Marcello Lippi has been named coach of China for a second stint as they prepare for 2022 World Cup qualifying.
He was replaced by Fabio Cannavaro, who stepped down last month to focus on coaching Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao.
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) confirmed on Friday it had once again appointed Lippi.
"The Italian football coach Marcello Lippi became the head coach of the Chinese national men's soccer team," it said in a statement.
"Since Lippi coached the national team, the team has shown a positive spirit and a tenacious fighting belief," the statement continued.
"We believe that in the days to come, under the leadership of Lippi and his coaching team, the members of the Chinese national men's soccer team will make a full impact in their World Cup competition dreams."
He also led Italy to the team's 2006 World Cup triumph, becoming the first coach to win both a World Cup and a Champions League title as a manager.
Lippi is set to take charge next month, when China face the Philippines and Tajikistan in friendlies.
The draw for the second round of 2022 World Cup qualifying in Asia is scheduled to be held on July 17, before the action starts in September.