TOKYO -- New Japan coach Javier Aguirre says his football philosophy is simple: "Run hard, play well and win."
Selecting a team to defend the Asian Cup title will be a more complicated proposition, and would require time and patience.
At his first news conference in Tokyo since his appointment last month, the former Mexico coach urged critics not to assume the players he assembles for Japan's next friendly -- against Uruguay on Sept. 5 -- will be in the squad he takes to Australia for the c...
It is a long flight from Brazil to Japan and that gave the national team plenty of time to contemplate what had gone wrong at the World Cup; to come with myriad dreams, only to return with a solitary point. The warm welcome given by waiting fans at Tokyo's Narita Airport was better than the hail of candy and other insults that met South Korea's squad not that far away in Seoul but still, the players didn't really know to where to look.
Even before Japan arrived in Brazil in June with Keisuke Ho...
Former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre has been appointed as the new head coach of Japan.
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The 55-year-old from Mexico City replaces Italian Alberto Zaccheroni, who resigned earlier this month after failing to guide the Blue Samurai into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Brazil.
A statement published on the Japan Football Association's official website read: "The JFA has decided that the new coach of the Samurai Blue will be Javier Aguirre."
Aguirre, who has...