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The Exciting Zeal of Football Chanting

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, which vary from country to country and from team to team, are created to lift up the team spirit, as well as, dampen 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 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. A good illustration of a spoken chant is when the fans of the Chilean national football team shouted “Chi-Chi-Chi” and was responded by another group fan, chanting”Le-Le-Le”.

Chants based on hymns or classical music

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

There was a spiritual-based song created to mock footballer Jason Lee’s distinctive hairstyle, which got its original tune of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and was changed to “He’s Got a Pineapple on His Head”, while folksong-based chant, “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain” was changed to “We”ll Be Coming Down the Road” by the Liverpool football fans.

Examples of popular music-based 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.

Chants based on advertising jingles, nursery rhymes, theme tunes

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.