Nov 13

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.


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    Iain Mew on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I would love to take part again and try to outdo the performance of my losing quarter-finalist Netherlands team in 2010. Can I manage South Korea please?

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    katherine on 22 Nov 2013 #

    OH HI IT IS THIS TIME OF YEAR AGAIN. I’d like to do random draw!

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    Chelovek na lune on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Mother Russia, please?!

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    Patrick St. Michel on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Japan please

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    CarsmileSteve on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I am in, I would like random please (not Honduras or Argentina, much as I’m keen to see where Honduran pop has gone in the last four years…)

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    cis on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Nigeria please!!

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    Scott M on 22 Nov 2013 #

    This sounds fun, could I have Bosnia and Herzegovina please? As a new entrant it makes sense to go for the only new footballing ones.

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    Carsmile Steve (@CarsmileSteve) on 22 Nov 2013 #

    The @freakytrigger Pop World Cup is back! Back! BACK! Pick your team and join in now! http://t.co/IgPg4h9OvZ #pwc

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    Matt Powell on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Could I be Australia?

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    Steve Mannion on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I’ve been trying to get rid of Pop Zakumi for a while now honest, but he’s just so damn charming!

    After my previous exploits with Togo, Austria (in Europop 2008) and New Zealand it is clearly time for me to take up the reins of an Americas nation.

    Arriba! Mexico por favor!

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    Chris B. on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I would love to play again, too, after learning so much about after my failure with managing the mighty Australian pop juggernaut in 2010. Could I manage the Mexican team, por favor?

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    Chris B. on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Oooh, I just saw Steve’s comment, which wasn’t there when I started to comment. Could I have Argentina?

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    lartsaegis on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I’d like to throw my name in Argentina’s hat, please.
    Edit: Just saw Chris B.’s comment, which wasn’t there previously. Drat — I’d like to go with Chile.

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    intothefireuk on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Haven’t had a go at this before so I’d like a random please.

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    Jonathan Bogart on 22 Nov 2013 #


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    Job on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I would love to win gloriously or lose humiliatingly (that’s probably not a word) with my own country, Holland. If that is somehow against the rules any other random country will be fine too. I loved researching Portuguese pop for the team I managed last time round!

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 22 Nov 2013 #

    The serenely envied representatives of his blessedly sly deftness MULLAH RESMAT declare he will train and coach WHICHEVER TEAM HURRIES BEST TO PRESENT ITSELF to his gifts, and truly vector said collective to success both deserved and startling. Get on it.

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    tomschaller@gmail.com on 22 Nov 2013 #

    After failing to get Mexico out of the group stage last time around, I’ll take a random this year please!

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    weej on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I’ll take Portugal, ta!

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    Patrick Mexico on 22 Nov 2013 #

    The Motherland was already taken?!?!!

    OK, Colombia please.

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    Jessica on 22 Nov 2013 #

    New to this; would like to take France. ALLEZ LES BLEUS!

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    Glynn on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Assuming lurkers are allowed, I’ll give the Belgium job a go.

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    Megan on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Random, please!

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    Pete on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Random me up!

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    Ronald on 22 Nov 2013 #

    England please!

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    Chris on 22 Nov 2013 #

    Can you throw me into the draw?

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    Kat but logged out innit on 22 Nov 2013 #

    IN. Random fine but will happily take something Balkan.

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    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.)

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    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.

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    Matthew on 22 Nov 2013 #

    I’d take Uruguay!

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