domingo, 6 de noviembre de 2011 , Posted by admin at 22:55
FIFA 12: The Ultimate Team
A squad that trumps any other in the game.
Just like the thrill of collecting and swapping football cards on the playground, building an Ultimate Team is extremely addictive. Each team is personal, with the style of the owner naturally seeping through in their strategy, shape, and overall effectiveness. Below, we've put together a squad that trumps any other in the game. Utilizing the 4-1-2-1-2 formation, this line-up oozes pace, skill, and most importantly, chemistry.
And in FIFA 12, chemistry is all-important. That's why we've chosen players who are likely to gel. We make no apologies for choosing a team with a heavy Spanish emphasis.
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Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
Unsurprisingly, the inclusion of Casillas lays the foundation for a Spanish-based squad. The World Cup-winning goalkeeper may be expensive, but his diving and reflexes are second to none. He's not the tallest, but the legendary Madrid stopper more than makes up for his lack of height with a superhuman ability to keep the ball from the back of the net.
Left Back: Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid)
Although a difficult choice between Coentrao and Marcelo, the Portuguese defender gets the nod for his useful link to team mates around him. On paper, the individual statistics between the aforementioned players are close, with Marcelo just edging it. In reality, this is a team game, and sacrificing a few points in order to create a more coherent side is the way forward.
Besides, Coentrao is one of the best young players around, as his defensive capabilities and attacking flair make him useful all over the park.
Center Back: Pepe (Real Madrid)
For a player that isn't overly expensive, Pepe has excellent ability. He's tall, powerful, fairly quick, and great in the air. Portuguese roots play a part here, linking his position up with the left back. Pepe's versatility is also a factor, as in times of need he can be pushed forward to a midfield role. That said, he'll give his best shift at the back, where he often bombs about the pitch like a madman who loves to mop up any spare balls.
Center Back: Pique (Barcelona)
Breaking the chain of Madrid players, Pique is up there with the best in the game. Even though he's a little sluggish, the former Manchester United player's defensive skill is immense. He has the ability to overpower opponents with his giant stature, and just like his defensive partner, likes to get forward and score goals. While they are both incredibly talented in front of their own goalkeeper, both Pique and Pepe provide something for the enemy to think about when attacking, too.
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Right Back: Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Another tight decision, Dani Alves is given a place in the team over Sergio Ramos for a few reasons. His defensive vitals have improved over the last year, and his intense attacking prowess is still firmly intact. Alves ranks up there with the fastest players in the game, clocking in superb pace and dribbling skills. He also has wonderful delivery from dead balls, meaning there's no need to sacrifice the height of one of the players ahead of him when taking a corner or free-kick.
Left Midfield: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
The pretty boy hardly needs an introduction. One of world football's most recognizable faces, Crissy is the obvious choice at left midfield. He's gifted in every area of the pitch, has a superb free kick, and dribbling ability that will often leave defenders wondering if they're playing against some kind of greased-up robot. Ronaldo is another versatile player who can be pushed around the field when needed, and is great for sticking up front if you need to rescue a result.
Center Defensive Midfield: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona)
In all honesty, I'm surprised Fabregas has such an astronomical rating. For a player who has spent plenty of time injured over the past year, he appears in remarkable form. Of course, there's no point complaining, as his adept passing and control are perfect when distributing the ball. Whether he's spraying leather out wide for a winger to attack, or sending passes through the middle, Cesc is a superb all-rounder. What he lacks in height he more than makes up for in pure talent, just like his small buddies, Xavi and Iniesta.
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Right Midfield: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona)
Ahead of his big money move to Catalonia, Sanchez's name was everywhere. He's undoubtedly one of the most gifted young players in the world, and that translates to FIFA 12 brilliantly. The Chilean has buckets of pace and can keep the ball stuck to his foot, plus he isn't afraid to throw his weight around. Sanchez is wonderful for appearing in the right place at the right time, and his forward runs create space that many other players couldn't get to in time. Placed ahead of Alves, the right side of the team is a dynamic force of nature that can interchange when the time is right.
Center Attacking Midfield: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Out of all the positions, this was probably the hardest one to pick. When it comes down to crunch time, Iniesta's dribbling technique and range of passing gets him into the starting XI. Sure, he's not terribly fast and doesn't have the best shot, but he conducts proceedings when he's in possession. He's also a decent tackler, meaning there's ample opportunity to win the ball back if it's lost in the final third. It's a tight call, but Iniesta rightfully claims his place.
Striker: Messi (Barcelona)
Who? Never heard of him.
Striker: Falcao (Atletico Madrid)
Falcao's La Liga arrival couldn't have been better timed, especially when you consider the departure of Forlan. Although he isn't the tallest, he's an absolute beast in the air. A threat from any cross or high ball, Falcao's ability to find the net makes him an ideal partner for Messi. His work rate might be lacking and he doesn't have the greatest pace, but it doesn't matter. When you consider the overall speed of the team, the Colombian's role comes down to putting away chances. Quite cheekily, Falcao often provides the final touch to a flowing move, making him an invaluable member of the team.
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•GK - Diego Alves (Villareal) Rating: 84
•LB - Filipe (Atletico Madrid) Rating: 80
•CB - Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid) Rating: 80
•CB - Raul Albiol (Real Madrid) Rating: 82
•RB - Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid) Rating: 80
•CDM - Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao) Rating: 82
•LM - Adriano (Barcelona) Rating: 78
•CAM - Thiago (Barcelona) Rating: 79
•RM - Santi Cazorla (Malaga CF) Rating: 84
•ST - Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao) Rating: 83
•ST - Roberto Soldado (Valencia) Rating: 82
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