Following a 2-0 win over midtable Tavagnacco - in front of an 8,000-strong crowd in what was their first ever game at the Franchi - Fiorentina Women’s FC have secured the Serie A femminile scudetto, increasing the gap between them and second-placed Brescia to 8 points with just one game remaining.
Whilst supporters of the men’s team have endured another year of frustation, watching the rest of Serie A invest and improve whilst Fiorentina seemingly settle not just for stagnation, but regression under a frankly disinterested manager, the same cannot be said for those who’ve kept up to speed with the women’s team. After finishing third last season, a solitary point behind Verona and Champions League qualification, the Della Valles invested in improving the squad, bringing in a number of players who would prove to key parts of the squad over the following season.
Their investment has taken no time to bear fruit, turning Fiorentina into the dominant footballing force on the peninsula. With the exception of a 1-0 defeat away to Mozzanica in early March the team has won all of their 21 fixtures this season. They’ve done so in quite spectacular fashion too, winning no less than 11 of those games by 4 or more goals, and conceding just 7 all season.
The placing guarantees both Fiorentina and Brescia places in the round of 32 of next year’s Women’s Champions League, where they’ll hope to prove themselves against opposition from women’s football’s more revered leagues in Germany, France, and Sweden.
Fiorentina travel to Rome to face Res in their final game next Saturday, and following that will turn their attention to their Coppa Italia quarter final fixture against Serie B outfit Pink Sport Time on the 25th of May.
Congratulations from all of us here at VN to Mister Sauro Fattori, capitano Giulia Orlandi and everyone who’s contributed to a truly remarkable season.