Spain are one of the most iconic international teams and have been at every World Cup since 1978.
Their distinctive red shirts and beautiful football are a key part of FIFA’s showpiece event every four years.
But have you ever noticed that their players, fans and staff never sing when the national anthem starts? Here’s why…
What is the Spanish national anthem and why do the Spanish players never sing?
The Spanish national anthem is called ‘La Marcha Real’ and was originally a military march.
It was composed in 1761 by Manuel de Espinosa, and it was made a state anthem in 1770 before becoming the national anthem during Queen Isabella II’s reign (1833-68).
But during General Franco’s time in charge as dictator in the 20th century, lyrics were added that were approved by Franco.
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But once he was removed from power, the lyrics were taken out of the national anthem because of their association with Franco.
Other lyrics have been considered, but due to the vast diversity of people within Spain, no one has actually attempted to include any of these into ‘La Marcha Real’ for fear of upsetting anyone.
So the Spanish national anthem is one of very few in the world that doesn’t have any words.
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