Date: November 12 & 13, 2011
Place: Birmingham, England

The KOA traveled more to the north than ever in the year 2011. Granted, Birmingham is only 100 miles from London but a record is a record. And that was not the only one that was broken as local hosts Garry, Steve and Simon were responsible for visualizing an event where people played more matches than ever: Nobody left the UK before playing at least 25 games, and some even had as many as 29.

Only three world cup finals out of the eleven were played with neither Gianni Torchio nor Alkis Polyrakis present, and yet this was the first time they had to face each other. The Italian has no problem overcoming this last obstacle, just like he had no trouble staying undefeated in yet another emphatic performance. Gianni picked up the Top Scorer trophy for the fourth time, climbed to the top of the medals table and became the first world champion to win his trophy back after losing it. Alkis on the other hand returned to a final 9 years after Athens, and he got there by beating newcomer Andy Gregoris after an epic semi-final. Andy won the first medal for England since 2003 while Lorenzo Ceselli was 4th. The Best Defense trophy went for the second consecutive year to Simon King and Jorg Panhorst brought home the Silver Cup after a close final versus Jorn Flagtvedt Meinertz.

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award was given to one of KOA's greatest benefactors: Mark 'Durban' Williams.


Note: 35 players were divided into three groups of 9 and one group of 8. The top four players from each group qualified to the World Cup Groups, while those who finished in places 5-9 competed for places 17-35 in the Silver Cup Groups.











Goals in the finals (Click to enlarge):



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