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19.08.2007 10:00

Four great signings


With a week left before the season starts, Barça are feeling confident after an impressive pre-season campaign and the signing of four outstanding players during the summer.

Thierry Henry, Gabriel Milito, Touré Yaya and Éric Abidal have been added to the Blaugrana squad since the end of last term and all four have shown their quality already. The quartet were also photographed together for the first time on Friday for www.fcbarcelona.cat.

On the same day that UEFA took official head shots and a team group photo for their Champions League publications, the new arrivals at Camp Nou all posed together for the first time in Barça colours.

Balancing act

NUEVOS_03.jpgThe main aim during the summer for the club was to bolster the defence and the arrival of Milito, to play in the centre of the back four, Abidal, to strengthen the left-back position and Touré to bring balance to the side has meant that the squad now has a new equilibrium that Frank Rijkaard has talked about on numerous occasions. With only one goal conceded in their six pre-season games, the defence looks a lot more solid.


Henry was one of the star signings of the summer in world football and the French international has already shown why he is rated so highly within the game. Only a few weeks after finally shaking off a long-term injury, the forward has become just another player in Rijkaard's star-studded squad, but he is already beginning to show his class.
Four great signings
All together now
While Gaby Milito enjoyed an extended holiday, following his participation in the Copa América, the other three new signings have spent the entire pre-season working with their new team-mates and that has helped their integration into the club and the city. Against Bayern Munich, Milito made his Barça debut in the 61st minute and it was the first time that all four new arrivals had played in the same game ( 0-1 ).

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