75 Best Defenders in Football Manager 2017

Welcome to our list of the best defenders by position in Football Manager 2017. If you want to have immediate access to the list please scroll down and skip our guide about these defensive positions in FM17. The table at the end of this article includes all the defensive positions, ie: sweepers, centre backs, left backs, right backs, wing backs left and wing backs right.

FM 2017 Sweepers

The sweeper is one of the most important defence positions. A good sweeper has both strong leadership skills and good character. The sweeper makes sure that the other defenders coordinate well and they do not get carried away. The sweeper makes sure that they stay within their defending positions or fall back as soon as possible.

The sweepers in FM17 also help to make sure that the defenders play fair. The sweepers are tasked with keep the goal secured at all times. He does that by playing in such a way that he gives the defenders time to recover anytime they are caught off guard. He, therefore, must stay behind the other defenders.

FM 2017 Centre Backs

In Football Manager 2017 the central defenders are critical to the scoring strategy as well as the defending strategy of the team. They play right in front of the goal. In cases where they have successfully made a counter attack and broken through the opposing team, they can make an offensive. They however need to fall back with speed after that.

They are well built, which help them to withstand the pushing that is common when defending. Passing the ball is an essential skill for this position because it helps them to work with the strikers or midfielders. They are required to make strategic crosses immediately they have possession of the ball.

FM 2017 Left Backs and Right Backs

The Left and Right Defender is another important position in the defence strategy of any team in Football Manager 2017. The defenders at these positions work to secure the right and left sides of their half of the field. They engage the strikers and the midfielders of the opposing team to ward off any attack.

They stop attacks from the centre, right or left side of the field is stopped. They also play an important attack role of their team by directing balls from the sides of the field to their team’s midfielders or strikers. They are, however, in most cases need to maintain their defending positions to successfully defend their goal area.

FM 2017 Wing Back Left and Wing Back Right

The Wing Back Left and Wing Back Right as the name suggests refers to the positions that are on the sides of the field. The players who play in these positions need to have both strength and skill. They must ensure that when the team needs to score, they keep the ball in the field.

They have to work hard to keep the ball from rolling off the pitch and bringing it to then attacking forward players such as the striker and the midfielders. They have to defend against attacking midfielders who may want to sneak through the sides of the field to score or pass the ball to the strikers.


Overall, defenders need to be strong and very tactical in the way they defend their goal. They need to act fast and use their skills to keep wing attackers from their goal area. They also make long passes to the midfielders or strategically placed strikers.

Check out our other listings: Goalkeepers | Midfielders | Strikers and Forwards

Football Manager 2017 Best Defenders

NameAgePositionClubNationalityEvolution (in 2022)
Tin Jedvaj20DC DRBayer LeverkusenCroatianView Profile
Blas Riveros18DLFC BaselParaguayanView Profile
Alessio Romagnoli21DCAC MilanItalianView Profile
Jairo Riedewald19DCAjaxDutchView Profile
Dayot Upamecano17DCAS Saint-EtienneFrenchView Profile
Reece Oxford17DCWest Ham UnitedEnglishView Profile
Lucas Hernandez20DCAtletico MadridFrenchView Profile
Alejandro Grimaldo20D/WBLSL BenficaSpanishView Profile
Rick van Drongelen17DCSparta RotterdamDutchView Profile
Toni Lato18D/WBLValenciaSpanishView Profile
Niklas Sule20DCTSG 1899 HoffenheimGermanView Profile
Andreas Christensen20DCBorussia MonchengladbachDanishView Profile
Hector Bellerin21DRArsenalSpanishView Profile
Ertuğrul Ersoy19DCBursasporTurkishView Profile
Jonathan Tah20DCBayer LeverkusenGermanView Profile
Eoghan O'Connel20DCCelticIrishView Profile
Jose Luis Gaya21DLValenciaSpanishView Profile
Luke Shaw21D/WBLManchester UnitedEnglishView Profile
Mauricio Lemos20DCUD Las PalmasUruguayanView Profile
Jose Maria Gimenez21DCAtletico MadridUruguayanView Profile
Vallejo19DCEintracht FrankfurtSpanishView Profile
Kurt Zouma21DCChelseaFrenchView Profile
Dael Fry18DCRotherham UnitedEnglishView Profile
John Stones22DCManchester CityEnglishView Profile
João Cancelo22D/WBR DL MRValenciaPortugueseView Profile
Daniele Rugani21DCJuventusItalianView Profile
Matthijs de Ligt16DCAjaxDutchView Profile
Jetro Willems22D/WBLPSVDutchView Profile
Diego Llorente22DC DRMalaga CFSpanishView Profile
Victor Nilsson Lindelöf21DC DRSL BenficaSwedishView Profile
Abdul Rahman Baba21D/WBLFC Schalke 04GhanaianView Profile
Manquillo22D/WBRSunderlandSpanishView Profile
Kenny Tete20D/WBRAjaxDutchView Profile
Jorge Meré19DCReal Sporting de GijónSpanishView Profile
Issa Diop19DCToulouse FCFrenchView Profile
César Montes19DCMonterreyMexicanView Profile
Presnel Kimpembe20DCParis Saint-GermainFrenchView Profile
Matt Miazga20DCVitesseAmericanView Profile
Chidozie Awaziem19DC DMFC PortoNigerianView Profile
Jeremiah St. Juste19DC DMSC HeerenveenDutchView Profile
Rubén Duarte20D/WBL DCRCD EspanyolSpanishView Profile
Federico Giraudo17D/WBLTorinoItalianView Profile
Lukas Klostermann20DC DRRB LeipzigGermanView Profile
Jérémy Gélin19DC DMStade Rennais FCFrenchView Profile
Nico Elvedi19DCBorussia MönchengladbachSwissView Profile
Federico Mattiello20D/WBR MRJuventusItalianView Profile
Davinson Sánchez20DC DMAjaxColombianView Profile
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson19DL DCWolverhampton WanderersEnglishView Profile
Jordi Calavera Espinach20DRCD LugoSpanishView Profile
Pablo Maffeo Becerra18D/WBRManchester CitySpanishView Profile
Almamy Touré20DR DCAS MonacoMalianView Profile
Olivier Boscagli18DCOGC NiceFrenchView Profile
Mamadou Doucouré18DCBorussia MönchengladbachFrenchView Profile
Malang Sarr17DCOGC NiceFrenchView Profile
Çağlar Söyüncü20DCSC FreiburgTurkishView Profile
Aitor Buñuel Redrado18D/WBRCA OsasunaSpanishView Profile
Felix Passlack18D/WBR MR AMRBorussia DortmundGermanView Profile
Benjamín Kuscevic20DCUniversidad CatólicaChileanView Profile
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