Monday, May 01, 2006

Bavarian Rhapsody

Now that Chelsea have the Premiership title in the bag, the Champions League and UEFA finalists have been decided and my own team Sheffield Wednesday (which I generally keep quiet about) have managed to avoid the drop, the world will soon be turning its attention to a summer feast of football in Germany. Eamonn over at "Rainy Day" is counting the days with fervent anticipation.
Although their choice of pundits somritmes leaves a lot to be desired, the BBC usually put on a good show. One of the most impressive aspects of their World Cup coverage is the rousing theme tune and the spectacular opening titles which normally have some connection with the host country and manage to set the tone for the tournament.
My earliest memeory of the World Cup was in 1982, when the theme tune was from the Lloyd-Webber musical Cats, which although having little to do with either Spain or football was certainly uplifting. For Mexico in 1986, it was a fast and furious compsition called Aztec Lightning by (I believe) an in-house composer.
Then from 1990 to 1998, it was the golden age of World Cup theme tunes when they scored the hat-trick and got it absolutely spot-on. Puccini's Nessun Dorma sung by Pavarotti set the Italian summer on fire and in doing so captured the public imagination by bringing classical music into popular culture by doing rather well in the pop charts. Rogers and Hammerstein's "I want to be in Amercia " from the musical Westside Story successfully set the scene in 1994 for a tournament held in a country where the word "football" generally conjures up images of heavily-built men in helmets and padding literally running into each other, rather then the subtleties of the so-called "Beautiful Game". France's first ever win on home soil was accompanied by the graceful strains of Fauré's Pavane, which in my opinion worked rathr well.
I can't say the same about the tune for the 2002 competiton which I have no memory of and was not impressed by. The titles were inspired by images from the Japanese Manga cartoons and while remaining true to the spirit of one of the host nations, didn't do a lot for me.

So what can we expect in 2006? A rousing piece from Beethoven or Wagner? A futuristic keyboards and synthesizers number in the style of Teutonic techno-popmeisters Kraftwerk juxtaposed with images of the Black Forest, the Brandenburg Gate and the Rhinelands? As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, I wait with baited breath.


Cybez said...

I heard on the radio a lot of "pop" acts with "World Cup" songs are considering changing their lyrics because of Mr Rooneys foot injury. So unfortunate to have that happen, never mind possibly missing the W.C., but after the launch of the Wayne Rooney football boot ...I wonder what they're for? W.C.,whats that stand for?

CW said...

I heard on the news this morning that he'll be living in an oxygen tent for the next month so he can recover in time for the World Cup. Apparently Fergie's played down any hopes of this happening though, and has had a go at Sven(gali) for suggesting otherwise. But then Man. U. aren't in the World Cup, so what does the former care anyway. As for what WC stands for - as far as the anti-Rooney begrudgers (probably the Evertonians and Scousers in general who've never forgiven him for defecting to the "dark side") are concerned, it could well be "Wayne, Cheerio!"

BTW, Cyberscribe, I see you've had the interior decorators in at SFD -looking good!

backcare said...

Thank you for your blogger about world cup.As a big fans of football,I’d like exchange information with you.
Motto of different country FIFA2006 world cup team
1.We are football Germany on the road to gold Netherlands
3.Liberte,Egalite,Jules Rimet France
4.Never-ending legend,united Korea
5.2006,It's Swiss o'clock
6.A passion to win and a thirst to succeed country
7.angola lead the way,our team is our people
8.get up,argentina are on the move
9.australia's socceroos-bound for glory
10.vehicle monitored by 180 million brazilian hearts
11.our army is the team,our weapon is the ball,let's get to germany and give it our all Costarica
12.ecuador my life,football my passion,the cup my goal
13.come on the elephants!win the cup in style country nation,one trophy,eleven lions ENGLAND
15.go black stars,the stars of our world Ghana
16.stars of Persia pride,italy in our hearts
18.light up your samurai spirit Japan the finals with fire in our hearts Croatia
20.aztec passion across the world
21.from the heart of america...this is the guarani spirit
22.white and red,dangerous and brave Poland
23.with a flag in the window and a nation on the pitch,forca Portugal
24.the green hawks cannot be stopped Saudi Arabia
25.fight!show spirit!come on!you have the support of everyone Sweden
26.for the love of the game country
27.spain,one country,one goal
28 with our support,ukraine cannot fail to win come the soca warriors-the fighting spirit of the Caribbean
30.belief and a lion's strength,for victory and our fans Czech
31.the carthage eagles...higher and stronger than evercountry
32.united we play,united we winUNITED STATE
Dr Han(football fans)