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.
Halilhodzic managed to mark his name in the history-books of the Algerian national football team after the Bosnian manager was able to guide the Algerian side past the group stages of the 2014 World Cup; this is something that Algeria had never been able to do in any World Cup.
He will be receiving an annual salary of $2.2 million and Halilhodzic has already announced that he is planning to do great things with the Japanese national side but in order to make it happen, he requires time and patience from his players and head officials.
“I’m really happy to be competing here. I feel a huge responsibility but I am here for that reason and I believe we can accomplish big things.”
“Japan doesn’t have one player with huge talent like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or ZlatanIbrahimovic. The thing that Japan is best known for is its collective unity. The team, the group. That is something I want to stress in training. From now on I want to take the Samurai Blue to a higher level.”VahidHalilhodzic said during his opening press conference as the coach of the Japanese outfit.
Japan was recently knocked out of the 2015 Asian Cup after losing against United Arab Emirates in a match that concluded with a scoreboard of 1-1 and had to be decided in a penalty shoot-out where Japan eventually lost 5-4. This match was played on January of the ongoing year as the Japanese side had to settle with the 5th spot of the Asian Cup.