FIFA 16 Gold guide to Leagues

Like previous years, I’m going to share my recommended squads based on single leagues / single nation. This year, I will start out with the best of the best – the guide to gold squads based on a single league…

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How this evaluation is made

The evaluation below is fully automatic. Each player in the game is evaluated by multiplying each of his relevant stats by a weight factor set by me. In principle, I do it the same way as EA when calculating the OVR rating, except for that I use my own weight factors which are based on practical experience and statistical analysis where available.

Below, I pick players for the following positions:

  • Attack: ST + ST + CF (where relevant)
  • Wide players: LM/LW + RM/RW
  • Midfield: CAM + CM + CDM
  • Defense: RB + LB + CB + CB
  • Goal: GK

With regards to midfielders, I pick one of each kind, meaning that I pick out the CAM best suited for CAM, the CM best suited for CM and the CDM best suited for CDM. I don’t consider CM’s on the two other positions.

Changes in this year’s player evaluation

Based on my experiences through the first few weeks of play, I have made some adjustments to the weight factors used to evaluate each player. Most notably, I have increased the weight of passing, positioning and stamina for midfielders. Additionally, I have increased the weight of interceptions for defensive players.

Since FUT 12, we have seen a gradual decline in the importance of pace, and FIFA 16 is no exception. Although pace still counts for the front players, there is no point in choosing players who only excel in being fast any more. Last year, I analyzed the relationship between actual performance and stats. The results of this analysis has been incorporated into the ratings of strikers and center forwards.

Top 10: single league squads

10. Eredivisie (Netherlands)

The Netherlands are in big trouble in the current Euro qualifiers, and perhaps one of the reasons lies in the declining standard on it’s top league. The best thing to say about the Dutch league line up this year is that it is consistent on all positions: None of them are terribly good or terribly bad.

Attack
Arkadiusz Milik – Luuk de Jong

Wide players
Viktor Fischer – Anwar El Ghazi

Midfield
Davy Klaassen – Nemanja Gudelj – Kamohelo Mokotjo

Defense
Santiago Arias – Jetro Willems – Héctor Moreno – Joël Veltman

Goal
Jasper Cillessen

9. Primera Division (Argentina)

Carloz Tevez, the best rare gold striker in FIFA 15, leads this bunch of otherwise mediocre players. If you are to build a Primeria Division squad, you may consider Silver added with Tevez instead.

Attack
Carlos Tévez – Ignacio Scocco – Javier Saviola

Wide players
Maximiliano Rodríguez – Carlos Sánchez

Midfield
Nicolás Lodeiro – Federico Mancuello – Juan Mercier

Defense
Julio Buffarini – Leonel Vangioni – Jonatan Maidana – Éder Álvarez Balanta

Goal
Marcelo Barovero

8. Süper Lig (Turkey)

Even with Emenike on loan to Saudi Arabia, the Turkish league offers an absolute strike force. Robin van Persie certainly isn’t the fastest player in the game, but his shooting remains top class. Together with his Dutch national team colleague, Wesley Sneijder, van Persie adds a touch of class to this lineup, which also offers brilliant wide players in Nani and Gökhan Töre. If you are looking for cheap alternatives, Turkey is an obvious place to look.

Attack
Robin van Persie – Burak Yılmaz

Wide players
Nani – Gökhan Töre

Midfield
Wesley Sneijder – Selçuk İnan – Mehmet Topal

Defense
Gökhan Gönül – Caner Erkin – Bruno Alves – Aurélien Chedjou

Goal
Fernando Muslera

7. Primeira Liga (Portugal)

Iker Casillas together with Brazil’s Jonas and Peru’s Carillo are the highlights of this squad, which is an interesting place to start if you want to stay clear of the “pricy five” major leagues, and dare to look Martins Indi in the eyes.

Attack
Jonas – Vincent Aboubakar

Wide players
Nicolás Gaitán – André Carrillo

Midfield
Anderson Talisca – Héctor Herrera – William Carvalho

Defense
Maximiliano Pereira – Jefferson – Maicon – Bruno Martins Indi

Goal
Casillas

6. Чемпионат России по футболу (Russia)

Apart from the center backs, the Russian league maintains it’s position as one of the most interesting foundations for a cheap squad. As always, Hulk together with the lovely Seydou Doumbia are the leading men in this squad.

Attack
Seydou Doumbia – Ahmed Musa

Wide players
Oleg Shatov – Hulk

Midfield
Roman Eremenko – Axel Witsel – Pontus Wernbloom

Defense
Igor Smolnikov – Domenico Criscito – Ezequiel Garay – Vedran Ćorluka

Goal
Igor Akinfeev

5. Serie A

The most interesting thing about this lineup is the player who is missing: Since I only pick one CM, Paul Pogba didn’t find his way into the squad. If you have the coins, you may consider a formation with two CM’s and replace Pereyra with Pogba.

Attack
Rodrigo Palacio – Gonzalo Higuaín – Alessio Cerci

Wide players
Kwadwo Asamoah – Antonio Candreva

Midfield
Roberto Pereyra – Radja Nainggolan – Sami Khedira

Defense
Stephan Lichtsteiner – Alex Sandro – Giorgio Chiellini – Leonardo Bonucci

Goal
Samir Handanovič

4. Ligue 1

The Ligue 1 is strongly dominated by Paris SG, meaning that you will see plenty of green links. As always, building a squad with Zlatan will be a costly affair, though.

Attack
Alexandre Lacazette – Zlatan Ibrahimović

Wide players
Paul-Georges Ntep – Hatem Ben Arfa

Midfield
Ángel Di María – Marco Verratti – Blaise Matuidi

Defense
Serge Aurier – Maxwell – Thiago Silva – Loïc Perrin

Goal
Stéphane Ruffier

3. Barclays PL

We are getting near the business end with this BPL squad, which offers plenty of top quality on all positions. I expect to see the midfield below a lot this year, and as for the Rooney / Agüero pair, it’s interesting to see how many of you can resist to swap Sturridge for Wayne.

Attack
Sergio Agüero – Wayne Rooney

Wide players
Eden Hazard – Xherdan Shaqiri

Midfield
Kevin De Bruyne – Yaya Touré – Nemanja Matić

Defense
Séamus Coleman – Leighton Baines – Nicolás Otamendi – Vincent Kompany

Goal
De Gea

2. Bundesliga

The Bundesliga has a few changes this year. With Schweinsteiger gone, we will be seeing a lot of Vidal instead, although there are many classy alternatives for the central positions. With Müller moved from the wide midfield to the CF, we might even get to see him in action a bit more this year. His excellent finishing skills and passing makes him an interesting player in a yer where pace is less important than ever.

Attack
Robert Lewandowski – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Thomas Müller

Wide players
Marco Reus – Arjen Robben

Midfield
Mario Götze – Arturo Vidal – Philipp Lahm

Defense
Łukasz Piszczek – David Alaba – Jérôme Boateng – Mats Hummels

Goal
Manuel Neuer

1. Liga BBVA

Even without De Gea, the spanish Primera Division takes the lead position this year. The lineup below contains few surprises and one change, as Real’s Danilo takes over from Dani Alves on the RB.

Attack
Luis Suárez – Karim Benzema

Wide players
Cristiano Ronaldo – Lionel Messi

Midfield
James Rodríguez – Luka Modrić – Sergio Busquets

Defense
Danilo – Jordi Alba – Sergio Ramos – Diego Godín

Goal
Claudio Bravo

Published by crlarsen

FUT addict since FUT 12. A master of economic science and data analysis professional. @c_r_larsen

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14 Comments

  1. Hi

    How you evaluate the players and leagues, any details. I am planing to pick up silver team and I use fut head players list sorted by total in game stats to pick up decent players with good overall stats, overall rating and fast. But it would be nice what else take into consideration.

    Good job, and I use your guides last year in Fifa World, shame they closed that.

    1. I’m not able to respond briefly to that, but as soon as I get the player data, I will do the same evaluation for silver and bronze as I did last year.

  2. Hi,

    I’m building a Super Lig team but i’m going with a 4312 formation. You’ve listed Inan as the best CM in Super Lig. Who would you say the other two are? Also if I was to switch to a one striker formation would Van Persie be better than Yilmaz? Thanks in advance, I appreciate it.

    1. As for CM, it depends on what type you are looking for and perhaps whether it in fact should be a re-positioned CAM or CDM instead, but here are my recommended midfielders in order of rating:

      Mehmet Topal
      Selçuk İnan
      Tolgay Ali Arslan
      Souza
      Raúl Meireles

      As for strikers, I have rated van Persie slightly above Yilmaz, but when considering the price difference, I woud prefer Yilmaz any time (I use him myself in a 1-striker formation)

  3. I like the look of la liga team but cant afford either of messi or Ronaldo . coukld you name 2 subs instead

  4. Thank you for this guide. I’m tuning my perfect Bundesliga squad. In your Silver League Guide for FIFA 15 you posted a table with the weight factors used for the player evaluation. Can you please post this table with the adjustments you made for this guide? Thank you very much.

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