World Cup 2022: Computer calculates world champions

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From: Marcus Gable


The coveted World Cup trophy in the 2018 final. © Christian Charisius/dpa

Lionel Messi makes one last attempt at his first World Cup in Qatar. According to a simulation, this will work. A glance into the past makes you sit up and notice.

Munich – The weeks before a major football tournament are always the time for predictions and predictions. Experts and fans alike give their team recommendations and tips about the future title holder are also circulating. It will of course be no different for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Even if this event polarizes more than electrifies.

Due to the highly questionable award given to the emirate, in which fewer footballs have been trampled, but above all human rights, many fans want to avoid this World Cup. Prescribe a pre-Christmas break from professional football. It remains to be seen how many of them will stand firm until December 18 – the day of the final.

2022 World Cup simulated in Qatar: according to EA Sports, Messi wins the title with Argentina

The most important question about this World Cup has already received an answer that deserves attention. Because if games manufacturer EA Sports, the father of the popular FIFA series, has its way, Argentina will win its third World Cup title in Qatar. Of course, the Californians aren’t the first to see Lionel Messi’s team looking into the crystal ball with the World Cup trophy in hand.

But unlike most other amateur psychics, they have a reputation to lose. After all, they correctly predicted the youngest three world champions leading up to the respective tournament: Spain 2010, Germany 2014, France 2018. This time, EA Sports resorted to its new game FIFA23 and used the HyperMotion2 technology contained in it, which promises ” ultra-realistic gameplay”. . All 64 matches were simulated in tournament mode using official ratings.

Video: The World Cup squad of the German national team

Prognosis for World Cup in Qatar: Messi scores golden goal in final against Brazil

This resulted in an all South American final: Argentina met Brazil. A first for a World Cup final. In reality, the two arch-rivals last met in the round of 16 in 1990 as part of a World Cup – then Claudio Caniggia knocked de Selecao out of the tournament with his 1-0. With the same result, thanks to Angel di Maria, Argentina won the final of the recent Copa America.

According to the prediction, one goal is also enough in Qatar – which according to the simulation is delivered by Messi. With that, “la Pulga” would finally climb the Olympus of football, after all he had won all the major titles and stepped out of the long shadow of Diego Maradona, who in 1986 saw the last triumph of the football-mad country in the southern tip of the continent.

Supercomputer calculates world champion 2022: Germany in quarterfinals

The supercomputer, which EA Sports has once again sent on the track, sees defending champions France in third place. According to the calculations, Germany will be eliminated in the quarterfinals by the eventual number two Brazil. Messi tops the top scorers list with eight goals in seven games, earning him the Golden Boot. In addition, the left-footed player wins the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.

Choosing the best goalkeeper is more exciting. Here, in the simulation, Portugal’s Rui Patricio, Brazil’s Alisson Becker, Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic and Argentine Emiliano Martinez are on top. Martinez finally grabs the Golden Glove because he was the most successful in the tournament with his teammates.

Simulation of FIFA23 game with Argentina national team
Do the new world champions look like this? According to EA Sports, Lionel Messi (M.) & Co. in Qatar. © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

World Cup 2022: EA Sports sees five Argentinians in the team of the tournament

Only four countries are represented in the team of the tournament, with Argentina dominating with five and Brazil with three players. The eleven are set up in a somewhat outdated 4-2-4 system – after all, this gives more attackers their rights.

Martinez guards the goal. The back row in front is Joao Cancelo from Portugal, Raphael Varane from France, Marquinhos from Brazil and Marcos Acuna from Argentina. The clear midfield consists of world champions Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo de Paul. The attack also radiates glitz and glamor without Cristiano Ronaldo: the Brazilians Vinicius Jr. and Richarlison, as well as Messi and French world footballer Karim Benzema would also pass as the “Fab Four”.

Goals list at the 2022 World Cup: No DFB player in the top 15 – Depay and Pulisic surprise

There is no sign of German players far and wide. Which suggests that supercomputer national coach Hansi Flick is not predicting a very successful tournament premiere. The 15 player top scorers list also does not include DFB players. According to these figures, no one in the four-time champion’s jersey scores more than two goals, but he also has to manage without regular strikers like Timo Werner (torn syndesmosis ligament) and Lukas Nmecha (torn patellar tendon).

Robert Lewandowski has that number in four games, putting him in 15th place. Ronaldo and Benzema have been successful three times in seven games each. This also makes it clear that Portugal played the match for third place against France. The biggest surprises are Dutchman Memphis Depay with six goals in five games, putting him second behind Messi, and fourth-placed ex-Dortmund Christian Pulisic with five goals in five appearances.

So EA Sports has leaned way out the window. How much truth there is in the simulation will only become clear in Qatar. In any case, Messi & Co. to prick up their ears. Also considering the hit rate of the California football pundits. (mg)

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