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The momentum of those calling for Zico’s head increases exponentially with every defeat the Japan coach adds to the dismal record he has accumulated since taking over the fortunes of the Japan national side.

In his first serious foray into the brutal world of professional coaching, Zico is learning the hard way that, in the eyes of the impatient public, it is not how you play the game but the results that you achieve that determine your fate. The period allocated in order to achieve results is a lot shorter on the international stage than it is in domestic soccer.

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