FIFA 13: 5 Ultimate Team Selections on a Budget

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2012

FIFA 13: 5 Ultimate Team Selections on a Budget

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    FIFA 13's Ultimate Team mode can be pretty daunting for newcomers.

    A complex market of players must be penetrated from the off. Are you getting value for money? It's a question that consumers must consider with every purchase.

    Starting off with a poor team is no fun at all—especially when playing online. You possess the financial prowess of Portsmouth, while everyone else seems to have the never ending funds of Paris Saint-Germain, right?

    Well, not necessarily. Excellent teams can be constructed for little money. If you look in the right place, there's plenty of bargains to be had.

    I've put together five budget teams. I wanted to keep the cost down, so haven't spent more than 1,500 coins on one player. To ensure each 11 is filled with quality, I also ensured the average rating didn't drop below 80.

    These teams enjoy 100 percent chemistry. Quite often, this sense of morale is more important than spending 200,000 coins on a star individual.

    Note: 4-1-2-1-2 cards are typically more expensive due to their popularity. The same goes for Premier League players.


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    As mentioned already, the 4-1-2-1-2 formation is rather expensive due to its popularity. This is undoubtedly the most adaptable and balanced setup any Ultimate Team can use. Bundesliga cards are relatively cheap—meaning you can put together an excellent 4-1-2-1-2 side without the hassle of paying ridiculous amounts for average players.

    Adopters of this side should try counterattacking. While Javi Martinez and a solid defence keep things together at the back, the likes of Mame Diouf and Jakub Blaszczykowski latch onto through balls with penetrative pace.

    Position: Name: Club: Nationality: Rough Cost: Rating
    GK Rene Adler Hamburg German 1,100 81
    RB Gebre Selassie Werder Bremen Czech 950 75
    CB Dante Bayern Munich Brazilian 1,500 81
    CB Benedikt Howedes Schalke German 1,100 81
    LB Christian Fuchs Schalke Austrian 950 77
    CDM Javi Martinez Bayern Munich Spanish 950 83
    RM Jakub Blaszczykowski Borussia Dortmund Polish 1,400 80
    LM Ivan Perisic Borussia Dortmund Croatian 800 78
    CAM Rafael Van der Vaart Hamburg Dutch 1,400 85
    ST Mario Mandzukic Bayern Munich Croatian 1,000 82
    ST Mame Diouf Hannover Senegalese 800 77
            Total Rough Cost: Average Rating:
     Formation  4-1-2-1-2     11,050 80

La Liga

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    Perhaps the most surprising team selection on this list. It's interesting to see exactly what kind of quality you can purchase with minimal funds.

    This side builds on the reliable quality of various Valencia stars. The midfield is crammed with urgency and flair—even though it includes the dogged tackling skills of Michael Essien. Such a mix is brought together successfully by Jose Callejon, who buzzes just behind star striker Roberto Soldado. An effective side if you utilise short interchanges.

    Position: Name: Club: Nationality: Rough Cost: Rating:
     GK Diego Lopez
     RB Joao Pereira Valencia
     CB Raul Albiol Real Madrid
    650 81
     CB Miranda Atletico Madrid
     LB Filipe Luis
    Atletico Madrid
     RM Sofiane Feghouli
     CM Alberto Costa
    Valencia Spanish
    900 82
     CM Michael Essien
    Real Madrid
     LM Andres Guardado
    Valencia Mexican 800
     CF Jose Callejon
    Real Madrid
     ST Roberto Soldado
            Total Rough Cost: Average Rating:
     Formation: 4-4-1-1
        10,050  81

Ligue 1

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    Many will underestimate this Ligue 1 team. Take a closer look. Hidden among the depths of a relatively poor league are plenty of individuals who are worth your money.

    The decision to play three at the back is bold. This choice is made viable by the presence of two holding midfielders—both of whom are keen to clatter into opponents at every opportunity. Attacking support comes from two wingers who are expected to feed the diverse front line. If you enjoy mixing strength and speed, this lineup is for you.

    Position: Name: Club: Nationality: Rough Cost: Rating:
    GK Stephane Ruffier Saint-Etienne French 700 80
    CB Nicolos N'Koulou Marseille Cameroonian 800 78
    CB Mamadou Sakho Paris Saint-Germain French 500 80
    CB Mapou Yanga-M'Biwa Montpellier French 400 79
    CDM Rio Antonio Mavuba Lille French 750 80
    CDM Yann M'Vila Stade Rennes French 800 82
    RM Romain Hamouma Saint-Ettiene French 550 77
    CAM Javier Pastore Paris Saint-Germain Argentinian 1,000 83
    LM Andre Ayew Marseille Ghanaian 950 81
    ST Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Saint-Ettiene Gabonese 850 79
    ST Bafetimbi Gomis Lyon French 750 81
            Total Rough Cost: Average Rating:
     Formation:  3-5-2     8,050 80

Premier League

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    Similar to the real transfer market, many players are overpriced in English football. It's a struggle to put together a side that sustains quality throughout the pitch—but we can try.

    Four defenders and an offensive mindset is key here. Plenty of space opens up without traditional wingers, meaning your fullbacks must be ready to gallop forward. Midfield battles are likely to be won by the mix of defensive ability, creative skill and physical power.

    Position: Name: Club: Nationality: Rough Cost: Rating:
    GK Tim Howard Everton American 1,000 81
    RB Pablo Zabaleta Manchester City Argentinian 700 79
    CB Kolo Toure Manchester City Ivorian 1,300 81
    CB Fabrizio Coloccini Newcastle Argentinian 1,100 81
    LB Davide Santon Newcastle Italian 800 75
    CM Nuri Sahin Liverpool Turkish 1,400 82
    CM Tom Huddlestone Tottenham Hotspur English 1,300 77
    CM Michael Carrick Manchester United English 950 81
    RW Daniel Sturridge Chelsea English 950 78
    LW Gervinho Arsenal Ivorian 950 81
    ST Demba Ba Newcastle Senegalese 1,200 82
            Total Rough Cost: Average Rating:
     Formation:  4-3-3     11,650 80

Serie A

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    If you want value for money, look no further than Serie A. Corrupt Italian football seems to have put many players off. As you'll see, this team flaunts real quality from front to back—with a couple of superstars thrown in for good measure.

    The likes of Arturo Vidal, Marek Hamsik and Stevan Jovetic will immediately strike fear into your rivals. Away from this world-class trio, the immense finishing power of Miroslav Klose injects a sense of efficiency into the side. Tight at the back and ready to pounce going forward, this setup is a steal if you play your cards right.

    Position: Name: Club: Nationality: Rough Cost: Rating:
    GK Samir Handanovic Inter Milan Slovenian 850 83
    RB Martin Caceres Juventus Uruguayan 900 80
    CB Leonardo Bonucci Juventus Italian 800 80
    CB Matias Silvestre Inter Milan Italian 850 80
    LB Alvaro Pereira Inter Milan Uruguayan 1,100 80
    CDM Arturo Vidal Juventus Chilean 1,300 84
    CDM Javier Zanetti Inter Milan Argentinian 1,000 82
    CAM Hernanes Lazio Brazilian 1,200 83
    CAM Marek Hamsik Napoli Slovakian 1,300 85
    ST Miroslav Klose Lazio German 900 83
    ST Stevan Jovetic Fiorentina Montenegrin 850 83
            Total Rough Cost: Average Rating:
     Formation: 4-2-2-2
        11,050 82

Post Your Own Budget Teams

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    Have you stumbled across a bargain that must be shared? Do you play with an amazing squad that cost pennies? Feel free to post your creations here.

    Market conditions and player values vary every week, so it's worth hunting around on a regular basis. You are far more likely to get what you want be saving earned coins rather than opening packs.


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