Yokohama Marinos say that AS Roma's Brazilian Cafu is set to join the Japanese club at the end of the season.
The majestic career of Brazilian legend Cafu could draw to a close in Japan after Yokohama Marinos announced that the right-back will join them when his contract with AS Roma expires in June.
World Cup feat
The only man to play in three FIFA World Cup finals, captaining the side to success in Korea/Japan last summer following Emerson's unfortunate withdrawal through injury, Cafu will reportedly leave the Stadio Olimpico after five years, although Roma themselves have not yet commented on Yokohama's announcement.
At a press conference called today, Yokohama president Shigeo Hidaritomo said formalities "had been sorted out". He continued: "We are really proud about Cafu's signing because we know that we will bring one of the best players in the world to Japan. With him in our side we can win domestic and continental trophies."
Winning trophies is something Cafu has proved adept at during an illustrious career which blossomed with hometown club São Paulo FC, stalled slightly at Real Zaragoza, and was reignited following a return to Brazil and SE Palmeiras in 1995. Two years later he was signed by Roma, where he underlined his billing as one of the world's most revered and exciting defenders by helping the Giallorossi lift the Scudetto in 2001.
Reports suggest Cafu will play in the J-League until 2006, although he will not feature in the World Cup that year after retiring from international football following the 2-0 defeat of Germany in last summer's final at the Yokohama International Stadium, ironically the home of his potential new employers.