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.
Japan has matches in the Asian Cup and World Cup qualifying matches scheduled to be played on 2015 and Javier Aguirre has been preparing his squad by playing a number of friendly encounters with Jamaica, Brazil, Venezuela and Uruguay.
“This will be a good preparation for us ahead of our campaigns in the Asian Cup and the World Cup qualifiers. Our players will get experience of playing abroad, away from home’’ The 55 year old Mexican manager of Japan said.
The highest position that the Japanese squad has secured in their history of performing in World Cups was back in 2010 when they ended their campaign of that World Cup by placing in the 9th spot.
The Japanese national squad competed in the 2014 World Cup but failed to make it out of the group stages and this tournament was the last one of the Italian manager Alberto Zaccheroni as he resigned from coaching Japan and announced his retirement from football coaching.
When Alberto Zaccheroni left his managerial position, the Japanese Football Association announced that Javier Aguirre was the next coach of the national squad and now the Mexican manager has the task of positioning Japan to heights they have never reached before.
One of the first tasks that Javier Aguirre has to do is help Japan defend their Asian Cup title. Japan is the current champions of the Asian Cup and they were pitted in Group D along with Jordan, Iraq and Palestine. The tournament will kick-off and end in January of 2015