The FIFA World Cup in Qatar is approaching its final stages. Among the many great games that have been played, Moriyasu Japan has surprised the world with its remarkable success.
Japan’s national team, led by coach Hajime Moriyasu (54), defeated the powerhouses Germany and Spain in succession in the group league. The team finished first in the “group of death,” and came within a whisker of the runners-up from the previous tournament, Croatia.
For the first time in Japan’s history, Moriyasu Japan defeated a country that had won the World Cup twice on the stage. One of the factors behind this remarkable run was the presence of the “goddesses of victory” who cheered the team on the field. The most talked-about of them all was SHONO, 28, who plays the drums for the girl band PARADOXX. She became the talk of the town when she appeared in FIFA’s international filming of the Germany game. The response was tremendous, and her number of followers on Instagram has increased dramatically from about 26,000 to over 160,000.
There were other beautiful female supporters who continued to cheer for the Japanese team. One beautiful woman posed with a ribbon with the number “10” (Takumi Minamino’s number, 27) written on it, another held up a homemade banner for Ritsu Doan (24), and some women cheered for the players in their own ways, even wearing kimonos. Some women cheered the players in their own way, even wearing kimonos. They helped Japan achieve a historic victory.
In this issue, we look back on the tournament with photos of these beautiful supporters.
Photo： JMPA representative photo by Riki Takasu