Never mind who wins on the field. There’s another, more melodic,World Cup battle afoot – on the music charts, in the stands andblaring from radios and mobile phones around the world.As 32 teams compete in South Africa for soccer’s highest prize,a musical outpouring by artists and supporters from London toBerlin to Seoul is urging their teams to victory – or, in England’scase, begging them not to disappoint the fans again.England’s vast number of patriotic soccer anthems stand incontrast to its meager success in international competition. Ithasn’t won the World Cup since 1966, and the fans won’t let theplayers forget it.On the Simon Cowell-produced song “Shout for England” –currently No. 1 in the British singles chart – rapper Dizzee Rascalimplores players to “set aside your ego/We’re tired of braggingabout 40-odd years ago.”John Aizlewood, a writer and broadcaster on both music andsoccer, said English soccer songs express the hope of victory, butthe expectation is of disappointment.“There’s always the underlying assumption that there are tearsahead,” he said. “And for 44 years, that assumption has beenabsolutely infallible.”Music is a vital part of soccer, whether it’s the pop songsadvertisers use to sell running shoes and soft drinks or the tunesdownloaded by soccer supporters around the… Read full this story
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