The atmosphere at a football game is unique, unlike any other sporting code with supporters worldwide singing chants throughout.
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Socceroos fans will be singing their lungs out in Russia this European summer, while we can look forward to plenty of English wit and the now-famous Icelandic Viking Clap at the 2018 World Cup.
Here’s some of the best fan chants:
Northern Ireland didn’t quite qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but their chant about Will Grigg being “on fire” was all the rage during their appearance at the 2016 European Championships, becoming one of the most downloaded tracks in the UK! The parody is from Gala’s ‘Freed From Desire’ and, for the record, Grigg didn’t score at the Euros.
Staying in Britain, Scotland almost missed out for Russia but back in 2007 when they faced Italy the ‘Tartan Army’ famously chanted “deep fry your pizzas, we’re gonna deep fry yer pizzas”.
Of course, how can you go past Liverpool’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. For one of the biggest renditions, you can’t go past the Reds’ visit to the MCG in 2013.
We cannot forget to include Iceland’s Viking Clap too, which took off in popularity after the side’s 2016 European Championships success and was adopted by NRL club Canberra Raiders.
For humour, one-time A-League target Bobby Zamora hardly set the world on fire during his time at Craven Cottage, so Fulham fans came up with their own twist. To the tune of Dean Martin’s ‘That’s Amore’ they sung “when you're sat in row Z, and the ball hits your head, that's Zamora, that's Zamora.”
There’s also the Kolo-Yaya Toure chant which has been adopted by almost everyone– including Steven Gerrard and his then-Liverpool teammates with dance moves too.
Back home, here’s a few others:
Australia skipper Mile Jedinak has attracted plenty of admirers during his 75-game international career, plenty more after his play-offs hat-trick heroics against Honduras. Subsequently Socceroos fans converted KC and the Sunshine Band’s ‘Give It Up’ as a tribute to the bearded Aston Villa man.
Domestically there’s some clever dicks around the A-League coming up with his fresh chants.
Fans are going to want to sign about you when you’re a two-time Johnny Warren medal winner. And Brisbane Roar’s German maestro Thomas Broich won much adoration during his time at Suncorp Stadium. Roar fans ripped off the Life Of Brian tune ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’, replaced by ‘Always Look On The Left Side For Broich’ to tribute their star man.
Sydney FC supporters always sing Rod Stewart’s ‘Rhythm Of My Heart’ in the 23rd minute after The Cove founder William ‘Doggadog’ Duran who passed away in 2012, changing the final line from “I’ll be sailing” to “I’ll be Sydney”!
Rivals Western Sydney Wanderers won’t be outdone with their own cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Bad Moon Rising’.
Much like the aforementioned Kolo-Yaya Toure chant, Brisbane Roar, Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory supporters have adopted their own version to honour Kosta Barbarouses during his various stints at those clubs.
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