The Azzuri arrives at Malpensa International Airport. No fans came to give them a welcome.
A lone grandma turns up to see the team return
Japan's return home. Female fans cheer.
The Italian team made a lonely return after losing in the group stages of the World Cup. The chartered jets arrived in Milan and Rome, but no supporters turned up at either of the airports.
Some people speculated that they would have a rough reception upon their arrival, but it seems that many fans are more appalled than angry. The national team's poster was vandalized at the airport in Rome.
World Cup 2014:
Only one fan turns up to see the England football team return home.
The Japanese national team comes home with broken spirits... but is greeted by huge cheers!?
Yoshito Okubo (32): "I expected harsh criticisms..."
The national team was treated harshly in 1998 after coming home from their first ever World Cup. A fan threw a bottle of water at goalless forward Shoji Jo at the time. There was added security at the airport this year, and even prevented a fan from putting up a banner that read "Nothing's changed from the World Cup in France".
1,000 supporters turned up at Narita airport to welcome the team as they made their way into the arrivals lobby. Everyone looked down as they buckled up for a harsh reception but got a surprisingly warm reception in return.
There were a few who lashed at them but were still drowned out by the cheers. Manager Alberto Zaccheroni raised his hand up in response to this. This was the same thing that happened at the hotel. The fallen athletes were treated like idols. Captain Hasebe once stated that "Football is the world's culture. It has been established as a way of life and a major part of the culture in the powerful nations, and the team will suffer from intense criticisms once they lose. I want our people and the media to be a bit more strict on us", but what waited for them was entirely different.
Whoa, that's so horrible in England
It's been half a century since England got eliminated in the group stages. Their opponents may have been strong, but they were just outplayed.
Japan's just abnormal
Japan really has a lot of these bandwagoners w
Could it be that Japan hired the Sakura part-timers to cheer for them?
Don't spoil them
What a nice country, huh w
In Japan's case, it's clearly sarcastic.
At least no one threw eggs at them
But they're all just taking pictures of them on their smart phones
LOLing at Japan's airport video. It's like the arrival of a Hollywood star.
The humiliation that England got is just about right. Japan is too spoiled. "Thanks for the impressive performance"? Are they stupid?
There's no way Japan will get strong with this www
Balo-san looks cool. An unkempt suit with a baseball cap. That's pretty fashionable.
They're all just taking pictures, so it's kinda like the train otakus taking pictures of trains
I won't tell them to attack or to bash the players. I just want to say "Don't be so easy on them". This isn't an idol concert.
The jealousy of you men who can't even play sports is quite something
No, Japan's fine like this. It's not on a level of feeling down and depressed. Just getting to the World Cup itself is a major achievement, a feat that exceeds our teams actual capabilities..
"Thanks for the impressive performance".
Isn't this country stupid?
You guys may be criticizing them, but if you were there, I think you'd also get influenced by the mood of the other fans and we'll also be calling you stupid
What about Spain?
I heard that about 200 people gathered in Spain. It's not only in Japan where you receive a warm welcome even if you lose.
But football is England's national sport, right? Italy's also been one of the most consistent winners. There's no way that these countries won't get the heat if they're eliminated at the group phase. Kinda like when Japan doesn't get gold in Judo.
I wasn't moved by their performance this tournament, but I appreciate all their efforts.
"Never give anything to losers"
The iron rule in the world of competition
Japan lost the war anyway, so the citizens are probably fine with losing
These players get the wrong idea and become full of themselves because of these stupid women
So is the media stupid?
Or are the people stupid... They're still in a festive mood and commit perverted acts even if they lose, so I guess the outcome doesn't matter.
Then maybe they're fine with us not making the tournament itself? That's because they're going to keep on praising the team just as long as it exists.
Does overpraising have any effect? Well, regardless of how the reception was, it all still boils down to the players themselves and how they'll deal with it.
The players won't get stronger with this. They should be greeted with rotten eggs.
Even if you went there and brought eggs with you, you'll just wither away in shame once you see the horde of female supporters there
90% of those fangirls were the "sakura" hired to cheer them on. How long are you guys going to be fooled by this?
So now you start calling them "sakura" the moment it's being compared to other countries? www
But worst case scenario overseas, you'd get shot to death
It's because they're gambling over the football results in other countries. I think it's fine that we have supporters who'd throw wasabi balls at our team here.
You also have to factor in whether they announced their return or not. I think Italy and England came home silently so they won't get thrown eggs at by crazy supporters. But then again, being welcomed by shrills and cheers also feels awkward. The players probably felt bad about that too, right?
If you look at the video, women are occupying the front rows while the men are at the back
The men are panty flash hunters
On the flipside, it actually shows how a lot of our people aren't exactly interested in football
All these Japan supporters really just want to make some noise, huh
I'm troubled when I think how much different this is from the national team in the past who were welcomed with water
National team in the past
Supporters at Narita: "How shameless!"
Water and eggs thrown at them
Supporters at Narita: "Thanks for making us feel moved!"
(*´∀`*) Kyaaa kyaaa Hondy looked at me! I might get pregnant with this! w Ucchi! Nagatomo! Maya! Maya! Look, I'm on TV again! I never noticed it! That's such a bother! (looks directly at the camera) No, no, I'm no beauty at all-! If you see me at the stadium, please don't hesitate to talk to me, ok? Japan's the only team I support, but I can't hold in my tears and emotions when I think of my Cristiano Ronaldo. I'll pour all of my heart, soul, and money into football! Ganbare Nippon! (straight face)
Don't treat countries that are expected to win the same as countries that have trouble just reaching these finals
それを大久保あたりは いつものように勘違いして「暖かい声援に戸惑い」とか 言ってる。
Well, that's because Japan has Ucchi. They want to see Ucchi. They don't want to be hated by Ucchi so that's why they're welcoming them warmly w Then people like Okubo would get the wrong idea and go "I'm confused by the warm cheers". To think that these girls are probably thinking deep down "Die Okubo" w
That grandma, did she really come to greet the team? I hope someone looks into it, maybe she just sent off her grandson or something
Maybe there's someone beside the grandma?
I like England's reception the most. w It's like having a faint glimmer of light amidst the sea of despair.
Maybe granny had nothing better to do so she came to see some airplanes
Grandma looks so cute
It would be so heartwarming though if this was the grandma of a player
Japan, that's embarrassing (/-＼*)
Wow Japan, that's so warm w
Japanese sports is in the same bracket as the entertainment business. There's no way we can win the championship with this.
Wouldn't coming home to loud cheers like this actually have bigger damage on these players compared to coming home to no one?
It must be so mortifying to have fans pour in like this despite losing at the group stage www
If these players don't see it that way, then it's over for them as professionals...
What's so bad about coming to greet them ww The jealousy of you ugly guys is so horrible ww
The top-most picture in Japan, that's like a zombie attack
Well, good or bad, it just goes to show how peaceful Japan still is. You can easily imagine that Japan's economy and lifestyle would have gotten worse when Japan's team gets bombarded with curses and eggs.
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