When it comes to experiencing her first football game, Camila Cabello started at the top, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-platinum 25-year-old will host the opening ceremony of the 2022 UEFA Champions League final, presented by Pepsi® .
The Cuban-American singer-songwriter, known for her hits Bam Bam, Señorita and Havana, told UEFA.com how her Latin American heritage will inform her performance at the Stade de France and how watching football with her Mexican relatives has helped her to celebrate her perfect goal.
About her appearance at the Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi®
I’m so excited. I was nervous a few hours ago, but now I’m really excited. Because I thought: All of Europe is watching, I love being here. I mean something I love about football fans is the amount of joy and intensity and passion, like that energy that you feel. I’ve always wanted to go to a football game. I’m not just saying this because I’m here, it’s something I’ve always wanted to check off my bucket list.
My father is Mexican; I’m from Latin America so soccer is a big part of our culture and I cheer for Mexico whenever they play. So I’ve always wanted to go to a game and watch this TV series called Club de Cuervos, which is a Mexican TV series about soccer. We bring that same joy and passion and also that Mexican/Cuban culture to our performance; There are many colors and I bring my heritage to this part of the world.
This whole set is acoustically designed and the colors get people really, really excited. I think Don’t Go Yet – the remix we did – gets people super excited. Bam bam is here. The whole thing is basically built for this type of setting with the highest possible energy in mind. I definitely think it will give them a lot of energy.
About her feelings about football
Soccer is by far my favorite sport and I’ve always wanted to go to a game. It’s the only sport I can watch and I know exactly what’s going on. And it’s the only sport my family can really enjoy.
In comparison, I wouldn’t call myself a football fan [the fans at the Stade de France], but I really love it. There have been a couple of times that I’ve tried going to games specifically for support [but] With my schedule, it just couldn’t happen. This is my first game so I’m really, really excited. I’m very good at mimicking how Latins do it: “Goooooaaaaal!” I’ve watched a lot of games with my family and we’re very, very happy.
Who is she betting on in the final?
I support them both and I cheer them both on. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be in her place. They asked me if I was nervous – imagine that. You’ve worked so hard; I cheer for them both.
A score prediction? I hope it’s dramatic because I don’t like it [when the teams are] So far apart in the beginning when it’s 0-3 and now we know what’s going to happen it’s really hard for the other to catch up. It’s going to be one of those really close games [decided] at the last second, like a penalty [shoot-out].
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