Today's Vahid Halilhodžić Talking Points
Vahid Halilhodžić (born 15 October 1952) is a Bosnian football manager and former player who currently manages the Japan national team.
Regarded as one of the best Yugoslav players in the 1970s and 1980s, Halilhodžić had successful playing spells with Velež Mostar and French clubs Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain before retiring in the mid-1980s. During that time, he earned 15 full international caps for Yugoslavia and was part of national squads who won the 1978 European Under-21 Championship and played at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
In the early 1990s, he turned to coaching and, after a short managing stint at his hometown club Velež, permanently moved to France in 1993. Since then, he managed a number of teams in French-speaking countries and his achievements include winning the 1997 CAF Champions League with Moroccan side Raja Casablanca, leading the French side Lille from second level to third place in Ligue 1 in less than three years, and winning the 2004 Coupe de France with Paris Saint-Germain.
He also qualified for the 2010 World Cup with the Ivory Coast (although he was sacked only months before the final tournament) and the 2014 World Cup with Algeria, with whom he reached Round of 16, Algeria's best result in history. Since March 2015, he is the manager of Japan.Close