Gulzar, A R Rahman will join talents to compose song for 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup

Written by Sampad Patnaik
| Bhubaneswar |

Published: September 21, 2018 10:43:06 pm





Lyricist Gulzar and legendary music composer A R Rahman have been delegated by the Odisha government to compose the official song for Hockey Men’s World Cup. (File Photo) 

Lyricist and poet Gulzar and legendary music composer A R Rahman have been delegated by the Odisha government to compose the official song for Hockey Men’s World Cup, which will be held in Bhubaneswar in November. Both Gulzar and Rahman have been awarded India’s third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan. Gulzar has also been conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke award.

This year’s Men’s Hockey World Cup, which is the 14th edition of the tournament, is scheduled to be held from November 28 to December 16, at Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the news on Twitter: Delighted to announce that India’s pride @arrahman is creating official #HWC2018 Song with the legendary #Gulzar Sahab. At the Opening Ceremony of #HWC2018 Rahman will perform it Live, his first performance in Odisha. Let the musical symphony create magic #HeartBeatsForHockey

The song, titled “Jai Hind, Jai India”, will focus on the message ‘purpose is loftier than victory or defeat’.

The video that will accompany this song will be shot in hockey hubs across the nation. Rahman himself will perform the song live at the World Cup Opening Ceremony on November 27 in Bhubaneswar.

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Live Cricket Score, West Indies vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I at Basseterre: Russell on Song


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Live Cricket Score, West Indies vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I at Basseterre: Russell on Song

Andre Russell. (Reuters)







Catch all the live updates from the 1st T20 International between West Indies and Bangladesh at Basseterre on Cricketnext.comPreview: Chris Gayle and Rayad Emrit are out as Windies name a strong 13-man squad for the three Twenty20 Internationals against Bangladesh. The first match will be played on Wednesday, 1 August in Basseterre, before the teams go to Lauderhill in Florida, and wicket-keeper batsman Chadwick Walton has been brought in for Gayle.

That is one of two changes to the team that played the one-off Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge game against ICC World XI at Lord’s in May. The other is the return of left-arm paceman Sheldon Cottrell in place of all-rounder Rayad Emrit. The rest of the squad remains unchanged with Carlos Brathwaite continuing to be captain.

Andre Russell, who played his first one-day international since 2015 in the recently-concluded series, retains his place after recovering from the injury that forced him to miss the last ODI, as does star opening batsman Evin Lewis, who will be tasked with giving his side good starts in the absence of Gayle.

“We have rested Chris Gayle and have added left-arm pacer, Sheldon Cottrell, for variety to the bowling attack. The team reflects the last squad that performed well in the charity match in the UK,” said Courtney Browne, the Chairman of Selectors.

The experienced Denesh Ramdin is the second wicket-keeper in the squad and might pip Walton for a place in the starting XI depending on the combination the Windies want. In terms of experience, Windies also have Marlon Samuels in the middle order and he will be tasked with holding the innings together.

Samuel Badree is the main spinner in the squad, with Keemo Paul, Ashley Nurse, Kesrick Williams, Brathwaite and Russell the other bowling options. Rovman Powell and Andre Fletcher complete the 13.

Fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman will return to Bangladesh’s squad for a three-match Twenty20 series against West Indies next month, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Sunday.

Mustafizur missed the T20 series against Afghanistan in June due to a toe injury suffered while playing for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in May.

He also missed a Test series in the West Indies but played a vital role in Bangladesh’s 2-1 win in their one-day series with five wickets in three matches.

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Mustafizur replaces Abul Hasan in the squad.

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Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Haider, Abu Jayed, Ariful Haque.

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First Published: July 31, 2018, 11:46 PM IST


2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Fan-favourite Embolo humbled to have his own song

  • ​Embolo and Switzerland face Sweden in the Round of 16
  • “In the Nati, the Swiss Nati, Breel is at home…”
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By Alan Schweingruber with Switzerland

Who comes up with the chants fans sing in the stands? Are they created at annual supporters’ club meetings? Or by a group of friends over drinks? Or is it up to the most musically gifted member of a fan community?

Three years ago, the so-called ‘Embolo song’ came forth, and it is safe to say that whoever invented it, had a good ear for a hit. The melody is borrowed from ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ and the chant is now an established part of any Switzerland match. Whether en route to the stadium, in bars or on the terraces, Swiss fans can be heard singing: “In the Nati, the Swiss Nati, Breel is at home…”


“The national team and Switzerland mean everything to me,” the 21-year-old said in an interview with FIFA.com. “I came to the country from Cameroon when I was five and all my schooling and football education has been here. Switzerland welcomed ‘Breel’ when he was just ‘Breel’ and turned him into Breel Embolo.”

Moving to Switzerland from Cameroon with his mother when he was a child, Embolo climbed the youth ranks at a number of different youth teams in Basel before joining city giants FC Basel in 2010 at the age of 13. He now laces his boots for German Bundesliga side Schalke, where he recovered from a long injury lay-off in time to find his form again ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Switzerland fans have supported him for years, regardless of whether or not he plays or scores. And when Embolo flashes his smile after a game, any worries seem to just melt away for a moment. “It’s wonderful to have such great fans that are always behind us and give us so much,” he said. “That’s something that characterises Switzerland, that positivity and togetherness. We have to keep going like that because it’s the only way to achieve anything.”








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Will everything come together for Switzerland, as they look to reach the quarter-finals? They have not won a World Cup knockout stage match since 1938, whereas Sweden have progressed to the semi-finals three times over the same period. “Yes, Sweden are a strong team,” continued Embolo, who is yet to score in 117 minutes at the tournament so far. “But we’ll be very well prepared. We’ll give it our all to get to the quarter-finals. Two years ago, we lost to Poland in the last 16 at the European Championship. We learned from that. The fact we’ve been able to come from behind twice here in Russia shows we’re ready for more.”

With six days between Switzerland’s final group game against Costa Rica and their last 16 assignment, Embolo has made the most of the down time. Coach Vladimir Petkovic gave him permission to fly back to Switzerland straight from Nizhny Novgorod for the birth of his daughter, who was born late on Thursday.

“It was perfect timing,” said Embolo after his return to the team’s World Cup headquarters. “I went straight to the hospital from the airport and arrived just in time. I’m delighted. Naliya’s birth is by far the best present I’ve ever had in my life. Now, I hope I won’t be flying back to Switzerland any time soon. We still want to achieve something here in Russia.”

Switzerland’s next match is in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, while a potential quarter-final against England or Colombia would be held in Samara. Yet, irrespective of the venue, the ‘Embolo song’ sounds good in any city or stadium.

“In the Nati, the Swiss Nati, Breel is at home…”








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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Watch the Russia 2018 Official Song music video

With the one week to go milestone passed, how can we crank up the excitement for the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ another notch? With the release of the music video for the tournament’s Official Song!

Fans have been getting in the mood for the 14 June kick-off for the past two weeks by listening to ‘Live It Up’ by Nicky Jam, featuring Will Smith and Era Istrefi, clocking up over 17 million plays on YouTube alone! But now they get to see them in action, too.

As the three singers helped build the anticipation with their upbeat summer anthem, they were joined by none other than 2002 winner Ronaldinho. The Brazilian legend even took the chance to show the world he still has plenty of his trademark technique, pulling off an audacious trick shot while on location.

The track is set to ring out throughout Russia over the next few weeks, so whet your World Cup appetite a little further by watching the video above. You can also stream the audio on YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music or download it from iTunes and Google Play.