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Tuesday, July 25, 2000
Corazzin set to sign with Oldham Athletic
Canadian striker Carlo Corazzin is set to join Oldham Athletic of the English Second Division pending the outcome of a physical Wednesday.
A spokesman for the club, located just outside Manchester, said Corazzin has come to terms on a two-year deal.
The 28-year-old from New Westminster, B.C., became a free agent after his contract with Northampton expired after last season. There had been reports Oldham was concerned about Corazzin's commitments to the Canadian national team but a club spokesman said those had been resolved.
"I believe they're talking that through at the moment but it all looks like it's going to go ahead," Oldham's Gordon Lawton said Tuesday.
Oldham finished 14th in the Second Division last season with a 16-18-12 record.
Corazzin, who ranks fifth on Canada's all-time scoring list with 10 goals in 44 appearances, won the Golden Boot as the top scorer at the Gold Cup in February.
He tied for second in Third Division scoring last season with 19 goals.
At Oldham, he is expected to partner Mike Allott up front.
The club has seen better days. Oldham was a member of the Premier League in the top division's first two seasons, 1992-93 and '93-94, but has since been relegated twice.
Corazzin played for Plymouth Argyle and Cambridge before joining Northampton. Because he holds an Italian passport through family bloodlines, he does not need a work permit to play in Britain.
Figo Facts: It appears Luis Figo had no choice but to leave Barcelona for Real Madrid after signing a pre-contractual agreement with Florentino Perez, according to British papers. At the time, Perez was trying to unseat Lorenzo Sanz as Real Madrid club president.
Perez campaigned for the club presidency, promising to buy the star Portuguese winger from Barcelona and even promised to pay for some $12 million Cdn in season tickets if he failed to deliver.
Figo's agreement with Perez during the campaign was seen as a tactic to put pressure on Barcelona to improve his contract, according to the Daily Telegraph. But the deal had teeth since Perez inserted a clause that required Figo to pay a fine of 20 million pounds ($44.5 million Cdn) if he reneged.
The Times of London reported that there was also a penalty for Perez, who would be forced to pay Figo 20 million pounds if he failed to sign Figo after winning the club presidency.
The Times said Perez put up a bond for that amount with an independent party.
The London paper reported that Figo and his advisers did not think the billionaire businessman would win the election, which would trigger the huge penalty if he didn't move to Madrid.
There has been speculation that Figo, who had signed a contract extension with Barcelona last summer, had wanted a pay hike after his star showing at Euro 2000.
He got it, but at another club and at the expense of some bad feeling among Spanish and Portuguese soccer fans. Final cost of the deal? About $100 million Cdn.
"Everyone appears a winner, despite the apparently murky nature of the negotiations," the Times concluded.
The paper says Figo received a signing bonus of 2.4 million pounds ($5.3 million Cdn) plus a tax-free salary of the same amount over the next six years.
Figo and Real Madrid play at Barcelona on Oct. 22.
The new buyout clause to free Figo from Real Madrid is 112 million pounds, $249.5 million Cdn, up from $86.3 million Cdn.
A-League Notes: Vancouver's John Sulentic was named to the A-League team of the week after scoring three goals in two games against Seattle.