World Cup: The extraordinary power of football songs

World Cup: The extraordinary power of football songs

Football songs have a long history. In 1898, British composer Edward Elgar composed the song He Banged the Leather for Goal (He shot the ball to score), to honor Billy Malpass, the Wolverhampton Wanderers striker.
Or, the Abide With Me hymn (My Loyalist, with the theme of faith and immortality) went hand in hand with football history since the first time at the FA Cup final in 1972. “I think many things have changed in the 60s and 70s, when culture is getting close to each other through football and music “- that’s the comment of Craig G Pennington, curator of the multimedia exhibition The Art of Football ( Football art) is taking place at Liverpool on the occasion of World Cup.

Create strength
According to a recent study published in the European Journal of Sport Science, players who sing their national anthem with passionate feelings will have a higher chance of winning. Lead researcher Matthew Slater said: the passion in psychology is very important, creating a strong connection and enthusiasm for the whole team.
Music in football has a long history. Professor Steven Mithen, author of The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body (Neanderthal sings: The source of music, language, mind and body) confirms: “Singing the ball Stone is a very sophisticated act. Singing is ahead of language in evolutionary history, when we use music and dance to connect the community. ”
According to Andrew Motion, a former Poet Laureate (poet appointed by the British government to compose special event poetry – PV), has folklore in football songs. “Singing football support is instinctive”, he told The Guardian magazine in 2009. “Singing to cheer reminiscent of simple childhood joys: repetitive melodies and lyrics on the field play. But it also gives the feeling that the song makes us stronger, helping us to defeat the opponent. ”

General game
The FIFA World Cup has produced at least one official song for each tournament since 1962. It started with the song rock’n’roll El Rock del Mundial presented by Chilean band The Ramblers. English tends to be the main language in football support, though in this digital era, there are many exceptions.
At the 2002 World Cup (Japan and South Korea co-hosted), besides the official songs chosen were the Anthem version of the Greek composer Vangelis and Boom by American singer-songwriter Anastacia, also Let’s Get Together by the famous artist group of the two host countries.
This year, Russia chose Live It Up, a mix of English and Spanish through reggae star Nicky Jam and American rapper Will Smith and the voice of Kosovo Era Istrefi. However, the Uruguayan voice Natalia Oreiro mixed Russian into her World Cup song, United By Love.
Overall, World Cup songs can be more or less breathtaking in the host country culture, but the most important is the martial spirit and global connection. With this criterion, most people appreciate Wavin ’Flag in (South Africa – 2010). Wavin ’Flag carries the meaningful messages of king sports, that football” gives you freedom, enthusiasm, motivation to fly higher “.