Eriksson takes charge at Guangzhou R&F
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Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been named head coach of Chinese club Guangzhou R&F after leaving Al Nasr yesterday.

The 65-year-old had requested to leave his role as technical director of the United Arab Emirates club after being offered the new opportunity in China.

A statement on the Guangzhou R&F website said: "The club's board of directors has today officially hired Sven-Goran Eriksson as Guangzhou football coach until December 2014.

"Coach Li Bing will from today no longer serve as the acting head coach."

China is just the latest in a long list of destinations for the well-travelled Swede, who has previously coached the national teams of Mexico and Ivory Coast as well as numerous clubs, including Lazio and Manchester City.

He guided England to the quarter-finals of three major tournaments, including the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™ and the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.