If one catchy tune springs to mind from the World Cup, this is probably it.
La Mosca’s 2003 hit “Muchachos” blared through the streets of Doha, in the stands of Lusail Stadium and even in Argentina’s dressing room, becoming the unofficial anthem of Argentina’s World Cup success.
Originally titled “Muchachos, esta noche me emborracho” – “Guys, tonight I’m going to get drunk” – the song was rewritten by a teacher, Fernando Romero, to feature Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and “the children of las Malvinas”. to mention.
Romero renamed the song Muchachos, ahora nos volvimos a ilusionar – “Boys, now we have hope again” – and its popularity was such that La Mosca re-recorded the tune with new lyrics ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, even with Romero the new music video.
In an interview with Argentina outlet El Destape, Romero said the song “changed my life”.
“I was born in Argentina/Land of Diego and Lionel/The kids of the Malvinas/Who I will never forget,” read the new lyrics.
“Guys, now we have hope again/I want to win third place/I want to be world champion/And Diego/We can see him from the sky/With Don Diego and La Tota [Maradona’s parents]/Encourage Lionel.”
“Las Malvinas” is the Spanish-language name of the Falkland Islands, which lie 480 kilometers off the coast of Argentina and were the scene of a bloody three-month war between Argentina and the United Kingdom in 1982, in which more than 600 Argentine soldiers lost their lives.
When England and Argentina met in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup – a match now famous for Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ and ‘Goal of the Century’ – it was the first time they had faced each other in a sports arena since the Falklands War.
Many of the players, at least on the Argentine side, had friends or relatives who had moved in, maybe even died.
“It was like beating a country, not a football team,” Maradona wrote of the 1986 World Cup game against England in his autobiography I am El Diego.
“Even though we said before the game that football had nothing to do with the Malvinas war, we knew that a lot of Argentinian children died there, that they mowed us down like little birds.”
Before Qatar, 1986 was the last time Argentina had won the World Cup and Romero’s new lyrics sum up Argentine fans’ hope that Lionel Scaloni’s men could finally add a third star to the famous light blue and white kits. Argentina’s first World Cup title was secured in 1978 when the South American nation hosted the tournament.
When the Argentina team land in Buenos Aires in the early hours of Tuesday morning, you can be sure that numerous performances of “Muchachos, ahora nos volvimos a ilusionar” will be heard in the streets of the Argentine capital.
The new version of the song has already garnered 13 million views on YouTube and it’s likely that number will be significantly higher by the end of the year.