The chorus is an adaptation of the song “Muchachos, Esta Noche Me Emborracho”, by the Argentine ska group La Mosca Tse-Tse. It has turned into a kind of anthem of the Selecion in Qatar, inspired by the deeds of Maradona and Messi, with references also to the lost finals and the Falklands war
Each World Cup has its signature song. Give her “Magic Nights” that depopulated at Italia 90 on the soundtrack of South Africa 2010 with the notes of “Waka-Waka” by Shakira or the “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes, transformed by the Italian fans into the anthem of triumph in Germany in 2006. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar (SKY TG24 SPECIAL ON THE WORLD CUP – THE OFFICIAL SONGS) were accompanied above all by “Muchachos“, the chant of Argentine fans that resonates everywhere, from the stadiums to the streets of Doha to the Albiceleste dressing room. It is an adaptation of the song “Muchachos, Esta Noche Me Emborracho“, by the Argentine ska group La Mosca Tse-Tse, also famous in Italy with the success “Para no verte mas” of 1999. The song had long since become a stadium chant of the fans and then was transformed into a sort of unofficial anthem of the Selecion at the World Cup, inspired by the deeds of Maradona and Messi, with references also to the lost finals and the war of the Falklands (CUP FINALS: ALL LIVE UPDATES – WHERE TO SEE IT – WHAT TO KNOW – THE MESSI-MBAPPE CLASH).
What the song says
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“I was born in Argentina, land of Diego and Lionel. Boys from Malvinas that I will never forget”, reads the first verse. Diego Armando Maradona and Lionel Messi are the nation’s two footballing idols while the reference to “los pibes de Malvinas”, refers to the Argentine soldiers who died in the Falklands conflict (or Malvinas, as the islands are called in Argentina) in the early 1980s vs UK. Then there is the memory of crying over the lost finals (“I can’t explain it to you because you wouldn’t understand”) redeemed with the triumph at the Maracana in the 2021 Copa America against Brazil. Indeed, Argentina seemed unable to win a trophy after their Copa America success in 1993. Since then there have been painfully lost finals, including the one at the 2014 World Cup against Germany and the two against Chile in the Copa America in 2015 and 2016. But the curse was broken in 2021 when Albiceleste returned to winning ways, right in the Copa America, beating their eternal Brazilian rivals in the final. And so, the song continues, “Guys, now we have deluded ourselves again, I want to win the Terza, I want to be world champion. And we can see Diego from the sky, with Don Diego (his father) and with ToTa (his mother) who push Lionel.” Hence the memory of Maradona and his parents who cheer from above for Messi to lead Argentina to its third world title.
The text of the chorus
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“In Argentina he was born, land of Diego and Lionel / of the children of Malvinas that jamás olvidaré / I can’t explain it to you, because he didn’t go to understand / the finals we lost, cuántos años las lloré / But that’s why he ended up in the Maracaná / la final con los brazucas la volvió a ganar papá / Muchachos, ahora nos volvimos a ilusionar / quiero ganar la tercera, quiero ser champion mundial/ Y al Diego en el cielo lo podemos ver / con Don Diego y con la Tota, alentándolo a Lionel”
The text translated into Italian
“I was born in Argentina, the land of Diego and Lionel / of the Malvinas boys that I will never forget / I can’t explain it to you, because you wouldn’t understand / the finals we lost, how many years I cried for them / But it’s over because at the Maracana / Dad won the final with the Brazilians again / Guys, now we have deluded ourselves again / I want to win the third, I want to be world champion / And we can see Diego in heaven / with Don Diego and with La Tota, encouraging Lionel ”.