Postecoglou chasing history in Japan
ANGE Postecoglou is just 90 minutes from what’s being hailed as the greatest achievement by an Australian soccer coach, with his Yokohama F. Marinos poised to clinch the J-League title today.
Yokohama hosts secondplaced FC Tokyo in a blockbuster final-round clash and only an unlikely home defeat of four goals or more will prevent the 54-year-old from becoming the first Australian coach to win a major domestic club trophy overseas.
It comes two years after he walked away from coaching the Socceroos after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and in just his second season with the Japanese club.
Yokohama thrashed fourthplaced hosts Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 yesterday in the penultimate round to sit three points clear at the top of the table after FC Tokyo could only draw 1-1 at home with 13th-placed Urawa Red Diamonds. “Irrespective of the FC Tokyo result, we wanted to play well today,” Postecoglou said.