What is Piemonte Calcio? Will Juventus be back in FIFA 23? Players and updates

What is Piemonte Calcio? Will Juventus be back in FIFA 23? Players and updates

Piemonte Calcio is a generic name in the EA Sports franchise, FIFA, that represents Juventus F.C. The end of the partnership between Juventus and EA Sports is why the Italian champions started being called Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 20. They were also referred to with the same name in FIFA 21 and 22.

Piemonte Calcio
Will Piemonte Calcio be in FIFA 23? Photo by Visionhaus. (Modified by author).
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Why did Juventus become Piemonte Calcio? In 2019, Juventus agreed to appear exclusively on Konami's e-Football Pro Evolution Soccer games rather than EA Sports. This agreement forbade EA Sports - or anyone other than Konami - from using the Juventus brand, including their official badge and kits.

Why is Juventus not in FIFA?

Juve's absence is due to an exclusive agreement the Italian club has with Konami that has been in effect since FIFA 20. While Juventus are not officially represented in FIFA 21, EA Sports claims that "generic kits and crests" are used.

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Piemonte Calcio's kit
Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and Spezia Calcio at Allianz Stadium on August 31, 2022, in Turin, Italy. Photo by Emilio Andreoli.
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Piemonte Calcio in the FIFA 23 game

After parting ways with Konami, EA Sports announced in July 2022 that the 36-time Italian champions would return to their platform. "The home stadium, the Allianz Stadium, will return in the 2023 game, authentically recreated alongside the club's logo and iconic kits," the gaming giants said in a statement.

Is Piemonte Calcio Juventus?

Due to their Pro Evolution Soccer agreement, EA Sports confirmed in 2019 that Juventus would appear as an unofficial club called Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 20.

Juventus as Piemonte Calcio

Because EA Sports could not use the team's official name, they have had to devise a different moniker for the Serie A giants. The generic name translates to "Piemonte Football," derived from the Italian region in which Juventus is based.

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Piemonte is located in northwestern Italy, bordering Switzerland and France. It translates as "At the Foot of the Mountains," a reference to the area's famous Alps backdrop.

The name adopts the naming conventions of several Italian clubs, such as Brescia Calcio, Cagliari, and AC Milan. Pro Evolution Soccer 2019's Italian team was PM Black and White.

Is Juventus still Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 22?

A generic name still recognized the Turin-based Italian serial winners in FIFA 22 as EA did not have an agreement with the Italian former champions concerning naming rights. As a result, the team still lacks its real identity in the most famous football video game. The highest rated Piemonte Calcio player in the game was Paulo Dybala, with 87.

Piemonte Calcio on FIFA
Players of Juventus FC pose for a team photo before a Serie A football match between Juventus FC and Spezia Calcio. Juventus FC won 2-0 over Spezia Calcio. Photo by Nicolò Campo.
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Ronaldo in Piemonte Calcio

During the period when EA Sports lost its Juventus naming rights to KONAMI, The Goat, Cristiano Ronaldo was part of the Italian squad of champions. The Portuguese star was part of the squad used by gamers but with very weird kit designs and badges during the periods when FIFA 20 was played.

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Piemonte Calcio on FIFA

When FIFA 23 is released later this year, Juventus fans will no longer have to make do with playing as a generic version of their team. Instead, the Serie A powerhouse will return for the next instalment of EA Sports' game franchise, complete with their badge, kit, stadium, and all of their current and former players.

The Italian club had been out of FIFA for three years due to an exclusive licensing agreement they had signed with Konami, the creators of the rival e-Football game franchise.

In their place, the EA game featured a club with a generic name in its place, which was strikingly similar (but crucially, just different enough).

Piemonte Calcio's kit

The generic Juventus team has some very colourful kits comprising of kits with nice diagonal stripes. The particular one with a yellow diagonal stripe caught people's attention. Their away kit is a yellow one with stripes similar to the Italy national football team’s. Below is a look at the kits.

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After KONAMI bought Juve's naming rights, Piemonte Calcio is a generic name that EA Sports gave Juventus. The Italians had the generic name from FIFA 20 to 22 and are set to reclaim their rights in FIFA 23.

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