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Alberto Gilardino Opens Concept Bar in Florence

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Gilardino, along with partners Luciano Spalletti and Dario Dainelli launched 'Fashion Foodballer' in Piazza Strozzi this week

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"It 'was great to realize our idea, said Chievo Verona defender Dario Dainelli, because we wanted to put together our passions. The friendship, the relationship with Florence, football and all the beautiful aspects of this sport."

The ex-Fiorentina player has opened a concept bar named Fashion Foodballer in Piazza Strozzi in Florence along with Alberto Gilardino and AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti.

Dario Dainelli, Alberto Gilardino, Emanuele Principe Mignardi, Luciano Spalletti ed Manuele Venturucci,ringraziano di...

Posted by Fashion Foodballer on Friday, 25 March 2016

The trio have added quotations, memories and museum objects such as Gilardino's personal copy of the 2006 World Cup.

Despite a move to Palermo after his second spell in Florence, the Italian striker is keen to cement his ties with the city and this week spoke of his desire to return to the club.

"I could return to live here one day, I'd like that," he told GianlucaDiMarzio.com. "Me as a Viola director? You never know, football is so fast and so intense."

Details of the bar can be found at fashionfoodballer.com.