“Yo Te Dare”

Title: “Yo Te Dare”

Liga de Quito fans at a home game.

General Information About Item:

  • Customary Lore – Tradition
  • Language: Spanish
  • Country of Origin: Ecuador
  • Informant: Martin Andrade
  • Date Collected: 05/13/2020

Informant Data:

Jose Martin Andrade is from Quito, Ecuador. He is 20 years old and he is a sophomore studying Communications in Quito. Soccer has always been an important part of his life. He has played the game both competitively and as a hobby his entire life. He became a fan of Liga Deportiva Universitaria at a very young age, following a long-lasting family tradition. Since then, he has watched and attended countless games with family and friends.

Contextual Data:

Soccer is the biggest and most important sport in Ecuador. A majority of the population watches it, plays it or does both. The main competition is the league cup, a round robin tournament in which 20 teams play against every other team twice. The winner is the team with the most points at the end of tournament.

The biggest team in Quito is Liga Deportiva Universitaria, the only Ecuadorian team that has won the Copa Libertadores, which is the most important tournament in Latin America. Like in most other soccer clubs around the world, Liga Deportiva Universitaria has a known gang of hard-line supporters. This group of fans attend every single home and away game the team has and direct the entire stadium in chanting songs and phrases specific to the team. This group of people is sort of an elite within the fans and it is seen as a privilege to be a part of. Jose Martin knows many of the members of this implicit elite so he often sits in the same section of the stadium as they do and knows all of the team’s chants and songs.

Item:

“ Let’s say around 7 seconds after each goal is scored, the “barra brava” (gang of hard-line supporters) makes a sort of call to the rest of the fans to signal the start of the song and the song is chanted by the entire stadium. The song goes like this:

‘Yo te dare. Te dare Liga hermosa. Te dare un cosa. Una cosa que empieza con L, con I, con G, con A. LIGA CAMPEON. Yo te dare. Te dare Liga hermosa. Te dare una cosa. Una cosa que empieza con L, con I, con G, con A. Yo te dare. Te dare Liga hermosa. Te dare una cosa. Una cosa que empieza con L, con I, con G, con A.’”

Translation:

(Translated song)

I will give you. I will give you beautiful “Liga”. I will give you one thing. One thing that start with L, with I, with G, with A. “LIGA” CHAMPIONS. will give you. I will give you beautiful “Liga”. I will give you one thing. One thing that start with L, with I, with G, with A. will give you. I will give you beautiful “Liga”. I will give you one thing. One thing that start with L, with I, with G, with A.

AUDIO: (Songs begins at 0:55)

 

Transcript: (Translated)

“One of the most important traditions in Ecuadorian soccer, especially in the most popular team in Quito called “Liga Deportiva Universitaria”, is chanting the most traditional and most popular song this team has. Whenever the team scores a goal, no matter which game or minute of the game, the traditions is to sing the oldest and most traditional song this team has, which was created in 1950 or around the 1950s. The song comes right after the goal is celebrated. Lets say around 7 seconds after the goal is scored, the “barra brava” (gang of hard-line supporters) makes a sort of call to the rest of the fans to signal the start of the song and the song is chanted by the entire stadium. The song goes like this:

“Yo te dare. Te dare Liga hermosa. Te dare un cosa. Una cosa que empieza con L, con I, con G, con A. LIGA CAMPEON. Yo te dare. Te dare Liga hermosa. Te dare una cosa. Una cosa que empieza con L, con I, con G, con A. Yo te dare. Te dare Liga hermosa. Te dare una cosa. Una cosa que empieza con L, con I, con G, con A.””

Collector’s Name: Julian Ycaza

Tags/Keywords:

  • Customary Lore
  • Liga de Quito
  • Soccer
  • Celebration
  • Goal
  • Chant