Ballads

God's Footballer

"God's Footballer"
Billy Bragg
1991

For some people, soccer is a religion. For Peter Knowles, it was just the opposite. Knowles' promising but short career is the subject of this week's song, Billy Bragg's "God's Footballer." Read more about God's Footballer

The New World

"My Day Is Coming"
Rivers Cuomo
2006
"Represent"
Weezer
2010

It's Independence Day weekend in the United States, and what better time to look at the state of that rare bird, the American soccer song? Read more about The New World

Not So Great Expectations

Official World Cup team songs have been staples in England since the 1980s, to the point where it made news when coach Fabio Capello and the England FA decided not to have one for 2010. England World Cup songs, official or unofficial, tend to follow a certain pattern. They're upbeat. They're patriotic. They start with a clip of game commentary. 1966 is mentioned. And at the end, of course, England wins it all.

When Glasgow pop band Del Amitri set out to write an official anthem for the Scotland team in the 1998 World Cup, they threw that pattern out the window. The result is one of the most unusual, and one of the most controversial, official team songs ever written. Read more about Not So Great Expectations

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