This deserves a new thread, so here it goes. jesusraz got it from an interview with Akihiro Hino.
EDIT: The interview is up now:
Previous confirmation:AR: Inazuma Eleven is a fantastic mix of clever touch-screen football and an engrossing RPG experience that would definitely appeal to the European market. Will the first DS game ever be released here? Or are you waiting for the anime show to come on European TV first?
Hino-san: The anime show for 'Inazuma Eleven' is already signed up and under way, ready to go on air across Europe and we are now planning the on-air timetable, considering the FIFA World Cup 2010 period for launch. As for the first DS video game, we will make the announcement when we are ready to.
jesusraz said:Guess what folks? Level-5's already got the Inazuma Eleven anime show ready to air across Europe, with the aim of launching it around the FIFA 2010 World Cup period and the announcement of the game's release 'when the time is right'
Dragona-Cryptic-Confirmations approved:jesusraz said:Hino-san also wants to bring ALL the Atamania games over, including the Sloane & MacHale titles and budget puzzle collections ^_^ Good news all round!
Dragona Akehi said:Believe me, he's right.
Arait Multimedia, a spanish company, has announced they got the rights to the franchise in Europe with plans to launch the license program in 2010 Q2, specifically mentioning the existing DS games in their website:
(in spanish) http://www.araitmultimedia.es/index2.html
Other websites picking up the information:
(in spanish) http://www.formulatv.com/1,20091108,13243,1.html
(in english) http://www.worldscreen.com/articles/display/23228
(in spanish) http://www.mundogamers.com/ds/notic...-derechos-panaeuropeos-de-inazuma-eleven.html
Note that this company isn't a videogames publisher, but they will handle the license rights to the franchise. So the only question is who and when, no more 'is it coming'. Hooray!
EDIT: Added interview link and its inazuma bit.