News of Lippi’s hiring triggered a wave of chatter on Chin
nese social media. An hour after the announcement, related topics had been viewed more than 5 million times. While many b
asked in the coach’s return, others expressed concern about the current status of the national team.
The last major appearance of Team China was at the 2019 China Cup in
Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, in March, when the squad lost both its gam
es. Lippi’s successor, Fabio Cannavaro, who coached both China and Evergrande, resigned a month later.
of the 2022 World Cup. China is looking to secure a place in the
World Cup again after making its one, and so far only, appearance in the finals in 2002.