If there’s one thing that people will remember from the 2010 FIFA World Cup (besides the crushing disappointment that was England Vs. Germany), it’ll be the Vuvuzela. Despite having annoyed millions of football fans around the world with their constant hum, the vuvuzela has lived on as a symbol of the South African World Cup and will probably be associated with football for a long time to come.
Music has always played it’s part in Football. On one hand it’s a form of support for the home team, creating a lively atmosphere for the benefit of the players and fans, whilst on the other it acts to intimidate the opposition. Every nation have their own songs and chants, with England’s being provided by the well known England Supporters Band (originally the Sheffield Wednesday Brass Band). Morale can make or break a teams performance, especially when a goal down, so what better way to show support to the away team than with iconic English anthems such as the Great Escape and Cabanga (Come on England)!.
Football songs are not limited to the football ground either. Many songs and World Cup anthems have also made it into the music charts, with the most memorable being “Three Lions – (Football’s coming home)". Originally released by Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds for Euro ’96, the song went on to be re-released in 1998 for the World Cup, each time making reference to England’s footballing heroes:
So many jokes, so many sneers
But all those oh-so nears
When your down, through the years
But I still see that tackle by Moore
And when Lineker scored
Bobby belting the ball
And Nobby dancing
- Three Lions 1996
Fast-forward 18 years to present day, and rather than being part of the song, Gary Lineker himself is actually providing the vocals for the 2014 World Cup anthem in the spoof cover of Take That’s “Greatest Day". First revealed on Sports Relief, the 2014 tune sees a Band-Aid-inspired performance of the Take That classic, recruiting popular stars such as Katy B, Emma Bunton, Mel C, Eliza Doolitle, Pixie Lott and Conor Maynard to lend their voices to the cause. Fingers crossed it brings luck to the England squad when out in Brazil, although somehow we can’t imagine it being belted out in the terraces.
If “Greatest Day" doesn’t hit the mark, then perhaps Brazils answer to the Vuvuzela will, the Caxirola. Purposely designed to “respect auditory boundaries" (unlike the vuvuzela), the Caxirola is a percussion instrument based on the Brazilian Caxixi. Although the Caxirola might not have had the most successful of starts (having been used as a projectile during a match between Vitoria and Bahia), the Caxirola is set to be this years must-have World Cup accessory. Make sure to have yours ready for the 14th of June when England faces Italy in Manaus – It’s looking to be a belter!