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For the first time since 1966, the England soccer team reached the final of a major tournament.
This Sunday, July 11, they will face Italy at the stadium of Wembley, located in London, at 8:00 PM (local time).
The excitement among the English is such that throughout Euro 2020 the streets of the most important cities of the country have been filled with fans who have enthusiastically celebrated each of the triumphs of their team.
While they hug, clap, jump and scream there is a motto in the background that is repeated over and over again: “It’s coming home” (“is coming home”).
What does this iconic phrase mean and where does it come from? Here we tell you.
To understand the origin of this motto, we must go back to the Eurocup of 1996, when England hosted the championship.
On that occasion, the Football Association of that nation asked the BBC comedians David Baddiel Y Frank Skinner to write the official song of England with the band The Lightning Seeds.
This is how he was born “Three Lions” which, to tell the truth, is not a merely positive or fervent melody, but plays on the irony of the poor performance that the English national team has historically had, always on the verge of getting cups that end up in the hands of others.
Baddiel told the BBC that the idea was for the anthem to “really reflect what it’s like to be a fan of England.”
The opening verse of Three Lions, in fact, sums up the disappointment life of a fan from this country: “England is going to throw it away, it is going to spoil everything”, dice.
The lyrics are so depressing that, according to the authors, the Football Association had doubts whether or not to play it at the stadium that year.
But they did and the song became a hit. So much so that it reached the top spot in the UK charts and also in 1998, on the occasion of the World Cup.
Although the phrase “it’s coming home” originally referred to the fact that in 1996 England were hosting their first major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, today it has a broader meaning: it basically means that the country led by Boris Johnson will win.
Thus, every time the English team scores a win, it is the chorus of the song (“it’s coming home”) that is heard in the streets, bars and pubs.
If England manages to win this final at Wembley, the song will have a doubly special meaning as not only would it be the first time that England have won a European Championship but it would also do so “at home”.
But it is not easy: according to UEFA, over the last few years, Italy has beaten England in more games and, in the last official of the World Cup in 2014, they beat them 2-1.
Thus, it remains to be seen whether the English fans will continue with their bad luck or will manage to turn it around and, finally, leave the cup “at home”.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.