Celebrating 25 years of the longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons, is planning an episode featuring the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, scheduled to air in March 2014.
The wildly popular Twentieth Century Fox animated sitcom will serve as the springboard for a special line of branded merchandisecreated by FOX in conjunction with several of the world’s most famous soccer clubs, including:
- FC Barcelona
- FC Zenit St. Petersburg
- Boca Juniors
- Sport Club Corinthians.
Each participating team will also include newly-designed, “Simpsonized” versions of its merchandise, as part of the entire line of products. Additional club and national teams are expected to sign on as part of the licensing partnership.
The Fox network has also locked up broadcasting rights for the 2018 World Cup in Russia – who knows, maybe Homer will make an appearance in these games as well.
The episode, entitled “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee,” centers on Homer, who gets recruited as a referee for the 2014 World Cup – thanks to daughter Lisa’s raves about his honesty in her school’s speech contest which takes place, of course, on the youth soccer field. Homer and family journey to Brazil, where Homer’s character is tested by a dangerous South American gangster who is in the business of fixing soccer matches.
This episode isn’t the first time Homer’s been connected to soccer. He made an appearance during the 2010 world cup in a Nike advertisement. Seven years ago, soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also appeared in a episode of the show 2007.
Will the lure of easy money be the start of Homer’s descent into a seedy underworld? Will Homer turn his back on all that is good? Will Lisa be humiliated by his actions?
Will Homer remember to get rental car insurance?
Tune in on March and see what happens to The Simpson’s at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
And watch for the one-of-a-kind line of “Simpsonized” soccer merchandise.
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