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Algeria’s 2014 World Cup coach Vahid Halilhodzic has emerged as a front-runner for the Japan national team job and a deal with the Bosnian could be struck soon, sources told Kyodo News on Tuesday.

Halilhodzic, who took Algeria to the round of 16 last summer in Brazil before losing to eventual champion Germany in extra time, is currently unsigned as the Japan Football Association continues its search for Javier Aguirre’s successor.

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