Right now, there is little doubt that Urawa's Emerson is the top forward in J-League, and it appears he will stay in Japan despite (reported) offers from Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruna. Now, Emerson may apply for Japanese citizenship next year and both Zico and the Reds seem excited about the prospects (think how much better Japan would be with a true finisher like Emerson) but.... isn't he cap-tied? According to this, Emerson (or Marcio Carioca, as he was known then) played for Brazil in the U-20 South American championships in 1999. As I understand, according to FIFA rules, once you play in an official FIFA-sanctioned match at any level beginning with U-17, you are committed to playing for that country. (The only way out is if he had dual citizenship at the time of his first Brazil cap, or if he was changing nationalities for political reasons, neither of which is the case here) The Japanese media is saying that he'll have to choose between Japan and Brazil for the 2004 Olympics, but it seems he won't have a choice since he has already played in an official match for Brazil. Am I missing something here? Is the U-20 tournament not FIFA-sanctioned? Or did Zico and the Japanese media forget to check the records?