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FIFA 23 new Icons leaked: Xabi Alonso, Gerd Muller, & Icon downgrades

Here’s a look at the returning Icons that should appear in FIFA 23’s Ultimate Team mode alongside the new Icon cards to expect.

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Icon cards are a staple of the Ultimate Team mode and they’ll be making a return in FIFA 23. Here’s a list of returning Icons and a sneak peek at new Icons that leaks suggest will make their way to the game.

There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as packing an Icon card in Ultimate Team. FIFA 23 players will get the chance to do so once more as the legendary figures should continue to feature in Ultimate Team.

With every FIFA release the list of Icons available continues to grow and FIFA 23 will be no different. EA Sports tend to add around four new Icons per game, and leaks have revealed who these players could be.

Here’s everything you need to know about Icon cards in FIFA 23.

What are Icon cards in FIFA 23?

Icon cards honor the best players to grace the pitch throughout football history. For starters, there are three versions of each Icon card: base, mid, and prime. Each version is an ode to the player’s career from when they entered the scene to when they achieved global superstardom.

Not only do Icon cards usually boast a high overall rating, but they offer your squad special chemistry attributes.

FIFA 22 Icons were difficult to find in packs, but it won’t be impossible in FIFA 23. If luck isn’t on your side, you’ll have an opportunity to secure Icons as EA tend to add Icon SBCs later in the year.

FIFA 23 expected Icon cards

Two Icons were removed from FIFA 22 for various reasons and while Marc Overmars is not expected to return, leaks claim that Diego Maradona will return to FIFA 23. For the most part, players can expect the same selection of Icon cards from FIFA 22 to carry over to FIFA 23.

EA usually add a few new faces each year. In FIFA 22, players received Wayne Rooney, Iker Casillas, Cafu, and Robin Van Persie.

Ultimate Team leaker DonkTrading has suggested that David Villa, Alfredo Di Stefano, and Gerd Muller could be three of the new Icons arriving in FIFA 23. Meanwhile, FutSheriff has reported that Xabi Alonso, Gerd Muller, and Jerzinho will be the three new faces to appear as FIFA 23 Icons.

David Villa and Xabi Alonso are by far the youngest of the bunch having only recently retired in 2020 and 2017 respectively. Only time will tell if these leaks are accurate, but Di Stefano and Muller both made a lasting impact on the beautiful game, which solidifies their chances of being deemed Icons in FIFA 23.

Keep in mind these are just leaks at the moment and their inclusions are subject to change. With that in mind, here’s a list of the expected Icon cards in FIFA 23:

  • Hernan Crespo (Argentina)
  • Alfredo Di Stefano (Argentina)
  • Juan Roman Riquelme (Argentina)
  • Juan Sebastian Veron (Argentina)
  • Javier Zanetti (Argentina)
  • Carlos Alberto (Brazil)
  • Cafu (Brazil)
  • Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
  • Garrincha (Brazil)
  • Jerzinho (Brazil)
  • Kaka (Brazil)
  • Pele (Brazil)
  • Rivaldo (Brazil)
  • Ronaldinho (Brazil)
  • Ronaldo (Brazil)
  • Socrates (Brazil)
  • Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
  • Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
  • Davor Suker (Croatia)
  • Petr Cech (Czech Republic)
  • Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)
  • Michael Laudrup (Denmark)
  • Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)
  • John Barnes (England)
  • David Beckham (England)
  • Sol Campbell (England)
  • Ashley Cole (England)
  • Rio Ferdinand (England)
  • Steven Gerrard (England)
  • Frank Lampard (England)
  • Gary Lineker (England)
  • Bobby Moore (England)
  • Michael Owen (England)
  • Wayne Rooney (England)
  • Paul Scholes (England)
  • Alan Shearer (England)
  • Ian Wright (England)
  • Jari Litmanen (Finland)
  • Lauren Blanc (France)
  • Eric Cantona (France)
  • Marcel Desailly (France)
  • Theirry Henry (France)
  • Claude Makelele (France)
  • Emmanuel Petit (France)
  • Robert Pires (France)
  • David Trezeguet (France)
  • Patrick Vieira (France)
  • Zinedine Zidane (France)
  • Michael Ballack (Germany)
  • Miroslav Klose (Germany)
  • Phillip Lahm (Germany)
  • Lothar Matthaus (Germany)
  • Gerd Muller (Germany)
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
  • Michael Essien (Ghana)
  • Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)
  • Roy Keane (Ireland)
  • Roberto Baggio (Italy)
  • Franco Baresi (Italy)
  • Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)
  • Alessandro Del Piero (Italy)
  • Gennaro Gattuso (Italy)
  • Filippo Inzaghi (Italy)
  • Paolo Maldini (Italy)
  • Alessandro Nesta (Italy)
  • Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
  • Christian Vieri (Italy)
  • Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)
  • Gianfranco Zola (Italy)
  • Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
  • Luis Hernandez (Mexico)
  • Hugo Sanchez (Mexico)
  • Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands)
  • Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
  • Ruud Gullit (Netherlands)
  • Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)
  • Ronald Koeman (Netherlands)
  • Frank Rijkaard (Netherlands)
  • Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands)
  • Marco van Basten (Netherlands)
  • Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)
  • Robin van Persie (Netherlands)
  • George Best (Northern Ireland)
  • Deco (Portugal)
  • Eusebio (Portugal)
  • Luis Figo (Portugal)
  • Rui Costa (Portugal)
  • Gheorghe Hagi (Romania)
  • Lev Yashin (Russia)
  • Kenny Dalglish (Scotland)
  • Nemanja Vidic (Serbia)
  • Xabi Alonso (Spain)
  • Emilio Butragueno (Spain)
  • Iker Casillas (Spain)
  • Josep Guardiola (Spain)
  • Fernando Hierro (Spain)
  • Raul (Spain)
  • Carles Puyol (Spain)
  • Fernando Torres (Spain)
  • David Villa (Spain)
  • Xavi (Spain)
  • Henrik Larsson (Sweden)
  • Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)
  • Ryan Giggs (Wales)
  • Ian Rush (Wales)

We’ll have to wait for EA’s confirmation to see if the four rumored players make the cut, but judging by their playing careers, they’re all deserving of being a FIFA 23 Icon.

FIFA 23 Icon downgrades

Multiple FIFA leakers including Donk and Sheriff are also reporting that certain Icons will be downgraded to FUT Heroes in FIFA 23. If rumors are true, this marks the first time that an Icon player can lose their status from one game to the next.

So far only Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha and Japan’s Hidetoshi Nakata are reportedly going from Icon to FUT Heroes. However, don’t be surprised to see more names join the list as FIFA 23’s release date approaches.


For more FIFA 23 news, check out the new FUT Hero cards that have also been leaked for FIFA 23.

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New FIFA 23 FUT Hero cards revealed: Yaya Toure, Kuyt, Crouch, more

FUT Hero cards are set to return as an exciting item in FIFA 23’s Ultimate Team mode. Here’s a look at the players confirmed so far.

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Ultimate Team fans will once again have the opportunity to utilize FUT Hero cards in FIFA 23 after they made their debut in FIFA 22. Here’s a list of all the FUT Hero cards confirmed to arrive in FIFA 23.

FIFA 23 will be the final game of the franchise to include the FIFA branding before EA shifts to EA Sports FC. Fans have high expectations for the game that will bring an end to the partnership’s dominant era.

While FIFA 23 is set to introduce new features like World Cup content and crossplay support, Ultimate Team fans will be happy to know that some returning features will also appear in FIFA 23.

One of these returning features is none other than FUT Hero cards. Here’s everything you need to know about FUT Hero cards in FIFA 23.

What are FUT Hero cards in FIFA 23

FUT Hero cards were a new introduction in FIFA 22 and the concept is meant to highlight incredible players of the past who never quite reached icon status.

EA picked a set of players that shared a common characteristic of leadership and respect for the clubs they played for.

These Hero items are special cards in FUT as they utilize unique chemistry attributes. They offer league-specific chemistry and provide a green club link to any player within the same league.

FIFA 23 confirmed FUT Hero cards

While EA have yet to announce every new FIFA 23 FUT Hero, they are slowly revealing the stars and household names from the best leagues in the world that will make an appearance.

Here’s a full list of expected FIFA 23 FUT Hero players, with new cards marked in bold.

PlayerPositionLeagueNationRating
Abedi PeleCAMLigue 1 Uber EatsGhana89
Fernando MorientesSTLa Liga SantanderSpain89
Jurgen KohlerCBBundesligaGermany89
Mario GomezSTBundesligaGermany88
Antonio Di NataleSTSerie AItaly88
Diego MilitoSTSerie AArgentina88
Jorge CamposGKLiga BBVAMexico87
Ivan CordobaCBSerie AColombia87
Joe ColeCAMPremier LeagueEngland87
Jerzy DudekGKPremier LeaguePoland86
Freddie LjungbergRMPremier LeagueSweden86
Aleksandr MostovoiCAMLa Liga SantanderRussia86
Ole Gunnar SolskjaerSTPremier LeagueNorway86
Robbie KeaneSTPremier LeagueIreland86
Sami Al-JaberSTMBS Pro LeagueSaudi Arabia86
Tim CahillSTPremier LeagueAustralia85
Clint DempseyLM/CF/STMLSUSA85
Lars RickenCM/CAMBundesligaGermany85
Yaya ToureCMPremier LeagueIvory CoastTBC
Park Ji-sungCMPremier LeagueSouth KoreaTBC
Ricardo CarvalhoCBPremier LeaguePortugalTBC
Claudio MarchisioCMSerie AItalyTBC
Landon DonovanCFMLSUSATBC
Javier MascheranoCDMPremier LeagueArgentinaTBC
Rafael MarquezCBLaLigaMexicoTBC
LucioCBBundesligaBrazilTBC
Diego ForlanSTLaLigaUruguayTBC
Peter CrouchSTPremier LeagueEnglandTBC
Thomas BrolinRWSerie ASwedenTBC
Harry KewellLWPremier LeagueAustralianTBC
Sidney GovouRWLigue 1FranceTBC
Dirk KuytRWPremier LeagueNetherlandsTBC
Jean-Pierre PapinSTLigue 1FranceTBC
Hidetoshi NakataCAMSerie AJapanTBC
Rudi VollerSTSerie AGermanyTBC
Ebi SmolarekSTEkstraklasaPolandTBC
Saeed Al-OwairanCAMSaudi Professional LeagueSaudi ArabiaTBC
Jay-Jay OkochaCAMLigue 1NigeriaTBC
Joan CapdevilaLBLaLigaSpainTBC

So far, Yaya Toure, Park Ji-sung, Ricardo Carvalho, Landon Donovan, Javier Mascherano, Rafael Marquez, Lucio, Diego Forlan, Sidney Govou, Dirk Kuyt, Jean-Pierre Papin, Harry Kewell, Peter Crouch, Thomas Brolin, Rudi Voller, Ebi Smolarek, Saeed Al-Owairan, Joan Capdevila have been confirmed.

Meanwhile, Jay-Jay Okocha and Hidetoshi Nakata will also be in FIFA 23 as Heroes, after featuring as Icons in previous years.

It’s also safe to assume that every FIFA 22 Hero will return, as EA look to double down on the feature this year.

How to get free FUT Hero cards in FIFA 23

Players will receive a free untradeable World Cup Hero card if they pre-order the Ultimate Edition of FIFA 23 before August 21.

FIFA 23 players will have the opportunity to secure a free FUT Hero card to add to their Ultimate Team squads in November. However, you’ll only receive a free untradeable World Cup Hero card if you pre-order FIFA 23 early, so don’t forget this requirement.


For more news, check out how FIFA 23 players are fearful that Ultimate Team SBCs will be a nightmare to complete.

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FIFA 23 Ultimate Team promo calendar: Next FUT promotion & special cards

Our FIFA 23 promo calendar lets you know what the next FUT event is expected to be, and when each special card could arrive.

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The FIFA 23 Ultimate Team season is set to get underway very soon, which means another year of FUT promos for players to enjoy. We’ve put together a complete FIFA 23 promo calendar of all the expected events, and when they should arrive.

FIFA 23 is almost here, and football fans can’t wait to dive into another year of crafting their Ultimate Team with the new Chemistry system.

Although the players will spend the first few weeks looking at the game’s top-rated players, pretty soon special cards will come into play to help take those FUT squads to the next level. Luckily, FIFA 23 Ultimate Team is set to be jam-packed with promos.

With this in mind, we’ve put together every FIFA 23 promo we’re expecting to see, when they could arrive, and which is up next.

What is the next FIFA 23 promo?

Each new FUT season usually starts with Ones to Watch, and we expect FIFA 23 to follow suit to kick off the year in style. This promo highlights the biggest moves of the summer transfer window and gives them a live card that increases to match their best Team of the Week.

FIFA 22 had one of the biggest Ones to Watch promos to date after the likes of Ronaldo and Messi switched teams, and there’s been plenty of massive transfers that should ensure that FIFA 23 OTW is just as popular.

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team promo calendar

EA like to keep fairly quiet about the promo schedule, usually not announcing the next FUT event until just days before it begins.

However, there are plenty of promos that feature every year in some form or another, and they tend to arrive at similar points in the year, so we can come up with a FIFA 23 promo calendar based on what has come before.

We’ve also removed any of the FIFA 22 promos that we don’t expect to make a comeback, such as Adidas NumbersUp or Signature Signings.

Here’s every FIFA 23 Ultimate Team promo that could arrive this season, along with a rough date of when it could begin.

Promotion / card nameFIFA 22 start dateExpected FIFA 23 start dateConfirmed
Team of the WeekWeeklyWeeklyYes
Ones to WatchOctober 1, 2021September 30, 2022No
Road to the KnockoutsOctober 15, 2021October 14, 2022No
RulebreakersOctober 29, 2021October 28, 2022No
Team of the Group StageDecember 3, 2021December 2, 2022No
FUTMAS/Winter WildcardsDecember 17, 2021December 9, 2022No
HeadlinersDecember 31, 2021December 30, 2022No
Team of the YearJanuary 21, 2022January 13, 2023No
Future StarsFebruary 4, 2022February 3, 2023No
Road to the FinalFebruary 18, 2022February 17, 2023No
FUT BirthdayMarch 4, 2022March 17, 2023No
Fantasy FUTMarch 18, 2022March 31, 2023No
Team of the SeasonApril 29, 2022April 28, 2023No
ShapeshiftersJune 17, 2022June 16, 2023No
FUTTIESJuly 15, 2022July 14, 2023No

It’s worth keeping in mind that EA likes to keep things fresh every year by moving the promos around, adding new ones, and removing ones that didn’t quite land. So, we’ll be sure to keep our FIFA 23 promo calendar up to date with the latest details as they are announced.


For more on FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, check out every FUT Hero and new Icon card we know about so far.

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FIFA 22 player reveals Ultimate Team trick to instantly make 300k coins

A simple yet often forgotten FIFA 22 trick can gift Ultimate Team players with up to 300k coins before FIFA 23 comes around.

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FIFA 22’s endgame is underway, but players are still discovering clever ways to generate coins, and this Ultimate Team trick has the possibility to grant a few hundred thousand.

Despite the fact that FIFA 23 is right around the corner, FIFA 22 players are still enjoying everything the Ultimate Team mode has to offer well into August. While the stakes and excitement can’t match that of FUT’s early game, the end game is still a great way to flex your FIFA skills.

The end of FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team cycle is when the market tends to crash, allowing you to purchase incredible players for bargain prices. If you’re looking to do so but you’re short on coins, a FUT player has revealed a clever trick to instantly gain almost 300k coins in one sitting.

With FIFA 23 set to release on September 30, FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team market is not the pillar it once was at the start of the game. Instead, some of the best cards in the game including Shapeshifters, TOTY, and FUTTIES items are available for cheap.

However, you’ll need coins to live out FIFA 22’s remaining days with the best possible squad and most players have burned through their savings.

Luckily, a helpful tip from a clever Ultimate Team expert could allow you to build your dream squad this late in the game. The trick involves discarding all your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team stadium items.

Stadium items like anthems, flags, and goal songs are used to decorate your FUT stadium. As the player who posted the tip to the FIFA subreddit explained, they “made about 300k” doing so.

The idea is that most players have amassed a ton of stadium items since the start of FIFA 22 that simply remain in their clubs unchecked. They don’t necessarily impact gameplay, so most players will forget about them.

If you’re one of these players, it’s likely that you’re sitting on a goldmine. Of course, if you immediately discard your stadium items as they come in, then this trick will not work for you.

The comments are full of players praising the forgotten trick: “Didn’t realise how much s**** I had. Couldn’t believe it when I seen it was 485 per discard.” Meanwhile, others opted for well-timed Barcelona jokes given their curious financial situation: “Bro went Barcelona’s financial team mode,” and “So this is what pulling a lever feels like.”

Unfortunately, there’s no FUT feature to quick sell all items, therefore you’ll have to manually quick sell them one by one. However, a player in the comments offered yet another helpful tip that should save you some time: “Web app isn’t the worst thing in the world however, took 20 minutes at most.”

Your stadium stockpile will determine how many coins you’ll receive. The OP accrued almost 300k, while some in the comments reached 150k and 200k. Any result that nets you over 100k coins is certainly worth it, as it’ll be considered a fortune in the current market.


For more, check out how EA Sports’ costly mistake let players purchase FIFA 23 for less than $1.

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