OPUS world hit “Live Is Life” is the official song of the Women’s EHF EURO 2024


With two preliminary round groups, one main round group and the final weekend, Austria is not only playing the main part in the Women’s EHF EURO 2024, which is being organised jointly with Hungary and Switzerland, but is also contributing the EURO song: “Live Is Life”, the global hit by Austrian cult band OPUS, will be the official song of the Women’s EHF EURO 2024 in a version adapted to suit the EURO! The hit will be presented at the draw on 18 April in Vienna.

The song “Live Is Life”, composed by guitarist Ewald Pfleger, was recorded 40 years ago, on 2 September 1984. Just a few weeks later, on 11 November 1984, the song was released. The rest is history.

The song reached number 1 in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Spain and Canada and was honoured with gold and platin records in numerous countries thanks to its success. To this day, “Live is Life” is played on radio stations worldwide, as well as at sporting events.

To mark the 40th anniversary, another piece of history will be added as the official song of the Women’s EHF EURO 2024: The song will be produced in a specially adapted version for the EURO. The OPUS Band will also be joined by the “Schick Sisters”: the three sisters Katharina, Christine and Veronika will add their unmistakable voices to the band for the EURO song. This combination makes the global hit the perfect song for the Women’s EHF EURO 2024!

Ewald Pfleger: “This year marks the 40th anniversary of our song “Live Is Life” and we are delighted to be able to revive our hit in a slightly modified version. We hope that the song will inspire fans and players alike at the Women’s EHF EURO in November & December and that we can play our part in ensuring that this European Championship will be remembered forever. We are convinced that “Live Is Life” is a perfect fit for this major sporting event and that our global hit will continue to resound in European handball arenas in the future.”

Ingrid Felipe, ÖHB Vice President: “An event like the European Championship in front of a home crowd is the dream of every sportswoman, especially because of the supportive atmosphere in the arena. The fact that we are able to present “Life Is Live”, one of the greatest and most popular sporting event anthems for the nations and all their fans, as the signature song of the EHF EURO 2024 will certainly inspire the Austrian players in particular to give their best. Because everyone will give their best!”