I know this is a tad late but I just came across this video and haven’t seen it anywhere else. It’s a fairly thorough highlight segment of Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier between Benfica v. FC Copenhagen.
I don’t speak Portuguese, but it sounded like the commentators were liking what they were seeing from Freddy Adu, who was making his Benfica debut.
My last post about the Champions League rankings got me thinking about another aspect of that tournament that’s always had me scratching my head. What’s the deal with that Champions League song?
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It’ll admit, I love it. It’s kind of like European football’s version of an NFL Films score or even the old “This Week In Baseball” opening, if you’re old enough to remember (I’m talking about the TWIB show that Mel Allen used to host in the early ’80’s).
To me, as an American, the most interesting thing about the Champions League anthem is that it’s played before matches in place of the team’s national anthems. I can’t tell you how refreshing that is. Can you imagine MLB playing a “MLB anthem” in place of the “Star Spangled Banner”?? We’d find ourselves in a brand new communist inquisition! A sure sign of terrorism victory. Whoever is President would probably bring it up at State Of The Union address.
Anyways…here’s everything you wanted to know about the Champions League anthem:
- It’s called “Champions League” and arranged by a guy named Tony Britton
- It’s derived from Hadel’s “Zodak The Priest” from the “Coronation Anthems”
- UEFA commisioned Britton to create it in 1992.
- The piece was performed by the Royal Philharmonic and sung by The Academy of St. Martin In The Fields in the three official UEFA languages–English, German and French.
- It’s never been released commercially, though it’s been remixed in 2006 by Polish dance/trance artists Kalwi & Remi and renamed “Victory”. You can experience that masterpiece right here.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea boys have finally earned enough ‘coefficient points’ to become one of the top seeds in the upcoming season’s Champions League tournament.
Rankings are determined by breaking down a team’s record over the last five years. Some of us who may be suffering from short term memory loss might not remember that Chelsea, before 2003, had only qualified for the Champions League once in their history–hard to believe nowadays. So, despite The Blues having been one of the strongest sides in Europe over the past couple seasons, they’ve always faced difficult draws because they’ve no history of being good until recently.
Now that Chelsea are more favorably positioned in the tournament, it’ll be interesting to see what Senor Mourinho will complain about if his side aren’t through to the finals in May ’08.
Here’s how your 2007/’08 Champions League seed rankings go: This year’s champs AC Milan are number one followed by last year’s winners, Barcelona. Liverpool is third. Inter Milan is in the 5 slot and Arsenal, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United fill out the rest of the Top 8.
England, interestingly, is the only country to have all their qualifiers seeded.