FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide

FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


For all those players who plan to build a FIFA 18 Serie A squad (known on FIFA 18 by Calcio A), we’ve conducted an extensive analysis on the best players.

Here is our guide to the top Italian league players in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team.



Serie A
Centre Backs
Right Backs
Left Backs
Central Defensive Midfielders
Central Midfielders
Central Attacking Midfielders
Right Midfielders
Left Midfielders


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Introduction to the FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


Building a team is the biggest challenge in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team. It doesn’t need to be the best team, this is because the budget may not allow it, but it needs to be the player’s stature for him to obtain success.

When choosing which players to play with, you will have to look carefully at their attributes. Choosing a team based on ratings is one of the most common mistakes on FUT 18. It’s precisely this aspect that this guide focuses on. For each position, and focusing on the truly important attributes, we’ll show you who are the best athletes to choose.

It’s also important that the player checks to see if the player he chooses fits the formations he likes to play in. For example, a good full back will be useless if the player only uses a formation with three defenders. According to these formations, the player must be cautious and look at the work rate. Try to relate them with the ones we advise in our Formations Guide.

Last but not least, it’s mandatory that you tune all of your team so that the individual and team chemistry will be as high possible. For this last step to be easier, the majority of the players start to define the type of team they’re building. Some choose to gather players of the same nationality, while others decide to form a team of players from the same league. There are also more experienced players that can form hybrid teams without damaging team chemistry a lot.

All of these steps are necessary to have; or it could mean that the team is not always well built as it could be. This article aims to help those that want to form a FIFA 18 Serie A squad. Even the players that already have a team based in this league, could take out some valuable conclusions from this guide that could help you make your team even better.

We received thousands of comments about similar guides that we have published in previous years. Most of them have asked us to help improve their teams and the players they had. It’s important that the readers understand that this guide is simply guidance. It’s a theme too vast and the player combinations are almost infinite. Besides, there are various factors that influence the choices, like one’s style of play, the formations used, the available budget, the preferences or even the time spent playing. There’s still one uncertain component: a good player for someone might not be for another. If there was a better team everyone would fight to get it. Part of the fun of FIFA 18 Ultimate Team is this: everyone has their personal club and players.

Another important point and that must stay very clear is that whoever is reading this guide, it’s about some criteria we chose and should be of everyone’s knowledge:

✔️ Only Gold Players
In this guide we didn’t consider silver or bronze player. Most players don’t assume them to be a better option than gold players, so to simplify the guide’s analysis we didn’t include them. In the future we may come to publish guides exclusively talking about these qualities.

✔️ Only Regular Players
In this guide, we didn’t consider In Forms (IF). They’re extremely expensive and in most cases are not considered good value for money. They should only be used by players with generous budgets, that already have the best team possible and that want small upgrades.

✔️ Only Normal Players
In this guide, we didn’t consider players that have been transferred to other clubs or that have been reviewed (UP). Only players that started their season in the Serie A and with their original attributes were considered.

✔️ Only Original Attributes
In this guide, we didn’t consider changes made on a players performance such happens when applying training or chemistry styles cards.

✔️ Position Analysis
To make the comprehension of this guide easier we divided the players in ten distinct groups in order of their original position: Goalkeeper (GK), central backs (CB), right backs (RB and RWB), left backs (LB and LWB), central defensive midfielders (CDM), central midfielders (CM), central attacking midfielders (CAM), right midfielders (RM, RW and RF), left midfielders (LM, LW and LF) and forwards (CF and ST).

✔️ Fluctuation of Prices
In the chapter where FIFA 18 Serie A squads are suggested, we added a link where you can check anytime the updated prices.



Serie A

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The Serie A is one of the most competitive leagues in the world, but the football is not as spectacular as it is in UK, Spain or Germany.

The qualification of the champion is made through the made points system. Whichever team gathers the most points wins the league. The first three classified teams gain access to the champions league of the next year, while the fourth and fifth qualify for the Europa League and the last three trade places with the first three qualified from the Serie B. Every season starts in September and finishes in May, having 38 game weeks with ten matches each, being a total of 380 matches per season.

The Serie A is the third best league classified in the UEFA league coefficient.

Started in 1898, the Italian league has been conquered by sixteen clubs. The dominant club is Juventus, with a total of 33 titles. AC Milan (18), Inter (18) and Genova (9) are the other teams that have won numerous titles.

Serie A is a good choice for those who are looking for quality players, but don’t have a large budget. There is not many choices, but the players in Serie A are probably the best value for money.

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FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide for FIFA 18 Ultimate Team
Total Players: 563
Gold Players: 261
Average Rating (Global): 73
Best New Cards:
Blaise Matuidi
Benedikt Höwedes
Douglas Costa
Ricardo Rodríguez
Highest Upgrades:
Roberto Gagliardini (+17)
Petar Brlek (+10)
Thomas Strakosha (+10)
Highest Downgrades:
Petar Brlek (-10)
Mattia Valoti (-4)
Marco Sportiello (-4)



Best FIFA 18 Serie A Goalkeepers


Goalkeepers are the players that are used least on the field. Because of this they are also first ignored when building a team. Most players start their purchases with a forward, later they strengthen the midfield, the defence and only later the goal. The truth is a good goalkeeper may be worth a lot of goals. They are a good investment because they are normally the most economically accessible players.

The goalkeepers with most prestige in the Serie A are the charismatic Gianluigi Buffon and the most capped goalkeeper for Slovenia Samir Handanovič. With having the best rating they are also the most searched for by this league’s teams so this makes them more expensive.


Gianluigi Buffon89JuventusITA
Samir Handanovič87InterSVN
Mattia Perin83GenoaITA
José Reina83NapoliESP
Gianluigi Donnarumma82MilanITA
Wojciech Szczęsny82JuventusPOL
Emiliano Viviano82SampdoriaITA
Andrea Consigli82SassuoloITA
Antonio Mirante80BolognaITA
Federico Marchetti80LazioITA
Salvatore Sirigu79TorinoITA
Stefano Sorrentino79Chievo VeronaITA
Marco Sportiello78FiorentinaITA
Etrit Berisha78AtalantaALB


When choosing a good goalkeeper it’s not only down to his rating. There are two fundamental attributes for choosing a good goalkeeper: reflexes and diving.

The first measures a goalkeeper’s agility when making a save. In the entire world, no one has better reflexes as Perin.


Mattia PerinGenoaITA90
Gianluigi DonnarummaMilanITA88
Samir HandanovičInterSVN87
Wojciech SzczęsnyJuventusPOL87
Gianluigi BuffonJuventusITA84
Andrea ConsigliSassuoloITA84
Federico MarchettiLazioITA84
Simone ScuffetUdineseITA84
Emiliano VivianoSampdoriaITA83
José ReinaNapoliESP82
Antonio MiranteBolognaITA82
Marco SportielloFiorentinaITA81
Etrit BerishaAtalantaALB81
Łukasz SkorupskiRomaPOL81


Diving is a fundamental attribute when choosing a goalkeeper. It measures the capacity for a goalkeeper to make a save when jumping.

In this attribute, it is Buffon the best one.


Gianluigi BuffonJuventusITA89
Gianluigi DonnarummaMilanITA88
Samir HandanovičInterSVN87
Wojciech SzczęsnyJuventusPOL83
Andrea ConsigliSassuoloITA82
Antonio MiranteBolognaITA82
Emiliano VivianoSampdoriaITA81
Mattia PerinGenoaITA80
José ReinaNapoliESP80
Federico MarchettiLazioITA80
Stefano SorrentinoChievo VeronaITA80
Marco SportielloFiorentinaITA80
Łukasz SkorupskiRomaPOL80
Salvatore SiriguTorinoITA79
Etrit BerishaAtalantaALB79


The most experienced Ultimate Team players know that another leaning factor on a goalkeeper’s performance without considering the remaining four attributes: height. The more tall a goalkeeper is, better his chances of having a clean sheet.

The Serie A goalkeepers are very tall. From the 20 goalies, sixteen have at least 191cm. Donnarumma is the tallest one, 8 cm taller than Federico Marchetti.


Gianluigi DonnarummaMilanITA196 / 6′5″
Wojciech SzczęsnyJuventusPOL196 / 6′5″
Emiliano VivianoSampdoriaITA195 / 6′5″
Etrit BerishaAtalantaALB194 / 6′4″
Samir HandanovičInterSVN193 / 6′4″
Antonio MiranteBolognaITA193 / 6′4″
Albano BizzarriUdineseARG193 / 6′4″
Salvatore SiriguTorinoITA192 / 6′4″
Marco SportielloFiorentinaITA192 / 6′4″
Gianluigi BuffonJuventusITA191 / 6′3″
AlissonRomaBRA191 / 6′3″
Andrea ConsigliSassuoloITA189 / 6′2″
Mattia PerinGenoaITA188 / 6′2″
José ReinaNapoliESP188 / 6′2″
Federico MarchettiLazioITA188 / 6′2″

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The choice for the best Serie A goalkeeper on FIFA 18 Ultimate Team is really easy.

Your goal will be in safe hands whether you choose Buffon or Handanovič . Our preference goes to the Juventu’s goalkeeper mainly because of his superb positioning.

It’s even more difficult to choose between Donnaruma, Perin and Reina. The amazing reflexes and diving stats of the Milan’s goalkeeper made the difference.

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FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


Best Players
1 Gianluigi Buffon
2 Samir Handanovič
3⃣ Gianluigi Donnarumma
4 Mattia Perin
5 José Reina

Economic Choice
Gianluigi Donnarumma

FIFA 18 Serie A Squad GuideBest FIFA 18 Serie A Goalkeeper



Best FIFA 18 Serie A Centre Backs


A goalkeeper task is made easier if in front of him are quality central backs. Their function is to stop the opponent from getting dangerously close to your team’s goal.

Chiellini is still the highest rated centre back playing in Italy.


Giorgio Chiellini89JuventusITA
Leonardo Bonucci88MilanITA
Andrea Barzagli85JuventusITA
Kalidou Koulibaly84NapoliSEN
Kostas Manolas84RomaGRE
Medhi Benatia84JuventusMOR
Stefan de Vrij83LazioNED
Mateo Musacchio83MilanARG
Benedikt Höwedes83JuventusGER
Francesco Acerbi82SassuoloITA
Raúl Albiol82NapoliESP
Federico Fazio82RomaARG
Davide Astori81FiorentinaITA
Daniele Rugani80JuventusITA


On a centre back, two attributes assume particular importance on their performance: defending and physical, which represents strength, stamina, aggression and jumping.

A player with good at defending will have an easier chance of dispossessing the opponent and avoid him reaching your box.

It’s the case of the Chiellini, Barzagli and Miranda. It’s really hard to get past them.


Giorgio ChielliniJuventusITA90
Andrea BarzagliJuventusITA88
Leonardo BonucciMilanITA87
Kostas ManolasRomaGRE86
Kalidou KoulibalyNapoliSEN85
Medhi BenatiaJuventusMOR85
Stefan de VrijLazioNED85
Francesco AcerbiSassuoloITA85
Mateo MusacchioMilanARG84
Raúl AlbiolNapoliESP84
Federico FazioRomaARG84
Davide AstoriFiorentinaITA84
Benedikt HöwedesJuventusGER83


The physical attribute shows the old heading capability but also how likely the players are to win game with their body. This is a crucial attribute when looking for the best centre back.

In this chapter, Koulibaly is who stand out.


Kalidou KoulibalyNapoliSEN86
Giorgio ChielliniJuventusITA85
Kostas ManolasRomaGRE83
Juan JesusRomaBRA83
Sebastian De MaioBolognaFRA83
Medhi BenatiaJuventusMOR82
Gabriel PalettaMilanITA82
Leonardo BonucciMilanITA81
Federico FazioRomaARG81
Cristian ZapataMilanCOL79
Mateo MusacchioMilanARG78
Nikola MaksimovićNapoliSRB78
Gustavo GómezMilanPAR78


Defending and heading may be useless against fast opponents. It’s necessary to fight fire with fire. No one likes feeling impotent when seeing you get overrun by extremely fast players. Even though, in a way, centre backs aren’t that fast, every team needs one of these players with a high pace attribute.

Manolas and Juan Jesus are the fastest centre back playing in the Serie A.


Kostas ManolasRomaGRE80
Juan JesusRomaBRA79
Giorgio ChielliniJuventusITA74
Medhi BenatiaJuventusMOR74
Lorenzo TonelliNapoliITA74
Martín CáceresHellas VeronaURU74
Kalidou KoulibalyNapoliSEN73
Andrea BarzagliJuventusITA71
Giancarlo GonzálezBolognaCOS71
Mateo MusacchioMilanARG70
Nicolas NkoulouTorinoCAM70
Nenad TomovićChievo VeronaSRB70

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Giorgio Chiellini is our number one choice for this position. He is the one with the best defending stats. The Juventus’ defender is the most expensive of all centre backs in Serie A.

The big question is: who will partner with Chiellini? It isn’t easy to decide. Leonardo Bonucci is usually the most used, because he is the Serie A centre back with the best passing and dribbling stats. However, Miranda and Manolas are also good choices. Between these two, our preference goes to the Roma’s centre back because of his pace, stamina and strength.

The Italian football is known by its defensive and tactical style. It’s no surprise to find great defenders like Barzagli and Koulibaly for amazing prices. You don’t need a good budget to build a strong defensive line in this league.

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FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


Best Players
1 Giorgio Chiellini
2 Leonardo Bonucci
3 Kostas Manolas
4 Miranda
5 Andrea Barzagli

Economic Choice
Kostas Manolas

FIFA 18 Serie A Squad GuideBest FIFA 18 Serie A Centre Backs



Best FIFA 18 Serie A Right Backs


Full backs have the role of troubling the job of wingers. In addition, good full backs also support their team mates on offensive manoeuvres.

Florenzi and Lichtsteiner are the most popular right backs playing in Serie A.


Alessandro Florenzi82RomaITA
Stephan Lichtsteiner82JuventusSUI
Dušan Basta80LazioSRB
João Cancelo79InterPOR
Elseid Hysaj79NapoliALB
Rick Karsdorp78RomaNED
Ignazio Abate78MilanITA
Silvan Widmer77UdineseSUI
Bruno Gaspar77FiorentinaPOR
Gregory van der Wiel76CagliariNED
Lorenzo De Silvestri76TorinoITA
Danilo D’Ambrosio75InterITA
Christian Maggio75NapoliITA


There are very important attributes for any right back: defending and pace.
Since they’re defenders they should have good defending capacities. This reduces a team’s risk of conceding.

In Italy, no one defends as well as Lichtsteiner and Basta.


Stephan LichtsteinerJuventusSUI80
Dušan BastaLazioSRB80
Elseid HysajNapoliALB77
Alessandro FlorenziRomaITA76
Lorenzo De SilvestriTorinoITA75
Danilo D’AmbrosioInterITA75
Ignazio AbateMilanITA74
João CanceloInterPOR73
Rick KarsdorpRomaNED73
Gregory van der WielCagliariNED73
Bruno GasparFiorentinaPOR72
Silvan WidmerUdineseSUI71
Christian MaggioNapoliITA70


A flanked game tends to be faster than a game based in the middle of the field. The players that fill these spaces are obligated to be fast, both penetrating defensive and attacking moves of the team. Pace is one of the most important requirements for a good full back. Even in FIFA 18.

Bellerín is the only right back faster than Cancelo.


João CanceloInterPOR92
Rick KarsdorpRomaNED87
Alessandro FlorenziRomaITA85
Ignazio AbateMilanITA85
Bruno GasparFiorentinaPOR84
Elseid HysajNapoliALB81
Silvan WidmerUdineseSUI81
Gregory van der WielCagliariNED79
Stephan LichtsteinerJuventusSUI77
Dušan BastaLazioSRB76
Danilo D’AmbrosioInterITA75
Christian MaggioNapoliITA74
Lorenzo De SilvestriTorinoITA73

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Florenzi is the best choice for who needs a good Serie A right back. However, if you need someone more focused on the defense, maybe you should try Lichtsteiner.

If you just need someone faster, then it’s Cancelo who you are looking for.

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FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


Best Players
1 Alessandro Florenzi
2 Stephan Lichtsteiner
3 João Cancelo
4 Dušan Basta
5 Rick Karsdorp

Economic Choice
Dušan Basta

FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide - RBBest FIFA 18 Serie A Right Backs



Best FIFA 18 Serie A Left Backs


Left backs have exactly the same role of their team mates on the other flank. In other words, they try to make a winger’s job hard and participate in the team’s offensive manoeuvres.

On Serie A, there is a left back that stand out more than the other ones: Alex Sandro.


Alex Sandro86JuventusBRA
Ricardo Rodríguez81MilanSUI
Faouzi Ghoulam79NapoliALG
Aleksandar Kolarov79RomaSRB
Cristian Ansaldi79TorinoARG
Ştefan Radu79LazioROM
Kwadwo Asamoah78JuventusGHA
Jordan Lukaku77LazioBEL
Mário Rui77NapoliPOR
Mattia De Sciglio76JuventusITA
Davide Santon76InterITA
Luca Antonelli76MilanITA
Antonio Barreca75TorinoITA


If you need someone to defend, you need to pick Ştefan Radu.


Ştefan RaduLazioROM84
Alex SandroJuventusBRA81
Aleksandar KolarovRomaSRB78
Ricardo RodríguezMilanSUI77
Faouzi GhoulamNapoliALG76
Cristian AnsaldiTorinoARG76
Luca AntonelliMilanITA76
Kwadwo AsamoahJuventusGHA75
Mattia De SciglioJuventusITA74
Davide SantonInterITA74
Ivan StrinićSampdoriaCRO73
Jordan LukakuLazioBEL72
Mário RuiNapoliPOR72


Dalbert and Lukaku are faster than any other left back.


Jordan LukakuLazioBEL89
Alex SandroJuventusBRA86
Mário RuiNapoliPOR86
Antonio BarrecaTorinoITA85
Faouzi GhoulamNapoliALG80
Cristian AnsaldiTorinoARG80
Mattia De SciglioJuventusITA79
Kwadwo AsamoahJuventusGHA77
Davide SantonInterITA76
Luca AntonelliMilanITA75
Ricardo RodríguezMilanSUI74
Ivan StrinićSampdoriaCRO74
Ştefan RaduLazioROM72

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Alex Sandro is, in our opinion, the best left back playing in Serie A. He’s fast, good dribbler and defends well. He is a very balanced player.

If pace is all you need, then Lukaku may be who are looking for. Asamoah and Ricardo Rodríguez are also decent choices but they are much slower.

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FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


Best Players
1 Alex Sandro
2 Kwadwo Asamoah
3 Ricardo Rodríguez
4 Jordan Lukaku
5 Cristian Ansaldi

Economic Choice
Kwadwo Asamoah

FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide - LBBest FIFA 18 Serie A Left Backs



Best FIFA 18 Serie A Defensive Midfielder


Many of the FIFA 18 Ultimate Team formations require some midfielders that have a natural aptitude to defend. Central defensive midfielders distinguish themselves for being especially aimed to help the more retreated line of their teams. According to their attributes and their work rates, they can also be useful for starting attacks. They are players that occupy a very strategic position in the field.

There is a new top defensive midfielder on this league: Blaise Matuidi.


Blaise Matuidi85JuventusFRA
Lucas Biglia83MilanARG
Daniele De Rossi83RomaITA
Maxime Gonalons80RomaFRA
Lucas Leiva79LazioBRA
Miguel Veloso78GenoaPOR
Riccardo Montolivo78MilanITA
Mirko Valdifiori77TorinoITA
Carlos Sánchez77FiorentinaCOL
Amadou Diawara77NapoliGUI
Ivan Radovanović77Chievo VeronaSRB
Valon Behrami77UdineseSUI
Francesco Magnanelli77SassuoloITA
Sebastián Cristóforo76FiorentinaURU


There are a variety of attributes in a central defensive midfielder that you have to give attention: defending, so that the first defender of team works; strength, so that you win all brawls in a prone area of the field; heading, to win possession in aerial moves like goal kicks; pace, so that you cover the most terrain on the field as possible; stamina, so they can equally participate in offensive and defensive moves (especially useful for players with high/high work rates); passing and possession so that he can properly start attacks. In our opinion the two first are the most important.

Normally using a central defensive midfielder is associated with having a deficit of elements in your defence. So, it makes sense that when you search for a player to occupy this position you’d want players that can defend.

The two highest rated CDMs are the ones who defend better. De Rossi and Matuidi are really good choices for teams that want to complicate an opponent’s game in the space between the midfield and the defence.


Blaise MatuidiJuventusFRA82
Daniele De RossiRomaITA81
Maxime GonalonsRomaFRA80
Lucas LeivaLazioBRA78
Lucas BigliaMilanARG75
Carlos SánchezFiorentinaCOL74
Ivan RadovanovićChievo VeronaSRB74
Valon BehramiUdineseSUI74
Francesco MagnanelliSassuoloITA74
Sebastián CristóforoFiorentinaURU74
Miguel VelosoGenoaPOR71
Riccardo MontolivoMilanITA69
Mirko ValdifioriTorinoITA69
Amadou DiawaraNapoliGUI69

The area of the field occupied by the central defensive midfielders is the one where most ball disputes happen. Strong players will have a higher probability of winning the ball.

Again, Matuidi and De Rossi are the best on this side.


Blaise MatuidiJuventusFRA84
Carlos SánchezFiorentinaCOL84
Daniele De RossiRomaITA82
Maxime GonalonsRomaFRA81
Ivan RadovanovićChievo VeronaSRB80
Valon BehramiUdineseSUI79
Amadou DiawaraNapoliGUI76
Lucas BigliaMilanARG75
Lucas LeivaLazioBRA74
Francesco MagnanelliSassuoloITA74
Miguel VelosoGenoaPOR72
Sebastián CristóforoFiorentinaURU72
Mirko ValdifioriTorinoITA71
Riccardo MontolivoMilanITA68

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Matuidi is undoubtedly the best player for this position. The Calcio A fans should be happy to see him moving from France to Italy. There is no other CDM as fast as he is or with better defensive and physical skills.

If you need someone cheaper, you have two options: Biglia, for someone focused in the attack; or De Rossi for a more defensive player.

Gonalons is a kind of De Rossi light version but there are other even cheaper options: Sánchez if you want to give security to the back line or Miguel Veloso if you look for a CDM who plays like a CM.

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FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


Best Players
1 Blaise Matuidi
2 Daniele De Rossi
3⃣ Lucas Biglia
4 Maxime Gonalons
5 Carlos Sánchez

Economic Choice
Daniele De Rossi

FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide - CDMBest FIFA 18 Serie A Central Defensive Midfielders



Best FIFA 18 Serie A Centre Midfielders


A lot of games are decided in the midfield and not close to the goals. The players that play in these zones are the ones that should create the game and define its rhythm.

In the last few years, the Serie A have lost great players like Poga, Pirlo and Vidal. However, there is still many quality players in the midfield of the Italian stadiums.


Marek Hamšík87NapoliSVK
Radja Nainggolan86RomaBEL
Miralem Pjanić85JuventusBOS
Claudio Marchisio85JuventusITA
Kevin Strootman84RomaNED
Sami Khedira84JuventusGER
João Mário83InterPOR
Giacomo Bonaventura83MilanITA
Marco Parolo81LazioITA
Marcelo Brozović81InterCRO
Sergej Milinković-Savić80LazioSRB
Piotr Zieliński80NapoliPOL
Marco Benassi79FiorentinaITA


Centre midfielders are responsible for discovering lines that break the opponents defence. Their passing quality has to be really good so they can assist forwards.

Pjanić has a great passing stat.


Miralem PjanićJuventusBOS86
Marek HamšíkNapoliSVK84
Claudio MarchisioJuventusITA83
Kevin StrootmanRomaNED82
Giacomo BonaventuraMilanITA82
Sami KhediraJuventusGER80
João MárioInterPOR80
Luca CigariniCagliariITA80
Marcelo BrozovićInterCRO79
Piotr ZielińskiNapoliPOL79
Daniele BaselliTorinoITA79
Radja NainggolanRomaBEL78
Lucas CastroChievo VeronaARG78
Senad LulićLazioBOS77


A Centre midfielder usually needs creativity. Good dribbling allows the team to move forward, creating potential disequilibrium’s.

Once again, Pjanić is the best dribbler playing on the Serie A.


Miralem PjanićJuventusBOS86
Marek HamšíkNapoliSVK84
Claudio MarchisioJuventusITA84
Giacomo BonaventuraMilanITA83
João MárioInterPOR83
Radja NainggolanRomaBEL82
Piotr ZielińskiNapoliPOL82
Marcelo BrozovićInterCRO80
Daniele BaselliTorinoITA80
Lucas CastroChievo VeronaARG80
Sergej Milinković-SavićLazioSRB79
Kevin StrootmanRomaNED78
Senad LulićLazioBOS78

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We love the versatility of the Serie A midfielders. Marchisio and Nainggolan are the two best examples. They can play in any position of the midfield, including as CDM. They know how to attack and how to defend. Who doesn’t like to play with high stamina and high/high work rates players? Nainggolan is our favourite. Except the ICONS, he is the player in the entire game more close of reaching 80 in every single base attribute.

Don’t think these two players are the only two good options for your midfield. Pjanić and Hamšik are great if you don’t need someone to defend. They are top-assist players in any team.

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FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


Best Players
1 Radja Nainggolan
2 Claudio Marchisio
3 Marek Hamšík
4 Miralem Pjanić
5 Sami Khedira

Economic Choice
Giacomo Bonaventura

FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide - CM Best FIFA 18 Serie A Centre Midfielders



Best FIFA 18 Serie A Central Attacking Midfielders


An attacking centre midfielder is responsible for creating chances to score. He should have a good dribbling, a decent passing, a high long shot stat and a great vision.

Dybala is much better than any other Centre Attacking Midfielder of this league.


Paulo Dybala88JuventusARG
Borja Valero83InterESP
Valter Birsa80Chievo VeronaSVN
Riccardo Saponara79FiorentinaITA
Gastón Ramírez78SampdoriaURU
Luis Alberto77LazioESP
Marko Rog76NapoliCRO
Dennis Praet76SampdoriaBEL
Amato Ciciretti75BeneventoITA
Ricardo Álvarez75SampdoriaARG
João Pedro75CagliariBRA


How we explained, the central attacking midfielders need to have good passing stats, so they can assist forwards.

Valero is the CAM with best passing stat in Italy.


Borja ValeroInterESP85
Paulo DybalaJuventusARG81
Valter BirsaChievo VeronaSVN80
Riccardo SaponaraFiorentinaITA79
Luis AlbertoLazioESP77
Marko RogNapoliCRO77
Gastón RamírezSampdoriaURU76
Dennis PraetSampdoriaBEL76
Ricardo ÁlvarezSampdoriaARG76
Amato CicirettiBeneventoITA73
João PedroCagliariBRA70


If a CAM is a good dribbler, he can make all the difference when the team is attacking.

In the world, and without counting ICONS, only Messi, Neymar and Hazard have better dribbling stats than Dybala.


Paulo DybalaJuventusARG91
Borja ValeroInterESP85
Valter BirsaChievo VeronaSVN82
Riccardo SaponaraFiorentinaITA81
Gastón RamírezSampdoriaURU79
Ricardo ÁlvarezSampdoriaARG77
Luis AlbertoLazioESP76
Marko RogNapoliCRO76
Dennis PraetSampdoriaBEL76
Amato CicirettiBeneventoITA76
João PedroCagliariBRA74

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Dybala has no competition. He is the fastest CAM, the one with best shot and also the Serie A player with the best dribbling stat. The only question you may have is: in which position you will use him?

All the other players, except Valero, are not good options. He is not a good player but at least he is really good assisting his team mates to goal.

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FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


Best Players
1 Paulo Dybala
2 Borja Valero
3⃣ Valter Birsa
4 Riccardo Saponara
5 Gastón Ramírez

Economic Choice
Valter Birsa

FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide - CAMBest FIFA 18 Serie A Central Attacking Midfielders



Best FIFA 18 Serie A Right Wingers

RM | RW | RF

The wingers are responsible for giving game width in the attack. They’re normally very explosive players.

José Callejón is the most popular right winger playing in the Serie A.


José Callejón83NapoliESP
Federico Bernardeschi82JuventusITA
Juan Cuadrado82JuventusCOL
Domenico Berardi81SassuoloITA
Felipe Anderson81LazioBRA
Iago Falqué80TorinoESP
Antonio Candreva80InterITA
Bruno Peres78RomaBRA
Valentin Eysseric78FiorentinaFRA
Simone Verdi78BolognaITA
Gil Dias76FiorentinaPOR
Fabio Borini76MilanITA
Luca Rizzo75SPALITA
Andrea Conti75MilanITA


There are three fundamental attributes for a winger: pace, dribbling and passing.

Pace is probably the biggest weapon of these players. They use it to evade opponents and getting to the other side, many times via sprints on the side lines.

The Serie A is well served in this chapter. Four gold players have pace 90 or higher.


Felipe AndersonLazioBRA92
Juan CuadradoJuventusCOL91
Bruno PeresRomaBRA91
José CallejónNapoliESP90
Darko LazovićGenoaSRB89
Simone VerdiBolognaITA88
Domenico BerardiSassuoloITA85
Gil DiasFiorentinaPOR85
Federico BernardeschiJuventusITA84
Alessio CerciHellas VeronaITA83
Andrea ContiMilanITA81
Federico ChiesaFiorentinaITA81
Iago FalquéTorinoESP79
Antonio CandrevaInterITA78


Just being fast doesn’t cut it to reach the opponents box, having good dribbling to surpass the opponents’ players that appear on the way.

There are a lot of players gifted in dribbling, including Cuadrado, Bernardeschi, Suso and Felipe Anderson.


Juan CuadradoJuventusCOL86
Federico BernardeschiJuventusITA86
Felipe AndersonLazioBRA86
Iago FalquéTorinoESP84
Simone VerdiBolognaITA84
José CallejónNapoliESP83
Domenico BerardiSassuoloITA83
Bruno PeresRomaBRA80
Gil DiasFiorentinaPOR80
Antonio CandrevaInterITA79
Federico ChiesaFiorentinaITA79
Alessio CerciHellas VeronaITA78
Valentin EyssericFiorentinaFRA77
Darko LazovićGenoaSRB77


When reaching the opponents box the winger has to decide what to do. Normally, they choose to cross to the forwards. That is why it’s important for them to have good passing.

Suso has the best passing stat.


Valentin EyssericFiorentinaFRA79
Iago FalquéTorinoESP78
Federico BernardeschiJuventusITA77
Felipe AndersonLazioBRA77
Domenico BerardiSassuoloITA76
Antonio CandrevaInterITA76
Simone VerdiBolognaITA76
Juan CuadradoJuventusCOL75
Luca RizzoSPALITA74
Alessio CerciHellas VeronaITA73
José CallejónNapoliESP71
Bruno PeresRomaBRA71
Darko LazovićGenoaSRB71
Fabio BoriniMilanITA70

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There is no reason for Cuadrado be so more expensive than Felipe Anderson. The Lazio’s winger is slightly better than Cuadrado in almost every stat, including passing, shooting and pace. However, the 5 star skills and the work rate more adjusted to the Colombian player position and stamina, can make the difference.

Most of the community uses Bruno Peres, Callejón and even Suso as alternative to Cuadrado but, in our opinion, Felipe Anderson is better than any of these players. And cheaper…

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FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


Best Players
Melhores Jogadores
1 Juan Cuadrado
2 Felipe Anderson
3⃣ Bruno Peres
4 José Callejón
5 Federico Bernardeschi

Economic Choice
Felipe Anderson

FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide - RM, RW e RFBest FIFA 18 Serie A Right Wingers



Best FIFA 18 Serie A Left Wingers

LM | LW | LF

The left wingers have exactly the same role as their team mates from the other side.

Lorenzo Insigne and Ivan Perišić are the two most popular left wingers playing in Serie A.


Lorenzo Insigne85NapoliITA
Ivan Perišić84InterCRO
Douglas Costa82JuventusBRA
Stephan El Shaarawy80RomaITA
Hakan Çalhanoğlu79MilanTUR
Adem Ljajić79TorinoSRB
M’Baye Niang78TorinoFRA
Diego Laxalt78GenoaURU
Emanuele Giaccherini78NapoliITA
Cyril Théréau77FiorentinaFRA
Matteo Politano77SassuoloITA
Ladislav Krejčí77BolognaCZ
Leonardo Spinazzola76AtalantaITA
Marko Pjaca76JuventusCRO


Douglas Costa is the fastest left winger.


Douglas CostaJuventusBRA92
Lorenzo InsigneNapoliITA90
M’Baye NiangTorinoFRA89
Diego LaxaltGenoaURU88
Stephan El ShaarawyRomaITA87
Ladislav KrejčíBolognaCZ85
Ivan PerišićInterCRO84
Marko PjacaJuventusCRO84
Matteo PolitanoSassuoloITA82
Leonardo SpinazzolaAtalantaITA82
Adem LjajićTorinoSRB80
Emanuele GiaccheriniNapoliITA78
Cyril ThéréauFiorentinaFRA72
Hakan ÇalhanoğluMilanTUR69


Lorenzo Insigne is clearly the most highlighted left winger of Serie A in this chapter.


Lorenzo InsigneNapoliITA89
Douglas CostaJuventusBRA84
Stephan El ShaarawyRomaITA84
Adem LjajićTorinoSRB84
Marko PjacaJuventusCRO83
Emanuele GiaccheriniNapoliITA82
Matteo PolitanoSassuoloITA82
Ivan PerišićInterCRO81
M’Baye NiangTorinoFRA81
Ladislav KrejčíBolognaCZ80
Hakan ÇalhanoğluMilanTUR78
Leonardo SpinazzolaAtalantaITA78
Diego LaxaltGenoaURU77
Cyril ThéréauFiorentinaFRA77


Lorenzo Insigne , Nani and Çalhanoğlu have passing stats very similar.


Lorenzo InsigneNapoliITA82
Hakan ÇalhanoğluMilanTUR81
Ivan PerišićInterCRO78
Douglas CostaJuventusBRA77
Adem LjajićTorinoSRB76
Emanuele GiaccheriniNapoliITA76
Ladislav KrejčíBolognaCZ76
Marko PjacaJuventusCRO74
Diego LaxaltGenoaURU73
Cyril ThéréauFiorentinaFRA71
Leonardo SpinazzolaAtalantaITA71
Stephan El ShaarawyRomaITA70
Matteo PolitanoSassuoloITA70
M’Baye NiangTorinoFRA69

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Insigne is clearly the best left winger. He is the one with the best passing and the best dribbling stats.

If you can not pay his price, you have two high-quality alternatives: Douglas Costa and Perišić. It’s not easy to pick the best one. Douglas Costa is faster but the Inter’s midfielder is a more complete player. Nani is also a very interesting player. It’s incredible how a player of this quality may be so cheap, especially because he has both 5 star skills and 5 stars weak foot.

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FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


Best Players
1 Lorenzo Insigne
2 Douglas Costa
3 Ivan Perišić
4 Nani
5 Stephan El Shaarawy

Economic Choice

FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide - LM, LW e LFBest FIFA 18 Serie A Left Wingers



Best FIFA 18 Serie A Forwards


The forwards are the players on which fall the most responsibility of scoring goals.

Gonzalo Higuaín is in his career’s top-form.


Gonzalo Higuaín90JuventusARG
Dries Mertens86NapoliBEL
Mauro Icardi84InterARG
Edin Džeko84RomaBOS
Alejandro Gómez84AtalantaARG
Andrea Belotti83TorinoITA
Mario Mandžukić83JuventusCRO
Ciro Immobile82LazioITA
Nikola Kalinić81MilanCRO
Josip Iličić80AtalantaSVN
Diego Perotti80RomaARG
Arkadiusz Milik79NapoliPOL
Duván Zapata78SampdoriaCOL
Fabio Quagliarella78SampdoriaITA
André Silva78MilanPOR
Rodrigo Palacio78BolognaARG
Marco Borriello78SPALITA
Gregoire Defrel77RomaFRA
Felipe Caicedo77LazioECU


To score goals shooting is necessary. If either by foot or head, the most important attribute for a forward are: shooting, heading and pace.

Most goals are scored with the foot so good shooting is a necessary attribute for a forward.

The most rated striker is the one that has the best shooting stat: Gonzalo Higuaín.


Gonzalo HiguaínJuventusARG87
Mauro IcardiInterARG83
Edin DžekoRomaBOS83
Ciro ImmobileLazioITA83
Arkadiusz MilikNapoliPOL83
Fabio QuagliarellaSampdoriaITA83
Dries MertensNapoliBEL82
Josip IličićAtalantaSVN82
Andrea BelottiTorinoITA81
Nikola KalinićMilanCRO79
Mario MandžukićJuventusCRO78
Alejandro GómezAtalantaARG77
Duván ZapataSampdoriaCOL77
Gregoire DefrelRomaFRA77
Leonardo PavolettiCagliariITA76
Khouma BabacarFiorentinaSEN76
Sergio FloccariSPALITA76
Marco BorrielloSPALITA75
Patrik SchickRomaCZ75


Jump, strength and stamina are the ingredients to the new physical attribute, very important when we are analysing the best forwards: jump to score with the head; strength to dispute the ball with the opponents; and stamina to sprint in direction of goal at any time of the game.

Most of the best Serie A strikers don’t have good physical. It’s not the case of Mario Mandžukić.


Mario MandžukićJuventusCRO87
Andrea BelottiTorinoITA84
Felipe CaicedoLazioECU81
Duván ZapataSampdoriaCOL78
André SilvaMilanPOR78
Alberto PaloschiSPALITA78
Nikola KalinićMilanCRO76
Leonardo PavolettiCagliariITA76
Filip ĐorđevićLazioSRB75
Gonzalo HiguaínJuventusARG74
Ciro ImmobileLazioITA74
Khouma BabacarFiorentinaSEN73
Edin DžekoRomaBOS72
Roberto IngleseChievo VeronaITA72
Arkadiusz MilikNapoliPOL71
Mauro IcardiInterARG70
Marco BorrielloSPALITA70
Alessandro MatriSassuoloITA70
Riccardo MeggioriniChievo VeronaITA70
Fabio QuagliarellaSampdoriaITA68


Depending on the style of play and formation, having good shooting and heading may not be enough for a striker. Especially in games that privilege counter-attack, pace is a very important attribute.

Dries Mertens and Alejandro Gómez are the fastest strikers in Serie A.


Dries MertensNapoliBEL90
Alejandro GómezAtalantaARG90
Gregoire DefrelRomaFRA89
Gianluca LapadulaGenoaITA84
Andrea BelottiTorinoITA82
Ciro ImmobileLazioITA81
Diego PerottiRomaARG81
André SilvaMilanPOR80
Gonzalo HiguaínJuventusARG79
Mauro IcardiInterARG78
Rodrigo PalacioBolognaARG78
Giovanni SimeoneFiorentinaARG78
Patrik SchickRomaCZ76
Alberto PaloschiSPALITA76
Khouma BabacarFiorentinaSEN76
Riccardo MeggioriniChievo VeronaITA76
Mattia DestroBolognaITA75
Nikola KalinićMilanCRO73
Arkadiusz MilikNapoliPOL73

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Higuain and Mertens are two fantastic players that you will not want to miss. They complement each other very well. The first one is a goal machine, while the other one is faster, has a bad header but plays a lot for the team.

Far from the quality of these two, you have Alejandro Gómez. He had a great upgrade, making him one of the community favourites. Icardi didn’t have the same luck and is now a worse option than Belotti and Immobile. However, if you like to cross to the box, Mario Mandžukić may be a better alternative.

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FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide


Best Players
1 Gonzalo Higuaín
2 Dries Mertens
3⃣ Alejandro Gómez
4 Andrea Belotti
5 Ciro Immobile

Economic Choice
Andrea Belotti

FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Guide - CF e STBest FIFA 18 Serie A Forwards


FIFA 18 Serie A Squad Suggestions

Ideas to help you building your FIFA 18 Serie A Squad

A lot of people think that this is the most important part of the guide. It’s not. The thing that is really important to know is how to choose players based on their role and style of play that fits each player. The team suggestions that follow are simple graphic indicators of what we wrote previously. They should serve merely as orientation because it’s impossible to build a team that fits everyone. They depend on various factors we don’t know such as budget, formation, style of play and player preferences.

To try and explore the needs of the maximum player as possible we suggest three teams with different budgets and formations: 4-1-2-1-2 with unlimited budget, 4-3-3 with medium budget and 4-4-2 with a low budget.


FIFA 18 Serie A Squad with Unlimited Budget


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🇮🇹 GK: Gianluigi Buffon
🇮🇹 RB: Alessandro Florenzi
🇮🇹 CBR: Leonardo Bonucci
🇮🇹 CBL: Giorgio Chiellini
🇧🇷 LB: Alex Sandro
🇧🇪 CDM: Radja Nainggolan
🇨🇴 RM: Juan Cuadrado
🇮🇹 LM: Lorenzo Insigne
🇦🇷 CAM: Paulo Dybala
🇦🇷 STR: Gonzalo Higuaín
🇧🇪STL: Dries Mertens

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🇸🇮 GK: Samir Handanovič
🇨🇭 RB: Stephan Lichtsteiner
🇬🇷 CB: Kostas Manolas
🇧🇷 CB: Miranda
🇬🇭 LB: Kwadwo Asamoah
🇫🇷 CDM: Blaise Matuidi
🇧🇷 RM: Felipe Anderson
🇧🇷 LM: Douglas Costa
🇸🇰 CAM: Marek Hamšík
🇦🇷 ST: Alejandro Gómez
🇮🇹 ST: Andrea Belotti

October 2017


Playstation 4 Playstation 4
1,080,000 coins (starting eleven)
1,245,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

XBox One Xbox One
985,000 coins (starting eleven)
1,120,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

Origin PC
1,320,000 coins (starting eleven)
1,515,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)


If you want to know the current prices of any player or of the full squad, please click here.


The choice for this team’s players was based on the analysis made previously.

If there are undoubted players in this team, Buffon is certainly one of them. He has been crowned The Best FIFA Goalkeeper and he is one of the best goalies you can use in FIFA 18.

Chiellini and Alex Sandro are untouchables in any defence of this league. In our opinion, the other spots of the defence should be filled by Bonucci and Florenzi. However, Manolas is also a great option. If you think that Bonucci is too slow, even with the right chemistry style, then don’t be afraid to use the Roma’s centre back. He is really fast and gives security to any defense.

Nainggolan, the most versatile FUT 18 player, is a CM but he is better than any other native CDM of Serie A. We love his high/high work rates and amazing stamina. In front of him, Dybala is another top-quality player, making this midfield the strongest point of this league.

Who builds an unlimited budget Serie A squad shouldn’t use a formation with wingers. There are not many quality choices for this position. Cuadrado and Insigne are the best ones. Matuidi, Marchisio and Hamšík are just three examples of great players who have no room on this team because of the formation.

Higuain and Mertens are the perfect pair to the attack. They complement each other very well. The first one is a goal machine, while the other is faster, has a bad header but plays a lot for the team.

Once all the players reach maximum individual chemistry via loyalty (achieved by each player after 10 matches for your club or by being pack pulled) you can go without a manager for your squad. They’ll be of no use while wasting contracts.


FIFA 18 Serie A Squad with Medium Budget


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🇮🇹 GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma
🇨🇭 RB: Stephan Lichtsteiner
🇬🇷 CBR: Kostas Manolas
🇧🇷 CBL: Miranda
🇬🇭 LB: Kwadwo Asamoah
🇮🇹 CMR: Giacomo Bonaventura
🇩🇪 CMC: Sami Khedira
🇳🇱 CML: Kevin Strootman
🇨🇴 RW: Juan Cuadrado
🇮🇹 LW: Lorenzo Insigne
🇦🇷 ST: Alejandro Gómez

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🇮🇹 GK: Mattia Perin
🇵🇹 RB: João Cancelo
🇮🇹 CB: Andrea Barzagli
🇸🇳 CB: Kalidou Koulibaly
🇨🇭 LB: Ricardo Rodríguez
🇪🇸 CM: Borja Valero
🇮🇹 CM: Daniele De Rossi
🇵🇹 CM: João Mário
🇧🇷 RW: Felipe Anderson
🇧🇷 LW: Douglas Costa
🇮🇹 ST: Andrea Belotti

October 2017


Playstation 4 Playstation 4
95,000 coins (starting eleven)
120,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

XBox One Xbox One
70,000 coins (starting eleven)
90,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

Origin PC
95,000 coins (starting eleven)
125,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)


If you want to know the current prices of any player or of the full squad, please click here.


The choices for this more affordable team players was based on analysis made previously.

In the goal, Donnarumma is good enough to keep you safe.

Manolas and Miranda are great examples of how it is possible to build a great team without paying too much coins. Lichtsteiner and Asamoah fill the other spots.

The central midfield position of this team has to be of Khedira. He builds up the first barrier between your goal line and the opponent, making his physicality and defensive attributes count. Besides that, he starts the attacks very well, thanks to his passings skills. Bonaventura and Strootman complete the midfield.

Most of the cards of the previous team are too expensive to be used in the medium budget squad. In fact, only Cuadrado and Insigne are still in the starting eleven. They have the mission to assist Alejandro Gómez, a nice surprise in this league.

If you still have some room in your budget, Handanovič, Florenzi, Matuidi and Hamšík are players that would improve this squad a lot.


FIFA 18 Serie A Squad with Low Budget


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🇮🇹 GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma
🇷🇸 RB: Dušan Basta
🇮🇹 CBR: Lorenzo Tonelli
🇧🇷 CBL: Juan Jesus
🇬🇭 LB: Kwadwo Asamoah
🇫🇷 CMR: Maxime Gonalons
🇧🇷 CML: Allan
🇧🇷 RM: Felipe Anderson
🇵🇹 LM: Nani
🇮🇹 STR: Eder
🇫🇷 STL: Gregoire Defrel

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🇮🇹 GK: Mattia Perin
🇳🇱 RB: Rick Karsdorp
🇮🇹 CB: Davide Astori
🇺🇾 CB: Martín Cáceres
🇧🇪 LB: Jordan Lukaku
🇺🇾 CM: Carlos Sánchez
🇮🇹 CM: Marco Parolo
🇧🇷 RW: Bruno Peres
🇮🇹 LW: Stephan El Shaarawy
🇦🇷 ST: Diego Perotti
🇸🇮 ST: Josip Iličić

October 2017


Playstation 4 Playstation 4
9,000 coins (starting eleven)
15,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

XBox One Xbox One
9,000 coins (starting eleven)
15,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

Origin PC
9,000 coins (starting eleven)
15,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)


If you want to know the current prices of any player or of the full squad, please click here.


The choice for this budget team was based on analysis made previously.

Donnarumma is cheap enough to keep his spot in the team. Basta, Tonelli, Juan Jesus and Asamoah are the four other defenders. The fullbacks are a great value for money. The centre backs are not as good as we would like but they still are the best cheap defenders available.

On the midfield, Gonalons and Allan complement each other well. The first one is strong and aggressive, the second is a player that usually pushes forward to assist his colleagues. Nani and Felipe Anderson fill the wings in order to assist Eder and Defrel.


Follow our tips and you’ll become more successful on FIFA 18 Ultimate Team with your Serie A Team.



  1. (88) handanovic
    RB: (82) florenzi
    CB: (84) manolas , (84) koulibaly
    Lb: (86) rodriguez
    Rm;(83) cuadrado
    Cm;(86) bonaventura , (83) allan
    Lm; (88)insigne
    St; (89)Dybala,

    NEED another striker or possible formation change and player add> suggestions?

  2. I’m struggling with picking a formation. I like to play a lot of quick 1-touch passing up the field and through balls into forwards. Here’s my team:

    Florenzi, Chiellini, Barzagli, Cancelo
    Hamsik, Khedira, Nainggolan
    Dybala, Higuain

    Also, any suggestions for upgrades?

  3. Hi rodrigo! This is my team 4-2-3-1(3Cam): Buffon-Zanetti(88)-benatia(87)-chiellini-Alex sandro(86)-Naingollan(87)-Pjanic(88)-Hamsik(89)-Mertens(87)-Dybala(89)-Icardi(89). How i can improve my team? Thanks

  4. Hi Rodrigo, can you take a look at my squad and see where if I can do better anywhere?

    *i had to buy filipe luis as he was a good LB for decent price while saving for Alex Sandro

    GK- Buffon
    RB- Florenzi
    CB- Chiellini
    CB- Bonucci
    LB- Filipe Luiz
    CM- Marchisio
    CM- Hamsik
    LM- Insigne
    RM- Bernadeschi
    CF- Dybala
    ST- Mertens

    • Hi again. Yes, Alex Sandro should be one of your next buys. We don’t recommend playing with wingers in this league but if you really want to do it, at least use Cuadrado instead of Bernadeschi. Everything else, looks great.

  5. Hello, this is my team:
    Rodriguez(86), Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner(84)
    Insigne(88), Bernardeschi(84)
    Giovinco(86), Icardi(88)

    Handanovic, Koulibaly, Matuidi, Pjanic, Douglas Costa, Cuadrado Scream, Mertens

    Any comments?? I have almos 200k to spend.

      • Thanks for your comment!! I was thinking about chanking Rodriguez for Alex Sandro and also getting Dybala. Do you think Dybala is a good idea? he is very expensive… and what do you think about changing Verrati for Radja? Verrati is fast and good deffender but he is very short.

  6. Hi Rodrigo,
    I currently have this squad (5-2-2-1)
    Florenzi-Chiellini-Barzagli-Bonucci-86 Rodriguez
    91 Pirlo-89 Hamsik

    I have the coins and thinking about changing it to this: (4-3-1-2)
    Bonaventura-91 Pirlo-Thiago
    89 Hamsik

    I hear a lot of people say that Neuer does some dodgy things but I am really unsatisfied with Handanovic who basically lets in every shot from outside the box. What do you think, is it worth the 90k coins to upgrade my squad to the latter?
    Thanks in advance!

  7. Hi my friend has these teams. What should be his next buys?

    Gk Buffon
    Dr florenzi
    Lb Asamoah
    Cb Miranda
    Cb Manolas
    Cdm Matuidi
    Cdm marchisio
    Rm Cuadrado
    Lm insigne
    Cam mertens
    St Higuain

    Gk handanovic
    Dr lich
    Dl Rodríguez
    Dc Barzagli
    Dc Koulibaly
    Cdm De Rossi
    Cdm hamsik
    Rm Anderson
    Lm costa
    Cam Gomez
    St Belotti

    I told him I’m not sure if he shud sell hamsik as not sure he is good in the cdm role but before he does I would like your advice

  8. First team is
    Gk Buffon
    Dr florenzi
    Dl Sandro
    Dc bonucci
    Dc chillieni
    Cdm Matuidi
    Cm marchisio
    Cm nain
    Cam dybala
    St Higuain
    St mertens

    Second team I want to be the second best in all positions
    I don’t like ifs like you and I don’t like starting matches on less than 99 fitness so need help with second team and first if u believe the best is different

  9. Hi Rodrigo,i use 4-2-3-1 and i have this calcio a team : Buffon alex Sandro chiellini bonucci florenzi- (87) naingollan- perisic (86) dybala cuadrado- icardi (87). Second team: Buffon ghoulam (82) koulibaly benatia (87) lichsteiner(84)- hamsik matuidi- insigne (86) mertens felipe anderason- higuain. In squad battle this team are very strong and i arrive at fuoriclasse 1. But i have problem on RM. Any idea? Hybrid rm? Dybala rm cost a lot of credits, in our opinion if i buy sanchez and i every match sub sanchez for cuadrado is a good idea? Sanchez sub in me position with a team with 100 chem how chem he have?

  10. Hey Rodrigo. Using a 41212 (2) formation
    Cdm Matuidi
    Cm Nainggolan
    Cm marchisio
    Cam dybala
    That is the best team right?
    What would be the second best for my second team?

  11. Hello, this is my serie A team:

    41212 wide
    Florenzi Bonucci Miranda Rodriguez
    Cuadrado Insigne
    Higuain Mertens

    Who can I buy to make it perfect? I don’t know if I should invest in my defense (chiellini/sandro) or midfield (nainggolan/dybala). Can’t do both, too expensive

      • Thanks Rodrigo, I followed your advice. My first team is now this:
        I moved to 4231 wide
        Florenzi Bonucci Chiellini Rodriguez
        Hamsik Nainggolan
        Cuadrado Mertens Insigne

        I feel like i could improve my right wing. Cuadrado is good but not amazing. The problem is that the only option seems to be the Dybala RW in form, but he’s way too expensive. Any suggestion? Thanks!

        • Hi. That’s why I usually recommend using a Serie A squad with no wingers. Cuadrado is the best of this league. If you want to try other options, you will need to use players from other leagues, like Di Maria or Hazard out of his position but linking with two Belgian players.

  12. Hi!
    I have a budget of 550k with an SBC pirlo and thinking of building a calcio A team in 4-3-1-2. This is my plan:

    86 Pjanic-Marchisio-Pirlo
    Mertens-86 Immobile

    What do you think about this squad? Is there anyone who you would swap?
    Thanks in advance!

  13. Hello Rodrigo, please help.
    I use 4-1-2-1-2 narrow.
    My team from the middle above is:
    Matuidi – Marchisio, Hamsik – Dybala – Mertens and Higuain.
    I bought today Radja.
    What should I do?
    Should I change Matuidi with Radja and leave the others like they are or to keep Matuidi and throw out Hamsik to insert Radja instead.
    Many thanks,

  14. Hi Rodrigo, first, congrats on your review/tips and yearly follow up.
    Second, a feedback for Matuidi, he is utterly useless as a player in Fifa 18, he fails so hard to keep the middle with good passing after defending, he is a fairly good tackler, defensive is fairly good however for his price it’s a crappy player, reconsider recommending him.
    Third, this is my team 4-3-3
    Rodriguez 86 LB card (still cheaper than Sandro) Bonucci Chiellini duo Lichtensteiner
    Marchisio as CDM he is a jolly joker in midfield Hamsik and Pjanic CM (considering Icardi 87 card totw to demote him to CM to replace Pjanic) Insigne and Callejon (here in my experience Callejon is far better scorer than Cuadrado) sole striker Mertens to sting any defense, with Gomez as back up. Still chasing Radja, out of my reach for the moment. But main back up for CDM Marchisio considering Khedira Scream card which has good defensive stats and good passing. Any thoughts?

    • Hi. Thank you for your comment.
      It looks that you already have solid ideas so I don’t know if it makes sense to suggest you a few changes. For example, I believe Florenzi is better than Lichtensteiner, but if you are using him that’s because you have your reasons.

      • I second you on Florenzi, sole reason for using Lichtsteiner is the price, and better defensive stats, and most likely going for the 84ovr card from Lichtsteiner which is fairly above Florenzi, for which at the moment the price doesn’t reflect the value. If I pay a price of a player I would like to pay as closely as I can to it’s “real”/game play value. Still I am really interested on you thoughts for a CDM – CM – CM trio that would not involve Radja.

        • I agree that we should buy the best value for money players. That’s why I don’t like special cards. Most of the times, you are paying the ‘special’ thing, not the stats.
          About the CDM-CM-CM trio that not involves Matuidi or Radja, and assuming that Dybala is out of your budget, I believe you have two decent options: Marchisio as CDM and Hamsik.Pjanic as CM; or, if you need a mode defensive trio, De Rossi as CDM and Marchisio-Hamsik as CM.

  15. My team right now is
    What do you think? Which player should i buy next

  16. I think I got the best Serie A squad possible;

    Alex Sandro

    Buffon did not work for me.
    I am using a 4-3-2-1 formation with 3 CM’s.

    What do you think? Should I use Pjanic instead of Marchisio?

  17. Hey Rodrigo I have currently changed my form to 4231 (2). Just wondering what would be the second best team I can make using this. Players like dybala and nain are out of my price range atm. Can afford anyone other than them. But would like your help on what u would do. I was thinking strong strikers like Higuain n Icardi. Obv they would be the best team. Hence why I ask about the second best. Thanks

  18. Hello Rodrigo, many thanks for your work.
    I switched to 4-1-2-1-2 and is great.
    I use: Donnaruma – Florenzi, Manolas, Coulibaly, Asamoah – Matuidi – Marchisio, Hamsik – Gomez – Mertens, Higuain.
    I am happy, really nice site here.
    I want to buy Ghoulam special instead of Asamoah, what do you advise? Thanks.

    • Thank you very much.
      To be honest I haven’t tried Ghoulam IF. Obviously, his numbers are much better but I am always sceptical about IF cards. Asamoah is a decent player and he is much faster than 77 looks to be. If you don’t mind to spend those coins, go ahead.

  19. Hello Rodrigo,
    My Italian team is 4-2-3-1 compact (with 3 CAMS).
    Donnaruma – Florenzi, Koulibaly, Manolas, Asamoah – Matuidi, Marchisi – Cuadrado, Hamsik, Alejandro Gomez – Higuain
    I still having problems ind efending, was thinking to by Bonucci.
    What do you suggest?
    Many, many thanks.

  20. Hey, a wonderful article as always. My budget is 200k and will never go beyond 500k. Formation is 4231. Under this budget which league is best for me. Considering value for money and previous experience I’m much inclined towards Calcio A. Will I be able to compete at top level with Calcio A?

  21. Hello,
    My 1st team is 4 3 3 attack:
    Donnaruna – Lichsteiner, Benatia, Tonelli, Asamoah – Bonaventura, Borja V, Parolo – Anderson, Belotti, Nani.
    Do not know what to buy, I am in the 4th league, won all the others. Second team is:

    Sergio Asenjo – Semedo, Fernandez, Laporte, Gaya – Viera, Boudebouz, Paulinho – Williams, Gameiro, Deulofeu.

    Sugfestions here too please.

  22. Hi Rodrigo. You have a lot of knowledge about this. I just picked up Icardi inform 87 . He’s better then Higuain you think ?

  23. I can’t decide between two formations:
    1. 4-1-2-1-2 (Handanovic – Florenzi, Benatia, Manolos, Alex Sandro – Khedira(as CDM) – Cuadrado, Insigne – Gomez(as CAM) – Higuain, Mertens)
    2. 4-2-3-1 (Handanovic – Florenzi, Benatia, Manolos, Alex Sandro – Khedira, Matuidi – Cuadrado, Gomez, Insigne – Higuain)

    Do these teams make sense? Should I change any players (buy others or change with subs). Current subs are Perin (GK), Perisic (LM), Valero(CAM), Anderson(RM), Lukaku(LB), Koulibaly(CB), Icardi(ST), Eder(ST). Jorginho(CAM), Lichtsteiner(RB).
    I mention that I am not very good at using skills and I prefer a passing game rather than a crossing wide game.


      • Thanks, changed it last weekend and made some additions (4-1-2-1-2 (2)) and added Marchisio and Nainggolan as CM (with Pjanic as sub), Dybala as CAM, changed fullbacks to Chiellini and Bonucci. it’s been great so far got 7-3-1 wins/draw/losses.
        The one question I have is regarding strikers. As I mentioned I use Mertens and Higuain, but this weekend I got Icardi from TOTW and has slightly better stats than Higuain. I tried him, but seems to score less. What do you think? Should I change Higuain or just keep Icardi as sub?

  24. Hi ! I’m using 4-1-2-1-2

    Alex Sandro – Koulibaly-Miranda-Florenzi
    Douglas Costa-Quadrado
    in form Icardi – Immobile

    The team is great for Squad battles but too slow for PvP. When going PvP I am using Costa as CDM and going Insigne for LM / I prefer Costa for LM because he is physically more gifted and I am still not good enough dribbler /. I also changed Koulibaly for Manolas after I read your article. I got around 300K coins but I am trying to save some for Black Friday so I won’t buy Naingolan and Dybala now, but what can you advice me for making faster team with physically gifted players ?

    • Hi.
      You have a great budget to improve this squad. While you are waiting for the BF, the first thing you should do is to replace Khedira by Matuidi and Immobile by A Gómez. This will help you a lot to get a faster team. You can also try to replace Douglas Costa by Insigne.

  25. Hey Rodrigo. One last thing. Your have your unlimited squads which is awesome. Would you mind telling me what the unlimited would be in midfield using 41212(2). So that’s cdm 2xcm and cam for both teams plz. Not sure if nain would be better as cdm or cm in this form also

  26. Hey thanks for the the guides! I use them avidly but could you please help? I’m really struggling and on a massive loosing streak! I don’t fund so have a small budget.
    41212 narrow
    De Rossi
    Marchisio – Strootman
    Immobile – Icardi

    I’ve got about 20k but I keep losing games, where should I improve?


  27. If you want to take advantage of the handicap, use a combination of silvers and low golds (you wouldn’t want to miss 77 Lukaku). Also use bronze benching. In Battle Squads this is amazing. I get to win on Legendary with at least 3-4 goals difference. With a normal (84) Serie A squad I struggle on Legendary, losing about 1 in 4 games.

  28. Hi Rodrigo, i’m your fan and i really appreciate you blog, i follow you from 4 years.I just want to thank you for you beatiful job and correct a little error at the begin of this page: The Serie A is not the fourth best league classified in the UEFA league coefficient but is the 3rd atm and probably will be the 2nd next year.
    And IMHO is spectacular as much the other 3 leagues (even more sometimes).

  29. Hi Rodrigo,
    Thanks for this post!!! I really appreciate it.
    I have a couple of questions – I hope you will sacrifice 5 mins of your precious time 🙂
    1) I prefer to use 4-1-2-1-2 wide rather than narrow option. I noticed that against teams playing tiki-taka in the midfield (41212narrow, 4132), it becomes quite difficult to defend.I decided to use custom tactic to my both RM and LM and make them “cutting inside”. I noticed it slightly improves my possibilities in defending and also when I start my attack – both RM and LM are playing closer to CM but at the same time they are still open to play wings. Do you have any other suggestions with regards to the player instructions for 41212 wide? What about LB/RB? There are 2 common schools: stay back while attacking, and balanced attack – what option do you prefer?

    2) What custom tactics would you suggest for 41212 wide? What are your personal prefered settings for this formation

    3) Do you think there is a need to change anything else for CDM except “Stay back while attacking”? I noticed that some people adjust this option only and leave everything else as basic settings ( i.e interceptions etc)

    My team is:
    RB Florenzi- CB Bonucci-CB Chiellini-LB Alex Sandro
    CDM Nainggolan
    RM Cuadrado LM Insignie
    CAM Hamsik
    ST Higuain ST Mertens


    • Hi I’d seriously suggest changing to narrow. I used to use the wide and changed to try it out. I’ve tried changing back but the narrow is so much better and with DR/DL on balanced they are always there to help out in attack. Give it 10 games and see what you think. I went from 8-12 shots a game to 20+ And don’t concede half as many as before. Wide leaves your cdm to do more work than he can possibly do

    • This year wide formations don’t work so well. Consider 4-3-2-1, 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-2-1(2). Depending on the ration attack/defense.

      • Hi Gary, thanks for your comments
        To help CDM I set both LM and RM as “cut inside” and it works also in a defensive phase. I know that Cuadrado or Insignie are weaker in defensive tha any other CM but they really help CDM. In order to balance the counterattack I set both RB and LB with balanced attack. Once LM/RM go inside to defend and hopefully they take back the ball, they already have both RB/LB entering on their position on winds. So it gives me RB/LB + RM/LM + CAM + both ST attacking togther. I am testing such solution 10 games already. I lost 2, won 6, 2 games as draw. So it looks quite promising. I am just searching for a new solutions that could be implemented here.

        What are your results in Weekend League? I am reaching Gold 1/Gold 2
        What custom tactics and player instructions are you using? Do you play on PC? If so ,we could have few training games together:)

    • Hi Gary, thanks for your comments
      To help CDM I set both LM and RM as “cut inside” and it works also in a defensive phase. I know that Cuadrado or Insignie are weaker in defensive tha any other CM but they really help CDM. In order to balance the counterattack I set both RB and LB with balanced attack. Once LM/RM go inside to defend and hopefully they take back the ball, they already have both RB/LB entering on their position on winds. So it gives me RB/LB + RM/LM + CAM + both ST attacking togther. I am testing such solution 10 games already. I lost 2, won 6, 2 games as draw. So it looks quite promising. I am just searching for a new solutions that could be implemented here.

      What are your results in Weekend League? I am reaching Gold 1/Gold 2
      What custom tactics and player instructions are you using? Do you play on PC? If so ,we could have few training games together:)

    • Hi.
      1) It depends on your play style. For example, I am good at defending. So, I prefer the balanced attack because I don’t need many players helping the defence.
      2) We are working on a custom tactics guide to publish in a few weeks.
      3) You have a good CDM. It should be enough.

  30. Great guide Rodrigo
    My team is
    Gk Buffon
    Dr Lichtsteiner
    Dl Asamoah
    Dc Manolas
    Dc Miranda
    Cdm De Rossi
    Cm Pjanic
    Cm Bonaventura
    Cam Valero
    St Higuain
    St Mertens

    What would be your next signing. I’m thinking hamsik cam

  31. Hi Rodrigo,
    First of all, thanks for the wonderful guide.

    Need suggestions:

    Lichsteiner – Koulibaly-Manolas – Rodriguez
    DeRossi – Bonaventura
    Borja Valero
    Callejon – Belotti – Perisic

    Which one should I consider upgrading first? Midfield / Forward?
    I have 150K coins available.

    Also, with us able to change Forward Runs of DEF/Def Mids through team tactics,
    work rates make a difference?

    Thanks in Advance.

    • Hi. Thank you.
      Forwards, definitely. You can go for Higuain or, if you don’t want to spend many coins, for Gómez. If you really want a true upgrade buy Mertens and Hamsik.
      About the team tactics, you have to try to see if it makes difference or not. It depends on your play style.

  32. Thanks once again!
    I have a question. I play 41212, and have several CM since I moved from a 442. I have a pretty wide amount of options to choose.

    My question is who is worth keeping moving to the CDM and how to move to CAM. My guys there, all of them as CM are Hamsik (first choice for CAM), Matuidi (who will be starting CDM) and then Khedira, Bonaventura, Marchisio, Joao Mario. And from several opened packs: Biglia, Joao Mario, Sanchez, Zielinski, Milinkovic-Savic, Jankto, Kessie, Ciciretti and Brozovic.

    I guess that when I can afford Naingolan and Dybala, I won’t have any doubt. Thanks!

  33. I am using a 433
    Dr Rossi
    Joao Mario
    El sharawaay



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