UEFA Euro 2008

EA Sports Predicts Portugal Win Euro 2008

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Using the simulation engine in the UEFA Euro 2008, EA decided to play out the whole European Championship tournament, game by game to see who would become the eventual champions. After 31 games, Portugal were crowned virtual European champions. After looking through the results below, it could be a fairly accurate portrayal of what's to come in the Euro's which start tomorrow. 

In the simulation, Portugal beat Italy 2-1 in the final with Ronaldo scoring the winnder and picking up the golden boot with 5 goals throughout the tournament. Quite possible indeed although my money is on Spain.

"The Final itself was an epic battle where Italy’s resilient defense was pitted against Portugese flair, with Portugal ultimately winning 2-1 to capture its first European championship. Goals from Deco (28th) and Ronaldo (63rd), his fifth goal of the tournament, staked Portugal to a 2-0 lead early in the second half before midfielder Andrea Pirlo scored in the 75th minute to bring the Italians to within one. Portugal survived a frantic final 15 minutes to capture the Henri Delaunay Trophy."

"In the EA SPORTS™ simulation, old rivalries were reignited. France was beaten 2-0 by Italy in one semifinal, in a replay of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final won by the Italians 5-3 in penalty kicks. In the EA SPORTS simulation the two teams played to a 1-1 draw in a group stage match."

This is how the tournament played out:

Group Play

Group A
Switzerland 0 Czech Republic 1
Portugal 2 Turkey 0
Czech Republic 2 Portugal 2
Switzerland 1 Turkey 1
Switzerland 0 Portugal 0
Turkey 1 Czech Republic 0

Group B
Austria 1 Croatia 3
Germany 0 Poland 0
Croatia 0 Germany 2
Austria 0 Poland 1
Poland 0 Croatia 0
Austria 0 Germany 2

Group C
Romania 0 France 2
Netherlands 1 Italy 1
Italy 1 Romania 0
Netherlands 0 France 1
Netherlands 3 Romania 1
France 1 Italy 1

Group D
Spain 1 Russia 0
Greece 0 Sweden 2
Sweden 1 Spain 1
Greece 1 Russia 1
Greece 0 Spain 2
Russia 0 Sweden 1

Quarter Finals
Portugal 2 Gomes (’43), Ronaldo (’57)
Poland 0

Czech Republic 0
Germany 1 Klose (’62)

France 2 Henry (’78), Benzema (‘112)
Spain 1 Torres (’86)

Sweden 0
Italy 2 Pirlo (’61), Toni (’73)

Semi Finals
Portugal 2 Almeida (’45), Ronaldo (’87)
Germany 0

Italy 2 Toni (’77), Toni (’84)
France 0

Portugal 2 Deco (’28), Ronaldo (’63)
Italy 1 Pirlo (’75)


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EA Canada
Electronic Arts


US April 15, 2008
Europe April 11, 2008

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