Germany

All Night Long

"Rummenigge (What A Man)"
Alan & Denise
1983

There are many things that can inspire a song about an individual soccer player. There's talent, of course, and there's personality; the many songs about Diego Maradona attest to that. We've already seen how Kasey Keller earned a song with one legendary performance against Brazil.

And, of course, a funny name helps. Just ask Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Read more about All Night Long

The Official Remix

Plenty of artists are willing to take a dip in the sea of publicity that surrounds a World Cup, one of the biggest events in the world. But it's a good bet that many musicians, producers, and publicists may not have noticed that another World Cup started this weekend. So the organizers have had to make do. Read more about The Official Remix

1996's Other Anthem

"England's Irie"
Black Grape feat. Joe Strummer and Keith Allen
1996

Even if it hadn't caught on, England's Irie would have been noteworthy as one of the few recordings Joe Strummer made between the Clash's last album (Cut the Crap) in 1985 and the first Mescaleros album, Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, in 1999. Luckily, the song was popular enough in its own right to survive as a low-key but memorable alternative to England's official Euro '96 anthem, The Lightning Seeds' "Three Lions." Read more about 1996's Other Anthem

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