Date: November 1 & 2, 2014
Place: Copenhagen, Denmark
Despite the presence of one of the greatest players
in the world in it, Dagh Nielsen, Denmark was never
considered a traditional Kick Off Association
country. In fact, it was a Norwegian who took over
the main responsibilities of the organization, Jorn
Flagtvedt, assisted by the Swede Jacob Kofoed.
Although not many native players attended, the event
enjoyed several more players than the year before.
The level of Kick Off played
in this tournament was unparalleled, with almost 9 whole
goals scored in every game. Gianni Torchio returned in his
throne after two years and became the first player with four
gold medals, undefeated and taking the
Top Scorer and Best Defense award back home. The runner-up was Fabio Fichera in his first
ever final, who got there after a
sensational semi-final against Dagh that you just had to be
there to believe it. The great Dane had to settle for the
fourth place, as neither of them had any energy left after
that match, therefore the bronze
medal went to Alkis Polyrakis who had managed to leave
Gianluca Troiano out of the semi-finals for the first time.
The Silver Cup went to Ektoras Kapsoulis,
Jorg Panhorst received the Lifetime Achievement Award and
the Shirt of Shame went to Holland and Gunther Wening.
A nice instance during the
event was a visit from a Sensible Soccer delegation, who
were competing in a tournament of their own nearby. The two
parties played some friendly games and discussed the merits
of their favorite games.
Note: 26 players were divided
groups of 13. The top four players from each group
qualified to the World Cup Groups, while the rest competed in the Silver Cup Group.
The players were put into three
groups, depending on their Round 1 performance. The top four positions of each
World Cup group
qualified to the quarter finals, the top four positions of each Silver Cup group
qualified to the
Silver Cup semi finals and the rest competed in classification matches.
Goals in the finals (Click to enlarge):