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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old August 24th, 2007, 13:49 Thread Starter
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Denilson in MLS

FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas today announced the signing of Brazilian and FIFA World Cup winner Denilson. The 29-year-old attacking midfielder joins FC Dallas as its Designated Player and will be eligible to play upon receipt of his work visa. Per League policy, terms of the deal were not revealed.
"We are extremely excited to be able to add a world-class player like Denilson to our squad," said FC Dallas head coach Steve Morrow. "We've worked hard to build a team with players that have exceptional ability and also have the right attitude off the field. Adding a player like Denilson will improve us further and give us a boost as we go into the final stretch of the season."

Denilson, whose full name is Denilson de Oliveira, made his international debut for Brazil in 1996 at the age of 19. A year later, he led his country to victory in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, picking up the adidas Golden Ball award, given to the tournament's best player. In 1998, he helped Brazil earn a second-place finish at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, and then played a key role in helping Brazil win their record fifth world-title in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea / Japan. He has scored nine goals in over 60 midfield appearances for his country.

"First, I want to thank all the people that helped make this happen with FC Dallas," said Denilson. "It is something took many days, but in the end came out well, as we had planned. And now, I am anxious to get started playing, and to join a team that is in a good position in the league. I hope that through my work I will be able to contribute to this team and have success in this league."

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Denilson becomes the fourth player in MLS history to have won a World Cup. The other three all played for New York: Lothar Matthaus (Germany 1990), Branco (Brazil 1994), and Youri Djorkaeff (France 1998).

"Signing a player of Denilson's caliber is another step in our organization's commitment to winning championships for our fans," said FC Dallas General Manager Michael Hitchcock. "Denilson brings with him the Brazilian-style of soccer combined with experience that can only be gained by having won at the highest level, the World Cup. We are proud to have Denilson on our team."

Denilson began his professional career with storied Brazilian-club Sao Paulo FC, joining the youth system in 1991 at the age of 14. He moved to the first team at the end of 1994 and remained a mainstay for the next four years. In 1998, Denilson became the most expensive soccer player in the world when Spanish club Real Bétis paid Sao Paulo $36 million for his services. After spending seven years in Spain, Denilson moved to Bordeaux of the French top division, before moving on to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nasr in 2006-2007.
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FC Dallas still needs to make room for Denilson

August 24, 2007

FC Dallas will have to trade or waive one of four senior internationals on the roster before adding new star signing Denilson to the roster.

The club confirmed a deal had been reached with the 29-year-old Denilson - once the most expensive soccer player on the planet - on Thursday evening.

The former Brazil international will qualify as a senior international for Dallas. However, the club already has four senior internationals, with Argentinian midfielder Pablo Ricchetti, Canadian defender Adrian Serioux, Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Saragosa and Guatemalan striker Carlos Ruiz on the roster.

Club spokesman German Sferra confirmed to PA SportsTicker that one of those players will need to move on to make room for Denilson.

Denilson, who cost Spanish club Real Beits $36 million when he signed from Sao Paolo in 1998, is due to be introduced to the media on Monday.

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...This deal will hurt Dallas in the end ...

MLS needs to change the rules, like the EU, Canadian players should be able to play in MLS without being counted as "senior internationals", IMHO.

Adrian Serioux looks to be the MAN to take a hit here, and as result he will either be out of the league, or playing with Toronto FC.
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