Bleacher Report Correspondent Liam Brod recently released a list of The 5 Most Entertaining Teams to Use in FIFA 13. In order, the list included Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. This well-written article got me thinking about what other teams players should be excited to play with when FIFA 13 drops on Tuesday, September 25th.
Bayern Munich became a popular team for players of FIFA 12. Munich has very few weaknesses. They have a dangerous and balanced attack, a great midfield, a solid defense, and arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world in Manuel Neuer.
Players will again enjoy he inside out attack style of Bayern. Munich is led by the incredibly fast wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. The attack is culminated by striker Mario Gomez who has the ability to create his own shot with fantastic strength, or header a number of crosses home.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos lead a stacked midfield that has an excellent mixture of attacking and holding midfielders. While they mainly fasciltate passes to the dangerous attack up front, this midfield has been known to find goal from time to time. With new addition Javi Martinez, this midfield will only be improved in FIFA 13.
Beginning players will enjoy playing with Bayern Munich because of their rock-solid defense. Behind world class payers such as Philipp Lahm and Holger Badstuber, opposition will have a hard time finding net more than once.
Even if the defense fails, however, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer can be counted on to make a number of incredible saves that will leave opponents throwing controllers in disbelief.
Dortmund is a playable team on the FIFA 13 demo. Players got an early glimpse at a team that will definitely be a fan favorite this year. Dortmund’s explosive offense gives them a unique playing style that will draw the interest of players with goal scoring ambitions.
Dortmund’s attack brags one of the fastest counter attacks in the game.
Striker Robert Lewandowski had a breakout season last year and will definitely see a bump in his overall rating and attacking skills.
The midfield is led by starlet Mario Gotze. He is the ultimate distributor to Jakub Błaszczykowski, arguably the fastest player in the game, and newcomer Marco Reus, who will see a great increase in his ratings after an incredible season that earned him German Player of the Year honors. The midfielders are fast and all are capable of finding goal in a number of different ways.
Dortmund also boasts an underrated defense. German national Mats Hummels along with Neven Subotic anchor the defense in front of experienced goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.
PSG is a team that very few played with this past season. However, their numerous purchases in the offseason have made them a force to be reckoned with in the FIFA 13 universe.
At the head of the attack is former A.C. Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimović. The world-class goal scorer boasts a unique skill set that is encompassed by his height, heading ability, skill moves,and shooting finesse.
The midfield has been upgraded with the signing of attacking midfielder Lucas Moura. Moura will mesh well with young incumbent Javier Pastore. This will create a dangerous midfield capable of making a run at goal from almost anywhere on the pitch. Players using wingers Ezequiel Lavezzi and Nenê will be able to cut inside or whip crosses into Ibrahimović.
Newcomer Thiago Silva will lead an impressive defense that also includes former Chelsea defender Alex and former Barcelona right back Maxwell.
Juventus was an underplayed yet strong team in FIFA 12, and looks to be even better in FIFA 13. Acquisitions from fellow Serie A teams look to join a strong returning squad and become a force to be reckoned with in the FIFA 13 world.
Leading the Old Lady will be Andrea Pirlo. After an impressive year for Juventus and the Italian national squad, expect Pirlo to be an even better playmaker. The esteemed midfielder will be undoubtedly the most fun player on the team. His ability to dish the ball anywhere on the field combined with excellent long shot skills makes him an unprecedented player.
Newcomers Kwadwo Asamoah and Sebastian Giovinco add to an already stacked group of midfielders. The two young players will combine well with Claudio Marchisio, Aruturo Vidal and Pirlo will be a force to be reckoned with in the midfield. Add that to the consistency of striker Alessandro Matri to make a squad that should allow players to find the net with ease.
Perhaps the biggest upgrade Juventus made in the offseason was the acquisition of former Inter Milan defender Lúcio. The experienced defender will add to a squad that already boasts Stephan Lichtsteiner and Leonardo Bonucci.
With veteran Gianluigi Buffon at keeper, players can have confidence that only the most skilled of opponents will slip one in for a goal.
Like Juventus, Spurs is a team that is underplayed for a team that sits near the top of their table. Tottenham has a balanced team, with little weakness, but no true “superstar”.
Up top this season will be Emmauel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey.
Adebayor will be a target for crosses as he possesses power header and acrobat traits. Dempsey is a solid striker who seems to be in the right place at all times. He should see a boost in his ratings this year. Look for clinical finisher Jermain Defoe as a solid backup.
The midfield is where Spurs has their greatest strength. On the wings are crossing specialist Gareth Bale and speedster Aaron Lennon. In the middle are English nationals Scott Parker and Jake Livermore. Both players have reasonable speed and passing abilities.
Tottenham’s defense is secured by the highly rated central defender Michael Dawson. Benoît Assou-Ekotto and Younès Kaboul rove the outside and are quick enough to join the attack.
Between the sticks for Spurs this year will be American Brad Friedel. Friedel will see a bump in his ratings after a terrific season last year. New addition Hugo Lloris could find his way into the starting lineup after the January roster updates.