Faustino Asprilla bound for China

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Flamboyant Colombian striker Faustino Asprilla is due in Shanghai this week for tryouts with Chinese teams.

Faustino Asprilla bound for China

Shanghai:

Flamboyant Colombian striker Faustino Asprilla is due in Shanghai this week for tryouts with Chinese teams, the latest ageing soccer star who hopes to revive a flagging career by playing in China. A veteran of Columbia's 1994 and 1998 World Cup finals appearances, Asprilla planned to arrive in China's commercial hub tomorrow, according to US Sports Management, which is representing the player. During his stay, he will train, undergo physical exams and discuss a potential contract with Chinese clubs, the company said. His visit follows former England star Paul Gascoigne's ill-fated five month stretch last year with Chinese second division team Gansu Tianma. That ended in a dispute over payment, with Gascoigne refusing to return to the team's base in the western China desert. Asprilla, 34, played with Chilean side Universidad de Chile for six months last year, but has since been without a team. A 2002 agreement to play with British third-division side Darlington fell apart when Asprilla suddenly left the country to take up a more lucrative offer with a team in Saudi Arabia. The inconsistent but sometimes brilliant striker played for Parma of Italy then spent two seasons with Newcastle of England before moving on to a series of Latin American teams, including Mexican side Atlante. In 2000, Brazilian club Palmeiras rescinded Asprilla's contract after he was arrested in his hometown of Tulua, and accused of possessing and firing an illegal weapon. Five years earlier, he grabbed headlines for pumping several pistol rounds into the air outside a hotel disco in the Caribbean resort of Cartagena. (AP)

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