The Copa America Is Having Trouble With National Anthems
If the Copa America Centenario, is the United States' audition to host a World Cup in the future, lets just say things could be going a weeeee bit better. The first edition of the Copa America tournament to not only be held in the United States, but outside of South America, the tournament has suffered from low attendance and a host country whose team isn't performing up to expectations (though they did pick up a solid 4-0 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday night).
However, one issue the tournament has been facing hasn't been related to the game itself...but in one of its pre-match traditions. That's right, national anthems have been broken worse than a defender guarding Rafa Marquez's ankles. The scary part of it is that it has appeared to become some sort of recurring gag during the tournament, with the poor athletic representatives from Chile somehow being the poor victims each time.
On Sunday, prior to Uruguay's highly anticipated match with Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium, the Uruguayan national anthem, "Orientales, la Patria o la Tumba", was snubbed in place of another national anthem, that of Chile, "Himno Nacional de Chile". You can see the players' reactions below, and it is a wide kaleidoscope of feelings. While some players stifle laughter, others look visibly upset (understandably so) and yet others look to each other incredulously.
The epidemic appeared to spread further to the West Coast in Santa Clara, CA, where, the next day, the Chileans were set to take on Argentina at Levi's Stadium. Due to a malfunctioning public address system, rather than the anthem, fans and players alike were subjected to a horror worse than another other soccer defeat...PITBULL!!!!!
However, the fans and players, as you can see above, were more than happy to compensate for the misfortune. Joining together, they sang the national anthem, drowning out whatever it is Pitbull...sings?...about.
Unfortunately, botched national anthems turned out to be omens in the teams' respective games. Uruguay fell 3-1 to Mexico, while Chile was bested 2-1 by Argentina.
For more on botched national anthems at sporting events, and athletes' sometimes embarrassing encounters with them, check out this article here.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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