World Cup 2022: Why did Japan’s victory over Germany trigger nostalgia among Arab tweeters?
The match between Japan and Germany in the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar 2022 triggered a wide interaction on social media due to the result of the match, which aroused some nostalgia, and the way the German team took the souvenir photo.
The game quickly started with a snap that caused widespread controversy in Arab countries on social media after players of the German national team muzzled in an eavesdropping motion, suggesting a dispute with the International Football Association (FIFA) over the Wearing the “One Love” badge.
The move also comes after FIFA threatened to fine players for wearing the LGBT community support badge during World Cup matches in Qatar.
Federal Minister of the Interior and “double standards”
Not only the shot of the German national team caused controversy, the German Interior Minister Nancy Weser also wore the armband, which is forbidden for players, at the game.
The minister later posted her photo at the stadium via her Twitter account and linked it with the hashtag #OneLove.
Many Arab tweeters denounced the German minister’s behavior, calling it a “double standard” as she “broke the laws of the host country while, by virtue of her job as interior minister, she strives to enforce her country’s laws.”
Other tweeters also reported a testimony from the Belgium national team captain, Eden Hazard, after being asked about the ‘strangler mouths’ shot by the German national team.
“After that they lost the game. It would have been better not to protest and win. We are here to play football. I’m not here to send a political message.”
Nostalgia Captain Majid
Aside from the controversy surrounding the protests of the German players, the game between Japan and Germany was at the top of the Twitter trend in many Arab countries after Japan, contrary to expectations, won a surprising victory.
The Japanese were trailing in the final ten minutes of the game after falling behind by a single goal, allowing the game to end in Team Samurai Blue’s victory by two goals to one.
The Japanese victory in the final minutes revived “Captain Majid’s nostalgia” among many Arab singers.
Captain “Tsubasa”, or what is called “Captain Majid” in Arabic, is a Japanese animated series that became very popular in the Arab world in the 1990s.
Mughrad saw that “the Japanese children’s series Captain Tsubasa was not just a spherical show, but rather embodied the challenge and will to achieve the dream of achieving the world championship. That’s how the Japanese computer hacked the German machine today.”
Another tweeted: “Captain Majid’s dream finally came true and Japan defeated Germany.”
Egyptian artist Mohamed Heneidy also published a funny tweet in his own way, blessing the Japanese for their victory over Germany.
A culture worth studying
A number of tweeters shared footage of the Japanese fans celebrating after the game ended.
One of the celebrations drew attention after revelers waited for the crossing time on a street in Japan after traffic stopped dancing and partying, and when the pedestrian light turned red, revelers quietly exited the streets.
Websites and activists also circulated images of the Japan national team’s dressing room, which the players left clean, with a banner reading the word “thank you” in both Arabic and Japanese.
The tweeters also shared images of the Japanese fans cleaning up the place they were in the game stadium.
Tweeters saw that although the scene has become frequent, “is a culture worth studying”.
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