Guangzhou: Legendary Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari on Saturday has been appointed as the new manager of Guangzhou Evergrande.
The 66-year-old World Cup winner with Brazil signed a two-year contract with the of Chinese Super League champions. He replaced Italy’s former World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro at the helm. Scolari resigned from Brazilian club Gremio in May.
Guangzhou is one the high-profile clubs in Asia, roping in star players and managers. Before Cannavaro, another World Cup winner – Italian Marcello Lippi – had managed the team. Under Lippi, they had won three CSL and one Asian Champions League titles.
Scolari himself had previous spells in Asia, managing clubs in Japan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. But he is famous for leading the Brazilian national team to 2002 World Cup title. And in 2014, they reached the semi-finals of the quadrennial tournament.
The former Chelsea manager will have company of Brazilian players Rene Junior, Alan, Elkeson and Ricardo Goulart in Guangzhou.
Scolari will lead the Chinese champions for the first time on June 20, against Shandong Luneng in his CSL debut.