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Japan's Vahid Halilhodzic includes Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa in squad

Former Ivory Coast and Algeria boss Vahid Halihodzic is confirmed as the new Japan national head coach by the Japanese Football Association.

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic opted for experience in naming his first squad since taking over as coach of the national football team.

Halilhodzic, who was just appointed to the job a week ago, selected Milan forward Keisuke Honda and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa to the 31-man squad that will play home friendlies against Tunisia on March 27 and Uzbekistan four days later.

"I want there to be a lot of competition on this team," Halilhodzic said.

The 62-year-old Bosnian took over from...

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic sets team qualifying goals

Former Ivory Coast and Algeria boss Vahid Halihodzic is confirmed as the new Japan national head coach by the Japanese Football Association.

TOKYO -- Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has laid out his plans to help the country's national football team move up in the FIFA rankings.

Halilhodzic, who took over from Javier Aguirre after the Mexican was fired last month amid a match-fixing scandal, spoke on Friday, a day after the Japanese Football Association approved his appointment at a meeting of its executive board.

"I was able to get Algeria to No. 17 in the rankings and I want to do the same for Japan," Halilhodzic said. "It won't come...

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Japan set to name Vahid Halilhodzic as new manager to succeed Javier Aguirre

Japan sacked Mexican coach Javier Aguirre on Tuesday due to his ongoing involvement in an investigation into match-fixing in Spain.
Bosnian coach Halilhodzic looks likely to succeed Javier Aguirre, who was sacked in February.

Ex-Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic is set to become Japan's new manager, according to the president of Japan's Football Association (JFA).

The Japan Times quotes JFA president Kuniya Daini as telling the CONMEBOL Congress on Wednesday that Halilhodzic -- who played for Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his career -- has agreed a basic deal which is set to be confirmed on March 12.

The Bosnian coach will succeed Javier Aguirre, who was sacked in February due to the ongoing match-fixing probe against...

Seven candidates vie for Asia's spots on FIFA's executive committee

Incumbent Worawi Makudi of Thailand has many challengers for his FIFA executive committee seat.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Seven candidates are competing for three vacant Asia seats on FIFA's executive committee.

The Asian Football Confederation confirmed the candidates Wednesday, including Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al Ahmad Al Sabah of Kuwait, Chung Mong-Gyu of South Korea, whose family owns World Cup sponsor Hyundai, and long-time incumbent Worawi Makudi of Thailand.

AFC president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will be re-elected unopposed, and assume Asia's FIFA vice...