Last night Venezia came through the play-off final to make a return to Serie A after 19 years. Down to nine players by the end of the second leg, and with Cittadella needing just one more goal to win promotion, it was Venezia who scored in injury time to finish off the tie. Venezia sta sull’acqua e muore piano piano That last season in the top flight, 2001/02, was a disastrous one for both Venezia and Fiorentina. Cesare Prandelli had taken the Venice side from Serie B the previous season, but by October, Maurizio Zamparini decided it was time for a change. In those first six games, Venezia had failed to collect a single point. It also included a 3-1 defeat in Florence, a game which would have a massive impact on the rest of Fiorentina’s season.
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Fresh from their 4-1 victory against Inter at the San Siro, the Fiorentina squad were greeted at Campo di Marte train station by a crowd of vociferous viola fans who had waited until 2am for their arrival. There were surely some sore heads in Florence this morning!
Mario Suarez was enjoying a little down time yesterday before the Europa League fixture with FC Basel and where better to spend it than next to the Santa Maria del Fiore, better known in Florence simply as the Duomo. Enjoy, Mario!
No sooner had Fiorentina women's team announced their squad for the coming season then they were getting together with the men's team to promote 'Corri La Vita', a 4.6KM walk or 12.8KM run through the city of Florence held on 27th September to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. We hope that it will be the first of many opportunities for the male and female teams to get together and that they raise the maximum amount of money when they hold collections before the Genoa game on Saturday. Find out more about Corri La Vita at www.corrilavita.it/en - you can even sign up! There certainly could be worse places to go for a run...
Midfielder Joan Verdú has been officially unveiled as a Fiorentina player today, revealing that he has selected the number 21 jersey as a tribute to former Espanyol teammate Daniel Jarque who died of a heart attack in 2009 during pre-season in Coverciano, Florence.
Borja Valero has shown why Florence is such a stunning location to play football whilst posing with his wife near the Ponte Vecchio. The medieval bridge, lit up at night is the perfect spot for romantic selfie - adding to the collection of Borja's super cute family album shots