Rocks Off spent June 2006 in Salamanca, Spain during the World Cup, and we can tell you it's difficult to exaggerate what an event this is to pretty much every country in the world but America. (Although the U.S. is reportedly gaining.) While watching the games, we would leave the window open and listen from our eighth-floor apartment to the cheers, shouts, and noisemakers every time Spain scored a goal.
Fireworks were involved many times, and one dude on a balcony across the plaza plugged in his guitar and ripped some solos in celebration. The most popular chant in Spain, one we heard pretty much every day we were there, was as follows:
A por ellos, ohhh ayyy,
A por ellos, ohhh ayyy;
A por ellos, ohhh ayyy,
A por ellos, ayyy ohhh ayyy!
Nobody had any idea what it meant, and we're not just talking about the Americans; none of the Spaniards knew what the hell it meant, either. It was just what you shouted when your team spirit became too much to hold inside. It's not anywhere near the weirdest soccer chant out there, as you are about to see.
Here's some chants that you and your friends can drunkenly belt while you watch those World Cup athletes doggedly sprinting down the pitch, boldly shooting for the goal and gracefully diving to the grass to better sell their fouls.
"He's got a pineapple on his head"
- to the tune of "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands," and referring to a player's distinctive hairstyle.
"No noise from the pasta boys"
- to the tune of "Go West" by the Village People
"Feed the scousers, let them know it's Christmastime"
- to the tune of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Any of y'all know what a "scouser" is?
"Fuck the Pope and the IRA"
- sung to the tune of Tina Turner's "Simply the Best" and is now banned from matches involving the Rangers Football Club, as are all sectarian chants.
"Joguem à Bola, Palhaços"
- sung by Portuguese fans whenever their team is performing badly. It means "Play ball, you clowns."
"If you tolerate Rix, then your children will be next"
- sung to the tune of the Manic Street Preachers' "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next," targeted at footballer Graham Rix, who was convicted of sexing up an underage girl.
"Two World Wars and One World Cup, doo-dah, doo-dah"
- sung to the tune of "Camptown Races," hauled out whenever England faces Germany.