Date: November 12 & 13, 2005
Place: Cologne, Germany
We had thought
last year's world cup was big, but we had no
idea. This time the Germans took the responsibility
of hosting the event and they lived up to their
reputation, as they managed to give us the most
perfectly organized world cup ever. 63 players
was a record I doubt will ever be broken!
Another triumph for Gianluca Troiano who won his third title in a row, and
as if that wasn't enough, he brought the Top Scorer and Best Defense
trophies home as well! Just like last year, he was undefeated and just
year, he had to face a compatriot in the final. It was Gianni Torchio
this time who was 100% improved than in Milan, but still could not do
much to stop the KOA's eternal champion. The bronze medal went to Alkis
a year of
while the KOA Cup was won by Filippo Dela Bianca. Thorsten Butschke
was the 2005 "Trophy of Shame" winner.
Note: The 63 players were divided into seven groups of 8 and one group of
seven. The top four players from each group qualified to Round 2, while the
others continued to the KOA Cup.
Note: The players that got disqualified in Round 1 were
divided into 4 groups. The Top 4 of each group qualified for the 2nd Round.
Knockout home & away matches were then played until the final.
Note: Unlike previous years, in this
world cup when players got eliminated during the 2nd day, they kept competing
matches for positions 5-32. What this means is that the players who got knocked
out in Round 2 competed for positions 17-32, the ones who got knocked out
in Round 3 competed for positions 9-16, and the ones who got knocked out
in the Quarter Finals competed for positions 5-8. All matches were home &
Note: The Playoffs were home & away
knockout matches, played among the 32 people who qualified from Round 1.
The winner of each
matchup progressed to the next round, while the loser continued to classification
Gianluca Troiano was the 2005 Kick Off 2 World Champion.
Goals in the finals (Click to enlarge):