Yesterday, EA Sports released FIFA 15, the latest installment in an incredible series that began in 1994. FIFA 15 is more interactive than ever; finely tuned AI allows for every player on the pitch to have a personality and playing style. Even the goalkeepers have their own idiosyncrasies. Additional stadiums. Additional clubs. Additional rivalries. Additional customization. FIFA 15 has a “more is more” ethos that fits in perfectly with the new console generation.

Today, we’re looking back at the FIFA cover athletes (American covers only)—the players and personalities that have represented football (or as we Americans call it, soccer) to millions of gamers worldwide over the years. Some are more well known than others, but all of them bring glory to their clubs and home countries. Lace up those cleats, ladies and gentlemen. It’s time to feel the game.