Former Guangzhou Evergrande coach Marcello Lippi and Western Sydney Wanderers skipper Tony Popovic were both handed match bans on Saturday stemming from their roles in a stormy August Asian Champions League match.
Italy`s World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro was being hotly tipped Monday to replace his former national coach Marcello Lippi as boss of Guangzhou Evergrande after the 66-year-old announced he was stepping aside.
Marcello Lippi`s Guangzhou Evergrande clinched their fourth successive Chinese Super League title Sunday, finishing three points ahead of second-placed Beijing Guoan after both sides drew their final matches of the season.
Guangzhou Evergrande coach Marcello Lippi has been slapped with an initial one-match ban for angrily confronting the referee during an AFC Champions League match, the Asian Football Confederation announced Sunday.
Nine-man Guangzhou Evergrande crashed 1-0 to Western Sydney Wanderers Wednesday in a stormy AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg which left their coach Marcello Lippi facing possible disciplinary action.
Italy`s World cup winning coach Marcello Lippi said enthusiasm and expectation for the FIFA Club World Cup would help his side Guangzhou Evergrande show true level as the Chinese club starts campaign against Egyptian side Al Ahly.