Thank you: Japanese players leave origami paper cranes in the dressing room as a goodwill gesture after win over Germany

The Japanese team even left a 'thank you' note in Japanese and Arabic - with folded origami paper cranes for good measure.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 24 November 2022 04:33 PM


A day after Saudi Arabia started their campaign on a high and produced a stunning upset in the FIFA World Cup 2022, Japan joined the bandwagon by decimating Germany in their group-stage match in Qatar. While the Japanese impressed the football fraternity with their game on the field, their fans won hearts with their incredible gesture of cleaning the stadium while they headed back after the match. 

FIFA, which earlier praised the Japanese fans for their humble gesture and displaying great acts after the game by sharing their picture with a special caption, posted yet another picture showcasing the discipline Japanese people possess.

A fresh picture shared via the official Twitter handle FIFA shows towels, water bottles, and left food containers arranged neatly on the counter in the center of the room by the Japanese players. The Japanese team even left a 'thank you note in Japanese and Arabic - with folded origami paper cranes for good measure. The origami paper cranes are notably recognised as a symbol of peace.

Earlier, Japanese fans remained in the stands at Khalifa International Stadium to clean the garbage. As soon as the stadium started to empty, Japanese supporters took out light disposal bags and collected all the trash like cups, bottles, food wrappers and even discarded German flags. Several social media users lauded them for their kind gesture.

Talking about the match, Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano from Japan delivered a clinical performance as they struck the last blow in the last 15 minutes, giving Japan their maiden win in the FIFA World Cup over four-time champions Germany in the Group E opener on Wednesday.


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