There isn’t a lack of choice when considering teams that are rated 3.5 stars on FIFA 21. with 120 clubs in the bracket. Some teams are mid-table clubs in Europe’s major leagues, whilst others are title contenders in their own league, and therefore play European football as well.
In the teams below, you’ll find a mixture of young players with seriously high potential, such as Charles De Ketelaere at Club Brugge, and experienced players like Rodrigo Palacio at Bologna. As a manager of these teams, there is as much potential to succeed as much as there is to fizzle out.
Can you manage limited young talent while bringing in players on a small budget to climb your way to the top?
Angers SCO (3.5 Stars), Overall: 74
Best Players: Paul Bernardoni (78 OVR), Angelo Fulgini (77 OVR), Ibrahim Amadou (76 OVR)
Their promotion in 2015 saw a return to top-flight football for French club Angers SCO. However, the mid-table side are still looking for their first piece of silverware, having lost in the 2016/17 French Cup Final against Paris Saint-Germain to a gut-wrenching injury-time own goal.
Since Karl Toko Ekambi left in 2018, Angers SCO have been looking for a consistent goalscorer. Their top goalscorer in the three seasons since, Stéphane Bahoken, just broke into double figures in 2018/19, but an attacking threat is still lacking in the side. The recent acquisition of young goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni shows intent, and Angers SCO will be hoping that he solidifies the defence as they look to move up the ranks of Ligue 1.
Goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni stands out as Angers’ best player on FIFA 21. With a 78 overall rating and 84 potential, he leads the team in both rating columns. Angelo Fulgini is a midfielder who has 82 potential, is talented with the ball at his feet, thanks to his 80 dribbling and 80 ball control, but he does carry the Injury-Prone trait. The other notable player is Mathias Pereira Lage; the left midfielder has 80 potential and holds 85 stamina, 84 jumping, and 80 agility.
Club Brugge KV (3.5 Stars), Overall: 74
Best Players: Simon Mignolet (81 OVR), Bas Dost (78 OVR), Hans Vanaken (78 OVR)
Club Brugge KV won the Jupiler Pro League in 2019/20 but remain the second-most successful team in Belgium, behind RSC Anderlecht. Their recent domestic success has not filtered into European success, though. Finalists in the 1978 European Cup and UEFA Cup in 1976, precursors to the Champions League and the Europa League respectively, the club have never won a competition outside of Belgium.
Recent acquisition Bas Dost from Eintracht Frankfurt has hit the ground running with five goals in seven league appearances, at the time of writing. However, beyond the experienced Mignolet, the attacking duo of Hans Vanaken and Charles De Ketelaere are the most intriguing players in the squad. Standing at 6’4’’, attacking midfielder Vanaken holds a physical presence that is difficult to overlook, whilst the young De Ketelaere has the potential to be one of the world’s best in FIFA 21.
Noa Lang has made his loan spell from Ajax permanent and will officially join in the summer. His 82 potential, coupled with 84 acceleration and 86 agility, make him one for the future. Three other players have a potential rating of over 80: Odilon Kossounou, Youssouph Badji, and Ignace van der Brempt. However, once again, De Ketelaere deserves a mention: with an 86 potential rating, he stands out as Club Brugge’s best asset.
Udinese (3.5 Stars), Overall: 74
Best Players: Juan Musso (80 OVR), Rodrigo Javier De Paul (79 OVR), Gerard Deulofeu (79 OVR)
Without silverware for over 20 years, with the last triumph coming in the 2020 UEFA Intertoto Cup, Udinese are overdue a trophy. After coming fifth in Serie A in 2012/13, mid-table mediocrity sums up Udinese’s league form in recent years. However, though the squad is filled with good players in their mid-twenties, the Friulani lack young players who are touted to dominate in the future.
Club captain and midfielder Rodrigo de Paul is Udinese’s top goalscorer so far this season, with last season’s leading goal scorer, Kevin Lasagna struggling in this campaign. Goalkeeper Juan Musso may be Udinese’s best asset beyond the captain: the 26-year-old’s value has increased significantly since moving from Racing Club in 2018.
Three players have a potential of 80 or higher: Juan Musso has 83 POT, Rodrigo Javier De Paul has 81 POT, and Gerard Deulofeu has 80 POT. Centre midfielder De Paul excels with the ball at his feet, boasting 84 dribbling and 84 ball control, whilst the pace of Deulofeu stands out with 92 agility, 88 acceleration, and 87 sprint speed.
Parma (3.5 Stars), Overall: 74
Best Players: Gervinho (78 OVR), Wylan Cyprien (77 OVR), Juraj Kucka (77 OVR)
Parma’s recent history has been traumatic. Due to financial issues in 2014, the club had to declare bankruptcy and start from the bottom in 2015, retaining the club’s name. Starting the 2015 season in Serie D, Parma worked they way back to Serie A by 2018. However, the club has struggled this season and are sitting in 19th at the time of writing.
Former Arsenal winger Gervinho is Parma’s top goalscorer so far this season with four to date. At 33-years-old, Gervinho, Juraj Kucka, and club captain Simone Iacoponi are all entering their twilight years. The club’s record signing, Roberto Inglese, was meant to bring goals after multiple loan spells to Parma, but he is yet to score this season.
The player for the future seems to be Dennis Man. The winger has 88 acceleration and 85 sprint speed, but it’s his 84 potential rating that stands out. He is the only player in the squad, bar loanee Joshua Zirkzee, who has a potential rating of over 80.
Bologna (3.5 Stars), Overall: 74
Best Players: Roberto Soriano (78 OVR), Andrea Poli (76 OVR), Adama Soumaoro (76 OVR)
Bologna earned promotion back into Serie A in 2014 and currently sit 12th in the table. Bologna were once Italian champions four times in six years, but their form and financial struggles in recent years make that feat look deeply buried in the club’s history.
Riccardo Orsolini stands out as one for the present and the future. Moving from Juventus in 2019, he led Bologna for goals in both of his full seasons since joining. Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu is another young and exciting player for Bologna, having played for Japan 21 times at the of age 22. The third young asset at Bologna is Gambian international Musa Barrow, who will make his loan move to Bologna permanent this summer.
The three players above, as well as another five other players, hold potential ratings of over 80 on FIFA 21, making Bologna an exciting team for the future. The experience of Roberto Soriano contrasts the youth in a good way: his 82 vision, 80 dribbling, and 80 ball control allow the German-born Italian to dictate the attack with the ball at his feet.
All the best 3.5-star teams in FIFA 21
The best 3.5-star teams on FIFA 21 have been discussed above, but if you don’t like those clubs, the table below is stacked with more top 3.5 star teams to use. team stars attack midfield defence overall
|Club Brugge KV||3.5||75||75||73||74|
|RC Strasbourg Alsace||3.5||75||73||74||74|
|Rayados de Monterrey||3.5||74||74||74||74|
|FC Girondins de Bordeaux||3.5||74||74||74||74|
So, now that you know which 3.5-star teams are the best to play with on FIFA 21, which one will you choose?