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Monday, 25th June 2012
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Zaccheroni rewarded with new Japan contract

Alberto Zaccheroni has been rewarded for his successful tenure as Japan coach with a new contract, the country's Football Association has announced.

Having taken the Blue Samurai to the title of the Asian Cup and with World Cup 2014 qualification now appearing a relative certainty, the JFA has opted to extend the Italian's contract.

"Details such as the length of its term and conditions won't be announced, but the extension is certainly aimed at having Japan go to Brazil under him," an unnamed spokesperson told the AFP.

Zaccheroni took up the role in 2010 on a two-year deal and has now signed a new one-year rolling contract after taking the national men's side to their record-breaking fourth Asian Cup.

Despite World Cup qualification being a relative certainty with Japan toping their group with seven points from three matches, should Zaccheroni fail to deliver the news agency report that the new deal would be terminated.

The 59-year-old began his managerial career in 1983 at Cesenatico in Italy, before going on to manage both Milan teams, Lazio and Juventus.

Written by Graham McPherson