Marcello Lippi may have masterminded Guangzhou Evergrande's first AFC Champions League title, but he was aided by three of the club's youth graduates who were influential in the club's passage to the FIFA Club World Cup.
Guangzhou Evergrande became the first Chinese side to win the AFC Champions League after they overcame Korea Republic's FC Seoul on away goals, with the second leg in Guangzhou finishing 1-1.
FIFA.com looks at the numbers that matter ahead of what promises to be a thrilling finale to the AFC Champions League between two clubs yet to taste continental glory; Guangzhou Evergrande and FC Seoul.
FC Seoul's Dejan Damjanovic scored a late equaliser as the AFC Champions League final first leg ended 2-2. Elkeson and Gao Lin had put Guangzhou Evergrande 2-1 up after Sergio Escudero scored the opener.
Guangzhou Evergrande have claimed their third consecutive Chinese Super League crown after a 4-2 win over Shandong Lueng for Marcello Lippi's men clinched the title with four matches remaining.
Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande stormed into their first AFC Champions League final with an 8-1 aggregate win over Kashiwa Reysol. They will meet FC Seoul who overcame Iranian side Esteghlal 4-2 over two legs.