Nantes coach livid at decision to call off search for plane
Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic has called it "a total disgrace" and "disgusting" that the search for the missing plane carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala was called off.
The search for Sala and the pilot of a small passenger plane going from Nantes to Cardiff on Monday was called off after a three-day air-and-sea operation near the Channel Islands failed to locate the aircraft.
Emiliano Sala earned respect through hard work, team ethic
For Emiliano Sala, the move to Cardiff and the Premier League was the kind of chance he'd been waiting for ever since leaving his native Argentina as a 20-year-old to pursue a soccer career in Europe.
Now at the age of 28, he was entering his peak years as a striker and enjoying the best season of his life at French club Nantes. After slowly moving up the ranks for French soccer, he would finally get an opportunity to prove himself in the biggest league in the world.
TOKYO (AP) — Former Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic filed a suit Thursday in Tokyo district court against the Japanese soccer association, saying his firing damaged his honor and reputation.
The Bosnian is asking for a written apology from JFA president Kozo Tashima and compensation of 1 yen — about 1 cent.
Halilhodzic was fired on April 7, two months before the World Cup in Russia, despite leading Japan to a berth in the tournament.
It will be Japan's sixth straight appearance in the World Cup.
TOKYO (AP) — Vahid Halilhodzic is suing the Japanese soccer association and its president after he was fired as national coach only two months before the World Cup.
Lionel Vincent, the lawyer representing Halilhodzic, told The Associated Press on Monday that the suit asks for an apology from association president Kozo Tashima and indemnification of 1 Japanese yen — less than 1 cent.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Monday, two months before the World Cup, and immediately replaced him with Akira Nishino, the technical director of the Japanese soccer association.
To explain the abrupt firing, association president Kozo Tashima cited "communication" problems and his players losing trust in the coach.
"This has become an urgent situation," Tashima said.
While established players like Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda should play a big role for Japan at the World Cup, coach Vahid Halilhodzic has indicated that many spots remain open and it's time for the next generation to step up.
Halilhodzic named a 26-man roster for friendlies against Mali on March 23 and Ukraine on March 27 and there were a few surprises.