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Weibo influencer ‘Goat’ cries during Japan’s World Cup win over Germany. Photo: Weibo

Fifa World Cup 2022: Chinese fans show support as Weibo influencer cries after Japan upset – ‘why can’t we win?’

  • Popular influencer becomes emotional in viral video filmed at Qatar stadium as Japan come from behind to stun Germany 2-1 on Wednesday
  • ‘That’s our neighbouring country. We have similar physiques. Why can they win but we can’t?’ he says, with fans backing him after online mocking

Chinese football fans have rallied around a popular Weibo influencer after a video of him crying at Japan’s shock World Cup upset win against Germany went viral.

“That’s our neighbouring country. We have similar physiques, why can they win but we can’t?” said “Goat” – who has more than 200,000 followers on China’s Twitter-like social media platform – in a video filmed from the stands at the Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday night.

Japan’s “Blue Samurai” secured a famous 2-1 victory, coming from behind thanks to two goals in the last 15 minutes which sparked jubilant scenes among supporters in the stands and at home.

China’s team, on the other hand, has not qualified for the World Cup finals since 2002, when Japan and South Korea were co-hosts.

They trailed in fifth in their final AFC qualifying group this year, and not even the news that Fifa planned to add four Asian teams for an expanded 48-team tournament in 2026 inspired much hope among fans that they would make it.
Japan’s players celebrate their win over Germany at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Photo: Kyodo

Some users on Weibo were quick to mock the influencer for crying, but others showed their support.

“Don’t be sour, don’t laugh in the comments area,” one wrote. “Why wouldn’t you agree with this guy. If you were there, and you experienced that atmosphere, you would feel the same.”

Another said: “The scene of the crying fan is so sad. Other players are fighting hard on the pitch. We can only watch it on TV and cheer for other countries.”

While a third suggested that while the fans cared “the Chinese football players don’t”.

People gather in Tokyo’s Shibuya area in the early hours to celebrate Japan’s 2-1 victory over Germany. Photo: Kyodo

Some netizens, however, took a more frank approach.

“When the gap between ideal and reality is too large, people can’t help but ask why the difference is so big,” wrote one Weibo commenter.

“What is even more embarrassing is that 14 people cannot be picked out of the 1.4 billion people,” read another response.

“What are you crying for? Look more at what we can do,” said another. “Yes we do have the same physique, but do we have the same quality? Be more optimistic. Every country has its expertise. With so many gold medals in the Olympics, it doesn’t hurt to lose at football.”

Fans celebrate Japan’s 2-1 victory over Germany in their World Cup group E match at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Kyodo

Other turned to gallows humour.

“The reason why I’m upset is that all of the Asian football teams are making strides but one of the Asian countries with more than a billion population can’t even get into the world … I mean India,” was one joke.

Still, other fans refused to lose hope.

“In the next World Cup, I hope the Chinese team can participate, and become the light of Asia! Come on China.”