Hajime Moriyasu’s Successor is Worse than the “Fanatical Fans”: Japan Football Association’s “Flip-Flop”.
The World Cup is over for the Japanese national soccer team.
In Group E, dubbed the “group of death,” Japan defeated the powerful Germany and Spain. In the first round of the final tournament, the team fought a deadly 120-minute battle with Croatia before finally falling in a penalty shootout.
The next question is who will be the national coach in four years’ time. In the process, the “grown-ups” are having a fierce battle.
After the victory over Germany, Costa Rica, who was regarded as a lower-ranked team, scooped us up and booed Japan’s team. But this was still a cute moment, and I think it was the Japan Football Association that really did a terrible job of flip-flopping.
This is the opinion of a TV reporter. Around December 2, the day of the Spain game, a number of media outlets reported on the personnel changes for the successor to the national coach.
According to the report, the names of the successors are Joachim Löw, former coach of Germany, Marcelo Bielsa, former coach of Argentina, Roberto Martinez, current coach of Belgium, and several other foreign coaches, including Dora Lopez, former coach of Serbia at the World Cup in Qatar, and former coach of Japan’s national team. Among them is Dragan Stojkovic, the former J1 Nagoya coach who led Serbia to the World Cup in Qatar.
Among them, Koji Sorimachi, chairman of the Japan Football Association’s technical committee, contacted Bielsa directly and confirmed his willingness to take over as coach, although he was not formally asked to do so.
I can’t believe that the talk about appointing the next coach came up while the national team was still winning,” he said. At the very least, we could have waited until the end of the war in Japan. Since the timing of the meeting was so late, it must have been decided that the team would lose against Spain.
As you know, the result was a great victory for Japan. Moriyasu’s coaching style was also effective, and the world praised his skill.
The next day, on the 3rd, the Japan Football Association put out the fire. In an interview with the media, Kozo Tajima, chairman of the Japan Football Association, said of Moriyasu’s continuation as coach: “He is definitely one of the next candidates.
“He will definitely be one of the next candidates,” he said.
Moriyasu will definitely be one of the next candidates,” he assured the media. As for his successor, he said, “I will keep it under wraps until after the tournament.
“I have decided to keep it under wraps until after the tournament.
He added, “I have decided to keep it under wraps until the tournament is over.
It is natural that (Technical Committee Chairman Sorimachi) is thinking about various things right now. （It is natural that there are many names (for the next coach), and Moriyasu is among them.
Moriyasu is among them. A writer for a soccer magazine said, “I have never seen such a flip-flop.
I have never seen such a flip-flop.
I have never seen such a flip-flop.
However, the decision on who to replace him should not be based on emotionalism. Will it be his skill in defeating a powerful nation and advancing to the final tournament, which had seemed hopeless, or will it be the result of not reaching the “top eight,” which was the goal of the team?
A reporter for a sports newspaper commented.
It will be a very difficult choice, but I think the association’s inner feeling is that a foreign coach is the best choice. They have been working on it for a long time.
Moriyasu’s team’s advance to the Final T was a happy miscalculation. If they had made it to the last eight, Moriyasu would have continued as coach.
Moriyasu has shown a positive attitude toward the request to continue as coach, but according to a soccer reporter who accompanied Moriyasu to the World Cup, “I am not sure about his inner feelings.
There is a possibility that the “Moriyasu magic” shown at the World Cup may attract offers from powerful overseas clubs.
But he is not sure about his inner feelings. Who will lead the “Samurai Blue” four years from now?
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