Anybody still want to sign a calciatore?By: Francesco | August 3rd, 2008
65 soccer players. 10 days. 1 goal- to get signed by a professional soccer team. Is this the newest Italian reality show? No, it is not. This scenario is actually real, and it’s going on at the famed Coverciano training complex in Florence right now. Every summer players without a club go to Coverciano for a training camp where they hope to impress various scouts of Serie A, B, and Lega Pro (C1 and C2) teams so that they have a job for the coming season. 65 players are currently at Coverciano, where they have until August 8th to impress a team. As of now, only two players have been picked up: Emanuele Troise, of ex-Napoli fame and most recently with Bologna, signed with a Greek team. The other player is Giovanni Bruno, who was signed by Emilian side Reggiana. Some familiar names are there as well. Cristiano Lupatelli (ex-goalkeeper of Roma, Chievo, and Fiorentina) is looking for a bench to sit on, as is Francesco Colonnese (very experienced defender who has played with Roma, Napoli, Inter, Lazio, and Siena). Ex-Messina captain Salvatore Sullo was there as well, but he was recently picked up by Pugliese club Martina.
Nicola Bosio, who looks over the training session, told Tuttosport: “We are a little preoccupied, since usually at this time of year 6 or 7 players are signed, while this year at this time we only have had 2 players picked up.”
Also going on at Coverciano at this moment is the coaching course. Some famous names that are currently attending are Valerio Fiori (Milan’s 3rd keeper since 1998 and now the new Goalkeeper trainer for the Rossoneri), Ciccio Baiano (the ex-Foggia and Fiorentina hitman), and Angelo Peruzzi, who is getting his license so that he can be part of Lippi’s Italy staff.