Why does the Spain national anthem have no words and what is song called? | The Sun

SPAIN are looking to triumph in the World Cup for the first time since 2010.

And as ever, the first anthem rendition of the tournament will be a passionate affair.

It will be on show as the Spaniards face Hansi Flick's Germany on matchday two of the tournament.

This comes just days after they thrashed Costa Rica 7-0.

Why does the Spain national anthem have no words?

THE SPANISH anthem dates back to 1761 and is one of the world's oldest.

And along with the Bosnia, Kosovan and San Marino anthems, it is one of only four without any official lyrics.

There are also three official arrangements: one for orchestra, another for military band, and a third for organ.

Various versions have been written over the years to fit the music – but in 1978 the most recent was removed due to the nationalistic tone adopted in the Franco-approved verses.

Alejandro Blanco, president of the Spanish Olympic committee, launched a competition in 2007 to find lyrics after witnessing a rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone at Anfield.

A winner was chosen from 7,000 entries – but within five days was scrapped due to huge criticism from the public.

What is it called?

THE anthem is called Marcha Real.

Way back in 1761, the composer was listed as Manuel de Espinosa de los Monteros.

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