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Swiss rivals secure big names

Published: Thursday 29 July 2004, 19.37CET
Grasshopper-Club have signed Argentinian Javier Villarreal while Romania's Adrian Ilie has joined FC Zürich.

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Published: Thursday 29 July 2004, 19.37CET

Swiss rivals secure big names

Grasshopper-Club have signed Argentinian Javier Villarreal while Romania's Adrian Ilie has joined FC Zürich.
Swiss city rivals Grasshopper-Club and FC Zürich have both made high-profile signings.

Villarreal switch
Grasshoppers have signed Argentinian midfield player Javier Villarreal from CA Boca Juniors on a three-year deal. The 25-year-old was part of the Boca team that won the 2003 Copa Libertadores and then a non-playing member of the squad that beat AC Milan to lift the European/South American Cup.

Ilie move
Meanwhile, 30-year-old Romanian international striker Adrian Ilie has joined Zürich on a one-year contract after leaving Besiktas JK. Capped 53 times, Ilie won four league titles with FC Steaua Bucuresti and Galatasaray SK, and played in the 2000 UEFA Champions League final for Valencia CF.

Last updated: 30/07/04 12.43CET

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