World Cup songs

Goofus and Gallant, Part 1

"We're On The Ball"
Ant and Dec
2002

The double act has a long tradition in comedy. The formula is simple: a straight man and a funny man, a schlemiel and a schlemazle, playing off of each other with jokes, slapstick, and of course the occasional soccer song. Read more about Goofus and Gallant, Part 1

A Little Bit Hip-Hop

"Don't Tread"
Deuce feat. Big Hawk and XO
2006

It's always difficult to compare players who played in different eras. How would Lev Yashin would fare against modern strikers? Could Carlos Alberto thrive against the defenses Messi faces today? The game has changed so much even over the last few decades that there can never be definitive answers to these questions, making them perfect fodder for bar arguments and internet message boards.

When it comes to top-flight wingers from different eras, though, there's one thing we can know for sure: Fulham's Clint Dempsey is a better rapper than Liverpool's John Barnes. Read more about A Little Bit Hip-Hop

The Cup of Life

"La Copa de la Vida"
Ricky Martin
1993

In 1924, Uruguay won the Olympic gold medal in the first major international soccer tournament to feature Latin American entrants. Since then, Latin America has been a force to be reckoned with in world soccer. But Latin American soccer culture can only penetrate so far into English football culture. Read more about The Cup of Life

Heard, But Not Seen

"Go Girl Go"
Wei Wei (韦唯)
2007

If you're one of the millions of people around the world who watched the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, you may recognize Chinese pop star Wei Wei (韦唯) from the closing ceremonies; she also wrote the official song of the Beijing games. You may also recognize her from the video to this week's song, which got a lot of play when it came out in 2007. Given the year, and the video itself, probably not many people realized it was a World Cup song--much less the official song of the 2007 Women's World Cup. Read more about Heard, But Not Seen

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