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China set to offer Marcello Lippi role with national team - reports

Marcello Lippi won the World Cup and is a big name in China.

Former Italy manager Marcello Lippi is being lined up to take a role with the China national team, according to reports in the country this week.

Lippi, who led Italy to the World Cup title in Germany in 2006, has long been the preferred choice to take over as coach and had previously turned down the post during his time as head coach of Guangzhou Evergrande.

The 68-year-old is due to arrive in Beijing on Saturday to begin negotiations and will meet with officials about a role that is expected...

Ex-Spain coach Vicente del Bosque rejected offer from China

Spain finally found their rhythm in the second half with goals from Diego Costa and Nolito to down Albania 2-0.
Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui said he is satisfied with his side's 1-1 draw with Italy in World Cup 2018 qualifying.
Vicente del Bosque said that he would no longer coach a team outside of Spain.

Former Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has said that he turned down a lucrative offer to coach in China and reiterated that he has no plans to come out of retirement.

The 65-year-old called it quits in football management after Spain were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Italy in France earlier this summer.

De Bosque says he received word of an opportunity in the Far East but did not even ask for any specifics.

"I can confirm that I received a €10 million offer from China, but I am unsure if that...

Gregorio Manzano: No official approach over China coach vacancy

Gregorio Manzano
Gregorio Manzano says he is concentrating on the Chinese Super League.

Shanghai Shenhua coach Gregorio Manzano has said he has not been contacted by the Chinese Football Association about the national team vacancy.

Speculation is growing that Manzano is a candidate to take over from Gao Hongbo, who resigned last week after picking up one point from China's first four matches in the final phase of World Cup qualifying.

However, the Spaniard, who joined Shenhua at the start of the year after two seasons at Beijing Guoan, stressed his focus remained on Shanghai.

"I haven't...

Sun Jihai questions Gao Hongbo after resignation as China boss

Marat Bikmajev's early second half goal helped Uzbekistan to a 2-0 win over China in World Cup qualifying.

Former Manchester City defender Sun Jihai has questioned Gao Hongbo's commitment and spirit after the coach quit at the helm of the China national team earlier this week.

Gao's decision to resign from the post came following a 2-0 loss against Uzbekistan in the final phase of qualifying for the World Cup finals in Russia on Tuesday and was confirmed by the Chinese Football Association in a statement on Thursday.

China sit at the bottom of their six-team qualifying group from which the top two...

 By John Duerden

Gao Hongbo steps down as China's World Cup dream all but over

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou defended the crowd, saying the crowd of 48,000 provided a 'great atmosphere' at Etihad Stadium.

On Tuesday, China became the second Asian nation -- after Qatar -- to lose their coach in the final round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup. More will surely follow.

Dreams of Russia are as good as over for China. While it was obvious that this day would come at some point in the last stage though it is disappointing that it came so soon. Team Dragon has just one point from the first four games in Group A and are already eight points off the top two spots that bring automatic qualification.