Poems tagged ‘Japan’

WC2018 Day 18

Priority haiku

Wild Boar football team
Trapped in underground caves
Hang in there boys!


Brazil 2-0 Mexico

Samba stars shake hips
Neymar, Willian lead the dance
Brazil dominate


Neymar notches stat
Two hundred twenty seven
All time top scorers


Belgium 3-2 Japan

surprise two nil lead
Red Devils claw back from brink
Blue Samurai blues

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Brazil & Mexico Through haiku -WC Day 18

Brazil 2-0 Mexico

like some yellow tide
strolling to that samba beat
will this be their time?

always second best
Mexico do eve’rything
ev’rything but score

Neymar rolls and cries
but relentless as a train
Willian the key


Belgium 3-2 Japan

battling on supreme
Samurai lay down their swords
to that late late strike

from a tricky start
brave Japan dictate in vain
falling at the last

heads held high they leave
memories of might have beens
and clean stadiums*

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World Cup day 18

Brazil storm into Quarters
Brazil 2-0 Mexico

Brazil cruise to the Quarters
Samba boys are looking whole
The world’s most expensive baller
He scores and sets up a goal

One nil is not quite enough
They’re stubborn are Mexico
Neymar turns playmaker
Teeing up Bobby Firmino

El Tri are out of the cup
Played out of the ground
Seven times in a row
They’re out in the second round

02 07 18

© emdad rahman

Red Devils comeback breaks Japan hearts
Belgium 3-2 Japan

Nihon were in dreamland
What s finish from Haraguchi
More brilliance to follow
He’sutdone by Takashi Inui

Martinez looked to the heavens
Fellaini and Chadli roll the dice
Vertonghen’s looping header
Fellaini never does nice

There’s 32 seconds remaining
Red charge pegs the Samurai Blue
Chadli strikes the Japanese heart
Comeback complete 3-2

02 07 18

© emdad rahman

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Three One Nils & a One Two Haiku- WC Day 15

Three One Nils & a One Two Haiku

three goals in three games
one nil one nil and one nil…
and then a one two !

Senegal 0-1 Columbia

this is what I love
two great continents who bring
rhythm and passion

oh what fans they have
like some Womad festival
colour dance and song

so what should we fear?
will Rodriguez recover?
Cuadrado looks hot

Japan 0-1 Poland

once again they win
teams already going home
Samurai won’t mind

into the sixteen
just like England and Belg’yum
syllables but just

Poland wake at last
Lewandowski’s thoughts will turn
to his future team

England 0-1 Belgium

in this evening light
we played out a tame affair
with a second team

though our fate is sealed
Rashford-Loftus Cheek aside
what did we learn here ?

when the chips are down
can one really plot a route?
only time will tell

Panama 1-2 Tunisia

with nothing to lose
both sides give their fans a lift
and a fond farewell

love the enegy
that both sides bring and display…
sad to see them go

how dull would it be
without sides like Panama
and Tunisia?

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World Cup day 15

Day 15

Fair Play sends Senegal home
Senegal 0-1 Colombia

The second most populous nation
In South America
They came from close and far
Together in a World Cup bazaar

When Yerry Mina rises
It sends alarm bells ringing
When the towering stopper rises
The Tricolour are singing

Poland’s surprise win
Makes Los Cafeteros’ day
The Lions Of Teranga terminated
Heartbreak with the Fair Play

Walking football Japan proceed
Japan 0-1 Poland

Jan Bednarek struck
In a game that was abysmal
But coach Akira Nishino
Was grinning at the whistle

Despite losing to Poland
Japan are glad
Nippon go through
Scraping through in Volgograd

The end of this game
Was somewhat a car crash
Both teams walking it
Incurring a fans backlash

Januzaj stunner sends Belgique top
England 0-1 Belgium

Southgate rang the changes
Eight new faces enter the ground
No matter what happens tonight
Both teams are in the next round

All outfield players have featured
In terms of match play
We need to go beyond this loss
Look ahead to Tuesday

Belgium with a few close ones
Some say we were poor
Januzaj with a stunner
Come on England is our roar

Khazri shines as Tunisia bow out
Panama 1-2 Tunisia

A second-half strike
From Sunderland’s Khazri
Sends the Tunisians home
With a World Cup victory

Rodriguez’s shot deflected
Off Yassine Meriah
Ben Youssef equals
Thanks Khazri the Tunisian Tsar

Khazri is the heartbeat
Of this energetic side
He meets Haddadi’s cross
2,500th goal in his stride

28 06 18

© emdad rahman

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On England Japan Senegal & Colombia haiku-WC Day 11

England 6-1 Panama

as we fire in six
time to dream or say that it’s….
…only Panama?


Japan 2-2 Senegal

clean and playing fair
Samurai leave ev’ry ground
looking spick and span


Poland 0-3 Colombia

Colombia shine
with Falcao and Cuadrado…
Poland’s time is up

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On the Eleventh Day…

Knock Panama into a cocked hat,
I raise my cap to Gareth and the chaps.
Los Cafeteros
Go to The Poles
It’s a landslide.
With the reliable Honda driving them on
Step up a gear to earn a draw with Senegal.

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World Cup day 11

Kane hat trick breaks records
England 6-1 Panama

Despite the searing heat
It’s a Sunday English rout
Stones heads & Kane from the spot
Panama are on the way out

Stones again from a training set piece
After Lingard’s curler sublime
Kane hammers a second from the spot
Spurs Hat trick and Southgate calls time

Felipe Baloy made history
The Canal Men with a grateful huddle
Panama’s first World Cup goal
All they really wanted was a cuddle

Warriors share the spoils
Japan 2-2 Senegal

Both Japan and Senegal
Control their own fate
The Taranga Lions pegged
When Nihon left it late

Senegal use brawn and beauty
To feed Sadio Mane
Takashi Inui’s slick shot
Outshone by Moussa Wague

But Japan have their oldest squad
The wily Honda joins the attack
With wisdom and knowledge
He drags his team back

Sorry Poland pack their bags
Poland 0-3 Colombia

When the Colombians clicked
Poland were dreadfully below par
With some of the best football
Of the tournament so far

In came the short cross
James on it from the get go
Yerry Mina from close range
Falcao buries one low

Lewandowski starved of service
How he need a Quintero
Poland crash out in Kazan
With a third from Cuadrado

24 06 18

© emdad rahman

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Japan Senegal & Russian Joy haiku-WC Day 6

Colombia 1-2 Japan

in this yellow sea
Cafeteros self implode
Samurai stand strong


Poland 1-2 Senegal

Lions pride ensures
with the most bizarre of goals
Africa’s first win


Russia 3-1 Egypt

first here to advance
like some Phoenix from the flames
Reds march ever on

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World Cup day 6

Colombia Red mist eases Japan home
Colombia 1-2 Japan

Nightmare start to the World Cup
Colombia found it too hot
Sanchez dismissed for handling
Shinji Kagawa’s shot

After the first red at this World Cup
Kagawa from the spot too quick
And the second fastest in history
Upstaged by Quintero’s free kick

Despite Rodriguez’s introduction
Osako’s header too good to resist
Japan rallied to hold the lead
Thanks to Keisuke Honda’s assist

Senegal are trending
Poland 1-2 Senegal

Cionek and Krychowiak scoring
Niang beat a former Arsenal goalie
Slotting into an empty net
Skipping past Bednarek and Szczesny

He’s the youngest at this World Cup
Aliou Cisse is a pioneer
He holds another distinction
Being the only black gaffer here

Definitely the World Cups best fans
Senegal is now trending
This is why you ride with Les Lions
This is Africa’s first Russia win

Hosts seal Egypt fate
Russia 3-1 Egypt

Heart break for Fathi the full back
His finish was simply great
With the Cups fifth own goal
One short of France 98

Cheryshev and Dzyuba make it three
Salah’s penalty on the dot
Rifled in with a full blast
Making no mistake from the spot

In the battle of the forwards
It’s Cheryshev who rules as king
Mother Russia now march on
It’ll be more than a three game fling

19 06 18

© Emdad Rahman

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