In the garden of Eden Hazard, don't you know that I love FIFA 15?

Belgium and Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard is the new face-next-to-Messi's-face for FIFA 15, at least in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. Voted the best young player in the English Premier League last year, Hazard is also a less hazardous proposition to have on the cover than last year's choice, Gareth Bale. If you'll remember, Bale left for Real Madrid after appearing on the FIFA 14 cover in a Tottenham shirt, leaving EA Sports in a bit of a pickle. No such fun, sadly, is on the cards for Hazard this year.

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EA's sportsball sim will once again grace a myriad of platforms starting September 23 in North America. Three days later it'll come to Europe, where Microsoft's once again offering it as part of a Xbox One bundle, priced 400 euros or £350.
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Chelsea Superstar to Feature on EA SPORTS FIFA 15 in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, France and the Netherlands

EA SPORTS™ today announced that last season's PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA Team of the Year, Eden Hazard, will make his debut on the cover of EA SPORTS FIFA 15 – due out September 25 in Europe and September 26 in the UK and Ireland.

The 23 year old Belgian had an outstanding season for Chelsea in the 2013/14 campaign with 14 goals, seven assists and 92 chances created from his 35 appearances. The midfielder had a pin-point 83% passing accuracy, including 1,055 passes in the opposition half - one of just ten players to top 1,000 in the Barclays Premier League last season. Hazard also completed more successful dribbles than any other player in the division with 132. In comparison, the second ranked player completed just 93, making Hazard the Barclays Premier League's most dangerous player with the ball at his feet.

Commenting on the partnership, Dan Holman, Head of UK Product Marketing EA SPORTS said: "We're delighted to have Eden on the cover of FIFA 15 and to be working with him and Chelsea in showcasing the Barclays Premier League to the amazing level of detail that the game will deliver this year. Eden's quick, direct and skilful approach is a joy to watch on the pitch, and a dream come true for FIFA Ultimate Team fans, and it shows why he is often one of the first names in their concept squads."

On seeing the FIFA 15 pack, Eden said: "I have played FIFA all of my life and it's a huge honour to be asked to be on the cover of FIFA 15. Now I have played the game I can say it's the most realistic football game I have seen, so I cannot wait to challenge my friends and team-mates with FIFA 15 and show off the new moves."

Eden Hazard Stats:

International debut: 2008
International appearances: 50
International goals: 6
Barclays Premier League appearances: 70
Barclays Premier League Goals: 23
Barclays Premier League Assists: 18

The deal coincides with EA SPORTS long term partnership with Chelsea Football Club as the Official Video Gaming Partner, which will bring exciting digital and social content for the fans, alongside experiential activation at Stamford Bridge throughout the upcoming seasons.

FIFA 15 brings football to life in stunning detail so fans can experience the emotion of the sport like never before. This year sees the most popular football league in the world, Barclays Premier League, recreated as the most authentic league in the game with all 20 stadiums accurately recreated; over 200 new player head scanned from every club; international broadcast quality overlay graphics, audio and commentary; and the inclusion of Goal Decision System leaving no questions. Witness the intensity of crowds chanting and cheering on match day, and listen to commentators guide fans through the story of the game with Dynamic Match Presentation. For the first time ever, all 22 players on the pitch are connected with Emotional Intelligence allowing players to react to opponents and teammates within the context, and relative to the narrative of the match. Football is the greatest drama on earth and FIFA 15 puts fans center stage, allowing them to feel the emotion and intensity of the world's greatest sport.

FIFA 15 hits store shelves September 26 in the UK. Pre-order your copy today, and pick up the Ultimate Edition to get exclusive content.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.