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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 wo[…]

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Pop World Cup 2010: The Final! Nigeria vs Germany
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Here we are, at last.

Here we stand at the summit of Pop Football achievement, looking back at 63 matches: some wonderful, some perplexing, some illuminating, very few boring. We’ve heard so much pop, enjoyed so many marvellous moments, and […]

Pop World Cup 2010: Third Place Play-off – Honduras 0 Cameroon 3
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There are no losers here. Each Pop World Cup manager set off on a crooked path some months ago, and to fall at the penultimate hurdle cannot be counted as shame. Rather, let’s doff our caps at the achievements of both these two. Carsmile Steve,[…]

Pop World Cup 2010: Second Semi Final – Nigeria 2 Cameroon 0
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The big story of this Pop World Cup, it’s been said, has been the exceptional performance of the African teams. Almost half of the quarter finalists, fully half of the semi-finalists, all drawn from Africa. Only one can make it into the final, […]

Pop World Cup 2010: First Semi Final – Honduras 1 Germany 2
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Touching distance, now. It’s the semi-finals and, of all the matches in the Pop World Cup, the semi-finals are the most tense. The stakes feel high: win, and you’ll soon savour the feeling of running out in the biggest pop football game o[…]

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Eurosong Derby Playoffs
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Kat Stevens, having skillfully managed Slovenia into the Pop World Cup’s Round of 16, will be liveblogging the semifinals of that other, slightly more Swarovski-crystal-laden pop competition, the Eurovision Song Contest. It all kicks off tonigh[…]

Pop World Cup 2010: Fourth Quarter Final – Cameroon 2 Spain 1
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Can it be that this is the last of our Quarter Finals? So Soon? After this, just four games left in the PWC, and one of those is the third place play-off. We are moving so quickly towards the end of this particular road, and here in the commentary bo[…]

Pop World Cup 2010: Third Quarter Final – Nigeria 2 Ghana 0
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Three quarters of the way through our four Quarters. The tunes, like our managers’ heartbeats, have been largely uptempo, and no-one wants to go home at this stage, not with glory so close. This match sees two of the juggernauts of the early ro[…]

Pop World Cup 2010: Second Quarter Final – Germany 4 Korea Republic 3
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Quarter Final number two, and things are rattling on apace. Battling for a coveted semi-final spot here are Chris R’s Korea Republic side who seem to have hit a convincing K-pop stride – or was it a K-pop peak? – and Germany, manage[…]

Pop World Cup 2010: First Quarter Final – Netherlands 1 Honduras 3
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If you can’t quite smell the greatest pop football prize of all yet, you can certainly hear it in the distance. For one of our managers, three more songs will take them through to the world championship.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves. W[…]

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