On Saturday Italian side U.S. Grosseto took on Bari in their final game of the Serie B season and it turned out to be a wonderful game.
Grosseto took the lead but were soon pegged back in to place by perennial promotion challengers Bari who made the score 3-1.
The cam the fight back with three second half goals proving enough to see Grosseto to a stunning 4-3 victory at home.
But why am I sitting here bleating on about some inconsequential Italian second tier match-up?
Well mainly due to the two players who bagged the opening goals for Grosseto in this tie; names very familiar to North London for different reasons.
One is an ex-starlet tipped for greatness while the other is a current starlet tipped much the same.
First we have Arturo Lupoli. He grabbed the first goal of the day with a neat swivel and half-volley. When Arsenal snapped up the Italian for a fee believed to be in the region of £200k compensation big things were expected of the Italian youth international after he scored 45 goals in just 22 games in the Parma youth team.
However his three years in London were not successful. A decent loan spell at Derby County aside he ended up signing for Fiorentina in 2007 before further loan spells at Treviso, Norwich City and Sheffield United followed.
Grosseto signed him from Ascoli in 2011 but he has failed to find any level of consistency at the club; scoring just 9 goals in his two seasons at the club.
The other goal came from Souleymane Coulibaly. Tottenham fought tooth and nail to secure the young Ivorian from Siena in 2011 and he was finally given a chance to impress on loan with this deal to the Serie B strugglers. However this was just his second goal in a largely uninspiring loan spell.
As the win against Bari was the clubs first in 11 attempts; wretched form that has seen them finish bottom of the league and relegated to the third tier of Italian football.
Not even a combination of an ex-Arsenal and current Tottenham starlet could save this team from doom and gloom.
What are your memories of Lupoli? What are Coulibaly’s Tottenham chances?
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