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Matvei Igonen is testing at Vicenza Calcio (ITA)

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Rumori’s sources confirmed that FC Infonet’s goalkeeper, Matvei Igonen (1996), U-19 and one call-up with the national team, is in Italy at the moment trialing at Vicenza Calcio (Serie B, second tier).

The young goalkeeper reached the North-East city on Sunday and will spend some days at the Vicenza Calcio training complex ‘Piermario Morosini’ located in Vicenza’s outskirts of Isola Vicentina. A complex thought both for the Primavera team (U-20) and the first team.

In fact Matvei will have a chance to train also with the first team which returned from Bari with the three points thanks to former AC Milan’s striker Petagna who scored on 27’ minutes.

Matvei will also take part to a friendly game during the week.

If signed by Vicenza, he shall be destined to the Primavera team coached by Massimo Beghetto.

The U-20 team is looking for another goalkeeper since they are left with the sole Stefan Kerezovic, a 1998 Serbian. The other shot stopper, Daniele Scarsella, was sold to Lega Pro club, Torres (third tier). During the Viareggio youth tournament, Vicenza was loaned goalkeeper Costa from Sassuolo (1998).

The Vicenza Primavera team is occupying the 12/14 place in the group C (the same were Liivak was playing with SSC Napoli). The team was entered into the central-southern Italy group of Campionato Nazionale Primavera following Vicenza’s repechage into the Serie B.

Pasquale Marino leads Vicenza since October when he replaced Giovanni Lopez (Il Giornale di Vicenza)

Pasquale Marino leads Vicenza since October when he replaced Giovanni Lopez (Il Giornale di Vicenza)

The team was built to play into the lower youth category (‘Berretti’) therefore explained the gap with the other squads.

According to Transfermarkt.de, Igonen has collected 54 appearances in Premium Liiga since he debuted with FC Infonet in 2013 and collected 14 clean sheets.

If he was to join Vicenza, he would be the seventh Estonian player to reach Italy after internationals Sergei Pareiko (Casale Calcio, also a goalkeeper), Joonas Tamm and Henri Anier (Sampdoria) Enar Jääger (Ascoli), Tarmo Kink (Varese Calcio) and Frank Liivak (SSC Napoli).

The first team is coached by experienced skipper, Pasquale Marino, a past of clubs coached both in Serie A and Serie B. 

A vintage Vicenza in 1977-78 earned the club's best position in Serie A, second, and the nickname of 'Real Vicenza' (wikipedia)

A vintage Vicenza in 1977-78 earned the club's best position in Serie A, second, and the nickname of 'Real Vicenza' (wikipedia)

Vicenza Calcio has a glorious past having won the Coppa Italia in 1997 against SSC Napoli. The season after, Vicenza played in the defunct Cup Winners Cup reaching the semi-finals where they had to surrender to Chelsea FC. The Vicenza's striker, Pasquale Luiso, was the topscorer of the competition.
Vicenza have been the first Italian football club to have been purchased by foreign capital as they were taken over by a British company in 1998. The club returned to Italian property in 2004 (Sergio Cassingena).
Vicenza Calcio has won three Serie B seasons. The best placement in Serie A was the second one in 1977-78 when they finished the season 5 points adrift of Juventus. That Vicenza, featured 1982 World Cup topscorer, Paolo Rossi.