Group E of the Pop World Cup brings us our first all-European match of the tournament: Holland take on Denmark in this opening game. The Dutch have a poor recent record at international pop and will be looking to manager Iain Forrester to revive their fortunes. Following Sweden’s shocking failure to qualify the Danes are the only Nordic representatives at the PWC: a region’s hopes rest on Rob Hakimian‘s shoulders.

Vote away, and this match will run until midnight on the 28th February.

DENMARK:Sukkerchok – “Kaemper For Kaerlighed” The manager says – “In recent years Denmark has become one of the leading countries for supplying art-rock bands, which leaves me with several interesting options for this tournament. However for this opening fixture I have decided to start with an unchanged lineup of unabashed dance-pop; what Scandinavia is known best for. I present to you Sukkerchok. Regardless of what their name looks like it means, the true meaning is “sugar shock,” which is exactly what I expect them to bring to the table in this fixture. Their energy will give them zip in their speed, fizz in their passes and crunch in their tackles; they will completely outdo their opponents in all areas of the pitch. Such is the amount of energy that these young guns are known for that the offers to be the face of Lucozade’s Scandinavian advertising campaign are already rolling in.”

HOLLAND: Caro Emerald – “Back It Up” The manager says: “I’ve chosen to give a newcomer a starring role for the first match, but Caro is very well versed in classic tactics (well, jazz tactics) and has some neat tricks up her sleeve. Addictive retro pop with hopefully enough skill to outclass the Danes.”

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

  • Holland: Caro Emerald 73%
  • Denmark: Sukkerchok 27%

Total Voters: 79

Poll closes: 28 Feb 2010 @ 23:59

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Commentary Box Analysis: “Games between two European sides are always likely to produce some classic Europop tactics – the Danish formation might seem predictable but the fans won’t mind if they can get the 3 points. Holland though are staying away from Route One, playing a fluid, pretty passing game.”

RESULTS! England 0 USA 2: England left the field with their tails between their legs after a woeful performance. USA could have scored a hatful as their opposition crumbled, though a still more emphatic scoreline would have flattered this youthful but sloppy side. “With this level of commitment, neither side really deserves to go through to the next round.” “The English wear their passion like weights on their legs” “Something fresher is needed to combat the USA’s dazzling high-octane skills.” “That noise you hear after both tracks is the sound of millions of pounds of sponsorship money pissing up a wall.”

Coming Up! Cameroon play Japan tomorrow in Group E’s other game, then on Thursday it’s Italy v Paraguay in Group F.