RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Brazilian striker Edmundo,
who has left a trail of rows, controversies and fights behind
him wherever he has gone, has joined Pele's former club Santos
on loan. This time he promises to behave.
'It's only human to make mistakes and I've made plenty,'
admitted the player nicknamed 'The Animal'.
'History has stopped for Santos but I intend to re-start it
and win a trophy in as short a time as possible .'
Edmundo joined from Vasco da Gama, where he was kicked out
of the team by vice-president Eurico Miranda for indiscipline.
A crowd of around 2,000 supporters was at Santos' Vila
Belmiro stadium to welcome the bad boy of Brazilian football
when he arrived on Monday evening.
Santos, who have not won a domestic trophy since 1984, will
be the sixth club in the career of one of Brazil's most gifted
but volatile players.
Edmundo has been at Vasco da Gama three times, Palmeiras,
Corinthians, Flamengo and Italy's Fiorentina, winning trophies
and enemies in equal proportion.
At Palmeiras, where he won two Brazilian championships,
Edmundo repeatedly clashed with coach Wanderley Luxemburgo, was
involved in a dressing-room brawl with team mate Antonio Carlos
and was finally sacked after complaining that the grass needing
cutting at the stadium.
His stint with Corinthians ended when he stormed out of a
training session after an argument and never returned.
Flamengo decided to offload him the same year after he was
involved in a car crash in which three people were killed.
Last year, Edmundo was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison
for that incident but, after one night behind bars, was freed
pending an appeal wich has yet to be heard.
At Fiorentina, he fell out with his team mates and then
infuriated fans by leaving the side at a critical stage in the
season and returning to Rio for 10 days, where he was seen
taking part in the world famous carnival.
At Vasco, he has had numerous clashes with the club. Earlier
this year, he stormed out of the dressing-room minutes before a
game after losing the captain's armband to fellow striker
He earned the wrath of enviromental authorities after giving
beer to a chimpanzee during his son's birthday party and gave a
television interview in which he made racist remarks against a
referee who had sent him off.
Edmundo's problems have seriously curtailed his
international career. Although he was in the squad for the 1998
World Cup, he made only two appearances as a substitute.