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FIFA Premier League Ultimate Team of the Decade

Published: 26/Dec/2019 11:09

by David Purcell

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Ultimate Team has established itself as easily the most popular game mode in FIFA, with players attempting to build the best squads possible every year. With 2020 on the horizon, who would make it into your Premier League Ultimate Team of the decade?

EA Sports first revealed their online card market back in 2009 and the concept has only grown since then. Many of the greatest players the world has seen have played in the Premier League since that time, meaning gamers could also enjoy playing with their virtual versions too.

Ultimate Team is very different to real life, though. The play style might be fast in the top flight of English football, but it’s even faster in FUT, with players looking for speed in almost every position.

EA SPORTSEden Hazard is just one of many Premier League stars to have had amazing Ultimate Team cards this decade.

Football pundits have challenged themselves to pick the best XI from the last 10 years just before we enter the 2020’s, including multiple title-winning icons like Vincent Kompany, David Silva and others, but we were wondering how different a team of the decade would look if it was based solely on their FIFA cards. So, we decided to give it a shot.

It’s worth noting that we’ve decided to exclude special and icon cards, simply to avoid the list being dominated by some of the insane additions in recent titles. This way, we get to cast our minds back a little and fit some in from years gone by, picking players from between FIFA 10 to FIFA 20. Selections have been made on how good they were to play with, and not solely by their overall rating or statistics.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the FIFA Premier League Ultimate Team of the Decade we made using Futhead and run through the thinking behind some of those who made the cut.

Premier League FIFA Ultimate Team of the Decade

Graphics: FutheadSome of these players might have reached their peak in the decade before, but they’ve had amazing cards between FIFA 10 and 20.

There’s no doubt that every single position in our starting 11 could be challenged and people will have their opinions about who could replace them, but one thing is for sure – there is no right answer. What we do have, though, is a good blend of old and new.

Every good team has a strong spine. Pepe Reina was an unbelievable shot-stopper, particularly in FIFA 12. Plus, who better to put in front of him than a Rolls-Royce like Virgil van Dijk’s 90 rated card, along with Nemanja Vidić from 2009-2010.

The full-backs pretty much pick themselves, but the midfield has a good balance of speed, power and with Wayne Rooney sitting behind the strikers, a lethal finisher from the middle of the pitch as well. With that being said, a long list could be formed of candidates that missed out, including the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Gareth Bale, Sergio Agüero and more.

If you have ideas about how we could improve it, send us your own Premier League Ultimate Team of the Decade on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK.

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How to watch FIFA 21 TOTY 12th Man Reveal during Twitch Rivals Showdown

Published: 23/Jan/2021 0:38

by Bill Cooney

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EA Sports will be revealing the FIFA 21 TOTY 12th Man during the Twitch Rivals “12th Man Showdown” on January 26, and we’ve got all the info on how to watch the reveal for yourself.

Traditionally, FIFA has always put out an 11-man TOTY squad, along with another player that narrowly missed the vote called the “12th Man.”

That hasn’t changed this year, and along with the reveal of the Team of the Year Attacker ratings on January 22, it was also announced that the 12th man would be revealed during a Twitch Rivals tournament on Tuesday, January 26.

How to watch the FIFA 21 12th Man Showdown tournament

Like we mentioned above the tournament kicks off at 10 AM PST/7 PM CET on January 26 with some of the top FIFA streamers battling it out for their share of the $50,000 prize pool.

You can watch the action on any of your favorite streamer’s channels if you know they’ll be participating, but if you want an overview of all the action in one convenient place, you can tune in on the official Twitch Rivals channel, which can be found below.

This will also be where FIFA is going to present the 12th Man sometime during the tournament. Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact time for when the big reveal will take place during the broadcast, so to ensure you don’t miss it, at least keep the main stream on in the background.

Who will be FIFA 21’s 12th man for TOTY?

Even though we now know who’s made the cut for this year’s TOTY squad, that doesn’t really make it any easier to predict who will slide in under the cutoff to make 12th Man.

Neymar Jr. is an obvious pick, along with Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son. Sadio Mane is another contender, and our man Mohammed Salah might not have made the starting XI (like we predicted), but he could sneak in here.

Finally, Messi surprisingly did not make this year’s TOTY, and it’s not hard to see him getting a ton of votes, so don’t be surprised if he pops up as well.