Barcelona striker Eto'o to arrive in Israel

May 18, 2006 15:11
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samuel etoo 298.88 ap. (photo credit: AP [file])


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International soccer star Samuel Eto'o is to arrive in Israel next week on a goodwill mission that will include an exhibition match with Jewish and Arab players. Eto'o will be the guest of the Peres Center for Peace, founded by Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres in 1996 to encourage economic and grassroots cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians. It will be his first visit to Israel. During the three-day visit, Eto'o will meet with Peres, Israel's deputy prime minister, and with Israeli and Palestinian children. He also plans to tour Jerusalem holy sites. On Wednesday, Eto'o led Barcelona to its first European soccer championship in 14 years, defeating Britain's Arsenal 2-1. In the 76th minute, he scored the game-tying goal. Five minutes later, Barcelona scored the go-ahead goal. Eto'o and Peres initiated the visit when they met last year in Barcelona at the "Peace Match," an international game sponsored by the Peres Center.

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