Maltese champions Birkirkara FC have unveiled four signings ahead of the first leg of their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round tie against B36 Tórshavn next Tuesday.
The club have signed Italian midfielders Angelo Paradiso, an S.S. Lazio product, and Guido Gallovich, who are 28 and 25 respectively, along with the 29-year-old Polish goalkeeper Andrzej Bledzewski and the 19-year-old French midfielder Hatim Sbai. All four were presented by Birkirkara president Victor Zammit, who hopes his team can get past the Faroese title-holders and meet Fenerbahçe SK of Turkey in the next round.
"We will do our utmost to qualify for the second qualifying round of such a prestigious competition," said Zammit. "This is the reason we have strengthened our squad in such a big way. I believe these four signings will give us the necessary impetus to succeed. My only worry is that many of our key players are still undergoing intensive treatment for injuries, among them our captain and last season's top scorer Michael Galea."
Speaking to uefa.com, Paradiso said: "I look forward to repaying the faith in me and my first impressions of Maltese football are good." His compatriot Gallovich added that he was "looking forward to this new challenge" under coach Stephen Azzopardi, who remains confident he will have most of his leading men fit for Tuesday's visit of B36 to the National Stadium, Ta Qali. The return will be played in Torshavn on 19 July.
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