Halilhodzic has been replaced by Nishino. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)
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Japan's surprise sacking of head coach Vahid Halilhodzic Monday marked a fifth coaching change from Asia's five participants at the 2018 World Cup in the past nine months alone.Japan, Saudi Arabia and Australia all will have new coaches who will see their teams in competitive action for the first time when the World Cup kicks off in June.Ghotbi returned to Korea's national team for a second stint in October 2005, just eight months before the 2006 World Cup.Van Marwijk took the Australia job in February to succeed Ange Postecoglou, who had led the Socceroos to the 2015 Asian Cup title and through the qualification for the 2018 World Cup.In October however, Postecoglou resigned for personal reasons leading Football Federation Australia to turn to the experienced Van Marwijk just four months ahead of the World Cup on a contract that ends when the Socceroos leave Russia.
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