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12.12.2007

Japan names their new coach: Takeshi Okada

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Takeshi Okada was formally appointed last week for the second time. He was in charge of Japan at the 1998 World Cup.

As we know, Okada replaces Ivica Osim who suffered a serious stroke in November.

"Life is unpredictable," Okada admitted at press conference in Tokyo. "I'd never thought about this a week ago."

We must mention that Japan start qualification for the 2010 World Cup on February 6. and have been drawn in the same group as Thailand, Bahrain and Oman.

"First of all, I want to stake all I have in bringing Japan to the World Cup 2010," Okada expressed. "I am determined to rise to the top of this steep slope."

We have to remember that Okada quit after Japan’s three defeats at the France World Cup and went on to lead Yokohama F Marinos to two J-League titles.

He declared that he was sorry to be appointed due to Osim’s illness: "I feel pain in my heart when I think of his disappointment," he said. "But I can't do Osim's football. I want to create my own team little by little throughout the qualifiers by making use of what we have now."

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