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The end of the football season has became a bit of a damp squib. The Premier League has already been won, the race for the Champions League is a non-event and the relegation battle is like several bald men fighting over a comb. 

So to keep us all entertained until the start of the World Cup I have devised the World Cup of music. I have picked 32 different songs to represent each country in many different ways. It could be the artist is from there, the song title is about the country and on a couple of occasions it is a very tenuous link indeed.

We will be starting off with Group A. All you need to do is to post what your favourite song is. The top 2 will be moving on to the next round. In the result of a tie in time honoured World Cup tradition it will be decided by drawing lots. Group B will be unveiled in roughly 48 hours time. 

So let's start with the controversial hosts….

RUSSIA

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PUSSY RIOT - PUTIN LIGHTS UP THE FIRES

With controversial hosts we have a controversial act. Representing everything against the Putin regime Pussy Riot are the first entry in the World Cup of Music. The song was released during the trial of three members of the band for “hooliganism” which is what we expect to be rife during the tournament.

SAUDI ARABIA 

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MEDINA - YOU & I

 

I have to admit it was hard finding a song representing Saudi Arabia. So I went the cheap way and found an artist whose name is shared with the second holiest city in the Islamic world - Medina. A typical inoffensive Europop song from this Danish act. If you think this link is tenuous, just wait until we finish the group stages!

 

EGYPT

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THE BANGLES - WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN

 

Nothing like a stereotype to get yourself a massive hit. One of the biggest acts of the late 80’s represent Egypt. If you regularly frequent casinos as I do, you should have an irrational hatred of this song after every single time someone triggers the Pharoh’s Fortune bonus.

URUGUAY

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MONTE VIDEO & THE CASSETTES - SHOOP SHOOP DIDDY WOP CUMMA CUMMA WANG DANG

 

 

It was a tough ask to find any decent Uruguayan music, I even got desperate and searched to see if Gus Poyet ever released a concept album to no avail. So I came across this bizarre song (not literally, well maybe a little) from New Zealand. Basically the song is about the Chuckle Brothers long lost cousin who picks up a transvestite. Lola it ain’t but this completes the first group of the World Cup of Music

 

I admit it is not a great start, but it will get better. Not a lot but it will get better

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