Cannavaro’s ex club quits Chinese League

Agence France-Presse | Published: 23:30, May 11,2020

 
 

Chinese Super League side Tianjin Tianhai, once home to Brazilian star Alexandre Pato and formerly coached by Fabio Cannavaro, have effectively folded after teetering on the brink for months. At least a dozen clubs in China’s top three tiers of professional football have gone under in the last six months, but Tianjin are the first from the CSL. The team from China’s northeast, who were reportedly saddled with heavy debts, are set to be replaced in the top division by Roberto Donadoni’s Shenzhen FC. Tianjin on Monday submitted an application to withdraw from the CSL for the forthcoming season, Beijing News and other state media said. ‘Tianhai drama ends!’ said the newspaper. The new CSL campaign was supposed to begin on February 22 but was indefinitely postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The league could now start in late June. — AFP  

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