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Brazilian Sergio Farias is a leading candidate to take over the manager’s job at relegated Cerezo Osaka to succeed Yuji Okuma, who will return to coach the youth academies from next season, club operations chief Isao Miyamoto said Sunday.

Farias, 47, who most recently coached Brazilian club Duque de Caxias and guided South Korean side Pohang Steelers to the AFC Champions League title in 2009, is among the shortlist to manage Cerezo, whose demotion to J2 was decided Saturday.

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