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Alberto Zaccheroni quits as Japan coach following World Cup exit

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni resigns from his post in the wake of the Asian champions' first-round exit at the World Cup, it has been reported.

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni has resigned from his post in the wake of the Asian champions' first-round exit at the World Cup, it has been reported.

The Italian coach, who took over from Takeshi Okada in 2010, announced the decision earlier today, according to The AP.

Zaccheroni, who previously said that he would take some time to consider his future with the Blue Samurai, saw his team finish bottom of Group C with a solitary point.

The 61-year-old managed a host of teams, including Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan, prior to his appointment to the Japan post.


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Japan's Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni gestures during a Group C football match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
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