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Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004

Ilhan Mansiz joins Kobe

KOBE (Kyodo) Vissel Kobe has signed Turkey World Cup striker Ilhan Mansiz from Turkish club Besiktas, officials of the J. League first division club said Monday.

The 28-year-old, who helped Turkey reach the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, has signed a two-year contract and will be officially unveiled at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. He will be the first Turkish player to play in the J. League.

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