According to JFA, the contract with the 54-year-old specialist has been extended until the next World Cup in 2026.
In the final tournament of this year’s World Cup, under the leadership of Moriyasu, the Japanese footballers reached the round of 16, where they tied with the Croatians after regular time and extra time (1:1), but lost in the penalty shootout to determine the winners.
“This is the best job,” said Moriasu, whose Japanese team defeated Spain and Germany in the subgroup of the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar, after the contract extension. “It’s a job that allows me to compete on the global stage and feel proud to be Japanese.”
After the defeat in the round of 16 of the World Cup, Moriyasu indicated that the Japanese national team is going in the right direction.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get past the round of 16 barrier and you could say we haven’t achieved anything,” Moriasu told a press conference on Wednesday. “However, the players showed us what we had not seen before – we beat former champions Germany and Spain.”
Moriyasu took over the management of the national team in 2018, replacing the previous head coach Akira Nishino, who helped the Japanese national team to enter the top 16 teams in the previous World Cup. Moriyasu led the Japanese to the Asian Cup final just six months after becoming captain. On the other hand, at the Tokyo Olympic Games, the team led by him ranked fourth, losing to Mexico in the fight for bronze medals.