Football Culture 2010: The Poetry of World Cup Football

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Aesthetically, it was both the most thrilling World Cup in recent memory and the one with the least straightforward drama; every French match, at least, felt like the comments section to an article that no one had time to read. Narratively, it was fascinatingly ambiguous. World Cups generally turn into coronations for a single dominant team, but France seemed to invert all the normal expectations for dominance.

Belgium was a dominant team.

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Croatia was a dominant team. France just won the World Cup. And so the goal that stood out, for me, was the first. Free kick to France, thirty yards from the Croatian goal. Griezmann took it. Croatia had been the better team. But now France led, 1—0. And this, you felt, was what France had been playing for all along. This is Who said anything was going to make sense? The video-assistant referee is a new addition to World Cup rules. Here we look at some famous calls that might have gone another way, if V.

Amongst others, it has spawned the song " You're not singing anymore! Hibernian were the first team to popularise the song with the release of a record by Hector Nicol in the s "Glory Glory to the Hibees".

The Stars and Stripes Forever is often sung with the words " Here we go, here we go, here we go! Italian tifosi employ various operatic arie , especially those by Giuseppe Verdi , for chants. For Parma 's home matches at the Stadio Ennio Tardini , during the entry of the teams in the field, Aida 's triumphal march resounds as Verdi is a symbol of the city.

The anthem theme was first popularized as a chant by A. Roma's curva sud after a match win against Juventus on January 30, The anthem has also been modified by the RC Lens fans.


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Some chants are based on spirituals. An example of the latter's use was "He's got a pineapple on his head" aimed at Jason Lee due to his distinctive hairstyle. Christmas carols have also been used as chants like with the theme of " O Tannenbaum " by the likes of Manchester United or Chelsea fans. The tune to the Shaker song " Simple Gifts " has spawned many terrace chants including " Carefree ", a chant associated with Chelsea , though it was originally Chesterfield fans who adapted this. It was adopted by the supporters of English non-league team F.

United of Manchester as a club anthem in It was perhaps most famously sung by Phil Brown, [34] the manager of Hull City FC , shortly after Hull had avoided relegation from the Premiership in The tune from the song's chorus is often sung with alternative lyrics, particularly "He scores when he wants", "You know what you are" and "We know what we are".

Some Rangers fans sing a version expressing Anti-Irish sentiment in the lyrics, with the chorus notably replaced by "Your famine is over, why don't you go home? Italian tifosi are strongly used to sing mocks based on national, and internationally famous folk tunes, like L'uva fogarina , Oh! Susanna and Alouette. Popular music is the most common source of football chants. Popular standards such as " Winter Wonderland ", Scott Joplin 's " The Entertainer ", the Cuban patriotic song " Guantanamera " and the Eurovision entry " Volare " are also widely adapted to suit players and managers.

The rhythm, rather than the melody, of " Let's Go Pony " by The Routers is widely used for clapping, drumming or banging by fans worldwide. Music of the s influenced terrace chants. The emergence of funk and disco in the s also made its mark on the terraces with songs such as " Go West " by the Village People [44] and " Oops Upside Your Head " by The Gap Band remaining popular amongst fans. More recent releases to have their music appropriated include " Seven Nation Army " by The White Stripes , which became highly popular across nations. Football crowds also adapt tunes such as advertising jingles, nursery rhymes and theme tunes.

Theme tunes which have been used as chants include Heartbeat and The Banana Splits.

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Some football teams also have songs which are traditionally sung by their fans. The song was a favourite of Alex Govern and has been the Blues Anthem ever since. In , the song was covered by Liverpool group Gerry and the Pacemakers , which prompted the song's adoption by the Kop. At this time, supporters standing on the Spion Kop terrace at Anfield began singing popular chart songs of the day.

The mood was captured on camera by a BBC Panorama camera crew in One year later, when Liverpool faced Leeds in the FA Cup final , the travelling Kop sang the same song and match commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme commended the "Liverpool signature tune". Fans of West Ham United are said to have sung the song " I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles " at both home and away matches since the s, although no record of West Ham fans singing the song existed until The club has in the past also played other songs by the pair at its home ground Easter Road , such as " I'm on My Way ", though none have the same association with the team that "Sunshine on Leith" does.

Manchester City has been strongly associated with the classic popular song " Blue Moon " since the late s.

Stoke City fans often sing " Delilah " by Tom Jones. The same " to the Arsenal" was also often sung, in ironic spirit, by fans of opposition by way of mocking their perceived boring style of play during this time. Supporters of Sheffield Wednesday regularly sing the words "Honolulu Wednesday" to the tune of " Honolulu Baby "; a song which featured in the film Sons of the Desert starring Laurel and Hardy.

Across the city, Sheffield United F. A much faster-tempo version of the melody is used by Millwall F. The pop standard was adopted by supporters at Upton Park in the mids. The song has been sung on the terraces ever since and remains one of the most recognisable in English football. The judging panel was chaired by the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion , who said "What we felt we were tapping into was a huge reservoir of folk poetry.

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