And the FIFA World Cup Trophy goes to … Spain! EA today declared the winner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Using the market-leading EA SPORTS soccer engine that drives 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, EA was able to simulate the 2010 FIFA World Cup and test all 32 teams under the same conditions they will face in the weeks ahead. It was determined that Spain will defeat Brazil 3-1 at Soccer City on July 11 to win its first World Cup.
EA SPORTS 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, the officially licensed videogame of the World Cup, predicted the following placements:
- World Champion: Spain
- World Cup Final: Spain 3 Brazil 1
- 1stteam to be eliminated: South Africa
- Golden Boot winner: David Villa (Spain), 7 goals
- Golden Ball winner: Kaka (Brazil)
Fans around the globe will compare these astonishing results to the real-world tournament as it unfolds beginning June 11. The Final itself was an epic battle as Brazil put on a dazzling display of free-flowing samba style soccer early on against the Spaniards, taking a 1-0 lead in the 30thminute with a Felipe Melo strike from just inside the box. It didn’t take long for Spain to level the score after a goalie error that left striker David Villa in the clear. He tapped in his 6thgoal of the tournament in the 42nd minute. 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 61stminute 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 88thminute from Cesc Fabregas, which delivered Spain the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Spain’s path to FIFA World Cup glory included a quarterfinal 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Italy after an absorbing 1-1 draw, and a 2-1 win over Argentina in the semi final. Brazil’s journey to the Final included a 3-2 win over the Netherlands in the quarter final and a 5-4 shootout victory over England after the two teams played out a 2-2 draw in the semi.
USA lost its opening match 2-1 to England before registering wins over Slovenia (2-0) and Algeria (2-1) to advance to the Round of 16, where it played Germany to a 2-2 draw before losing 3-1 in a penalty shootout. Mexico also recorded a 2-1 record in the Group Stage, with wins over South Africa (2-0) and Uruguay (2-1), before losing 2-1 to Argentina in the Round of 16.
Visit the Official Site for more information about game features on each available platform. EA SPORTS 2010 FIFA World Cup is in stores now. It is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB and 3+ by PEGI in Europe.