World Cup songs

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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