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Fiorentina Women’s lead Serie A

The first (and to date only) fully professional women’s side in Italy is already achieving big things in just their second season.

Italy v Northern Ireland - UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Qualifier
Oh by the way, she’s also a star at the international level.
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We all recall the heady times last year when Fiorentina were capolista, led by capocannoniere Nikola Kalinic. Seems like an awfully long time ago, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s the case right now, as Fiorentina Women’s have rocketed to the top of the standings in Serie A (where they’re tied with Brescia). They’ve won all 3 of their matches thus far, scoring 11 goals and conceding just 2.

Most recently against Verona, they ran out as 3-1 winners. Veteran forward Patrizia Caccamo opened things up at 29’ with a powerful first-time strike, then scored another shortly after halftime before finally assisting Mauro for a third in the 59th minute to snuff out any Verona comeback. Check out the full recap and highlights on ViolaChannel.

Led by 4 goals from Caccamo and 3 from Mauro, they’ve also been boosted by the return of star striker Tatiana Bonetti, also known as Veleno (“Poison”) for her record of 102 goals in 171 appearances in Serie A at the tender age of 24. This is without a doubt the most talented attack in Italian women’s football and should make for some entertaining matches on their way to what should be a push for the Scudetto and Champions League qualification. Despite the departure of legendary striker Patrizia Panico, this team remains the class of the league.

Perhaps the most exciting part is that the Primavera side, too, is absolutely cruising, having just pasted Vigor Rignano 11-0. When the academy team is cranking out such superlative results and even sending teenagers up to the first team for an occasional cameo, you know that you’ve got a club that’s built to last for the long haul.

In the midst of the uncertainty and tension about the men’s side at Fiorentina, it’s really nice to know that the other professionals are, well, being professional and absolutely blowing their opposition out of the water. Seems like Paulo Sousa and co. could learn a thing or two from them.