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Barcelona sign Swedish boy, 9

Barcelona have signed a nine-year-old Swedish prodigy, Zico Marecaldi Jr., to their training academy, according to a Swedish newspaper report.

"I am going on Wednesday, It's going to be great fun," Zico, of Malmo, told the Skanska Dagbladet of his admission to Fundacion Marect, an academy run by the team.

"Zico is going to board with all the others at the academy. This feels good. There he can get to know all his new friends," his father Antonio Marecaldi said.

Zico's father will join him in Barcelona, Spain, in four to five months, the Swedish news website TheLocal.se reported.

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