Brazil World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (L) poses with fans after arriving at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport as Guangzhou Evergrande’s new head coach in Guangzhou on Thursday night.Xinhu
Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he would build on the success of Marcello Lippi at Guangzhou Evergrande on his first day of managing the Chinese champion Friday.
Scolari, who signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Guangzhou, was unveiled to the media at a press conference soon after arriving in the city.
The 66-year-old is replacing Fabio Cannavaro just six months after he took up the reins following a highly successful period under Marcello Lippi, who also led Italy to World Cup glory in 2006.
Scolari resigned as national coach after hosts Brazil suffered a humiliating 1-7 humbling by Germany in the World Cup semifinals last year. He then coached Gremio, which finished seventh in the Brazilian league last season, but stepped down in May after pleas to strengthen the squad fell largely on deaf ears.
“We have no pressure,” Scolari told reporters in Guangzhou. “We expressed our thanks to what Lippi has made to China’s soccer. We will bring more. We will enhance our advantages and improve our shortcomings.”
Lippi led Guangzhou Evergrande to its fourth successive Chinese title last year, and also won the AFC Champions League in 2013.
Scolari’s first match will be a CSL tie against Shandong on June 20 after the international break. “I will spend some time on communicating with my players,” he said.