Sportfreunde Stiller – ’54,’74,’90, 2010
The 2006 World Cup held in Germany was a resounding success. There were memorable matches with spectacular goals and an incredibly festive atmosphere all over Germany with hundreds of thousands of fans from all around the world cheering on their national teams.
Sportfreunde Stiller’s song “’54, ‘74, ‘90, 2006” was the inofficial World Cup anthem. Fans belted it out in stadiums and at fan fests; kids and old people, policemen and street vendors, fans from Australia and Trinidad could be seen – and heard! – enthusiastically singing along to it. The song is Sportfreunde Stiller’s biggest hit to date and made it to number one in the German single charts.
After Germany’s dream of winning a fourth World Cup title didn’t come true, the Sportfreunde rewrote their song as "’54, ‘74, ‘90, ‘2010" in anticipation of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. But again the German team finishing third at the tournament didn’t come through ;-)
The World Cup’s smash hit was not the first time the Sportfreunde sang about soccer. The trio from Munich made its first appearance in 1996 naming their band Stiller in honor of their first youth soccer coach. Their debut album was entitled “So wie einst Real Madrid”, a reference to one of the world’s top soccer teams. It was released in 2000 and was the launchpad for the band’s successful career.
Let’s make this very clear, however. You don’t have to be a soccer fan to appreciate the Sportfreunde Stiller. Their music is honest and straightforward rock, not a pseudo-intellectual affair with heavy political messages and philosophical reflections. It simply appeals to everybody who wants to have a good time.