Tokyo Verdy 1969 acquired former Brazil striker Edmundo in an attempt to secure its survival in Division One, the J. League club announced Thursday at its headquarters in Inagi City, Tokyo.
The 21/2-month contract will be signed soon after Edmundo’s arrival on Sunday. Verdy officials refused to disclose financial terms.
Edmundo, a member of Brazil’s France ’98 World Cup squad, played for Vasco da Gama, Palmeiras, Flamengo and Corinthians in Brazil as well as Fiorentina and Napoli in Italy. After leaving his latest club Cruzeiro, reportedly after a loss to Vasco in a recent match, Edumundo didn’t sign with any club and has trained at a Rio de Janeiro-based club run by Zico. That helped Verdy successfully acquire the Brazilian striker after a three-day negotiation this week.
Edmundo is known for his ability to break through the defense on his own as much as his emotional characteristics.
“I heard he is a troublemaker. But I also heard he trains hard and scores goals,” Verdy president Nobuhisa Sakata said. “We’ve made changes to our team in an attempt to improve our situation but now this is the limit. We need to be guided by a player who’s got strong character.”
Verdy is heavily struggling in the J1 survival race, standing one from the bottom in the 16-team overall table.
As the bottom two finishers in the overall standings will be relegated to Division Two, Verdy is facing a must-win situation in all its remaining six matches in the second stage. The team has collected seven points with a 2-1-6 win-draw-loss record and is currently placed 14th in the second stage. On Wednesday night, Verdy narrowly lost to Shimizu S-Pulse 3-2 in extra time.
Edmundo will be eligible to play beginning Oct. 31 at Cerezo Osaka.
The teams who threatened with relegation to J2 are Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Urawa Reds, Yokohama F. Marinos (all on 25 points), Avispa Fukuoka (24), Verdy (17) and Cerezo Osaka (13).
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