Jun 10

Pop World Cup 2010: Nigeria Crowned Champions!

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Nigeria 3 Germany 1

The Pop City Stadium in Johannesburg is awash in white and green tickertape; the team jog around the perimeter bearing manager Matt DC aloft upon their shoulders; a continent rejoices as for the first time an African nation has won the Pop World Cup. The Germans sit in the centre circle, head in hands: boss Andrew Hickey has taken them far and can be rightly proud, but his side simply couldn’t overcome a Nigerian outfit brimming with confidence. Some said hubris, but on the night this side had destiny in their DJ booth. A late consolation goal for Germany restores some pride, but this is Nigeria’s night.

Click through for a review of the team’s winning campaign and an exclusive lap of honour track from the side your votes have nominated Pop Champions 2010.

Argentina 2 Nigeria 2

A tense start for Nigeria in perhaps the strongest group – D’Banj’s “Olorun Maje” introduces us to the upbeat modern formations Matt DC prefers, but they can’t find a way past an innovative Argentinian side.

Greece 1 Nigeria 2

The Greeks deploy a strong ballad formation but Kefee ft Timaya’s “Kokoroko” overwhelm them – modern African R&B at its best.

Nigeria 3 South Korea 2

The Super Eagles top Group B in a high-octane clash with South Korea – Bouqui’s “Take You Away” perhaps their catchiest track of the tournament.

Nigeria 3 France 2

Another exhausting performance required to get past an impressive France side in the Round of 16 – JJC’s defiant “We Are Africans” saw Nigeria tap their continent-wide support.

Nigeria 2 Ghana 0

The first of two all-African matches saw Nigeria take on then form team Ghana in the quarter finals. An unexpected selection from Matt DC – Nigerian funky house from Dr Sid’s “Something About You” – proved a tactical masterstroke.

Nigeria 2 Cameroon 0

With the final in their sights, Nigeria played Sasha ft Dama Do Bling’s “Put It Down”, a meeting of two queens of African rap which gave DC the edge in a thrilling tactical battle with Weston Debevec’s Cameroon.

Nigeria 3 Germany 1

And finally, today’s encounter with Germany, and the triumphant General Pype with “Champion”. A prophetic choice, as it turned out. Congratulations Matt and congratulations Nigerian pop.

But it’s not over yet!

Matt is mindful of the need to keep the party going for the ecstatic crowds at home. So as a special bonus, and by way of a lap of honour, he has sent out a final team for an exhibition display of the kind of pop football which has won Nigeria the cup. This is the appropriately named “This Kind Party” by Egnyte.

And that is that for another four years. Thanks to all the managers, all the musicians and all the readers and voters for making it yet another amazing feast of pop football. We’ve had joy and we’ve had heartbreak; we’ve had hits and we’ve had clunkers. We’ve had fun.


  1. 1
    Andrew Hickey on 15 Jun 2010 #

    We wuz robbed. I’m gutted. Sick as a parrot, Brian. etc.
    But congratulations to Nigeria. They did deserve it.

  2. 2
    Matt DC on 15 Jun 2010 #

    CHAMPIONES! A glorious night for Nigerian pop football and, in a tournament dominated by African teams, African pop football in general. The celebrations will go on well into the night and every single person who turned out for their country thoroughly deserves it. Props as well to a German manager who never picked the easy option and saw unpredictability fire him all the way to the final. We’re off to run around spraying champagne into the crowd, see you in 2014.

  3. 3
    Pete on 15 Jun 2010 #

    Well done Matt, well done Nigeria. I tipped you for the top at the start and was never let down by your awesome team selection. I certainly have had my issue with FIPFA this World Cup, but no-one could begrudge Nigeria this victory and the joy and sportsmanlike nature they bought to the tourney.

  4. 4
    Steve Mannion on 15 Jun 2010 #

    Hurrah! The trophy presentation will occur…soon.

  5. 5
    Pete on 15 Jun 2010 #

    And a beautiful trophy it is too:

  6. 6
    Steve Mannion on 15 Jun 2010 #

    Ooh good work. But why do they call it a Cup etc.

    Sadly the real thing is not quite as opulent.

  7. 7
    Matt DC on 15 Jun 2010 #

    I am so proud.

  8. 8
    jeff w on 15 Jun 2010 #

    Congrats to Nigeria.

    But a big hurrah to all the managers: a feast of world series pop soccerball indeed it was. I assume the downloads will remain available for the foreseeable? There’s still a load of tracks from the knockout stages I’ve yet to download.

  9. 9
    Weston Debevec on 15 Jun 2010 #

    Well played Matt. A worthy winner.

    Cameroon will be looking north over the next four years to find Nigeria’s achilles heel. Unfortunately I’ve been sacked as coach, so I won’t be there to help them through.

    Currently desperately digging for some Moldovan afrobeat, as they’ve hired me for the upcoming European qualifiers.

  10. 10

    Well done Matt! And thanks to Tom, Tim and Carsmile for their efforts throughout :)

  11. 11
    Steve Mannion on 16 Jun 2010 #

    A few stats on this Pop World Cup: http://freakytrigger.co.uk/popworldcup/stats.html

  12. 12
    jeff w on 17 Jun 2010 #

    Nigeria still celebrating so hard they forgot to turn up for the football?

  13. 13
    Tom on 17 Jun 2010 #

    That wasn’t a foul, it was a misplaced General Pype dance move :(

  14. 14
    Steve Mannion on 17 Jun 2010 #

    I feel we should determine a team (tracks) of the tournament but how best to do this?

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    Birdseed on 23 Jun 2010 #

    I’m happy that FT managed to come to the same conclusion that african pop fans have done over the past few years – Nigeria really does do the best straight-up pop in the world. It’s hard to see who on current form could beat them at that particular game.

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