28 Sep 2020 11:50 AM +00:00 UTC

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

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.

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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

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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



South Korea

Round of 16

Switzerland / Serbia / Costa Rica



Colombia / England / Belgium


Spain or Argentina


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.



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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.


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.

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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’. 

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

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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
Manuel Neuer32GKBayern Munich91
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen26GKBarcelona87
Bernd Leno26GKBayer Leverkusen84
Kevin Trapp27GKPSG82
Mats Hummels29CBBayern Munich90
Jerome Boateng29CBBayern Munich87
Joshua Kimmich23RB CM CB CDMBayern Munich85
Niklas Sule22CBBayern Munich84
Antonio Rudiger25CB RBChelsea83
Shkodran Mustafi26CBArsenal82
Benedikt Howedes30CB RB LBJuventus82
Jonathan Tah22CBBayer Leverkusen81
Jonas Hector27LB CDMKoln81
Matias Ginter24CB‘Gladbach80
Marvin Plattenhardt26LBHertha BSC78
Benjamin Henrichs21RB LBBayer Leverkusen75
Yannick Gerhardt24LBWolfsburg75
Toni Kroos28CM CDMReal Madrid90
Mesut Ozil29CAM RWArsenal88
Thomas Muller28RM CF STBayern Munich86
Marco Reus28LM ST CAMBorussia Dortmund85
Sami Khedira31CDM CMJuventus85
Ilkay Gundogan27CM CDMMan City84
Julian Draxler24LM CAMPSG84
Leon Goretzka23CM CAM CDMSchalke84
Leroy Sane22LM RMMan City83
Mario Gotze83CAM CFBorussia Dortmund83
Emre Can24CDM CM RBLiverpool82
Julian Brandt22LM RMBayer Leverkusen81
Sebastian Rudy28CM CDM RBBayern Munich81
Julian Weigl22CDM CMBorussia Dortmund80
Karim Bellarabi27RMBayer Leverkusen80
Serge Gnabry22LM RMHoffenheim80
Kerem Demirbay24CAM CMHoffenheim80
Amin Younes24LMAjax78
Timo Werner22STRB Leipzig85
Lars Stindl29CF CAM ST‘Gladbach82
Mario Gomez32STStuttgart81
Kevin Volland25ST RW LWBayer Leverkusen79
Nils Petersen29STFreiburg78