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.
Two more groups got settled in the 2010 FIFA World Cup today, as Paraguay, Slovakia, Netherlands and Japan will all live to play another day in the knockout round (which begins this weekend). In the MTV World Cup of Rock, the home team squares off against the host team in Group B action.
United States of America vs. South Africa
Since the United States has so many great acts to trot out onto the field (including Bon Jovi and Kid Rock, who recently invaded the U.K.), it's only right that this match become something of a civil war that divides the Dave Matthews Band. Frontman Matthews was born in South Africa, while the remainder of the band is a mixture of Virginians and Californians. Can Boyd Tinsley, Carter Beauford and Stefan Lessard band together to overcome the dynamism of Matthews? And will they need an assist from Bruce Springsteen? 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!