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English professional futsal player Liam Palfreeman plays in Italy for C.U.S Ancona in the Divisione Calcio a5 Serie B Group D has made history for British futsal.
When Liam arrived back in Italy, he had already won two league titles in England with Oxford and London Baku United, in addition to winning three FA Futsal Cups with Oxford, Baku and Helvecia. In Spain, he also won the Liga Nacional de Futbol Sala (LNFS) Segunda B league title with UA Ceuti FS. Liam had previously been in Italy in 2020 with 2021 Serie A2 club Last 8 Coppa Italia runners up Olimpus Roma, but unfortunately due to COVID and the league being cancelled, he had to return to England. An opportunity presented itself to return for the 2020-21 season but in the Serie B with C.U.S Ancona.
First British futsal player to win league titles in three different countries
When the season started, his new club were seen as underdogs due to their smaller budget and squad size compared to their league rivals. However, Liam and his teammates rose to the challenge and defied their critics, winning their league with one game left of the season as second placed Futsal Askl lost today 11-6 to Corinaldo.
Next Saturday, C.U.S Ancona will finish their league season against Russi and will be presented with their league title cup. Although, Liam will miss the game due to injury and suspension, he will celebrate promotion to the A2 division with his teammates, proud of his contribution on the court as a defender but also because he scored 25 goals in 21 games. The club have also made their own club history within Italian futsal as the Serie A2 next season will be the highest they have played in the Futsal pyramid in their history.
On the 30th of April, the next step in their season is the Last 8 of the Coppa Italia Serie B v Aquile Molfetta from Group G. The other fixtures are Sporting Altamarca v Benevento, EUR Massimo v Catanzaro, and Modena Cavezzo v tbc. C.U.S Ancona will consider themselves underdogs in this competition, but can they surprise everyone again and finish their season as the Divisions Cup champions.
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