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New Albirex Niigata manager Wagner Lopes is embracing the opportunity to manage a team in Japan after letting one slip by in 2012 for not having a license to manage in the J. League.

“I was waiting for a chance like this. I want to show what I’ve learned in Brazil,” the Brazilian-born former forward, who obtained Japanese citizenship in 1997 before playing at the 1998 World Cup in France, told a press conference on Monday.

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