EA Sports FC 24 is almost here, though fans who pre-ordered the game have already been given early access to the latest release.
Fans have flocked to snap up one of the most popular games on the market, in EA Sports’ first release since ending their long-term partnership with FIFA.
Career Mode is always a popular game mode for seasoned players of the franchise and this year is no exception, with domestic leagues from 25 different nations – alongside fully-licensed UEFA competitions including the Champions League and Europa League – available to play.
Stuck on who to start with in EA Sports FC 24? We’re on hand with five fantastic suggestions.
FC 24: Five teams to try out on EA Sports FC 24 Career Mode:
Bayer Leverkusen have been one of the most eye-catching teams in Europe’s top five leagues so far this season, with Xabi Alonso’s exciting side challenging Bundesliga behemoth Bayern Munich across the season’s opening weeks.
Alonso took Leverkusen from the Bundesliga’s relegation places to Europa League qualification last season and the German side are now targeting a tilt at the title.
One of football’s greatest bridesmaids, Leverkusen have never won the Bundesliga despite five runners-up finishes since 1997. It’s been 30 years since the club won their only DFB-Pokal, but the side look well-equipped to challenge both domestically and in the Europa League this season.
???? Bayer Leverkusen’s Victor Boniface has six goals in his first five league games. The Bundesliga has a new star! pic.twitter.com/Gl5YSKelYK
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) September 25, 2023
Victor Boniface and Patrik Schick are formidable forward options, while Alejandro Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong are an explosive full-back pairing. The jewel in the crown is Florian Wirtz however, whose potential should be built around.
Wrexham fans can hardly believe what has happened to their club in recent seasons. After more than a decade in the doldrums, the arrival of Hollywood A-Listers Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney has catapulted the club into the consciousness of the wider world, with a smash-hit documentary detailing their ride under a new celebrity ownership.
A long exile from the English Football League was ended last season after fifth-tier title success and Wrexham have ambitions of making it back-to-back promotions this time around. The pull of the club has been evident with the summer signings of George Evans from second-tier Millwall, former Scotland striker Steven Fletcher and 102-cap Ireland international James McClean.
The Premier League is a long way to go for The Red Dragons, but attempting to take them there will be a challenge worth taking on.
Brighton are the envy of world football right now with an upwardly mobile project and one of the best recruitment teams in the game.
The Seagulls continue to unearth unproven talent for modest sums, develop them into coveted stars, and sell them on for mammoth profits, all while still improving. It has been an incredible rise for Brighton, who are competing in European competition for the first time this season after Europa League qualification.
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With high-potential prospects in Evan Ferguson, Julio Enciso and the on-loan Ansu Fati, there’s enough talent to trouble teams and upset the status quo.
Saudi Arabian football placed itself at the centre of the game this summer, as the nation’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) splashed the cash to attract overseas talent to the division.
Few could have envisaged the speed and scale of the Saudi Pro League’s growth in just one summer, with marquee imports arriving at each of the leading Saudi sides.
— Roshn Saudi League (@SPL_EN) August 11, 2023
Al-Ahli could be the funnest side to operate with for fans eager to take on the SPL in Career Mode, having assembled a frontline of ex-Premier League favourites in Roberto Firmino, Riyah Mahrez and Allan Saint-Maximin during the summer window.
It’s a front three full of flair for Al-Ahli, who were promoted back into the Saudi Pro League last season after a first ever relegation in 2021/22.
Serie A has been arguably the most unpredictable of Europe’s top five leagues in recent seasons, with four different champions in four seasons.
Since the last of Juventus’ nine in a row titles in 2019/20, both Milan clubs and Napoli have all claimed the Scudetto.
Could Lazio be the next side to be crowned champions? The capital club finished as runners-up last season, their highest Serie A finish since last winning the title in 1999/2000.
The loss of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to the Saudi Pro League was a blow last summer, but Daichi Kamada and Gustav Isaksen are exciting additions to the squad. A long-term replacement for Ciro Immobile should be on the agenda, with the club’s all-time record goalscorer and captain set to turn 34 in 2023/24.
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