Host Brasil didn't manage to make it to the second round as Polska and Prathet Thai
continued from Group 7.
Group 13 was very even with top three teams,
France, México, and Eesti, all finishing with 22 points. Eesti was eliminated
by a difference of 1 goal after México, which they won 2-0 in the last game. 3-0 victory
would've secured Eesti a spot in the World Cup. There was an interesting result, the Canadian national team scored 3 goals in 1 minute. Iran 0 - 5 Canada (29649266)
Round II saw first big surprises as België and Misr qualified in front
of Italia and USA in Group 3. In
Group 4 Prathet Thai finished first, leaving
France in the fourth place. Same faith awaited Nederland in
Group 5. Also semi-finalists from the previous
World Cup, Suomi, were eliminated.
Only one of the medalists from the previous World Cup managed to go through Round III.
Reigning champions Sverige conceded only 1 goal and finished first in
Group 2. Silver medalists from the previous games
England was last in the same group. In Group 3
Danmark and Scotland edged Norge out.
In Group 1 of #Round IV Danmark and
surprise team Scotland finished the games of Prathet Thai and Canada.
In Group 2 Polska finished first with Sverige
second, leaving Oceania and España without a medal. In the #Semi-Finals
was fought a classic scandinavian derby between Danmark and Sverige, with Sverige
clearly beating Danes for a spot in the final. In the other Semi-Final Scotland
managed to defeat Polska. In the final there was only one team as Sverige
easily defeated Scotland.
This round started on 2004-10-29 20:00:00.
This round started on 2005-03-25 20:00:00 and was played in Brasil.
This round started on 2005-04-29 20:00:00 and was played in Brasil.
This round started on 2005-05-09 20:00:00 and was played in Brasil.
This round started on 2005-05-20 20:00:00 and was played in Brasil.
This round started on 2005-05-22 20:00:00 and was played in Brasil.
Events of Note
The "Scroll Wheel Incident"
Almost bigger news than the World Cup itself was the famed "Scroll Wheel Incident," which occured in Round II when Belgium and USA agreed to a mutual PiC, or so they thought. When the match had ended, it was clear that Belgium had not PiCed, and USA users were outraged. GM-Moons, manager of the Belgian National Team at the time, issued a statement saying that he was "very sorry" and that the failure to Play it Cool was "due to a Scroll Wheel incident." The majority of USA users didn't believe him at first, but after time went by, it became clear to everyone that whether or not he meant to do this, he was sorry it happened. The USA was eliminated from the World Cup due to this incident, and some USA users still hold a grudge against Belgium because of it. The decision by ArdentEnthusiast to PiC a match that was a "must win" for the USA was controversial in itself.
|22.03.2005 World Cup
|Friday 20.00 Hattrick Time the World Cup kicks off, this time in Brasil. It is the second stage of the tournament and 32 teams in 8 groups will battle for the 16 available spots in stage III. The last tournament saw Sweden back on the throne and there are lots of strong contenders who are all hungry for the Gold. Good luck to all competing nations!
|28.04.2005 World cup round III
|32 teams have become 16 as the World Cup now moves on to the third stage. Among the 16 teams fighting for the eight spots in the next round there are big elephants as Sverige, Norge and England as well as underdogs like Prathet Thai and Misr, making sure this stage will be even more tight and exciting than the last one.The third round kicks off Friday at 20.00 HT-time.
|07.05.2005 8 teams left
|17.05.2005 World Cup semifinals
|On Friday, it is time for the World Cup semifinals. One of them will be a classic Scandinavian derby between Denmark and Sweden with centuries of rivalry and a place in the final at stake. Team spirit seems to be pointing to Sweden, but the Swedes may have their focus on the final while the Danish have nothing to lose. The other semifinal will see Poland take on one of this World Cup's surprise teams - Scotland. Can the Scots make it all the way to the final, or will the Polish make it to their third World Cup final?
|20.05.2005 Scotland is in the final
|Scotland defeated Poland in a tight semifinal with a very exciting 86th minute. First Poland scored the equalizer and right after that Jacob Sim became Scotland's hero when he scored 2-1. Scotland will now be facing Sweden in the final, Sweden who managed to find four holes in the Danish defense wall in the other semifinal. Will Sweden win again, or will the Scots make it all the way? We will know the answer on Sunday, the match starts 20.00.
|23.05.2005 Congratulations Sweden
|Coach Boggler took Scotland on a fantastic journey but didn't manage to make it all the way. Sweden was way too strong in the final and the match was more or less over after 11 minutes. Congratulations to Sweden and coach Hacker for a fantastic performance.