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‘Muchachos’: How a 2003 hit turned the unofficial anthem of Argentina’s World Cup success | CNN


When you’ve had a catchy tune caught in your head from the World Cup, it’s probably this one.

Heard within the streets of Doha, the stands of the Lusail Stadium and even within the Argentine dressing room, the 2003 hit ‘Muchachos’ by La Mosca has change into the unofficial anthem of Argentina’s World Cup success.

Initially bearing the title “Muchachos, esta noche me emborracho” – “Boys, tonight I’ll get drunk” – the tune was rewritten by a instructor, Fernando Romero, to say Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and “the youngsters of las Malvinas.”

Romero renamed the tune “Muchachos, ahora nos volvimos a ilusionar” – “Boys, now we have now hope once more” – and such was its reputation, La Mosca rerecorded the tune with the brand new lyrics earlier than the World Cup in Qatar, even that includes Romero within the new music video.

In an interview with Argentine outlet El Destape, Romero mentioned the tune has “modified my life.”

Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona are mentioned in the new version of 'Muchachos.'

“I used to be born in Argentina/Land of Diego and Lionel/The youngsters of the Malvinas/ Who I’ll always remember,” go the brand new lyrics.

“Boys, now we have now hope once more/I wish to win the third/I wish to be world champion/And Diego/We will see him from heaven/With Don Diego and La Tota [Maradona’s parents]/Encouraging Lionel.”

‘Las Malvinas’ is the Spanish language identify given to the Falkland Islands, which sit 480 kilometers off the coast of Argentina and was the location of a bloody three-month warfare in 1982 between Argentina and the UK, throughout which greater than 600 Argentine troopers misplaced their lives.

When England and Argentina confronted off within the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals – a sport now famed for Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ and ‘Purpose of the Century’ – it was the primary time they’d met in a sporting area because the Falklands Struggle.

Most of the gamers had, a minimum of on the Argentine aspect, mates or family members who had been conscripted, possibly even misplaced their life.

“It was like beating a rustic, not a soccer workforce,” Maradona wrote in his autobiography “I’m El Diego” of the that 1986 World Cup sport in opposition to England.

“Though we mentioned earlier than the sport that soccer had nothing to do with the Malvinas Struggle, we knew that loads of Argentine children had died there, that they’d mowed us down like little birds.”

Earlier than Qatar, 1986 was the final time Argentina had received the World Cup and Romero’s new lyrics encapsulate the hope Argentine followers had that Lionel Scaloni’s males may lastly add a 3rd star to the famed mild blue and white jerseys. Argentina’s first World Cup title was secured in 1978 when the South American nation hosted the match.

With the Argentina squad touchdown in Buenos Aires within the early hours of Tuesday morning, you may be certain quite a few renditions of “Muchachos, ahora nos volvimos a ilusionar” shall be heard within the streets of the Argentine capital.

The brand new model of the tune has already racked up 13 million views on YouTube and it’s probably that quantity shall be significantly larger come the top of the yr.



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