16th KO2 WORLD CUP: Thor is the new Champion!

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16th KO2 WORLD CUP: Thor is the new Champion!

Postby Tripod » Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:41 am

For those who weren't there and missed the live stream: Thor managed to beat Dagh in the semi-finals by the slimmest of margins and the first leg in the final against, of course, Gianni, he came back from behind to draw 5-5 before steadily pulling away in the second leg, opening up a 5 goal margin with strong defending and ruthless attacks, flawless BLCs. Final score was 9-5, I believe, so 14-9 on aggregate.

Here a few words on all four semi-finalists and their matches:

4th Oliver: I was rooting for you, compatriot, but it just wasn't to be. The first leg between him and Gianni was close, possibly only because Gianni wasted too many good chances. But he wouldn't be so sloppy in the second leg and the game was decided fairly quickly, I think Gianni won that leg 10-1 in the end. Oliver didn't even take a breather and immediately played the bronze medal match against Dagh and it was a fairly one-sided affair in Dagh's favour.

3rd Dagh: Sadly, due to a hard crash, I nearly missed Dagh's incredible comeback in the second leg against Thor. I believe the score of the first leg was Dagh 4 , Thor 9. Then the system crashed and I admit to thinking "hopefully it'll be up for the second leg of Oliver vs. Gianni, this one is already decided." And then the stream came back on and it was Thor 4, Dagh 8 - and then Dagh scored to draw level on aggregate! But the last goal went to Thor, Dagh had time left and the chances to take it into extra time at least, but it just wasn't meant to be.

2nd Gianni: The Maestro, the Michelangelo of Kick Off 2. Beautiful, beautiful goals. You cannot give him an inch, he punishes every mistake and makes it look so easy, poor Oliver in that second leg. But Thor was up to the challenge in the final, stopping Gianni's attacks with striking regularity.

1st Thor: Great defensive play and then these precise attacks, always using the full width of the pitch. And then he converts nearly every chance he gets. Scary stuff! Very impressive. It seems so unlikely that we can crown a new World Champion who has to beat none other than Dagh and Gianni to win the title. Well done, standing ovation!
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Re: 16th KO2 WORLD CUP: Thor is the new Champion!

Postby thonglith » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:56 am

Hi Tripod,

Thanks for the update! I had to leave early in the afternoon and was still wondering who was the new champion.
It seems like the last steps to the throne were all amazing and breathtaking matches according your nice summary. If all those were recorded on video, I'd be very happy to watch the footage! :)

Hope to see you and all the nice guys met in Milano during the next World Cup!
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Postby Tripod » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:51 pm

The stream is stored on youtube, here is the link to the final matches and the ceremony. First match, Dagh vs. Thor, 1st leg, starts about 9 minutes in:

https://gaming.youtube.com/watch?v=T8indJ8_kFk
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Postby Torchiador » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:58 pm

Congratulations to Thor! the god of thunder!
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Re: 16th KO2 WORLD CUP: Thor is the new Champion!

Postby Bounty Bob » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:28 pm

Who?! I'm out of the loop. :lol: :lol:

Congratulations Thor, whoever you are! Definitely a worthy champion though, overcoming both Dagh and Gianni is no small feat.
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Re: 16th KO2 WORLD CUP: Thor is the new Champion!

Postby r.cross » Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:44 pm

Congratulations and big respect to Seattle, just as Alex mentioned, scary, yet inspiring performance :bow:
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Postby durban » Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:06 pm

Thor was just awesome, he is clearly the Demi God of the kOA.

How anyone could beat Andy, Dagh and Gianni on the way to his victory is just impressive...the guy was in a zone. So many times good players have got ahead against the greats only to crumble under pressure, Thor just got stronger every time Dagh and Gianni mounted a comeback.

Such an amazing achievment, a great story and a great champion and great all round guy! the new breed of KOA just arrived from Asgard with a boom!

Thor is the first ever Gluten Free, Dual universe Kick off World Series winner!!!

Huge congratulations and a guy I really wanted to win for many reasons!!
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Postby Freshmaker » Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:49 pm

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Postby thonglith » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:33 pm

Thanks for the URL! And yeah, congratulations to Thor! :)
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Re: 16th KO2 WORLD CUP: Thor is the new Champion!

Postby Logos » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:14 am

Incredible performance Thor, I knew you could do it mate!!

A stunning achievement and a fairy tale ending for the Viking from USA!
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Re: 16th KO2 WORLD CUP: Thor is the new Champion!

Postby thor » Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:21 pm

Thanks, everyone!

I will submit a longer post with thanks and impressions in a couple of days. For now I can report that the Holy Shield has safely arrived in the greater Seattle area. Speaking of that, I now have a shield to go with my hammer, so watch out :D
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Re: 16th KO2 WORLD CUP: Thor is the new Champion!

Postby Lee W » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:25 pm

unbelievable tournament all round, but Thor... wow, beating Andy, Dagh and Gianni was monumental! Congratulations once more bud!
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Re: 16th KO2 WORLD CUP: Thor is the new Champion!

Postby alkis21 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:23 pm

A truly astonishing performance. Just when you think you've seen it all in World Cups...

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