Because there are so many teams competing in Euro 2016, I am starting now with the posts looking at the teams and the music associated with them.
I will highlight anything I find for the teams in the Euro 2016 campaign, but there will probably be more from previous competitions. If they exists though. Because of the amount ot teams competing, this year’s finals feature lots of unusual suspects and some of them might not have a song.
UPDATE: After doing some searching it has become apparent that songs done for European championship finals are few and far between, so I’ll be throwing a few in from World Cups.
» If you know of any 2016 tunes leave a comment at the end.
Luckily for us the French like to sing for their the national team. But songs done about their European exploits are harder to find. As far as I can see they were more enthusiastic about World Cups than Euros.This is from 1984 (found via Bide & Musique, which is why they’ve overlaid the name of their site over the audio.)
Allez Les Bleus – Allez Les Bleus (1984)
(Sidenote) You’ll notice the poetry loving goalkeeper Joël Bats in that team photo.
ADDITIONAL: Also via Bide & Musique is this by Yves de Roubaix which looks like it could have been the official theme song for the Euro 1984 tournament:
AND ONE MORE:
With thanks to my friend P.E. Minonzio who told me about this (so you can blame him, not me) released in time for Euro 2004:
As for any music for any competitions. Well there’s none because until this one, they’ve never ever qualified for any major final. I repeat. Albania qualified. Scotland. Didn’t.
If it wasn’t for 45football.com (click that link, seriously) I woudn’t know about many, many football songs.
He describes this song released for the 1990 World Cup thusly:
“Very very very bad idea: take a terrible song and sing it in 3 of the 4 languages spoken in Switzerland. No wonder they had to wait 4 more years for the 1st World-cup-qualification since 1966.”
So there you have Group A.
As I said if you know of any Euro 2016 for any of the above teams, leave a comment.
Up next is obviously Group B.