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WEngland is very meticulous when it comes to World Cup preparation. Considering every detail, from team psychology to adapting to the heat of the desert climate, Gareth Southgate’s team tried everything. Except for one: they chose the same goal music as Switzerland and Poland.

For some traditional football fans, that blast of music on the PA system following a goal is cursed. It’s all part of the fun at the World Cup, with organizers FIFA requesting a song from each of the 32 competing nations that best captures the goal celebration.

The Guardian has received the list of nominated tracks and showcases commercial pop music from all corners of the world; From Canada’s domestic superstar Drake and his Going Bad to Tunisia’s devotional music, from Adnan Doğru’s Mohammed to Serbia’s Balkan reggaeton to Rasta’s Preko Sveta. The UK opted for Fan-favorite Italian singer Gala’s 1997 hit, Freed From Desire. The only problem is that the song is so popular that the Poles and Swiss chose it too.

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While the Three Lions have had the opportunity to play their goal score half a dozen times so far, Switzerland has yet to start their tournament and the Poles are drawn 0-0 by Mexico, whose pick was La Hija’s La Negra. del Mariachi. England named a backup goal jingle – Dua Lipa’s One Kiss – while the other two countries did not.

A goal clash won’t be the biggest controversy at the World Cup, as FIFA calls it, but music certainly plays a central role in the tournament. The official song of Qatar 22, Hayya Hayya, brings together pop stars from three continents. US R&B singer Trinidad Cardona, Afrobeats icon Davido and Qatari star Aisha share the lines of a song that expresses the message of global friendship, one of the main themes of the organizers.

South Korean K-pop singer Jung Kook performs at the opening ceremony of the World Cup.
South Korean K-pop singer Jung Kook performs at the opening ceremony of the World Cup on Sunday. Photo: Ronald Wittek/EPA

In case Asian fans feel neglected, Fifa flew in with BTS’s K-pop sensation Jung Kook to perform at the opening ceremony in Doha last weekend. The board also broke new ground when it launched an official World Cup playlist on Spotify under the Fifa Sound artist name. Budweiser’s sponsors also released their own World Cup track, a cover of Tears For Fears’ ’80s anthem Everybody Wants to Rule the World, performed by rapper Lil Baby. In Doha, Hayya is less heard than Hayya.

In another first, live music was also integrated into the tournament, in an attempt to “redesign” the fan experience, in FIFA’s words. A 40,000-capacity concrete park in Doha’s West Bay, the Fifa Fan Festival combines live screenings of each match with a crowd-pleasing host and a selection of live performances, again selected from around the world. There’s also a beach festival featuring famous DJs that fans can pay to access or enter for free if they stay in one of the £175 tent villages per night.

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Argentina Luz Delito – Wos

Australia Down Under – Men at Work

Australia On My Mind – Powderfinger

Belgium DevilTime – MC Devil

Brazil Esquentando O Couro – Escola De Samba

Canada 30,000 Feet – NorthSideBenji & DJ Charlie B

Canada Going Bad – Meek Mill feat. drake

Cameroon Mbandjoh – Les Rythmeurs ABC

Costa Rica El Otro Gol – Gandhi

Costa Rica Ole Ole – Los Ajenos

Croatia Srce Vatreno – Marko Lasic-Nered

Croatia Svijet Voli Pobjednike – Colonia

Denmark Re-Sepp-Ten – VM Holdet

Ecuador Ecuador, Si Se Puede – Damiano

England Getting Rid of Desire – Gala

England One Kiss – Dua Lipa

Spain Mi Gran Noche – Raphael

France Song 2 – Blur

Germany When We Stand Together – Nickelback

Ghana Oofeets – Sarkodie

Iranian Iran1400 – HM

Japan Syori No Emi Wo Kimi To – Ukasuka

South Korea Idol – BTS

South Korea Cries of Reds – TransFixion

Saudi Arabia Al Saudia – Rashed Al Majed

Morocco Allez Allez Maroc – Hamid Bouchnak

Mexican La Negra – La Hija Del Mariachi

Holland Love Tonight – Shouse

Holland Samba De Janeiro – Bellini

Poland Balkanica – Piersi

Poland Getting Rid of Desire – Gala

Portugal A Minha Casino – Xutos & Pontapés

Portugal Vamos Com Tudo – David Carreira

Train NA – NA

Senegal – No no

Serbia Breathless – conductor

Serbia Uzicko Kolo – Svetozar Gongo

Switzerland Getting Rid of Desire – Gala

Tunisia Mohammed – Adnan Right

Tunisia Sidi Mansour – Saber Rebai

Uruguay Cumbia Pa La Seleccion – De La Planta

United States of America Feel Very Good – Mase

Wales Kernkraft 400 – Zombie Nation

Wales This is Wales – Barry Horns

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The idea of ​​the World Cup as one big party has never been so consciously developed, but football and music together have been around for a long time, dating back to the days of New Order and John Barnes, or the less artistically relevant single from England’s World Cup team in 1970. it has a history. , come back home. However, expanding the World Cup experience also reveals an underlying truth; Football power brokers see a world where their sport has become another branch of consumer entertainment, and they want to make sure they’re ready.