New Order, John Barnes, The Lightning Seeds, Baddiel and Skinner. Their names are synonymous with anthems that have carried England into, and often out of, the biggest international tournaments.
Now one East Barnet musician is hoping to add his name to the list with a charity football single that will raise money for Cancer Research in memory of his late father.
Stepan Pasicznyk, who was born in England and given a Ukrainian name due to his father’s heritage, has released ‘We Still Believe’ in time for Euro 2012.
The 48-year-old, of Cranbrook Road, penned the song in five languages to broaden its appeal and unite football fans across the continent for this summer’s tournament.
He said: “There are so many stories of tensions between countries and teams that I thought it would be nice to have a song that everyone can sing simultaneously in their own language. It is
anthemic and feel-good and fits each language perfectly.”
Following his father Andry’s death in April to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, the father-of-two decided to raise some cash for charity and release his football theme tune.
“It was hard for me because I was working abroad for a time while he was ill and that is when you want to spend as much time as you can with your loved ones. You go through a lot but everyone goes
through bereavement and if you can do something good from it then why not.”
The part-time swimming instructor wrote the English version in 2007 but has since adapted the lyrics to French, Polish, Spanish and Ukrainian, the latter of which he speaks fluently.
England kick off their campaign against France on June 11 and Stepan is hopeful the fact he has penned the song for both countries will not detract from its popularity.
He said: “If people think I’ve been writing it for France I could be hung, drawn and quartered in Parliament Square.”
Despite his passion for the tournament anthem, the youth group volunteer admits he is not much of a football fan.
“When it comes to the international matches I have an interest but I would be lying if I said I followed a particular team. I’m really hoping England do well though because if you have kids growing
up in this country it is great for them to see the cup come back here.”
As well as getting behind his own nation, Stepan will also be keeping an eye on the progress of tournament co-hosts Ukraine.
He said: “It would mean so much to my father for them to do well so if England can’t do it, I would like to see them win the tournament.”
To download the English version of the song, search ‘Euro 2012 song’ in iTunes.