England Coach Capello Bans World Cup Song

18 Jan

The Brits have their weird soccer traditions. Perhaps the most laughable is the World Cup song. In the past, after England had qualified for the Finals, the players were forced into a studio to record a song. The television cameras would capture a tuneless striker belting out a ditty that made grandpa yell – Turn that bloody racket off! Fans were made to feel guilty if they failed to buy the single and put it to the top of the hit parade.

In 1970, the first English World Cup song, Back Home, made its assault on the ears with blunt instruments and cheesy lyrics. It was prophetic. Soon, England was back home from the Finals in Mexico without the trophy. A lack of composition in the studio spread to poor harmony on the field. The English would have to wait twelve years before another World Cup song hit the airwaves. The 1982 song, This Time We’ll Get It Right, raised false hopes but did increase sales – sales for earplugs. By the 1990 World Cup, a hint of credibility circled the England squad’s tune when the band, New Order, signed on to record with the team but predictably it ended in embarrassment again with England winger John Barnes trying his hand at rap. He had poetry in his feet, not his voice.

The last time England was free from the World Cup song was 1966, the year they won the trophy. And so it will be this time round. Great sighs of disappointment echoed around the country last week when the English FA announced there would be no daft World Cup song this year on orders from national team coach Fabio Capello. This extraordinary seriousness was to be expected from an Italian used to opera. The image of England’s team making fools of themselves in a chorus did not strike a chord with the mean Capello.

So those of us who always root against England, and know that their song acted as a curse on their chances, we now face the prospect of them winning it all in South Africa and possibly coming home to record a victory song that will fly to the top of the charts like God Save the Queen did in 1977. All we can do is hope Capello’s English opera will be a tragic one and the first blow will be delivered by the American colonists on June 12.

Alan Black is the co-author of The Glorious World Cup due for publication in May 2010. www.thegloriousworldcup.com

England’s first World Cup song, Back Home


11 Responses to “England Coach Capello Bans World Cup Song”

  1. George Dragon January 19, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Fear not, there are still songs being released to support England in the World Cup! Check out `Green Fields of England` by George and the Dragons at http://www.green-fields-of-england.com or on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_9WJ6WKeS4

  2. MBE-Squad February 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    Yeah, it’s the silly season for “spoof” unofficial tracks for the song for England… here’s a great one we’ve found: http://myspace.com/theladdz “Chant Like An English Fan!” seriously cheesy with a big dollop of rather catchy! lol

    • Sue March 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

      England… England… England…! I think this song for the World Cup is brilliant!!!

      I think this should be the summer hit for the World Cup this year.

  3. Chris Shendo February 1, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    Three Lions will take some beating in my opinion, but already there are more than 36 England entries on World CUp Song 2010 Competition

  4. The Toyz February 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    The best of the “unofficial” songs to date is BE THE BEST by THE TOYZ


    10,000 have already being given away free in a new game called TOTAL ACTION FOOTBALL

    and it’s being released on April 19th with ALL monies going to two children’s charities.

    Worth checking out

  5. Mr Evans March 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    If you haven’t heard “Chant Like an English Fan” by the Laddz, it was played at Old Trafford last weekend, it’s about the best World Cup song for England out there right now. Well worth a listen, if you can: http://myspace.com/theladdz

  6. J72 April 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    This is definitely my choice for the world cup song, its called FABIO by UKFF Girls and The Mighty Mascots

    • Alan Black April 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

      Undoubtedly, the best England team song

  7. Dee April 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    this song is the nuts! great video too!!

    Love this, where can we buy it?

  8. Chris May 15, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Could this be THE new anthem for England? We certainly hope so! Available now for sale at http://www.daretodream2010.com 🙂

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