Japan appoint Javier Aguirre as new national team manager Javier Aguirre replaces Alberto Zaccheroni after Japan's disappointing World Cup campaign. AP Jul 24, 2014 at 4:13p ET TOKYO -- Japan has appointed Mexican Javier Aguirre as the new head coach of the national team. The Japan Football Association made the appointment on Thursday, with the 55-year-old Aguirre replacing Alberto Zaccheroni, who coached the team to a disappointing group stage exit at the World Cup. MORE WORLD CUP NEWS • Crowds set to top 2nd highest average ever • Rio's bomb squad detonates package • Overpass collapse kills two in host city • Officials 'amazed' at level of drunkenness • FIFA to help Brazil probe ticket scalping • Fan has ear bitten off at Uruguay game • Report: Fan stabbed at viewing party • Sniper alerted during World Cup opener • Two Colombians stabbed in World Cup city • Jewish demonstrators protest match • FIFA failed to protect concussed player? • FIFA reveals no match-fixing suspicions • Chile fans break in to Maracana Stadium • Man arrested after bomb kills 14+ at site • FIFA probes chants of Mexico supporters Aguirre guided Mexico to the round of 16 at the World Cup in 2002 and 2010, and most recently was coach of Spanish club Espanyol last season, with the Barcelona club finishing 14th. Aguirre's first task will be to prepare Japan to defend its title at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia in January, and then qualification for the 2018 World Cup. The length and financial terms of the contract have not been disclosed. Aguirre will come to Japan in the middle of August to formally conclude the deal. His first game as Japan manager will be Sept. 5 in a friendly against Uruguay at Sapporo Dome, with another game against Venezuela at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium set for Sept. 9. Zaccheroni stepped down after Japan was eliminated from the World Cup following a 2-1 loss to Côte d’Ivoire, a 0-0 draw to 10-man Greece and a 4-1 thrashing by Colombia. In five trips to the World Cup, Japan has only advanced to the knockout stage twice - when they co-hosted the tournament in 2002 and in 2010.