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Barcelona register 77 new players after transfer ban ends – report
Barcelona have reportedly registered 77 new players across the club’s various teams as their FIFA-imposed ban on making additions has finally ended.
In 2014, Barca were found to have breached numerous violations of FIFA’s youth transfer regulations, with the one-year transfer ban being upheld on two separate occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Summer signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal are the most high-profile names on the list reportedly registered with the Catalan football federation when their offices opened for business on Monday Jan. 3, and both are set to make their debuts in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey round-of-16 first leg at home to local rivals Espanyol.
Among those now able to officially debut for the club’s youth teams are South Korean 17-year-old Seungwoo Lee, who was one of the non-Spanish youngsters originally involved in the FIFA investigation, and who will be officially registered when he turns 18 on Wednesday.
Daniel Gudjohnsen, son of former Chelsea and Iceland star Eidur Gudjohnsen, is to join Barca’s Benjamin B side, having formerly played for the youth ranks of regional Catalan club Gava.