Soccer: Former Greece manager Skibbe to lead Sanfrecce next season


Former Greek national team manager Michael Skibbe will take the reins at Sanfrecce Hiroshima next season, the J-League Japan Professional Football League the first-division club announced Thursday.

The 56-year-old German will replace Hiroshi Jofuku, who stepped down from his role with the three-time J-League champions in late October, leaving assistant Kentaro Sawada as interim manager.

Skibbe, who most recently had a short-lived spell with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ain, has previously managed Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund and Galatasaray.

Sanfrecce is currently 10th in the J-League standings with two rounds remaining. They finished sixth in 2019 and eighth in 2020.

One of the J-League's founding clubs, Sanfrecce won their first top-flight title in 2012 and went back-to-back the following season. They captured their third J1 crown in 2015 and were runners-up in 2018.