‘Ted Lasso’ Season 3: Who Is Zava? Is He A Real Footballer?

Who is Zava on 'Ted Lasso' ?
Who is Zava on 'Ted Lasso' ? Photo Credit: Apple

Ted Lasso‘ begins with the wisecracking coach returning to work amidst personal problems. Freshly initiated into the Premier League, AFC Richmond is not the horse anyone is willing to bet on. They might have won their division, but Premiere League is another ball game. And so it begins the quest to prove the naysayers wrong.

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To add more firepower to their squad, Richmond owner Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) begins the impossible task of signing the mercurial Zava. However, getting this extraordinary yet eccentric striker won’t be easy. Is Zava a real footballer, or is he based on various football players?

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‘Ted Lasso’: All About Zava

Maximilian Osinski plays Zava in the final season on 'Ted Lasso'
Maximilian Osinski plays Zava (center) in the final season of ‘Ted Lasso

(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea’ is built around Zava, the sensational striker looking for a new football club. AFC Richmond knows its survival depends on the firepower of its forwards. Despite having Jamie Tartt and Dani Rojas, they decide to bring in Zava. The idea alone is ridiculous since who in their right mind would sign for a newly promoted side? Despite the odds, bringing Zava home becomes the mission statement. Meanwhile, Richmond faces Chelsea in the opening Premier League game.

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Zava’s presence in the home side of the stadium indicates a done deal. But West Ham owner Rupert sweeps in and changes Zava’s mind. Not willing to lose to Rupert, she barges into the men’s restroom to talk to Zava. She strokes his ego by admonishing him for being “overpaid and overrated.” Realising Richmond is where he needs to prove his greatness; he rejects Chelsea for AFC Richmond. Meanwhile, after holding Chelsea to a draw, Richmond walks away with a well-earned point. While the team is ecstatic about Zava coming to the club, Jamie doubts his status as a first-team player.

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Did Zava Have A Real Career In Football?

Maximilian Osinski's Zava is based on Zlatan Ibrahimović
Maximilian Osinski’s Zava is based on Zlatan Ibrahimović

In only his first appearance, Zava has made his supremacy well-established. When the transfer news market breaks with the news of his departure from Juventus, he is spoken in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Zava isn’t a real footballer but a composite athletic personality tailored for the show.

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Maximilian Osinski plays Zava in the final season of ‘Ted Lasso.’ Fans will quickly notice that Zava’s prowess and brutish swagger are based on Sweden’s superhuman Zlatan Ibrahimović. But there’s more, as Maximilian revealed, that meets the eye. According to Osinski, Zava is built upon the “egos and energies” of real soccer superstars such as Eric Cantona and Robert Lewandowski.

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