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Japan’s 2014 World Cup campaign was undone by a lack of confidence and physical game, as well as a bona fide striker who can take chances, FIFA’s technical committee said on Wednesday.

Japan lost to Cote d’Ivoire and Colombia and drew with Greece on its way out of Brazil in the first round, scoring just twice to end up bottom of Group C. Manager Alberto Zaccheroni resigned, and former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre is said to be the frontrunner to take over.

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