Former Ballon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro has been named coach of Serie B group Benevento, marking his first managerial job in Italy after beforehand working within the Center East and China.
He takes over from Fabio Caserta, who was fired on Tuesday after the southern group received solely two of its opening six matches within the second tier league.
The 49-year-old Cannavaro was awarded the Ballon d’Or after serving to 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, additionally coach in Serie B.
One other World Cup winner in Serie B is Cesc Fabregas, who received the 2010 title with Spain, and is taking part in at Como.
Benevento made their Serie A debut in 2017-18 and in addition appeared within the prime division in 2020-21. Inzaghi coached the group the final time they had been promoted to Serie A.
Cannavaro beforehand coached at Al-Ahli (United Arab Emirates), Guangzhou Evergrande (China) and Tianjin Tianhai (China), and briefly led China’s nationwide group in 2019.