Aguirre resumes office as Japan’s head coach

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AguirreJavier Aguirre arrived Tokyo Monday to start work as Japan’ new head coach, four years after he was first approached about taking role.
Mexican told reporters that Japanese Football Association had asked about availability after 2010 World Cup South Africa before eventually appointing Alberto Zaccheroni.
The Italian led the Blue Samurai to the Asian Cup title seven later before stepping down July after disappointing display at the World Cup Brazil where they could only manage point a group stage exit.
“They got in touch once after the South Africa World Cup, but at that time I could take the job for personal reasons, such as my child studying at university in Spain,” the former Mexico and Atletico Madrid coach told reporters.
“I had from teams in the Spanish league and countries, but the reason I chose Japan is because (JFA technical director Hiromi) Hara-san came calling after the South Africa World Cup and has been monitoring my work since then.”[eap_ad_2]
Aguirre, becomes the seventh foreign of Japan, will begin with a home friendly against Uruguay September 5 before taking Venezuela four days later.
Japan then face Jamaica at home in October before they travel to Singapore to take on five-time world champions Brazil as they ratchet up preparations for Asian Cup defence in Australia at the start of the year.
“The game against Uruguay is approaching fast and there won’t be enough time to practice with the , but I am motivated and will do my best,” said Aguirre, led native Mexico to the last 16 at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.
“The important thing is that I get a good look at the and can analyze them. The door is open to all of them, the ones playing in Japan and the ones playing in Europe.
“(Choosing the right ) is a long process. The I pick for the next game won’t necessarily be in for the long term.” ([eap_ad_3]