What are the best baseball chants

By Thomas Hummel, Martin Schneider, Carsten Eberts, Jonas Beckenkamp and Sebastian Fischer

The soul of every football club can be heard in its songs. When people get together and don't sing, something is wrong. In the church, at the folk festival, in the stadium - where there is no music, it is empty. Every arena is first of all a steel-glass-concrete block, a non-place like an airport or a parking garage. Every place and every stadium only gets character through the people - and because 50,000 cannot talk, write or paint together, they just have to sing and jump. Football has produced a lot of songs over the years, martial, sad, happy, kitschy, funny. A few are remembered for longer. A selection.

O San Lorenzo - fans from Buenos Aires

Every local football fan, whether from Stuttgart, Sandhausen or Schwabing, has come home on a Saturday evening, hoarse and satisfied, and said: "Man, the atmosphere in the stadium today was really good." Every local football fan should be a bit ashamed. Because what he experienced was nothing compared to the atmosphere in an Argentine stadium.

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It is not entirely unproblematic to glorify Argentine ultras. Many so-called Barras Bravas (Eng .: wild hordes) do illegal business, are violent and are protected by corrupt police officers. But taken in isolation, the videos from the stadiums in Buenos Aires are just amazing. "Dicen que estamos todos de la cabeza", say the fans of the first division club San Lorenzo: "They say we are all completely crazy." Yes, you want to call out to them when you see how the huge grandstand trembles under their jumps: You're crazy, damn it! "Pero a San Lorenzo no le interesa"they will answer. They don't care. Anyone who watches these fans with dry eyes without goose bumps - to quote Rudi Völler for once - has never loved football. (sefi)

Fields of Athenry - Irish fans at Euro 2012

It is the moment when Tom Bartels is silent. What should he have said about that? Ireland plays against Spain in the second group game of the Euro 2012 and the Irish are as hopelessly inferior as they were against this Xavi-Iniesta-Spain. It's just before the end of 0: 4, but it could also have been 0: 8. Normal fans react to such an idea with silence. Or whistles. In the 88th minute, however, a group starts singing in some corner of the stadium.

"Low lie the Fields of Athenry." An old Irish folk song about a famine. The song grows. More Irish sing along, not a fan block, but everyone. This proud and sad song keeps getting louder. The Spaniards dominate the grass, the Irish create something bigger in the air above. "With that, the Irish showed us what sport is really about." Vicente del Bosque, coach of the victorious team, said after the game. (sm)

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