Football and music go together much like Mac and Cheese. The world’s most followed sport connects with its audience not only through the beautiful game but also through the anthems that act as a symbol. The following are 4 anthems which will surely give you goosebumps if you happen to be a football fan.
4. “THE CUP OF LIFE”
The Cup of Life is a 90s classic song sung by Ricky Martin. This crazy song is from his famous Vuelve album, that was released in 1998. The Cup of Life due to its worldwide popularity was chosen as the official song of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the one hosted by France. The Spanish version of the track is known as La Copa de la Vida. It has been 18 years since this song came into being, and yet it has not lost its charm. The Cup of Life reassures the phrase “Old is Gold”.
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3. “WAVIN’ FLAG”
Keinan Abdi Warsame who goes by his stage name K’naan is a Somali-Canadian artist who wrote the song Wavin’ Flag, that was released back in 2009. Later, K’naan recorded a number of versions of Wavin’ Flag, a Spanish one featuring David Bisbal, then another in English featuring DJ David Guetta. The inspirational song from K’naan’s original album Troubadour became an anthem because it signified freedom and passion. It received a worldwide thumbs up when the song was selected as the official promotional anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the one hosted by South Africa. K’naan even published a book in 2012 titled as “When I Get Older: The Story Behind Wavin’ Flag”, which is entirely about the song and its history.
2. “Europa League” anthem
The UEFA Europa League anthem was composed by French composer Yohann Zveig, that was recorded by the Paris Opera in 2009. In 2015, a brand new anthem which was composed by Michael Kadelbach was recorded by the Berlin Opera. There have been several debates in the football fraternity where this pumping track have been said to be better than the classic Champions League anthem. Popularity wise the Europa League anthem may not triumph the Champions League version, but still it is regarded to be top-notch.
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1. “CHAMPIONS LEAGUE” anthem
The iconic UEFA Champions League anthem was written by English composer Tony Britten in 1992. This particular football anthem is epic simply because it gets under your skin. Fans consider the Champions League anthem as a treat whenever and wherever they hear it coming on the television. Did you know that the TV anthem was actually sung by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus and was performed by London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, the chorus is also available in three official languages recognized by UEFA: English, German, and French.