Oliveira calls it quits with Kashima
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Former Corinthians coach Oswaldo de Oliveira will leave Kashima Antlers, the Japanese club said today.

Oliveira, who turned 61 today, led the team to a record three straight J.League titles from his first year in charge in 2007.

But, by mutual consent, he has decided not to renew his contract which is due to expire this month, Kashima said in a statement.

Kashima finished sixth in the J.League, with 13 wins, ten losses and 11 draws, in the season that concluded on Saturday with Kashiwa Reysol lifting their first-ever title.

They won the J.League Cup, however, and Oliveira will continue to guide the team at the Emperor's Cup, which is open to all professional and amateur teams in Japan and will end with the final on New Year's Day.

Under Oliveira, the J.League side also won the Emperor's Cup in 2007 and 2010. He coached various Brazilian sides, including Vasco da Gama, Fluminense, Sao Paulo, Flamengo, Vitoria, Santos and Cruzeiro before moving to Japan.