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EA: Spain will win World Cup

EA: Spain will win World Cup

We think that's Fabregas to the left, but it could be Alonso. And we can only guess that the guy on the right is Torres...

The World Cup might only kick off in a one week, but Electronic Arts has already announced that Spain will win. Apparently, EA, which makes the officially licensed FIFA 2010World Cup game, has run a simulation which came out in favour of the Iberians.

ShackNews is reporting that the simulation was run ‘using the same technology that powers the PlayStation 3 and Xbo360’, whatever that means, and that ‘The simulation was run "under the same conditions [all 32 teams] will face in the weeks ahead"’. The simulation says that Spain will meet Brazil in the final (which doesn’t sound like a bad match to us) and that Spain will win by three goals to one (which looks way off to our footy eyes).

Controversially, EA is claiming that host-nation South Africa will be the first team to be eliminated, which is harsh but probably not a bad shout considering that they have Mexico, Uruguay and France in their group. Spain’s David Silva is EA’s choice for the Golden Boot (top scorer) while Brazil’s Kaka gets EA's simulated Golden Ball (best player) award.

The EA simulation places England in third place, after a 2-1 victory over Argentina in the Third Place playoff game, which is a result we’d grudgingly take after those performances against Mexico and Japan last month. A penalty shoot-out will apparently deny us Brazil’s place in the final, after a thrilling two-all draw in the Semis – come on Fabio, surely that’s enough evidence to start penalty practices in training?

EA even provides an account of the final game: ‘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… 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

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mclean007 4th June 2010, 11:47 Quote
What an absurd PR exercise. Anyone with an ounce of football knowledge could have dreamed up a fantasy scenario along similar lines. All they've done is a stats analysis with fancy pants graphics on top.
javaman 4th June 2010, 12:01 Quote
Sounds like a reasonable prediction but nothing can account for human element in football. A small team raising their game and causing an upset. Spain have always been great and failed to deliver quite a few times. Like England they tend to peak too soon. Its very open this year, tho depending on the draw i can see Holland being there abouts same with Germany. They always seem to go well when it matters. France and Italy are very weak atm and teams like USA, mexico and some African sides are capable of causing an upset. Im still getting over Egypt not being there considering they clearly the strongest African side in my eyes. After all, you don't win a knock out tournment 3 years in a row based on luck. That takes alot of skill.
Hustler 4th June 2010, 13:00 Quote
England will go out on penalties according to this super computer simulation.....

Any 5yr old could have told you that......
javaman 4th June 2010, 13:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
England will go out on penalties according to this super computer simulation.....

Any 5yr old could have told you that......

haha xD Interestingly, any penalty shootout ive watched, the first team to miss usually goes on to win. Either Im good at picking shootouts to watch or theres some freaky force at work O.o
confusis 4th June 2010, 13:07 Quote
I want to know how New Zealand would have fared!
confusis 4th June 2010, 13:09 Quote
Looking at the website we will score 1 goal for the whole tournament. WTF.
Claave 4th June 2010, 13:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by confusis
I want to know how New Zealand would have fared!

Lost every game - let's hope its goes better in real life!
http://www.shacknews.com/docs/press/20100603_fifa_2010.x
DarkFear 4th June 2010, 13:21 Quote
No offense to my country (South Africa) but no-one needs to run a simulation to figure out the SA soccer team is going to get mauled. The only reason their even in the show is because we're hosting the tournament (which IMHO is going to be one hell of a mess but I digress)
Krikkit 4th June 2010, 13:22 Quote
Well according to the clever boffins at JP Morgan England will win the world cup.

The stat analysis behind it makes for some interesting reading, if you're into that kind of thing.
javaman 4th June 2010, 13:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krikkit
Well according to the clever boffins at JP Morgan England will win the world cup.

The stat analysis behind it makes for some interesting reading, if you're into that kind of thing.

England don't score enough and aren't flexable enough. You really need 3-5-2 or some variation that can be flexable in defence and attack. 4-4-2 is alright but at this level, having a full back wander off to aid in attack leaving only 2 center backs is very dangerous. you will need a very very solid midfeild that can read the game very well. England also don't control the pace of the game well and play far too fast making mistakes. It will be interesting to see how the altitude effects them too. Man for man England arestronger than they where 4 years ago. King is great but will get caught out at times, not to mention their goals will have to come from mid field or their ever so reliable strikers. England also have history of going to pieces against the big teams, donno if its pressure, lack of concentration, playing too defensive/offensive, beckham jumping out of tackles or a combination of all the above.
englands attacking full backs and wingers that like to run will be great against weak sides, but doing that against big sides will get them punished, big time. England have talent, but I wonder if their reliance on their wingers will be their undoing. If a whole team gets behind to defend do England have the tactical skill to break them down or will it constantly be one player running into a wall of players followed by a long ball over the top to crouch? crouch is great IMO, but cause of his height there always is the temptation to play the long/high ball to him rather than pass it round.
crazyceo 4th June 2010, 14:33 Quote
In the words of Mike Bassett "Gentlemen, England will be playing 4 - 4 - f@%&ing - 2!"

Rooney with Gerrard playing just behind him is the winning formula to England lifting the World Cup. The brief flashes you've seen it happen and they both look 100% comfortable with it. Is that our secret weapon?

What the hell do EA know? Realists on the street would have said the same, even me after I picked up £200 after they won the Euros two years ago.

However, in my heart it has to England!

(Cue The Great Escape theme!!!!.......)
CharlO 4th June 2010, 15:56 Quote
Certainly hope they improve the fking graphics. They should do a lot, otherwise people will stick to PES.
CharlO 4th June 2010, 15:57 Quote
(The results, yeah, PR stunt)
Fabou 4th June 2010, 17:01 Quote
It's pure marketing. If they are right they will get consumer.
ZERO <ibis> 4th June 2010, 18:47 Quote
So if they are wrong do we all get to say there game sux and not buy it!?
DarkFear 4th June 2010, 19:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by ZERO <ibis>
So if they are wrong do we all get to say there game sux and not buy it!?

Wait, someone was going to buy it?
Furymouse 4th June 2010, 22:01 Quote
USA! USA! USA! :D

Question: Was a gameshark used at any time during these tests?
Akuman 5th June 2010, 07:15 Quote
"Greece won Euro 2004" Nuff said
casey_cole 5th June 2010, 23:22 Quote
Does their simulation also have the ridiculous phenomena of a goal-keeper running up for a corner in the 88th minute? Probably why Brazil end up losing :P
knuck 6th June 2010, 00:17 Quote
They do the same with hockey. In April they predicted the Chicago Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup





As of today Chicago is two wins away from the cup
javaman 6th June 2010, 02:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghys
They do the same with hockey. In April they predicted the Chicago Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup





As of today Chicago is two wins away from the cup

Jinx!!
LordPyrinc 6th June 2010, 04:38 Quote
What? It's football season already? My money is on the Steelers. :D
Pieface 6th June 2010, 13:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by LordPyrinc
What? It's football season already? My money is on the Steelers. :D

Real Football, where you use your Foot to kick a ball.

We're not talking about Handegg here.
nicae 6th June 2010, 20:08 Quote
Quote:
the simulation was run ‘using the same technology that powers the PlayStation 3 and Xbo360’
Brilliant! That means that.. umm.. yeah!
yakyb 7th June 2010, 09:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by EA
so uh yeah we put all teams into a tournament and let the computer control them

in the end spain won

Nice
UrbanMarine 7th June 2010, 14:47 Quote
And Spain gets knocked out in the first round....
Farfalho 7th June 2010, 15:30 Quote
I will LOL if it happens close to those lines xD
adidan 7th June 2010, 17:08 Quote
It'll be a surprise if they do, no European side has ever won a World Cup hosted outside of Europe IIRC.
UrbanMarine 7th June 2010, 18:37 Quote
Maybe Spain will get Øvrebø to ref...
thehippoz 7th June 2010, 19:40 Quote
make it 5 to 1 xD
Bindibadgi 10th July 2010, 10:09 Quote
So.. EA might be right...?
knuck 10th July 2010, 15:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghys
They do the same with hockey. In April they predicted the Chicago Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup





As of today Chicago is two wins away from the cup

EDIT: Chicago won
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
So.. EA might be right...?


would that be 2 in 2 this year ?





Why don't they predict their future games won't suck ?
smc8788 10th July 2010, 21:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
So.. EA might be right...?

Probably not...they didn't get who the first team to be eliminated would be right (it was Cameroon, not SA).
confusis 10th July 2010, 21:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by confusis
Looking at the website we will score 1 goal for the whole tournament. WTF.

Hehe we did much better than EA said. 3 Draws, undefeated!
pimonserry 11th July 2010, 23:46 Quote
They were bloody right!
steveo_mcg 11th July 2010, 23:59 Quote
But then so was a psychic octopus....
Bindibadgi 12th July 2010, 04:30 Quote
EA IS RUN BY A PSYCHIC OCTOPUS!

"What games shall we do this season, Paul..." "Oh, a new FIFA game and the Sims 4.. OK then.."
knuck 12th July 2010, 05:33 Quote
so.. they are 2 in 2 ...

damn
thehippoz 12th July 2010, 08:18 Quote
lol it's rigged.. the refs are paid and the deals made
pimonserry 12th July 2010, 19:57 Quote
The refs had 24-hr armed guards to prevent them being bought, apparently. :o
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