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Wednesday, 8 May, 2002, 09:24 GMT 10:24 UK Brazil
Brazil Brazil
Goalkeepers:
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Luizao

Career
DOB:
 14.11.75
Caps:
 12
Goals:
 2

World Cup 2002
Appearances:
 2
Goals:
 0
Bookings:
 0
Sendings off:
 0
Luizao
Club:Gremio
Position:Forward

Luizao is not known for his work-rate outside the penalty area - more for his prolific scoring rate inside it.

He helped clinch Brazil's place in the finals with a brace in the 3-0 qualifying victory over Venezuela last November.

But a troubled season at club level almost cost him a place on the plane.

He took Corinthians to court when they refused to sell him to Gremio at the start of 2002 - and won - but while his future was decided he was sidelined for two months, only returning in mid-March.

Luiz Felipe Scolari dropped him from the national side during the dispute - but he returned immediately afterwards and, as a big favourite of the coach, he has featured at times this summer.



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