World Cup 2022: Each country’s national anthem ranked

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National anthems have become a talking point at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after Iranian players refused to sing before their opening match with England.

The decision came as a way to take a stand against the oppressive regime in Tehran, despite the risk of personal reprisals.

But the Iranian players cautiously sang the national anthem before their second game against Wales to the cheers and tears of fans.

During this World Cup, each country is guaranteed to play its national anthem at least three times for the group stage before the teams progress to the knockouts.

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A source of national pride. Power up troops and, more importantly for our purposes, football players. Major boss of the planet’s cymbal players. Folk songs mean a lot to many people: each one of them will be a source of curiosity and joy.

But we can’t all be winners. With that in mind, and with a very scientific method of deciding which has the biggest tune, the most powerful effect on the players and the dumbest trumpets, we’ve ranked them all ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Without further ado, except possibly changing the locks, here goes…

They said it couldn’t be done, but it turns out there’s a national anthem as funereal as Britain’s. A trial, you could tell the players weren’t pumped by it, dutifully singing along with the lament.

Too bad every anthem has to come last, but there you have it. I’m sorry, Switzerland. Instead, let’s focus on your beautiful scenery, admirable policy of neutrality and non-aggression, and excellent flag.

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I’m not even sure what language this is supposed to be in, but neither is Belgium. Like the team, this is less than the sum of its parts.

There seems to be an inordinate number of clarinets in this clip, perhaps the old buster in whose honor this was held had specially ordered them. This was filmed during an award ceremony for the winner of Belgium’s Next Top Belgian.

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