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Aguirre to keep Japan job

Javier Aguirre will retain his post as the national coach amid allegations of his involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Spain.


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Japan to retain Javier Aguirre for Asian Cup despite match-fixing allegations

The Japan Football Association is standing behind national team coach Javier Aguirre, who reportedly is being investigated for match-fixing in Spain.

Japan say they will keep coach Javier Aguirre at his post for next month's Asian Cup, despite the former Mexico coach's alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal, AFP reports.

Aguirre is due to appear in a Valencia court in February as part of a probe into match-fixing allegations dating back to 2011 when he was manager of Spanish side Real Zaragoza.

Prosecutors in Spain claim that Aguirre and 40 others were involved in rigging a league match which saw Zaragoza defeat Levante 2-1 to avoid relegation.


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Ander Herrera, Gabi, Javier Aguirre 'among 41 named in match-fixing case'

Herrera moved to Bilbao from Zaragoza in 2011 before joining united this summer.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and Japan coach Javier Aguirre have all been named as defendants by Spanish prosecutors in an alleged case of match-fixing involving a game in La Liga in the 2010-11 season.

Reuters reports that Spain's anti-corruption prosecutor, Alejandro Luzon, filed the case on Monday following an investigation into Real Zaragoza's vital 2-1 victory at Levante on the final day of the 2010-11 campaign -- a result that saw Zaragoza stay in...

Japan boss Javier Aguirre names experienced squad for AFC Asian Cup

Javier Aguirre took charge of Japan in July.

TOKYO -- Japan coach Javier Aguirre opted for experience on Monday when he named his 23-man squad for next month's AFC Asian Cup, where the defending champions will be bidding for a record fifth title.

Aguirre named Europe-based regulars including Keisuke Honda of AC Milan, Shinji Okazaki of Mainz and Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund for the tournament in Australia which takes place from Jan. 9-31.

Aguirre selected Hannover midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake for the first time since taking over as Japan...

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Javier Aguirre 'angry over match-fixing allegations,' says Japan lawyer

The Japan Football Association is standing behind national team coach Javier Aguirre, who reportedly is being investigated for match-fixing in Spain.

Japan coach Javier Aguirre has claimed his innocence over La Liga match-fixing allegations, according to a Japan Football Association lawyer, Agence France-Presse reports.

"He told me he was very angry, and that he has never done such a thing as a professional football coach," JFA lead attorney Yutaka Miyoshi told a news conference on Thursday, after a two-hour meeting with Aguirre.

According to media reports in Spain, Aguirre and nearly 30 others are suspected of fixing a Levante-Zaragoza league...