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It only comes around every four  years and the intrinsic pride for country that resonates with both the most passionate fanatics to the slightly fair-weathered of futbol fans… excuse me, soccer fans, is akin to, if not far more intense than the Olympics.

So in honor of the World Cup in Brazil getting under way today, we decided to curate a not so Pitbull/J-lo/Shakira-esque playlist for the occasion.

We showed a slight favoritism towards the host country and also highlighted 10 of the 40 qualifying countries in the Tournament.

Thematically, this playlist is about soccer, the world cup, and star players.

Enjoy and best of luck this next month to whomever you root for!

(Take it for a spin on Spotify below and see the full list of songs underneath)

KCRW X World Cup Playlist – from Pan Caliente blogger Jose Galvan

1. Bersuit Vergarabat – El baile de la Gambeta (Argentina)
2. Monomono – Kenimania (Nigeria)
3. El Guincho – Bombay (Spain)
4. Manu Chao – La vida Tombola (France)
5. Móveis Coloniais de Acaju – O Tempo (Brasil)
6. Wir Sind Helden – Aurélie (Germany)
7. Systema Solar – Bienvenidos (Colombia)
8. Tribalistas – Já Sei Namorar (Brasil)
9. Maldita Vecindad – Fut Callejero (Mexico)
10. The Decemberists – The Sporting Life (USA)
11. Marcelo D2 – Sou Ronaldo (Brasil)
12. Motty’s Sheepskin – Hurry Up England (England)

 

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