‘Quitting is the devil’s fruit!’: why anime is firing up sports stars

<div><p>Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke, NFL stars and Olympic athletes are finding inspiration in the characters’ resilience</p><p>The Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke twice thought he had scored the opening goal against <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/match/2024/may/11/bournemouth-v-brentford">Brentford on 11 May</a>. Each time he wheeled away to celebrate, he put on an orange mask with a spiral pattern and one eyehole before posing in front of the cameras.</p><p>The goal was ruled out by VAR but the celebration went viral, as journalists wrote about “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/article/2024/may/11/bournemouth-brentford-premier-league-match-report#:~:text=Yoane%20Wissa's%20dramatic%20stoppage-time,victory%20at%20the%20Vitality%20Stadium.&text=Dominic%20Solanke's%2019th%20league%20goal,with%20his%2050th%20Brentford%20goal.">masked mayhem</a>” and others wondered what this “<a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/27864132/bournemouth-dominic-solanke-naruto-mask-celebration-var/">bizarre</a>” celebration could mean.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/culture/article/2024/may/24/why-anime-firing-up-sports-stars">Continue reading...</a></div>

Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke, NFL stars and Olympic athletes are finding inspiration in the characters’ resilience

The Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke twice thought he had scored the opening goal against Brentford on 11 May. Each time he wheeled away to celebrate, he put on an orange mask with a spiral pattern and one eyehole before posing in front of the cameras.

The goal was ruled out by VAR but the celebration went viral, as journalists wrote about “masked mayhem” and others wondered what this “bizarre” celebration could mean.

Continue reading…

Brentford on 11 May. Each time he wheeled away to celebrate, he put on an orange mask with a spiral pattern and one eyehole before posing in front of the cameras.

The goal was ruled out by VAR but the celebration went viral, as journalists wrote about “masked mayhem” and others wondered what this “bizarre” celebration could mean.

Continue reading…

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Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke, NFL stars and Olympic athletes are finding inspiration in the characters’ resilience

The Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke twice thought he had scored the opening goal against Brentford on 11 May. Each time he wheeled away to celebrate, he put on an orange mask with a spiral pattern and one eyehole before posing in front of the cameras.

The goal was ruled out by VAR but the celebration went viral, as journalists wrote about “masked mayhem” and others wondered what this “bizarre” celebration could mean.

Continue reading…


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