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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. Making the right, forceful chant truly helps to draw the crowd together, 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 persuasive effect of repeated spoken chants

A repeated, rhythmic chant that is either shouted forcefully by the crowd or using a call-and-response format is referred to as a spoken chant, which is normally 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 based on hymns or classical music

We have heard of football chants, such as “Glory Glory” or a Hallelujah chorus , which are hymnal versions, and classical adaption of “When The Saints Go Marching In” has been repeatedly sung in many football matches.

Spiritual and folk song chants

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

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.

Examples of chants based on advertising jingles, nursery rhymes, theme tunes

There have also been advertising jingles, nursery rhymes, theme tunes which were adapted for football chanting, examples of which were: “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.