By Fernando Gonzalez
Yes, Virginia, in places such as Argentina and Germany, who meet in the final, fútbol is a religion.
The chanting by the followers of a team can sometimes be as distinct as the colors of a club´s shirt. Perhaps the most obvious example is British Premier League’s Liverpool´s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” — a Rodgers and Hammerstein tune from their show Carousel, of all things.
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Starting at about 4 minutes into this video you can hear about 95,000 people sing it along. You don´t need to even be interested in soccer to be moved by it. Click HERE.
This Sunday, Argentina’s followers will support their team with a song that, if you pay attention, will sound familiar to many Americans: yep, that’s Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising.” With new lyrics, in Spanish of course, including some needling of arch rival Brazil, and the eternal argument among fans over Maradona and Pele, it has become a favorite of the Argentine fans.
Why that song? Why now? (The song was popular in 1969.) How did it make it to the stands? That’s a mystery for a story, another day. In the meantime, there’s one more game to play.