Nov 09

The Pop World Cup 2010: Call For Players

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sad swedish fans
Pop giant Sweden failed to make the final 32.

We’re looking for people who want to manage a team in next year’s Pop World Cup.

If you don’t know the concept of the Pop World Cup, it’s simple. Tracks from participating countries go head to head in a tournament to decide which country is the champion of pop. As a manager, your job is to select tracks – between 3 and 7, depending how far your team gets – for the country you manage.

The game will start towards the end of January 2010, and you’ll know who you’re managing on December 5th, so you’ll have plenty of time to find songs. That really is all you need to know!

If you want to take part, leave your name (and some kind of contact – Twitter name, email, whatever) in the comments box. This time we’re going to give you some degree of choice as to which team you get. So please either put the word RANDOM next to your name, indicating that you’ll take whatever country you’re given, or pick FOUR countries you wouldn’t mind managing. (Country selection after the cut)

The countries taking part in the Pop World Cup are the same as those taking part in the football world cup. So if you don’t want a random choice you can pick from:

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Cote D’Ivoire, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Holland, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Korea, Paraguay, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay

The draw (matching countries with managers) will take place at the start of Poptimism on the 4th December. We’ll allocate teams to the managers who’ve taken the random option first, then draw teams for people who named preferred countries.

That’s enough detail. This will be awesome and it is very fun to do (if sometimes heartbreaking and nerve-wracking).


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  1. 31
    CarsmileSteve on 19 Nov 2009 #

    hehe, we are also contemplating some sort of EATING thing, rather than cooking ;)

  2. 32
    Tom on 19 Nov 2009 #

    Wichita Lineman has emailed me to sign up – he wants Denmark, Argentina, NZ or China (good luck with the latter since they’ve not qualified ;))

  3. 33
    Greg on 19 Nov 2009 #

    I’ll play if you need 32! If not I will follow along and mourn my Czechs at home…

  4. 34
    Talia on 19 Nov 2009 #

    Hello! Random!

  5. 35
    Matt DC on 19 Nov 2009 #

    I think the magic of Twitter could vastly increase audience participation this year.

  6. 36
    Greg on 19 Nov 2009 #

    (um translation: please pass me up in favour of New Blood and Getting Work Done unless orgafun forces yr hand, in which case australia/serbia/denmark/greece plz)

  7. 37
    weston debevec on 19 Nov 2009 #

    i could do this if there is any space left

    a RANDOM nation for me

  8. 38
    Andrew Hickey on 19 Nov 2009 #

    I’m in if there are any left. Random.

  9. 39
    Tom on 19 Nov 2009 #

    Speaking of Twitter, we’re at @popworldcup – which will be livetweeting the draw.

  10. 40
    Bec on 19 Nov 2009 #

    me please – random!

  11. 41
    xyzzzz__ on 19 Nov 2009 #

    random if there are places available.

  12. 42
    Steve Mannion on 19 Nov 2009 #

    I make xyzzzz the 32nd challenger to emerge!

  13. 43
    tonya on 19 Nov 2009 #

    First alternate? I’m a good Googler.

  14. 44
    Steve Mannion on 19 Nov 2009 #

    recounted – tonya is 32nd (uh, someone double check please…)

  15. 45
    Tom on 19 Nov 2009 #

    Unfortunately not – two people who volunteered in the previous thread have places reserved (Martin S has already said yes) But! Both previous times we’ve done this there’s been at least one drop-out so I would be surprised if there weren’t a need for alternates. (It’s also possible that some people will quit because they can’t find anything bearable from that country I guess!)

    The line-up is:


    Rob Hakimian
    Matt DC
    Tom (not me)
    Steve Mannion
    Lord Sukrat
    Jim D
    Chris Ambrose
    Dasal Abayaratne
    Jonathan Bogart
    Wichita Lineman
    Weston Debevec
    Andrew Hickey
    Martin S
    Jel (if he wants to)


    Sarah C.

    If you do want to be listed as an alternate please do still say! I’ll put you in ahead of at least me :)

  16. 46
    Garry on 19 Nov 2009 #

    I’d like to be an alternative if required.

  17. 47
    Tom on 20 Nov 2009 #

    Cool – I’ll put you in.

  18. 48
    swanstep on 20 Nov 2009 #

    Suggestion: Any country (except Argentina) that plays France may, if they wish, play for Ireland in that round, i.e., draw on Ireland’s catalog. ;)

  19. 49
    Tom on 20 Nov 2009 #

    Not wishing to add insult to the rightly aggrieved Irish injury, but this would put said countries at a severe disadvantage!

  20. 50
    Dave on 20 Nov 2009 #

    I’m in in whatever capacity is still available (alternate or whatever else) and would have a RANDOM preference.

  21. 51
    Martin Skidmore on 20 Nov 2009 #

    My country preferences:
    South Africa
    But I don’t mind a random choice.

  22. 52
    jel on 21 Nov 2009 #

    ME, please!


    The metal from the last 3 is probably unbelievable!

  23. 53
    Tom on 4 Dec 2009 #

    The draw for this is tonight tonight tonight (after the real draw)!

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