I was never an avid soccer fan. I didn’t dislike the sport, I just liked baseball better. Plus track, taekwondo and even volleyball. Soccer was just not for me.
That all changed in 2010 with the #FIFA World Cup in South Africa, thanks to a Somali Canadian artist called K’naan.
Soccer, Games And Music
"Wavin’ Flag" was not the official song for 2010’s World Cup. It should’ve been but the honor went to Shakira’s "Waka Waka" instead. Let me tell you, I’ve danced "Waka Waka" a million times and it was thanks to that song that I discovered K’naan. "Wavin’ Flag" felt like a brush of fresh air had suddenly hit me. Refreshing, like tropical water from a Dominican beach. It was rejuvenating. I loved the song as soon as I heard it.
This happened instantly really while watching the song’s music video, which of course had scenes of people playing the sport I never liked. That’s when it hit me: I should play soccer! So of course I went to the mall to buy what every kid needs to become a pro soccer player, EA Sports FIFA World Cup South Africa! Yeah, a #videogame.
I played that Xbox 360 disc more than my brother, who’s a video game maniac. I truly liked the sport from that point forward and it was all because of a song. Eventually, I soon wanted to experience the game for real.
Fùtbol Becomes My Sport
My mom bought me a soccer ball soon after my dad bought me the video game. I would go to the park regularly that summer to play and practice my slick moves. It was in 2010 that I also got my first iPod, and you guessed it, "Wavin’ Flag" was instantly in my playlist. Listening to the song and passing the soccer ball with my brother was truly one of the best moments of 2010.
I would watch the soccer matches on #TV and later I would play. If it was raining outside I would stay indoors and play the video game instead. Ultimately, my love for the sport grew even more when Spain was set to go against the Netherlands in the final match.
I also started calling the sport by its real name, football, or fútbol in Spanish (the U.S. and the NFL have it all wrong).
I don’t know if today I would enjoy football as much as I do, if I hadn’t listened to K’naan’s "Wavin’ Flag." I love the song, the beat and all of its other versions.
It’s a beautiful thing what one song can do.
If you haven't listened to "Wavin' Flag," well what are you waiting for: