Euro 2024: Why don’t Spain have words in their national anthem?

Spain pair Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas look on during the Spanish national anthem ahead of a game against Italy at Euro 2012.
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National anthems are a key part of international football and will be once again at this summer’s European Championships in Germany.

Before a game kicks off, both sides stand on either side of the halfway line and each country’s song is played through the stadium’s speakers. Sometimes tears are even shed by players and fans as they show their patriotism before the football begins. That isn’t the case for Spain, however.

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