Two months before the World Cup the Japanese dismissed coach Vahid Halilhodzic and employed Akira Nishino in his place. On Monday it was officially announced
Japan is one of the group rivals of Poles at the World Championships in Russia. Earlier in the discussion, there was the talk of disagreements in the national team, but it was not fully admitted that just before the World Cup there would be a change in the position of the coach.
As the president, I must first think about the progress of Japanese football. I am fully aware that this decision will not radically change the team, but I can not just sit back and watch us go back, “said Kozo Tashima, president of the Japanese federation.
He added that there was a conflict between the players and the selector and he has recently gained strength. The team ceased to believe in Halahodzić’s training methods and the change was simply inevitable.
Akira Nishino is 63 years old and as a player, he played for Japan 12 times. In the 1990s he was a coach of the youth cadres of this country (U-20 and U-23), and for nine seasons he was a trainer Gamba Osaka. He is loved for his match with Brazil in 1996 when he defeated the team 1: 0 at the Olympics.