Coach Lippi dumps Italy for China

China's new national football coach Lippi. Twitter photo.
China’s new national football coach Lippi. Twitter photo.

The 68-years-old World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been hired by China for its national football team.

According to Washington Post, China’s football association on Saturday formally announced the hiring of the manager.

Lippi guided Italy to the 2006 World Cup title.

It’s the latest move by China in a national push to become more competitive in soccer.

Under President Xi Jinping, a fan of the sport, China has set the goal of becoming a soccer superpower but its foray into football has so far been a failure.

The men’s national team has qualified for just one World Cup, in 2002, and did not score a single goal.

Lippi replaces Gao Hongbo, who resigned after China’s Oct. 11 loss to Uzbekistan.

Lippi as new coach replaces Gao Hongbo.

He previously managed Guangzhou of Italy.

He has arrived in China for talks with CFA chairman Cai Zhenhua to coach Chinese soccer team

The coach would earn £17 million a year after tax.oach

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