Sunday, July 02, 2006

Japan replaces coach; Australia in talks

Japan have hired former Yugoslav coach Ivica Osim to replace Brazilian Zico as their national men's coach. Japan had hoped that Zico would bring some magic to the often underachieving Japanese side, but it never really happen. Osim, who is currently the coach of Japanese club JEF United Chiba, hope to build a system that better fits the Japanese style instead of placing one on them.

Osim took Yugoslavia to the quarterfinals in 1990. He took over Chiba in 2003 and turned the club into the J-League champs last season.

Australia is also looking for a new coach since Guus Hiddink is leaving them for Russia. They are in talks with Gerard Houllier, who took Lyon to their fifth straight French soccer title. When news broke, the FA was quick to say that no contract has been signed with Houllier and that they are also in talks with other coaches, but no names were given.

Houllier coached France when they failed to qualify for 1994 and then headed Liverpool for six years till being fired in 2004.

In other World Cup news, fans booed Brazilian winger Roberto Carlos as he left his hotel this morning. It was Carlos's job to guard Thierry Henry, but he was busy adjusting his shoe when Henry scored the winning goal.

Finally, in a good news for both sexes, more women in Germany are interested in soccer these days. It seems women are watching more, and not just for the 'rock hard abs' of the players. It turns out that, just like males, the women feel they are soccer experts and that their side would be champions if only someone asked them for their opinions.


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