SOCCER/ Gamba appoints Serrao as manager

December 27, 2011

J.League club Gamba Osaka appointed Jose Carlos Serrao as manager, the Osaka club announced Dec. 26.

The club initially planned to hire former Japan international Wagner Lopes for the post, but abandoned the idea because the 42-year-old does not have a J.League club coaching license or experience managing a top-flight club overseas.

Gamba then approached the 61-year-old Brazilian, who mentored Lopes. Lopes will work under Serrao as assistant head coach.

Serrao once coached Brazilian powerhouse Sao Paulo FC.

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