Halilhodzic to Manage Japan National Soccer Team

Halilhodzic to Manage Japan National Soccer Team [divider]

The Japan Football Association have hired Vahid Halilhodzic as the new manager of the national team.

Halilhodzic guided Algeria to the World Cup knockout stages in Brazil last year but failed to settle into club football at Trabzonspor.

Japanese media reported that Halilhodzic will be paid an annual salary of $2.2 million.

Trabzonspor fired the former Algerian national team coach following a slow start to the league and for comments he made about his squad to the media.

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Halilhodzic’s second spell at Trabzonspor lasted a total of 116 days. The experienced coach won four, drew eight and lost two of the 14 games he managed.

The Bosnian coach was later replaced by former Turkish national team manager Ersun Yanal.

Yanal won the league last season as manager of Fenerbahçe and has got the Black Sea Storm up into fourth place in the league.

Halilhodzic will succeed Mexican head coach Javier Aguirre, who was fired in February after getting involved in a match-fixing scandal.

Aguirre had only recently taken over Japan replacing Alberto Zaccheroni after a poor performance at the World Cup and Asian Cup.