Salomon Kalou has joined Botafogo after leaving Hertha Berlin. 

The Ivory Coast forward's contract with Bundesliga side Hertha expired at the end of last month, making him a free agent after a six-year spell in German football.

Kalou has not had long to wait to find a new club, however, securing a move to Brazil after talks with Botafogo got under way last month. 

There was no confirmation of the length of the contract the 34-year-old former Chelsea man has signed. 

Ex-Japan playmaker Keisuke Honda will be among Kalou's new team-mates. 

Salomon Kalou is close to agreeing a free transfer to Botafogo, according to a member of the Brazilian club's executive committee.

Former Chelsea forward Kalou will be out of contract at Hertha Berlin at the end of June and is in talks with the Rio de Janeiro giants.

Botafogo, who have ex-Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda on their books, failed to seal a deal for Yaya Toure, who Vasco da Gama presidential candidate Leven Siano has promised to sign.

However, they are hopeful of getting a move for another former Ivory Coast international over the line soon.

"He already has the pre-contract, but he asked for just one more detail in the contract that was sent to him," Botafogo official Carlos Augusto Montenegro told SporTV.

"I think it's okay. And if no presidential candidate for Vasco appears at his house, I think that maybe he will come."

Kalou, who is in a relationship with a Brazilian, was suspended by Hertha in May after being seen on camera flouting social distancing guidelines.

Botafogo have reportedly offered the 34-year-old an 18-month contract amid interest from European clubs.

Jair Ventura Filho (Jairzinho) was not a striker per say, but was used as a winger. What he did have was a striker’s instinct for goal though and from his right-wing position, scored a remarkable number of goals. The quick, skillful and certainly powerful winger was part of the Brazil 1970 team that many believe constitutes the greatest XI in the history of football. Jairzinho, outside of his physical prowess, was brilliant and could be used in any of the attacking positions on the field with a seamlessness that would have to be seen to be believed. Idolizing Garrincha, who held the position at right wing for Brazil, Jairzinho became just as important to Brazil and led to a long-held belief that you had to be Brazillian to play that position well. He replaced Garrincha in the Botafogo XI before doing the same in Brazil set up and ended up at three World Cups, 1966, 1970, and 1974. In 1970, Jairzinho made history when he scored in every game of the World Cup. In most World Cup years, scoring seven goals would be good enough for the Golden Boot award, but in 1970, another great from this list was not to be undone, Gerd Müller.

Playing Career

Full name: Jair Ventura Filho (Jairzinho)

Date of birth: 25 December 1944 (age 75)

Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Height: 1.73m (5 ft 8 in)

Playing position: Winger

Club Career

          Years                    Team                    Apps   (Gls)

  • 1959–1974          Botafogo                    413    (186)
  • 1974–1975          Marseille                     18       (9)
  • 1975                   Kaizer Chiefs                 3       (7)
  • 1976                   Cruzeiro                
  • 1977                   Portuguesa                  10       (2)
  • 1978–1979          Noroeste                       2       (0)
  • 1979                   Fast Club                     19     (17)
  • 1980–1981          Jorge Wilstermann          
  • 1981–1982          Botafogo               
  • 1982                   9 de Octubre

Club Honours

  • Botafogo - Torneio de Caracas: 1967, 1968 and 1970; Taça Brasil de Futebol: 1968; Rio-São Paulo Tournament: 1964 and 1966; Campeonato Carioca: 1967 and 1968
  • Cruzeiro - Copa Libertadores de América: 1976

International Career

  • 1964-1982 Brazil 81 (33)

International Honours

  • FIFA World Cup: 1970
  • Taça Independência: 1972

Individual Honours

  • FIFA World Cup Silver Boot: 1970
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1970
  • South American Player of the Year: Bronze award 1972
  • World Soccer: 27th Greatest Player of the 20th Century
  • IFFHS Brazilian Player of the 20th Century (19th place)
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

Keisuke Honda marked his Botafogo debut with a goal against Bangu in the Campeonato Carioca on Sunday.

The former Japan star joined the Brazilian club in January and had an immediate impact on debut.

Honda opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.

But Botafogo were held to a 1-1 draw after Rhainer equalised for Bangu just before the hour-mark.

Botafogo are fourth in Group A in the Taca Rio after earning four points from three games.

Four-time Brazilian champions Cruzeiro have been relegated from the top flight for the first time in their 98-year history.

Cruzeiro have endured a torrid campaign and needed to beat Palmeiras on the final day of the Brasileirao season and hope Ceara fell to defeat at Botafogo, but neither result went their way.

Ze Rafael and Dudu scored for Palmeiras as they won 2-0 in Belo Horizonte, while Thiago Galhardo's penalty cancelled out Marcos Vinicius' opener to earn Ceara a 1-1 draw.

The referee ordered both sets off players off the field late on in Cruzeiro's clash due to unsavoury scenes in the Mineirao stands, with supporters ripping out seats and setting off smoke bombs in protest at their team's plight.

Cruzeiro, who won the Copa Libertadores in 1976 and 1997 and were Brazilian champions as recently as 2014, lost their last five games of the campaign to finish 17th, three points behind Ceara.

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