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Two new faces for Bahia

Carlos Alberto (left) won the Champions League with Porto
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Newly-promoted Bahia have strengthened their squad for the current Brasileirão campaign by signing Carlos Alberto and Ricardinho.

Carlos Alberto arrives on loan from Vasco da Gama until the end of the season. He is best known for scoring the first goal in the 2004 UEFA Champions League final, as Porto defeated Monaco 3-0. However, he was not a regular scoring in Portugal, and he left the club a year later.


He returned to his home land with Corinthians, but returned to Europe in 2007, joining German side Werder Bremen for a then club record fee of €7.8 million. However, he only managed two league appearances, and was unable to settle, suffering from insomnia.


The striker spent time on loan at Sao Paulo, Botafogo and Vasco before having his Werder contract terminated in 2010. He promptly signed a permanent deal with Vasco, running to 2013, but struggled to maintain a place in the first team, and was loaned out to Gremio earlier this year. He has five caps for Brazil.


Also arriving at the Estadio de Pituaçu is Ricardinho, who made 23 appearances for the Seleção and was part of the 2006 World Cup squad. He joins on a free transfer having been released by Atletico Mineiro, and has previously spent time in Europe with Bordeaux, Middlesbrough and Besiktas.


Marcelo Guimarães Filho, the club president of Bahia, claims they will continue to look for new players. "There are still players in sight. We need to invest to get as far as possible," he said in a radio interview.


Bahia have returned to the Brazilian top flight for the first time since 2003 after finishing third in last season's Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B. They were unlucky not to take a point from their first game of the campaign, losing 2-1 to America Mineiro last Sunday due to an 88th minute goal.


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