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.
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&
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.
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
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
Fiorentina’s latest results could potentially compromise an entire season if the Tuscan outfit fails to win the Coppa Italia final in Rome against Napoli, which will be played on May 3. The club’s elimination from the Europa League top-16 against Juventus, combined with the
The six-point margin that separates Fiorentina from Napoli, who rank third in the standings, represents a furrow perhaps too great at this time of the season. The home defeat against Inter, which brought with it heated controversy for the offside goal scored by Mauro Icardi, could prove crucial in
Fiorentina 3–3 Genoa, a spectacular but bitter tie As on countless other occasions this season, Fiorentina proved incapable of reducing the gap separating it from Napoli, which still occupies third place in the standings. To date Fiorentina has collected eight more points than last season, with the same
As the first half of the Serie A season drew to a close with a goalless draw against Torino, Fiorentina prepares for its next game versus Catania. The Viola outfit has gone four games without a defeat, maintaining a five-point margin over Napoli and keeping hopes alive for a
Is Fiorentina a top tier club? After 15 games played in the Serie A 2013/2014 season, some questions must be asked as to whether Fiorentina may have set the bar too high after a sublime summer transfer market. The impression is that Montella’s team isn’t
It was a historic match. The odds were against Fiorentina after the first half with Juventus up 2–0, but an epic comeback in the second half resulted in a magical day for all Fiorentina supporters. Giuseppe Rossi scored his first Serie A hat trick, which, with Joaquin’
Injury woes and recoveries Croatian striker Ante Rebic and Slovenian midfielder Josip Ilicic have been struck by injuries, causing a headache for Fiorentina manager Montella. Fortunately, Juan Cuadrado and Giuseppe Rossi have both recovered from their respective injuries, while superstar Mario Gomez is still out. European high Fiorentina was
After major injuries to key players, Fiorentina regrouped to take their recent matches. Fiorentina 3-0 Paços de Ferreira In the opening Europa League clash against Portuguese team Paços de Ferreira, the injuries suffered and the two-match disqualification incurred the match against Cagliari
After an exciting summer transfer market session, which saw Fiorentina acquire the likes of world-class players such as former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, the Tuscan outfit opened its Serie A season with two victories against Catania and Genoa. Fiorentina 2 - 1 Catania Fiorentina kicked off with a