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Argentina Sing Song With Anti-English Lyrics In Dressing Room After Croatia Win

Argentina Sing Song With Anti-English Lyrics In Dressing Room After Croatia Win
By Eoin Harrington Updated
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Argentina are on the verge of a first World Cup crown in 36 years, after defeating Croatia comprehensively in Tuesday's semi-final.

Goals from Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez (2) were enough to see off Luka Modric's Croatia, with Messi's brilliance now bringing him to the precipice of the holy grail.

Only France or Morocco now stand in the way of Messi and Argentina claiming the World Cup crown which evaded them in the 2014 final.

Naturally, the celebrations from the Argentineans were wild in the dressing room at full-time. They are on the verge of history, and could afford to revel in their victory.

Defender Nicolas Otamendi shared video footage of the scenes in the changing room to social media on Tuesday evening, and one song that the team sang caught the attention of football fans.

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Two of Argentina's most bitter rivalries come with their closest neighbours Brazil, and old adversaries England. From a footballing perspective, the rivalry stems from the bad-tempered World Cup clashes of 1966 and 1998, as well as Diego Maradona's controversial hand-of-God goal in 1986.

Off-pitch, however, the animosity has far more serious context. The disquiet between Argentina and the English stems from the Falklands War of the 1980s, with the Argentinean public still holding huge resentment towards their counterparts for their actions in the conflict. The war saw Argentina invade and claim the British-occupied Falkland islands off the South American coast, before a ten week conflict which ultimately saw Britain regain control of the islands.

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Animosity from Argentineans towards England naturally remains high, especially when the two countries meet on a football pitch.

With Brazil and England both exiting the competition at the quarter-final stage, Argentina used their moment of triumph to revel in their rivals' misfortune. The song 'Brasilero que paso' - translated as 'Brazil, what happened?' - jabs at their South American neighbours, before cursing the English and their role in the Falklands War.

The lyrics - deciphered here by Marca - read as follows when translated into English:

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Brazil what happened, wrinkled five time champion.

Messi left for Rio and stayed with the cup.

We are the Argentine band and we will always encourage,

Because we have the dream of becoming world champion.

I'm like that, I'm Argentine, fucking English from Malvinas I don't forget.

I am like that, I come to encourage you, I follow Argentina everywhere.

The song has become an anthem of sorts for Argentina since their victory against Italy in June's Finalissima between the European and South American champions. Argentina won that South American crown by beating Brazil in the final on Brazilian soil, leading to the line "Messi left for Rio and stayed with the cup."

The reference to the Falklands War is a far more provocative statement, and will likely lead to a few ruffled feathers and raised eyebrows across the water.

The video of the Argentina squad singing 'Brasilero que paso' comes a week after the Ireland women's team were fined €20,000 by UEFA, after video footage emerged of the team singing a song with pro-IRA lyrics in the dressing room after their World Cup play-off win against Scotland. It remains to be seen whether Argentina will face similar backlash as received by the Irish team.

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Argentina will face the winner of the second semi-final in Sunday's World Cup final. France v Morocco kicks off at 7pm Irish time on Wednesday evening.

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