The Football Foodie World Cup: Round of 16

B1 vs A2 is a DEATH MATCH

Nearly 4000 votes were cast in the first round of the The Football Foodie World Cup, with the United States’ hamburger leading the charge with 374 votes cast in the Group C, followed closely by New Zealand with 338 votes in Group F. (Poor Paraguay netted only 25 votes.)

Six teams moved forward with their cuisine and not their national team (South Africa, Greece, Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland), six countries’ foodie results matched their football results (US, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, England and Portugal), which means only one Football Foodie match-up is exactly what is being playing on the pitch (Germany vs England).

France obviously lost all the way around.

But enough with past, let’s move on to The Football Foodie World Cup Round of 16. We need to wake up in a few hours for the start of knockout play. Time to get a voting!

South Africa vs Greece

South African Bunny Chow vs Greek Saganaki

In the real World Cup, neither one of these teams advanced so this pairing keeps messing with my head. And yet, my stomach is very much intrigued by this battle. On the one hand, bread stuffed with curry. On the other hand, fried cheese.

US Hamburger vs Serbian Ćevapčići

Both are made of grilled ground meat, a food that unites almost the entire world. This match is about pita versus bun, really.

Japanese Gyōza vs Italian Pizza

As much as I love pizza — and I love thin Neopolitan style pizza, as pictured above — my mouth and my vote is going for the garlic and chicken filled gyoza.

Brazil Sanduíche de Calabresa vs Spanish Pinxtos

Brazilian football food versus Basque bar food.

Argentine Choripan vs Uruguay Chivito

Proving there is no justice in the world, the choripan is going up against the chivito. Smoky, spicy chorizo topped with chimichurri and mayo (or salsa golf) sauce against grilled steak, topped with ham, bacon, melted cheese, peppers, olives and sauce. They both deserve spots in at least the semi-finals, and it is sad that FUCK YEAH SOUTH AMERICAN SANDWICHES had to meet so soon in the tourney.

German Wursts vs England Beans on Toast

Both countries make amazing beer. Both countries make great sausages. But only one of them makes beans on toast. [Ed. note – Which I actually quite like and make often.]

New Zealand Meat Pies vs Netherlands Gouda

New Zealand should not only be proud of their football showing, but the voters really turned out in their favor for the meat pie. [Ed. note – Yes, England. I know they belong to you too, so stop emailing me about your outrage on your selection.]

Can a meat pie stand up to a giant wheel of cheese?

Swiss Fondue vs Portugese Vinho do Porto

I have to say that I was rather surprised that fondue not only made it to the round of 16, but that it actually won Group H outright. And while melted cheese is always a good fallback, if I know my readers, booze may hold the edge — barely — in this match up.

Polls close midnight on June 29.

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~ by Sarah Sprague on June 26, 2010.

4 Responses to “The Football Foodie World Cup: Round of 16”

  1. Dang. This is as much fun as foodporndaily.com.

  2. South Africa is labeled as South America…

  3. Tsamina mina eh, eh
    Waka waka eh, eh
    Tsamina mina zangalewa
    This time for Africa

    bravo spain…
    spain will be the next champion..

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