Yes it’s true and was officially announced during the past week, that Swansea City will now be called West Glamorgan City.
But don’t be alarmed, the club hasn’t been taken over by a group of billionaire Chinese businessmen, it’s merely the name given to the club by Konami, the producers of that well known football video game – Pro Evolution Soccer or PES for short.
Lovers of the beautiful game, who own a games console, will no doubt have played PES, which is regarded by purists as the most realistic football video game of them all and initial indications are that the latest version – Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 – will continue this rich vein of form.
Of course that old chestnut about a lack of official licences for team names, compared to its rival EA Sports FIFA 18, is quoted by many as being a major downside to the game – thus putting some players off from taking the leap of faith over to PES.
In fairness to Konami, they continue to go to great lengths each year to secure licences and have acquired the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Fulham, to name a few that have signed up.
But don’t let names such as South Norwood (Crystal Palace), East Midlands (Leicester City), East Dorsetshire (AFC Bournemouth) or even South Wales (Cardiff City) put you off.
Nowadays websites such as PES World provide a free download, which allow you to use the real names and kits of ALL the teams in the game (from the Premier League right down to Portugal’s Primeira Liga). All you have to do is upload them into PES on your console.
These will be familiar gripes to many console playing football fans, but as the Daily Telegraph wrote, Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is still the purists choice.
As for West Glamorgan City (i.e. our beloved Swansea City), well their squad lines up as follows:
So be sure to keep an eye out for a Swansea City specific PES 2018 review next week!