The national anthem belongs to every international match.
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo also sings “A Portuguesa” with his teammates - but what is the Portuguese anthem about?
Munich - These are often the most emotional moments in the game.
Singing the national anthem gives you goose bumps, and it doesn’t leave the players unaffected.
Sing along with the lyrics fervently or just let them sink in.
The Portuguese national team will also sing their anthem at the European Championships in 2021. The content of “A Portuguesa” does not save on pathos.
The text of "A Portuguesa" - the Portuguese national anthem
Heróis do mar, nobre povo, Nação valente e imortal,
Levantai hoje de novo
O esplendor de Portugal!
Entre as brumas da memória,
Ó Pátria, sente-se a voz
Dos teus egrégios avós,
Que há-de guiar-te à vitória!
Às armas, às armas!
Sobre a terra, sobre o mar,
Às armas, às armas!
Pela Pátria lutar!
Contra os canhões marchar, marchar!
Heroes of the sea, noble people,
brave and immortal nation,
Exalt anew today,
The splendor of Portugal!
From the mists of memory,
O fatherland, one feels the voice of
your venerable ancestors,
which will lead you to victory!
To arms, to arms!
Over land, over sea,
to arms, to arms!
Fight for the Fatherland!
March against the cannons, march!
The composer of the Portuguese national anthem had German roots
In 1890 Henrique Lopes de Mendonça wrote the text for the national anthem, composer Alfredo Keil composed the melody.
What is special: the poet and the composer met in person to adapt the text to the melody.
A rarity in national anthems, as the melody and text were usually created with a time lag.
Musically, the Portuguese national anthem is reminiscent of "Fado", the national melody of Portugal.
The moody, melancholy frame mixes with the revolutionary spirit of the text.
It therefore doesn't hurt to place the national anthem in the historical context: “A Portuguesa” was created at the end of the 19th century.
A time when there was a strong nationalist sentiment in Portugal.
Some text passages seem correspondingly aggressive.
The "A Portuguesa" replaced the previous hymn ("Hymno da Carta") in 1911. Composer Alfredo Keil did not experience this anymore. The son of a German tailor and an Alsatian died in 1907. Thanks to his melody for the national anthem, his work still has an impact today. The first verse and chorus are considered the official anthem of Portugal.