It’s MTV’s World Cup of Rock! The World Cup is the greatest sporting event on the planet, a super-sized stage where legends are born with every strike of the ball, where infamy is just a moment away and where the dreams of millions live or die by the minute. That’s why, in the spirit of the 2010 MTV Musical March Madness competition, we’ve created “The World Cup (Of Rock),” a FIFA-style tournament that takes 16 of the biggest nations — rock-wise (sorry Algeria) — and pits them against one another to determine just which is the most rockingly awesome. Heavyweights like the U.S.A., England, France and Germany are all here, but so are a handful of surprisingly strong sleeper countries. As the Cup progresses, we’ll be unveiling the match-ups, and it’s up to you to vote your favorites through. In the end, only one nation will be left standing: the world champion of rock.
Spain and Portugal clash in this afternoon’s final Round of 16 match in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They’ll play for the honor of being the third European representative left in the tournament (along with Germany and the surprisingly stout Netherlands). Meanwhile, the MTV World Cup of Rock finishes up group play today with the final conflict between two teams trying to advance out of Group D. The knockout round begins Thursday, July 1, so keep voting through Wednesday, June 30 to decide which eight teams will move on.
Denmark vs. Italy
Italy has taken it on the chin in both the actual World Cup and the World Cup of Rock, but they can still rally to advance. On the other side of the pitch, the strong Denmark team (featuring an eclectic mix of indie rock and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich) looks to move forward. Which squad rocks hard enough to represent Group D in the knockout round of the MTV World Cup of Rock? Only you can decide!
Be sure to vote in all the games in the MTV World Cup of Rock! Which nation’s stars rock the hardest and best? Only you can decide!