The competition in the 2022 soccer World Cup is heating up, but last night England won a triumphant game against Wales with a stunning 3-0 victory. So today, England fans will no doubt be walking at a brisk pace while singing the biggest and best football anthem of all time: Three Lions by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds. However, many football fans have long misheard the lyrics of the song.
Many fans believe the lyrics are: “‘Cause I remember three lions in one shirt! / The jewels keep shining on / Thirty years of pain / They never stopped me from dreaming.”
But these letters are actually wrong. The second line of the song actually refers to a former FIFA boss, rather than shiny gems.
The actual lyrics are: “‘Cause I remember three lions in one shirt! / Jules Rimet still shining / Thirty years of pain / I never stopped dreaming.”
Instead of “the jewels are still shining”, the lyrics are actually “Jules Rimet still shining”, a pun on Jules Rimet’s name.
Jules Rimet was the third president of FIFA. He was introduced to the company in 1921 and remained there until 1954.
During that time, Rimet held the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. As a result, the trophy was named after him: Jules Rimet Trophy.
However, disaster struck the award in 1966, when it was stolen from a display case in Westminster Central Hall. The solid gold trophy was worth some £30,000 and was missing for seven days. It was eventually discovered “wrapped in newspaper at the bottom of a suburban garden hedge” in Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood, South London.
The trophy was found by a dog named Pickles.
After the trophy was returned to its rightful place, just before England won the FIFA World Cup in 1966.
Queen Elizabeth II even gave it to England captain Bobby Moore as a gift.
However, that’s not the end of the Jules Rimet story. 20 years later, in 1983, it was stolen again.
The Jules Rimet Trophy has never been found.
Although this enhances the power of the Three Lions song, it was recently revealed that it is not the nation’s favorite football anthem.
New research of Free Bets has provided a “definitive ranking” of the UK’s best-loved soccer hits.
While Three Lions is a close second in the top five, it has been surpassed by an iconic 1969 song by Neil Diamond.
Yes, the UK’s most popular football anthem is Sweet Caroline.
Just behind are the aforementioned Three Lions, The Beatles’ Hey Jude, World in Motion and, of course, Vindaloo.
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