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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 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. Chant songs are taken from historical or popular song adaptations, which are plagiarized and intentionally mock up from the original versions, and which are spontaneously conveyed in a match game by the crowd followers when the excitement reaches fever pitch. 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

Any repeated, rhythmic chant that is shouted is referred to as spoken chants, which are in a call-and-response format and, most of the time, 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

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.

Chants based on spiritual and folk songs

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.

Chants based on popular music

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

The famed nursery rhyme, “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.

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