Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado - Official Song for UEFA EURO 2004 is Fora

UEFA today announced that the Official Song for UEFA EURO 2004t, is Fora by Nelly Furtado. The song will be used extensively as part of the event marketing and promotional programme and will be performed live by Nelly Furtado in the pre match entertainment before the Final Match on 4 th July in the Luz Stadium in Lisbon .

Fora, written and performed by Nelly Furtado has been taken from her album Folklore, which was released in November 2003 and has sold more than

one million copies worldwide. Fora will be the third single from the album and will be released in June.

Nelly Furtado said of UEFA's decision: I am delighted and thrilled that Fora has been chosen as the Official Song of UEFA EURO 2004 , as I am really looking forward to going back to Portugal to perform it. I wrote it with the passion the Portuguese people have for football in mind and I hope this comes through in the music and lyrics.

The album Folklore is a musical exploration of Nelly's feelings towards life, her experiences and emotions and is strongly influenced by her Portuguese roots and Portuguese life and music. Fora, which is Portuguese street slang for keep going is about sport, especially football and the words the beautiful game are part of the lyrics . Fora describes how football exhilarates you with passion. It is a happy song, a kind of football anthem with a lot of energy in the chorus, which the fans will find easy to sing along with.

Nelly Furtado - Official Song for UEFA EURO 2004  is Fora
Nelly Furtado - Official Song for UEFA EURO 2004  is Fora
Nelly Furtado - Official Song for UEFA EURO 2004  is Fora

Lars-Christer Olsson, CEO of UEFA said: I am very pleased that we have such a strong piece of music as the Official Song of UEFA EURO 2004tm and I am sure it will become a memorable part of the entertainment fabric of the event:

Dr Giberto Madail, President of EURO 2004 SA, remarked: I am delighted that the song Fora will be the Official Song of the event and in particular that Nelly Furtado is the singer, as it is important that the song has a strong Portuguese feel and she understands the passion for football and how important football is to people here in Portugal .

UEFA EURO 2004 is the world's third largest sporting event, with projected cumulative television audiences of up to nine billion people and the 31matches will take place in nine cities and ten stadia in Portugal between 12 th June and 4 th July this year, with around 1.2 million spectators expected to attend the matches.

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