Over the years, there have been many reasons for football fans to admire Fiorentina, not least the myriad midfield talents of such creative stars as Giancarlo Antognoni, Roberto Baggio and Manuel Rui Costa and the goalscoring prowess of the prolific Gabriel Batistuta. Others have been attracted to the romance of following a club from Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, while fashion gurus have simply appreciated the distinctive purple of the team’s shirts, which inspired the club’s Viola nickname.
Whatever the supporters’ motives, the current season has so far not been one to remember, especially the disastrous start that left Fiorentina rock bottom of Serie A after seven games with just five points. Since those dark days, there has been a recovery of sorts and a run of 14 games with only one defeat means that the team has climbed into the top half of the table.
April 17th 2011: Wenger blames referee for Arsenal draw
“We conceded a penalty after 11 minutes when the referee said there was eight minutes of injury time. I don’t see where those three minutes came from and it was no penalty.”
April 10th 2011: Wenger blames grieving Gunners for goal drought after competition exits
“After what happened to us we are in grief and the spontaneous side of your game goes a little bit. That’s why our goals have dried up. This team cares and fights but after what happened to us, it takes time to recover. We have not given up but it’s not as easy for us as it was before.”
April 3rd 2011: Wenger blames international break
“I had not seen most of the players for two weeks and we got them back altogether on Friday morning for the first time, so it was very difficult to predict what would happen. Players have come back from international duty and they are not sharp – half of the team has not recovered.”