World Cup 2022: The National Anthems edition

trekfan55

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This might be a fun trip.

Maybe we can start a poll afterwards as to what is the best National Anthem, but first let's have some fun with them.

Which ones do we like? What critera? (The melody, the lyrics, the "spirit")

I will get it started with some known quantities.

The Frech Anthem is considered by many to be one the best. I disagree on two points: It seems to be two songs at once, and also, it has one of the most bloody lyrics I have ever heard.
There is a lot of war and violence in them. The Mexican Anthem for example starts off with "Mexicanos al Grito de Guerra" (Mexicans come to the battle cry would be the best translation I can come up with) and goes from there
The famous "no lyrics" Spanish Anthem. We have fun in my family with that.
 

Ale Xander

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/ducks

And yes they’re not in this one

I may have to go Canada for the participants

/ducks again

Or maybe Poland
 

fletcherpost

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Kneel before the greatness that is the Uruguay National Anthem. From yesterday's match. Maybe there's a better clip.

Anyway, It's the relatively long skippy intro that seques into some 1812 overture-esque triumphalism - it sets the whole thing up for the vocals, and it ends up in a big shouty rabble at the end. No wonder such a small nation punch above their weight at the World Cup.

Compare to England's shitty anthem...no intro, straight to the royalist propaganda God Save Our Gracious King. (filth)

I dunno what the Uruguaan's are singing about but I'm keen to find out.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqE_WAcNxmw&ab_channel=FootballAnthem%27s
 

trekfan55

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I think we can allow honorable mentions for teams not in the WC. But strange that it's 2 World Cups without Italy.
 

Mighty Joe Young

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Generally speaking I despise anthems (except the lyric free ones) .. what‘s more I tend to de-emphasize lyrical content when I listen to music anyways. All that being said I think the French anthem combines the necessary in-your-face pomposity that makes a truly great one. I don’t even know what the words mean and it reeks of tribal superiority.
 

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Has anyone ever actually heard the entire national anthem of Greece?

Like, maybe it gets really good around stanza 130.
 

67YAZ

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Anthems are underwhelming on the whole. They’re mostly romantic orchestral sappy bullshit. There’s so many great musical styles and traditions around the world and countries founded at all different eras. We can do so much more as a world.