Pwc10 Round Of 16
It’s been a remarkably strong round of sixteen, and here we are at the end of it! Alberto’s Spain and Wichita Lineman’s Cote d’Ivoire both looked very classy in the group stages and both will be entertaining realistic hopes of progression. Pop football is a cruel game, though, and one of these teams will be going home tonight, while the other tastes the glory of the quarter finals, and holds on to the biggest pop football dream of all…
This match closes at midnight on Thursday 13th May.
On to match seven of the Round of Sixteen! Will it be a lucky seven for Carsmile Steve’s Honduras, making it through the groups stage with a heavy reliance on fine, fine reggaeton? Or will this match see Job de Wit’s Portugal side, much admired for the variety of dance-based styles they’ve employed so far, continue its progress? Listen, vote, find out.
This match closes at midnight on Wednesday 12th May.
This is the sixth of the eight matches in the Round of Sixteen – already! Neither Weston Debevec’s Cameroon nor Steve M’s New Zealand would necessarily be high on most lists of favourites for the tournament, but it’s not hard to find those who’ll rep for either nation as really major pop players. A fascinating game in prospect.
This match closes at midnight on Monday 10th May
As we move into the second half of the Round of 16, we come across a game which may not have been an obvious highlight but, for PWC followers, has an intrigue all of its own. Iain F’s Netherlands team have been winning friends and matches with their smooth, easy-on-the-ear play; Talia’s Paraguayans weaved an unpredictable path through their group, touching on hair metal and a memorable cover of “Umbrella”. Anything could happen…
This match closes at midnight on Sunday 9th May.
Sometimes in the middle of a long tournament you pause for breath, you think about the time you’re spending on all these games, look at the sun shining outside, consider all the other stuff you could be doing and you think to yourself “man alive I’m enjoying this tournament!”
We’re halfway through the round of sixteen now, the challenges are crunching and the pop football is being played as it should be played. Onwards to victory! And defeat, obviously.
This match closes at midnight on Thursday 6th May
Pressure. Seasoned PWC-watchers love to see the way the pressure begins to play on the managers as the tournament progresses. Most of the time, the standard of the music doesn’t suffer, but the managers suffer plenty, spending time second guessing their opponents’ formations and the crowd’s preferences. It seems to be telling on Pete Baran (USA) and Andrew Hickey (Germany) in their various ways, they’re cutting conflicting figures at the press conference, one rather manic, the other apparently dejected…
This match closes at midnight on Wednesday 5th May
Isabel’s South Africa team stormed through Group A, only dropping points once they’d qualified, and even then to the pop might of France. Chris R steered Korea Republic, to second place in Group B despite being early favourites. It’s often said that when teams start strongly they run out of steam, while teams who build their form through the tournament are at their best in the later stages.Who’ll grab the momentum with a quarter-final place on offer?
This match closes at midnight on Monday 3rd May
Now the massive popglut of the final group stages is over, we return to a more sedate pace, though the pressure is by no means off the managers. Big beasts are everywhere. There are no easy games at this level, and there are no second chances. This is particularly true given that 50.01% is a winning score from now on (the procedure for precise 50-50 finishes is to be published later).
In our first game of the Round of 16 (swapped into being the first for administrative reasons, sorry for any confusion), we see a mighty clash between to much-fancied competitors: The Lex’s France against Matt DC’s Nigeria.
Fifteen more games. Thirty more songs. The excitement is growing.
This match closes at midnight on Sunday 2nd May