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New Japan coach looks up to challenge

13 March 2015, 14:13

TOKYO — New Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic says he is confident he can help the national football team improve and move up in the FIFA rankings as he takes over from Javier Aguirre, who was fired last month amid a match-fixing scandal.

Halilhodzic laid out his plans for Japan on Friday, a day after the Japanese Football Association approved the appointment at a meeting of its executive board.

Also read: Japan confirm Halilhodzic as coach

The 62-year-old Bosnian inherits a team that has qualified for five straight World Cups but has yet to advance beyond the second round.

Japanese media reported that Halilhodzic will be paid an annual salary of $2.2 million through the 2018 World Cup.

Halilhodzic guided Algeria to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time in Brazil last year.

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