The viral videos coming out of the 2022 World Cup show the passion of the game, for better or for worse.
For example, there are some clips where fans wildly celebrate an upset win. They flood the streets with thousands of their closest friends as if they’ve won the World Cup. Of course, it’s not far off for them.
At the same time, some fans can react quite negatively to a bad result. Sometimes this is comical, with the destruction of TVs in homes or children feeling like the world just came crashing down. Unfortunately, this can also get out of hand. Short riots can lead to serious damage.
The increased use of phones and social media around the world makes all these moments accessible. Some clips become popular because people find the emotion remarkable or simply entertaining at the expense of others.
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Saudi Arabian supporters tear open the door to celebrate
Saudi Arabia’s victory over Argentina in the two teams’ opening match of the World Cup is one of the highlights biggest upsets in league history. Argentina, one of the favorites to win the tournament as a whole, took on a side from Saudi Arabia who chose almost no one to drop out of the group.
However, a pair of goals in the second half allowed Saudi Arabia to do the unthinkable. It’s safe to say that the win warranted this kind of celebration.
Even though Saudi Arabia finished at the bottom of that group while Argentina finished at the top, this victory is one of the greatest moments in Saudi Arabian football history. It tops with Senegal’s victory over France in 1998 or Cameroon beating Argentina in 1990.
Hervé Renard tears into Saudi Arabia in halftime
Holding on to Saudi Arabia’s victory over Argentina, some credit must be due to Saudi Arabian head coach Hervé Renard. The French coach has a history of coaching African teams, including Morocco, Ivory Coast and Zambia.
Still, his half-time speech against Argentina will go down as his most memorable moment. With Saudi Arabia trailing 1–0 after 45, he lamented his team’s performance. They afforded Lionel Messi way too much respect, essentially letting him dig through their defences.
Saudi Arabia’s players reacted accordingly. Two goals within eight minutes of the restart stunned Argentina. As mentioned, it failed to get Saudi Arabia into the knockout stage. Still, it is a memorable moment for several reasons.
Japan storms street after beating Germany
Japanese fans are passionate. They travel well, be it to the World Cup or the AFC Asian Cup. However, where Japan differs from other countries in terms of passion is the discipline. At both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Japanese fans cleared stadiums and dressing rooms to relieve the strain on the people who work there. That’s Japanese culture, personified.
When Japan defeated Germany in the opening game of the World Cup, it was another big surprise. But while the Saudi fans went crazy (rightly so), Japan was much more reserved.
Yes, Japan stormed a street in Tokyo to celebrate, just as college football fans storm the field after a landslide victory. However, as soon as the traffic light turns green and pedestrians can no longer use the zebra crossing, the Japanese quickly clear the street to allow traffic to pass.
Japan got another chance to celebrate by beating Spain later in the group stage. Germany dropped out of the World Cup.
Mexico fan can’t agree with World Cup withdrawal
Like Germany, Mexico put on a disappointing World Cup show. One win, one draw and one defeat was not good enough for Mexico as they had to exit a group stage for the first time since 1978. Although Mexico did not participate in the 1982 or 1990 World Cup.
So for many Mexican fans it was the first time Mexico got out in the group stage. Some didn’t take it very well. After Mexico defeated Saudi Arabia, they lacked the necessary goal difference to advance as Poland finished second. A certain Mexico fan was lashing out on his TV.
The knife might be a bit exaggerated. Still, this Mexico fan is certainly not the only one hoping for a new TV for Christmas. His viral video of the 2022 World Cup has been viewed more than 25 million times on Twitter.
Morocco fans are looking forward to the best World Cup in the country’s history
From frustration to elation, viral videos surfacing from Morocco show the joy for the African nation as a result of this World Cup. One relates to Morocco’s first-ever World Cup knockout stage victory. Despite meeting a Spanish team that beat Costa Rica 7–0 earlier in the tournament, Morocco advanced on penalties.
Moroccans around the world rejoice immensely. Flooding streets, waving flags, torches and doing everything to enjoy the glory. Plus it’s well deserved too, with wins over Belgium and Canada only to go with a draw against Croatia before advancing over Spain.
Morocco can be the first African team to reach the semi-finals if it wins the next match. That is against Portugal, which defeated Switzerland 6-1 in the eighth finals.
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