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History of World Cup Music
by Alex Cosper (7/14/14)

The FIFA World Cup is the most popular international sporting event held every four years as nations compete for the football/soccer crown of the world. The 2014 World Cup was held in Rio de Janeiro. at the Maracana. Shakira performed at the closing ceremony with Carlinhos Brown, Carlos Santana and Ivete Sangalo following the championship in which Germany defeated Argentina. Russian President Vladimir Putin and singer Rihanna were seen in the crowd, watching as spectators. It was Shakira's third World Cup performance the past decade. Below are some musical highlights from previous World Cup tournaments. Since 1994 official albums of World Cup music have been released by various major labels.

2014 Official Song: Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Claudia Lette - "We Are One (Ole Ola)" in Brazil
2014 Official Anthem: Carlos Santana, Wyclef and Avicii, Alexandre Pires - "Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)" in Brazil
2014 Shakira - "La la La" at the Maracana in Brazil
2010 Official Anthem: R. Kelly - "Sign of a Victory" in South Africa
2010 Concert: Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Shakira at Soccer City Stadium in South Africa
2010 Official Song: Shakira - "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" in South Africa
2006 Official Song: II Divo, Toni Braxton - "The Time of Our Lives" in Germany
2006 Official Anthem: Herbert Gronemeyer - "Zeit dass sich was dreht (Celebrate the Day) in Germany
2006 Shakira, Wyclef Jean - "Hips Don't Lie" in Germany
2002 Official Anthem: Vangelis - "Anthem" in Japan/South Korea
2002 Official Song: Anastacia -"Boom" in Japan/South Korea
1998 Official Anthem: Youssou N'Dour & Axelle Red - "La Cour des Grands (Do You Mind If I Play)" in France
1998 Official Song: Ricky Martin - "La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life)" in France
1998 Jean Michel Jarre, Tetsuya Komuro - "Together Now" in France
1994 Daryl Hall, Sounds of Blackness - "Gloryland" in the United States
1990 Edoardo Bennato, Gianna Nannini - "Un'estate Italiana (To Be Number One)" in Italy
1986 Arrow - "Hot Hot Hot" in Mexico
1982 Piacido Domingo - "Mundial '82" in Mexico
1978 Official Anthem: Buenos Aires Municipal Symphony - "Anthem" in Argentina
1974 Maryla Rodowicz - "Futbol" in Germany
1970 Los Hermanos Zavala 0 "Futbol Mexico 70" in Mexico
1966 Lonnie Donegan - "World Cup Willie (Where in the World are We Going)" in England
1962 Los Ramblers - "E! ROck del Mundial" in Chile

The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia and then Qatar will host the event in 2022. While most of the world refers to this event as a football tournament, Americans often refer to it as a soccer championship so that it isn't confused with American football or the Super Bowl. The first glabal tournament was held in Glasgow in 1872. FIFA, also known as the International Federation of Association Football, was launched in 1904 and ten years later began participating in Olympic football tournaments. In 1930 FIFA kicked off the event now known as the World Cup.

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