The enthusiasm expressed by the Viola at the start of 2009 quickly went awry, starting with Mutu's injury during a game against Torino on January 12. Player transfers, injuries and a series of referee contestations have put the Viola on a downward slide, resulting in a mainly lackluster performance and far too little points acquired in the Serie A over the last two weeks.
VIOLA TRANSFERS. Florence bid a final, heart-felt farewell to striker Giampoalo Pazzini, who moved to Genoa's Sampdoria, where he hopes to get more time on the pitch. The Genova-based team bought Pazzini's contract for nine million euro. As part of the deal, they received forward Emiliano Bonazzoli from Sampdoria on loan. Deciding not to hold an official press conference following his decision to leave AC Fiorentina, Pazzini instead chose the pages of local daily Corriere Fiorentino as the platform where he said goodbye to Viola fans: ‘Thank you fans for the four years I have spent in Florence. A part of my heart will always remain Viola. See you on the pitch'. The Viola also announced the transfer of Argentinean forward Pablo Daniel Osvaldo to Bologna for seven million euro.