Amauri to get passport tomorrow

Posted on 02/03/2010


Juventus striker Amauri will finally get an Italian passport tomorrow, making him eligible to play for the Azzurri.

The 29-year-old Brazilian has been trying to become an Italian citizen for nearly three years based on the fact that he has lived in the country for nearly a decade and that his wife is Italian.

However, there have been a number of hiccups, notably in proving that his wife actually has roots in Italy.

Amauri’s application has been followed with feverish speculation as to whether Marcello Lippi will pick him for the Azzurri.

Having never played for Brazil at any level, there is nothing stopping Amauri from choosing to represent Italy once his passport is granted on Wednesday.

Lippi did intend to call him up some time ago. However, Amauri’s form has dipped dramatically and he doesn’t have a lot of time to convince the Italy boss to take him to South Africa.

In fact, after tomorrow’s friendly against Cameroon in Monte Carlo, there are only two more World Cup warm up matches in which Amauri will have a chance to prove himself if called up.

Amauri is currently out injured for nearly a month and has only scored five goals in Serie A this season, four of which came in 10 days in October. 

Source: Football-Italia

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