FIFA 23: World Cup winners correctly predicted for the 4th year in a row
EA’s popular soccer simulation has done it again: For the fourth time in a row, the series predicted the correct winner of the soccer World Cup 2022 in Qatar weeks ago. In the end, Argentina not only prevailed in FIFA 23, but also emerged victorious from the final against France after a thrilling final phase.
Although Electronic Arts’ in-house World Cup oracle predicted a final between the Albiceleste and the Brazilian national team, the latter had already been eliminated from the tournament somewhat unluckily. In the end, however, it was superstar Lionel Messi who lifted the golden World Cup trophy after a 4-2 penalty shoot-out.
FIFA 23: World Cup winner correctly predicted in November
Incidentally, FIFA 23 fell just short when it awarded the Golden Boot for the most goals of the tournament: The 23-year-old striker and team-mate of Lionel Messi at Paris Saint Germain, Kylian Mbappe, snagged the award after hitting eight goals . The goalgetter of the 2022 World Cup scored almost half of his goals in the tournament final, in which he not only kept France in the game with a hat-trick, but almost even managed to lead them to victory in the final. In the football simulation, it was Messi who received the award with eight goals.
Previously we reported: EA uses FIFA 23 to predict the winner of the soccer World Cup again this year. In the last three tournaments, the popular football simulation was already correct.
In the exciting project, in which the title is actually used in the sense of a simulation, the publisher has all 64 matches played out in advance. FIFA 23 makes a prognosis that seems quite realistic.
According to FIFA 23, Argentina will win the 2022 World Cup
Do you trust the results obtained from the simulated tournament in FIFA 23 for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar? spits out, then this year the Argentinian team around Lionel Messi will win the coveted trophy. The Albiceleste have not claimed a title on what is arguably football’s greatest stage since the legendary victory in the 1986 final, in which a certain Diego Maradona was instrumental in the triumph.
The Argentines, centered around the Paris Saint Germain superstar, are at least among the favorites in this year’s tournament after a truly impressive qualifier on the South American continent. According to FIFA 23, they will meet the Brazilians in the final, who are also among the favorites and, as the South American team, are among their closest rivals. Here, however, captain Messi provided the decisive goal and, on top of that, sacked the Golden Boot as the most accurate shooter.
There are enough good omens from FIFA alone: After the football simulation had the right nose for the 2010 World Cup with Spain, the correct forecast was followed in 2014 with Germany as the winner. The whole thing continued until the last World Cup in 2018, where FIFA was again able to know the ultimate winner with France in advance.
England fans are in for a tough time
But that’s not all: FIFA 23 not only reveals who will ultimately win and take home the golden trophy. A look at the simulated tournament also reveals which nations are hit hardest in football terms.
Times are particularly dire for fans of the Three Lions, the England team under the thumb of Gareth Southgate. If the team’s performance in the real World Cup tournament lives up to those it called up in FIFA 23, the team will be eliminated in the round of 16. The team around Jude Bellingham from BVB and ex-Dortmunder Jadon Sancho did not even finish the group phase first, which is why you then have to run directly against the Netherlands in the eighth – and fail.
Germany without a chance against Brazil
For the German national team it’s over in the semi-finals. In the simulation, Hansi Flick’s team meets the eventual finalists Brazil and is defeated by them with a score of zero to three. A look at the entire tournament tree shows the outcome of the remaining matches:
EA Sports have predicted Argentina to win the World Cup using simmed matches on FIFA 23
This method correctly predicted the winners in 2010, 2014 and 2018 👀 pic.twitter.com/WbV5htZprv
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 8, 2022
If everything runs like the game, Messi can once again crown his successful career with tournament victory, the Golden Boot and even the Golden Ball as the best player of the 2022 World Cup. Next to him, his teammates from the French champions, young star Kylian Mbappe and Richarlison, at least also cut a good figure. So while we’re looking forward to the outcome of the big event, we can at least think back a bit with a game we played in FIFA 23’s World Cup mode.