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Why Scotland fans have turned ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ into unofficial anthem



Scotland fans are sure to be some of the best at Euro 2024, and whenever they are, you will hear ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’.

The 1970s disco classic has been adopted by the Tartan Army as an unofficial anthem.


Scotland are at the European Championships for back-to-back tournamentsCredit: Getty

It’s a great tune, and Scotland supporters have now turned it into a staple, which will be heard for as long as the Tartan Army are in Euro 2024.

Why do Scotland fans sing ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’?

The origins of the Scots using this song started in November 2020 when Scotland beat Serbia on penalties to seal a place at the delayed Euro 2020.

In the immediate aftermath of the game, a video emerged of all the players singing and dancing to the song, meaning it became an instant hit with the Tartan Army.

Former Scotland international Andrew Considine also had a part to play as he was infamously part of a video in 2015 for his stag-do dressed in drag singing ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’.

He was an unused substitute that night in Serbia, and his stag video was one of the reasons why the Scottish players started the song.

The hit was initially performed by Spanish duo Baccara, but it gained a huge new lease of life in Scotland, with a campaign set up to get it to number one.

Scotland fans love this tune


Scotland fans love this tuneCredit: Getty

It became the soundtrack of the summer for Scotland throughout their Euro 2020 campaign, and it’s remained a popular song in their repertoire.

In the immediate aftermath of the tune suddenly regaining a lot of popularity, Maria Mendiola, who formed Baccara along with Mayte Mateos, spoke to BBC Scotland about it.

She said: “With this pandemic, I have been sitting at home, and this has uplifted me in a way you cannot imagine.

“I will always thank the Scottish team and especially Andy Considine for making me so happy after 43 years.

“I saw all the articles and everyone was calling me. I was delighted. I thanked the Scotland team and spoke with Andy over Instagram. He had such nice words.”

Considine's 2015 antics were partly responsible for 'Yes Sir I Can Boogie' becoming a Scottish hit


Considine’s 2015 antics were partly responsible for ‘Yes Sir I Can Boogie’ becoming a Scottish hitCredit: Getty

So, it’s a bizarre origin story, but it’s created a song that brings back joyous memories for Scottish fans because Euro 2020 was the first European Championships they had qualified for since 1996.

And as they prepare for their Euro 2024 opener against Germany live on talkSPORT, you can bet plenty of Scottish fans will be boogie-woogieing in Munich.

What are the lyrics?

The all-important chorus goes like this:

“Oooohh! Yes sir, I can boogie,
But I need a certain song,
I can boogie, boogie woogie all night long,
Yes sir, I can boogie,
If you stay, you can’t go wrong,
I can boogie, boogie woogie all night long.”

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