Former Russia and Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink has been appointed coach of China’s Under-21 side after returning to work in Asia for the first time since 2002.
Hiddink, 71, led South Korea to the World Cup semi-finals at their home tournament in 2002 and he has now been tasked with ensuring China’s young players qualify for the 2020 AFC Under-23 Championship to give them a chance of reaching the 2020 Olympic Games.
The Dutchman’s last job in football was as interim manager of Chelsea during 2015-16, when he helped the club finish 10th in the Premier League after a poor start to the season under Jose Mourinho.
A statement on the China Football Association’s official website said: “The team will be prepared for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification with the aims of sealing a place at the Men’s Football Tournament of the 2020 Olympic Games.”
Guus Hiddink has a new job
The 71-year-old has taken charge of China’s U-21s, with the target of leading them to the 2020 @Olympics
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) September 10, 2018
Qualification for the 2020 AFC Under-23 Championship begins in March 2019, with the top three finishers going to the Tokyo Olympics.
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