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Tuesday, August 1, 2000
Bad boy Edmundo joins Santos
By Brian Homewood

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 Romario.

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.


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