SASSUOLO, Italy -- Paolo Cannavaro will quit football after this weekend and join his brother on the technical staff at Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.
Cannavaro announced on Thursday that Sassuolo's Serie A match at Roma will be his last.
He says, "A new year, a new life ... it will be an odd feeling. I won't miss the field because it's a decision I've made, but I will miss being around my teammates."
Cannavaro progressed through the youth team at Napoli and in 1999 joined his older brother...
Inter Milan lost ground on Serie A league leaders Napoli ahead of the winter break as they lost 1-0 to Sassuolo.
A Diego Falcinelli strike in the 34th minute was enough to seal victory for the hosts against title hopefuls Inter.
The match also saw Paolo Cannavaro play for the final time before retirement and bid a fitting farewell to a career that has seen him play for Napoli and Parma.
Mauro Icardi had an opportunity to grab a point, but his penalty after the break was saved by Andrea Consigli and...