Maria Mendiola death: How Baccara’s Yes Sir, I Can Boogie became an unofficial Scottish anthem

The Baccara song was adopted by Scotland’s Euro 2020 supporters (Picture: Getty)

Spanish singer Maria Mendiola, one half of the duo Baccara – best known for their 70s smash Yes Sir I Can Boogie – has died aged 69.

Maria and former bandmate Mayte Mateos – who formed the band after performing as flamenco dancers in Fuerteventura – topped charts all around the world, including in the UK, with the disco anthem in 1977.

More recently though, Yes Sir I Can Boogie has taken on new life, as an unofficial anthem for Scotland’s football spectators – with Scottish fans taking the song to their hearts during the recent Euro 2020 tournament.

Why has it become so popular on the terraces? Read on to find out more.

Why do Scotland fans sing Yes Sir I can Boogie?

The Scotland squad’s adoption of the seventies hit originally started as a tribute to Aberdeen defender Andrew Considin, who filmed a parody video of the song at his stag do.

In a viral clip from 2020 the squad are seen singing the disco jingle in the dressing room after qualifying for the Euros for the first time in 22 years, following their win over Serbia.

The video shows the Dons footballer dancing and singing with teammates Scott McTominay, Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney.

Following the release of the viral video, the song re-entered the iTunes top 40, almost 50 years after its release.

A remixed version from Scottish DJ GBX, featuring new vocals from Maria, was also released earlier this year to coincide with the Euros.

It’s not the first time that the song has found a new audience, after it was also used in a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk ad campaign in 2014.

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