Vincenzo Grifo, who is the Italian “German” called by Mancini in the national team

Vincenzo Grifo, chi è l'italiano "tedesco" chiamato da Roberto Mancini in nazionale

Vincenzo Grifo, who is the Italian "German" called by Mancini in the national team (photo Ansa)

ROME – Italian by name, German by birth. And now also in Italy by Roberto Mancini. Vincenzo Grifo is called the latest news of the National Football Commissioner in the convocations of 27 players in view of the match of Nations League with Portugal and the friendly with the United States, launched the Hoffenheim midfielder in the blue galaxy. Bundesliga team that also plays this year in the Champions League.

That of the Italian national team "would be the greatest dream – Grifo had said a few years ago, an outside midfielder with an offensive vocation – I hope that sooner or later he will succeed" and that day for the player born in Pforzheim 25 years ago and originally from Naro ( province of Agrigento) has really arrived. Grifo grows football in the team of his hometown, before arriving in July 2011 at the Karlsruhe club of the second German division. In July 2012 he moved to a zero parameter at Hoffenheim, who initially placed him in the squad of the second team, which disputes the Regionalliga Südwest.

On 19 October 2012 he made his debut in the Bundesliga match Hoffenheim-Greuther Fürth (3-2), taking over from Takashi Usami in the second half. A few days later he renewed his contract until 2016. In the first season he collects 12 appearances in the Bundesliga (mostly taking over from the current race) and 13 appearances with 5 goals in Regionalliga. In the summer of 2013 he was placed in the first team and wore the number 32 shirt.

On 2 June 2015 officially passes for 1.5 million euros to Friborg. At the first season with Friborg scored 14 goals and was promoted to the Bundesliga, a competition in which the following year scored 6 goals. On 28 May 2017 he was bought by Borussia Mönchengladbach, with whom he signed a four-year contract. After only one season with Borussia, he returned to Hoffenheim on 11 June 2018.

The blue is not an absolute novelty for Grifo who has already played with the Under-20 and the Under-21: on September 6, 2013 he made his debut with the Italian jersey of the Italian Under-20 representative led by Alberigo Evani and he also goes scored with a goal in a friendly match against Switzerland and a 3-3 draw. On 3 October 2013 he obtained the first call-up in Under-21 by the technical commissioner Luigi Di Biagio for the 2015 European Championship qualifying match on 14 October against Belgium.

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