FIFA 14 | Good teams for career mode – Plymouth Argyle


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 14′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

Today we’ve got the first article on Tier 4 teams, this time looking at Plymouth Argyle in England’s League 2.

Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Argyle (Tier 4)

Contents

  1. Why choose Plymouth Argyle?
  2. Lineups
    1. Strongest starting lineup
    2. Highest potential lineup
  3. Recommended purchases
  4. Future considerations
    1. Renew contracts
    2. Get a new right midfielder
    3. Get a new right back

Starting transfer budget: £350,000
Starting wage budget: £2,000
Default formation: 5-2-1-2
Board expectations: Fight for promotion, reach cup round of 32
Key player: Jason Banton
Best young prospect: Tyler Harvey

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FIFA 14 | Good teams for career mode – 1. FC Köln


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 14′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

In the first article on Tier 3 teams, today we’ve got 1. FC Köln in the German second division, Bundesliga 2.

1. FC Köln

1. FC Köln (Tier 3)

Contents

  1. Why choose 1. FC Köln?
  2. Lineups
    1. Strongest starting lineup
    2. Highest potential lineup
    3. Highest potential lineup (alternative)
  3. Recommended purchases
  4. Future considerations
    1. Bring in another striker
    2. Bring in some new wingers

Starting transfer budget: £2,500,000
Starting wage budget: £30,000
Default formation: 4-4-2
Board expectations: Gain automatic promotion, reach cup round of 32
Key player: Patrick Helmes
Best young prospect: Bård Finne

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FIFA 14 | Good teams for career mode – Yeovil Town


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 14′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

Today we’ve got the first article on a Tier 2 team: Yeovil Town in the Football League Championship. Thanks to Karim for the suggestion.

Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town (Tier 2)

Contents

  1. Why choose Yeovil Town?
  2. Lineups
    1. Strongest starting lineup
    2. Highest potential lineup
  3. Recommended purchases
    1. Loans

  4. Future considerations
    1. Wage increases
    2. Get a new left back
    3. Get a new centre back

Starting transfer budget: £500,000
Starting wage budget: £4,000
Default formation: 4-4-2
Board expectations: Avoid relegation, reach cup round of 32
Key player: Adam Morgan
Best young prospect: Adam Morgan

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FIFA 14 | Good teams for career mode – Montpellier HSC


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 14′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

So today we start with a Tier 1 team: Montpellier HSC in France’s Ligue 1.

Montpellier HSC

Montpellier HSC (Tier 1)

Starting transfer budget: £7,500,000
Starting wage budget: £45,000
Default formation: 4-2-3-1
Board expectations: Qualify for Euro League, reach cup round of 32
Key player: Rémy Cabella
Best young prospect: Morgan Sanson

Why choose Montpellier HSC?

I’ve put Montpellier in Tier 1, which means I think they can push on and challenge for silverware. This is no mean feat for them, however. They’re in a league with two of the richest clubs in the game in PSG and AS Monaco. They have a decent budget but will likely be outspent by rivals like Olympique Lyon and Marseille, who have great transfer and wage budgets. Their starting team is weaker than a good six or seven teams in the league, meaning you’ll have a lot of work to do to build them up. On top of all that, the board wants you to qualify for the Euro League, which means finishing in the top five. No mean feat!

That said, there are a lot of positives going for them. They have a good budget at £7,500,000, allowing you a good amount of freedom in shaping the team to your liking. They have some excellent young prospects on their team who will develop into fantastic players that you can either hold on to or sell on for profit. They’re not too stocked with young talent, though, which gives you plenty of space to bring in the players you want.

Their key player is Rémy Cabella. His excellent pace and superb dribbling make him a real threat going forward, and he could easily play out on the wing with his good crossing. But I’d keep him in that CAM role – his 77 finishing and 79 vision will see him scoring and creating more goals from a central position than he could if he was on the wing. He’s also very good at dead ball situations, and with potential 83 he’s going to become one of your best and most important players.

The best young prospect on the team is Morgan Sansone (I haven’t included M’Baye Niang, as he’s on loan and will leave after a season). A great ball playing CDM, he’s already got 80 vision, which is amazing for such a young player. His passing and dribbling are some of his best stats, so he should grow into a superb deep-lying playmaker in the Xabi Alonso mould. He can defend, too, with a high defensive work rate and 77 stand tackling giving him the ability to break up attacks as well as start his own. With only nine points of growth needed to reach his 80 potential, I wouldn’t be surprised if he reached into the early to mid 80s.

Strongest starting lineup

This is the team’s best starting lineup at the start of a career (OVRs are in brackets)

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Good teams for career mode – new weekly format


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Now that most domestic seasons are over and we’ve got a long summer wait until FIFA 15, you may be thinking about starting a new manager career to pass the time. You may be looking for something different – a really challenging career, or one where you start in a tough league. Or maybe you want a career where you can challenge for trophies and spend your funds on the next emerging talent.

Well either way, I’m going to try to help out by posting articles every week on good teams for career mode.

Each article will go up on Sunday and will cover one team in-depth. I’ll look at what their expectations are, who their most promising youngsters are, ideal formations for the team, etc, as well as suggesting three players to buy to really improve the squad.

Every month I’ll cover teams from four different tiers: those who can push on to challenge for silverware; those who will need to fight to survive in a tough division; those who start in a lower division but can hope to get promoted and work their way up higher leagues; and those who start right at the bottom of the pile. Each week I’ll look at a different tier, so in the first week of the month it’ll be teams challenging for silverware, the second week will be teams fighting relegation, etc.

These articles should hopefully give you a few ideas and get you started on some exciting careers to tide you over until FIFA 15 hits the stores. By doing it this way, there should be something for you no matter what type of career you want to try.

So if you have any suggestions for teams or things you’d like to see me cover in the articles, be sure to let me know in the comments below, send me a tweet or share your thoughts on the Facebook page!

Five E3 FIFA 15 rumours I wish actually existed


With details on FIFA 15 scarce, here’s my (optimistic) rundown of what I’d love to see announced at E3 2014

E3 2014 is less than a week away, but among all the talk of Halo 5 and Call of Duty, there’s one thing missing: FIFA 15.

We don’t even know if it’s going to be announced at all next week, never mind what the game might look like, so I thought I’d make a list of features that I wished everyone was saying were going to be announced at E3 this year. Because it’s fun to make believe when you’ve got nothing else to go on.


Wouldn't it be cool to know who your most prolific youth player was?

Wouldn’t it be cool to know who your most prolific youth player was?

1. There will be a more in-depth youth academy

Every year EA add slightly to the youth academy in their FIFA titles, but the system is still very one dimensional. You scout players, they get put in the academy to twiddle their thumbs for 364 days of the year, then on 1 May they take a ton of steroids and suddenly grow 12 OVR points. That’s how it works in the real world, right?

What I want to see is a far more absorbing youth academy. I want to have randomly-generated youth players already there when I join a team, and have these players compete in a youth league. I don’t want to actually play the youth games, but just having a weekly report where my head youth coach tells me what the score was, what the player ratings were and who might be ready for promotion would be a giant leap towards realism for the academy. I know it’s optimistic, but this is the number one thing I would love to see announced for FIFA 15 at E3.


I'm pretty sure there are more countries in Africa than that

I’m pretty sure there are more countries in Africa than that

2. More countries will be available to scout

I find it baffling that you can scout Saudi Arabia but not Wales. I know there’s probably some legal or licensing issue behind it, but surely a company of EA’s gargantuan stature can navigate its way around these obstacles? The nations available for scouting has been largely the same for a while now, and it’s like my scout can only get hold of plane tickets to these nations. He should really find a better travel agent.

Instead, wouldn’t it be awesome if EA came out at E3 and said you can scout anywhere you choose? True scouting freedom (except maybe North Korea) would bring back that sense of discovery that gets lost after a few years of scouting the same countries. If lowly ES Troyes can get a regen from Madagascar, then dammit I want to scout there too!


Is he actually first team quality? Who knows...

Is he actually first team quality? Who knows…

3. The Global Transfer Network will be fixed

Don’t get me wrong, I like the GTN – in principle. I think it’s a good idea that we scout a player before deciding whether to buy them as it’s more realistic. When Ryan Giggs was discovered, the scout who found him didn’t watch him play and exclaim to himself: “Wow! This Ryan Giggs is rated 75 already! He must have potential to be special.”

But the problem is… the GTN doesn’t really work, does it? You take a team up from League 2 to the Premiership, ask your GTN scout to find first team quality strikers, and he comes back with a player you later find out is rated 57. The fact that the GTN doesn’t even give a rough outline of OVR or potential (as you get with youth players) means buying players is a total gamble, and once you get a few years in and all the young players in the game are regens, you really are in trouble. So an announcement at E3 that the GTN has been revamped (or even just made optional) would go a long way to improving the game.


He was one of the lucky few

He was one of the lucky few

4. Loans will be made easier

I’m sure everyone’s experienced the frustration that is involved in trying to loan players out. The more we scout, the more players we need to send out to get first team experience, yet we may only get loan offers for half of them before the window shuts. Those players we can’t loan out are left to twiddle their thumbs as they did in the academy, only they don’t get their shot of steroids on 1 May this time. Bummer.

In reality, loanees are in high demand. If our scout is churning out top class young talent left, right and centre, clubs should be lining up to take our players on loan. At the moment it feels like my players must be carrying the bubonic plague, it’s that hard to get teams to take them. I know it’s unlikely, but any news at E3 about fixing the bloody loan system would be heavenly. We can dream, right?


"Please don't go! Or at least please don't go to my domestic rivals when you said you were homesick!"

“Please don’t go! Or at least, please don’t go to my domestic rivals when you said you were homesick!”

5. Player messages will be sorted once and for all

Imagine the scene. You’re the boss of a Premiership team, you’ve just sent your GTN scout off and he’s discovered the next Messi at Brisbane Roar. You sign the player and he quickly becomes one of your most crucial players, decimating the opposition and winning the Golden Boot two years running. Then, out of the blue, he tells you he’s homesick and wants to leave – it sucks, but these things happen. Then the board zooms in and sells him to… Arsenal.

I get it, I get it – players get homesick and want to move on. Fine. But as it stands this just looks like another good idea that didn’t work out, like the Power Glove or Andreas Cornelius. OK, it wouldn’t be the most exciting announcement at E3, but think how many smashed controllers it would save.


So those are my ideas, but what changes do you want to see in FIFA 15? Do you think any big FIFA 15 news will be announced at E3 2014? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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FIFA 14 | Good teams for career mode

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In this article we’re going to have a look at a number of teams which should offer you a fun and challenging career mode experience in FIFA 14. Maybe you’ve got this far in your current career and are looking for something else, or perhaps you’ve just got an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and are wondering who to start your first career with. This page should hopefully help you decide.

Like last year’s ‘good teams for career mode’ article, I’ve divided the teams into tiers. However, this time round I’m going to be picking a few teams from each tier and explaining why each of them would make for a great career mode. I’ll also be talking about their key players, as well as a couple of young players in each side who should go on to develop very nicely.

Here’s how the tiers break down:

  • Tier 1 – teams that are in the top division in their nation and have the potential to push on and challenge for silverware
  • Tier 2 – teams that are also in the top division but that may struggle to survive. They have some high potential players, but you will need to work hard to keep them up
  • Tier 3 – lower league teams that have a lot of high potential players. Though they are not all in their prime just yet, they will grow to become excellent players. These teams are good for developing over the long run, spending a few years in the lower leagues while you build them up
  • Tier 4 – challenging teams. These teams have small budgets and will face difficult opposition in their league. They do, however, have a couple of decent potential players to help you along the way
  • Tier 5 – infernal difficulty. Minute budgets, poor starting lineups, only a handful of half promising players. These teams will be the hardest ones to turn around

I’ve only chosen teams from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain because they are the only countries that have more than one division. I’ve found that playing the same sides every year can get a bit boring and means you may cut your career mode short, so adding in the element of promotion and relegation should help keep things fresh.

So let’s get stuck in.

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New FIFA 14 career mode video


So EA have just released a new video detailing some of the new features for career mode in FIFA 14, which we’ll have a look at in a minute. You can watch it here:

It gives a brief overview of how the new ‘global transfer network’ is going to work and, in short, looks very exciting. It is reminiscent of the way youth scouting currently works in FIFA 13 – you choose a scout, send them to a specific region to look for certain player types, and your scout comes back with a batch of players who you may be interested in. The initial scouting reports do not give exact ratings for each attribute, but rather a range of values in much the same way as you get when scouting in the current version of FIFA.

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Thoughts on FIFA 14


By now we’ve probably all had a chance to look at the new features for FIFA 14. One of the things I’m most interested in – and I’m sure you are too – is the new revamped scouting system, and that’s what this post is going to be about. I want to lay out how I feel it will affect the game and this site in particular, and what to expect from FIFA Scouting Tips once FIFA 14 comes out.

The biggest change to the scouting system is the new “global scouting network”. No long will you just be looking for young, unsigned talents, but you will be able to scout real players as well. You will tell your scout that you’re looking for a pacey winger or a prolific goalscorer, and he’ll come back with a report featuring real players who match these criteria. I don’t think you will look players up in the transfer screen as you do in FIFA 13, but you’ll rely on your scouts to inform your purchasing choices.

Because this is such a massive change to FIFA 13, I expect I’ll write up a guide for the “global scouting network” as well as one for the traditional youth scouting system. I haven’t actually heard anything on the latter option because I imagine EA want the global scouting network to hog the limelight, but I can’t imagine it’s been removed – that would be a massive step backwards. So rest assured, if youth scouting is in the game, I’ll be writing a guide for it.

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Good teams for career mode


Unsure of who to start a new career with? Or maybe you’re bored of using the best teams in the game and want more of a challenge? This article aims to help you pick a team that will be both fun to play with and a challenge to succeed with (because where’s the fun in using Manchester City?).

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