LISBON - Portugal striker Liedson will be
returning to Corinthians in his native Brazil for an undisclosed
fee, Portuguese club Sporting said in a statement on Monday.
The 33-year-old joined Sporting from Corinthians in 2003 and
went on to become a prolific scorer in Portugal, netting 167
goals in 300 appearances for the club. He was the top scorer in
the Portuguese Premier League twice and won two Portuguese Cups.
Shortly after obtaining Portuguese citizenship in 2009,
Liedson was called up by Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz to help
solve his side's goalscoring problems in the early qualifiers
for the 2010 World Cup.
Liedson weighed in with a goal on his debut against Denmark,
salvaging a 1-1 draw that proved to be vital, and then added
another two to help the side produce a late surge to qualify.
The striker played in three games at the finals in South
Africa, scoring one goal in the 7-0 rout of North Korea.
In his first stint with Corinthians, a six-month period in
2003, Liedson scored 22 goals in 33 matches.
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