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Football: 'Bad boy' Adriano back after two year hiatus

Published on Feb 12, 2014 6:27 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Former Brazil international striker Adriano returned on Tuesday to football after almost two years away as he signed for Atletico Paranaense.

The performance-related deal with the 31-year-old comes two days before Paranaense take on The Strongest of Bolivia in a Libertadores Cup group match.

Adriano had been in training since December with the team and now the one-time 'Bad Boy' hopes to bounce back after ending an unhappy spell at Corinthians in March 2012.

His last attempt at reviving his career came with a brief 2012 spell at Flamengo which ended in controversy over his fondness for Rio's nightlife.

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