SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Brazil striker Adriano is trying to make another comeback to football by joining Atletico Paranaense to play in this year's Copa Libertadores.
Adriano hasn't played since March 2012, but had been training with Atletico since December to try to get in shape and earn a contract with the club in southern Brazil.
"I'm very happy to sign the contract with Atletico Paranaense," he said Tuesday. "It's very gratifying, especially after so much hard work and dedication during this period that I practiced with the team. Today I'm getting an opportunity to return to football with Atletico."
The 31-year-old striker, known for off-the-field problems throughout his career, was released by Corinthians in 2012 for allegedly not committing to a recovery process after Achilles surgery on his left leg. He signed for Flamengo later that year, but left without playing a single match after repeated absences from training and team activities.
Atletico Paranaense advanced to the group stage of the Copa Libertadores by beating Sporting Cristal of Peru on penalties last week and Adriano is expected to be added to the squad for the rest of the Latin American club competition.
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