Congratulations to Joel!

It was a close one, but Joel picking Belgium was the pick of the tournament. He ends up with 209 points, edging out Charles who had 208 and me with 207. This was one of the most exciting World Cups I have ever witnessed and the excitement was only extrapolated by how close this pool was. Maybe we can get everybody back together for the Women’s World Cup next year!


When Shawn gave me the idea for setting up a pool for the World Cup, she just wanted to start a fun little competition between us and some friends. I thought it would be a good opportunity to make watching the games more exciting especially amongst some friends who may not have had as much interest in the games as others. Little did I know, this would be one of the most exciting World Cup tournaments I had ever witnessed on the 20th Anniversary of the first World Cup I followed (I was a big OG Ronald fan).

We all filled out brackets before the knockout round started that are set in stone. In addition to picking winners, we picked how many goals we thought would be scored for each match. The Rules are as follows:

  • Each round of the knockout tournament has different point values for choosing the winning team
    • Round of 16 – 5 pts
    • Quarter Final – 7 pts
    • Semi Final – 9 pts
    • Final – 10 pts
    • Consolation – 5 pts
  • For each total goals scored guessed correctly 5 pts will be rewarded no matter which round of play
    • This way, even if you pick the wrong teams, you still have a chance to score points
  • Combining the point totals from the Group Round with the point totals in this round will decide the first Sticker Fridge World Cup 2018 Pool Champion!
Round of 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Consolation World Cup Total
Group Round 6/30 7/1 7/2 7/3 7/6 7/7 7/10 7/11 7/14 7/15
Alissa 140 5 10 10 5 12 5 0 5 0 0 192
Brent 125 5 10 10 5 7 7 0 5 0 0 174
Charles 156 5 5 10 15 5 7 0 5 0 0 208
Erik 151 10 5 10 10 14 7 0 0 0 0 207
Irvin 124 5 10 5 5 0 7 0 0 5 0 161
Joel 148 0 10 10 5 12 14 0 5 5 0 209
Kyle 139 10 10 10 10 7 12 0 5 0 0 203
Shawn 131 10 15 10 5 7 7 0 0 0 0 185
Vikki 138 5 5 10 0 7 5 0 5 0 0 175
Zach 126 10 5 10 10 7 5 9 0 5 0 186

Results

Winner Goals Winner Goals
France vs Argentina France 7 Uruguay vs France France 2
Uruguay vs Argentina Uruguay 3 Brazil vs Belgium Belgium 3
Spain vs Russia Russia 2 England vs Sweden England 2
Croatia vs Denmark Croatia 2 Russia vs Croatia Croatia 4
Brazil vs Mexico Brazil 2 France vs Belgium France 1
Belgium vs Japan Belgium 5 England vs Croatia Croatia 3
Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden 1 England vs Belgium Belgium 2
Colombia vs England England 2 France vs Croatia France 6

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