Jan 14

PWC14: Group C Match 1 (Colombia, Greece, Cote D’Ivoire, Japan)

FT + Pop World Cup 201445 comments • 3,217 views

monica1Our third game is the Group C curtain-raiser – bringing you Colombia, Greece, Cote D’Ivoire, and sleeping pop giant Japan. This group has been subject to a bit of upheaval as, very sadly, Colombia manager and Popular comments stalwart Patrick Mexico has had to pull out due to ill health. Get well soon Patrick! So the managerial position was OPEN. I filled it as a temporary measure, and promptly fucked up – see below. Luckily, David Cooper Moore has now taken over the job.

Of the other teams, Billy Dods is managing Greece, Garry McKenzie has taken on the Cote D’Ivoire job, and Japan’s boss is Patrick St Michel. Four tracks, three four managers, two votes, one poll – below the cut!

AN APOLOGY FROM TOM: The original Jiggy Drama track I used for Colombia contained an incitement to homophobic murder – quoting Buju Banton’s reprehensible “Boom Bye Bye”. I should have spotted this, and didn’t: if I had, I would not have used the track. As soon as Job pointed it out to me, I immediately withdrew the song from the competition, and I apologise for using it.

COLOMBIA: Bombe Estereo – “Ponte Bomb”

“I know nothing about Colombian music aside from how great Shakira is. But most of the readers probably already knew that, too. This group seems to be fairly popular there. Their big hit, “Fuego,” was featured on season 5 of “Dexter” (thanks, Spotify!) and has a million remixes, but I like this one, the add value on an otherwise filler EP full of said remixes. Technotronic filtered through Cansei de Ser Sexy (or something), would fit nicely on a mix of music that I would play in a high-end hyper-modernist furniture shop..”

GREECE: Monika – “Birds”

“The unfancied Greek team are building on the classic structure of a strong defence, creative midfield and attacking forward line. Monika appears an unusual choice in defence. Her work in the lower leagues ensures a committed performance and passionate delivery which should convert sceptics and ensure a winning start for the Greeks.”

COTE D’IVOIRE: Serge Beynaud – “Corrigé Corrigé”

“Cote D’Ivoire’s Coupe Decale formation – with its unrelenting beats and muscular spearheads like DJ Arafat – has been successfully battering dance floors and opposition defences for a decade. However over recent years there has been a feeling it’s direct style and macho posturing was becoming too easily countered. Enter Serge Beynaud who has brought not only nimbleness and subtlety to Coup Decale but also a renewed sense of joy.”


“Japan’s goals for this first match are simple – shake up the competition’s image of our squad and then attack attack attack. There’s no better group then subversive pop-idols BiS for the job (streaking towards a top-ten placement in the charts this week with this song), as they pummel forward on a borderline-gabber beat. Yet we aren’t pure brutes, because ‘STUPiG’ also makes room for a lovely hook amongst the aggression.”



C1: Which TWO tracks do you pick?

  • JAPAN: BiS 80%
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Serge Reynaud 41%
  • COLOMBIA: Bombe Estereo 31%
  • GREECE: Monika 28%

Total Voters: 80

Poll closes: 6 Feb 2014 @ 09:00

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: Congratulations to CAMEROON who are in the Group A driving seat with a tight win. 3 points to them. Hosts BRAZIL and their tecnobrega came in 2nd and get 2 points. CROATIA – only a few votes behind – have a consolation 1 point on the board. And MEXICO paid the inevitable price for fannydangle – 0 points for them.

Go and vote in the first Group B match if you haven’t already!


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  1. 31
    @EXOSKELETONE on 31 Jan 2014 #

    super thanx!!! “@mbmelodies: Elsewhere, @EXOSKELETONE has a new song, listen now http://t.co/RssQ4ALJEM”

  2. 32
    Patrick Mexico on 31 Jan 2014 #

    In the lovely, dulcet, soothing tones of, er, Staind, it (hasn’t) been a while. But I’m back. Sorry for pulling out in such a blind panic, Tom – was just having a very difficult day on Tuesday and it looked like I’d be having many more difficult days for some time. Didn’t want to wait any longer to make a snap decision as wouldn’t want to destabilise this great competition.

    Fortunately, that won’t happen. I’ve dispensed with university for the time being and living and working in Bristol for the next few months, not feeling 100% but I do believe things are now on the right path.

    Feel free to leave the Colombia manager’s position open though.

  3. 33
    Query on 31 Jan 2014 #

    Very interesting round here; I’m loving the different approaches.

    Amazing energy from Japan and, my, that’s a hook for the replays! A dominating performance. But will they have anything left for the next match?

    Meanwhile Greece’s star player is taking it easy, but she makes up for it with finesse, managing to sneak one past the posts at the final minutes.

    And so my votes go to two diametrically opposed play-styles. But it’s still up in the air for the whole group: Colombia and Cote d’Ivoire have both shown they have what it takes to remain competitive.

  4. 34
    Dave on 2 Feb 2014 #

    Patrick, you can feel free to resume managing Colombia. I’m happy to watch from the sidelines, and I can even [insert second sports pun], all while [insert third sports pun].

  5. 35
    jeff w on 2 Feb 2014 #

    I was going to make a wise-ass comment about CDI’s ever-changing strip and fashion faux pas. Then I saw the JPN video…

  6. 36
    Garry on 5 Feb 2014 #

    I’m quite comfortable with my pick as I knew this group would be tough. Japan are playing as I expected, which was not to expect anything and see what bonkersness showed up.

    I was much more comfortable against the original Colombian track than its substitute (and in the process learned some unpleasant lingo which rightfully led to the red card).

    Greece are the real surprise packet for me, playing evocatively in a formation I was not expecting.

    All three of opposition tracks are strong and I’ve had a hard time trying to split them.

    So score draws all round.

  7. 37
    koganbot on 5 Feb 2014 #

    Found it as hard to eliminate teams here as in Group A’s Match One. Reluctantly set aside Serge Reynaud’s ecstatic intricacies because I didn’t have the ear for them, and felt that Bomba Estéreo* sabotaged a mostly fine track with unnecessarily digressive dub knob-twiddling (they did the same to last year’s otherwise great “Caribbean Power”). Surprised and somewhat impressed that Monika didn’t wilt in her long sogginess, so one vote for her. And someday some Japanese idol band is going to click with me in the high pitch and everything else will seem pale in comparison, but for now I find BiS catchier and more accessible than the form they’re mauling. Big whompin’ vote there.

    Admin note: Maybe I’m being obtuse, but I can’t find on the site a useful all-purpose link for PWC 14 that takes me to all the matches. Top link only gets me to the managers list, and the other two links only to the most recent game. Bottom link from that game then gets me to the Group C game (this one), bottom link on this one gets me to the Group B game, but bottom from there takes me to Mondo Topless, not to Group A. Pasting in http://freakytrigger.co.uk/pop-world-cup-2014 does get me all four games, but I had to figure this out myself, and without this it’s a long drag to find my way back to Group A. Or am I being obtuse and missing something obvious?

    *Not sure the correct spelling, but went with Wikipedia’s.

  8. 38
    Alan not logged in on 6 Feb 2014 #

    A hugely fancied Japan romping home there. Greece foundering against a subbed Colombia, but it’s still early days. A satisfying round and well played.

  9. 39
    Erithian on 6 Feb 2014 #

    I drew this round to the attention of an Ivorian friend who turned out to be personally acquainted with Serge Beynaud, and feared a Netherlands scenario was about to happen – but it finished well behind the Japanese extreme noise terror. Good start though.

  10. 40
    Billy on 6 Feb 2014 #

    As expected Japan dominate this round. It’s difficult to see anyone else toppling them from this group but with two rounds to play they can’t take anything for granted.

    Disappointed to finish bottom, I’d set myself a modest target of 1 point. I think that Monika is perhaps a bit too inexperienced for these big games. I was going to change my tactics anyway and go for a more direct approach in later rounds but this result means I’ll be looking closely at the squad and being a touch more ruthless in dropping those players who think they can just turn up and get a result.

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    jeff w on 6 Feb 2014 #

    Frank @#37, all purpose link (if you don’t want to simply bookmark or ‘favourite’ the link you identified) is where you see at the head of each PWC14 post:
    “Tom • FT + Pop World Cup 2014 • [xxx] views”
    Click on ‘Pop World Cup 2014’ to get back to all the posts in that category.

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    Alan not logged in on 7 Feb 2014 #

    I’ve made the large header now link to the PWC14 category, and put the link to the manager list in a smaller link.

  13. 43
    Steve Mannion on 7 Feb 2014 #

    But which manager’s list is it? ;)

  14. 44
    Alan not logged in on 7 Feb 2014 #

    GPWM. Managers list…

  15. 45
    koganbot on 7 Feb 2014 #

    Thanks Jeff and Alan. I was being obtuse, but you’ve made it less likely that the next equally obtuse person will miss what I missed.

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