Lippi back as China PR head coach

Published on: 24 May 2019

Shanghai: Marcello Lippi has been re-appointed as the head coach of China PR, four months after the FIFA World Cup winner vacated the post following the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.

Lippi, who vacated the role after China PR were defeated by Islamic Republic of Iran in the AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals in late January, is tasked with guiding the team to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

China PR have reached the World Cup only once, in 2002.

"Since Lippi coached the national team, they have shown a positive and tenacious fighting spirit," the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said.

"We believe that in the days to come, under the leadership of Lippi and his coaching team, the national men's side will make a full impact on their World Cup dreams."

Lippi's first match back at the helm will be a home game against the Philippines on June 7, followed by another home friendly, with Tajikistan, four days later.

China PR's qualification bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar starts in September.

Source: AFP