Firstly, I'm not really one for football, but for some reason quite enjoy playing football games. After downloading a demo of Fifa and PES I concluded Fifa was the better gameplay-wise so I went ahead and ordered it. Now firstly, the game itself is great. It is ultra-realistic and even my totally apathetic better half commented it was like watching a real game. The speed of play is spot on. The behavior of different players opens up a whole new realm of realism - instead of the usual 22 generic robots, it really feels like 22 individuals... For the gameplay I'd give it a solid five stars.
However, I quite like highly customizable options. Creating leagues, players, etc. Unfortunately, the menus and general clunkiness of the options really spoil what I personally would have thought at this level should be obvious elements to a football game. I remember the mid-90's and the days of SWOS and the options in that game were far superior. Ok, they may not have looked that pretty, but I would prefer to sacrifice looks for some slick tables and easy customization.
Obviously this is not something that could have been revealed from the demo, but suffice to say, it is a sufficient negative point that I probably would have looked elsewhere.
This game is excellent if you just want a single match between two teams. If you're looking to create your own cup, manage teams, create players, view statistics, see proper league tables with points, wins, losses, etc you'll find it real hard work. It's not impossible, it's just a very unpleasant and awkward experience to do.
For everything other than the in-game gameplay I would give the game 1-star.