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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5 players who don’t deserve to play for Manchester United

It’s always easy to criticise, always easy to point out errors and bask in the sense of entitlement that a big club often generates to call personnel out… but sometimes there is a kernel of truth within the criticism – as good a footballer as the object of criticism maybe.

Most of the names on this list have never given up and have always shown great fighting spirit – but in another era of now-forgotten ruthlessness, they wouldn’t be near the Manchester United football team.

5 Daley Blind

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Daley Blind was brought to Manchester United by Louis Van Gaal as he sought a trusted lieutenant to establish his own unique Dutch philosophy on United. A superb passer of the ball and a competent reader of the game, Blind, on the face of it was perfect for this – but the mere fact that Ashley Young is being preferred at left-back by the current management (and is doing much better than Blind was in the position, it has to be said) shows that Blind simply doesn’t have the quality to compete at this level of football.

The slowness of foot is also what keeps him from being an effective central midfield player in the (yes, it’s stereotyped, but that’s ‘cos it’s true) fast-paced Premier League.

4 Matteo Darmian

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Matteo Darmian is one of the most versatile fullbacks in world football – comfortable on either the right or left of defence but he has never truly lived up to the potential he brought with him from Torino – and the Ashley Young factor again points out his limitations as a top-class full-back.

Not fast enough to trouble opposition fullbacks, with a cross that’s not good enough to for his center-forwards do anything with, Darmian is the kind of average-to-good footballer who have made United their home and have brought down the performance of the team as a whole.

3 Juan Mata

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Now, now, calm down.

Nobody is saying that Juan Mata isn’t the nicest guy in world football. Nobody is saying that Juan Mata isn’t one of the loveliest footballers to watch when on song.

He is, though, hopelessly ineffective when things start getting even a bit physical and… as astoundingly blunt as this sounds… lacks the upper-body strength to be able to compete effectively with the increasingly more powerful opposition.

He also requires a whole lot of the ball to be able to make some impact on games – but is simply not good enough to build a team of United’s ambitions around, or to obtain the status of “luxury player” , one with the license to do anything without having the responsibility to hold position or trackback.

As hard as this is to read, and to write may I add, Juan Mata is just not good enough to play the role he seeks for a team that wants to win every competition it competes in.

2 Luke Shaw

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Louis van Gaal, Roy Hodgson, and Mauricio Pochettino have all at one point of time in their interactions with Luke Shaw echoed Jose Mourinho’s comments on Shaw’s attitude, professionalism and struggle to maintain fitness.

Forget the fact that he still hasn’t shown what he is capable of (lad has bags of potential, no doubts about that), but for a team that prided themselves on being the fittest (and most professional-in-training) of the lot, Shaw’s attitude should in all reality be inexcusable.

1 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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Henrikh, he has chipped in with a bagful of assists (5 in the PL) already this season – but the correlation between his great performances and the presence of Paul Pogba on the pitch is quite simply eerie.

Without the Frenchman, Mkhitaryan was expected to take the reins and steer United moving forward, but in the past two months the Armenian has looked utterly lackadaisical, a touch lazy, and bereft of the creativity that he was supposed to bring to the ball park.

Oh and the way he shirks challenges can only grate on Jose Mourinho’s nerves.

Simply put, he still hasn’t earned the right to be the creator-in-chief of Manchester United, a mantle previously held by some of the greatest players this game has ever seen.

All Time Best Under Rated Goalkeepers

5) NEVILLE SOUTHALL

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The Welshman played for more than ten clubs in his nineteen-year career. Often regarded as the best of his generation, Southall’s career came to a sad end. He was the man between the sticks for Everton for more than 500 games winning 2 FA Cups, one European Cup Winners’ Cup. He was selected for the PFA Team of the year for four straight seasons from ’86 to ’90. He also represented the national side in 92 games. Post-retirement, Southall went into management and enjoyed brief spells with the likes of Dover Athletic, Hastings United.

4) SHAKA HISLOP

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The 6ft 6in goalkeeper played for the likes of West Ham, Newcastle United during his 15 year long stay in the English football. The England born goalkeeper represented Trinidad and Tobago on the international stage. Hislop, like many goalkeepers, was massively underrated. He was a part of Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle, which finished in the second position for two successive seasons. Injuries played a major role in Hislop’s career. It was due to his injury problems that he left Newcastle for West Ham. His only major title came with Portsmouth, when the club won the promotion winning the Championship in 2002/03 season.

3) ADRIAN

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West Ham United made a smart move back in 2013 when they signed Adrian from Real Betis. The goalkeeper arrived at the club with minimal expectations; however, he turned many heads that season with some stunning performances. He had a success rate of 98% that season and carried his fine performances the next season too. Known for his quick reactions and reflexes, the Spaniard is a prominent member of Bilic’s squad. His injury problems have paved the way for Darron Randolph to get in the side; however, Adrian is expected to give Randolph a tough fight for the number one position.

2) VINCENT ENYEAMA

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The Nigerian does not have the likes of Champions league trophies in his cabinet, but he is easily one of the best goalkeepers of the modern game. After starting his career in his homeland, Enyeama moved to Tel-Aviv in Israel, where he played more than 100 games. His performances convinced Lille, where has been the first choice for last five years. Enyeama has saved his best for the international stage, where he was the goalkeeper in the African Team of the Year in 2010,2013 and 2014. He captained Nigeria to the African Cup of Nations title in 2013, keeping a clean sheet in the final against Burking Faso.

1) JUSSI JAASKELAINEN

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The football fans fondly remember Jaaskelainen for his time at Bolton. The Finnish goalkeeper was the man between the sticks for the Wanderers for more than 10 years, representing the club in 400 games. Jasskelainen was a prominent figure of the squad that won the promotion and stayed in the top flight for several years. Jasskelainen was a strong example for the youngsters in the team due to his dedication and loyalty. However, his situation at the club deteriorated under Owen Coyle, who replaced him with Adam Bogdan. Jasskelianen, though, continued his career under Sam Allardyce as he helped the club to a 10th place finish in his first season.

Footballers Who Will Never Leave Their Current Clubs

There are 3 kinds of footballers.

1. Journeymen who seek success in every league there is.

2. Players willing to leave their club, in return for more playing time, trophies, money etc.

3. One club men, who stick with their club in good and bad times and in most cases, end up as local legends.

This piece is about the players who belong in the 3rd category. In the age where one’s career is defined by the number of trophies he won or the amount of money he made, players rarely consider a factor called LOYALTY while making up their mind to leave. But there are a few players who look set to retire at their current clubs. Players who place their club’s interests above theirs at all times. Players who are expected to get behind their club in the face of all odds. Here are 5 such names.

5. SERGIO RAMOS

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Inspiring a comeback in the UCL final, scoring the equalizer in the El Clasico, shutting out quality attacks to steal an undeserved 3 points, Sergio Ramos has done it all during his time at Real Madrid. The Los Blancos captain has made over 500 appearances for the club, since arriving from Sevilla in 2005. Not only does Ramos regularly bail Madrid out of difficult situations with his defensive skill set, he also scores when his team needs it the most. The Spanish international has scored 50 goals in the La Liga alone. A true leader and a nightmare for strikers, it is safe to assume that Ramos will end his career at the Bernabeu.

4. MANUEL NEUER

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A game-reading genius and just a tank between the sticks, Neuer has won everything there is to win with Bayern Munchen. Since arriving at the Allianz Arena from Schalke in 2011, Neuer has gone on to become, arguably the best keeper in the world. He regularly pulls off stunning saves, he knows exactly when to come out for punching or collecting the ball, his passes and kicks find the mark almost all the time and the chances of him committing a blooper is almost nil. Is there anything else a team would want from its keeper? Also, he easily added a new dimension to his game by becoming Pep’s sweeper keeper, something that an experienced Joe Hart wasn’t able to do. Neuer’s current contract ties him to the club till 2021 and the German international too seems keen on hanging up his boots at the Bavarian club. What a legend.

3. CLAUDIO MARCHISIO

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The perfect example of an underrated player, Marchisio has been at Juventus his entire life, barring a season long loan at Empoli. Turin’s local boy and a product of Juventus’s youth system, he has gone on to become one of the best central midfielders in the Calcio A. Marchisio is a dynamic box to box midfielder with a great vision and an eye for goal. His presence is crucial to the runaway domestic champions, as he dictates their pace of play and can tear open defenses with one good pass. Marchisio has won the League 5 times and has also reached the UCL finals with his team. He signed a new five year deal with the Bianconeri in 2015. Looks like it will be the Juventus stadium that sees the last of him.

2. GERARD PIQUE

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Pique’s love for Barcelona is something that everyone is aware of. Since arriving from Manchester United in 2008, he has won the La Liga 6 times and the Champions League 3 times. Learning the Barca way of defending from the legendary Carlos Puyol, Pique has turned into an aggressive and intelligent center back. He is a pain for strikers as he rarely ever lets them get past, and even if they do, he pulls off a perfectly timed slide tackle to avert the danger. He is also known for his on and off field banter, as he regularly uses social media to taunt Barcelona’s rivals. Such antics have made Pique a fan favorite and each passing day only increases the chances of him retiring in front of them.

1.SERGIO BUSQUETS

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From one Catalan to another, Busquets broke into Barcelona’s first team in 2008 under Guardiola. He has only gone from strength to strength since then and has now established himself as pivotal to Barca’s style of play. He is their deep lying playmaker and along with Iniesta, dominates possession in the midfield. Also, he wins the ball back multiple times, allowing Barcelona’s attack to keep flowing. Teams that have managed to defeat the Catalans, basically just kept Busquets quiet for 90 minutes. At 28, he still has a lot to offer and from the looks of things, he’ll offer it to Barcelona. His current contract keeps him at the Camp Nou till 2021, and as the Spaniard is showing no signs of unhappiness at the club, Barcelona in all honesty have themselves another legend.

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.

FUTMOCALC’S FIFA MOBILE TEAM OF THE CLONES

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Here is a fun little mental exercise for the end of the season. The object is to build the best team using just one card from FIFA Mobile 2017, cloned 25 times and put in each outfield position. So that means you need a player who will be the best striker, midfielder, and defender, all in one card. We’ll ignore goalies for now.

Another quick note: while many of these players are truly versatile, they’re not all even best at their own positions. The way FIFA Mobile is set up, with attacking and defending happening seperately, a uni-tasking specialist is often better than a generalist in many positions.

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LET’S IGNORE BOOSTS

Boosts make this too clear cut, so let’s ignore them. A roster of all pre-season Hazards would be the obvious choice because of his +3 OVR boost. Even though Hazzy is a bit weak in the defence department, the boosts would give him a more than respectable 127 marking and 129 tackling. Combined with an insane 183 sprint and acceleration he’d be the best defender in the game. More crushing would be his offensive game, with a positively ludicrous finishing of 261 (each Hazard would boost the finishing of each other Hazard by 6 — 3 from his finishing boost, and 3 from the OVR boost, which boosts all stats). Oh, and the team would have roughly a 181 OVR. This makes it too obvious a choice, so let’s just ignore boosts completely.

Below are my top choices. I haven’t played with all of them, so we’re going to focus on stats. Since we can’t actually do this in game, there is some guesswork involved.

 

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6. TEAM MCALLISTER

Little-known Grimsby Town midfielder Sean McAllister caused some head-scratching when he was selected as a golden egg player back in the Easter program. He is, however, an exceptionally well balanced player with a 90 attacker rating, 99 creator rating, and a 98 defender rating.

Out of every single card in FIFA Mobile, he has the most total aggregate stats. Not Messi, Ronaldo, Kanté, or any of the 100-rated pre season players. McAllister is number one in the whole game, making him a great balanced option.

His pace of 93 is a little on the low side though, making him a little too sluggish to build a whole team on.

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5. TEAM KEÏTA

By pure stats alone, it’s hard to find a player even in the same ballpark as Keïta. Adding up all stats, Keïta is the second highest ranked card in the entirety of FIFA mobile, despite being just a 96 OVR. His 110 pace, 100 finishing, and 97 tackling would all make him a superb choice.

The main thing not working in Keïta’s favour is his OVR. A team composed of Keïtas would have a 3–4 OVR disadvantage compared to these other teams. That’s enough for him to drop a few spots in the rankings, despite having arguably superior stats.

If Keïta ever received a 99 or 100 rated card, he would probably take the top spot in this ranking. He’s just simply a beast of a card, and even with his lower rating he would probably give some of these higher ranked teams a run for their money.

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4. TEAM KANTÉ

They already call him the Kanté twins, why not go a bit further and make 25 more of him?

While not boasting the incredible stats of Keïta, TOTS Kanté is a pretty complete package. Free kicks and heading are weaknesses, but other than that he has great pace, great defending, and attacking skills which could be classified as “not bad”.

N’Golo has the single best tackling and stamina of any card in the game, and is near the top for aggression. Playing against 10 Kantés would be terrifying, giving a psychological edge to his team.

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3. TEAM SRNA

Darijo Srna is fast, can attack and defend, and his 100 overall rating would help. Some other high rated wingbacks have terrible shooting, but Srna is totally solid there.

The only real weakness with Srna is his small size and 85 heading, making team Srna a bit vulnerable in the air and on defence. Still, he’d make a wonderful choice. Team Srna would be right up there.

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2. TEAM NAINGGOLAN

Srna and Nainggolan are neck and neck, but I give a slight edge to the Belgian midfielder. His attack and speed are good, and he’s a solid defender too. His pace is slightly better than Srna, with better acceleration (which I personally prefer over sprint speed). He’s got slightly worse passing stats, but he’s better at both attacking and defending.

Radja’s worst stats, free kicks and heading, are amazingly still 95. That is truly remarkable. For comparison, Kante’s worse stat, free kicks, is 72. Nainggolan is literally good at everything.

While Nainggolan excels in all stats, he is on the small side. A wall of Nainggolans wouldn’t be terribly imposing, and air battles could be an issue despite his strong heading abilities.

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1. TEAM POGBA

Pogba has all around great stats, with his lowest being marking at 88. He’s a tad low on pace and defending stats compared to some of these teams, but what he really brings is a unique combination of physicality and skill.

The pure stats for Pogba are fantastic, but the thing that makes him special is the unique way they combine. He has third highest strength in the game, but also top-class dribbling and ball control, with pretty good pace. This combination makes it extremely hard to knock him off the ball, and makes him perhaps the best pure ball carrier out there. He really shines in shot power too, in which he is second best in all of FIFA Mobile. For those of us who use a lot of power shots, this makes him a strong scoring threat whenever he has the ball.

His skill move is rainbow, but his height and dribbling skill make his rainbow one of the best in the game. His dribbling and ball control make his cuts and jukes so tight and quick he usually doesn’t need to use a skill move at all.

Pogba and Nainggolan are so close, it’s hard to pick one over the other. In the end though, I’ll give it to Pogba for the unique combination of attributes he brings to the game.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

99 Dirk Kuyt

99 Sergio Ramos

98 Arturo Vidal

100 David Luiz

99 Eric Bailly (for pure terror and chaos)

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 6 Predictions

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FIFA 18 Team of the Week 6 Goalkeepers Predictions

  • Jan Oblak (GK) 88 > 89 – Atlético Madrid
  • Jiří Pavlenka (GK) 74 > 80 – SV Werder Bremen
  • Mattia Perin (GK) 83 > 85 – Genoa

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 6 Defenders Predictions

  • Joseph Aidoo (CB) 67 > 76 – KRC Genk
  • Nicolás Otamendi (CB) 83 > 85 – Manchester City
  • Mario Gaspar (RB) 81 > 83 – Villarreal CF
  • Ricardo Pereira (RB) 80 > 83 – FC Porto
  • Tiago Pinto (LB) 74 > 80 – Osmanlıspor
  • Marcelo (LB) 87 > 88 – Real Madrid CF
  • Aleksandar Kolarov (LB) 79 > 82 – AS Roma

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 6 Midfielders Predictions

  • Corentin Tolisso (CM) 82 > 84 – FC Bayern München (OTW)
  • Aaron Mooy (CM) 77 > 81 – Huddersfield Town
  • Aaron Ramsey (CM) 82 > 84 – Arsenal
  • Migjen Basha (CM) 71 > 77 – FC Bari 1908
  • Andrés Iniesta (CM) 87 > 88 – FC Barcelona
  • Marco van Ginkel (CM) 78 > 82 – PSV Eindhoven
  • Sami Khedira (CM) 85 > 86 – Juventus
  • Lee Jae Sung (CM) 74 > 80 – Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
  • Alexis Sánchez (CAM) 89 > 90 – Arsenal
  • Lulinha (CAM) 72 > 78 – Pohang Steelers
  • Junior Stanislas (LM) 73 > 78 – Bournemouth
  • Gonçalo Guedes (LM) 74 > 80 – Valencia CF

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 6 Forwards Predictions

  • David Neres (RW) 74 > 80 – AFC Ajax
  • Josef Šural (RW) 72 > 78 – Sparta Praha
  • Leroy Sané (LW) 82 > 84 – Manchester City
  • Memphis Depay (LW) 81 > 83 – Olympique Lyonnais
  • Kai Havertz (CF) 73 > 77 – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • Kasper Dolberg (ST) 78 > 82 – AFC Ajax
  • Michy Batshuayi (ST) 80 > 83 – Chelsea
  • Glenn Murray (ST) 73 > 80 – Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Isaac Kiese Thelin (ST) 71 > 77 – Waasland-Beveren
  • Harry Kane (ST) 89 > 90 – Tottenham Hotspur

FIFA MOBILE SEASON 2 SWITCHING TO 11 PLAYER TEAMS

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No more daunting 27 man sides to manage in FIFA Mobile.

As of Season 2, you’ll be managing a traditional 11 player squad.

Beyond that, while we already knew leveling (aka training) and upgrading your players would be a thing in the new version of the game, Player Rankings, a new paradigm about training and building a team, will come into play as well.

Since you’ll spend the entirety of your season upgrading your players and updating your team, eventually, once you reach a side of all 100-rated players, you’ll reach a bit of an artificial ceiling. But with Player Rankings, you’ll be able to keep going. Notified in the picture above, as you continue to upgrade your highest ranked players, your squad overall will continue to go up along with it. Sort of like using boosts to go beyond a team’s would be squad rating in Season 1.

The S1 “Pre-Season” players whose Season 2 bonuses correspond to player rankings are Neymar, Mario Mandzukic, Pizzi, William Carvalho, and Miranda.

Stay tuned for more FIFA Mobile Season 2 news and updates in the weeks to come.

FIFA 18 REVIEWS ROUND UP

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FIFA 18 is still a work week from its full retail release, but the world’s gaming press have begun to provide their own opinion on how this year’s football game from EA is shaping up.

Worth noting: Some of these are classified as “Reviews in progress”.

Bleacher Report (Score: 9/10) “FIFA 18 is a well-rounded package, crammed with subtle tweaks that will force players to improve their game by finding an identity. EA Sports’ juggernaut is truly rolling, but as ever, months of play will define whether these changes really deliver. ”

Eurogamer (Score: Recommended) “If you’re anything like me, though, you’ll get a lot out of this hyper cleaned up version of FIFA 17. Like Spurs, FIFA 18 plays a fantastic game of football. But like Spurs, FIFA 18 probably won’t win any trophies.”

GameInformer (Score: 8.8/10) “On the pitch, FIFA 18′s gameplay shows as many strides forward as it does legacy issues. I like how it feels to run and dribble with the left analog stick, with easy, minute changes of direction letting you move into open spaces. Overall, the game seems more wide open than some previous FIFAs, which more strictly governed how you moved up the pitch.”

Gamespot (Score: 7/10) “It’s off the pitch that EA excels. From the variety of game modes on offer and how everything’s presented, to the constant updates in FUT’s Team of the Week, Daily Objectives, and discussion of real-world happenings in commentary, FIFA 18 captures the world of football and confidently translates it into a video game”

The Telegraph (Score: In Progress) “FIFA 18 is a significantly better football game than its predecessor.”

Trusted Reviews (Score: 4.5/5) “FIFA 18 is simply magnificent. Streets ahead of what came before, and continuing its dominance over its rivals, EA has done a superb job. With huge improvements across the board, this is the game FIFA fans have waited five years for.”

Forbes (Score: N/A) “By accentuating its prior positives and offering real and tangible improvements to gameplay, FIFA 18 excels and is slightly better than last year’s solid entry.”

Four Four Two (Score: 4.5/5) The biggest game on the planet improves markedly in every key area. FIFA fans will adore it. PES die-hards: well, be grateful that your beloved is a beauty too.

IGN (Score: 8/10 In Progress) “Ultimately, FIFA 18 introduces enough new ideas to suggest it’s not sitting on the laurels of its success. However, it’s a simplified experience, one that fails to embrace the complexity of football at the highest level.”*

Daily Mirror (Score: 5/5) “All the modes have been given some treatment and it’s great to see EA have fleshed out the Journey a bit more. For those of us wanting a story-led single-player experience, FIFA 18 definitely delivers.”

Daily Mail (Score: N/A) “FIFA 18 is the best football game on the market, hands down. They have done it again.”

Five Biggest Wins In EPL History

5. Man United 9-0 Ipswich, 4th March 1995:

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Man United were in second place chasing the title, where they were already premier league winners for the previous 2 years consecutively but this time behind table toppers Blackburn. Ipswich were the winners of the last fixture between them by 3-2, but this return fixture was a real surprise. Just after 16 minutes when Keane broke the deadlock, goal hungry A.Cole scored a double at the end of the first 45 minutes. Then came the disaster for Ipswich, when they got thrashed by 6 more goals in the second half where A.Cole ended up scoring 5 of the goals, Mark ‘Sparky’ Hughes clinching 2 and Paul Ince also in the list with one.

It ultimately resulted in relegation for Ipswich and Man United finished the season second with a difference of one point.

4. Man United 1-6 Manchester City, 23rd October 2011:

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This is probably one of the most prestigious and heavy losses Man United has suffered ever against their neighbours’ City. ‘The noisy neighbours’, as quoted by Sir Alex, were doing much more than making noise. David Silva’s footwork just fuelled up the play more where just in the opening minutes, Mario Balotelli opened the book with the famous shirt reveal, ‘Why Always Me?’, followed by Johnny Evans being sent off, which made the reds more vulnerable. Balotelli doubled his tally followed by Fletcher getting one back for United, and then Aguero. Edin Dzeko was substituted for Mario where he scored a sublime goal, and later on Silva putting his name on the list which he deserved. Dzeko again put one in the back of the nets in ‘Fergie time’ with a low left-footed effort.

3. Tottenham 9-1 Wigan, 22nd November 2009:

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Tottenham back in 2009 was known to be bold and in an upbeat of attacking play. Back in a cold night of 2009, no one would have even predicted this kind of a result. After the second have, came the goals, so did the thrashing for Wigan. Peter Crouch opened by heading one in the back of the net, followed by the deadly Defoe scoring a 7-minute hat trick, being the second fastest hat trick in PL history. Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland was in all time action where he had to work overtime and deliver some astonishing saves, otherwise, the score line would have been much worse.

Aaron Lennon scored the 5th one, Defoe scored twice after that, in 69 and 87 minutes. David Bentley put one in the back of the nets and later on Nico Kranjcar put a full stop with the finishing goal.

2. Man United 8-2 Arsenal, 28th August 2011:

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Arsenal was a continual threat for glory alongside Manchester United, but this time they faced one of the heaviest defeats the Gunners have suffered ever since 1896.Danny Welbeck who is presently playing for Arsenal, broke the deadlock on 22 minutes with a header back into the net. The Gunners even missed a penalty and failed to level.

Ashley Young, just 2 minutes later, scored a cracker, followed by Wayne Rooney’s free-kick. Although Walcott took one back for Arsenal, Rooney hammered another free-kick in 68th minute, followed by Nani and Park both putting their name on the score sheet, before Van Persie pulled another back to make it 6-2.

Carl Jenkinson was shown a red card, which made the hard, even harder. Rooney completed his hat-trick from a spot kick and the goal flood was put to an end in stoppage time when Young scored another sublime curler in yet another 25-yard ambitious try.

1. Chelsea 8-0 Wigan, 9th May 2010:

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Chelsea won the title in the last needed to win the game, and that was one of the best season finishing in the history of EPL.

Nicolas Anelka helped the blues take an early lead at just 6 mins.

After 32 minutes, Gary Caldwell was sent off as he hurled down on Lampard and he scored from the resultant spot-kick. Saloman Kalou and one more for Nicolas Anelka made it 2 more, before Didier Drogba headed in a 5th from a Lampard cross, with 2 more goals later on making it 7-0.

Ashley Cole put a full stop with his finish which made joy flow in masses in the blues’ stands. It is their biggest victory till date in their history and they finished the season scoring 103 goals – which is still a Premier League record.