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Chinese National Team To Pay Italian Marcello Lippi $54.7M Over Three Years

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 21 / 16

Former Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande Manager Marcello Lippi "is set to take over as China boss," reports in Italy and the mainland said, according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. He has reportedly been offered a three-year, €50M ($54.7M) contract. Gao ...

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