Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro set to land first European management job with Serie B side Benevento

    ITALIAN hero Fabio Cannavaro is ready to step back into management at Serie B side Benevento.

    The 2006 World Cup-winning skipper has been looking to get back in the dugout since leaving Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande.

    Fabio Cannavaro captains Italy to 2006 World Cup glory in Germany

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    Fabio Cannavaro captains Italy to 2006 World Cup glory in GermanyCredit: Getty
    The centre-back was rewarded for his World Cup heroism with the 2006 Ballon d'Or

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    The centre-back was rewarded for his World Cup heroism with the 2006 Ballon d’OrCredit: Getty

    The Ballon d’Or winner, 49, lifted both the Chinese Super League title and the Chinese Super Cup during his four-year stint.

    He even combined his duties at Evergrande with a spell in charge of the Chinese national team from March 2019 until April this year.

    And according to Sky Sports’ international reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, Cannavaro has reached an agreement to take over at Benevento.

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano backed the story, tweeting: “Fabio Cannavaro, ready for a new chapter as manager. Talks are now progressing well with Italian second division side Benevento —
    deal set to be agreed.”

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    It would be Cannavaro’s first managerial job back in Europe, with a club known as the Sorcerers due to the witch on their badge.

    They finished seventh in Italy‘s second division last season.

    Cannavaro was one of the finest centre-backs of his generation despite being only 5ft 9in.

    He enjoyed a glittering career at Napoli, Parma, Inter, Juventus and Real Madrid.

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    Cannavaro won the 1999 Uefa Cup with Parma, plus two LaLiga titles with Real and claimed 136 caps for the Azzurri.

    He had recently spoken of his desire to manage in the Premier League but seems to have accepted that such a big job is still a long way off for him.

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