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Juventus striker Amauri Carvalho de Oliveira has finally gained his long-awaited Italian citizenship, which makes him eligible to play for Marcello Lippi’s World-Cup winning side. The striker was born in Brazil, but spent the majority of his playing career in Italy, where he has also worn the shirts of Messina, Chievo and Palermo.

His most successful seasons were 2008 and 2009, where he scored 15 and 12 goals for Palermo and Juventus respectively. He has long been regarded as a top class player, but severe competition in the Brazilian squad had prevented him from being called up. Ironically enough, he actually received an invitation to play for Brazil against Italy in a friendly match last year, but was called up too late and failed to join the squad. Under official FIFA rules, even that one appearance would have been enough to disqualify him from playing for any other national team.

Amauri expressed how delighted he is with his new citizenship and said that he’d be “the happiest man in the world” if he got to represent Italy at the World Cup this summer, but another problem for him might be that he hasn’t had the best of seasons at Juventus. He has only scored five league goals so far, and his lack of form is parallel to the poor season his club are having. If he wants to be included in Lippi’s plans, you think he really has to start banging in the goals in this final stage, and help Juventus clinch that 4th Champions League spot.

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