Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Senegal coach's intense celebrations makes him 'meme of the World Cup'

Senegal coach's intense celebrations makes him 'meme of the World Cup'

Thus far, the World Cup has been hard to predict, with some of the best teams falling to underdogs and confounding the experts.

Senegal may have the most respectful supporters in the world.

The videos have earned high praise by netizens for showing that even though they triumphed, the Japanese made sure to clean up before partying down.

Today was only their second opener at the tournament ever, and nothing will ever top the elation of beating holders France in 2002, but their 2-1 win over Poland was a huge success for the Lions of Teranga in a tough group. Though it might seem exceptional in other countries, taking responsibility for cleaning up is seen as standard in Japan.

Cisse however agrees that after five defeats in the six games featuring African teams, the hunt for glory could take some time. "Why I support Japan", a social media user tweeted.

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And Senegal weren't the only fans to show their humble side.

Japan-based soccer writer Scott McIntyre told the BBC that cleaning up after yourself following a sporting event was "not just part of the football but part of Japanese culture".

"You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture", he said.

"With constant reminders throughout childhood, these behaviors become habits for much of the population", he explained.

But rather than exit the stadium immediately after the final score to celebrate the result at the nearest pub, fans from the winning teams remained amongst the seats long after the final whistle so that they could tidy up after themselves and leave the place as clean as they had found it.

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