Czech Republic wins EA's World Cup

Publisher simulates tournament with 2006 FIFA World Cup game, pegs Czechs to take home victory after besting Brazil 2-1 in finals.

The 2006 World Cup doesn't kick off until Friday, when host country Germany takes on Costa Rica, but Electronic Arts is already picking a winner for the finals.

Using the simulation engine in its multiplatform 2006 FIFA World Cup game, EA re-created the entire tournament, from the opening salvo of four-team round-robin groups to the July 9 World Cup final in Berlin. And according to EA's game, the winner will be the Czech Republic, rising to the occasion with a 2-1 victory over soccer powerhouse Brazil in the finals.

Not everything with the simulation went as one might expect. EA's tournament saw just one penalty shootout in the 64 simulated matches, Costa Rica making its best World Cup showing ever by reaching the quarter finals, and Italy and Portugal failing to make it out of the first round. The US team made it out of the opening round of group play, but no farther, as Brazil knocked them out of the tournament with a 3-2 victory.

For more FIFA World Cup action, come back with GameSpot Wednesday for a "friendly match," as GameSpot USA takes on GameSpot UK on the Xbox 360 version of the game. San Francisco-based editors Brian Ekberg and Justin Calvert will represent the stars and stripes as they take on an English team helmed by GameSpot UK hooligans Guy Cocker and Phil Elliott.

Rich Gallup and Jeff Gerstmann will call the action, so tune in on Wednesday, June 7 at noon PDT (8 p.m. in London) to see it all go down live. For more on 2006 FIFA World Cup, check out GameSpot's full review.

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89 comments
loic54
loic54

EA is crazy! Brazil is going to win/1!!!

animecivil
animecivil

QUOTE: Hey, let me see the brazilian coach is a stpid guy, they're never coing to win the Wc, Czechs too, who is going to win is a european team like france or englando not Czechs Check your facts before you touch that submit buttom, Chech is European.

holhardy
holhardy

what ever, GO ENGLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and USA WOOHOO

Septimus
Septimus

Just goes to show how crap EA FIFA really is.

ugoer
ugoer

holland wins the tournament (they have beaten czechs in the qualification :D )

karlmv
karlmv

Czech Republic are the second best team in the world right now so to me this all seems correct

shattapinks
shattapinks

No way will the Czechs win this year's World Cup. After all, this is their first showing in like...forever, and don't you ever forget that. I'm giving it to England, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, The Netherlands, Spain or Portugal before I give it to them, and yet the simulation did not make Portugal even past the first round. That totally sucks. Anyway, that shows you how credible EA Sports' simulation actually is (can someone say utter garbage?). Anyway, I would rather choose my team (Mexico!) and carry them all the way to the cup, as I have little faith in the game simulating any matches for me, because it has done some weird things for me in the past...Brazil losing 4-0 to Australia. Please tell me when that will ever happen.

SnowFarmer
SnowFarmer

Pffft! EA software as buggy and broken as always. It's going to be Brazil or maybe just maybe the USA.

rykh
rykh

I doubt it, but ok

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

Ecuador is going to be the champion!

CCDANMAN
CCDANMAN

It doesn't seem like non-reality to me, considering Czech Republic is ranked #2 in the WORLD.

thatother1dude
thatother1dude

I hope they repeated the results for variables. If this rnds up being accurate, then this will usher in a new age of sports gambling using videogames.

MK_Malcovich
MK_Malcovich

If the teams in the game are based on the FiFa world rankings then yes this would happen, seeing as Brazil is number one and Czech is number two and Czech could easily upset Brazil. however the Fifa world rankings are bascially useless and anyone in the top ten could upset anyone depending on how they play on any particular day. Czechs will not win, im thinking italy has got this one.

Edele_Wilde
Edele_Wilde

They have an awesome team, we will see. But nobody should underestimate the manschaft on their heimat, and that is comming from a Dutchman.

jonnyjd
jonnyjd

Now there's an interesting way to bet on the winner.

gralvader
gralvader

Are you guys kidding? This time around us Mexicans will be the World Cup winners! Go MEXICO!

bucha
bucha

The only thing I know is that we Costaricans are gonna kick some german arse!

nuwans_basic
nuwans_basic

hope not, mainly because they dont like brown or black people (At least in moravia). :(

mithund
mithund

he he Czech Republic... anyway, can't wait to see the Gamespot World Cup tomorrow !!! commentary from Jeff Gertsmann ?!? oh boy :D

Teivan
Teivan

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DjEzhel
DjEzhel

First of all the USA wont make it past the group lol look at the group, 2nd Czech is Rank 2 in the world, 3rd Brazil is beatable and 4th Mexico will make the Semis...if they do they will make the World Cup Finals ;) VIVA MEXICO HIJOS DE SU REPUTA MADRE!!!!

dhmy2kgto
dhmy2kgto

interesting..... time to place a bet!!

jayt684
jayt684

Hrmm... Well if this was simmed on the 360, i wonder how many times the czech republic defense passed the ball back to their keeper and the keeper picked the ball up. OR how many times brazil fired a shot that looked to easily be a goal, but then the ball magically appeared in the keeper's hands. Leave it to EA to release a totally buggy game.

Fauij
Fauij

hahahahahahahahaha Czech-Rebublic wow..............................................a

val07
val07

What about england, have you seen how they played lately. it is going to be thier show at the World Cup. GO: ENGLAND.

Squall31190
Squall31190

Italy will take the gold this year. . .

sdcazares1980
sdcazares1980

That's interesting because a few years ago, EA picked the Patriots to defeat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, which at that time was no chance in hell. Well, it happened. So we'll see whether the results ring true.

Ernice
Ernice

since no one has said it yet. let me. go Spain !

GGR_13
GGR_13

That's imposible as Argentina is gonna win...I hope...but chezch republic would never be a choise to win a world cup IMO

alberto2045
alberto2045

well i dont no but theres no way i mean maybe it will get to the quearter finals but noi finals and if it does no way is going to beat Brazil they got to many awsome players especially Ronaldinhio

gastonxxl
gastonxxl

obviously it's all wrong. Trinidad and Tobago is going to win the World Cup. Stern John is the man !

killer_00169
killer_00169

PORTUGAL, ITALY, AND GERMANY ALL THE WAY!!!!

Didaa
Didaa

Hey, let me see the brazilian coach is a stpid guy, they're never coing to win the Wc, Czechs too, who is going to win is a european team like france or englando not Czechs

supermig-29
supermig-29

the czechs are my pick...they gonna own

NocturnalThoth
NocturnalThoth

Since there is never any problems with EA software, why even play the game? I mean Madden 06 for the PSP was perfect right?

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

As much chance as my Czechs bouncing!

tribe81
tribe81

I also picked the czech team to make it to atleast the semi finals there team is amazing and they play as a team thats why they are ranked second in the world. England are mighty over rated, the teams to watch are the dutch the czech and as said as it is to say the germans :( with the dark horse of the comp being the australians, as they are a team who play for eachother and as a team .

ticonorico21
ticonorico21

Who cares about the Czech Republic. COSTA RICA BEST WORLD CUP SHOWING EVER!!! nuff said...

pvcaldas
pvcaldas

Czech Republic? forget about it! only one of these has ANY chance to win: Brazil (this is the best nacional team since 1970) England (maybe if Rooney returns in time) Argentina (always a great team) Netherlands Italy (if they get over the whole corruption scheme and totti gets back on the field) German (but i wouldn't put my money on them) France(when Henry plays his usual football, it's really hard to stop him) if you belive any other team can win this WC... well maybe you don't really know what you're talking about... But hey! there's always Togo!

Sheiko
Sheiko

Czech 2-1 brazil???? Yeah EA's think tank sure is going down....

Dafdiego777
Dafdiego777

US gamespot will so beat those silly Brits.