It seems that Football and Music want to be together, but is it in everyone’s best interests?
Whilst there doesn’t seem to be any obvious link, it seems that on some level, football and music are inexplicably tied. Band members now regularly appear as celebrity pundits on football shows, footballers set up record labels and bands, and the two seem to live some strange symbiotic relationship.
This is not a modern-day thing, either. Famously, Julio Iglesias played in goal for one of Real Madrid’s teams before a car accident ended his career. Rod Stewart was also on the books for Brentford FC, before music took over.
These days, everyone seems to be getting in on the act. Rio Ferdinand has his own record label, Nolberto Solano plays Trumpet, plus Dion Dublin is a passionate Saxophone player, and has also created his own percussion instrument ‘The Dube’. Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez, between extended holidays (ahem!) has had a hit in his homeland, Argentina, with his band Pialo Vago.
But is it right?
So, there is a link between football and music, but is this is a good one? Hmmm… Well, as the following seem to show, the jury is out. Here are five examples of footballers involved in music. Judge for yourself….
Franz Beckenbauer – Gute Freunde kann niemand trennen
Yes, this particular track could prove to be great consolation should the inevitable penalty shootout happen this year. Yes, if we’re sobbing into our drinks later this month, console yourself by thinking of this from Mr. Beckenbauer, and this…
New Order – The World in Motion
…from the England team and new order. Is it the best football song ever? Possibly. John Barnes’ legendary rap divides people, but it’s hard to think of a better footie song than this one. Allegedly, somewhere there exists a tape with Peter Beardsley performing the rap section. Now there’s a marriage of music and football I’d love to hear…
Basil Boli & Chris Waddle – We’ve got a Feeling
I really don’t know what to make of this one. There’s football and music, but neither come out of it very well.
The Players – This is for Real
The Players, fronted by Morten Gamst Pedersen, produced this slice of sentimental pop tosh. Remarkably, this was a huge hit across Scandinavia. As the title suggests, ‘This is for Real’, and not some horrifically vivid nightmare caused by an overdose of sugar…
Glenn & Chris – Diamond Lights
Apparently, the same man behind Russ Abbot’s pop career masterminded Hoddle and Waddle’s contribution to the world of music, ‘Diamond Lights’. Need I say more? Whilst it is still unclear whether their reason for entering the pop world was having names that rhymed, we can only say that the loss of Glenn & Chris from the worlds of football and music leaves a wound that will never heal…
Football and music, it seems, will never be disentangled. With any luck, the produce of this unholy marriage will continue to be so entertaining (!).
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