"We were put in a team with Gandhi and Elvis" – Gruff Rhys recalls how the Super Furry Animals were given their own team on Actua Soccer 2

Actua Soccer
(Image credit: Actua Soccer)

From Sensible Soccer to ISS, football computer games in the 90s were as bonkers as they were brilliant. True connoisseurs of the genre will fondly recall 1995's Actua Soccer, which featured impressive graphics and gameplay for its time, as well as its successful sequel in 1997. 

The latter included one of FourFourTwo's favourite oddities: Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals as a playable team. Gamers could select the band's own club and take on the world, with little animated versions of their rock and roll heroes taking to the field. Baffled as to how on Earth this feature came about, FFT went in search of answers.

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.