Chant­ing their ob­ses­sion

Sportstar - - WORLD CUP FANFARE -

In Rus­sia, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween lyrics and iden­tity, be­tween chants and al­le­giances and en­e­mies veered be­tween earnest and ban­ter as foot­ball fans from around the world sang, ges­tic­u­lated and ul­ti­mately ex­pressed their ob­ses­sional sup­port.

AP

Hark­ing back: The Argentinian fans’ chant was a ref­er­ence to the coun­try’s 2­1 win over Brazil at the 1990 World Cup, when Diego Maradona and Clau­dio Canig­gia con­trived to de­feat the much­fan­cied side.

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