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.