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Dismissed Japan soccer coach wears badge of honor with pride

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Vahid Halilhodzic, who was fired abruptly on April 7 as coach of Japan's national soccer team, held a news conference in Tokyo on April 27.

"Boiling with rage" was the expression that came to mind as he reiterated his bitter disappointment with the Japan Football Association, his former employer.

What apparently enraged Halilhodzic was the JAF's stated reason for his dismissal, which was that he had allowed his relationship of trust with his staff and payers to erode.

Swearing he had never in his entire coaching career been let go for something like "relationship of trust," Halilhodzic added glumly, "Had I been sacked to take responsibility for causing (the team's) defeat, I would have understood that."

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© The Asahi Shimbun