Mar 10

Pop World Cup 2010: Group G – Brazil 1 Cote D’Ivoire 1

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Brazil are one of the giants of pop football but got off to a shaky start in their first game – they’ll be looking to pick up points to stay in touch with this group. The Cote D’Ivoire are full of beans after an exuberant win over a strong Portuguese set-up.

Voting on this match finishes at midnight of Monday the 5th April.

BRAZIL: Sepultura– “Roots Bloody Roots” The Manager Says “I phoned the Football League and said I was interested in running a Sheffield based football team. They said, ‘How flexible are you?’ I said, ‘I can’t manage Wednesday.'”

COTE D’IVOIRE: Magic System featuring Akil, Cheb Bilal and Big Ali – “C Cho, Ca Brule” The Manager Says: “In spite of a comfortable win against Portugal, it was felt that a physical presence up front could help against the might of Brazil. Heroes of the zouglou scene Magic System provide the fast one-touch play the Ivorians love, while off the bench comes DJ Ali, who has a similar delicate lightness of touch to Fatman Scoop. That should catch the Brazilian defence unawares. Meanwhile our new Scandinavian coach will be watching, inscrutably, from the sidelines.”

Commentary Box Analysis: After the Brazilian manager’s whimsical pre-match press conference, observers were amazed too see the grizzled face of a veteran hard-man lining up for the game. It’s certainly a high-impact selection but whether it’ll win hearts, minds and feet is another matter entirely. By comparison the Ivorians feel a little lightweight, but are they light like a bird or light like a feather? Are they light n their feet or light on quality? They may be more robust than they initially appear. Another fascinating face-off.

Group G Match 4: Which track do you prefer?

  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Magic System 56%
  • BRAZIL: Sepultura 44%

Total Voters: 52

Poll closes: 5 Apr 2010 @ 23:59

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Result! Group E: Cameroon 1 Denmark 1: An early goal for Cameroon. A swift response from Denmark to even up the scores. It’s nip and tuck for the rest of the first half, and it ends 1-1. In the second half, the two sides go toe-to-toe, and end-to-end, but no-one can seem to score. Denmark gain the upper hand and absolutely batter CAM for the last ten minutes. They hit the woodwork several times. They have penalty claims waved away. Then, in the 88th minute, a speculative long shot from the Danes bounces off the bar and somewhere near the line. No goal. Uproar. TV pictures seem to suggest a goal, but that’s not important now. The game ends in stalemate. Phew.  The Cameroon track is very catchy but seems to go on for months…Denmark just seem ok on first listen, but I suspect it may be a grower.“”On the playing field [Cameroon] are masterful and inventive; a lot going on. But mastery to what purpose, one might ask. Might they be a horse or two short of a full team, so to speak?“”The Danes are OK too, but musically at least this is the most conventionally ‘western’ song of the tournament so far. This looks to be heading for a low scoring draw from where I’m sitting. And that would be a fair result.

Coming Next: On to Group H and the potential wild cards of Chile and Switzerland, both coming into their second game on the back of a first-game loss. No-one knows how this one will go.


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    Dasal Abayaratne on 30 Mar 2010 #

    This is an all out assault by Brazil, physically overpowering and reminiscent of the Italian teams of the 70s. Try all they might, the Ivorians cannot compete against such physical strength for long; crumbling as the pressure mounts up. Ivory Coast have lost this one, but lost with whilst having fun and grace.

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    Tom on 30 Mar 2010 #

    Purists will be mourning the Brazilian approach here as a further nail in the coffin of the beautiful game, but at this stage Brazil need points and if the manager feels that flair won’t get them he’ll hardly be swayed by the armchair critics. Certainly this defence is rock hard: even if Cote d’Ivoire win it won’t be by many.

    I can actually see the Brazilians wearing down a breezy Ivoirian side whose several creative players never quite gel. That lone striker is spending most of his time shouting at his own midfield. Fun to watch, positive, full of running, but I can see this one ending goalless.

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    FC Ljubljana but logged out innit on 30 Mar 2010 #

    Jumpers for goalposts! I loved watching this Brazilian team in my schoolgirl days, and even tippexed their logo on to my pencil case. But can shedloads of nostalgia beat CIV?

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    Birdseed on 30 Mar 2010 #

    Magic System have ruled the francophone African pop scene for years and with good reason. Always taking the game one step further than the competitors, always more joyous, more hook-filled, more thoroughly produced, more filled with ideas. This is certainly no exception. African mainstream pop at its absolute best, listen to the whole albums too if you get the chance.

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    lonepilgrim on 30 Mar 2010 #

    From the start the Cote d’Ivoire seem more concerned with drawing attention to their creativity and skill on the ball. Unfortunately they appear to have lost sight of the goal and Brazil’s tactics, while nowhere as pretty, see the Latin Americans carve through the CdI defence. There is a hint of brittleness in the Brazil performance which might see the Africans pick up a consolation goal but it won’t be enough for them to draw, let alone win.

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    thefatgit on 30 Mar 2010 #

    The boy Cavalera done good.

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    Matt DC on 30 Mar 2010 #

    Brazil – oh, it’s THIS song. I once met a guy who claimed to have lost his virginity to Roots, Bloody Roots, and I’m voting Ivory Coast on principle.

    Not that they don’t deserve it, surprising variation in the Ivorians’ game, they manage to cover the bases of quick-passing afropop, deep-lying North African samples and just hoofing it up to the fat lad. Brazil have a solid defence, some very hard tackling and a surprising amount of rhythmic invention but still, no.

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    Lex on 30 Mar 2010 #

    Oh for fuck’s sake BRA.

    CIV get my vote by default but this is definitely what I wanted when I asked for the African managers to distinguish their submissions a bit more, really wonderful stuff. Is that a CIV Lil’ Jon I hear bellowing in the background? Awesome.

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    jeff w on 30 Mar 2010 #

    Admirable economy from the Ivorian manager here (1.5MB but loads still crammed in – other mp3 submitters take note!). A 30-second taster of the Brazil track suggests I’m gonna need a stiff whisky in my hand before I can tackle the whole thing.

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    lord darlington on 30 Mar 2010 #

    CIV are so much more fun to watch. I can feel the hoarse exhortations of their captain willing a cheeky back heel over the goalline, thuggish Brazilian defence or not.

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    Tom on 30 Mar 2010 #

    #8 Lex it was only recently you were leading the call for more REAL METAL in the PWC. Beware of what you wish for!

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    Lex on 30 Mar 2010 #

    It was more of a call for LESS FAKE METAL. I shall amend it to a call for LESS METAL, PERIOD.

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    Matt DC on 31 Mar 2010 #

    “Admirable economy from the Ivorian manager here (1.5MB but loads still crammed in – other mp3 submitters take note!).”

    Dunno, I think poor quality MP3s could end up costing some managers, there’s a lot to be said for letting the bass do its job for one thing.

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    jeff w on 31 Mar 2010 #

    They all sound lo-fi on my phone, Matt!

    As to the match, I mentioned during the first BRA game that the team resembled their foopball counterparts of the 1974 World Cup. The manager’s gone one better here and fielded 11 Luis Perreiras! But I think the tactic might just pay off. Gonna give both songs more plays though before I vote.

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    The Clapton Pond Regeneration Project on 31 Mar 2010 #

    BRA is the most unpleasant sound I can imagine. I’m mentally cast back to a northern indie disco, knowing there’s rain pouring down Micklegate outside, and I’m watching my peer group jump around, and I’m thinking “I could just get a cab home now and listen to Nancy and Lee in my pyjamas” – and then I remember that I can’t, because I’m still holding my friend’s bag and she’s gone off to get to third base on the stairs with a spotty boy with dreadlocks in a neon orange ROYAL MAIL jacket. And his mate’s trying to chat me up. So I go to dance to escape. But I can’t dance to *this*…

    If those were the best days of your life I feel for you, I really do.

    CIV might be frothy fun, but it doesn’t make me want to repeatedly stab myself in the face with the sharp edge of a yellow “IT’S A SCREAM” loyalty card with a forged 1978 birthdate.

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    The Clapton Pond Regeneration Project on 31 Mar 2010 #

    p.s. “groove metal”. What’s wrong with this phrase? Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal. Mmm. I want to listen to some more groove metal please. Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal. Groove metal.

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    weej on 31 Mar 2010 #

    I’ve never listened to Sepultura before, because I assumed that they played a type of music that I wouldn’t like. This track exceeds my expectations by being just about listenable, though still not in any way good – a 5 out of 10.
    The CIV track sounds like the soundtrack to the most disappointing holiday of all time. In particular they remind me of a terrible night I had in Thailand. Brazil get my sympathy vote, but would advise the manager to choose from a wider pool of players next round. I’m sure nearly all of us can think of a Brazilian act we love.

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    Garry on 1 Apr 2010 #

    I used to be at a student radio station in Armidale, NSW. A couple of the students interviewed Sepultura – by calling them in Brazil reverse-charges from the studio. The interview was great, but managment wasn’t too pleased…

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    Erithian on 1 Apr 2010 #

    The Ivorians using tactics we’ve all heard before, even borrowing that hackneyed phrase “History in the making” – and for the manager to invoke Fatman Scoop is a big own goal for me. Brazil’s centre forward makes the kind of noise I last made after too many bottles of wine the night before, but you can’t deny the impact.

    Wouldn’t mind hearing the acts singing each other’s songs though …

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    fernando on 1 Apr 2010 #

    Rejoice, it’s “jogo bonito” all over again! But this time on CIV side. No strikers, tho; they seem to have a 5-5-0 formation

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    Jonathan Bogart on 2 Apr 2010 #

    I have to give it to Brazil’s hulking, steroided squad: perhaps the Coast could have wooed me over, but not at that bitrate. Brazil’s striker is a bit of an oaf, shots blundering wildly all over the place, but his mates more than make up for it, and not even the slipperiest Ivorian striker is getting through that monstrous defense.

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    Steve Mannion on 2 Apr 2010 #

    Wasn’t a fan of CIV’s Casio-kerazy approach in the last game but this is an instant hit, a flurry of relentless rewarding energy and a more balanced team than previously. Easy pickings then against a surprisingly unimaginative BRA, panicked into fielding predictable veteran reducers in order to plug the holes at the back exploited in the previous game. I’m not entirely opposed to this kind of heavy aggression on the pitch but alas it’s a see-thru BRA failing to deliver despite such great potential.

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    wichita lineman on 3 Apr 2010 #

    I put this version up simply because I liked it better – crunchier and more POP than the clean 10mb alternative. And I guess most people are listening to these songs on phones or laptops? Apologies to hifi buffs.

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    Ben on 4 Apr 2010 #

    They’re rioting on the streets of Rio and Sao Paulo, demanding the manager resign. Ivory Coast look weak, and rather than trying to capitalise on it, Brazil are stubbornly sticking to the defensive, violent tactics that have become this manager’s trademark.

    It’s a victory for pop music when Ivory Coast bundle one over the line midway through the second half. They don’t look like genuine contenders for the trophy at this stage, but they should qualify for the 2nd round now. Brazil are going home early, and the manager would do well to hire some extra security.

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    koganbot on 5 Apr 2010 #

    Coming in late on this one, just because a surprisingly supple and strong growler from Brazil had me entranced and dancing on the seats, and seemed to be holding its own against a celebratory bit of party terror from the Ivory Coast. As one commentator said one bloody day during the classic interdivisional disco-vs.-house matches between Donna Summer and Phuture, “The smart artist brings terror and conflict to the party because he thinks it will make a better party, not to make the party more ‘realistic.'”

    In today’s contest, Ivory Coast never loses the range. To quote one of my colleagues, “In particular they remind me of a terrible night I had in Thailand.” This was perceived as a flaw, but it’s a score for me, and a narrow but convincing triumph for the West Africans.

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    jeff w on 6 Apr 2010 #

    Lots of injury time being played in this one…

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    Steve Mannion on 6 Apr 2010 #

    A draw! Quite a fightback from Brazil there with an equaliser in the last few minutes from a corner and off the grave digging center-half’s arse, leaving CIV to rue several sitters squandered. Remarkable and keeps the group interesting!

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    Well done Brazil for staying alive against an African powerhouse, but if we don’t hear something that actually sounds Brazilian next round, they don’t deserve to go through.

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    wichita lineman on 7 Apr 2010 #

    I love the idea that Ivory Coast are an “African powerhouse” in the real pop world or the real football world. But Jonathan. Really. I’m glad to have held out and I’m slightly sweating at the prospect of the Dear Leader’s Republic of Korea.

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