Why “Seven Nation Army” is Soccer’s Favourite Chant

If you’ve been to any sporting event, the PA inevitably pumps out the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” at some point.    And at certain games, it’s the crowd that sings those seven notes–especially during soccer matches. How did it come to this?  Deadspin takes a look.

Three World Cups later, the riff from the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” remains the soccer world’s most prolific chant. It’s possible to pinpoint the exact time and place the wordless chant was born: Oct. 22, 2003, in a bar in Milan.

Below, our story on how the “Seven Nation Army” chant was birthed by traveling Belgian supporters, adopted and nurtured by Italy, and brought across the Atlantic by Penn State. Know your history, and chant away.

Keep reading.  (Thanks to Nathalia for the link.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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