In 2014 Brazil World Cup, Japan got a dismal denouement with 0 win, 1 draw and 2 defeats, which made the nationals disappoint. After the World Cup, Zaccheroni stepped down and Javier Aguirre was engaged as the new head coach of the Japanese National Soccer Team.
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Javier Aguirre is a famous football coach from Mexico. He had served as the head coach of the Mexican National Team, and also served as the manager of Espanyol, a famous Spanish club, his team were all good at high position closing down and positive side attack.
The debut of Aguirre Japan was against Uruguay, a South American crack. Although the result was defeated by 0-2, yet the he actively used young players in J. League so that realized the changeover of old players.
Aguirre Japan's first victory was its third game, the battle with Jamaica. Although it was very fortune for the opponent's own goal, this game ended the clean victory record of Aguirre Japan, so it was a memorable game for the entire team.
In October 2014, the Japanese National Team played a friendly match with Brazil in Singapore. Due to Neymar's outstanding personal performance and his extraordinary skills, the Japanese team was helpless, lost game with 0-4.
In January 2015, the 2015 AFC Asian Cup was held in Australia. As defending champion, the Japanese first match was against Palestine, with the goal of Yasuhito Endo and others, the Japanese team won 4-0.
The second match was against Iraq, Keisuke Honda scored a penalty converted by himself, Japan 1, Iraq 0, Japan pasted the group stage in advance.
In the last game in group stage, Japanese Team played against Jordan, with the goals of Honda and Kagawa, the Japanese Team won with an excellent 2-0, which injected vitality to Japan's first knockout with UAE.
However, no one had thought that Japan was defeated in the battle against the United Arab Emirates and left the Asian Cup. In this match, UAE put them ahead at first, Japan finally tied the score in the second half, but the situation did not reverse. Ather extra time of 30 minutes, Japanese Team was beaten on the penalty spot. As the top seed of champion in the Asian Cup, Japan's failure had also become a sensational news.
Because Aguirre was involved in the match fixing in La Liga, there was a rumor that the Japan Football Association wanted to remove him. And the result of Asian Cup played a decisive role, and Aguirre was dismissed from the position of head coach of the Japanese National Team only after seven months.
For the Japanese football circles in recent years, this chaotic situation can be said to be a time of misery. However, soon, a streak of light came at once. Wahid Hallihodzic, who had led Algeria into the top 8 in Brazil World Cup, decided to become the head coach of the Japanese National Team. Then what kind of football would this team led by Hallihodzic present to us? Let me introduce to you next time.
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