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Legendary football striker Romario to play in Australia
2006-09-29 19:11:24 Xinhua English

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Brazil legendary striker Romario was hired as guest player by Australian team Adelaide United, which participates in the Australian A-League, the top football league in the country, local media said on Friday.

Romario was awarded by FIFA with the Best Player prize in 1994, when he had a major importance in Brazil's winning of its fourth World Cup title, in the United States.

He was also considered the most valuable player of World Cup 1994. Romario played for top teams in Europe, such as Netherlands PSV Eindhoven and Spain's Barcelona, and in Brazil.

The 40-year-old player is currently in a quest for scoring his thousandth goal in official games, a feat he is likely to achieve before retiring, as there are only 16 goals to go.

Adelaide United's head coach John Kosmina said that Romario hasan art that no one can teach, an innate art, and that the striker's skillfulness and talent were timeless. Kosmina added that his hiring would bring long-term benefits to the Australian football.

Romario will get 250,000 U.S. dollars to play five games for the Adelaide United. At first, he will play two friendly matches in Australia: the first against his former team US Miami FC on Oct. 17; the other against a team comprised of players of clubs from South Australia state, on Oct. 19.

On Nov. 25, he will have his first official match in Australia, against the Central Coast Mariners. After that, he will play three other games: against the Melbourne Victory, on Dec. 1; on Dec. 10, he will face the New Zealand Knights; and, finally, his adversaries will be the Newcastle Jets, on Dec. 15. Enditem

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