The History of Doop

I find that many people I talk to about the Union have no idea what Doop is or what it refers to. So now I bring you the history of Doop:

Ben Franklin Doop

In terms of the Philadelphia Union, Doop refers to the song played after every Union goal and by extension, the goal itself. It is a celebration song for the fans who all get to their feet and sing:


The Doop song began in Philadelphia along with the team but it did not originate in Philadelphia. The Doop originally is from Germany, where Borussia Mönchengladbach first used it to celebrate goals. Now where did this team get this incredible song to pump up their crowd after goals? The European Dance artist Scooter released a song titled Maria (I like it loud) in 2003:



At the creation of the Union in 2010, the first coach, Peter Nowak, wanted to create something unique to the Union and Philadelphia so he and the Sons of Ben collaborated and adopted the Doop song from Borussia Monchengladbach. Since then it has become a favorite amongst Union fans who dub game days “Dooping Days”. The Philadelphia Flyers have even adopted it as their goal song.

Much of the MLS does not have something quite like the Doop. On Youtube fans from other teams frequently say “Sporting KC fan here…this song is really cool though” or “i dont know why i like this song i just do……… go (Chicago)fire!!!!”. It is quite unnerving for opposing players to have the entire stadium belting out the song when you give up goals.

The Doop has become so much a part of the Union, PPL Park, and the Sons of Ben, that many of the unique chants contain aspects of doop in other songs such as the Pink Panther theme and Yankee Doodle.

To truly experience the power of the Doop you need to attend a game at PPL Park but now you will be ready when the Union score. Happy Dooping!

For more on the history of Doop in Philadelphia: http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2010/07/do-you-doop


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