Spanish Soccer Chants – World Cup

July 08, 2010 By: erik Category: News, Soccer, Spain 16,613 views

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Go Spain! (cropped)Over the course of the World Cup 2010, I have seen increased traffic to my utterly useless page about Spanish soccer chants. So I have decided to write this page to actually inform the curious internet searchers about what those crazy Spanish soccer fans are on about.

A Por Ellos

This is by far the most common. “A por ellos!” means literally “Go get them!”. It’s the kind of thing that Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane might tell his deputies to do. Add some vowel sounds like OH and AY on the end, and you have a song:

A por ellos, oo ee
A por ellos, oo ee
A por ellos, oo ee
A por ellos, ee oo ee

Podemos

The second is an exclamation, “¡Podemos!“, which literally means “We can!” This was used very widely during the Euro Cup 2008, which Spain won. It’s a blatant rip off of Obama’s campaign slogan, “Yes we can!”, which is a blatant rip off of Cesar Chavez’s slogan, “Sí, se puede!” (Yes, it can be done), used in civil rights protests for the United Farm Workers union in the 1970’s.

Alcohol Alcohol Alcohol

This is less of a soccer chant and more of a drunken party chant, but I assure you it will be sung in the Spanish sections of exciting soccer matches. Because the letter H is silent in Spanish, the word “alcohol” often sounds like it just has two syllables. It goes like this:

Alcohol
Alcohol
Alcohol alcohol alcohol
Hemos venido a emborracharnos
Y el resultado nos da igual

In English, that’s:

Alcohol
Alcohol
Alcohol alcohol alcohol
We have come [here] to get drunk
And we don’t care about the result

Very mature, don’t you think?

Yo Soy Español Español Español

This one is pretty simple. It translates to “I am Spanish Spanish Spanish!”

Que Viva España

This one means “Long live Spain”. With some lo lo lo lo’s thrown in to make it more of a song.

If there are any Spanish soccer chants I’ve left out, please leave a comment.

 
  • Kay

    Thanks for this!
    Here in SouthAfrica, the vuvuzelas have drowned out the sounds of the (much more appealing) soccer chants. This morning, in a Tv interview I heard Spanish fans tuning up for Sunday’s semi final against Holland, but I couldn’t make out the words. Google brought me to your site, and so now I’ll be able to bellow out A po ellos oo ee to drown out the mindless buzz of the vuvu’s, and help Spain to victory!
    Going to teach the little girls next door, too, so the video is a great help. Thanks again. Que Viva Espana!

  • Kay

    Lo Siento!(upside down!).
    Sunday’s FINAL.
    What am I thinking?
    The mind’s on the semi, because of Forlan!
    Kay.

  • mou

    Lol.u took the words straight out of my mouth.been a spanish fan since 1994 or bit earlier.i just wish we win this tonight n we can celebrate here in sa.

  • robsonairline

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTOJjLTwIEk spanish fans song name please

    • http://erikras.com/?utm_source=disqus&utm_medium=profile&utm_campaign=Disqus%2BProfile Erik R.

      They’re singing “I want a Polish woman” over and over, while pointing at the pretty polish woman. It’s not a traditional Spanish song; it’s drunken horniness.

  • Alejandra

    Definitely on the “chant” end of the fight song – chant spectrum, but “Este partido, lo vamos a ganar!” is another common one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5g1r0E04FE