Mar 10

Pop World Cup 2010: Group E – Cameroon 1 Denmark 1

FT/22 comments • 822 views

A must-win match for Denmark here, although given the popularity of all of the African teams so far, they may be facing an uphill battle against a Cameroon side looking to enhance their chances of getting through to the later stages.

Voting on this match finishes at midnight on the 29th March.

CAMEROON: Ntoumba – “Sexy Makero” The Manager Says “On the south facing wall I have a lot of photographs of horses that I have cut out of library books. The whole wall is covered in these horses. The books I borrowed from the libraries in Sutton Coldfield over a period of several months. Not all of them were specifically to do with horses, though I rinsed the horse section early on. Mostly they just happened to have pictures of horses in them, for example a child’s book about a man who rides a horse. Recently, having registered a new library card under a pseudonym (remarkably simple given the frankly antiquated system), I have been going to Mere Green library and complaining to the staff there about their corrupted and inadequate stock. Look, you chiefs, I say to them, all I wanted was a book with a photograph of a horse in it. That’s all I wanted. This book, I say, appears to have had photographs of horses in it, but they have all been removed. What do you have to say about that? These charlatan librarians, these philistines, have so little of value to say that I won’t even waste time typing it out. Then I go home and look at all my photographs of horses and I have a bloody good laugh about it.

DENMARK The Raveonettes – “Breaking Into Cars” The Manager Says “After the trouncing we received in our opening fixture at the hands of Holland I have decided to change the entire starting 11. Much like the Little Mermaid which can be seen in our capital Copenhagen, football is a game of two halves and in our squad we have two styles. Last time we certainly embodied the fish half of this tenuous metaphor; flapping around on dry land. This time our play is smart and beautiful like the maid, and this will see us through to victory.”

Group E Match 4: Which track did you prefer?

  • DENMARK - The Raveonettes 58%
  • CAMEROON - Ntoumba 42%

Total Voters: 52

Poll closes: 29 Mar 2010 @ 23:48

Loading ... Loading ...

Commentary Box Analysis Cameroon definitely playing for the full 90 minutes here, with a monster 6 minute track, they’ll be hopeful the good results for African teams continue here. Denmark have an interesting selection, last seen in the indie europa cup, will be interesting to see how the crowd take to it.

Result! Group C: England 2 Algeria 1: So-called “Groups of death” often seem to produce a series of cagey, unexciting matches, but not so this time. Algeria took the field brimming with confidence after their opening game victory but England tore into them with a sustained and high-tempo attack. It seemed all set for a 1-1 draw until a late goal for England won the game. Group C is now poised on a knife-edge. “This time the England manager has wisely left the grizzled veterans on the bench and encouraged the youngsters to spice things up with some tricky (sub)-continental moves.” “Massively cheered by the England comeback, but the Algerians might have the edge here. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a high-scoring draw.” “It looks as if group C is the GROUP OF BOSH :)” “I think the bhangra edges it, and its’ a clever formation we are unlikely to see from anyone else.” ”Algeria’s exciting play throughout and goalmouth bombardment around the halfway mark knocks the stuffing out of a youthful but somnambulant England side” “I like both tracks well enough, but I’m not sure the ALG one quite bears up under repeat listens whereas you’ve got to give ENG credit for their impressive turnaround in form.”

Coming Next Moving into group F we have Slovenia vs Paraguay, not one of the most highly anticipated ties, but there have been a lot of surprises so far, so who knows what the managers will have up their sleeves.


  1. 1
    Tim on 23 Mar 2010 #

    I have to say it – well done to the Raveonettes for bringing the Camden to CAM-DEN. This seems a strong tie on first listen, it’ll take some time for me to work out a favourite. I wonder whether CAM are banking on winning in an extra time which may never arrive?

  2. 2
    weej on 23 Mar 2010 #

    The Cameroon track is very catchy but seems to go on for months. Isn’t there a 7″ mix out there somewhere.
    Denmark just seem ok on first listen, but I suspect it may be a grower.
    So I’ll be waiting a few days to vote too.

  3. 3
    Alberto on 23 Mar 2010 #

    Can’t listen to the tracks here at work, but very tempted to vote for Cameroon on the strength of their coach’s fabulous press conference.

  4. 4
    admin on 23 Mar 2010 #

    is the cameroon manager ok?

  5. 5
    CarsmileSteve on 23 Mar 2010 #

    dudes, we just cut and paste what we get sent ;)

  6. 6
    Matt DC on 23 Mar 2010 #

    I think the Cameroon manager is also bringing the Cantona to CAM-DEN.

  7. 7
    koganbot on 23 Mar 2010 #

    The Cameroonians have long professed admiration for “the Meltzerian ready-made press conference,” though not all of us pundits are clear as to what that means. On the playing field they are masterful and inventive; a lot going on. But mastery to what purpose, one might ask. Might they be a horse or two short of a full team, so to speak? While they’re being all nimble, the Danes kick a goal right through the goalie’s legs. Surprised me, too. In previous views of this eleven I’d found scoring to be their weak note: they’d seemed good in drawing up the plays, but the execution was always sabotaged by the striker’s diffidence. But diffidence here has transformed itself into a ghostliness that drifts the ball right by the busy defenders. The Danish eleven do subsequently revert to regular old paleness, but sudden flashes of the supernatural produce yet another goal, and by the half the score is two nil. The match is far from over, however, the Cameroonians possibly having more to them than is immediately apparent.

    (By the way, I think Denmark’s previous eleven performed quite well, just had the misfortune to run into a superior effort by the Dutch.)

  8. 8
    lonepilgrim on 23 Mar 2010 #

    the energy and positive attitude of the CAM team are engaging but their fancy footwork is in danger of being undone by the more straightforward approach of the DEN team. There’s and economy and sense of purpose to the Danes which should see them steal this match.

  9. 9
    Matt DC on 23 Mar 2010 #

    What some pundits may view as directness and economy from the Danes, others may view as a lack of inspiration and imagination. Denmark seem to be running in straight lines up and down the pitch, whereas Cameroon continually switch up and wrongfoot their opponents. That said, for all skill it takes Cameroon a while to score, but once they do, they’re playing “OLE!” football and the Danes just can’t get back into it.

  10. 10
    Tom on 25 Mar 2010 #

    I agree with Matt to some extent. Great first half from the Danes, but there’s not a lot of flexibility in this formation and their three minutes feels longer than Cameroon’s six.

  11. 11
    weston debevec on 25 Mar 2010 #

    Just as John Calvin said of the Catholic Church, all I’m seeing here is a DEN of thieves and hypocrites.

    Yes we CAM.

  12. 12
    Lex on 25 Mar 2010 #

    I like the Raveonettes! This is off their new album, right? Must hear that at some point, especially if there’s anything as good as “Aly Walk With Me” or “Attack Of The Ghost Riders” on it. Voting DEN.

    The CMR track is fine but the African managers will have to be careful of diminishing returns given the relative homogeneity of output; it seems every second track is loose-limbed and laidback and ~positive vibes~ in pretty much the same way. Stand out more!

  13. 13
    jeff w on 28 Mar 2010 #

    Sort of agree with the Lex here. And when Cameroon do attempt to stand out, it’s with that wasp-y synth, always a risky play in my book. I like the vocalist however. The Danes are OK too, but musically at least this is the most conventionally ‘western’ song of the tournament so far.

    This looks to be heading for a low scoring draw from where I’m sitting. And that would be a fair result.

  14. 14
    logged out Tracer Hand on 29 Mar 2010 #

    If two doors were open on my street, one with “Breaking Into Cars” spilling out of it and one with “Sexy Makero”, there would be no doubt in my mind as to which was the better party. Raveonettes just sound too safe here to me. There’s something perverse about taking Nuggets garage-rock and refining it like this – and normally I like perversion – but it starts to sound like the Cardigans.

  15. 15
    logged out Tracer Hand on 29 Mar 2010 #

    It’s interesting what Lex says about African tracks possibly needing to “stand out more” – I wonder if standing out in this sense is part of the agenda that Western Europeans bring to the table – and in Africa, not so much?

  16. 16
    Tim on 29 Mar 2010 #

    Voting on this one ends at midnight tonight! Vote!

  17. 17
    Tim on 30 Mar 2010 #

    It’s a draw. A look at the poll might suggest that DEN made the necessary 58% but the maths say they achieved 57.69%. Draw. Just.

    The race for second place in this group remains wide open.

  18. 18
    Rob Hakimian on 30 Mar 2010 #

    Gah! Robbed! This is the second game Cameroon have scraped a contentious draw, if I were competitive I’d call some kind of conspiracy! …What? You’re fining me? What!? You’re giving me a touchline ban!? I’M NOT GOING QUIETLY!!

  19. 19
    Matt DC on 30 Mar 2010 #

    I object to the managers of the big European teams telling the African nations how to play. The French would do well to keep their tendency towards postcolonial meddling out of the PWC.

  20. 20
    Matt DC on 30 Mar 2010 #

    I also suggest that the French manager might want to take a good look at his own position relative to the African team in his group before making any such judgements.

  21. 21
    Tom on 30 Mar 2010 #

    STATTO TOM SAYS: It’s on a knife-edge now Brian. Holland are through and top the group with 6 points, but Cameroon (2 points) need a win against them to be sure of qualifying. A third draw would do it if Denmark-Japan finishes a draw too. The winner of that game will qualify if Cameroon fail to win. If Cameroon lose and Denmark and Japan draw, it’ll go down to percentages and with two very narrow draws Cam would certainly finish bottom of the group.

  22. 22
    Steve Mannion on 30 Mar 2010 #

    Whatever the outcome, the Cameroon manager has enlivened proceedings with his pre-match press conference parables.

Add your comment

(Register to guarantee your comments don't get marked as spam.)


Required (Your email address will not be published)

Top of page