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Angry Manchester United fans’ “Moyes Out” song lands in Japan, surprises football fans

Angry Manchester United fans’ “Moyes Out” song lands in Japan, surprises football fans

Although more hardcore Japanophiles might prefer to think that people in Japan watch sumo every other day and practice kendo or karate on the weekends, without a shadow of a doubt Japan’s most popular spectator sports are football and baseball. With the former becoming increasingly popular since the ’90s, football (or “sakkaa“) fans are as numerous as they are vocal, and yet with football considered a much more family oriented spectator sport in Japan than in some Western countries, entire families with small kids or groups of pretty twenty-something girls are just as common sights at matches as grown men with painted faces holding cups of beer.

This week, fans of the sport have taken to online message boards to express their surprise and amusement at the level of vitriol and anger behind a parody video that appeared on YouTube in December last year calling for David Moyes, the current manager of England’s Manchester United, to resign.

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Adidas launches surprisingly powerful ad campaign alongside Japan’s new official football shirt

Adidas launches surprisingly powerful ad campaign alongside Japan’s new official football shirt

Adidas Japan recently launched its newly designed official shirts for the Japanese national football (or soccer if you’d rather) team, no doubt prompting thousands of fans to rush out and place orders in the name of supporting their side while wearing the same style “samurai blue” uniform.

Ordinarily we wouldn’t pay too much attention to the launch of a mere sporting garment – though we have to admit it is pretty stylish – but the promotional ad that was released alongside it really knocked us for six. Check it out after the jump.

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Arsenal’s Lukas Poldoski earns scores of Japanese fans after revealing new shin pads

Arsenal’s Lukas Poldoski earns scores of Japanese fans after revealing new shin pads

In Japan, the manga series Captain Tsubasa was a veritable bible for young aspiring soccer players now active today. Practically every J. League player on the pitch today was reading the series or watching the anime during the ’80s.

This wasn’t just limited to Japan though; the popularity of the soccer-themed comic had spread around the world touching the hearts of young athletes everywhere. Professional soccer player Lionel Messi professed his love for the story, as did Andres Iniesta, Francesco Totti… The list goes on and on.

Among these many pros, German forward Lukas Podolski recently found himself in the loving cyber-embrace of Japan after posting a picture of his new shin guards complete with image of Captain Tsubasa‘s Kojiro Hyuga.

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Vietnamese Arsenal fan quite literally chases his dreams, is welcomed onto team bus

Vietnamese Arsenal fan quite literally chases his dreams, is welcomed onto team bus

To achieve your dreams, you have to really want it. You need drive, determination and, if this video is anything to go by, a good pair of legs.

Taken in Hanoi by a member of English Premier League football club Arsenal, the following video sees one young Vietnamese fan chasing after the team’s tour bus for some five miles, waving and pounding the badge emblazoned on his chest with such vigour that the team eventually decides to welcome him on board for a once-in-a-lifetime private autograph and photo session.

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Yasu High School continues to impress with their promotional soccer videos

Yasu High School continues to impress with their promotional soccer videos

For any young man in Japan looking to get into professional soccer, enrollment in Yasu High School in Shiga Prefecture would be a good decision. This school has graduated several pros in Japan and is continuing to build a reputation for soccer skills since winning the National High School Soccer Championship in 2006. In case you don’t believe them, they posted a promotional video on YouTube showing a brief minute-and-a-half flurry of fancy footwork along with surprisingly good cinematography for a high school video.

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“The Only Way China Can Win at Soccer” photo goes viral, netizens woefully agree

“The Only Way China Can Win at Soccer” photo goes viral, netizens woefully agree

After a particularly strong showing at the recent Summer Olympics, China takes great pride in its athletic programs. However, when it comes to soccer, they are currently sitting in 95th place and are wondering how to change their fortunes.

Luckily, a Chinese Photoshop troll wandered along and came up with a way to rescue the struggling team.

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Dirty Tricks: Anger as Japanese Goalkeeper has Laser Shone in Face During World Cup Qualifier

Dirty Tricks: Anger as Japanese Goalkeeper has Laser Shone in Face During World Cup Qualifier

The Japanese Football Association has stated that it will be making an official complaint to international governing body FIFA after both forward Yasuhito Endo and goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima had lasers shone in their faces during yesterday’s qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup.

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Better Soccer through Feng Shui, Change of Place Hoped to Beef Up China’s National Team

Better Soccer through Feng Shui, Change of Place Hoped to Beef Up China’s National Team

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has had their hands full for a long time with their lackluster international national team. To add insult to injury, fans of Chinese soccer have grown even more disillusioned due to allegations of corruption in recent years.

Chinese media reports that the longstanding woes of the national team were due to some bad qi floating around the CFA headquarters. Apparently, having a building facing North by Northwest makes your executives degenerate gamblers.

However, by applying the principals of feng shui to their new offices perhaps the association can flow into a reversal of fortune.

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Soccer Scientifically Proven to Raise Our Sex Drives, Just Wait Until After the Game

Soccer Scientifically Proven to Raise Our Sex Drives, Just Wait Until After the Game

We recently ran a report on how the sexual drives of younger Japanese people have been plummeting in recent years.  Little did we know that lady luck would swing by this nation in crisis taking the forms of Japan men and women’s Olympic soccer teams.

So what does Olympic soccer have to do with knocking boots?  According to a recent study, it may be a bigger aphrodisiac than oysters.

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The Internet Goes Photoshop Crazy on Mario Balotelli, J-League Player Mimics Pose After Goal

The Internet Goes Photoshop Crazy on Mario Balotelli, J-League Player Mimics Pose After Goal

The image of Italian football player Mario Balotelli throwing off his shirt and flexing his muscles in celebration after shooting his second goal during the June 28 UEFA Euro 2012 semifinals match against Germany has quickly achieved international meme status.

Italian sports newspaper Corriere Dello Sport has put together the best of Balotelli, which you can see below:

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