David Baddiel

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Baddiel subsequently met and began sharing a flat with fellow comedian Frank Skinner. Both lifelong football fans, the pair created, wrote and performed Fantasy Football League, a popular entertainment show based on the growing fantasy football craze. Running for three series on BBC2, followed by a series of live specials throughout the 1998 World Cup and then again through the 2004 European Championship, as well as a series of podcasts for The Times from Germany at the 2006 World Cup, and another series for Absolute Radio from South Africa during the 2010 World Cup (amassing over 3 million downloads). During this time the duo also twice topped the UK Singles Chart with the football anthem "Three Lions", co-written and performed with The Lightning Seeds. The song was originally written as the England football team's official anthem for UEFA Euro 1996 and was subsequently re-recorded with updated lyrics as the unofficial anthem for the 1998 World Cup. The song has captured many British fans and has had unofficial re-writes for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. David Baddiel has subsequently received criticism for his impression of Jason Lee on the programme, which involved him wearing a pineapple on his head and blacking up. Jason Lee has said he considered this a form of bullying.