to focus on the technical side of the game.

“To start playing professional football at the age of 32 isn’t normal,” said ex-Real Madrid boss Del Bosque.

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“It’s difficult because despite being in peak physical condition, I believe that the technical part is the fundamental part of football. A player’s fantastic conditioning – being fast, agile, powerful – should support the technical ability.

“He will probably learn the tactical side and get to understand the game better both defensively and offensively.

“I’m sure he will find a solution to all of that, but the most difficult part will be to acquire the technical skills you need for any play. Control, passing, dribbling, a good touch on the ball, skills that you normally have had since childhood.”

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