Realistic Champions League and Europa League Groups

How to get Realistic Europa League and Champions League Groups


Realistic Champions League and Europa League Groups

When you start a new Career Mode on FIFA 18, it’s likely you’ll want to configure the European Competitions. Adding a little realism always makes this game mode a lot better. However, it’s impossible to get the teams and groups perfect due to certain countries being absent from the game. This guide will show you how to get the most accurate Champions League Groups as well as for the Europa League.

UPDATE: On some devices the screenshots aren’t wonderfully clear so I have detailed all groups in the text to make things easier for you.

Getting Started

Once in Career Mode, you’ll select Manager Career and then pick the team you’d like to manage. After that you set your manager preferences and then you’ll get to career settings. Along with all the other choices, you’ll have the option to turn on European competitions in the first season.

Career Mode Configuration Menu

Once you’ve select this option you’ll be shown the screen below.

European Competition Empty State

Pressing square/X will add teams into the groups at random.

European Competition Initial

Pressing square/X one more time will redraw the teams but with ‘realistic participants’. This is what the Champions Cup (Champions League) will look like.

Champions League Seeded Teams

‘Realistic teams’ will also be drawn for the Euro League (Europa League), as you can see below.

Europa League Seeded Teams

Now it’s time to switch a few things around and make your career mode a little more realistic.

Champions League Groups

Whoops, I meant Champions Cup. Configuring this competition to accurately reflect the participants for the 2017/18 season is going to be relatively simple. This means we’re able to get to 90% accuracy with the setup shown below.

Champions League Groups Realistic Configuration

Only three 2017/18 Champions League teams are absent from the game. Qarabağ FK (Azerbaijan), NK Maribor (Slovenia) and Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus). This means group C, E and H aren’t quite perfect. Groups A, B, D, F and G are all exactly as they should be.

Once you’ve got FIFA’s ‘realistic’ configuration, 29 out of the 32 teams are already correct. You’ll be left with three teams that don’t belong, but you’re limited to switching to teams within the same league.

  • OGC Nice – switch to Troyes AC
  • Hoffenheim – switch to Stuttgart
  • Kobenhavn- switch to Hobro IK

This isn’t ideal, but we want to recreate the groups as best as possible. With regards to these three teams, it’s just about picking the lowest rated side in each league. Feel free to make changes, as long as groups C, E and H each have a ‘weaker’ team in them.

Once you’ve got the right teams, just switch them to the correct groups. The game won’t let you put two teams from the same country in the same group (even temporarily).

The final setup should be like this:

Group A

  • Benfica
  • CSKA Moscow
  • Manchester United
  • Basel

Group B

  • PSG
  • Bayern Munich
  • Celtic
  • Anderlecht

Group C

  • Chelsea
  • Roma
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Hobro IK

Group D

  • Barcelona
  • Juventus
  • Sporting
  • Olympiakos

Group E

  • Sevilla
  • Liverpool
  • Stuttgart
  • Spartak Moscow

Group F

  • Manchester City
  • Napoli
  • Shaktar Donetsk
  • Feyenoord

Group G

  • FC Porto
  • Monaco
  • Besiktas
  • RB Leipzig

Group H

  • Real Madrid
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Troyes AC

Europa League Groups

Referred to as the Euro League in game. This one presents more of a challenge than the Champions League groups because of the more varied countries involved. The official participants can be found here but with the setup below you’ll get to 62.5% accuracy.


Europa League Realistic Configuration

As this one is a little more complicated I’ll give you a breakdown of the teams.

  • Panathinaikos – switch to AEK Athens
  • Poznan – switch to Z Lubin
  • Fenerbahce – switch to Alanyaspor
  • Krasnodar – switch to Tosno
  • Gent – switch to KAS Eupen
  • Girondins – switch to OGC Nice
  • Sion – switch to Young Boys
  • ODD – switch to Stromsgodset
  • Altach – switch to St Polten
  • Brondby – switch to Kobenhavn
  • Ajax – switch to NAC Breda
  • Freiburg – switch to Hoffenheim
  • Aberdeen – switch to Hamilton
  • CL Brugge – switch to Lokeren
  • Galatasaray – switch to Goztepe
  • PAOK – switch to HJK
  • Oostende – switch to Mouscron

Once again, just switch the teams around so they match the configuration in the image above/text below.

Group A

  • Sparta Praha
  • Villareal
  • Midtjylland
  • Maritimo

Group B

  • BSC Young Boys
  • Tosno
  • Alanyaspor
  • Lokoren

Group C

  • Braga
  • Basaksehir
  • Hoffenheim
  • Legia Warsaw

Group D

  • Milan
  • AEK Athens
  • Austria
  • Mouscron

Group E

  • Atalanta
  • OL
  • Everton
  • St Polten

Group F

  • Lokomotiv
  • Kobenhavn
  • Hamilton
  • Z. Lubin

Group G

  • Lugano
  • HJK
  • NAC Breda
  • Stromsgodset

Group H

  • Arsenal
  • Koln
  • Utrecht
  • Goztepe

Group I

  • Salzburg
  • OM
  • Konyaspor
  • V Guimaraes

Group J

  • Ostersunds
  • Athletic Bilbao
  • Berlin
  • Gdynia

Group K

  • OGC Nice
  • Lazio
  • Waregem
  • Vitesse

Group L

  • Zenit
  • Sociedad
  • Rosenborg
  • KAS Eupen