Australian coach Ange Postecoglou can etch his name into sporting history on Saturday afternoon by guiding his Japanese team Yokohama F. Marinos to a first J-League title in 15 years.
Marinos need only avoid a four-goal defeat when they host second-placed FC Tokyo in the final round to claim the title. Postecoglou would become the first Aussie manager to achieve that historic feat.
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ANGE’S EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: WHY HE’S NOT LEAVING JAPAN
Ange Postecoglou spoke exclusively to Fox Sports’ Andy Harper on Thursday about the historic match ahead, and he was certainly excitied about Saturday’s big game.
“With us playing FC Tokyo – them being in second spot – it’s got the grand final feel,” Postecoglou said.
“It feels like a grand final week in Australia, probably amplified a thousand times.
He has spoken warmly of the crowds throughout his 18 months in Japan, and he’s expecting big things this weekend.
“By all accounts it’ll be a J-League record crowd (some 60,000 fans are expected). It’s been sold out for weeks.”
The manner in which he’s turned the Marinos side from mid-table battlers into title contenders, playing attacking, expansive football, has sparked rumours he could take his talents to Europe.
But he shut down any talk he’d leave at the end of the current season, at least.
“I’m definitely going to be around next year for sure. There’s still stuff that I want to do here. I still think we can be better.”
For now at least, the man who coached the Socceroos to Asian Cup glory, and won the A-League on multiple occasions, is all too happy to stick around in Japan.
J1-League final round
Yokohama F. Marinos v FC Tokyo
Kick-off 4.00pm AEDT, Saturday 7 December.
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