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Japanese fans cheer their team on during the World Cup Group C soccer match against Cote d'Ivoire at the Pernambuco arena in Recife on Saturday night. Cote d'Ivoire won 2-1.

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I would love to see a picture of these guys after the match

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Japan seemed to be underdog until Honda scored the first shoot.Even though his shoot made team's ambition good, Japan's performance didn't cut it. Japan was close but no cigar. Too bad! It just proves that anything can happen in sports.

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Japan is the underdog even though they are in an easy group. Columbia and Ivory Coast should go to the next round.

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Sorry Japan but YES YES YES for Cote D'Ivoire (^^)/

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They cheered until they saw Japan choked against a terrible team that was nonexistent until then.

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This was the video shot of them cheering after Honda's goal. How about a shot of them at the end of the game? Congrats to Cote D'Ivoire! On the plus side, they face Greece next, who was equally as terrible at ball handling, so the mighty Samurai might have a chance yet, and if they win that might just bolster them enough to play well against Columbia.

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..and Japan was counting on Strong Support From Brazilian Fans (!)

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some14some: "..and Japan was counting on Strong Support From Brazilian Fans (!)"

I heard some cheering for Japan in the first half, but not sure how that would help the team that ultimately lost. I have no doubt there are a lot of Japanese and Japanese descendants there that were cheering in the stands, but it didn't save them in the end, not like it should have anyway. Depending on support to save yourself means you are unable to do it yourself.

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The world cup is a time when all animosities should be put aside. I've been watching it since I was a child and my birth nation's team has never gotten even close. Last time they qualified was back before the 1940's.

But that has never stopped my family and me from routing for another nation's team. The teams I rout for are either Ecuador, Argentina o Uruguay. Darn it, my Spanish side is shinning through.

The World Cup is suppose to be about friendship and sportsmanship and not about silly politics.

smithinjapanJun. 15, 2014 - 01:54PM JST some14some: "..and Japan was counting on Strong Support From Brazilian Fans (!)" I heard some cheering for Japan in the first half, but not sure how that would help the team that ultimately lost

At least they cheered Smith, come on man, it's the world cup. Put your outright disdain aside for a few weeks and enjoy it. Japan has never won it, but at least they are good sports about it.

La Copa Mundial de Fútbol es un tiempo para friendship and friendly competition and not a time for politics. Put it aside for now Smith. Put it down for now and enjoy what the world can be like if politics and bigotry didn't exist.

As for me, I am rooting for either Uruguay or Ecuador how about you?

The nation of my birth didn't make it again, been over 70 years since they did anything.

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I reckon they are still having a good time. I would love to be there.

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JoeBigs: "At least they cheered Smith, come on man, it's the world cup. Put your outright disdain aside for a few weeks and enjoy it. Japan has never won it, but at least they are good sports about it."

Noticed you lost a 'g' in your name. Anyway, I was cheering the whole time, for BOTH sides. Given the difficulty level of the Americas group Canada never has a chance of getting in, so I'm a free agent when it comes to cheering. I cheered for both teams, but Cote D'Ivoire was definitely the better of the two, and my point, as well as others who pointed it i out, is that this picture comes immediately after Honda's goal. How about some shots from later? or better yet, some shots from later of fans in general (of both nations)?

"As for me, I am rooting for either Uruguay or Ecuador how about you?"

Not particularly cheering for anyone. Just enjoying it when I can watch it, save for some bad reffing. If I were to cheer for any teams in particular I'd say perhaps England (obviously not doing well), Germany, and Australia and South Korea as underdogs. I'm also kind of hoping Russia can make a dent, given that soccer is not really their strong suit. From Africa I like Cote D'Ivoire and Cameroon.

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smithinjapanJun. 15, 2014 - 03:00PM JST Not particularly cheering for anyone. Just enjoying it when I can watch it, save for some bad reffing. If I were to cheer for any teams in particular I'd say perhaps England (obviously not doing well), Germany, and Australia and South Korea as underdogs. I'm also kind of hoping Russia can make a dent, given that soccer is not really their strong suit. From Africa I like Cote D'Ivoire and Cameroon

That is the beauty of the World Cup, Smith. It's all about sportsmanship and not about politics.

But as you have proven, to some that doesn't matter.

Anyways, please enjoy the games and try to keep it on the filed.

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JoeBigs: "Anyways, please enjoy the games and try to keep it on the filed."

I'm assuming you mean 'field', and I'm going to hold you to that.

Moderator: And we're going to hold you to it, which means no Japan-bashing.

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BTW, what are these fans supposed to be?

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ka_chan: "BTW, what are these fans supposed to be?"

I'm guessing they're trying to mimic the shape of the FIFA WC Brazil's logo, but I could be wrong, and not sure why the white. To me they look like bowling pins or other things I probably should say.

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I was watching the game witha huge crowd who were chanting “Noppon” in Nissan Stadium of Yokohama yesterday morning.

However, it was a roller-coaster experience for Samurai Blue’s fans. In the end, the game was a quite dispirited blue one for many feverish fans.

Hopefully, the team can win the next match with Greece.

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