Thor Egil Skaug (Norway)

Rank:01

What is it with Nordic Kick Off players? Unlike most newcomers who begin their career in the KOA with mediocre results, Thor, just like Dagh Nielsen 8 years earlier, was already very good from the get-go. Ever since the WC format switched to two groups of 8 players in Round 2, the world champion was always one of the people who topped his group, until Andy broke the tradition last year in Ireland. Thor mimicked him this year, as he bounced back from third place to beat Andy, Dagh and Gianni and give Norway its first gold medal ever. 


Gianni Torchio (Italy)

Rank:02

The most decorated player ever, Gianni played his 9th Kick Off 2 World Cup final (nobody else has more than four) and added another silver medal to his collection, which made it his 5th. He is truly the great game's final boss. He also brought back home the Top Scorer trophy, an achievement he reached seven times in the past eleven competitions. His 5-9 defeat in the final was his only loss in the tournament, and he had the best goal difference.


Dagh Nielsen (Denmark)

Rank:03

This was one more outstanding performance for Dagh, who obliterated everyone who stood in his way with the exception of Thor. The Norwegian appeared to have found the antidote to his legendary offensive skills, as he beat him 5-3 in Round 2(worst offensive performance in a WC since his 8-2 loss to Gianni in the 2008 final) and 9-4 in the first semi-final. He almost managed to adapt to his opponent's gameplay, as he so often does, but the 9-5 score was not enough so he had to settle for the bronze medal.


Oliver Stender (Germany)

Rank:04

Second presence in the semi-finals in two years for Germany and Oliver, and in an even harder competition. Finishing second in a WC group that has Dagh, Thor, Fabio and Alkis is certainly a feat one can be proud of.


Mario Fichera (Italy)

Rank:05

Great tournament by Mario as well, who managed to finish above his brother for the first time since 2007 in Rome, when he had reached 5th place as well. He was the 5th scorer of the World Cup with a 6.36 goal average.


Spyros Paraschis (Greece)

Rank:06

Absent from the World Cup scene since his 2009 final in Voitsberg, one of the most influential players of the 00s returned and gave a very decent performance. Certainly better than the one of his compatriots, although he can no longer tease them about their crashing defeats to Dagh after conceding 24 goals against him in the quarter finals! He brought back a well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.


Fabio Fichera (Italy)

Rank:07

Fabio reached the Quarter Finals for the fifth time in his last five appearances, and yet we can't shake the feeling that he could have gone higher had he managed to avoid the man he had only beat twice in 40 matches: Gianni Torchio. His goal average was 26% worse than the year before, when he had won the Top Scorer trophy.


Andy Gregoris (England) 

Rank:08

The current World Champion began his triumph in Dublin when he beat Fabio Fichera on penalty kicks in the quarter final. This year, fate decided to take back what was given to him by the same hard rule in the same stage, this time versus Thor.


Lorenzo Ceselli (Italy)

Rank:09

Tough luck for Lorenzo who lost his place in the quarter finals to Fabio on goal difference, as their in between result was a draw. He had the second best defense of the competition, with a 2.48 average. 


Alkis Polyrakis (Greece)

Rank:10

After one gold and one bronze medal in the last two World Cup he played in, Alkis gave the worst performance of his career in Milan and was out of the competition's top 8 for the first time after 13 WCs in which he was 1st-7th. Nothing seemed to indicate such a disaster after he finished 2nd (tied in first place) in Round 1, but he seemed to run out of gas on Sunday.


Ektoras Kapsoulis (Greece)

Rank:11

Ektoras can't seem to manage to retrace the form that gave him the bronze medal in 2010. He barely managed to make it to the Top 16 (one point above Lorenzo Lozito), where he only gained four points against Christopher and Steve.


Steve Camber (England)

Rank:12

Somewhere between positions 10-16 is where one usually finds Steve in the end of most World Cups. He is the only player who has been present in all 16 competitions, leading the matches and draws categories.


Christopher Durrans (Norway)

Rank:13

A step back for Christopher who had never missed the quarter finals in the previous three world cups he played in. His performance in the second round was below his usual standards, as he only managed one win against Alessandro.


Alessandro Verrani (Italy)

Rank:14

It hasn't been that long since Gianni's cousin was among the World's Top 8, in 2009 and 2010. However, more top players have arrived in the KOA since then, while his skills appear to have remained stable.


Jacob Kofoed (Sweden)

Rank:15

Although the Swede could not repeat last year's achievement, when he had finished 8th, this was a much harder competition therefore he must feel reasonably satisfied with his final position.


Sandro Torchio (Italy)

Rank:16

With a defense average of 5.45 goals per game, Sandro conceded more goals than everyone else who made it to the second round and therefore 16th place was inevitable.


Vasilis Kafiris (Greece)

Rank:17

It's been 8 years since Vasilis's last appearance in Athens. In 2008, he was out of the Silver Cup final due to his defeat to George, but this time he managed to bring the trophy home.


Frank Fuhrmann (Germany)

Rank:18

It's a real pity that Frank ran out of time and could not stay to play in the Silver Cup final. He had the fourth defense of the tournament, and everyone anticipated a great fight.


Robert Swift (England)

Rank:19

This Silver Cup had several players who have found themselves in the Top 16 of the World Cup on more than one occasion, and Robert was one of them. He eliminated the round's expert Rodolfo, but couldn't do the same to another KOA veteran Vasilis.


Lorenzo Lozito (Italy)

Rank:20

Lorenzo fought bravely against Frank but lost by a single goal in the Silver Cup semis. He did however win the Best Defense Trophy, and became only the second player to do so without advancing to the Second Round after Simon King in 2010 and 2011.


Rodolfo Martin (Spain)

Rank:21

This was not one of Rodolfo's best performances. He had great difficulties in the group stage of the Silver Cup, where he finished fourth and ended up playing a very hard knockout match against Robert.


Mark Williams (England)

Rank:22

Mark looked like one of the favorites after a good first day with some important victories against Jorn, Flavio and Michael. He was second in the groups stage behind Robert, but he couldn't get past Lorenzo, against whom he has four defeats in the past four matches.


Michael Gebler (Germany)

Rank:23

Michael had a very poor first round and would have ended up in the Bronze Cup had Leonardo stayed. Sunday was a different story, he was second in his group before losing the knockout match versus Vasilis.


Jorn Flagtvedt (Norway)

Rank:24

After making it to the World Cup round in the last three competitions, Jorn did not seem to be in a very good form in Milan. In his defense, both groups he ended up in were probably the hardest of the tournament.


Cornelius Henze (Germany)

Rank:25

Absent from the last three tournament, it was good to see Cornelius back. He is one of the most active KOA players of this decade, having competed in 76 gatherings.


Lee Whiting (England)

Rank:26

The previous Silver Cup winner could not repeat his feat in Milan, and yet it was evident that his skills had improved. His attacking skills appeared to fail him during crucial games.


Michele Lorenzetti (Italy)

Rank:27

You do not often see a Silver Cup player winning more games in the 1st Round than in the 2nd one, but that weird phenomenon is exactly what happened to Michele.


Flavio Zurla (Italy)

Rank:28

One more player who returned after a three year absence, Flavio rarely ventures far from his familiar 25-30 positions.


Paolo Sotgui (Italy)

Rank:29

In his first ever World Cup appearance, Paolo seemed to save his best performances against his compatriots against whom he had several close defeats, as well as an important win versus Lorenzo Lozito.


Florian Korver (France)

Rank:30

Another newbie, this time from a country we had not seen before in a Kick Off 2 World Cup. Florian's main goal was to finish above his compatriot and he succeeded.


Olivier Vilayphiou (France)

Rank:31

Olivier had a promising start in the 1st Round, beating Luis and Peter Klimaschefski, but he couldn't continue this performance on Sunday.


Mauro Mellino (Italy)

Rank:32

Having played in only one KOA tournament a few months earlier, Mauro displayed some good offensive skills at times: 6 goals against Koney, 5 against Rodolfo, 4 against Flavio, 3 against Robert, Cornelius and Sandro.


Leonardo Astorri (Spain)

Rank:33

A good 1st Round for the Spanish newcomer, it would have been interesting to see if he could keep it up on Sunday but sadly Leonardo had to leave Milan early.


Peter Sommer (Germany)

Rank:34

It is true that Peter has a massive 244 World Cup matches under his sleeve, but it is also true that 167 of them ended in defeat! Yet he keeps coming back and that is the important thing. He had a chance to win the Bronze Cup as he topped the group, but he too needed to go.


Peter Klimaschefski (Germany)

Rank:35

Peter won the Bronze Cup after winning five out his six Bronze Cup Group games, and the final against Jaume. He has mostly his offensive skills to thank for that, as his average was higher than almost everyone who finished 30th or lower.


Jaume Perello (Spain)

Rank:36

Jaume had quite a few close matches in Milan, but the result he will be remembered for is the impressive 7-7 against Steve Camber.


Denny Menato (Italy)

Rank:37

Denny returned four years after the last World Cup in Milan, and he still seems to having problems scoring.


Andrea Rosso (Italy)

Rank:38

Andrea is one more person who was present in the last Milanese World Cup, where he had also finished 38. A win against Denny was his best result.


Nicola 'Koney K' (Italy)

Rank:39

Koney fought and lost the Game of Shame, and wore his pink shirt proudly. He will be remembered for his Commodore tattoo.


Maurizio Durante (Italy)

Rank:40

With nothing but defeats and less than half a goal scored per game, Maurizio gave hope to people who always seem to lose to Italians.


Luis Astorri (Spain)

Rank:41

Just like Leonardo, Luis could not attend the second day of the tournament and therefore we will never know whether he could have done more than his single win versus Peter Klimaschefski.