Fabio Fichera (Italy)


In November 13-14, 2004, practically another lifetime ago, 43 players from from 9 countries gathered in Milan, Italy to compete in the 4th Kick Off 2 World Cup. Fabio Fichera was among them, and he finished 41st, winning only 2 out of his 12 matches, in which he scored a total of 55 goals (1.17 on average). 14 years later, Fabio reached that number of goals sometime during the first half of his fifth game. He looked and was stronger than ever, and although he did not win the Top Scorer or Best Defense trophies he's won before, he had the best overall goal difference.   

Gianni Torchio (Italy)


Gianni continues to pave his road to his recent World Cup history in pure silver. This was his fourth consecutive lost final and seventh in total - that must be painful! Especially after winning the first leg of the final 7-4 against a player he had defeated 40 times in 50 official matches, with the only time he had lost to him by four goals being in the distant 2005. Hopefully, the Best Defense trophy he brought back home for the fourth time brought him some consolation.

Thor Egil Skaug (Norway)


After a brief absence, Thor returned to KOA's podium to win one more bronze medal for Norway, a year after his buddy Christopher did. He was the top scorer of the competition and gave an overall very consisten performance, but he was unlucky to be disqualified on overtime in the semi-finals. He currently has the third highest goal average in the history of World Cups, with 6.90 goals per game, trailing only behind Gianni and Gianluca.

Andy Gregoris (England)


Andy started competing in Kick Off 2 World Cups in 2011, and gained a massive 845 Ranking points in that first appearance (third highest in the KOA). In the eight tournaments he's played in since then, he reached the semi-finals in six of them. That first semi-final lost to Gianni by 12-4 was his only poor game in the tournament, and his second biggest defeat ever. He is now in the Top 10 of most points earned in World Cups (#9).  

Oliver Stender (Germany)


Great performance by Oliver, who has established himself as part of the world's top 8 in the last four competitions. He gave a valliant battle against Thor in the quarter finals, and only succumbed by two narrow defeats of a single goal. He has won 180 games in Kick Off 2 World Cups (4th in the KOA).

Christopher Durrans (Norway)


Christopher was not able to compete for one of the medals in Bournemouth, as he had limited answers to the attacking skills of Andy, a players he usually struggles against as he concedes 6.04 to him on average. He was the 6th best attacker and had the 5th best goal difference of the competition.

Jacob Kofoed (Sweden)


Career high for Jacob, who had only played in the quarter finals once in his previous 10 World Cup appearances. As if that wasn't enough, he gave the champion quite a run for his money before he was disqualified. In addition, the 4.95 average was the highest he's ever had in a World Cup, and it granted him a place in the competition's top 8 scorers.

Lee Whiting (England) 


Lee keeps going from strength to strength in Kick Off 2 World Cups, and it seems that at this rate he'll be holding something small and shiny that isn't his guitar pick before long. He qualified from his Round 2 group leaving behind veterans with considerably more KOA mileage than him, namely Robert, Nikos and the two Steves.

Steve Ellesmore (England)


Steve returned to a Kick Off 2 World Cup eight years after his last appearance, and he wasn't far off from his best performing days, although one could argue that the psychological distance between 8th and 9th place is considerable. Although he was last in his Round 2 group, he really picked up his game in the 9-16 Playouts. 

Simon King (England)


The first (and last) two times that Simon competed in a World Cup, he surprised many (not least of all himself) by winning an equal number of Best Defense trophies! Although that was still his most notable skill, that defeat on penalty kicks to his mate Steve must have hurt - as defeats to our best friends alway do!

Marco de Iaco (Italy)


It is nice to see Marco regularly attending the international scene again. He returned 12 months after Landskrona, and could have in fact made it to the quarter finals if not for a catastrophic defeat to Simon.

Alessandro Verrani (Italy)


The 9-16 Playouts is where one usually expects to find Alessandro, and Bournemouth was not an exception to this rule. After being a quarter finalist twice in 2009 and 2010, this is the fifth time in his last five competitions where he ends up in that group. He still concedes too many goals for a player of his experience; only five players in this World Cup had a higher defensive average.

Frank Fuhrmann (Germany)


Frank fought ferociously for his second quarter finals appearance since 2010, and he was out by a single point in his group (7 to Jacob's 8). His attack seemed to fail him at times, as with 3.05 goals per game he had the worst average of the top 15 players.

Steve Camber (England)


The numbers state that Steve has finished somewhere between 10th and 16th in twelve out of the eighteen World Cups he has attended, so one could say that it was a performance more or less on par with his skills. Still, as someone who was 7th the year before and 3rd in 2013, he has proven that he can do better.

Nikos Andreou (Greece)


Absent since Voitsberg in 2009, everyone was excited to see Nikos again in Bournemouth. He is, after all, a player who is still in the Top 10 of categories such as Most wins (in any KOA tournament) and Best Defense average (in World Cups). It took him a while to find his form and he had several close defeats.

Robert Swift (England)


16th place is one of the least pleasant places one can finish in a Kick Off 2 World Cup, as it usually means that he had a Round 2 full of defeats and his Round 1 was not a walk in the park, either. This is the second consecutive year that Robert finishes 16th.

Lorenzo Lozito (Italy)


After winning the Silver Cup in 2010 in Duesseldorf, where he put an end to Rodolfo's three year streak, Lorenzo had been trying to regain the title ever since. Bournemouth was his year, a well deserved victory owed to his always reliable defense; he had the third best average in the competition and he won the final by a clean sheet.

Jorn Flagtvedt (Norway)


This was Jorn's third appearance in a Silver Cup final, after playing against Filippo Della Bianca in 2005 (then awarded to the 33rd player, in a massive 63-people World Cup) and Jorg Panhorst in 2011. Although he's never conceded more than three goals in a final, he's never scored more than two either, so he know what needs to be improved in order to bring the trophy back home.

Mark Williams (England)


One of the favorites for the Silver Cup title, Mark was unlucky to find himself against Lorenzo in the semi-finals, one of the players of his caliber he often struggles against. He has the 7th best defensive average of the competition.

Rodolfo Martin (Spain)


Last year's Silver Cup winner did not appear to be on form in the group stages, but shaped up just in time to shock Paolo out of the competition. He couldn't do the same against his buddy Jorn; even though he had only lost to him once in the 10 matches that preceded this World Cup, he added two more defeats and a draw in Bournemouth.

Sandro Torchio (Italy)


After the 2007 semi-finalist ending up in the Silver Cup for the first time since 2005, many people believed that he could win it. Although he managed to beat Lorenzo in the groups stage, he ended up third and then lost cleanly to Jorn.

Mick Creevy (England)


A very good performance by the newcomer, who had the 5th best defense of the tournament with a more 3.33 average. He came really close to making it to the Top 16, as he equalled Oliver at 16 points but was out due to his defeat in their in between match.

Paolo Sotgui (Italy)


In his third World Cup appearance, Paolo looked more mature than ever when he topped his Silver Cup group undefeated. Unfortunately for him, that somehow drove him into the hands of the round's best player, Lorenzo, a player's he's only defeated once in 8 games.

Ian Kay (England)


Ian had some moments of brilliance in Bournemouth, like when he defeated Garry and Jorn. His offensive problems during crucial matches cost him a higher placing.

Garry Currier (England)


Another player who we hadn't seen in years, seven to be exact. Although Garry was not a strong as the days when he organized the World Cup and finished sixth, we hope that he intends to continue attending international competitions.

Michael Gebler (Germany)


After winning the 2010 Bronze Cup, Michael was absent for five years. Following that, he appears to be very reliable in his placings as he's been in positions 23-26 for three years in a row.

Peter Klimaschefski (Germany)


Peter topped the Bronze Cup group fairly easily, with only one defeat to Stephen. It would have been interesting to see what he could have done in the Silver Cup.

Stephen Derry (N. Ireland)


A very good defensive performance for Stephen in his third World Cup appearance. He had the second best defense of the competition with a 2.42 average.

Cornelius Henze (Germany)


Cornelius appeared to be performing slightly worse than usual in this world cup. The last time he had finished this low was in 2011.

John Vella (England)


Another newcomer in World Cups, but one who already had four KOA tournaments in his sleeve. Only two players conceded more goals per game than him.

Michele Lorenzetti (Italy)


In the beginning of his KOA career, Michele seemed like a typical Italian who started slow but gradually improved, going from 29th to 16th in four years. After 2015, the graph turned and he finished 27th twice, and now 31st. Can he turn it around again?

Jorg Panhorst (Germany)


Indiana Jorg and the Last Day, could be the title of a very bad parody starring one of our favorite Germans. He could not attend the second day of the tournament.

Steve Baker (England)


Just like John, Steve had competed in local tournaments before but never in a World Cup. We're sure he will remember his impressive knockout matchup against Michael; after a 2-2 in the 1st leg, the 2nd one was decided in an epic 9-10 on overtime.

Jaume Perello (Spain)


Again, Jaume could not escape from the final places of the competition in his fourth consecutive World Cup appearance.

Mark Vella (England)


Mark is usually content to put one or two players below him in the final standings of any tournament. He took the chance to get his first ever wins against foreign players.

Hannes Badrnya (Austria)


A harsh lesson for Hannes, who had 16 defeats in equal matches in Bournemouth. His 6-5 defeat to Garry was his best performance.

Peter Sommer (Germany)


Just like his friend Jorg, the last place of the Round he was supposed to be playing in was given to Peter for not attending it.