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As Milan go to extremes, what’s your favourite sports song?
Italian soccer club AC Milan played the famous music from the Champions League in their dressing room on Sunday to try to motivate the players. The only thing was they weren’t playing in the Champions League — it was a domestic match at home to Bologna.
Milan have stuttered in Italy for a few years now but they won the Champions League, Europe’s top club trophy, in 2007 and had produced a good performance to beat Olympique Marseille in the same competition the previous week.
Club bosses decided that making the players hear the Champions League music even for a domestic game would give them the same battling mentality they show in Europe. They won 1-0.
What other strange motivational tunes are played in dressing rooms across the sporting world?
Unconventional English soccer club Wimbledon, known as the ‘Crazy Gang’, used to play heavy metal before matches in the late 1980s and early 90s.
The English cricket team run out to the hymn Jerusalem when playing at home while when David Lloyd was coach at the end of the last decade, he made the players listen to Winston Churchill speeches to gee them up. It didn’t always work.
NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals often play Guns n Roses’ ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ in the stadium to get the crowd excited.
PHOTO: Clarence Seedorf celebrates after scoring in AC Milan’s 1-0 home win over Bologna in Serie A, Sept. 20 The hosts had listened to the Champions League tune to motivate themselves ahead of the match. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini