FIFA 16: Gold guide to Nations

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FIFA 16 Gold guide to Nations

FIFA 16 Gold guide to Nations

Like previous years, I’m going to share my recommended squads based on single leagues / single nations. This is the guide to gold squads based on a single nation…

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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 stats by a weight factor decided by me. In principle, I do it the same way as EA when calculating the OVR rating, except for the fact that I use my own weight factors which are based on practical experience and statistical analysis where available.

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 for 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. 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 nation squads

10. Colombia

Currently number 4 in FIFA’s world rankings, it’s no surprise to see Colombia in the top 10. Colombia has provided numerous pacy strikers, which have become corner stones of many squads in earlier FIFA’s. With the increased focus on passing this year, Colombia’s midfield may be a tad too weak, though.

Attack
Jackson Martínez – Carlos Bacca

Wide players
Fabián Castillo – Juan Cuadrado

Midfield
James Rodríguez – Fredy Guarín – Carlos Sánchez

Defense
Santiago Arias – Juan Camilo Zúñiga – Cristian Zapata – Jeison Murillo

Goal
David Ospina

9. Netherlands

With legends, Netherlands would have been top spot this year. Without them, it’s a disappointing 9th spot.

Attack
Robin van Persie – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Wide players
Memphis Depay – Arjen Robben

Midfield
Wesley Sneijder – Kevin Strootman – Nigel de Jong

Defense
Gregory van der Wiel – Jetro Willems – Stefan de Vrij – Bruno Martins Indi

Goal
Michel Vorm

8. Portugal

FIFA’s world ranking’s current number 6 comes in 8 in our evaluation. CR7 leads this squad, which however lacks quality on most other positions. Among all my suggested squads, this one takes the price as the squad least likely to be built due to the poor ratio of quality for money. Swapping in Nani for Ronaldo may lower the price per quality ratio to a more decent level, if you are looking for a cheap mid-range squad.

Attack
Bebé – Éder

Wide players
Cristiano Ronaldo – Quaresma

Midfield
João Moutinho – Pedro Tiba – William Carvalho

Defense
Cédric – Fábio Coentrão – Pepe – Bruno Alves

Goal
Anthony Lopes

7. England

Currently number 10 on FIFA’s world rankings list, my England selection looks like an alternative worth considering, as some of the players will be pretty cheap in a short while. As for the midfield, my choices may surprise you, but in a lineup with only one CM, I prefer boring James Milner over Gerrard etc. The real question isn’t Milner but rather whether one should choose position change Gerrard, Henderson or Lampard in instead of Lallana and Barry.

Attack
Wayne Rooney – Daniel Sturridge

Wide players
Raheem Sterling – Theo Walcott

Midfield
Adam Lallana – James Milner – Gareth Barry

Defense
Nathaniel Clyne – Leighton Baines – Gary Cahill – John Terry

Goal
Joe Hart

6. Italy

Italy just ranked 16 on FIFA’s current list, but they reside as number 6 on my list. The most notable thing is again the midfield, as I didn’t find room for Pirlo. His excellent passing is brilliant for FIFA 16, but he is an old man, and given the importance of stamina, I clearly recommend Marchisio as CM. Pirlo may be good for one half, though.

Attack
Giuseppe Rossi – Antonio Di Natale – Sebastian Giovinco

Wide players
Stephan El Shaarawy – Antonio Candreva

Midfield
Stefano Mauri – Claudio Marchisio – Daniele De Rossi

Defense
Matteo Darmian – Domenico Criscito – Giorgio Chiellini – Leonardo Bonucci

Goal
Gianluigi Buffon

5. Germany

The squad below doesn’t reflect Germany’s real strength. We have come to know Germany as a team, where players can play different positions, and where there are brilliant alternatives on all positions. It’s hard to tell who are midfielders and strikers, and in reality, most people wouldn’t play Gomez and Klose up front. It’s hard to recreate Germany’s concept in FUT, when you need to pick two strikers rather than the mix of all-round players we usually see. You may wonder what happened to Schweinsteiger, Götze and Lahm, but in a squad with only one CAM, CM and CDM, Bender and Khedira appear to be the better alternatives.

Attack
Miroslav Klose – Mario Gomez – Thomas Müller

Wide players
Marco Reus – Kevin Volland

Midfield
Mesut Özil – Lars Bender – Sami Khedira

Defense
Christian Träsch – Dennis Aogo – Jérôme Boateng – Mats Hummels

Goal
Manuel Neuer

4. Spain

Despite the disappointing campaign in Brazil, the world’s current number 11 is a serious contestant for Euro 2016 taking place next door in France: The midfield below is in my opinion the stuff dreams are made of. With Diego Costa up front and a world class defense, it ought to be possible to build something usable. A consideration may be to play a formation like 4-1-2-1-2 (2) without wingers to utilize the considerable amount of strong central midfielders. An additional benefit with such line ups is that it makes your central midfield substitutes more usable, as they can take over on more positions.

Attack
Diego Costa – Morata – Luis Alberto

Wide players
Vitolo – Cristian Tello

Midfield
David Silva – Cesc Fàbregas – Sergio Busquets

Defense
Iraola – Jordi Alba – Sergio Ramos – Javi Martinez

Goal
De Gea

3. Argentina

Despite losing the WC final to Germany, Argentina is the world’s current #1. Argentina doesn’t have nearly as many gold players as some of the other nations, but they have what it takes on nearly all positions. As for my choice of CM, some of you may wonder why Pastore isn’t there. I have my reasons: Enzo Pérez has 92 stamina, which gave him a clear victory in my evaluation. Feel free to disagree.

Attack
Carlos Tévez – Sergio Agüero

Wide players
Nicolás Gaitán – Lionel Messi

Midfield
Ángel Di María – Enzo Pérez – Lucas Biglia

Defense
Pablo Zabaleta – Emiliano Insua – Nicolás Otamendi – Javier Mascherano

Goal
Willy Caballero

2. Brazil

Down at #5 in the world, Brazil is celebrating it’s second year of headache after it was blasted out of the sky by Joachim Löw’s Panzer division. Although positioned 2 in my ranking, I still think Brazil has it’s issues up front. My actual recommendation is to play Hulk and Neymar as LF / RF in a two-striker formation to stay clear of those not-so-fantastic strikers. A 4-2-2-2 or 4-1-2-1-2 (2) may be worth considering, as the second choices on the wings are far behind Hulk and Neymar, whereas there is a good selection of central midfielders to choose from.

Attack
Jonas – Luiz Adriano – Raffael

Wide players
Neymar – Hulk

Midfield
Roberto Firmino – Fernandinho – Allan

Defense
Danilo – Marcelo – Thiago Silva – Naldo

Goal
Diego Alves

1. France

Some say it’s France’s turn next year. They won the world cup in 1998 playing at home, and they may do it again with Euro 2016. From a FUT perspective, it’s hard to see what is stopping them. One of the things I like about France in FUT is that you actually can build an excellent squad without paying a fortune. I can’t rule out that Ribery and Pogba will remain somewhat expensive depending on whether EA are able to stop coin farming, but I expect players like Lacazette, Benzema and Matuidi to drop to reasonable levels during the first few months. As for the defense, there is so much to chose from.

Attack
Alexandre Lacazette – Karim Benzema – Jérémy Ménez

Wide players
Franck Ribéry – Hatem Ben Arfa

Midfield
Dimitri Payet – Paul Pogba – Blaise Matuidi

Defense
Christophe Jallet – Benoît Trémoulinas – Loïc Perrin – Jérémy Mathieu

Goal
Hugo Lloris

Other nations

You can build pure gold squads based on Turkey and Serbia as well. For Serbia’s part, this is highly surprising when considering it’s poor performance in the Euro qualifiers.

Turkey:

  • Burak Yılmaz – Cenk Tosun
  • Kerim Frei – Gökhan Töre
  • Mehmet Ekici – Selçuk İnan – Mehmet Topal
  • Gökhan Gönül – Caner Erkin – Ömer Toprak – Semih Kaya
  • Onur Kıvrak

Serbia

  • Filip Djordjevic – Aleksandar Mitrović
  • Filip Kostić – Zoran Tošić
  • Filip Đuričić – Nemanja Gudelj – Nemanja Matić
  • Dušan Basta – Aleksandar Kolarov – Neven Subotić – Nemanja Vidić
  • Željko Brkić

6 COMMENTS

    • Yes, it’s a bit strange, but Beligum doesn’t have any gold RW/RM’s. Hence, it drops out of the list due to my choice of formation. I’m pretty certain that you could build a strong squad, using a formation such as 4-2-2-2 or 4-1-2-1-2 (2), though. This would however take Hazard out of the equation, unless you play him out of position.

    • Yes, it’s a bit strange, but Beligum doesn’t have any gold RW/RM’s. Hence, it drops out of the list due to my choice of formation. I’m pretty certain that you could build a strong squad, using a formation such as 4-2-2-2 or 4-1-2-1-2 (2), though. This would however take Hazard out of the equation, unless you play him out of position.

  1. Great post I used some of your teams in fifa 15 and some of them worked out great, i made a few changes here or there though. If you put brazil in a 4-2-2-2 who would be your options in the midfield?

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