Sampdoria sign Mallorca defender Iuliano

January 30, 2006

MADRID, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Sampdoria have signed defender Mark Iuliano, the Serie A side said on its website on Monday.

The former Italy international was released from his contract by Spanish side Real Mallorca earlier on Monday after requesting a return to his homeland for family reasons.

His first match is expected to be against Treviso on Sunday.

Sampdoria currently lie ninth in Serie A on 32 points, 27 behind leaders Juventus.

The 32-year-old joined Mallorca from Juventus in January last year, with four Serie A winners medals under his belt.