GUANGZHOU, China (AP) -- Former Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari will take over as head coach of Guangzhou Evergrande after the wealthy Chinese club ended Fabio Cannavaro's short stint in charge.
The club announced Cannavaro's departure in the wake of a 2-2 draw with Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League on Thursday night. The 2006 World Cup-winning captain had replaced fellow Italian Marcello Lippi last November. Lippi guided the club to the Asian Champions League title in 2013.
The club said the change in coaching was not a result of performances. Evergrande is leading the Chinese Super League, and has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Asian Champions League.
Scolari guided Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title and returned to the nation's top football job in 2012 to prepare the squad for the 2014 World Cup on home soil. His contracted ended after the host nation was humiliated in a 7-1 semifinal loss to eventual champion Germany.
The 66-year-old Scolari moved to Brazilian club Gremio last year, two weeks after leaving as national coach.