This summer’s Euro 2020 championships promise to be an eclectic mix of all the culture that Europe has to offer, as games will be pored over by betting tipsters and media pundits from as far afield as St Petersburg, Baku, and Glasgow. Indeed, many of the host venues will hark music fans back to festivals and concerts they have travelled to over the years. Such crossover between the world of sport and music is nothing new, with music always being a key aspect of any major international tournament as in-between all the online football betting action and frantic checking of scores and team news, fans enjoy learning new chants, songs, and team anthems.
Another phenomenon that has taken off in recent years is that of top players ditching their boots for decks, going on to become DJs of varying abilities. Here we highlight just a few of them, who are getting dance floors jumping just in time for Euro 2020.
Mendieta was a prodigious talent who plied his trade for the Spanish national team as well as a whole host of top European club sides.
Since hanging his boots up, Mendieta has turned his hand to his other passion of music, doing the rounds as a DJ. Although he has made appearances at huge festivals like Benicassim he is also not afraid to set up his decks in the musty backroom of a London pub or Spanish taverna, such is his love for spinning tunes.
He will no doubt be cheering on the new generation of Spanish footballers this summer, in between thumping out some celebratory beats if La Roja triumph.
Cissé mixes his love of dance music and African culture to create unique sets
Although Cissé is still turning out performances in some of football’s lower leagues, he now also spends a large amount of his time churning out beats as a DJ.
The man who graced international pitches a total of 41 times for the French national side is a well-respected DJ, who will no doubt turn up the decibels if France are victorious this summer.
While Cissé keeps his music and football somewhat separate, former Villareal player Hector Massanet does the opposite, using his contacts within the game so that he can DJ everywhere from Victor Valdes’ birthday party to Barcelona FC team reunions.
This has culminated in him recently having a song featured as part of the popular Netflix series, Lucifer, which shows that music and football can combine to launch sports stars into second careers as superstar DJs.