Viola Corner

Melinda Gallo
June 1, 2011

Season ends in a draw

For the last game of the season, the Fiorentina played against Brescia, though neither team had anything to fight for: Fiorentina could not reach the European qualifications and Brescia was headed for the Serie B. After only two minutes, left-winger Juan Manual Vargas scored a goal, giving the Fiorentina an early advantage. Fifteen minutes later, Brescia striker Eder evened out the score by kicking the ball past Sébastien Frey. Late in the second half, winger Alessio Cerci scored his seventh goal of the season to put the Fiorentina back in the lead. With only three minutes before the end of the match, Brescia's left-back Pietro Accardi tied it up. At the end of the match, Alessandro Gamberini said, ‘Next season we have to start off with enthusiasm and quickly find cohesiveness for the team.'


Transfer market now open

The end of the season unofficially marks the opening of the players market. Fiorentina is already saying goodbye to four of its players, whose contracts have expired: Vlada Avramov, Gianluca Comotto, Marco Donadel and Mario Santana. Head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic commented, ‘I have faith in the club and the director.' He is certain that new players will arrive, even as some of the team's important players are rumored to be leaving, among them Vargas, Frey, Adrian Mutu, Riccardo Montolivo and Alberto Gilardino. The market for transferring players is open all summer and will close around the end of August.


Prandelli calls up three Viola players

Italian head coach Cesare Prandelli has called three Viola players to be a part of the Italian team: Alessandro Gamberini, Montolivo and Gilardino. Italy's first match will be against Astonia on June 3, and then four days later against the Republic of Ireland.


Primavera playing in the quarterfinals

On June 5, Fiorentina's Primavera team will be competing against Atalanta in Lucca for the championship finals. The semifinals will be held on June 8 and 9, and the finals on June 12 in Pistoia.


Happy birthday to De Silvestri and D'Agostino

Viola right-back Lorenzo De Silvestri turned 23 on May 23, just one day after the end of the season. De Silvestri has been with the Fiorentina for two years and last year was called to play with the Italian team for the first time in his career. Gaetano D'Agostino celebrated his 29th birthday on June 3. The club signed on the midfielder last year and has scored three goals for the Fiorentina this season. Originally from Palermo, D'Agostino recently said that he loves Florence and plans to live here even after his career is over.



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