FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010
For FIFA World Cup championship, an anthem and a theme song are officially adopted to be used as warm-ups to the event, to accompany the championships during the event and as a souvenir reminder of the events as well as for advertising campaigns leading to the World Cup.
These are usually sung by leading musicians and are also performed at the opening and closing ceremonies. The songs chosen are usually multilingual using English, the official language of the organising country as well as other world languages. The official versions also result in cover versions in many other languages by the original artists or by local artists.
Many participating countries also create an official World Cup song for their national teams.
World Cup Traditions – Official FIFA Anthem
The FIFA Anthem or Hymn is played before every match in FIFA tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup since the 1994 world cup. The melody was composed by Franz Lambert, and is instrumental with no lyrics. It is played as the teams enter the stadium. Then the national anthems of both the teams are played.
FIFA Anthem – For the Good of the Game
World Cup Traditions – Official World Cup 2010 Anthem
The official anthem, Sign of a Victory, is performed by R Kelly along with Soweto Spiritual Singers, and written and produced by R Kelly himself.
R Kelly – Sign Of Victory (World Cup 2010 Anthem)
Check out R Kelly’s amazing performance of “Sign of a Victory” with the Soweto Spiritual Singers at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa.
WM South Africa 2010 – R Kelly – Sign of Victory
World Cup Traditions – Official World Cup 2010 Theme Song
The official song, Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), is performed by the Colombian singer Shakira and the South African band Freshlyground. “Waka Waka” was written by Shakira and John Hill and co-produced by John Hill.
The song is based upon a traditional African soldiers’ song named Zangalewa. Shakira and Freshlyground performed the song at the pre-tournament Kick-Off concert in Soweto on June 10. It will be performed at the final on July 11.
It was later included on Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album, released on May 31.
Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)
The video was premiered on June 6, 2010. Football players Lionel Messi, Dani Alves, Rafael Márquez, Gerard Pique and Carlos Kameni appeared in the video. In the video, besides the group and the Colombian singer, the World past are remembered. Brazilians Ronaldo, Denilson and Pele were highlighted, and the famous penalty miss by Roberto Baggio in 1994, which secured the championship to Brazil.
FIFA World Cup is the largest sporting event in the world, and soccer is the most beautiful game. The round of 16 matches have started today on June 26, 2010. From today onwards till the final on July 11, 2010, we will bring you memorable events of FIFA World Cup from past and present each day.
26/6/2010: Goal Celebrations Coca-Cola Ad
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27/6/2010: Africa’s legend – Roger Milla
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30/6/2010: Write The Future Nike Ad
Football’s future with hidden revelations and images
1/7/2010: Akon’s Oh Africa Pepsi Ad
Pepsi commercial uses music sung by Akon
2/7/2010: The Dream Is Here Commercial Ad
Stop day dreaming, it’s already here
3/7/2010: World Cup Logo
4/7/2010: Zakumi Our Favourite Leopard
Official Mascot for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
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6/7/2010: Non-official Songs
Non-official Songs for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
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