Fabio Cannavaro hired as head coach of CSL champions Guangzhou Evergrande

China Plus/AP Published: 2017-11-10 09:59:30
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Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande appointed Fabio Cannavaro as their new head coach.

Cannavaro returned to seven-time Chinese Super league champion two years after he was fired by the big-spending club.

Fabio Cannavaro (R) shakes hands with owner of Guangzhou Evergrande Xu Jiayin at the press conference as he is appointed the head coach of the Chinese Super League club in Guangzhou on Nov 9, 2017. [Photo: IC]

Fabio Cannavaro (R) shakes hands with owner of Guangzhou Evergrande Xu Jiayin at the press conference as he is appointed the head coach of the Chinese Super League club in Guangzhou on Nov 9, 2017. [Photo: IC]

He said this time he is much more experienced and will contribute more to the Chinese national team.

"It's a great honour for me to return to Guangzhou. I said before, that I would return one day. I made it and it was lucky as I am more experienced in the Chinese Super League now," Cannavaro said.

Fabio Cannavaro speaks at the press conference as he is appointed the head coach of the Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande in Guangzhou on Nov 9, 2017. [Photo: IC]

Fabio Cannavaro speaks at the press conference as he is appointed the head coach of the Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande in Guangzhou on Nov 9, 2017. [Photo: IC]

"The club's master plan for the next few years really made me excited. I am happy to work together with all the staff from the club. I will try win as many matches as possible, at the same time, try to contribute more key players to the Chinese national team."

The Italian replaced Luiz Scolari, who took over in 2015 and helped deliver three titles for Guangzhou.

Cannavaro joined Tianjin Quanjian as coach in 2016 and helped the club win promotion to the top tier of Chinese football.

He quit as head coach of Tianjin on Sunday after leading the team into third place in the league and a first-ever qualification for the Asian Champions League.

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