Romario denies retirement plan

SUN WIRE SERVICES

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Romario is back -- maybe.

The 42-year-old striker said he was awaiting a proposal to continue playing, according to the Agencia Estado news agency yesterday, contradicting his decision a day earlier to end his career.

Romario surprised soccer fans by saying he was out of shape and unable to return to competitive play in an exclusive interview in Friday's edition of the O Dia newspaper.

"I've stopped playing. I can't do it anymore," Romario said.

But he retracted the announcement late Friday and wants to play a few more games, Agencia Estado said.

Vasco da Gama has resumed talks with Romario, whose contract with the club expires today. Flamengo also is reportedly interested in the player.

"Of course we would do this for him, after all he's done for the club," Vasco director Paulo Angioni told Agencia Estado. "He would play the games he wanted to, then he'd be free."

Considered one of the top Brazilian strikers, Romario led Brazil to its fourth World Cup title in 1994, when he was named FIFA's player of the year. Last year, he scored his 1,000th career goal by his count, a mark equalled only by Pele.

GREEK COACH GETS DEAL

ATHENS, Greece -- Greece soccer coach Otto Rehhagel extended his contract by two years through 2010.

The 69-year-old German, who guided Greece to surprise victory in the 2004 European Championship, will head his team's qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Greek Football Federation announced the extension. Greece is in Group D of the 2008 European Championship with Russia, Spain and Sweden.


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