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The annual All Japan High School Tournament has only gone and produced another incredibly bizarre moment, just days after a 'ring-a-ring a roses' free-kick from the same competition went viral.
Earlier this week, Japanese high school team Takagawa Gakuen scored from an unorthodox set-piece routine during their 4-2 win against Seiryo.
As you can see in the footage below, a group of attackers skip in a circle while holding hands for a few seconds before rushing forward and confusing the opposition.
In the history of unorthodox free-kick routines, Ring-a-Ring o Roses is a new one. Bravo, Takagawa Gakuen High School. pic.twitter.com/sQPkqYtPAC— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) December 29, 2021
It hasn't taken long for the All Japan tournament to hit the headlines again. This time, in a clash between Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi and Kindai Wakayama, things took a strange turn during a penalty shoot-out.
After missing their first penalty, a Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi player stepped up to take their second after Kindai Wakayama made it 1-0. Was he nervous? Absolutely not.
In fact, he took tiny little steps for over 30 seconds in a bizarre scene. Can you imagine if he missed?
And in today’s episode of mad things to happen in the All Japan High School tournament… a 30 second penalty run-up pic.twitter.com/wL7hqeXYSA— Jack Kenmare (@jackkenmare_) December 31, 2021
Japanese high school football is known for producing some unorthodox penalty techniques; just ask Japanese forward Komi Ryota.
Many people believed he was taking inspiration from Simone Zaza's infamous miss from the spot at Euro 2016 when he ran practically on the spot in his run-up.
I've said it once and I'll say it again. Imagine if he missed this?
If you thought Simone Zaza's penalty run-up was excessive, then you need to see Komi Ryota taking the mick at the All-Japan High School Championship. Imagine if he missed... pic.twitter.com/uB6cUiBcxm— Jack Kenmare (@jackkenmare_) January 1, 2021
Thoughts on the penalty routines?
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