EA Sports has released its customary forecast for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Qatar. According to FIFA 23, Argentina will emerge victorious in this competition. EA has concluded that Argentina will win the World Cup for the first time since 1986 based on the particular World Cup rankings included in the recently released World Cup Kick-Off and Tournament modes in FIFA 23.
After Argentina’s victory over France in the semifinals, EA believes that Brazil and Argentina will face off in the championship match. EA also predicts that Lionel Messi will win the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball during the event. According to EA, Messi will win the Golden Boot by scoring eight goals across all seven games, and he will also win the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
The other part of EA’s prediction for 2022 is that England will only make it as far as the Round of 16 before being eliminated by the Netherlands by a 3-1. In EA’s simulation, the United States of America make it to the quarterfinals, when France eliminates them in a match decided by a single goal.
Such forecasts would be considered pointless if it weren’t for the fact that EA successfully predicted the World Cup winner in each of the last three tournaments. In 2014, the publisher predicted that Germany would win, and Germany did win the tournament shortly after the prediction was made. In 2018, the publisher accurately predicted that France would win the game. In addition, it predicted accurately in 2010 that Spain would become the first country in its illustrious history to win the World Cup.
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Beyond identifying the clear victors, things rapidly started to fall apart since EA Sports also made several World Cup predictions that did not come true and did not hold up well over time. For instance, it was predicted that Brazil would win their home World Cup in 2014 and get to the final. Enthusiasts may remember that in the quarterfinals, Brazil was beaten 7-1 by eventual champion Germany, which startled the globe and traumatized the host country.
No matter how the simulation turns out, gamers look forward to the tradition since it builds anticipation for the forthcoming World Cup.