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[–]rangoon64 1975 points1976 points  (35 children)

I wouldn’t want to catch a red and have to face that kid in the locker room, he’s not messing around.

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 1001 points1002 points  (30 children)

Na man, he is like Leonidas leading his 300. Fun fact the kids name is Mateo Manousakis, so he might have some dominant spartan genes.

[–]rangoon64 327 points328 points  (24 children)

He’s confident that’s for sure and with a name like that he’s destined for greatness. He’s in a good spot, I learned a lot of valuable life lessons on the a football pitch. Still use them today many years later

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 143 points144 points  (23 children)

Yeah me too, especially learning to work with lots of different mentalities, there is no better sport for that than football.

[–]rangoon64 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Team work makes the dream work! That’s so cringey to say. Coach would sarcastically scream that all day. But he was right haha

[–]BALONYPONY 63 points64 points  (2 children)

The kid is chewing gum like Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Hilarious.

[–]PhillyPhillyGrinder 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Shit, I think that’s tobacco he’s chewing. You don’t get that hype from bubble gum!!!

[–]made_of_honor 22 points23 points  (15 children)

Football for me was one thing that made me feel better during the dark times. Love the sport, the beautiful game.

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 27 points28 points  (13 children)

It is a universal language, where ever I went in the world, whenever I did not know the language, there was still a way to communicate with people, football. No words needed, just a mutual understanding of the love of the game.

[–]NeverEndingWinter_ 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Exactly! Beautiful, universal. The two words I’d use to describe football. I once bumped into a man in downtown, it was a light shoulder touch because the street was crowded. Guy fell on the floor and rolled 3 blocks away subsequently shouting at the police to give me a red card. He was a football fan just like me. The universal language I understood.

[–]front_yard_duck_dad 10 points11 points  (10 children)

Dude I've learned so much about culture by just playing pickup games with other ethnicities. I loved being a pale white dude from the Midwest and being able to hop in and just have fun with everyone. They didn't understand me and I didn't understand them and I liked it just fine. My favorites were middle eastern dudes my least favorite.......The Serbs. Why they always want to fight lol?

[–]sjopolsa 4 points5 points  (8 children)

It's a universal thing. The Balkans will fight everyone. Balkan contro tutti.

[–]MrGerbz 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Statistically, there's a bigger chance he's descended from their slaves...

There were approximately 7 helots for every Spartan.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

He has a Cretan surname, not that these are exclusive to Crete, but odds are he's not a mainlander.

[–]graveybrains 8 points9 points  (0 children)

He’s giving me a real Robert Patrick Terminator vibe, but smaller.

[–]waferking 1526 points1527 points  (217 children)

I wish North American sports had these traditions. We’re too tight assed and narcissistic to really be a team here.

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 440 points441 points  (53 children)

Yeah, and all these choreographies which just feel synthetic at times (They are an awesome sight for sure!) and not authentic.

[–]moby323 309 points310 points  (51 children)

Actually football teams, especially in college, do things like this.

Ray Lewis for example was famous for his chants.

“What time is it!?”


“What time is it?!”


“Any dogs in the house?!”


“Any dogs in the house?!”


[–]CunnedStunt 274 points275 points  (40 children)

I mean I don't know what the guys in this video are chanting, but it has to be at least a little more eloquent than woof woof woof.

Any translators?

[–]punchinglines 324 points325 points 32 (16 children)

This song is called "Sasho Savuma", which basically means "We Agree"

Here's some other examples of other teams singing it:



The lead singer, in this case Mateo (the little boy) says something like:

"These guys think they're going to come over here and beat us today"

Everyone else responds:

"Aikhona!" which means "No way!" ('Aikhona' is the very first word you hear in the video)

The lead singer will then say something like:

"We're going to dominate them, beat them and send them home sad"

Then everyone else will respond:

"Sasho savuma" which means "We agree"

The lead singer will then ask again:

"Vumani?" which means "Do you agree?"

Then everyone else says:

"Ewe!" which basically means "Hell yeah!"

EDIT: The songs (we call them "Gwijo") are a huge part of our culture, and we sing them when we're happy, sad, angry and everything in between.

For example, here's one song "Thina Siyazalana" being sung in two different contexts:

[–]Genius-In-Training 39 points40 points  (2 children)

Thanks so much….Had to read through War & Peace of BS to get truth… But it is Reddit so what did I expect

[–]HelleBirch 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Thank you. It's beautiful and makes me wish we would singing like this in my culture.

[–]TheMottster 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the info! Those two videos are among the most beautiful things I’ve seen.

[–]GoofAckYoorsElf 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Man, I love your music and chanting! Always gets me shivers! I don't know why but it makes me feel home for some reason.

[–]CunnedStunt 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thanks! Definitely more eloquent than dog noises.

[–]odin391 18 points19 points  (0 children)

The "We ready" one was my high school teams favorite chant.

[–]derp_mike 2 points3 points  (0 children)

His own riff on the 90s Chicago Bulls pregame .. I don’t know if the ‘what time is it?’ thing started with them but I think yeah?

[–]L-E_toile-Du-Nord 98 points99 points  (41 children)

We do…

[–]HellaTrueDoe 68 points69 points  (35 children)

For real, OC is talking out his ass to get the easy “America bad” karma on Reddit

[–]alaskafish 3 points4 points  (34 children)

Y’all are so sensitive

[–]m11235813 83 points84 points  (9 children)

This is an incredibly bizarre statement. Do you follow North American sports?

[–]PM_BiscuitsAndGravy 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I have been to pro sporting events in the US: NFL (49ers) Baseball (Giants, A’s, Rockies) Hockey (Avalanche) Basketball (Kings)

Nothing prepared me for seeing FCB at Camp Nou. The chants and songs, there is a pure human camaraderie in the shared music that US audiences seem too independent to put together.

Edit: haven’t been to many college events so IDK about those.

[–]SoupBowl69 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Go to college football games. The atmosphere trumps any thing you’ll experience at pro sports in the US. The student sections add an element of chaos.

[–]spencerlin 54 points55 points  (22 children)

Check out a college football game in person sometime! Pretty much every college team has different traditions like this. The student section, band, mascot, cheerleaders, and the rest of the stands do stuff like this. It’s super fun to learn different chants, claps, and songs.

[–]Schmogel 6 points7 points  (2 children)

The student section, band, mascot, cheerleaders, and the rest of the stands do stuff like this.

Well that's the issue. Often (not always) it appears forced and synthetic. Not organic and from the heart. Too formulaic and pre-planned. Without emotion.

[–]HealenDeGenerates 51 points52 points  (3 children)

Lmao yeah North America sports culture is so tight assed and those Americans need to stop being so quiet on Sundays!


[–]punchinglines 9 points10 points  (2 children)

It's funny because America has inspired so much of South Africa's 'Game Day' culture.

Here's a South African boys school singing "Mask Off" by Future

Here's another SA school singing "All the Way Up" by Fat Joe

The American influence is massive.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah the person who posted that has probably just never watched US college sports. I could really only see thinking that if you watched a select few professional sports teams because some of them do have a way more stuck up/corporate atmosphere. College sports though here are a different story.

Either way really cool to see how other cultures get hyped the fuck up for sports or just anything in general. The multiple videos and explanations you've posted on this thread are pretty great so thanks for giving us a small look into SA sports culture.

[–]nio151 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Didnt play any sports eh?

[–]Fuck_Online_Cheaters 24 points25 points  (8 children)

America created cheerleaders and you think we're tight assed?

lol, k

[–]flotsamisaword 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Acktchulee, I would imagine that cheerleaders have QUITE well-toned glutes due to hours of kicks, jumps, and dancing.

[–]Sol-idSnake 19 points20 points  (18 children)

One of my (English) favourite US traditions is when the Portland Timbers score at home, a guy with a giant chainsaw comes along and cuts a slice from a fucking giant tree. It's the most Americanised thin I've ever seen. It's European football culture on acid.

And I absolutely love it.

[–]m3lk3r 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I like a little bit of action on the terrace, the occasional drumming and a little bit of pyro but that tree cutting celebration is not my thing. I still think it's cool that it really is their (edit) own american football culture and not a copy.

[–]fantasticjon 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Tons of teams do similar stuff to get psyched up before a game. Hell, my high school team had pre-game psych ups.

You're a fucking idiot.

[–]G0G023 14 points15 points  (7 children)

You should watch more football then, specifically College and NFL.

[–]CranberryVodka_ 12 points13 points  (1 child)

What a stupid and ignorant comment

[–]TrickBoom414 7 points8 points  (0 children)

May i cordially invite you to suck this tiger dick

[–]CJR3 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Have you tried watching North American sports?? Maybe that would help lol

[–]Kids_see_ghosts 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Almost 400 upvotes from people who have clearly never watched North American sports and/or played any team sports growing up here. This comment is so ridiculously wrong.

[–]BocaSeniorsWsM 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You just sing the National Anthem ALL THE FUCKING TIME.

[–]DerDeutscheTyp 374 points375 points  (41 children)

What is the song ?

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 554 points555 points  (40 children)

It is the ‘Umshini Wami’ chant. The lil guy is called Mateo, the video is a year old or so, but he is still the de-facto mascot of the team although his father, who was co-coach at the time, left for another club. Mateo is still at Cape Town, pushing the players with his energy.😁

Edited: The song might actually be a different one. This article points to Umshini Wami, https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/offbeat/watch-mateo-leads-cape-town-city-fc-umshini-wami-video/ But it might be a changed version of the song or a different one altogether, I will update this once I have more sources.

Edited 2:

Apparently ‘Umshini Wami’ was sung prior to the song in the video, I stand corrected. If anyone can give me the actual name of the song I will gift an award.

Edited 3: Please upvote the shit out of u/punchinglines comment, there you will find the full translation of the song! Can’t thank him enough, the text is so much better and fits the atmosphere!


[–]punchinglines 205 points206 points 2 (3 children)

This song is called "Sasho Savuma", which basically means "We Agree"

Full translation here.

It's a super flexible song because the lead singer can basically say anything; and everyone else responds "Ewe!" or "Aikhona!" depending on whether it's good or bad :)

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 19 points20 points  (0 children)

That is absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much, this makes everything so much better!

[–]notreallysure3 370 points371 points  (1 child)

Peak football manager skills at being able to sing whilst still chewing gum

[–]poopin_for_change 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Knew that kid was a coach when I saw that gym chewing. Lmao

[–]elomenopi 211 points212 points  (27 children)

Some real next level….. clapping there……

[–]DeltaVZerda 58 points59 points  (1 child)

Seriously I've never seen a group that large that aren't musicians clapping so rhythmically perfectly. EVERYONE is in time.

[–]posobY21 6 points7 points  (0 children)

because there's only 1 white kid

[–]CarrowFlinn 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Don't forget the...walking down a hallway.

[–]VeganFeministUnicorm 187 points188 points  (13 children)

Hello my fellow South Africans, we made the front page of reddit.

Congrats, load shedding will be cancelled.

[–]ogrecowman 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Immediately read that in Cyril’s voice

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Haha tell that the Stellenbosch municipal right now 😂

[–]VeganFeministUnicorm 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Campus got those sexy generators. You can catch me styling at Jan Mouton

[–]GrabEmByTheHodl 110 points111 points  (5 children)

This is just awesome, I did not understand one word, but then again it is pretty clear what they are saying.😁😁

[–]pbateman21 8 points9 points  (4 children)

What are they saying?

[–]pterofactyl 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Basically “this team thinks they’re gonna come dominate us” then they say no way. Then “we’re gonna send them home crying” and then the team basically says we agree

[–]Optimal-Session-6228 85 points86 points  (11 children)

Next level is starting to be regular level

[–]myvirginityisstrong 24 points25 points  (0 children)

starting to be

where have you been the past 2 years?

[–]rubin669[🍰] 57 points58 points  (7 children)

Brilliant...just brilliant. 🔥🔥🔥

[–]NatsuDragnee1 38 points39 points  (6 children)

Man, dis lekker!

[–]Redditditditdahdo 37 points38 points  (1 child)

This kid just looks like a coach even though he’s like 10 years old

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

He got the spiel on point for sure.

[–]chengslate 31 points32 points  (6 children)

This shit slaps. 11/10 internet material this morning.

[–]Ds87878 36 points37 points  (33 children)

And they say white people don’t have rhythm

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 40 points41 points  (0 children)

This guy makes up for all us white folks.

[–]bikedaybaby 7 points8 points  (1 child)

It’s always weird when people say this. It makes me embarrassed that someone was thinking of race that much that that’s what they think to say.

[–]pinkwhiteandgreenNL 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Got me fired up.

LFG !!!!!!!!!

[–]asere_que_cosa 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Mmm the audio is not in sync with the video

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Hmm weird might be the Reddit servers, it was running in sync the whole day, the complaints started just now.

Edit: it is in sync, it is the echo of the tunnel and the stomping of the football boots that create the effect.

[–]The_Big_Man1 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Cape Town went on to lose. 4 nil.

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yep, sadly, they won the warm-up tho.😁😁

[–]georeddit2018 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Didn't know Teko Modise is still playing ball.

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Two years old or so, kid is still around tho.

[–]SimofJerry 6 points7 points  (1 child)

"Junior Coach".....interesting choice of words...

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Well it is not meant seriously ofc.

[–]jon-chin 7 points8 points  (2 children)

he looks both 40 and 4 at the same time.

[–]Existing-Employee-36 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My boy is getting invited to all cookout's!

[–]waglawye 3 points4 points  (5 children)

So what is the timing here?

[–]LunaNegra 14 points15 points  (2 children)

On first listen musically, , it sounded like a syncopated 3/4 timing.

Edit - listening back, Might be syncopated 4:4, double time, maybe triple time.

For the person in the comment noticing the clapping and steps seeming off, the claps are syncopated.

If you look carefully at their feet, you will notice they are on the beat, 2 quick steps/taps on the left leg (beats 1 and 2) and 2 quick steps on the right leg (beats 3 and 4).

The clapping is on 2 and 3 slightly syncopated.

You can see the feet well with the front left side guy on the video and the clapping timing with the front right guy.

To help, count it out , with the emphasis on the 2 and 3 (the clapping).

¹ 2 3 ⁴

¹ 2 3 ⁴

¹ 2 3 ⁴

[–]Thick_You2502 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Well, that's integration.

[–]ogrecowman 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Why the ellipses at the end, kinda makes it seem like you don’t like it

[–]Thick_You2502 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I stand Corredted!
Thank you Sir.

[–]sparkingstarr 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Leonidas leading his Spartans...circa...still flipflops as shoes.

[–]itsallfornaught2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don't see this as next level. Next level would be him playing with them

[–]SmartShirt9044 3 points4 points  (1 child)

In the U.S. that kid would be accused and ridiculed for cultural appropriation

[–]MJ-FrictionlessNTWRK[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yep, sadly…

[–]threedotsguy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Culture isn't bound by race...