FIFA Club World Cup: Japanese Club Celebrates Goal with Sumo Routine (Video)
In rugby, the All Blacks have their "Ka Mate" haka. In football, Sanfrecce Hiroshima now have the Sumo celebration.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima, a club from Japan's J-League, defeated Asian champions Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea on Wednesday to claim fifth place at the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama, Japan. Striker Hisato Sato scored a second-half brace as Hiroshima erased an early deficit and eventually won 3-2.
After his first goal, which came int he 55th minute, the 30-year-old Sato led his teammates in a pre-planned celebration. We think it was pretty cool—in fact, cool enough to be our Set Piece Video of the Day for this 12-12-12 Wednesday.
The video of Hiroshima's Sumo celebration appears above. Enjoy.
After scoring, Sato rounds up his teammates and proceeds with a choreographed Sumo routine. Sumo, as you'll probably recall, is a style of wrestling that dates back more than 1,000 years and is quite popular in Japan. For a refresher course, click here.
In Sumo, stomping is a tradition that originally was thought to drive bad spirits out of the ring. So after scoring, Sanfrecce Hiroshima might have just driven Ulsan out of the match. Right?
OK, so the Ka Mate is probably cooler and the Sumo routine isn't nearly as intimidating, but we still thought it was a clever celebration.
Your move, Chelsea. We expect a full matador routine from El Niño in the Thursday's semifinal. That is, if he somehow manages to score.
(h/t Who Ate All The Pies)
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