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Veteran Vieri close to signing with Brazil club

Veteran Vieri close to signing with Brazil club

Small Brazilian club Botafogo of Ribeirao Preto is close to signing former Italy striker Christian Vieri for the 2010 season.
Club president Luiz Pereira said Wednesday that the club is also negotiating to acquire left back Francesco Coco, Vieri's former teammate on the Italian national team. Both played at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
Pereira said the players have agreed to play for Botafogo and minor details are pending.
Vieri, a former Juventus and AC Milan striker, confirmed to Brazilian media through his agent that he is near a deal with Botafogo. The 36-year-old player last week announced his retirement from professional football.
The 32-year-old Coco played for Torino last season. He previously played for Barcelona and AC Milan.
Financial details are not being disclosed.
Botafogo has never won any major titles since being founded in 1918. It was runner-up in the 2001 Sao Paulo state championship and runner-up in the Brazilian league's second division in 1998.


Updated : 2021-02-27 20:00 GMT+08:00