With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, fans and pundits alike have been busy trying to predict which of the 32 competing nations will come out on top. EA Sports has also gotten in on the action, and has run a simulation using the new FIFA 18 World Cup Update to give its pick on who will win the competition.
In a blog post, the publisher detailed the simulated World Cup match by match, and crowned a winner. Here’s how it played out.
There was plenty of drama in the group stages, with Sweden narrowly edging out Mexico in Group F, aided by a goal difference of a single point. Uruguay topped Group A, while Argentina suffered a defeat to Croatia in Group D, but still managed to beat Iceland and move onto the Knockout Stage.
The Knockout Stage was just as thrilling, with Brazil absolutely hammering Sweden in a 4-0 win. England felt the all-too-familiar sting of a lost penalty round against Colombia, and Portugal fell 2-1 to Uruguay. This year’s favorites Argentina suffered a shock defeat against France, leaving it all to play for in the Quarter Finals.
Belgium beat out Brazil, and Croatia lost out to Spain in the Quarter Finals.The semi-finals saw Germany and France emerge victorious, leaving Belgium and Spain behind. The final between Germany and France was a tight one indeed, with each nation scoring a single goal, and the match ultimately being decided by a penalty shootout. France just about nudged ahead, defeating Germany 4-3 on penalties.
France were the ones to lift the trophy then, but there were plenty more accolades to give out. France’s Antoine Griezmann and Spain’s Isco shared the Golden Boot trophy, though Griezmann was also crowned star of the show and awarded the Golden Ball. Spain’s Goalkeeper David De Gea ended up with the Golden Glove award and Gabriel Jesus bagged himself Best Young Player.
Quite an exciting tournament overall, let’s hope the real thing can live up to it. You can head elsewhere on the site for our FIFA 18 World Cup 2018 Update guide, which includes a look at how FIFA 18 World Cup 2018 Ultimate Team works.