HONDURAS V SWITZERLAND
Mark Savage — BBC journalist
'National Anthem of Honduras'
“Welcome to the cheapest lyric video of all time. Apparently, the internet has no footage of an actual person performing the seven cod-operatic verses of the Honduran National Anthem, so we’ll just have to imagine its Rhydian off the X Factor. It was picked as the country’s national anthem in 1915, after a songwriting contest that lasted 11 years. So if you think Eurovision drags on a bit, imagine that. The song itself is a potted history of the Honduran nation, from its discovery by Christopher Columbus to independence from Spain – so in many respects it’s a Latin American version of Billy Joel’s 'We Didn’t Start The Fire', but without the reference to Chubby Checker. It makes a change from the “my country’s better than your country” chest-beating elsewhere, but recounting 300 years of subjugation to a foreign power doesn’t exactly make for a rousing way to celebrate winning a football match.”
“Well, this is odd. Why has someone pointed a microphone up those girls’ skirts? I kept expecting a tiny child to emerge from under their petticoats and sing the last line through a toblerone. Sadly, I was disappointed. The anthem, a church hymn, is resolutely unpopular in Switzerland. So much so that they’re currently in the process of trying to get rid of it. And, on this evidence, you can see why. It’s a tuneless dirge, performed hesitantly, by two people who are clearly unfamiliar with the words. And this is genuinely one of the best renditions committed to tape – it’s been proudly posted on YouTube by the official account of the Swiss Consulate in New York. To be honest, Switzerland should just concede and disqualify themselves until they get this unseemly mess dealt with. And there’s hope on the horizon in the form of Tina Turner (yes, that Tina Turner) who renounced the US and took Swiss citizenship last year. Maybe she record the new anthem in time for World Cup 2018. What’s Lausanne Got To Do With It? Disco In-Bern‑o? Hm, maybe it’s harder than it seems."
Mark's full time score:
Honduras 1 — Switzerland 0
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