So the FIFA World Cup kicks off in a little over a week. I know it's getting close because the Guardian's Brazil Daily podcast kicked off today.
As per usual, EA has used 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil to simulate the tournament and their predicted winner is
They beat hosts Brazil 2-1 in extra time. If you're a football fan, then I can't imagine a better final than Germany versus Brazil - Maybe Brazil versus Argentina for some Messi versus Neymar action.
You can find full sim results after the jump. It's all pretty legit except for the fact that England doesn't, at any point, lose in penalty kicks like they do in every single major competition. In fact, they WON their round-of-16 match in PKs against a probably not Falcao-less Columbian side. Whatever, EA Sports.
You can find full details and more results after the jump.
EA SPORTS PREDICTS GERMANY WILL BECOME FIRST EUROPEAN
NATION TO WIN THE FIFA WORLD CUPTM IN SOUTH AMERICA
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. ?? June 4, 2014 ?? Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today predicted that Germany will win the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil??. Using the award-winning EA SPORTS??football engine that drives EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil?? on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, EA was able to simulate the 2014 FIFA World Cup and test all 32 teams under the same conditions they will face in the weeks ahead in Brazil. It was determined that Germany will defeat Brazil 2-1 (ET) at the Estádio do Maracanã on July 13 to win the country??s fourth FIFA World Cup, becoming the first European nation to win the FIFA World Cup on South American soil. Four years ago, EA SPORTS accurately predicted that Spain would prevail as the tournament champions. Should fans disagree with the predicted result, they can make their own FIFA World Cup predictions using the new EA SPORTS FIFA World Cup interactive bracket available here. Alternatively, fans looking to follow the tournament can print the EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil?? tournament bracket available here.
EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil??, the officially licensed videogame of the World Cup, predicted the following outcomes:
World Champion: Germany
World Cup Final: Germany 2 Brazil 1 (extra-time)
Golden Boot winner: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Brazil), 6 goals
Golden Ball winner: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
Best Goal: Andrés Iniesta vs. England
In the EA SPORTS simulation, the Final itself was an epic battle as Brazil squared off against Germany in a repeat of the 2002 World Cup Finals. The Brazilian ??samba boys?? got off to an impressive start, overwhelming Germany with their skill, speed and free-flowing football. The early pressure paid off as Neymar found space behind the German backline and beat Manuel Neuer one-on-one, making him the tournament??s top scorer in the process (6 goals). As the game continued, the resilient Germans settled down and began to find their rhythm. Late in the match, Per Mertesacker would equalize for Germany with a towering header from a well-delivered Mesut Özil corner. Brazilian dreams of a fairytale finish were crushed in extra-time when substitute Miroslav Klose reacted first to a loose ball and scored from close range, writing himself into the history books as the FIFA World Cup??s all-time top scorer (16 goals). With the win, Germany claimed their fourth World Cup.
Germany??s path to FIFA World Cup glory included a tight 2-1 quarter-final victory over Argentina and a 5-4 penalty shootout semi-final win over defending champions Spain. Brazil??s journey to the final included a come from behind 4-3 penalty shootout win against Uruguay and a 1-0 semi-final win over Portugal where a late Neymar goal was the difference. .
EA SPORTS?? 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ?? simulation results:
Brazil 1 Germany 2 (ET)
3rd Place Game
Portugal 1 Spain 3
Brazil 1 Portugal 0
Spain 0 Germany 0 (5-4 pens)
Brazil 2 (4-3 pens) Uruguay 2
Portugal 4 Nigeria 3
England 0 Spain 2
Germany 2 Argentina 1
Round of 16
Brazil 3 Netherlands 1
Ivory Coast 2 Uruguay 3
France 0 Nigeria 1
Portugal 2 Russia 0
Spain 3 Mexico 1
England 1 (4-3 pens) Columbia 1
Argentina 2 Ecuador 0
Belgium 1 Germany 2
Visit the website for more details: http://easports.com/2014FIFAWorldCup.
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