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What was Fiorentina’s goal of the season?

The Viola scored some jaw-dropping goals this year.

US Salernitana v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

It’s been a hell of a year for Fiorentina. The team played 60 games—its most-ever in a season—across 3 competitions, reaching 2 finals. We’ve obviously got a lot to talk about, so here’s our season wrap-up over the next week or so.

We’ve discussed the player of the season, so now it’s time to turn our attention to the goals. Fiorentina scored 102 of them this season across 60 matches and via 17 different players, including 5 first-time scorers. Sure, maybe the goals didn’t always appear when and where we wanted them, but we got to watch so, so many.

And the variety. My goodness. Towering headers, long-distance blasts, sizzling solo runs, acrobatic finishes. More frequently, goalmouth scrambles, penalties, scruffy strikes, tap-ins, or routine conversions. They all count the same on the scoresheet, of course, but some of them have greater aesthetic beauty. There’s no right answer. It’s all personal preference. But here are 7 I’ve picked out.

Jonathan Ikoné vs Hellas Verona

This. This is why Ikoné frustrates so many fans. Look at this filth. Starting from well inside his own half, he tracks down a hopeful Lorenzo Venuti up the line, leaves poor Diego Coppola in the land of dry whispers, and smashes his finish inside the near post. This is the kind of thing that Kylian Mbappé does, and Chaos Jonny made it look easy. Imagine if he could just do it a bit more often.

Christian Kouamé at Heart of Midlothian

Chris went from afterthought to excellent contributor this year, mostly because Vincenzo Italiano gave him some trust and rebuilt his confidence. Here’s Exhibit A: at Heart of Midlothian, Kouamé tried a spinning backheel flick that got blocked. Instead of giving up, he worked his way back into a dangerous spot and, seconds later, got another bite at the cherry. Instead of bringing it down or putting his laces through it, he went for the scissor kick. And got it. Cripes.

Ikoné vs Inter Milan

Here’s Jonny. Again. Except this time, instead of outpacing a relegation candidate’s teenage defender, he skins a Champions League finalist’s Italian international defender before digging a shot out from between 3 opponents and roofing it. #ChaosJonny is life.

Arthur Cabral vs Monza

Any goal described as “alla Batistuta” is going to be good. And this is a gol alla Batisuta par excellence. Haven’t seen someone hit one like this since at least the days of prime Juan Manuel Vargas. My goodness.

Cabral at Braga

Arthur was on an unholy heater for a month or two. You don’t see strikers scoring goals like this anymore, either. The juggling, the volley, the sheer audacity: it should’ve been in the 1990s, with Cabral sporting hair down to his shoulders.

Biraghi at Hellas Verona

The combination of technique, vision, and chutzpah to pull this off is staggering. Critics will argue that it wasn’t sporting, or that the Hellas Verona players weren’t ready, or something. But c’mon. Scoring a free kick from your own half is an unbelievable goal and anyone would be delighted to add it to their portfolio. Captain Cris did.

Riccardo Saponara at Sassuolo

He’s hit some bangers over the past couple of years, but this may be the pick of the lot. With no running start, no advantage over the defender, no real hope, he somehow turns outside the area and uncorks the sort of technically flawless birogiro that I’ll now always associate with him more than with any other Viola player ever. A Cheese curler indeed.


Which is Fiorentina’s goal of the season?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Ikoné vs Hellas Verona
    (2 votes)
  • 10%
    Kouamé at Hearts
    (10 votes)
  • 8%
    Ikoné at Inter Milan
    (8 votes)
  • 13%
    Cabral vs Monza
    (12 votes)
  • 24%
    Cabral at Braga
    (22 votes)
  • 25%
    Biraghi at Hellas Verona
    (23 votes)
  • 13%
    Saponara at Sassuolo
    (12 votes)
  • 2%
    A different one that I’ll explain in the comments
    (2 votes)
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