Japan Goes To World Cup As The Top Team In Its Group (2005-08-19)
Soccer fans have expressed doubts on his ability to lead the team
earlier when Japan were losing matches left and right and many even
called for his resignation, but Zico seemed to have stood firm and
turned things around. Such impatient and immature fans are
Speaking of immaturity, something strikes me as a puerile move by
the soccer bosses in Japan. What they did was hiring Frenchman
Troussier as their national team coach right after France took the World
Cup title in 1998. Then in 2002 when Brazil won the title, Zico,
also known as White Pele to many people, promptly replaced
Troussier. Just because a country wins the World Cup doesn't
mean you have to hire their national to coach your team.
Regardless of the immaturity of such action, Zico did do a good job,
KL and I are so looking forward to seeing Japan and many other countries play in 2006. I can't wait.
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