Manolas and the Other Greek Soccer Stars to Look Out For on FIFA 20
While the soccer season has already provided plenty of thrills and spills in its first few weeks, excitement is now building among fans for another big football-related moment that only comes around every 12 months.
FIFA 20 has been launched and once again the EA Sports title is giving gamers the chance to take control of their favorite stars and lead them to glory. The latest game is, incredibly, the 27th installment in the franchise which is famed for its efforts to bring the beautiful game to life on consoles across the globe.
Soccer’s big influence on gaming
Considering the passionate fanbase that soccer has throughout the world, it makes sense that the sport has been the subject of so many different video games through the years. Some of the earliest examples are even thought to date back to the late 1970s, with the likes of Electronic Table Soccer and NASL Soccer.
Soccer continues to inspire so many different types of games too, from famed simulation games like Football Manager to other titles in more surprising areas. For example, as NetBet highlights, the sport has even had an impact on online casino games, through the likes of Football Champions Cup, Football Favourites and Football Scratch.
However, when it comes to the pinnacle of football gaming, FIFA games have generally always led the way. Featuring an extensive range of licenses, the titles offer the likenesses of a host of players, teams and stadiums for an authentic experience, with stars each getting their own ratings based on their skills in the real world. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at which Greek players – according to FUTHead.com – are the best rated on the latest game.
1. Kostas Manolas
The 28-year-old central defender has really made a name for himself in Italy in recent seasons and, following a string of strong performances for Roma, he moved to Napoli this summer in a deal thought to be worth more than 30 million euros.
Manolas, who played for both AEK Athens and Olympiacos before heading to the Serie A, boasts a rating of 85 on FIFA 20 and is now among the top 100 best-rated players featured on the game.
2. Sokratis Papastathopoulos
Central defender Sokratis is another Greek star who enjoyed time at AEK Athens before heading to the Serie A. However, he arguably made his name during five years with Borussia Dortmund and is now a mainstay in the Arsenal defence.
While some of his recent antics on the pitch have been criticized, the 31-year-old star is still the second highest-rated Greek star that you can play as on FIFA 20 thanks to his a rating of 84.
3. Odisseas Vlachodimos
Born in Stuttgart to Greek parents, the 25-year-old goalkeeper switched nationality to Greece in 2018. He began his football career in Germany with VFB Stuttgart and after two years at Panathinaikos, he signed a five-year deal with Benfica in 2018.
Now first choice at the Portuguese club, he boasts strong ratings for his diving and reflexes on FIFA 20 and these have helped him secure an overall score of 80.
Few football games truly come close to the FIFA series and it is fantastic to see Greek players well represented on the latest title, with one even making it into the top 100. FIFA 20 looks like it is another classic entry in the famous franchise, so grab your controller and get ready to guide your favorite side to glory today.