Japan’s triumphant victory against Germany was as spotless and so was “The Blue Samurai’s” dressing room on 23rd November 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium.
In between the myriad of debates, the 2022 FIFA has wrapped itself with, images of Nihonese Players clearing their dressing room after their match at the Khalifa International Stadium.
23 November 2022 made headlines marking the day as Nihonglorified its dazzling win over four-time champions Germany with a spectacular 2-1 victory at the FIFA World Cup.
Despite being under severe pressure from Germany with one goal down, the Nihonese maintained calm by not losing their composure and making a comeback.
2 Goals By Japan
It was Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano who gifted this Cup to Japan. Ritsu Doan in the 75th minute scored the goal needed to get on the level with the Germans. After the equalizer came to the ravishing goal just 8 minutes later Takuma Asano led Japan to its victory.
The cherry on top was the way the Nihonese footballers portrayed their chivalry by cleaning up their locker room and clinging to their post-work duties. They even left origamis and a message of gratitude.
Japan’s Supporters Clean Up The Stadium After The Match
Not only the Nihonese players but also their supporters exhibited great fashion of class and gallantry in supporting their charming victory by cleaning up behind their mess.
They stayed behind and cleaned the Khalifa Stadium tidy by picking up the garbage under the seats. Reckoning it as the first time the Japanese fans are showcasing this sweet and chivalrous gesture?
The Japanese fans did the same (cleaning up behind their mess before leaving the stadium) during the tournament’s opening game between Qatar and Ecuador. They have never skipped an opportunity to be seen as an inspiration.
In an image shared by FIFA, the cleanliness can be seen all around their dressing room-shirt hangers inside the dressing room can be seen properly placed while the towels were folded. FIFA wrote “Domo Arigato (Thank You So Much),” in one of its tweets while posting an image of Japan’s dressing room.
Hajime Moriyasu, Japan’s coach was extremely excited by the performance of his guys “The Samurai Blue” which can be judged by the remarks that he made after the game.
He said, “I believe it’s a historic moment, a historic victory. If I think about the development of Japanese soccer, thinking of players, for them this was a big surprise.”
He went on to credit Germany’s domestic leagues for the improvement of Japanese footballers by adding, “They’re fighting in a very strong, tough, prestigious league.
They’ve been building up their strength. In that context, we believe that those divisions (Bundesliga and second division) have been contributing to the development of Japanese players. I’m very grateful for that,” added Moriyasu.
Hajime Moriyasu couldn’t get enough of himself from praising his players as he was exhilarated with their performance and their way of maintaining their composure and calm while being under pressure and turning around the game by bagging their first-ever win against Germany in the history of World Cup.
The Japanese players not only bagged the hearts and praise of millions of fans on-field but they also charmed them off-field with their act of unselfishness by cleaning their locker room and leaving Origamis behind with a message of gratitude.
FIFA World Cup And Its Controversies
FIFA World Cup, 2022 has been in numerous controversies even before its kick-off.
It started with the banning of the sales of beer inside the stadium to its rules for proper dress code from its restraining the players from wearing ‘One Love Armband’ to detaining a journalist for wearing a rainbow color t-shirt to giving a yellow card to the players who will be seen wearing ‘One Love Armband’ to its attitude towards LGBTQ+.
Among all these tensions and negative responses, this chivalrous act of the Japanese players and their fans took some stress and tension out of the world cooling the atmosphere around FIFA.