UEFA Champions League Anthem
Official anthem of
UEFA Champions League
|Also known as||Champions League|
|Lyrics||Tony Britten, 1992|
|Music||Georg F. Händel, 1727|
|Adopted||Tony Britten, 1992|
The UEFA Champions League Anthem, officially titled simply as "Champions League", is the official anthem of the UEFA Champions League arranged and lyrics written by English composer Tony Britten in 1992.
In 1992, UEFA commissioned Tony Britten to arrange an anthem for the UEFA Champions League which commenced in August 1992. He adapted Handel's Zadok the Priest (a Coronation Anthem), and the piece was performed by London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and sung by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus. The chorus is in UEFA's three official languages: English, French and German.
The anthem's chorus is played before each UEFA Champions League game, as well as at the beginning and end of television broadcasts of the matches. Special vocal versions have been performed live at the Champions League final with lyrics in Italian, changing over to the host country's language for the chorus. These versions were performed by Andrea Bocelli (Rome, 2009), Juan Diego Flores (Madrid, 2010), All Angels (London, 2011), and Jonas Kaufmann and David Garrett (Munich, 2012).
The complete anthem is about three minutes long, and has two short verses and the chorus. The anthem has never been released commercially in its original version. However, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chorus can be heard singing the original "Zadok the Priest" on the 2002 album World Soccer Anthems.
- UEFA Champions League anthem on the UEFA home page
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