FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

FIFA 17 | Good teams for career mode – Cagliari

Introduction: How do these articles work?

Each Sunday I examine a different team in detail and look at why they’re a good team for FIFA 17’s career mode. The teams are broken down into the following categories:

  • Tier 1: Teams in tough divisions that can push on to challenge for silverware
  • Tier 2: Teams that will have to fight for survival in a challenging division
  • Tier 3: Teams that start in a lower division but can hope to get promoted and work their way up higher leagues
  • Tier 4: Teams that start right at the bottom of the pile, with few funds or high potential players

FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

Cagliari (Tier 2)

Tier 2 teams face an uphill battle for survival in challenging divisions. Can you help them beat relegation?


  1. Why choose Cagliari?
  2. Lineups
    1. Strongest starting lineup
    2. Highest potential lineup
  3. Recommended purchases
  4. Suggested sales
  5. Future considerations
    1. Get a new centre back

Starting transfer budget: £8,076,466
Starting wage budget: £107,640
Default formation: 4-3-1-2
Board expectations:
• Domestic success: Medium
• Continental success: Very low
• Brand exposure: Low
• Financial success: Low
• Youth development: High
Key player: Bruno Alves
Best young prospect: Nicolò Barella

Why choose Cagliari?

Serie A is probably one of the most competitive divisions in FIFA 17, which means you could get beaten by almost any team. Cagliari have one of the lowest counts of high potential players in Serie A (with only two players with potential 80 or higher) – so they’ll struggle against so many good teams. Surviving relegation in a situation like that won’t be easy.

However, they do have one big thing in their favour: their budget. Starting with £8m in transfer funds and over £100,000 in wages is amazing for a team that’s likely to face a relegation battle. It allows you to bring in a number of players who could make the difference and enable you to survive – if you spend it wisely, of course.

Cagliari’s key player is Bruno Alves. At 79 OVR, the veteran Portuguese centre back is the best player on the team by three OVR points, and he’s a dominant defender. His 88 strength and 92 jumping make him a powerhouse at the back, and his tackling stats are great too. He’s even good when it comes to taking free kicks. He is 34 though, so you’ll need to think about replacing him fairly soon.

The team’s most promising young player is Nicolò Barella. The great thing about Barella (aside from his 81 potential, of course) is that he’s extremely flexible. He’s a central midfielder but can easily play at attacking midfield, wide midfield and on the wing. He’s pacey, can pass and dribble well, so when he gets near his potential he’s going to be a great asset to have given his flexibility.

Strongest starting lineup

Changing the formation slightly to 4-2-3-1, here is Cagliari’s strongest starting lineup, with OVRs in brackets:

FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

Highest potential lineup

Keeping the formation at 4-2-3-1, here is Cagliari’s highest potential lineup, with potentials in brackets:

FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

Recommended purchases

Key signings required: GK, CDM, ST.

First, change Cagliari’s budget ratio to 79:21. This will give you £10,939,002 in transfer funds and £52,591 in wages. Now let’s buy some players.

FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

André Onana is a promising goalkeeper who can easily exceed his potential

FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

André Onana
Club: Ajax
Position: GK
OVR: 73
Potential: 82
Age: 20
Cost: £3,700,000
Wages: £9,000

Why buy a new goalkeeper when Cagliari have the talented Alessio Cragno (81 potential) out on loan? Simple. Cagliari have three goalkeepers, but all will retire in the next season or two. Storari is 39, Rafael is 34 and Colombo is 40. You don’t want to end up with just one goalkeeper in the squad, so we’ll need to bring in another one.

My choice is André Onana of Ajax. While his handling and positioning need a bit of training, his diving (81) and reflexes (74) are fantastic and mean he’ll be excellent at stopping one-on-ones. He’s rated 73 at 20 years old and has 82 potential, but given his young age, he should easily be able to exceed 82 potential with some training and good performances. Get him starting as soon as possible and you’ll soon have a great goalkeeper on your hands.

Ajax ask for £5.5m, but you can greatly reduce that down to £3.7m. His wages are £9,000.

FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

Andrés Cubas is a creative, energetic defensive midfielder

FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

Andrés Cubas
Club: Boca Juniors
Position: CDM
OVR: 73
Potential: 84
Age: 20
Cost: £4,200,000
Wages: £15,000

With Panagiotis Tachtsidis and Artur Ioniţă, Cagliari have a pretty solid defensive midfield pairing. However, Tachtsidis is only in on loan, and there’s not really a ready replacement in the squad (Isla is a defensive midfielder, but is better played at right back). You’ll need to bring in a new player to replace Tachtsidis once he heads back to his parent club.

I recommend you buy Andrés Cubas of Boca Juniors. He’s a creative, energetic player, making him the ideal partner to the powerful Ioniţă. His stamina, tackling, interceptions and passing are his key stats, so once he gets close to his 84 potential, he’ll be a lot like N’Golo Kanté. That’s the type of player any team can use, so make sure you sign him up!

Boca Juniors want £5.5m for him but you can get that down to £4.2m. His wages are £15,000.

FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

Tammy Abraham is a multi-talented, high potential striker

FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

Tammy Abraham
Club: Bristol City
Position: ST
OVR: 71
Potential: 85
Age: 18
Cost: £3,000,000
Wages: £25,000

Although Cagliari have plenty of strikers, none of them are particularly great. Marco Borriello is the best, but he’s 34 and only rated 75 anyway. The highest potential striker, Niccolò Giannetti, only has 75 potential, so he’s not much better. This needs to change if you’re to have any chance of surviving relegation.

I suggest you buy Tammy Abraham of Bristol City. He’s one of my favourite strikers in-game, and not just because he plays for my team. He has that fantastic balance of pace, strength and aerial ability, so he’ll suit your play no matter what style you enjoy. His finishing, positioning and heading are all equally good, so he’ll be a real danger both in the air and with the ball at his feet. And he’s got 85 potential, so just imagine how good he’ll be in a couple of years’ time.

Bristol City want £4.6m for him, but you only have to pay around £3m for him – a great reduction. His wages are £25,000 and he wants the ‘important 1st team player’ squad role.

Those transfers will leave you with £39,002 in transfer funds and £3,591 in wages. That’s not enough if you want to buy some extra players or scouts, so let’s see who we can sell in order to raise some more money.

Suggested sales

FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

Marco Storari can be sold for around £1.4m

Now that we’ve brought in Onana, you may as well sell Marco Storari before he loses any more value due to his age. You can sell him for around £1.4m.

In defence, sell Illia Briukhov and Fabio Pisacane for £150,000 and £300,000 respectively.

Next, Daniele Dessena and Gianni Munari can be sold for £1.3m and £400,000.

Finally, sell Federico Melchiorri for around £2.4m.

All those transfers combined will bring in about £5.95m, which is plenty if you want to get a couple of very good scouts or another player or two.

Future considerations: get a new centre back

FIFA 17 good teams for career mode: Cagliari

Jeremiah St. Juste is an absolutely rapid centre back

As I mentioned earlier, Bruno Alves is Cagliari’s star player but will soon start declining. You might want to bring in a replacement for when that starts happening. Bear in mind that Cagliari have Luka Krajnc (80 potential) and Dario Del Fabro (77 potential) loaned out, so you may feel you don’t need to buy any new centre backs.

However, if you do want to, then I recommend you buy Jeremiah St. Juste of SC Heerenveen. This guy is unusual for centre backs in that he is very fast – he’s got 84 acceleration and 83 sprint speed, so will be able to keep up with all but the fastest strikers and wingers. That’s an incredible trait to have for a centre back, making him a hugely valuable player. He’s got 83 potential, too, so will grow to be even faster.

SC Heerenveen want £5.5m for him, but you can get that down to around £4.1m. His wages are £4,800.

That’s it for this week’s article on good teams for career mode. Cagliari struggle for high potential players in one of the most competitive divisions in FIFA 17, but are helped by their excellent budget. Will it be enough to avoid relegation? Who knows, but it’ll be a fun challenge along the way!

I’d like to hear if you have any thoughts about the format of the article itself. Did you find it useful? Conversely, do you think it was missing something that you’d have liked me to include?

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Comments 3

  1. I’m glad to see you mention Cagliari; I moved them to Serie A in FIFA 16 and played a few seasons as them and found it very fun, but I haven’t gotten round to playing them this year yet!

    I found Marco Sau to be vital to my success with the club in 16, although I’ve signed him in 17 at another club and didn’t find him as influential. He’s certainly well suited to the wide role, at least. I agree fully with what you are saying in regards to Serie A as a league to do a career mode in, it’s very tight and often results in a fun few seasons! I emulated Atalanta’s great start to this season in this years FIFA although it’s been on hold since starting a ‘super league’ as Rangers.

    I’m not sure if you’ve recommended him before or not but Thomas Didillon is another excellent young keeper, and can be gotten for slightly less than Onana. Also, assuming you don’t mind using regens Buffon often retires after the first season and I’ve yet to find a disappointing regen of him!

    I’m glad to see Tammy Abraham get a mention – I signed him in my Rangers super league and he’s been outstanding! He’s only rated 74, (due to me modifying leagues I wasn’t able to use updated squads, so I think he started lower) but he’s been great! I actually signed Seferovic on a free transfer and despite him being rated 78 I find myself constantly playing Abraham as Seferovic feels sluggish in comparison!

    Thanks again for this article, I’ll be sure to refer to it whenever I decide to do my Cagliari career!

  2. I would like some advice also on the scouting. Because the expectations are high for youth development. It will cost at least 4.0m for the total scouting, if not 5.0m. Plus the signing of
    these guys. So I`m not sure if your are able to buy all the recommended players because of this.

    I would love to see you do a team with financial restrictions. (High expectations) Just for a change,
    and rely on cheap bargains.

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