Dagh Nielsen (Denmark)


After making it to three consecutive finals in his first three World Cup appearances, Dagh missed the next two in Copenhagen and Milan. Apparently, that made him break his ritual of only attending on even years and did his best to be in top shape for his return to the title as well as the top scorer's trophy after five years. His third gold helped him climb to the third place of medals, trailing only behind Gianni and Gianluca.

Gianni Torchio (Italy)


Third final loss in a row for Gianni, who got really close to regaining the title this time. This was his third final against Dagh, which makes them the most frequent pair in the history of World Cup finals, and the first time that they scored less than 20 goals in total. His 7.20 goal average was his lowest since his days as a newlywed back in 2010, when he had 7.00GPG.

Christopher Durrans (Norway)


The first medal of Christopher's career was a well deserved one, and an incredible bounce back after his disastrous 13th place the year before in Milan. He is the second Norwegian to win a bronze after Klaus Loite in the distant 2002. Although his loss to Dagh in the semis was clean, his first final can't be that far away.

Andy Gregoris (England)


Andy reached the quarter finals looking in good shape, scoring 110 goals in his first 16 games (6.88GPG), but he only managed to put the ball in the back of the net 10 times in the last three matches. Nevertheless, he was the fifth scorer of the competition. He is now an established elite force who makes it to the semi-finals more often than he doesn't.

Fabio Fichera (Italy)


Fabio played close to his usual very high standards in Landskrona, until he met his usual nemesis Gianni in the quarter finals. He had only beat him four times in their 45 official matches until then, and the fifth victory wasn't meant to be this year. He did however bring home the Best Defense Trophy for the second time.

Thor Egil Skaug (Norway)


Last year's champion looked very much ready to repeat his triumph, after storming his way to the quarter finals with 13 wins and one draw in 14 matches. Often it's the people who loves us most that hurt us, and it was his buddy Chris who took him out on penalty kicks. He had the 4th attack, 4th defense and 4th best goal difference of the World Cup.

Steve Camber (England)


Steve returned to the World's top 8 players for the first time since 2013, when he had, in fact, won the bronze medal. He lived up to his reputation of both drawing too often (he leads the WCs in draws) and being one of those players from whom you can expect the best or the worst result, as he drew 4-4 against Thor shortly after he drew 0-0 against Lorenzo!

Oliver Stender (Germany) 


After reaching the top 4 in 2015 and 2016, Oliver had to settle for the 8th place in Landskrona. Dagh in the quarter finals seemed like an insurmountable obstacle, as he still hasn't managed to beat him in their 11 WC matches (10 defeats & 1 draw).

Marco de Iaco (Italy)


Marco was destined to be the net top Milanese Kick Off player after reaching 4th place in 2006, but then he mysteriously disappeared from the international scene. He returned better late than never, and gave a more than decent performance, particularly in the 9-16 playouts where he took out Lee, John and Frank. 

Frank Fuhrmann (Germany)


Frank belongs in the Top 16 of the World Cup, and after a brief break the year before, he returned there for the sixth time in his seven appearances. He was practically one goal away from the quarter finals, but got stuck at 1-1 against Steve in the second round.

John Hogstrom (Sweden)


The top player of the host country is always an important unofficial title, and this year the honor was John's. He was out of the quarter finals on goal difference in their in between results, after a rare three-player tie at 9 points.

Jacob Kofoed (Sweden)


A relatively on par performance for the KOA's favorite baby face. Jacob has been competing in Kick Off 2 World Cups since the very first one in 2001, and he aims to return to the quarter finals that he reached in 2015.

Sandro Torchio (Italy)


Another victim of the three-player tie in the second round, Sandro at times played better than he had the year before in his hometown. He had the 8th best attack of the competition.

Lee Whiting (England)


This was Lee's third World Cup appearance, and he looked and was stronger than ever. Can he raise his game a notch to reach the top 8? Time will tell.

Lorenzo Lozito (Italy)


This was only the 2nd time that Lorenzo managed to reach the Top 16 in his 7 appearances. He owes this success to his defense, as he managed to have the sixth best defense of the tournament even though he suffered mostly defeats after the first round.

Robert Swift (England)


After his 19th place the year before, Robert returned to the Top 16 but struggled in the second round and playouts. He didn't win any matches after Round 1, and his 2.00 goal average were among the worst of the competition.

Rodolfo Martin (Spain)


After winning three Silver Cups in a row and making it to a fourth consecutive final from 2007 to to 2010, Rodolfo had not managed to reach the top two of this important cup-in-a-cup competition. He patiently waited for his chance and this year he regained his favorite 17th place.

Stephen Derry (N. Ireland)


A very good second World Cup appearance for Stephen, two years after Dublin. He knocked out two experienced German players to get to the Silver Cup final.

Paolo Sotgui (Italy)


A regular in Milan tournaments since 2013, Paolo played in his second consecutive World Cup and he was noticeably improved compared to twelve months earlier. He missed his presence in the final by a single goal on penalty kicks.

Peter Klimaschefski (Germany)


20th is the highest place Peter has ever reached in a World Cup. He found himself in a tough Silver Cup group and still managed to leave two of the favorites behind, Jorn and Jorg.

Ian Kay (England)


One more player who played his second World Cup, Ian played very well in the second Round winning five out of his seven games. He was disqualified by Paolo by a single goal.

Michael Gebler (Germany)


As so many players learned before him, Michael realized the hard way that one bad game is all it takes to ruin your World Cup. After a decent Round 1 when he drew against Robert, Stephen and Paolo, and a fantastic Round 2 when he topped his group, Michael blacked out in the rematch against his compatriot Peter Klimaschefski. That didn't stop him from having the third best defense of the competition.

Cornelius Henze (Germany)


Cornelius should be pleased with his 23rd place, which is the highest he's ever reached in a World Cup although admittedly he never ventures far from it. He should improve his 2.15 goal average if he wants to do better than that.

Dennis Nilsson (Sweden)


Although he has competed in 15 tournaments in Sweden in Denmark since 2008, this was the first time that Dennis got a taste of the Kick Off 2 World Cup. He took back lots of experience and a couple of important wins, such as the 5-1 versus Ian.

Jorg Panhorst (Germany)


Two years after reaching the final in Dublin, Jorg was not in his best form in Landskrona. Narrow defeats such as the ones against Peter Klimaschefski and Paolo did not allow him to continue to the Silver Cup playoffs.

Jorn Flagtvedt (Norway)


With a 2.75 defensive average, Jorn came within an inch of winning the Best Defense Trophy. His attack average was close to the Silver Cup average, so why didn't he finish higher? The answer is probably that disastrous defeat to Thomas in Round 2, a player he beat in all other three times he played in Sweden.

Michele Lorenzetti (Italy)


Michele finished on the exact same place as he had a year earlier in Milan, which was probably a harder competition. He will probably remember that victory against Marco fondly.

Thomas Niekamp (Germany)


In his 9th competition, Thomas had the lowest goal average of all in Landskrona with 1.55 goals per game.

Jaume Perello (Spain)


Jaume is starting to build his reputation in the KOA, this was his third World Cup and he's using the experience he gathers to become a little bit better every year.

Peter Sommer (Germany)


This was Peter's 13th World Cup and he comfortably leads the 'most defeats' category! We hope he continues to build that record for many years to come.

Torgny Andersen (Sweden)


Another player who is mostly known for his appearance in local tournaments, this was Torgny's second World Cup but 20th competition.

Wolf Heyer (Germany)


Wolf doesn't care about defense and it will take something much more drastic than the 920 goals he has conceded in World Cup matches to wipe that big smile off his face!