Domestic Leagues

Shandong Luneng replace Li Xiaopeng with Hao Wei

Beijing: Former China PR women’s national team head coach Hao Wei has been named as successor to Li Xiaopeng at Shandong Luneng, the Chinese Super League club announced on Monday.

Li stood down from his role at the helm of the team due to health reasons after two-and-a-half seasons in the lead coaching position, having replaced Germany’s Felix Magath in December 2017.

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The 45-year-old guided Shandong to the Round of 16 in last year’s AFC Champions League, where they were eliminated by fellow CSL side Guangzhou Evergrande.

Li steered the team to a third place finish in the CSL in his first season to qualify the club for the continental championship before securing a fifth place finish in last year’s domestic campaign. He also led Shandong to the final of the Chinese FA Cup in 2018 and 2019.

Hao, meanwhile, takes over a team that finished third in Group A of the current revamped CSL campaign. Shandong will face off against Group B runners-up Beijing FC in the championship playoffs, with the first game on October 17 and the return five days later.

The former defender previously worked as an assistant to Li and helmed China’s women’s national team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015, leading the team to the quarter-finals. China lost 1-0 to eventual champions the United States.

Photos: AFP

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