Lucas Neill's playlist
Picture the scene. It's the first time Australia have competed in the World Cup for 32 years, and after a tense 2-2 draw with Croatia the Socceroos have managed to reach the knockout stages of the world's biggest sporting event for the first time in their nation's history.
In the dressing room it's time to party, time to crack open a few tinnies and time to get the tunes on. So, the question is what were the Aussie lads listening to as they celebrated the greatest achievement in their international careers?
Men at Work's incomparable 'Land Down Under', of course.
We know this invaluable piece of sporting and musical information thanks to the nice people at Nike who have given us exclusive access to Lucas Neill's iPod nano so we can now offer our faithful readers an insight into the musical tastes of the Australia and Blackburn Rovers full-back.
Ever wondered what players listen to before kick-off to gee themselves up? Despite what our preconceptions may be, music tastes amongst footballers are as diverse as they are amongst us mere mortals.
For example, David Beckham used to listen to Usher for pre-match motivation, Jean Alain Boumsong on joining Newcastle United revealed to incredulous team-mates that he was something of a classical music fan, preferring Claude Debussey to the more dressing room-friendly RnB, while football pundit Alan Hansen, who won three European Cups with Liverpool, is a self-confessed Billy Joel fanatic.
So, without further ado, here's Neill in his own words giving his thoughts on the tracks on his Nike+iPod training playlist:
Foo Fighters - 'Best of You'. I like to turn it up loud and ask myself if I am giving my best. I listen to this on my iPod before every game.(Power Song).
Pearl Jam - 'Alive'. My first ever live concert, in Canberra with the boys from the Australian Institute of Sport, front row, 80,000 people and Eddie Vedder was singing this song as if it was his last. Great memory.
Bryan Adams - 'Summer of '69'. My favourite Karaoke song, I don't do justice to the great song or the great singer!
The Proclaimers - 'I'm gonna' be (500 miles)'. No matter where you are or who you are with, you drop everything and go mad singing this song.
Men at Work - 'Land Down Under'. Apart from being very Aussie, this song was played every minute of the day we were in the World Cup 2006 camp and it was played after the Croatia game which was my favourite memory of the tournament.
Bob Marley - 'No Woman No Cry'. It's a great chill out song, hearing it always relaxes me. Wish he was still around to see live.
Alicia Keys -'If I 'ain't got you'. Saw her live in Las Vegas last year, what an amazing voice. I could picture this song at my future wedding.
Jay-Z - 'Big pimpin'. Massive respect for this artist not only for his music but for his business success as well. This song always makes me smile, and feel like going out.
50 cent - '21 questions'. I'm a huge fan of this talented rapper especially after he entertained me and the boys with a powerful concert last year. This is my favourite song by 50.
Sean Paul - 'Temperature'. Every time I hear this tune it makes me want to dance and party. It also reminds me of my roomy in the Aussie team Harry Kewell. I have this song as my ringtone on my mobile.
So there you have it, Lucas Neill's playlist. There's no Usher, there's no Debussy and there's no Billy Joel, but there is Bob Marley, so that's something.
But what will the future hold for Neill's muscial tastes? When the transfer window opens in January will there be a move from Blackburn? Reports have linked Neill with a possible move to Liverpool or to Barcelona.
Does this mean that Sean Paul could soon be relegated from Neill's playlist to make way for Merseyside's favourite sons, The Beatles? Or perhaps he'll soon be humming along to Catalan operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé?
Nike+iPod is a new feature on the iPod nano that opens the door to a personal workout experience. It offers several workout options, (basic, time, distance or calorie-based). During a workout it allows you to hear how far you've gone, how long you've been working out and how many calories you've burned, both on-screen and with voice feedback. At the finish line, a workout summary of the workout appears on the iPod nano screen and can be heard through the headphones.
It's as simple as selecting one of Nike's pre-programmed workouts purchased from the iTunes Music Store or customizing a run using personal playlists. If a bit more discipline is needed, there are several coaching mixes to choose from at the Nike Sport Music section on iTunes.
When a little extra motivation is needed, select Power Song - a track specially pre-selected by you from your personal music library for that after-burner, turbo effect - to kick up a workout to the next level. Simply press and hold the center button of the iPod nano (for two seconds) and when the song is over, it returns to the current program.