Japan coach Osim shows signs of recovery

November 19, 2007 - 0:0

TOKYO (AFP) -- Japan coach Ivica Osim is showing signs of recovery two days after suffering a serious stroke, the Japan Football Association said Sunday.

""It is still unpredictable, but he is getting over a critical condition because of his physical strength and effective treatment,"" said the association's executive director Kozo Tajima.
Osim, who took over from Brazilian legend Zico after the 2006 World Cup, failed to guide Japan to a third straight Asian Cup last July, but his job appeared to be safe before he fell ill.
Under Osim Japan have won 13 matches, lost five and drawn two.
Japanese media feared the Bosnian's illness could damage the country's chances of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Japan's World Cup qualifiers will start on February 6.
Osim coached clubs in Greece and Austria before coming to Japan in 2003 to guide J-League strugglers JEF United into title contention.
Osim's blunt and pithy remarks have won the hearts of many Japanese fans. A collection of his quotes, entitled ""The Words of Osim,"" has sold more than 400,000 copies since late 2005.