Prior to this part, I've introduced to you the Japanese National Men's Football Team in the 1990s, 2002 Korea and Japan World Cup and 2006 Germany World Cup.
For Part I: 1993-1998, please click here
Part II: 2002, please click here
Part III: 2006 please click here
After the 2006 World Cup, Ivica Osim became the head coach of the Japanese National Football Team. "Japanese Style Football", the football concept Mr.Osim stood for, fully utilized the inherent flexibility and coordination of Japanese people, which was very scientific and reasonable for the reorganization of team effort that had been disintegrated by unique Zico's tactic system.
Although the Japanese National Men’s Football Team quickly achieved reforms, yet they only won the fourth place in the Asian Cup held in 2007, while they were the defending champion.
Even so, the Japanese Team's fluent pass and move style was carried out very well in the Asian Cup, but at such expected time, Ivica Osim was admitted to hospital for cerebral infarction. Although he finally saved his life, he also resigned as the head coach of the Japanese Football Team. Then Okada Takeshi, who led the Japanese Team to the 1998 France World Cup succeeded him in 2008 as the head coach of the National Team.
Then the Japanese National Men’s Football Team began their spectacular journey in 2010 South Africa World Cup. And how Okada mastered the rudder and turn the tide?
(To be continued...)