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FIORENTINA football team


Fiorentina football clubFiorentina was born in august 1926 through the merger of Libertas and Florence Sport Club teams, the colour of their first kits was white and red-striped. The first steps were taken in the old "Bellini" stadium, hosting Fiorentina until September 1931, month of the opening of the new "Franchi" stadium. The absolute first match in Fiorentina's history was played against Signa and it was lost 2-1. Their first official match (and win!) was in October 1926 (national division championship), their coach was Carlo Capskay. At the end of 1930/31 football season the team already was in serie A (the first Italian division) and it immediately gained the forth place ranking thanks to the numerous (25) Pedro Petrone's goals. On 16 june 1935 the team played its first official match to an international level, in Budapest (Mitropa Cup, Fiorentina-Ujpest Dozsa 2-0). The first title won was the Coppa Italia, in 1939/40. In the meantime the colour of the kits had changed from red and white to violet and Fiorentina's fans began to call them the "Viola".

At the beginning of 1950s Fiorentina entered the group of the most important Italian football teams, in 1955/56 they won their first 'scudetto'. In summer 1955 Mr Befani, the president, had completed an already competitive team acquiring Julinho and Montuori players and since the first matches the team (trained by Mr Bernardini) was in the top ranking, in 1958/59 they closed the season with 95 goals marked (a still undisputed record in this category).

The decade 1960-1970 was the best period for the Tuscan club. On June 11th, 1961 they won their second Coppa Italia, winning Lazio for 2-0 thanks to Petris and Milan's goals. In 1963/64 Kurt Hamrin set the new record in Italian serie A championship, realizing five goals during the match versus Atalanta. that's to say the primacy of nets marked by a single player in an external match. In 1965/66 the Viola won their third Coppa Italia and they even won the Mitropa Cup, beating the Czechoslovakian team Jednota Trencin thanks to a Brugnera's goal.They closed this lucky decade winning their second 'scudetto' in the season 1968/69, under the leadership of Bruno Pesaola as a technical guide and of Nello Baglini as a chairman; top-goalscorer of the year was Maraschi, who marked 14 goals.

Fiorentina's history remembers just two positive and important happennings in 1970s: Giancarlo Antognoni (one of the most famous and appreciated players of any time) came to take part to the team (1972) practically becoming the Viola's historical flag and they won again the Coppa Italia in 1975. At the end of '70s the Pontello family took the leadership of the team.

It seemed that the Pontello family could give to Florence its third 'scudetto', instead the existing economic problems slowly mined an apparent strong club which was shamed to sell all its best players such as Passarella, Massaro and Galli, among the others. Roberto Baggio was given away to Juventus (which was Fiorentina's bitter challenger) causing the raging Viola's fans' protest. The club was acquired by Mario Cecchi Gori (his son, Vittorio, took the team at his death, in 1993) who tried to improve its fortune acquiring new important players such as Gabriel Batistuta, Laudrup, Effenberg and Di Mauro. Unfortunately at the end of the season the team ended up in serie B after a three coaches change (from Radice and Agroppi to the Chiarugi-Antognoni tandem), so the technical guide was put into the hands of Mr Ranieri, who made the Viola able to reach again the serie A; in 1996 Fiorentina finally won its fifth Coppa Italia. In 1998 the new coach Trapattoni, brought the team back in Champions League after thirty-one years. In May 2000 both Trapattoni and Batistuta (Viola's top-goalscorer of every time in serie A, with 152 goals) left the club.

In 2001 Fiorentina won the Coppa Italia for the sixth time (famous players of that period were Toldo and Rui Costa), but it soon returned in serie B (Mr Mancini was the coach of that time), and than quit permanently the championship because of the Cecchi Gori Group's financial crack.

The new Fiorentina was born in August 2002. Diego Della Valle decided to buy the new club, which was starting again from serie C-2. The team was fully reconstructed and it was successful in its declared aim to reach again the serie A in three years (they reached it in 2003 under the coaching of Mr Mondonico).

The 2005/06 championship saw the overtaking of several Viola's historical records: 22 wins in a single championship, 16 internal wins, 31 goals marked by a single player in a serie A single season (Luca Toni). The important season of the team has been completed by a raising of the youth group.


Florence stadium

Artemio Franchi - Fiorentina Stadium

Address: Viale Manfredo Fanti, 4 - 50137 Florence
Telephone number:+39 055 5030190-1
Pitch size:
105m x 68m
Capacity: 47,282 seated spectators




Fiorentina team 2009/2010

1 Sébastien Frey
2 Per Krøldrup
3 Dario Dainelli (captain)
4 Marco Donadel
5 Alessandro Gamberini
6 Juan Manuel Vargas
7 Franco Semioli
8 Stevan Jovetic
10 Adrian Mutu
11 Alberto Gilardino
13 Marco Storari (on loan from Milan)
14 Luciano Zauri (on loan from Lazio)
15 Ondrej Mazuch
18 Riccardo Montolivo
19 Massimo Gobbi
20 Martin Jørgensen (vice-captain)
21 Gianluca Comotto
22 Zdravko Kuzmanovic
23 Manuel Pasqual
24 Mario Alberto Santana
25 Vlada Avramov
28 Jefferson
30 Sergio Bernardo Almirón (on loan from Juventus)
32 Emiliano Bonazzoli (on loan from Sampdoria)
88 Felipe Melo
Fiorentina football team


coach:

Cesare Prandelli

president:

Andrea Della Valle

social colours:

violet

hymn:

"Alè Fiorentina - garrisca al vento il Labaro Viola" (Narciso Parigi - 1957)

How to get to "Franchi" stadium

By car
If taking the highway A1 Milano-Napoli, exit Firenze Sud (the first Florence exit for who's coming from Rome, the last one for who's coming from Bologna). Go through via Varlungo Marco Polo, then follow the "stadio" road signs that you find at the crossroads. Distance from the highway exit: 4,6 km.

By train
'Firenze Campo di Marte' is the closest stop for who's coming by train, it is about 400m far from the stadium. At the exit of the station take Largo Gennarelli up till the traffic light, where you'll see the stadium. For those who arrive to Santa Maria Novella Florence stop, take a train going towards Campo di Marte station or take the buses no. 7, 17 or 20.

More info: Official website of Fiorentina football team | play football in Florence
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