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Building a FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Serie A Squad
FIFA 13 Ultimate Team is mainly based on building a good squad. But that’s not easy. Firstly, we have to choose a formation for us to get adapted with. Then, we choose the players we want to hire according to the attributes that we consider important and how they can fit into our formation. And, at last, we have to make everything that is possible to get a high chemistry.
To make this last step easier, most players start defining what kind of squad they’re going to build. Some choose to get players with the same nationality (Brazilian squads are the most common), while others prefer to build one with players from the same league. There are also more experienced players that can build hybrid squads without prejudicing the chemistry too much.
However, we all feel some disorientation when we start building our squad. This article intends to help those who think about or intend to build a FIFA 13 Ultimate Team squad based in Serie A players.
Obviously this article is merely guiding. It’s about an extremely vast theme in which player combinations are almost infinite. Besides that, there are lots of factors that influence the players’ choices, such as each one’s playing style, formation, budget, preferred clubs or even the time spent playing. There’s also an uncertainty component: a good player for you may not be good for the other players. If there was a certain best squad, everyone would struggle to have it. Part of the FIFA 13 Ultimate Team joke is this: each one has his own club and players.
Serie A Players and FIFA 13 Ultimate Team
The main football competition of Italy is considered one of the greatest leagues of the world. Started in 1929, Serie A is disputed by 20 clubs. Juventus has won 28 times. Internazionale and AC Milan did it by 18 times, each one.
By the high quality of the players in this league, it’s natural that this is one of the most represented leagues on FUT 13 squads. It may not have so many quality players as Barclays PL or Liga BBVA, but you can build a very good squad based on Serie A with much less coins.
In relation to FIFA 12 Ultimate Team, FUT 13 lost some good players. G. Ramírez, Miguel Veloso, Júlio César, Maicon, Lúcio, Diego Fórlan, Thiago Silva, Del Piero, Krasić, E. Elia, D. Cissé, Lavezzi and Juan are good examples of that, but the biggest loss was actually Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who’s joined to Paris Saint Germain. Also Sneijder and Pato left Italia but only in winter transfer window.
Although, the Serie A got some massive signings in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team too: Aquilani, Álvaro Pereira, N. de Jong, Marquinho, Bakić, Gabriel Silva and Willians. The best ones came to Calcio only in January: Kovačić, Rolando, Balotelli and Anelka. This last one doesn’t exist on FUT 13 database.
As you can see, there are lots of quality choices. However, having a higher overall doesn’t mean that the player is better. It is necessary to analyse their attributes.
In this article we will analyse only the FIFA 13 Ultimate Team regular players, since the IF ones are extremely expensive and should be used only for an esthetic matter in most cases when the player has a lot of coins left. They are not good value for money.
In this guide, we only considered the new cards of upgrade and transferred players.
To make the analysis easier, let’s consider six groups of players:
- Goalkeeper (GK);
- Central Back (CB);
- Lateral Backs (RB, RWB, LB e LWB);
- Central Midfielders (CDM, CM e CAM);
- Medium Wingers (RM, RW, RF, LM, LW e LF);
- and Attackers (CF e ST).
Let’s get going!
Serie A Goalkeepers (GK)
Many players start their signings with an attacker. Then improve the midfield, the defence and, lastly, the goal. The truth is that having a good goalkeeper will make a difference several times for winning a match. And usually the investment is not that significant.
The most wanted goalkeepers are Gianluigi Buffon, Federico Marchetti, Samir Handanovic, Maarten Stekelenburg and Sebastien Frey. They are the ones that have the best rating and also because of that are the most expensive ones.
|GOALKEEPERS WITH THE BEST OVERALLS|
|Morgan De Sanctis||81||Italy||Napoli|
|Jean Francois Gillet||79||Belgium||Torino|
Although, the best overall doesn’t necessarily mean the best choice. There are two fundamental attributes for a good goalkeeper: reflexes and diving.
The first one measures the keeper’s agility when performing a defence. In this particularity, Juventus’s goalkeeper is the best among the others. Em FIFA 13 Ultimate Team, only Casillas, Diego Alves, Lloris and Neuer are better than him.
|GOALKEEPERS WITH THE BEST REFLEXES|
|Morgan De Sanctis||82||Italy||Napoli|
The diving measures the capacity of a goalkeeper to perform a defense in the air. In this important aspect, Federico Marchetti is better than his opponents, including Buffon. Christian Abbiati and Jean François Gillet are valid choices for who wants to save coins.
|GOALKEEPERS WITH THE BEST DIVINGS|
|Jean Francois Gillet||84||Belgium||Torino|
There’s one more characteristic in a goalkeeper that will be able to make a difference: his height. The taller he is, the bigger will be the chances to maintain the goal inviolable. This is not one of the strengths of Buffon. He is only the tenth tallest goalkeeper of Serie A on FUT 13, 6 centimetres away from Maarten Stekelenburg and 4 centimetres away from Emiliano Viviano, the tallest keepers of the main Italian football league.
Buffon is unequivocally the best Serie A goalkeeper on FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. Out of the six main attributes for a goalkeeper, he is the best in four (reflexes, handling, speed and positioning). If you like to pass the ball back to the goalkeeper, Sergio Romero is your man.
Buffon is the most expensive goalkeeper in football history and, in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team, his price is prohibitive for many players. There are other good Serie A goalkeepers that you can get for less money. Federico Marchetti is also an excellent goalkeeper and is worth twenty times less. If you want even a cheaper alternative, choose Sebastien Frey (Genoa) or even Christian Abbiati (AC Milan).
Five Serie A goalkeepers with the best overalls in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team
Serie A Centre Backs (CB)
A goalkeeper’s job becomes easier if quality centre backs are playing right ahead. Their role in the match is to stop the opponents from getting near the goal.
Giorgio Chiellini is the major highlight of Serie A. Andrea Barzagli and Walter Samuel are other quality defenders of Italian League.
|CENTRE BACKS WITH THE BEST OVERALLS|
For a centre back, two attributes are of particular importance: defending and heading.
A player with a good defending will take the ball from the opponent and prevent him to reach the box more easily. This is Walter Samuel’s case, the best player to perform this function. A cheaper alternative to a good defence is the Udinese’s Medhi Benatia.
|CENTRE BACKS WITH THE BEST DEFENDINGS|
|Francesco Acerbi||82||Italy||Chievo Verona|
Having a good heading is very important for a centre back because it allows him to win balls in the air while they’re thrown in his box. But that’s not all. Also on attacking free kicks, such as the corner, it is normal to see centre backs going into the opponent’s box to try their lucks.
In this chapter there is a balanced competition. Mobido Diakité, Giorgio Chiellini, Matías Silvestre and Leonardo Bonucci are good choices. In the opposite way is Danilo. Although he has excellent defending, he has poor heading, so you should to avoid buying him for your Serie A squad.
|CENTRE BACKS WITH THE BEST HEADINGS|
One of the commonest characteristics on centre backs that dissatisfy us players is their slowness. No one likes to feel impotent by seeing extremely fast players easily passing through our defense. That’s why the defenders’ speed is also an important factor.
Some good centre backs of Serie A are slow. Paolo Cannavaro, Danilo and even Walter Samuel don’t exceed 61 on the pace stat. Guglielmo Stendardo is almost half of it (!). Angelo Ogbonna, Alessandro Gamberini and Hugo Campagnaro can be good choices if speed is important to you. If money is no problem to you, bet on Chiellini. He is one of the twelve fastest centre back of FIFA 13 Ultimate Team.
|FASTEST CENTRE BACKS|
|Steve von Bergen||72||Switzerland||Palermo|
Giorgio Chiellini is definitely the best Serie A central defender on FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. He is the fastest, has the second best defending and the second best heading. This should be enough to put him in your squad. But he’s got one problem: his prohibitive price for many players. Many players like to put a slower centre back that is more secure alongside another that compensates on speed. Depending on this factor, bet in one of these three players to be his partner in defence: Angelo Ogbonna for a very fast defence, Walter Samuel for a more static element but with better defensive attributes or Andrea Barzagli for a middle ground.
For limited budgets there are other quality solutions. A double of Matías Silvestre and Hugo Campagnaro guarantees a solid defense by having high attributes of defending and heading at a low price.
Five Serie A Centre backs with the best overalls in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team
Serie A Side Defenders (RB, RWB, LB, LWB)
The side defenders have the function of making the opponents’ wingers’ jobs harder. But that’s not all. Complementarily, the good side defenders also support their team’s wingers on offensive plays.
Among the Serie A side defenders, Stephan Lichtsteiner only finds competition in Ignazio Abate and in Martín Cáceres, on the right side of the defense. On the opposite side, Federico Balzaretti and Álvaro Pereira are alone. They are the top rated left back.
|RIGHT BACKS WITH THE BEST OVERALLS|
|LEFT BACKS WITH THE BEST OVERALLS|
|Paolo De Ceglie||79||Italy||Juventus|
|Pablo Estifer Armero||78||Colombia||Udinese|
Since they are elements of the defence, in these players the defending is a central attribute. On the right side, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Martín Cáceres are the better ones. On the left side, Stefan Radu is who has this attribute more developed. Still, any of them stays behind the best Serie A centre backs in this FIFA 13 Ultimate Team.
|RIGHT BACKS WITH THE BEST DEFENDINGS|
|LEFT BACKS WITH THE BEST DEFENDINGS|
|Pablo Estifer Armero||76||Colombia||Udinese|
|Paolo De Ceglie||75||Italy||Juventus|
But a side defender shouldn’t only defend. If you like them to go to the opposite box and perform perfect crosses, then it’s interesting for you to know who does it well.
If Federico Balzaretti, Paolo De Ceglie and Manuel Pasqual have good crosses on the left side, on the right side Stephan Lichtsteiner can cross even better. Mattia Cassani and Yuto Nagatomo also have a very good performance in this chapter.
|RIGHT BACKS WITH THE BEST CROSSINGS|
|LEFT BACKS WITH THE BEST CROSSINGS|
|Paolo De Ceglie||84||Italy||Juventus|
|Pablo Estifer Armero||80||Colombia||Udinese|
A side defender is much more dynamic than a centre back because he fulfills a double mission of defence-attack and because the game tends to be faster on the wings. That’s why it’s important for them to be fast players.
There are many fast side defenders in Serie A, especially on the right side. Ignazio Abate reaches the 93 of pace, while Pablo Estifer Armero and Yuto Nagatomo only gets 88 on the left side. The Italian is even the fastest side defender of whole FIFA 13 Ultimate Team.
|FASTEST RIGHT BACKS|
|FASTEST LEFT BACK|
|Pablo Estifer Armero||88||Colombia||Udinese|
|Paolo De Ceglie||82||Italy||Juventus|
For the right side of your FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Serie A squad, Stephan Lichtsteiner is the strongest player. He is who has the better crossing, defending and passing. But Abate is the favourite for most of the FUT 13 gamers. He is just a bit worse in the most important attributes, comparing with the Swiss, but his fantastic pace makes him a wonderful right back. They are both great players but they are also expensive. If you give more value to the offensive capacity than the defensive, Abdoulay Konko could be the right guy.
On the left side, Álvaro Pereira and Federico Balzaretti are very well balanced side defenders. They are fast, defend well and cross with precision. If you only want someone that defends well, Stefan Radu should be your choice.
Five Serie A Side Defenders with the best overalls in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team
Serie A Midfielders (CDM, CM e CAM)
The players that play on the middle of the field are responsible for helping in the defensive aspects, but mainly for assisting the advanced players of their team. They are the ones who should study the match and define its rhythm.
Some of the best midfielders in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team are from Serie A, such as Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi, Boateng and Hamšik.
|MIDFIELDERS WITH THE BEST OVERALLS|
|Daniele De Rossi||86||Italy||Roma|
The midfielders are responsible for finding out the lines that break the opponent’s defense. Their passing quality must be very good so they can assist the attackers.
Although Andrea Pirlo and Wesley Sneijder are the Serie A players who have the best passing ability, there are many other good solutions, such as Borja Valero, David Pizarro, Riccardo Montolivo, Dejan Stankovic and Francesco Lodi.
|MIDFIELDERS WITH THE BEST PASSING|
The passing is the most important attribute in a midfielder but it’s not the only one. These players must have a good vision and, if possible, a good shooting. Andrea Pilrois the king on the first one and Kevin-Prince Boateng on the second.
A good dribbling allows you to take the team ahead, possibly creating unbalances. Also in this attribute Pilro is well rated. Even better just Coutinho.
|MIDFIELDERS WITH THE BEST DRIBBLING|
Pilro is the best Serie A midfielder of FIFA 13 Ultimate Team for being the one who highlights the most on the attributes that are really important for his position. He is the one with best passing and best dribbling. He is look like Xavi but much more cheaper. In FIFA 13 Ultimate Team, only the Spanish is better than him in vision and passing. According to your personal preferences, Kevin-Prince Boateng may be a better choice, since Pilro has a poor attacking work rate and he is a bit slow.
There are other options, but the choice depends on your style of play. If you love pace, Maximiliano Moralez and Claudio Marchisio are interesting players. If you often shoot outside the box, Riccardo Montolivo may be the best choice. If you like to advance with the ball on your feet, Coutinho and Hernanes can be the right ones. If you need a high quality CDM, Daniele De Rossi and Cambiasso are fantastic but our choice is Arturo Vidal since he join good defensive attributes to his amazing pace. No quality lacking.
Five Serie A Centre Midfielders with the best overalls in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team
Serie A Wingers (RM, RW, RF, LM, LW e LF)
The wingers are responsible for widening the offensive moves of their team. They’re normally the most explosive players.
The Serie A have lost good wingers, but there are still some quality players for these positions. Christian Maggio on the right side, Robinho and Sebastian Giovinco on the left side are good examples.
|RIGHT WINGERS WITH THE BEST OVERALLS|
|LEFT WINGERS WITH THE BEST OVERALLS|
|Stephan El Shaarawy||81||Italy||Milan|
|Senad Lulic||80||Bosnia Herzegovina||Lazio|
|Juan Manuel Vargas||80||Peru||Genoa|
Getting away through the side line until the opponent’s goal is something commom on a winger. In order to do that with success, they need to be fast players. That’s why the speed is one of the most important attributes for the players on this position.
Eight Serie A wings have a pace above 90 on FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. Jonathan Biabiany on the right side and Sebastian Giovinco on the left side are the fastest.
|FASTEST RIGHT WINGERS|
|FASTEST LEFT WINGERS|
|Pablo Estifer Armero||88||Colombia||Napoli|
|Juan Camilo Zúñiga||88||Colombia||Napoli|
But in order to get close from the opponent’s goal, the speed may be enough. The wingers will face the opponents and will have to use dribbling to surpass them.
Serie A left wingers combine their speed with a great dribbling. Sebastian Giovinco and Robinho are much better than the best right wingers, Rodrigo Palacio and Erik Lamela.
|RIGHT WINGERS WITH THE BEST DRIBBLING|
|LEFT WINGERS WITH THE BEST DRIBBLING|
|Stephan El Shaarawy||87||Italy||Milan|
When arriving in the opponent’s box, the wingers have to decide what to do. Most times, they choose to assist the attackers. That’s why it’s important for them to be good on passing.
For the wingers this is their weakness. Maggio on the right side and Vargas on the left are the exceptions.
|RIGHT WINGERS WITH THE BEST PASSING|
|LEFT WINGERS WITH THE BEST PASSING|
|Juan Manuel Vargas||81||Peru||Genoa|
|Senad Lulic||80||Bosnia Herzegovina||Lazio|
|Pablo Estifer Armero||77||Colombia||Napoli|
Rodrigo Palacio and Maggio are the only Serie A right wingers of quality on FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. There are actually fast wingers but they are relatively weak on dribbling and passing. The affordable prices reflect this lack of quality.
On the left side the things are a bit different. Robinho and Giovinco are superb players. They are the fastest and they have the best dribbling and best shooting.
Five Serie A Wings with the best overalls in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team
Serie A Attackers (CF e ST)
The attackers are the ones that play on the last third of the field alongside with the opponents’ defenders. The only requirement for them is to be able to score goals.
Among the best Serie A attackers are Cavani, Di Natale, Cassano, Milito and Balotelli.
|ATTACKERS WITH THE BEST OVERALLS|
|Antonio Di Natale||85||Italy||Udinese|
If attackers are supposed to score goals, then shooting is the most important attribute for them.
Di Natale, Miccoli and Totti are the best ones. Of the ten players who best shoots in FIFA 13 Ultiamte Team, only one is from Serie A.
|ATTACKERS WITH THE BEST SHOOTING|
|Antonio Di Natale||87||Italy||Udinese|
The attackers don’t use only their feet to score goals. Knowing how to head the ball can make a lot of difference. If you’re a player who often crosses the ball to the box, then this attribute is indispensable.
Pazzini, Amauri, Klose and Luca Toni have better heading than the most popular players, such as Di Natale, Balotelli and Milito. Cavani is the exception. There are players with great heading in Serie A.
|ATTACKERS WITH THE BEST HEADINGS|
Shooting and heading are the most important attributes for an attacker. Although, according to each one’s tactic and game style, there are those who prefer attackers that take advantage on their speed to surpass the opponent’s defence.
Three unpopular attackers are the fastest of Serie A: Víctor Ibarbo, Luis Muriel and Mauro Zárate. Di Natale and Cavani are also very fast. In the opposite direction, Luca Toni is too slow. But there are worse players. Totti is so slow that his purchase should be avoid.
|Antonio Di Natale||87||Italy||Udinese|
There are lots of good and fast attackers on Serie A. Cavani and Di Natale are the better ones, but they are not perfect. The first one doesn’t have a good passing and the second one misses on heading. With the Balotelli return to the Calcio, there is a new good option to the attack. If your game style privileges the heading, then you should choose Miroslav Klose. Diego Milito is the cheapest player that will be able to develop the same functions although with less quality.
Five Serie A Strikers with the best overalls in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team
Serie A Gold Squads Suggestions for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team
As the players were already presented, it’s time for us to try putting together the best ones in the same squad. Since this task depends a lot on the formation you use, we are going to introduce one squad suggestion for each of the most popular formations. We’ll show one in 4-1-2-1-2 considering an unlimited budget, another in 4-3-3 considering a maximum budget of 40k and another in 4-4-2 considering a maximum budget of 8k coins. In the construction of these squads we chose carefully the players that better fit on the positions according to the attributes we consider more important, which we already explained in this article.
Prices listed are average amounts for PS3 / Xbox during the month of March 2013.
Serie A Squad for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team with an Unlimited Budget
Here are our choices:
- GK: Buffon 55k
- CB: Chiellini 30k
- CB: Barzagli 3.5k
- RB: Abate 9k
- LB: Álvaro Pereira 1k
- CDM: Vidal 2.5k
- CAM: Pilro 9k
- RM: Rodrigo Palacio 3.5k + 1k
- LM: Giovinco 4k + 1k
- ST: Di Natale 55k
- ST: Balotelli 22k
- Subs / Reserves: Marchetti (GK), Ogbonna (CB), Campagnaro (CB), Lichtsteiner (RB), Balzaretti (LB), De Rossi (CDM), Boateng (CAM), Biabiany (RM), Robinho (LM), Cavani (ST), Miccoli (ST).
Serie A Squad suggestion for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team with an unlimited budget
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No doubt this is a great squad. If there were any doubts, the fact that it is valued as around 200k coins helps to ensure that.
On the goal there is the undoubtedly best goalkeeper from Serie A. Buffon is probably the second best goalkeeper of FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. To the bench, we recommend Marchetti instead of Handanovic or Stekelenburg. Right ahead it was chosen to put the two Juventus defenders. Chellini is the best Italian CB and Barzagli wins the place to Walter Samuel because his pace makes up for the slight disadvantage in the defensive attributes and heading. The side defenders are players that defend well but attack even better. They’re fast and know how to cross to the box. Álvaro Pereira, slightly similar to Balzaretti, and Abate are the alternatives for these positions. Vidal, in addition to being very fast, is one of the midfielders that best defends and attacks, as his high work rates show us, so that his selection to the defensive middle position instead of De Rossi is natural. Pirlo plays in front of him. He is only the best player of Calcio and one of the best in his position in whole world. Palacio is the chosen one to occupy the right side of the attack and Giovinco the left side. The Italian has great competition but, for us, he is the best player in this position. Some gamers prefers Robinho or even the surprise of the season El Shaarawy. On the attacking front, Di Natale is a natural choice and to make him company there is Cavani but also Balotelli. The Uruguayan is better than Super Mario for all three attributes more important in a striker. But we still choose Balotelli since he has special attributes very important for the attack of any team. If you cross a lot to the box, Kloseo should be a better option.
Serie A Squad for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team with a 40k Coins Budget
Here are our choices:
- GK: Marchetti 2.5k
- CB: Ogbonna 2k
- CB: Barzagli 3.5k
- RB: Lichtsteiner 2k
- LB: Álvaro Pereira 1k
- CM: Marchisio 3k
- CM: Pirlo 9k
- CM: Nocerino 1k
- RW: Rodrigo Palacio 3.5k
- LW: Giovinco 4k
- ST: Cavani 7k
- Subs / Reserves: Stekelenburg (GK), Campagnaro (CB), Matías Silvestre (CB), Konko (RB), Balzaretti (LB), Hernanes (CM), Guarín (CM), Montolivo (CM), Biabiany (RM), Vargas (LM), Miccoli (ST).
Serie A Squad suggestion for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team with a 40k Coins Budgett
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Building a 40k coins squad, in this case, doesn’t mean forming a weak squad. The important thing is to select the players with the characteristics you’re looking for.
Since most Serie A players are not expensive, it was possible to build a 83 rating squad with so few coins. Ogbonna took the Chiellini place, even being a low rating player, thanks to his superb pace, good defence and good heading. Lichtsteiner, the chosen to right-back, is better than Abate in almost everything except in pace stats. Nocerino and Marchisio are faster and better players on the midfield than Guarín and Montolivo. Finnaly, Cavani is a good example of excellent good value for money. If heading is not important to you, pick Miccoli.
Serie A Squad for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team with a 8k Coins Budget
Here are our choices:
- GK: Frey 0.5k
- CB: Matías Silveste 0.5k
- CB: Campagnaro 0.5k
- RB: Konko 1k
- LB: Balzaretti 0.7k
- CM: Montolivo 0.8k
- CM: Guarín 0.8k
- RM: Biabiany 1k
- LM: Vargas 0.7k
- ST: Diego Milito 1k
- ST: Jovetic 0.9k
- Subs / Reserves: Abbiati (GK), Gamberini (CB), Astori (CB), Cáceres (RB), Nagamoto (LB), Nainggolan (CM), Asamoah (CM), Maggio (RM), Zúñiga (LM), Vucinic (ST), Klose (ST).
Serie A Squad suggestion for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team with a 8k Coins Budget
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It’s amazing how you can build a team for less than 10k and still have quality players. Frey is an authentic pearl in goal. Campagno and Matías Silvestre are both good cheap defenders. The same happens in midfield with Guarín and Montolivo. Konko and Balzaretti are the 40k budget team bench side defenders. Biabiany and Vargas benefit from playing in Italy to keep their prices low. The French would cost, at least, ten times more if he play in UK or Spain. Diego Milito is one of the underpriced players. He is one of the most balanced attackers of FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. Jovetic, his partner in attack, completes this extremely cheap team.
Follow our tips and you will have a better chance of being successful with your Serie A Squad for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team.