The World Cup Of National Anthems: Part Four

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  1. Regina says:

    I must confessed I was surprised by the fact you like the Brazilian anthem. This is a first – I think I never met anybody that likes it, among other reasons because it is very long (pay attention how the players sing it. It is obvious many don’t know the lyrics, although this is less common in international games). Also, it employs several old-fashioned words (plácidas? brado? retumbante? fúlgidos?) and some phrases invert the conventional order of the words. In school, we were asked to find the subject of the first phrase. Few could.
    Anyway, good for the anthem! It has an admirer!

  1. March 26, 2010

    […] rate, with the best one we’ve found this week appearing over at TwoHundredPercent – a World Cup Of National Anthems. Want to know what the Spanish are singing about before a game? Or what North Korea use to get […]

  2. March 26, 2010

    […] The World Cup Of National Anthems: Part Four “For many people, major sports tournaments are the only occasion that national anthems are heard. These peculiar tunes have become a genre of their own, transcending the mere hymns that many of them were in first place, and they range from the gloriously uplifting to mournful dirges. The selection of words has, in many countries, brought about national debate that has been all-encompassing. In the case of Spain, it was decided that it would probably be for the best just to not bother having any for the sake of national unity.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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