The List: Seven songs that mention soccer (or, sigh, fútbol)

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

On Wednesday, July 27, Ohio Stadium will erupt with the roar of soccer fans taking in an exhibition between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. To help stoke excitement for the match, we thought we'd take a look at seven songs that reference soccer (or fútbol/football, we're not overly picky here).

Los Campesinos: "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed"

The Welsh indie-pop collective regularly incorporated its soccer devotion into its songs, building in obscure-ish references to Czech legend Antonin Panenka and Ghana-born forward Tony Yeboah ("We connected like a Yeboah volley"). But I'll take this kinetic verse, where singer Gareth David recounts muting his heartbreak by getting drunk and throwing up on "the football pitch."

Jay-Z: "American Gangster"

The title track on Jay-Z's 10th studio album includes mention of faded former next-big-thing Freddy Adu ("I bit you Freddy Adu"), a reference that has aged nearly as well as this record.

Belle & Sebastian: "Another Sunny Day"

Sure, "I Don't Want to Play Football" would be the more obvious choice, but I prefer this 2006 cut, which proves even those more bookish types enjoy the odd sporting event - and giving grief to the referees. WHAT GAME ARE YOU EVEN WATCHING?

Wale: "Sun.Day.Breeze"

While the Washington D.C.-born rapper might be more celebrated for his "Seinfeld"-inspired mixtapes about nothing, he has at least a passing interest in soccer, based on this 2011, Wiz Khalifa-featuring cut. "World Cup, I know that they don't get me," he rhymes. "I keep them bitches clean, though my sneaker game is Messi." That would be Lionel Messi, the Argentinian forward largely considered to be the best footballer in the world. (Side note: The soccer obsession is no passing fad, either, since Wale also namechecks Wayne Rooney on his "Tim Westwood Freestyle," from 2012, and Mia Hamm on "No Days Off," from 2011.)

Billy Bragg: "God's Footballer"

This string-kissed ballad from blunt-voiced Bragg centers on former pro Peter Knowles, who left the game to become a Jehovah's Witness. "He scores goals on a Saturday/ And saves souls on a Sunday," Bragg sings. What is it you hope to accomplish this weekend?

G. Malone: "Haterz"

G. Malone gets top billing, but syrup-loving MC Lil Wayne steals the spotlight, dropping a double dose of soccer love on the 2008 cut. He references both Freddy Adu and David Beckham after announcing he's "trying to reach my goal like a round ball." Get it?

Morrissey: "Munich Air Disaster 1958"

On this uplifting, cheery sing-along … just kidding! C'mon, this is Morrissey, after all. Rather than celebrating "the beautiful game," the dour one pens a heartrending ode to the members of the Manchester United football team who died when British European Airways flight 609 crashed during a 1958 takeoff. "I wish I'd gone down with them," Morrissey sings, reaching a near Roy Orbison-level of ache.