Erling Haaland, Alphonso Davies, Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz and many more mean the Bundesliga has some of the best U21 players on FIFA22. - © DFL
Erling Haaland, Alphonso Davies, Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz and many more mean the Bundesliga has some of the best U21 players on FIFA22. - © DFL
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Best possible FIFA 22 team using U21 Bundesliga players

The Bundesliga is once again home to the future’s best talent on FIFA22. With the likes of Erling Haaland, Alphonso Davies, Jamal Musiala and Florian Wirtz among the big names, building a Bundesliga-based team in your next FIFA Career Mode looks to be a sure ticket to glory.

bundesliga.com has all the details on the best possible FIFA22 team you can find on Career Mode, with all players currently still eligible for U21 football. Yes, these incredible names are all STILL 21 or younger.

Goalkeeper

Jan Olschowsky

Age: 19
Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Position:
GK
Rating:
63
Potential: 80

Locally born Olschowsky has been pushing his way into the Foals’ first team over the last year and is the Bundesliga’s perfect solution if you’re starting a career mode in the lower leagues or on a limited budget. The 19-year-old has impressed without making a senior appearance for Gladbach, with Yann Sommer’s place as No.1 still firmly secure. The Germany U20 international has already played over 50 times for Gladbach’s second team, averaging a clean sheet every one in five games.

Jan Olschowsky has been learning alongside Switzerland No.1 Yann Sommer at Borussia Mönchengladbach. - TEAM2 via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Team 2

Defence

Mohamed Simakan

Age: 21
Club: RB Leipzig
Position:
CB
Rating:
75
Potential: 85

French defender Simakan has been a revelation for Leipzig since signing from Strasbourg in the summer of 2021. The 6’2” centre-back has been his side’s best player for duels won on the ground in the real world, and that quality is mirrored in his FIFA22 stats. With solid pace, defending and physical values, Simakan can become a prime defender for you. You may have to wait until the next transfer window, but his price should remain affordable.

Mohamed Simakan (l.) has emerged as a strong tackler for RB Leipzig. - Matthias Koch via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Matthias Koch

Maxence Lacroix

Age: 21
Club: Wolfsburg
Position:
CB
Rating:
79
Potential: 86

The second French defender on this list, and if you’ve spent any time on FIFA22 already this year then you’ll have heard about Lacroix. The Wolfsburg man has already made a sizable splash in this year’s edition of the game with his 88 pace as a centre-back making him one of the go-to players online. He can also benefit your next Career Mode, too. With a potential of up to 86, you can be sure that terrifying pace and his equally solid defending and physical stats will also rise into the high 80s/early 90s. An affordable defence to build from over the coming years? Look no further than this Les Bleus pair.

Maxence Lacroix burst onto the Bundesliga scene last season and is one of the quickest players in the league. - Christian Schroedter via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Christian Schroedter

Josko Gvardiol

Age: 19
Club: RB Leipzig
Position:
CB/LB/CDM
Rating:
75
Potential: 87

Another defender showing his talents at the Red Bull Arena, Gvardiol has the highest potential of anyone in this team who can play at centre-back. The Croatia international is left-footed but has a four-star weak foot and is capable of playing in three different positions. His base card also already has 83 pace and 83 physicality, the perfect combination for FIFA22. And with a potential as high as his, Gvardiol is a must-have for your squad.

Josko Gvardiol (l.) is the latest young defender to make a name for himself at Leipzig. - Sportfoto Zink / Wolfgang Zink via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Zink

Alphonso Davies

Age: 21
Club: Bayern Munich
Position:
LB/LM/LW
Rating:
81
Potential: 89

Bayern’s left-back is already one of the most sought-after players on FIFA22 with his improved 81 rating, including a monstrous 96 for pace - the highest for a defender on the game. The Canada international will be an expensive purchase if you do want to make it, but certainly worthwhile given his age and potential to reach around the 90 mark. Davies also has four-star skills and weak foot ratings, and can play in any position down the left. A player to build a team around, that’s for sure.

Watch: The best of Phonzy

Midfield

Florian Wirtz

Age: 18
Club: Bayer Leverkusen
Position:
CAM/CM
Rating:
78
Potential: 89

One of several 18-year-olds on this list, Wirtz will still cost your team a pretty penny on FIFA22. The senior Germany international has developed so rapidly and with so much success in the 18 months since making his Bundesliga debut that he’s already rated 78, despite his tender age. The attacking midfielder already has four-star skills and weak foot ratings, and solid dribbling and passing stats which – like his progress in the Bundesliga so far – will only keep going up. Prizing him from the BayArena will be difficult, but well worth your efforts with his potential set to soar up to 89 or more. Like several other players in this team, Wirtz is a player you can build your team around.

Watch: Analysing Wunderkind Wirtz

Jude Bellingham

Age: 18
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Position:
CM/CDM/CAM
Rating:
79
Potential: 89

Since joining the club in the summer of 2019, Bellingham has already made over 60 appearances for Dortmund, despite only turning 18 in the summer of 2021. His rate of development has been beyond comparison, and that progression will only continue as he unlocks more of his remarkable potential. On FIFA22, that potential will see him reach close to a 90 rating. In this year’s Career Mode, players like Bellingham are must-haves, already being good enough to play a starring role in most teams while holding the potential to be one of the best players on the game.

Watch: Bellingham – Old head on young shoulders

Dominik Szoboszlai

Age: 21
Club: RB Leipzig
Position:
CAM/LM/RM
Rating:
77
Potential: 87

Leipzig’s versatile attacking midfielder is another prized Career Mode jewel that calls the Bundesliga home. Szoboszlai can play anywhere across attacking midfield, but his base card’s main position is at CAM, where he and his four-star skills and weak foot can wreak havoc on opposing defences. The Hungary international’s versatility in the game is matched by his wide-ranging high attributes, with his passing, dribbling, shooting and pace all either rated 78 or 79 on his base card. Need an attacking player who can do it all? Look no further.

Jamal Musiala

Age: 18
Club: Bayern Munich
Position:
CAM
Rating:
75
Potential: 87

Building a Bundesliga-based midfield looks like a sure-fire way to push your team to glory on FIFA22 with one talent after the other coming in these attack-minded positions. The next in line is Bayern Munich’s prized teen, Musiala, who himself has become a full international with Germany and first-team regular with the record Bundesliga champions, despite barely being able to drive. Musiala is the lowest rated of this Bundesliga bunch, but his potential is just as high as the rest. He also already possesses 84 dribbling, making him a shoo-in for a first-team spot no matter who you’re in charge of.

Watch: Musiala and Wirtz – Germany’s next generation

Gio Reyna

Age: 18
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Position:
CAM
Rating:
77
Potential: 87

The next gem coming from the Signal Iduna Park is Reyna. One of the stars of the future for the USMNT and BVB, the England-born American is alongside Bellingham, Wirtz, Szoboszlai and Musiala in having the highest potential among Bundesliga midfielders. Like Musiala, Reyna’s best attribute is also his dribbling, coming in at 82 on his base card – and he also holds four-star skills. The hardest part of building this midfield will be being able to afford them all, or choosing which ones you want ahead of the rest.

Watch: Half a century of Reyna and more to come

Striker

Erling Haaland

Age: 21
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Position:
ST
Rating:
88
Potential: 93

Only four strikers are rated higher than Haaland’s base card on FIFA22, with his unstoppable goalscoring talents being recognised with an 88 rating. His potential will see him rise to well over 90, which is why he’s another must-have in your Career Mode, regardless of the price. At his age, it’s hard to see a player who would be better to lead you to glory for years to come. He’s 6’4” and already has 88 physicality, 89 pace and 91 shooting – all of which will only continue to rise. Haaland is the best of the bunch on this list, but you may well have to save up if you want to get him in your team.

Watch: Haaland the phenomenon