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People hope 'The Simpsons' accurately predicted a Mexico and Portugal World Cup final

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Fans of The Simpsons will never forget its classic parody of soccer.

From 1997, the episode "The Cartridge Family" poked fun at the sport with its meaningless but exotic player names ("Ariaga! Ariaga II! Bariaga!") and the impatience Americans had for the sport.

In that fictional match (which ended in a riot), Mexico and Portugal battled it out to "determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on earth."

For followers of the sport, the inclusion of the two countries was a bit of a joke in itself at the time. When the Season 9 episode aired, Portugal's team was on the slide, ranking 30th in the world. Mexico, however, managed to reach a much more respectable 5th.

This year's World Cup has seen both teams be much more dominant, and fans are hoping for a final between the two countries. Just like The Simpsons predicted.

For followers of the sport, the inclusion of the two countries was a bit of a joke in itself at the time. When the Season 9 episode aired, Portugal's team was on the slide, ranking 30th in the world. Mexico, however, managed to reach a much more respectable 5th.

This year's World Cup has seen both teams be much more dominant, and fans are hoping for a final between the two countries. Just like The Simpsons predicted.

Source: mashable