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Football Chants are a Passion

The excitement of watching football mounts up because it is the crowd, watching over the game match, that is overly energized and continuously roaring and chanting, cheering loyally to their football team, such that this overwhelming crowd experience is proving to actually help the team make a goal move. It is the right chant that draws the crowd, as well as the team, to win more football goals happen during the course of a match.

A football chant or a terrace chant is more like a crowd singing or shouting a repeated, rhythmic phrase, which is done to purposely provoke the team’s opposition, like a psyche game, to make them be discouraged and, at the same time, cheer for their team. When the excitement reaches fever pitch in a football match, expect the crowd to spontaneously convey their chants, which are song adaptations from historical or popular songs that are plagiarized and intentionally mock up from the original versions. Chants vary from country to country and from team to team, but basically chants are geared to lift up the team spirit, as well as, slighting the opposing team. Chants are classified into the following types: spoken chants, chants based on hymns and classical music, chants based on spiritual and folk songs, chants based on popular music, and chants based advertising jingles, nursery rhymes and theme tunes.

The enigma of spoken chants

Spoken chants are usually repeated, rhythmic chants that are either shouted forcefully by the crowd or using a call-and-response format and accompanied by a percussion instrument to instil the right rhythm of the chant. For instance, the spoken chant of the Chilean national football team fans, which is”Chi-Chi-Chi”, is responded by another group fan with their spoken chant of “Le-Le-Le”.

Hymns or classical music chants

Examples of football chants that have been popularized by its original hymn versions, such as “Glory Glory” or a Hallelujah chorus, and a classical adaption of “When The Saints Go Marching In” has been repeatedly sung in many football matches.

Chants based on spiritual and folk songs

The folksong-based song, “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain” was changed to “We”ll Be Coming Down the Road” as a chant song by the Liverpool football fans; and a mock chant song, aimed at footballer Jason Lee due to his distinctive hairstyle, was created, He’s Got a Pineapple on His Head, which was following the tune of a spiritual song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”.

Types of popular music chant songs

The emergence of popular music songs, which typified the funk and disco beat of the 1970s, highly influenced terrace chants to make up its own lyric versions, like “Go West” by the Village People, “Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode in the 1990s, and in the 2006 FIFA World Cup adapting “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes was extremely popular by fans and players of Italy’s national football team.

Using advertising jingles, nursery rhymes, theme tunes for football chants

Using advertising jingles, nursery rhymes, theme tunes for football chant adaptations became also a popular move by football fans, examples of which are the following: “The Farmer in the Dell” was adapted as a chant into “Ee Aye Addio”, while the marching tune “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” was used to render the song, “His Armband Said He Was a Red”, as an honor chant for footballer Fernando Torres by the Liverpool fans, and theme tunes, such as “Heartbeat” and “The Banana Splits” were also adapted.