The Language in British and Slovene Football Anthems

  • Agata Križan University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
Keywords: attitudes, football anthems, identity, linguistic analysis, linguistic resources


Football is probably the world’s most popular game, with a huge number of fans. There are numerous ways in which football fans express dedication to their club and the feelings they have for their team, for example, wearing certain colours, waving banners and flags, and singing. Football anthems are nothing new for football fans, and many clubs have a long-established tradition of them. In this paper, I will address and compare the language in some popular British and Slovene football anthems, and attempt to explain its contribution to the creation of fan identity, to the fans’ sense of belonging, unity, and motivation. The linguistic analysis identities the linguistic resources used in football anthems to express attitudes, form bonds and create identities.


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KrižanA. (2016). The Language in British and Slovene Football Anthems. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 13(1), 15-29.