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Edmílson bound for Barcelona

Published: Thursday 29 July 2004, 13.13CET
FC Barcelona have continued their Brazilian trend by signing the international defender Edmílson.

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Published: Thursday 29 July 2004, 13.13CET

Edmílson bound for Barcelona

FC Barcelona have continued their Brazilian trend by signing the international defender Edmílson.
FC Barcelona have signed Brazil defender Edmílson from Olympique Lyonnais for a reported €10m.

Brazilian blend
Edmílson arrived in Barcelona yesterday and underwent a medical last night before being presented on Thursday. It is understood Barcelona will pay Lyon €8m for the centre-back and a further €2m should the club meet certain objectives in the Primera División and UEFA Champions League. Barça's squad for the 2004/05 season has a strong Brazilian influence with stars Ronaldinho and Thiago Motta being joined by Juliano Belletti and Sylvinho, along with the Brazil-born Deco, a Portuguese international.

High hopes
The 28-year-old Edmílson moved to Lyon in the summer of 2000 from Santos FC, and during his time in France, helped the Stade Gerland club to a hat-trick of league titles between 2002 and 2004. He was also part of Brazil's 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning side. "I feel very happy," Edmílson told Barcelona's official website. "For any player it is a dream come true to have the chance to play for a team like Barcelona. I am convinced we will have a good team this season that can achieve many things."

Last updated: 29/07/04 13.39CET

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