Guangzhou Evergrande officially unveiled Luis Felipe Scolari as their new coach following the dismissal of Fabio Cannavaro on Thursday.
The Brazilian tactician, who won the 2002 World Cup, signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Chinese Super League giants after resigning from Gremio last May due to a poor start to the season.
“We believe Scolari fits our club’s strategy and ambition,” said a top Guangzhou official was quoted by Xinhua. “We also believe Scolari will make improvement not only on our club, but also on Chinese football.”
Cannavaro only took over the club from Marcello Lippi in November last year, who stepped aside after guiding Guangdong-based team to their fourth consecutive title, but agreed to terminate his contract.
“I announce that earlier today I have reached an agreement for the consensual resolution of the contract with Guangzhou Evergrande,” the former Italian defender confirmed on his Twitter account.
“Thanks all the executives and all the players for the wonderful experience. I leave the team 1st in Super League and in the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League. Never Give Up!”