Saturday, 24 September 2022

FIFA World Cup official anthems and songs

FIFA World Cup anthems and songs are tunes and songs adopted officially by FIFA that are used prior to the World Cup event and accompany the championships during the event. These tunes and songs are also used in advertising campaigns for the World Cup event. These songs are usually multilingual and include English, the official language of the organizing country, Spanish and other languages. Since 1962, every World Cup has had an official theme song which has been a hit across the world. Some of the most popular FIFA World Cup theme songs and anthems include La Copa de la Vida sung by Ricky Martin, Waka Waka sung by Shakira, and Wavin' Flag sung by K'Naan. The theme song of the upcoming 2022 World Cup, Hayya Hayya (Better Together) sung by Trinidad Cardona, Davido and AISHA, has already caught the attention of the world.


1962 World Cup

Official song: El Rock del Mundial

Performer: Los Ramblers

Host: Chile




1966 World Cup

Official song: World Cup Willie

Performer: Lonnie Donegan

Host: England




1970 World Cup

Official song: Fútbol México 70

Performer: Los Hermanos Zavala

Host: Mexico




1974 World Cup

Official song: Futbol

Performer: Maryla Rodowicz

Host: West Germany




1978 World Cup

Official song: El Mundial

Performer: Buenos Aires Municipal Symphony

Host: Argentina




1982 World Cup

Official song: Mundial '82

Performer: Plácido Domingo

Host: Spain




1986 World Cup

Official song: El mundo unido por un balón

Performer: Juan Carlos Abara

Host: Mexico




1990 World Cup

Official song: Un'estate italiana

Performers: Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini (Italian) Giorgio Moroder Project (English)

Host: Italy




1994 World Cup

Official song: Gloryland

Performers: Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness

Host: USA




1998 World Cup

Official Anthem: La Cour des Grands (Do You Mind If I Play)

Performers: Youssou N'Dour and Axelle Red

Official song: La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life)

Performer: Ricky Martin

Host: France





2002 World Cup

Official Anthem: Anthem

Performer: Vangelis

Official song: Boom

Performer: Anastacia

Host: Japan and South Korea





2006 World Cup

Official Anthem: Zeit dass sich was dreht (Celebrate The Day)

Performers: Herbert Grönemeyer featuring Amadou & Mariam

Official song: The Time of Our Lives

Performers: Il Divo, featuring Toni Braxton

Host: Germany






2010 World Cup

Official Promotional Anthem: Sign of a victory

Performers: R. Kelly, featuring the Soweto Spiritual Singers

Official Anthem: Wavin' Flag

Performers: K'Naan

Official song: Waka Waka

Performers: Shakira featuring Freshlyground

Host: South Africa








2014 World Cup

Official Anthem: "Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)

Performers: Carlos Santana featuring Wyclef, Avicii, and Alexandre Pires

Official song: We Are One (Ole Ola)

Performers: Pitbull featuring Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte

Host: Brazil





2018 World Cup

Official song: Live It Up

Performers: Nicky Jam featuring Will Smith and Era Istrefi

Host: Russia




2022 World Cup

Official song: Hayya Hayya (Better Together)

Performers: Trinidad Cardona, Davido and AISHA

Host: Qatar






Friday, 23 September 2022

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ official soundtrack - Hayya Hayya

Hayya Hayya is the official soundtrack of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. 

Lyrics:

Hayya, hayya, hayya (yeah)

Hayya, hayya, ha (you know what it is)

Hayya, hayya, hayya

Hayya, hayya, ha (red one)

Hayya, hayya, hayya (Aisha)

Hayya, hayya, ha (Davido)

Hayya, hayya, hayya (Trinidad)

Hayya, hayya, ha


I wanna walk the walk on every street

I wanna ball out with the world at my feet

Hit every discotheque and not skip a beat, yeah-yeah

I wanna party, party eight days a week


I promise, I promise, I promise you now

Everything, everything gonna work out

Every tomorrow, no matter what goes down

I promise, I promise, I promise you now

Gonna be, gonna be sticking around

Every tomorrow, no matter what goes down


you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never


you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never


Hayya, hayya, hayya

Hayya, hayya, ha


Life can be up and down, but what can you do? Eh

We navigate through all the rough and the smooth, yeah

We got that rock and roll, that rhythm and blues, yeah-yeah

I'm never blue if I am rockin' with you, oh-oh

I promise, I promise, I promise you now

Everything, everything gonna work out

Every tomorrow, no matter what goes down


I promise, I promise, I promise you now

Gonna be, gonna be sticking around

Every tomorrow, no matter what goes down

you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never


you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never


Yeah, you can hop on your own wave

Yeah, you can ride it for life

But every journey is better

When you got love on your side


you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never


you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never


Hayya, hayya, hayya

Hayya, hayya, ha

Hayya, hayya, hayya

Hayya, hayya, ha


Songwriters: Adil Khayat / Mehdi Bouamer / Redone / Trinidad Cardona / Steph / Pat Devine


Thursday, 22 September 2022

Latest FIFA World Cup 2022™ official soundtrack - Arhbo

FIFA released the latest single from the multi-song FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Soundtrack named 'Arhbo' on 20 August 2022.

The soundtrack features Puerto Rican rapper Ozuna & French-raised Congolese rapper GIMS. GIMS, also known as Maitre Gims is the first French-speaking artist to produce and perform a World Cup soundtrack.


The chosen word 'Arhbo' roots in the Arabic word 'Marhaba' which translates to 'welcome'. The song is expected to symbolize unity and togetherness.


'Arhbo' was produced by RedOne who is FIFA’s Creative Entertainment Executive and the track was recorded at Katara Studios in Doha.


As per FIFA, the song is available on all streaming platforms on 26 August 2022, globally. 




Wednesday, 21 September 2022

FIFA World Cup 2022™ official soundtrack - Hayya Hayya (Better Together)

Hayya Hayya (Better Together) is the first of a selection of singles released from the multi-song FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Soundtrack.


The uplifting track, featuring Trinidad Cardona, Davido, and Aisha, draws on R&B and reggae influences and will play a central role in tonight’s final draw for the tournament.


The single is available on multiple platforms and the song’s official video has premiered on FIFA’s YouTube channel.




Tuesday, 20 September 2022

How tiny Qatar plans to house a million fans during the World Cup

Qatar is expected to welcome a sizable contingent of guests this winter when it becomes the smallest nation ever to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world -- the FIFA World Cup.

The Gulf nation predicts that over one million fans will travel to Doha over the duration of the World Cup; that's around 37% of its population of 2.7 million. The country is only around 4,400 square miles in size or roughly the size of Jamaica.


Previous tournament hosts have faced several logistical issues in dealing with a large number of traveling fans -- ranging from transport to accommodation. The country's small size may have some advantages, but the challenges are plenty too.


An aerial view of Ahmad Bin Ali stadium at sunset in Al Rayyan, Qatar.



Already, there are reports of rising costs and a lack of suitable accommodation. For example, there are 21 properties available on online travel agency Booking.com for the first three nights of the tournament, with prices starting at $1,000 per night and rising to a whopping $51,000.


This isn't uncommon though. Reports from 2006 claim hotel prices spiked in Berlin and Frankfurt when Germany hosted the tournament. Prior to organizing the 2010 edition, South Africa was plagued by reports of unfinished training camps, while hotels were accused of hiking prices during the World Cup period.


"Our objective has always been providing fair and reasonable pricing for visiting fans," a spokesperson for Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SCDL) told CNN. "We work closely with key stakeholders to ensure affordable pricing across all types of accommodation."


Host nations have often found innovative ways to house fans, and Qatar is no different.

At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, residents living in the iconic favela slums opened their doors to tourists, renting beds, rooms, and even entire houses. Some travelers got creative and opted to stay in sex motels usually reserved for Brazilians looking to hook up after a night on the town.


Here's what Qatar has thought of to house the potentially million-strong football fans:


If you can't build them, sail them -- luxury cruise ships

Two luxury cruise ships will be moored at Doha's port for the entirety of the World Cup. Between them, they have nine pools, 3,898 cabins, 45 bars, and 10 fine dining options. Other facilities include a spa, tennis courts, and the world's largest dry slide at sea.


Worried you'll need to look your best for a group stage fixture between Japan and Costa Rica? Fear not, you'll have access to a barber shop and beauty salon.


The ships are a 10-minute shuttle ride to the center of Doha but staying in one of the spacious cabins will not be cheap. They should range from $605 to $2,779 per night -- though that's a snip compared to some of the other options available to ticketholders, considering it includes a buffet breakfast.


A home away from home -- apartments and villas

Qatar Accommodation Agency, the official supplier of lodging for the event, aims to make 100,000-130,000 rooms available on any given night of the 28-day tournament.


There are already listings for ticketholders for one to six-bedroom apartments and villas, with prices for ticketholders ranging from $84 to $875 per night. Most are easily accessible by public transport and the villas are fully equipped with kitchens, washing machines, pools, and gyms.


This accommodation, like others provided by the Accommodation Agency, will be rented out on a first-serve basis, via a staggered release in line with FIFA's ticketing phases or in packages provided by Qatar Airways.


On top of official accommodation, it will provide a booking platform similar to Airbnb for residents to rent out their homes to traveling fans. By applying for a license from Qatar Tourism, residents or owners of buildings can also list their apartments on other portals, such as Airbnb.


The festival experience -- fan villages

Ticketholders can purchase accommodation at so-called fan villages; described as "casual camping and cabin-style accommodations." At a cost of $207 a night, the small, basic converted portacabins are pricey, and only offer a kettle, fridge, and two bottles of water per day. They are dotted on the outskirts of Doha, the furthest being 25 miles from the airport. There will be a number of food and entertainment options available on site, but details about those have not been made available yet.


Desert camping, the Arabian way -- Bedouin-style tents

The camping option is not yet available on the official accommodation website, but the head of accommodation at the SC, Omar Al-Jaber, has said he plans to pitch 1,000 "Bedouin style" tents in the desert during the tournament. 


Around 200 of those will be classified as "luxury" and cost an "expensive" fee, providing an "authentic" experience for fans, Al-Jaber told Reuters. They will have air conditioning to protect fans from the cold desert nights and sweltering morning heat.


If all else fails, sleep in a different country

Accommodation in Qatar is expected to be so limited that the country has opted to house ticketholders in neighboring nations and fly them in and out on short flights every day.


Qatar Airways announced in May that it had partnered with regional carriers to launch 160 extra daily return flights at "competitive prices" that will shuttle fans from Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat, and Riyadh. There will be no baggage check-in facilities to speed up the transfers and dedicated transportation services will be made available to get fans from the airport to stadiums.


It will also be possible to drive from cities like Riyadh, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, all of which are under seven hours away.


(Source: CNN)