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Brazilian Striker to Highlight Next Version of Best-Rated Soccer Series

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – June 12, 2006 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced the signing of Brazilian soccer star Adriano Leite Ribeiro as the official cover athlete for Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007. With the game’s focus on fast-paced, realistic soccer action, the young Inter Milan striker is the perfect representative for the cover of the world’s best-rated soccer series.

Possessing tremendous ball skills, speed and an instinct for scoring, Adriano is one of the most dangerous strikers in soccer today. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1982, he began his career with the Brazilian league club Flamenga before joining Italian powerhouse Inter Milan in 2002. Adriano has been a permanent fixture on the Brazilian international team for more than five years, and was the leading scorer in the 2004 Copa America with seven goals as well as the winner of the Golden Ball Award for his five goals in the 2005 Confederations Cup.

“The signing of Adriano reaffirms Konami’s commitment to working with the best soccer talent from around the world,” said Colin Ferris, Associate Product Manager at Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. “His incredible skills, tenacity and passion for winning are a perfect compliment to the game’s fast paced and realistic on-field action.”

Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 marks the renowned soccer series’ next generation debut on the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft as well as being available on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo DS™ and PC. All versions of the game will feature updated gameplay that makes the action faster, shots on goal easier to control and teammates and opponents smarter. The game also includes new and updated modes of play, giving players more ways to enjoy the most realistic soccer game ever made.

Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 is scheduled for release in January 2007. For more information on the game, please visit www.konami.com/gs.

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