The US World Cup Team's 'I Believe' Chant Was Created By A Navy Prep School Student

With World Cup fever hitting the United States, the now-popular “I believe we will win!” chant has become synonymous with the U.S. national team and was even featured in a popular ESPN commercial leading up to the World Cup (see video below).

That chant which has become a staple at sporting events across the country had an improbable beginning, having been invented by a student at the Naval Academy Prep School in 1998 according to Jeff Eisenberg of

That student, Jay Rodriguez, came up with the catchy chant and taught it to his 50-member platoon as a rallying cry. According to other students at the prep school at the time, “it caught on like wildfire.”

The next year, Rodriguez taught the chant to his roommate, a cheerleader at the Naval Academy. That student then led his fellow students in the chant during the 1999 Army-Navy football game.

From there it spread to other campuses, and now the World Cup.

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