If there’s one awesome tune stuck in your head from the World Cup, it might be this one.
La Mosca’s 2003 hit ‘Muchachos’ became the unofficial anthem of Argentina’s World Cup triumph, heard on the streets of Doha, in the stands of the Luzail Stadium and even in the Argentina dressing room.
Originally “Muchachos, eesta noche mi emboracho” – “Boys, I’ll get drunk tonight” – the song was rewritten by a teacher, Fernando Romero, to refer to Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and the “sons of Las Malvinas”.
Romero renamed the song “Muchachos, ahora nos volvimos a illusionar” – “Boys, Now we have hope again” – such was its popularity that La Mosca re-recorded the tune with new lyrics before the World Cup in Qatar. New music video.
In an interview with Argentinian outlet El Destape, Romero said the song “changed my life”.
“I was born in Argentina/Land of Diego and Lionel/Sons of Malvinas/I’ll never forget,” new lyrics.
“Boys, now we have hope again/I want to win the third/I want to be world champion/Diego/We’ll see him in heaven/With Don Diego and La Tota [Maradona’s parents]Encourages Lionel.
‘Las Malvinas’ is the Spanish-language name given to the Falkland Islands, 480 km off the coast of Argentina, which were the site of a bloody three-month war between Argentina and the United Kingdom in 1982, during which more than 600 Argentines died. Soldiers lost their lives.
When England and Argentina met in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals – a game now famous for Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ and ‘Goal of the Century’ – it was the first time they had met in a sporting arena since the Falklands War.
Many players, at least on Argentina’s side, may even lose their lives as friends or relatives are forced to do so.
“It was like beating a country, not a football team,” Maradona wrote of the 1986 World Cup match against England in his autobiography, “I Am El Diego.”
Although we said before the match that football had nothing to do with the Malvinas war, we knew that a lot of Argentinian children died there and they cut us off like little birds.
Before Qatar, 1986 was the last time Argentina won the World Cup, and Romero’s new lines have fueled Argentina fans’ hopes that Lionel Scaloni’s men could add a third star to the famous light blue and white jersey. Argentina’s first World Cup title was secured in 1978 when the South American nation hosted the tournament.
When the Argentina squad descends on Buenos Aires on Tuesday morning, you can bet you’ll hear many renditions of “Muchachos, ahora nos volvimos a illusior” on the streets of Argentina’s capital.
The new version of the song has already garnered 13 million views on YouTube, and the number is likely to rise significantly by the end of the year.