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Soccer-Goulart leaves Guangzhou FC and returns to Brazil

Brazilian forward Ricardo Goulart, who took Chinese nationality in an effort to help his adopted country reach the World Cup, terminated his contract with Chinese Super League club Guangzhou FC and returned to North America. South. Goulart was one of five Brazilian players to acquire Chinese nationality in 2019, but a loan to Palmeiras the same year prevented him from fulfilling FIFA requirements for a change of nationality.

The 30-year-old has won three CSL and Asian Champions League titles with Guangzhou FC, but leaves a club facing serious financial difficulties as its owners, real estate giants Evergrande, grapple with a liquidity crisis. “It was the best choice to terminate the contract, both for me and for the club,” Goulart told Xinhua News Agency as he left Guangzhou Baiyun Airport with his family on Friday.

“I want to say thank you to all my fans in China, their support and love will always be with me in the future.” Italy’s World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro stepped down as coach of Guangzhou FC “by mutual consent” in September.

Goulart, known in China as Gao Late, played a non-competitive international for Brazil in 2014 and would not have qualified to play for his adopted country under residency rules until 2025 due to the period of loan of Palmeiras. Naturalized Brazilian-born players Alan Carvalho, Elkeson and Aloisio all made part of China’s 1-1 draw with Oman on Thursday, which dealt another blow to the country’s hopes of qualifying for the Cup finals. of the world next year in Qatar.

Coach Li Tie was criticized for his decision to replace striker Aloisio in the second half shortly before Oman equalized to leave China fifth in Group B of the Asian qualifiers with five games to go. The first two of the group qualify for Qatar. China only made it to the World Cup finals once in 2002, when they finished bottom of their group after losing all three games without scoring.

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