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Porn, drugs and Domenech: a Eurovision of World Cup songs

Article published on June 21, 2010
Article published on June 21, 2010
As the World Cup moves into the next phase – sixteen of the best battle it out for the second round from 26 June – we follow the 2010-featuring European teams in song. Spain, Holland and Germany are EU favourites as runners-up on 11 July, with Brazil or Argentina to win, according to betting agencies

France: 2006 runners-up and 2010 certain losers

Football - it's pure politics. Omar and Fred, comedians from the Grand Journal news programme on French channel Canal+, propose their anthem cocktail, Bleu Blanc Rouge ('Blue, White, Red'), for the world cup 2010. This includes a debate on national identity of the 'black-white-arabs' (the winning Algerian French and African national team of 1998 - ed) and Omar sending up the French Tunisians who refused to whistle the national anthem during a France-Tunisia match in 2008. But with France having to beat the hosts South Africa (at least 4-0) on 22 June to enter the last sixteen, it's another comic duo, La Chanson du Dimanche ('Sunday Song'), who are trying to boost Raymond Domenech and his in-fighting French side:

If only we could go back to the love songs of earlier days, more precisely October 2009, when French former porn actress Catherine Ringer was literally singing the French coach's praises with Je Kiffe Domenech ('I dig Domenech')

Italy: reigning champions

From porn to drugs... since 2006, Italy's most common football chant remains the adaptation of the riff of White Stripes' Seven Nation Army (popularly known as Po-Po-Po-Po-Po-Po-Po). Before 2006 though, when the beautiful game was being dogged in the beautiful country amidst corruption scandals, it was comedian Checco Zalone who struck the nail on the head:

Italy face Slovakia on 24 June 

Eyes on other PIIGS

The EU breathed a tiny sigh of relief when the world cup started on 11 June; the eurozone countries with the biggest debts would finally be talked about for something else than their financial (lack of) prowess. Greece and Portugal play competition South America favourites Argentinaand Brazil on 22 and 25 June, whilst Spain play Chile on 25 June - probably backed up to the chants of A por ellos, Oe ('Go For Them, Oe')

The official 2010 song Roja Pasión Española ('Red Spanish Passion') is rather more dull, maybe because it was composed for the centenary of the Spanish football association

England: one-time champions

Meanwhile, red passion becomes red-and-white with the English, who haven't won a world cup since beating West Germany in 1966. Thus, when British band The Lightning Seeds released Football's Coming Home as the official Euro '96 anthem, it became iconic to the mood of a nation. The song was even re-released for the '98 world cup with the adapted lyrics 'we still believe...that football's coming home'. Both versions hit the top of the UK charts, and the English made the quarter-finals in both competitions

Germany: three-time champions

Football's Coming Home hit number 16 in the German charts that year. But the Nationalelf's number one anthem is Sportfreunde Stiller track, originally written for Euro 2006, and re-released for the 2010 world cup.

Sportfreunde Stiller appeared in cafebabel.com's soundtrack to Euro 2008

It's been renamed 54 - 74 - 90 – 2010, after all the years Germany has won the championships...

A glance at the others

Denmark and Serbia rock...

...while Switzerland went pop...

... and Holland most famously turned Auld Lang Syne

Did we miss an important track? Let us know in the comment box below!

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