Sunday 26 January 2020

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is moving to China, to take over the helm at Guangzhou

Photo: Wouter Engler via Wikimedia Commons

Former Dutch international and Feyenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst is moving to China, to take over the helm at Guangzhou R&F, his management have confirmed.

Van Bronckhorst is taking Jean-Paul van Gastel and Arno Philips with him as assistants. The three worked together to take Feyenoord to the Dutch title in 2017.

Guangzhou finished 12th in the Chinese Super League last season.

Van Bronckhorst, who has 106 caps as an international, retired as a professional player at Feyenoord in 2010 and became assistant at the club to coach Ronald Koeman a year later.

The Rotterdam club won five titles with Van Bronckhorst at the helm: the league title in 2017, the Cruijff shield in 2017 and 2018 and the KNVB Cup in 2016 and 2018.

He stood down from the job at the beginning of this year, saying he is ready for new challenges.

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