"The easiest thing that could have been done and certainly what a lot of people were telling us was 'Pro Evolution Soccer is a great game, just copy them and then you'll win on marketing! It's a sure fire way to win.' That just wasn't that interesting to us." - EA Sports president Andrew Wilson
With Konami and EA both tackling soccer, I'm sure there was a bit of pilfering between games, even if it was without realization. With that said, it's clear that gamers are more interested in how EA does soccer.