BENEVENTO, Italy (AP) — Former Ballon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro was named coach of Serie B team Benevento on Wednesday, marking his first managerial job in Italy after previously working in the Middle East and China.
He takes over for Fabio Caserta, who was fired on Tuesday after the southern team won only two of its opening six matches in the second division.
The 49-year-old Cannavaro was awarded the Ballon d’Or after helping Italy win the 2006 World Cup. Two of his former Italy teammates from the 2006 squad, Filippo Inzaghi at first-place Reggina and Fabio Grosso at third-place Frosinone, also coach in Serie B.
Another World Cup winner in Serie B is Cesc Fàbregas, who won the 2010 title with Spain, and is playing at Como.
Benevento made its Serie A debut in 2017-18 and also appeared in the top division in 2020-21. Inzaghi coached the team the last time it was promoted to Serie A.
Cannavaro previously coached at Al-Ahli (United Arab Emirates), Guangzhou Evergrande (China) and Tianjin Tianhai (China), and briefly led China's national team in 2019.
More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
The Associated Press