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Katsouranis joins Santos at Benfica

Published: Thursday 22 June 2006, 21.06CET
Greece midfielder Konstantinos Katsouranis has followed coach Fernando Santos to SL Benfica after signing a long-term deal with the Portuguese Liga outfit.

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Published: Thursday 22 June 2006, 21.06CET

Katsouranis joins Santos at Benfica

Greece midfielder Konstantinos Katsouranis has followed coach Fernando Santos to SL Benfica after signing a long-term deal with the Portuguese Liga outfit.

Greek international Konstantinos Katsouranis has followed coach Fernando Santos to SL Benfica after signing a four-year deal with the Portuguese Liga outfit.

Mutual appreciation
The 27-year-old midfielder has worked under Santos for the last two seasons at AEK Athens FC and arrives at the Estádio da Luz just a month after the coach. "I chose Benfica because I know the coach very well and he knows me," he explained. "Benfica are a great club and I am taking the opportunity of a lifetime by signing for such a big club."

Fond memories
Katsouranis will have fond memories of his new home, the Estádio da Luz, where he played a crucial part in Greece's triumph at UEFA EURO 2004™. But he could make his debut in the more familiar surroundings of the Athens Olympic stadium after the teams agreed to play a friendly on 1 August. Katsouranis will be sorely missed by AEK, for whom he scored 29 goals in 110 league games after joining from Panahaiki GC in 2002.

Last updated: 23/06/06 19.12CET

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