Dutch coach Guus Hiddink will take charge of China's U21 team with the objective of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, the Chinese Football Association confirmed on Monday.
To reach the Olympics, something they have not managed since Beijing 2008, they must finish in one of the top three places in the Asian U23 Championships.
The tournament is played every two years in Asia, with 16 national teams from across the continent competing.
The veteran Dutch manager is taking on what could be his final challenge in football, given he has been out of the game since leaving a short-term position at Chelsea in 2016.
Hiddink, now 71, has previously coached clubs such as PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Valencia and Real Madrid, among others, as well as Holland, South Korea, Russia and Australia's national teams.