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Palmeiras boost squad upon return to top flight

Franca has previously played in Brazil for Criciuma
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Palmeiras have started planning for life back in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A by confirming the signing of defensive midfielder Franca from German side Hannover 96.

The 22 year-old, who has previously played in his homeland with Coritiba and Criciuma, joins on loan for the 2014 season.

Palmeiras, who along with Santos share the most National Championships with eight, dropped out of the top division at the end of 2012 but managed to safely steer their way to promotion at the first time of asking.

On the same day as Franca's signing, Palmeiras also announced that joining them for the coming season would be 26 year-old former Portuguesa striker Diogo. The pair will be aiming to line up for the Sao Paulo side with Brazil stalwart Lucio, who joined on January 1st.


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