The Fervor of Football Chants
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, 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. When the excitement reaches fever pitch in a football match, expect the crowd to spontaneously convey their chants, which are song adaptations from historical or popular songs that are plagiarized and intentionally mock up from the original versions. 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. 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
A repeated, rhythmic chant that is either shouted forcefully by the crowd or using a call-and-response format is referred to as a spoken chant, which is normally 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.
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.
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.
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.