The official release date of FIFA 22 is just around the corner with the highly-anticipated game available from October 1, with early access for those signed up to EA Play subscription having provided a glimpse of the latest edition to the series.
Whilst the likes of Ultimate Team, Pro Clubs and Volta Football have all revolutionised the franchise in recent years, Career Mode remains a staple for experienced FIFA players.
Ahead of the game’s official release, we look at five teams you should try on FIFA 22’s Career Mode.
Ok, taking charge of Paris Saint-Germain may be the least challenging Career Mode possible, but a lot of fun can still be had with a squad bursting at the seams with elite talent.
PSG’s summer recruitment drive has provided Mauricio Pochettino with a star-studded ensemble, with a front three of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and summer signing Lionel Messi a nightmarish prospect for opposition sides.
Throw in Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum to the mix and you have a side that you could help lead to that elusive first Champions League title.
Ligue 1 could prove a stroll, but taking on Europe’s best with PSG’s collection of superstars is a challenge many FIFA players will relish in this year’s game.
An added bonus is FIFA 22 owning the rights to all of Ligue 1’s teams and players, meaning you can play in PSG’s Parc des Princes stadium with all the right matchday branding, broadcast packages and pre-match atmosphere.
There’s just something about Borussia Dortmund’s yellow shirts and fanatical support.
Dortmund have been a popular choice for Career Mode players in recent seasons, with the club’s focus and faith in young talent providing players with the core of a side that can develop into conquerors of both Germany and Europe.
Erling Haaland headlines the talent at the Westfalenstadion and is set to be given a huge hike in rating, with the Norwegian starting FIFA 22 as an 88 – and is still just 21-years-old!
Add in teenagers Jude Bellingham, Gio Reyna and Youssoufa Moukoko – alongside summer signing Donyell Malen – and you have the basis of a side that can remain together for seasons to come and end Bayern Munich’s dominance of the Bundesliga.
Fancy something a little different?
EA have secured the licences for both Boca Juniors and River Plate in FIFA 22, allowing players to enjoy two of South America’s behemoths in all their glory on this season’s game.
Boca Juniors are Argentina’s most successful club and clashes against River in the Superclasico promise fireworks.
Can you take Boca – who have former Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo amongst their ranks – to Primera División and Copa Libertadores glory?
For those seeking the ultimate challenge, plot your way through the English footballing pyramid by taking charge of League Two newcomers Sutton United.
Despite a 123-year history after being formed in 1898, the 2021/22 season is Sutton’s first in the Football League and overseeing their ascent through the divisions could be the perfect fairytale fantasy for FIFA fanatics.
Matt Gray’s side won the National League last season to secure promotion to League Two, where former Premier League sides in Bradford, Swindon and Oldham – alongside big-spending Salford City – will be amongst their divisional rivals.
Juventus’ dominance of Serie A was ended last season by Antonio Conte and Inter Milan, but the off-season has seen wholesale change at the San Siro.
Conte departed following disagreements with the club’s hierarchy, whilst star players Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi were sold for huge fees to combat spiralling debts.
Keeping Inter at the summit of Italian football will prove a challenge, whilst an ageing squad including veterans such as Edin Dzeko, Arturo Vidal, Samir Handanovic and Ivan Perisic will need overhauling sooner rather than later.
Fans have been put off Serie A Career Mode games given the licensing of sides to rival games, but EA Sports have confirmed that the exclusive rights to Italy’s top tier have been secured ahead of the new season.
Juventus, Lazio, Roma, Napoli and Atalanta remain exclusive to eFootball 2022 and will not be shown with their true characteristics however, but Inter and their lovely kits – alongside their San Siro home – are licensed in FIFA 22.
Added bonus – Create a Club
Fans of FIFA have regularly implored the game’s developers to include a Create a Club mode, with FIFA 22’s creators finally delivering on that promise.
This year’s edition provides players with a chance to create their own club in Career Mode, with the new feature possessing a detailed way to formulate your side.
Players will be able to customise their team’s name, nickname, kit, crest and stadium, alongside choosing which league and nation to compete in!
Club creators also have the power over their squad selection and board priorities, with the option of guiding your newly-formed club through the divisions one that is set to appeal.