Legia unveil summer collection

UEFA Cup contenders Legia Warszawa unveiled nine new signings at a special press conference on Thursday.

Estraklasa runners-up Legia Warszawa unveiled their nine summer signings at a special press conference on Thursday.

Karwan returns
Legia finished behind Wisla Kraków in the Estraklasa last season to qualify for the UEFA Cup, before losing the Polish cup final to KKS Lech Poznan. They have spent the summer strengthening the squad with Poland international Bartosz Karwan returning to Legia from Hertha BSC Berlin on a free transfer. The 28-year-old midfield player has signed a three-year deal with the club.

Youthful investment
Karwan will be joined in the midfield by former Poland Under-21 player Ireneusz Kowalski and 19-year-old Eddie Stanford. The latter becomes the first Englishman at the club after joining from first division side Coventry City FC. Marcin Smolinski and Jakub Rzezniczak will move from GKP Targowek Warszawa and SPN Widzew Lódz respectively, while 16-year-old starlet Maciej Korzym joins from third division side MKS Sandecja Nowy Sacz on a two-year contract.

Serbian defenders
Striker Anatoliy Dorosh joins from Moldovan side FC Nistru Otaci on a four-year deal and Serbo-Montenegrin defenders Mirko Poledica and Veselin Djokovic move from AC Sparta Praha and KS Amica Wronki respectively, to complete the list.

European ambitions
"We are building a team which, in three years time, will be ready to compete in Europe for more than two or three games," said Legia president Piotr Zygo. "We have put our faith in a mixture of youth and the experience of the older players like Jacek Zielinski, Marek Jozwiak and Tomasz Sokolowski."