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Football Chants are a Passion

Watching an exciting football match gets to be more compelling when you see the crowd overwhelmingly rally for their favourite football team, cheering and chanting altogether, such that part of the excitement of the game is actually from the persuasive responses of the crowd, which 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, which is also referred to as terrace chant, is a song or a repeated, rhythmic phrase, which is sung or shouted during a football match, and 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. A lot of popular chants are based according to different 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 rhythmic effect 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”.

Chants taken from hymns or classical music

Football chants that are based on hymns, such as “Glory Glory” or a Hallelujah chorus, have all been popularized and classical music versions, like “When The Saints Go Marching In” has been repeatedly sung in many football matches.

Examples of spiritual and folk song chants

Spiritual-based songs, like “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” was used but with a different lyric, “He’s Got a Pineapple on His Head”, which was targeted to footballer Jason Lee due to his distinctive hairstyle; while the famous folk song, “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain” which was changed to “We”ll Be Coming Down the Road” by the Liverpool football fans.

Types of popular music chant songs

There are many such interesting football chants that came about, which were highly based on popular music songs, examples of which are: “Go West” by the Village People in 1970, “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.

Chants based on advertising jingles, nursery rhymes, theme tunes

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.