The Exciting Zeal of Football Chanting
Because a football match is too exciting a sports not to be watched all over the world, part of the excitement is drawn from the persuasiveness of the crowd, somehow compelling the rest of the viewers to join their rally, cheering and chanting for their team, such that this kind of gripping scene actually helps the team to make a successful goal move. Chanting for your favourite football team is a forceful message being conveyed by the crowd, such that even the viewers on TV and the rest of the world, as well as the team, rally at their exciting best to make more football goals happen during the course of a match.
Football chants, which are usually performed by the crowd during a match, are like club theme songs or repeated, rhythmic phrases, which are sung or shouted during a football match, 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. There are various chant versions from country to country and from team to team, all created to unite the crowd followers 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.
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. 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”.
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
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
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.