With the mercato closed, it's time to evaluate what the squad has done, and Fiorentina Women's has done very well indeed. To reinforce the groundbreaking new project that the club has begun, eight new players have arrived, filling out a roster that finished fourth in the league last season.
With resources unmatched by the rest of the league, it's not surprising that Fiorentina's new additions are pretty talented. Goalkeeper Réka Szőcs arrives from MTK Budapest; even though she's only twenty-five, she's already the Hungarian national team's number one. Commanding and aerially capable center-back Elisabetta Tona already has 97 caps with the Azzuri, and scored a hat trick against Hungary in 2009. Giorgia Motta, her teammate at Torres and with Italy, has also signed on. Rounding out the defensive signings is the promising 24 year old Gloria Giatras Zoi, lately of Scalese.
In the midfield, Swedish attacker Lisa Ek brings veteran experience in a high-level league from her stint at Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. She's also plays hockey and bandy (Scandanavians come up with the strangest sports). Fabiana Costi is another experienced midfielder who spent last season with Brescia Femminile, who were league runner-up. Striker Patrizia Caccamo is another Italian veteran, most recently of Riviera di Romagna. The crown jewel of this mercato, though, is the legendary Patrizia "the Scorpion" Panico.
While the Women's Serie A doesn't have a start date set yet (seriously), or even know which and how many teams will compete, Fiorentina Women's is working hard, first in Mugello and now in San Marcellino. They recently played a friendly against the men's youth internationals (can't figure out which age group), which they lost 3-0 overall, but the second half finished 1-0 with the Viola missing a penalty. While it may take some time to integrate so many new stars into the team, but there is optimism and hunger among both players and management, who are aiming to win the league, although they'd be happy to finish second and qualify for the Champions League as well. With budding rivalries against Verona, Brescia, and Mozzanica, expect this to be a rewarding and exciting inaugural campaign for Fiorentina Women's, and one we'll be keeping an eye on.