Date: November 17 & 18, 2012
Place: Milan, Italy
Torchio, the 2011 world champion and organizer of
this world cup, loves playing and following
baseball. He is probably aware of the famous phrase
that New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle once
said: "It's unbelievable how much you don't know
about the game you've been playing all your life".
Every player who attended the 12th Kick Off 2 World
Cup considered those wise words, as to be there was
to attend a true lesson in every aspect of the game.
Not only were the three top KOA guns present for the
first time ever, the notorious creator Dino Dini was
also there to offer valuable inside information on
the secrets of this amazing title. It is not
surprising then that more goals per game were scored
in Milan than in every past world cup: 7.97.
It was pretty much expected that the
three best Kick Off 2 players of all time would gain the
three medals. What remained to be seen was the color that
each one would wear around his chest. In the end it was Dagh
Nielsen, the Danish superman who only attends world cups on
even years, who prevailed in the hardest competition ever,
while picking up the top scorer & best defense awards along
the way. He defeated Gianluca Troiano in the final, who
returned to the competition after five years of absence.
Gianni settled for the bronze medal, losing a semi-final in
an epic battle versus his Roman rival for the first time in
6 years. Andy Gregoris proved that the year before had not
been a fluke, by securing fourth place and losing the medal
on details. The Slivel Cup was won by Mark Williams, who
became the first player with both a Bronze Cup and a Silver
Cup in his possession, while the Bronze Cup went to
two-times shirt of shame winner Wolf Heyer.
Two additional awards were added to
the usual ones in Milan: Fabio Fichera was the Revelation of
the Year, and Helmut Hausmann won the David Vs Goliath award
for drawing against Gianluca.
It was an emotionally charged
atmosphere when the KOA honored Dino Dini with a
commemorative plaque for his unparalleled services to the
association. As for the Lifetime Achievement Award, it was
given to Alkis Polyrakis.
Note: 40 players were divided into four
groups of 10. The top four players from each group
qualified to the World Cup Groups, those who finished in places 5-8
competed for places 17-32 in the Silver Cup Groups and the rest competed for
places 33-40 in the Bronze Cup Group.
Goals in the finals (Click to enlarge):