Apr 10

Pop World Cup 2010: Group E – Cameroon 1 Netherlands 0

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With Ian F’s Netherlands already safely through as group winners this is little more than a run out to keep their eye in, maybe let some of the fringe players have a go. It means a lot more for Weston’s Cameroon who can confirm their place in the last 16 with a victory here, and cement his reputation.

(There appears to be some sort of dog on the pitch in the other match in this group, hopefully this won’t delay the start by too much, we’ll bring you full coverage as soon as it kicks off…)

Voting on this poll closes at midnight on Sunday 18th April

CAMEROON Francis Bebey – “Tumu Pakara The Manager Says “I got lost today. I was walking out in Sutton Coldfield, far out, somewhere around Little Aston. I passed a church. I passed a tennis club. I passed a golf course. It took some time before I realised I was lost. It seemed to me that the appealing thing about this place was its stillness, perhaps its blankness. I was trying to get back to the main road. I was on a street. It was the middle of the day. In some of the houses I could see television sets playing music videos, cartoons. There were no cars visible and no people. That is to say, in the drives of a few houses there were stationary, empty cars, but none drove past me in either direction. Distantly, I could hear the barking of a dog in some distress. I came across another tennis club. The courts were surrounded by high wooden fences. I could not see in, but I could hear a tennis ball being batted gently back and forth and the scrape of feet on gravel. I moved along the fence to roughly where the sounds were coming from. Excuse me, I shouted. Excuse me. I heard the ball hit racquet strings awkwardly and bounce and dribble to a halt. Then I could hear nothing. Or rather, I thought I could hear the sound of people trying to be still – a nothing sound punctuated by occasional ambient noise: a scrape, a dull thud. Excuse me, I shouted again, I’m sorry to disturb your game, but I’m afraid I’m lost, could you help me get back to the main road? I waited for a reply, but nothing came. I thought I could discern the sound of someone trying to control their breathing. Please, I shouted again, I’ve been searching for the main road for over an hour, could you just point me in the right direction? Again, I waited and again there was nothing. I banged on the wooden fence in frustration. I strode around the perimeter of the tennis club, seeking an entrance. But the wooden gate was bolted from the inside and too high to climb. Crestfallen, I walked away. Halfway down the road I thought I could hear the sounds of the tennis game restarting. I considered going back, but I managed to control my frustration and continued on. It took me a further hour and a half to get back to the main road.”

NETHERLANDS The Black Atlantic – “Heirloom” The Manager Says “Through a combination of superlative skill and outrageous good fortune, we’ve reached the position of being certainties to top group E with a game to spare. At this point we are, you could say, playing for ourselves. And if anyone votes for us, it’s a bonus.”

Group E Match 6: Which of these tracks do you prefer?

  • Cameroon - Francis Bebey 62%
  • Netherlands - The Black Atlantic 38%

Total Voters: 47

Poll closes: 18 Apr 2010 @ 23:55

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Commentary Box Analysis An intriguing tie here, both managers choosing to step away from the thud and blunder that has characterised a number of ties in this third group round. The Cameroon track, marvellously, seems to evoke getting lost in Sutton Coldfield almost perfectly, as they attempt to hypnotise the Dutch side into scoring a series of improbable own goals. The Netherlands track itself is a contemplative number, I wouldn’t go as far as saying that the second stringers have gone into a sulk about not making the first team, but we’ve seen this sort of behaviour by Dutch teams of the past…

Coming Next In group F, with New Zealand already through, Italy have to marmalise (technical term) Slovakia to stand a chance of getting into the last 16, but Paraguay can’t afford to hope goal difference is enough to see them through…


  1. 1
    CarsmileSteve on 12 Apr 2010 #

    this CAM track is really really good, but thumbs up to both managers for trying something a bit different.

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    Pete on 12 Apr 2010 #

    Yes, good game this and even though I don’t really like what The Black Atlantic are doing, I know plenty of people who would sup it up! But the Cameroon track is excellent and I hope they get the points here as they have played pretty well – which would sew the group up.

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    lonepilgrim on 12 Apr 2010 #

    The Netherlands seem to be performing in slow-motion – more focused on the beautiful game than scoring. Cameroon adopt a relentless pace that allows them to weave past the Dutch defence at will yet their hypnotic style may mean that the match officials and crowd will not register that they have put the ball in the net.

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    Matt DC on 12 Apr 2010 #

    Intriguing team selection from Cameroon – I think they’ve had the luxury of being able to be a bit more adventurous given that Holland are through whatever happens. This artist was sampled by Gang Gang Dance a couple of years ago and this entry is pretty good. The Netherlands sound a little too relaxed for my liking, not that it makes much difference to them.

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    FC Ljubljana but logged out innit on 12 Apr 2010 #

    Blimey the Cameroon striker appears to have co-opted some of the Italian tactics!

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    Birdseed on 12 Apr 2010 #

    I’m all set to vote for the Built to spill-style itera-rock here, but can someone please explain the connection to Paul Gilroy?

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    Alberto on 12 Apr 2010 #

    Hmm, can’t really get behind either of these tracks. The Dutch, with top spot in the group secured, are clearly coasting and the Cameroonians play with the same madness that has taken over their manager’s press conferences. I guess that does make them a bit more entertaining and a bit more likely to come up with the win, but I predict a draw.

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    koganbot on 13 Apr 2010 #

    The Dutch collapse the distinction between “hypnotist” and “hypnotized,” allowing a dreamy Cameroonian side to score three or four goals and then, time barely half over, to gently lie down next to a prone Netherlands and take a well-deserved nap.

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    Lex on 14 Apr 2010 #

    Yeah, kudos for “interesting” selections; I’m going with CMR as being genuinely quite odd as opposed to just a bit ethereal. And yeah, what is the Paul Gilroy connection?

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    Erithian on 14 Apr 2010 #

    Gosh, not wishing to reinforce stereotypes but it sounds like the Dutch popped into a “coffee shop” on the way to the stadium. The post-match random tests could be interesting. As for Cameroon, spot on about the hypnotic bit – I’m reminded of a tribal initiation rite, where once you come out of the trance you might want to check everything’s still in place. Points to Cameroon for sounding weird and wonderful rather than just stoned.

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    Tom Lawrence on 15 Apr 2010 #

    Cmaeroon really are something else here, initially the bouncy insistent back four was pleasingly jaunty, but once the striker works up to his full menace they seem inevitable and terrifying.

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    Cristina on 15 Apr 2010 #

    One track is too chaotic and the other just too sad for my taste. I am going to listen to both again and simply follow my gut.

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    Jonathan Bogart on 16 Apr 2010 #


    One bar into the Netherlands track I voted for Cameroon. It’s not that it’s bad, exactly, but I don’t listen to the American Fray so why would I listen to the Dutch one.

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    >T on 16 Apr 2010 #

    The raspy shouts from the Cameroon squad are frightening at first. This could hand them an easy early goal. Relistening the track gives some more comfort, and I think the solid Dutch won’t be caught off guard anymore, but the score stands: 1-0.
    …I’m just this sucker for percussion-beats.

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    jeff w registered on 18 Apr 2010 #

    Easy win for Cameroon here, although I’m judging solely by the clips on the radio show. Primal, percussive and yet spacey all at once. Will def download this later.

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    Steve Mannion on 19 Apr 2010 #

    Yes congratulations to the illustrious Cameroon who finally get the win to leave the Japanese aghast and seal their place in the second round. Be seeing you (poplord willin’)…

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