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JFA contests ex-manager Vahid Halilhodzic's defamation claim

Jul 27, 2018

JFA contests ex-manager Vahid Halilhodzic's defamation claim

The Japan Football Association on Friday took a stand against former Japan head coach Vahid Halilhodzic's claim that it defamed him in a news conference following his dismissal just two months before the World Cup finals. At the first hearing in the suit filed with ...

Nishino to pass torch as manager

/ Jul 5, 2018

Nishino to pass torch as manager

by Andrew McKirdy

National team manager Akira Nishino predicted Thursday that Japan will improve on its 2018 World Cup performance by reaching the quarterfinals in 2022, but he will not be around to lead the charge after the Japan Football Association announced it would not extend his ...

Philippe Troussier: Japan can thrive under Akira Nishino

/ Jun 17, 2018

Philippe Troussier: Japan can thrive under Akira Nishino

Japan's decision to axe Vahid Halilhodzic two months before the World Cup finals came as a surprise to many, but former boss Philippe Troussier believes the appointment of Akira Nishino could give the Samurai Blue a much-needed boost. Japan is making its sixth straight appearance ...

Halilhodzic to sue JFA over sudden dismissal

May 11, 2018

Halilhodzic to sue JFA over sudden dismissal

Former Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic is planning to sue the Japan Football Association, possibly later this month, in the hope of learning what led to his abrupt dismissal in April and restoring his honor, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. The JFA terminated its ...

Vahid Halilhodzic says firing was a 'shock'

Apr 27, 2018

Vahid Halilhodzic says firing was a 'shock'

by Andrew McKirdy

Former national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic insisted Friday that he still had not "found out the truth" as to why he was fired two months before he was set to lead Japan at the World Cup. "This has been the most difficult time of my ...