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Vincenzo Grifo

Vincenzo Grifo

Italian footballer
Vincenzo Grifo
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Italian footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Germany Italy
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 7 April 1993, Pforzheim, Germany
Age 27 years
Star sign Aries
Stats
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Sports Teams
SC Freiburg
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Dynamo Dresden
FSV Frankfurt
Italy national under-20 football team
The details

Biography

Vincenzo Grifo ([vinˈtʃɛntso ˈɡriːfo]; born 7 April 1993) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a winger or midfielder for SC Freiburg and the Italy national team.

Early life

Grifo was born in Pforzheim, Germany, to Italian parents; his mother is from Apulia, while his father is from Naro, in the province of Agrigento, Sicily.

Club career

Early career

Grifo began his footballing career with local youth sides 1. CfR Pforzheim and Germania Brötzingen, before joining 2. Bundesliga side Karlsruher SC in 2011.

1899 Hoffenheim

In July 2012, he joined Hoffenheim on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract with the club. After initially playing for the reserve side in the Regionalliga Südwest, he was soon promoted to the Hoffenheim senior squad, and made his debut with the club in the Bundesliga on 19 October 2012, in a 3–2 home win over Greuther Fürth, coming on as a substitute for Takashi Usami. His performances earned him a two-year contract extension, and saw him make a total of 12 substitute appearances throughout the 2012–13 season, as well as 13 appearances and 5 goals in the Regionalliga. In the summer of 2013, he was officially promoted to the first squad, and was given the number 32 shirt. He spent the next seasons on loan with Dynamo Dresden and FSV Frankfurt; with Frankfurt, he registered 7 goals and 10 assists in 35 appearances throughout the 2014–15 season.

Freiburg

His performances led SC Freiburg to purchase him for €1.5 million in July 2015; Grifo played a key role in helping the club to win the 2. Bundesliga title and obtain promotion to the Bundesliga, registering 14 goals and 15 assists in 31 league appearances throughout the 2015–16 season.

In the opening six matches of the 2016–17 season, Grifo registered one goal and four assists in the Bundesliga, as well as three goals in two appearances in the DFB-Pokal. He finished the season with 6 goals and 12 assists in 30 league matches.

In his time at Freiburg he scored 20 goals and made 26 assists in 61 league appearances.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

On 28 May 2017, Bundesliga rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach announced the signing of Grifo on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around €6 million. The transfer went through on 1 July.

Return to 1899 Hoffenheim

On 11 June 2018, Hoffenheim signed Grifo on a four-year deal.

On 6 January 2019, Grifo returned to Freiburg on a loan deal until the end of 2018–19 season.

Return to SC Freiburg

On 2 September 2019, Grifo returned to Freiburg permanently once again, having spent the second half of the 2018–19 season on loan at the club.

International career

On 6 September 2013, Grifo earned his first cap for the Italian Under-20 team under manager Alberigo Evani, scoring a goal in a 3–3 draw against Switzerland in Lugano. On 14 October 2013, Grifo earned his first call-up to the Italy Under-21 side from manager Luigi Di Biagio for Italy's Euro 2015 qualifying match against Belgium.

Grifo made his senior debut for Italy, managed by Roberto Mancini, as a second half substitute during a 1–0 friendly win against the USA in Genk on 20 November 2018.

He made his first start for Italy on 15 October 2019, in a 5–0 away win against Liechtenstein, in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match.

Style of play

A modern, intelligent, and creative midfielder, with good offensive capabilities and an eye for goal, Grifo usually plays as a winger on the left flank, despite being naturally right-footed, a position which allows him to cut into the middle and shoot on goal, due to his finishing ability as well as his striking accuracy from distance; a versatile playmaker, he is also capable of playing as an attacking midfielder, as well as in several other attacking positions, and has frequently been deployed as an outside forward. Considered to be a talented and promising young player, he is mainly known for his technique, flair, class, and dribbling skills, while his vision, range of passing, set-piece delivery, and crossing accuracy make him an excellent assist provider. A dead-ball specialist, he is also an accurate free kick and penalty kick taker.

Career statistics

Club

As of 5 June 2019
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1899 Hoffenheim 2012–13 12 0 0 0 12 0
Dynamo Dresden (Loan) 2013–14 13 1 0 0 14 1
FSV Frankfurt (Loan) 2014–15 33 7 2 0 35 7
Freiburg 2015–16 31 14 1 0 32 14
2016–17 30 6 2 3 32 9
Total 61 20 3 3 64 23
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2017–18 17 0 1 0 18 0
Hoffenheim 2018–19 7 1 2 0 9 1
Freiburg (loan) 2018–19 16 6 0 0 16 6
Freiburg total 77 26 3 3 80 29
Career Total 159 35 8 3 167 38

International

As of 15 October 2019
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2018 1 0
2019 1 0
Total 2 0

Honours

Club

SC Freiburg

  • 2. Bundesliga: 2015–16

Individual

  • 2. Bundesliga top assist provider: 2015–16 (11 assists)
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 19 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://int.soccerway.com/players/vincenzo-grifo/254873/
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http://www.bundesliga.de/de/liga/news/freiburg-schnappt-sich-grifo-sport-club-freiburg.jsp
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https://www.bundesliga.com/en/news/Bundesliga/hoffenheim-sign-vincenzo-grifo-from-borussia-monchengladbach-507330.jsp
https://www.scfreiburg.com/node/23542
https://www.scfreiburg.com/node/29210
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