Author: Brando de Leonardis

Italian-American, born in Washington D.C., raised in Florence and proud Fiorentina fan, Brando de Leonardis keeps himself busy as a web entrepreneur, journalist, fixer for the New York Times and college instructor at the Lorenzo de' Medici Institute.
April 3, 2014

Spring cleaning goes wrong for Fiorentina

Fiorentina’s latest results could potentially compromise an entire season if the Tuscan outfit fails to win the Coppa Italia final in Rome against Napoli, which will be played on May 3.   The club’s elimination from the Europa League top-16 against Juventus, combined with the
February 27, 2014

Fiorentina to ‘talk the talk and walk the walk’

The six-point margin that separates Fiorentina from Napoli, who rank third in the standings, represents a furrow perhaps too great at this time of the season. The home defeat against Inter, which brought with it heated controversy for the offside goal scored by Mauro Icardi, could prove crucial in
January 30, 2014

A tie with the taste of defeat

Fiorentina 3–3 Genoa, a spectacular but bitter tie As on countless other occasions this season, Fiorentina proved incapable of reducing the gap separating it from Napoli, which still occupies third place in the standings. To date Fiorentina has collected eight more points than last season, with the same
January 16, 2014

Viola grit their teeth

As the first half of the Serie A season drew to a close with a goalless draw against Torino, Fiorentina prepares for its next game versus Catania. The Viola outfit has gone four games without a defeat, maintaining a five-point margin over Napoli and keeping hopes alive for a
December 12, 2013

Fiorentina must look ahead and finish strong

Is Fiorentina a top tier club? After 15 games played in the Serie A 2013/2014 season, some questions must be asked as to whether Fiorentina may have set the bar too high after a sublime summer transfer market. The impression is that Montella’s team isn’t
November 21, 2013

Onwards and upwards

Udinese–Fiorentina   With the two-week Serie A hiatus coming close to an end, Vincenzo Montella has been working solidly with all of the players at his disposal, and the Viola outfit is ready to get back on track to face Udinese on November 24.   Fiorentina seems
November 7, 2013

Victory alla milanese

After a controversial home loss against Napoli, Fiorentina redeemed itself against AC Milan in the away game at the mecca of Italian football, the San Siro: Milan 0–2 Fiorentina.   The Viola had not beaten both Juventus and AC Milan in the same Serie A season since the
October 24, 2013

The sweet taste of victory

It was a historic match. The odds were against Fiorentina after the first half with Juventus up 2–0, but an epic comeback in the second half resulted in a magical day for all Fiorentina supporters. Giuseppe Rossi scored his first Serie A hat trick, which, with Joaquin’
October 10, 2013

Viola Corner

Injury woes and recoveries Croatian striker Ante Rebic and Slovenian midfielder Josip Ilicic have been struck by injuries, causing a headache for Fiorentina manager Montella. Fortunately, Juan Cuadrado and Giuseppe Rossi have both recovered from their respective injuries, while superstar Mario Gomez is still out.   European high Fiorentina was
September 26, 2013

Stronger than injuries and controversy

After major injuries to key players, Fiorentina regrouped to take their recent matches.     Fiorentina 3-0 Paços de Ferreira In the opening Europa League clash against Portuguese team Paços de Ferreira, the injuries suffered and the two-match disqualification incurred the match against Cagliari