Watch Ted Lasso vs. Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ in FIFA 23

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For FIFA 23, Jason Sudeikis’ fictional AFC Richmond joins Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s very actual Wrexham AFC as superstar “Rest of World” soccer golf equipment, the sorts of groups that, as a matter of authenticity, mayyyyybe shouldn’t be In The Game. But in the title of good-times fan service, they’re nonetheless right here. So, naturally, I wished to see which of those two made-for-TV sides would prevail.

It didn’t take 100 simulations to discover out who’s higher.

FIFA 23’s team selection screen showing AFC Richmond at left in red and blue kits, and Wrexham AFC at right in light blue

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Wrexham AFC, which Reynolds (Free Guy, Detective Pikachu) and McElhenney (Mythic Quest, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) acquired on the finish of 2020, is the topic of Welcome to Wrexham, an 11-episode documentary that premiered on FX in August. A Welsh staff, they play on the high stage… of the semipro tier of the English soccer league. Last yr, EA Sports did the superstar duo a stable and put Wrexham AFC in FIFA 22’s “Rest of World” grouping, the primary time any out-of-league (i.e., not absolutely skilled) membership made the online game. The Dragons’ discount appears to be that they’re shackled to a one-star ranking, barely a match for the EFL League One and League Two sides in FIFA 23.

Lacking a real-world resume, the celebrities of AFC Richmond are free to shine a lot brighter, and thus, they’re much higher rated. They are a four-star staff (out of 5), aggressive with the Barclays Premier League and away from the stragglers who could be preventing to keep out of the Prem’s relegation zone. Yet in Ted Lasso season 1, the Greyhounds are demoted to the EFL Championship after shedding their final fixture, and in season 2, they endure a seven-match stretch in which they draw with each opponent.

Maybe they aren’t four-star worthy, however they’ve received greater than Wrexham can deal with. Here is the story of the tape:

Match selection screen of FIFA 23 showing the ratings for AFC Richmond (81 attacking, 79 midfield, 77 defense, 4 stars) and Wrexham AFC (65 attacking, 63 midfield, 62 defense, 1 star)

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Before booting up my CPU-versus-CPU simulation, I used to be curious which membership may truly get the consequence, given a protracted sufficient match time and a few massaging of the problem and sliders. But in my first try at a simulation, that query was swiftly answered, leaving solely the matter of what number of objectives Richmond would rating and win by.

To wit: Here’s the bubbling striker Dani Rojas (Cristo Fernández) pounding residence a pleasant setup to the close to publish for a 1-nil lead in the eleventh minute.

Barely halfway by the primary half I used to be rooting for Wrexham merely to get the ball out of their aspect of the sector. When they did, it normally ended in this sort of a lightning counterattack, additionally despatched residence by Guadalajara’s best:

These halftime stats advised me I didn’t really want to see the subsequent 45 minutes of a CPU-versus-CPU simulation. Given the expertise disparity, the one query left is: Could a human beat AFC Richmond with Wrexham AFC?

A table of halftime statistics of a match between AFC Richmond and Wrexham AFC in FIFA 23, showing a very lopsided game in favor of Richmond

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Answer: Not this human. Admittedly, I’m not essentially the most proficient or aggressive FIFA participant. I deploy a fundamental assault technique, solely often utilizing particular strikes to get away from defenders. But Wrexham AFC merely doesn’t have the tempo to get forward of Richmond’s again line, significantly in opposition to the sorely underrated center-back/clubhouse barber Isaac McAdoo (Kola Bokinni), who reduce out each through-ball I managed to squeak into any sq. inch of free area.

Lineup screen in FIFA 23 spotlighting fictitious player Isaac McAdoo, a fullback rated 80 overall.

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At “professional” problem, with six-minute halves, I used to be proud that I held Richmond to a 3-nil victory, even getting free for a breakaway shot heading in the right direction that Richmond keeper Thierry Zoreaux (Moe Jeudy-Lamour) barely deflected vast. I switched my staff ways to “ultra attacking” simply to see if I might stress Richmond in any respect and make the most of any mistake to rating. That left me open to the opportunistic Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) — I knew I wasn’t getting away with out listening to from him — blasting one in from about 42 yards out for the third and final nail in Wrexham’s coffin.

Here is the total story, hideous as it’s. My man of the match was Aaron Hayden (Aaron Hayden), the proper fullback who hurled himself in opposition to the door to cease AFC Richmond’s 18-shot onslaught.

Post-match table of statistics spotlighting Wrexham AFC’s best player for the match, Aaron Hayden, rated 7.3 for the match overall.

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Richmond was aided by fan favourite Sam Obisanya (Toheeb Jimoh) with this bellissimo give-and-go finisher from Tartt to put the Greyhounds up 2-0. This play wasn’t pivotal or something; I similar to how EA Sports rubs my nostril in it with the HyperMotion 2.0 replay.

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