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.
September 7, 2016

11 medals for Tuscany

Three golds, four silvers and three bronzes
July 1, 2016

The rugby renaissance in Florence

The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) recently announced that it had reached a three-year agreement with the City of Florence for the organization of the November test matches of the Italian men’s rugby national team. The Artemio Franchi stadium, customarily known as Fiorentina’s stomping grounds, will stage three friendly games in the next three years, the […]
April 29, 2016

A new ground for Guelfi

The A.S.D. Guelfi has been Florence’s American football team for the past 16 years, with the intent of sharing the passion for one of the USA’s most popular and riveting pastimes. Now, after being promoted to the IFL’s Serie A after years as a top tier team in the second division, the club has taken […]
September 10, 2015

Italian football: not just a man’s game

The ‘men only’ world of European football is seemingly coming to an end. The clubs of the ‘Old Continent’, such as Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, have established solid, successful women’s teams and the fan base that follows women’s football is increasing&
February 5, 2015

Unexpectedly expected. Arrivederci Juan!

I wonder whether, back in 2012, upon his arrival at Fiorentina, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello from Necoclí, Colombia, even remotely thought that two and a half years later he would be not only a Chelsea player but the most valuable transfer deal during the Della Valle ownership at Fiorentina.
October 2, 2014

Welcome to the Hall of Fame Viola

Batistuta’s tears, Albertazzi’s genius, the black and white images of a super team of the past. And then the two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia, the words of the glorious players who have made the history of Fiorentina. All of this and much more happened during the Hall of Fame Viola, which has now […]
September 11, 2014

A new home for Fiorentina?

Six years ago, Fiorentina president Diego Della Valle announced plans for the club’s new stadium and the ‘Cittadella Viola Project,’ and now it seems that the time has come to set up Fiorentina’s new home.   An ambitious project, which will cost a grand

How to become a Viola fan

Seeing an Italian football match is something every student abroad, expat or tourist should experience at least once. The atmosphere at the stadium is unique, as football is deeply rooted in Italian culture, and palpable in the electricity before, during and after the games.   This year’s games
July 3, 2014

Azzurri bite the dust, again

Once again, Italy has failed to reach the final-16 of the World Cup (for a second consecutive time). A disastrous result for the Nazionale that, just eight years ago, lifted the World Cup up into the sky and gifted a smile of hope to an entire nation, which was
May 8, 2014

The epitome of the downfall

What I experienced Saturday, in Rome, before, during and after the Fiorentina-Napoli Coppa Italia final, was probably one of the most embarrassing and aberrant moments in Italian football. I can assert, without a doubt, that it was the first time in my brief career as a sports reporter that