Chile fans disregard FIFA cut to national anthem, finishes song
Jun 19, 2014 12:29 PM EDT
Chile is feeling patriotic in this year's World Cup. When the country's national song was played during a recent match, the anthem was cut short according to FIFA regulations.
This poignant scene had been circulating online until FIFA had taken them down due to intellectual property issues. However, Buzzfeed was able to capture a clip of the video, and created a GIF image that showed the love of the fans not only to their national team, but for Chile in general.
As Chile fans continued singing the song a cappella well after the cut, some were caught in the GIF image choking to tears but soldiered on with singing the anthem. Some of the fans were also observed singing their national anthem passionately, and never forgetting to remain their right hands on their chests right until the end of the song. Buzzfeed noted that the a cappella singing of the Chileans had send an intimidating echo throughout the stadium.
Based on FIFA regulations, a country's national anthem can only be played for up to 90 seconds. Some national teams have opted to change the timing of their national anthems, while Chile and others opted to have their song cut out abruptly.
Chile was the reigning underdog of this year's World Cup when they sent the reigning champions Spain to their knees in a crushing 2-0 victory, Daily Mail said. The Internet has also exploded with a barrage of memes depicting Spain's humiliating loss against the Chileans, with some referring the match as the "Titanic" maritime tragedy.
Spain had been heralded as the undisputed kings of worldwide football in the past six years when the national team had snagged both the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and won the World Cup championship in South Africa in 2010. However, the country's legacy has been threatened as their loss to Chile marked the third time a World Cup champion has been eliminated at the first rounds of matches.