2006 FIFA World Cup champ visits HCMC

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Fabio Canavaro, the best player of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and member of the Italian squad as the Cup champions, will come to Ho Chi Minh City on Friday, January 6.

Canavaro will meet the media at the city's Caravelle Hotel in a "Meet a legend" program that Friday, and will meet the young football trainers at the Physical Training and Sports School of Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.

The 38-year-old Canavaro on Sunday will meet football fans at Ground 4A of the city's Youth Culture House in District 1, where he will answer fans' questions about his football career.

The former Italian star started his professional career in 1992 at the Italian club Napoli before playing for other giants like Parma, Inter Milan and Juvetus of Italy, and Real Madrid of Spain.

Canavaro signed a two-year contract with the United Arab Emirates league champions Al Ahli in 2009, but he decided to retire in 2010 due to injuries and old age.

He had 136 caps for his country and the Italian captain led Italy to victory over France in the World Cup final in 2006. He won the World Cup Best Player and Europe's Best Player titles the same year.

With Europe's Golden Ball title in 2006, Canavaro was the third central fullback in the history of football to win the title after German legend Franz Beckenbauer in 1972 and 1976, and Matthias Sammer of Germany in 1996.

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