Ireland vs. Laos

Will they meet again? Or is there a new challenger for the WCP Cup?

Who Are The Sleeper Teams This Year?

No Ukraine this year...could it be Germany's time? Sudan? France? What about Colombia? There are plenty of good teams this year that could step up.

Ukraine: On Top, But For How Long?

Ukraine has been a real force to be reckoned with these last two years, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Polish Fan Power!

Team Poland was pushed through to the Semi-Finals largely on the power of their excellent fan support. With a more experienced team, can this be their year?

Opening Ceremonies

Everything begins on March 30th with opening ceremonies. Is your team ready?

Sunday, May 4, 2008

WCP Cup Blog Awards

The WCP Cup Blog Awards will now be chosen by 50% by myself, and 50% by the commenters. Opinions by people who have registered an actual name will carry more weight in the decision.

The awards will be for:

Most Exciting Team to Watch

Best Goal of the Tournament

Most Exciting Game of the Tournament

Most Exciting Moment of the Tournament

Most Surprising Team of the Tournament


Let's hear your choices in the comments.

Final Recaps

Ireland vs. Laos

Ireland and Laos faced off in a very exciting match on Saturday night. Ireland went up early scoring 2 goals and the game looked to be the makings of a blowout. Laos, always a very intense team, kept up the pressure the entire game. They clawed back, keeping up with Ireland every step of the way. Ireland would score, then Laos would score. In what has to be the highlights of the match, Ireland's keeper made 2 absolutely incredible saves to preserve Ireland's lead. Neither team could take advantage of bad mistakes the other team made, but it only made the game better to watch. With Ireland leading 4-3 near the end of the game, Laos was making a charge while Ireland backed off. Laos had some chances, but their problem was that they kept trying to cross it in and get a header. They didn't seem to realize that this is virtually impossible against Ireland's defence, but they kept trying nonetheless. Granted, Laos was able to get a few of the balls, but none were dangerous or had any power. Ireland had their chances as well, and but couldn't put Laos away for good. Shots were either right at Laos' keeper, or nowhere near the net. However, Laos looked to have gained the upper hand by the end of the game. They were controlling the possession well, but Ireland buckled down on defence and didn't let anything come through. They held on to win 4-3.

The final game was great to watch. Many expected Ireland to win, but not in such close fashion. It was awesome to see so many people out and fill that place to almost max capacity. The 2 teams put on such a great show, and both should be proud of they way they played. Congratulations to Ireland on their victory.

Bronze medal- Ukraine vs. Scotland

These 2 teams met again after tying to a 1-1 draw in the group stage. The rematch proved to be quite a spectacle. Ukraine shot themselves in the foot with critical mistakes, giving Scotland many of their goals. Scotland, gaining a comfortable lead early on, seemed to let up and just sit back. Up ahead 5-3 at the half, they looked to be in comfortable position to win. Scoring right after the break to go up 6-3 and soon after 7-3, the game looked to be locked as a Scotland win and Ukraine beating themselves. Ukraine kept on coming though, gaining a new intensity and really pressuring Scotland. Scotland, missing their keeper from the previous game, and with their defence playing poorly, couldn't stop them. Ukraine started to hammer on Scotland, roaring back to make the game 7-6, and spending the last 6 minutes trying desperately to score one more. Scotland put a wall to try and stop the onslaught of shots, and Ukraine just couldn't squeak one in. Scotland held on to win 7-6. The game was very exciting to watch. Neither team played at the top of their game, but it was a great bronze medal match.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Quarterfinal Recaps and Semifinal Preview


Ukraine vs. Norway- Ukraine wins 5-3- Ukraine played like everyone knew they could play and beat a Norway team that seemed disheartened. You could tell Ukraine wanted it more, as they hustled and won almost every single ball and shut down all of Norway's playmakers completely.

Ireland vs. England- Ireland wins 5-1- Ireland thoroughly dominated, showing exactly why they are ranked #1. England was decent, but there's no getting by Ireland unless you have a great defence, which England does not have.

Scotland vs. Chile- Scotland wins 2-2(penalties)- Sure enough, the game was a constant battle between Chile's strikers and Scotland's defence. The battle was even for the entire game. Naturally, overtime solved nothing and it went to a shoot-out. Scotland looked to take the lead when their goalie saved a shot, but then it was called back because the goalie was off his line! Mass hysteria ensued! Then, later in the shoot-out, Chile's goalie was called off the line when he saved one, and THAT one was called back. Scotland won, and they deserved to win. Pure craziness though.

Laos vs. Germany- As everyone expected, a very physical game by Germany. With Laos ahead 3-2 at half, the game really looked as though it could go either way, until the cards started coming out and Laos took control. Germany, a bigger team, was caught in a rough spot here. They are a big, rough, physical team, and that's the nature of their game, but Laos is very small and easily fouled. Germany couldn't compete with Laos' skill and that's the main point.


Ireland vs. Scotland, 8:30 - Ireland looks to continue their dominance of this tournament when they take on a newcomer to the semifinals, Scotland. Scotland largely flies under the radar in this tournament, They aren't flashy, but they play very well and seem to win. Ireland will be their toughest test yet. Scotland, much like Norway last year, could pull off an upset with Ireland maybe overlooking this game. However, I think Ireland have learned from last year, and will come out flying. I don't think Scotland's weak offense will even be able to penetrate Ireland's stellar defence.

Prediction: Ireland 3-0

Ukraine vs. Laos, 10:30- Ukraine is starting to show their offensive power and are coming together at just the right time. Laos has been playing well the entire tournament, but they'll face a Ukraine team that will counter their strengths very well. Laos will have to dominate the midfield if they want to win, relying on their shots from the midfield to score. Ukraine needs to shut down Laos' wing players, which they are certainly more than capable of doing, and they'll have a good chance to win. This will be a very entertaining game to watch.

Prediction: Ukraine 4-3

See everyone at the games!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Quarterfinal Matchups


The defending champions take on Ukraine. Last year, Norway beat Ukraine and ended up squeaking by Ukraine to advance to the second round, eventually winning the WCP Cup. This year, Ukraine is back for revenge, and looking to make a mark of their own. Ukraine barely made it out of their group this year, but they are certainly capable of beating a strong Norway team. Ukraine's team could be one of the most dangerous in the tournament, but they will have to beat Norway, a team that always seems to find a way to win close games. Both teams match up well, and the game should be great.

Prediction: Ukraine wins 4-3.


Ireland looks stronger than ever, but they haven't had a real test yet. England can be that test. England some very skilled players, and they will have a real chance against Ireland. Granted, England will have to play close to perfect soccer to win, but they have more of a chance than most teams. Ireland's entire should be out, which doesn't fare well for England. England will need to play very solid as a team.

Prediction: Ireland wins 5-2


Scotland played very well in the group stage with a very tough pool. They've shown they can play with the best teams in the tournament, and now it's time to prove they belong. Chile is coming off a disappointing loss to Norway, but the game hopefully showed Chile exactly what they need to do to compete against the best teams. The real battle will be between Scotland's defence and Chile's strikers. This is where the game will be won.

Prediction: Chile wins 3-2


The most intriguing game of the quarterfinals. Laos is a very quick but small team that relies on fast wingers and midfield shots. Germany relies on long balls to the strikers and a tough midfield. Germany will have their entire team together for the first time this tournament. They will have to be very physical with Laos if they want to win, and they'll have to close down their midfield to limit those shots. Germany can certainly do both those things. Laos will have to beat Germany with skill and precision passing. Laos is very skillful, but they'll need time to work their magic in order to win.

Prediction: Laos wins 4-2

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Pool Recaps

I've been away for a bit, but I'm back. Sorry for the lack of posts. There has been a rise in the number of derogatory comments directed towards individuals, so from now on, any mean-spirited comment directed towards a specific individual will be deleted.

Now, instead of recapping all the games of the last 4 days, I'll provide an overview of each pool. Recaps will continue tomorrow.

Group A:

This pool is pretty much wrapped up. Norway closes out against Poland, and no matter the result, they will finish at the top of the group. Chile will finish in second. This pool went pretty much as predicted. Norway and Chile proved to be the best teams in the pool, but they were given a couple scares. Italy should have tied Norway at the very end of their game, Austria put a real scare into Chile, only losing 3-2. Austria, Poland and Italy all played very good soccer. All the games between those three teams have been one-goal games, so they've been very exciting. They worked hard and put on a very good show. This pool closes out tomorrow with Norway taking on Poland at 7:30.

Group B:

Ireland dominated their fairly easy pool. The only real battle was for second, when Serbia battled Germany. Germany won 4-3 in a very exciting game in the last minute to virtually lock up the second spot. Serbia played very well in tournament and improved substantially this year. Botswana played with their usual hustle this tournament, making every game they played exciting to watch. Nigeria fell from their status last year, but were still fun to watch. They played to a 3-3 draw with Botswana, in possibly the best game of the group next to the Germany-Serbia game.

Group C:

In what has been the most exciting pool, Group C is still wide open, pending the results of tonight's games. There are so many scenarios that can happen that I won't bother stating them on here. The main thing is that EVERY TEAM can still go through. I, nor anyone else, would have never expected the group to turn out like this. This is the tournament at it's best. Scotland tied Ukraine by scoring in the last minutes once again, making it the 3rd straight game Ukraine has lost/tied because of a goal in the last two minutes. It doesn't get any more exciting than that. Games tonight will decide the group.

Group D:

Another pool that is turning out to be very exciting is Group D. Greece tied a strong Laos team, which makes tomorrow night's game the deciding game in who will go through in second. Greece will have to win to go through, England needs a tie or a win to go through. Both teams are very strong and this battle will be an epic one.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Day 6 Recap

Colombia vs. England- 5-4 England- Colombia kept it close with England, but there rarely a time when it looked like England would lose. Colombia's had it tough, playing 3 games in 4 days, but they still looked good. It's too bad they got stuck in such a hard group. England has found it's scoring touch, and hopefully it all comes together for their game against a tough Greece team.

Ireland vs. Germany- 7-0 Ireland- Ireland dominated Germany. Germany's player losses hurt them bad, but Ireland just has way too much skill. They look hell-bent on revenge this year, and so far it seems that Laos is the only team standing in their path. The loss brings Germany back to Earth after winning some fairly easy games, and hopefully this shows Germany what they have to do to compete with the best teams.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Day 5 Recap

Canada vs. Northern Ireland- 5-2 Northern Ireland- Northern Ireland had way more scoring chances. Canada stood back and let N.I.'s offence walk right in and shoot. Canada kept it fairly close for the first half of the game, but Northern Ireland pulled away in the second. They now look to their game against Scotland on Saturday, which will likely determine their fate in Group C.

Austria vs. Poland- 3-1(?) Austria- Can't quite remember the exact score. Poland fought hard, but Austria was just too much for them to handle. The game looked liked it could go either way, but Austria just put away more of their chances.

Laos vs. Colombia- 5-0 Laos- Laos is much too strong to let a team like Colombia beat them. Colombia thrives on hustling to the ball, but unfortunately for them, Laos thrives on hustle as well. It was good to see Colombia play hard throughout the entire game, never giving up. Kudos to both fan bases as well.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Day 4 Recap

Italy vs. Norway- 4-3 Norway- Norway won this one, but it was definitely not easy. Italy charged back at the end of the game, coming extremely close to tying the game at the end. Norway dominated the game for the most part, but Italy had a lot of very close chances.

Germany vs. Nigeria - 4-1 Germany- Germany just had more offense than Nigeria and Nigeria was simply unable to stop them from shooting. Both these teams are tough, and the game really started to become chippy near the end. Luckily no one was seriously injured, but there were a couple cards thrown around and the first red card of the tournament right at the end. Germany takes on Ireland on Thursday.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Day 3 Recap

Ireland vs. Botswana- 7-1 Ireland- Playing a weaker team once again, Ireland took an early lead against Botswana and never looked back. Botswana played hard, but Ireland passes and shoots much better. Ireland's first test of the tournament will come Thursday against Germany.

Ukraine vs. Jamaica- 2-1 Jamaica- Jamaica and Ukraine both tied Northern Ireland, meaning the winner of this matchup would have a much easier road to the second round. Jamaica scored early on Ukraine, and Ukraine was once again forced to make a comeback. The game went back and forth, with both teams having their chances. Ukraine tied it right before half. Jamaica scored their second goal a little after halftime, and Ukraine pressed hard to get the goal back. They hit a couple posts and and had some bad breaks, but fact remains they couldn't score. Jamaica played very well and looks once again like a solid contender after a sketchy performance vs. Northern Ireland. Every game in this pool will have an effect on who will come out. Group C is heating up!

Laos vs. Portugal- 4-2 Laos- Laos came out flying to score 3 quick goals, going up 3-0. They looked to have the game in hand before Portugal scored 2 very quick goals to make the game seem suddenly very close. Both Laos and Portugal had a number of chances, and this game seemed poised to go down to the wire. Laos solidified the game a little later with their 4th goal. Laos seems to have taken command of this pool, and the decisive game now looks to be Greece vs. England.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Day 2 Recap

Scotland vs. Canada- 4-2 Scotland- Canada played quite poorly. While Scotland is fairly good, Canada didn't have the determination they've had in recent years.

Nigeria vs. Serbia- 3-2 Serbia- Serbia bounced back from their game against Ireland and beat the under-achieving Nigeria team.

Northern Ireland vs. Ukraine- 2-2 tie- In possibly the best game of the tournament so far, Ukraine was really put to the test by Northern Ireland. After going down early, Ukraine bounced back and scored once, and proceeded to dominate the rest of the game trying to score the go-ahead goal. After what seemed like forever, Ukraine finally broke through and scored. Immediately after the goal, Northern Ireland went on the offensive for the last 2 minutes and scored after a cross was bouncing around in the box to tie the game. Ukraine plays Jamaica tonight at 8:30, which will likely decide which one of the two teams will make it out of the group.

Chile vs. Italy- 4-1 Chile- Chile played very well, and are turning out to be one of the stronger teams in this tournament. Their goal-scoring ability is phenomenal, and they have a very good chance at taking the pool from Norway. Chile scores goals with ease, making them more than capable at upsetting a favorite when the playoffs roll around.

England vs. Portugal 6-2 England- Finally getting their act together, England showed just how dangerous they are. Portugal kept it very close for the first part of the game, but England just had too much skill for them.

Greece vs. Colombia- 3-2 Greece- In another great game, Colombia put a real scare into Greece. Colombia, a real underdog in this tournament, scored very early to shock Greece's usually impenetrable defence. They kept the intensity of the game very high. It was only a matter of time until Greece scored though, and they put away 3 goals before Colombia started to really charge back. They scored to make it 3-2, then put the pressure on with a couple close chances until the final whistle.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Day 1 Recap

The first day kicked off with opening ceremonies at 1:00, lasting about 45 minutes. The first game, starting a bit after 2:00, featured defending champion Norway taking on Austria.

Norway vs. Austria- 3-0 Norway- Norway started off very slow, and Austria seemed poised to make this one an upset. Austria had some very close chances but just couldn't put any away. Their problem was that they couldn't create any opportunities around the box at all. All they were doing was crossing it in hoping for a header. Norway, a very solid team in the air, eventually got rolling in the second half.

Ireland vs. Serbia- 7-0 Ireland- Ireland dominated every aspect of the game, as they should against a weaker Serbia team. Serbia has the ability to play much better, and they'll make it close against other teams in the group. Serbia plays Nigeria at 3:00 today

Jamaica vs. Northern Ireland- 1-1 tie- This was probably the upset of the night, with Jamaica being quite highly touted and Northern Ireland a basement-dweller. This all changed on Saturday, as Jamaica found themselves an equal. Both teams matched up quite evenly, and you really couldn't say one team deserved it much more than the other. Jamaica will definitely need to pick up their game if they hope to make it out of their group. Northern Ireland takes on Ukraine at 5:00 today.

Germany vs. Botswana- 6-2 Germany- Botswana started off very strong, taking leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before Germany buckled down on defence. Germany, a goal scoring machine, broke out and peppered Botswana.

Chile vs. Poland- 4(5?)-2 Chile- Poland played very well, but Chile was just too much for them. Chile's players are very deadly if given the opportunity to shoot the ball, and Poland gave them time. Chile takes on Italy at 6:00 today.

Laos vs. England- 5-0 Laos- Laos dominated England. England was missing their goalie and their mainstay midfielder from last year, Mark Korthius, is not even on the roster this year. Even with England's regular goalie, Laos still would scored just as many. The goals were pretty much unstoppable. England does not look like the team I, nor anyone else, predicted them to be. They looked very sloppy. If I were to redo the rankings right now, I would drop them out of the top 6 easily, possibly further. As for Laos, they look poised to go to the final. England can make amends tonight vs. Portugal at 8.


Note: Please, someone provide me with quick recaps of the women's games.
Does anyone know what is going on with the WCP Cup website?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Here It Comes...

With the opening ceremonies only days away, it seems almost assured that this tournament will be an event to remember for a long time. This tournament promises to be bigger, better, and more exciting than any previous soccer event in Saskatchewan.

A couple quick notes:

-As you can probably tell, a few minor adjustments have been made to the blog to make it look a little better.

-You'll be able to check in with us every game day to see a recap of the previous day's events. Since I won't see every single game, please feel free to e-mail with a recap of a game that is missed on this site. Also, any women players are welcome to help out with the women's side if they want to write quick game recaps.

-Tell your friends to come out and support a team. Give this tournament as much exposure as you can. Let's pack that place.

-The polls will be modified after the tournament starts.

-If your team doesn't have a website, make one, then send me the link. It takes very little time but gives your team much more exposure. It lets people know who everyone is and adds a little celebrity status for the players. It is very much worth the effort.

-We all owe Kevin Holness and company much appreciation for all he's done to put this tournament together once again. They put in a lot of time and effort into making this thing run smoothly. They've done an outstanding job so far, and this tournament is only getting better and better.

A message from CBC:

We would like to get things started by having players call us and leave a message for us to play on the radio.

Call 1-800-661-7540, and under the morning edition, say - what team you play for in the WCP Cup and why you're going to win. Thanks.

-Adam Hunter CBC Radio


Support your country, have a great time, and let's see some top quality soccer!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Preview A Pool: Group D

Group D


Group D for Death. This year's Pool of Death has three of teams from last year's Pool of Death, Laos, England and Greece. After beating out favorites El Salvador and Germany last year, Laos and Greece are no longer underdogs. England will be looking to redeem itself after a dismal showing last year. Portugal, now the underdog, could play the same role Laos and Greece played last year. Colombia will be trying to survive against these powerhouses, however, they could play the role of spoiler and ruin some team's aspirations for the playoffs.

Prediction: England, Laos, Greece, Portugal, Colombia. This is pretty straight-forward prediction. I've predicted no real upsets here, which surely means there WILL be upsets. Greece certainly has the ability to go through, but Laos and England have too much skill to be out of the tournament before the playoffs. Portugal and Colombia are good teams, but the most they'll be able to pull is an upset of one of the top three teams.

Game to Watch: England vs. Laos

Preview A Pool: Group C

Group C

Northern Ireland

Group C will be a tough pool. All the teams have the ability to come out. Canada, again heavy underdogs, always seem to make it to the playoffs. Scotland has already tied Ukraine 1-1 in exhibition, and though that's not to say they can beat Ukraine, it at least shows they can hang with them. Northern Ireland, although arguably the weakest team is this pool, could upset a top team that overlooks them. Jamaica will be looking to prove that its recent player losses will not affect their team. Ukraine has shown good stuff in exhibition, and they look to prove they're a real contender.

Prediction: Ukraine, Jamaica, Scotland, Canada, Northern Ireland.
Ukraine is the strongest team of the group and should be the favorite to come out of the group. Jamaica, although losing some players, should be able to hold on Scotland. Canada isn't as good as they've been the past couple years, so I don't see them moving on to the playoffs this time. Northern Ireland may beat one or two teams, but they won't be able to make it out.

Game to Watch: Jamaica vs. Scotland. I think Ukraine has a very good chance to come out of this group, and I think the game between Jamaica and Scotland will decide which other team makes it out.

Preview A Pool: Group B

Group B


Ireland leads this relatively easy group. Germany will look to get back to the playoffs, and Nigeria will be trying to prove they are better than they've shown so far in exhibition games.

Prediction: Ireland, Germany, Serbia, Botswana, Nigeria. Ireland and Germany should be going through. None of the remaining three seem to have the ability to take Germany down in order to take second. Like Group A, it appears there are two teams that are the overwhelming favorites to go through.

Game to Watch: Ireland vs. Germany

Preview A Pool: Group A

Group A


The only proven team in this group is Norway. Everyone knows how good Norway is, but no one really knows what to expect from the other four teams. Chile still has to prove they can play with a good team, but they are the favorite to finish second.

Prediction: Norway, Chile, Italy, Poland, Austria. Norway should have first place locked up if they play their best, but the real battle will be for second. Any one of those 4 teams could make it through the group. Chile should come out in second, but they'll be given a run for their money.

Game to watch: Norway vs. Chile

The Draw

The pools are in! Pool Previews will be coming later in the day. Stay tuned...

Monday, March 31, 2008

Pre-Draw Rankings

Since the draw takes place THIS FRIDAY, I'll update the rankings.

This is to give you an idea of how difficult it will be to get out of the pools once they are drawn. Only a couple teams have rolled out their actual team for the tournament, so I'll say it again, it's tough to judge teams based on exhibition games they play. The top 4 remain at the top, simply because no one else has proven they completely deserve the spot, and the top 4 haven't done enough to lose the spot.

The previous ranking is in brackets.

1(1). Republic of Ireland- Everyone knows how good their team is. They don't need to play exhibition games to prove themselves. They're still the favorite.

2(2). Norway- Though they have lost to Ukraine, they were missing a couple key players. No other team has proven enough to move into the #2 spot yet, so Norway remains.

3(3). England- When this team comes together, they will be very tough to beat. But whether they can play well together remains to be seen. Based on pure talent alone, they hold onto #3.

4(4). Laos-Laos has been together for awhile now, and they practice hard. Once the tournament comes around, their teamwork should be top notch.

5(7). Ukraine- Ukraine has been playing a lot of exhibition games, beating very good teams. They've done enough to warrant moving up a couple spots, but can't yet be put into the top 4.

6(5). Greece- They will have a couple new players that will be able to make an impact once the tournament starts.

7(6). Jamaica- Jamaica's player losses have made this team seem weaker, but never count out a team put together by Kevin Holness.

8(8). Germany- Germany has some very skilled players, and they will be very dangerous. They will make you pay for any mistakes. Eugene Seckler will have this team looking good.

9(9). Portugal- Portugal has played together for quite a while, but they don't have players that can make an impact the way other players can for other teams.

10(10). Scotland- Their team is set and ready to go, but there are still too many holes in the lineup to be considered an elite team.

11(18). Chile- It appears to be true that Chile now has most of the El Salvador players. This gives them some playmakers on a team that still needs to prove themselves. It will be interesting to see if Chile can be a serious contender.

12(11). Canada- This seems to be exactly what Canada wants in terms of ranking. Though they've been practicing together, they haven't played anyone yet. This lack of game experience could hurt them in the tournament.

13(16). Northern Ireland- I know what you're thinking...and NO, it's not because of him. They have played well as a team so far and have proven they can play with good teams.

14(12). Nigeria- Poor showings in exhibition games have led to this drop. Nigeria needs to communicate and play like a team if they want to build on their performance last year. They showed a lot of heart and determination last year, so hopefully they can replicate that.

15(13). Italy- The loss of their best players from last year will hurt them. They are flying low under the radar, so it's tough to say what their team looks like.

16(16). Colombia- Colombia has shown good stuff in their exhibition games, even beating Ukraine. With one or two more good showings with their actual team to prove they aren't a fluke, they will jump quite a few spots, possibly into the top 12.

17(17). Serbia- Serbia is tough to judge this year. They have changed quite a bit and added a couple playmakers, so it's tough to say what kind of team they will roll out.

18(19). Austria- They beat a top team in England, all while England didn't have their entire team out, that's still quite a feat. They move up a spot for now. Like Colombia, if they can prove their victory wasn't a fluke, they will also jump in the rankings.

19(14). Botswana- There hasn't been anything going on with Botswana. Lower ranked teams such as Austria and Serbia have at least organized their team and are playing exhibition games to get themselves ready, but until they show a sign of life, they drop to 19.

20(20). Poland- There has been rumor they've picked up much better players, but they also haven't shown any activity so they stay where they are.


On another note, the WCP Cup website has taken down the link to this site. In the future, if someone has a problem or complaint, please e-mail me and let me know. We can discuss the situation and come up with a solution. I don't appreciate people going behind my back to complain to the organizers. It shows a lack of respect and class. If there's problem, talk to me first. You have my e-mail.

Monday, March 17, 2008

WCP Cup Draw

The Placement Draw takes place on April 4th at the Italian Club. Should be a fun time. That is all.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Which country has the best food?

There's the heavyweights of the group: Greece, Ukraine, Germany, Laos, and Italy.
There's some contenders like Chile, Jamaica, and Poland. Maybe a couple sleepers in there somewhere? If you're a part of a country with an outstanding food dish, let us know. It's a tough contest, and the winner won't be easy to determine.


Friday, February 22, 2008

WCP Cup Forum

Similar to what Team Canada had last year, the forum will be a place to discuss everything that is happening in the Cup. It just makes for an easier way to discuss issues and more people can get involved.

The link to the forum will be on the sidebar with the other sites.

I encourage people to register, as it includes extra benefits like editing and poll creating, plus arguments between a bunch of "anonymous" just let people hide behind the anonymous tag while saying whatever they want.

When you post, you need to enter a confirmation code in the bottom left corner in order for the post to appear.

You can make your own topics and I've set out an outline of where to post different topics, but if you come across a problem, please email me so I can fix it. Enjoy the forum.

Forum here as well as the sidebar.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Exhibition Games

Please post any exhibition games you know about in the comments.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Team News and Previews...and a Pre-season Ranking by Someone Who Knows Diddly-Squat

Note: If your team plays an exhibition game or has tryouts at a certain time, e-mail with the results or schedule so it can be posted.

Team news and previews

England: England will look to be a major force this year by bringing in some new players. Yes, to the commenters, this includes Ronny Torres. They should have a very strong midfield, but a weaker defence, and if this team can figure out how to actually play as a team then they have a good chance of winning.

Germany: Not much news out of the Germans, but they should be back with pretty much the same team. They have a chip on their shoulder after losing in the group stage last year and will be looking for revenge.

Canada: Canada has a new coach this year and a couple roster changes. Losing Eugene Seckler as a coach will hurt them, but they'll probably still do alright. They may be lacking in speed and fitness, but they're always tough and solid and can keep games close.

Jamaica: Jamaica is losing a couple of their best players this year in Justin Manz, Shane O'Gilvie, and Tamon George. The younger players will need to step up in order for Jamaica to keep it's status as a medal contender.

Ukraine: Ukraine has made some acquisitions in the midfield and at keeper that will definitely improve their team. They don't have a particular weakness anywhere, making them fairly solid all-around. They are a quicker bunch that play well as a team and should be a major force.

Laos: Laos will have the same team as last year. They are a very skilled group and very quick, however they might lack an imposing force against the bigger teams such as Republic of Ireland and England. Nevertheless, they will once again be right up there with the best teams.

Norway: Norway will also have pretty much the exact same team, and will be looking to repeat as champions. They won as the underdog last year, and this year teams will be very eager and pumped up to knock off the defending champions. It will be tough for Norway to repeat now that everyone knows how good they can be.

Greece: Greece will be the same team they've been for the last 2-3 years. The Greeks may not have particular stand-out players, but they play very tough and everyone always seems to underestimate them.

Portugal: Much of Portugal's team is playing together this indoor season, so by the time the WCP Cup rolls around, they'll already be well-acquainted with each other.

Italy:Another team playing together this indoor season, Italy will be tough to beat. A younger and inexperienced team, but since they play all indoor together, you never know what can happen. We all know how well Greece and Canada have done in the past despite star players.

Republic of Ireland: Ireland is a major force and will continue to be a major force. They have many good players, but they might be constrained by the star player limit in the rules, forcing a couple cuts, but not enough to severely impact the team. They still have a great defence and playmakers in the midfield and up front.

Nigeria: Nigeria looks to be rising in status. They played solid last year in a tough pool, but weren't able to advance. They kept games very close and had enough chances to win games as well.

Scotland: Scotland played very well last year despite not advancing. They have playmakers on their team, but are lacking a solid defence. If they can shore up the defence, they will be a contender.

Colombia: Tough to say how good Colombia will be. They are sure to have some El Salvador players, but how their roster shapes up remains to be seen.

Chile: Chile may also benefit with the addition of El Salvador players, so their potential is also unknown.

Botswana: Botswana was a huge underdog last year, and will still be this year. They do have the advantage of having more players playing indoor soccer this year and getting into shape earlier, so they're bound to be better this year.

Northern Ireland: Missing some good players last year, Northern Ireland did not fare well. If they get their entire roster together they should also be better this year.

Serbia: Should be the same as last year, but the younger players will have to be workhorses for this team to have a chance and they'll need a better defence.

Poland: Poland was the victim of unfortunate circumstances last year when Ukraine and Canada were forced to run up the score as high as possible in order to advance.

Austria: They were beaten bad last year in a relatively easy group, so they really have nowhere to go but up.

*There are only 19 teams this year unless a team is able to pull together soon and submit the fee, despite being past the due date. From what I gather, one of Serbia, Poland, or Austria will not be submitting a team.

Pre-season rankings

Now for the rankings. Keep in mind, these aren't based on anything on at all, just opinion. I encourage the commenters to pick apart the rankings, but try and show reasons why you feel that way.

1. Republic of Ireland
2. Norway
3. England
4. Laos
5. Greece
6. Jamaica
7. Ukraine
8. Germany
9. Portugal
10. Scotland
11. Canada
12. Nigeria
13. Italy
14. Botswana
15. Colombia
16. Northern Ireland
17. Serbia
18. Chile
19. Austria
20. Poland

The rankings will be adjusted based on exhibition games between two teams or any other roster developments that occur.

Monday, January 28, 2008

New Teams and Folding Teams

Teams have already started to have the occasional practice, so it's time to start preparing if you're looking for a team. The format will have the same number of teams as last year (20), and many teams already have many roster spots filled, so get going if you haven't already.

Big News: This year it looks like El Salvador will not have a team. El Salvador won the first WCP cup and made it to the final the next year before losing to the Republic of Ireland. Their fan support was outstanding and the team will be missed. While it is not for certain that there is no team, unless there is a huge turnaround, El Salvador will not have a team.

Rumors: There have also been rumors that the Republic of Ireland is also apparently having roster problems, but it's just a rumor and nothing more at this point.

Columbia will be submitting a team this year, which will likely comprise many El Salvador players if the team folds. Hopefully the fans for El Salvador could get behind Columbia's team.

It is also possible that there will be a team France, but again, just a rumor.