Italian gaffer Alberto Zaccheroni guided Japan to victory at the 2011 Asian Cup and the former Milan coach is full of ambition with an eye on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"The 2011 Asian Cup win is nothing but a starting point for us. I want to help Japanese football grow like every industry in Japan keeps on growing," Zaccheroni was quoted as saying at a party celebrating Japan's AFC Asian Cup victory.
"And I want to help Japan qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and fight for the top spot there.
"Japanese football is attracting the interest of many countries nowadays. The Asian Cup used to draw little attention in Italy, but this time quite a few Italians kept an eye on it. I expect the number of Japanese playing in Europe to increase next season.
"I recall a line which said the Japanese are a people who set a goal and keep repeating the same thing until they reach it. This means that the Japanese are always willing to grow. My goal is to help them grow."