The official website for European football

Benfica land Barça Brazilian

Published: Tuesday 7 January 2003, 23.30CET
SL Benfica coach José Antonio Camacho has made FC Barcelona forward Geovanni his first signing. features

Kellermann explains Wolfsburg rise
  • Kellermann explains Wolfsburg rise
  • Madrid and Barcelona spurred on by Copa history
  • Unbeaten Sparta aim to go all the way
  • Steaua have to start again
  • Omens against holders in German derby
  • Carney and Potter on Birmingham rise
  • Classic UEFA Champions League semi-finals
  • Gerrard focused on leading Liverpool to glory
  • Valencia confound Basel, Evra strike's gold
  • Quarter-finals: second-leg facts and stats
1 of 10
Published: Tuesday 7 January 2003, 23.30CET

Benfica land Barça Brazilian

SL Benfica coach José Antonio Camacho has made FC Barcelona forward Geovanni his first signing.
SL Benfica have completed the loan signing of FC Barcelona's Brazilian international forward Geovanni after a week of negotiations between the clubs.

Loan star
The Portuguese 1. Liga side have obtained the player's services for the rest of the season after agreeing to pay 65 per cent of his wages during that period. Geovanni, who is contracted to Barcelona until 2006, becomes the first acquisition of Benfica's recently-appointed Spanish coach José Antonio Camacho.

Limited appearances
The 21-year-old arrived at Camp Nou in a €19.6m transfer from Brazilian side Cruzeiro EC in the summer of 2001. However, he has failed to start a league game under coach Louis van Gaal this season, making just five substitute appearances.

Title chance
Geovanni joins a Benfica team who lie second in the Portuguese title race, nine points behind leaders FC Porto. He could make his debut in Saturday's league match at Vitória Guimarães.

Last updated: 08/02/11 17.20CET

Related information

Team profiles

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.