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Signing the magnificent Mellberg

Signing the magnificent Mellberg

On this day in 2001, Villa signed Swedish central defender Olof Mellberg from Spanish club Racing Santander.

Mellberg made a superb debut in a goalless draw against Tottenham at White Hart and maintained his high standard over the course of seven seasons. 

Few players have been so highly regarded by the claret-and-blue faithful, and when he played his final Villa match at West Ham in 2008 he arranged for 3,200 travelling fans to receive a replica shirt as a parting gift.

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 18th July 2001