A modern, intelligent, and creative midfielder, with good offensive capabilities and an eye for goal, Vicenzo Grifo usually plays as a winger on the left flank. He is 27 years old, a key executive of SC Freiburg, where he is doing great, and has aroused the interest of several stronger clubs.
In fact, in the recent international friendly game against Estonia, he scored 2 goals and was generally one of the best players in the Italian national team, Alberigo Evani, as Roberto Mancini had been hit by a crown and could not lead his team.
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. Grifo began his footballing career with local youth sides 1. Pforzheim and Germania Brötzingen, before joining 2 Bundesliga side Karlscruhe in 2011.
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.
Interviewed in La Gazzetta dello Sport, the midfielder of Freiburg and the Italian national team, Vincenzo Grifo, also spoke of a possible future in Serie A: «To change I would need a project. In the past, at least twice, I made a mistake in changing club. So I promised myself not to be rushed. It is essential to find a coach who believes in you. With Mancini it went just like that. A new club experience? Never say never. «
Did you refuse Fiorentina?.
«Yes, it happened in the summer of 2019: I was back at Hoffenheim and that proposal seemed interesting to me at first but, as I reflected, the purple club took Ribery and Boateng. And at that point it was better to stay in Germany.»
«I was 18 and Tare wanted to sign up for the Biancocelesti, he wanted me at all costs in Rome. But together with my relatives I decided it was better to stay close to my family. I was too young. It was the first time I left the house. and we preferred nearby Hoffenheim «.
What chance do you have of going all over Europe?.
«One at a time, as if it were in a safe field all the time. Very little goal and assist and only good luck that».