Sporting Digest: Football

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The Serie A club Parma claim to have signed the Brazilian international striker Marcio Amoroso from Udinese for pounds 20m, which would make him the second most expensive transfer in Italian history after the pounds 30m deal which took Christian Vieri from Lazio to Internazionale.

Juventus are close to signing the former Sheffield Wednesday forward Darko Kovacevic from Spain's Real Sociedad for pounds 12.5m.

The Lokomotiv Moscow Striker Zaza Dzhanashia, who was told earlier this month that he would never play for his country again after disciplinary transgressions, has been voted Georgia's best player for the 1998-99 season in a nationwide media poll.

The former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann has been named captain of the Fifa All-Star team to play Australia at the official opening of Sydney's Olympic stadium today.

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