Ex-Palermo keeper scores game-winner playing as a striker for father’s club

After over two decades of playing professional soccer, Stefano Sorrentino finally scored his first ever goal.  The former Torino, AEK Athens, Chievo, and Palermo goalkeeper initially announced his retirement from the sport just a few weeks ago. However, he was soon signed by eighth-tier FC Cervo, a team that just so happens to be managed by Sorrentino’s father.  

While Sorrentino has played his entire professional career as a keeper, the now 40-year-old player made his debut for Cervo as a center forward.  The keeper-turned-striker netted the goal on Sunday with a header coming straight off of a throw-in deep into opposing territory.  The goal gave Cervo a 2-1 victory and moved the Italian club up to third in the Seconda Categoria Imperia – Girone A table.  

With nearly 600 total senior matches under his belt, all previously as a goalkeeper, it’s certainly impressive that Sorrentino scored in his first match playing up front.  The former shot-stopper last played with Serie A side Chievo during the 2018/19 campaign.   The Yellow and Blues managed just 25 goals in league play on the season and were subsequently relegated back to Serie B.  Perhaps they could have used Sorrentino up front as a striker.

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