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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.
While he's not a huge name when it comes to composing, Finland-born Osmo Tapio Everton Räihälä's work dedicated to the majesty of Everton's Duncan Ferguson caused a stir at the club. Entitled 'Barlinnie Nine' (presumably a reference to HM Prison Barlinnie, where Ferguson was once an inmate), the orchestral piece was premiered on the same day that Ferguson scored the only goal in the FA Cup Final against Manchester United.
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