We Are Scientists with their rules of writing a world cup anthem

The Guardian: We Are Scientists present … the rules of writing a World Cup anthem

But we decided not to rely on our own understanding of the game – this is a song that ideally will represent an entire nation, after all! – and so we asked hundreds of footballers, from amateurs to pros to lifetime fans. The picture that began to emerge was quite a surprise: for the most part they agreed that the best thing you can hope to do when you strike the ball with your foot is to put the ball in the goal. With this more subtle understanding of the game in place, completing the central lyric of our anthem was child’s play: “Kicking the, kicking the, kicking the ball. Kicking it, kicking it into the goal.”

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