Pro Evolution Soccer 2008[1] (officially abbreviated as PES 2008; Winning Eleven 2008 in Korea and Japan) is an association football (soccer) video game in the Pro Evolution Soccer series by Konami. The game was officially announced on 18 June 2007. Its title is different than the other Pro Evolution Soccer games in that it's of a year and not a version; this was due to EA Sports' FIFA series naming their titles with two digit numbers (i.e. 07, 08) and in conclusion would seem that PES was a year behind FIFA (to non-fans which had no knowledge of the previous games of the franchise).

It was released for Windows, Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox 360.

A PS3 demo is available for download from the PlayStation Store,[9] an Xbox 360 demo has been released on the Xbox Live Marketplace,[10] and a PC demo has been released[1].

Wii version

The Nintendo Wii version of PES 2008 (named Winning Eleven Play Maker 2008 in Japan) differs radically from the other versions. The basic gameplay is centered around pointing the Wii Remote at the screen and directing players by dragging them with the on-screen cursor, and passing is done by simply pointing to the desired space or player and pressing a button. This allows for a more tactical approach to the game, as there is almost complete freedom in moving any player on the screen anywhere, and much more tactics and maneuvers can be used in the attacking game than ever before.

This version omits the Master League mode for the Champions Road, which lets the player tour a slew of different leagues around Europe, and when a games is won, it is possible to acquire players from the defeated teams. Also, it features an online mode that Konami called "the best online experience" when compared to the other versions.[11]

The Wii version of PES 2008 received generally more positive reviews than the other versions.


Licensed leagues

The leagues below are fully licensed, and all teams from these leagues are licensed:

Unlicensed leagues

English Premier League unlicensed teams but all include real player names: Note: In the Winning Eleven 2008 version for PS3, some names of the teams have been altered.


There are no unlicensed club teams with fake team and player names in PES 2008, as there were in previous games in the PES series.

National teams

Teams in bold newly licensed for PES 2008:[12]


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South America

North America


Unplayable teams

These are teams that cannot be used in the game but are opponents when challenging for the National Team Cup Tournaments or International Challenge mode. They contain fake player names and unlicensed kits Template:Col-start

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North America

South America

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1 - Teams consisting of players with fake names
² - Israel making their first appearance, replacing Latvia.
³ - Teams fully licensed

There are also a few other "non playable" teams on the game that you can play against on the Cup mode if you choose to go through the qualifying stages. However, you cannot edit, add, or remove players from these teams' squads. [13]

Classic teams

All the teams do not have official player names.

Generic Teams

There is also a separate league with 18 generic teams (Team A, Team B etc.), which can be edited fully, like in the previous game. This is thought to be due to the fact that Konami failed to get the rights to the German Bundesliga, and is usually made into the Bundesliga or another league of one's preference by patch makers. However, most people use this to put their edited players into playable teams from the start instead of having to play through Master League to purchase them or alternatively edit the existing non-generic teams. This feature does not appear in the Wii version of the game.


Stadium included in PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.[14]

# Stadium Real Name Place Flag Team
1 Konami Stadium Fictional Asia None
2 Estádio da Luz Europe Template:Country data POR Benfica
3 Estádio do Dragão Europe Template:Country data POR Porto
4 Estádio José Alvalade Europe Template:Country data POR Sporting CP
5 Bristol Mary Stadium Fictional Europe None
6 Ville Marie Stadium Fictional Europe None
7 Mohamed Lewis Stadium Fictional Africa None
8 Antlion Colisseum El Monumental South America Template:Country data ARG River Plate
9 Teatro Blanco Fictional South America None
10 Orange Arena Amsterdam ArenA Europe Template:Country data NED Ajax
11 Catalonia Stadium Camp Nou Europe Template:Country data ESP FC Barcelona
12 Santiago Bernabéu Europe Template:Country data ESP Real Madrid
13 Stadio Olimpico Europe Template:Country data ITA Roma & Lazio
14 San Siro Europe Template:Country data ITA Milan & Internazionale
15 Stade Louis II Europe Template:Country data MCO AS Monaco

Stadiums included in PS2 [15]

# Stadium Real Name Place Flag Team
1 Red Cauldron Anfield Europe Template:Country data ENG Liverpool
2 Magpie Park St. James' Park Europe Template:Country data ENG Newcastle United
3 Lutecia Park Parc des Princes Europe Template:Country data FRA Paris Saint-Germain
4 Massilia Stadium Stade Vélodrome Europe Template:Country data FRA Marseille
5 Borussia Stadium Westfalenstadion Europe Template:Country data DEU Borussia Dortmund
6 Hauptstadtstadion Olympiastadion Europe Template:Country data DEU Hertha Berlin
7 Blautraum Stadion Schüco Arena Europe Template:Country data DEU Arminia Bielefeld
8 Orange Arena Amsterdam ArenA Europe Template:Country data NED Ajax
9 Rotterdam Stadion De Kuip Europe Template:Country data NED Feyenoord
10 Catalonia Stadium Camp Nou Europe Template:Country data ESP FC Barcelona
11 Estadio Palo Estadio Mestalla Europe Template:Country data ESP Valencia
12 Stockholm Arena Råsunda Europe Template:Country data SWE Sweden
13 Cuito Cuanavale Vodacom Park Africa Template:Country data ZAF Bloemfontein Celtic
14 Diamond Stadium Newlands Stadium Africa Template:Country data ZAF None
15 Estadio Gran Chaco Estadio Alberto J. Armando South America Template:Country data ARG Boca Juniors
16 Amerigo Atlantis Estadio Nacional de Chile South America Template:Country data CHI Chile
17 Nakhon Ratchasima King Fahd International Stadium Asia Template:Country data Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
18 Kanji Dome Sapporo Dome Asia Template:Country data JPN Consadole Sapporo
19 Dietro Monte Stadium Kashima Stadium Asia Template:Country data JPN Kashima Antlers
20 Porto Folio Nissan Stadium Asia Template:Country data JPN Yokohama F. Marinos
21 Queens Land Park Nagai Stadium Asia Template:Country data JPN Cerezo Osaka
22 Haze Hills Olympic Stadium Asia Template:Country data JPN Japan
23 Occhio del Mar Ōita Stadium Asia Template:Country data JPN Oita Trinita
24 Ayase-Nakano Stadium Saitama Stadium Asia Template:Country data JPN Urawa Red Diamonds
25 Kusunoki-Mihama Stadium Niigata 'Big Swan' Stadium Asia Template:Country data JPN Albirex Niigata
26 Nangsoh Stadium Seoul Sang-am Stadium Asia Template:Country data South Korea FC Seoul

Demo Information

Choose from six fully licensed teams:

Camera View: Long
Match Length: 5 minutes
Stadium: International Arena (Japan)


Cristiano Ronaldo is included on all PES 2008 covers, below are a list of players that are also included on the cover beside Ronaldo for their respective countries.[16]



Publication Rating Link
IGN 9.2 Link
Play 70%
OXM 8.8
Gamespot 6.0 Link

It was awarded Best Sports Game for the Wii by IGN in its 2008 video game awards.[20] It was also nominated for Wii Game of the Year by IGN.[21]


External links

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