collectionfifatips | West Ham are creating the ultimate FIFA team

Felipe Anderson

Felipe Anderson

Part of the fun of the transfer window is contemplating which club will be your team on the next edition of FIFA. FIFA 19 looks like it will have West Ham’s name written all over it, with the club’s transfer spree bringing an array of talented players to London. Manuel Pellegrini will be happy that he has managed to be so busy in the transfer market, and he probably won’t mind at all when you swoop in at the start of your FIFA 19 career and take over the team he has assembled. His new signings should not only be effective in the real world, but also boast qualities that will translate in exciting fashion to FIFA.

West Ham bringing home the bacon

The poster boy for the transfer spree is Felipe Anderson for a club record fee of £36 million from Lazio. The BBC have reported how West Ham bosses have called the Brazilian attacking midfielder one of the most exciting players in Europe. Anderson was actually something of a bit-part player for Lazio last season, with injury and the form of Luis Alberto restricting him to 21 Serie A appearances. Maybe those at the top at West Ham gained their glowing opinion of Anderson from his FIFA stats; a potential rating of 84 on FIFA 18 places him alongside Manuel Lanzini as one of their star players, while a sprint speed and acceleration of 91 and 94 respectively make Anderson the dream FIFA player. Being blessed with pace and the technical ability to back it up is a hallowed combination.

Jack Wilshere brings strong passing ability, with a short passing and ball control rating of 84. Unsurprisingly, Wilshere carries the injury-prone trait on FIFA because of his struggles with fitness in real life, but this is a player touted to be one of the world’s leading central midfielders when he emerged onto the scene. If he can avoid injury on FIFA then he will be a guaranteed starter for West Ham, with the FIFA gamers having the added bonus of not having to deal with his occasionally fiery persona.

Andriy Yarmolenko seems to have been around for ages, but at an age of 27 the Ukrainian forward is ready to make a mark on a big league in a way that he couldn’t at Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund are blessed with an embarrassment of speedy attacking riches, so FIFA and football managers alike may have seen cause to overlook Yarmolenko. At West Ham, he is the kind of player who can take them to the next level. His dribbling of 87 and strength of 81 will make him difficult to shrug off the ball, with FIFA gamers having the added bonus of not having to deal with his occasionally volatile personality. With characters like Wilshere and Yarmolenko, Pellegrini is going to have an interesting dressing room.

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere

A FIFA challenge

Ryan Fredericks (sprint speed 94), Fabian Balbuena (potential rating 80), Lukasz Fabianski (current rating 80) and Issa Diop (potential rating 86) round off the incoming arrivals to West Ham. In particular, Diop could turn out to be a stunning signing. Sky Sports reported how West Ham fought off interest from European heavyweights Monaco and Sevilla to capture the signature of Toulouse’s 20-year-old captain, with the centre-back’s FIFA 18 strength rating of 86 marking his potential to become a formidable defender. West Ham are investing significantly in hope of making the jump from mid-table to European regulars. As of 17th July, the Hammers are 250/1 with Betway to win the Premier League, placing them in the company of Everton and Leicester. However, if the signings are embedded quickly into life in London then West Ham will be fancying their chances to spring a surprise.

Plus, their outsider status makes them an appealing FIFA challenge. Especially if Pellegrini struggles to integrate his new signings quickly, when FIFA 19 hits the stores there will be a multitude of gamers eager to see if they can do better. As mentioned above, some of these new signings are big characters who are not averse to trouble in real life. Throw in the presence of the combustible Marko Arnautovic and it is clear that Pellegrini will have his work cut out in keeping the dressing room positive. There is then the added issue of finding a system that accommodates all of his attacking talents. FIFA players can get stuck into that second issue without having to worry about potential problems off the pitch to the same extent. If players can’t find a system that works then the likes of Felipe Anderson and Ryan Fredericks are really quite fast, so that helps.

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Cardiff City

Cardiff City

Source: Cardiff City Football Club via Facebook.

Although the release of FIFA 19 is still a few months away, it is never too early to start planning for the new season. The transfer window is reshaping squads as it always does, giving FIFA players some intriguing propositions about who to take control of in a career mode on FIFA 19. While it is, of course, always tempting to jump straight in with the club that you support, here are three other options that players may want to consider when starting a new save.

Sporting CP

It may seem like a safe option to start as one of the big dogs in the Portuguese league, but this particular big dog has been muzzled. Disarray has hit the club, with the club’s president causing mayhem and a player exodus. Nine key players quit after being attacked by furious supporters, although the Portuguese international midfielder Bruno Fernandes has recently announced his return. Key players Rui Patricio and William Carvalho have gone, however, and it would be unwise to predict what else may happen between now and the release of FIFA 19. One thing is for certain: Sporting haven’t won the league since 2001/02, with Benfica and Porto sharing the title. Even without the drama off the pitch, Sporting would make for a worthy career mode challenge as you seek to restore their former glory.

Cardiff City

Cardiff are likely to be propping up the table in many commentators’ end of season predictions, in part a result of the strength of the two teams that came up with them. Wolves are coming up with genuine ambitions of jumping straight into the top half of the table while Fulham have signed Jean Michael Seri, a player that Barcelona tried to sign in the not so distant past. Cardiff have taken a more prudent approach, with their four signings so far all coming from the Championship. They are unlikely to be favourites with bookmakers considering the strength of opposition they will be coming up against, which makes them the perfect challenge for the confident FIFA player.

Neil Warnock is a canny manager, but he’ll have to be if he’s to guide this Cardiff side to Premier League safety. The odds are stacked against Cardiff; if fans did want to back the Bluebirds to achieve survival, then using the best free bets online from freebets.co.uk will give more scope to place a speculative punt. One free bet offer available on the website is from Paddy Power, who are one of the many bookmakers to consider Cardiff the favourites for relegation. But who doesn’t love an underdog story? New arrival Bobby Reid adds some firepower up front, but that might not be enough for you to guide Cardiff to safety on FIFA 19. Instead, you may have to deploy some Warnock-esque management, which will made easier by using the increased defensive settings mooted to be included on the new FIFA.

Parma

Parma

Parma

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Parma are one of those Italian sides that invoke intense feelings of nostalgia among those who lived through Football Italia in the nineties. Parma have gone through a lot, to say the least. The club was declared bankrupt in 2015 and relegated to the fourth tier, but after three successive promotions, they are making a glorious return to Serie A this year. Basically, they’ve done all the hard work for you. Now you have the easy task of taking the double UEFA Cup winners to their first top division title. Fortunately, Juventus are looking like their run of seven straight titles is set to come to an end, with their main signing this year being a 33-year-old forward who has never played in Italy before. Parma may not be blessed with any outstanding star quality, but their story is defined by defying the odds. Can you take the club to new heights and complete a remarkable story?

Career Mode: Five Young Players to Target in La Liga – collectionfifatips.com

FIFA 19 Career Mode

FIFA 19 Career Mode

La Liga is one of the most exciting football leagues on the planet and lots of world-class youngsters ply their trade on Spain’s biggest stage on a weekly basis. FIFA 18 players will be familiar with most of La Liga’s young prospects but there are a few relatively unknown quantities around.

Everybody wants to sign Lionel Messi but there is more to gaming than controlling the top teams. Instead, it is arguably more rewarding – especially in career mode as you look to take a fairly average club to the top of the league table. We look at a few of the league’s brightest stars to sign on career mode…

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)

Known mainly for his athleticism and control of his penalty area, Kepa is not your regular goalkeeper. Standing at just over 6 feet tall, he is much shorter than the likes of David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois. However, his 79 rating leaves scope for improvement and he is a decent, young option at an affordable price.

Kepa has been making strides in La Liga in recent times, notching eight clean sheets in 23 La Liga outings last season. Touted as a future Real Madrid goalkeeper, he can be the face of your FIFA squad for the best part of a decade.

Theo Hernandez (Real Madrid)

As with most Real Madrid starlets, you will have to pay through the roof to sign Hernandez – although a loan deal is not out of the question. The former Atletico Madrid man is one of La Liga’s top prospects and he will rank highly as one of the most gifted young defenders on FIFA 19.

Speed, strength and power are three traits needed to succeed as a defender on FIFA and the Real man ticks all of those boxes. Don’t miss out, Hernandez could be world football’s next big defensive star. He could be the face of Real Madrid’s defence for the rest of his professional career.

Carlos Soler (Valencia)

Soler is rated 78 on the current FIFA and his rating should top 80 on the next version of the game. The Valencia man notched one goal and four assists in La Liga last campaign and this could be his time to shine on the big stage.

Valencia, 2/1 for a top-four finish in La Liga betting odds with bet365, will be confident of a successful campaign and Soler will be central to their chances. The 21-year-old is well worth targeting on FIFA games and he is only going to improve as he earns more game time at the Mestalla Stadium.

Javier Ontiveros (Malaga)

Rated just 71 on the latest edition of the game, Ontiveros has the potential to flourish into a top class winger. Unlike most wide men, he isn’t blessed with blistering pace but the Malaga youngster is one of the trickiest and most skilful players outside of La Liga’s top three clubs.

His vision and creativity are two of his greatest traits and he is well worth signing on career mode. One for the future, Ontiveros can provide assist after assist for your FIFA side and he can adapt to a number of different formations and systems.

collectionfifatips | Serie A and Champions League are Amongst the Highlights of FIFA 19

EA Sports have improved the FIFA franchise this season by obtaining a number of licences ahead of the release of FIFA 19. In the UK, the game is due to hit shops and online retailers on September 25th and as always, there are plenty of new features and quirks for players to look forward to.

FIFA 19 Features

FIFA 19 Features

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It’s always an exciting time for gamers and many have already pre-ordered their copy of the much-anticipated release. EA have been busy snapping up various rights over the past 12 months and they have managed to obtain the official rights for Serie A, which will coincide with the arrival of the mercurial Cristiano Ronaldo. The majority of teams were featured in previous additions of the game but they will now be accessible in career mode where a number of bonuses will await.

Serie A looks extremely competitive once again this season and following a fascinating title race last year, gamers will undoubtedly be excited that the likes of Napoli, Torino, Roma and Juventus will all be available with the highest level of authenticity. Badges, crests and official match-day balls will also be included in the game.

UEFA had a long-standing agreement with Konami and PES but this has expired over the summer and as a result, FIFA 19 will now include Europe’s premier club competition. After signing the lucrative deal, EA Sports were keen to show off their latest acquisition and the Champions League has featured heavily on the early demos. It will allow players to steer their favourite team through the competition, carefully negotiating the group stage before taking on some of Europe’s most decorated clubs during the knockout rounds.

The Europa League will also be available for the first time and will also be part of FIFA Ultimate Team this season. Despite playing second fiddle to the Champions League, the competition is always extremely competitive with clubs such as AC Milan, Arsenal and Chelsea all featuring this year with the latter chalked up as the 6/1 favourites in the Europa League betting. Players will be able to guide their favourite teams through the group stage and negotiate the choppy waters of the two-legged knock-out games.

FIFA 19 New Stadiums

FIFA 19 New Stadiums

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La Liga stadiums will also feature in the new game with 19 realistic venues included on FIFA 19 whilst over 200 new players from the Spanish top flight will also be incorporated. They were unable to secure the rights to the Nou Camp although talks will continue to take place throughout the season. The stadia will include club flags and banners complete with realistic pre-match atmosphere.

FIFA release day is always a significant date and sports fans and gamers will be counting down the hours until they can get their hands on the latest copy of the much-heralded game. It will be available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, X-Box One and PC.

The addition of Champions League, Europa League, La Liga and Serie A rights looks to be real coup for EA and both FIFA 19 and its gamers will undoubtedly benefit from the inclusion of these prestigious competitions.

collectionfifatips – Geoff Cameron likely to leave Stoke City before end of EFL window – source

Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron could be leaving the club, according to sources close to the player.

United States international Geoff Cameron looks to be on his way out of Stoke City a source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to ESPN FC, though his eventual destination is unknown.

The Telegraph was first to report that Stoke manager Gary Rowett had informed Cameron and three other players that they were free to leave the club. The report went on to name Werder Bremen and Rayo Vallecano as possible landing spots, but the source indicated that Cameron wouldn’t end up at either club.

Cameron, 33, has been likely to move ever since Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League last season, and a report from NBCSports.com indicated Cameron has a buyout clause of $9.5 million.

At one point he was rumored to be heading to Southampton, where he would be reunited with former Stoke manager Mark Hughes, but the Premier League transfer window closed with Cameron remaining with the Potters.

He has yet to make the game day roster in either of Stoke’s first two games, though Cameron missed the first match in order to attend to his ailing father, who had suffered a stroke.

The transfer window for clubs in the English Football League doesn’t close until Aug. 31, so it’s possible that he could move to another team in the English Championship or elsewhere in Europe.

Cameron joined the Potters just prior to the 2012-13 campaign, and has gone on to make 186 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals. He began his professional career with Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, making 124 league and playoff appearances, scoring 11 goals.

At international level Cameron made 55 appearances for the U.S., scoring four goals as well as playing in the 2014 World Cup. He was heavily involved in the 2018 cycle in which the U.S. failed to qualify, but fell out of favor with then manager Bruce Arena towards the latter stages of the campaign.

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Liverpool have referred an incident caught on video of Mohamed Salah allegedly using a cell phone while driving to the Merseyside police.

In a video posted on Twitter, the striker appears to be on his phone behind the wheel while sitting in traffic and surrounded by a number of people. It is unclear where or when the video was taken.


Merseyside police issued a tweet saying they had been made aware of the incident after a Liverpool spokesperson said: “The club, after discussion with the player, have made Merseyside Police aware of the footage and the circumstances surrounding its capture.

“We have spoken to the player also and will deal with any follow-up internally.

“Neither the club or player will be making any further comment on this matter.”

Merseyside police said they “have been made aware of a video believed to show a footballer using a mobile phone whilst driving” and have passed it onto the relevant department.

La Liga lands landmark rights deal with Facebook for Indian sub-continent on collectionfifatips

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BARCELONA — Spain’s La Liga announced on Tuesday a landmark deal with Facebook which will allow viewers in the Indian sub-continent to watch every game over the next three seasons free of charge on the social network.

A statement from La Liga said all 380 league matches for the new season, which begins on Friday, would be available to viewers in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

“We are really happy to be on a free to air service in such an important territory as the Indian sub-continent,” Alfredo Bermejo, La Liga’s head of digital strategy, told Reuters ahead of the announcement.

“One of our goals for the last two years has been to offer content to the widest audience possible, so partnering with free platforms like Facebook, which has 270 million users in India, is key to us.”

Facebook and La Liga declined to give the price of the deal which sees the social network giant unseat Sony Pictures Network as the rights holder in the region.

Sony paid a reported $32 million for the right to broadcast La Liga between 2014 and 2018.

Facebook began venturing into sports streaming in 2017 by broadcasting weekly Major League Baseball games and earlier this month agreed a deal with broadcaster Eleven Sports to show one La Liga and one Serie A game per week on its platform.

The deal with La Liga is the latest statement of the growing interest of tech groups in showing sports in order to keep young viewers on their platforms.

Earlier this year, Amazon won rights to show 20 English Premier League matches a season from 2019 in Britain.

Peter Hutton, Facebook’s Director of Global Live Sports, however, described the deal with La Liga as an experiment, saying that while the company has other agreements in the works, he ruled out an immediate land grab of rights deals in sport.

“Were looking at a few other deals that are quite close to completion but this is not about going out and buying a huge amount of content worldwide,” he told Reuters.

“We’re looking at specific rights in specific markets and to try to learn from data from those experiences and work out what the next step is. If you rush into too many deals at once, you can’t do it properly.”

Facebook’s monitoring system will prevent against leakage, ensuring only viewers inside the Indian sub-continent will be able to watch the games on its platform.

The games will initially be shown without any adverts, although Hutton said Facebook is doing trials in advertising on live content in the United States which may be replicated on its La Liga coverage at a later date.

“This is one deal, it’s not something that is a big threat to the broadcast world,” added Hutton, a former CEO of Eurosport who was hired by Facebook in May to oversee its live sports operation.

“We have rights to work with broadcasters and we may bring in partners to make sure the experience is right. What’s clear about this is that 380 games will be available on Facebook, then we’ll keep our options open as to how we spread that content out so people can see it in as many ways as possible.”

The deal with Facebook is the latest and most significant step in La Liga’s expansion strategy in India, which began with the opening of an office in New Delhi in September 2016.

Facebook has 348 million users in the Indian sub-continent, while figures provided by La Liga show a rise of 2.2 million users in the league’s social network platforms in the last year.

“We have grown our presence in India a lot and we have pretty strong numbers in this territory,” added Jose Antonio Cachaza, La Liga’s country manager for India.

“This is the first step for us, we’re excited to see it and we want make it as successful as possible so we can unlock other territories around the world.”

LA Galaxy could be without Dos Santos, Alessandrini against Colorado on collectionfifatips

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The LA Galaxy’s health issues have returned with both Romain Alessandrini and Giovani Dos Santos in doubt for Tuesday’s match against the Colorado Rapids.

A full-strength Galaxy team began play on Saturday but wound up with a disappointing 2-2 home draw against Minnesota United and also saw two key players depart early.

Winger Alessandrini scored his eighth goal of the season only seven minutes into the contest, but he exited 17 minutes later after injuring his right leg. Then Dos Santos departed at the half for Los Angeles with his own left leg ailment.

Alessandrini and Dos Santos are both listed as questionable for the Tuesday contest in Carson, California.

Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid admits each loss complicates a three-game, eight-day stretch for a club that already relies on several players over the age of 30. Those include star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is two goals away from 500 for club and country, outside back Ashley Cole and winger Chris Pontius.

“You sort of have lineups written in your mind, but then everything sort of goes out the window as you are dealing with the injuries,” Schmid said after Saturday’s loss. “We have to see how everybody came through the game tonight, and then we will make our decisions.”

Meanwhile, the Rapids are in a rare positive stretch this season after defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday for a second-consecutive victory. Colorado earned a 2-1 home win over the Galaxy two weekends ago.

After Kellyn Acosta scored in his first two games with the Rapids, the secondary-transfer-window addition assisted on both goals Saturday against San Jose.

Colorado is 4-3-3 in its past 10 games following a miserable eight-game losing skid earlier this season. The Rapids still begin the week 12 points beneath the playoff line, though coach Anthony Hudson says his team’s mentality is as good as it’s ever been.

“Slowly, the players are believing more and more in ourselves and what we’re doing,” Hudson said. “At no point in this period did the players stop working. And what’s what they’re doing. They just continue to fight and work hard, and they’re really committed to move the team in the right direction.”