FC Spartak Moskva have begun building for the UEFA Champions League group stage by signing RCD Espanyol defender Nicolás Pareja.
The 26-year-old Argentinian arrives on undisclosed terms after making 30 Spanish Liga appearances in each of the last two seasons for Espanyol. Pareja previously played for RSC Anderlecht – where he won a Belgian First League title in 2007 – and AA Argentinos Juniors.
Spartak will enter the UEFA Champions League in the group stage after finishing second in Russia in 2009. The Muscovites are sixth in the Premier-Liga after 14 matches of the current campaign, 16 points behind leaders FC Zenit St. Petersburg.
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