Li Tie was appointed head coach of Chinese men's national football team on January 2.
On November 14, 2019, Marcello Lippi resigned as China's head coach after China lost to Syria 2-1 in a crucial World Cup qualifier.
Li, born in May 1977, started playing football at the age of 8. He was selected to the national football team in 2001 and participated in the FIFA World Cup in 2002.
He joined Lippi's coaching staff and served as assistant coach in 2016. Two years after leaving in 2017, he returned and led the team to the EAFF East Asian Cup in 2019. His good performance during the championship helped his appointment.
China, eight points behind group leader Syria, will play its next Asian World Cup qualifier at home against the Maldives on January 26.