If you’re finding gameplay with 5-Star teams a little bit stale and you’re on the search for more of a challenge on FIFA 22, you’re in the right place. Here, we uncover the best 3.5-star teams in this year’s game.
After perhaps the most incredible and surprise-ridden transfer window in football history, it’s not just the world’s biggest clubs – such as Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Champions League winners Chelsea – that have had busy summers. With various top division sides strengthening themselves during the transfer window, some of these teams have slipped under the radar in FIFA 22.
In this article, we’ll break down the teams that represent the best of the rest: a range of solid, if not spectacular, 3.5-star teams which you should certainly try out across FIFA’s many game modes.
RCD Mallorca (3.5 Stars), Overall: 75
Best Players: Ángel (OVR 78), Jaume Costa (OVR 78), Amath Ndiaye (OVR 76)
After achieving promotion following a second-place finish in Spain’s Segunda División last season, Mallorca revamped their attack with some smart business ahead of their return to La Liga.
Former Getafe forward Ángel, a seasoned campaigner who has 40 La Liga goals to his name, joins on-loan Real Madrid starlet Takefusa Kubo, former Valencia prospect Kang-in Lee, and fellow Getafe alumni Amath Ndiaye in this new-look Mallorca attack.
Mallorca’s in-game appeal rests on their pacey wingers, which are always incredibly effective in FIFA gameplay. Jordi Mboula, Lago Júnior, and Amath Ndiaye all possess upwards of 85 sprint speed – with the latter two joining Takefusa Kubo and Kang-in Lee in having four-star skill moves. If you have a good grasp over skill moves and like to hit teams on the break, then Mallorca might be the 3.5-star team for you.
Girondins de Bordeaux (3.5 Stars), Overall: 74
Best Players: Benoit Costîl (OVR 79), Laurent Koscielny (OVR 78), Hwang Ui Jo (OVR 76)
Heading into their 60th-consecutive season in the top-tier of French football, Bordeaux have signed eleven players this summer in an attempt to improve on last season’s unspectacular 12th-place finish.
Speedsters Alberth Elis and Javairo Dilrôsun have joined on-loan from Boavista and Hertha Berlin respectively, although it’s the signings of Fransérgio, Stian Gregersen, and Timothée Pembélé that need to improve the team’s defensive shortcomings.
Bordeaux’s attack is undoubtedly their strength in FIFA 22: Elis, Dilrôsun and Samuel Kalu are fast and strong dribblers – just as you’d want from your wide-men. Thankfully, the experienced duo of Costîl and Koscielny represent decent cover at the back, with Costîl’s 80 reflexes coming into use in one-on-one situations. A strong midfield tandem of Otávio and Yacine Adli make this Bordeaux side well-rounded and usable in FIFA 22.
Cruz Azul (3.5 Stars), Overall: 74
Best Players: Jonathan Rodríguez (OVR 80), Orbelín Pineda (OVR 77), Luis Romo (OVR 77)
Cruz Azul were the highest-seeded team in the current Central America Champions League draw, which reflects their clear, if underappreciated, quality. The current Mexican closing stage champions, Cruz Azul boast a mean league-leading defence, but their real stars lead their front line.
Uruguayan hitman Jonathan Rodríguez (80 OVR) is their highest-rated player whose 91 agility, 87 sprint speed, and 84 finishing makes him a phenomenal striking option for a 3.5-star team. Skilfully supplied by tricky and agile playmakers in Pineda and Alvarado, Rodríguez also profits from the assured defensive ability of new recruit Ignacio Rivero and his central midfield partner, Luis Romo.
Whilst Cruz Azul’s defence admittedly doesn’t match their overpowered attack in-game, the Mexican giants are absolutely worth using, even if it’s just to try out Rodríguez – the best striker you’ve probably never heard of.
Rangers (3.5 Stars), Overall: 74
Best Players: Connor Goldson (OVR 77), Allan McGregor (OVR 77), James Tavernier (OVR 77)
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers famously won their first Scottish Premiership title in a decade with an unbeaten league season in 2020/21, and the team’s success has translated very well into FIFA 22. After amassing 92 league goals and conceding only 13, this Rangers outfit seems devoid of weakness both in real-life and in-game.
With a relatively quick back-four and a hard-working and mobile central midfield three, Rangers aren’t a top-heavy side like many other 3.5-star teams. However, iconic FIFA winger Ryan Kent (76 OVR) flanks ‘El Buffalo,’ Alfredo Morelos, in what is a fierce attack, with Ianis Hagi also available on the other wing. Kent and Hagi both possess five-star weak foot and four-star skill moves, which is not only rare but also a massive advantage in the game.
Rangers are as complete and well-balanced a side as you will find at this rating. Dangerous in attack, rapid in midfield, and strong at the back: you have to give Rangers a run out on FIFA 22.
Galatasaray (3.5 Stars), Overall: 73
Best Players: Fernando Muslera (OVR 80), Marcão (OVR 78), Patrick van Aanholt (OVR 76)
Last season was a particularly heartbreaking one for Galatasaray’s notoriously passionate fan base as they agonisingly missed out on a league title on goal difference, finishing on a goal difference of 44 behind rivals Besiktas on 45. As a result, Galatasaray have bolstered their back-four with wing-backs Patrick van Aanholt and Sacha Boey, whilst industrious Romanian Alexandru Cicâldău has also arrived in Istanbul as the club look to go one better this campaign.
The new wing-backs paired with centre-half Christian Luyindama form the basis of Galatasaray’s primary in-game strength. These three defenders all have 80 sprint speed or more, which makes them ideal defenders in FIFA 22 and one of the fastest defences in the game, let alone within the 3.5-star threshold.
Going forward, Feghouli is the creative hub of the side, although Kerem Artükoğlu provides suitable pace out wide. Interestingly, Galatasaray’s strikers, Mostafa Mohamed and Mbaye Diagne, are out-and-out target men who offer an aerial, rather than a pacy, threat. This represents a different challenge for those playing as the Turkish giants – a challenge worth undertaking if you want to try less conventional attacking gameplay in FIFA 22.
All the best 3.5-star teams in FIFA 22
In the table below, you’ll find all of the best 3.5-star teams in FIFA 22.
|1. FC Union Berlin||3.5||77||72||73||74|
|Girondins de Bordeaux||3.5||75||75||71||74|
Now that you know all of the best 3.5-star teams in FIFA 22, you shoud go and give them a try.
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