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As AFP reports:

Ricardinho, the replacement for injured Brazilian captain Emerson, arrived in Korea on Wednesday after a horror trip from Sao Paulo.
The Corinthians midfielder, who got a surprise call-up on Sunday after Emerson dislocted his shoulder, packed his bag and rushed straight to the airport.

What he didn't realise was that his passport was due to expire. He would have made it into South Korea but not necessarily back into Brazil.

A dash back to his home solved the problem and he's now travelling on an old Italian passport he hardly ever uses, officials here said.

After the long haul from South America his connecting plane from Japan was diverted from the southern Korean port city of Busan to Daegu on Tuesday night. Officials did not know why but said a storm in Daegu prevented the plane from landing there.

The aircraft with Ricardinho on board went back to where it came from - Nagoya, Japan. The 26-year-old spent the night there and finally arrived in Ulsan on Wednesday afternoon for the last 15 minutes of a Brazilian training session.

"It was an enormous surprise," he said of his call-up. "I'm very happy to be here and just want to get straight into training."
 

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Hope this news does not get across to Europe...cause after Ricardinho play in the WC...most Euro clubs will want him!:devil: :fero: :fero: :fero: :( :(
 
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