World Cup winner Ricardinho appointed Ponte Preta head coach
Former Brazil international Ricardinho has been named head coach of Serie B side Ponte Preta in what is his biggest foray into management yet, having previously been coaching at Parana and Avai.
The Sao Paulo-based club have appointed the 38 year-old, who quit playing in 2011, citing Bahia as his final professional club.
Ponte Preta were relegated from the top flight last season and are struggling to adapt to life in the second tier of Brazilian domestic football this term, lying tenth in the championship table after 12 rounds of fixtures.
Ricardinho led a nomadic club career, winning the Serie title and FIFA Club World Championship with Corinthians as well as representing Middlesbrough in England, Besiktas in Turkey and French side Bordeaux.
Most impressively, however, was that he was part of the 2002 World Cup-winning Brazil squad, making two substitute appearances for Luiz Felipe Scolari's men against Japan and Ghana.