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English professional futsal player Liam Palfreeman, stepped up for C.U.S Ancona today in the Italian Serie B, and scored a 10 metre penalty and his 50th goal in Italy. However, the 50 goals have been accumulated over three separate experiences and 52 appearances playing in the country. When you also include his time in Spain, it is 55 goals in 62 games playing abroad.
When Liam was 20 years old, he made a huge decision to move abroad to pursue a professional futsal career, travelling to Italy, he signed for Città di Falconara in the C1. When the season finished, he had scored 21 goals in 16 appearances, after a short two year period in England, Liam moved to Spain to play in the Segunda B for UA Ceutí FS halfway through their season. Despite this, he made 10 appearances and scored 5 goals. When the season ended, Liam decided to accept an offer from Olimpus Roma to compete in the Serie A2, the second highest level of Futsal in Italy. Unfortunately, the season was cancelled due to COVID but in the 17 appearances, he scored 7 goals. Returning to England, another opportunity presented itself to return to Italy, and he decided to accept it, even though it would mean playing at a level below the A2 in the Serie B for CUS Ancona. However, for Liam’s development and confidence, he has grabbed the opportunity with both hands and worked hard to show that he is good enough to be playing in the Serie A in Italy or the Primeira division in Spain.
Today’s match was a must win for his club C.U.S Ancona, who are very close to winning their Serie B divisional group D, and the automatic promotional place to the A2. Three more wins and they will secure the league which is a fantastic achievement for a club considered an underdog due to having one of the lowest salary budgets in the league. Liam has been prolific this season scoring 22 goals in 19 games, and the club has a lot more to look forward to due to securing their place in the Last Eight of the Coppa Italia Futsal where they will face clubs from across the Serie B divisional groups. What makes Liam’s achievements so far even more special is that he is not a pivot, but a defender.
Here is highlights of Liam’s goal today and an assist:
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