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Gabriel’s Carpi achieve promotion dream

Gabriel has kept 20 clean sheets during Carpi's promotion winning campaign
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Carpi, the team of Brazilian goalkeeper Gabriel, have been promoted to the Italian Serie A. With four rounds of the Serie B campaign still remaining, the team drew 0-0 with Bari on Tuesday (28) to secure an unprecedented place in Italian football’s top division.

Gabriel has participated in 36 of Carpi’s 38 games so far, keeping 20 clean sheets. Not bad for a goalkeeper of just 22 years of age.

“It was a great achievement, I am very happy to live this moment and we will celebrate a lot. I thank God for everything and everyone who cheered for us throughout this campaign,” he said.

“After the promotion, which has been very important for the history of the club and for each player, now we want the title to crown this great campaign. I am happy to represent Brazil here in Italy with this achievement.”

Gabriel, who has a contract with Milan and is on loan to Carpi, was a youth teamer at Cruzeiro and has participated in Brazil’s youth teams in the past, with one call to the full squad under Mano Menezes. For Brazil, the goalkeeper was champion of the South American U-20 and FIFA U-20 in 2011, and Olympic runner-up in 2012.

Carpi have 75 points in Serie B, whilst Bologna, placed third, have 63 and can no longer catch their rivals. Gabriel’s side can be champion on Sunday (3) when they face Modena away from home. The Frosinone are second with 64 points.


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