Following Guangzhou Evergrande’s Chinese Super League victory on Sunday, Marcelo Lippi fronted media to confirm it was his last game as a coach.
The 66-year-old Italian, who also led his nation to 2006 World Cup glory in Germany and won several Italian and European titles with Italian club sides, joined the Chinese champions in 2012 and led them to three consecutive titles, an AFC Champions League title and the first appearance of a Chinese side in the FIFA Club World Cup.
“I will soon be 67 years old. I’m tired of leading players every day in practice sessions and giving orders on the bench during games,” Lippi said at his retirement announcement.
Lippi will continue to work in Guangzhou as Evergrande’s technical director.