FM 2012 player profile – Marc-Andre ter Stegen

FM 2012 Goalkeepers

written by Darren Smith

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Age: 19

Position: GK

Club: Gladbach

Nationality: German

Value: £3 million

Price tag: £20.5 million (in patch 12.2)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s profile in 2011 (after starting new game, patch 12.2)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s scouting report from Cagigao of Arsenal

Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s profile aged 25 in the year 2018

Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s career history until 2018

Stegen is one of the best keepers on FM 2012, his distribution underlines his overall ability which includes an impressive rushing out attribute. The only real weakness comes in his reflexes and aerial ability but these are high enough to limit his errors. The 19 year old is available for £20.5 million which may be a little much, but you are getting a quality keeper for the next 15 years and his price drops to around £8.5 million after a season or two. The above screenshot demonstrates Stegen’s good development but he still has some improving to do…all I can say is I signed him with Malaga and he’s been a rock especially in the big matches.

Best buy rating: 8.5/10

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  • comment avatar Nathan November 6, 2011

    ver Stegen is a wierd one… develops well in mental/goalkeeping attributes and plays well but drops in agility, reflexes and a few others after 1 season?! Don’t understand as he was happy with his training (heavy though it was)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 6, 2011

      Yeah he is a little weird, but I reckon he’d improve with constant first team football.

      • comment avatar Nathan November 11, 2011

        Yeah if you’re happy with his pace/reflexes going down while he improves in mental stats he’s a good keeper, specially like the rushing out. The comment I made above was with him as my first team goalkeeper

    • comment avatar N.Uysal January 18, 2012

      He is a perfectionist and if he is trying to improve himself in just one of abilities , he wants to be best , so while he is improving himself , other abilities may go down..

  • comment avatar JPE November 11, 2011

    I´m sure that with 5 star coaches he can be the best keeper of the world, dont you?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 11, 2011

      He could certainly be very good and play for any team…but I think there may be better options price wise.

  • comment avatar JP December 14, 2011

    He is going to be the best goalkeeper of all. I will be glad to pay 15 M for him.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 14, 2011

      Yeah he’s been great for my Malaga side.

  • comment avatar rui.p December 15, 2011

    darren szczesni evolves well ?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 16, 2011

      I don’t think he’d be worth buying over other keepers that have been mentioned to be honest.

  • comment avatar rui.p December 16, 2011

    im training arsenal and im dont really now if damian martinez or even mannone would be best keppers than szczesni

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 16, 2011

      I doubt they would.

      • comment avatar rui.p December 16, 2011

        can you tell me so a good gk for arsenal team?

  • comment avatar rui.p December 17, 2011

    kameni signed for sevilha

  • comment avatar James December 20, 2011

    would De Gea be better than this guy? His stats are progressing nicely in my game and I could make a profit out of selling De Gea and buying Stegen so who in your opinion is better?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 20, 2011

      For me De Gea is probably the best young keeper in FM12 so he’s better than Stegen.

      • comment avatar James December 20, 2011

        Thanks I felt the same way just wanted a second opinion from someone who knows a good bit more about FM than I do haha!

  • comment avatar p December 24, 2011

    i just bought him for 5 milion

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 24, 2011

      Fantastic signing, you won’t find a better Keeper for that sort of money unless someones contract ends or a regen becomes available.

  • comment avatar p December 24, 2011

    i agree =)

  • comment avatar Rama January 8, 2012

    I got him free :D

  • comment avatar Oleat January 14, 2012

    What about Rafael on Santos?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 14, 2012

      He is a good keeper but I’m waiting to see a great future profile before I make his report.

  • comment avatar Meme January 19, 2012

    Darren, what do you think of André Schürrle?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 19, 2012

      He is a very physically developed player which I like and seems to know the game well…I’d say a good signing but nothing spectacular.

      • comment avatar Meme January 20, 2012

        ok, thanks for the input. I’m looking for a left winger can you recommend anyone?

        • comment avatar Darren Smith January 20, 2012

          I’d just suggest checking the wonderkids list and type in AML in the search box just above the table.

  • comment avatar Oleat January 21, 2012

    Can get him for £23 mill is he worth it?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 21, 2012

      Completely depends on your circumstances and what else is available. If he’s the best keeper available and you need a keeper then yes he’s worth it.

  • comment avatar pereira January 28, 2012

    hi darren can you adivice me one gk because reina sufers to much goals and i nedd one that keeps my net safe

  • comment avatar pereira January 28, 2012

    one of the posted in or that you might profile in future

  • comment avatar pereira January 28, 2012

    in the first game with wolf i just draw in 4-4 its a litlle bit embaresding my golakeeper suffer so much goals :_S

  • comment avatar pereira January 28, 2012

    city offer me 45 million for reina :) which 2 gk should i buy i want a young one and one for 1st team

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 28, 2012

      My suggestions would be Kameni and Stegen to be rotated, Kameni for important matches and Stegen the rest.

  • comment avatar pereira January 28, 2012

    hmm ok i made an offer for kameni and santos offered me rafael for 5 milion shoul i acept ?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 28, 2012

      Its up to you, I gave my opinion, Kameni is more experienced so if you want one young and one experienced then get Kameni and pick between the other two.

  • comment avatar pereira January 28, 2012

    i made a offer for stegen but they rejected so i will accept the one form rafael and i will stay with some money for some fix in the winter

  • comment avatar jorge February 6, 2012

    I bought him for my 2nd year at Fulham.
    We won the europa league and he only conceded 4 goals. Definitively a wonderful goalkeeper.

  • comment avatar DennisB10 February 7, 2012

    I just want to briefly explain how FM works. The players in the database have a fixed potential ability (PA). The values are from 0 to 200. Ter Stegens potential ability is 160, and at the beginning of the game his current ability (CA)is around 155. This means that he won’t develop as much as one would think. Petr Cechs PA is 182, and in game his CA is 177 ish. If you want a better GK talent, you should get Alphonse Areola who has a PA of 175.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 7, 2012

      Actually not all players have a fixed PA, it varies for some…but the rest of which you are saying is right bar the fact that Stegen is a solid keeper from the off while Areola will take time to develop into the same and then eventually a better standard.

  • comment avatar bel February 10, 2012

    how do you determine the PA and CA by numbers? oh btw darren do you have any idea how to stop my game from crashing? it never happened before but now it keeps crashing at one same there a bug which involves managing a country and club at the same time? i didnt manage any country in my other saves and i didnt have this problem

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 10, 2012

      Sorry I don’t understand the question. The CA and PA of any player can be seen in the games editor though if that helps.

      As for crashes I’m afraid I can’t help there, you would need to contact SI or go to their forums for help.

      • comment avatar bel February 13, 2012

        alright, thanks anyway!

  • comment avatar job February 17, 2012

    they want 60m from me so i cant buy him does anyone know a young not very expensive gk

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 17, 2012

      I’d say Guilherme of Goias.

  • comment avatar P. Rubio May 9, 2012

    Hey Darren I wanted to know if ter stegen could be better than the screenshot above shows?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 10, 2012

      He could be better but not a lot better.

  • comment avatar JasonW May 10, 2012

    Arsenal bought him on my Man United save for £6million i was go gutted i missed out on that price although i have De Gea. When i first got the 12.2 patch my first game was with Inter i bid £8million for him they wanted £22million for him so i thought they just didnt want to sell him… Real Madrid picked up Rene Adler for £5million straight away, £5million??!!! and it gets better, before the second season begun Arsenal bought Adler from Real for £2.5million!!? WTF? then a couple weeks later they bought ter Stegen. now they have ter Stegen, Adler and Szczęsny. seems like 2 decent keepers out of the 3 will just be wasted on the bench or reserves. which brings me to a question.. is there a profile on here for Wojciech Szczęsny?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 10, 2012

      There is no profile on Szczesny because he doesn’t improve enough in my future saves to provide one.

      • comment avatar Harvey July 18, 2012

        I’ve got an awesome future profile of Szczesny if you want it? He’s absolutely class.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith July 18, 2012

          I have an incredible screenshot too, we still haven’t decided to profile him yet due to price but once more important players are done we will review it again.

  • comment avatar Jack June 12, 2012

    Hey man, I signed ter Stegen, and in my game he had a minimum fee release of 10.75.. easy for me, 10.75 mil, over 24 months payment = mine!
    Bought he as soon as I got promoted to the premiership for West Ham; i thought i’d show you his screenshot, apart from positioning stat I believe my ter Stegen is BETTER and he is 3 seasons younger, definately much better physically

  • comment avatar Jack June 12, 2012
    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 12, 2012

      He is in certain areas but not overall, though the fact he is younger you’d expect that profile to exceed the one above by the time he is of a similar age.

  • comment avatar Ross June 29, 2012

    Just got ter Stegen in my third season with Villa. After trying to sign him for 10+ mill all last season they end up offering him to me in preseason for 4.5 so i accepted. my question is though what is the best way to play him? would he make a good sweeper keeper? I play a high defensive line normally, also any tips on how to use his good distribution?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 29, 2012

      There’s nothing to be done with keepers, just choose one of the two roles…I’d say sweeper keeper if you use high defensive line.

  • comment avatar Ross June 29, 2012

    as always thanks for the reply Darren, I’ve never really used the sweeper keeper before so I might give it a try might also give him kick throw to see will his good distribution start some good counter attacks.

  • comment avatar TommyTomster123 July 24, 2012

    Got this guy for 5 mill in my liverpool save, he is surely gonna be a worthy replacement for reina when he decides to put the gloves on the shelf :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 24, 2012

      He will be an excellent replacement for Reina indeed.

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  • comment avatar Svan Relac August 8, 2012

    Is there any way to improve goalkeepers reflexes?? some individual training focus?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 8, 2012

      There probably is but I don’t know which attribute needs training.

  • comment avatar Dominic August 10, 2012

    Can you do a profile on Pau Marti, Atletico Madrid U19’s Has the potential to be as good as Ter stegen and only 5mil

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  • comment avatar Yankeejoshy October 27, 2012

    Gladbach always gets relegated on my saves so after one or more seasons he becomes cheap…
    As bayern I need a backup for neuer, should I sign an older and developed goalkeeper or should I get a younger goalkeeper like him and keep doing rotation? Bcuz neuer’s not very old himself, and as some people mentioned above ter stegen doesn’t develop a lot but he’s available cheap…
    And fm13 comes out in 6 days!!!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 27, 2012

      Due to Neuers age and ability I’d say get a younger keeper to develop.

  • comment avatar J.D December 4, 2012

    Him and Butland, who is better?

  • comment avatar TheHunter October 13, 2013

    Midway through the second season of my save (So shortly after the 2012/2013 January transfer window has shut) he had a £1.6m release clause for offers from clubs from a higher division and I bought him (Obviously Monchengladbach were relegated in the first season). The reason why is because he got offered a new contract after they got relegated and I only got alerted to the clause like 7 months later.

    Oh well, just though to mention it for people who still play the game.

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