Greek "battle cry" to cheer on the national football team?

Discussion in 'Ελληνικά (Greek)' started by Resa Reader, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. Resa Reader

    Resa Reader Senior Member

    Hallo to all those of you who are interested in football:

    There was a question on a German forum about the Greek national team. Somebody wanted to know what the Greeks use to cheer on their football players? Is there any special "battle cry", such as "Allez les bleus" for the French team or "Forza!" for the Italian team?

    If you know such a term, you can help me to answer that question. I wouldn't be able to answer the question for the German team, either. I think there is no such term here. If there is such a term in Greek, you can also write it in Greek letters. I will be able to read it. The only thing I could have come up with is something general like " Έλα! / Ελάτε!"
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2014
  2. Perseas Senior Member

    Even in the Greek football stadiums you hear sometimes "Φόρτσα". I don't think there is an "established" battle cry for the Greek team. "Eλλάς Ελλάς" (the name of the national team) is something you hear very often.

    "Πάμε Ελλάδα/Ελλαδάρα" has the caracterististic that cheers on the football players like "Forza" or "Allez les bleus", but you see it usually as a title in a newspaper, and you don't hear it as a battle cry in a stadium.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2014
  3. Resa Reader

    Resa Reader Senior Member

    Thanks, Perseas. (Well, I'm flying to Greece on Saturday anyway. So maybe I can listen to it myself. ;))
  4. Andrious Senior Member

    I totally agree with Perseas. Another one that you hear quite often is when the half crowd goes "Ελλαδάρα!" and the other half "Ομαδάρα!". But most common is "Παίξτε μπάλα, ρε!"
  5. Resa Reader

    Resa Reader Senior Member

    Thanks to you, as well, Andriou.
  6. Scholiast

    Scholiast Senior Member

    Χαῖρετε ὦ φίλοι

    And in the event of victory, I trust both players and supporters will sing a παιάν.

    Last edited: Jun 6, 2014

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