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The heartbreaking story behind the greatest FIFA Easter Egg of all time

FIFA 18 may be full of fun Easter Eggs - but the greatest one of the series belongs to FIFA 13.

FIFA 18 may be full of fun Easter Eggs – but the greatest one of the series belongs to FIFA 13.

Back in 2011, Colorado midfielder Brian Mullan committed a two-footed sliding tackle on Seattle Sounders FC winger Steve Zakuani.

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It was such a ferocious challenge that it snapped Zakuani’s leg – forcing the winger out for 15 months.

Ultimately it spelled the beginning of the end for the youngster, who failed to recapture his form when he returned.


The promising Congolese international, who was once named Soccer America’s College Player of the Year, was forced to retire in 2014 aged in his mid 20s after struggling for MLS side, Portland Timbers.

His coach and friend, Caleb Porter, said at the time: “I don’t know if it’s biomechanics or what, but he continues to have problems with muscle strains.

“I think it stems ultimately from that broken leg, most likely.”

Mullen, meanwhile, was handed a straight red card, a nine-game suspension and fined $5,000.

Did he show any remorse?

Did he heck.


Mullan said after the game: “It was a tackle that I’ve done hundreds of times, and I’d probably do it again.”

Unsurprisingly, when the American returned to face Seattle for the first time after the incident, he was booed by fans every time he got the ball.

But here’s where it gets even more interesting.

When you play a match between the two teams on FIFA 13, EA made the crowd boo and jeer him when he’s on the ball.

Talk about a touch of genius.