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.
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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