Monday, February 1, 2010
Despite not receiving an offer from Danish Superliga club Odense BK, Gabriel Ferrari still believes he has what it takes to make an impact in Europe.

Ferrari is currently on loan with Foggia of Italy's Lega Pro Prima Divisione B from Serie A club Sampdoria who had also loaned out the New Yorker last season to Perugia of the Lega Pro Prima Divisione A.

The striker has just returned from Denmark where he trained with the SuperLiga leaders in hopes of impressing the club enough to garner an offer during the winter transfer window.

Unfortunately for Ferrari, Odense informed him that he would not be in their plans which came as disappointing news to the 21 year old.

"Honestly, I was pretty optimistic and I thought I did really well at Odense," Ferrari recently told YA. "From the body language the head coach gave me, I thought that things were going to be positive… I respect their decision. They told me for now during the January window they need someone with more experience and impact at the moment and I totally understand."

The former US Under-20 international played in an intrasquad scrimmage while at Odense but says that he never got the opportunity to prove himself in a true match environment due to a scheduling snafu.

"Another thing that hampered the situation I think was the fact our friendly games was cancelled which I was looking forward to," sighed Ferrari. "We did have a match between ourselves which I did well in, but didn't score which I needed to do."

The Gotham native has now returned to Italy and has set his sights on making the most of his time this spring while with the Satanelli.

Ferrari has logged 14 appearances thus far for Foggia but has yet to find the back of the net, a fact not lost on the attacker who aspires to score goals this spring and continue developing his game.

"I now have another four months getting games and hopefully goals, but more importantly creating character and developing because in Italy I believe players become real men," he added.

One thing that does appear to be certain in Ferrari's future is that he will not be playing in Italy next season. The former New York Metro Stars youth product indicates that Sampdoria would like him to play in another European league, a challenge that the young American welcomes.

"In June, Sampdoria wants to send me abroad which I really want because I know I can make a difference at a top club," concluded Ferrari.

Foggia and Ferrari return to action this weekend when they host Ternana.
Ivan Drago
Tuesday February 2, 2010 4:06 pm
Man, he seemed so promising not too long ago. Now he can't get a look in Denmark?!?! What a shame to hear that he isn't even scoring in Italy's lower divisions, that should be achievable for a guy like him.

I love these articles about the fringe players, they give a very real sense of American progress in Europe. I don't find this discouraging at all, by the way, as the true sign of success is that we have enough players on the scene that some can fail. Go Yanks!

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