Another great find by The Global Game, this time alerting me to Pitch Perfect. This from the website:
“Pitch Perfect will see the creation of a brand new football anthem to reflect football in 2005. It will be fully accessible, culturally reflective of the communities involved and, more than anything, fun for those singing it! Pitch Perfect aims to develop links between football and music. It draws upon the musical tradition present in football history through the commissioning of a brand new choral and instrumental work which is written to celebrate the ‘beautiful game’.”
The song will be premiered on Friday 18 November 2005 at Wembley Conference Centre. I look forward to hearing it.
Update: The Guardian posted an article which reports that Sepp Blatter wants to ban the playing of national anthems prior to internationals – perhaps they could be replaced by this song instead?
Written by Christian Wach on Thursday, November 10th, 2005
This is a great idea by Blatter. I am all for it. Wouldn’t it be just great if FIFA had its own anthem and played it instead of the national anthems as Chris has suggested?! Football should be apolitical, non-racist and universal. Afterall, it is about a round ball with its own rules that are universally accepted. Although in the world cup final it is all about a nation winning the ultimate prize, I think watering down the nationalistic aggrevations isn’t a bad idea at all.
Apparantly the song will be available to football clubs across the UK, with a resource pack and website on using the song in thier community in March 2006.
Thanks for finding that out Amir – sounds like it’ll be out in time for The Ball’s departure for Germany then. I’d like to hear it sung at Battersea Park before the kick-off.