Fans laud Japan’s World Cup win across the globe

07/19/2011
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Japan win World Cup final

TOKYO (majirox news) — Fans around the world lauded Japan’s victory in the Women’s World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, with many saying it offered a balm to a country still reeling from the effects of the March 11 disasters.

The New York Times, said “Japan’s winning the Women’s World Cup is the best thing that could happen to the sport,” although the writer Rob Hughes, was referring to the team overcoming a sizeable gap in height difference.

He added that the women had shown Asian men’s teams that their argument about lack of success due to being shorter than opponents was nothing more than a myth.

The Guardian, a British national daily, greeted the victory by saying, “The Japanese have had precious little to cheer about over the past four months, so they could be forgiven for the enthusiasm with which they greeted a historic victory in a football match played in the dead of night thousands of miles and several time zones away.”

Asian Football Confederation acting president Zhang Jilong lauded Nadeshiko Japan’s victory, the first in a senior World Cup by an Asian team.

“This is a great day for Asian football,” Jilong said. “The ‘Nadeshiko’ have made us all immensely proud. They have shown what is possible if one has the resolve, determination and persistence. This is the biggest possible boost to women’s football in our continent and other member associations should try to emulate Japan’s example.”

Japan Football Association President Junji Ogura said “the players demonstrated the wonders of Japanese women.”

FIFA president Sepp Blatter congratulated Japan and USA for a “thrilling” final, claiming the tournament as a whole had promoted women’s football in the best possible way.

Meanwhile, FIFA ruled Japan was the fairest team of the World Cup, while striker Homare Sawa was named the player of the tournament in which she had also been the leading scorer.

Japan’s win also created media records. During the critical penalty shootout that Japan won 3-1 against the United States to lift the title, Twitter use hit an all-time high of 7,196 tweets per second, according to Twitter.

And TV ratings for the live telecast in the United States averaged 13.46 million viewers, making it the most-watched soccer telecast in ESPN’s history.

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