(born 24 June 1987) is an Italian footballer who plays as a forward, currently for U.S. Grosseto
. His former clubs include Parma
and Derby County
, where he spent the 2006–07 season on loan. He was renowned as having a rivalry with Italian International Giuseppe Rossi
, as the media had billed the two as the future of Italian football. Despite this Lupoli has not prospered to the level of his compatriot.
Originally from Frattamaggiore
, Lupoli began his footballing career with Italian side Parma
. During his Allievi (Under-17) season he scored 45 goals in 22 games, one of the best tallies ever recorded in Italian youth history. However, by mid-2004 his contract had expired. Lupoli signed an Arsenal
contract by way of a scholarship, the Gunners paid Parma £200,000 compensation.
Lupoli's debut in the Arsenal first-team was in a match against Manchester City
in the Carling Cup
on 27 October 2004. His next match, against Everton
in the same competition, brought him his first goals for the club, two of Arsenal's three goals in the 3–1 victory on 9 November
. He also played in the match against Manchester United
which saw Arsenal's exit from the competition. He was Arsenal's top scorer at youth/reserve level in 2004–05
, with 27 goals in 32 appearances.
Lupoli scored prolifically at youth/reserve team level during the 2005–06
season, alongside Nicklas Bendtner
. He also figured in the Gunners'... Read More