nami Our third knockout game pits Patrick St Michel’s Japan team – victors in Group C with 7 points – against Matthew’s Uruguay side, who were Group D runners-up on 5. They’re competing to play Chile, who held off a much-fancied Cameroon team to become our first quarter-finalist.

R16 3: Japan v Uruguay - Which Do You Pick? [ballot]

  • JAPAN: Nami Takami 67%
  • URUGUAY: Extravagancia 33%

Total Voters: 54

Poll closes: 3 May 2014 @ 14:00

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You have until Saturday to vote – songs are below the cut!

JAPAN: Nami Tamaki – “Paradise”

“The Japan squad is thrilled to get to the knockouts, and the team is channeling that joy in their play. But don’t expect to just be mindlessly happy – with “Paradise,” we aim to be darty and constantly in motion, although focused squarely on the goal. With a smile on our collective face.”

URUGUAY: Extravagancia – “Yendo de Frente”

“The commenters have mentioned more than once that Uruguay seem more fit for the indie league, and it’s true the team hasn’t gone the ethnic route in the early rounds. But after Campo’s disastrous shutout in the last round it might be time to shift things ever so slightly. Here’s Extravagancia, a Montevideo sextet who label themselves cumbia digital and cumbia glam. Their most recent recording features a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” but then so did Petula Clark’s, and she’s not indie, is she?”