FIFA 20 is here and offers, in addition to the popular FUT and the new Volta, the classic career mode. We recommend five teams to achieve glory.
Each new football season is different from the previous one, but there are customs that never change. Eagerly tearing the first envelope of stickers, sew the brand new shirt of your favorite team to the chest, memorize all signings … And think with what squad you will achieve glory in career mode. The launch of FIFA 20 is imminent and assuming the role of coach remains one of the great attractions of the saga, no matter what prominence they have acquired Ultimate Team and the debutante Volta mode. In the face of technical innovations, such as the improvement in plays with the ball stopped and the behavior of the ball, the career mode provides a story.
In this aspect of FIFA, everything is possible. An English fourth division team may aspire to raise the Premier League and a modest Spaniard does not give up to play the Champions League final one day. In FreeGameTips we want you to write one of those football fairy tales. Therefore, we have prepared a selection of five teams that fit the ideal of the career mode for youth, tradition and / or joy in their football. Half a dozen sets with a template with potential, but with enough room for improvement so that your touch is noticed when making the alignment. A list of teams from the best leagues on the planet, but still far from the big ones in their country. In this list, the budget squeezes without drowning and, depending on your good work, it will not take long to fill the silver showcases. Here there are no greats that turn their eleven into a chrome album or semi-professional teams from the afterlife leagues, but five sets in full growth. You decide which one to accompany on your way to glory.
Atalanta: Bergamo's dream
Series A is an imitation of what it was in the last two decades of the twentieth century. Juventus kidnapped the Scudetto in 2012 and has been imposing a dictatorship without signs of immediate change for eight years. Except for those in Turin, the name of the Seven Sisters – as the greats of Italian football are known – no longer imposes fear even on their own league. And, precisely because of that, Calcio is one of the most attractive competitions for FIFA's career mode. Surely, many of you are motivated by the challenge of breaking the bianconeri tyranny and recording a new name in the cup after almost a decade. Especially if this implies taking the reins of a squad in full growth and whose history, unlike that of greats such as Milan or Inter, is still to be written. If so, do not think about it anymore and set out for Bergamo; Atalanta is your team.
At the orders of Gian Piero Gasperini, the neroazzurri revolutionized the last edition of the Serie A. Nor the most well-known guru predicted that Atalanta would end the third season, contesting the Coppa final and qualified for the Champions League. All thanks to a cheerful and offensive football proposal, based on a defense of three and driven by the storm of its lanes. Duván Zapata exploded and fought the Capocannoniere award until the end with his 23 goals. Mario Pašalić and Alejandro 'Papu' Gómez contributed the magic, while the very young Gianluca Mancini prevailed in the center of the rear with a solvency more typical of a veteran. The best news for those who are already fantasizing about possible alignments is that Gasperini has managed to keep the same block. He has also dressed it with interesting additions such as Luis Muriel and Simon Kjaer. Bergamo's have started the season starting from a 3-4-1-2 in which Zapata and Muriel are cramming goals, while Pasalic and the ‘Papu’ Gómez handle the medulla with tino. With all this, Atalanta present their credentials to establish themselves at the top of Serie A and, why not, sign a good performance in the Champions League.
In FIFA 20, for this we advise you to try to strengthen and rejuvenate the axis of defense, always key in the Italian competition and in the big nights. The squad has contrasted players, so signings should be oriented to seek relief for two or three years and give minutes to young promises such as the goal Pierluigi Gollini and the Musa Barrow tip. It is up to you that this revelation team does not wake up from the dream and be able to end the tyranny of Juventus.
Leicester City: rewrite Ranieri's story
The difference between the coincidence and the norm, between the specific fairy tales and the perennial legends, lies in the constancy. The legends of the sport are not so much not to reach the top but to settle in it for an indefinite period. De Nadal impressed the precocity with which he nibbled his first Cup of the Musketeers, but especially the tenacity with which he has chained victories in Roland Garros. The first attracts looks, the second records memories on fire. Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City took the first step with his unforgettable victory in the 2016 Premier League, but the glory was ephemeral. Although Vardy and company signed an excellent Champions the following year, they did not prolong the good habit of rubbing shoulders with the English Big Six. Three years later, under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers and brimming with rough diamonds, Leicester City is one of the most interesting teams for career mode. It's time to turn the story into legend.
Many things have changed in the vicinity of King Stadium. In a commendable exercise of resilience following the tragic death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Foxes intend to write a brilliant new chapter in their romance with the Premier. A desire for change whispered with the incorporation of Rodgers to the bench and that this summer has been shouted at the top of his lungs with Yuri Tielemans. The Belgian pearl is the most expensive signing in its history and has enough features to provide a magic that King Stadium has not seen since Mahrez's time. After several years as FIFA's eternal promise and in leagues like the French, Tielemans faces his first season in a league as demanding as the Premier. However, he will not be alone. If the Belgian's vision is reminiscent of Mahrez's – saving the distance – Ndidi's physical strength is reminiscent of Kanté's in 2016. And, despite McGuire's multi-million dollar sale, the Foxes rearguard has deep sides like Pereira and Chillwell. The sum of these names and the philosophy of Rodgers invites us to think of a football perhaps less direct than that of Ranieri and more based on possession, but also more cheerful and offensive thanks to the 4-3-3 that he raises in this league start.
The 2019/20 season will be crucial to define the role of Leicester in the Premier League. His commitment to quality and youth invites him to consider him a candidate to break the unwavering order of the Big Six and aspire to European positions. That is your goal if you opt for the 2016 champions for career mode, although you will have to struggle with similar projects such as the Wolves of Nuno Fernandes and the Everton of Marco Silva. In general, the Leicester staff is prepared to face the challenge, as certified by its good start in the domestic competition.
Real Sociedad: it will be like that song of the 80s
The summer period of signings has been especially prolific for the Royal Society. In terms of acquisitions, the project led by Imanol Alguacil has gathered its ranks by signing young talents such as Martin Ödegaard and Alexander Isak, as well as more contrasted Spaniards such as Portu and Nacho Monreal. However, the best summer news for Donostiarras is to have preserved the talent they already had. We think of players like Mikel Merino and Diego Llorente, but especially Mikel Oyarzabal. Flamboyant U21 European champion, the Eibarrés extreme would not clash in the ranks of any major European. Nobody would have been surprised by the dawn with covers that detail the ins and outs of his signing throughout a Manchester City, Football Club Barcelona or Bayern Munich, among others. However, Oyarzabal will continue in the txuri-urdin discipline. The result? A young staff, proven and with more than enough quality to access European positions.
This project is perhaps one of the most stimulating for the FIFA 20 career mode. The Real Sociedad is a historic team, with two leagues, two cups and a supercup under its belt. Of course, the last title dates from 1987. Your mission on the bench is to give continuity to the young talent that San Sebastian possess, consolidate in the noble zone of LaLiga in the short term and end that drought in the medium term. The key to this is to retain emblems like Oyarzabal, around which to cement the project, and squeeze the potential of Ödegaard and Isak. Nothing like a 4-2-3-1 to surround these bodyguard players like Illarramendi, bullets like Januzaj and killers like Willian José. That is the formation with which Alguacil has faced the first league commitments and, without a doubt, one that fits very well with his players.
Regarding the necessary signings, the one of the Real is a solid square without flagrant emergencies in any position, but that also admits improvements. Until promises like Isak, Sangali, Gorosabel and Le Normand are consolidated, it is best to make some contrasted signings. You can sign sweety promises like Riqui Puig, to name an example, but don't forget that the project needs to start reaping results. For teams in full transition like the one that concerns us, the experience is a great virtue.
Bayer Leverkusen: the assault of the Bavarian Empire
The Bundesliga is one of the most in tune competitions with football proposed by EA Sports. It is a dynamic and electric competition, in which the ball just rests and the offensive game prevails. In addition, although the reign of the intractable Bayern Munich has been in force for seven seasons, there are several teams in the fight for top positions. Last year we recommend you try your luck with RB Leipzig and for this article we could well mention Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04, Eintracht of Frankfurt or Borussia Mönchengladbach. However, we consider that Bayer Leverkusen is the most fun German team to command in career mode.
The proposal of those of Peter Bosz traces the described at the beginning of these lines: a total football, fast, colorful and always to attack. Difficult to expect something other than a midfield composed of talents such as Kai Havertz, the newly signed nobodym Amiri and Kerem Demirbay, as well as the defensive media? Lars Bender and Charles Aránguiz. Havertz soon stood out among the promises of FIFA 19 and, after an excellent season, its potential promises to continue increasing. In Leverkusen they are not lacking in gunpowder either. Karim Bellarabi, Leon Bailey, Paulinho and Moussa Diaby are real arrows; Old school extremes left over from speed and dribbling. They are referents in a team that usually opts for the broad and deep 4-3-3 that both performs in FIFA. The tip Kevin Volland has spent his holidays rubbing his hands to think of the centers that are going to put and the break-up points that you can attend. And you, budding coaches, should do the same, because Bayer's attack is insultingly young. With the exception of a Bellarabi who has already blown the candles for the twenty-ninth time, none exceeds 22 years of age. Congratulations: you have all the scouting work practically done. At least halfway up.
The defensive line and the goal require more pampering in terms of signings. Jonathan Tah is a wall of just 23 years and is more than qualified to lead the rear. However, Sven Bender has already turned 30 and Aleksandar Dragovic is missing two birthdays to reach him. Panagiotis Retsos, at 21 years old, is a relief relief, very versatile and one of the great defensive promises of FIFA 19. Of course, we advise you to nurture the defense with a couple of centrals and at least one right side that allows you to use Lars Bender in the center and alternates with Mitchell Weiser. In goal, Lukáš Hrádecký touches the thirties. It will hold two or three seasons at a very good level, but you have to think of a successor that you will not find in the veteran Ramazan Özcan or the mediocre Niklas Lomb. If the transfer market covers you, Bayer Leverkusen is synonymous with almost immediate success. In the short term, thinking about raising the cup, signing a good performance in the Champions League and finishing the league on the podium are reasonable goals. In the medium term, with a pair of transfer windows, this equipment has no limits.
Berlin Union: eternal hatred of modern football
FIFA's career mode has always served to get rid of hatred of modern football. In the EA simulator there is still room for romanticism and rebellion, for teams plagued by unknown canteranos, for municipal stadiums dressed in European nights and for title celebrations in neighborhood squares. It is usual to recommend a team from the humblest English division to claim modest football, but that would clash too much with the general tone of the article. We have promised you short and medium term performance teams. Although our last bet hastens the concept of “medium term” to the fullest, it may rub shoulders with colossi such as Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig from the beginning. Literally, since the debut of FC Union Berlin in the Bundesliga was against the team sponsored by a certain energy drink. Football has a lot of story and the Berlin team has a history to spare for patience and build a competitive project.
A native of the eastern part of the German capital, specifically the Köpenick district, the Berlin Union is a vestige of political complexity in Germany during the twentieth century. Being part of the eastern sector of Berlin, and therefore of the Democratic Republic of Germany, the rojiblancos disputed the Oberliga until the end of the Cold War. There they maintained a modest profile, with no more glories than a GDR cup obtained in 1968, but which did not serve them to participate in the extinct Recopa due to conflicts during the Prague Spring. Always in the shadow of the Dynamo Berlin, which had the political support of the Stasi, the Union became the team of the people. He did not respond depended on the army or the police, so he soon became a symbol of rebellion. Just listen to songs that still resonate today in the Köpenick neighborhood: "It is better to be a loser than a Stasi pig." Thus, the nearby Stadion An der Alten Försterei were erected as the epicenter of counterculture and movements such as hippie and punk in East Berlin.
True to its origins and its history, the Union developed a unique bond with its fans. An example of this is what happened in 2009, when the stadium had to be reformed to meet the demands of modern football and around 2,000 volunteers worked for thousands of hours without remuneration. Years before, in 2004, the “Bleed for Union” campaign allowed the team to participate in the Regional League thanks to the proceeds of blood donations and other initiatives organized by the followers. It is not surprising that the Berlin Union has resisted and reached the highest category of unified Germany for the first time, while the Dynamo has disappeared. Also, his debut in the Bundesliga was very emotional and viral. Several fans held photographs of other deceased partners so that they could witness the first match of the Union in the German elite. Nobody cares that they fell 0-4 to RB Leipzig. Details like this transcend any bad outcome. Details thus deserve an opportunity in the FIFA 20 career mode.
We invite you to be part of that story and to reshape the staff of a team that has already surprised in the first stages of the Bundesliga winning Borussia Dortmund on the third day. With patience and tino in the transfers, you will soon relive milestones such as the 2001 cup final against Schalke 04 or the triumph of 68. The Union has no greedy promises or a generous budget, but a story that we want to claim. If you are romantic football, if you want a challenge that does not involve chaining a thousand promotions, the glory awaits you at the Alten Försterei.
It's your turn
You already have five proposals that perfectly represent the spirit of FIFA's career mode. They are teams in which to invest time and enthusiasm, with room to grow and solvency to perform in the soccer elite in the short and medium term. All of them present different challenges and attractions that you can increase with self-imposed challenges. Give opportunities to the quarry, limit the number of transfers per season, stick to signings of a specific region in the style of Athletic Bilbao, not go to databases such as SoFifa at the time of signing … The career mode grants a lot of room for creativity. Now, the possession is yours. The controls too.