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Latin Roots: Music Of The World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup runs from June 12 to July 13. (FIFA.com)

The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil amid controversy concerning FIFA (soccer's governing body) and Brazil's preparations for the month-long event. The music of the World Cup has also been contentious, and on this episode of Latin Roots from World Cafe, Billboard's Judy Cantor-Navas explains the difference between the official "theme song" and the official "anthem."

We'll hear both pieces of music and discuss how the largely Portuguese-speaking Brazilian population feels about official music that's not in its language.

For even more music from the World Cup, listen to the Spotify playlist curated by Cantor-Navas.

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