Halilhodzic warns against complacency after big win

Apr 1, 2015

Halilhodzic warns against complacency after big win

by Andrew Mckirdy

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic hailed his players’ efforts after Tuesday’s 5-1 thrashing of Uzbekistan, but warned they will have to prove themselves all over again when he picks his next squad. Japan routed the Central Asians at Ajinomoto Stadium to give Halilhodzic ...

Injured Nagatomo skips Halilhodzic's first camp

Mar 23, 2015

Injured Nagatomo skips Halilhodzic's first camp

Injured Japan and Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo will not attend the national team’s first training camp under coach Vahid Halilhodzic, the Japan Football Association said Monday. Halilhodzic had named Nagatomo and two others who are not fully fit, so he could share his ...

Halilhodzic passes over Endo for national team

Mar 19, 2015

Halilhodzic passes over Endo for national team

by Andrew Mckirdy

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic called up Kensuke Nagai and Takashi Usami, but appeared to bring the curtain down on record cap-holder Yasuhito Endo’s Japan career as he named his first squad on Thursday. Bosnian Halilhodzic, who arrived in Japan last Friday to ...

Mar 16, 2015

Halilhodzic to pick first squad on Thursday

New Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic will name his first squad Thursday for the upcoming home friendlies against Tunisia and Uzbekistan, the Japan Football Association announced Monday. According to JFA technical director Masahiro Shimoda, Halilhodzic has been holding lengthy daily meetings with his staff on ...

Halilhodzic confident of getting Japan back on track

Mar 13, 2015

Halilhodzic confident of getting Japan back on track

by Andrew Mckirdy

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic believes he is the man to revive Japan’s flagging fortunes, but warns the transformation from Asian Cup flops to World Cup hopefuls will not happen overnight. Bosnian Halilhodzic arrived in Japan on Friday, a day after being named ...

Halilhodzic agrees to manage Japan

Mar 5, 2015

Halilhodzic agrees to manage Japan

Ex-Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic has agreed to manage Japan, Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said Wednesday. Speaking at the CONMEBOL (South American football confederation) Congress in Asuncion, Daini said Halilhodzic and the JFA have reached agreement on the basic parameters of a deal ...

Osim warns Halilhodzic must 'become Japanese' to succeed

Mar 2, 2015

Osim warns Halilhodzic must 'become Japanese' to succeed

Former Japan coach Ivica Osim said fellow Bosnian and new managerial candidate Vahid Halilhodzic must “become Japanese” if the former Algeria boss is to succeed. Osim, who managed Japan from 2006 to 2007 before a near fatal stroke forced him to step down, served ...

Feb 23, 2015

Japan's new manager may come from free-agent pool

The Japan Football Association is leaning toward picking the new national team manager from a list of unsigned managers, Kyodo News learned through multiple sources as of Monday. The JFA’s technical committee was briefed Sunday night by its director Masahiro Shimoda, who returned from ...

Laudrup puts Japan interest on back burner

Feb 18, 2015

Laudrup puts Japan interest on back burner

Former Barcelona star and current Qatari club Lekhwiya manager Michael Laudrup has said he knows the Japan Football Association is targeting him for the Japan national team job and will make a decision on his future at the season’s end. In an email to ...