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Larsson relishing Barça adventure

Published: Wednesday 30 June 2004, 16.22CET
Forward Henrik Larsson speaks about his ambitions after completing his move to FC Barcelona.

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Published: Wednesday 30 June 2004, 16.22CET

Larsson relishing Barça adventure

Forward Henrik Larsson speaks about his ambitions after completing his move to FC Barcelona.
Sweden forward Henrik Larsson has passed a medical and completed his move to Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

One-year contract
The 32-year-old has signed a one-year contract with an option to extend the deal for another season. He left Scottish champions Celtic FC after completing his contract at the end of last season.

'We can achieve anything'
"I'm very happy to be here," Larsson told the Catalan club's official website. "Barcelona has always been one of my favourite teams. It's great to be here at last. From now on, we can achieve anything.

Attraction of history
"I like everything about Barça. It's a massive club with a lot of fans," he continued. "It's a great team. Its history also attracts me. I remember when I was a child and I used to watch the Barça players: I liked [Ronald] Koeman, [Hristo] Stoitchkov, [Michael] Laudrup ... It was fantastic to watch that football.

Title aim
"Whenever you play in a big club like this, you want to win titles," he added. "I hope we can, though I'm aware it's difficult. But that's what happens when you play in a big club like Barça."

EURO 2004™ goals
Larsson was persuaded to come out of international retirement to play for Sweden at UEFA EURO 2004™ and scored three goals as he helped the Scandinavians into the quarter-finals, where they lost to the Netherlands on penalties. He has scored 28 goals in 78 international appearances and won the ESM Golden Shoe award as top scorer in European club football for his 35 goals for Celtic in 2000/01.

Third arrival
Larsson is the third player to join Barcelona since the end of last season. The Catalans have signed Brazil international defender Juliano Belletti from Villarreal CF for an estimated €3.7m and French midfield player Ludovic Giuly from Monaco for a reported €6.7m. Frank Rijkaard's side will start next season's UEFA Champions League campaign in the group stage.

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