THE scientists have spoken.
It’s official, Spain will win the Brazil World Cup.
Boffins at universities in Germany have predicted the outcome of every game in the tournament.
They have used several methods, taking into account FIFA rankings, historical performances and respective playing strengths.
And they can now reveal that La Roja will be triumphant, seeing off the Germans in the final.
According to the study, the youthful England squad will top their tricky group before beating Ivory Coast in the round of the last 16.
But, somewhat predictably, the Three Lions will be wiping away tears in the quarter final once more, as they are beaten by eventual champions Spain.
The defending champions will then see off host nation Brazil in a dramatic semi-final, en route to victory.
The tournament kicks off today, with Brazil taking on Croatia in Sao Paulo. Spain versus the Netherlands – a repeat of the 2010 final – takes place on Friday evening.
And then Saturday at midnight, England and Italy will do battle in the searing heat of the Amazon jungle, in Manaus.