#AsianCup2019

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  1. shinichi says:

    #AsianCup2019

    @afcasiancup

    Japan leave the #AsianCup2019 dressing room spotless with thank you message in English, Arabic and Japanese!

    https://twitter.com/afcasiancup/status/1091621041397485568

  2. shinichi says:

    Japan leave dressing room spotless in dignified response to Asian Cup final disappointment

    The Telegraph

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/02/02/japan-leave-dressing-room-spotless-dignified-response-asian/

    Japan were praised for their class and dignity in defeat after leaving their dressing room spotless in the wake of their defeat to Qatar in the Asian Cup final on Friday.

    The four-time Asian Cup winners also left the words ‘thank you’ on a white board in English, Arabic and Japanese at the Zayed Sports City stadium in Abu Dhabi.

    Japan gained immense popularity at last summer’s World Cup when they took the time to clean their changing room after a gut-wrenching last-16 exit to Belgium when they blew a two-goal lead.

    Japan’s fans in Russia took care to pick up litter around them at stadiums and tidy up public spaces, inspiring Peru, Colombia and Senegal fans to do the same.

    Their bright and progressive passing football impressed at the World Cup, but despite being well fancied for the Asian Cup Japan were left stunned by two first-half Qatar goals and never recovered.

    Picking up rubbish and taking pride in your possessions is instilled in Japanese children from an early age.

    Tennis star and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, born in Japan to a Japanese mother but a United States citizen, has also been praised for her humility. For example, Osaka bows to opponents and the net and is known to clear up her own plastic water bottles and bags from court.

    It is the first time 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar have won the competition.

    “Today we made history for our country, we need to be very proud about our achievement,” said Qatar coach Felix Sanchez.

    “This is one step more towards being ready for 2022 and represent Qatar as a very competitive team at the World Cup.”

    The team will now travel back to Doha via Oman where they expect a hero’s welcome. The capital’s streets were gridlocked on Friday with fans draped in the nation’s flag clambering onto cars and rooftops.

  3. shinichi says:

    日本は全員の模範、決勝後の控室清掃に再び称賛の嵐

    日刊スポーツ

    https://www.nikkansports.com/soccer/japan/news/201902030000829.html

    アジア杯決勝後、ロッカールームをきれいにして出た日本代表が、W杯に続きまたしても称賛を受けていると、2日付の英紙テレグラフ電子版など複数メディアが報じた。

    日本代表の選手らは、アジア杯決勝でカタールに敗れたものの、ロッカールームを清掃して後にした。ゴミが1つも落ちておらず、タオルはきれいにたたんでテーブルの上に置かれた写真が掲載。ホワイトボードには、アラビア語と日本語、英語の3カ国語で「ありがとう」と書かれていた。

    ネット上では「全員の模範だ」や「日本人を尊敬する」「世界でもっとも自制心のある国だ」と称賛の嵐となっている。

    また、W杯ロシア大会決勝トーナメント1回戦で敗れたベルギー戦後でも、控室を片付けて帰った日本代表が称賛されていたと報じた。

    称賛されたのは選手や代表スタッフだけではなく、サポーターについても報じている。日本のサポーターが試合後にごみ拾いをして帰ることが、すでに世界中で話題となっており、感銘を受けたペルーやコロンビア、セネガルのファンも、ごみ拾いをするようになったと伝えた。同電子版では日本人の気質について「ごみ拾いをしたり、持ち物を大切にすることは、日本人が子供の頃から教えられること」と紹介。全豪オープンで優勝した大坂なおみも、対戦相手にお辞儀をし、ペットボトルも片付けてコートを去ると伝え、日本人の素晴らしい謙虚さを報じた。

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