President Trump’s presidency, the Siegfried and Roy tiger attack, the American Ebola outbreak, Team USA’s Olympic curling victory. These are just a handful of the many things that Matt Groening’s The Simpsons have predicted in its 639 episode run.
Now fans of Mexico and Protugal’s soccer teams are wondering if the cartoon may have also predicted the results of the 2018 World Cup Final as well.
The Simpsons in the season 9 (1997) predicted a football final between Portugal and México!! Wow.. I frankly can't stop myself from believing in this 'cause the cartoon had such an impressive history of valid predictions and connotations. pic.twitter.com/lMyqVVUN7C
— Nesrine (@saturnnes) June 22, 2018
Back in 1997, during the ninth season’s episode “The Cartridge Family,” Mexico and Portugal are locked in a head-to-head soccer match that many believe to take place in 2018. Some have pointed out a possible reference to the scandal where members of the Mexican team partied with prostitutes before the beginning of the tournament.
Mexico and Portugal fans are wondering if they're destined to reach this year's World Cup final – because of a Simpsons episode from 1997.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 26, 2018
The revelation came after Portugal’s match versus Iran ended in a 1-1 draw, putting the team in Group B, or the top half of the draw for the knockout stage.
If Mexico, which is currently at the top of Group F, wins that group, they’ll be in the bottom of the draw, meaning the team won’t square off against Portugal until the final.
There’s still a chance that the two teams won’t meet, but if they do, it could be yet another prediction for The Simpsons’ creative team.
Halfback passes to center, back to wing, back to center, center holds it… Holds it… Holds it… pic.twitter.com/NFhagk39Mz
— Dan (@DanC_97) June 26, 2018
Why not? Just as reliable as a predictive octopus, I'd say. https://t.co/8qiXyC79QV
— footballportugal (@footballport) June 26, 2018
There does seem to be dissension on Twitter, however, as many users are pointing out that Mexico and Portugal won’t meet up in the finals, but rather the semi-finals. To clear up the confusion, a breakdown of the World Cup Final has been passed around, showing how the two teams can meet for the final match.
The Simpsons prediction obviously wasn’t for this World Cup. Mexico and Portugal can only meet in the semifinals.
— Denice (@Denicelive_) June 27, 2018
I believe in Simpsons pic.twitter.com/FqwLSUDEm3
— itsZTrading (@itsZTrading) June 26, 2018
That may be good news for some, as Twitter users like Anthony Villalobos (@anthony_cripp) have made some pretty bold statements that, per the unspoken rules of the internet, they’d have to follow through on.
If the simpsons predict the World Cup final, I’ll go bald no questions asked. pic.twitter.com/CrxP9Ko0HI
— anthony villalobos (@anthony_cripp) June 21, 2018
I have Mexico vs Portugal in the World Cup Finals. According to the Simpsons
If it’s true I shave my head pic.twitter.com/0q2rlBq8Lk
— Osvaldo (@valdoxo) June 21, 2018
Since Simpsons predicted the World Cup final Portugal Vs Mexico I’ll PayPal everyone who retweets this 5$
— Roge (@Rogesilvaa) June 27, 2018
This wouldn’t be the first time the two teams squared off against one another in a group stage. In the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Portugal took the win over Mexico in the third place play-off match in Moscow.