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World Cup 2018: The Musical Opponent Analysis

An analysis of the national anthems of Germany’s opponents in the first round – live from the Elbphilharmonie Arena.

There’s no final without a first round – the German national team is fully aware of that. They’ll be meeting Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in the World Cup group phase, and it won’t be lack of preparation that gets them knocked out. The Elbphilharmonie’s team of experts provide a musical analysis of the opposition, the like of which Jogi’s eleven have never heard before. Playing and commentating in real time: Thomas Cornelius on the organ, Clemens Matuschek on the microphone.

CROW BARS AND SLIDING TACKLES: MEXICO

By the fifth bar, frustration leads to fouling – the Mexicans are fighting their way into the game.

He slides down with a dangerous tackle, and then tops it off by putting the boot in – simply appalling!

Clemens Matuschek

SOLID ART: SWEDEN

Clear lines, straight passes – the Swedes are down-to-earth in their playing. No surprise considering that their anthem »Du gamla, du fria« (Thou ancient, Thou free mountainous North) is an old folk song.

There’s some shirt-pulling going on every now and again in the form of aggressive harmonic appoggiatura. But they quickly stop it as soon as the ref takes a closer look.

Clemens Matuschek

A PALLID DISPLAY: SOUTH KOREA

This anthem trundles along sluggishly, before briefly skipping by the opposition with an elegant step over. But the experts all agree: too slow-moving, too predictable.

CONCLUSION: DOABLE!

The analysis shows that Germany’s opposition in the first round have very different anthems and very different tactics. What does that mean for our boys? They need to stay alert and listen carefully before the starting whistle. If they do so, nothing can go wrong.

Not enough tempo or pressure on the ball – no problem for Jogi Löw’s team.

Thomas Cornelius

THE ELBPHILHARMONIE WORLD CUP PLAYLIST

If this has whetted your appetite for national anthems, head to our YouTube playlist to listen again to the three national anthems and analysis in full.

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