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Popularised at the Sydney Olympics and used by Australian football supporters everywhere is the "Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi" chant between two groups of supporters. Hibernian were the first team to popularise the song with the release of a record by Hector Nicol in the 1950s ("Glory Glory to the Hibees").
It is a derivation of Welsh rugby chant "Oggy Oggy Oggy", which was also adapted by Chelsea supporters in tribute to Peter Osgood. Several football chants are based on hymns, with "Cwm Rhondda" (also known as "Guide me, O thou great redeemer") being one of the most popular tunes to copy. The Stars and Stripes Forever is often sung with the words "Here we go, here we go, here we go! There have been various adaptations of "When The Saints Go Marching In" and the tune of Handel's Hallelujah chorus.
The song was later popularised by the television show Fantasy Football League.
Not only do fans sing songs to directly slight the opposition they are playing that day; many teams sing songs about their club rivals, even if they are not playing them.
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". The song was also adapted by Brazilian fans during World Cup 2018 to tease and taunt Argentina about their possible exit in the first round, which eventually did not occur, with references to Argentinian players Di María, Mascherano, and Messi (Brazil and Argentina have a well-known football rivalry).
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? The Geordie folk song "Blaydon Races" is associated with Newcastle United. In April 2018, supporters from the Portuguese soccer club F. Porto adapted the song with the lyrics "Penta Xau" ("Bye bye fifth"), referring to the lost opportunity by rival club S. Benfica to win a fifth national championship in a row, a feat only F. Italian tifosi are strongly used to sing mocks based on national, and internationally famous folk tunes, like L'uva fogarina, Oh! "The Fields of Athenry" is a widely used anthem by Irish sports fans, sang particularly at rugby and football matches.
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A football chant or terrace chant is a song or chant sung at association football matches.