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Barcelona to introduce new starlet

November 28 2006

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has included Mexican starlet Giovani dos Santos in the squad that will go to Japan on December to play the FIFA Club World Cup. The 17-year-old is set to be a star and hopefully he’ll show his talent in this cup. All the teams have already submitted their squad lists. Dos Santos already demonstrated his abilities in Barcelona’s summer tour to North America and dazzled the spectators and media, which also followed his campaign in Barcelona B only to find out he really could be the next Messi or Ronaldinho.

The kid will hopefully be seen in the following edition of the Club World Cup, to be held in Japan between 10 and 17 December. The champions of all the continental competitions will play: Barcelona, Internacional (Brazil, winner of the Copa Libertadores), Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (Republic of Korea), América (Mexico), Al- Ahly Sporting Club (Egypt) and Auckland City FC (New Zealand).

The squads are the following:

GKs: Víctor Valdés (Spain), Albert Jorquera (Spain) and Rubén (Spain).
Defenders: Juliano Belleti (Brazil), Rafael Márquez (Mexico), Carles Puyol (Spain), Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy), Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Netherlands), Edmilson (Brazil), Sylvinho (Brazil), Lilian Thuram (France), Oleguer (Spain).
Midfielders: Thiago Motta (Brazil), Xavi Hernández (Spain), Deco (Portugal), Andrés Iniesta (Spain) and Marc Crosas (Spain).
Forwards: Eidur Gudjohnsen (Iceland), Ludovic Giuly (France), Ronladinho (Brazil), Santiago Ezquerro (Spain), Javier Saviola (Argentina) and Giovani dos Santos (Mexico).

Al-Ahly Sporting Club (Egypt):
GKs: Essam El Hadary, Amir Abdelhamid and Nader El Sayed
Defenders: Islam El Shater, Tarek Said, Emad El Nahas, Ahmed El Sabed, Wael Gomaa, Shady Mohamed, Ahmed Sedik, Mohamed Abdellah, Shadid Ahmed, Abdellah Galal, Mohammed Sedik.
Midfielders: Wael Riad, Osma Ashour, Hassan Mostaza, Akwety Mensah (Ghana), Mohamed Shawky.
Forwards: Emad Moteb, Osama Hosny, Mohamed Aboutrika and Flavio (Angola).

Auckland City FC (New Zealand):
Gks: Ross Nicholson (NZL), Richard Gillespie (NZL) and Mark Fulcher (Scotland).
Defenders: Ben Sigmund (NZL), Jonathan Perry (NZL), James Pritchett (NZL), Cole Tinkler (NZL), Dean Gordon (England), Paul Vodanovich (NZL), Luiz Del Monte (BrazilGreg Uhlmann (NZL) and Riki Van Steeden (NZL).
Midfielders: Jason Hayne (NZL), Paul Seaman (Wales), Liam Mulrooney (England), Jonathan Smith (NZL), Neil Sykes (England), Teru Iwamoto(Japan), Chad Coombes (NZL) and Bryan Little (Scotland).
Forwads: Paul Urlovic (NZL), Grant Young (South Africa) and Keryn Jordan (South Africa).

Club América (Mexico):
GKs: Alberto Becerra, Armando Navarrete and Guillermo Ochoa.
Defenders: Carlos Infante, Diego Cervantes, Duilio Davino, Ismael Rodríguez, José Antonio Castro, Oscar Rojas, Ricardo Rojas (Chile) and Raúl Salinas.
Midfielders: Alejandro Argüello, Raúl Alvin Mendonza, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Fabián Pena, Fabiano Pereira (Brazil), Germán Villa, Ignacio Torres and Juan Mosqueda. Delanteros: Claudio López (Argentina), Matías Vuoso (Argentina), Nelson Cuevas (Paraguay) and Salvador Cabañas (Paraguay).

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (Korean Republic):
GKs: LEE Kwang Suk, KWOUN Sun Tae and SUNG Kyung Il.
Defenders: CHOI Chul Soon, CHOI Jin Cheul, KIM Young Sun, KIM Hyun Su, WANG Jung Hyun, LIM You Hwan, HEO Hoon Goo and KIM In Ho.
Midfielders: JANG Ji Hyun, CHUNG Jung Kwan, HAN Je Kwang, Botti (Brazil), JEON Kwang Hwan, SHIN Sang Hoon, LEE Hyun Seung, KIM Young Sin, KWON Jip and KIM Hyeung Bum.
Forwards: JUNG Soo Jong and Zecarlo (Brazil).

Sport Club Internacional (Brazil):
GKs: Clemer, Renán and Marcelo
Defenders: Ceará, Indio, Fabiano Eller, Martín Hidalgo (Perú), Edigle, Rubens Cardoso and Elder Granja.
Midfielders: Wellington Monteiro, Alex, Edinho, Fabinho, Adriano, Fabián Vargas (Colombia) and Perdigao.
Forwards: Fernandao, Iarley, Alexandre PatoLuiz Adriano, Wason Rentería (Colombia) and Michel.

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