'Força' by Nelly Furtado has been confirmed as the official song of UEFA EURO 2004™. The song will be used extensively in the promotion of the finals and Furtado perform it live before the final at Lisbon's Estádio da Luz on 4 July.
One million sales
'Força', written and performed by Furtado, is taken from her album 'Folklore', which was released in November 2003 and has sold more than one million copies. It will be the third single from the album and will be released in June.
The announcement was made during the fortnightly Euro 2004 S.A. press conference. Gilberto Madaíl, chairman of the Euro 2004 S.A. board, said: "I am delighted that the song 'Força' 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 it is to people here in Portugal."
'Delighted and thrilled'
Furtado was not present at the conference but in a video presentation said: "I am delighted and thrilled that 'Força' has been chosen as the official song of EURO 2004™, as I am really looking forward to coming 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."
Furtado was born in Victoria, Canada to Portuguese parents. In addition to the original English version of the song, she will produce a Portuguese version.
Security and training centres were the other two issues on the agenda at the press conference. Dr Madaíl announced that all of the finalists had already booked their hotels and training camps, saying: "The 16 finalists will find the best facilities for their daily work. Modern hotels, renovated training centres and a welcome environment will contribute to the comfort of all."
In closing, Dr Madaíl added that Portuguese authorities were giving serious consideration to the security of the finalists. "Each team will have special measures of security in their hotels and training centres to prevent any situation," he said.
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