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Karagounis captured by Benfica

Published: Tuesday 30 August 2005, 15.26CET
Greece playmaker Georgios Karagounis is SL Benfica's latest summer signing after he became surplus to requirements at FC Internazionale Milano.

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Published: Tuesday 30 August 2005, 15.26CET

Karagounis captured by Benfica

Greece playmaker Georgios Karagounis is SL Benfica's latest summer signing after he became surplus to requirements at FC Internazionale Milano.
Greece playmaker Georgios Karagounis is SL Benfica's latest summer signing after the Portuguese champions paid FC Internazionale Milano an undisclosed fee for his services.

Cup success
The 28-year-old had become surplus to requirements at Inter, having been with the club since summer 2003. He made nine appearances in Serie A last season, along with three as a substitute in the UEFA Champions League. He also played five times in the Coppa Italia run, but missed out on the final triumph against AS Roma because of international commitments.

International acclaim
An international since 1999, former Panathinaikos FC player Karagounis had the distinction of scoring the opening goal of UEFA EURO 2004™ in a 1-0 victory against Portugal. However, he was to sit out the final through suspension, when a repeat scoreline against the host nation gave Greece the trophy.

Karagounis pride
"I am very proud to be here and my ambition is to help Benfica win some trophies," Karagounis said. "Benfica are a great club, they have won the European Champion Clubs' Cup twice and have a very rich history. I have joined a very good team."

Last updated: 30/08/05 16.51CET

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