Now this is how you celebrate a goal… are you watching Premier League
15:10 GMT, 12 December 2012
Do you remember the days when football was about enjoyment
When football players did not scowl, snarl, swear and spit to celebrate a goal.
Well, you may be pleased to see this
joyous sketch from Japanese team Sanfreece Hiroshima, who celebrated
their goal in the Club World Cup, scored by Hisato Sato, with a
carefully choreographed Sumo-style dance routine.
Nice move: Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Hisato Sato, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Ulsan Hyundai
Hisato Sato (L) of Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima and his teammates celebrate
It was some afternoon on Wedesday for Sato, who scored two goals and was named Man of the Match for Hiroshima in their 3-2 victory over Ulsan in the 5th placed play-off of the Club World Cup in Japan.
How refreshing it is to see happiness etched into the faces of the players.
You sense that they recognise that they are fortunate to have the chance to play football at such a high level.
They are enjoying themselves. How it should be. Smiling and laughing.
Watch the video…
Arms a'waving, feet a'stomping, it is hard not to be endeared to this group of players.
Such delight is light-years away from those Premier League stars who celebrate goals by swearing into the camera, and those who surge towards supporters with their faces twisted and contorted with anger and aggression.
We should be proud of the passion in the English game but would it not be nice if we saw our Premier League stars follow the lead of the Japanese players and start to bring some joy back into playing football