Viking Thunder Clap

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'Viking clapping' of Iceland fans

The Viking Thunder Clap or Viking Clap is a football chant performed with a loud shout and a clap. The chant has been performed by fans of a number of clubs, but came to prominence during the UEFA Euro 2016, when fans of Iceland national team introduced their 'viking clap' or 'volcano clap' with a 'huh' chant.

During 2018 FIFA World Cup where Iceland was one of the participating teams, the clap once again drew attention.[1] The Viking Thunder Clap has been adopted by fans of many countries worldwide.[2]


The chant may have been inspired by the film 300 released in 2006.[3] Some believed the chant was first used by fans of Scottish club Motherwell F.C., while others suggest it had been performed by fans of the French club Lens more than two decades prior.[4] Fans of the Greek side PAOK have also chanted "PAOK" on the clap of hands since the mid 1990s.[5] The version by Motherwell fans was passed on to the Icelandic fans when Motherwell faced Icelandic team Stjarnan in a Europa League game in 2014,[6] and Icelandic fans then used it for the Iceland national team. During the UEFA Euro 2016, Iceland performed unexpectedly well and reached the quarter-finals, and the performance of the chant by their fans drew the attention of other European fans, who then also performed the chant.[7] It has since been adopted by fans in many countries worldwide.[2]

Other teams[edit]

India national team celebrating their win with the fans choreographing the viking claps during 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Fans of the following teams regularly perform versions of the viking clap:


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  3. ^ "Iceland's Chant Is Mighty, but It Comes From Scotland — via Hollywood". The New York Times. 26 June 2018.
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  8. ^ Dutton, Chris (4 September 2016). "NRL what we learnt: The Viking Clap to return for Raiders finals after record-setting win". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
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  10. ^ "NRL 2016 video: Canberra Raiders' fans do Viking clap before win over Parramatta Eels". 21 August 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  11. ^ Helmers, Caden (24 August 2016). "NRL: Canberra Raiders Luke Bateman and Sia Soliola want the Viking Clap to stay". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
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  13. ^ Smith, Michael. "Canes Have Fun With New Win Celebration". Retrieved 15 January 2019.
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  15. ^ "Watch: Sunil Chhetri leads incredible Viking clap with Indian fans post Thailand AFC Asian Cup win". Fox Sports Asia. 7 January 2019. Archived from the original on 12 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
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  18. ^ West, Phil (26 November 2017). "Hear that at the beginning of Leg 2? It's the Viking thunder clap". MLS Soccer.
  19. ^ Williams, Rob (6 April 2018). "Henrik Sedin wants Canucks fans to keep doing the Viking Clap". Daily Hive. Retrieved 27 October 2018.

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