Japan Cleaned Their Changing Room After Losing Final Of The Asian Cup
The Japan football team were given a lot of plaudits after their World Cup exit last summer and now they've repeated the trick after leaving their changing room spotless following their Asian Cup final loss.
Most of us will have played football growing up to some degree or another. That means there's a very good chance that you've been into a dingy and horrible changing room in order to get ready for your game.
No doubt there's a sign asking you not to wear your boots past the doorway and then inside there's loads of mud on the ground as if no one can actually read.
The state of most Sunday League changing rooms is bad enough before a match but after 90 minutes in a quagmire of a pitch and dreadful weather conditions it can look worse than outside.
Professional footballers are a lot luckier, the state of their changing rooms tend to be quite a bit nicer, and they don't have to worry about cleaning it up after themselves.
However the Japan team are much classier than most of us and having been given a lot of plaudits last summer they've once again cleaned up their own mess.
This time the team were leaving the Asia Cup after losing the final to Qatar and they left a thank you note in English, Arabic and Japanese:
Japan's place in the final wasn't that much of a surprise but not many people, Xavi aside, would have expected Qatar to reach the final.
Not only did they make it to the last two but the World Cup 2022 hosts even won, beating their more illustrious opponents 3-1 with a couple of excellent goals.
The clean up in Saudi Arabia wasn't the first time that Hajime Moriyasu's men have done the chores after losing in a competition.
Last summer they lost a dramatic second round match in the World Cup to Belgium, having been 2-0 up and managed to tidy up then too:
Amazing from Japan.- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 3, 2018
This is how they left the changing room after losing v Belgium: cleaned it all.
And in the middle, have left a message to Russia: "Spasibo" (Thank you) pic.twitter.com/lrwoIZt2pR
If they fancy a game next Sunday I know a changing room that certainly needs a good clean up, although they'll probably win that game.