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Urawa Reds part ways with manager Oliveira

Tokyo: Urawa Red Diamonds have released head coach Oswaldo Oliveira from his contract, the J-League side announced on Tuesday.

The two-time AFC champions League winners said Tsuyoshi Otsuki will assume the role of head coach, having been an assistant to Brazilian Oliveira.

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Urawa are through to the 2019 AFC Champions League knockout stage, where they will face Korea Republic's Ulsan Hyundai FC in the Round of 16.

However, Urawa suffered a 4-0 defeat to visiting Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J-League on Sunday and currently sit 11th in the J1 table with five wins, two draws and six losses.

Brazilian-born Oliveira took the reins at the Saitama club 10 games into the 2018 season following the firing of predecessor Takafumi Hori. He guided them to a fifth-place finish and victory in the Emperor's Cup.

Oliveira, 68, led Kashima Antlers to three straight J-League first-division championships from 2007.

He also guided Kashima to Emperor's Cup titles in 2007 and 2010, and a league cup in 2011.

Photo: AFP

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