While office workers across the world prepare to lose fives of dollars in World Cup office pools (and presumably more if they make their way down to see their bookies) and Brazil makes final preparations for one of the world’s biggest sporting spectacles, FIFA 14 publisher Electronic Arts has learned exactly who will win this year’s tournament Germany.
Now, I know what you may be thinking – Brazil is favored to win by most sources – but per the company’s tradition, EA published their pre-World Cup predictions based on simulations of the 32-team tournament using FIFA 14.
“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,” the company explained on their website. “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.”
Now, it may seem silly to try and divine who is going to win this year’s World Cup by using a video game, but it bears mentioning that EA successfully predicted that Spain would win the whole shebang back in 2010. Can they do it again? Considering the United States has 100-1 odds to win the whole thing, I’m starting to think they might be on to something.
Here’s the complete tournament predictions and results from the elimination rounds:
Brazil 1 – 2 Germany (ET)
3rd Place Game
Portugal 1 – 3 Spain
Brazil 1 – 0 Portugal
Spain 0 – 0 Germany (Germany 5-4 pens)
Brazil 2 – 2 Uruguay (Brazil 4-3 pens)
Portugal 4 – 3 Nigeria
England 0 – 2 Spain
Germany 2 – 1 Argentina
Round of 16
Brazil 3 – 1 Netherlands
Ivory Coast 2 – 3 Uruguay
France 0 – 1 Nigeria
Portugal 2 – 0 Russia
Spain 3 – 1 Mexico
England 1 – 1 Colombia (England 4-3 pens)
Argentina 2 – 0 Ecuador
Belgium 1 – 2 Germany
Who do you think will win this year’s World Cup? Let us know in the comments below.
[HT: EA Sports]