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Tuesday, 7 May, 2002, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK

Edmilson

Club: Lyon
Position: Defender

The 25-year-old's versatility is a blessing to any coach.

Luiz Felipe Scolari has deployed him in central defence - his strongest position - where his height and strength in the air have proved a major asset for Lyon.

However, Brazil can, and have, used him as a rearguard midfielder, helping to push play forward but more importantly as an extra line of defence in front of an attacking back four.

Lyon paid 7m to lure him to France from Sao Paolo and he went on to be a central figure in their French league success in the 2000/2001 season.

Prior to that, he had been due to join English Premiership side Arsenal but that deal fell through after he was refused a work permit.


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