"Under Zaccheroni, Japan won the Asian Cup in 2011, but the team finished last in Group C in the World Cup group stage in Brazil this time, with one point from a 0-0 draw with 10-man Greece. They lost 1-2 to the Cote d'Ivoire in their opening game and were routed 1-4 in their last game against Colombia Tuesday."
Tokyo, June 26 - Alberto Zaccheroni has quit as Japanese national team coach after the country's poor World Cup showing.

The 61-year-old Italian announced the decision a day after Japan were eliminated from the competition, saying he wanted to take full responsibility for the team's failure, reports Xinhua.

I really wanted to take us forward and qualify for the second round and I am so disappointed. But I picked the team, decided on the tactics and how we play and I want to take full responsibility. I have to leave the Japan team, Zaccheroni told reporters in Brazil.

Appointed as Japanese national team coach in 2010, Zaccheroni's four-year contract was anyway going to expire after the World Cup. Japan now need to rope in a new coach quickly before their Asian Cup defence in January.

Under Zaccheroni, Japan won the Asian Cup in 2011, but the team finished last in Group C in the World Cup group stage in Brazil this time, with one point from a 0-0 draw with 10-man Greece. They lost 1-2 to the Cote d'Ivoire in their opening game and were routed 1-4 in their last game against Colombia Tuesday.

Japan Football Association technical director Hiromi Hara said discussions would take place at a board meeting regarding a successor to Zaccheroni after returning to Japan.


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