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Vitor Pereira, Shanghai SIPG part ways

Hong Kong: Shanghai SIPG have announced the departure of head coach Vitor Pereira, two years after the Portuguese tactician steered the club to their first-ever Chinese Super League crown.

The 52-year-old led SIPG to the title in 2018 in his first season at the helm after replacing compatriot Andre Villas Boas as Shanghai denied Guangzhou Evergrande the trophy for the first time since 2010.

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He also won the Chinese Super Cup at the start of the following season before taking SIPG to the quarter-finals of the 2019 AFC Champions League and a third place finish in the Chinese Super League.

There was disappointment for Pereira and SIPG in 2020, however, with the club finishing in fourth place in the COVID-19 affected Chinese Super League and exiting the Chinese FA Cup in the second round.

SIPG’s failure to win the 2020 AFC Champions League – they were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Vissel Kobe – mean Shanghai will not appear in the next edition of the continental championship, the first time since 2015 they have not secured a spot in the competition.

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