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China PR appoint Li Tie as national team head coach

Beijing: Former Everton midfielder Li Tie was named as head coach of China PR's men's football team on Thursday, tasked with reviving their Asian Qualifiers campaign after Marcello Lippi's departure.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) said Li, who played in China's only FIFA World Cup Finals appearance in 2002, is an "outstanding representative of Chinese football players" and was appointed after an open process.

Li is already familiar with the national side having been in temporary charge during the EAFF Championship in Korea Republic last month. The 42-year-old was the manager of Chinese Super League club Wuhan Zall before his appointment.

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"It is believed that under the leadership of the coach, the Chinese national men's football team will work hard to train and prepare scientifically with a high sense of mission and honour," the CFA said in a statement.

Lippi, the Italian 2006 World Cup-winning head coach, resigned after a 2-1 defeat to Syria left China five points adrift in second in their qualifying group for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar.

Lippi, 71, initially quit in January after taking China to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 quarter-finals, where they lost 3-0 to Islamic Republic Iran, and his compatriot Fabio Cannavaro took over as caretaker.

But Cannavaro, also head coach of Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande, lost both of his two matches in charge before Lippi returned in May.

The CFA backed Li to "strive to build a national team that is 'good at fighting and has a good style of work', and plays every game well".

Source: AFP

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