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Japan eyes Argentines as head coach

  • AP, Friday, July 2, 2010 3:24 AM

Argentine coaches Jose Pekerman and Marcelo Bielsa have been named as candidates to succeed Takeshi Okada as coach of Japan's head coach, according to Nikkan Sports newspaper.

Bielsa coached Chile at the 2010 World Cup, Argentina at the 2002 World Cup, and guided Argentina to the 2004 Olympic gold medal. Pekerman, who had great success coaching Argentina's youth national teams, coached Argentina at the 2006 World Cup.

Both Bielsa and Peckerman are likely to be on U.S. Soccer's list of candidates should it choose not to renew Coach Bob Bradley's contract.

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