The official Twitter account for the hugely popular Apple TV+ series tweeted out an image of Ted Lasso, aka Jason Sudeikis, with lots of cameras pointing at him. “Look out, Mario! You’re not the only pixelated man with a mustache who never knows where the tube is taking him…” the caption read.
That was pretty cryptic, but then the official FIFA Twitter account replied with just the watching eye emoji. Need anything else really be said? With Ted Lasso famously bringing football to American viewers, it feels like a huge hint that a collaboration with FIFA 23 is incoming.
What form would a Ted Lasso cameo take? Playing career mode as the relentlessly upbeat character, seeing if smiles and sunshine alone can guide Manchester City to the Champions League Final? More likely Ted will just be a card in Ultimate Team. And just how would traditional fans of the FIFA series feel about this American TV character intruding on their favourite game?
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) September 20, 2022
At last week’s 2022 Emmy Awards, Ted Lasso unsurprisingly fared rather well. The series beat the likes of Barry and Abbott Elementary to win Outstanding Comedy Series, while Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein (Roy Kent) earned wins for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series respectively.
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FIFA 23, meanwhile, will be the 30th and final instalment in the beloved FIFA series that will be developed by EA Sports. It’s scheduled for release around the world on Friday, September 30th.
Some huge changes were recently announced for the video game, including the inclusion of the first-ever women’s club football league in the form of the English Barclays Women’s Super League.