Every four years, millions of people gather insummer to watch soccer games and cheer for theirfavorite teams and players.
This year, the World Cup kick off on June 14 inRussia.
Leading up to the most exciting sporting event ofsummer, Live It Up, the official World Cup song, was released on May 25. Performed by USartist Nicky Jam, US actor and singer Will Smith, and Albanian singer Era Istref, the song has aline that goes, "One life, live it up, 'cause we got one life."
With a great melody and catchy lyrics, the song stands for "the excitement, the celebrationand the unity that people all over the world will share during the 2018 World Cup", Philippe LeFloc'h, chief commercial officer of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) told FIFA.com.
In fact, ever since the first official World Cup song came out in 1966 for the England World Cup, the relationship between soccer and music has grown stronger and stronger. As The WallStreet Journal put it, "Listening to motivational music (does) encourage people to take morerisks."
Austrian soccer player David Alaba said that music plays an important role in his career. "I try toget fired up before matches and listen to music which motivates me,"he told FIFA.com.
Apart from official songs and national anthems, many soccer players also use their personalmusic collections to lift their moods. French winger Franck Ribery is a big fan of hip hop from hismotherland, Argentine star Lionel Messi loves Argentine artist Sergio Torres' songs, whileGerman forward Marco Reus is known to listen to Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber.
One of the world's greatest soccer coaches, Giovanni Trapattoni, even believes that listening tomusic can teach players great lessons. "You learn a lot about intervals, tempo, rhythm. Youlearn the logical skills you need to read a game," he told FIFA.com.
Indeed, the right music can make all the difference. As Colombian musician Juanes toldFIFA.com, soccer and music have a lot in common. "You throw yourself into it, and it movessomething within people. You need your feet for soccer and you need words for music, but theyarouse one and the same thing: passion," he said.