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Manage A Team In The Pop World Cup 2014!

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fulecoSo here we are. The 32 qualifiers for the football World Cup have been decided, which means it’s time, once again, to get ready for the POP WORLD CUP.

The point of this post is very simple. If you want to be a manager in the Pop World Cup, put your name in the comments and pick a specific team (first come first served) or choose a random one.

More clarification? But of course!

What is the Pop World Cup? It’s a music competition involving the 32 countries in the “real” World Cup vying to see who is the best at pop music. It will take place in Spring next year, before the football World Cup starts.

What does being a manager involve? It involves taking on one of the countries and finding pop music from it. Your tracks are pitted against tracks from other nations, and people vote on which they like best. Just as in the football World Cup, the idea is to progress to the final (and win it).

What are the 32 qualifying nations I can pick from? Ones in italics are taken: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland. If you took part in the Pop World Cup in 2006 or 2010, please don’t pick a country you previously managed!

Are there any new rules? YES. We’ve had a look at what worked and what didn’t, and tried to make it more manager- and listener-friendly this time. So:

1. We’re shortening the “Group Stage” so it doesn’t drag on, and we’re simplifying the scoring.
2. It’ll be easier to vote and comment via Facebook, Twitter etc.
3. YouTube links are fine – you don’t need to find MP3s.
4. Only 2010s tracks will be eligible – so this will represent current music.

This will mean less hassle and more fun for managers and listeners alike (I hope!).

Over to you – if you want to join in, put your name in the comments, either with a country, or asking for a random draw. We’ll put up the final managers’ list on Freaky Trigger once we’ve got enough people, and allot the random countries.

And we can finally get rid of that bloody lion mascot in the site header.

Comments

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  1. 26
    Chris on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Can you throw me into the draw?

  2. 27
    Kat but logged out innit on 22 Nov 2013 #

    IN. Random fine but will happily take something Balkan.

  3. 28
    Tom on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Lurkers are very welcome! Thanks everyone for your interest, I definitely don’t remember places going this quickly in 06 or 10.

    There are 6 spaces left, though I’m going to reserve one for defending champion and former Nigeria boss Matt DC as it seems only fair. So 5 left, and we usually have a couple of no-shows or mid-tournament drop-outs.

    (I won’t be playing, unless we really do get stuck at 31 – I think the smooth running of the tournament will be easier if I don’t have a hat in the ring.)

  4. 29
    Tom Ewing (@tomewing) on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Once again I’m running the POP WORLD CUP http://t.co/QLpwmF4suu – 5 places left if you want to join in.

  5. 30
    Matthew on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I’d take Uruguay!

  6. 31
    Billy on 22 Nov 2013 #

    As lurkers are welcome will take a random one please.

  7. 32
    Tak on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I will take zee Germans

  8. 33
    Garry on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I would love to as I just missed out in 10

  9. 34
    Garry on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Random as it looks like Australia is spoken for.

    Edit: I’d like a go at Columbia is it is free

  10. 35
    Matt DC on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Blimey, these went quickly. Can I have Brazil please?

  11. 36
    Tom on 22 Nov 2013 #

    You can – one place left by my calculations!

  12. 37
    Tom on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Just had a tweet entry from Wichita Lineman. If anyone else wants in we almost always have a drop out or two so do put your name down as a reserve!

  13. 38
    Tom on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I miscounted – one place left!

  14. 39
    lex on 22 Nov 2013 #

    USA not taken yet?! I’ll have that if I haven’t misread

  15. 41
    Mark G on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Argh, am I too late?

    Also, what is it?

  16. 42
    Andrew on 22 Nov 2013 #

    If there is a drop, I’m in.

  17. 43
    @iainmew on 6 Dec 2013 #

    Belgium, Algeria, Russia – not too bad a Pop World Cup draw for me http://t.co/4EePpYSbSv

  18. 44
    Sarah on 25 Jan 2014 #

    I’d also love to sign up in case there is a drop!

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