There is a popular song, a chant really, in Annapolis this summer. Maybe you’ve heard it? It’s like the old football — er, soccer — anthem: “Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé.” It’s the one with roots in “Anderlecht Champion,” a Belgian song that twisted the Spanish bullfighting cheer “Olé!” into French, “allez, allez, allez.” Then the Mexicans made it their own with “E Viva Mexico” in 1986, the story goes, chanting “Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé” to support the national team in the World Cup. Now everybody uses it.
A championship soccer season in Annapolis started with a silly chant.
July 21, 2023