When he was in purple, the director took the former Italian-Brazilian tip, now become a wine entrepreneur in Salento. Now it’s Hugo’s turn, a promising talent
From January 2012 to January 2023: the practice is always the same. Corvino extending his hand, Amauri ready to shake it to marry his project. Eleven years ago, Pantaleo was the sporting director of Fiorentina and, in the winter transfer market session, he signed the 31-year-old striker, who ended up on the sidelines of Juve. Now it’s the turn of 16-year-old Hugo De Oliveira: he is the son of the Italian-Brazilian and will soon become a member of Lecce’s youth sector.
FROM WINE TO BALL
Although Amauri has never worn the Giallorossi shirt, Salento has already become a land dear to his family. Specializing in the export of wines to the USA, a year ago the former centre-forward became a business partner of Fabio Cordella, a well-known wine entrepreneur, who launched a bottle dedicated to Amauri. Back in Lecce for Cordella’s wedding, the Italian-Brazilian has found many friends known around Italy. Above all Fabrizio Miccoli, attacking partner at the time of Palermo, who was amazed by the qualities of the little Hugo.
The rumor of a golden-footed Brazilian baby spread quickly, reaching the ears of the Lecce managers. Hugo De Oliveira, born in Rome but with two passports, left Thonon (France) and began training with the Giallorossi Under 16 team, immediately making an impression on the insiders. A more mobile striker than his father, technically strong and capable of exalting himself even on the wing, Hugo is awaiting the go-ahead from the federation, which must give the go-ahead for his membership. When his father signed with Fiorentina, the marriage with Corvino lasted just six months, twelve appearances and one goal. Hugo has all the credentials to do better and, above all, he has one of those business cards in his pocket that drive Pantaleo crazy: 16 years old, imagination, speed and a great desire to establish himself in the football that matters to him.
March 4, 2023 (change March 4, 2023 | 17:03)
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