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Sunday, July 18, 2004 

Benfica sign Dos Santos

Portuguese Cup holders SL Benfica announced today the signing of French left-back Manuel dos Santos, from Olympique de Marseille. Dos Santos, 30, has signed a three-year contract with the Lisbon club and joins for an undisclosed fee.

Competition for places
A member of the Marseille side which reached the final of the UEFA Cup last season, he will face competition from Greek international Panagiotis Fyssas for a place in the Benfica team. The new Benfica coach, Giovanni Trapattoni, had been keen to recruit another full-back after the departures of Cristiano and Armando.

Title winner
Capped by France at Under-21 and 'B' levels, Dos Santos started his career at AS Monaco FC, where he won the league title. He then moved on to SC Montpellier Hérault for three seasons before joining Marseille ahead of the 2000/01 season.

Source: Uefa.com


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