The Chinese Football Association (CFA) announced on Friday that it accepted Li Tie’s resignation as the men’s national team manager. At the same time, they have appointed Wuhan FC’s head coach to take charge from now on. So, in news coming from China of an official football transfer, Li Xiaopeng is the new national head coach.
Li Tie became China’s men’s head coach in January, 2020 and then led the team to get three consecutive wins. In fact, these wins in a row helped China qualify for the final round of 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers.
But his “beginner’s luck” ended shortly. Li Ties ’team only secured five points in six games in the final round of the qualifying tournament.
Plus, his controversial remarks at the press conference last month made matters even worse for China.
“A few days ago, Li Tie made his request to resign as the head coach of the Chinese national team and his resignation was approved by the CFA. After extensive consultation, the CFA decided to hire Li Xiaopeng as the new head coach of the team,” the CFA have now said in a statement.
Official Football Transfer – Li Xiaopeng Is the New National Head Coach
As for Li Tie’s successor, Li Xiaopeng once played alongside with him in the national team in 2002. That was when they helped China enter the World Cup for the first time.
Besides, in last ten years, Li Xiaopeng has served as head coach of China women’s national team. Furthermore, on the club level, he has already coached three Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs Qingdao, Shandong and Wuhan.
To crown his accomplishments, the 46-year-old also won the Best Coach Award of the CSL in 2019.
Meanwhile, currently, with four games remaining in the Asian qualifiers’ final round, China rank fifth in the six-team Group B.
But they still have some hope of making it into the 2022 World Cup. As for the new coach, the first test for Li Xiaopeng is the game against Japan on January 27, 2022.