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Lippi comes out of retirement to coach China


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Lippi comes out of retirement to coach China

Former World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi has come out of retirement to take over the helm of the Chinese national football team.

The 68-year-old who guided his home nation Italy to the World Cup title ten years ago retired from management after winning a third consecutive league title with Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in 2014.

He also steered the club to the Asian Champions League crown while he won five Serie A titles and the Champions League with Juventus.

Lippi is China’s third coach in a year and replaces Gao Hongbo, who stepped down earlier this month after a defeat against Uzbekistan left the country bottom of Group A in the Asian qualifying pool for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Lippi’s first game in charge is a World Cup qualifier against Qatar on November 15. 

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