Zaccheroni ready to make his mark in Japan

Alberto Zaccheroni wants to create his own version of

samurai-style football when he takes over as coach of Japan.

The former Juventus and AC Milan coach was introduced to the

Japanese media on Tuesday, a day after the Japan Football

Association hired Zaccheroni as the first Italian and the sixth

foreigner to guide the national team.

”By the time this adventure is over, I want to create a lot of

great memories and to show the fans Zaccheroni football, Zaccheroni

samurai,” the 57-year-old Italian told a news conference.

Zaccheroni takes over from Takeshi Okada, who quit after taking

the Japan team, known locally as the ”Blue Samurai,” to the

second round of the World Cup.