“The Kings of Asia”

30 Jan

Yesterday was the final match of the 2011 Asian Cup soccer games that were being held in the country of カタール国 (Qatar).

The Asian Cup is a soccer competition of countries in the Asian region (including Japan, North and South Korea, China, Vietnam, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Australia and others) and is held every four years.

I’m not really a big soccer fan. I think the Japanese comedian “Beat Takeshi” had an excellent idea to improve the game of soccer.
But I did watch the final match last night. It was Japan’s “Blue Samurai” vs Australia’s “Socceroos (maybe it’s a cultural difference…but don’t Australian people think the name “Socceroos” is embarrassing?)

As is “par for the course” for the game of soccer, the score of the Japan v. Australia game remained 0-0 for almost the entire match…until Japan’s Tadanari Lee (who is actually a naturalized Japanese of Korean descent) scored the only goal of the entire game.

Tadanari Lee of Japan's "Samurai Blue" national soccer team.

So now Japan are the 2011 Asian Cup soccer champions.

The Japan team was crowned the soccer "Kings of Asia".

So now out of the fifteen “Asian Cup” soccer competitions that have been held since these games started in 1956, Japan has been the champion team the most often.
Japan has held the title four times: in 1992, 2000, 2004 and now in 2011.

Here is a four-and-a half minute video of the highlights of the Japan vs. Australia champion game that was played last night (2011 January 29).
The video shows the failed goal attempts (which are a regular event in a soccer game) and the winning goal (which was actually quite excellent teamwork between aforementioned Tadanari Lee and Yuto Nagatomo):

(The photos in this post are from the Official Asian Cup Games website.)

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18 Responses to ““The Kings of Asia””

  1. metalodyssey January 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    “Socceroos” may sound & look funny… only Australia does import one fine beer that isn’t funny at all… it just tastes soooo gooood… “Fosters”. Their commercial here in the U.S. states: “Fosters, is Australian for beer”. :)

    I guess I might as well “root” for a team here. GO JAPAN! ;)

    • tokyo5 January 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

      >Australia does import one fine beer that isn’t funny at all…“Fosters”.

      Yeah, it is a good beer.

      >Their commercial here in the U.S. states: “Fosters, is Australian for beer”.

      I’ve never seen a commercial for Foster’s Beer in Japan.

      >GO JAPAN!

      Do you like soccer?

      • metalodyssey January 31, 2011 at 7:42 am #

        Honestly, I never played soccer or follow the sport. I do however, appreciate it’s existence. Plus, the fans of this sport have loyalty to their teams that is extremely admirable. :)

      • tokyo5 February 1, 2011 at 1:39 am #

        >I never played soccer or follow the sport.

        Yeah, American’s dislike of soccer is pretty well-known.

        When Japan co-hosted the 2002 Soccer World Cup, I tried to get interested in watching soccer (or “football”, as it’s known in many countries)…but it’s not an interesting sport, in my opinion.

      • Anonymous December 11, 2012 at 4:06 am #

        I played before never got beat but i stop an move on to football

      • tokyo5 December 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

        >I played before

        Soccer?

        >never got beat

        You’ve never lost? How long did you play?

        >move on to football

        “Soccer” is known as “football” in many countries. Do you mean “American football”?

  2. Sven January 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    With all due respect for Australia: Japanese beer is very good I think. And the soccer title is well merited. Japan played well in the latest World Cup.

  3. Tom Webster February 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    I have always enjoyed Kitachino Sweet Stout which seems to be a milk stout, it’s a really good beer.

    • tokyo5 February 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      Do you drink Japanese beer in Ireland? Is it pricey over there?

      I don’t really like dark beers and “stouts” much. I prefer lager.
      But stouts are popular in Ireland, aren’t they?

  4. Tom Webster February 2, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    Stout is very popular here in Ireland. Guinness, Murphy’s and Beamish are the most widely drunk varieties as they are brewed domestically.

    I haven’t had much luck in finding Kitachino over here but on the two occasions that I have been able to buy it bottled it has been about €4.50/5 a bottle so more than a little pricey.

    I used to be able to get it easily back home along with quite a few other Japanese beers and they were far more reasonable.

    • tokyo5 February 2, 2011 at 2:01 am #

      >Stout is very popular here in Ireland. Guinness, Murphy’s and Beamish are the most widely drunk varieties

      I’ve tried Guinness. It’s well-known and many people like it…but I didn’t enjoy it much.
      I haven’t heard of the other two brands before.

      >Kitachino…has been about €4.50/5 a bottle (in Ireland)

      (By the way, although it kinda looks like a “K” on the label…it’s an “H”. The beer’s name is “Hitachino“.)

      I just checked on Google…at today’s exchange rate, €4.50 – €5 = ¥505 – ¥561. That is expensive.

      >quite a few other Japanese beers

      Have you ever tried any of Japan’s lagers…Kirin Beer is my favorite (and the most popular in Japan).

  5. metalodyssey February 2, 2011 at 1:29 am #

    Stone just loves beer. My favorite beer right now is nothing really fancy at all: Michelob Ultra. Man, it’s one of the tastiest beers I’ve ever enjoyed. Plus the low carbs don’t hurt either! :)

    Gee Metal whiz… that sounded like a commercial for this beer. Honestly, Michelob did not put me up to this! ;)

    • tokyo5 February 2, 2011 at 2:07 am #

      I love beer too. ( http://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/beers-ive-drunk/ )

      I haven’t had an American brand beer in years (it’s an imported beer where I live…and therefore more expensive), but I have never tried Michelob.

      But since you recommend it so highly, if I see it I’ll try a bottle.

      • metalodyssey February 2, 2011 at 2:40 am #

        Excellent! Then, after your first few sips of that smooth and cold Michelob Ultra… you can go: “ahh, thank you for the beer referral Stone”. Then, have a second one for me! :)

      • tokyo5 February 3, 2011 at 2:22 am #

        >Then, have a second one for me!

        Or you should come visit Tokyo and I’ll introduce you to Japanese beer (and sake)!

  6. askkorean1 March 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Korean Zainichi Power!!!

    • tokyo5 March 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

      Yes, MVP Tadanari Lee is a Korean resident in Japan.
      Well, actually he’s Japanese now—he naturalized to join the national soccer team.

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