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Vincenzo Grifo reveals desire to play in Serie A

By Rune Gjerulff

An Italian international, Vincenzo Grifo has never played in the Serie A. That could change in the future – but only if the right opportunity comes.

Vincenzo Grifo.
Vincenzo Grifo.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche

Vincenzo Grifo became the first player in the history to score for Italy without having played a single minute in the Serie A when he bagged a brace in his country's 4-0 victory over Estonia on Wednesday.


Born in Pforzheim to Italian parents, the Freiburg winger has spent his entire career in Germany so far, but he would be tempted to make the move to the Serie A if the right offer came in.

"I would like to play in the Serie A one day, but I have to be rational. At 27, I'd only make a switch if a real chance comes up," Grifo said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I'd never say never if a big club came knocking, but I've vowed not to make any more hasty decisions because I've made the mistake of switching clubs at least two times in the past. It's important to find a coach who believes in you, and that's exactly what happened with [Italy coach] Robert Mancini," he added.

Besides Freiburg, Grifo has played for Hoffenheim, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hoffenheim among others.


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