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Sanfreece Hiroshima goal celebration at Club World Cup – video

Now this is how you celebrate a goal… are you watching Premier League

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UPDATED:

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

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

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

Goal-line technology tested at Club World Cup match Sanfrecce Hiroshima v Auckland City

Goal-line technology tested in a match for the first time at Club World Cup (shame that absolutely nothing exciting happened then!)

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UPDATED:

14:23 GMT, 6 December 2012

The opening match of the Club World Cup between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City may not have set the pulses racing, but it marked the first time FIFA has employed goal-line technology during a match.

The magnetic-field-based system GoalRef was used in Yokohama, while the matches at Toyota Stadium will be equipped with the camera-based Hawk-Eye system.

I spy: Goal-line technology was used for the first time during the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama on Thursday

I spy: Goal-line technology was used for the first time during the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama on Thursday

GoalRef sensors are set up in the goal

GoalRef uses a microchip in the ball and low magnetic waves around the goal

The ninth Club World Cup features the champions from FIFA's six confederations, plus a team from the host nation. Champions League winners Chelsea and Copa Libertadoes champions Corinthians have a bye into the semi-finals.

Toshihiro Aoyama scored a second-half
goal on Thursday to help J-League champions Hiroshima beat
Auckland 1-0 in the opening match.

Aoyama scored in the 66th minute with
a hard shot from 20 yards. Ryota Moriwaki nearly doubled Sanfrecce's
advantage in the 85th with a shot that hit the crossbar.

Matchwinner: Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Toshihiro Aoyama (second left) celebrates scoring the only goal

Matchwinner: Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Toshihiro Aoyama (second left) celebrates scoring the only goal

Back of the net: Auckland City goalkeeper Tamati Williams (right) reacts after Hiroshima's goal

Back of the net: Auckland City goalkeeper Tamati Williams (right) reacts after Hiroshima's goal

Shame it's come too late for these blatant gaffes…

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it

Goal-line technology finally makes its debut on Thursday

It's too late for Lampard, Mendes and the Germans… but goal-line technology finally makes its debut on Thursday

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UPDATED:

09:55 GMT, 5 December 2012

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke
hailed 'a kind of revolution' as the football world prepared for Thursday's introduction of goal-line technology.

The governing body was staunchly
against the use of any form of technology for many years but the winds
changed in the wake of the 2010 World Cup, where England were denied a
clear goal against Germany when Frank Lampard's shot crossed the line.

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Since then the journey has been a relatively rapid one and FIFA will try out two systems – UK-based Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, from Germany – at the Club World Cup in Japan, starting with the match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City.

'It's a big day,' Valcke said on fifa.com. 'Tomorrow will be the first time that goal-line technology will be officially used in a game. The tests are done; and the instillation tests were successful.

'This is also an important day for us, because we will use one of the two systems we are using here in the FIFA Confederations Cup next year.'

He added: 'This is a kind of revolution. It is the first time that this kind of technology is coming into football.

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it

'It will be restricted to the goal-line specifically. The IFAB (International Football Association Board) is there to ensure the 17 laws of the game are protected.

'It was their decision, and they were clear, to say that the technology is limited to the goal-line.

'We must ensure that when the ball goes into the goal, the referee must get the information that the ball has gone in. The referee has the final decision.

'The technology won't change the speed, value or spirit of the game.

'There is no reason to be against this technology.'

Infamous: Geoff Hurst's shot crosses the line in 1966 World Cup final... or did it

Infamous: Geoff Hurst's shot crosses the line in 1966 World Cup final… or did it

The Hawk-Eye system is the same as that used in cricket and tennis, which relies on a series of seven cameras to create a 3D picture of each goal, while GoalRef uses electro-magnetic sensors.

Valcke also said he had full confidence there would be no errors from the technology.

'It needs to be the most accurate system we can have at the moment,' he said. 'There can be no mistakes with this and that is why the IFAB took two years to make sure the system was perfect.'

Stevenage 1 Southampton 4: Tadanari Lee

Stevenage 1 Southampton 4: Lee kick starts season but Saints helped by ref's mistake

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UPDATED:

20:44 GMT, 28 August 2012

The sun rose on Southampton’s season thanks to a goal from their Japan star Tadanari Lee and a mistake by referee Oliver Langford.

Lee, signed in January from Sanfrecce Hiroshima, was playing for the first time since injuring his foot in March. He broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute but it was the second goal, scored by Billy Sharp, which infuriated Stevenage boss Gary Smith.

Shooting star: Tadanari Lee opened the scoring for Southampton

Shooting star: Tadanari Lee opened the scoring for Southampton

Match facts

Stevenage: Day, Gray, Ashton, Roberts, Charles, Freeman, Dunne, Tansey, Rodgers, Akins, Haber. Subs not used: Arnold, Grant, Furlonge, Ball, Thalassitis, N'Gala, Shroot.

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Ward-Prowse, Lee, Shaw, Butterfield, Chaplow, Seaborne, Hammond, Puncheon, Sharp. Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Stephens, Chambers, Reeves, Moore, Hoskins, Sinclair.

Referee: Oliver Langford.

Mark Roberts tried to play a long
pass out of defence but slipped and sliced it towards his own
goalkeeper, Chris Day, who promptly picked it up. Referee Langford saw
it as an intentional backpass, gave a free-kick and Richard Chaplow fed
Sharp, who scored before Stevenage could regroup.

With Smith still venting his fury at the fourth official, Jason Puncheon added the third with a brilliant volley from 30 yards.

After defeats from their opening two
Premier League games, Nigel Adkins was relieved to see his team
rediscover the winning habit ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester
United at St Mary’s.

Adkins took the risk of changing his
entire team at the Lamex Stadium. Out went those beaten by Wigan on
Saturday, in came a collection of fringe players and highly-rated
youngsters, including academy products Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse.

Controversy: Billy Sharp hits the second, much to the fury of Stevenage players (below)

Controversy: Billy Sharp hits the second, much to the fury of Stevenage players (below)

Controversy: Billy Sharp hits the second, much to the fury of Stevenage players (below)

Controversy: Billy Sharp hits the second, much to the fury of Stevenage players (below)

It might have been easier had Sharp’s
goal in the fourth minute not been ruled out for offside but Saints
struggled to dominate their League One hosts. Ward-Prowse went close
with a deflected effort from the edge of the area and Daniel Seaborne
headed over when he ought to have hit the target but Stevenage
threatened at the other end, where goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga, 20, was
making his Southampton debut.

Greg Tansey rattled the bar in the
eighth minute with a free-kick from 20 yards, James Dunne headed a good
chance wide at the far post, Gazzaniga saved from Robbie Rogers and
Roberts slammed a shot into the side-netting from a corner.

Saints emerged for the second half
with more purpose and Lee put them in control within eight minutes.
Puncheon threaded a pass into the feet of Sharp, as he spun behind the
back four, and he picked out Lee at the back post who applied an assured
finish.

Then came the Sharp controversy and
the best goal of the night from Puncheon. Stevenage pulled one back in
stoppage time through substitute Michael Thalassitis.

Tadanari Lee signs for Southampton

Southampton complete signing of Japan striker Lee as work permit is sanctioned
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Japan striker Tadanari Lee has signed to join English League Championship side Southampton.

Lee's former J-League team Sanfrecce Hiroshima has announced the transfer on its website after the 26-year-old received his work permit from British authorities.

Lee scored 15 goals in 32 league games last year for Sanfrecce. In his career so far, he has 42 goals in 147 J-League first division appearances.

Saintly: Lee has completed his switch to St Mary's

Saintly: Lee has completed his switch to St Mary's

South Korean by birth, Lee became a naturalized Japanese citizen in 2007 so he could play at the Beijing Olympics.

He scored the winning goal last January as Japan beat Australia to win a record fourth Asian Cup.