FIFA 21 Carniball 2021 countdown: start date, predictions

Published: 19/Feb/2021 6:58

by Isaac McIntyre


It’s party time ⁠in Ultimate Team — starting early next month, FIFA 21 should be getting into celebration mode with its popular “Carniball” promo, based around the world-famous Carnivals across the globe every February and March.

Every year, countries like Brazil, Belgium, France, and Spain get into the festive spirit with massive Carnivals and parades, celebrating the historical season of Lent.

To celebrate, FIFA rolls out super-boosted FUT squads, with players selected from celebrating countries. In the past, we’ve seen iconic footballers like Neymar, Hugo Lloris, Franck Ribéry, and Paulo Dybala handed big upgrades ⁠— and flashy new Ultimate Team cards to boot ⁠— as part of the early year event.

Last year, however, EA SPORTS skipped the 2020 celebrations.

That means we may see them go all-in on the event this time around, to make up for missing last year’s promo. There’s a good chance there’ll even be two squads.

Without further ado, here’s everything we know about Carniball 2021 so far.

"Carniball" is the celebration of the Carnivals around the world.
“Carniball” is the celebration of the Carnivals around the world.

When will Carniball 2021 begin?

EA SPORTS has yet to officially confirm anything regarding Carniball 2021, but we can put together when the promo would ship based on the Carnivals being held around the world in a host of European and South American countries.

The “Carniball” promo should arrive in FIFA 21 in early March. In FIFA 19 ⁠— the last time the event ran in-game ⁠— it kicked off on Friday, March 8 and ran for a full week.

This time, it should begin on Friday, March 5.

There’s also a chance we’ll see the promo split across two squads, as EA has done recently. That should mean a second lineup on March 12.

Either way, the first date confirmation we should get ⁠— outside of leaks ⁠— will be on the Ultimate Team title screen, so keep your eyes peeled! Keep tuned on our Twitter accounts, @UltimateTeamUK and @FutWatch, to see all the breaking news.

The last Carniball team, released in FIFA 19, was stacked to the brim with high-rated cards.
The last Carniball team, released in FIFA 19, was stacked to the brim with high-rated cards.

Carniball predictions: who makes the 2021 team?

Who is eligible?

EA SPORTS chose each “Carniball” card from the eight high-profile cities that celebrate annual Carnivals around February and March each year.

This includes Brazil (Rio De Janeiro), France (Nice), Belgium (Binche), Italy (Venice), Argentina (Buenos Aires), USA (New Orleans), Spain (Cadiz), and Germany (Cologne). The lineup ⁠— potentially around 18 players strong ⁠if there’s two teams — will then be selected from these top-class footballing nations.

The FIFA 21 publishers usually sway towards more popular clubs too, like Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich, Piemonte Calcio, LA Galaxy, and Boca Juniors.

Our top ‘Carniball’ predictions

With all that being said, here’s some of our top picks (and potential ratings). We’ve included a fair few, in case EA SPORTS splits the promo into two teams again:

  • N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) ⁠— 91
  • Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich) ⁠— 88
  • Leonardo Bonucci (Piemonte Calcio) ⁠— 87
  • Ederson (Manchester City) ⁠— 90
  • Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari) ⁠— 86
  • Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) ⁠— 90
  • David Silva (Real Sociedad) ⁠— 90
  • Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) ⁠— 86
  • Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax) ⁠— 87
  • Ike Opara (Minnesota United) ⁠— 85
  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) ⁠— 92
  • Julian Brandt (Dortmund) ⁠— 88
Sergio Ramos could be a headlining card in the Carniball 2021 team.
Sergio Ramos could be a headlining card in the Carniball 2021 team.

Expected Carniball content

FIFA 21 players should expect a hefty chunk of Ultimate Team content if the fan-fave Carniball promo does begin in early March, including:

  • 2x Carniball teams
  • Carniball Player SBCs
  • Carniball Objective Players
  • Repeatable FUT Upgrade SBCs
  • Rare FUT Pack SBCs
  • Packs & Lighting Rounds

So there you have it ⁠— everything we know about FIFA’s party promo, “Carniball,” so far. This is one of the funnest events on the FUT calendar, so make sure you’re all ready with plenty of packs, coins, and SBC fodder.

We’ll update this article when the promo begins. As always, stick with us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA news, updates, and content.


Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos FIFA 21 Flashback SBC: How to complete

Published: 23/Feb/2021 19:01 Updated: 23/Feb/2021 19:42

by Bill Cooney


A new Flashback SBC is now live in FIFA 21, with Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos getting a boosted card. Here’s what you need to know. 

Flashbacks are always a fun addition to Ultimate Team, as they let you grab powerful throwback cards for players that take them back to a special moment or a prime time during their career.

This latest standalone SBC celebrates Kroos’s prolific 2017-2018 LaLiga season playing for Real Madrid with a very nice 93 OVR card that could definitely beef up your midfield lineup.

Toni Kroos in FIFA 21
EA Sports
Kroos (center) is one of the best midfielders in FIFA 21 already, and this card just makes him better.

Toni Kroos Flashback SBC requirements & price

There are three total squads all with their own sets of requirements to knock out in order to complete this SBC, and on top of unlocking Kroos’s powered-up card at the end, you’ll also get a pack reward for each set of challenges.

To grab the German midfielder for yourself you’ll need to build one Bundesliga-themed squad, one La Liga-themed one, and finally, a Top Form challenge to wrap it all up.

The catch is that all three require fairly high ratings: 83 for Bundesliga, 84 for La Liga, and 85 for Top Form, which just might be where the high price tag is coming from.


  • Number of players from Bundesliga: Min 1
  • IF Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 83
  • Team Chemistry: Min 80
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Prime Mixed Players Pack

La Liga

  • Number of players from La Liga Santander: Min 1
  • IF Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 75
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Prime Electrum Players Pack

Top Form

  • IF Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Premium Gold Players Pack

Toni Kroos Flashback SBC cost & cheap solutions

Altogether, this SBC should run you around 332,000 to 370,000 FUT Coins to get it all done. Listed below are the cheapest solutions we could find, and to make things as easy as possible none will require any loyalty or position change cards to complete.


La Liga

Top Form

If you want to make Kroos’s powerful new card your own, you have three weeks (21 days) until March 16 to get everything all wrapped up.

Additionally, if you do pick him up, be sure to let us know how the veteran midfielder gets on in-game by tweeting us over on Twitter – UltimateTeamUK.