The Azzurri return to Italy
There have been so many displays of class in the first four days of the World Cup, but Japan’s fans belong in a class all their own. After seeing their team blow a lead and lose to the Ivory Coast, 2-1, fans of Japan were seen picking up trash in the stadium after the match. It would’ve been completely understandable for them to hang their heads and exit the stadium in record time after a loss like that, especially when one considers that they flew across an ocean and paid a bundle to see their team blow it on the world’s biggest stage. The Japanese chose to lose with honor and grace instead. Les Éléphants may have won the game, but Japan’s fans win ALL the awards.