Brazil great Romario to take charge of Rio-based America

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Former Brazil star striker Romario is expected to become president of the small Rio de Janeiro club America.

He is the sole candidate in elections that started Tuesday at the club, which is in the second division of Rio's championship.

Romario, elected a Brazilian senator earlier this month, said it was the chance to fulfill the dream of his father, a lifelong America fan.

Romario said his aim is to ``bring America back to the top flight in the Brazilian league.''

Founded in 1904, America is well known across Brazil but it has been struggling for several decades and won the last of its seven Rio titles in 1960.

It reached the semifinals in the 1986 national championship for its best result ever nationally.