Lippi comes out of retirement to coach China

Lippi comes out of retirement to coach China
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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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