Germany Will Win 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil; EA Says
Germany will win the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, according to a simulation by Electronic Arts.
The California-based game developer used data on all the teams to run a simulation. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil game by EA pitched all the 32 teams to see which team would win the title.
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"EA was able to simulate the 2014 FIFA World Cup and test all 32 teams under the same conditions they will face in the weeks ahead in Brazil. It was determined that Germany will defeat Brazil 2-1 (ET)," the company said in a statement.
EA pointed out that four years ago, it had predicted Spain's victory in the 2010 World Cup. Spain was then a hot favorite to win the world cup after it won the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship.
Another study conducted by PwC World Cup Index shows that Brazil is a hot favorite among football fans and will have home advantage. Germany, Argentina and Spain are other strong contenders for the Cup. England, meanwhile, will probably see itself in the 'Group of Death. '
Will Brazil Steal the Show?
Yet another poll conducted by Survey Sampling International found that Brazil will win the World Cup. Around 81 percent of Brazilians said that their home country will win the Cup. In fact, all the polled countries, except Germany favored Brazil.
Although Brazilians are hopeful that their country will win the 2014 World cup, they aren't certain about Brazil being the right choice as the host nation.
Around 62 percent of Brazilians said that they do not think Brazil is a safe location compared to 42 percent across of respondents in other parts of the world.
"There have been several negative news stories that have come out of Brazil as it prepares for this summer's World Cup that could fuel this opinion," said Keith Phillips, SSI senior methodologist and lead researcher on this project, according to a press release. "No doubt, awareness of these troubles is likely higher in Brazil and therefore more likely to influence the overall opinion of the nation."
The SSI survey showed that football viewership this year will be higher than in 2010.