The Best FIFA Football Awards™
- Japan supporters cleaned up their own stands after games at Russia 2018
- Their example was swiftly followed by their Senegalese counterparts
- The two sets of fans are contenders for the FIFA Fan Award 2018
In a FIFA World Cup™ filled with goals and thrills, some of the most iconic moments took place in the stands. Audiences around the globe had much to savour at Russia 2018, but they were also struck by an unusual sight: fans of Japan and Senegal cleaning up the stadiums where they had watched their heroes. A regular ritual wherever the Asian and African sides played, it has also earned both sets of supporters a nomination for The Best FIFA Fan Award 2018.
The spectacle of football supporters tidying up will have surprised no one in Japan, where pupils are obliged to clean their own classrooms before heading home. Many schools do not even employ cleaners, and the concept of leaving a space the way you found it is deeply integrated into the Japanese education system. The goal is to teach youngsters the values of responsibility, modesty and respect for others.
While football allows nations to express their own culture through team spirit, style of play and attitude towards the opposition, the World Cup also gave Japan’s fans the chance to make a lasting impression – and one that came entirely naturally. First observed…