The football song “Championi” has become the song of choice for many fans when their team win a league, but the origins of the song are less known. Read on though to find out who wrote the football song “Championi”.

When a football team wins a league the fans have much to cheer about and in recent years many fans of the league winners have taken to singing a song called ‘Championi’ – Championi, championi, oweh, oweh, oweh! All over the world fans have taken to singing this chant when their team win the league. Chelsea fans used it in 2005, Manchester United fans have often adopted it. The original version of the song has a very interesting history and here it is!

Championi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJxoyRPnKCg

Lyrics

“Championi, championi, oweh, oweh, oweh.
Championi, championi, oweh, oweh, oweh.
Rangers are the best team in the land,
they’re number one
and we are their fans.
We’re top of the league
catch us if you can.
We are the championees
They bounce through the middle,
they fly down the wing,
run in to the box
and then we will see
a cross and a flick
and it’s in to the net,
one more for the championees
Championi, championi, oweh, oweh, oweh.
Championi, championi, oweh, oweh, oweh.
Point after point
and goal after goal,
week after week
and up there we go.
We’re raising the flag
at Ibrox park
with white and blue championees
Rangers are the best team in the land
they’re number one
and we are their fans
We’re top of the league
catch us if you can.
We are the championees
Championi, championi, oweh, oweh, oweh.
Championi, championi, oweh, oweh, oweh.
Well have you heard the news,
it’s easy for the blues.
Let’s sing and dance,
we are the fans.
Rangers you are the champions
Championi, championi, oweh, oweh, oweh.
Championi, championi, oweh, oweh, oweh.
Championi, championi, oweh, oweh, oweh.
Championi, championi, oweh, oweh, oweh.”

As you can hear from the song and see from the lyrics, the song Championi was first written about Glasgow Rangers. The song first came out in the mid 1980’s and was performed by a group called ‘The Premier League’ – it was a song written at the onset of the Graeme Souness era and was a song that the Rangers fans have had much reason to sing ever since!

The story gets slightly more interesting though as the song Championi features, and was written by, none other than ex-Nazareth member Billy Rankin. Scottish guitarist Billy Rankin joined Nazareth in 1980 before leaving to launch a solo career in 1984 that peaked with the US hit Baby Come Back, but his solo work dried up and he rejoined Nazareth.

In between those times Billy Rankin found time to write two songs for the football club Glasgow Rangers (both performed by The Premier League featuring Billy Rankin). One of them was a song called Come Out On Top and the other was the more famous Championi. So famous has the song Championi become that it is often heard around the world when a team win their league.

From humble beginnings 25 years ago the song Championi has risen to become a well known football chant, but not a lot of people know it originated as a Glasgow Rangers song and even less know that it was written by ex-Nazareth member Billy Rankin.

Well, they do know now!

 

P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 31st of May 2011 and can be found by clicking HERE.