FIFA 18 Prime ICON SBC List – FUT ICONS Release Date & Schedule

FIFA 18 Prime ICON SBC List – FUT ICONS Release Date & Schedule

FIFA 18 Prime ICON SBCs are all non-repeatable and have no expiry date.

Each new FUT 18 Prime ICON SBC will be added below as soon as they are officially announced!

FIFA 18 Luis Hernández Prime ICON SBC

Build towards earning the Prime version of Luis Hernández [Untradeable]

FUT 18 Hernández ICON SBC Rewards

FIFA 18 Prime Hernández 90 FUT ICON Card

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FIFA 18 Emmanuel Petit Prime ICON SBC

Build towards earning the Prime version of Emmanuel Petit [Untradeable]

FUT 18 Petit ICON SBC Rewards

FIFA 18 Prime Petit 90 FUT ICON Card

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FIFA 18 Peter Schmeichel Prime ICON SBC

Build towards earning the Prime version of Peter Schmeichel [Untradeable]

FUT 18 Schmeichel ICON SBC Rewards

FIFA 18 Prime Schmeichel 92 FUT ICON Card

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FIFA 18 Alessandro Del Piero Prime ICON SBC

Build towards earning the Prime version of Alessandro Del Piero [Untradeable]

FUT 18 Del Piero ICON SBC Rewards

FIFA 18 Prime Del Piero 92 FUT ICON Card

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FIFA 18 Marc Overmars Prime ICON SBC

Build towards earning the Prime version of Marc Overmars [Untradeable]

FUT 18 Overmars ICON SBC Rewards

FIFA 18 Prime Overmars 90 FUT ICON Card

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FIFA 18 Rui Costa Prime ICON SBC

Build towards earning the Prime version of Rui Costa [Untradeable]

FUT 18 Rui Costa ICON SBC Rewards

FIFA 18 Prime Rui Costa 90 FUT ICON Card

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FIFA 18 Team of the Week 8 Predictions

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FIFA 18 Team of the Week 8 Goalkeepers Predictions

  • Tiago Volpi (GK) 78 > 82 – Querétaro
  • Facundo Altamirano (GK) 62 > 72 – Club Atlético Banfield
  • Stefano Sorrentino (GK) 79 > 82 – Chievo Verona

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 8 Defenders Predictions

  • Alessio Romagnoli (CB) 79 > 82 – AC Milan
  • Steve Cook (CB) 77 > 82 – Bournemouth
  • César Azpilicueta (CB) 86 > 87 – Chelsea
  • Almamy Touré (RB) 73 > 79 – AS Monaco
  • Dani Alves (RB) 84 > 86 – PSG
  • David Alaba (LB) 86 > 87 – FC Bayern Münich
  • Barry Douglas (LB) 71 > 78 – Wolves
  • Leighton Baines (LB) 82 > 84 – Everton

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 8 Midfielders Predictions

  • Tortol Lumanza (CDM) 65 > 75 – Stabæk Fotball
  • Casemiro (CDM) 85 > 86 – Real Madrid CF
  • Dani Parejo (CM) 82 > 84 – Valencia CF
  • Kevin De Bruyne (CM) 90 > 91 – Manchester City
  • Anderson Talisca (CAM) 79 > 82 – Beşiktaş JK
  • James Rodríguez (CAM) 86 > 87 – FC Bayern Münich (OTW)
  • Valon Berisha (CAM) 74 > 79 – FC Red Bull Salzburg
  • Clint Dempsey (CAM) 78 > 82 – Seattle Sounders FC
  • Lulinha (CAM) 72 > 78 – Pohang Steelers
  • Nabil Fekir (CAM) 84 > 86 – Olympique Lyon
  • Héctor Herrera (LM) 79 > 82 – FC Porto

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 8 Forwards Predictions

  • Iago Aspas (RW) 85 > 86 – RC Celta de Vigo
  • Gerson Santos da Silva (RW) 67 > 76 – AS Roma
  • Kylian Mbappé (RW) 83 > 85 – PSG (OTW)
  • Mohamed Salah (RW) 85 > 86 – Liverpool (OTW)
  • Florian Thauvin (RW) 82 > 84 – Olympique de Marseille
  • Murilo Freitas (LW) 64 > 74 – Tondela
  • Paco Alcácer (ST) 79 > 82 – FC Barcelona
  • Zakaria Labyad (ST) 75 > 81 – FC Utrecht
  • Fedor Smolov (ST) 80 > 83 – FC Krasnodar
  • Stephan Hain (ST) 67 > 76 – SpVgg Unterhaching
  • Timo Werner (ST) 82 > 84 – RB Leipzig
  • Bafétimbi Gomis (ST) 79 > 82 – Galatasaray SK
  • Nicola Sansone (ST) 79 > 82 – Villarreal CF
  • Benjamin Girth (ST) 66 > 75 – SV Meppen
  • Sandro Wagner (ST) 82 > 84 – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
  • Leon Clarke (ST) 65 > 75 – Sheffield United
  • Samuel Eto’o (ST) 81 > 83 – Antalyaspor
  • Álvaro Morata (ST) 86 > 87 – Chelsea (OTW)

TEAM OF THE WEEK, PLAYER OF THE MONTH RETURN TO FIFA MOBILE SEASON 2

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While some of us are still waiting for FIFA Mobile’s Season 2 update to come to the Google Play store, the revised game’s first Team of the Week is here — with a twist.

TOTW (as well as the old event favorite, Player of the Month), are both back in S2, but now as Events.

“Every week, Players will be chosen to be part of the Team of the Week!” a message in game reads. “1 Captain, 11 Starters and 11 Reserves will be part of the TOTW. Find all the captains to unlock the Player of the Month!” it adds.

Each week, there’s a training exercise (similar to a Live Event from S1). For a set amount of stamina (two for Week 1), you grind towards 100 TOTW Points. Every two stamina in this instance will get you 5-15 TOTW points closer, plus throw in 500 coins and a chance at a Silver TOTW player and a very, very slight chance at that week’s captain. Week 1′s TOTW’s captain is none other than Manchester City’s Fernandinho:

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Once you reach 100 TOTW points, you’re able to play that Week’s TOTW Challenge. This week’s is a 0-0 second half against the TOTW. If you win, you get 1,000-25,000 coins, a guaranteed Gold or better TOTW player with a shot at an Elite (including that week’s captain).

There’s also a Limit 10 500 FP TOTW pack, which gives you 6 TOTW players from that week including at least 3 Golds and 3 Silver player items with a chance at an Elite and the captain.

Just navigate to the Events section after you get going in Season 2 and give it a shot. The events will last a week at a time, ostensibly from Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. UK, ordinarily) until the following Wednesday.

Here’s the first FIFA Mobile S2 Team of the Week:

– 85 CDM Fernandinho (Captain)

– 87 ST Gonzalo Higuain

– 84 ST Dries Mertens

– 84 GK Marc Andre Ter Stegen

– 83 ST Edinson Cavani

– 79 RW Hirving Lozano

– 79 RM Pablo Sarabia

– 77 LM Vincenzo Grifo

– 77 RM Elias Hernandez

– 77 LWB Sead Kolasinac

– 75 LB Fernando Marcal

– 75 CM Lucas Torreira

– 74 RWB Pablo Maffeo

– 73 LWB Ashley Young

– 71 CF Kenny Miller

– 70 ST Ihlas Bebou

– 70 RWB Brecht Capon

– 69 GK Zack Steffen

– 68 CAM Kieran Dowell

– 68 ST Manuel Schaffler

– 67 CB Joackim Jorgensen

– 65 ST Simone Rapp

– 63 ST Junior Negao

88 ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC FIFA 18 PLAYER REVIEW

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Today, I’ll be reviewing 88-rated Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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I want to preface this review by saying that I play Zlatan at RCM in the 4321 (in before all the “I didn’t know Nep was on FUTHead” comments). I find that a player like him is very useful to have in middle of the park. His height, his power, his great dribbling and solid passing all make for a brilliant attacking minded midfielder. He just doesn’t have the pace I need my strikers to have, but I love his card, so I’ve moved him back into the midfield.

With that out of the way, let’s begin.

IN-GAME STATS

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Key Stats: 86 positioning, 87 finishing, 91 shot power, 85 long shots, 83 vision, 84 short passing, 81 agility, 88 ball control, 88 strength, 84 aggression

I use the engine chemistry style on Zlatan, which gives him the following boosts.

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SQUAD

This is the squad I’m using Zlatan in:

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In-game I swap Zlatan and Crespo, and Mane and Mkhitaryan.

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STATS

Here are my stats with Zlatan:

Price: 157,000

Games: 267

Goals: 137

Assists: 64

Those stats would be impressive as a Striker, and they are mind-boggling for a center-midfielder.

Let’s get into the review.

REVIEW

Pace: 8/10

Let’s start with the elephant in the room – his pace.

Simply put, it’s absolutely fine. It’s better than fine – it’s very effective in game. No matter what his card stats say, he is not slow. The combination of great dribbling, good agility, and his tall frame make him far faster in-game than I expected. He easily feels like he has 80 pace, and in the 250+ games I’ve used him, I have had no issues with this stat. He’s a little slow off the mark, but once he gets going, he’s not easy to catch.

Shooting: 10/10

Perfection. He can finish anything, from anywhere, on either foot, with any kind of shot. The single best shooter I have used this year – he’s even better than Del Piero. Absolutely clinical inside the box, no matter who the keeper is or who the defenders marking him are. From range, he will tear the net with ease. Just before writing this review, he scored a 35-yard outside of the foot curler into the the top corner while being man-handled by the deadly duo of Sergio Ramos and Eric Bailly. The number of times he has bailed me out is incredible – whenever I need a savior, I get the ball to him at the edge of the box, press shoot, and celebrate before the ball hits the back of the net.

Passing: 9/10

Very, very good. With the engine chemistry style, he’s a very capable passer of the ball, and that shows in-game. His short passing is immaculate, and while he struggles on the most difficult of long passes and through-balls, he’s comes through the vast majority of the time. I especially like his driven passes, mainly due to the power he generates when striking the ball.

Dribbling: 9/10

Almost perfect. A little let down with his balance, but his high physicality makes up for it, and keeps him on his feet a lot of the time. On the ball he is superb – close-control is world class, the skill moves are executed in an instant, and his first touch is godlike. He’s a dream to dribble with.

Defending: 7/10

This will surprise some of you, but his defending is solid. A combination of great height and long legs, incredible strength and aggression, and a tendency to float around the middle of the park all make him great at breaking up the play. He intercepts a lot of passes, and he’s able to snuff out a lot of chances in the midfield. Just run up to the player you want to dispossess, and he’ll just bully him off the ball, or stick his leg in to make an awkward tackle. However, he shouldn’t be your main defensive player.

Physicality: 10/10

Awesome. If you use shielding correctly, he can hold off anyone, and I love that about the card. Once you get in front of a defender, it’s game over/ If you need a player to slow down the play and hold up the ball, this is your man. His jumping is better than his card stats say, which makes him even better in-game.

Heading: 10/10

I wanted to add this section, because he is lethal in the air. He’s at the front post when it comes to corners, and he wins everything, and scores a lot of them. He just casually flicks it backwards, and it usually hits the far side-netting.

SUMMARY

I love Ibra in this game. He might not be the sort of player I can use at striker, but he’s performed remarkably well in the middle of the park for me. What Zlatan brings to the table is his incredible ability to change a game. He can create chances out of nothing, and he will singlehandedly win you games. At his current price, he’s someone you need to bring into the side.

Rating: 9/10

Value for Coins: 9/10

5 players who insulted their clubs after they left

Playing for a football club is almost like a marriage. The player and the club come together after believing that both of them would improve each other. If things go well after the signing, then the marriage lasts longer.

And if not, they break down. And just like how it happens in real life, some break-ups are really, really bad.

So much that the players actually come out and openly blast their clubs for the way they were treated during their stay. Hence, without further ado, here is a list of 5 players who insulted their former clubs in some way or the other.

5 Neymar – Barcelona

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When Neymar joined Barcelona, he was supposed to lead them for the next decade or so and eventually succeed Lionel Messi as the main man at the Camp Nou. But sometimes in life, things don’t work out as one wants it to.

As Neymar dismantled Paris-Saint Germain in the Champions League earlier this year, inspiring a comeback after being down 4-0 from the first leg, it was Messi who became the star of the match with that picture.

Neymar knew, then, that he had to leave Barcelona in order to come out Messi’s shadow – and he did just that. When PSG came in with €222 million, Barcelona had no choice but to accept the offer since it met the release clause of the Brazilian.

And so he left – and it caused a massive uproar among the fans and also became the source of friction between the club and the player.

“I don’t have anything to say to the Barcelona board,” Neymar began. “For me … Well, actually I have something to say: That I am disappointed with them.

“I spent four years there and was very happy. I began happy, spent four years happy and left happy. But not with them. For me, they shouldn’t be in charge of Barca. Barca deserve much better, and everyone knows this.”

While he might be right, but saying these words after pushing for a move against the fans’ wishes might not be the best of things to do.

4 Pepe – Real Madrid

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It is not a common sight to see a foreign player playing at Real Madrid for 10 long years. Indeed, it is a rare sight, one which isn’t often witnessed at a club whose management are known for changing things very quickly.

For someone like Pepe, it is even harder to believe that he managed to stay at the Bernabeu for 10 years. This is a man that kicked Javi Casquero like he was a football and yet managed to stay at the club. Most players would have been sold after that club image-denting move, but Pepe survived and was kept at the club.

However, after he finally departed from the club, he didn’t have many good things to say about them. One of the reasons for that was that the Blancos hierarchy refused to give him a contract of two years, opting for a yearlong extension instead.

This didn’t go down well with the Brazilian-born Portuguese, who had quite a few things to say.

“Madrid didn’t offer me two years,” the Portugal international said. “They just offered me one year, so it’s clear that I’m not going to continue with Real Madrid. There are ways of talking and negotiating but the club hasn’t acted correctly. That’s annoyed me.

“So I am not going to continue with the club. An era has come to an end and a new one will begin. In fact, I’ve already started the move. Most of my things are in Portugal and I just have my house in Madrid.”

He also insisted that the club didn’t back him enough when he was in a dispute with the tax authorities.

“The club didn’t defend me with the tax office issue. You know I have everything up to date but did you see the club defend me?”

And, finally, he also took a dig at the Real Madrid fans.

“Besiktas fans are fantastic. At times when playing for Real Madrid, we had to motivate ourselves as the fans were not so passionate. Here at Besiktas, every player heads onto the pitch fully motivated to perform well with the aid of great support”.

3 Mario Balotelli – Liverpool

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The world of football is filled with mavericks. From the has-beens to the could-have-beens, this is a fraternity with a variety of members – and Mario Balotelli, even among those nonconformists, stands unique in his own way.

When he was rising to the top echelons of the game that is competitive football, he was known more for his antics than his astounding ability. Everybody knew that Inter had a special talent named Mario Balotelli, but they also knew that he was temperamental and had a good chance of wasting his precocious promise.

And they were right – at least partially. The fact that Balotelli has won numerous league titles as well as the Champions League works in his favour, but the fact that his individual trophy cabinet is almost empty proves that he didn’t do justice to the talent that he had or perhaps still has.

At Liverpool, the Balotelli-aficionados were hopeful that the Italian would finally work hard and get to where he belongs. Unfortunately, however, it wasn’t to be as Jurgen Klopp let him go for free after surmising that he couldn’t work with the former Milan man.

And Balotelli, obviously, had some things to say.

“It was the worst mistake of my life,” Balotelli said. “Apart from the fans, who were fantastic with me, I must be honest, and the players, who I had a good rapport with, I didn’t like the club.

“I had two coaches, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. As people they didn’t make a good impression on me. I didn’t get along with them.”

2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic wrote an entire book based on his strenuous life at Barcelona, such was his pain at the Camp Nou, which was absurd considering that Pep Guardiola actually swapped one of his best strikers, Samuel Eto’o, to bring the Swede to the club.

It was also Ibrahimovic’s dream to play for the Catalan outfit, but his dream turned into a nightmare when Lionel Messi insisted that he be played in the centre and not on the right like he was being played at that time.

Obviously, Pep Guardiola obliged and played his star man in the middle as the false 9. But he had to sacrifice someone and that certain someone was Ibrahimovic. This didn’t go down well with the former Juventus man as he was dismayed at being shown the cold shoulder so easily.

“I had a dream to come to Barcelona. But afterwards I am thinking that maybe you should keep your dreams, instead of making it come true.”

He was also left befuddled by the culture of Barcelona, which saw even the likes of Messi and Iniesta behave my school boys.

“I’d already got the impression that Barcelona was a little like being back at Ajax, it was like being back at school. None of the lads acted like superstars, which was strange.

“Messi, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, the whole gang – they were like schoolboys. The best footballers in the world stood there with their heads bowed, and I didn’t understand any of it. It was ridiculous.

“When I realised I would be on the bench for a game against Almeria, I remembered that line: ‘Here in Barcelona we don’t turn up to training sessions in Porsches or Ferraris.’ What kind of nonsense was that, anyway?”

1 Dani Alves – Barcelona

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Barcelona are not entirely known for their ability to make good signings in the transfer market. If one looks at the history of the club, they will find more failed signings than success stories. From Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Keirrison, Barcelona have repeatedly shown that their decision-making, when it comes to signing players, isn’t up there with their skills as a team.

However, there is always a case of anomalies in life – and Dani Alves’ signing from Sevilla is just that. Dani Alves is perhaps the greatest signing the club made in this millennium. The volatile Brazilian was one of their best players and was the most important link with Lionel Messi.

While a lot of people claim that it was Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez that played the biggest role in helping Messi on the pitch, it was actually the bursting runs of Alves that spread the opponent’s defence and allowed Messi to shine in space.

However, according to Alves himself, he wasn’t shown the respect that he best right-back in the history of Barcelona was worthy of.

“I like to be loved and when I’m not loved, I leave,” Alves said to ABC. “Leaving Barcelona on a free was a classy punch.

“During my last three seasons [at Barça] they always used to say Alves is leaving, but the directors never said anything to me. They were extremely false and ungrateful. They did not respect me.

“I was only offered a new deal when the FIFA transfer ban came in. That was when I played them at their own game and signed a deal with a termination clause.

“Those who run Barcelona today have no idea how to treat their players.”

Damn.

Valverde hopes Messi scores 200th European goal this season

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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde joked he hoped Lionel Messi would reach 200 European goals this season.

Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition on Wednesday, netting in Barca’s 3-1 Champions League victory over Olympiacos.

Valverde is already hoping for more from Messi:

“I hope he reaches 200 goals this season,” he joked.

“These numbers endorse what we see every day in training.”

A Dimitris Nikolaou own goal gave Barca their lead, but they played the second half with 10 men after Gerard Pique’s red card.

However, Messi and Lucas Digne struck to put Valverde’s men in control before Nikolaou’s consolation goal.

Valverde is refusing to get carried away by his team’s form, even with Barca topping Group D and LaLiga.

“I do not know if the fans have fallen in love with me,” he said.

“The results are good and we continue to get them, but tomorrow is another day, things can change overnight.

“We are going to cross our fingers and keep working.”

 

Ballon d’Or 2017 Power rankings – Top 5

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The Ballon d’Or has been awarded since 1965 by France Football, initially to the best European players before being expanded to cover the entirety of the footballing community.

Even though their partnership with FIFA, started in 2010, ended last year, the signature Golden Ball (Ballon d’Or in French, hence the name) is still regarded as the highest individual honour up for grabs in football.

And we all know how big that is.

Here, factoring in performances from January to the first fortnight of October 2017, we have a look at the top 5 contenders for the Ballon d’Or – and rank them accordingly.

The winner of the 2016 Ballon d’Or was, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo

Please remember, this is an award that should, ideally, go to the best “individuals” out there and you are welcome to come up with your own top 5, basis their performance from Jan – mid-Oct, in the comments below!

5. Isco

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Isco has been magical for Real Madrid ever since he, and Gareth Bale’s frail muscles, convinced Zinedine Zidane to give him an extended run in the competition. He runs the show at the Bernabeu, his dancing feet and impeccable vision the basis of most Real Madrid attacks.By the end of the year he was virtually unplayable – and although Madrid haven’t started off too well this year, Isco certainly has picked up where he left it

For Spain, too, he has emerged the main man – and he ran circles around Italy in their top-of-the-group clash that sealed automatic qualification to World Cup 2018 for La Furia Roja… a performance that left Marco Veratti singing his praises that evening

“I suffered a lot against Isco. I was taken aback by his performance.Not even [Lionel] Messi has come close to that level. When I saw his nutmeg, I felt like standing up and applauding too.”

4. Harry Kane

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Harry Kane is arguably the best out-and-out striker on the planet at the moment, and that has to count for something, right?

Only Lionel Messi has scored more goals than the Englishman during the calendar year 2017, and apart from that eerie annual August blip, he’s been unstoppable all year round.

After collecting his second consecutive Golden Boot at the end of last season (sure, Tottenham Hotspur won the square root of bugger all, but this is an individual award) and having played September and half of October with the full intention of keeping up his purple patch, the man they now call a one-career-wonder (a play on the jibes he was dismissed with during his first good season) is now a genuinely serious threat to the establishment.

No Englishman has won it since the irrepressible Michael Owen in 2001, and no one has even made the top 3 since Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard finished 2-3 in 2005 (Ronaldinho won it that year) but keep this form up and Harry Kane should soon enough join those illustrious ranks.

3. Neymar

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No Brazilian has won the Ballon d’Or since Kaka did over a decade ago, and only Neymar himself has made it to the podium since (in 2015, when he won 7.86% of the vote to Ronaldo’s 27.76% and Messi’s 41.33%).

Neymar, though, has been in fantastic form in 2017. He may have had a lackluster La Liga season by his usual standards, but he pulled off arguably the performance of the tournament when he hoisted Barca on his back and climbed the impossible summit of Barcelona 6 – 1 PSG in that memorable pre-quarterfinal clash.

Since joining those self-same opponents he so casually had destroyed just months previously, he’s taken himself to the next level – toying with defenders, creating chances with impunity and generally making Ligue 1 the most watchable league in the world all by his lonesome.

For Brazil, meanwhile, he has been unplayable… the phenomenal totem of Tite’s great Brazilian renaissance and the main reason A Selecao are favourites to the title next year.

Sure, he may not walk home with the Golden Orb this time around, but it would take courage to bet on him doing the same next year.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

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The man.

Winner of the Champions League. Winner of La Liga. Scorer of 10 goals in 5 Champions League knock-out matches (the quarters, the semis and the final). All-around badass.

Ronaldo stamped his authority on the footballing calendar in a whirlwind period of four odd matches between March and June where he scored the goals that won Real Madrid all that they won. He was an unstoppable goal-scoring machine, but in the manner that has drawn some criticism in the recent past – he was a wonderful team player, agreeing to rest against the smaller sides (as advised by his coach, Zidane), hugging the touchline when asked to, switching between the roles of winger, inside forward and central striker effortlessly and against the best sides.

Carrying over the good-will of the 2016 win as well and desperately seeking that record-equalling fifth triumph, the great man is arguably the favourite to win the award.

Why the no.2 ranking then?

Because of just how out-of-this-world good the man’s who’s no.1 has been all this calendar year.

1. Lionel Messi

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Oh, Messi.Some years, Lionel Andres Messi decides “F*** this, I’m going to do it myself”. 2017 is looking like one of those years.

With Barcelona playing the poorest football they have in years, with Luis Suarez firing blanks, with Andres Iniesta injured, he led Barca to the verge of another Liga triumph over Madrid – beating the eventual champions on their home turf, his celebration a mixture of pure, unadulterated passion.

He didn’t quite succeed, but he’s started this domestic season on fire… and he’s been unplayably good in the past couple of months – no one has scored more goals in 2017.

And then, he decided “F*** this” whilst wearing the Argentina jersey as well. The one argument that had always been thrown against him was that he had never turned up for Los Albiceleste but this time around he hoisted his team on his back, ignoring just how average everyone around him was, ignoring just how terrible the administration has been… and carried them across the Andes and into Russia.

Ronaldo was without a doubt the most effective player, but pretty much no one has played quite this well, this consistently, all year….

Leo Messi is just having one of those years.

 

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 4 Predictions

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FIFA 18 Team of the Week 4 Goalkeepers Predictions

  • Pedro Gallese (GK) 74 > 80 – Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz
  • Sergio Herrera Pirón (GK) 71 > 77 – CA Osasuna
  • Darren Randolph (GK) 74 > 80 – Middlesbrough

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 4 Defenders Predictions

  • Giorgio Chiellini (CB) 89 > 90 – Juventus
  • Kendall Waston (CB) 74 > 80 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • Jason Marks (CB) 53 > 64 – Bray Wanderers
  • Kári Árnason (CB) 70 > 76 – Aberdeen
  • Andreas Granqvist (CB) 80 > 83 – FC Krasnodar
  • Kyle Walker (RB) 83 > 85 – Manchester City (One to Watch)
  • Joshua Kimmich (RB) 84 > 86 – FC Bayern München

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 4 Midfielders Predictions

  • Blaise Matuidi (CDM) 85 > 86 – Juventus
  • Ben Whiteman (CDM) 63 > 73 – Doncaster Rovers
  • Antonín Barák (CDM) 72 > 78 – Udinese
  • Leon Goretzka (CM) 82 > 84 – FC Schalke 04
  • Aaron Ramsey (CM) 82 > 84 – Arsenal
  • Christian Pulisic (CAM) 78 > 82 – Borussia Dortmund
  • Mohamed Salah (CAM) 83 > 85 – Liverpool (One to Watch)
  • Christian Eriksen (CAM) 87 > 88 – Tottenham Hotspur
  • Mohamed Elyounoussi (RM) 78 > 82 – FC Basel
  • Steven Zuber (LM) 75 > 80 – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
  • Kamil Grosicki (LM) 76 > 81 – Hull City
  • Yannick Carrasco (LM) 85 > 86 – Atlético Madrid

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 4 Forwards Predictions

  • Arjen Robben (RW) 88 > 89 – FC Bayern München
  • Daryl Murphy (LW) 72 > 78 – Nottingham Forest
  • Joshua King (ST) 77 > 81 – Bournemouth
  • Júnior Negrão (ST) 63 > 73 – Daegu FC
  • Stefan Šćepović (ST) 72 > 78 – Real Sporting de Gijón
  • Khalid Boutaïb (ST) 71 > 78 – Evkur Yeni Malatyaspor
  • Jozy Altidore (ST) 76 > 81 – Toronto FC
  • Roman Bezjak (ST) 71 > 77 – SV Darmstadt 98
  • Roy O’Donovan (ST) 63 > 73 – Newcastle Jets
  • Robert Lewandowski (ST) 91 > 92 – FC Bayern München

5 iconic moments of Arsene Wenger’s career

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Arsène Wenger celebrated 21 years at the helm of Arsenal over the weekend with a 2-0 victory over Brighton Hove and Albion. For the man to have been at Arsenal for over two decades is some achievement.

He may have had several low points in his time at Arsenal, but he has also had a lot of iconic moments. He’s won trophies, set records, changed cultural perspectives and elevated the status of Arsenal Football Club.

He’s undoubtedly one of the greatest figures football has ever seen and he deserves way more respect & recognition than we give him.

Here are 5 iconic moments in Arsène Wenger’s career.

5 Moving Arsenal to the Emirates

It’s one thing to build a great team, it’s another thing to build a great club. Arsène Wenger set out a vision for Arsenal football club and followed it to the tee. He turned Arsenal from a great club into a super club on a global stage.

He noticed that Arsenal were trailing behind Europe’s elites in matchday revenue and gate intake. The 38,419 capacity of Highbury would no longer be enough for the club Arsène Wenger wanted to manage, he wanted to take them to new heights and that’s exactly what he did.

Many people criticise Arsène Wenger’s inability to win the Premier League ever since moving to the Emirates, but many seem to forget that he was under severe financial restrictions at that time.

The bank that loaned Arsenal the money to construct the Emirates specifically stated they would only complete the deal if Arsène Wenger managed to keep Arsenal in the Champions League in that time, which he did. When the whole world was doubting his vision, he stuck to it and took the club into a new stratosphere.

4 Winning the Double in his 2nd season

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In only his second season in English football, Arsène Wenger laid down an impacting precedent for his Arsenal career. The Frenchman became the first foreign manager ever to win the double in England, as he led Arsenal to the Premier League and FA Cup in the 1997/98 season.

The Premier League victory was extra special as Arsenal won 15 of their 18 PL games after Christmas, overturning a 13-point deficit over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.

Winning the double was literally a rarity in that era and a foreign manager coming to do it in his 2nd season was deemed remarkable. Since then, Arsenal’s greatest manager ever has gone onto win 10 major honours with the club, making them one of the most successful clubs in England.

3 The signing of Thierry Henry

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There comes a time when every football manager looks back at THE signing that changed their career. For Sir Alex Ferguson, it was Cristiano Ronaldo, while Jose Mourinho should fondly remember the day he brought Claude Makalele to Chelsea.

And for Arsene Wenger, it was Thierry Henry who he had to thank for the most successful period in his managerial career.

Under his watch, the striker became the most prolific goal scorer in Arsenal’s history. It was Arsène Wenger who gave Thierry Henry his first ever senior professional contract back at Monaco. So, it only made sense for the boss to emphatically sign him once again in North London.

The signing of Thierry Henry paved the way for an influx foreign imports to the Premier League. It dawned a new era not only at Arsenal, but in England. Thierry Henry will go down as Arsène Wenger’s greatest ever signing.

2 The most successful manager in FA Cup history

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After convincingly beating the Premier League Champions back in May, Arsène Wenger became the most successful manager in FA Cup history. The Frenchman has won the cup on 7 separate occasions, more than any other manager in the cup’s 143-year history.

Because of the Frenchman’s unrivalled success, he’s propelled Arsenal to overtake Manchester United as the most successful club in the FA Cup with 13 wins.

Sometimes the FA Cup is deemed as a lower-tier cup, but when the best teams in England are constantly fighting for it every season, the scale of Arsène Wenger’s achievement is put into context.

1 Invincible Season

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It’s literally unheard of in the modern era of Premier League football for any team to go unbeaten for a domestic campaign. Arsène Wenger’s team of 2003/04 are the one & only team in the Premier League era to have won the league whilst going unbeaten.

That’s something even the great Sir Alex Ferguson can’t say he’s achieved, it’s also something Jose Mourinho hasn’t achieved either. Arsène Wenger stands alone on that pedestal and that feat will perhaps never be replicated in the near future.

That Invincible Arsenal team won 26 games, drew 12 and lost none. It’s not only the achievement that’s great, it’s the manner in which they completed it. They were a team finely balanced with skill, pace, power, technical ability and tactical awareness.

Arsène Wenger created the perfect machine and a formula that may never be re-created again.

NBA 2K18 Review

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The NBA 2K franchise has been going on for nearly two decades and has managed to probably be the most consistently good annual sports game franchise in that time. Releasing with a few different editions this time around, NBA 2K18 has finally arrived with arguably the best gameplay in the series to date, though it comes with one major flaw that impedes it from true greatness.

Visual Concepts has almost always lived up to their name with standout visuals that provide the most realistic NBA action in gaming, and that is no different in NBA 2K18. Even with how good NBA 2K17 already looked, this year’s iteration takes the visuals to a whole other level. Whether you are playing with a superstar like LeBron James, a well known rookie like Lonzo Ball, or even a lesser known rookie such as Sindarius Thornwell, the facial designs are amazing and look just like their real life counterparts. This goes from the basic facial expressions to when they get excited after they get a clutch basket and a foul, though they are pretty stilted and creepy in the pre-constructed interview segments during the loading screens.

Not only has the game mastered the designs of the players, but it also has them actually playing like they do on the real life court. This allows each player to feel distinctly different from one another, with those who really follow the sport maybe getting a bit of an advantage by knowing how your team and the opposing team’s players will perform throughout the game.

NBA 2K18 offers an array of different game modes to check out, giving players plenty of different ways to experience the latest entry in the series. The Play Now heading from the main menu actually holds its own slew of game modes itself, including Play Now itself and Play Now online of course. The online servers for the game seem to be running very smoothly, outside of a few frame rate drop issues that are not very common.

Learning all the intricacies of the different mechanics in NBA 2K18 can be rather difficult by just playing in a regular game, so players also have the 2KU tutorial option under Play Now. This is good to have for newer players or those that just want to harness their skills, because it can even be hard to correctly perform a lay up in this often difficult game.

All-Star Team-Up also returns again, allowing players to play five on five matchups online with each live player controlling an All-Star player. Similarly, Blacktop also returns that lets you play anywhere from one on one to five on five matchups in a more street setting. Neither of these modes have really been improved all that much, but they are good to see back again regardless.

While the development team behind the game have provided us with the best basketball action to date, the major issue that really holds NBA 2K18 back is the game’s MyCareer mode, specifically the over reliance on the in-game VC currency. MyCareer is the single player mode in the game where you create your own player and get to try and take them to greatness.

Moving away from the story last year that featured Michael B. Jordan, the story this year follows a former basketball player that left the game to pursue a music career, but has now returned to try and salvage his basketball dream. The cutscenes here are incredibly cheesy and really overbearing at times, but you can at least tell they’re trying to make the process more innovative. Instead of a linear story setup, NBA 2K18 tries to go with a more Grand Theft Auto vibe by offering a hub world known as the Neighborhood.

The Neighborhood is the central area that you can walk around to go between multiple different locations, including the practice facility, Doc’s Barber Shop, and your MyCourt high rise apartment. While the idea seems inspired by GTA in its inception, it actually feels a bit more like the old PlayStation Home in a way, which is both good and bad. The actual movement of your player around the Neighborhood feels incredibly awkward, even when you run instead of walk. While it’s great they built this area for you to explore and be social with other live players, a fast travel system should have been implemented that lets you travel from one area to the next without having to walk there. The load times are so bad at times between the different areas anyways that it’s not like it would make it any longer.

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Besides visiting the different stores and venues, you can participate in training sessions and Pro-Am games on top of your actual NBA scheduled games. Rather than have the training sessions level you up as you would think, you instead are working towards unlocking badges that enhance skills that you already have, such as being able to make better passes or hit deeper three pointers for example.

The actual leveling up system is tied to the previously mentioned in-game VC currency that really keeps this game from being the best NBA 2K game to date. To level up any statistic for your player, you must spend VC, which is earned in various ways in the game. There are plenty of different ways to win VC inside MyCareer, but also outside of it such as in Play Now Online by beating higher tier teams online. It was a bad sign when the game was being promoted so much with VC purchase options and you can see why. Unless you’re planning on dedicating hours upon hours for weeks after the release of the game, you will struggle to level up your MyCareer player much at all.

Leveling up is far from the only use of VC in MyCareer either, with you needing to spend a lot of it if you want any level of customization. The most egregious of the bunch is at Doc’s Barber Shop, where you have to pay high amounts of VC to pick a hairstyle, hair color, facial hair style, or facial hair color. Each of these is individual and you have to pay everytime, even if you’re switching back and forth between them. Making it even worse is that there is no preview option, so you’re essentially just guessing and then having to pay again if you don’t like it. This paywall for leveling up and the other areas is incredibly frustrating and really drags down MyCareer as a whole, almost making you not want to bother with it after awhile.

 

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The good news is that NBA 2K18 also introduced a new variation on MyGM called MyGM: The Next Chapter that offers its own story mode. In this mode, you are a star player that goes down with an injury in a big game and is forced to retire early. As a result, you end up becoming an NBA General Manager and get to run your own franchise in a story mode setting. The game does still have it’s other basic MyLeague and Season options, but MyGM is definitely the standout of the bunch.

The NBA 2K series has continuously managed to impress us over the years with its level of detail to all aspects of the sport and NBA 2K18 is no different. The player animations and visuals look better than they ever have and the new version of MyGM is very enjoyable, but the shoehorned in use of VC for even the littlest of things in MyCareer prevents NBA 2K18 from being the best overall entry in the series to date.