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|Berlin releases Brazilian world champion Luizao|
Mar. 7, 2004 9:51 a.m.
BERLIN (AP)Ч Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin released forward Luizao on Sunday after three disappointing seasons from the Brazilian World Cup winner.
Luizao had two years remaining on his contract, but he has been injured or ineffective since joining Berlin from Gremio Porto Alegre after the 2002 World Cup, where he was Ronaldo's backup.
Luizao didn't play a role in Berlin coach Hans Meyer's plans, and wants to return to Brazil. Berlin was happy, in turn, to get one of its most expensive players off the books.