FIFA 14: Clubs Outside European Elite That Will Provide Most Entertainment

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2013

BERGAMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Giuseppe Rossi (2nd L) of ACF Fiorentina celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on September 22, 2013 in Bergamo, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Nothing's worse than watching your friend jump right to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich every time he fires up FIFA.

Quite frankly, he shouldn't be your friend. That's the worst kind of person.

You're just going for the low-hanging fruit. Unless it's the first time you've ever picked up the game, you need to expand your horizons a bit. There are so many clubs in the game, you're doing yourself a disservice by playing with the best over and over again.

Plus, there's no better feeling than taking a club a level or two below your opponent's and walking away with a victory.

These three teams likely won't be on the radar of the more casual gamers in FIFA 14. However, they have a lot of talented attacking players and will be a joy to play with in the game.


Borussia Moenchengladbach

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 21:  Juan Arango (C) of VfL Borussia Monchengladbach competes for the ball with Abdoullay Konko (L) and Antonio Candreva of S.S. Lazio during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between S.S. Lazio and VfL Borussia Mo
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Once you've gotten a taste of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, go ahead and jump to Borussia Moenchengladbach.

In Max Kruse, Die Fohlen have perhaps the best young German forward. He's a very good all-around striker who can do everything up top. Kruse is paired with Luuk de Jong, who's more of the traditional No. 9. Together they're exactly what you look for in a strike partnership.

The midfield is also loaded with Raffael at the top, Juan Arango and Patrick Herrmann out wide and Havard Nordtveit sitting in front of the back four. Together they all bring something different to the table. Raffael is the creator, while Herrmann will be a great threat out wide with his quickness. On set pieces, Arango is deadly.


PSV Eindhoven

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 17:  (Top L-R)  Joshua Brenet, Jeffrey Bruma and Karim Rekik walk over to congratulate Memphis Depay (#22) of PSV after he scores the third goal of the game during the Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and Go Ahead Eag
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Ajax have earned a reputation over decades as one of the best clubs in Europe when it comes to developing young talent. It's PSV that often uses their relatively strong financial clout to buy the best young Dutch talent from smaller Eredivisie clubs.

The two clubs offer somewhat clashing philosophies, but when it comes to FIFA, PSV is the undisputed king. You've got a wealth of young attackers at your disposal, with Jurgen Locadia, Zakaria Bakkali and Luciano Narsingh up top and Ola Toivonen, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Maher in midfield.

Scoring goals certainly won't be a problem.

Defending could be a bit of an issue. PSV have a lot of young defenders with potential but aren't close to being the finished article just yet.

At least Jeroen Zoet is there between the sticks.



GENOA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Mario Gomez of ACF Fiorentina celebrates a goal during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 1, 2013 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Fiorentina could be considered by some to be an elite team in Europe, but they haven't won a Serie A title in a decade and haven't had a great record over the last few seasons. More gamers will be jumping to the two Milan clubs, Roma and Juventus when they look to the Italian teams.

It's a shame Fiorentina weren't able to qualify for the Champions League this year. They've got such a talented squad, even after losing Adem Ljajic and Stevan Jovetic.

Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez form an intimidating front line and should provide plenty of goals. In the midfield, you've got plenty of creativity between Alberto Aquilani and Borja Valero.

With Vincenzo Montella's 3-5-2 style, this is a side that could be a lot of fun to control in FIFA 14.


This is far from an exhaustive list, so go ahead and list your favorite more atypical FIFA team in the comments below.


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