European football—soccer, as we know it in the U.S.—and music are lively bedfellows, inextricably linked since the day the first chant ran over a crowded terrace. There’s a heady history, from the soccer-loving lad culture of ’90s heroes Oasis, to the cringeworthy attempts at rap or off-key melodies wheeled out sporadically by some of the game’s greatest stars. Songs about curry and wonder goals mix with Elton John-style melodies.
Pretty much anything goes, even if the juxtapositions don’t always work well. But, in the end, that’s not what it’s about. It’s about fans showing their passion, about players trying to convince the same fans they’d die for the badge on their shirt, and about dreams of glory…
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