Sunday, July 11, 2010

World Cup Final

The world’s attention turns to soccer today, as Spain takes on The Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup Final; estimates are that the Final will surpass the 715 million who watched the 2006 closer.

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Spain are using Kasabian as their inspiration: the team reportedly gets pumped up for every match by cranking some Kasabian in their dressing room. According to Spain’s Fernando Torres, the Spanish team’s favorite tune is “Club Foot.”

Sound familiar? Last month, I told ya about the Argentina team’s newfound love for Oasis, and that they even made a public offer to hire the band to reunite for a special victory show if they won this year’s tournament. Turns out Oasis only got them as far as the quarter-finals, where Argentina lost to Germany.

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Should Spain win today, Torres says that he would like to present Kasabian with a team autographed jersey as a thanks for the inspiration to their squad.

Club Club Foot - Kasabian

Kasabian – Club Foot (2004)

I haven’t seen or heard anything about what songs are inspiring the Dutch these days, but the team has a long history of theme songs based on a foot-stomping oompah-beat.

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A surprise hit came out of nowhere this past week when Dutch comedian Youp van 't Hek and Dutch singer Guus Meeuwis appeared on a Dutch football show. In less than 20 minutes, the duo co-wrote and performed a brand new football song which has attracted huge attention from fans – it had more than 100,000 hits in less than 12 hours online.

The atypical acoustic football song is written as a letter to Dutch Queen Beatrix, in which the duo ask her to make room in her schedule next week as she may have to honor the new World Champions, should the team prove victorious today.

Youp van 't Hek and Guus Meeuwis – Majesteit (2010)