Football – Swede confirmed as coach for Chinese Super League team


Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F officially appointed former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson as the club’s new coach until the end of 2014.

The club was reported to ink a contract of more than 2 million euros, and a one or two years optional clause.

“Mr. Eriksson is one of the most famous coaches in the world, we believe with his ability and experience we could do better in Chinese Super league,” Lu Yi, vice president of the Chinese club, told Xinhua on Tuesday.

The 65-year-old Swede has won more than 20 major trophies as a manager with a variety of clubs in Sweden, Portugal, Italy and England. He also guided England to final 8 in 2004 European Championships and the 2006 World Cup before taking rein of national teams of Mexico and Cote d’Ivoire.

“Eriksson has a wide range of experience in the world’s top clubs such as Lazio, Roma and Manchester City, which will help us a lot,” Lu said.

Guangzhou R&F are currently seventh in China’s Super League and have Nigerian striker Yakubu Ayegbeni in their ranks, a player Eriksson signed on loan while in charge of Leicester City in 2010.

“Yes, Eriksson knew Yakubu well, and we believe they can get along well again in China. Actually, Eriksson also has good knowledge of the whole team,” Zhang Bin, General Manager of Guangzhou R&F football club, said.

For now, the Chinese Super League has gathered Marcello Lippi, Rodomir Antic and Sven-Goran Eriksson. The world’s most populous country is showing its ambition in the world’s No.1 sport.

“I think Eriksson will help R&F do better in the league,” R&F’s city rivals Guangzhou Evergrande coach Lippi said.




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