Japanese coach Vahid Halilhodzic says that he is still surprised by the fact that his team were unable to beat Singapore in a recent World Cup 2018 qualifying match.
Japan were expected to steamroll their opponents, who were 102 places behind them in the FIFA rankings. As expected, they created a plethora of chances during the 90 minutes. A whopping 18 shots on target coupled with 14 corners said a lot of the match in general, but they were unable to find even a single goal past goalkeeper Mohamad Izwan bin Mahbud. It was probably one of those games when the goalkeeper looked invincible.
Vahid Halilhodzic is the new manager of the Japanese national football team as the Bosnian manager has been officially selected and announced to be the man that replaces Javier Aguirre after it was discovered that Aguirre was involved with match fixing scandals.
The Japanese Football Association did not want to have any kind of relationship with Aguirre due to these negative news that were beginning to emerge and they did not hesitate in sacking Javier Aguirre from his managerial position in the Japanese squad.
Japanese football Federation has confirmed that manager Javier Aguirre is set to continue amidst match fixing allegations and an early exit from the Asian cup.
Japan came into the tournament as the defending champions, but they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage after a loss on penalties to United Arab Emirates. Even though the team had managed to win all of the group matches, Japan could not find a way past UAE.
Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as the manager of the Greece national football team.
The decision was taken by the higher authorities of Greece Federation yesterday after the team lost a home game against Faroe Islands.
There hasn’t been any official announcement made. It would be made in a few days’ time probably when Ranieri and the Federation agree over the compensation amount.
The Federation, in the meanwhile, has made it clear that in the upcoming game against Serbia, the manager’s duty will be discharged by Kostas Tsanas.
Ever since the Mexican manager Javier Aguirre was selected as the next manager of the Japanese national football team on July 24, the Japanese team has a played a number of international friendly encounters. Japan lost to Uruguay earlier in September but managed to overcome Jamaica one month later.
The latest friendly match of Japan has seen the Japanese side locking horns with Brazil and losing 4-0. Before the game had started Javier Aguirre said that this match was going to be a good preparation match for his squad and their upcoming international fixtures.
On November of 2013, New Zealand and Mexico played in a match that was going to decide which nation would be able to play in the 2014 World Cup and it was Mexico the team that came out on top with the triumph. When New Zealand lost the match, Ricki Herbert announced to the media his desire to retire as he resigned and it was Neil Emblen the man that was chosen as the interim manager of New Zealand.
The Japanese players have shown lack of hunger in their first two matches in the ongoing FIFA World Cup and the manager of the team, Alberto Zaccheroni, is not happy with that. He wants his boys to turn up with a different kind of attitude in the must-win match against Colombia tomorrow and try to win so that they give themselves any chance of qualifying to the round of 16.
Japan has got only one point in two matches, but, they are still not out of the hunt as far as registering a place in the pre quarter final is concerned. Japan would need two results to go in their favour tomorrow.
Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini has stated that the country is ready to step in and host the FIFA World Cup 2022 in place of Qatar if the organising committee runs into trouble in terms of hosting the tournament at this location. Qatar was initially awarded to the World Cup, but since the future of the tournament at this location has run into several doubts. It has meant primarily because of the extreme temperatures experienced by Qatar, while the operations behind constructing the necessary infrastructure also appears to be taking a huge toll on people’s lives.
Japan have been given a great prospect of getting into the knockout stages of the World Cup after being drawn into a group containing Ivory Coast, Columbia, and Greece. This is seen as a great opportunity for manager Alberto Zaccheroni to make himself a legend around these parts.
The manager has been talking in length about the possibility of including former greats like Shunsuke Nakamura into the squad. The former Celtic star is currently playing in Japan after his days at the top appear to have come down.
Japan's national team manager Alberto Zaccheroni has claimed that he wants the national team to do well at the World Cup 2014.
Even though Japan go into the tournament as one of the strongest teams from the Asian region, they are not expected to fight for the title. European nations like Spain and Germany along with South American teams like Brazil and Argentina have been regarded as the favourites for the competition. Zaccheroni, whose Japanese team will be playing Colombia, Greece, and Ivory Coast in the group stages, thinks that they can do well at this tournament.