DOHA ( Associated Press) — “Muchachos,” the favorite song of Argentina fans in Qatar with references to Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, classic rivals Brazil and heroes of the Malvinas War, has become the soundtrack of their team’s campaign until the World Cup final. , in which he will be looking for his third crown after the crown he got in 1978 and 1986.
“Boys, now we are excited again, I want to win the third, I want to be world champion”, is the chorus of the song that Messi and his teammates choose on the pitch to celebrate each victory, as well as the fans. Millions in the stands of Doha’s stadiums and on the streets of the South American country.
In addition, “When we sleep, when we wake up, when we eat, when we love, we listen to this song,” said Florencia Moncalvillo, 34, a supporter in a light blue and white jacket who visits the traditional souq. The Qatari was passing through the Waqif market in the capital. This tourist destination has been the epicenter of the typical “bandarezos” of Argentine fans on the eve of each Argentina match.
But, what is the origin of “muchchos”?
Noted for their ingenuity in composing songs to cheer on their teams, the lyrics are often anonymous fan-favorites. this is not the case.
Fernando Romero, a Racing Club fan, adapted an old song by pop group La Mosca to support the national team.
In an interview with The Associated Press in Buenos Aires, Young said, “The song originates from two foundational moments, one the death of Maradona and the other the triumph in the Copa América.” “I had that moment that Diego was with us and I loved thinking about it in a song for people to sing along with. That’s where I started and wrote it.”
The legendary world champion captain in Mexico passed away in November 2020 due to cardio-respiratory arrest, a death that left the country in mourning. In July the following year, the team led by Lionel Scaloni won the Copa América, defeating Brazil in the final played at the Maracana Stadium. It was the first title after a drought of 28 years.
In one of its most original verses, Romero’s song declares that “we can see him (Maradona) from heaven.” Don Diego and La Tota (Dize’s parents are also dead) encourage Lionel, and become champion again, and again.
Inspired by social networks and Messi himself, who declared in an interview that it was his favorite song for the fans, “Muchachos” quickly became a World Cup hit, something similar to what happened eight years earlier with “Brazil”. Tell Me What It Feels Like” was played in all stadiums in Brazil during the same event.
“In Argentina I was born, land of Diego and Lionel, children of the Malvinas, which I will never forget,” he wrote in another part dedicated to those killed in the war between Argentina and Great Britain for the sovereignty of that archipelago. declare. 1982.
“We are a country that is used to suffering, but when it suffers it brings out the best in itself,” said 54-year-old Alejandro Rubio, about the feeling that the national team was sending to its fans during the World Cup. I wake up “So in this World Cup, we are going to do our best after a long time. It’s going to be a great World Cup.”
The song also refers to sporting pride hurt by a succession of finals lost years ago with Messi as captain and a sense of revenge in Qatar, something the star could achieve on Sunday if the finals played by eventual champions Argentina defeats France. at Louisville Stadium.
If Messi finally lifts the missing trophy from his illustrious career, the song “Muchachos” will have no reason to exist.
It’s a price worth paying for Romero.
“If after Sunday we win and the song is never sung again, I sign it here, I have no problem,” he confessed. “The important thing is to win on Sunday and I win it like any Argentine … with a lot of faith in this group of players who we know will give everything to leave the flag on top.”