EA Predicts Spain World Cup Win

With the month-long 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament set to kick off here on June 11, EA SPORTS--maker of the officially licensed 2010 FIFA World Cup video game--has run a simulation and declared Spain the winner.

The simulation was run "under the same conditions [all 32 teams] will face in the weeks ahead" using the same technology that powers the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game.

Here's how it all breaks down, going by the simulation, at least:

  • World Champion: Spain
  • World Cup Final: Spain 3 Brazil 1
  • 1st team to be eliminated: South Africa
  • Golden Boot winner: David Villa (Spain), 7 goals
  • Golden Ball winner: Kaka (Brazil)
Fans around the globe will compare these astonishing results to the real-world tournament as it unfolds beginning June 11. The Final itself was an epic battle as Brazil put on a dazzling display of free-flowing samba style soccer early on against the Spaniards, taking a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute with a Felipe Melo strike from just inside the box. It didn't take long for Spain to level the score after a goalie error that left striker David Villa in the clear. He tapped in his 6th goal of the tournament in the 42nd minute. The second half saw fortunes turn in favour of Spain, as their disciplined build up play and domination of possession paid off with a goal in the 61st minute when Villa connected for his second goal of the match, off of Andres Iniesta's driven cross. Brazil had several efforts on goal in the final third of the match but couldn't capitalize on its chances as they pushed all players forward in an attempt to draw even, eventually conceding a splendid counter attack goal in the 88th minute from Cesc Fabregas, which delivered Spain the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Spain's path to FIFA World Cup glory included a quarterfinal 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Italy after an absorbing 1-1 draw, and a 2-1 win over Argentina in the semi final. Brazil's journey to the Final included a 3-2 win over the Netherlands in the quarter final and a 5-4 shootout victory over England after the two teams played out a 2-2 draw in the semi.

USA lost its opening match 2-1 to England before registering wins over Slovenia (2-0) and Algeria (2-1) to advance to the Round of 16, where it played Germany to a 2-2 draw before losing 3-1 in a penalty shootout. Mexico also recorded a 2-1 record in the Group Stage, with wins over South Africa (2-0) and Uruguay (2-1), before losing 2-1 to Argentina in the Round of 16.

An overall per-match breakdown of the simulation results was also provided, with the highlights below and the full thing here.

Final Score
Brazil 1
Spain 3
3rd Place Game
England 2
Argentina 1
Semi Finals
England 2
Brazil 2 (5-4 Pens)
Spain 2
Argentina 1
Quarter Finals
Brazil 3
Netherlands 2
England 2
France 1
Germany 1
Argentina 3
Italy 1
Spain 1 (5-4 Pens)
Round of 16
France 2
Nigeria 1
England 3
Australia 1
Germany 2 (3-1 Pens)
Argentina 2
Mexico 1
Netherlands 2
Slovakia 0
Brazil 3
Chile 1
Italy 2
Cameroon 1
Spain 3
Portugal 1
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