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“I, Believe…”: Chants Across the Globe

The 2014 World Cup has stirred the interest of many Americans for the U.S. Men’s National Team. It also has left many novice soccer fans chanting like pros. The “I Believe…” chant used by U.S. fans and in the FIFA commercial promoting the USMNT has been posted and re-posted all over social media. It has brought the U.S. soccer fans to the front lines of the battle for the World Cup on a World stage. And, the American fans are having a blast. It is chants like these that unite strangers that root for the same color together as close as family. Let’s take a look at some of the best chants around the World that will have you chanting along. Spinning the World for the most motivating chants first takes us to Japan as we visit The Kashima Antlers. The Antlers are a professional futbol team that has gained the attention of footballers around the world for their enthusiastic fans who chant throughout the entire match. Their fan’s chants have been stolen and altered to be used in other venues in other stadiums for other teams.

KASHIMA ANTLERS:

Antlers fans chant is called “Antlers ha Mutekidaze.” The chant is translated as “Antlers are Invincible.” The term “buttobase” translates to “attack.” It is one of the most admired chants around the world. In fact this chant is used by one of the most notorious MLS fan groups, Timber’s Army.

(Antlers-ha-MutekiDaze) Antlers-ha-MutekiDaze

([Opponent] Buttobase) [Opponent] Buttobase

(Antlers-ha-MutekiDaze) Antlers-ha-MutekiDaze

(Oretachi-Support-infight) Oretachi [we]-Support-infight

A N T L E R Oh S, A N T L E R Oh S

Antler fans have deemed this chant as “Roll.”

Of course most people will recognize the tune “Obla Di Obla Da,” from the Beatles 1968 album. Fans have adopted the tune into a cheerful chant for their team.

UTAH STATE AGGIES:

College athletics have a rich history of students creating tradition through student presence and chants that define their universities athletic programs. The Utah State Aggies might not be on the list of most successful athletic programs, but their student section has become the champions of spirit when it comes to firing up the team and the crowd. Here are some of their best chants, to include the, “I Believe,” chant that rocks Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum.

Even more popular than the aforementioned, “I Believe,” chant is, “Show Me a Scotsman.” The catchy chant is an essential part of the spirit that fills the arena as the Aggies play. The lyrics composed by student Ebenezer J. Kirkham, Utah State class of 1918, have remained intact, the arm movements were added by a energized student section in the 90’s. Although the rhythm of the chant has been adopted by other student sections, it originally belongs to the Aggies.

“Show me a Scotsman,
Who doesn’t love the thistle.
Show me an English man,
Who doesn’t love the rose.
Show me a true blooded
Aggie from Utah,
Who doesn’t love the spot . . .
Where the sagebrush grows!”

The Utah State Aggies own origination rites to the Scotsmen chant, but “I Believe, ” goes to an outsider. According to YahooSports.com, Jay Rodriguez at Navy Prep lead the charge of developing a new chant for his 5-member platoon in fall 1998. From its onset, the chant caught on. According to classmates of Rodriguez, the “I Believe,” chant, “spread like wildfire.” The chant was then brought to the Naval Academy by Rodriguez. Like anything good, it will be copied and stolen and that is exactly what the Utah State Aggies have done. The Aggie fans brought the chant to their sporting events and it has stuck.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS:

One of the most unusual chants in college athletics is the “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk” chant. More than 128 years ago, a Chemistry professor named E.H.S. Bailey and some colleagues worked on a chant or yell that would rally students. They came up with chanting,  “Rah, Rah, Jayhawk, Go KU”, which was to be repeated three times. It was adopted by the university’s science club. in 1886. The chant over the years changed to  “Rock Chalk Jayhawk, KU.” Many link the change from “rah” to “rock chalk” to the geology department at Kansas who studies the limestone-like chalky rock that is located near the campus.

“Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.”
“Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.”

In rapid succession:

“Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.”
“Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.”
“Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.”

 

LEEDS UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB:

We cross the pond to visit to West Yorkshire, England to hear 40,000 Leeds fans sing a rousing version of “March On Together.” So it is a song or a chant? The tune was released in 1972 on an album given to fans in celebration of Leeds appearing in the Football Association Cup Finals versus Arsenal. Leeds lost the Cup, but fans of Leeds still consider themselves the champions of that 1972 match, because of “one-sided” officiating. The chant/song continues to be belted out with great passion at every Leeds game.

Here we go with Leeds United,
We’re gonna give the boys a hand,
Stand up and sing for Leeds United,
They are the greatest in the land

na na na

Everyday, we’re all gonna say,
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!
Everywhere, we’re gonna be there,
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!

Marching On Together!
We’re gonna see you win
na na na na na na
We are so proud,
We shout it out loud
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!

We’ve been through it all together,
And we’ve had our ups and downs (UPS AND DOWNS!)
We’re gonna stay with you forever,
At least until the world stops going round

na na na

Everyday, we’re all gonna say
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!
Everywhere, we’re gonna be there,
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!

Marching On Together!
We’re gonna see you win
na na na na na na
We are so proud,
We shout it out loud
We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!
We are so proud,
We shout it out loud,
We love you LEEDS! LEEDS! LEEDS!

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FOOTBALL CLUB:

Aside from having one of the more unusual names in soccer, the Tottenham Hotspur fans have come up with an unusual way to celebrate…when they don’t score.

 

 

 

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