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Pop World Cup 2010: Group F – Slovakia 0 Paraguay 3

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This match could be transformative for one of these teams. Slovakia emerged from their first game with nothing, after hoping to win, while Paraguay were utterly befuddled by Italy’s revolutionary tactics in a 0-0 draw which attracted massive press coverage. The question really is who will deal best with the pressure?

Voting on this match finishes at midnight on the 31st March.

SLOVAKIA: Martina Schindlerova – “Mozes Ist’” The Manager Says “So, one more game for the minnows!!…just another backward bunch of ‘Eastern’…dragged along so that the rest of the pop fraternity can feel good about themselves!…the world united in pop music…

Until they kick us out first round, right? Oh thanks! Many Thanks! I’m raging! I’m fuming! Two sendings off!…and for what, elbows? This ‘world cup’ is no better than third division in a muddy Žilina, do you take us for bloody fools?!?!?

Its not out fault! We were puppets of the Austrians…Berg, Webern, Schoenberg and their No tunes nonsense…then BARTOK!…using our melodies…in 1916…its so degrading!!….haha they thought they had us haha but FRANK ZAPPA played ‘titties and beer’ for the 1000th time! LIBERATION, A hammer blow on the berlin wall!…EUROVISION is the future!!!

We will not be stopped!

PARAGUAY: Los Verduleros – “Contigo” The Manager Says “Ditching the previous Eurovision metal approach, this time we’re feeling the summer approaching with a slice of Los Verduleros, a band who named themselves after the 1985 Spanish remake of Police Academy. Beginning almost like Uncle John From Jamaica, the light tin drums will transport you straight to the heart of America… perhaps.”

Commentary Box Analysis: Something strange is going on in Group F, and it might be the pressure of the popcup’s hothouse environment. Slovakia’s manager gives an angrily defiant, barely coherent press conference and then plays the exact team who failed to qualify from their domestic leagues to compete in UEFAvision this year, but deployed in a prettily acoustic formation. Meanwhile Paraguay’s coach seems decidedly glum about their prospects, and plays a team which is at least respectable and maybe better, in the pop-reggae style which has been successful elsewhere. Listen out for a couple of very notable six-string incursions from the wing – will they be effective?

Group F Match 3: Which track did you prefer?

  • PARAGUAY: Los Verduleros – “Contigo” 84%
  • SLOVAKIA: Martina Schindlerova – “Mozes Ist'” 16%

Total Voters: 38

Poll closes: 31 Mar 2010 @ 23:59

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Result! Group D: Ghana 4 Australia 3: Managers are often punished in the Pop World Cup for deploying beloved stars of previous generations, and the chatter was all about the Aussie approach. Even so, the tactic very nearly worked out for the Pop-eroos against a much-fancied Ghana slightly off their springy best on this showing. It so nearly worked, in what turned out to be a high-scoring game. Into injury time at 3-3, the press were writing up a draw with honour intact all around, when Ghana scored with the last kick of the game. “Australia, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?” “I thought this particular striker was serving a life ban after his horror tackle on Kylie several seasons ago..” “Australia edge this due to rugged defensive brass section – not pretty but effective – and some deft runs from the late, highly original guitarist Rowland S Howard.” “Ghana’s agile playing is a joy to behold and a stark contrast to the cynical and ineffective aggression of the Australians.

Coming Next More Group F business as dark horses New Zealand take on Italy, fresh from *that* match in the last round. there’s no knowing what will happen.

Comments

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    Birdseed on 25 Mar 2010 #

    Finally the Cumbia! I thought it’d be Argentina bringing the goods, but this is fairly sweet, and it even brings in a brief dembow and crunk chants to befuddle things futher. The idea of the summer-vibe track takes on a different connotation entirely when it’s not danes or belgians doing it, especially with subtle, well-constructed elements like this.

    Slovakia… yeah, I tried the bare-voice-with-guitar tactic earlier this round. It didn’t work. And, well, it also mercilessly exposes the singer’s qualities, which in this case, uh…

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    lonepilgrim on 25 Mar 2010 #

    Team selection suggest a lack of depth in both squads and the standard of play is bordering on amateurish. Slovakia’s demeanour suggest they think the game is lost before it’s begun and their striker seems to be carrying an injury. Paraguay are more upbeat and are willing to try anything – including other sports – confusing both players and spectators. It’s not a compelling spectacle and it’s hard to imagine either team progressing much further.

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    Tom on 25 Mar 2010 #

    The Paraguay team goes into a post-match huddle before the game is even over, which would be an opportunity for the Slovakians to simply pass the ball into the goal, except by that point they’re sitting on the turf disconsolately rubbing a dicky ankle.

    I rather like both these songs, I have to say – tickets were available for a snip but it’s proved an entertaining spectacle. Very sudden ending on the Slovakia track, I think the Paraguay one sustains itself better.

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    Matt DC on 25 Mar 2010 #

    A lesson in the advantages of playing to your strengths if you’re one of the less fancied sides in the tournament. The Paraguayans feel like they’re playing their natural game and although it won’t go down as a classic, there’s some nice interplay from the guitarist who whips in the ball for the striker to slot it away from close range.

    The Slovakian manager appears to be having some kind of Rafa Benitez style meltdown and the team selection could be his as well. This is a limited Eurovision style diva played hopelessly out of position in an unfamiliar formation which only exposes her limitations. It’s not a classic by any means, but I don’t have many doubts over which way this game is heading – Paraguay win.

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    Lex on 25 Mar 2010 #

    Am liking the PAR track a lot. Really strong melody to back up the almost casual ease with which they capture the mood of a summer evening drinking oddly strong local drinks in a strange bar.

    SVK’s singer is well ropey – though far, it has to be said, from the worst singer we’ve encountered in this competition.

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    koganbot on 28 Mar 2010 #

    Entertaining game, not necessarily the most skillful, both sides knowing what they want to do but neither having the staying power to do it consistently. Paraguay uses its Colombian formation for a lot of playfulness, though falls too often into a rock en español semi-Jamaican trudge; Slovakia puts a rough striker in a smooth setting and tries to work this for unexpected beauty. I’ll give the Slovaks a slight edge, the unexpected producing a goal or two.

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    jeff w on 31 Mar 2010 #

    I’m wandering into this game late, and the small crowd don’t seem too enthused. A much more traditional formation from Paraguay here after the nails-on-a-blackboard tactics of their first game. I’m kinda disappointed actually, but it’s a solid display.

    I don’t mind the Slovak vocalist at all – not the worst we’ve heard in the tournament by any means. The song is OK but the melody isn’t sticking yet; contrast with the Chile song from round 1, which is now stuck in my head. Mind you, everyone seemed to hate that, which doesn’t bode well for Slovakia.

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    Tom on 31 Mar 2010 #

    This one ends tonight and has had sod all voters comparatively – get your votes in!

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    Tim on 1 Apr 2010 #

    Congratulations to Paraguay on a convincing victory.

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