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Craig Cole

Founder of UltimateFIFA.com, Evertonian *groan*, entrepreneur. I'm a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment which I put to good use in the Ultimate Team market. ;)

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  1. 1

    Nicolas

    Good sum up of what effects cemistry and a good guide for newbies!
    I could not find an answer for what I looked for though, so I’m gonna ask..

    The overall team cemistry should effect the team as a whole. But if you have 100 % in cemistry, but one single player absolutely lacks in it, would this effect the certain players performance (e.g. if I had Pato as a CF but playing him as a ST on a team with English premier league players only and I wasn’t playing his favorate formation). Will Pato in my example be rubbish, or will he perform due to a 100 % overall team cemistry?

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    1. 1.1

      Craig Cole

      Hey Nicolas – Check out new research about individual player chemistry in Ultimate Team:

      http://ultimatefifa.com/2012/ultimate-team-player-chemistry-vs-team-chemistry/

      Reply
  2. 2

    David

    I have the same question and Cant find the answer anywhere. Plz someone answer.

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    1. 2.1

      Craig Cole

      See the link above David ;)

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  3. 3

    Jezamiah

    No Pato wouldn’t play any worse as long as your chemistry was still 100. If it dropped below 100 you may notice some difference. His link-up play may not be as good as he’s not linked to the other players.

    Morale also plays an important part so watch out for that.

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    1. 3.1

      Andrew

      what is link-up play?

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      1. 3.1.1

        Craig Cole

        Hi Andrew, link-up play is basically quick passing and moving up the pitch.

        The higher the chemistry the easier this will be because your team mates movement will compliment each other and more (and better) passing options will be available.

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        1. 3.1.1.1

          Andrew

          So, let’s say I had a striker like Samuel Eto’o with little or no link-up chemistry with the CF in the 4-2-3-1 formation(100 overall chem). Then he would still play well, just not as well as if he had 9 link-up chem?

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  4. 4

    muka

    What I want to know is that, let’s say I make a 100 chemistry team. but a few links are not chemistry. lets say I put pique on 1 cb spot & modric on the other. they wont have synergy, yet team is on 100. how does that actually work? will they perform on 100 chemistry? thanks in advance!

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  5. 5

    muka

    nvm didnt see the other comments :D

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  6. 6

    Jan

    I have one question: So when I put some players from de Barclays PL in one team with all the good position and good formation and a good manager but not all with the same nationality and club in will get 100 chemistry? Thanks for advisements

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    1. 6.1

      Craig Cole

      Yes – that should give you 100% chemistry.

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  7. 7

    Jan

    And another question: How to get high morale?

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    1. 7.1

      nick

      Win alot, moral cards, manager, and/or stadium.

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  8. 8

    Kees

    Does anyone know why my player Wellinton voor 93 pace slower is then Carvalho from 56 pace?

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    1. 8.1

      nick

      His dribbling is crap so if you try to run with the ball with him its not gonna be as fast as lucas, or if carnavarro gets close to you he could be pressing “B” which pulls Wellington back and not let him use his speed.

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  9. 9

    Ricardo

    does anyone know how many points you lose when you have one player on the wrong position but with all players out the Barclays PL and with good formations?

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    1. 9.1

      Leo

      it depends how wrong. it can be from 1 to 9 points. If your chemistry is 100 it may not be affected

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  10. 10

    Kelly

    Just a note: Manager and staff effects re: contract & team talks are cumulative regardless of whether they are installed on a given team. You receive all managers on staff combined influence over contract purchasing and moral card using upon each use. Having any manager installed is strictly a chemistry issue.

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  11. 11

    Dillon

    I have 82 chemistry but i can’t seem to find a gold manager from argentina. any help?

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    1. 11.1

      reubentwist

      buy a manager with the same formation that your using, should do the trick!

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      1. 11.1.1

        glynn

        any argentinian manager will do doesnt have to be gold u get 1 point chem for every nationaly ur manager links up to aswell

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        1. 11.1.1.1

          Kez

          wow great advice, ive got a full germany and even when i put mario gomez in goal and manuel neure striker we still have 100 chemistry comfortably.

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  12. 12

    Arthur

    If I want to make a team with the best players of the world next to one another (Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Xavi, Sneijder, Tevez, Robben, Thiago Silva) and put them in their preferred formation and position, would my chemistry also be 100?

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    1. 12.1

      Leo

      Each player in preferred position and formation gives you 6 points of chemistry. A gold manager adds 10 extra points.

      If they have no relation (club, league or nationality) with each other you would start of 76 chemistry points

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    2. 12.2

      Kez

      it wouldnt be 100 but it would be very high. like 85

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  13. 13

    Tommo

    Does changing your formation in-game through the start menu affect team chemistry?

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  14. 14

    Henk

    I have a question about the tournement: Golden Invitational, i have a team like this:

    Valdes(barcelona)

    Sergio Ramos(real) Puyol(barcelona) Pepe(real) Marcelo(real)

    Ozil(real) Mascherano(barcelona) Xabi Alonso(real)

    Falcao (Atletico Madrid)
    Benzema(real) Higuain(real)

    on the bank: Raul Albiol, Carvalho, Thiago, Khedira, Rossi, Sahin, Diego

    But still i cant play the tournement, please help mee, because i dont know what i am doing wrong. They say: exact number of clubs: 4 basic players in your team. But i think i have 4 clubs: Barcelona, Real, Atletico, Villereal. Please help i dont understand this

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    1. 14.1

      phil

      you have to start with 4 different clubs. u dont have a villareal player starting

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  15. 15

    jame

    lets say i have a 100 chem team, if one or two of my 11 players has 7 chem, do they play worse than the 9 chem players.

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  16. 16

    Austin Yon

    Ah thanks for this read! I had just redone my team of English international players and made it into a team of Brazil internationals. After buying Julio Cesar, Marcelo, Alex, Luiz, Maicon, Rafinha, Luiz Gustavo, Bastos, Kaka, Pato, and Welliton my chemistry was only at 68 playing in a 4-1-2-1-2. I took your advice and bought a good Brazilian manager and his formation happened to be a 4-1-2-1-2 as well. Boosted my chemsitry to 92! Thanks!

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    1. 16.1

      Craig Cole

      Glad it helped! A good Gold manager can make a big difference and won’t break the bank either!

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  17. 17

    stuuu J

    good guide but way too hung up on team chemistry. that means nothing. its all about player chemistry. 9 on all players will give best stat boost (e.g bbva team) but if you randomly drop in robben as a winger with the right formation and position you’ll still have 100 team chem despite the fact he plays bundesliga and would drop down the player chem for the midfielders.

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    1. 17.1

      Craig Cole

      That’s a great point! We’ve had a few e-mails about player chemistry recently and have done some research and players do appear to perform better the better their individual chemistry.

      Thanks for your comment stuuu.

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  18. 18

    Archie

    hi, Im building a hybrid team and I want to put Luis Nani at RM rather than his preferred LM. He currently has the formation 442 an he’s playing in 41212. This means at the moment he has a base chemistry of 2. When I add in Evra (who has a shiny green line with him at they play for the same club) at RB this shoots up to 7. But when I add in the CAM and the CDM (Danny and Miguel Veloso (who share the same nationality)) who he has yellow lines with (used to be dark green) he drops his chemistry down to 5. Is there any way around this? I thought there would be a small boost in his chemistry as they are both Portuguese is there any way of getting him to 9 chemistry? (I am already going to give him a formation card). Please help.

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    1. 18.1

      Kez

      when you give him his new formation card his chemistry should go up to 7, youll never get his chemistry to 9 when hes playing at rm but if you can get all the surrounding players to have green lines with him his chemistry should go up to 8, hope it helps

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  19. 19

    Kiluminati007

    Right, i need help with changing my base formation.. I am on a
    4-2-2-2 formation, all my players are of that formation, so is my manager. But the thing is, I want to change my active formation to 4-1-2-1-2 and doing this as we all know wld drastically reduce my chemistry and rating, How can i go abt this without having to buy formation cards for each player individually. Could i simply buy a 4-1-2-1-2 formation card for my existing manager? Doing this, will it automatically change all my existing player’s formation to the same? pls helppp!!! tnx

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    1. 19.1

      Craig Cole

      There’s only 2 ways I can think of I’m afraid…

      1) Buy formation cards for your manager and all of your players.

      2) Sell your players and buy them back in the 4-1-2-1-2 formation. (might work out cheaper)

      No easy option unfortunately. :\

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    2. 19.2

      Kez

      if your team in 4-1-2-1-2 is 90 chemistry or over with your players prefered formation of 4-2-2-2 you can just buy a formation card for your manager and he we give you an extra 10 chemistry

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  20. 20

    Carl

    New to the site had to post again first did not show!

    Making a post as I noticed this new company started with a website but I cant find and more information about it. Its called ultimateteamtraders ltd website is .com …Have you heard about it? I sold stock on ebay but got banned for violation of terms and conditions. This site allows us to sell stock for cash like an ebay site for ultimate team gamers and members have to be verified or get some kind of kick start package.Sounds like its against scamming which is good. Can anyone let me know what you they think? Watch the videos and it has facebook etc Let me know Cheers Carl

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  21. 21

    Carl

    wooops posted again as i did not see waiting for moderation. sorry

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  22. 22

    David

    how do you grab players from you club. I bought a player and accidentally put him in my club and i wanna know if i can get him out and use him?

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  23. 23

    FIFA U Team Administrator

    Very good post. Visit our website http://www.fifauteam.com to other articles about FIFA Ultimate Team.

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  24. 24

    Kez

    Hi great website, ive learned alot about link up. Does anyone have any ideas on a a team with 100 chemistry that would cost about 70,000 coins?(thats my budget) thanks kez

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  25. 25

    Kez

    hello everyone i have a really great bit of advice for the players who want to score many goals in a match. get the 3-5-2 formation. the reason is your opponents defence will mark the CAM and one of your strikers. the other one will be left alone for you to play a through ball (chipped or ground pass) and score your 1 on 1. it is important for your strikers to have pace so they get away when they are unmarked. i score many goals this way and an example of a team which i use is a full france team with strikers remy and benzema who both are very fast and have a lethal finish. it is only about 9000 coins for both of them aswell. reply to this message if it works!!!!

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    1. 25.1

      stevie

      thanks for the advice kez, it really works!!! i have chossen a full brazilian team with strikers robinho and pato and as a cam neymar. i usually score 4-5 goals a game using the 3-5-2 and im VERY happy with my team and with your comment!!! EVERYONE TRY IT, IT REALLY WORKS (3-5-2)!!!!! PACE IS ACE

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  26. 26

    Kez

    other examples:

    bpl: hernandez, bent, or defoe (bent and hernandez would be better)4000 coins

    bbva: benzema, nilmar or rossi 12000 coins for all three

    seria a: robinho, pato, cavani 16000 coins for all three

    ligua 1: gomes, gamiero, remy 5000 coins for all three

    bundesliga: podolski, rues, muller 8000 coins for all three

    choose which two of the three strikers you like more and remember 3-5-2!!!

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  27. 27

    Ramesh

    i want to make player running faster than opposite team.which key i have to press to make player faster while playing Fifa 2012 in my computer..

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  28. 28

    Ramesh

    i want to make player running faster than opposite team.which key i have to press to make player faster while playing Fifa 2012 in my computer..please reply me on my mail and give some important tips about fifa 2012

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  29. 29

    Jude

    If I have a 100 chemistry team but none of my players are in the right formation will it affect my games? I have an all Spanish all Liga BBVA gold squad please help!

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