Date: October 28 & 29, 2017
Place: Landskrona, Sweden
It was Sweden's time to host the
2017 World Cup, and the task fell mostly into the
capable hands of KOA veteran Jacob Kofoed. The
finalist were Dagh Nielsen and Gianni Torchio, one
of the strongest -if not the strongest- and most
iconic Kick Off 2 duos. Unfortunately, the epic
final matchup that was decided in favor of the Dane
by a single goal, was shadowed by a bug that made
the crossbar disappear. Because of that, we saw two
headers by Gianni that could possibly have counted
as goals, being made into goal kicks. The bug was
recognized after the tournament and only after
carefully examining the videos.
History does not change, and
it will be written that Dagh won a well deserved third
title, a feat only Gianni himself (who has four) and
Gianluca Troiano have accomplished. Christopher won his
first medal by defeating Andy in the 3rd place final. Dagh
also secure the Top Scorer Trophy, while the Best Defense
Trophy went to Fabio. Rodolfo Martin won the Silver Cup.
Note: 32 players were divided
into four groups of 8. The top four players from each group
qualified to the World Cup Groups, and the next four to the Silver Cup groups.
The top four positions of each
World Cup group qualified to the quarter finals, while the top four positions of each
Silver Cup group qualified to the Silver Cup quarter finals.
Goals in the finals (Click to enlarge):