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  1. Friz

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    With FIFA 15 coming out tomorrow and the team draft/season 14 just around the corner, I wanted to take a look at the teams that could be up for grabs. If you haven't seen the draft preview from guayo10 yet, be sure to check out as well over here, but it never hurts to have another perspective. What I will be doing in this space is throwing ratings out the window and looking at a few teams based on what you get, and what you can do with them. I will go through three different groups - the teams that are currently taken with decisions to be made if their manager will keep them, the potentially best teams available, and the dark horses worth a look.

    Stay tuned and check back in for updates
     
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    Last year's Serie A champs at the hands of Broncos218 , will they be available in this year's draft? It can't be easy to dump a title winner, but this year's Parma doesn't exactly stack up to the winning team last year. My prediction is that Bronc will roll the dice in the draft to try to repeat with someone else.

    Antonio Cassano and Jonathan Biabiany is what you get if you get Parma. Biabiany is a speedster that you should look to get in behind defenders and down the wings, while Cassano is going to be best with the ball at his feet and should be capable of creating his own shot when fed at the top of the box. Just don't expect Cassano to burn anyone, my god is he slow. You'll have a serviceable back 4 anchored by Gabriel Paletta, but it won't be the best you'll come across among available teams by any means. The midfield is where this team finds its holes. You'll be limited on wide play, and weak in the middle of the field. But if someone can get the ball to Cassano's feet, he can create goals by hitting Biabiany with through balls, or creating the space to shoot himself.

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    Currently managed by Zikry , Marseille finished as runners up in last year's Serie A. But the star of last year's team in Valbuena has left, and Zikry may be looking for alternatives come draft time.

    Even without Valbuena, there is a lot to like about this team. Gignac and Batshuayi make a solid goal scoring tandem up front, and the midfield has a number of options headlined by Ayew and Payet. Mandanda gives you a very strong keeper, but the problem comes from the back line. Nkoulou is a strong center back, but has no one to help him. A 3-5-2 may be the best option for Marseille to take advantage of the options in midfield, but this team may need to stick with a defensive mentality to avoid getting overrun.

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    Nothing to see here guys, shiftee has managed CSKA from the beginning, with the only hiatus coming when CSKA was too good for the league. Don't count on this team being a draft option.

    This team is solid from top to bottom, and no need to go into detail because they will not be available in the draft, but shiftee has a gem here. Musa and Doumbia are going to terrorize defenses up top.

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    Picked up by Friz at the end of the FIFA 14 cycle, this team was at the time was supposed to be a rental. But this team loved its manager so much they brought in more talent in the hopes of keeping the devilishly handsome Friz with them moving forward. Only time will tell what is decided, but this would be a hard team to walk away from.

    The aforementioned Mathieu Valbuena headlines this team after coming in from Marseille. They are perfectly built for the 4-4-2 diamond formation, as Kuranyi and Kokorin are both scoring threats up top, Valbuena sits in behind as a CAM, Denisov is one of the best available CDMs, and Zhirkov and Dzsudzsak are dangerous on the wings. Douglas and Samba are a large and strong CB tandem to control the defense.

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    Recent twitter indications suggest RedAL925 is on his way out as manager as PSV after contract negotiations have stalled. It seems likely that this team will have a new manager after the draft.

    If you like the 4-3-3, PSV is worth a long look. There is plenty of speed on either wing with Depay and Narsingh, and a clinical finsher with Luuk de Jong at striker. Those three alone should cause havoc among opposing defenders playing outside in, but you can add Wijnaldum to help control the midfield as well as a strong dribbler with good ball control. The offense will need to be clicking though, because there are holes in defense and the midfield likes to attack. This team should score some goals, but seems like they should give them up as well.

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    Its been a long time coming, but BESHIKTAS is back home with Beşiktaş. Lyon will be available as there is a 100% certainty he will be going home.

    I personally like the ability to play this team in a defensive 4-4-1-1 and counter attack, as there is a lot you can do with this midfield. Demba Ba is the man up top, and Ozyakup slides in well right behind him. Tore and Sahan provide good depth in the midfield, while Hutchison and Kavlak hold down the center. But no one knows this team better than the man himself, and I'm not about to tell Besh how to use them. Glad you got them back.

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    vipermansa will have a tough decision when it comes to Shakhtar Donetsk. We have not seen any indication of whether the manager and team have reached an extension, but as guy with a history of successful attacking teams, this team fits the mold. My gut says he keeps them.

    There is no shortage of speed on this team, and no shortage of attacking midfield options. A false 9 on this team would work quite well, as there are 8 CAM on the roster that could see playing time. Shakhtar could be deployed in a 4-2-3-1 with the lone striker being either top striker option Adriano, or the CAM of your choice. Bernard, Costa, Taison, Marlos, and Wellington Nem all have speed to burn with good technical ability (and the others aren't by any means slow), while Fernando and Stepanenko are solid defenders to sit back in CDM roles. Size all over the field will be the problem for this team though and the potential for getting beat by crosses is there.

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    Udinese was under short term ownership with krtgolfing , but it remains to be seen if that relationship will continue. Without much history or attachment to the team, it seems likely it will not and Udinese will be looking for new management.

    I speak from experience when I say Antonio Di Natale can carry this team on his back. A lethal striker, and he should be the focal point for this team scoring goals. Thereau can provide a tandem at forward, or Luis Muriel can be a pacy option as another striker. However, this team has very few options when it comes to playing wide both in midfield or defense. A 3-5-2 would work best with three decent central defenders, and while Widmer and Silva are merely passable as outside options, they at least have high defensive work rates to get back from the LM and RM. Working through the center of the field will work best, and when it doubt, let Di Natale do his thing.

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    Stuttgart staved off relegation in the Bundesliga last season, and as a result Frenchie1916 doesn't have to play with a relegated team. As manager of Stuttgart since he has been here, it seems unlikely they will part ways now.

    Possession should be key to this team, as there is not a lot of pace to get out and run. Maxim and Gentner should be able to work the ball around from the midfield, and Ibisevic is the guy you want to end up on the end of any scoring opportunities as you're not going to find many better finishers, and he is big enough to be dangerous in the air as well. Abdeloue provides a decent strike partner for Ibisevic and may be worth a flyer from long range when nothing else opens up. But this team will require patience, possession, and good ball movement to get the bulk of their chances.

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    Aston Villa had a long time partnership with MiaFLSurf but most recently were managed by pitt4life21 and it remains to be seen if an extension will be worked out between the two sides. There has been little indication either way here, but my guess is they will part ways after the short stint last season.

    There are two things I really like about Aston Villa. The first is Christian Benteke, he is a well rounded striker with incredible strength which should not be discounted when fighting to keep possession and get a shot off. The second is big strong defenders. Vlaar will be a solid option in any side, and while Okore is a bit more raw, his strong jumping and strength will make it hard to get beat via the cross. Agbonlahor is always dangerous up front as well with his speed. There is not much pace to be found anywhere else on the team though, and the wide midfield options are not going to have much success getting down the wings with speed. I like a 4-3-1-2 with this team, and play narrow with the ball in the middle of the field. Find space to get it into Benteke's feet or play Agbonlahor through and scoring opportunities will come.

    Olympiakos
    I am apparently out of image capacity for one post, but our final carry over team is Olympiakos, previously managed by UcanHateMeNow . It was a short stint last season between these two sides, and I don't think its likely the partnership lasts any longer. I expect Olympiakos to be looking for new management shortly.

    This is not a strong attacking team, but Mitrouglou is a strong target man that possesses good ability to control the ball, dribble, and score. If he can work some space to create a shot goals will come. Without any other real striking options, this team should look at a 4-5-1 formation and utilize the whole midfield to keep possession. Dominguez, Affelay, Dossevi and Kasami should all be able to work the ball around to control the midfield. Take advantage of space as it is given and look for the opening to find Mitroglou to finish. Patience and possession will be key to success for Olympiakos.

     
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    The Cream of the Crop:

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    Starting with the obvious, in a mock draft Monaco would be the first team off the board. This is a team that will give you some of the best options in TFS in all three facets of the game. Dimitar Berbatov has everything you could want in a forward, except perhaps speed. He has great ball control, passing, dribbling, heading, and of course finishing. Toulalon is an elite defensive midfielder who will shut things down in front of the back line, and Moutinho is a fantastic playmaker in the midfield. Drop back farther and Abdennour anchors one of the better defenses that will be available. This team does lack pace and the weakest link will be in wide play, but keep the ball in the middle of the field, let Moutinho run the show, and get the ball to Berbatov and Monaco will have plenty of success.

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    Borussia Monchengladbach is a well rounded team that won't give you any true weaknesses. They are well suited for the 4-4-2 diamond; Max Kruse and Raffael are a strong scoring tandem up top, Traore and Herrmann provide a lot of pace out wide, Kramer is a solid defensive midfielder, and little Hazard can try to mimic his big brother as he controls the CAM. The back four has strength, height, good tackling, and an American! Fabian Johnson takes his newfound role from the world cup as RB to Gladbach this year. This is a very safe choice and well rounded team.

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    Southampton sold almost all of their top players from last year, and will still be one of the best teams to get in this year's draft. Pelle is a beast in the air, and if you can find him on crosses he will reward you with goals. Shane Long provides a bit more pace to play alongside Pelle. A diamond in the midfield is ideal here as Schneiderlin can provide great cover from the CDM and Tadic is a great playmaker as an attacking midfield. Alderweireld will lead the back four, and while there is not much defensive depth, the cover provided from Schneiderlin should help immensely.

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    Villareal will give you two speedy forwards up front with strong finishing skills in Gio Dos Santos and Ike Uche, a lethal combination if you can get behind the defense. Breaking down a defense and finding a way through to these two will be key in Villareal's attack, as there is not much height on the team or wide play to do much else. But Bruno, Jonathan Dos Santos, and Pina are three guys in the center midfield that have good passing and ball control. No elite dribblers here so keep the ball moving until you can find a way through to one of the forwards. In the back Musacchio and Ruiz are two of the better tackling CBs you can get, but may be susceptible to crosses.

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    Spartak Moscow, like most Russian teams, is full of attacking talent. Dzyuba is a giant with great strength, heading accuracy, and finishing. Ozblitz and Ebert are two guys that can feed him the ball, or unleash from deep with strong ability for long shots and shot power. Costa is a huge threat in the center of the field with strong passing ability and another one with great ability to score from range. With this team everywhere in the attacking third is a threat. The weakness with most Russian teams is defensively, and Spartak is no exception. You'll end up with one of the weaker keepers in TFS, and with Makeev and Parshivlyuk liking to get forward from either fullback position, it would be worth considering a 5 back formation or playing with defensive tactics to keep bodies back. But you can't win without scoring, and this team will get you goals.


    The Rest of the Best:

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    Sporting is one center back away from being right near the top of this list. This is a dangerous team offensively that would work best in a 4-3-3 formation, and enough depth to give you options at a few positions. As your striker, you can choose between Slimani with size and strength, or Montero who will offer a bit more maneuverability with dribbling and ball control. Nani can operate on either wing with pace and the ability to score from range, while Capel and Carillo are both speedy wingers that could be placed on the opposite side. In the center midfield, Silva can work the ball around and hit a shot from range, while Carvalho will provide vital cover to the defense. The gaping hole is in the center of the back line, but Patricio should offer some assistance as a solid keeper as well.

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    As long as you find someone to score the goals, the opportunities should be there and Newcastle should match up well against any opponent. With the depth and attacking strength in the midfield from Remy Cabella and Siem de Jong, I like this team in a 4-5-1 set, controlling the middle of the field and trying to find the runs from midfielders to score the goals. Papiss Demba Cisse is a capable forward when given an opportunity to play the lone striker as well. Defensively they are a solid group with Coloccini and Williamson in the middle, and Tiote at CDM could be the best defender on the team, capable of breaking down attacks and starting a counter all at once. Ultimately, patience and possession will go well with this team, as they should be able to control the midfield until the scoring opportunity opens up.

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    Saint-Etienne's defense should help keep you in any game. Ruffier is one of the best keepers available in the draft, Perrin and Sall make a great defensive tandem in the center, and Clement is a reliable CDM to clean up in front of them. Success moving forward will come down the flanks in a 4-3-3 setup. Hamouma and Mollo will be the main attacking weapons on the wings with decent pace, dribbling, and crossing. Erdinc should be the beneficiary of solid wide play to score the goals. While there is not as much firepower moving forward, this team should protect a lead better than most.

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    Lyon forces your hand a little bit by not having a good option for a second striker. Lacazette is very good as one striker with pace and good finishing, but Yattara as the next best option is less than desirable. If you deploy this team as a 4-2-3-1 you could find success in the attacking end with Gourcuff, Grenier, and Mvuemba behind Lacazette, and Gonalons would be a strong CDM on any team behind them and the back four is solid. This team could produce a good starting 11, but the depth is limited and it is difficult to run anything with multiple forwards.

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    Swansea offers some talent at all positions, but the offense is the reason you want this team. Wilfried Bony is one of the strongest forwards you'll find, with a cannon shot, strong on either foot, and good in the air, he will make things happen. Gomis is a reliable strike partner as well and Sigurdson can either set them up or score himself from CAM. Ashley Williams is a strong CB with a serviceable back line around him, but this is a team better suited to add to a lead than hold it.

    Honorable Mentions:
    Stoke City
    offers speed and a good finisher with Diouf...and a really, really tall guy in Crouch. The midfield has enough talent in it to make that work.

    Lille offers arguably the best defensive tandem and solid goalkeeping, but the farther forward you go the fewer options you have. If you can find someone to score goals, the defense can protect a lead.

    Hoffenheim offers a strong midfield, and Modeste and Szalai are capable of scoring, as long as you can work around the holes in defense.

    Queens Park Rangers has talent in all positions, but is missing wide fullbacks. Play 5 defenders and drop your wide midfielders into wing back positions and you may be in business.

    Lokomotiv Moscow is another Russian team with lots of offensive options, but can they keep up in the back?
    And chances should be there, but do the strikers have the finishing touch?
     
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    The Dark Horses:
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    First group of teams is done looking at the teams currently owned. Check back tomorrow for a look at the teams likely to go early in the draft
     
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    Disappointed in some of the players Parma let go. Was a fun team to play with and they finished a respectable 6th in the real Serie A last season, but I'm definitely leaning toward moving on. Now if only my ol' Werder Bremen would have a bit more talent!

    Good article Friz, let us know when you update the other sections.
     
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    If I got to draft for everyone, my top five picks based solely on personnel are now listed. Check back in later for the part that should be most intriguing, finding the diamonds in the rough late in the draft.
     
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    Still don't see my secret team yet...
     
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    would they fall into a dark horse category?
     
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    I hope not
     
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    perhaps they're in my 6-10. hoping to have some time to add on to it
     
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    Good follow
     
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    updated with the rest of my top 10 and a few honorable mentions
     
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    that is very vague...
     
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    You've thrown a wrench in my plans
     
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    I will be very interested to find out who, but i have a guess
     
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    I got one for you Friz, where do you have my beloved Coventry City sitting at on your draft order?
     
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    I will answer that as soon as I know what draft pick you get
     
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    Love that you're sticking to team loyalty though, hope you can have some success with them
     
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    Good to see my #2 choice not on here. Off the radar :whistle:
     
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    Apologies to everyone as I did not get a chance late in the week to come back and finish before the draft started. And i don't currently have time for a full write up, but if its late in the draft and you're unsure of where to look, take a look at a few of the dark horses I have listed.
     
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