September 1, 2016 9:17:18 pm
A recent football match in Japan between FC Barcelona U-12 and Japan’s Omiya Ardija Junior saw the former winning by 1-0. What made the match memorable, however, was the exemplary spirit of sportsmanship that the Barca players displayed on field, after the match. The little boys with big, brave hearts consoled their obviously shattered opponents, complete with pick-me-up slaps and 1 minute motivational pep talks.
What more, it even calmed them down. The behaviour that the players showed is being widely applauded and, surely, they have not just come out victorious in this World Challenge Cup but also won the hearts of many, even those of their opponents.
While history has seen many adults forgetting true sportsman spirit, these young players have set an example for not just sportsmen but for society at large. It is commendable how these children remained grounded even in what was probably one of the most important moments of their lives. The FC Barcelona team is trained by Sergi Milà Herrero and Japan’s Omiya Ardija Junior is coached by Morita Hiroshi. FC Barcelona has shared a video of the players’ selfless act where they held their inconsolable opponents firmly and exchanged words of encouragement with them.
Just like how the infamous incident of French footballer Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi went down in history, we hope, this one finds its place there too. FC Barcelona has shared a video of the players’ selfless act where they held their inconsolable opponents firmly and exchanged words of encouragement with them.
Just in case you forgot what exactly happened between Zidane and Materazzi, here’s the video.
On a different note, these kids made football truly a beautiful game. Tell us what you thought about the players’ lovely gesture in the comments section.
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