What is Champions League music, what are the lyrics to it and why do they play it before each game?

    THE CHAMPIONS League music is the most iconic song in club football.

    But not many people know what the original anthem or where it came from – or that the modern anthem is inspired by a British musical masterpiece.

     Tottenham Hotspur and Marseille players listen to the Champions League anthem before their group stage tie

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    Tottenham Hotspur and Marseille players listen to the Champions League anthem before their group stage tie

    The world’s greatest players have stepped out onto the pitch listening to the famous music ring around the stadium ahead of Champions League matches.

    It was introduced in 1992 to build up the atmosphere inside the ground.

    Here’s all the information you need to know about the piece of music.

    What is the Champions League song?

    The song was written by British composer Tony Britten in 1992, a graduate of the Royal College of Music.

    It was produced in the style of the famous 18th-century composer George Frideric Handel – originally called Zadok the Priest.

     British composer Tony Britten write the three-minute song in 1992

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    British composer Tony Britten write the three-minute song in 1992Credit: AFP or licensors

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    For the recording used in the Champions League, it is performed by London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and sung by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

    The chorus is in Uefa’s three official languages: English, French and German.

     Real Madrid are the current winners of the Champions League - they have won the tournament three times in the last four seasons

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    Real Madrid are the current winners of the Champions League – they have won the tournament three times in the last four seasonsCredit: EPA

    What are the Champions League lyrics?

    Ce sont les meilleures équipes
    Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften
    The main event

    Die Meister
    Die Besten
    Les grandes équipes
    The champions

    Une grande réunion
    Eine grosse sportliche Veranstaltung
    The main event

    Die Meister
    Die Besten
    Les grandes équipes
    The champions

    Ils sont les meilleurs
    Sie sind die Besten
    These are the champions

    Die Meister
    Die Besten
    Les grandes équipes
    The champions

    In English: 

    They are the best teams
    They are the best teams
    The main event

    The master
    The best
    The great teams
    The champions

    A big meeting
    A great sporting event
    The main event

    The master
    The best
    The great teams
    The champions

    They are the best
    They are the best
    These are the champions

    The master
    The best
    The champions

     The chorus of the anthem is is in UEFA's three official languages: English, French and German.

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    The chorus of the anthem is is in UEFA’s three official languages: English, French and German.Credit: Reuters

    Where can I buy the Champions League anthem?

    The Champions League anthem cannot be legally downloaded from any website or bought.

    The short piece of music is three minutes long, and contains two verses as well as the main chorus.

    Why is it played before each match?

    The theme is played to build the atmosphere inside the ground amongst supporters.

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