Our first Group B clash is between Greece, managed by Johan of Birdseed’s Tunedown, and South Korea, managed by Chris of Gutteral. Greece made it to the quarter-finals of Europop 2008, South Korea however couldn’t make it out of their group at the last Pop World Cup. With tough matches to come for both sides they’ll be looking for a strong start.

As ever, anyone can vote in the poll below the cut – this one will end at midnight on Wednesday 17th.

GREECE: Georgios Mais – “Adiaforeis” The manager says: “With a team as versatile as Greece, adaptation and clear tactical direction becomes a necessity. Against the presumably technical and spirited Koreans we have to hit hard with the team’s full physical strength, energetic and hard-pressing; dogged, as the genre name (skiladiko=doghouse) suggests. These tactics may be considered both vulgar and (due to some appropriately Balkan cross-border hook-stealing) Bulgar, but hopefully this initial assault will be enough to force a convincing first victory, giving us some peace for the tough matches ahead.”

SOUTH KOREA: 4Minute – “Muzik” The manager says: “The intro to this track sounds like an evil robot whirring to life. And the single release featured its own prelude, which steals the synth melody from “The Boys of Summer” without showing Don Henley pity or remorse. Ruthless, efficient and a little bit arrogant: doing his dance to this would be tough, but I can only think of Drogba.”

Group B Match 1: Which track did you prefer? [ballot]

  • South Korea: 4Minutes 57%
  • Greece: Georgios Mais 43%

Total Voters: 68

Poll closes: 17 Feb 2010 @ 23:59

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Commentary Box Analysis: “Tactics that work well back home can often be found out on the international stage. The Greeks have got some talented players but their game seems based around knocking it forward to the big lad. The Koreans on the other hand use zonal autotune to an extent which might horrify purists but can make for a very effective pressing style of play. Plenty of incident in this match and you’d expect a busy afternoon for the ref.”

Coming Up: A peach of a game tomorrow – Argentina-Nigeria – and on Monday we open group C with one of the great pop fixtures, England v USA.