Watch: The story of the Champions League Anthem

The story of the soulful UEFA Champions League Anthem that is played before all the Champions League matches.

FP Staff February 20, 2018 15:19:05 IST

The UEFA Champions League anthem is probably the most iconic song for football fans.

The anthem accompanies the ceremony at the start of all games in the competition, and is also played in the opening and closing sequences of all UEFA Champions League broadcasts. The world's greatest players have stepped out onto the pitch listening to the famous music ring around the stadium.

But not many people know about the original anthem or where it came from.

The anthem was introduced in 1992 to build up the atmosphere inside the ground. It was written by British composer Tony Britten in 1992, a graduate of the Royal College of Music. The anthem was produced in the style of the famous 18th-century composer George Frideric Handel – originally called Zadok the Priest.

Britten's piece was originally performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and sung by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields Chorus.

The anthem mixes elements from the three official UEFA languages: English, French and German.

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