The call goes out to Romario
The Brazilian Beach Soccer Federation have just announced the call-up of enigmatic striker Romario.
A winner of the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA™ and the Seleçao's second-highest scorer of all time behind Pele, Romario de Souza Faría will play in the American qualification tournament for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup at 39 years of age.
"Romario won't be coming along just to make up the numbers," said the Brazilian team's Technical Director Jorge Ferreira Alves. "I decided to select him for a few reasons: few players keep defenders as occupied as he does during a match, and away from the action his name will help raise the profile of our discipline as it begins to grow."
Auriverde captain Junior Negão agrees, predicting that Romario, "will add even more excitement to the sport and make life difficult for whoever we play."
The American qualification tournament for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will be held between 1 and 6 March on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Auriverde will be competing in Group A with Canada, Mexico and the USA, while Argentina, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela make up Group B.
The three best teams will join Brazil, who qualify automatically as hosts, in the first ever FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.