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Gonzalez replaces Benitez

Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro has confirmed Jose Gonzalez as its new coach, with the Spanish coach officially replacing compatriot Rafael Benitez just two days before the start of the 2021 season. Former Real Madrid and Valencia boss Benitez announced his departure from Dalian in January due to difficulties caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Gonzalez takes over a Dalian side that finished in 12th place in the Chinese Super League last season. The 54-year-old has extensive experience of working in China, having previously coached at Beijing Guoan and Wuhan Zall. Dalian’s first game of the season will be on Thursday, when it takes on Changchun Yatai in Suzhou, one of two biosecure bubbles being used for the opening rounds.


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