Cannavaro becomes Benevento coach in Serie B

The former Italian defender is now Benevento’s new coach in Serie B.

2006 world champion Fabio Cannavaro has been appointed manager of Benevento, the Italian Serie B club announced on Wednesday.

It will be for the former Italian international defender, 49, his first experience at the head of a team in Europe, after having officiated in China (Guangzhou Evergrande, Tianjin Quanjian) and in Saudi Arabia (Al-Nasr) .

Cannavaro had been out of a job since leaving the Chinese Super League in 2021 where he coached Guangzhou Evergrande until September last year. The former captain of the Nazionale returns to Italy where he replaces Fabio Caserta, sacked by Benevento on Tuesday.

The Campania club, located northeast of Naples, the city where Cannavaro was born, sit 13th in the Italian second division after losing three of their first six games of the season. In 2006, Cannavaro won the Ballon d’Or and the title of “World’s Best FIFA Player” after Italy won the World Cup that same year. He is the only defender to have won both awards.

With Parma, the club he revealed, Cannavaro won the 1999 UEFA Cup and two Italian Cups. After a spell at Juventus, he won back-to-back La Liga titles with Real Madrid in 2007 and 2008.

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