Marcello Lippi Named as China National Team Coach... Again

By Ned Kelly, May 24, 2019

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Italian World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named as the new manager of the Chinese national team for the second time, the Chinese Football Association has announced.

The appointment of the 71-year-old follows the resignation of Fabio Cannavaro after just two games – losses to Thailand and Uzbekistan in the China Cup  in the aftermath of Lippi’s resignation five months ago (keeping up?).

Lippi's first spell with China's national team started in November 2016 and ended in January following his side's 3-0 defeat to Iran in the Asian Cup quarterfinals. The Italian guided China to 10 wins and nine draws in 30 matches.

Lippi steered Italy to World Cup triumph in 2006. Perhaps more pertinently, he won three consecutive Chinese Super League titles with Guangzhou Evergrande between 2012 and 2014, and the Asian Champions League in 2013.

He is now charged with guiding China to qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. China will find out who they face in the second round of qualifiers after the draw on July 17 in Dohar.

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