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World Cup of Beer: Knockout stage

Originally Published: June 16, 2010
By Shane Igoe | Special to Page 2

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So now we enter the knockout stage of Page 2's 2010 World Cup of Beer. After taking a week to review each of the groups (Group A, Group B + C, Group D + E, Group F, Group G + H) we've cut the field in half and we are left with the following beer bracket.

Note that we followed the same group layout as the one FIFA drew up for the teams competing in South Africa. Some interesting matchups abound so feel free to knock one back as we review the knockout stage below. Also feel free to spout off in our comment area should your fury flow over.


Knockout stage -- 16-beer bracket


Dos Equis
Moctezuma

Quilmes
AmBev

MATCH No. 1
Seeding: 1A vs. 2B

Competitors: MEXICO (Dos Equis) vs. ARGENTINA (Quilmes)

The skinny: The "Most Interesting Man in the World" vs. the real-life "Most Interesting Man in the World" (aka Diego Maradona)

Notes: XX takes out the beer of the bidet-demanding, tax-evading pitchman for enemy suds.

Winner: MEXICO (Dos Equis)


Yuengling
Yuengling & Son

Jelen Pivo
Jelen Pivo

MATCH No. 2
Seeding: 1C vs. 2D

Competitors: UNITED STATES (Yuengling) vs. SERBIA (Jelen Pivo)

The skinny: Battle of the "J"-sounding beers

Notes: After finishing runner-up in a similar competition hosted by a German magazine in 2006, the lager-loving Serbs get surprised by the U.S. upstarts in Page 2's beer bracket.

Winner: UNITED STATES (Yuengling)


Heineken
Heineken

Zlaty Bazant
Heineken Intl.

MATCH No. 3
Seeding: 1E vs. 2F

Competitors: NETHERLANDS (Heineken) vs. SLOVAKIA (Zlaty Bazant)

The skinny: Battle of the Heineken brands

Notes: As it turns out Zlaty Bazant was recently purchased by Heineken International. The Golden Pheasant (translation of Zlaty Bazant) is good but in the end it is no match for Heineken's golden goose.

Winner: NETHERLANDS (Heineken)


Super Bock
Unicer Brewery

Cardinal
Carlsberg Group

MATCH No. 4
Seeding: 1G vs. 2H

Competitors: PORTUGAL (Super Bock) vs. SWITZERLAND (Cardinal)

The skinny: Battle of the Cardinals (Cardinal jersey-wearing country vs. Cardinal beer)

Notes: Disappointing Swiss fans looking for some divine intervention (perhaps they were hoping for their own "Hand of God"), Super Bock stands tall and wins out.

Winner: PORTUGAL (Super Bock)


Spaten
Spaten

Boddingtons
InBev

MATCH No. 5
Seeding: 1D vs. 2C

Competitors: GERMANY (Spaten) vs. ENGLAND (Boddingtons)

The skinny: Battle of the Heavyweights (This could easily be a final ... similar to what we might now see with a possible Brazil/Spain knockout match.)

Notes: Spaten is said to have been the first beer served at Oktoberfest. Here, Spaten is the first favorite knocked out. Although this Oktoberfest bod gets a nod, Boddingtons moves on.

Winner: ENGLAND (Boddingtons)


Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
Diageo PLC

Kronenbourg
Carlsberg Group

MATCH No. 6
Seeding: 1B vs. 2A

Competitors: NIGERIA (Guinness Foreign Extra Stout) vs. FRANCE (Kronenbourg)

The skinny: Ireland's Revenge

Notes: After the huge brouhaha following Thierry Henry's handball, Ireland in a way exacts revenge by way of Nigeria.

Winner: NIGERIA (Guinness Foreign Extra Stout)


Moretti
Heineken Intl

Carlsberg Elephant Beer
Carlsberg Group

MATCH No. 7
Seeding: 1F vs. 2E

Competitors: ITALY (Moretti) vs. DENMARK (Carlsberg Elephant)

The skinny: Battle of the European Peninsulas (OK it is a stretch but who will get the boot?)

Notes: Hats off to Moretti (its logo features a gentleman wearing a cap), which takes out the strong Elephant beer that looked like it had the stuff to make a run in South Africa.

Winner: ITALY (Moretti)


Kunstmann
Kunstmann SA

Antarctica
Inbev

MATCH No. 8
Seeding: 1H vs. 2G

Competitors: CHILE (Kunstmann) vs. BRAZIL (Antartica)

The skinny: Battle of "Chilly" (Chilean beer vs. the Brazilian beer adorned with penguins)

Notes: Kunstmann continues to shake things up as it takes out its South American rivals. Antartica might have better luck next time as Brazil hosts the next World Cup in 2014.

Winner: CHILE (Kunstmann)



Click here to see the Page 2 World Cup of Beer breakdown of Group A

Click here to see the Page 2 World Cup of Beer breakdown of Groups B and C

Click here to see the Page 2 World Cup of Beer breakdown of Groups D and E

Click here to see the Page 2 World Cup of Beer breakdown of Group F

Click here to see the Page 2 World Cup of Beer breakdown of Groups G and H


Shane Igoe is a sports and entertainment writer based in Los Angeles. He can be reached via his Twitter page.


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