AP, Tuesday, May 19, 2009 3 PM
Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro
will return to Juventus. The Serie A club said Tuesday the 35-year-old defender, who left for Real Madrid in 2006, signed a one-year contract to rejoin
the Turin side on July 1.
Cannavaro, the 2006 World Player of the Year, angered Juve fans when he left for Madrid after the Italian club was demoted in a match-fixing scandal. Cannavaro
pledged to win over "even the most skeptical among them through my work, professionalism and passion with which I'll face this new adventure.''
Juve said that in 2006
it was "forced to let him go to deal with urgent financial needs.'' The club said it was sure that Cannavaro's presence "will make Juventus more competitive.''
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