FIFA 15 Ultimate Team TOTW 24

 

EA Sports have released the latest edition of their Ultimate Team Team of the Week for FIFA 15 and the headline news in week 24 is that Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo is selected following his sublime goal against Atalanta.

Pirlo, who had the highest performance score in Europe’s top five leagues over the weekend, is joined in the midfield by young PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot who scored during the French champions 3-1 win against Toulouse.

Manchester City’s Spanish midfielder David Silva is in the team for his sensational performance during the team’s 5-0 win over Newcastle United as he scored twice and assisted Edin Dzeko as well.

Arjen Robben has been in sensational form recently for Bayern Munich and he was at it again during the 6-0 win over Paderborn on the weekend.

Like Robben, Silva and Pirlo Reims goalkeeper Kossi Agassa was in our top five highest performing players in Europe’s top five leagues over the weekend due to his heroics during his side’s 0-0 draw with Metz.

Martin Skrtel leads the defence in front of Agassa after he helped Liverpool to a hard fought clean sheet against Southampton.

Lazio forward Antonio Candreva leads the line along with Antoine Griezmann after the Italian scored a sublime goal to give his team a 2-1 win over Parma.

You can see the full team below.

FIFA 15 SQUAD BUILDER: SWEATY SERIE A HYBRID TEAM

After the recent FIFA 15 Ultimate Team squad builders going down with viewers and subscribers alike, we decided to do a sweaty overpowered hybrid Italian Serie A team that will win you loads of tournaments and gain you plenty of promotions on FUT. Take a look at our HD video below where we build the team of players that like creating and scoring sweaty goals.

We were unable to put a price tag on how many coins this squad would cost you to put together due to the market prices changing from day to day. There’s also a very good reason why we couldn’t attach a cost as well and that’s explained in-depth in the actual video. As usual, i’ll take you through every single player and tell you why they were included into the team but i also give you loads of alternatives that are on the bench and in the reserves to as an added bonus.

I recommend which chemistry styles you should apply to each player in their respective position too just like i always do and then go into a match and test out these tanks in action on the pitch. If you’re not one for spoilers then you should stop reading on now as the full list of players that were part of this starting eleven can be seen below.

GK – Samir Handanović (Inter Milan)
LB – Patrice Evra (Juventus)
CB – Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
CB – Nemanja Vidić (Inter Milan)
RB – Martín Cáceres (Juventus)
CM – Paul Pogba (Juventus)
CM – Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma)
CM – Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
CAM – Francesco Totti (AS Roma)
ST – Víctor Ibarbo (Cagliari)
ST – Seydou Doumbia (AS Roma)
As you can see from the final starting lineup it’s completely OP in every sense of the word! The reason the Victor Ibarbo card is still the Cagliari one and not his transferred AS Roma one is his old card he’s a striker and the new one he’s a right winger which is no good with this particular formation I’ve chosen.

Seydou Doumbia however has his new winter transfer card included as he is now eligible for Serie A squads compared to his previous card which was for the Russian league and CSKA Moscow. With the legend that is Totti in Cam and his IF (in-form) you can’t really go wrong as he’s got an incredible shot on him and the ability to be a world class playmaker too. He also is the captain of this team and takes almost all of the set-pieces too.

With Vidal, Pogba and Nainggolan making up the central midfield roles on the pitch you will have most of the possession of the ball for the 90 minutes as well. Let us know what you think of this squad builder by leaving a comment in the section below and all feedback is welcomed.

THE LAST FUT 15 WINTER TRANSFERS FOR FEBRUARY DEADLINE DAY NOW AVAILABLE

So with transfer deadline day coming to an end yesterday across Europe, EA have released the final batch of winter transfers that are now available to pack in FIFA 15 Ultimate Team. The full list of big name moves can be seen below.

FUT 15 Winter Transfers February 2015

Juan Cuadrado – Moved To Chelsea – Position RM

Seydou Doumbia – Moved To AS Roma – ST

André Schürrle – Moved To VFL Wolfsburg – LM

Aaron Lennon – Moved To Everton – RM

Victor Ibarbo – Moved To AS Roma – RW

Please remember that the players above that you packed from their previous clubs will not be upgraded, you’ll have to obtain the newer version and then you will have the same player twice but for two different clubs. These players can now only be acquired from the new respective clubs that they’ve joined and the old versions are only obtainable through the transfer market now.

Let us know what you thought of the January transfer window this year by using the comments section at the footer of this page and you can follow us on social media to stay up to date. All of our social accounts have the name of FIFASolved to avoid any confusion.

EA FIFA 15 FUT Announce Release Dates for January Winter Upgrades

Full FIFA can now confirm the release date for the first batch of EA FIFA 15 winter upgrades. Last year, EA released the January upgrades in two separate batches, one slated for mid-February and the other in the early part of March. This year, we can expect a wonderful Valentine’s Day treat, winter upgrades will be released next Friday, February 13th, 2015. According to our inside sources, it is expected that the upgraded players will be entering packs at 6pm GMT.

SEE: TOP 5 PLAYERS WHO DESERVE JANUARY UPGRADES

The anticipation is building for winter upgrades, following the remarkable TOTY release that featured a 99-rated Cristiano Ronaldo and 96-rated Manuel Neuer. In addition, EA has released four batches of winter transfers to-date. What’s next?

Understanding Upgrades

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Gold In-Forms

The regular card located in transfer market and in your club remains the same. The in-form (IF) card only come in new packs. However, the in-forms both on the market and in the club receive a ‘live’ boost equal to that of the upgrade.

For example, if Alexandre Lacazette gets upgraded from a 79 to an 81 the this is what will happen. His 79 card will not be changed, but will be replaced in packs with his 81 card. His 80 and 81 rated in-forms that people own will automatically be upgraded to 82 and 83 in-forms, with stats upgraded to correspond with his new overall.

Silver In-Forms

Whenever a silver player gets upgraded to a gold card, the silver IF card does not get upgraded. For example, if Harry Kane gets an upgrade from a 68 to 76 gold card, his 71 IF card remains the same.

No In-Forms

If a player has not received an IF card, but will get an upgrade, the old card located on the market or in your club remains the same. The newly upgraded card will only come in new packs. There will be a resulting drop in price of the old card and a price hike for the new card.

We are a week away from January upgrades, so start saving your fifa coins!

Arsenal’s record signing and ex-Chelsea man make FIFA 15 team of the week

EA have revealed the latest FIFA Ultimate Team team of the week, featuring a very key player from Arsenal and a high-flying former Chelsea man.

Arsenal fans will be delighted to see their star Mesut Ozil earning a team of the week card so soon after coming back from a lengthy injury lay-off. The German has only made three appearances since his return from a knee ligament injury, but already appears to be getting back to his brilliant self.

The £42.5 million signing from Real Madrid was supreme in Arsenal’s 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa on Sunday. A brilliant outside of the foot flick from him put Olivier Giroud in on goal for Arsenal’s first. The Frenchman then returned the favour by sliding a through-ball into Ozil’s path and he completed the move by deftly finishing across Brad Guzan.

As a result of this performance, EA have awarded the 26-year-old an 87-rated left-winger card, which is an upgrade of one and a position change from centre-attacking midfielder.

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Kevin de Bruyne once again showed Chelsea what they let go as he produced a stunning display against Bayern Munich to receive his second inform card of the season. The Belgian ex-Blues man assisted one and scored two in Wolfsburg’s surprise 4-1 thumping of the German champions. For his exploits de Bruyne has been boosted to 83-rated centre-attacking midfielder.

Other Premier League first-11 players include Swansea City defender Ashley Williams, who gets an 80-rated centre-back card for his brilliant performance in their shock 1-0 win away at Southampton. Newcastle United’s Remy Cabella is the other man to feature with an 80-rated right-midfield card. The French winger opened the scoring and dazzled Toon Army fans in their club’s 3-0 win away at Hull City on Saturday.

Another notable inclusion is Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, who stepped up in place of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to score two in their 4-1 win over Real Sociedad. The striker has been awarded what looks like a frighteningly good 87-rated card.

See below for the full FIFA Ultimate Team team of the week first 11 and their ratings.

GK – Gorka Iraizoz 80 – Athletic Bilbao

CB – Ashley Williams 80 – Swansea City

RB – Maxi Pereira 79 – Benfica

RB – Diogo Figueiras 77 – Sevilla

CM – Rafinha 80 – Barcelona

RM – Remy Cabella 80 – Newcastle United

CAM – Kevin de Bruyne 83 – Wolfsburg

LW – Mesut Ozil 87 – Arsenal

CF – Jeremy Menez 81 – AC Milan

ST – Fabio Quagliarella 80 – Torino

ST – Karim Benzema 87 – Real Madrid

What do you think of FIFA 15’s latest team of the week?

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team teases TOTY loan players

In an effort to spice up the real world Premier League transfer deadline day, EA Sports’ FIFA 15 twitter account has teased some TOTY loan players for Ultimate Team. It’s also giving some away in a ‘retweeting’ promotion.

Here’s the initial tweet about the Team of the Year loan possibilities:

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team teases TOTY loan players

When asked when these players would be available as loan options, the twitter account just directed people to the general FIFA 15 Ultimate Team news and updates page. That rather implies that they’ll be coming as a general option for all players in a future update (perhaps the one which will add the currently ongoing deadline day deals.)

However, the same twitter account is also running 50 match loan ‘giveaways’ on the four players shown in the image above. They’re encouraging people to retweet in order to win loan versions of Kroos, Robben, Messi and Ronaldo. Given the number of retweets already, though, the chances of winning don’t seem particularly high. Ronaldo’s already has close to 12,000 and (at the time of writing) it’s been up for less than a minute.

Hopefully this giveaway promotion isn’t the only way people will be able to get hold of these players as FIFA 15 Ultimate Team loan options.

FIFA 15: 20 Free Transfers You Need To Sign

Since a manager is as only as good as his signings, if he has no transfer budget to make any, it’s unlikely he’s going to be particularly successful with the just the previous manager’s favourites at his disposal. Particularly if those same players got the predecessor sacked.

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But even with no money, when taking over a new club, a manager needs to put his own stamp on things, and there is good news for FIFA managers looking to do just that without the luxury of playing with a moneybags side where embarrassingly expensive signings are an inevitability.

The sacred Bosman ruling has changed the game of football for the sneakier, allowing players to talk to other clubs and engineer transfers without a fee six months before the deal at their current club expires. So with that in mind, it’s worthwhile looking through the list of players who are in the last year of their deals at the start of career mode. All are talented, and all should be considered genuinely good contenders to offer pre-contracts to in the January 2015 transfer window. And bear in mind, don’t go blowing all of your wage budget when you could have any of these lads a few months down the line.

So if you’re taking over a cash-strapped club or merely love a bargain these are the 20 best players you can pick up for absolutely nothing from the first January in your new game.

Problems with career FIFA mode

Some issues Ive found with career mode

1: Manager does not get pay increase whatsoever, just remove that from the game altogether and let us “imagine” how much you are making. Its a * killer to see yourself making measly 25,000 euros a week after winning CL.

2. Too much player drama, asking to leave, asking to play, asking for better contracts etc. It should not happen as often as it is, Ive got 8 players who are unhappy and want to leave because they don’t play every single game in a season.

3. Growth cap has to be removed, every player has potential to improve, new system should be utilized in which the player avr match rating determines how much player grows with say a cap of +4-6 a season depending of course on age so say divide players into 6 different categories those aged from 16-21 can grow 1-5 ovr a season, 21-25 1-6, 25-29 – 1-4, 29-32 1-3, 32-36 1-2, 36+ 0-1.

4. Bring custom formations back

5. Fix the bugs with player growth, sometimes players become bugged like for example Ive had Eric Dier in my Valencia squad for 7 seasons. He didnt grow at all for no reason whatsoever even though he avg 7.1 and played over 20 games every season. Also bugs like selling a player who reached his full potential (for me Otamendi who got to 85) I check his ovr in Real Madrid after 3 games and he is 88, are common.

6. Kinect is useless, Ive had to disable mine in options simply because if Im playing my career mode and say anything I get a warning that they will terminate my contract even if I didnt use swear words.

7. The hidden ovrs are dumb, theres no point in that.

8. AI is still hogging players, Real Madrid bought Neuer, Schezhny and Courteouis. They also have Navas and a young regen GK. Manchester city had Benzema, Rodrigo, Dzeko, Aguero, Lewandowski and Cavani in 3rd season of my career mode.

FIFA 15 Team Rankings: Our Top 5 Clubs At The Season’s Halfway Point Based On Current Form And Ratings

The European football season is a few matches past the halfway mark at this point of the year, and the transfer window is open. Almost all of the clubs (sorry, Dortmund) you’d expect to be at the top of each league are right it in, and form and injuries have had their effects on the title race.

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The best teams have shown off their high-end talent and displayed consistency through the first half of the season, yet the competitions in England, Spain, and France remain as close as ever. EA updates the team and player ratings in FIFA 15 to reflect real-life performance, and this part of the season is as good as any to see who’s on top. Our top five clubs are listed below, a combination of the current Matchday ratings and opinion on how effective the teams are in-game:

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1. Real Madrid

As is usually the case, the Spanish giants come in on top of the ratings. While Barcelona may have some more highly-rated players, the style Madrid plays and the speed of its attackers are simply very effective in FIFA. The 92-rated Ronaldo is the easiest player with which to beat defenses and score with in the game, and Bale is even faster on the other wing. Combine those two with the talented dribblers and passers in the midfield, and Madrid can cut opponents apart on the counter or pick out passes to unlock defenses. Right back and goalkeeper are arguably week spots, but Casillas still pulls off great saves and Ramos and Pepe are among the most effective combinations around.

2. Barcelona
While they’re not playing amazingly well in real life, Barcelona’s very highly rated team is quite effective in FIFA 15. The absurd attacking trio of Messi (95), Neymar (88) and Suarez (91) cannot be matched, but it can sometimes be difficult to get the team flowing. Playing as Barcelona always seems to make you play like Barcelona, and a high press passing game can be troublesome to pull off. If you instead take advantage of the attackers’ dribbling skills and pace, you’ll likely be able to beat any defense ahead of you. The midfield is highly rated as well, but it’s a bit slower and more pass-focused than Madrid’s–speed kills in FIFA 15, and that’s why Barcelona sits second.

3. Bayern Munich

The German champions are coasting through the Bundesliga right now, and one look at their roster shows why. The team is stacked from back to front, with the world’s best goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (90) backstopping an already dominating squad. Lewandowski can finish any chance, and he’s flanked by tricky speedsters Robben (90) and Ribery (88). Goetze (86) and Muller (86) can rotate into a number of positions as well, completing an absurdly gifted attacking band. With solid defenders and passers in Schweinsteiger and Alonso (or Lahm if he’s not at fullback) supporting them, this is an extremely difficult team to break down, and the attacking threat is always present.

4. Chelsea

FIFA 15 Team Rankings: Our Top 5 Clubs At The Season’s Halfway Point Based On Current Form And Ratings
Jan 22, 2015 04:24 PM EST | By Matthew Buzzi ([email protected])

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(Getty) Real Madrid are the most impressive team in the world right now, and that’s reflected in FIFA 15’s ratings.
The European football season is a few matches past the halfway mark at this point of the year, and the transfer window is open. Almost all of the clubs (sorry, Dortmund) you’d expect to be at the top of each league are right it in, and form and injuries have had their effects on the title race.
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The best teams have shown off their high-end talent and displayed consistency through the first half of the season, yet the competitions in England, Spain, and France remain as close as ever. EA updates the team and player ratings in FIFA 15 to reflect real-life performance, and this part of the season is as good as any to see who’s on top. Our top five clubs are listed below, a combination of the current Matchday ratings and opinion on how effective the teams are in-game:

1. Real Madrid

As is usually the case, the Spanish giants come in on top of the ratings. While Barcelona may have some more highly-rated players, the style Madrid plays and the speed of its attackers are simply very effective in FIFA. The 92-rated Ronaldo is the easiest player with which to beat defenses and score with in the game, and Bale is even faster on the other wing. Combine those two with the talented dribblers and passers in the midfield, and Madrid can cut opponents apart on the counter or pick out passes to unlock defenses. Right back and goalkeeper are arguably week spots, but Casillas still pulls off great saves and Ramos and Pepe are among the most effective combinations around.

2. Barcelona

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Luis Enrique’s Barcelona are still in the title race despite an unimpressive start, with Lionel Messi in top form.

While they’re not playing amazingly well in real life, Barcelona’s very highly rated team is quite effective in FIFA 15. The absurd attacking trio of Messi (95), Neymar (88) and Suarez (91) cannot be matched, but it can sometimes be difficult to get the team flowing. Playing as Barcelona always seems to make you play like Barcelona, and a high press passing game can be troublesome to pull off. If you instead take advantage of the attackers’ dribbling skills and pace, you’ll likely be able to beat any defense ahead of you. The midfield is highly rated as well, but it’s a bit slower and more pass-focused than Madrid’s–speed kills in FIFA 15, and that’s why Barcelona sits second.

3. Bayern Munich

The German champions are coasting through the Bundesliga right now, and one look at their roster shows why. The team is stacked from back to front, with the world’s best goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (90) backstopping an already dominating squad. Lewandowski can finish any chance, and he’s flanked by tricky speedsters Robben (90) and Ribery (88). Goetze (86) and Muller (86) can rotate into a number of positions as well, completing an absurdly gifted attacking band. With solid defenders and passers in Schweinsteiger and Alonso (or Lahm if he’s not at fullback) supporting them, this is an extremely difficult team to break down, and the attacking threat is always present.

4. Chelsea

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Chelsea are a dominant force so far this season, and Belgian star Eden Hazard is leading the way with his world class talent.

Though they’re playing like the second or third best team in the world, the FIFA 15 ratings don’t quite get that form across. This is due in part to Mourinho’s focus on team effort and tactical efficiency, but there are of course some stand out stars. The 89-rated Eden Hazard is in scintillating form, and can easily beat players on the dribble with his speed in FIFA 15. Goal-scoring machine Diego Costa (87) will convert up top, and Fabregas’ (87, which should arguably be higher given his assist record) passing can launch the perfect attack. The very pacey Willian (82) can provide another outlet, and Matic locks the game down in midfield. Come at your opponents with pressure and speed and Cheslsea can score easily. Courtois (86) is very difficult to beat between the sticks, and a strong defense will help protect any lead you earn.

5. Juventus

Though not named in the same breath as the rest of Europe’s elite in the last few years, the current Juventus side is quite good. You might see more PSG or Manchester City playing online, but this team is better in the game on paper. The outrageously talented Pogba is now an 87 and can score, create, and defend in midfield, while Tevez is as effective as ever up top. Perhaps the world’s best all-around player Arturo Vidal (87) will make this side difficult to break down and can help the scoring. If there’s a weakness to this team it’s in its speed, but the same could be argued for City’s midfield and defense. Juventus may not immediately come to mind as a top team, but they’re currently leading Serie A and are rated well in FIFA 15.

WeView Verdict: FIFA 15

Despite being the biggest selling game in the UK last year, the response to FIFA 15 in this week’s WeView was much less than that of Destiny, with only several responses to choose from.

The verdict? It’s not as good as you expect, it seems that many people were underwhelmed by the offerings of this year’s instalment in the football series, so let’s get on with it…

FIFA Pro Clubs – absent from the last generation versions – was the only redeeming factor for JustTaylorNow: “it’s not perfect but it’s brilliant, it keeps me coming back.” Taylor didn’t see any improvements over FIFA 14 though, with some glaring issues returning.

“I think the movement of the ball is the biggest difference compared to FIFA 14″ said double-o-dave – as it should be, ball momentum is definitely something they tried to improve with this instalment. Unfortunately, the new animations “look a bit rushed and unfinished” which makes the visuals seem almost like a “leap backwards”.

BrendanCalls simply stated “If you want a football simulator by PES, if you want a fun football game buy FIFA”, a statement which was echoed in other comments. Psychobudgie even called PES a “fun and an excellent approximation of the game” in comparison to FIFA.

As someone who doesn’t usually buy FIFA games, coruscant loved FIFA 15 – perhaps because they didn’t have the direct comparison to 14 which seemed to affect some opinions. “I loved it. I loved the improved graphics, especially the crowds, and the physics, especially how players battle for the ball and can tug each other’s shirts etc – much more realistic.”

Cam_manutd was very disappointed with the game: “It is a lazy effort from EA in which their solid foundations built with Fifa 09 are starting to wane. Pro Clubs and Ultimate Team remain to be among the best football modes out there. But for single minded players, Fifa is severely lacking.”

After reading the other comments, double-o-dave wanted to add to his opinion a bit, and came up with this summary:

“It seems you may as well stick with FIFA 14 if you’ve already got it. I’m pretty sure these were my thoughts when I first got ’15, might explain why I’ve hardly played it. I can’t really see the major upgrade that this was suppose to be over ’14.

So, it’s a bit of an underwhelming verdict for FIFA 15, and given how much people discussed the brilliance of PES, it looks like we’ll have to add that to the poll and see how it fares. There were two Buy It votes, two Sale It votes, one for Plus It, and one for Avoid It this week. We’ve updated the poll below so you can get choosing next week’s title, and we’ve got Surgeon Simulator coming up tomorrow.

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