Okay, so we missed the end of June (hey it was a weekend, okay?!) but that doesn't mean we've forgotten to crown our Gntlman Of The Month. It took some thinking about who we wanted to give a special shout out to this month but after much deliberation we finally came up with someone (or multiple someones) to award the title to.
So without further ado, our Gntlman Of The Month for June is Japanese football coach Akira Nishino.
We're going to dive right in to why Nishino, along with the Japanese football team and their fans, are our Gntlman/men Of The Month.
World Cup fever is taking the globe by storm and the infectious enthusiasm and feeling of unity is still in the air after England's win against Colombia last night. Football may not be everyone's cup of tea, but you've got to admit, it's nice to see everyone come together and route for the same team for a change.
Although, for some teams in the competition it isn't all smiles and cheers, as was the case for Japan in what turned out to be their final match of the cup on Monday.
However, while most would have wallowed in self pity or anger for at least the first hour after the game (here's looking at you Argentina), Japan's players and fans did something rather extraordinary that caught our attention.
After the game, an image emerged on social media showing the Japanese changing room. Despite Nishino describing their loss to Belgium as a “tragedy”, he proved he and his team are anything but sore losers after Nishino not only led his team through a valiant and well played game but also led the charge when it came to tidying up! The image showed a spotless changing room with a note saying 'thank you' in Russian.
We Are Gntlmen commends you Nishino and team!
And it wasn't only the players who helped out. After the team bowed to fans before exiting the pitch, Japanese fans were photographed wiping away their tears as they, too, stayed behind and helped to clean up the stadium.
As you well know by now, as a brand we condone any form of chivalrous and thoughtful act and this coach, his players and their fans have really proved that despite what you may be feeling, it should never affect your behaviour.
These gentlemanly manners and dignity even in disappointment has lead to the team being dubbed the “true champions of the World Cup”. So we think that they deserve our Gntlmen Of The Month title to go along with that.
A smashing well done chaps!
Check back at the end of the month to see who our Gntlman Of The Month for July will be (and we promise we'll be on time...)