Viola Corner

Melinda Gallo
April 21, 2011

Fiorentina suffers a loss at Franchi

On April 10, the current top-ranking team, Milan, came to Franchi Stadium to play against the Fiorentina. After only eight minutes of play, Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf scored a goal for Milan. The Fiorentina tried to even the score, to no avail, and at the 41st minute, Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato scored another goal for Milan. Although Viola left winger Juan Manuel Vargas scored a goal for the Fiorentina 24 minutes into the second half, the Fiorentina weren't able to score another goal to even the score. The Fiorentina have lost only four games at home this season, and this loss to Milan was the Fiorentina's second this year after losing to Inter in February.


Happy Birthday to Behrami and Donadel

Newcomer Valon Behrami, a Swiss national of Albanian descent, celebrated his 26th birthday on April 15. Since joining the team as a winger in January, Behrami has become a vital player to the team. He started his career in Italy in 2002, played in England for three years, and returned to Italy this year to be a part of the Fiorentina. Viola midfielder and vice captain Marco Donadel turned 28 on April 21. He is in the last year of his contract with the Fiorentina, and his future with the team is unsure. There is much speculation that Donadel will be going to Genoa.


Match against arch rival ends in a draw

The highly anticipated match against Fiorentina's arch rival, Juventus, took place on April 17 at Franchi Stadium. Mihajlovic called this match a derby that would be more important than all the others. Even though the Fiorentina gave it their all, they were unable to score a goal. Fortunately, neither did Juventus. The match ended in a draw, thus giving each team one point in the Serie A rankings with the Fiorentina holding strong in 10th place.


Mutu opens the Melarancio Tournament

Adrian Mutu represented the ACF Fiorentina to open the Melarancio Tournament in Scandicci, kicking the first ball of the opening game on April 18. The tournament, in its 25th year, was founded by USD Casellina to commemorate the 11 schoolchildren who perished in the Melarancio tunnel on the A1 motorway during an organized trip in 1983.



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