New FIFA 12 Trailer Features Dirty Nigel De Jong Tackle
For fans of the beautiful game, the 2010 World Cup final began as an exercise in frustration. Faced with the bewildering passing of a supremely talented Spain side, the Dutch team deployed physical, aggressive tactics, trying to knock the Spanish off their game with tackle after crunching tackle.
The nadir of this negative strategy occurred in the 29th minute, when Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong disgraced himself in front of the 15.5 million people watching live on television. As Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso rose to head a routine ball, De Jong attempted a dangerous high kick, which ended with his studs planted in Alonso’s chest.
Though De Jong somehow managed to escape with only a yellow card, his reputation as a dirty player has dogged him to this day. After a similarly rash challenge at the beginning of the 2010 club season, he was dropped from the Dutch national team. Now, however, De Jong’s penchant for on-field violence has found an new, unexpected application.
If you watch carefully, at 0:26 in the trailer below, a dark-skinned player of about De Jong’s build, wearing the colors of his club, Manchester City, flies through the air, cleaning the clock of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart. The incident shows off FIFA 12′s new physics-based tackling system to its fullest advantage. The purpose of its inclusion, therefore, is clear. Previous trailers for the game have highlighted a variety of new features, using a variety of players. Christiano Ronaldo is good for showcasing stunning free kicks. Lionel Messi exemplifies close control. But if you want to show people how well your new game can render reckless, dangerous tackles, you need Nigel De Jong.