Saturday, November 24, 2007

Anthem error helps Croatia win

The BBC reports that "Croatia rose to the occasion in their crucial Euro 2008 defeat of England - after an apparent X-rated gaffe by an English opera singer at Wembley.
Tony Henry belted out a version of the Croat anthem before the 80,000 crowd, but made a blunder at the end.
He should have sung 'Mila kuda si planina' (which roughly means 'You know my dear how we love your mountains').
But he instead sang 'Mila kura si planina' which can be interpreted as 'My dear, my penis is a mountain'.
Now Henry could be one of the few Englishmen at the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland as Croatian fans adopt him as a lucky omen.
They believe his mistake relaxed their chuckling players, who scored an early goal in the 3-2 win that put Croatia top of the group and knocked out England.
The singer, who hails from St Albans in Hertfordshire but now lives in Inverness, Scotland, has performed at stadiums around the world.
He was once known as the Voice of Arsenal after Gunners fans were impressed with his rendition of Abide with Me before the FA Cup final in 2003 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Henry came unstuck when he sung Lijepa Nasa Domovino (Our Beautiful Homeland) at a rain-swept Wembley on Wednesday night.
"I can't even defend myself at the end of the day. It was apparently the last line on the second verse which I made the mistake on," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"Coming to Wembley and the stadium, it must have got to me, is all I can say.
"It was the last thing that I would intentionally do, and all I can say is if I have offended any Croatians, then they have my deepest apologies."
On the contrary, Henry is becoming a cult hero in Croatia, but denies he played a part in England's exit.
"I can't take the blame for that. The last thing I would do is brag about my parts like that - especially to make it so public," said Henry...
Zeljka Tomljenovic, secretary of the British-Croatian Society, added: "I don't envy the guy at all because the pronunciation is so difficult.
"He had a big challenge, to sing the national anthem in a language he knows, I assume, nothing about."
Henry's agent Douglas Gillespie said it was a genuine mistake, but admitted the publicity could boost his career.
"He's been given the lyrics correctly, but he has enough trouble with English, never mind Croatian," joked Gillespie.
"There were 80,000 people in the crowd and millions of people watching. It was just the pressure of the moment.
"He did sing it very well and made a very, very small mistake for someone doing his best and singing in a language that is alien to him. If you've ever tried to speak Croatian, it's very difficult. "The Croatians think it's great, and they've invited him to come over and sing at Euro 2008, and asked if he will be their mascot.""

13 comments:

Squirrel said...

LOL! Funny story!

The All Seeing Eye said...

Glad you liked the story, Squirrel. Thankfully, everyone came out alright (except for the English squad though).

poor man's nicole richie said...

This is hilarious!
I had a side stitch.
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Monique said...

How funny. But I have to wonder....

'My dear, my penis is a mountain'

Wishful thinking...or...hmmm, freudian slip maybe ??

Velvet Hammer said...

LMAO! I guess the size does count. :D

Shelia said...

Oh, poor fella, it was a terrible mistake. HA, LOL, too rich!

The All Seeing Eye said...

You're welcome, poor man's nicole richie. Glad you loved the post.

The All Seeing Eye said...

Thanks for your kind words, Coolingstar9.

The All Seeing Eye said...

Good point, Monique. The wo phrases are so close to each other. I wonder what other mistakes could be made with the Croatian language.

The All Seeing Eye said...

Sheila and Velvet Hammer, you're both welcome. I am glad I brought some laughter to your day.

George M. said...

Wow - great story!

My opinion though is that England lost because Beckham didn't had a proper haircut for the needs of this game...

The All Seeing Eye said...

Thanks for your comment, George. If Beckham had been able to play, then I do think the results would have been different.