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. 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.
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. Most chant songs are derived from historical or popular song adaptations, in which the lyrics are changed, somehow plagiarized and intentionally mock up from the original versions, and 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 enigma 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. An example of spoken chant is the one rendered by fans of the Chilean national football team, whereby one group of fans will chant “Chi-Chi-Chi” and another fan group will respond with “Le-Le-Le”.
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.
Spiritual and folk song chants
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.
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
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.