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Nadeshiko Japan coach quits after team fails to qualify for Olympics

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Very likable man. And he's right. If the players get the passes wrong, they can't score goals, not much you can do as a coach in a 10 day qualifying tournament. Had the qualifying stage been longer (like the WC qualifying rounds he could have replaced some people, that wasn't a realistic option this time.

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NewsLover: A likeable man?? The guy is as pompous and self-aggrandizing as they come! He called himself the "Japanese Mozart", saying it's because he could make symphonies out of nothing. But hey, let's look at his own words:

"“Had we qualified, I was hoping to work a little Norio magic to win us a gold medal in Rio, but I couldn’t work the magic even in qualifying."

You might call it honorable that he's 'taking responsibility' for not qualifying, but I don't think it's honorable when he's busy saying it's because of disrespect from the women, and that his "Norio magic" didn't work on them and it's their fault for not being accurate.

The guy is a pig. Good riddance.

Hopefully the women get a coach who is more supportive of what they need to improve instead of a man who's busy demanding they call him certain names while he calls himself god.

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smith, Sasaki won the World Cup in 2011 and World Cup runners up in 2015. Olympics silver in 2012. Asia Cup champions in 2014. And he was FIFA and Asia coach of the year in 2011. And all despite being up against football powerhouses such as the USA and Germany. You havent got a clue and anything Japanese with legs on is a target for you.

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Good. Nothing likable about a coach who encourages cheating from his players. Some of us remember his "tactics" for the London games. Pretty bad to go from World Cup winners to failing to qualify for the Olympics.

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If the coach quits because the performance wasn't good enough, why doesn't the PM do the same? SK game was pretty exciting though, and I'm not a soccer fan.

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I take offense in that this article does not use the words "football" or "soccer" once lol

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TokyoTigersDome: "smith, Sasaki won the World Cup in 2011 and World Cup runners up in 2015. Olympics silver in 2012. Asia Cup champions in 2014."

He didn't win those things -- the players did. And hey, if you don't believe that, why are they not winning now when, as the media says, it's because Sawa just quit? While the media is wrong in blaming the losses entirely on that, it is still the players that make or break the game, not an arrogant coach who declares himself the equivalent of Mozart.

"You havent got a clue and anything Japanese with legs on is a target for you."

Wrong, but that's a typical knee-jerk reaction to people who have a hard time with the facts. So, again, were the wins because of this coach? and if so, why the loss this time? Same with the men -- people like to think they did the best when Okada was coach BECAUSE Okada was coach, when Okada himself admitted it could have been anyone else and was just timing. One minute they are in love with Zach, getting ready to give him the Emperor's cultural award, then the next their threatening his job when the team can't score. It is not the coach's fault the team lost -- not entirely anyway. But the fact that he is as arrogant as he is, with or without the self-proclaimed "Norio magic", he deserves to be gone.

Don't get offended by the facts.

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"So, again, were the wins because of this coach? and if so, why the loss this time? Same with the men -- people like to think they did the best when Okada was coach BECAUSE Okada was coach, when Okada himself admitted it could have been anyone else and was just timing. One minute they are in love with Zach, getting ready to give him the Emperor's cultural award, then the next their threatening his job when the team can't score2

And you keep on showcasing your lack of footballing knowledge loud and clear.

This happens EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE FOOTBALL IS PLAYED!!!!

ALL TEAMS, EVERY SINGLE COACH(ES)!!!

IN THE MEDIA!

JEEEEZUS!!!!!

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He didn't win those things -- the players did. And hey, if you don't believe that, why are they not winning now when, as the media says, it's because Sawa just quit? While the media is wrong in blaming the losses entirely on that, it is still the players that make or break the game, not an arrogant coach who declares himself the equivalent of Mozart.

You've never played competitive sports have you?

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Him quitting isn't going to solve the lack of talent in Japan atm.

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