The song choices of each team in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar – At first glance, Blur, BTS, Drake, Dua Lipa, Mase, Mariachi Vargas, Men at Work, Nickelback and Zombie Nation don’t seem to have much in common. They are unlikely to all appear together on many music fans’ Spotify playlists. But they are all artists on the official list of songs played when goals are scored at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Prior to the start of the tournament, each national team submitted up to two songs to FIFA to play on the stadium PA each time they score. Each entry has been approved by FIFA, but sources told ESPN that none were blocked from the list due to their lyrical content.

Music plays an increasingly important role at World Cups, with many songs getting stuck in your head. Walking around Qatar, you hear echoes of past tournaments: K’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag”, synonymous with the 2010 World Cup, is a favorite here, and you can’t escape the “Waka, Waka ( This Time For Africa) by Shakira”. of this same tournament in South Africa.

The official anthem for this year’s FIFA Fan Festival is Nicki Minaj’s “Tukoh Taka,” but it’s those age-old classics like Gala’s “Freed From Desire” that are most popular here.

ESPN has obtained a list of all the songs chosen by the 32 countries competing in Qatar, except for Senegal’s song, which is a bespoke song based on the team’s stars.

USA have rapper Mase’s ‘Feel So Good’ to play for their goals, while Belgium live up to their Red Devils moniker by opting for MC Devil’s ‘Deviltime’.

Elsewhere, there are traditional and more predictable choices. Australia opts for “Down Under” by Men at Work, while their backup option is “On my Mind” by Powderfinger. The exclusion of Australian rock legends AC/DC is a controversial call.

One of Canada’s options is Drake’s appearance on Meek Mill’s “Going Bad,” but it was Germany that chose Canadian rockers Nickelback (“When We Stand Together”) as the celebratory song.

Similarly, Brazil opted for Escola De Samba’s “Esquetado O Couro”, but the Dutch choice has a similar, more globally familiar flavor: Bellini’s “Samba De Janeiro”.

Expect to hear “Idol” from K-pop icons BTS when South Korea scores. BTS’s Jung Kook teamed up with Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi to sing “Dreamers” at the opening ceremony.

For teams like Croatia who are yet to score at the World Cup, they have Marko Lasic and Colonia anthems lined up for every time they break their duck, while Denmark’s choice of “Re Sepp Ten”, a song recorded by the 1986 Danish team for their World Cup campaign in Mexico that year, has yet to be heard.

“Freed from Desire” is the favorite anthem with England, Poland and Switzerland all choosing the 1990s dance classic, which was given a new lease of life when Northern Ireland presented its version reworked “Will Grigg’s On Fire” at the 2016 European Championship.

There are other throwbacks to the 90s too, with France opting for Blur’s ‘Song 2’ – a pleasant choice for anyone who heard it while playing ‘FIFA: Road to World Cup 98’. ‘EA Sports – and Wales have a pair of chest drummers in Zombie Nation’s trance banger ‘Kernkraft 400’ alongside ‘This is Wales’ from The Barry Horns, the band named after the legend in the middle of Welsh ground to the 59 selections.

But whatever song plays as you watch a team celebrate the goal in Qatar, just hope it doesn’t get spoiled by the commentator who takes the floor to say: VAR is just checking this… “

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WOS: “Light Crime”

Men at Work: “Down Under”
Powderfinger: “In My Head”

MC Devil: “Deviltime”

School of Samba: “Heating the leather”

Northside Benji: “30,000 feet”
Meek Mill with Drake: “Going Bad”

The Myths: “Mbandjoh”

Costa Rica
Ghandi: “The other goal”
The Strangers: “Ole Ole”

Marko Lasic: “Heart of Fire”
Colonia: “The world loves winners”

VM Holdet (Danish 1986 World Cup team): “Re-Sepp-Ten”

Damiano: “Ecuador, yes, I can”

Gala: “Freed from Desire”
Dua Lipa: “A Kiss”

Blur: “Song 2”

Nickelback: “When We Stand Together”

Sarkodie: “Oofeets”

SM: “Iran1400”

Ukasuka: “Syori No Emi Wo Kimi To”

Hamid Bouchnak: “Go Go Morocco”

Mariachi Vargas: “They are from La Negra”

Shouse: “Love Tonight”
Bellini: “Samba De Janeiro”

Breasts: “Balkanica”
Gala: “Freed from Desire”

Xutos: “My little house”
David Carreira: “Let’s go with everything”

Hena Maak: “Al Majmoua”

Saudi Arabia
Rashad Al Majeb: “Al Saudia”

custom song

Around the world: “Rasta”
Svetozar Lazovic Gongo: “Uzicko Kolo”

South Korea
Trans Fixion: “Cries of the Red”

Gala: “Freed from Desire”

Adnan Dogru: “Muhammad”
Saber Rabei: “Sidi Mansour”

La Planta: “Cumbia Pa La Seleccion”

United States
Mase: “I feel so good”

Zombie Nation: “Nuclear Energy 400”
The Barry Horns: ‘This is Wales’

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