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With the Olympics done and dusted, it's time to turn our attention to other sporting events: namely, the new football season, starting this Friday. But, being Classic FM, we couldn't resist a little delve into the archives to see which composers and musicians throughout history have been inspired by football. Whether they were ardent supporters of particular clubs or just loved the beautiful game, we've put them into a handy list for you.
When it comes to downright football fanaticism, Dmitri Shostakovich was one of classical music's most avid. His love for Zenit Leningrad meant that he could often be found hollering from the terraces. He even qualified as a referee, and wrote a whole ballet, 'The Golden Age', about a Soviet football team that falls victim to match rigging and imprisonment.
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