Telegraph- Japan impressed football fans around the world on Monday night with a remarkably dignified response after Belgium being dumped them of the World Cup with a goal scored at the death. The Samurai Blue let slip a two-goal lead as Belgium scored three second-half goals to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup. West Bromwich Albion’s Nacer Chadli scored the winning goal with the last kick of the game to leave Japan’s players crestfallen. Japan head coach Akira Nishino said his players were so devastated by the defeat they just stood around doing nothing in the locker room after the match. “I told them to take a shower,” said Nishino. Despite suffering the heartbreak of such a cruel defeat, Japan players took the time to clean their dressing-room, leaving the Rostov changing area in immaculate condition.
So people are going nuts over this. Classic media to eat this story up like it’s delicious pieces of candy. They’re all hitting the quote RT button with captions like “Class move” and “This is how it’s done” and “Bravo” or simply “This.” There was no doubt journalists and media outlets were gonna love every bit of this story. You saw it coming from a million miles away. It’s so predictable that it borders on the cliché.
Well I hate the move. Call me cynical or contrarian or whatever but I hate it. I want a World Cup team (it’d be great to have any sort of World Cup team at all tbh) who leaves their locker room looking like a tornado went through it after they lose. I want a World Cup team that leaves their locker room looking like a rock n roll band left their hotel rooms in the 1970s. That’s what I’d want if I were a Japanese soccer fan for sure. Especially after the devastating way Japan was knocked out of the tournament. They blew a 2-0 lead! They blew a 2-0 lead and then went into the locker room and mopped the floors. Fuck. That. Break everything. Make the locker room unrecognizable. Piss on the walls. Light the lockers on fire. Flood all the sinks like the Wet Bandits. Do something that says to your country that you cared about losing in the World Cup.
And honestly, the Thank You note in Russian was running up the score a bit. They knew people were gonna jump all over it and heap truck loads of praise onto them. We get it. You guys are all “class” and did the right thing. Puke.