Each team’s song selection in Qatar

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

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Before the start of the tournament, each national team submitted up to two songs to FIFA to be played in the stadium for each goal. Each entry was vetted by FIFA, but sources told ESPN that none were blocked from the list because of their lyrical content.

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

This year’s official FIFA Fan Festival anthem is Nicki Minaj’s ‘Tukoh Taka’, but the most popular here are old classics like the Gala’s ‘Freed From Desire’.

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

The United States have rapper Mase’s “Feel So Good” ready to perform for their goals, while Belgium live up to their Red Devils moniker by choosing MC Devil’s “Deviltime.”

Elsewhere, there are some traditional, more predictable choices. Australia choose “Down Under” by Men at Work, while their backup is “On my Mind” by Powderfinger. Excluding 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’s Germany that has chosen Canadian rockers Nickelback (“When We Stand Together”) as their holiday tune.

Similarly, Brazil chose Escola De Samba’s ‘Esquetado O Couro’, but the Netherlands’ choice has a similar, more globally familiar flavour: Bellini’s ‘Samba De Janeiro’.

Expect to hear “Idol” by K-pop icons BTS when South Korea celebrates. BTS’s Jung Kook joined forces 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 Kolonia anthems lined up every time they break their duck, while Denmark’s choice of ‘Re Sepp Ten’, a song recorded by the Danish team in 1986 their World Cup campaign in Mexico that year is also still unheard of.

‘Freed from Desire’ is the anthem of choice with England, Poland and Switzerland opting for the 1990s dance classic, which was given new life when Northern Ireland performed their reworked version of ‘Will Grigg’s On Fire’ at the 2016 European d. championship.

There are other 90s throwbacks, with France opting for Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – a nice choice for anyone who heard it while playing EA Sports’ FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 – and Wales having a pair of strikes chest in Zombie Nation’s trance track “Kernkraft 400” along with “This is Wales” by The Barry Horns, the band named after the 59-cap Welsh midfield legend.

But whatever song is playing as you watch a team celebrate a goal in Qatar, let’s hope it’s not ruined by the commentator talking and saying: VAR’s just checking that…”

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FULL WORLD CUP GOAL MUSIC PLAYLIST

Argentina
WOS: “Minor Crime”

Australia
Men at Work: “Down Under”
Powderfinger: “On My Mind”

Belgium
MC Devil: “Deviltime”

Brazil
Samba School: “Heated the Leather”

Canada
Northside Benji: “30,000 Feet”
Meek Mill featuring Drake: “Going Bad”

Cameroon
The Myths: “Mbandjoh”

Costa Rica
Gandhi: “The Other Goal”
The Underdogs: “Ole Ole”

Croatia
Marko Lasic: “Heart of Fire”
Colonia: “The World Loves Winners”

Denmark
VM Holdet (Denmark’s 1986 World Cup team): “Re-Sepp-Ten”

Ecuador
Damiano: “Ecuador, yes, I can”

England
Gala: “Freed from Desire”
Dua Lipa: “One Kiss”

France
Blur: “Song 2”

Germany
Nickelback: “When We’re Together”

Ghana
Sarkodie: “Oofeets”

Iran
HM: “Iran1400”

Japan
Ukasuka: “Syori No Emi Wo Kimi To”

Morocco
Hamid Bushnak: “Allez Allez Maroc”

Mexico
Mariachi Vargas: “They’re from La Negra”

The Netherlands
Shouse: “Love Tonight”
Bellini: “Samba de Janeiro”

Poland
Chest: “Balkanika”
Gala: “Freed from Desire”

Portugal
Xutos: “My Little House”
David Carreira: “Stick to everything”

Qatar
Hena Maaq: “Al Majmwa”

Saudi Arabia
Rashad Al Majeb: “Al Saudia”

Senegal
Custom song

Serbia
Around the World: “Rasta”
Svetozar Lazovich Gongo: “Uzhichko wheel”

South Korea
BTS: “IDOL”
Trans Fiction: “The Shouts of Red”

Switzerland
Gala: “Freed from Desire”

Tunisia
Adnan Dogru: “Mohammed”
Saber Rabei: “Sidi Mansour”

Uruguay
La Planta: “Cumbia Pa La Seleccion”

United States
Mase: “Feel So Good”

Wales
Zombie Nation: “Nuclear Power 400”
The Barry Horns: “This Is Wales”

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