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Former Luneng skipper to coach Qingdao Jonoon

English.news.cn   2013-12-27 13:51:45            

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- Former ­Shandong Luneng ­soccer star Li Xiaopeng will coach ­Qingdao ­Jonoon, the ­Qingdao-based club announced ­Thursday.

Jonoon were relegated to the second tier after a disappointing penultimate finish to the Chinese Super League (CSL) last season.

With Luneng, the former China ­international midfielder won the top-tier league once and the Chinese FA Cup twice. The Luneng skipper retired in 2005, embarking on a coaching career.

In 2010 Li was named head coach of the Chinese women's national team ­after then-coach Qi Hong was removed during a match-fixing scandal. Li ­resigned in 2011 after ­failing to qualify the team for the London Olympic Games.

"Frankly speaking, this will be a tough task for me, as it is my first time handling a club," Li said at a news ­conference.

"While I am still a little concerned, that won't be an excuse for not playing hard. Being chosen as the head coach means I have won trust from the board and I must pay all that back to the fans and players."

Chinese League One now harbors three Chinese internationals who all previously played for Luneng.

Coach Su Maozhen will lead his ­Qing­dao Hainiu side out against Li Xiaopeng in the ­derby clash, while ­former Luneng ­striker Li Jinyu, CSL's Golden Boot in 2006 and 2007, now coaches Shenyang ­Shenbei in the lower league where he can ­expect to meet his former ­teammates.

Li Yi, another former Chinese ­international, is head coach of Shenzhen Ruby. League One now has four former soccer stars coaching their own teams to compete for two CSL berths.

(Source: globaltimes.cn)

Editor: Yamei Wang
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