Any of the first two options enables you then to choose the team you will be taking immediate charge of and handle all areas of the club such as formations, contracts and transfer activities. If you choose to just be a player depending on your performance in a trial game a club will offer you a deal. That’s why it is important to have a good game in the trial game, so you get noticed by the scouts of good teams. Then you leave all the formations and substitutions to the manager which the AI will handle for you.
If you choose one of the first two options above then the next decision you’re faced with is choosing a team for career mode.
Obviously, you can pick one of the big hitters such as Man City or Real Madrid and have the time of your life buying and selling on players in the first transfer window. However, if you are wanting a slightly more challenging and perhaps more realistic career mode experience you want to be looking at picking teams that allow your scouted players/youngsters room to grow without damaging team performance.
The main focus of this article is on choosing a club that isn’t quite as famous as some of the world’s top clubs. Read on to find out which clubs can help nurture your emerging talents and put your managerial abilities to the test.
Good teams to choose if you’re developing squads
Lets look at some teams which fit the description we just gave above. Looking in England to begin with, Leicester City, Blackpool and both Sheffield clubs have decent wage and transfer budgets with high potential youths who you will be able to gradually develop into the squad.
Looking further afield, in Spain. Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo are both good choices whilst in Italy, Brescia and Torino are probably the best two.
On German soil Dusseldorf is a good choice although you might need to ship out a couple of the strikers you don’t need and finally in France, RC Lens have a good squad coupled with high budgets.
NOTE: All transfer and wage budgets and board difficulty can be changed to slightly alter budgets either to your advantage or against.
To pull this information together we looked at teams from the “big five” nations – England, Italy, Spain, France & Germany. The reason for this is, unless your team is in the top tier from one of these countries, you will find it difficult to buy the very best players in the game (you’ll get a message for almost every player/agent saying your league is not prestigious enough). Having said this, you will notice I didn’t include any big teams from the top divisions. If you choose a big team with a big budget the chances are you can buy other teams youngsters and the need to build a squad from scratch won’t be necessary. This will mean the youngsters you promote will never be good enough to get involved and get the experience they need to improve.
When assessing which teams would be good for career mode, I judged them on the following criteria:
- Do they have decent transfer / wage budgets?
- Do they have many high-potential youths?
- What is the squad size?
- Are there players in lots of different positions in the reserves?
- What is the overall quality of the team?
The ideal combination, for me, is to combine a decent budget with high potential youths and a medium/large squad. I have read that people don’t like starting with large squads as their youths don’t get the chance to flourish. This confuses me because if there is a large squad at your club, decide who isn’t going to be playing a part in your plans and get them placed on the transfer list to make some extra funds available. For all the latest transfers and rumours to keep your game fresh and up to date you can see these at www.transfermarketfeed.com.
I hope this has provided an interesting take on choosing a Career Mode team for fifa 12. Hopefully it will make your experience of this game mode more interesting than simply choosing an amazing team and going from there, and should give you more of a chance to develop your scouted players if that is what you want out of career mode.