Confederations Cup: Japan

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Former Japan's national soccer team head coach Vahid Halilhodzic arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 21, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN.
Former Japan's national soccer team head coach Vahid Halilhodzic arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo
Former Japan's national soccer team head coach Vahid Halilhodzic arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 21, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN.
Jul 30, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Japan head coach Asako Takakura looks on from the field following the game against Australia at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /Files
Soccer: Tournament of Nations - Women's Soccer-Australia at Japan
Jul 30, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Japan head coach Asako Takakura looks on from the field following the game against Australia at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /Files
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2008 file photo, then head coach Oswaldo Oliveira celebrates after his Kashima Antlers grabbed the J-League soccer title at Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, northern Japan. Oliveira is returning to Japan to coach the J-League's Urawa Reds. The 67-year-old Brazilian, who managed the Kashima Antlers from 2007-2011, will begin his second stint in Japan next Wednesday, April 18, 2018, when Urawa faces Kashiwa Reysol, Reds announced on their official website.(Kyodo News via AP, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2008 file photo, then head coach Oswaldo Oliveira celebrates after his Kashima Antlers grabbed the J-League soccer title at Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, northern Japan. Oliveira is returning to Japan to coach the J-League's Urawa Reds. The 67-year-old Brazilian, who managed the Kashima Antlers from 2007-2011, will begin his second stint in Japan next Wednesday, April 18, 2018, when Urawa faces Kashiwa Reysol, Reds announced on their official website.(Kyodo News via AP, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2008 file photo, then head coach Oswaldo Oliveira celebrates after his Kashima Antlers grabbed the J-League soccer title at Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, northern Japan. Oliveira is returning to Japan to coach the J-League's Urawa Reds. The 67-year-old Brazilian, who managed the Kashima Antlers from 2007-2011, will begin his second stint in Japan next Wednesday, April 18, 2018, when Urawa faces Kashiwa Reysol, Reds announced on their official website.(Kyodo News via AP, File)
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Nishino attends news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
pJapan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino (R) and Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima attend a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Nishino and JFA President Tashima attend a news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino (R) and Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima attend a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino (R) and Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima attend a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Nishino and JFA President Tashima attend a news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino (R) and Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima attend a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Nishino attends news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino (R) and Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima attend a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japanese national soccer team's new head coach Nishino and JFA President Tashima attend news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino (R) and Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima attend a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japan's national soccer team's new head coach Akira Nishino attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Soccer Football - International Friendly - Belgium v Japan - Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium - November 14, 2017 Belgium’s Axel Witsel has a shot at goal REUTERS/Eric Vidal
International Friendly - Belgium v Japan
Soccer Football - International Friendly - Belgium v Japan - Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium - November 14, 2017 Belgium’s Axel Witsel has a shot at goal REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Soccer Football - International Friendly - Belgium v Japan - Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium - November 14, 2017 Belgium’s Axel Witsel has a shot at goal REUTERS/Eric Vidal
International Friendly - Belgium v Japan
Soccer Football - International Friendly - Belgium v Japan - Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium - November 14, 2017 Belgium’s Axel Witsel has a shot at goal REUTERS/Eric Vidal
FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, United States' Becky Sauerbrunn kisses the trophy as Lauren Holiday, left, and Kelley O'Hara, right, look on after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. If the defending champions make the field for soccers premier event in France next year, it will be Sauerbrunns third World Cup. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Becky Sauerbrunn reflective as US sets sights on World Cup
FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, United States' Becky Sauerbrunn kisses the trophy as Lauren Holiday, left, and Kelley O'Hara, right, look on after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. If the defending champions make the field for soccers premier event in France next year, it will be Sauerbrunns third World Cup. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, United States' Becky Sauerbrunn kisses the trophy as Lauren Holiday, left, and Kelley O'Hara, right, look on after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. If the defending champions make the field for soccer’s premier event in France next year, it will be Sauerbrunn’s third World Cup. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, United States' Becky Sauerbrunn kisses the trophy as Lauren Holiday, left, and Kelley O'Hara, right, look on after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. If the defending champions make the field for soccer’s premier event in France next year, it will be Sauerbrunn’s third World Cup. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, United States' Becky Sauerbrunn kisses the trophy as Lauren Holiday, left, and Kelley O'Hara, right, look on after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. If the defending champions make the field for soccer’s premier event in France next year, it will be Sauerbrunn’s third World Cup. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
In this Aug. 28, 2017, photo, then Japan Football Association (JFA) technical director Akira Nishino, right, watches Japan national team's practice with then Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic, left, before a soccer match against Australia in Saitama, near Tokyo. JFA President Kozo Tashima said on Monday, April 9, 2018, Japan fired Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately with Nishino. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)
In this Aug. 28, 2017, photo, then Japan Football Association (JFA) technical director Akira Nishino, right, watches Japan national team's practice with then Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic, left, before a soccer match against Australia in Saitama, near Tokyo. JFA President Kozo Tashima said on Monday, April 9, 2018, Japan fired Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately with Nishino. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)
In this Aug. 28, 2017, photo, then Japan Football Association (JFA) technical director Akira Nishino, right, watches Japan national team's practice with then Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic, left, before a soccer match against Australia in Saitama, near Tokyo. JFA President Kozo Tashima said on Monday, April 9, 2018, Japan fired Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately with Nishino. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)
Japan's Saki Kumagi, left, fights for the control of the ball against Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Lieu during the AFC Women's Asian Cup soccer match in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, April 7, 2018 (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
Japan's Saki Kumagi, left, fights for the control of the ball against Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Lieu during the AFC Women's Asian Cup soccer match in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, April 7, 2018 (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
Japan's Saki Kumagi, left, fights for the control of the ball against Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Lieu during the AFC Women's Asian Cup soccer match in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, April 7, 2018 (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
In this Aug. 28, 2017, photo, then Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic, right, watches his team's practice with then technical director Akira Nishino, left, before a soccer match against Australia in Saitama, near Tokyo. Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima said on Monday, April 9, 2018, Japan fired Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately with Nishino. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)
In this Aug. 28, 2017, photo, then Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic, right, watches his team's practice with then technical director Akira Nishino, left, before a soccer match against Australia in Saitama, near Tokyo. Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima said on Monday, April 9, 2018, Japan fired Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately with Nishino. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)
In this Aug. 28, 2017, photo, then Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic, right, watches his team's practice with then technical director Akira Nishino, left, before a soccer match against Australia in Saitama, near Tokyo. Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima said on Monday, April 9, 2018, Japan fired Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately with Nishino. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic gives directions to his players during their 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match against Saudi Arabia, at Saitama Stadium, in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)
Japan fires Halilhodzic as coach; replaced by Akira Nishino
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic gives directions to his players during their 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match against Saudi Arabia, at Saitama Stadium, in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)
In this Nov. 15, 2016 photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic is seen before their 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match against Saudi Arabia, at Saitama Stadium, in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Japan fires Halilhodzic as coach; replaced by Akira Nishino
In this Nov. 15, 2016 photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic is seen before their 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match against Saudi Arabia, at Saitama Stadium, in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
FILE - In this March 31, 2015 file photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic reacts during an international friendly soccer match between Japan and Uzbekistan in Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
Japan fires Halilhodzic as coach; replaced by Akira Nishino
FILE - In this March 31, 2015 file photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic reacts during an international friendly soccer match between Japan and Uzbekistan in Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
In this Nov. 15, 2016 photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic is seen before their 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match against Saudi Arabia, at Saitama Stadium, in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
In this Nov. 15, 2016 photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic is seen before their 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match against Saudi Arabia, at Saitama Stadium, in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
In this Nov. 15, 2016 photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic is seen before their 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match against Saudi Arabia, at Saitama Stadium, in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic gives directions to his players during their 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match against Saudi Arabia, at Saitama Stadium, in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic gives directions to his players during their 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match against Saudi Arabia, at Saitama Stadium, in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic gives directions to his players during their 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match against Saudi Arabia, at Saitama Stadium, in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima bites his lips during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima bites his lips during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima bites his lips during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
FILE - In this March 31, 2015 file photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic reacts during an international friendly soccer match between Japan and Uzbekistan in Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
FILE - In this March 31, 2015 file photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic reacts during an international friendly soccer match between Japan and Uzbekistan in Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
FILE - In this March 31, 2015 file photo, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodzic reacts during an international friendly soccer match between Japan and Uzbekistan in Tokyo. Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan's head coach on Monday, April 9, 2018, following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer's World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer's World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer's World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima bows after a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer's World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima bows after a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer's World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima bows after a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer's World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Soccer Football - Japan Press Conference - Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France - November 9, 2017 Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic during the press conference REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/Files
Japan Press Conference
Soccer Football - Japan Press Conference - Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France - November 9, 2017 Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic during the press conference REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/Files
Akira Nishino, head coach of Japan's Gamba Osaka, watches their FIFA Club World Cup third-place playoff soccer match against Mexico's Pachuca in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan December 21, 2008. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files
Akira Nishino, head coach of Japan's Gamba Osaka, watches their FIFA Club World Cup third-place playoff soccer match against Mexico's Pachuca in Yokohama
Akira Nishino, head coach of Japan's Gamba Osaka, watches their FIFA Club World Cup third-place playoff soccer match against Mexico's Pachuca in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan December 21, 2008. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files
FILE PHOTO: Akira Nishino, head coach of Japan's Gamba Osaka, watches their FIFA Club World Cup third-place playoff soccer match against Mexico's Pachuca in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan December 21, 2008. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Akira Nishino, head coach of Japan's Gamba Osaka, watches their FIFA Club World Cup third-place playoff soccer match against Mexico's Pachuca in Yokohama
FILE PHOTO: Akira Nishino, head coach of Japan's Gamba Osaka, watches their FIFA Club World Cup third-place playoff soccer match against Mexico's Pachuca in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan December 21, 2008. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Japan Press Conference - Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France - November 9, 2017 Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic during the press conference REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Japan Press Conference
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Japan Press Conference - Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France - November 9, 2017 Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic during the press conference REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan Football Association (JFA) President Kozo Tashima speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Tokyo, Monday, April 9, 2018. Tashima said Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately on Monday with Japanese Akira Nishino, the technical director of the JFA. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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