Usually soccer and sounds don’t mix. Thankfully the days of Cup final songs to raise some cash for the player’s pool have long gone. That’s one of the upsides to today’s cash loaded game.
But two England songs did hit a chord.
‘Back Home’ from the 1970 Mexico World Cup finals, where England were knocked out in the quarter finals by West Germany, has a sound that captures the last knockings of the upbeat mood of the Swinging Sixties.
‘World in Motion’ from the 1990 finals in Italy hits the mark and prefaces the dawn of a new era in the English game with its fusion of rap and rave. It was the Germans again of course who made sure it ended in agony rather than ecstasy beating England in a semi-final penalty shoot-out.