The Exciting Zeal of Football Chanting
The excitement of watching football mounts up because it is the crowd, watching over the game match, that is overly energized and continuously roaring and chanting, cheering loyally to their football team, such that this overwhelming crowd experience 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. 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. 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. 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”.
Hymns or classical music chants
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.
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.
Popular music songs from the 1970s to the 21st century, which became popular due to the tune and music and rendition of famous bands and song groups, were adapted for football chanting, such as “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
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.