Gilardino scores, but Fiorentina loses
The day before the Fiorentina met second-rank Inter at the San Siro satdium in Milan on May 8, head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said in a press conference, ‘I have great confidence in my boys.' At the 25th minute of play, ex-Viola striker Gianpaolo Pazzini scored a goal for Inter, putting his new team in the lead. Inter midfielder Esteban Cambiasso followed with another goal. It took another 42 minutes before Alberto Gilardino opened up the match by scoring a goal for the Fiorentina. Unfortunately, Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal for Inter after being awarded a free kick. After the match, Gilardino said, ‘I'm not satisfied with the match. We gave the first half. I had many opportunities, but unfortunately I wasn't able to take advantage of them.'
Comings and goings
With the end of the 2010-2011 Serie A approaching, rumors about the players' future have begun circulating. None had made any official announcements as of May 16, but a few have hinted that they would like to stay with the Viola, among them Juan Manuel Vargas, Per Kroldrup, and Gaetano D'Agostino. A few other players are unsure of their future because their contracts will be ending in June: Gianluca Comotto, Mario Santana and Marco Donadel.
50th anniversary of the Coppa delle Coppe
On May 15, the Museo Fiorentina along with the ACF Fiorentina, UEFA and FIGC celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Fiorentina's win of the Coppa delle Coppe (UEFA Cup Winners' Cup). The Fiorentina was the first Italian team to win this prestigious championship, played annually for 39 years by the European cup winners. To mark the anniversary, the European School of Economics in Palazzo Rosselli del Turco (Borgo Santissimi Apostoli, 19) is featuring an exhibition from May 26 to June 26 on the history of how the Fiorentina won the Coppa delle Coppe. For more information, go to http://www.museofiorentina.it.
Last home game ends in a draw
On May 15, the Fiorentina played Bologna in the team's last home game of the season. Sebastien Frey returned as Fiorentina's goalkeeper after a seven-month absence, leaving Arthur Boruc on the sidelines. Alessio Cerci scored his sixth goal of the season in the 20th minute of the match, putting the Fiorentina in the lead. The advantage lasted 30 minutes until Gaston Ramirez scored a goal for Bologna to tie things up. Kroldrup was sent off the field after receiving a red card four minutes later, leaving the Fiorentina in ten players against eleven. Fortunately for the Viola, Bologna's Marco Di Vaio missed a penalty kick that his team was awarded. The Fiorentina tried hard to get back in the lead, but were unsuccessful even after Ramirez was also expelled from the match in the 79th minute. The match ended in a draw, giving each team one point in the Serie A rankings. The Fiorentina finished in ninth place in the Serie A standings and the draw ensured Bologna a spot in the Serie A next season. The Viola will meet Brescia on May 22 for the last match of the season.