FIFA 17 releases 6 new Confederation Cup iMOTM cards

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The Gullit Gang may not be quite as exclusive as it used to be, but a pair of slick new orange iMOTMs featuring 80+ across all face item stats is certainly a decent way to start the weekend.

Just following the formerly-known-as-EAFC-now Ultimate TOTS, the FUT 17 production staff churned out six extra packable special cards for TOTS’ grand finale. Arturo Vidal’s best in FIFA 17 so-far highlights the group along with a pair of Real Madrid CF standouts.

Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich called Leon Goretzka the best player on the pitch against Australia, and for it the Schlake star gets his best item to this point as well.

With another week of Confederation Cup action and more international competitions (like the Gold Cup) just on the horizon, expect more International Men of the Match arriving in-game in the not too distant future.

Cambiasso: I didn’t fit in at Madrid because I wasn’t a galactico

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Esteban Cambiasso said he did not fit at Real Madrid because he was not a galactico, though he did enjoy his time in the Spanish capital.

Cambiasso moved to Madrid as a 15-year-old in 1996 and later returned to the club to win LaLiga, the UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Supercopa de Espana, before departing for Inter in 2004.

The 36-year-old Argentine midfielder – now playing for Olympiacos – remembers his time at Madrid fondly but felt he did not fit in among the likes of Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and David Beckham.

“Already in the first team, the politics of the moment meant that most of the side were made up of academy players and galacticos, and I wasn’t either of those,” Cambiasso told Marca.

“But it was not bad at all, it was a beautiful experience in fact.”

Cambiasso continued: “There was no continuity for my characteristics, and I drew more attention being absent from the starting line-up than being present.

“[Claude] Makelele was the same. He was not considered until he left. We are players who do a lot of work for a team and when we leave, it shows.”

“I understood clearly why I was going: I wasn’t part of the sporting and economic model,” Cambiasso added.

“It was unsustainable to have 6-7 of the best paid players in the world and some had to leave. My first five months in Madrid were perfect.”

 

FIFA Mobile 2017 Ultimate Team Of The Season Prediction

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As we near the end of one of the longest running programs in FIFA Mobile this year, it is time for a Prediction on who will make the ‘Ultimate XI’ – the 11 players whose upgrade plans have been completed the most by us players. The plans for these players may be unknown just now, but I expect they will involve a variety of league TOTS tokens, trophies and/or gold and elite players, along with the item you are upgrading and either 1, 2 or 3 upgrade tokens depending on their rating, with the reward being an untradeable player rated between 97 and 99.

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Manuel Neuer

After yet another solid season for Bayern, Neuer had more clean sheets than goals conceded. As a firm fan favourite in both real life and FM, he is one of the toughest keepers to score against, and I can’t see him not making it into the Ultimate XI as rival Gigi Buffon looks less likely due to the other three Serie A upgrades being more desirable.

Predicted Rating: 95 → 97

Thiago Silva

Many people will know just how good the Carniball version of Silva is, so it should come as little surprise that people have been trying to recreate that card with his TOTS. As the only 96-rated defender, his value should be even higher than normal, so I expect him to make it into the Ultimate XI.

Predicted Rating: 96 → 99

Cesar Azpilicueta

I have to admit this spot was fairly open, with no fewer than three possible candidates for it. I went with Azpilicueta over his teammate Alonso and Brazil left back Filipe Luis, as I feel that his plan has been more popular, due to many people already owning the untradeable Attack Mode Alaba and Rose at LWB and LB respectively.

Predicted Rating: 95 → 98

Kalidou Koulibaly

As the Ultimate XI is down to the popularity of plans completed, I can see the Senegalese defender ranking very highly due to his insane stats, as well as Serie A being a very popular choice of team in the game.

Predicted Rating:94 → 97

Lionel Messi

Was there ever any doubt that Messi would get a 99-rated item at some point this year? After being arguably the player of the year in Europe, with yet another Golden Boot award, he looks set to get an upgrade better than his TOTY card as he gets a 99 overall TOTS in the Ultimate XI.

Predicted Rating:: 96 → 99

Toni Kroos

When I saw Kroos in the TOTS, I wasn’t hopeful about how useful he would be, mainly due to the pace of his TOTY. However, with over 80 in both acceleration and sprint speed, he finally looks usable. I feel that his pace, along with being one of the lower rated La Liga TOTS Upgrades, should be enough to see him in the Ultimate XI.

Predicted Rating: 95 → 98

N’golo Kanté

It should come as no surprise that the Frenchman will make it into the Ultimate XI, after yet another incredible title winning season. As one of the most complete midfielders in the game, he is a firm favourite of many players, and an upgrade will just make him even better. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford him, you will own what will be one of the best cards in the game.

Predicted Rating: 96 → 99

Emil Forsberg

From personal experience, the Swedish international seems to be one of the most used upgraded TOTS players, with Bundesliga teams remaining fairly popular due to the likes of Neuer and Aubameyang. This has resulted in Forsberg being a well-used player, and one who has been upgraded many times. As a Dortmund fan, I still have a slight hope that Dembélé will sneak in, but the Swede seems to have the edge over him as he only needed one Upgrade token rather than two.

Predicted Rating: 94 → 97

Radja Nainggolan

What. An. Item.

The first player to have 90+ on each of his 6 ‘face-card’ stats on both FIFA Mobile and the console version of the game, there is little doubt that he has been a favourite player to be upgraded and should easily make it into the Ultimate XI.

Predicted Rating: 96 → 98

Dries Mertens

Many games have a ‘Legendary’ item in them, either deliberately or completely accidentally. Mertens falls into that second category after his incredible Impact, and then MOTM cards, which terrorised defences for months on end. This has all led to him becoming a firm favourite of many players, making him a guarantee for the Ultimate XI as he will be one of the most popular upgrades.

Predicted Rating: 95 → 97

Robert Lewandowski

I have to admit, this spot is fairly wide open. Ronaldo could take it, but with his 99 TOTY and other high rated LW’s like Reus and RB Coutinho, I can’t see him being extremely popular. Lewandowski has several higher rated cards, but his TOTS is by far the best he has, making him one of the top completed plans as people want to add a great striker to join Aubameyang up front.

Predicted Rating: 96 → 98


Some of you who are more observant may notice that these upgrades will only use 21 Upgrade tokens, rather than the 23 which are available. With these extra two tokens, EA may choose to make an extra 99-rated player instead of a 97. However, this is just a guess and what they do will be a mystery to us all until they release the final team.

He is extraordinary – Mustafi hopes Sanchez stays at Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi hopes Alexis Sanchez stays at the Premier League club as he praised the “extraordinary” attacker.

Mustafi and Sanchez will go head to head on Thursday when Germany meet Chile at the Confederations Cup in Russia.

But speculation over Sanchez’s club future continues, with the Chile star out of contract next year.

Mustafi wants the 28-year-old to remain at the Emirates Stadium, telling Sport Bild: “I hope he stays.”

“He is an extraordinary player, for me one of the best in the world. I have experienced few players who are as hungry as him,” Mustafi said.

“As soon as he is on the ball, everyone knows something can happen.”

Sanchez scored 24 league goals for Arsenal in 2016-17, but Arsene Wenger’s men finished fifth to miss out on the Champions League.

FIFA Mobile’s full FM TOTS is here, with Calcio A upgrades

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FIFA Mobile’s Team of the Season 2017 has just about come to a head.

Following this evening’s game data deploy, the upgraded Serie A (aka “Calcio A”) Team of the Season item plans are officially in the wild and with them, we now know the full FIFA Mobile TOTS.

Joining the previously released 19 upgraded blue items are:

  • 96 CAM Radja Nainggolan
  • 95 ST Dries Mertens
  • 95 GK Gianluigi Buffon
  • 94 CB Kalidou Koulibaly

As OP as the 92 ST TOTS Mertens was, just imagine this new 95 item — and perhaps even a hypothetical 97 or 98-rated version.

The Ultimate Upgrade token needing FIFA Mobile Ultimate Team of the Season is expected to be released this Friday, June 23 at 6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ET. The specifics of the plans necessary to get some of the best untradeable items in this year’s Mobile game are still in the ether, but you should expect to need at least 1 Ultimate Upgrade token for a 97, 2 for a 98, and 3 for a 99.

We’ll see what the plans entail for Mobile TOTS’ grand finale.

Tosic: Messi & Ronaldo wouldn’t get in Besiktas team!

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Dusko Tosic has revealed he would not swap any of his team-mates for La Liga’s star duo and added he has never been impressed by the Portuguese

Besiktas defender Dusko Tosic is adamant he would not take Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi over any of his team-mates at the Turkish champions, adding that the Real Madrid star has never impressed him.

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Ronaldo and Messi have won nine Ballons d’Or between them, but Tosic seemingly prefers attackers such as Ryan Babel, Ricardo Quaresma, Cenk Tosun and Vincent Aboubakar.

“I would not replace anyone at Besiktas in favour of Messi or Ronaldo,” Tosic told Fanatik.

“I love my team-mates and my team.

“Besides, I played against Ronaldo in the past and he never impressed me. He played like he was not even there.”

Messi almost joined Inter in 2006, says Laporta

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Lionel Messi almost left Barcelona for Inter in 2006, the LaLiga club’s former president Joan Laporta has revealed.

Messi has enjoyed astonishing success with Barca and developed into arguably the world’s best player, winning the Ballon d’Or a record five times.

The Argentina star has also won eight LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues, but it all could have been so different.

Laporta, who was Barca president from 2003-10, revealed Inter met Messi’s buyout clause more than 10 years ago.

“It was 2006 when Inter made an offer,” he told The Guardian.

“They were prepared to pay the €150million buyout clause, which is why we [later] raised it to €250m, but I always felt reassured by my relationship with his dad, Jorge.

“I told him: ‘They’ll have to pay the clause because I won’t sell. He’ll be happy here, he’ll get glory. There, he’ll only win financially. Your son’s destined to be the greatest in history and here he’ll have a team to help get there. He’ll enjoy it.’”

Messi remained at Barca, dominating in Spain and Europe to be in the discussion over the greatest players of all time.

Laporta believes the 29-year-old is the best ever, describing him as a mix of Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona.

“I’m very Cruyffista, but what Leo does – and I talked about this a lot with Johan – makes him the best in history. Johan said so too,” Laporta said.

“Messi’s football is beautiful and effective. For me the best ever are Cruyff, Maradona and Messi.

“Leo’s a mix of Cruyff and Maradona but he is Leo Messi.”

Paris Saint-Germain turn their backs on Aubameyang

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The 27-year-old Gabon international forward has been deemed too expensive by Antero Henrique, who will look at other options for the French side

Paris Saint-Germain have stopped their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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New sporting director Antero Henrique has elected to look at other options in attack, with the club still hoping to sign a major player before the start of the new campaign.

It was former Porto director who elected to drop the chase for the 27-year-old Gabon striker, who has already turned out in Ligue 1 for Monaco, Lille and Saint-Etienne.

Indeed, PSG were close to brokering a deal with the player before Henrique’s arrival at the club, but they will not overpay for the speedy forward.

Alexis Sanchez remains at the top of PSG’s wish list, though with Manchester City and Bayern Munich hot on the tail of the Chile star, who is not certain to depart Arsenal, it appears a difficult deal to force through.

Instead PSG’s first signing of the summer could well be a left-back, though no names have been made public by the Ligue 1 runners-up.

 

How to get invited to FIFA 18 Beta Testing for FUT

FIFA 18 beta testers aged 18+ will get to test the game on their platform of choice for free, before FIFA 18 is released to the general public. We anticipate the FIFA 18 Closed Beta testing to start Thursday, August 17th and ending Sunday August 27th, 2017. This is more than one month before the official release date.

The lucky users that get to test the game are required to offer feedback so that EA can tweak the game and fix any last minute bugs before the official release. In this article we will offer tips on how to get invited to FIFA 18 beta testing, along any other useful information regarding the closed beta. If selected by EA, you will be able to download the game direct to your Xbox One or Playstation 4! Unfortunately it looks as though the beta won’t be available for Xbox 360, PS3 or PC users.

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When do FIFA 18 closed beta invites get sent?

FIFA 17 beta invitations were sent out August 2nd, 2016 and were associated with your EA account (they cannot be shared). In FIFA 16 this time was late July. Therefore we are predicting FIFA 18 invites to get sent out sometime between July 27th and August 2nd, 2017. If and when you receive your invite and code, the FIFA 18 closed beta game will be available to download around August 17th, 2017. Please note that the download size will likely be around 20GB. Leagues and players in the FIFA 18 beta may be the same as FIFA 17. Gameplay and interfaces will have changed. Ratings are not finalised.

Can I still receive a FIFA 18 Beta invite?

Only users who opted in to receive EA emails may have been sent an invite (more details below). Registration for the Closed FIFA 18 beta will end roughly 2 weeks before the beta launch, but last year it appeared that a maximum number of users registered their interest. Check your email spam folder just in case.

Which countries can play the FIFA 18 beta?

The FIFA 18 beta invitations will be sent out to players in the UK and North America.

Closed Beta Registration

Find the walkthrough on how to register to the FIFA 18 Beta below, along with examples based on previous years of what will be shown to you.

1. Email Received Example

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2. Register Now Example

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3. Read and Accept the T&C’s

4. Registration Completed Example

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Game Modes

  • FIFA Ultimate Team
  • Career Mode
  • Pro Clubs

We may see the Journey 2: Hunter Returns this year, but in previous years it was not available.

How do I increase my chances of receiving a FIFA 18 beta invite?

This is important to remember, last year it appeared as though fans were invited to the game mode they were most active within. An invite doesn’t necessarily mean that you can definitely test the FIFA 18 beta. There are limited spaces. Therefore, as soon as you receive an invitation, make sure to register your interest asap!

FIFA Insider

Becoming a FIFA Insider will ensure you get early news via your email, which may also coincide with an invitation to the new beta. With EA pushing this feature we would definitely recommend becoming an insider. Along with updating your contact preferences, it’s the equal number one thing we’d recommend!

Game Activity

To further increase your chances of receiving an invite there are a couple of things you can do; Firstly, over the next few weeks make sure that you’re very active on the game mode you wish to beta test. This does not mean to say you have to be in Div 1 or have a full in-form team! It’s worth noting that some users received invites that weren’t overly active, but that seems to be the general consensus. We think EA will be more selective this year. Last year users received invitations to;

  • Ultimate Team
  • Pro Clubs
  • Career Mode

Privacy Settings

Login to your Origin account at help.ea.com and if you wish, set the privacy settings we’ve selected below. We’ve included everything related to FIFA. Once you’ve selected the boxes, remember to click ‘Update’. Remember to frequently check the ‘Game Tester Program’ tab to see if FIFA appears on there. If it does, check the box and then click update.

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What happens after registering my interest?

After receiving an official invite from EA and registering your interest to the FIFA 18 Beta, you’ll receive a second email around August 17th with a beta access code for either Xbox One or Playstation 4. If approved, this email will contain details on when and how to download the FIFA 18 closed beta. Previously you were asked to drop comments on the beta section of the EA forums. You may be asked to test something specific by EA. Live streaming and image capturing of closed beta gameplay or forums is not permitted.

Mbappe: Madrid wanted me when I was 14

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Monaco star Kylian Mbappe revealed Real Madrid had been chasing him since he was 14 as speculation continues over his future.

Mbappe, 18, enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with the Ligue 1 champions, scoring 26 goals in all competitions.

The teenager is contracted until 2019 at the Stade Louis II, but Madrid are among the clubs linked to the forward.

Speaking after France’s 3-2 win over England in a friendly on Tuesday, Mbappe said he was unsure what his future held.

“We’re going to go away with the family and we’ll think about what’s going to happen,” he said.

“We have to sort it out, see what happens with the club too, because I’m under contract with a club. I’m not free. We’ll see what’s happening.

“Real Madrid? They have been trying to recruit me since I was 14.”

Mbappe set up the winner for a 10-man France in Paris with his pass to Ousmane Dembele for a 78th-minute goal.