It has been decided that Mr. Masakuni Yamamoto, who coached the national team at the Athens Olympics, will be appointed as the "National Team Director" to support the Japanese national soccer team.

This was decided at the technical committee of the Japan Football Association held on the 2nd.

Mr. Yamamoto is 64 years old.

He coached the Japanese national team at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, as well as coaching the team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

The main role of the "national team director" is to support the national team, and for the past two years or so, the activities of the training age group have decreased due to the corona crisis, so Koji Sorimachi, who oversees strengthening and training was also chairman.

In the future, Mr. Yamamoto will support the Japanese national team coach Hajime Moriyasu, and when the national team has activities, he will accompany the team as a leader and make adjustments for the convocation of players.

Regarding the appointment of Mr. Sorimachi, technical committee chairman, Mr. Yamamoto said, "I have experience as a coach for the national team, and I am very familiar with what the national team's job is. I think he is the right person because he is also a technical committee member."