Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro, has been chosen as the best coach of the Chinese Super League after his magnificent campaign with Tianjin Quanjian.
Cannavaro, who received the award from former Czech player Pavel Nedved, was the favorite after getting Tianjin Quanjian to gain access to the Asian Champions League.
The Italian, a former player for teams like Napoli, Parma, Inter, Juventus and Real Madrid, and the World Cup holder with the Italian national team in 2006, exceeded the votes to Serbian coach Dragan Stojkovic, who manages Guangzhou RF, and Spanish coach Gregorio Manzano, who presents in the shortlist for the third time.
Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro was named manager of Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande, returning to the club that cut him loose in 2015.
The 44-year-old former Juventus and Real Madrid defender, who quit Tianjin Quanjian earlier last month , signed a five-year contract and replaces Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari at China’s perennial league winners.
Cannavaro will be expected to continue Guangzhou Evergrande’s domination of the Chinese Super League (CSL) — on Saturday they lifted a seventh consecutive league title — and inspire them to a third AFC Champions League crown.
Fabio Cannavaro walks onto the stage during the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at the State Kremlin Palace on December 1, 2017 in Moscow, Russia.
Fabio Cannavaro at 2017 Ballon d’Or gala
Fabio Cannavaro and his son, Andrea Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund