But Japan made the ideal start to their World Cup campaign, becoming the first Asian country to defeat a South American team at a World Cup and earning three points in what is expected to be one of the most closely-contested groups in the tournament, with Poland and Senegal the other two nations in Group H.
But rather than being downcast by the loss, to Didier Drogba and co, the Japanese fans armed with Liners patrolled their side of the stadium and gathered up discarded litter.
"It's not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture", McIntyre said.
Not to be outdone, the Senegalese fanbase took after the Japanese and started to clean up a stadium after their team's historic win against Poland.
Not only did these teams impress World Cup viewers - their fans did, too. After Senegal's win, the team's fans were also seen collecting their trash. Senegal pulled off an upset against Poland, winning an important Group H match. "Why I support Japan".Читайте также: Trump Holds Rally in Duluth
"It's not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture ..."
"Cleaning up after football matches is an extension of basic behaviours that are taught in school, where the children clean their school classrooms and hallways", explains Scott North, professor of sociology at Osaka University.
"With constant reminders throughout childhood, these behaviours become habits for much of the population".
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