Well, no one else other than Japanese would care this but does the team deserve such a generous praise? It just kept screwing up games before the cup and then reached the best 16. If this was an Olympic game, say a figure skating, and a Japanese skater got the 16th in the competition, not many people would be impressed. A skater would have said that I did not performed her best and sorry for her performance. Same is true in science. Are we going to be very proud of making a supercomputer that ranks in the 16th? Why we should have such lower standard for soccer? Japan is spending a lot money, isn’t it? In Antwerp, no one was interested in watching the game since it was a very boring game. I stopped watching the game as well since I figured none of these two teams would go anywhere in the rest of the competition. I hoped to see Nakamura but he was benched all the time. The team should be proud themselves. But think about it, it just proved that the team is nowhere near close to the top teams in the tournament. The coach of the number 16th team should not claim “日本人の魂を持って戦ってくれた”. — They truly fought through games with Japanese soul and spirit. What a low expectation he has! I do not know why Japanese spirit becomes so cheap. Toyota should not proud itself when it makes better cars than TATA.
This is not a kind of comment he should make after they had lost the game. If that was the best they can do, then that is an extremely serious problem. Why they resign themselves to be a second class and be proud of it? Why do they constrain themselves with self-imposed artificial upper limit and satisfy with mediocre results?
Ironically Japanese football association has one stupid line on their web proclaiming “Impossible is nothing.” which means nothing in English. Or it really means that “losing a game is nothing since it is impossible.” They should have said “Nothing is impossible.” If they cannot write English, do not use it.
Paraguay is a county with its population of 6.3 millions, less than that of Aichi prefecture. Its per capita income is $4700 and it ranks the second poorest country in south America. Its capital Asuncion, one of the least known capitals in the world has just over a half million people. Why should this Japanese coach be cheering himself up with the result against this tiny nation? That is a mystery. We should probably praise the spirit of Paraguayan players not Japanese if all things are properly considered.
Paraguay almost beat Spain in the next game. They were probably the most fit team. Where do these guy’s strength come from??? Very impressive. Brazil and Argentina are out, just like that.