Monday, September 08, 2008 by Paul Grech
Given the high percentage of foreign players coming into the English game each season, it is to be expected that a fair share of them arrive as unknowns. What usually happens is that once attention about a player is heightened by the knowledge that he is going to move to
For Vitor Flora, however, unknown really meant unknown. Whichever way you looked and whoever you asked, no one had heard of him before the announcement that he had joined
“I'm afraid he's a total unknown even in
“I've seen some sites where Brazilians were talking about him and they are just as surprised as anyone by the move.”
There was, however, a good reason for this surprise for
Apparently, it was whilst watching a video of the most promising players in the previous year’s Paulista U17 championship that one of Liverpool’s scouts in
Despite being just eighteen, Flora already has quite a story. Hailing from São Joaquim da Barra, a 44,000 large town in the suburbs of Sao Paolo, he made his first steps in football with the legendary side
Playing in the U17 championship, Flora scored ten goals which prompted his enterprising father to make a video compilation of his son’s best moments and send it out to the top sides in
This caught the attention not only of Gremio but also of Italian giants Juventus who took Flora on for a trial that lasted forty five days. Ultimately, however, no agreement was reached partly because Juventus wanted to send him out on loan to a Serie B side but largely because they weren’t willing to pay as much as Flora’s father, and agent, was asking for.
It is an interesting bet and not without precedents even though in reality it is much more similar to the plot of the football-themed movie series Goal than the transfer that took Denilson to Arsenal. For, although Denilson too hadn’t played any senior football back in
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