EA Sports’ FIFA has correctly predicted the last FOUR World Cup winners — yes, really

There must be something in the water.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 22nd December 2022

While no one could have predicted the absolute blockbuster that was the Qatar 2022 final, it turns out that EA Sports’ FIFA has correctly predicted the last FOUR World Cup winners.

Yes, rather incredibly, the hugely popular football game apparently guessed not only that Argentina would go on to win this year’s World Cup, but they have also managed to predict the last four winners.

Simulating the entire tournament virtually with the help of the official FIFA rankings, the game developer and publishing giant has correctly named the last four world champions — that’s over a decade of football fortune-telling.

I mean, come on, this is pretty wild.

In 2018, they correctly predicted that France would win the tournament, tipped Germany as winners in 2014 and (you guessed it) that Spain would follow up their Euro 2008 by lifting the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which also happened to be their first.


Now that’s seriously impressive.

Although the industry-leading footy sim obviously didn’t get everything right — predicting that Messi and co. would play Brazil in the final and that Mbappé would win the golden boot — it’s still an eery statistic.


Can we please get some at the FA to slide a few quid under the table over at EA Sports, please? Either that or just keep everything crossed that England somehow earn a number-one ranking by Euro 2024.

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The scenes in Argentina were understandably crazy after their long-awaited third trophy, especially given the fact that their captain finally managed to fulfil his lifelong dream.

However, it didn’t take long for the celebrations to get out of hand and the victory parade ultimately had to be cancelled.


EA weren’t the only ones to have predicted this year’s winners, though, as this bloke actually called it seven years ago.

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Featured Image — EA Sports/Leo Messi (via IG)