Germany FIFA 18 Word Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips

Germany are one of the favourites for gold in Russia, but can you defend their title in the World Cup update on FIFA 18?


World Champions Germany are one of the front-runners for success once again, this time around in Russia. You could argue Joachim Low’s team are even stronger than they were in 2014, having won the Confederations Cup last summer with none of their senior players.

Four years on, and Germany still lack a reliable, conventional striker, with their goal hopes pinned on 22-year-old forward Timo Werner, but don’t read too much into that. The Germans recently went on an 18-month unbeaten run, keeping them top of the FIFA world rankings, however a recent blip in form featuring three draws to England, France and Spain followed by defeat to Brazil hasn’t been the ideal preparation for the World Cup.

It’s up to you on FIFA 18’s World Cup mode to defend Germany’s world title. RealSport provide all there is to know on taking the reins with Die Mannschaft

Team rating

It’s not surprising that Germany receive a 5 star rating on FIFA 18. This consists of 85 attack, 85 midfield and 85 defence scores. 

Germany’s potential World Cup fixtures

Group Stage

Mexico

Sweden

South Korea

Round of 16

Switzerland / Serbia / Costa Rica

Quarterfinals

Colombia / England / Belgium

Semifinals

Spain or Argentina

Final

Brazil or France

It’s a kind group stage for Germany, and they should sail through to the knockouts without a hitch. The Round of 16 will be slightly more difficult, with all of Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica having the potential to be stubborn opponents.

The quarterfinals is when things get really serious. Germany could face Colombia, England or Belgium in the last eight, and although an upset could occur, you would still expect the Germans to come through.

A semifinal clash against Spain or Argentina is worthy of the final, and meeting Brazil or France in Moscow has the potential to be one of the great World Cup finals.

Formation

Germany’s default formation on FIFA 18 is a conventional 4-2-3-1 system. You can either stick with this or switch to a more advanced 4-3-3 attack, so perhaps familiarise yourself with both systems in order to use them against different opposition.

Manuel Neuer has to start in goal. There’s a strong Bayern Munich feel in the back four as Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng and the robust Mats Hummels (92 standing tackle) line up alongside Koln’s Jonas Hector

Sami Khedira joins deep conductor Toni Kroos (93 long passing) in central midfield as playmaker Mesut Ozil (91 vision) sets up in the number 10 role. Thomas Muller and Marco Reus set up in the wide positions, and Timo Werner leads the line on his own. 

On the bench go for Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Niklas Sule, Emre Can, Ilkay Gundogan, Julian Draxler, Leroy Sane and Mario Gomez.

Tactics

The key in this German team is to get the best out of Mesut Ozil. Yes, you also have Toni Kroos in defensive midfield, but Ozil (89 short passing) has the capacity to get in between the lines in the attacking midfield role and play in his teammates. To maximise the Arsenal man’s influence, you should get him to ‘stay forward’ for defensive support on the instructions tab, as well as to ‘free roam’ for his positioning freedom.

Timo Werner will need support in attack, and you will want Thomas Muller (87 finishing) to support the striker. Tell Muller to ‘cut inside’ for chance creation and to ‘get into the box for cross’. 

As for Werner, you will need to utilise his pace (93 acceleration) so on his attacking runs, select ‘get in behind’. 



As for general game play, with the weak opponents in the group stage you can afford to be more attacking so you can slide into a more attacking mentality on the D-pad or go for that more aggressive 4-3-3 attack formation. 

Defend your crown

No side has successfully defended the World Cup since Brazil in 1962. Germany have the capacity to become just the second to retain their title this summer, with Die Mannschaft holding perhaps the strongest squad in the entire competition.

Of course, when you are at the top, you have a target on your back. A number of teams have improved considerably since the 2014 World Cup, most notably Brazil and France, and the face that Germany could meet either of those sides in the final is a tantalising prospect. A trip to the final is probably the minimum aim for Joachim Low’s men, and given the near perfect blend of youth and experience, you would be foolish to bet against them. 

Germany squad player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Club

OVR

Goalkeepers

Manuel Neuer

32

GK

Bayern Munich

91

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

26

GK

Barcelona

87

Bernd Leno

26

GK

Bayer Leverkusen

84

Kevin Trapp

27

GK

PSG

82

Defenders

Mats Hummels

29

CB

Bayern Munich

90

Jerome Boateng

29

CB

Bayern Munich

87

Joshua Kimmich

23

RB
CM
CB
CDM

Bayern Munich

85

Niklas Sule

22

CB

Bayern Munich

84

Antonio Rudiger

25

CB
RB

Chelsea

83

Shkodran Mustafi

26

CB

Arsenal

82

Benedikt Howedes

30

CB
RB
LB

Juventus

82

Jonathan Tah

22

CB

Bayer Leverkusen

81

Jonas Hector

27

LB
CDM

Koln

81

Matias Ginter

24

CB

‘Gladbach

80

Marvin Plattenhardt

26

LB

Hertha BSC

78

Benjamin Henrichs

21

RB
LB

Bayer Leverkusen

75

Yannick Gerhardt

24

LB

Wolfsburg

75

Midfielders

Toni Kroos

28

CM
CDM

Real Madrid

90

Mesut Ozil

29

CAM
RW

Arsenal

88

Thomas Muller

28

RM
CF
ST

Bayern Munich

86

Marco Reus

28

LM
ST
CAM

Borussia Dortmund

85

Sami Khedira

31

CDM
CM

Juventus

85

Ilkay Gundogan

27

CM
CDM

Man City

84

Julian Draxler

24

LM
CAM

PSG

84

Leon Goretzka

23

CM
CAM
CDM

Schalke

84

Leroy Sane

22

LM
RM

Man City

83

Mario Gotze

83

CAM
CF

Borussia Dortmund

83

Emre Can

24

CDM
CM
RB

Liverpool

82

Julian Brandt

22

LM
RM

Bayer Leverkusen

81

Sebastian Rudy

28

CM
CDM
RB

Bayern Munich

81

Julian Weigl

22

CDM
CM

Borussia Dortmund

80

Karim Bellarabi

27

RM

Bayer Leverkusen

80

Serge Gnabry

22

LM
RM

Hoffenheim

80

Kerem Demirbay

24

CAM
CM

Hoffenheim

80

Amin Younes

24

LM

Ajax

78

Attackers

Timo Werner

22

ST

RB Leipzig

85

Lars Stindl

29

CF
CAM
ST

‘Gladbach

82

Mario Gomez

32

ST

Stuttgart

81

Kevin Volland

25

ST
RW
LW

Bayer Leverkusen

79

Nils Petersen

29

ST

Freiburg

78

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