FIFA 18 Icon Ratings Part 3 of 3

Welcome to the last part of my FIFA Icons Ratings series where we are looking at the ratings of the announced Icons for the upcoming FIFA 18 game, releasing on September 29th. To read the rest of my FIFA 18 news, look here. To stay updated on my posts, follow my Twitter and like my facebook page.

If you have read my previous posts about Icons, you know that each Icon has three cards based on three years of their career. The best card is only available in packs at limited times and if you complete an SBC, but the other two are available all the time in packs. Here are the last 7 players with Icon cards.

Peter Schmeichel

Schmeichel is a Danish goalkeeper who played most of his career for Manchester United. The other teams he played for were Gladsaxe-Hero, Hvidorve, Brøndby, Sporting CP, Aston Villa, and Manchester City. He also scored 11 goals, because he would sometimes come up the field for corners. His son, Kasper, is currently the goalkeeper for Leicester City. Schmeichel’s stats are 86 overall with the best attribute being 89 reflexes, 90 overall with 93 reflexes, and 92 overall with 94 reflexes.

Carles Puyol

Puyol, a Spaniard, was one of the few players to spend his entire career at one club, playing at Barcelona. He was known for being one of the best defenders of all time. His cards are 86 overall RB with 89 physical, 90 CB with 92 defending, and 92 overall CB with 94 defending.

Alessandro Del Piero

Known to be one of the best Italian players of all time, Del Piero played for Juventus for the majority of his career. His other stops were Padova, Sydney FC, and Delhi Dynamos. He also scored 27 goals for the Italian National Team. His cards are 87 overall CF with 89 dribbling, 90 CF with 92 dribbling, and 92 CF with 92 shooting and dribbling.

Michael Owen

This famous English striker rose to a superstar level at a young age during the 1998 World Cup, when he was given the opportunity to play for his country. Owen scored 40 goals for England, which was formerly the highest for the England team. In his club career, he played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United, and Stoke City. His cards are 88 ST with 91 pace, 91 overall ST with 90 pace, and 86 overall with 86 shooting.


The Portuguese midfielder, whose given name is Anderson Luis de Souza, was known for his awareness, technique, and mid range shooting. He played for Corinthians, CSA, Benfica, Avlerca, Salgueiros, Porto, Barcelona, Chelsea, and Fluminense. His cards are 87 CAM with 87 dribbling and passing, 90 CM with 91 passing, and 85 overall CAM with 87 passing.

Rio Ferdinand

The English CB played for many English clubs, including West Ham United, Bournemouth,  Leeds United,  Manchester United, and Queens Park Rangers. Ferdinand also played for the England National Team. He scored 11 club goals and 3 international goals. His cards are 85 CB with 84 pace and defending, 90 CB with 91 defending, and 88 overall CB with 89 defending.

Robert Pires

The last player in this series is Robert Pires, a French winger who changed his play style to more of a midfield role. He played for Metz, Marseille, Arsenal, Villarreal, Aston Villa, and FC Goa. He scored 127 club goals and 14 international goals. His cards are 88 overall LM with 88 pace, 91 LM with 89 dribbling, and 85 CAM with 86 passing.

That concludes this series about FIFA Icons Ratings. Thank you all for reading and make sure you stay tuned for more posts on the blog!

Ousmane Dembele’s Record-Breaking Barcelona Deal

Ousmane Dembele was a key part of Borussia Dortmund‘s squad last season, and he could be changing his position so Barcelona can fit the young player into their team. Dembele signed a 5 year deal with the club today. The initial fee for the transfer is 105 million euros, but that could rise up to 145 million euros, nearly double Barça’s previous record signing,  Luis Suarez from Liverpool in 2014 for 80 million euros.

To stay updated on soccer transfers and other sports, follow my Twitter and like my facebook page.

Dembele could be forced to play left winger because his normal right winger position is occupied by Lionel Messi. Barcelona would also rather play Dembele at LW because they lost Neymar this summer.

Dembele was born in Vernon, France on May 15, 1997. He started his club career with Rennes on September 6, 2015 for the first team squad. He scored 12 goals in 26 appearances for the French club, and then he was sold to Borussia Dortmund for 15 million euros. He only played one season at the German club, but he scored 6 goals in the Bundesliga, 2 in cups, and 2 in the Champions League. Dembele is expected to be one of the best players in the future. Players like this are called wonder boys or wonder kids.

Barcelona made a great decision to get rid of Neymar while still getting a great replacement. They made money because they sold Neymar for around 200 million and getting Dembele for 100 million. They can still compete for the La Liga and Champions League this season while having the money to spend during future transfer periods next winter or summer.

FIFA 18 Icon Ratings: Part 2 of 3

Today is the second part of the FIFA 18 Icon Ratings. Icons are cards of former players that were good enough to get these cards. For Part 1 of my coverage, please click here. Each player gets three cards, and the best one is only available at limited times. Here are some more of the cards. Please follow my twitter and like my facebook page.


Perhaps the most famous player of all time, Pelé is an Icon. He is the all time leading scorer for Brazil, and he won three World Cups playing for Brazil. He played for both Santos and New York Cosmos, helping the game of soccer grow in the United States.  Pelé scored a total of 1283 goals, including goals in unofficial tournaments and friendlies. His card overalls are 91 CF, 95 CF, and 98 CAM, and the best stat for the 91 is 94 pace. The best stats for the 95 overall card is 96 pace, and the best stat for the 98 overall is 96 dribbling and shooting.

Ruud Guillet

Guillet was one of the best-balanced players of all time. He played for the Netherlands, and his club teams were HFC Haarlem, Feyenoord, PSV, Milan, Sampdoria, and Chelsea. He also managed for Chelsea, Newcastle United, Feyenoord, Los Angeles Galaxy, and Terek Grozny. He scored 17 goals in 66 international appearances. His cards are 90 overall CM with the best stat being 88 pace, shooting, and passing, 93 overall CF with the best stat being 91 shooting and passing, and an 86 overall CM card with 86 passing.

Roberto Carlos

Another Brazilian, Roberto Carlos is likely best known for his famous goal from 35 meters away from the goal against France in the 1997 Tournoi de France. Carlos also scored many more goals in his career, despite being a left back. He scored mostly from free kicks. Carlos’s cards are a 86 overall LB with 92 pace, a 91 overall LB with 92 pace, and an 88 overall LB with 90 pace.

Jay-Jay Okocha

With his speed, technique, dribbling, and power, Okocha was one of the greatest players to ever play for Nigeria. Okocha started his career with Frankfurt, then he went to many clubs including Fenerbahce, Paris-Saint-Germain, Bolton Wanderers, and Hull City. He scored 85 club goals and 14 international goals. His first card is an 85 overall RM with 92 dribbling, his second an 90 overall CAM with 94 dribbling, and his last being an 87 overall RM card with 91 dribbling.

Patrick Vieira

Now the manager of NYCFC, Vieira was once a very popular player in the Premier League. He played for Cannes, Milan, Arsenal, Juventus, Inter Milan, and Manchester City. Vieira was known for his physicality and athleticism. His first card is an 88 overall with 89 physical, his second card is a 91 overall with 91 physical, and his last card is an 86 overall with 89 physical.

Thank you for reading this article about FIFA Icons and stay tuned for part three of this series.

Bold Premier League Predictions for 2017/2018: 1st through 5th

In soccer, there are numerous leagues throughout the world. After all, soccer is the biggest sport in the world because it is played in almost every country, unlike American football. The five biggest leagues are Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and Calico A. But the Premier League is by far the most popular and tightest. Here are my predictions on the Premier League for this season. Please check out my facebook page and follow my twitter.

1st Place: Manchester United

Most people think that Chelsea or Manchester City will win the Premier League this year, but I think that Manchester United will win it because they have made upgrades this year that might actually perform. Romelu Lukaku scored 25 goals in the Premier League last season for Everton and was probably the only reason why they finished 7th. Without him this year, they will probably finish 12th or lower. But he proved in his first game with Manchester United that he will continue to score, netting 2 in their 4-0 rout of West Ham.

Key Player: Paul Pogba

Another reason why they could win is because Paul Pogba will have a much better season. In his first season at Old Trafford, Pogba might have felt that he had to stay back on defense more because of their lack of defensive midfielders. But with the addition of CDM Nemanja Matic this season, Pogba can stay forward and be the playmaker that Manchester United expected they would get when they bought him last summer. Last season he scored 5 goals in the Prem, but this year he could score 10 and get more assists.

2nd Place: Manchester City

Manchester City will have a lot of expectations this season after being the busiest team in the Premier League in the transfer window. They signed Kyle Walker, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy, Ederson, Bernardo Silva, and Douglas Luiz. They will be neck and neck with Manchester United all season, but I think Man U will win the league simply because they will beat Manchester City in head-to-head games.

Key Player: Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne did not have a good season last year, scoring just 6 goals in the Premier League, even though he played 35 of the 38 games. For Manchester City to win games, he needs to start scoring goals consistently, because their strikers cannot do everything.

3rd Place: Arsenal

Arsenal was also busy in the transfer window, but more because of the quality they signed. They obtained Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. Lacazette scored 129 goals in his career at Lyon, and he will need to keep netting them for Arsenal because Alexis Sanchez may not be returning to the club. They also signed Sead Kolanisic for free, which will help because he could be their starting left back.

Key Player: Mesut Ozil

Lacazette may need to score goals, but he needs someone to pass the ball to him. That would be Ozil. He was a decent goal scorer last season, but on a team like Arsenal, he needs to be one of the players setting up the strikers. If he can make chances for Lacazette and Olivier Giroud, he will be more impactful than he was last season.

4th Place: Chelsea

Chelsea won the league last season, but they didn’t do that much to upgrade their squad, unlike other teams. They signed Alvaro Morato, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Antonio Rudiger. But they sold Nemanja Matic, Juan Cuadrado, Asmir Begovic, and Nathan Ake. And Diego Costa will most likely be leaving the club. Chelsea needs all of their players from last season to play as good as they did to win the league, and that is very hard to do. So I believe that Chelsea will drop down in the table this season.

Key Player: Alvaro Morata

With Costa most likely heading out, Morata needs to step up in the striker role. He scored 15 goals in La Liga last season, but the Premier League is a much more difficult league. He will need to live up to his transfer fee of 65 million euros.

5th Place: Liverpool

Liverpool signed some good talent this summer, including Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson, and Dominic Solanke for free. Salah was a great player for Roma, 29 goals in two seasons in Rome. He will be a player to watch for throughout the season.

Key Player: Roberto Firmino

Firmino will need to play well again this season after scoring 11 goals last season. He will also need to play well because he and Daniel Sturridge will be competing for the job of starting striker.

FIFA 18 Icon Ratings So Far, Part 1 of 3

Today we are going to be looking at all of the ratings that have been announced for FIFA 18 Icons as of today. Icons are former players that are getting cards in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Here are the ratings that have been revealed so far. Make sure you check out my Facebook page here and follow my Twitter.

If you have not read my previous post discussing FIFA 18, you can read it here. Every Icon will have 3 Ultimate Team cards. The best card will only be available through SBC’s and will only be in packs at certain times. But the other 2 will always be in packs. Here are all of the announced ratings so far.

Ronaldo Nazario

The first Ronaldo and the less famous one, Nazario started his career in 1990 and ended it in 2011. He played for Cruzeiro, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, A.C Millan, and Corinthians. His first card is from 1990, which is a 90 overall striker card with the best stat being 94 pace. His prime card is from 1997, a 96 overall striker card with 97 pace, and his last is from 2002, and it is a 94 overall striker. with 93 pace, shooting and dribbling.


Ronaldinho was one of the best skillers in soccer, always confusing the defenders and then bursting past them. Ronaldinho started his career at Gremio and then went to PSG, Barcelona, A.C Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Minero, Queretaro, and Fluminense. He played a total of 17 seasons. His first card is a 91 CAM card from 2002, with his highest stat being 92 dribbling. His next card is from 2004, a 94 overall LW card with his best stat being 94 dribbling. This is his prime card. His last card is from 2010, an 89 overall CAM card with the best stat being 90 dribbling.

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona is one of the most famous soccer players of all time, mostly because of his international career. In his club career, he played for Boca Juniors, Argentinos Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, and Newell’s Old Boys. Maradona was unfortunately addicted to cocaine from the 1980’s until 2004, which interfered with his playing career. He had to serve a 15-month ban for failing a drug test and then left Napoli in disgrace. Maradona won the FIFA goal of the century for this goal against England:

Maradona’s first card is from 1982, a 91 overall CAM card with his best stat being 94 dribbling. His next card is from 1986, a 97 overall card with the best stat being 97 dribbling. This is his prime card. His last card is from 1989, a 95 overall CAM card with the best stat being 95 dribbling.

Thierry Henry

Henry is possibly the most famous Premier League player of all time. He started his career with Monaco, then Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona, and New York Red Bulls. His first card is a 87 overall LW, with his best stat being 93 pace. His prime card is a 93 overall striker card, with the best attribute being 94 pace. And his last card is a 90 overall LW, with the best stat being 90 pace.

Lev Yashin

Yashin was a goalkeeper and played for Dynamo Moscow his entire career. Yashin remains the only keeper ever to win the Ballon d’Or. His first card is an 89 overall from 1954, with the best attribute being 92 reflexes. His next card is 91 overall from 1960 the best stat being 93 diving and reflexes, and his last card is 94 overall from 1963, with the best stat being 96 reflexes.

Please check in to the DSW often for Parts 2 and 3 of my coverage of the Icon ratings for FIFA 18.

More New FIFA 18 Details

Yesterday there was a big live stream for FIFA 18, with news about new Ultimate Team features and gameplay with Real Madrid players, hosted by the FIFA YouTubers Castro and SpencerFC. Here are some of the details about the new game, coming out September 29.

New Walkout Animation and Signature Walkouts

Last year, EA Sports introduced walkouts to FIFA 17, where if you got a player that included a walkout, there would be a pause before the pack opened and the player you got would walk out on to the screen and their nation’s flag would show. You can see an example here. Now in FIFA 18, there will not be a pause before the pack opens, but the player will run out and circle around two billboards with the player’s nation, club, and overall rating. If the player you get has a signature celebration like Ronaldo or Griezmann, they will run out and do their signature celebration. You can see that here.

Icon Ratings and Stories

Replacing Legends on Ultimate Team this year are Icons which will be available on both PS4 and Xbox One. Instead of each player having 1 card based on their entire career, they will have 3 cards. One will be from their early years, one from their late years, and one from their best year. I will make a separate post on all of the player’s ratings for all three cards later today or tomorrow.

New Squad Building Challenge Feature

Last year SBC’s were introduced, where you would trade in players with certain abilities to earn packs or a better player. New to SBC’s this year will be Brick Slots, where one spot in an SBC will have to meet a certain requirement. You can see an example here. As you can see in the example, the slots in black have to be players from certain nations, leagues, and/or clubs. So the Brick Slot CB spot has to be a player from the MLS and Spain. These will make SBC’s harder and you will have to be more creative. You can also now complete SBC’s on the FUT Web App, which you can download to a mobile device, or you can use the website.


There are now Objectives, where you will have a certain amount of time to complete gameplay objectives and earn rewards. There are Starter Objectives, Daily Objectives, and Weekly Objectives. My guess is that the Starter Objectives will last forever, but obviously, the other ones will be time-limited.

Squad Battles

Squad Battles is a new single-player mode in Ultimate Team. You play against other peoples Ultimate Teams, but you are playing the computer. You earn points by winning and the better the opposing team is and the difficulty you play on decide how many points you get. There are different ranks, and the higher rank you get the better rewards you get. The Squad Battles will be weekly I’m guessing. You can see a layout here.

Champions Channel

The last feature is Champions Channel, which is where you can watch Featured Matches and see how some of the best FIFA competitors play. EA Sports chooses certain matches that you can watch on Champions Channel, and you are in full control of what parts you watch. This can help you see how the pro’s play FIFA.

I hope you enjoyed this post about new features in FIFA 18 and be sure to watch for my post about Icons ratings. You can like my Facebook page here, and make sure you follow my Twitter for updates on new posts.



FIFA 18: What We Know So Far

FIFA 18 will be the next installment in the EA Sports FIFA series, with the game coming out on September 29. Here’s what we know so far about the new game.

The Game will be available on the Nintendo Switch

FIFA 18 will be available on the Nintendo Switch, but instead, it will be called EA Sports FIFA. The game will feature Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Switch Kick Off and Local Seasons as the modes. You cannot yet pre-order the game for the Switch, but it will probably be the same price as it is for the game on consoles and PC.

The New “Legends” Will Be Available On PS4

EA Sports has gotten rid of Legends, which were cards in Ultimate Team that were of former players who were some of the greatest of all time. These cards were only available on Xbox. Now, EA Sports has made Icons, which are just like Legends except they are now also available on PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch as well as Xbox One. The announced Icons so far are Ronaldo Nazario, Diego Maradona, Thierry Henry,  Lev Yashin, and Pele. I will make a post about all of the Icons careers in Soccer when all of the Icons are announced.

The Journey Will Return

The Journey was a new feature in FIFA 17 where you played as Alex Hunter, a fictional soccer youngster. You got to choose which team in the Premier League you wanted to play for and then play an entire season on that team. The Journey is coming to FIFA 18 too. It will be called The Journey: Hunter Returns.  Clips in the trailer have indicated he might transfer to another club in the next season, but we will have to wait and see when the game comes out.

The Price and Pre-Order Bonuses

The price for FIFA 18 is $60 for the standard edition pre-order, and you get $15 worth of Jumbo Premium Gold Ultimate Team Packs, a Cristiano Ronaldo Loan for 5 Ultimate Team games, and 8 special Ultimate Team kits. If you pre-order the Ronaldo Edition for $80, you get $60 worth of Jumbo Premium Gold Packs, a Cristiano Ronaldo 5 game loan, 8 special kits and 3 days early access to the game. and if you pre-order the Icon edition for $100, you get everything you get in the Ronaldo Edition, except you get $120 worth of Jumbo Premium Gold Packs and a 5 game Ronaldo Nazario loans and a TOTW 3 game loan player for 20 weeks.

I am very excited for FIFA 18 and I will be doing many posts about it throughout the summer when more details about the game are released.

Ben Reviews – FIFA 17

Today is the first video game post on my website, and we will be reviewing FIFA 17. FIFA 17 is available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. This review is based on the  PlayStation 4 version.

FIFA 17 offers many modes like Career, Tournaments, The Journey, Kick-Off, and of course Ultimate Team. There are also many online only modes like Pro Clubs, Seasons, and Co-op Seasons. So let’s get into it!


The main mode is Ultimate Team, where you can play both online and offline and build a fantasy team your way by acquiring players through packs, transfers, rewards, and new this year, Squad Building Challenges. Squad Building Challenges are where you trade in players and meet requirements and earn packs, kits, coins, and even special players!

Some other modes are Career Mode, where you can be a manager or player for many seasons, Tournaments where you can choose a licensed tournament or make a custom one, and Pro Clubs, where you create a different player and play against other online players.


In games, you feel like you are playing authentic, real soccer while you are doing things that seem impossible like making longshot goals or having an unbelievable curve on a shot. This makes the game fun and easy to play. You can use sliders to make the game more realistic or less, and you will never run out of teams to use with over 650 teams to use!

The Little Things

There are a couple of things in the game that bug a lot of people, including me. One, the EA Sports servers are always slow or down and it leads to a lot of disconnects from games. To qualify for World Championship, players have to get 38 to 40 out of 40 wins in a weekend. Some people are not qualifying because of disconnects, which is not fair. Next, the way your player should grow in career mode should be by XP or skill points, but in FIFA, you have to complete achievements, which makes it harder.

My Rating: 9.2 out of 10

IGN’s Rating 8.4 out of 10