Cannavaro replaces Lippi at Evergrande

The 2006 World Cup winner will succeed his former boss at the helm of the the Chinese champions

Guangzhou Evergrande officially unveiled Fabio Cannavaro as their new coach on Wednesday.

The former Real Madrid and Juventus defender, had been a part of Al Ahli’s backroom staff but has now taken over from former mentor Marcello Lippi, who will become the Chinese Super League champions’ technical director.

Evergrande confirmed the appointment on their official website before posting photos of Cannavaro arriving at the airport and at the official press conference alongside Lippi on their official Twitter handle.

Cannavaro played under Lippi when the latter was in charge of Italy’s national team, with the duo leading their country to World Cup glory in 2006 as captain and coach, respectively.

Lippi signalled the end of his career as a head coach after leading Evergrande to their third straight Chinese Super League title on Sunday.

“I will be 67 years old in the near future, and I do not want to be the head coach anymore,” he said.

“But I will be in charge of technical staff as a member of the coaching team.”

The job at Evergrande will be Cannavaro’s first as a head coach.