Tonight Liverpool play Sevilla in the Swiss town of Basel to contest the 2016 Europa League final. The English club are looking to win the trophy for the fourth time; the Spaniards a record-busting fifth. Not only that but Sevilla would be doing what no other team has done in the competition by winning a third consecutive title (Uefa have promised them "special recognition" if they do it). AS English will be bringing the game to you live with our minute by minute commentary as well as all the build up and aftermath. Kick off from St Jakob-Park at 20:45 CEST.
Both teams are famous for their passionate support and the air around the stadium and in the fan zones are already ringing to chants and songs. But both sets of supporters are famous for one song that stands out above all the rest: Liverpool for You'll Never Walk Alone, Sevilla for their a capella sung El Arrebato....
You'll Never Walk Alone
No matter what Reds game you attend, the Liverpool fans can be heard singing their rousing song as the 90 minutes tick over as well as prior to the match kicking off. The cover of the 1945 song from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel by Gerry and the Pacemakers was quickly adopted by the fans in 1963 and has come to be used by other clubs around Europe since...although its home will always be on Merseyside. The story behind the song can be found here.
Belted out with passion from the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, the 'centenary anthem', written by local musician El Arrebato in 2005, is a song that is firmly embedded in the club's recent history and likely long future. As Sevilla have risen to European glory so has the anthem and even those that don't know the words (players and fans alike) can join in. As current captain Coke said, "It's so catchy," and manager, Unai Emery, has gone further by insisting that the squad listen to it on coach trips and learn it.
Tonight we'll have the privilege of hearing both. As the players fight it out on the field, which set of fans will win the battle of the terraces?
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