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Cannavaro set to coach Serie B club Benevento: Italian media

Cannavaro set to coach Serie B club Benevento: Italian media

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - AFC Champions League - Group G - Vissel Kobe v Guangzhou Evergrande - Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar - November 28, 2020 Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro wearing a protective face mask REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

Italy's 2006 World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro is set to take the reins of Italian second-tier club Benevento, Italian media reported on Tuesday (Sep 20).

The former Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan defender, who won the 2006 Ballon d'Or after guiding his country to glory at the World Cup that year, is set to sign a 1.5 year contract with Benevento, according to media reports.

Benevento were relegated from Serie A in the 2020-21 season and are currently 13th in the second tier.

Cannavaro took up coaching two years after hanging up his boots in 2011 and worked as an assistant at United Arab Emirates-based side Al-Ahli before he became the head coach at Chinese Super League club Guangzhou and then Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr.

The 49-year-old was also head coach of the China national team for less than two months before resigning to focus on Guangzhou, who he was managing once again at the same time.

Cannavaro said in February he was ready to come back to Europe to start his coaching career anew.

Benevento host 11th-placed Ascoli on Oct 2 after the international break.

Source: Reuters
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