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. 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, 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”.
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
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
There have also been advertising jingles, nursery rhymes, theme tunes which were adapted for football chanting, examples of which were: “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.